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Country music played in the dimly lit bar when people first heard shots some time before midnight. Some said they mistook the sounds for firecrackers at first.
Sheriff Dean said that Mr. Long first shot a security guard in front of the club and then ran in, turned right, and shot "other security guards and employees" before he could fire patrons in the main body of the club.
"I've just started listening to these big pops," said a witness interviewed by a local television station. The shooter also used smoke bombs, said the man who was not identified, a detail the sheriff could not confirm.
Then panic ensued as people tried to flee.
said, adding that "people were trying to get out of the window" to run away from the shooter who had "a big handgun". ]
California State University Junior Channel Chyann Worrell said she was at the bar celebrating her friend Nellie Wong's 21st birthday to do a line dance evening with a live performance -DJ to celebrate Just after 11 pm, Ms. Worrell said, the gunman, who wore dark clothes and a dark baseball cap, pulled out his gun. He aimed for a man near the bar.
Worrell ducked and heard a flood of bullets. As she ran out of the bar, she saw several bodies lying on the floor. Hours after the shootings, she still had not heard from two friends who had been to the bar with her.
A young woman in the bar, Teylor Whittler, said the shooter seemed to be focused and did not seem to hit anyone.
"I saw him shot," Ms. Whittler said, adding that someone had shouted, "Everyone's going down."
She said she saw him quickly recharge his gun and made fire again. "He knew what he was doing," she said. "He had a perfect shape."
"People were running to the back door," she said and she heard someone shout, "Get out – he's coming." She fled and heard another exchange of fire.
Brendan Kelly, 22, helped several people escape from within. "It's your worst nightmare," he said. "It's terrible."