‘Our hearts are broken’: Sister, Sister actress Tamera Mowry-Housley reveals her 18-year-old niece was killed in the California bar mass shooting
- Alaina Housley, 18, died at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, California Wednesday night
- She is the niece of Adam Housley and his actress wife Tamera Mowry-Housley
- Adam, who is a former Fox News correspondent, rushed to the hospital in search for the 18-year-old at 3.30am
- The teenager is a freshman at Pepperdine University and had been at the bar with several friends
- Her Apple Watch and iPhone were showing her location as inside the bar
Actress Tamera Mowry-Housley has revealed her husband’s niece was among those killed when a gunman opened fire during college night at a crowded country music bar in California.
Alaina Housley, 18, was killed in the massacre at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks on Wednesday night.
Tamera and her husband Adam Housley issued a statement, saying: ‘Our hearts are broken’.
‘We just learned that our Alaina was one of the victims of last night’s shooting at Borderline Bar in Thousand Oaks.
Alaina Housley, the niece of actress Tamera Mowry-Housley and her husband Adam Housley, was also still unaccounted for seven hours after the mass shooting in California
‘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.’
The teenager was a freshman at Pepperdine University and had been at the bar with several friends.
Her Apple Watch and iPhone showed her location as still inside the bar in the aftermath of the shooting.
Her uncle Adam, who is a former Fox News correspondent, had rushed to the hospital at 3.30am in search of his niece after hearing reports of the shooting.
‘My gut is saying she’s inside the bar, dead. I’m hoping I’m wrong,’ Adam had told the LA Times before her dead was confirmed.
Two of her friends jumped out of a broken window and ran for safety but say they lost Alaina in the mayhem. They are in hospital now being treated for major injuries.
Actress Tamera Mowry-Housley and her husband Adam Housley (left) issued a statement saying their hearts were broken following her death
Ventura County Sheriff’s sergeant Ron Helus, who was first on the scene, was killed after being shot multiple times when he exchanged fire with the 28-year-old gunman, Ian David Long.
Cody Coffman, 22, and Justin Meek, 23, were also among those killed inside the bar.
Jason, Cody’s father, sobbed as he revealed that authorities told him on Thursday that his oldest son had died.
He said he spoke to his son just before he went to the bar Wednesday night.
‘The first thing I said was ‘Please don’t drink and drive.’ The last thing I said was ‘Son, I love you’,’ he said.
Cody had plans to go into the military and was speaking with U.S. Army recruiters.
His father Jason had earlier rushed to the bar after hearing news of the shooting and calls to his son’s cellphone went unanswered. He feared the worst when a tracking app on his son’s phone indicated the device was still inside the venue.
Jason said he was alerted to the shooting when several of Cody’s friends started banged on their front door after 1am.
‘Some of his girlfriends got out but they didn’t know where Cody was,’ Jason said.
Jason Coffman’s son Cody is still unaccounted for following the massacre at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks on Wednesday at 11.20pm
Justin Meek, 23, recently graduated from California Lutheran University and worked at the Borderline Bar where he was killed. He is believed to have helped save lives before being shot
Meek was identified as one of the slain victims by his family and his former college.
The 23-year-old, who was a recent graduate of California Lutheran University, worked at the bar where he was killed.
Ventura County Sheriff Ron Helus was among those killed. He was shot multiple times by the gunman after responding to the first 911 calls and later died in hospital
Meek is believed to have heroically saved lives as the shooting unfolded, according to university president Chris Kimball.
Jake Dunham, 21, is among those still missing after not making contact with his parents in the hours after the shooting.
He had gone to the bar to play pool with his friends, his father Ken Dunham told NBC Los Angeles.
‘I keep calling it but there’s no answer,’ Ken said. ‘It just keeps ringing out… he always answers his phone.’
A number of other parents rushed to the bar and used tracking devices to look up their children’s iPhones and iWatches.
Many of the devices are still located inside the bar and the parents say they haven’t heard from their loved ones since the shooting happened.
There were roughly 100 people inside the bar when the gunman opened fire.
Many of those inside were students at Pepperdine University and others are thought to have gone to California Lutheran University – both are Christian schools.
The Ventura County Sheriff’s office said the victim notification process was ‘slow and methodical’. They said they were doing everything possible to notify relatives.
Jake Dunham, 21, has not made contact with his parents in the hours after the shooting. His father said he went to the bar to play pool with friends
Authorities said Long was wearing a hood and dressed all in black when he used a smoke bomb and handgun to open fire at the bar.
Patrons screamed in fear, shouted ‘get down!’ and used bar stools to smash second-floor windows and jump to safety as gunfire erupted at the bar, a hangout popular with students from nearby California Lutheran University.
The dead included 11 people inside the bar and sheriff’s sergeant Ron Helus, a 29-year veteran of the department, who was the first officer inside the door.
Authorities said 21 people injured in the shooting had been released from various hospitals by Thursday morning.
‘It’s a horrific scene in there,’ Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean said. ‘There’s blood everywhere.’
The gunman, who was a former marine, deployed a smoke device and used a .45-caliber handgun in the attack.
He first fired on a person working the door and then appeared to shoot at random at people inside, according to witnesses.
Ian Long, 28, is the gunman who opened fire on Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, California, on Wednesday
A shirtless man and two others carry an injured person out of the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, California, on Wednesday night after a gunman opened fire at 11.20pm
EMTs treat a victim from the shooting at Borderline Bar and Grill on Wednesday. In addition to the 12 innocent people who were killed, another 12 at least were injured
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