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USSome inside Borderline bar survived Las Vegas mass shooting, friends say

12:31  08 november  2018
12:31  08 november  2018 Source:   latimes.com

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Active shooter wounds at least 6 at Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks Police were responding to reports of a mass shooting that left several people injured and may have led to casualties Wednesday night inside a Thousand Oaks bar.

Employees and people who had friends inside the bar huddled together, some hugging and asking one A lot of my friends survived Route 91,” he said , referring to a mass shooting that killed 57 during a country Some inside Borderline bar survived Las Vegas mass shooting , friends say .

A mass shooting at a Thousand Oaks nightclub left nearly a dozen people wounded, including a Ventura County sheriff's deputy, authorities said Eric Buschow said investigators believe the suspect is dead inside the venue. The shooting happened around 11:20 p.m. Wednesday at Borderline Bar

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Friends and family converged as the Borderline Bar in Thousand Oaks anxiously to learn the fate of the hundreds of people who were inside when a gunman opened fire.

Chandler Gunn, 23, of Newberry Park, said his mom came to his room and told him about the shooting.

He called a friend who works there and was also at Route 91 in Las Vegas as he drove to the scene. She told him that some type of tear gas was thrown into the bar. She saw smoke and heard gunshots and ran out the back toward nearby apartments.

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He hasn’t been able to contact her again but knows she’s safe. He said Wednesday nights that the bar, a country bar with line dancing, is open to people 18 and over.

“A lot of people in the Route 91 situation go here,” he said, referring to the mass shooting last year in Las Vegas. “There’s people that live a whole lifetime without seeing this, and then there’s people that have seen it twice.”

People stood on the sidewalk making frantic phone calls. One young woman stood with her family on the phone trying to get details. Her family declined to speak. Josh Coaly, 27, stood on the sidewalk waiting to hear from his friend who is inside.

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Coaly has been to the bar multiple times with his friends. His friend who is there was also in the Vegas shooting.

He spoke with his friend, who said he is with his dad and is fine and helping friends.

“I just came to see if there’s anything I can do,” he said. He asked him for the names of people inside so he can start calling the families.

Carl Edgar, 24, a Tarzana resident, said he had about 20 friends inside the bar, where he’s a regular.

He said the bar is popular on Wednesday nights with students from Moorpark College, but he wasn’t there tonight. He heard about the incident on Snapchat and immediately texted friends who were there.

“Call me,” his friend replied.

When he did, she said she had escaped the bar and was hiding behind a gas station. He told her to stay calm. After midnight, another friend texted him that she was hiding in the back bathroom.

“As far as I know, all of my friends are OK, safe,” he said. “There are a few people we can’t get a hold of, but in these situations people usually turn off their phones to be safe so I’m not gonna get too worried. A lot of my friends survived Route 91. If they survived that they’ll survive this.”

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On November 7th, Rob Jones showed up to the Borderline Bar & Grill at noon to drop off some flyers for his band’s upcoming gig. Jones performs at the Borderline every few months with his band Highway Starr, a local California country-rock band who consider the Thousand Oaks country bar their hometown venue. But before that Wednesday, he had never really seen the club in the daytime. “The door was open, so I walked into the club and for two or three minutes I just stood there by myself, no music, no waiters, no bar staff, and I just took it in,” Jones says.

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