Fil-Am teen among 12 killed in US shoot­ing

Tempo - - News - By ROY C. MABASA from Reuters) (With a re­port

Filipino-Amer­i­can col­lege stu­dent Alaina Pun­za­lan Hous­ley was among the 12 peo­ple killed in the hor­rific shoot­ing in­side a bar in Thou­sand Oaks, Cal­i­for­nia on Wed­nes­day night (Thurs­day morn­ing in Manila), the Philip­pine Con­sulate Gen­eral in Los An­ge­les said.

The 18-year-old Hous­ley was a fresh­man stu­dent from Pep­per­dine Uni­ver­sity who was among those killed in the shoot­ing in­ci­dent that oc­curred in­side the Border­line Bar and Grill in Thou­sand Oaks, about 40 miles west of Los An­ge­les.

The gun­man, iden­ti­fied as for­mer US Ma­rine com­bat vet­eran Ian David Long, 28, opened fire in­side the coun­try-west­ern bar with a Glock 21made .45-cal­iber hand­gun, killing at least 11 vic­tims at the scene. Long was also found dead in­side the estab­lish­ment. A re­spond­ing po­lice sergeant with the Ven­tura County Sher­iff’s De­part­ment died from the scene af­ter con­fronting the sus­pect.

Re­ports showed that Alaina had gone to the Border­line to line dance with friends. The bar is said to be fre­quented mostly by young peo­ple aged 18 to 22.

As news of the shoot­ing spread, it was also re­ported that her aunt, “The Real” host and “Sis­ter, Sis­ter” star Tam­era Mowry-Hous­ley, fran­ti­cally scanned the so­cial me­dia to search for her niece.

It was only on Thurs­day morn­ing, how­ever, when the fam­ily learned that Alaina didn’t make it out of the bar alive.

“Our hearts are bro­ken,” the fam­ily said in a state­ment.

“Alaina was an in­cred­i­ble young woman with so much life ahead of her, and we are dev­as­tated that her life was cut short in this man­ner.”

In her time at the Vin­tage High School, Alaina was an honor stu­dent who joined the school’s var­sity soc­cer team and served in stu­dent gov­ern­ment in the en­tire four years be­fore grad­u­at­ing in June.

Her high school alma mater of­fi­cials re­mem­bered Alaina as a “nat­u­ral leader and con­nec­tor,” who was loved by her fel­low stu­dents and the school staff.

Alaina also played vi­o­lins in the Vin­tage High School where her mom is an em­ployed.

Con­sulate Gen­eral Adel An­gelito Cruz said they are con­tin­u­ously mon­i­tor­ing the de­vel­op­ments re­lated to the in­ci­dent and is check­ing with au­thor­i­ties if there are other mem­bers of the 25,879 Filipinos and Filipino-Amer­i­cans in Ven­tura Coun­try who are among the dead or in­jured in the in­ci­dent.

‘SHOOTER ACTED ALONE’

Paul Dela­court, as­sis­tant di­rec­tor in charge of the Los An­ge­les FBI of­fice, said it was too early to spec­u­late on the shooter’s mo­tives but that he ap­peared to have acted alone.

“We will be sure to paint a pic­ture of the state of mind of the sub­ject and do our best to iden­tify a mo­ti­va­tion,” Dela­court said, adding that the FBI would in­ves­ti­gate any pos­si­ble “rad­i­cal­iza­tion” or links to mil­i­tant groups.

Long was in the Ma­rine Corps from 2008 to 2013, reach­ing the rank of cor­po­ral and serv­ing as a ma­chine gun­ner in Afghanistan, and the sher­iff said he may have suf­fered from post-trau­matic stress dis­or­der.

“Ob­vi­ously, he had some­thing go­ing on in his head that would cause him to do some­thing like this,” Dean said.

HOUS­LEY (In­sta­gram @alaina. hous­leyy)

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