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First responders outside Borderline Bar and Grill.
DEVELOPING

A California country music night for college students is the latest target of a mass shooting

By Tripti Lahiri

This is a developing story, last updated at 3:23am PST.

At least twelve people were killed in a mass shooting at a bar in the Californian city of Thousands Oaks, according to local authorities, who said the dead included an officer who responded to the emergency. At least 10 other people were injured. Police said the suspected gunman was also dead.

Officials received reports at 11:20pm US Pacific Standard Time last night (Nov. 7) of multiple people shot at Borderline Bar & Grill, a venue about 40 miles outside Los Angeles that was hosting a country music night for college students.

Hundred of people were believed to be in the bar at the time of the shooting, police said, according to the Associated Press. Witnesses said the gunman used smoke bombs and at least 30 shots were fired.

The Ventura County Fire Department said multiple ambulances had been dispatched, and asked people to stay away from the area.

The bar hosts a regular country college music night on Wednesdays from 9pm to 2am. Pepperdine University in Malibu and California Lutheran University are nearby.

The Ventura County sheriff’s department has set up an emergency hotline for those seeking to locate people who may have been in the bar at the time.