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Gunman Shoots Deputy, 11 Others at CA Country Western Restaurant

A gunman opened fire Wednesday night at a southern California Country Western restaurant and dance hall, wounding a deputy sheriff and 11 others.

A gunman opened fire Wednesday night at a southern California Country Western restaurant and dance hall, wounding a deputy sheriff and 11 others.

It was college night at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, California, about 40 miles west of downtown Los Angeles, and some were taking part in the Wednesday night dance lesson, learning the country two-step, when the gunman began shooting around 11:30.

He was still firing when deputy sheriffs arrived.

"We're still looking for the shooter," Ventura County Sheriff Department spokesman Capt. Garo Kuredjian told reporters at the scene. "I can't tell you what the status of any of those that were shot is at the point."

According to the report, Nick Steinwender, head of nearby California Lutheran University's student body, rushed to the scene, knowing that students from the university had joined in the college night festivities.

"It was chaos – people jumping out of windows, hopping over gates and just trying to get out," he told KABC-TV. "Students were hiding in the attics, bathrooms and stuff like that."


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