Published: Sat, November 10, 2018
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

In a bar in California the shooting happened, has died

In a bar in California the shooting happened, has died

Thirteen people have died, including a sheriff's sergeant and the gunman, after a shooting inside a crowded Southern California bar.

Holden Harrah, who witnessed the shooting at the Borderline Bar & Grill, said he was inside the bar with friends, something he does every week. He is survived by a wife and son.

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.

Police officers responded to the incident at the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks at about 11.30 p.m. on Wednesday (0730 GMT Thursday).

Terrified customers began shattering windows in an attempt to escape. Pop, pop, pop. There was probably three or four. I look up - the security guard is dead. And the gunman was throwing smoke grenades all over the place. I ran out the front door.

The venue was hosting an event for college students and possibly several hundred young people were inside, said Captain Garo Kuredjian of the Ventura County Sheriff's office.

"It was chaos, people jumping out of windows, people hopping over gates to get out", Mr Steinwender told KABC.

"It's a horrific scene in there. I don't know if she is alive", he said.

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

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

"They found 11 victims that had been killed", said Dean of the first response unit before detailing that the death of Helus brought the toll to 12, not including the gunman. Witnesses said many of those inside were college students.

Squad cars and helicopters quickly swarmed the area.

It is thought the gunman may still be at large and at least one police officer is reported to have been injured.

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

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