Witnesses to the mass shooting at the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, California are sharing their accounts of the horrifying moment a shooter opened fire on a crowded student night, injuring at least 11 people.
First responders remain at the scene.
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“I just started hearing these big pops. Pop, pop, pop. There was probably three or four, I hit the ground. I look up – the security guard is dead,” John Hedge told ABC7. “Well, I don’t want to say he was dead, but he was shot. He was down.”
Hedge, who was standing at the front door with his stepdad at the time, said he saw the shooter “throwing smoke grenades all over the place.”
Hedge’s stepfather, Tim, told ABC7 he knew once he heard the first gunshot that it was a real shooting.
“My son thought it was a joke so I pulled him down and got some cover. I looked up and [the shooter] was moving to the right. He shot the front doorman, who was just a young man. Then he shot the cashier, just a young girl,” he said.
Capt. Garo Kuredjian of Ventura County Sheriff’s Department confirmed that at least 11 people were injured, including a deputy. He said that the number of wounded could increase.
“He shot a lot, at least 30 times. I could still hear gunshots after everyone left,” a witness told the LA Times.
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