Families of the victims from the Thousand Oaks Borderline Bar and Grill shooting need your prayers.
On November 7th, 2018, a gunman walked into a popular college bar and grill in Thousand Oaks, CA and opened fire. The venue was filled with several hundred students and patrons at the bar was hosting a “College Country Night.”
The gunman, who was wearing a trench coat, a hat, and dark glasses, entered the Borderline but was stopped by a security guard. The gunman, who was later identified as Ian David Long, shot the security guard before stepping inside the venue and shooting several other security officers and staff.
According to NBC, Long shot himself once inside the venue. Ian David Long was just 29 years old and veteran of the marines.
The bar and grill went into to complete chaos as the gunshots rang through the venue. The police arrived about 2-3 minutes after the first gunshot and when they arrived, they could still hear the sounds of the firing.
Long had been a well-known perpetrator in the area after the police had been called to his home for disturbance reports. According to the NBC, Long was “irate and acting irrationally” during the most recent run-in with the police.
Long used an illegally purchased Glock 21 .45 caliber handgun with an extended magazine, NBC states.
One of the victims was Sergeant Ron Helus. He was a 29-year-old police veteran and was on the phone with his wife when he received the call about the Borderline shooting.
According to one sheriff, Helus’ last words to his wife were, “I gotta go, I love you, call you later.” Sadly, he his life was taken moments after saying his goodbye to his wife. Helus was going to retire within the next year.
As of November 8th, 2018, approximately 12 hours after the shooting, the death toll continues to rise. As of now, 13 lives have been claimed by the shooting. There are still several victims with serious injuries.
Please continue to pray for the families of the victims and those who are injured. Their lives are in God’s hands, and their families desperately need our prayers.