12 people killed in California nightclub shooting

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) - The Latest on a shooting at a bar in Southern California (all times local):

5:15 a.m.

A law enforcement official says authorities have identified the gunman and the handgun he used to kill 12 people at a Southern California bar.

The official told The Associated Press the man was 29 years old and deployed a smoke device and used a .45-caliber handgun when he opened fire inside the Borderline Bar & Grill late Wednesday in Thousand Oaks, north of Los Angeles.

The official declined to provide any other details, speaking on condition of anonymity for lack of authorization to publicly discuss the investigation.

Authorities and witnesses say the gunman wore dark clothing and didn't say anything as he fired inside the bar. Hundreds of people fled, some breaking windows and jumping out of second-floor windows to escape.
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Ventura County Sheriff Sgt. Eric Buschow says the gunman is dead inside a Southern California bar where 12 people, including a Sheriff's Deputy, were shot and killed late Wednesday.

At least 15 people were also injured in the shooting, and taken to local hospitals.

Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean said the first reports of shots fired came around 11:20 p.m. at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, which is about 40 miles west of Los Angeles.

The bar's website says its hosts "College Country Night" every Wednesday. Police said hundreds were inside when the shooting occurred. The Sheriff described it as a "horrific scene, with blood everywhere." The officer shot and killed has been identified as Sergeant Ron Healus, a 29-year-old police veteran who was looking to retire in the next year.

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