Several injured after gunman sprays 30 bullets at bar in California, US

Several people, including a police officer, were injured after a person opened fire, reportedly with a semi-automatic, gun at a bar in the US state of California.

News channel ABC News spoke to witnesses who said that the shooter first fired several shots from a handgun before tossing smoke bombs and then opening fire again.

Another witness said that the gunman fired 30 shots. “He shot a lot, at least 30 times. I could still hear gunshots after everyone left,” the unnamed witness told the newspaper Los Angeles Times.

A local news website, Ventura Country Star, reported that the shooting took place at a pub called Borderline Bar & Grill in the Californian city of Thousand Oaks.

The fire department of the Ventura County, where Thousand Oaks is located, tweeted that it was “active shooter incident”

A reporter for Ventura Country Star — who seemed to be on the ground near the site of the shooting — tweeted images showing personnel from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the US’s premier domestic security agency, at the scene of the shooting.

In another Twitter post, the reporter put up a video of youngsters he said “were apparently in the Borderline bar” at the time of the reported mass shooting.

The shooting at the Borderline Bar & Grill — yet to come to a conclusion — so far is following a script that has been seen in several similar incidents previously.

The United States of America has witnessed multiple incidents of mass shootings — some at bars and some at schools — many of which have caused dozens of deaths.

Many commentators link the mass shootings to the US’s lax gun laws. The right to carry and bear arms is a constitutionally guaranteed right in the US and, the right’s supporters argue, is an intrinsic part of the American identity.

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