BREAKING: 13 Dead in Mass Shooting in Thousand Oaks California Bar
A shooter opened fire in a crowded bar in Thousand Oaks, California late Wednesday night, killing 13 individuals (including one police official) and injury roughly a dozen more. Details are still emerging, but there according to local authorities, it is not yet clear if there is any terrorism yet linked.
The shooting occurred at a crowded college bar known as Borderline Bar and Grill. There are numerous colleges and universities within a five-mile radius of where this shooting occurred.
The local sheriff provided an update during a press conference, the video of which is embedded above. The rough transcript:
Tonight at 11:20 P.M., sheriff’s 911 received multiple calls of shots being fired at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks. Our first sheriff’s unit arrived on scene three minutes later.
There were two highway patrol officers on scene who had been on a local traffic stop and heard the traffic and responded right away. Approximately three minutes later, the highway patrol and a sheriff’s sergeant made entry into the borderline because they heard shots being fired and felt there might be additional victims inside. Upon going through the front door, the sheriff’s sergeant was struck multiple times with gunfire. The highway patrol officer stepped back and secured the perimeter until additional officers arrived and he rescued the sheriff’s sergeant out of the line of gunfire.
When additional units arrived, including S.W.A.T. Personnel, agencies from the Oxnard police department, the Ventura police department, Simi police department and additional officers from the highway patrol, they made entry into the borderline bar & grill. They found 11 victims that had been killed. The suspect, who we believe was the only suspect, was dead inside. And there are multiple other victims of different levels of injury inside that were rescued from the scene and taken to local hospitals. In addition to the victims inside and the numbers are upwards of 10 to 12, additional victims with minor injuries fled the scene on their own and took themselves to local hospitals.
We have not identified the suspect yet. Our partners from the FBI were on scene almost immediately to help us with identification process. And with crime scene processing. We have no idea if there was a terrorism link to this event or as you know, these are ongoing investigations and that information will come out as soon as we’re able to determine exactly who the suspect was and what motive he might have had for this horrific event.
This story is still developing and this post will be updated as further reports emerge.
Watch the clip above courtesy of MSNBC.
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