Tragedy struck Thousand Oaks, California last night, as a gunman opened fire inside a country bar.
On Wednesday night, officers were dispatched to the Borderline Bar & Grill, amid reports of shots fired.
When they arrived, they found several individuals deceased, and multiple victims who had been injured in the ordeal.
In total, 12 people died due to the tragedy, including a police officer.
The officer, Sheriff’s Sgt. Ron Helus, was shot by the suspect as he entered the location.
The suspect is among the deceased. He has since been identified as Ian David Long.
According to the Tennessean, at the time the incident occurred, the bar was hosting college night.
Prior to the shooting, the location was always considered a safe place to hang out.
After hearing about the shooting, several country stars took to social media to pay their respects:
I've played the Borderline Bar & Grill many times. I've watched those country music fans sing every word. I've seen their faces. I've shaken their hands. They are good people who were just trying to have a good time. My heart breaks for Thousand Oaks. Sending prayers and love.
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. ????
Sending lots of love to you Thousand Oaks. https://t.co/q87G6TizW5
Please keep the victims friends and families in your thoughts and prayers.
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