Inside the Borderline Bar & Grill, the Country Dance Hall Where 12 Were Killed
With a 2,500-square-foot dance floor, the bar is a favorite among California locals looking to go dancing. But on Wednesday, tragedy struck.
With a 2,500-foot-wide open dance floor the Borderline Bar and Grill is a favorite among locals looking to go dancing. But on Wednesday evening, tragedy struck when a gunman opened fire, killing 12.
Wednesday was “college country night,” an especially popular event catering to 18 and over college students.
On Thursday, shocked patrons of the bar shared their favorite photos from college night, lamenting that a night of fun had turned into a nightmare.
"I still can't get over the fact that someone had the audacity to come into our place, and do this," one person wrote, adding they took the pictures they share just 10 minutes before the deadly shooting.
"My heart is broken," another added.
On some nights, the bar hosted line dancing contests in which hundreds competed. Patrons could also take dance lessons there.
Actress Rita Wilson visited the bar in September for a party celebrating her new album.
The bar was also popular among survivors of 2017’s Las Vegas music concert massacre. Ironically, many called it a safe haven. On Wednesday night, at least 35 Las Vegas shooting survivors were at the bar.
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