Thousand Oaks, California — where 12 were gunned down at a bar — was ranked the 3rd safest city in America this year

  • Thirteen people were killed — including the gunman — in a shooting at the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, California on Thursday night.
  • The mass shooting was a shock for the community, which was ranked the third-safest place to live in America this year.

America's latest mass shooting took place in an upscale Los Angeles suburb that was ranked one of the safest places to live this year.

Thirteen people — including the suspected gunman — were killed late Thursday night in a shooting at the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, California.

Just this year, Niche, a company that researches the liveability of US cities, ranked the community No. 3 on a list of the safest places to live in America.

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Victims of the Borderline Bar & Grill shooting in Thousand Oaks, California
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Victims of the Borderline Bar & Grill shooting in Thousand Oaks, California

Friends remembered Kristina Kaylee Morisette as a bubbly, happy person. "I saw Kristina walking around right before it happened … It still seems like a dream. I just can't believe it," said a friend of her's.

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Alaina Housley, an 18-year-old freshman at Pepperdine University was killed. Alaina's aunt and actress Tamera Mowry released a statement saying her niece was one of the victims. Mowry is married to former Fox News national correspondent Adam Housley who said, "you just don’t think that — same stupid quote — you just don’t think it’s going to happen to you."

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Cody Coffman's father, Jason Coffman, identified his 22-year-old son as one of the victims killed in the shooting at Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, California.

"Cody was the big brother that my kids need," Jason Coffman said during a Thursday press conference. "I have a daughter coming on the 29th of this month, and [Cody] was so excited to have his first sister," he said. "And now she'll never know him."

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California Lutheran University confirmed that recent graduate, Justin Meek, was killed in the shooting. The 23-year-old was reportedly working as a bouncer at the bar.

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Ventura County Sheriff's Sgt. Ron Helus, who was killed Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018, in a deadly shooting at a country music bar in Thousand Oaks, Calif.

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Telemachus Orfanos, 27, was a U.S. Navy veteran and his friends called him "Tel," according to the Associated Press. His mother spoke with ABC7 and said, "I hope to God no one sends me anymore prayers. I want gun control. No more guns!"

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Noel Sparks was identified as one of the victims of the shooting by United Methodist Church Westlake Village on Facebook.

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Dan Manrique was a 33-year-old former Marine Corps radio operator and head of the Ventura County chapter of veterans non-profit Team Red, White & Blue.

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Marky Meza Jr., 20, was working as a busboy at Borderline Bar & Grill when he was killed.

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Jake Dunham, 21, was at Borderline on Wednesday night with his friend, Blake Dingman. Both were killed in the attack.

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Blake Dingman, 21, was reportedly a well-known local athlete who played high school baseball at Hillcrest Christian School in Thousand Oaks.

"We were really proud of him," his aunt, Janet Dingman, told PE.com in a phone interview. “He was a really, fun, energetic and loving nephew.”

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The ranking is based on several factors including violent and property crime rates, as well as reviews from residents.

The town was so safe that when the ranking was released last spring, the murder rate was zero (compared to a national average of six per 100,000 residents).

Thousand Oaks is also way below the national average when it comes to assaults, rape, robbery, burglary, theft and motor vehicle theft.

Sixty-five percent of residents that were polled said they felt "very safe" and that there was "no crime to speak of."

Niche also ranks Thousand Oaks No. 4 on their places with the best public schools and No. 22 on the best places to raise a family list.

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What we know about Thousand Oaks bar shooting suspect Ian Long
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What we know about Thousand Oaks bar shooting suspect Ian Long

Authorities said Ian David Long opened fire Wednesday evening, Nov. 7, 2018, at a country music bar in Southern California, killing multiple people before apparently taking his own life.

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Long was a former Marine and neighbors said he may have struggled with post-traumatic stress disorder.

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Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean said his department had several previous contacts with the suspect including a call to his home in April, when deputies found him acting irate and irrationally.

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The 28-year-old was reportedly a homebody who lived with his mother, Colleen. A neighbor also claimed that Long's mother recently confided that her son was growing "violent," according to ABC News.

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Long was armed with a legally purchased .45-caliber Glock handgun with an extended magazine, according to local law enforcement officials.

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Witness told local media outlets that Long was wearing all black with a hood and his face partly covered.

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According to court records, Ian Long was married in 2009 but the couple seperated in 2011 and divorced in 2013.

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One of the survivors of the shooting, 20-year-old Holden Harrah, said he never thought something like this would happen in his community.

"Thousand Oaks, I like to say it's our safe-haven because this type of stuff doesn't happen, like ever," Harrah told NBC News. "No one would ever think this would happen here, and that's why I'm in shock."

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