Multiple injuries at mass shooting at Southern California bar in Thousand Oaks

Emergency services at the scene. Pic

Emergency services at the scene. Pic

Police responded to the incident at around 11.30pm local time (7.30am GMT).

Authorities say there were multiple injuries - including one officer - after a man opened fire in Southern California bar late Wednesday.

Several injured in shooting at a bar in southern California in United States, police said.

The gunman is still on the loose, reported ABC7 Eyewitness News, which showed images of the Borderline Bar and Grill, in Thousand Oaks, California, surrounded by dozens of police vehicles.

He told reporters: "When our deputies arrive on the scene they attempted to neutralise that threat, I can't tell you if it was neutralised or not".

Witnesses told ABC News that a man fired several shots from a handgun before tossing smoke bombs and starting to fire again.

Officers at the scene told the newspaper that about 30 shots had been fired.

The extent of the victim's injuries has not yet been released.

The gunman was still believed to be inside the bar an hour later, according to a police official.

Reports say the suspect may have used smoke grenades as well as a gun in the attack.

Witnesses said they had spoken to friends who escaped the shooting, which took place during a popular student night at the bar.

Authorities have urged the public to avoid the area and that roads are being blocked.

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