Sister Sister actress Tamera Mowry’s niece has tragically died in the California bar massacre, she and her husband have confirmed.
Twelve people were shot dead in Thousands Oaks approximately 40 miles west of Los Angeles on Wednesday night, after a gunman opened fire inside a country music dance bar.
A statement issued on behalf of Mowry-Housley and her husband Adam confirmed their niece Alaina Housely was a victim in the massacre.
“Our hearts are broken,” the statement read.
“We just learned that our niece Alaina was one of the victims of last night’s shooting at Borderline bar in Thousand Oaks.
“Alaina was an incredible young woman with so much life ahead of her and we are devastated that her life was cut short in this manner.
“We thank everyone for your prayers and ask for privacy at this time.”
Earlier on Thursday, Tamera had taken to social media to frantically find out any details of her niece’s whereabouts.
Responding to a tweet about a person’s missing suitemate, she wrote: “This is her aunt Tamera Mowry Housley. Can you please DM me your information?”
Los Angeles Times reporter Andrea Castillo said online that Adam had visited the Los Robles Regional Medical Center looking for his niece.
“My gut is saying she’s inside the bar, dead,” Adam told Andrea. “I’m hoping I’m wrong.”
The reporter, who was at the hospital, wrote: “A guard didn’t let him through, saying (the hospital) was on lockdown. He said Alaina, a Pepperdine freshman, was at the bar with several friends. Her Apple Watch and iPhone still showed her location on the dance floor.”
Andrea continued, tweeting: “Housley said two of Alaina’s suite mates jumped through a broken window to escape and are at a hospital with major glass wounds.
“As they ran away from the bar, someone screamed ‘Hey! Get the (expletive) down on the ground!’ They told Housley they believe it was the gunman.”
“But they kept running toward houses near Los Robles Greens golf course, where they got help from residents.”
The gunman, identified by police as Ian David Long, 28, was found dead at the scene.
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