A gunman has opened fire at a country music bar in the city of Thousand Oaks, California, injuring at least 11 people.
The shooter stormed the Borderline Bar and Grill wearing a black trench coat armed with a ‘high capacity’ pistol and smoke grenades.
Among the victims was a deputy sheriff and a doorman – as well as a cashier and multiple revelers.
Police say the shooter ‘is no longer a threat’ but is still inside the venue and not yet in custody.
An injured man who appears to have been shot is rushed to safety at the Borderline Bar and Grill
An FBI officer stands guard outside of the bar and debriefs distressed witnesses
Police respond after a gunman opened fire at the country music venue in the city of Thousand Oaks, California
One witness told ABC7: ‘I was at the front door talking to my stepdad. I heard these big pops.
‘There were three or four and I hit the ground. The security guard was dead and the man had a handgun.
‘He threw in smoke bombs and he kept firing. People threw chairs out of the windows to try to get away.
‘The gunman had glasses and a black jacket. He had a big hand gun.’
Another witness said: ‘This maniac came in. Threw in smoke to confuse people and opened fire on the dancefloor. He’s taken many young lives’.
At least six people have been shot, including a deputy sheriff and a doorman, police confirmed
The shooter stormed in the venue wearing a black trench coat armed with high capacity sub machine guns, witnesses said
First responders arrive on the scene of the mass shooting at around 11.30pm
A Ventura County Sheriff’s Office official said approximately 30 shots had been fired inside the building.
People were hiding from the shooter in bathrooms and attic spaces, while others who managed to escape fled to nearby gas stations for medical help, reports claim.
Some had to use chairs to break windows inside the bar to escape.
A man thought to be inside the venue at the time of the shooting is pictured fleeing the bar
The shirtless man was helped along by officers from the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office
It’s thought that a man opened fire at the bar with a semi-automatic gun at about 11.20pm.
The gunman was still believed to be inside the bar an hour later, according to a police official.
The attack has been upgraded to a level 2 mass casualty incident, according to local reports.
A SWAT team have been pictured surrounding the venue in their formations, while the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force is also at the scene.
Borderline is a country music bar that hosts live music events.
Tonight’s event was aimed at college students, according to the bar’s website and Instagram page.