Crime

Borderline Bar Mass Shooting Victims Identified

Victims of the mass shooting in Thousand Oaks, California on Wednesday are being identified. Twelve people who were at the Borderline Bar & Grill last night lost their lives.

  • Cody Coffman, 22. His father Jason Coffman identified him Thursday, according to ABC.
  • Alain Housley, a niece of actress Tamara Mowry-Housley and former Fox News correspondent Adam Housley, was confirmed dead by her family. “Our hearts are broken,” the couple said in a statement to USA Today.
  • 23-year-old Justin Meek, according to his alma mater of California Lutheran University.

We will update this story as victims are identified.

Authorities previously announced the deaths of the 28-year-old shooter Ian Long, and Sgt. Ron Helus, a Ventura County Sheriff’s officer who responded to the scene.

Officials says the gunman opened fire at the Borderline Bar & Grill at about 11:20 p.m. Wednesday night. The restaurant was reportedly popular with local college students.

Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean told reporters that Long used a Glock 21 with an extended magazine. The gun was legally purchased and the extended magazine was illegal. It’s not clear at this time how many rounds the magazine held. The suspect was found dead in the bar, the sheriff said according to KABC. It is believed that the gunman committed suicide. The motive behind the mass shooting remains unknown, and the investigation is pending.

Bystander Matt Wennerstrom told KABC that he broke a window with a bar stool to escape the shooting.

“We probably pushed 30 or 35 people through that window,” he said.

Helus was scheduled to retire in 2019.

“Ron was a hardworking, dedicated sheriff’s sergeant,” Dean told reporters. “He was totally committed. He gave his all, and tonight as I told his wife, he died a hero because he went into save lives, to save other

Dean was set to retire Friday.

The sheriff confirmed that Long served in the U.S. Marine Corps. A female neighbor told ABC6 that he suffered from PTSD.

“He wouldn’t get help,” said neighbor Richard Berge.

Dean told reporters that the sheriff’s office was in contact with Long over the years. They were called to his home in April, and he was behaving “irate and irrationally.” He could not confirm if the shooter suffered from PTSD. [Image via Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images]



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