‘Horrific scene’: 13 dead including gunman at California bar

  • Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean speaks to reporters near the scene in Thousand Oaks, Calif., on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, where a gunman opened fire the previous night inside a country dance bar crowded with hundreds of people. Officials say the suspect is dead inside the bar. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • Potential witnesses sit near the scene Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, in Thousand Oaks, Calif., where a gunman opened fire Wednesday inside a crowded country music bar. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
  • A forensics team works the scene Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, in Thousand Oaks, Calif.,where a gunman opened fire Wednesday inside a country dance bar crowded with hundreds of people on “college night,” wounding multiple people including a deputy who rushed to the scene. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • A forensics team works the scene Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, in Thousand Oaks, Calif. where a gunman opened fire Wednesday inside a country dance bar crowded with hundreds of people on “college night,” wounding 11 people including a deputy who rushed to the scene. Ventura County sheriff’s spokesman says gunman is dead inside the bar. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. — Using a smoke bomb and a handgun, a hooded former Marine dressed all in black opened fire during college night at a country music bar in Southern California, killing 12 people and sending hundreds fleeing in panic before apparently taking his own life, authorities said Thursday.

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