While most Americans struggle to imagine the horror of living through a mass shooting, several patrons of the Borderline Bar in Thousand Oaks who survived the gunman’s shots last night knew all too well what it is like: they also survived the shooting in Las Vegas last year.
The Los Angeles Times reported Thursday that some friends and family of those inside the the bar said their loved ones had also escaped the shooter who opened fire on the Route 91 Harvest music festival last year, killing 58 and wounding hundreds more.
Chandler Gunn, 23, of Newbury Park said his mom came to his room and told him about the shooting.
He rushed to the bar and called a friend who works there, who was also at the Route 91 Harvest music festival in Las Vegas last year when a gunman opened fire, killing 58 people and wounding hundreds. His friend 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.
He hasn’t been able to contact her again but knows she’s safe. He said Wednesday nights are college country nights at the bar, and open to people 18 and over for line dancing lessons.
Gunn said “a lot of people in the Route 91 situation” frequent the Borderline Bar.
“There’s people that live a whole lifetime without seeing this, and then there’s people that have seen it twice,” he told The Times.
Others had similar stories:
Carl Edgar, 24, a Tarzana resident, said he had about 20 friends inside the bar, where he’s a regular, but he wasn’t there tonight.
He said the bar is popular on Wednesday nights with students from Moorpark College. He heard about the incident on Snapchat and immediately texted friends who were there.
“Call me,” his friend replied.
Once they were in touch, she told Edgar she had managed to escape and was hiding behind a gas station, he told The Times. Another friend texted him later saying she was hiding in the bathroom.
“As far as I know, all of my friends are OK, safe,” he said. “There are a few people we can’t get ahold 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.”