It was a typical Wednesday night at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, California. Masses of people were gathered and enjoying a fun-filled midweek night out until a attacker who witnesses said was dressed in a long black trench coat first threw a smoke grenade into the bar and then opened fire on an employee and before spraying bullets into the venue which was hosting an event for college students.
An eyewitness said there was mass panic as people scrambled to climb out of windows and there was “blood everywhere”.
Residents view Thousand Oaks as safe. Erika Sigman, 19, said: I’m a Thousand Oaks resident. This is a safe place. My parents let me go here. This is a trusted place…..to know this happened in my safe place is a very, very scary thing.”
Ian David Long, a 28 year-old veteran of the U.S Marine Corps is suspected of the attack which has so far claimed the lives of 12 people making it the deadliest mass shooting in America since 17 students and teachers were shot at a school in Florida. 11 people, including the attacker, died at scene with a Deputy later seccumbing to their injuries.