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UPDATED: At least 13 dead in mass shooting at country and western bar in California

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. — A sheriff says 13 people are dead,
including a sheriff’s sergeant and the gunman, after a shooting
inside a crowded Southern California bar late Wednesday.

Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean says sheriff’s Sgt. Ron Helus
responded to the scene and was shot after he entered the
building. He died at a hospital early Thursday.

Authorities did not say how the gunman died.

Thousand Oaks mayor Andy Fox told CNN that police “went in and
neutralized the shooter (and) they identified a number of
causalities.”

Dean says 10 other people were shot and wounded. No other
information on the victims was immediately known.

Ventura County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Garo Kuredjian said the
first reports of shots fired came around 11:20 p.m. at the
Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, which is about 40
miles west of Los Angeles.

This
image made from aerial video show officers near a shooting in
Thousand Oaks, California, early Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018.

KABC via
AP

The bar’s website says its hosts “College Country Night” every
Wednesday. Police said hundreds were inside when the shooting
occurred.

Kuredjian said hundreds of people were inside the bar and shots
were still being fired when deputies arrived.

Several people from inside the bar told TV stations that a tall
man wearing all black with a hood and his face partly covered
first shot at a person working the door, then opened fire,
seemingly at random, at the people inside.

People screamed and fled to all corners of the bar, while a few
people threw barstools through the windows and helped dozens
escape, witnesses said.

It was college night and country two-step lessons were being
offered Wednesday at the Borderline, according to its website.

Kuredjian said it has been “quite some time” since there was a
shooting of any kind in Thousand Oaks, a city of about 130,000
people about 64 kilometres west of Los Angeles, just across the
county line.

Kuredjian could not immediately provide information on the
extent of the victims’ injuries

Witnesses tell ABC News that a man fired several shots from a
handgun before tossing smoke bombs and starting to fire again.

Police tell the Los Angeles Times that at least 30 shots were
fired.

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