Thirteen die and 10 are wounded in shooting at California bar

Thirteen die and 10 are wounded in shooting at California bar

Thirteen die and 10 are wounded in shooting at California bar

A gunman opened fire inside a Southern California nightclub killing 12 people, including a sheriff's deputy.

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Tayler Whitler, 19, said she was inside the bar when a man walked in with his face partly covered by something resembling a ski mask, opened fire on a person working on the door, then began to shoot people at random.

Shootings of any kind are very rare in Thousand Oaks, a city of about 130,000 people about 40 miles (64 kilometers) west of Los Angeles, just across the county line. Pop, pop, pop. There was probably three or four.

"The security guard. was down". He was down. The gunman was throwing smoke grenades all over the place. I saw him point to the back of the cash register, and he just kept firing.

The bar's website said it hosts College Country Night every Wednesday.

"It was chaos, people jumping out of windows, people hopping over gates to get out", Mr Steinwender told KABC. "I don't know if she is alive", he said.

"It's a horrific scene in there".

Other customers scrambled to find safety in other parts of the bar.

The witness who spoke to KABC described the attacker as a bearded man in a black jacket and hat. Witnesses said many of those inside were college students.

"Ron was a hardworking, dedicated sheriff's sergeant who was totally committed", Dean said, "and tonight, as I told his wife, he died a hero because he went in to save lives".

Squad cars and helicopters quickly swarmed the area.

Police said the gunman was found dead inside the bar on the outskirts of Los Angeles although it was not immediately clear if he was killed by officers or shot himself.

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