Mass Shooting At California Country Bar Leaves At Least 13 Dead

November 8, 2018

At least 13 people have died, and 10 more are injured after a mass shooting that took place at a country bar called Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, Calif., late Wednesday night , 40 miles west of Los Angeles. A gunman entered the venue after 11pm local time Wednesday night.  A sheriff says 13 people are dead, including a sheriff’s sergeant and the gunman, after a shooting inside a crowded Southern California bar late Wednesday. Authorities did not say how the gunman died. Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean says sheriff’s Sgt. Ron Helus responded to the scene and was shot after he entered the building. He died at a hospital early Thursday. 

Borderline was hosting one of its multiple weekly country nights, though its website did not list any scheduled performers.

Good Morning America, Teylor Whittler, who was at Borderline celebrating a friend's birthday, described the scene as the shooting took place.

"A bunch of people dog-piled on top of each other," she says." "Everyone just yelled, 'Run, he's coming!'" She says she stumbled and fell, and multiple other people stumbled over her before a man helped her to her feet. Whittler says multiple other men gathered around a group of people who were trying to escape, "ready to take a bullet for every single one of us."

21-year-old Taylor von Molt is a promoter at Borderline, and she tells CNN that when the shooting began, people were line dancing, and she thought the initial gunshot she heard was a balloon popping.

"I was confused because we didn’t have any balloons at the time... I turned around and saw him fire his weapon a couple of times and I ran to the nearest exit and tripped and fell on the way.," she recalls.