Authorities: Gunman shoots 11 at California bar

MANHUNT It is thought the gunman may still be at large

U.S. fire department officials have reported multiple injuries in a shooting at a bar and dance hall in southern California.

Ventura County Fire Department said on its website that firefighters and first responders were at the scene of a reported shooting in Ventura County in California.

Several witnesses told ABC 7 the man was armed with a handgun opened fire inside the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks.

A sheriff's captain says at least six people were shot late Wednesday when a suspect opened fire in a crowded Southern California bar.

A Ventura County Sheriff's Office official said approximately 30 shots had been fired inside the building.

"We had to get out of there, and I apologise for leaving", the visibly distressed man said.

The authorities were alerted to the incident at around 11.20pm local time. "These poeple have never hurt anyone in their lives, they are just kids", he said.

"The gunman used an automatic weapon and also threw in some sort of smoke bombs in to the crowd in the club", he said.

Police and emergency crews flooded the scene.

Social media reports claim the suspect shot the bouncer before throwing a smoke grenade and firing more shots.

It has not yet been revealed the extent of the injuries.

Authorities have urged the public to avoid the area and that roads are being blocked.