California bar shooting victims included dozens of survivors from 2017's Las Vegas massacre
Reports stated that the Las Vegas survivors used to meet at the California Borderline Bar and Grill at Thousand Oaks and considered it a 'place of healing'
The California bar shooting, which claimed the lives of 13 people on Wednesday, reportedly included dozens of Las Vegas massacre survivors, according to reports. At least 59 people were killed in last year’s Las Vegas shooting, which occurred on October 1, 2017, and was recorded as the worst mass shooting in recent US history.
Reports state that the Las Vegas survivors used to meet at the California country music bar Borderline Bar and Grill at Thousand Oaks and considered it a "place of healing" and were present inside the premises when the 29-year-old ex-marine Ian Long stormed into the establishment and opened fire before turning the gun on himself.
Nick Champion, one of the survivors, while talking to OnSceneTV, said: "It's the second time in about a year and a month that this has happened. I was in the Las Vegas Route 91 mass shooting, as well as probably 50 or 60 others who were in the building at the same time as me tonight."
What we know – Thousand Oaks shooting:— HuffPost (@HuffPost) November 8, 2018
+ At least 13 people are dead, including sheriff’s sergeant Ron Helus and the gunman.
+ Police identified the gunman as Ian David Long, a 28-year-old military veteran.
+ At least 23 others were injured in the attack. https://t.co/dHvbCB3jmE
Champion and his friends had reportedly gathered earlier this year at the same bar for a memorial on a student night. "It's a big thing for us. We all are a big family, and unfortunately, this family got hit twice," he said.
Lone gunman Stephen Paddock opened fire at the people attending the country music festival, Route 91, through the windows of his suite at the Mandalay Bay Hotel last year in Las Vegas. Reports stated that the Route 91 Festival attracted many of the same audience as those at the Borderline bar.
"A lot of people in the Route 91 situation go here. There are people that live a whole lifetime without seeing this, and then there are people that have seen it twice," one of the survivors at the bar shooting, Chandler Gunn, told the Los Angeles Times.
"Sheriff, why do you think this keeps happening in the United States of America and not in comparable rich democracies?" - @BBCJamesCook asks after a mass shooting in a California bar that left 12 dead— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) November 8, 2018
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Another survivor, 25-year-old Katie Ray, while talking to the Huffington Post said she survived the Vegas massacre with her fiance, whom she met at the Borderline Bar. Ray has reportedly been frequenting the popular California bar since 2014 and also described it as "a place of healing" for the group of Vegas survivors.
One of the California shooting survivors, Savannah Stafseth, who was outside on the patio of when the shooting started, said: "There are no words. Those are my people. It's just not fair. It's not fair. All these people after Route 91. It's not fair," the LA Times reported. The California bar is described as America's 'Largest Country Dance Hall & Live Music Venue'.