This editorial will not mention the name of the man who allegedly opened fire in a country music bar in Thousand Oaks, Calif. Instead, wed like readers to remember the name Matt Wennerstrom. The 20-year-old is a weekly regular at the Borderlilne Bar & Grill and says he thinks of other regulars there as family.
When the gunman started shooting on Wednesday night, Wennerstrom reacted swiftly. He gathered people behind a pool table and got them to crouch down: …There was probably six or seven of us dog-piling over the girls that were beneath us.
Then, when the gunman paused to reload, Wennerstrom seized his chance. He tossed a barstool through a window and, along with others, ushered about 30 to 35 people out. Then he and other rescuers leaped to safety.
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