At Least 12 Dead in California Bar Shooting

By Leah Barkoukis  |   TownHall

At least 12 people were killed in a mass shooting at a bar in Southern California overnight after a gunman forced his way into the building, according to authorities.

The gunman, who is believed to be among the dead, burst into the bar around 11:20 p.m., cloaked in all black as he threw smoke bombs and began shooting at targets as young as 18 authorities and witnesses said. Several witnesses described the weapon used as a pistol. (LA Times)

“We have no idea if there is a terrorism link or not,” Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean told reporters.

The shooting took place at the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, California.

Ventura County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Ron Helus engaged the suspect along with a California Highway Patrol officer. According to the LA Times, Helus was shot multiple times and died at a local hospital.

The gunman is also dead.

The bar was holding a college country nights event between 9 p.m. and 2 a.m. on Wednesday night, its website states.

“It’s my understanding they went in and neutralized the shooter (and) they identified a number of causalities. I don’t know the condition of the victims but my understanding is there are a number (of) wounded included a local deputy … all of the victims have been transported to hospitals,” Fox told CNN on the phone.

He added that Thousand Oaks “is considered one of the safest cities in the country.”

“We are consistently ranked one of the highest with respect to the lowest crime rate per capita, we’re proud of that,” Fox said.

“The reality is that these types of incidents can happen really at any place, at any time, even in communities that are considered extremely safe,” he added. (CNN)

One witness, Taylor Whitler, told media the gunman “knew what he was doing.”

Beth Baumann

“I heard the gunshot, I turned around, and I saw him shoot a couple more times,” the 19-year-old said. “In a split second everyone yelled ‘get down.’ I ran to the left of the dance floor where the back door is and everyone pretty much piled on top of each other.”

She continued: “He had two rounds that I know with him. He changed them within about six seconds which is really fast, so he knew what he was doing. He also had perfect form, when I look back he was spot on.”

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