Multiple injuries at mass shooting at Southern California bar in Thousand Oaks

Mass shooting at California country and western bar

Mass shooting at California country and western bar

There has been a mass shooting at a Californian bar, according to USA media reports.

Police tell the Ventura County Star that the initial report came around 11:20 p.m. that a man opened fire at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, which is about 40 miles west of Los Angeles.

He could not immediately provide information on the extent of the victims' injuries.

Witnesses told The LA Times someone ran into the bar about 11.30pm, U.S. time, and started firing what appeared to be a black pistol.

"He shot a lot, at least 30 times".

The gunman shot a security guard standing at the front of the bar before entering the building.

It is thought the gunman may still be at large and at least police officer is injured.

Police have described it as a "mass casualty incident" and helicopters are swirling overhead.

The suspect reportedly threw smoke bombs inside the bar.

Officers later reported a man matching the suspect's description on the ground at the scene outside a window.

He said responding deputies could hear gunshots as they arrived on scene.

They said that soon after the gunman opened fire, victims were running to a nearby petrol station to get help.

A college country night was being held at the venue, which is popular for line dancing.

Borderline is a country music bar that hosts live music events.

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