Mass shooting in Thousand Oaks Borderline Bar and Grill kills 13 people during “College Country Night”.
Last night, A Mass Shooting at Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, California, one of “Americas safest cities”, killed 12 innocent victims as a lone gunman entered the nightclub and opened fire on employees and a group of line dancers. There were six off duty officers inside the Borderline Bar and Grill at the time of the shooting. These officers stood in front of their fellow Country Western Line Dancers, and other patrons, and saved lives. It was “college night” at the nightclub, and many local students were in attendance from Pepperdine and Cal Lutheran Universities.
The shooter, Ian David Long, was a US Marine Corps veteran, who had a history of police contacts, and was suffering from PTSD himself. Long had been investigated for a 5150 psychological hold. The shooter was a victim of a battery in 2016 during a fight in a different Thousand Oaks bar. The shooter had an extended magazine on his semi-automatic handgun. He legally owned the weapon. Police have stated that the shooter killed himself after his shooting rampage last night. Long lived in Newbery Park with his mother.
Ventura County Sheriff’s Sergeant Ron Helus, a 29 year veteran, 54 years old, rushed into the Bar to stop the shooter. He was shot and killed while trying to neutralize the threat and stop the shooting. Other Deputies and CHP officers also rushed in to stop the shooter.
The shooting happened on the last day of Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean’s career; he is retiring at midnight tonight. Sheriff Dean was emotional at a press conference held earlier this morning in Thousand Oaks. “Our young people, or people at nightclubs, unfortunately, have learned that something like this can happen,” said Sheriff Dean.
The people inside the nightclub were running for their lives. Many people hid in the attic, in bathrooms, behind furniture. Many others escaped through the windows. In addition to the 12 people who were killed during the shooting, approximately 25 others were transported to local hospitals. Some were transported by ambulance, and others drove themselves to the Los Robles Hospital.
This is the second mass shooting at a country western gathering; on October 1, 2017, mass shooter Stephen Paddock opened fire from the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, killing 58 people, injuring over 500 others, who were attending the Route 91 Harvest Festival Country Western Concert.
Wrongful death personal injury attorney Catherine Lombardo represents many victims of the Route 91 Las Vegas shooting, and is conducting the ongoing civil investigation into that horrific shooting. The Lombardo Law Firm is located in Claremont, California at (909)482-0384