Multiple fatalities reported in mass shooting at bar in Thousand Oaks CA

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People comfort each other as they stand near the scene Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, in Thousand Oaks, Calif. where a gunman opened fire Wednesday inside a country dance bar crowded with hundreds of people on "college night," wounding 11 people including a deputy who rushed to the scene. Ventura County sheriff's spokesman says gunman is dead inside the bar. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

UPDATE 10:00 A.M. — Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean says the shooter was a 29 year-old Marine Corps veteran with a previous mental health call involving the police in April of this year. It’s believed the only weapon used was a handgun with an extended magazine. The gun was purchased legally and it isn’t known if he reloaded during the shooting.

Dean also says most of the injuries were cuts and scrapes sustained by people getting out of the way of the bullets.

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — A gunman shot and wounded at 11 people including a sheriff’s department Sergeant 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.

People comfort each other as they stand near the scene Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, in Thousand Oaks, Calif. where a gunman opened fire Wednesday inside a country dance bar crowded with hundreds of people on “college night,” wounding 11 people including a deputy who rushed to the scene. Ventura County sheriff’s spokesman says gunman is dead inside the bar. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

The gunman was dead inside the bar, Ventura County sheriff’s Sgt. Eric Buschow said, but did not say how he died.

Authorities confirmed “multiple fatalities” as a result of the shooting. The sheriff’s deputy is also among the dead.

Ventura County sheriff’s Capt. Garo Kuredjian said hundreds of people were inside the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks at 11:20 p.m., and shots were still being fired when deputies arrived.

Several people from inside the bar told TV stations that a tall man wearing all black with a hood and his face partly covered first shot at a person working the door, then opened fire, seemingly at random, at the people inside.

People screamed and fled to all corners of the bar, while a few people threw barstools through the windows and helped dozens escape, witnesses said.

It was college night and country two-step lessons were being offered Wednesday at the Borderline, according to its website.

Kuredjian said it has been “quite some time” since there was a shooting of any kind in Thousand Oaks, a city of about 130,000 people about 40 miles west of Los Angeles, just across the county line.

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