People Injured, Deputy Shot At Bar In Thousand Oaks


Police in the United States are responding to reports of a shooting at a bar in Thousand Oaks, California.

Police said they responded to the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, California, about 40 miles west of Los Angeles, just before midnight local time after multiple shots were fired.

A gunman shot a sheriff's deputy and around six other people inside a country-and-western bar and dance club in Southern California on Wednesday night, authorities said.

Around 30 shots were fired, officers at the scene claim.

Witness John Hedge told ABC's 13WLOS TV station that said he saw a suspect throwing smoke bombs into the front of the restaurant. The security guard was dead and the man had a handgun. The deputy was said to have non-life-threatening injuries.

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He said he heard from people inside that they were hiding in bathrooms and the attic of the bar.

He could not immediately provide information on the extent of the victims' injuries.

Dozens of police cars and emergency service vehicles were spotted at the scene in Thousand Oaks around 11.20pm local time on Wednesday.

Reports say the suspect, who is described as wearing dark clothing, may have used smoke grenades as well as a gun in the attack.

Authorities urged the public to avoid the area.