Thousand Oaks California Shooting Survivor Nellie Wong celebrated her 21st birthday


Nellie Wong was covered in cowboy boots and a denim jacket to celebrate her 21st birthday at Borderline Bar & Grill on Wednesday night. But while she arrived at Tusen Oaks, California, portable with her close friends, an intruder opened fire and left at least 12 dead.

"My heart pumped very quickly."

According to Los Angeles Times, tHis college student from Anaheim, California, sat alone at a table when she heard a shot. She immediately made a run to the bar stools for protection, but stumbled and scratched on her knee. After being encrypted to grab her jacket under a smoke cloud, she looked up and saw the shooter.

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The outside of Borderline Bar & Grill, where at least 12 were left dead after mass photography.

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He had a black hoodie, black shirt, black pants and had a black scarf over his face. The police have now identified him as Ian David Long, a 28-year-old US Corps veteran, CNN reports. He died on stage.

"Thank you, he did not see me at all," Wong said Los Angeles Times. "I stopped immediately moving, stopped breathing. My heart pumped very quickly."

Wong was rescued in the end of law enforcement, escorting her from the bar. CNN reports officers arrived in place about 2 to 3 minutes after the first shots were shot around 11:20 pm. PT. But it would be a while before Wong reunited with his friends.

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Survivors stand outside the local bar on Wednesday night.

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Chyanne Worrell, 19, who was in Wong's party, said she hid under a table when she heard the shooting. "By God's mercy, I could do it," she told Los Angeles Times.

Teylor Whittler, 19, told Good morning America she was on the dance floor when she heard the shots. "Run, he's coming!" She said a barbarian to her.

Sarah Rose DeSon, another of Wong's friends, told GMA She saw the shooter draw the gun.

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"I dropped to the floor, yelled a friend"Everyone down!" She said. "We hid behind the tables and tried to stay covered and I looked behind me and there was a spark and smoke started coming out."

DeSon said she ran out of the front door and was "lucky to come true".

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From the left: Teylor Whittler, Sarah Rose DeSon, Chyann Worrell and Nellie Wong.

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Whittler also told GMA host Robin Roberts that two of their friends were still missing after their group was divorced and tried to fly at the bar. "We do not know if they were still there – if they came out. We do not know where they are," she said.

"I'm in shock. I'm afraid. I'm terrified."

DeSon added: "I'm in shock. I'm afraid. I'm upset … We only pray for our friends we have not heard from. It's a traumatic thing to have even seen."