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How You Can Help Victims of the Tragic Shooting in Thousand Oaks

November 09, 2018 - 8:59 am
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(KNX 1070) - Frantic families searched for loved ones early Thursday morning into the afternoon, those who may have been inside a Thousand Oaks bar and killed by a suspected gunman who had previous military experience and had served in Afghanistan.

Authorities released the name of the suspected gunman, a 28-year-old former Marine Ian David Long. Law enforcement believes he may have killed himself at the Borderline Bar and Grill Wednesday night.

Donations

People can also make a donation online at https://vccf.org/donate/make-a-donation/ The Ventura County Community Foundation issued this statement on its site: "While the horror washes over all of us, many of you from around the region and around the country are leaping into action to support the victims, families and organizations providing first and second line support. Ventura County Community Foundation, in coordination with the City of Thousand Oaks, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation and others, has set up a specific fund to serve this purpose."

There is also a centralized location GoFundMe related to the tragic shooting in Thousand Oaks:

https://www.gofundme.com/cause/thousandoaksshooting

There is also a GoFundMe for the family of Sgt Ron Helus:

https://www.gofundme.com/support-for-sgt-ron-helus-family

Meanwhile, blood donations were needed for the critically injured patients from the shooting as officials from across the state and country gave statements on the horrendous situation. At least two blood drives were being held and there is a particular need for type O negative.  One was held at La Reina High School Thursday.  Another was being hosted by the Thousand Oaks Rotary Club.

The Ventura County Fire Department says a family hotline number has been established --- (805) 465-6650.  A reunification center is open at the Thousand Oaks Teen Center at 1375 East Janss Road.

As everyone comes to grips with another shooting, vigils were being planned for the day after the shooting, Thursday.

There was a vigil tonight at 6 p.m. at the Civic Center in the Kavli Theater-City Hall in Thousand Oaks. A candlelight vigil was held Thursday night at Spreckels Park in Coronado at 7 p.m. Back at Cal Lutheran, a Catholic Rosary and campus vigil was at the campus chapel beginning at 6 p.m. Thursday night. Pepperdine University held a prayer service at noon Thursday in Smothers Theatre.

Blood Needed

Los Robles Hospital in Thousand Oaks was in need of blood donors, including O negative, for patients who are in critical condition. There was  a blood drive at La Reina High School from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday. Appointments can be made by calling 877-25-VITAL. Tony Guevara, head of schools at La Reina High, tells KNX appointments need to be made first if you want to donate. You can also register online advance of going out there at www.vitalant.org to pre-register.

The line included students from Cal Channel Islands and Cal Lutheran, which were both impacted by the shooting.

La Reina High’s Tony Guevara calls their blood drive providential because it was planned before the shooting.

Because of the large crowd another drive is planned for 10 a.m. Friday morning.

KNX's Margaret Carrero was able to talk to a few families, about 50 to 60 people who have gathered, including Jason Coffman, who was looking for his son, Cody, earlier Thursday afternoon. Turns out Cody was one of the first victims ID-ed from the shooting.

KNX reporter Jon Baird:

Universities Affected

Classes at Cal Lutheran University have been canceled Thursday. But Cal Lutheran spokesperson Karen grennan tells KNX that offices will be open for those who who want to come in.

Students and faculty were an sent the cancellation alert a few hours ago Thursday morning. The Samuelson Chapel on campus will be open for members of the community to gather this morning.

Many students from Cal Lutheran were at the Borderline Bar and Grill last night and some may still be missing. One Cal Lutheran grad was among the victims so far, Justin Meek.

Students were there to enjoy a night of country music. It was college night and it's a hotspot for Cal Lutheran students and faculty who like to line dance and two-step. Many were inside when the bullets started to fly just after 11 pm.

The student body president, Nick Steinwinde, told KNX that several of his college classmates were able to escape. Others, he tells us, have not been heard from. 

He says the student body and the community is simply in shock right now.

Meanwhile, students from Pepperdine University in Malibu will be holding a prayer service at noon Thursday in Smothers Theatre. Pepperdine also suffered one victim thus far, a freshman named Alaina Housley.

Officials' Reactions

On Thursday morning on Twitter, Gov. Jerry Brown has issued a statement on the shooting.

He writes: "Our hearts ache today for the victims of this heinous act and our deepest condolences are with the Thousand Oaks community and those who lost friends and loved ones. We are grateful for law enforcement and others, including Ventura County Sheriff’s Sgt. Ron Helus, who took heroic action to save lives last night."

Mayor Eric Garcetti also tweeted out his support Thursday:

Earlier, President Trump tweeted about the shooting, saying he had been fully briefed on what he called 'the terrible shooting in California'. He praised the great bravery shown by law enforcement, including the sheriff's deputy shot dead.

This story is developing.

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