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Tragedy struck Thousand Oaks, California late Wednesday, as a gunman opened fire inside a country bar.

On Wednesday night, officers were dispatched to the Borderline Bar & Grill, amid reports of shots fired.

When they arrived, they found several individuals deceased, and multiple victims who had been injured in the ordeal.

In total, 12 people died due to the tragedy, including a police officer.

The officer, Sheriff’s Sgt. Ron Helus, was shot by the suspect as he entered the location.

The suspect is among the deceased. He has since been identified as Ian David Long.

According to the Tennessean, at the time the incident occurred, the bar was hosting college night.

Prior to the shooting, the location was always considered a safe place to hang out.

After hearing about the shooting, several country stars took to social media to pay their respects:

https://twitter.com/MaddieandTae/status/1060568654159511552

Please keep the victims friends and families in your thoughts and prayers.

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