UPDATE (1:30 p.m.) Two more victims have been identified: 23-year-old Justin Meek, who was a bouncer and promoter at Borderline, and 18-year-old Alaina Housley, a Pepperdine University student and niece of actress Tamera Mowry-Housley and former Fox News correspondent Adam Housely
UPDATE (12 p.m.) A fund has been set up to raise money for the families of the shooting victims via the Ventura County Community Foundation. According to the Washington Post, the fund “launched with a $100,000 donation from the locally based Conrad N. Hilton Foundation and $250,000 from the Amgen biotechnology company, which is headquartered in Thousand Oaks.”
UPDATE (11:30 a.m.) According to ABC 7, a second victim has been identified as 22-year-old Cody Coffman, a little league umpire who aspired to join the Army.
Also, a blood drive is currently taking place at La Reina High School, 106 W. Janss Rd., Thousand Oaks.
At around 11:20 last night, a gunman burst into a Thousand Oaks bar packed with college students, deployed one or several smoke devices, and opened fire. Twelve people—including the shooter and a veteran California Highway Patrol officer, Sgt. Ron Helus—are dead. It’s apparently unclear whether the shooter committed suicide or was killed by police.
The shooter is said to have been ex-Marine Ian David Long, a 28-year-old white male who lived in nearby Newbury Park. The L.A. Times reports that police were called to Long’s home in April on a disturbing the peace call, and that Long had exhibited “irate” and “irrational” behavior, but a mental health professional who was brought in determined that Long didn’t need to be taken into custody.
According to KTLA, who published an image of Long that was found on Facebook, the gun was a 45 caliber Glock that was modified to hold more rounds than the ten it was intended to hold.
Borderline Bar & Grill, a country and western bar located just off the 101 Freeway, was hosting a college night. Witnesses reported to the L.A. Times that “some” of the people at the bar last night were country fans who survived last year’s mass shooting at Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas, where 59 people (including the shooter) died.
According to the Pew Research Center, only 30 percent of Americans own guns, but 44 percent report knowing someone who’s been shot. There is not strict definition of what constitutes a mass shooting, but the Washington Post has created an archive of incidents in which four or more people have been killed by a lone shooter. There have been 158 such incidents since 1996.
The Gun Violence Archive, which defines mass shootings more broadly as incidents in which four or more people are struck by bullets (whether or not they’re killed), reports upward of 300 mass shootings just this year.
The names of the victims—apart from Long and Sgt. Helus—have not yet been released.
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