In a tragic update, "Sister, Sister" star Tamera Mowry-Housley and her husband former Fox News correspondent Adam Housley announced that their niece was one of the victims of the California shooting.
A statement issued to USA TODAY on behalf of Mowry-Housley and her husband, former Fox News correspondent Adam Housley, confirmed their niece was a victim in the mass shooting that left 12 dead about 40 miles west of Los Angeles late Wednesday. The shooting happened at a country music dance bar where a gunman opened fire.
"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," the couple stated via their joint representative Chantal Artur. "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."
Earlier in the day, the couple took to Twitter to ask for prayers for Alaina. At the time, they were still searching for her after her suite mates lost track of her during the shooting.
Christian actress and talk show host Tamera Mowry is desperately asking for prayers. After the shooting at the Borderline Bar, Tamera Mowry-Housley is looking information about her niece, who was at the bar.
Twelve people were killed and multiple people were injured after a mass shooting about 40 miles west of Los Angeles late Wednesday after a gunman opened fire inside a country-western dance bar, reported USA Today.
The "Sister, Sister" star responded to a tweet about a person's missing suitemate by saying that it was her niece.
"Ashely this is her aunt Tamera Mowry Housley. Can you please DM me your information?"
The suitemate then tweeted that she'd been in contact with Adam, Mowry-Housley's husband, former Fox News correspondent Adam Housley. She said that their niece was the only one out of "a handful of girls (who) went to line dance tonight" who are unaccounted for.
Housley, meanwhile, asked his nearly 100,000 Twitter followers for prayers.
"Please pray if you believe....pray," later telling them the prayers were for his niece, who he described as "A beautiful soul."
Tamera's twin and "Sister, Sister" co-star, Tia Mowry, also shared the news on Twitter. She asked for prayers.
"Woke up shocked," she shared. "Please pray. Please pray. I am numb."
Los Angeles Times reporter Andrea Castillo shared on Twitter that Housley visited the Los Robles Regional Medical Center looking for his niece. She said he wasn't able to find information.
"A guard didn’t let him through, saying (the hospital) was on lockdown," Castillo, who was at the hospital, tweeted. "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."
Castillo continued, tweeting: "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."
"But they kept running toward houses near Los Robles Greens golf course, where they got help from residents," Castillo added.
Housley says he fears the worst.
“My gut is saying she’s inside the bar, dead,” he told the LA Times. “I’m hoping I’m wrong.”
At 10:34 a.m. ET, they had still heard about Alaina. His wife noted on her Twitter account: "We haven’t found her yet. It’s been 7 hrs since the shooting."
Housley wrote a few minutes later, "Staying positive and praying and hoping and wishing there was more I could do."
Mowry-Housley gushed over her niece on Instagram in March of last year.
The actress captioned a close-up of the teen with teased curls and iridescent eyeshadow: "My niece Alaina Housley. I can't believe I met her when she was five. She now is a Junior in high school doing a photo shoot with a 70's theme. Kill it beauty. Good luck in all your future endeavors."
Please join us in praying for the Housley family as they mourn the loss of Alaina. She was only 18-years-old, and her life was ended too soon. Also, please join us praying for the families of the rest of the victims of this terrible tragedy.