‘She’s Alive for Her 21st Birthday’: Thousand Oaks Shooting Survivors Recount a Night of Terror

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that will was Nellie Wong’s 21st birthday, so drinks along with country music were in order. She along with her friends by California State University, Channel Islands packed into the Borderline Bar along with Grill in Thousand Oaks. They went there to unwind once or twice a week, especially on Wednesdays for the bar’s common college night.

The evening at the wood-paneled bar began that has a live D.J., lots of plaid, line-dancing along with clinking drinks. that will ended with Ms. Wong hiding as a gunman dressed in all black unleashed a wave of bullets, killing at least 12 people along with sending her friends scattering within the mayhem. Ms. Wong spent her birthday hiding instead of dancing, fearing for her life instead of celebrating that will.

“I was in there the whole time,” she said, stunned for words.

Several survivors described the beginning of the shooting as a blur of chaos, panic along with bullets. Sarah DeSon, 19, who was with Ms. Wong, said the club suddenly filled with smoke. They saw the gunman draw his gun at the front, along with they ducked for cover as a rapid clip of bullets spread through the bar. As Ms. DeSon ran outside, she said, several bodies were sprawled out on the floor.

Hours after the shooting, Ms. Wong along with four girlfriends were reunited at a nearby gas station where they filled one another in on what each had experienced that will night: where they hid during the shooting, how they got out, the dry heaving one experienced afterward along with the friends they hadn’t heard by yet.

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“We are so thankful,” Mr. Chhan told The Orange County Register, holding both hands over his heart.

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