Police were responding to reports of a mass shooting that left at least 11 persons injured, including a deputy sheriff, Wednesday night at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks the bar was packed with hundreds of people, including college students.
Authorities said the scene at the Borderline Bar & Grill was still “fluid” and urged the public to stay away. Officials could not immediately confirm if anyone had been killed or if the shooter was still alive or a threat.
One law enforcement official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, told The Times that at least 30 shots had been fired.
Ventura County Sheriff’s Department Capt. Garo Kuredjian told reporters at the scene that deputies responded to reports of shots fired at the bar around 11:20 p.m. When the deputies arrived, they exchanged gunfire with a suspect and one of the deputies was wounded, according to Kuredjian, who did not know if the gunman had been hit.
Borderline is a country music bar that hosts live music events. An event aimed at college students, which was open to students 18 and older was scheduled to take place this evening, according to the bar’s website and Instagram page.
This is the second time this year Thousand Oaks has been victim to a public spasm of violence in a crowded area. In March, a man shot and killed his wife before attempting to shoot himself at the Thousand Oaks Mall.
Witness at the scene, who refused to give his name, said someone ran into the bar around 11:30 p.m. and started firing what appeared to be a black pistol.
“He shot a lot, at least 30 times. I could still hear gunshots after everyone left,” the man said.
Law enforcement and emergency crews were flooding the scene, and authorities were urging the public to avoid the area, lines of police cars and ambulances were visible.