Gunman kills 12 in California bar packed with students

Arturo Kim
November 10, 2018

"It was just semi-automatic, as many shots as he could pull, and then when it started to reload that's when we got people out of there and I didn't look back".

"Ron was a hardworking, dedicated sheriff's sergeant who was totally committed", Dean said, "and tonight, as I told his wife, he died a hero because he went in to save lives". No other information on the victims was immediately known.

It is thought the gunman may still be at large and at least one police officer is reported to have been injured.

Thirteen people have been killed, including the gunman and a police officer, in a mass shooting at a bar in southern California.

Ventura County sheriff's Capt. Garo Kuredjian said hundreds of people were inside the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks at 11:20 p.m., and shots were still being fired when deputies arrived.

Early reports from witnesses suggest that the suspect used a smoke bomb when he entered the bar before he began shooting. "One bar stool and straight through a window", he told reporters.

Sarah Rose DeSon told ABC's "Good Morning America" that she saw the shooter draw his gun.

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"A gentleman, who walked in through the front door, shot the girl that was right behind the counter", he added.

Police tell the Los Angeles Times that at least 30 shots were fired.

The gunman at the country dance bar was tall and wearing all black with a hood over his head and his face partly covered, witnesses told TV stations at the scene.

"He shot a lot, at least 30 times". It also came less than two weeks after a gunman killed 11 people at a synagogue in Pittsburgh.

Holden Harrah, who witnessed the shooting at the Borderline Bar & Grill, said he was inside the bar with friends, something he does every week.

Carl Edgar, a 24 year old regular at the Thousand Oaks club, said he was in the bar with about 20 friends and had not been able to reach some of them since the shooting.

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