California mass shooting: Gunman open fires and injures dozens inside Thousand Oaks bar
The gunman was described s bearded and wearing a hat and glasses and was reportedly armed with a handgun.
There are reports of an active shooter operating in Thousand Oaks, California. So far, dozens of people are said to have been shot inside the Borderline Bar and Grill, with at least one person injured. Police were called to the scene at around 11:30 p.m. local time and it is currently unclear if there have been any casualties.
According to the Independent, the gunman shot a security guard standing in front of the bar before entering and throwing smoke grenades inside. A trail of blood was reportedly visible on the street. The man was described as bearded and wearing a hat and glasses and was reportedly armed with a handgun.
Mitchell Hunter, 19, of Simi Valley, has bloodied hands after breaking a window with a chair to get out of Borderline after he heard shots on the dancefloor. #Borderline #Borderlineshooting pic.twitter.com/x3MX1rkNDf— Jeremy Childs (@Jeremy_Childs) 8 November 2018
Witnesses say that he fired at least a dozen shots into the crowd before panicked revelers began using furniture to break windows in a desperate bid to escape. Video footage captured at the scene also showed the injured being carried away from the bar by members of the public as well as emergency services. One of the injured was supposedly a female cashier who worked at the Borderline Bar.
Bomb squads have been called to canvass the area and Swat teams are in place to intercept the shooter. However, authorities say that the bar has been cleared and that it is safe to enter for emergency services. According to the bar's website, a "College Country" night was taking place at the time the shooting unfolded.
The Huffington Post quoted a witness stating that many young people "were having a great time" in the bar when "a man entered and started shooting." The witness managed to escape with his stepson and was unharmed but said that he saw the gunman shoot multiple people.
The Ventura County Fire Department addressed the shooting and issued a statement that read, "Ongoing active shooter incident reported at Borderline in Thousand Oaks. Please stay away from area. Active law enforcement incident. Multiple injuries reported. Details still being determined. Multiple ambulances requested."
More details to follow...