Authorities in Thousand Oaks, California, northwest of Los Angeles, reported "multiple fatalities" at a bar and dance hall late Wednesday…
Authorities in Thousand Oaks, California, northwest of Los Angeles, reported “multiple fatalities” at a bar and dance hall late Wednesday after multiple shots were fired by a man inside. “There are multiple fatalities,” Ventura County Sheriff’s Sgt. Eric Buschow told reporters on the scene. He did not provide a specific number.
Buschow said he believed the suspect was dead inside.
Authorities did not provide a specific number of those killed. But the Ventura County Fire Department said there were “multiple injuries” and numerous ambulances requested at the Borderline Bar and Grill.
A spokesman for the sheriff’s department, Capt. Garo Kuredjian, gave a preliminary estimate of more than 1
1 people shot, including a deputy, and said he would “guess if anything, that number would go up.”
The reports of a shooter came in about 11:20 p.m. Pacific time Thursday. “This is still an active scene,” the spokesman said at about 12:50 a.m. Special weapons and tactics teams arrived on the scene a short time later, along with the FBI.
By early Thursday morning, the building had been cleared, Kuredjian said, adding, “We are confident there is no outstanding shooter.”
A man and his stepfather interviewed by ABC7 Eyewitness News said they heard about 12 shots before they were able to exit through the front door of the nightclub.
“He fired the first shot,” the stepfather said. “And I knew it was real. My son thought it was a joke, so I pulled him down and got some cover. I looked up, and he was moving to the right. He shot the front doorman, who was just a young man. Then he shot the cashier, just a young girl. “
Multiple eyewitnesses described seeing smoke, possibly from smoke bombs, and said people used chairs to break windows to flee from the scene.
Borderline describes itself as the county’s largest country dance hall and live music venue. With a dance floor covering about 2,500 square feet, it is open until 2 a.m. Five days a week.
Wednesday was “College Country Night” at the bar. The Ventura County Sheriff’s spokesman estimated that about 100 people had been inside the time of the shooting.
Rochelle Hammons, 24, told The Post that she heard four shots before she was able to flee.
“All of a sudden we heard four shots, you know, ‘scared, afraid, scared, scared.’ Everyone got down on the floor. Everyone ducked and covered each other, “she said.” As everyone crouched down on the floor, I figured that my only chance would be to run out to the nearest exit. I saw the nearest exit, and I ran out as fast as I could. “
From inside her car, she saw the first police officer arriving, she said. She rolled down her window and told him there was an active shooter inside
“You gotta hurry, you gotta get in there,” she urged him.