tv Early Start with Christine Romans and Dave Briggs CNN November 8, 2018 1:00am-2:00am PST
>> announcer: this is cnn breaking news. breaking news this morning. a shooting at a bar in thousand oaks, california. all of the details as we cover them. we have a breaking situation. good morning. welcome to "early start." i'm christine romans. >> i'm dave briggs. it is thursday, november 8th. it is 4:00 a.m. in the east. 1:00 a.m. in los angeles. police were called 11:20 p.m. california time.
a mass shooting incident ongoing at the bar in thousand oaks. information still coming in. here is what we know. the attacker forced his way into the borderline bar & grill in thousand oaks. reportedly shot a bouncer or barman. what is the borderline bar & grill? a large country dance bar popular with pepperdine and cal students. cal lutheran is just down the street. an official on the scene says a half dozen are injured. >> conditions are not yet known. we are gathering information. one witness is telling kwca telling a suspect walked up and started shooting and setoff a smoke bomb. these details all need to be confirmed and began shooting.
tactical officers raced to the scene. a few more words about the bar borderline bar & grill. 2,500 square feet. hundreds of people were inside. look, this was college night. wednesday night college night at the bar. you have students from pepperdine and cal lutheran who are frantically trying to find out if their friends were inside. there were lots of reports of college students fleeing the scene. >> still an active situation. csu channel islands is another college in the area. imagine hundreds of young people dancing to country music. line dancing often takes place. could be hundreds of people on the dance floor at anytime. here is what we know from the local captain of the ventura county sheriff's office with the update. >> so about 11:20 this evening,
we received a call of shots fired at the borderline bar & grill here in thousand oaks. our first deputies arrived on scene, they also heard shots fired. our deputies have been searching the area. it is an active scene as you see behind me. we can confirm there are several people who have been injured inside the bar & grill, including one deputy sheriff who with was transported. i cannot tell you the condition of the deputy or those injured inside. i can tell you this is still a very active scene and we have obviously dozens of personnel behind me now that are trying to get to the bottom of what happened and to neutralize the threat if the threat is still active. >> do you know? >> it is an active situation? >> it is an active situation. we can't consider this situation under control at this point. we have lots of personnel on
scene. including special weapons and tacticals and police department. >> the shooter could be alive and could be a threat? >> yes. >> can you give us any sense of how many people were there? >> i would say about half a dozen were injured inside the location. >> shot? >> yes. >> okay. >> once more, the status of the shooter? >> i can't tell you much about the shooter at this point. we are still looking for the shooter. we cannot confirm the shooter is in custody. >> the number of victims? mass casualty means from 11 to 20? >> i'm hearing about six at this point. >> are there more inside? >> i would say hundreds, but i cannot confirm the exact number. >> as far as you know only six victims total? >> that is what i can confirm at this point. this is very preliminary. our deputies are still processing it to ensure the shooter is neutralized and the
victims are taken care of. >> you said on arrival. you described a dynamic scene. >> when deputies arrived on scene, they responded to the shots fired call. when they got here, they still heard the shots. >> one witness said they may have thrown smoke bombs in. >> i have not heard about the smoke bombs. i don't know about that. >> has anyone been confirmed killed or has anyone died? >> i can't tell you the status of those who were shot is at this point. >> when is the last time you had a shots fired incident in the community? >> it has been quite some time? >> thousand oaks is known for its safety. this obviously changes everything. >> thousand oaks is a safe community. it is a very unusual incident. >> do you train for active shooters? >> we train all the time for active shooters.
we have law enforcement for all agencies. we work together seamlessly to neutralize that threat. we are working with the state and other municipalities. >> when is the last time you heard a shot fired? >> that's a tough question. i can't tell you specifically when it was especially in this neighborhood. >> again, to recap, this is late wednesday evening and the call comes in at 11:20 someone entered the bar shooting. one report of a smoke bomb. full of students wednesday night. college night. cal lutheran is on the edge of the ventura freeway. >> enormous country line dancing bar. that was the 12:30 a.m. update. an hour after the call came in to the police department. the local coverage there was zooming in on a body just outside the borderline bar &
grill. eye witnesses said there were hundreds of people on the floor at any given time. a witness said a smoke bomb was thrown into the bar. let's hear now from some of the witnesses. >> i was to the front door and talking to my step dad. i just started hearing these big pops. pop, pop, pop. there were probably three or four. i hit the ground. i look up. the security guard's dead -- i don't want to say dead -- he was shot and he was down. the gunman was throwing smoke grenades all over the place. i saw him point to the back of the cash register. he just started firing. he kept firing. i ran out the front door. i hear chairs thrown out the window. i hear people trying to get out the window. the gunman went behind the cash register. there were probably 12 shots
before i got out the front door. i go out. i come back in to see if my step dad's okay. i hear him yelling. the gunman had a beard. he looked middle eastern or so. he was wearing a hat and black jacket. i think he ehad glasses on. prescription glasses. he had a big handgun. shots were firing. >> everyone was hanging out. all of a sudden we heard a bunch of shots obviously from a semiautomatic rifle. the police showed up. three of them went to the door. currently there's one officer down as they were breaching the front entrance. the other two pulled out. one, i think, is still in there. now i think about it, there are probably two officers down. only one came out.
so they both pulled out. he is still holed up inside. >> you hear the shock in their voices. calm and composed, but shaken here. the scene is still active, we are told. we heard from the officials at ventura county sheriff's captain at 3:45. the first call of shots fired at 11:20. six people shot. including a deputy. not confirming any status. this is all preliminary. it is important in breaking situations, dave, some of the eyewitness testimony. it is a small bit of what happened there. sometimes the early information can be corrected. >> again, that sheriff's office captain said six which would be surprising considering hundreds of people dancing on that floor at any given time. abc 7, the local affiliate in
los angeles, says eyewitnesss describe the shooter as a middle eastern male with a beard. to christine's point, that witness account can certainly change as we move forward. black hair. black trenchcoat. described as a middle eastern male at this hour. 1:09 pacific time right now. >> this is the ventura freeway. a big country and western bar. wednesday night was college night there. among the eyewitnesss were college students from cal lutheran and the pepperdine newspaper is writing about this because this was a popular place with pepperdine students. there would have been hundreds of people there. >> an update from abc eyewitness news in california. they are reporting one sheriff's officer was transported to the hospital. authorities say the suspect may still be on the loose.
let's bring in steve moore. retired special agent. steve, good morning to you. it is 1:10 pacific time. the first calls came in at 11:20 p.m. pacific time. what do you make of this? is there a shooter on the loose? >> yeah, if they say it is still active, yeah. i also see people walking on the roof. that's indicative of possibly still looking for the person. they have probably with the ventura county sheriff's office a more robust and well trained law enforcement agency in southern california. i would expect they will be doing this the right way. if they have said that it is not
>> if you have hundreds of college students and somebody in the black trenchcoat to ditch that coat, how are they handling all of the witnesses and the young people who were there dancing? >> excellent question. what they will do is as much as is humanly possible, they will seeing segregate anybody out, at this time of night, especially at the borderline bar & grill where it is easily cordoned off. all they it is in a very -- although it is in a very popular place bordered by several roads to make it easy to get everybody corralled, once they do that, they go person by person and identify them and search them
and interview them. as you just alluded to because people can drop the clothes they were wearing. especially an outer garment and just blend in with the crowd. >> but, steve, judging by what we are seeing the people standing around traumatized, there are hundreds of people standing around, but the police describe it as an active situation. you must realize the shooter has been detained or shot judging by the fact that police are allowing people to stand around and reporters to stand around right next to the bar. >> from what i'm seeing, they are -- where the people are standing is probably a block or two away. yeah. i can't imagine from their actions that they don't have an idea somehow on where the main
shooter is and maybe they're looking for other shooters. >> steve, hang on. this is the video i'm referencing. officers without guns drawn. that, to me, doesn't look like an active shooting situation. does it to you? >> not at all. i see one of the tactical team guys carrying his helmet. that would indicate to me this is not as active a situation as they are talking about to the press right now. you are absolutely right. they are already putting up crime tape which to me means you don't do that until you have a scene to cordon off. they have gone to the investigative stage. i'm saying that based on the pictures i see. they have the triage mats out in
the lot which is southwest or northwest of the location. those mats are empty which is a phenomenal good piece of news that you don't have victims in the triage mats. they set up mobile command post which is on the complete other side of borderline. there is caution being used and displayed, but it doesn't mean that there is something going on right at the moment. >> steve, talk about the bar. we know it is a country western bar and grill. wednesday night was college night. it could have been full of young people. these are the kinds of soft targets which are so difficult to secure when you have a crowd situation and someone with a firearm. >> yes. you are not going to be able to
defend a soft target like that. especially if you really actually had somebody go in there and as i have seen reported attack a security guard and begin throwing smoke grenades into the place. again, this is all preliminary and witnesses are reliable at this case. if you have that issue, this doesn't appear to be somebody getting mad and coming back. the crowd is not one that would tend to on college night bring out people who would use violence to end an argument. based on what i hear, it could be a very well planned thing. >> students as young as 18 could be in the bar that night according to the bar's web site. 18 and older. according to "the l.a. times" the task force has been
dispatched. also 30 shots fired. what does that tell you about this handgun as reported and the fbi's joint terrorism task force? would they typically be dispatched? >> yeah. i was the supervisor on that task force for years. they will be on their way out. again, part of the reason is the fbi does handle mass shootings. there are reports that indicate that the person might have been middle eastern. i don't put a lot of credence on that based on the fact that early reports are usually incorrect. you can't ignore that. so there are going to be a bunch of law enforcement here. one thing about thousand oaks, every block, you have a police officer or federal agent living. this is where law enforcement
lives in the northern last aros angeles area. this is where they go because this is statistically one of the safest towns. >> thousand oaks is a nice little community there. quickly, at this point, can we assume first responders are clearing out folks who are hiding? employees or customers? >> that is what you would be doing at this point if you believe your suspects -- most of the indication is your suspects are down, then you are emptying the place and making sure everybody is secure. i don't see that level of concern at this point. you would see teams coming in and out because it is a very exhausting process to look for survivors and people who are hiding. you bring people in and out like you bring players off the bench
just to keep them fresh. right now, i see nobody coming out. nobody really going in. you would see tactical teams moving in and out. i do not see that at this point. >> steve moore, cnn law enforcement contributor helping us understand the scene. the borderline bar & grill in thousand oaks, california. stay close. thank you. >> we will check in with you later. let's check in with betty herra. her son was in the bar and grill at the time. we are happy to report her son is okay. betty, good morning to you. how is your son? what did he tell you of what he witnessed? >> he goes there on a regular basis. this is an innocent place for young kids to go have a good time. he was standing across the way and a man walked in dressed in all black. came in and started shooting.
he got the girl in the front. he says he shot her. he ducked down. he had his girlfriend's hand. he fell on the ground. he was dragging her out. he called me hysterical. i was on the way there. he said don't come there. it is a tragic scene. i lived here my whole life and never witnessed anything like it here. we are a very safe community. it is tragic. it's very tragic. >> your son told you, betty, he saw the young woman who worked there at the bar inside the front door being shot? >> inside the front door. just walked in and shot her. >> just awful. he heard the gunman continue to shoot after that? >> yes. evidently he jumped behind the
bar. he was throwing some kind of smoke bombs. he had a beard. he was wearing a beanie. he is saying the things they are saying are true. >> thank you so much. betty harrah. we will get an update here from law enforcement on the ground. let's listen to the update. >> the shooter is confined to the facility. there is no threat to the general public outside the bar and grill. i don't know the status of the shooter. if he has been captured or neutralized. we don't feel he is out of the bar and grill at this time. >> have you determined what he brought inside? smoke bombs? what do you know? >> i know only of the guns. i heard of the smoke bombs at the pressor earlier, but i don't know about that. i don't have the status of any of their injuries. >> including the deputy?
>> i don't have the status of the deputy. >> is the location clear? we heard there may be people in the attic. >> we have deputies going through it now. my understanding is that there is -- i didn't know about people in the attic. >> can you spell? >> k-u-r-e-d-j-i-a-n. first name is garo. g-a-r-o. >> is someone in law enforcement injured? >> a deputy was shot with the ventura county sheriff's office. >> responding to the scene? >> yes. >> was it someone who engaged the suspect? >> i assume so. i don't know that. >> do you have information about the security guard who was injured? >> i don't have information on any of those injured other than the deputy that was injured. that's all i know. >> you don't have conditions on
the victims? >> no conditions on any of the victims. >> 11 total? >> yes. >> are you expecting that number to grow? >> i would guess if anything that number would go up. these are, again, preliminary numbers. i want to give you numbers as opposed to saying several. that number earlier was six. it has gone up to 11. that is all i can say at this point. i don't have that information. i don't know of anyone who is deceased or not transported. >> as far as you know 11 people are in the hospital? >> i don't know if they were transported or if they are here or what their condition is right now. i don't know that answer. >> what are you saying to the families? there are so many people. friends and loved ones worried about the status. when will they know? >> that will take some time. it's not a scene that is safe where people can go in and out
of at this point. we have investigators looking to make sure that the scene inside the nightclub is safe and it will take some time. i don't have a time estimate for that. >> do you know how this call came? was it someone in the bar who called or left? >> i don't know where the call came from. what i can tell you is the call was shots fired. that is what our deputies responded to. that is what they heard when they arrived on the scene. >> did you check the security guard on arrival? maybe an altercation? >> i don't have that level of detail. it is rapidly unfolding at this point. we are trying to give you the information of the incident. i have not gotten to talk to investigators at this point about the level of the incident.
we don't feel the shooter has left the bar and grill. whatever it is, it was contained in the bar and grill. we don't fweeel there is a thre to the community. >> the shooter is down at this point? >> i don't know if he has been transported or captured. what i can tell you is we don't feel there is a threat to the residents. >> a big update. >> so, look, we were hearing an update from the captain in the ventura county sheriff's office confirming a deputy was shot. a deputy with the ventura county sheriff's office. no details about how it happened. this is all preliminary. it is rapidly unfolding. it has been a couple of hours since the first call came in at 11:20 local time.
they say the gunman is confined. the captain is not saying what that means exactly. if he has been shot or arrested. he has been confined inside the location. they don't feel a further threat to the community. >> the captain said the sheriff's deputy has been shot and transported to the hospital. this is the borderline bar & grill. pepperdine students were at the bar at the time of the shooting. i can confirm cal lutheran students, several were at the bar at the time of the shooting. right now, 11 reports of shootings from the sheriff's officer. the black hair and black trenchcoat. >> betty harrah lives nearby. her son was inside. he was okay, but he went running out of the venue with his
girlfriend after shots were fired. betty, are you still with us? >> yes. >> tell me a little bit more about what your son says he saw and how quickly this unfolded. >> you want to tell them? >> hi. what's your name? >> i'm holden harrah. >> i'm glad you made it out. >> it was a tragic event that happened in a long time. >> tell me what happened at the time. were you dancing? >> no, i was on the opposite side of the bar. i was with a few friends. i go there every week. i have been attending there six months. you go to hang out with your friends and have fun as young adults. unfortunately what happened tonight and what i actually saw with my two eyes was a gentleman
who walked in the front door and shot the girl that was right behind the counter. i see this girl every single time i'm there. i don't know her name. someone to make small conversation with and say hi. we were starting to get familiar with each other. the first two gunshots hit her. i don't know if she's alive. >> we are so sorry, holden. we know how difficult this must be. i can't imagine what it was like to be inside that bar at the time. did you see the shooter? did you make anything out? >> yes. i saw a gentleman wearing a black trench looking coat. he had a beard. he was wearing glasses. and within seconds he went and
walked through the door and pulled the gun out and fired twice. then there was about three or four other shots that i did hear, but i was already out of the building at the time. i am in shock over what i saw with my eyes tonight. >> was it dark inside the bar? >> there's lights. it is a little party. people are dancing. music's going. then it's nice and casual. this guy came out of nowhere and came out with a gun and shot people. in thousand oaks, california. that's what is really blowing my mind. it's a really safe area. >> yeah. a wonderful community. a very safe community. >> wonderful community. >> absolutely. >> we're known as the safe haven. you know what i mean? >> we are hearing reports of smoke bombs thrown into the borderline bar & grill. did you see that? >> i was already out of the
building at the time. i did not see smoke bombs. i was around people i knew i was with and i was in the process of getting the hell out of there. i did for sure see the gentleman come in and shoot his gun off. i saw it with my own two eyes. >> how many shots did you hear before you got out of there? it sounds like your fight or flight mechanism kicked in. >> i heard about four or five. >> four or five. there are reports of some 30 shots fired by another eyewitness according to "the l.a. times." if you could, holde nexn, this difficult moment, but could you describe the crowd that is there on wednesday's college night? >> on wednesdays, it is a country theme bar. country music and people dressed in country attire. 18 and up on this night.
there's no alcohol. only for 21 plus, of course. it's a country theme. >> you have -- >> i have known these people for a long time. >> every wednesday? >> we always have been really close and really good people. >> are you a local college student and what colleges attend the bar? >> it is a mixed. i go to moorpark college. i go from ventura county to cal ba abassas. -- calabassas. cal lutheran. >> pepperdine. >> it is hard for me to talk. i'm super traumatized. i'm really shaking right now. >> thank you so much for your time. >> something i have never experienced in my life.
>> holden, we are sad for you. we are sorry for your friends. we hope they got out okay. thank you for your time. >> thank you. be safe tonight. >> thank you. not what you want to have happen. not what a kid should go through. >> far too many college students and young people have experienced it. even elementary students in the most recent years. we appreciate holden harrah joining us. for you just joining us 4:33 eastern time. 1:33 pacific time. a mass shooting in thousand oaks, california northwest of los angeles. information is still coming in. here is what we know. the attacker forced his way into the borderline bar & grill in thousand oaks. a huge country and western dance bar popular with pepperdine and cal lutheran and moorpark college students attend.
at least 11 injured, including one sheriff's officer who has been transported to the hospital. as for the 11, their conditions are not yet known. >> one witness telling kabc, one walked up and started shooting. the eye witness we talked to described the gunman as wearing a black trenchcoat with glasses and tactical officers are in the bar. the shooter is in the bar as well, but officials are saying he is confined and not a threat to the public. they are not specifying if he has been shot or killed or arrested. also, the eyewitness told us he saw the shooter walk in and twice shoot the young woman who works just inside the door. just a terrible experience for all of the people there. the borderline bar & grill is 2,500 square feet. a big party venue. it has pool tables and food and
places for line dancing. officials say hundreds of people were inside. they are confirming 11 hurt. >> again, 18 and up night. college night. we can confirm as we said moorpark college and pepperdine students and cal lutheran students. let's here now from another eye witness to the shooting. >> i was to the front door. i was talking to my step dad and i just started hearing these big pops. pop, pop, pop. there were probably three or four. i look up. the security guard was dead. i don't want to say dead. he was shot and he was down. the gunman was throwing smoke grenades all over the place. i saw him point to the back of the cash register and he kept firing. i ran out the front door. i hear chairs thrown out the window. people were trying to get out the window.
the gunman went behind the cash register. there were probably 12 shots before i got out the front door. i go out. i come back in to see if my step dad is okay. i hear him yelling. i ran. the gunman had a beard. he looked middle eastern or so. he was wearing a hat. black jacket. i think he had glasses on. prescription glasses. he had a big handgun. i mean, shots were firing. >> it was right next to the entrance. we were getting ready to leave. smoke came in. i guess he rolled some smoke in. he fired the first shot. i knew it was live. i knew it was real. my son thought it was a joke. i pulled him down and got behind
cover. i looked up and he was moving to the right. he shot the front doorman or bouncer. just a young man. then he shot the cashier. just a young girl. >> the gunman walked in. looked like a machine gun. he had a big-ass magazine. he starts popping up. everyone ducks down. and then we start driving chairs out the window. i don't think he had flash bangs. everyone starts jumping through the windows. my friend got hit right here. he didn't get hit hard, but it went through his shoulder.
we just started running. there were two cops on scene after ten minutes. ten minutes and two cops on scene. we were behind the area holding the garbage cans. he pops off another 30 rounds. ten minutes after that, more cops come. they drag everyone out. i was inside. >> do you know what race? >> black hair. black trenchcoat. short, stubby. i didn't see his race. >> we are hearing just a sample of the initial eye witnewitness testimony from outside of the scene. i want to caution people as we have seen in the breaking chaotic situations, sometimes the testimony can be
contradictory and law enforcement can correct it. law enforcement saying the shooter is confined, but not saying if he has been shot or arrested. he is confined on the scene. law enforcement officials are not reporting a smoke bomb. you don't know what was happening as the gun was being fired. early conflicting reports there from the ground. >> here is a map to give you a sense of where exactly this is for you not familiar with the area of ventura freeway. the 101 as many people know, just off the 101 in thousand oaks. thousand oaks is a very safe community. people even move there because it is considered a very safe community near los angeles. cal leeutheran, the college, is four miles away from the bar and grill. there were students from cal
lutheran and pepperdine and moorpark college. we know 11 were injured. we do know the shooter at this point is considered confined. don't know anything more than that. college country night. this is a country line dancing bar and for many of you that are familiar with country music, you think back to the las vegas shooting in october of 2017. one eyewitness telling "the l.a. times." a lot of my friends survived route 91. if they survived that, they will survive this. imagine if you were at both of the shootings. country music fans at this hour just watching in horror. >> we know the call came in at 11:20 pacific time. that is 2:20 eastern time from the thousand oaks location. we know from witnesses and authorities that the bouncer at the door was shot. a young woman who works inside the door, the cashier, an
employee working inside the door. the young woman was shot. we don't know her condition. we know a deputy was shot with the ventura sheriff's office. overall, we know 11 were hurt. police are cautioning or authorities are cautioning these numbers are preliminary. they believe they do have the gunman confined is the word the sheriff's officer used. confined. the sheriff's captain. they won't say if he is deceased or arrested or the exact condition. >> steve moore, our law enforcement analyst and former fbi agent. he said based on the scenes outside the borderline bar & grill, it was not a dangerous situation in and around the bar judging by the actions of the officers. according to the reports, the fbi joint terrorism task force has been dispatched to the scene. trying to figure out how this
went down and how the shooter will be arrested. we don't know anything more than the fact he is contained at this hour. we are waiting an update from the ventura county sheriff's office. we will bring it to you when we get it. >> we have been hearing from affiliates of the eyewitness se. a trenchcoat and some kind of beard. a handgun. that is all we know at this point. sometimes in the early situations, people are running away or people get a glimpse through a dark room. we don't know exactly about the shooter other than a couple of people referenced him as a young man with a black trenchcoat. >> black hair. black beard. sheriff's officers want to make clear this is not at this hour a threat to the public. 1:42 pacific time. 4:42 eastern time.
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>> announcer: this is cnn breaking news. all right. back to the breaking news at 4:47 eastern time. 1:47 in los angeles. a mass shooting incident is ongoing in thousand oaks in a bar northwest of l.a. here is what we know. the attacker forced his way into the borderline bar & grill. this is a huge country and western dance bar. popular with pepperdine and cal lutheran students. officials say there were at
least 11 injured, including one sheriff's officer who has been transported to the hospital. the conditions of the 11 is not known at this hour. >> this is all preliminary information. the call came in 11:20 local time. a couple hours ago. one witness told kabc, the local affiliate, a guy walked in and shot the security guard and entered the bar and started shooting. a witness, holden harrah, described the gunman as wearing a black trenchcoat and glasses. officials are saying the shooter is still in the bar as well and not a threat to the public. confined is the word law enforcement is using to talk about the shooter. the yborderline bar & grill is 2,500 square feet. there are pool tables and tvs and food.
a big crowded space full of college students on wednesday night. >> the call came in at 11:20 p.m. pacific time. let's get the latest update now from the sheriff's captain from ventura county. >> were they responding to the scene? >> yes. they were responding to the scene. >> was it someone who engaged the suspect? >> i assume so. i don't know that. >> we heard a report of a security guard who got injured? >> i don't have information on any of the injured other than the deputy injured. that's all i know. >> you don't have any conditions of the victims? >> i don't have any conditions. >> 11 total? >> yes. >> are you expecting the number to grow? >> i would guess if anything that number would go up. these are preliminary numbers. i want to give you numbers as opposed to saying several.
that number could change. like i said earlier was six. that number could change. it has gone up to 11. >> are any of the 11 not transported? anyone on scene deceased? >> i don't have that information. i don't have information of deceased or not transported. >> as far as you know 11 are in the hospital? >> i don't know if they are here or if they have been transported? >> what do you say to the families? so many people worried about the status of their people. when will they know or get inside? >> that will take some time. it's not a scene where it is safe where people can go in and out at this point. we have investigators looking to make sure the scene inside the nightclub is safe. it will take some time. i don't have a time estimate for that. >> do you know how this call came in? >> someone in the bar called for
help? or did someone leave? how did it unfold? >> i don't know where the call came from, but what i can tell you is it was a call of shots fired. >> did you check with security guards upon arrival? maybe it was somebody who came back after a fight? >> i don't have that level of detail. it is rapidly unfolding at this point. we are trying to get information to give you about the statistics of what has happened. i don't have that level of detail. i haven't been able to talk to investigators. >> you say the shooter is quarantined or cordoned off? >> we don't feel the shooter has left the bar and grill. whatever it is, it was contained inside the bar and grill. we don't feel there say threat. >> we heard the shooter is inside the building. doesn't that mean the shooter is
down? >> i don't know if he has been transported or captured. we don't feel there is a threat to the residents outside the area. >> do you know if the borderline bar & grill scans for weapons? >> i don't know that. >> again, wednesday night. college night. full of young people. 18 years old and up at this venue on wednesdays. this is a place where people went to relax. a friendly neighborhood and friendly spot. a gunman came in and shot the security guard and the woman just inside the door and continued shooting. it sounds like, police say, is contained which is the word they are using there. we don't know officially the condition of the shooter and the condition of the at least 11 people who were injured in the event. >> facts still coming in at this hour. don't know a lot. this country night is popular
there. you imagine a 2,500 square foot dance floor. hundreds of people dancing on that floor at any given time. mostly college students. pepperdine can confirm their students were there at the time. cal lutheran students were there at the time. moorpark college there as well that night. >> we spoke a few minutes ago to holden harrah who was in the bar with friends. he was on the other side of the bar when the gunman came in. listen to a little bit of his very shocking and troubling eyewitness report. s>> heart wrenching tragic evens that has happened in a long time. >> tell me, holden, what with you were doing? >> i was on the open sid -- what you were doing? >> i was on the opposite side of the bar with a few friends. i go there every week. i have been attending there for
six months. you know, a place you go hang out with your friends and have fun as young adults. unfortunately, what happened tonight and what i actually saw with my own two eyes was a gentleman who walked in to the front door and shot the girl behind the counter. i see this girl every single time i'm there. i don't know her name. someone to make small conversation with and say hi. i saw the first two gunshots hit her. i don't know if she's alive. >> we are so sorry, holden. we know how difficult this must be. i can't imagine what it was like to be inside that bar at the time. did you see the shooter? did you make anything out? >> yes. i saw a gentleman wearing a
black trench looking coat. he had a beard. >> again, holden harrah goes there every week. he says he has been going there for six months. just how tragic it was to see the young woman inside the front door who he interacted with before. she works there. we don't know her condition. we know a sheriff's officer has been shot and transported to the hospital. we know 11 injured. we don't know the conditions of the 11. >> again, from a witness accounts, putting together the moments at 11:20 p.m. california time. pacific time. the first call came in to the ventura county sheriff's office. it sounds from a witness accounts, a bouncer, doorman was shot. that is how the gun man entered the bar. there were reports of smoke bombs. not entirely clear if that was the case.
did begin shooting. "the l.a. times" reports up to 30 shots fired. we know the woman behind the bar was shot several times. according to the witness holden harrah. >> i want to bring the pepperdine news editor. 30 minutes away from there. madeline, can you hear me? >> hi. >> we know the first call went in at 11:20. there were pepperdine students in the building, right? >> yes. at least 20 that we know of. we know that a bunch of freshman dorms had planned outings to go to the bar. we know of at least 20 students there. >> it was wednesday night. college night. this is a popular location, borderline bar & grill, for college students from pepperdine? >> yes. i know i personally haven't gone yet. i was going to go with them
tonight and decided not to because of homework. it is a popular place to go because it is local and we have a lot of people from the south. it is line dancing and that attracts a lot of friends. i know a good amount of people who go through regularly. >> have they been texting tonight? have you been hearing? >> we have been texting as much as we can. it is hard. we are still trying to reach some of the girls. as the people we know that got out, a lot of them live nearby in thousand oaks. we know a group that was able to get to the student's house and waiting there. i haven't been able to reach everyone. we're not sure if their phones are off or dead or what the situation is right now. >> it's a big country scene that night. what do you know of the borderline bar & grill and the type of crowd it typically
attracts on college night on wednesday night? >> from what i know, if you are looking to have fun, i know pepperdine is in a quiet area. border li borderline is a fun spot to go dance. a bunch of people here from the south get their friends to go. it is the under 21 crowd. it is a fun place to go because there are not a lot of places to go around here. people just go there to dance and have a good time in the middle of the week. >> so good to hear that at least some of those students were able to get out to another student's home or parents' home near thousand oaks. you know, as a soft target, when you are a reporter, you are covering a story that affects your friends. tell me your generation and i guess you want to go to a place like this and relax and have fun. you really are the generation of the lockdown drills, aren't you?
>> yeah. i think a little nerve wracking for us is pepperdine especially is a big international program school. a lot of people go abroad. people worry a lot about going abroad and having situations like this. it is crazy when something like this happens so close to home. obviously you never anticipate something like this happening. it has taken all of us off guard. >> are you in the position where -- you are in the position where you are covering this for your student newspaper. we wish you well. madeleine carr, thank you. >> thanks. >> announcer: this is cnn breaking news. good morning. welcome to "early start." our breaking news coverage of the shooting in thousand oaks, california.
the mass shooting, the second in as many weeks after the pittsburgh synagogue shooting less than two weeks ago. the bar in thousand oaks, california. northwest of los angeles. that gives you a good sense of it off the 101 or ventura freeway there. information is still coming in at this hour. here is what we know. the attacker forced his way into the borderline bar & grill in thousand oaks. a huge country and western dance bar. popular with pepperdine students. we know more than 20 pepperdine students were in the bar at that hour. cal lutheran students. we can confirm were also in the bar at the time of the shooting. official on scene said there were at least 11 injured. including one deputy sheriff. their conditions are not yet known at this hour. >> let's bring in nick watts in thousand oaks. we have been listening to eyewitnesss and officials have preliminary information for reporters. nick, what are you gathering there? >> reporter: as