A gunman in Thousand Oaks, Ventura County, California opened fire in a crowded bar in an overnight rampage that led to the death of a reported 13 people, most of them college students. Among the dead are a Sheriff's sergeant and the gunman, who appeared to have died from a self inflicted gunshot wound.
The death toll could rise due to the number of patrons present in the bar at the time of the incident. There were hundreds of people in the Borderline Bar & Grill when the gunman forced his way in and started shooting. He was said to be a tall man dressed in all black, complete with a hoodie and his face partly covered.
The incident comes barely two weeks after a gunman attacked a grocery store in Kentucky, killing 2 African Americans. Another gunman later attacked a synagogue in Pittsburg and killed 11 people while shouting anti-semitic slurs. Both attacks are being treated as hate crimes.
Mass shootings in America have become relatively frequent, with at least one such attack being reported 9 out of every 10 days according to statistics. A mass shooting is defined as an incident in which 4 or more people are shot, not counting the shooter.
Despite these rampant cases of mass shootings, a rabid, well funded pro-gun lobby exists that shoots down any attempts to introduce more stringent gun ownership laws.
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