Authorities in California have said 11 people were wounded when a line gunman opened fire Wednesday inside a country dance bar crowded with hundreds of people on “college night.”
The wounded included a deputy who rushed to the scene, police have said.
The Captain of Ventura County sheriff, Garo Kuredjian said he could not confirm whether any of those shot were dead.
According to him, he could not also confirm that the shooter was killed or in custody, but said there was no further threat to the community.
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.
An eye witness, who was in the bar at the time of the shooting, Tayler Whitler, 19, said she was inside the bar when a gunman walked in with his face partly covered by something resembling a ski mask, opened fire on a person working the door, then began to shoot people at random.
“It was really, really really shocking,” Whitler told KABC-TV as she stood with her father in the Borderline parking lot. “It looked like he knew what he was doing.”
It was college night and country two-step lessons were being offered Wednesday at the Borderline, according to its website.
It has been “quite some time” since there was a shooting of any kind in Thousand Oaks, a city of about 130,000 people about 40 miles (64 kilometers) west of Los Angeles, just across the county line.
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