- "I already didn't wish it on anybody to begin with for the first time," Brendan Kelly said Thursday outside his Thousand Oaks home. "The second time around doesn't get any easier." Kelly, a 22-year-old Marine, said he heard "pop, pop" and instantly knew it was gunfire Wednesday night. "The chills go up your spine. You don't think it's real—again," he said. Two of his friends were among those killed.
- Chandler Gunn, 23, told the Los Angeles Times that a friend who survived the Vegas shooting works at the bar but escaped safely out the back. "There's people that live a whole lifetime without seeing this, and then there's people that have seen it twice," he said.
- In social media posts, Molly Mauer said she was at Borderline and also survived Vegas. "I can't believe I'm saying this again. I'm alive and home safe," she said on Facebook.
In Las Vegas and Thousand Oaks, country music fans were the victims. Borderline features country music, and Wednesday was "college night" that drew many young people to the bar. The Last Vegas shooter targeted a crowd of country music fans gathered for the Route 91 Harvest Festival. Kelly said Borderline had become a safe haven for dozens of Vegas survivors: "It is our home." A few weeks after the Vegas shooting, the bar held a benefit concert for five people from the area who were killed, and now-eerie social media posts show a number of survivors holding up a "Route 91" sign inside the bar at a six-month anniversary event. (An actress lost her niece at Borderline.)