Multiple injuries in California shooting

At least 12 people, including a police officer, were killed after a gunman forced his way into a popular bar in the U.S. state of California and opened fire on people there.

Ian David Long, 28, was identified by police Thursday morning as the gunman who killed 12 people in a California bar shooting the night before.

Ventura County Sheriff Sgt. Eric Buschow says the gunman is dead inside a Southern California bar where 11 people were injured late Wednesday.

Authorities and witnesses say the gunman wore dark clothing and didn't say anything as he fired inside the bar.

Sgt. Ron Helus, pictured, was among the 12 victims killed when a gunman opened fire at California bar November 7, 2018. "He just started shooting", he said.

Borderline is a western-style bar and grill that regularly hosts a college night between 9 p.m. and 2 a.m. and is located not far from California Lutheran University.

The incident was reported at the Borderline Bar and Grill in the town of Thousand Oaks, a quiet, upscale residential suburb of Los Angeles.

Police responded to the incident at around 11.30pm local time (7.30am GMT).

Survivors of the bar shooting are describing moments of panic and heroism as a gunman turned a dance floor into a killing zone.

At the time of the shooting, at least "100-130 people" were inside of the bar enjoying a night of dancing. "He went in to save lives, to save other people", Dean said.

The spokesperson for the county sheriff's office, Captain Garo Kuredjian, said a deputy of the sheriff was among those killed, AP reported.

A gunman armed with smoke grenades and a handgun reportedly opened fire at a bar and grill in California.

Sources told NBC News he is a white male who is "heavily tattooed". The shooter is suspected to have used a semi-automatic gun and smoke bombs.

The Times reports that there were multiple reports of shots fired and people hit. The official was not authorized to discuss the investigation publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity. Between 10 and 15 people sustained minor injuries, according to authorities. Law enforcement officers hovered around the bar with flashlights and weapons drawn.

  • Rogelio Becker