A gunman opened fire overnight in a Southern California bar and country music venue. The Ventura County sheriff said the bar was crowded with more than 100 people, many of them college students.
The gunman, who hasn’t been identified, killed 12 people, including a sheriff’s sergeant who responded to the gunfire. Police later found the shooter dead inside the bar, possibly from a self-inflicted wound.
The rampage took place at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, about 40 miles northwest of Los Angeles. Authorities don’t yet have a motive for the shooting.
Before Wednesday night’s shooting, the Borderline Bar & Grill was filled with students celebrating “college night,” CBS News correspondent Carter Evans reports. They were dancing and having a good time when witnesses said the gunman stormed inside and opened fire.
Witnesses said the gunman shot the bouncer at the front door and then fired multiple rounds inside the bar, reloading and setting off smoke bombs. Ben Campbell said he was dancing when he heard the gunshots and immediately hit the ground.
“The windows broke, and I just hopped out the window,” Campbell said. “I was one of the last people out. I didn’t see anybody. I didn’t see any guns, and then I just ran.”