BREAKING: ‘Multiple fatalities’ in mass shooting at popular Los Angeles-area music venue packed for a college event

UPDATE: Thursday 6:08 a.m. ET

CNN is reporting that 12 people have been killed, in addition to the gunman, at a mass shooting in Thousand Oaks on Wednesday night. The report states that a police officer who is believed to have confronted the gunman is among those who were killed.

ORIGINAL STORY:

At least 11 people have been shot, some fatally, after a gunman opened fire at a popular restaurant and bar in Thousand Oaks, California, that was hosting a popular event for local college students.

NBC News reports that a sheriff’s deputy is among those who were hit in the mass shooting at the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, which is part of Greater Los Angeles.

Police told the news outlet that the gunman opened fire around 11:20 p.m. on Wednesday as the venue hosted a “College Country Night” with “several hundred people” in attendance, the report states.

Ventura County Sheriff’s Office confirmed to multiple news outlets early Thursday that the shooter is among the dead, after earlier reports indicated the gunman was still at large.

According to the Los Angeles Times, some of the shooting victims may be as young as 18 years old. Officials told the news paper that the number of casualties is expected to rise.

The venue is believed to be popular among country fans and college students, and many students from nearby Pepperdine University were expected to be in attendance, with an unconfirmed report on Twitter that the college had organized group outings to the event.

This is a developing story and all information is preliminary. CrimeOnline will provide further updates when more information is available.

[Feature image: AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill]