Early Thursday morning, Nov. 8, news broke of a deadly shooting at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, CA. According to multiple sources, 13 people, including the shooter, were left dead. The incident occurred late Wednesday night when the bar was hosting it’s weekly college country night.
An eye witness told CNN that she was confused from the sound of gunfire, not expecting to see the shooter in the building.
“…it’s a country bar so we were line dancing … and I heard what I thought was a balloon pop,” 21-year-old Taylor von Molt, a promoter for the club, told CNN by phone.”I was confused because we didn’t have any balloons at the time… I turned around and saw him fire his weapon a couple of times and I ran to the nearest exit and tripped and fell on the way.”
While most of the victims’ names have not yet been revealed, the country music community, many of whom have performed at the venue, have begun to extend their condolences to those effected.
The event hits close to home for the genre as the one year anniversary of the Route 91 Harvest Festival shooting just passed. The shooting, which began during Jason Aldean’s closing night set, became the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.
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Last night we were going to go line dancing at 9:30 PM at a bar called Borderline we heard about in Thousand Oaks… an hour before we were to leave, I got home and Laney’s eye was swollen shut so we didn’t go. Thinking of everyone affected by this today. Truly unbelievable.
— AUBRIE SELLERS (@aubriesellers) November 8, 2018
My heart is broken waking up to the Borderline news. Another instance where people get together to have fun, ruined by a senseless act of violence.
— Cassadee Pope (@CassadeePope) November 8, 2018
So sad. Hate that people are living this . And hate that people are waking up to see this https://t.co/olDl2x1MgL
— Bobby Bones (@mrBobbyBones) November 8, 2018
It’s a cold, cold world sometimes I swear. Praying for Thousand Oaks, California this morning.
— morgan wallen (@MorganCWallen) November 8, 2018
Just seeing the news of the shooting in Thousand Oaks last night. I am heart broken for the victims and their families. This one hits way too close to home. My heart is with everyone effected by this horrible tragedy. #ThousandOaks #BorderLineShooting
— LeAnn Rimes Cibrian (@leannrimes) November 8, 2018
Just read about the mass shooting in CA. It’s scaring me because I’m beginning to feel numb to this. I shouldn’t read the news and feel numb to 11 people dying. These are people’s daughters and sons, moms and dads… not just a statistic in the news. #ThousandOaks
— Levi Hummon (@levihummon) November 8, 2018
Another Blue Knight was lost last night. He died in the act of protecting and serving, as so many of his brothers and sisters have before him.Sgt. Ron Helus, you died saving livesThere is no higher callingRest In Peace Sincere condolences to the family and coworkers
— Charlie Daniels (@CharlieDaniels) November 8, 2018
The fact that we all have to prepare for a mass shooting in our daily lives truly scares me.Hug the ones you love tight everyday and BE AWARE of your surroundings in public places.How do we prevent these heinous acts.All my love to the victims and their families. I’m sick https://t.co/J4U9EtcfTM
— BRANDON RAY (@BrandonRayMusic) November 8, 2018
These people gone.
When will we get serious about gun violence in America?
— Chely Wright (@chelywright) November 8, 2018
Due to the tragic events in the #CaliforniaBarShooting I will be postponing my press run in NYC so we can all focus on the situation at hand. I’m heart broken for those who were killed or injured, and their families and friends in California.
— John Rich (@johnrich) November 8, 2018
— Mickey Guyton (@MickeyGuyton) November 8, 2018
So many of my friends and I have played this bar. How devastating. My thoughts and heartfelt prayers go out to the victims, their families and the Borderline staff. https://t.co/3lCZloxRfa
— Meghan Linsey (@meghanlinsey) November 8, 2018
I am so sorry for the friends and family lost in California. I am so sorry.
— Abby Anderson (@abbya_music) November 8, 2018
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