Malacañang yesterday expressed its condolences to the family of an 18-year-old Filipino-American who was among the 12 people who were killed in a mass shooting near Los Angeles Wednesday evening.
The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has confirmed that Alaina Punzalan Housley, a freshman student from Pepperdine University, died after a gunman opened fire in a crowded Southern California bar popular among college students.
The gunman, identified by authorities as Ian David Long, 28, was found dead in the office of the Borderline Bar and Grill, located in Thousand Oaks, a suburb about 40 miles (64 km) northwest of Los Angeles after the incident on late Wednesday evening, apparently having shot himself.
“The Palace offers its heartfelt thoughts and prayers to the families of those who perished in the latest mass shooting. We express our deep condolences to her (Housley) family and loved ones,” Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo said.
Philippine Consul General to Los Angeles Adel Angelito Cruz reported the incident to the DFA.
The Consulate General continues to monitor developments related to the incident that took place inside a crowded dance bar in Thousand Oaks, California, about 40 minutes west of Los Angeles.
Cruz said the Consulate General is checking with authorities if there are other members of the 25,879 Filipinos and Fil-Americans in Ventura County who were among the dead or injured in the incident.
With Cristina Lee-Pisco