Shooting in Thousand Oaks, California Bar Claims 13 Lives

Our thoughts are with those who have passed

A shooting erupted at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, California, taking 13 lives, including that of the shooter. The shooter was 28 year old David Long who was stationed as a machine gunner in the Marine and deployed in Afghanistan. Those amongst the dead include a Ventura County sheriff sergeant, Sgt. Ron Helus, a veteran officer of 29 years who was killed confronting the gunman. The shooting took place at the bar’s “College Night”, meant to allow people who were as young as 18 to enjoy themselves there.

Other victims are yet to be identified.

This is the 307th mass shooting in America since the beginning of the year. It is the 307th mass shooting in America in 312 days.

If you want to help, and you live in the area that the shooting took place, the Los Robles Hospital where the victims were taken desperately needs blood, and more specifically O negative blood. There will be a blood drive will be holding a blood drive at La Reina High School, 106 W. Janss Road, from 10am-2pm. More information about this can be read in the Tweet below.

The shooter has had past run ins with the police, and had deputies called to him in April concerning erratic behavior. A crisis intervention team was called, but Long was decided to not need anything of the sort, and forces declined to enforce a psychiatric hold.

Our thoughts are with the victims of the shooting, and the victims of shooting past and present who were killed while trying to enjoy an evening meant to celebrate their lives. We must never lose our focus and drive to prevent such acts of terrorism from continuing to grip the United States.

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