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▼ A US Marine Corps veteran with suspected mental health issues killed 12 people in a busy bar in California, including a policeman, officials say.
The shooting began at 23:20 local time on Wednesday in Thousand Oaks about 40 miles (65km) north-west of Los Angeles.
At least 200 people were reportedly inside the Borderline Bar and Grill, which was hosting a student line-dancing night.
Police named the suspect as 28-year-old Ian David Long.
Earlier this year, police mental health professionals cleared him after he was found behaving "irrationally" at his home, said authorities.
How did the shooting happen?
Police say the suspect was dressed in black, and forced his way into the bar after shooting the bouncer.
A college country music night was under way when the suspect apparently threw a smoke grenade before opening fire, witnesses say.
Police say he used a legally owned .45 calibre Glock semi-automatic handgun, which had an extended magazine that is illegal in the state of California.
The extended magazine allowed the gun to carry more than its typical 11-bullet capacity.
Police say they do not yet know how many shots were fired, or whether the gunman reloaded during the attack.
One witness, Teylor Whittler, who was celebrating a friend's 21st birthday, said: "I was on the dance floor and I heard the gunshots, so I looked back and then all of a sudden everyone screamed: 'Get Down!'
"It was a huge panic, everyone got up, I was trampled, I was kind of left on the floor until some guy came behind me and grabbed me and dragged me out."
People escaped the bar by using chairs to break windows, while others reportedly sheltered inside the venue's toilets.
At least 10 people are known to have been wounded and others are self-reporting with injuries at local hospitals.
One survivor said he and his friends also escaped death last year in the deadliest US mass shooting of modern times, when a gunman killed 58 people at a Las Vegas country music concert.
Nicholas Champion told CBS News: "We're all a big family and unfortunately this family got hit twice."
Popular among students, the bar is close to California Lutheran University, Pepperdine University and Moorpark College.
Nightmare without end
By James Cook,BBC News,Thousand Oaks
For the United States, this is the nightmare that never ends.
The names of countless schools, churches, colleges and even entire cities have become synonymous with mass murder. To the list of Las Vegas, Orlando, Virginia Tech, Sandy Hook, Sutherland Springs and Parkland we now add Thousand Oaks.
At the Borderline Bar and Grill survivors huddled together in the darkness, shivering in the clothes they had been wearing in the warm, friendly bar. Many of the patrons were regulars who had come to enjoy country music and dance together.
The mood among the little groups of friends was one of shock and despair - but what was absent was a sense of surprise.
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