A surreal shock: Las Vegas shooting survivors live through California massacre


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A surreal shock: Las Vegas shooting survivors live through California massacre

David Anderson, 23, a survivor of the mass shooting at Borderline Bar & Grill and the 2017 Las Vegas shooting at the Route 91 Harvest music festival, sits outside of his home.THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. —When the first shots were fired at Borderline Bar & Grill, David Anderson immediately knew he was in the middle of a mass shooting. He had lived through one last year.

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Anderson survived the attack at a country music festival in Las Vegas in October 2017 that left 58 people dead. On Wednesday, he again survived a gunman indiscriminately firing at people enjoying country music, this time at college night at a well-loved bar. Twelve people were killed.

Numerous Borderline regulars attended, and survived, the Las Vegas shooting.

“Vegas Strong” shirts were often spotted at the bar. Patrons gathered here for healing and community. The were a “family,” as Anderson described it.

Now, 13 months later, many again fled the gunshots and chaos of a mass shooting, with memories of the first terrifying experience guiding their actions in another scene of carnage.

“I was at the Las Vegas Route 91 mass shooting, as well as probably 50 or 60 others who were in there at the same time as me,” Nicholas Champion said in a television interview. “Were all a big family, and unfortunately this family got hit twice.”

Molly Maurer shared her feelings on Facebook about being a two-time survivor:

“I cant believe Im saying this again. Im alive and home safe,” she wrote.

By: The Washington Post

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