At least 12 people have been killed with at least 10 others injured when a gunman burst into a packed Southern California bar, tossing smoke grenades and firing dozens of rounds.
The suspect was found dead inside the bar, police said. Authorities are working to determine who he is and what his motive may have been.
A police officer, Sgt. Ron Helus was among the dozen killed overnight, according to the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department.
Helus, a 29-year veteran, was one of the first on the scene and was fired on multiple times.
Police said they responded to the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, about 40 miles west of Los Angeles, just before midnight local time.
Hundreds were inside the bar at the time.
“The gunman was throwing smoke grenades all over the place,” John Hedge told ABC Los Angeles station KABC. “I saw him point to the back of the cash register and he just kept firing. I ran out the front door.”
The Borderline Bar and Grill is a country-themed bar known for its large dance floor and live music events, according to its website.