Rams, Sean McVay offer 'thoughts and prayers' to victims of mass shooting

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- The Los Angeles Rams and coach Sean McVay offered their condolences and support to the victims, families and community affected by the mass shooting Wednesday night at the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks that left 13 people dead, including the gunman.

The shooting took place just over 4 miles from the Rams' practice facility, which is on the campus of California Lutheran University and 7 miles from the team's corporate headquarters in Agoura Hills.

"Our organization's thoughts and prayers are with the families and the victims that were affected by this terrible act that took place in our area," McVay said.

"Our thoughts and prayers are obviously with the people that it happened to," Wade Phillips said. "It affects everybody. Our team was talking about it, our players, our staff, everybody here. It's a sad, sad deal. And we feel for the people involved, that it happened to."

Many Rams players, coaches and staff members settled in the Thousand Oaks area after the team returned to Southern California from St. Louis in 2016.

"It just hurt a lot," left guard Rodger Saffold said. "It's just too many mass shootings, and this one was so close to home, you can't help but care about those people."

"I woke up to something like that, it's just sad to hear it," cornerback Marcus Peters said. "When stuff like that happens we've just got to stick together."

The Rams held a team meeting to discuss the tragedy. McVay said left tackle Andrew Whitworth and several players were proactively seeking a way to offer support to the local community.

"You always think it's never going to be around you or involve you," said Whitworth, who lives in Thousand Oaks with his wife and four children. "... So I think we just wanted to be able to find a way to come together and really just wrap our arms around the community that we live in and that we operate and work."

One of the 12 victims of the shooting was identified as Ventura County Sheriff's Sgt. Ron Helus, who arrived at the scene at 11:20 p.m. in response to several 911 calls.

Borderline Bar and Grill was a popular gathering place among local college students.

Also among the victims is Justin Meek, a 23-year-old recent graduate of California Lutheran University, Alaina Housley, 18, a student at Pepperdine University, and Noel Parks, 21, a student at Moorpark College.

The Rams plan to honor the victims with a moment of silence on Sunday before kickoff against the Seattle Seahawks at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

The Associated Press contributed to this report