There has been a mass shooting at a Californian bar, according to US media reports.
The gunman is still on the loose, reported ABC7 Eyewitness News, which showed images of the Borderline Bar and Grill, in Thousand Oaks, California, surrounded by dozens of police vehicles.
Authorities said multiple people were injured in the shooting, which took place late on Wednesday night, local time. The extent of the victim’s injuries has not yet been released.
Police told the Los Angeles Times at least 30 shots were fired.
Ventura County Sheriff’s Office Captain Garo Kuredjian called the situation “active”, saying there were at least six people injured inside the building.
“I can confirm this is a very active scene. We have dozens of people behind me who are looking to secure this situation,” he said.
“We are still looking for the shooter. At this point I can confirm six victims.”
There were reports of pools of blood in the area, and responders attending to one injured person outside the venue.
A witness described to ABC7 Eyewitness News hearing at least 12 shots before he escaped out the door, with a security guard down on the floor injured.
He said the man set off smoke grenades inside before opening fire.
Another witness said he saw a security guard being shot as well as a female cashier, before he also fled.
“It was just some lowlife taking lives he shouldn’t be taking,” he said.
“It was just young people having a great time and this maniac came in and started shooting people for no reason at all.”
Witnesses said they had spoken to friends who escaped the shooting, which took place during a popular student night at the bar.
“It was chaos, people jumping out of windows, jumping over gates, just trying to get out,” one man said.
More to come.
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