A GUNMAN armed with an “Uzi” machine gun and smoke grenades opened fire at a bar in California killing 12 people including a cop and injuring at least ten more today.
Wearing a black trenchcoat and sunglasses, the suspect shot a security guard and young female cashier before showering the Borderline bar in Thousand Oaks near Los Angeles with bullets.
Officials have confirmed that the depraved attacker has been killed after a shootout with cops who were alerted to the attack at 11.20pm local time.
One sheriff’s deputy is among the 12 victims who have been confirmed as dead in the mass shooting.
Revellers, mostly young college students, hid in bathrooms and attic spaces in a bid to flee the gunman who was carrying an “Uzi” machine gun, reports claim.
Witnesses told local TV networks including ABC7 that the maniac killer had black hair and was wearing a black trenchcoat.
Borderline is a country and western-themed bar and grill, open until 2am, with a 2,500 square feet dancefloor which is popular with students on Wednesday nights.
Witness John Hodge told ABC7 he saw the attacker throwing smoke grenades into the front of the venue after shooting a security guard.
John, who was stood at the front door, said: “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.”
WHAT WE KNOW SO FAR:
- A gunman killed 12 people and injured at least ten more after opening fire at a late-night bar in Thousand Oaks, California
- Police were called to the Borderline bar and grill at 11.20pm local time last night, officials have confirmed
- Armed with an ‘Uzi’ machine gun and smoke grenades, the shooter has been ‘engaged and neutralised’ by cops, the local mayor said
- Witnesses say he gunned down a security guard and a young girl working as a cashier at the venue
- One police officer was killed in the shooting, reports local media
- Revellers used chairs to break windows in the bar in a bid to escape while others reportedly hid in bathrooms
The distraught witness said the gunman was wearing a black jacket, a hat and sunglasses and had a beard.
John’s stepdad Tom described seeing the shooter firing bullets at a “young girl.”
He said: “He shot the front doorman, who was just a young man.
“Then he shot the cashier, just a young girl. Then he started moving to the right. He wasn’t looking at us.
“Then he went into the office, where all the cash and stuff is. He didn’t say anything at all. He just started shooting.”
A man told ABC that his friends who in Borderline during the attack were survivors of last year’s Las Vegas shooting at country music festival Route 91.
He said: “A lot of my friends survived Route 9. If they survived that, they will survive this.”
One teenage reveller cut his hand while breaking a window in the bar using a chair in a desperate bid to escape the shooter, reports VC Star.
Thousands Oaks mayor Andy Fox confirmed to KTLA that the killer had been “engaged and neutralised” by police officers.
He asked people to pray for the victims and said it’s going be a “long night for the local families.”
Thousand Oaks is one of the safest towns in America, according to FBI stats.
It was ranked as the fourth safest among cities with a population greater than 100,000 in the United States by the FBI’s 2013 Uniform Crime Reports.
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