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Gunman wounds 11 at California bar’s college night

Police said hundreds of people were inside the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks.

A gunman has opened fire inside a country dance bar crowded with hundreds of people on college night, wounding 11 including an officer who had rushed to the scene, police in California said.

Ventura County sheriff’s Captain Garo Kuredjian could not confirm whether any of those shot were dead.

He also said he could not confirm whether the gunman was killed or in custody, but added there is no further threat to the community.

Mr Kuredjian said hundreds of people were in the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks at 11.20pm on Wednesday, and shots were still being fired when officers arrived.

Tayler Whitler, 19, said she was inside the bar when a man walked in with his face partly covered by something resembling a ski mask, opened fire on a person working on the door, then began to shoot people at random.

“It was really, really, really shocking,” she told KABC-TV as she stood with her father in the Borderline car park. “It looked like he knew what he was doing.”

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Police at the scene (KABC via AP)

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

It has been “quite some time” since there was a shooting of any kind in Thousand Oaks, a city of about 130,000 people around 40 miles west of Los Angeles.

Nick Steinwender, student body president at nearby California Lutheran University, rushed to the scene when he heard about a shooting at the bar where he knew friends and fellow students were.

“It was chaos, people jumping out of windows, people hopping over gates to get out” Mr Steinwender told KABC.

He said he heard from people inside that they were hiding in toilets and the attic of the bar.

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