Las Vegas, Thousand Oaks, School Teacher discussed on All Things Considered


The borderline bar and grill and today that center is now an evacuation shelter with a fire burning in the hills within eyesight of the same building. And volunteers from the Red Cross who were helping grieving families yesterday today are setting up cots and food and support for evacuees from Thousand Oaks and cities nearby. So it's really a double whammy, especially in a place where so many people knew someone affected by the shooting on Thursday. That's what Dakota Solomon a high school senior told me she was dropping off supplies with her friends. I haven't met one person who doesn't know somebody who knew that was in the shooting somebody they know directly was there like it. It doesn't matter. Basically who you ask somebody who's going to know somebody who was everyone has a connection means really had a ripple effect throughout the whole community the whole area. Do we do we know anything about the shooter? And why? He did what he did. Well, this point we don't know much more. The Ventura County sheriff's office has now not only dealing with the investigation. But now they're also trying to keep people safe from the fires that are burning. And what we do know is that the FBI has searched the shooter's house in his car that he lived in a nearby neighborhood. So law enforcement says he's probably knew about the bar. It's a popular bar, especially among young people, and you know, Wednesday night was college night. So there was line dancing was country music draws a big crowd. It's an eighteen and overplay. So a lot of young people were in there that night and as country music fans, some of the patrons were survivors of Las Vegas shooting, which happened at a country music festival. You spoke a little bit about the things. I mean, what more have we learned about these victims? Yeah. There's no official list. That's been released yet. The medical examiner's office is expecting to do that. When the autopsy done, but we have learned about them from their friends and from their family, and among the dead was a college freshman marine veteran young man who stayed behind to save others. And of course, sergeant Ron hey l'aquila's who was the first to respond to the shooting and is seen as a hero for moving in so quickly. I also spoke to the Representative of the owner that owns the bar borderline bar and grill, and he says the owner plans to rebuild to me open the bars been around for a long time. So people saw it as like a safe place a place for comfort in many had gone there after the Las Vegas shooting to find that comfort. And unfortunately, I know Leyla you have had to cover a number of mass shootings. Have you have you heard any insight from people in Thousand Oaks about? How often these shootings seemed to be happening? Yes. I heard a lot of anxiety. And especially if you think about the fact that many of these are not many, but some of these people are now survivors of more than one mass shooting among the dead was one man Telemacus or final send we did speak to his family. He was twenty seven a survivor of Las Vegas, and they are furious at their son went through not one but two mass shootings in his lifetime. And including the Pittsburgh shooting. About two weeks ago. The gun violence archive says there's been Matt thirteen mass shootings in two weeks. That's NPR's. Leila. Fadel? Thank you so much. Thank you. This mass shooting in California happened eleven days after the one at a synagogue in Pittsburgh and in the time between those two incidents. There were several other mass shootings that barely made headlines as heartbreaking as these tragedies are psychologists say that when they happen so often we may become numb to their impact. And peers retu- Chatterjee reports when ginger Ellen Becker I heard about the shooting in California this week. She says, my mediate reaction was another one. Here's another one. She's a high school teacher in Lawrence, Kansas. She says she did feel sad. It's just that. I'm not very surprised when it does happen anymore. A lot of other people feel the same way. Roger CHU is a software developer in Lexington. Kentucky here. Well, happened again, I guess looking back. It's kind of sad that that's kind of how desensitized we are. Now, it turns out that desensitization numbing of emotions when we've seen or heard if one shooting after another that's a natural response. Charles figley, a psychologist at Tulane university. Says this even a term for it compassion fatigue. Compassionately is the fatigue of providing compassion, and empathy. He says thinking too much about traumatic events can make people too anxious or depressed function in their daily lives that can happen when people see suffering across the world or in the case of the shootings closer to home. We, of course, think about ourselves being in such a place in which someone would suddenly burst in and shoot things up. But if we think about that too much, then it deteriorates are sent the confidence that our sense of trust.

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