A motorcyclist in a fatal accident was the hero of the Borderline Bar shooting

A motorcyclist killed Saturday night in a crash in Ventura County has been identified as one of the heroes of the 2018 Borderline Bar and Grill shooting.

Matt Wennerstrom, 24, died around 6:20 p.m. when his motorcycle collided with a car in Thousand Oaks, the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department said.

Wennerstrom, then a 20-year-old student at California State University, Channel Islands, was credited with helping save dozens of people when a gunman opened fire inside the Borderline on November 7, 2018.

“All I did was grab as many people as I could and pull them under the table until I heard a pause in the gunfire, then we got people out of there, as much as we could,” he told Los Angeles broadcaster KABC. at the time. He estimated he helped around 30 people flee through a window he smashed with a bar stool.

Thirteen people were killed, including the shooter, Ian David Long, 28, who died of a self-inflicted gunshot.

The country and western bar in Thousand Oaks was having a college party and seven of those killed were students. Ventura County Sheriff’s Sgt. Ron Helus, one of the first officers to arrive on the scene, was also among those shot and killed.

Wennerstrom, a regular at the bar, said he was particularly close to two of the victims, with whom he rode motorcycles.

Borderline never reopened. When its owners opened BL Dancehall & Saloon in Agoura Hills in 2020, they said it was an interim location while the original site was renovated, but in 2021 it was announced that the Thousand Bar Oaks would be shaved.

Saturday night’s crash is being investigated by Thousand Oaks police. After the collision, the car hit a retaining wall; its driver and passenger were taken to hospital for treatment of unspecified injuries.

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