Here’s How to Help the Thousand Oaks, California Shooting Victims

Donating blood is one way to help after this shooting tragedy.

The nation woke up to the news of another senseless and horrific mass shooting on Thursday morning, Nov. 8. A gunman opened fire and took the lives of 12 people at a Western-themed bar in Thousand Oaks, California. The gunman then allegedly took his own life. As of Thursday morning, reports of those injured in the chaos are up to 21 people.

On Wednesday evening, The Borderline Bar & Grill, a popular spot among students at nearby colleges, hosted a country line dancing night. Sheriff Geoff Dean, an area law official, reported that between 150 and 200 people were inside the bar during the attack.

The names of the victims have yet to be released, but the California Highway Patrol officer who responded to the emergency calls was Ron Helus, a 29-year veteran of the force who was among those killed. The gunman has been identified as 28-year-old former Marine Ian David Long of Thousand Oaks.

Here’s how you can help the victims and survivors of this most recent shooting.

Donate Blood

Those who have rare or universal blood types are encouraged to give blood. Donors local to the Los Angeles metropolitan area can visit the American Red Cross’ website to make an appointment or host a drive.

Donate Money

Funds are always needed for recovery at times of tragedy, and campaigns are often launched in order to collect donations to help victims. An official fundraising campaign has yet to be verified for the victims of the Thousand Oaks shooting, but interested parties can search for a campaign on GoFundMe or check back here for an update. It is also being reported that you can donate to theĀ Ventura County Community Foundation to help out.

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