On Wednesday night (Nov. 7), hundreds were gathered inside Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, Calif. for the venue's "college country night" when a gunman shot and killed 12 people and injured between 10 and 12 more.
The deceased include Sgt. Ron Helus, a 29-year veteran of law enforcement.
The Thousand Oaks shooting is the 307th mass shooting in the U.S. this year.
This morning and afternoon, country stars have shared messages of grief and prayers and made calls for change on social media in the aftermath of the shooting.
This post will be updated.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families and loved ones affected by the shooting in Thousand Oaks. Together, with the music community, we grieve for their loss.
— Zac Brown Band (@zacbrownband) November 8, 2018
Just seeing the news of the shooting in Thousand Oaks last night. I am heart broken for the victims and their families. This one hits way too close to home. My heart is with everyone effected by this horrible tragedy. #ThousandOaks #BorderLineShooting
— LeAnn Rimes Cibrian (@leannrimes) November 8, 2018
12 killed, including the ‘good guy with a gun’, plus survivors of Las Vegas shooting. We can’t go on like this. I don’t want to hear about thoughts and prayers. I want #GunControlNow https://t.co/87edYxwjho
— rosanne cash (@rosannecash) November 8, 2018
Another Blue Knight was lost last night. He died in the act of protecting and serving, as so many of his brothers and sisters have before him.
Sgt. Ron Helus, you died saving lives
There is no higher calling
Rest In Peace
Sincere condolences to the family and coworkers
— Charlie Daniels (@CharlieDaniels) November 8, 2018
I am so sorry for the friends and family lost in California. I am so sorry.
— Abby Anderson (@abbya_music) November 8, 2018
So many of my friends and I have played this bar. How devastating. My thoughts and heartfelt prayers go out to the victims, their families and the Borderline staff. 💔💔💔https://t.co/3lCZloxRfa
— Meghan Linsey (@meghanlinsey) November 8, 2018
These people gone.
When will we get serious about gun violence in America?
— Chely Wright (Vaxxed) (@chelywright) November 8, 2018
It’s a cold, cold world sometimes I swear. Praying for Thousand Oaks, California this morning.
— morgan wallen (@MorganCWallen) November 8, 2018
Another tragedy, and this time in my home state of California. My heart goes out to the people who lost their lives in Thousand Oaks last night, along with those who suffered injuries. Praying for their family and friends as well.
— Jon Pardi (@JonPardi) November 8, 2018
— Margo Price (@MissMargoPrice) November 8, 2018