Local college students react to California mass shooting, security at local bars

Published: Nov. 8, 2018 at 6:56 PM EST
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By: Lanetra Bennett | WCTV Eyewitness News

November 8, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- The California mass shooting happened on a college night at the bar. It's now making college students in the area question their safety while enjoying nightlife in Tallahassee.

"There was a yoga shooting here a couple of days ago," said Bryce Shumaker, an FSU student.

"I feel like I can't go anywhere and feel like I'm safe. I walk into a library, I don't feel safe. I walk into a yoga studio, I don't feel safe. Walk into a bar, don't feel safe," FSU student Ellie Gensch said.

She added, "It's scary. You go to yoga to do yoga, to relax and clear your mind. You go to the bar to drink, have fun, meet people. You get shot. You don't think about that. Now people do. Now you can't go anywhere."

Similar to the shooting at the bar in California, Wednesdays are big going out nights for college students in Tallahassee.

Max Herrle with the Tallahassee Bar & Hospitality Association says all Tallahassee bars have bouncers. He says some hire additional off-duty police officers as well.

"We have a world class nightlife in Tallahassee. We keep our patrons very safe. We coordinate very closely with the Tallahassee Police Department, who does an amazing job securing our premises in coordination with our in-house security," Herrle said.

Rachelle Denmark with the Tallahassee Police Department said, "Obviously, an active shooter situation or somebody with a gun is a priority one call. That's when we're going to get there as quick as we can, lights and siren. Our primary mission is to save lives."

The first 911 calls came in around 11:20 p.m. Wednesday at the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, California, just north of Los Angeles.

At lease 25 people were shot. 12 were killed, including a sheriff's sergeant. Authorities say the gunman took his own life.

Shumaker is glad all Tallahassee bars have security, but says it's sad it's necessary.

"You try not to think about that kind of stuff. If you do think about it, it ruins the fun to begin with. So, you do have to kind of repress that memory, make sure you're not thinking about negative things when you're trying to have fun," he said.