Following a mass shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue, there’s been another mass shooting at a local bar in California. Late Wednesday night, a gunman opened fire on a crowd of at least 200 college students. The shooting took place at Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, roughly 40 miles outside northwest Los Angeles. At least 12 people were killed, including the gunman, which takes the total to 13 deaths.
The gunman has not been identified. He was carrying a .45-caliber handgun, when he unleashed multiple shots into the crowd, a little after 11pm. Witnesses say he was disguised in all black, and threw smoke grenades into the crowd. Shortly after the shots, police were notified, and arrived to the scene.
“It is a horrific scene in there, there is blood everywhere, and the suspect is part of that,” Ventura County sheriff Geoff Dean said.
Those trapped inside the bar, threw chairs at the windows in order to escape. Dean said that around a dozen other people had been injured. Majority of the crowd were college students. As the bar’s website suggests, it was “College Country Night.”
It’s unclear as to how the gunman died. Among the dead was a Ron Helus, a veteran sergeant in the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office.