Jake Dunham was playing pool and just enjoying a night out when he was shot and killed at Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, California on November 7, 2018. He was 21 years old. His friend Blake Dingman was also killed in the attack. Both were originally from Newbury Park, California.
Jake’s father, Ken Dunham, told NBC News Los Angeles that he learned about the shooting from a friend of Jake’s. He spoke with the TV station while anxiously awaiting news about his son.
This father talking with @RobertNBCLA trying to find his son Jake Dunn (sp?) … heartbreaking. I hope someone sees this and knows where he is and he’s okay. V @NBCLA #ThousandOaksShooting
Thank you Robert. Hug. pic.twitter.com/TJsL9LPZ9V
— Kitty Alvarado (@HeyKitty) November 8, 2018
Ken explained that one of Jake’s friends ran over to the family’s house and banged on the front door. Ken said he had been calling Jake repeatedly since 1 a.m, but that his son was not picking up his phone. Ken said he knew something was wrong because Jake “always answers his phone,” regardless of the time of day or night.
RIP: Jake Dunham, 21. I met his red-eyed father at 2am. That’s when Ken Dunham just kept staring at his cell phone, hoping his son would call.
Jake, and his buddy, Blake,were both killed in the #BorderlineShooting.
Two friends just playing pool in #ThousandOaks. @NBCLA pic.twitter.com/duszt0fKcy
— Robert Kovacik (@RobertNBCLA) November 9, 2018
He said that Jake was working full-time and trying to figure out a career path. Ken described Borderline as a “local hangout” and that it was common for Jake to be there with his friends. He enjoyed playing baseball and had been a member of his high school team.
rest easy jake dunham. even though i still remember you as the little brother who had to come to our 8 & 10u softball games to run around with my little brother, you were still too young on wednesday night.
— Mon 🌙 (@monreichhardt) November 9, 2018
A friend with the Twitter handle @monreichhardt wrote that she knew Jake from the time he was a young child. “rest easy jake dunham. even though i still remember you as the little brother who had to come to our 8 & 10u softball games to run around with my little brother, you were still too young on wednesday night.”
A woman named Blair Steinberg, who started a GoFundMe campaign for the Dunhams, said that the Dunhams were like her second family. She described Jake as “a hilarious, wild, and sweet man.”
The attack happened during the bar’s popular country music-themed night. The weekly event catered to college students. Hundreds of people were in attendance when the gunman, a military veteran with a history of mental issues, suddenly opened fire. The shooter killed 12 people before turning the gun on himself. A motive for the attack is not yet known. You …read more