'Multiple injuries' in California bar shooting: fire department

Emergency services at the scene. Pic

Initial reports indicated that a man had opened fire with a semi-automatic gun at about 11.20pm.

Authorities say there were multiple injuries - including one officer - after a man opened fire in Southern California bar late Wednesday.

Ventura County Fire Department said on its website that firefighters and first responders were at the scene of a reported shooting in Ventura County in California.

He could not immediately provide information on the extent of the victims' injuries.

Police told the Los Angeles Times that at least 30 shots were fired at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, which is about 60km west of Los Angeles.

One witness said there were multiple shots fired inside the bar.

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Social media reports claim the suspect shot the bouncer before throwing a smoke grenade and firing more shots.

Another witness said he saw a security guard being shot as well as a female cashier, before he also fled.

He said responding deputies could hear gunshots as they arrived on scene.

Officers escorted large groups of people to safety as they left the area.

The attack has been upgraded to a level 2 mass casualty incident indicating that there are between 10 to 20 injured victims. An event aimed at university students was scheduled to take place this evening.

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