THOUSAND OAKS, Califorinia -- A stepfather and his stepson recalled the terrifying moment gunfire erupted during a shooting that left nearly a dozen people wounded at a bar in Thousand Oaks.
Witness John Hedge was talking to his stepfather, Tim, when he heard gunshots. He said the security guard at the front of the entrance was shot.
According to Hedge, the gunman was throwing smoke grenades and kept firing his weapon.
Chairs were thrown out the window as people attempted to leave the bar, Hedge said. He heard 12 shots before he was able to exit the front door.
"I thought it was a joke when the shots started firing," Hedge said.
"I don't know how I didn't get shot," Hedge added.
The shooting happened around 11:20 p.m. at Borderline Bar & Grill at 99 Rolling Oaks Dr.
Ventura County sheriff's officials said there were reports of an active shooter at the club. During a press briefing around 12:45 a.m., Capt. Garo Kuredjian said they confirmed at least six people were injured. It was later confirmed at least 11 people were wounded.
Hedge's stepfather said the gunman didn't say anything during the shooting. The gunman kept firing and reloading his weapon, he said.
"It had a good ring to it," the stepfather said about the shots fired. "It was just loud and he had smoke. He was trying to confuse people, and he went to the right and just started shooting on the dance floor."
Tim said he went back to get his stepson and left together.
"I was worried about my boy," he said. "I should've stayed. I apologize to anybody who got hurt or passed."
The stepfather described the people inside the bar as 18, 19 and 20 years old.
"They're all young," Tim said. "This shouldn't happen to them."