At Least 11 Wounded, Including One Deputy, in Southern CA Bar Shooting
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – November 8, 2018
According to police, at least 11 people, including a Ventura County sheriff's deputy, have been confirmed injured after a gunman opened fire on a packed bar in Thousand Oaks, California.
The scene is still considered active and the shooter is still at large.
The shooting happened around 11:20 p.m. Wednesday at Borderline Bar & Grill at 99 Rolling Oaks Dr.
Approximately 30 shots were fired at victims fleeing from multiple spots.
Police were apparently advised that the suspect was a Middle Eastern man in his early 20s. An eyewitness said the gunman had a beard, wore a hat, had a black jacket, and may have had glasses.
Approaching the scene of Borderline. Dozen of sheriff's vehicles lined up + the buzz of helicopters overhead. pic.twitter.com/Gdhz0YiBag— Jeremy Childs (@Jeremy_Childs) November 8, 2018
Witnesses describing the moment the gunman opened fire said he shot a security guard standing at the door before entering the building and throwing “smoke grenades all over the place.”
A female cashier was said to be among the injured after the man started firing.
Authorities have yet to confirm any deaths and the extent of the victims' injuries has not yet been released.
The FBI is now at the scene of the shooting and the bomb squad has been requested.
Several people who hid in the attic of the building during the shooting were escorted out by police. Emergency services were seen searching the roof of the building.
Thousand Oaks, a wealthy city home to several colleges and universities, is ranked as one of America's safest cities by the FBI.