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Gunman Kills 12 in Crowded California Bar

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First responders are seen outside Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, California, Nov. 7, 2018, in this image obtained from social media. Photo: Thomas Gorden / via Reuters.

A gunman opened fire on a crowd of mostly college students and young adults dancing at a crowded country and western bar in a suburb of Los Angeles late on Wednesday night, killing 12 people, including a sheriff’s deputy, police said.

Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean named the suspect as Ian Long, aged 28. He told a news conference Long had likely shot himself and that he was a veteran who had served in the US Marine Corps.

He said he appeared to have shot at random inside the club, using only a Glock .45-caliber handgun. There was no known motive, he said.

An unknown number of people were wounded in the shooting at the Borderline Bar and Grill, a popular venue with college students and young adults in the suburb of Thousand Oaks. Wednesday was dubbed “College Country Night.”

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“It’s a horrific scene in there,” Dean said earlier. “There is blood everywhere and the suspect is part of that.”

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