Vigil held for 12 victims of Thousand Oaks, Calif. mass shooting

OAN Newsroom
3:05 AM PST — Fri. Nov. 9, 2018

Survivors of the tragic shooting that left 12 people dead at a bar in Thousand Oaks, California unite to remember those who lost their lives in the attack.

About 2,000 people gathered at a vigil for the victims during the somber day of mourning on Thursday, in the aftermath of 28 year old Ian David Young’s deadly rampage at a college night event at Borderline Bar and Grill, before he allegedly taking his own life.

People comfort each other as they stand near the scene Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, in Thousand Oaks, Calif. where a gunman opened fire Wednesday inside a country dance bar crowded with hundreds of people on “college night,” wounding 11 people including a deputy who rushed to the scene. Ventura County sheriff’s spokesman says gunman is dead inside the bar. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

City Councilman Bill De La Pena called the mass shooting, “surreal” and “very painful,” for it to have happened in one of the safest cities in the state.

400 of the community’s residents stood in an hours long line throughout the day to attend a blood drive in support of the victims, despite officials estimating only a few would participate.

A GoFundMe account has been established for the deceased, and has already raised more than twenty-nine thousand dollars of its $50,000 goal in just under 12 hours.

Resident Joey Lodolce says the amount of people who wanted to help was truly an act of “patriotism.”

Dozens of others attended a procession to honor Sergeant Ron Helus, who tragically lost his life after heroically running towards the gunfire to save others.

The 29 year law enforcement veteran was due to retire at the end of the week.