Waco: Local students call California shooting ‘a wakeup call’

The gunman killed 12 people including a sheriff's sergeant before taking his own life.
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WACO, Texas (KWTX) Baylor University students Thursday said the shooting rampage at a popular college bar in California that left 12 including a sheriff’s deputy sergeant dead is ‘a wakeup call.”

“It’s already scary enough going out as a woman, I think, and especially when things like this happen it’s even scarier so just really frightened honestly,” Baylor senior Tina Yousefy said.

Students from both Pepperdine University and California Lutheran University were at the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, Calif., when U.S. Marine Corps veteran Ian David Long, 28, opened fire late Wednesday night.

Long later killed himself.

“I think it’s a bit of a wakeup call because I do go out with my friends and when you’re in that situation that’s the last thing you’re thinking about and your guards down and it’s an easy target and so we need to do something about it,” Baylor senior Trent Galetka said.

Baylor University President Linda Livingstone, who spent 12 years as dean of Pepperdine’s Graziadio School of Business and Management, issued a statement Thursday expressing sympathy to the victims and their families.

“As senseless tragedy has once again struck our nation in California, our hearts ache and our prayers go out for the victims – many of them college students in the venue – and their families,” she said.

“As a former resident of the area, mother of a college student and president of a university committed to creating a safe environment for our students, I am even more mindful of our responsibility to care for one another and illustrate God’s love in our actions every day. May we lift our prayers as a community for those whose lives have been impacted by this tragedy and for God’s peace to prevail across our country.