At least 12 people were killed after a gunman opened fire late Wednesday at the
Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, CA. The attack is the nation's second mass shooting in less than two weeks.
Police identified the gunman as
Ian David Long, a 28-year-old former Marine. Officials believe he died by suicide. It's unclear how many Long wounded in the attack, but the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office said about 22 people had been transported to hospitals in the area. According to the Daily Beast, some of the patrons were survivors of the mass shooting at a country music festival in Las Vegas that left 58 people dead in October 2017.
Ahead, what we know so far about the victims of the shooting. We'll continue to update this story as more information becomes available.
Housley was an 18-year-old student at Pepperdine University. Her death was confirmed by her aunt and uncle,
actress Tamera Mowry-Housley and her husband Adam Housley.
"Our hearts are broken. We just learned that our niece Alaina was one of the victims of last night’s shooting at Borderline bar in Thousand Oaks,” Mowry-Housley said in a statement. “Alaina was an incredible young woman with so much life ahead of her and we are devastated that her life was cut short in this manner. We thank everyone for your prayers and ask for privacy at this time."
Photo Courtesy of Alaina Housley's Facebook. More Telemachus Orfanos
Orfanos, 27, was an Army veteran and reportedly worked at Borderline. He survived the Las Vegas shooting last year.
“He was killed last night at Borderline,” his mother Susan Orfanos told
the . “He made it through Las Vegas, he came home. And he didn’t come home last night, and the two words I want you to write are: gun control. Right now — so that no one else goes through this. Can you do that? Can you do that for me? Gun control.” New York Times Photo Courtesy of Telemachus Orfanos' Facebook. More Sgt. Ron Helus
Sgt. Helus had been on the police force for 29 years and was set to retire soon. The 54-year-old was among the first officials to arrive at the scene of the shooting. After going into the bar, he exchanged gunfire with Long and was shot multiple times. Sgt. Helus died at the hospital Thursday morning.
"Ron was a hardworking, dedicated sheriff’s sergeant. He went in to save lives, to save other people," Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean told reporters on Thursday. "He was totally committed, he gave his all. And tonight, as I told his wife, he died a hero."Sgt. Helus is survived by his wife and son. According to Dean, he called his wife shortly before arriving at the scene. He reportedly told her: "Hey, I gotta go handle a call. I love you. I’ll talk to you later."
Photo Courtesy of Ron Helus's Facebook. More Justin Meek
Meek, 23, was a recent graduate of California Lutheran University. He was working as a bouncer at the bar when Long walked in and opened fire.
"The Cal Lutheran community is filled with sorrow over the violent events that took place last night a few miles from campus in Thousand Oaks," the school said in a statement. "Sadly, we have learned from the family that a recent graduate, Justin Meek, 23, is one of the precious lives cut short in this tragedy. Meek heroically saved lives in the incident."
Photo Courtesy of Justin Meek's Facebook. More Cody Coffman
Coffman was a 22-year-old umpire for a youth baseball league and planned to enlist in the Army, his father Jason Coffman told reporters. He is survived by his father, mother, and three younger brothers. A little sister was on the way.
"I talked to him last night before he headed out the door," Jason Coffman said of his last exchange with his first-born son. "First thing I said was, 'Please don’t drink and drive.' The last thing I said was, 'Son, I love you.'" He added: "This is going to be an absolute heart-wrenching time for me and my family. This is a heart that I’ll never get back."
Photo Courtesy of Cody Coffman's Facebook. More Kristina Morisette
Morisette, 20, worked at Borderline's front desk. Hannah Trenton, one of Morisette's childhood friends,
told BuzzFeed News that the victim had just gotten a new job.
“Kristina was always the nicest girl,” Brandon Bohning, another childhood friend of Morisette's, told
the . “She never had a frown on her face – it was rare. She always had a positive attitude about everything. She never picked on anyone growing up.” San Bernardino Sun Photo Courtesy of Kristina Morisette's Facebook. More Blake Dingman
Dingman was a 21-year-old former athlete who loved off-road vehicles. He was close friends with Jake Dunham, another one of the victims. At the request of Dingman's brother,
No Sways Offroad will hold a memorial meet-up in their honor.
“We were really proud of him,” his aunt Janet Dingman
told the . “He was a really fun, energetic, and loving nephew.” Press-Enterprise Photo Courtesy of Blake Dingman's Facebook. More Jake Dunham
Dunham, 21, was also an avid off-roader who loved outdoor activities such as camping. He was close friends with Blake Dingman, another one of the victims. At the request of Dingman's brother,
No Sways Offroad will hold a memorial meet-up in their honor. Photo Courtesy of Jake Dunham's Facebook. More Daniel Manrique
Manrique was a 33-year-old Marine Corps radio operator who served with the 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion, 2nd Marine Division.
He deployed to Afghanistan in 2007 with the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit. Most recently, he worked with the veterans' nonprofit organization Team Red, White & Blue.
“He was shot and killed in an absolutely senseless act of violence that we will never understand. He had spent his entire adult life, post military service, helping veterans readjust to civilian life,” his sister Gladys Manrique Koscak said in a
Facebook post. “I have no doubt that he died a hero, shielding others from gunshots. He will forever be our hero, son, brother, and the best uncle anybody could ever ask for.” Photo Courtesy of Daniel Manrique's Facebook. More Mark Meza Jr.
Meza Jr. was less than two weeks away from his 21st birthday. He worked as a busser and food runner at Borderline.
"Marky was a loving and wonderful young man who was full of life and ambition," his family
said in a statement to KEYT-TV. "His family is devastated by his loss." Photo Courtesy of Mark Meza's Facebook. More Noel Sparks
Sparks, 21, was a student at Moorpark College and an active member of the United Methodist Church Westlake Village.
"All I can say is that Jesus loves her FAR more than we ever could. And she leaves behind her a legacy of selfless servitude. She was always so joyful to help others and fill needs," her friend Sarah Penrose
said on Facebook. "Wishing I could have spent more time with her before this happened. Praying for her friends and family." Photo Courtesy of Noel Sparks's Facebook. More Sean Adler
Adler, 48, was a bouncer at Borderline. He had worked as a high school wrestling coach, but had recently changed careers and launched a coffee-roasting business.
"When we were younger, I was an awkward kid. I got picked on," Danny Evans, one of Adler’s childhood best friends, told
the . "Sean was my protector. He stood up for me, and he showed me the kind of kindnesses I didn’t get from other people. I needed that so badly at that time." New York Times Photo Courtesy of Sean Adler's Facebook. More Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here? How To Help The Victims Of The California Wildfires Deadliest California Wildfire Since Record-Keeping Began Claims 25 Lives The Florida Governor & Senate Races Are Getting A Recount