Shots were first reported about 11:20 p.m. at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, west of Los Angeles, a Ventura County sheriff’s spokesman reportedly said. (Sheriff’s officials could not immediately be reached by PEOPLE.)
The shooter also died in the assault, though it was not immediately clear how.
Approximately 10 others were wounded, the Associated Press reports.
The exact number of casualties was not immediately clear: The AP reported that 13 people had been killed; ABC and CNN, 12. Other details about the shooting were not immediately available.
“It’s a horrific scene in there,” Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean said, according to CNN. “There is blood everywhere and the suspect is part of that, and I didn’t want to get that close and disturb the scene and possibly disturb the investigation.”
Among the dead was a local sheriff’s sergeant responding to the scene, according to ABC News and the AP: Ron Helus was shot after going into the bar and died at the hospital.
The bar was hosting a “College Country Night” on Wednesday, according to the AP and CNN. The network described Borderline as a popular spot for local college students.
“ just a place you go to hang out with friends, just have fun as young adults,” witness Holden Harrah told CNN.
And then, on Wednesday: violence erupted.
“A gentleman, who walked in through the front door, shot the girl that was right behind the counter,” Harrah said.
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