At least 12 victims have been killed after a shooter stormed a California bar overnight, the latest in a string US mass shootings in recent years.
The shooting took place during ‘college night’ at a dance club in Thousand Oaks, an affluent Los Angeles suburb.
A police officer was among the 12 victims, according to Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean, and the suspected shooter was also dead. More people were injured and have been brought to local area hospitals. Malibu-based Pepperdine University said “multiple” students had been on site at the Borderline bar.
Mr Dean described a “horrific scene” with “blood everywhere” at the Borderline Bar and Grill, which describes itself as the area’s largest country dance hall.
One witness, speaking on local television, described seeing a man with a “big handgun”, dressed in a black jacket. Another said she saw “smoke everywhere” before fleeing the scene.
The shooting comes two weeks after eleven people were killed at a Pittsburgh synagogue in what has been described as the deadliest attack on America’s jewish community in history. It followed a tense week in America during which more than a dozen mail bombs were addressed to prominent critics of Mr Trump were discovered.
Just over a year ago, 58 people were killed when an attacker opened fire at concertgoers at a resort in Las Vegas.