Actress Tamera Mowry and her husband, ex-Fox correspondent Adam Housley, have confirmed that their 18-year-old niece was one of the 12 victims of Wednesday night’s shooting in Thousand Oaks, California.
In a statement issued to USA Today on their behalf, Mowry, 40, and Housley, 46, identified Alaina Housley as among those killed at Borderline Bar and Grill. Hours earlier, the couple had taken to Twitter to obtain information regarding their niece, who was unaccounted for at the time.
“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,” they said.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, 13 people, including the suspected gunman, were killed at the Borderline Bar and Grill at around 11:20 p.m. Wednesday. Among the dead is Sheriff Ron Helus, a 29-year veteran of the force who police officials said died trying to save people.
Adam told the Los Angeles Times that he had gone to the hospital to locate his niece but the building was under lockdown. He said GPS from the teen’s Apple watch and iPhone had her placed on the dancefloor.
@adamhousley arrived at the hospital searching for his niece Alaina. A guard didn’t let him through, saying it 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 Castillo (@andreamcastillo) November 8, 2018
“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,” Times reporter Andrea Castillo tweeted.
The two suitemates reportedly lost Alaina amid the chaos. Castillo said the pair managed to make it to a nearby golf course and get help.
At one point, Tamera reached out to a user on Twitter who claimed to be Alaina’s suitemate and was also using the platform to locate her.
Ashely this is her aunt Tamera Mowry Housley. Can you please DM me your information?
— Tamera Mowry-Housley (@TameraMowryTwo) November 8, 2018
At the time, the user, named Ashley, said she hadn’t heard anything new and was in touch with Adam.
The couple intermittently posted over the course of a few hours, saying that they hadn’t received any information regarding Alaina’s whereabouts.
Her uncle tweeted, “Please pray if you believe….pray.”
[Featured Image: Alaina Housley/Twitter]