Witnesses describe panic during Calif. bar shooting: ‘Everyone yelled get down’

Using a smoke bomb and a handgun, a 29-year-old hooded gunman 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 terror, authorities said Thursday.

People at the scene describe the terror and chaos inside the bar when the shooting broke out.

Two women recount their experiences inside the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, California, when a man opened fire on bar-goers.

Jason Kaufman said he woke up to his 22-year-old son Cody’s friends pounding on his door early Thursday morning. Cody had been at Borderline Bar & Grill when a gunman killed 12 people and he was unaccounted for. He said he tracked his son’s phone and it’s still at the bar.

A woman who lives near Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, California says college students at the bar had nowhere to hide as they fled when a gunman opened fire Wednesday night.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report).

This content was republished with permission from CNN.

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