Photo Courtesy of Buddy Kennedy
From the late hours of Nov. 7 to the early morning of Nov. 10, the Pepperdine community experienced the back-to-back traumas of the Borderline Shooting and the Woolsey fire. Each hour brought more news and updates that students ravenously searched for, as they were confused and without viable information at times.
This is an hour-by-hour timeline of the roughly 48 hours during which Pepperdine mourned, sheltered and prayed.
Nov. 7, 11:20 p.m. – Call of shots fired at the Borderline Bar and Grill.
Nov. 8, 3:30 a.m. – Pepperdine confirms several students are at the scene.
Nov. 8, 5:16 a.m. – Pepperdine Public Relations confirms active shooter in email. Classes to meet as scheduled.
Nov. 8, 5:23 a.m. – Shooter and weapon identified. Confirmed fatalities rise to 13.
Nov. 8, 8:18 a.m. Pepperdine Public Relations releases second email. Stauffer Chapel is open all day for community to mourn.
Nov. 8, noon – Freshman Alaina Housley is confirmed dead to Pepperdine community by President Andrew K. Benton at a prayer service in Smothers Theatre.
Nov. 8, 2 p.m. – Fire ignites in Newbury Park/Thousand Oaks area (specifically in Hill Canyon in Santa Rosa).
Nov. 8, 3:02 p.m. – Authorities in Camarillo Springs area order mandatory evacuations
Nov. 8, 3:58 p.m. – Pepperdine Public Relations issues statement detailing 101 closure: closed in both directions from Ventura Park through Santa Rosa.
Nov. 8, 4:26 – 5:44 p.m. – City of Calabasas and Agoura Hills issue voluntary evacuations, suggesting evacuees head south toward Los Angeles.
Nov. 8, 7:40 p.m. – Authorities announce mandatory evacuations for residents in Calabasas, Agoura Hills and Hidden Hills.
Nov. 8, 10:28 p.m. – Malibu Canyon Apartments in Calabasas orders mandatory evacuation of residents (several of which are Pepperdine students).
Nov. 9, 4:39 a.m. – Pepperdine Malibu and Calabasas cancel classes due to proximity of Woolsey fire.
Nov. 9, 7:07 a.m. – Malibu campus initiates shelter-in-place protocol, administrators call students to move to Firestone Fieldhouse and Tyler Campus Center.
Nov. 9, 10:13 a.m. – City of Malibu issues mandatory evacuation of entire city, including areas south of the 101 freeway, from Ventura County line to Malibu Canyon Road.
Nov. 9, 12:12 p.m. – Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) closes in westbound direction from Webb Way to city limits.
Nov. 9, 12:34 p.m. – Pepperdine releases students from shelter-in-place and allows them to return to their dorms.
Nov. 9, 1:12 p.m. – PCH opens all lanes eastbound for evacuees.
Nov. 9, 2:11 p.m. – Pepperdine reinstates shelter-in-place and calls students to return to shelter locations
Nov. 9, 4:25 p.m. – Fire shifts southwest toward coast, not directly impacting Malibu campus.
Nov. 9, 6:03 p.m. – Students move from Firestone Fieldhouse to Payson Library. Students in Tyler Campus Center remain sheltered in place there or move to library. Shelter-in-place protocol extends to morning.
Nov. 10, 12:10 a.m. – Fire is on Malibu campus hillsides. LAPD fights fire from campus.
Nov. 10, 1:55 a.m. – Flames begin to intrude onto campus, but no permanent structures have been lost. Firefighters continue to fight fire from campus.
Nov. 10, 8:03 a.m. – All on-campus fires are extinguished, and shelter-in-place policy is lifted. Pepperdine cancels classes at the Malibu and Calabasas campuses and closes campuses for remainder of the day.
Nov. 10, 11:08 a.m. – Pepperdine cancels classes from Nov. 11 through Nov. 13 on Malibu and Calabasas campuses.
Nov. 11, 11:26 a.m. – Pepperdine cancels classes on Malibu and Calabasas campuses through Thanksgiving holiday.
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