A gunman killed at least 12 people late on Wednesday after opening fire on a bar packed with college students in southern California, according to the Ventura County Sheriff’s office.
Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean said on Thursday that more then a dozen other people were wounded following the incident at Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, about 50km west of Los Angeles.
“It’s a horrific scene in there. There is blood everywhere,” Dean said.
The gunman, who police identified as 28-year-old Ian David Long, died inside the bar.
Dean said Long was armed with a Glock 21, a .45-caliber handgun designed to hold 10 rounds plus one in the chamber.
But the sheriff added the gun had an extended magazine that is illegal in California. The sheriff said he does not know how many rounds that magazine can hold.
There were also reports that the gunman used smoke bombs before opening fire.
The bar’s website says it hosts “College Country Night” every Wednesday. Police said hundreds were inside when the shooting occurred.
Among the dead is Sergeant Ron Helus, who was with the force for 29 years.
According to police, at least one person who survived the shooting suffered a gunshot wound. Others were injured from jumping out windows and diving under tables.