'Half a dozen' injured in shooting at California bar

MANHUNT It is thought the gunman may still be at large

MANHUNT It is thought the gunman may still be at large

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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