Local bars react to latest mass shooting, talk security

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Law enforcement official says authorities have identified the gunman that killed 12 people at a bar in Southern California.

28-year-old former marine Ian David Long opened fire at Borderline Bar, a popular college hangout in California.

When WMBD spoke with local bar owners Thursday, both on and off camera, they say security is always a top priority for those looking to enjoy their evening and even those working.

This shooting is yet another tragedy felt across the nation, and right here in Central Illinois.

“It’s just common sense to know what you’re doing, where you’re walking to, what you’re doing and that’s the safest way,” said Pat Sullivan, Kelleher’s Irish Pub.

Bars in Illinois don’t allow concealed carry. 

Owners say that’s for everyone’s protection. 

Bar workers have to be prepared for anything.

“They have like four or five different certifications to be a bartender or server anymore, even the kitchen help,” said Sullivan. “So this is sort of another added addition.”

This shooting may have happened thousands of miles from Central Illinois, but those in charge of bars really want you to understand that you can never be too safe.

“Know your surroundings,” said Sullivan. “Know what’s happening when you’re getting in and out of a car. Where you park. Just be cautious.”

At least 20 people were injured in this shooting. 

President Trump has ordered all US flags should be flown at half-staff.

As of 3 o’clock on Thursday, law enforcement has not yet found a motive.

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