Multiple people were injured after a gunman opened fire at a bar in Thousand Oaks, California, late Wednesday.
Police officers were called to Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks at around 11:20 p.m., The Ventura County Star reported. Officers at the scene told the newspaper that at least 30 shots had been fired. Multiple ambulances were called to the area to treat victims.
Capt. Garo Kuredjian of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office told reporters at around 2.30 a.m. Thursday that at least 11 people, including one deputy sheriff, had been injured in the shooting ― though he could not confirm the status of their condition. He stressed the number of wounded was still “preliminary.”
It was not clear if the shooter had been captured or transported from the scene. Kuredjian said, however, that the scene was secure and there did not appear to be a threat to the public.
Borderline, which bills itself as the “biggest dance floor in town,” had been hosting an event called “College Country Night” when the shooting occurred. The bar is reportedly a popular spot for college students from nearby California Lutheran University and Moorpark College.
Kuredjian said “hundreds” of people may have been inside the bar at the time.
A witness told KABC-TV that there were many young people “having a great time” in the bar when a man entered and “started shooting.” The witness, who escaped unharmed with his stepson, said he saw the gunman shoot multiple people.
Kuredjian described Thousand Oaks as “a very safe community.”
Shootings don’t “happen very frequently in our neighborhood,” the officer said.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.