12 killed in California bar shooting sheriff

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"Multiple assets from the ATF Los Angeles Field Division have responded to the mass shooting at the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks", California, according to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, via Twitter. Video shown on local media station showed people with bullet wounds being carried away from the scene.

The authorities said the shooter was dead inside the venue and there were at least 200 people inside the bar attending a college country music night at the time of the incident, media reports say.

Dean says around 10 other people were shot and wounded.

"I just started hearing these big pops - pop, pop, pop". Pop, pop, pop. There was probably three or four.

A gunman shot and killed 11 people including a sheriff's deputy Wednesday in Southern California, using a handgun and smoke bombs at a country dance bar on "college night" and sending hundreds of panicking people toward the exits with some breaking windows to escape, authorities and witnesses said.

"The security guard. was down". I saw him point to the back of the cash register, and he just kept firing. I hear chairs being thrown out the window. "There were probably 12 shots before I got out the front door".

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"He said he and others smashed their way out of the bar onto a balcony and then jumped down to safety".

"It's a horrific scene in there".

The witness who spoke to KABC described the attacker as a bearded man in a black jacket and hat.

Tayler Whitler, 19, said she was inside the bar when a man walked in with his face partly covered by something resembling a ski mask, opened fire on a person working on the door, then began to shoot people at random. Another witness said the gunman wielded what looked like a sub-machine gun.

Squad cars and helicopters quickly swarmed the area. "Likewise, the shooter is dead, along with the first police officer to enter the bar...."

The Latest on a shooting at a bar in Southern California.

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