12 People Dead – Gunman Used Smoke Bombs in Mass Shooting at California Bar Popular With College Students

 
 
Twelve people were shot dead and about a dozen others were injured after a gunman dressed in black used smoke bombs and shot into a Southern California bar popular with college students. A sheriff's deputy is among those killed. The gunman is dead.

"The massacre occurred at the Borderline Bar & Grill, with the assailant firing wildly into the crowd," the LA Times reports. The shooting began at about 11:20 PM local time Wednesday at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks.

Ventura County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Ron Helus who was to retire next year,, was shot and died at a hospital.

One witness told CNN the gunman wore a "black mask" which may have been a bandana.

“It’s a horrific incident,” Sheriff Geoff Dean told reporters. “This community in my 41 years had never experienced anything like this."

“It’s a horrific scene in there,” Sheriff Dean added. “There’s blood everywhere.”

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One patron who ran toward the exit when the shooting began is 19 years old. Erika Sigman told reporters the bar "is a safe place. My parents let me go here. This is a trusted place. ... To know that this happened in my safe place is a very, very scary thing."

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