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One of the nation’s safest cities is now on a long list of places affected by mass shootings

Enrique Baltazar, Reporter

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One of the nation’s safest cities is now on a long list of places affected by mass shootings.

12 innocent lives were taken November 7th in Thousand Oaks by former marine, David Ian Long at Borderline Bar and Grill. The shooting began when Long entered the bar in a long black trench coat and glasses. He entered and shot the security guard and he continued his rampage where he eventually shot the cashier. Bystanders thought the gunfire were fireworks or sound effects to the music but then after Long shot the cashier and people realized the horrible truth.

Victims quickly dropped to the floor. Others hid behind pool tables, while some hid behind the bar. Bar stools were used to protect themselves and some individuals piled on top of one another to protect each other. Reportedly, some victims hid in the bar’s attic, while some broke windows to escape Long and his bullets.

In the middle of his rampage, Long went on social media and saidIt’s too bad I won’t get to see all the illogical and pathetic reasons people will put in my mouth as to why I did it,” the military veteran said in the post. “Fact is I had no reason to do it, and I just thought….(exploitive), life is boring so why not?” he posted at 11:24. Three minutes later he posted again and said “I hope people call me insane (two smiley face emojis) would that just be a big ball of irony? Yeah… I’m insane, but the only thing you people do after these shootings is ‘hopes and prayers’…or ‘keep you in my thoughts’.”  He added, “Every time…and wonder why these keep happening… –(two smiley face emojis)”.

Shortly after Long ended the shooting by taking his own life.

According to USA TODAY, the Borderline mass shooting marked the 307 incident in America since the beginning of the year. That averages out to almost one mass shooting a day in a year. The City of Thousand Oaks is now beginning to heal in the process of a long holiday season.

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One of the nation’s safest cities is now on a long list of places affected by mass shootings