Multiple media outlets are reporting that some of the same people who survived the mass shooting at a country bar in Thousand Oaks, Calif., on Wednesday night (Nov. 7) also survived the mass shooting that took place at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in October of 2017.
Twelve people died when a lone gunman walked into the Borderline Bar & Grill, set off a smoke device and started shooting into the people who were crowded into the bar for a college country night. At least one more person suffered a gunshot, and some estimates say more than 15 others sustained other injuries while attempting to flee from the chaos.
Several people who got away from the Borderline massacre had also lived through the Vegas mass shooting, in which a lone gunman opened fire on the crowd from his motel room, killing 58 people and wounding hundreds more in the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history.
Twenty-three-year-old Chandler Gunn tells the Los Angeles Times that he rushed to the Borderline bar when he heard about the shooting, and he called a friend of his who works there. That friend has also been present during the Vegas shooting, and she told him that a gunman had thrown some form of tear gas into the bar before opening fire. She was able to escape.
“A lot of people in the Route 91 situation go here,” he tells the Times. “There’s people that live a whole lifetime without seeing this, and then there’s people that have seen it twice.”