It was sometime after 11 p.m. PST on Wednesday night when Ian David Long, a 28-year-old former U.S. Marine, walked into the Western-themed bar on "College Country Night" and fired off round after round seemingly at random from his.45 caliber Glock handgun equipped with a high-capacity magazine.
Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean told reporters one of the first officers to arrive at the Borderline Bar & Grill in the city of Thousand Oaks was shot after going inside the confront the shooter.
He said that there are at least "six victims including one deputy" who are still inside the bar.
Kuredjian said at around 0915 GMT (5pm Singapore time) that the shooter was still confined inside the premises, adding that he did not know if he had been subdued or shot.
Dean said the other prior encounters were a traffic accident and an incident when he was the victim of battery at a bar. They found Long "somewhat irate, acting a little irrationally", Dean said.
Long enlisted in the Marines at 18 and was married as a 19-year-old in Honolulu in June 2009, according to military and court records. "There is blood everywhere and the suspect is part of that". "We have no idea what the motive was at this point", Dean said.
Officials say the suspect, who has not been identified, was found dead inside. It was not clear whether he killed himself or was killed by officers, Dean said.
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Dean said the shooter reportedly shot at employees and security before turning on the crowd.
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When the gunman entered, people screamed and fled to all corners of the bar, while a few people threw barstools through the windows and helped dozens to escape, witnesses said. "Pop, pop, pop. There was probably three or four, I hit the ground", John Hedge, at the bar with his stepfather, told CNN affiliate KABC.
"I was confused because we didn't have any balloons".
"I talked to him last night before he headed out the door", Coffman said, fighting through tears. "I tried to pull down as many people as I could", he said. Some students from California Lutheran and nearby Pepperdine University are believed to have been at Wednesday night's event. Many of those at the bar were regulars, she said.
Law enforcement agencies, firefighters and other first responders, along with several ambulances, additional units from the California Highway Patrol, Simi Valley and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, reached the spot soon after the shooting was reported. "I could still hear gunshots after everyone left", the Times quoted the man as saying.