Alaina Housley, the niece of former Fox News reporter Adam Housley, was confirmed to be among the victims killed in Wednesday night’s shooting massacre at a bar in Thousand Oaks, Calif.
"Our hearts are broken. We just learned that our niece Alaina was one of the victims of last night's shooting at Borderline bar in Thousand Oaks,” Adam Housley and his wife, Tamera Mowry-Housley, actress and host of “The Real,” said in a statement.
"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," the statement read.
Alaina was a student at Pepperdine University. Her suitemate went on Twitter that Alaina was missing and described what she was wearing.
Before Alaina was confirmed as a victim, Adam Housley tweeted Thursday morning, “Please pray if you believe....pray.”
Police say the shooter, 28-year-old Ian David Long, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran who may have suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder, used a Glock 21 .45, which he bought legally, and an extended magazine, which is illegal.
He killed 12 people, including a sheriff’s sergeant, who responded to the gunfire. Long was found dead inside the bar, possibly of a self-inflicted gunshot.
Police say they don’t know the motive for the shooting.