'11 victims' from active shooter at college bar in the Los Angeles-area suburb of Thousand Oaks
- Police in the Los Angeles-area suburb of Thousand Oaks are responding to reports of a shooting at a college night at the Borderline Bar & Grill.
- A police spokesman identified 11 victims of the shooting in a preliminary assessment. Witnesses say the victims include a bar security guard and a cashier.
- Authorities believe the shooter is still inside the bar.
- The FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force has been dispatched to the scene.
- The shooting began around 2:20 a.m. ET, the local news outlet KABC reported.
- The bar is located at 99 Rolling Oaks Drive, about 45 miles northwest of Los Angeles.
Dozens of police in the Los Angeles-area suburb of Thousand Oaks responded to a shooting at the Borderline Bar & Grill about 45 miles northwest of Los Angeles.
Multiple witnesses described on Twitter and told local news outlets that a gunman walked up to a security guard at the bar and shot him, then walked into the bar, threw in a smoke grenade and opened fire inside. Witnesses describe the gunman as having had a handgun.
A Ventura County Sheriff spokesman told reporters that 11 were wounded, including a deputy sheriff, as cited by LA Times reporter James Queally.
The shooter is likely still in the bar, but authorities “don’t feel that there’s a threat to the public,” the spokesman said, according to Thousand Oaks Acorn News editor Kyle Jorrey.
The FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force has also been dispatched to the scene, NBC News Radio reported.
The shooting began around 11:20 p.m. local time (2:20 a.m. ET), the local news outlet KABC reported. Police were seen by KABC cameras standing outside the bar for up to an hour following their initial arrival. Other video showed civilians carrying out injured people from the bar with at least one person being loaded into an ambulance.
By 12:50 a.m. (3:50 a.m. ET), police said it was still an “active shooter” situation. It’s unclear how many managed to escape the bar, if people remain inside, or the condition of the shooter.
Jeremy Childs, a reporter with local news outlet VCStar, tweeted a picture of a 19-year old bar goer who had bloodied his hands throwing a chair through the window in an attempt to escape the building during the shooting. The bar was having a college night, which may have attracted a younger crowd.
The bar is located near California Lutheran College and several other universities.
After what looked like a prolonged standoff outside the bar, first responders appeared to give the “all clear” signal to move into the building, and KABC cameras captured firefighters and others entering the building.
According to a witness cited by KABC, the bomb squad has arrived on the scene. Shortly after the apparent “all clear,” KABC captured what looked like a dead body near the bar’s entrance.
Police helicopters and dozens of squad cars have thronged the scene, partially blocking local traffic.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.
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