Good thing I held off on my initial "no dead reported, should be in the 'Because, America' thread rather than warrant its own" reaction.
13 Dead in Thousand Oaks, California Bar Shooting; Gunman in Black Threw Smoke Grenades
A shooter opened fire on an 18+ country music night in a club north of Los Angeles early Wednesday morning.
11.08.18 3:23 AM ET
The dance floor at a college country dancing night was full Wednesday night when witnesses say a gunman dressed all in black opened fire with a semi-automatic handgun.
At least 12 people —including veteran sheriff Ron Helus—were killed.
The shooting was reported to police at around 11:20 p.m. at Borderline Bar & Grill late Wednesday night. Sheriffs have confirmed that there were multiple injuries as well as the 12 people who died.
Ventura County Sheriff Sgt. Eric Buschow said the gunman was found dead inside.
Witnesses who were at the entrance to the club when the shooting began told ABC7 that a young man dressed in black shot the doorman and the cashier at the front desk before throwing smoke grenades into the building and then firing onto the dance floor.
One man only named as Tim said the man had a powerful handgun. “He shot the doorman, just a young man, he shot the cashier, just a young girl,” he said. “He just started shooting and I should have stayed until he changed his clip but I was worried about my boy. I should have stayed, I apologize to anybody who got hurt. I’m sorry. They’re all young, I’m 56, I’ve lived a life. They’re all young. This shouldn’t happen.”
The eyewitness confirmed that it was college night at the nightclub, where his stepson was among the crowd. “There were just young people, like young, 18, 19, 20, just having a great time,” he said. “Then this maniac came in and started shooting at people for no reason at all. These people never hurt anyone in their lives, they’re just kids. They’re just kids.”
California Lutheran University and California State University, Channel Islands, as well as Moorpark, Ventura and Oxnard College are all near the club. Students from Pepperdine University in Malibu were also believed to be at the event.
Pepperdine said in a statement: “The university has received reports that several Pepperdine students were at Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks this evening when a gunman reportedly entered the building and began shooting. At this time, the university is working to identify and provide support to those students.”
Oxnard police department tweeted that it had sent sent patrol and SWAT resources to assist in Thousand Oaks. The FBI are also reportedly on the scene.