Police California say that at least 12 people have been killed in a shooting incident at a bar in Thousand Oaks, north-west of Los Angeles. Among those killed is also a policeman.
According to media reports, the shooting took place at about 23:20 local time on Wednesday at the Borderline Bar and Grill. Officials, according to BBC, said that the suspect had been killed adding that the death toll may further rise.
There were around 200 people inside the bar when the suspect opened fire. Those present there were attending a college country music night at the time.
A sheriff’s deputy was among the victims taken to hospital, police confirmed.
Officers said at least 30 shots had been fired and that victims would be at multiple locations as they fled, reports Sky News. The suspect has been described as a Middle Eastern man in his early 20s wearing all black trench coat and had a beard.
According to bar’s website, the venue was hosting a college country night between 9 pm and 2 am on Wednesday night when the shooting occurred. Its Instagram post had read, “See y’all tonight for Borderline’s College Night! ✨ Free line dance lessons with Kristal Lynn at 9:30 & 10:30! Yeehaw!”
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The bar is a few miles from California Lutheran University and is a popular spot for students, reported CNN. Some students from both California Lutheran University and nearby Pepperdine University are thought to have been present at the event on Wednesday night