Kelsea Ballerini, LeAnn Rimes & More React To California Mass Shooting
By Peyton Blakemore
November 8, 2018
Celebrities are taking to social media to express their grief following the mass shooting at a country bar in Thousand Oaks, California early Thursday (November 8) morning.
The shooting, which took the lives of 12 people including Ventura County Sgt. Ron Helus, a 29-year veteran of the department, occurred during the bar's weekly "college night." According to reports, a gunman entered the dance bar wearing all black, a hood, and a mask. He is said to have first fired at the bar's security guard and cashier before turning to the dance floor, where he fired shots at random.
"It’s a horrific scene in there," Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean said at a news conference outside the Borderline Bar & Grill. "There’s blood everywhere."
The massacre marks the second mass shooting in the United States in less than two weeks. 11 people were killed at a synagogue in Pittsburgh late last month.
Just seeing the news of the shooting in Thousand Oaks last night. I am heart broken for the victims and their families. This one hits way too close to home. My heart is with everyone effected by this horrible tragedy. #ThousandOaks #BorderLineShooting— LeAnn Rimes Cibrian (@leannrimes) November 8, 2018
Waking up to the news of the shooting in Thousand Oaks. My heart is broken for all of the victims and their families. I'm at a loss. Again. Again. Again.— Busy Philipps (@BusyPhilipps) November 8, 2018
Overwhelmed with sadness for Thousand Oaks and the victims of this horrific shooting. Overwhelmed with grief from how many of these messages I’ve typed out this year alone. I wish the victim’s families peace and answers in this time of tragedy.— josh groban (@joshgroban) November 8, 2018
Another Blue Knight was lost last night. He died in the act of protecting and serving, as so many of his brothers and sisters have before him.— Charlie Daniels (@CharlieDaniels) November 8, 2018
Sgt. Ron Helus, you died saving lives
There is no higher calling
Rest In Peace
Sincere condolences to the family and coworkers
Waking up in NYC to the terrible news in California that 12 were killed in a country bar last night. 1 officer killed in the line of duty as he ran toward the shooter to save lives. Join me in asking the Holy Spirit to pull those families close this morning. #Californiashooting— John Rich (@johnrich) November 8, 2018
It’s a cold, cold world sometimes I swear. Praying for Thousand Oaks, California this morning.— morgan wallen (@MorganCWallen) November 8, 2018
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Woke up this morning to the awful news in California. Our hearts & prayers go out to the victims, their families, & Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks! We’ve played this venue, met the people who hang there & hurt for their loss. May God be with you🖤 #BorderlineBarAndGrill #California
Last night's horrific shooting in Thousand Oaks is nothing short of a tragedy. Our hearts are with all those whose loved ones were stolen from them too soon, by yet another senseless act of gun violence.— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) November 8, 2018
Absolutely gutted to wake up to this news. Again. I can’t imagine the abjact pain & grief of the families who lost loved ones, including Sheriff Helus who ran in to save victims during the shooting-my heart is with you. Why do we continue to do nothing to prevent these tragedies? https://t.co/QPcQ1ufl9T— Mandy Moore (@TheMandyMoore) November 8, 2018
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.— AUBRIE SELLERS (@aubriesellers) November 8, 2018
My heart is broken waking up to the Borderline news. Another instance where people get together to have fun, ruined by a senseless act of violence. 😔— Cassadee Pope (@CassadeePope) November 8, 2018
Another senseless act. 13 dead in another mass shooting. Families devastated by violence. Again. My heart is with the people of Thousand Oaks, and with everyone fighting to make change.— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) November 8, 2018
So sad about the tragedy in Thousand Oaks. So many of my friends & I have frequented that bar . We live in a world where devastation like this can happen anywhere/anytime. I’m so sorry to the victims & everyone involved. And I’m so sorry pain like this occurs 💔— Lucy Hale (@lucyhale) November 8, 2018
My heart breaks for my neighbors in Thousand Oaks and the victims of the seemingly endless stream of gun violence in our country.— RainnWilson (@rainnwilson) November 8, 2018
My heart aches for the victims of last night’s mass shooting and their families. #Pepperdine is my alma matter. The safe place where I met my lifelong friends. We never thought twice about leaving campus to have fun. That’s no longer true. 💔💔💔 https://t.co/NCGkSZ9vjK— I. Marlene King (@imarleneking) November 8, 2018
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