Reporter At Borderline Bar Mass Shooting Says Thousand Oaks Is A Tight-Knit Community

The Southern California town is considered one of the safest in the country

Thousand Oaks Bar Shooting Survivors

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PITTSBURGH (NewsRadio 1020 KDKA) – Just two weeks after 11 people were killed at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Squirrel Hill another mass shooting has happened in America.

Late Wednesday night 12 people were killed during a deadly shooting at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, California.

The gunman, a 28-year-old former Marine took his own life after the shooting.

Craig Fiegener, a reporter for KNX AM in Los Angeles, California was at the scene and at the hospital with victims after.

Fiegener tells the KDKA Radio Afternoon News, “Very late last night around 11:20 p.m. a person who witnesses told me walked up wearing dark clothing that they didn’t recognize, which is important to note because the tight-knit nature of this community is such that people that go to Borderline Bar are regulars and they know when someone is new and this person stood out and very quickly without any warning drew a weapon.”

Fiegener also talked about the Ventura County Sheriff’s Sgt. Ron Helus who is being described as a hero.

“Many people in the community knew him and knew of him, he was in law enforcement for almost 30 years and was looking to retire next year.”

“He was on the phone with his wife when the call was dispatched and he was the first person on the scene.”

Fiegener also talked about peoples injuries, how the release of a lot of information is taking some time, and what we know about the shooter.  There was a chance that the shooter suffered from PTSD or some other mental health issue.

Listen to the full interview with Craig Fiegener below.

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