The country music community is giving their support to the victims of the Thousand Oaks shooting in California.
During a “college country night” at Borderline Bar and Grill, twelve people were killed by a shooter who then turned the gun on himself.
Many of the victims were shocked and were in disbelief that the shooting happened in a state with some of the most strict gun laws in the country.
Survivor of Thousand Oaks shooting: "It does not feel real. I'm in shock. I'm terrified. I'm horrified at this…you never think it's gonna be you until it happens. This is a problem." https://t.co/109XGLelzj pic.twitter.com/gOhZ6DdE53
— Good Morning America (@GMA) November 8, 2018
Many country music stars spoken out and offered support to the victims and their families:
John Rich called for his followers to pray for the families of those killed.
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
Country music icon Loretta Lynn also offered up prayers to those affected.
Breaks my heart to hear about the shooting at a country music dance hall in California. 12 innocent lives lost,…
Charlie Daniels focused on the officer shot in the line of duty.
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.
Sgt. Ron Helus, you died saving lives
There is no higher calling
Rest In Peace
Sincere condolences to the family and coworkers
— Charlie Daniels (@CharlieDaniels) November 8, 2018
In an Instagram post, Brad Paisley offered his condolences.
LeAnn Rimes Cibrian offered her support after seeing breaking news of the shooting.
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
Rosanne Cash spoke out in favor of gun control after news of the shooting broke.
12 killed, including the ‘good guy with a gun’, plus survivors of Las Vegas shooting. We can’t go on like this. I don’t want to hear about thoughts and prayers. I want #GunControlNow https://t.co/87edYxwjho
— rosanne cash (@rosannecash) November 8, 2018
The shooter was found to be a Marine veteran who could have potentially been suffering from PTSD. While authorities are still investigating the situation, this may be an example of a tragedy that could have been prevented if the shooter had gotten help.