Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles on November 8, 2018, shared the following statement regarding the mass shooting in Thousand Oaks, CA, that occurred late night on November 7:
“Like many of you, I woke this morning to news of the horrible violence last night at the Borderline Grill in Thousand Oaks. Let us pray hard for all the families, for those who were murdered and those who were injured, and in a special way for the heroic officer, Sgt. Ron Helus, who lost his life defending people in the attack. May God grant perpetual light to those who have died, and may he bring comfort to their loved ones and peace to our community.”
Local authorities have confirmed 12 persons in the club were shot to death by Ian David Long of nearby Newbury Park, who apparently took his own life.