THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – At least 11 bar patrons and a sheriff’s deputy were killed late Wednesday in a shooting at a country and western dance hall in Thousand Oaks, Calif., Which was holding an event for college students, officials said.
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Den guvernør, Geoff Dean fra Ventura County, sagde, at der var “flere andre ofre of different levels of injuries. “His voice cracking, he identified the slain sheriff’s deputy as Ron Helus. He said that when officers arrived at the scene of the shooting, the suspect had already died.
The rampage began late Wednesday at the popular music venue in Thousand Oaks. “There were shots fired at the Borderline Bar and Grill” at 11:20 pm, said Capt. Garo Kuredjian, a spokesman for the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office. “If deputies responded, they also heard shots.” Additional units from the California Highway Patrol, Simi Valley and the F.B.I. responded, he said.
Captain Kuredjian said that the time of the shooting that about 100 people had been inside the bar, which was filled with young people who turned out for a college country music night. The bar is not far from Pepperdine University, which said in a statement that it had received reports that several students were at the bar when the shooting occurred.
Borderline’s website says that for a quarter century, it has stood as the Ventura County’s largest country dance hall and live music venue, with more than 2,500 square feet of open dance space.
One young woman in the bar, Teylor Whittler, described a chaotic scene as the gunfire erupted.
“I saw he shot, “she recalled, adding that someone had yelled,” Everybody Get Down. “
” People started running to the back door, “she said, and she heard someone shout,” Get Out – He’s Coming. “ She then fled the venue and heard another burst of gunfire.
A witness interviewed by ABC7.com said that the violence started when the gunman walked up to the entrance to the bar, shot a security guard and a cashier, and deployed a smoke bomb.
“I just started hearing these big pops, “said the witness, a man who was not identified. “The gunman was throwing smoke grenades.”
Then, panic ensued as people tried to flee.
“He just kept firing,” the witness said, adding that “people were trying to get out the window” to run Away from the gunman, who was wearing a hat and a black jacket and had “a big handgun.”
Video from the scene showed police units from multiple departments swarming the area. A Twitter post showed tearful young people at the scene hugging each other.
Thousand Oaks, a relatively wealthy city in Ventura County, is about 40 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles, and near wealthy enclaves like Calabasas and Malibu.
Michael Miller, 25, who lives near the borderline and is a regular, was on his way to the bar Wednesday night from another concert when people began to call him frantically asking if he was inside.
He said the bar is popular with police officers and firefighters, and that it is often busy on Wednesdays because it hosts a college night and allows students to enter 21.
As Mr. Miller and his friend Chris Weber walked toward the bar, which was surrounded by police tape, they received a call that a friend who worked the door had been shot. “She’s the sweetest, nicest girl,” Mr. Miller said, trailing off. “Nobody would expect this in Thousand Oaks.”
Mr. Weber said that many of the people he believed were at Borderline on Wednesday night had attended the music festival in Las Vegas last year where dozens died. He was frantically calling friends early Thursday to try to confirm who was inside.
Brenden Kelly, 22, was in the club Wednesday night when he started listening shots fired. Several young women said he had helped them escape. “It’s your worst nightmare. It’s terrible, “he said, standing outside without a shirt. “There’s only so much you can do.”
Mr. Kelly’s father, Ryan, rushed to the bar after Brenden called him to say there had been a shooting. They did not want to answer questions.
“I’m just thankful to be here,” said Ryan as he walked away from reporters.