UPDATE: Fatalities after gunman opens fire in a California bar
There are reports of multiple fatalities after a gunman opened fire inside a bar in Thousand Oaks, California.
The L.A. Times has quoted witnesses describe panic inside as some customers hid in the bathrooms and others used bar stools to break windows.
— Brittny Mejia (@brittny_mejia) November 8, 2018
The Sheriff’s office is reporting that 13 people are dead, including a police officer during an exchange of gunfire with the suspect. More than a dozen other people were also injured during the shooting.
NBC News has identified the police officer killed as Sergeant Ron Healus, a 29-year veteran who was looking to retire next year.
The gunman is among the fatalities. The Washington Post has identified him as a 28-year-old man named Ian David Long.
These women escaped the Borderline bar shooting Wednesday night in Thousand Oaks pic.twitter.com/xA4PenRT0f
— Alene Tchekmedyian (@AleneTchek) November 8, 2018
Hundreds of patrons were inside Borderline Bar & Grill at the time for a college night event.
Thousand Oaks, is about 40 miles from Los Angeles.