The tragic shooting that took place in California claiming the lives of 12 people was also a scene of amazing heroism.
Multiple men reportedly went out of their way to shield others from the bullets when a gunman entered the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks Wednesday night, shooting randomly and then taking his own life.
“While we were all dog-piled at the side, there were multiple men that got on their knees and pretty much blocked all of us with their backs towards the shooter, ready to take a bullet for any single one of us,” Teylor Whittler, a woman who had been in the club during the shooting told ABC News.
Woman who was celebrating her 21st birthday at Thousand Oaks bar where shooting broke out: "There were multiple men that got on their knees and pretty much blocked all of us…ready to take a bullet for any single one of us." https://t.co/109XGLelzj pic.twitter.com/6BbeE2XkfE
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They were “ready to take a bullet for any single one of us”
“And just the amount of people who made sure everyone got out OK or if they were out … they made sure, they went around to every single person around them and asked them if they were OK and if they needed a phone to call their family … just in general any way they could help. It was awesome,” she said.
The shooter has been identified as 28-year-old David Ian Long, who reportedly wore a dark hooded sweatshirt. In addition to the 12 dead, 18 others were injured trying to flee the scene during the shooting. Ventura County Fire Department Captain Stan Ziegler says they are being treated in local hospitals.
When the gunman entered the bar at almost a half hour before midnight, it was filled with mostly college students. It was “country night” at the bar. The shooter reportedly used a semi-automatic pistol.
21-year-old Whittler also said the gunman appeared to be proficient with firearms, as she watched him quickly reload and continue to fire.
Teylor Whittler, a young woman inside the bar, saw the gunman quickly reload and fire again. "He knew what he was doing," she said. "He had perfect form." https://t.co/llZRJfRUQS
— The New York Times (@nytimes) November 9, 2018
“He knew what he was doing,” she said. “He had perfect form.”
Whittler also spoke with Fox News about the tragedy and the men who bravely put their bodies on the line.
— Fox News (@FoxNews) November 8, 2018
It’s incredible that a person would risk their life for someone they didn’t know. Through all this tragedy, we should keep in mind that there are amazing people out there.