What we know about the fatal mass shooting at a Southern California dance bar

Twelve people were killed, and multiple people were injured after a mass shooting at a Southern California bar late Wednesday. 

About 40 miles west of Los Angeles, a gunman opened fire inside a country western dance bar. At least 11 victims were killed and a deputy died from his injuries, said Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean. The gunman, who has not been identified, was found dead inside. 

“There is blood everywhere,” Dean said Thursday morning.

Here’s what we know:

What happened?

The first reports of shots fired came around 11:20 p.m. Wednesday. Early eyewitness accounts suggested that the shooter, who may have dressed in all  black with a large trench coat, threw a smoke grenade into the bar before opening fire with a handgun. Dean said some people inside the bar broke windows to escape gunfire, and hid inside restrooms and attics. Shots were still being fired when officers arrived on the scene. Officers said about 30 shots had been fired. 

Where did it happen?

The shooting took place inside Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, known as a safe community to residents. The bar advertises itself as Ventura County’s largest country dance hall and live music venue. The night of the shooting, the bar was hosting a college country night with dance lessons at 9:30 and 10:30 p.m., according to its website. Pepperdine University in Malibu tweeted that “multiple” of its students were at the bar during the shooting. 

“It doesn’t matter what community you’re in … it can happen anywhere,” Dean said.

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