Authorities responded to a nightclub in Thousand Oaks after reports of a mass shooting Wednesday night.
The shooting happened around 11:20 p.m. at Borderline Bar & Grill at 99 Rolling Oaks Dr.
Ventura County sheriff’s officials said there were reports of an active shooter at the club. During a press briefing around 12:45 a.m., Capt. Garo Kuredjian said they confirmed at least six people were injured, including a deputy.
“We’re still looking for the shooter. We can’t confirm the shooter is in custody at this point,” he said.
He added that there may be more victims, and that information the victims was preliminary. He said “hundreds” were inside the bar during the shooting.
Witness John Hedge, of Moorpark, said he saw a suspect throwing smoke bombs into the front of the restaurant. He also said he saw a security guard get shot.
“I was at the front door and I was talking to my stepdad. I just started hearing these big pops. Pop, pop, pop. There was probably three or four, I hit the ground. I look up – the security guard is dead. Well, I don’t want to say he was dead, but he was shot.
“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. I ran out the front door,” he said.
Hodge added that there may have been about 12 shots by the time he got out of the door.
He said the gunman had a beard, wore a hat, had a black jacket and may have had glasses.
“I thought it was a joke when the shots started firing. I know people there. I hope everybody’s OK. I don’t know how I didn’t get shot,” the man said.
Tim, Hodge’s stepfather, who was in tears, said he was next to the entrance about to leave after playing pool when smoke came into the room.
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SOURCE: ABC7 Los Angeles News