Absolutely heartbreaking news has struck the country music community again.
According to multiple news outlets, a lone gunman opened fire on patrons of the Borderline Bar & Grill, a popular country music bar/venue in Thousand Oaks, California. Investigators believe Ian David Long, a veteran, used a .45-caliber handgun with an extended magazine to shoot patrons and staff, ultimately killing 12 before he took his own life.
Among those killed was Ventura County sheriff’s Sgt. Ron Helus, who rushed to the scene shortly after the first gunshots were fired.
Aubrie Sellers, a country music singer and daughter of Lee Ann Womack, tweeted that she was supposed to be there.
Last night we were going to go line dancing at 9:30 PM at a bar called Borderline we heard about in Thousand Oaks… an hour before we were to leave, I got home and Laney’s eye was swollen shut so we didn’t go. Thinking of everyone affected by this today. Truly unbelievable.
Tyler Farr also tweeted about playing there multiple times, sending his prayers and love to the Thousand Oaks community.
I’ve played the Borderline Bar & Grill many times. I’ve watched those country music fans sing every word. I’ve seen their faces. I’ve shaken their hands. They are good people who were just trying to have a good time. My heart breaks for Thousand Oaks. Sending prayers and love.