A mass taking pictures at a Thousand Oaks nightclub left 13 individuals useless, together with a Ventura County sheriff’s deputy, authorities mentioned Thursday morning.
Venutra County sheriff’s Sgt. Eric Buschow mentioned investigators imagine the suspect is useless contained in the venue.
The taking pictures occurred round 11:20 p.m. Wednesday at Borderline Bar & Grill at 99 Rolling Oaks Dr.
Ventura County sheriff’s officers mentioned there have been experiences of an lively shooter on the membership.
Throughout a press briefing, authorities confirmed at 13 individuals had been useless, together with the deputy and gunman.
“Tons of” had been contained in the bar when the gunfire erupted.
Witness John Hedge, of Moorpark, mentioned he noticed a suspect throwing smoke bombs into the entrance of the restaurant. He additionally mentioned he noticed a safety guard get shot.
“I used to be on the entrance door and I used to be speaking to my stepdad. I simply began listening to these large pops. Pop, pop, pop. There was in all probability three or 4, I hit the bottom. I search for – the safety guard is useless. Properly, I do not need to say he was useless, however he was shot.
“He was down. The gunman was throwing smoke grenades in every single place. I noticed him level to the again of the money register…and he simply stored firing. I ran out the entrance door,” he mentioned.
Hodge added that there could have been about 12 photographs by the point he bought out of the door.
He mentioned the gunman had a beard, wore a hat, had a black jacket and will have had glasses.
“I assumed it was a joke when the photographs began firing. I do know individuals there. I hope everyone’s OK. I do not understand how I did not get shot,” the person mentioned.
Tim, Hodge’s stepfather, who was in tears, mentioned he was subsequent to the doorway about to go away after enjoying pool when smoke got here into the room.
“He fired the primary shot. I knew it was reside. I knew it was actual. My son thought it was a joke so I pulled him down and bought some cowl. I seemed up and he was shifting to the suitable. He shot the entrance doorman, who was only a younger man. Then he shot the cashier, only a younger lady.
“Then he began shifting to the suitable. He wasn’t taking a look at us. Then he went into the workplace, the place all of the money and stuff is. He did not say something in any respect. He simply began taking pictures,” he mentioned.
Footage from AIR7 HD captured paramedics performing CPR on an individual who appeared unresponsive.
A number of legislation enforcement businesses, together with Simi Valley and Oxnard police, arrived to assist sheriff’s deputies and SWAT officers.
FBI brokers had been additionally headed to the scene.
The nation bar is positioned close to the 101 Freeway off Moorpark Highway.
The web site for Borderline confirmed that Wednesday nights are School Nation Nights that final from 9 p.m. till 2 a.m. Schools close to the membership are California Lutheran College and California State College, Channel Islands, in addition to Moorpark School.
College students from Pepperdine College in Malibu additionally typically attend School Nation Nights, and there could have been some on the bar Wednesday evening. It was unclear what number of, in line with the college.