Multiple people shot as gunman opens fire in California bar

Mass shooting at bar in Thousand Oaks CA dozens reportedly injured incl police officer

Multiple people have been injured in a suspected mass shooting at a California bar.

Thousand Oaks is located in Ventura County, which is just west of Los Angeles.

Police said at least six people - including an officer - were shot after a gunman tossed smoke grenades and opened fire at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks.

Officers from the Ventura County Sheriff's Office and California Highway Patrol said about 30 shots were fired and several people were injured.

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

Image: Authorities say there are multiple injuries. The security guard was dead and the man had a handgun.

Witness John Hedge told ABC News that he saw a suspect throwing smoke bombs into the front of the restaurant.

They said that soon after the gunman opened fire, victims were running to a nearby petrol station to get help. There was a massive law enforcement presence.

Borderline is a country music bar that hosts live music events. Information on the extent of the victims' injuries has not yet been released.

Witnesses said they had spoken to friends who escaped the shooting, which took place during a popular student night at the bar.

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