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UI students share safety concern after mass shooting

UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS (WCIA) -- Safety is on the minds of UI students after a mass shooting at a bar in California killed 12 people, including a college student. 

The shooting happened on college night at Borderline Bar in Thousand Oaks. Police say it was packed with people when the gunman opened fire. One UI student says it's making her rethink how this could happen anywhere. Some view it as a wake-up call. 

Wednesday night, Borderline Bar was crowded with more than 100 people, many were college students. Police say the gunman, 28-year old Ian Long, killed 12 people, including a sheriff's sergeant who responded to the gunfire. Police later found the shooter dead inside the bar, possibly from a self-inflicted wound.

A day later, a UI student shared how this is impacting the thoughts of area students when they go out to bars. 

Grace Rigney says, "They're all very crowded and there have been incidents in the past where there's been some kind of violent altercation near the bars that have led to the whole bar having to be evacuated. It hasn't happened on this campus luckily but there have been times where that's a legitimate fear." 

In addition to the 12 who were killed, several others were injured including security workers, employees and customers. The FBI says they don't yet have a motive for the shooting. 

Long is a Marine veteran. The Ventura County Sheriff says they were called to his house in April and found him acting irrationally. But, after a mental health specialist met with him, they didn't feel holding him for a psychiatric evaluation was warranted.


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