'Half a dozen' injured in shooting at California bar

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USA fire department officials have reported multiple injuries in a shooting at a bar and dance hall in southern California.

Police are responding to reports of a mass shooting at bar in Thousand Oaks, California.

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

At least six people have been shot after a gunman opened fire in a crowded bar in southern California.

Ventura County Sheriff's Office Capt. Garo Kuredjian said at a news conference early Thursday that a sheriff's deputy was also shot and taken to a hospital.

The authorities were alerted to the incident at around 11.20pm local time.

The number of potential victims is unclear, but a witness told ABC Los Angeles station KABC-TV that he saw a security guard get shot, and that the alleged shooter appeared to use "a big handgun" and smoke grenades.

"He shot a lot, at least 30 times".

He said he heard from people inside that they were hiding in bathrooms and the attic of the bar. The deputy was said to have non-life-threatening injuries.

The extent of the victim's injuries has not yet been released.

'He threw in smoke bombs and he kept firing.

It was college night and country two-step lessons were being offered Wednesday at the Borderline, according to its website.

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