At least 13 people are being reported as to have died in a club shooting in Thousand Oaks. Casualties include a sheriff’s deputy, 11 victims and the shooter. This has happened during a mass shooting at a bar in Southern California on late Wednesday.
Ventura County Sheriff Sgt. Eric Buschow said the gunman was dead, the Associated Press reported.
“There are multiple fatalities,” Buschow told reporters at the scene, the Washington Post reported. He did not provide a specific number.
Authorities said shots were fired and people hit at the Borderline Bar & Grill, a country-western dance bar in Thousand Oaks, which is about 40 miles west of Los Angeles.
The extent of the victims’ injuries was not immediately clear. Hundreds of people were inside the bar when the shooting occurred, the Los Angeles Times reported. Law enforcement and emergency crews flooded the scene and police urged the public to avoid the area.
Officers at the scene said the gunman might have used smoke bombs in the incident, but authorities later said they could not confirm that.