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Mass shooting reported at Thousand Oaks restaurant, California

Junie Sihlangu
Nov 08, 2018
06:01 A.M.
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On Wednesday night, bar patrons had to run for their lives when a gunman suddenly opened fire. The incident occurred at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks.

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Reports have stated that 11 people were injured during the incident. The gunman used a semi-automatic gun to target the patrons of the bar.

The mass shooting had at least 11 victims which included a Ventura County sheriff's deputy. The police were informed about the shooting at around 11:20 p.m.

They were told that a man had opened fire with a semi-automatic gun at the country-western dance bar at 99 Rolling Oaks Drive. Conflicting reports state that the gunman may have also used smoke bombs in the incident.

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For more on this story go to our Twitter account @amomama_usa. Police officers shared that approximately 30 shots were fired during the shooting.

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Captain Garo Kuredjian said that the deputy who was shot was treated at the scene at about 11:55 p.m. It’s believed that the number of those injured during the shooting could go up.

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The gunman was described as a Middle Eastern man in his early 20s who was wearing all black clothing and had a beard. Some witnesses recalled him wearing glasses.

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Kuredjian said authorities believed the suspect was contained in the building and was no longer a threat to the public. It’s not clear if the man was shot, injured, captured or trapped.

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The police blocked the roads in the area to manage the situation better. The Ventura County Sheriff's Office was joined at the scene by the California Highway Patrol, the FBI, and other teams from Los Angeles County.

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At the time of the shooting, the bar had been hosting a “College Country Night” which was attended by 100s of patrons. The bar is not far from the California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, California State University Channel Islands in Camarillo, Pepperdine University in Malibu, and Moorpark College in Moorpark.

In a similar incident that occurred in October, a man died and another was wounded in a shooting outside of a restaurant in Glendale. The shooting happened at around 8:22 p.m. in the 6400 block of San Fernando Road, near the Ararat restaurant.

The suspect got away on foot and then drove away in a car.

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