12 killed in California bar shooting sheriff

Minnie Murray
November 10, 2018

All the victims were killed inside the bar in the suburb of Thousand Oaks late on Wednesday, including the officer who had been called to the scene, Sheriff Geoff Dean told reporters.

Nick Steinwender, student union president at nearby California Lutheran University, rushed to the scene when he heard about a shooting at the bar where he knew friends and fellow students were. He first fired on a person working the door, then appeared to open fire at random at the people inside, they said.

Witnesses described a scene of panic in the bar when the gunman started firing.

Many more people had more minor injuries, including some that came from their attempt to flee, Dean said. He leaves behind a wife and a son.

At least 11 people, including a police officer, have been injured after a gunman forced his way into a popular bar in the U.S. state of California and opened fire. He died at a hospital early on Thursday.

Early reports from witnesses suggest that the suspect used a smoke bomb when he entered the bar before he began shooting.

"It was really, really, really shocking", Whitler told KABC-TV as she stood with her father in the Borderline parking lot.

"With over 2,500 square feet of wide open dance floor, Borderline has provided a haven for country line dancing folks of all ages equipped with pool tables", the website said.

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

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

"Multiple assets from the ATF Los Angeles Field Division have responded to the mass shooting at the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks", California, according to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, via Twitter.

Sgt. Ron Helus was among the dozen killed overnight, according to the Ventura County Sheriff's Department. A deputy sheriff is among the 11 people shot.

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