The mother of a survivor of the Las Vegas massacre who was shot dead in the bar shooting in California has made a heartrending plea for arms control
Telemachus Orfanos, 27, survived the recordings at a country music concert in Las Vegas in October 2017, but was one of 12 killed on Wednesday in the Borderline Bar and Grill at Thousand Oaks, California.
My son was with many of his friends in Las Vegas and he came home. He did not come home tonight, "said Orfanos' mother, Susan Schmidt-Orfanos, in an interview with KABC.
I do not want prayers, I do not want thoughts, I want arms control, & # 39; said Schmidt-Orfanos with raw emotion in her voice. & # 39; And I hope to God that no one else will send me more prayers. I want arms control. No more guns! & # 39;
The shooter in Thousand Oaks, ex-marine Ian David Long (28), turned the weapon on himself after he had been thrown through the bar with deadly shooting patrons, employees and a sheriff's deputy.
Telemachus Orfanos, 27, (top right) survived the recordings during a country music concert in Las Vegas in October 2017, but was one of 12 killed on Wednesday in a Californian bar
My son was with many of his friends in Las Vegas and he came home. He did not come home last night, "said the mother of Orfanos, Susan Schmidt-Orfanos (above)
Orfanos, an Eagle Scout and Navy veteran, attended the local Thousand Oaks High School and Moorepark College.
He worked at Borderline Bar, as well as at Infiniti or Thousand Oaks, where he reportedly was a janitor and product specialist at the customer relations department.
In a cruel turn of fate, the Borderline Bar was a permanent gathering place and a safe haven for dozens of survivors of the Las Vegas shooting, where 58 people died at a country festival on 1 October 2017.
On Wednesday evening, some of those survivors were in a frighteningly familiar scene when bullets started flying again.
Telemachus Orfanos was an Eagle Scout and Navy veteran who worked at the bar
People gather to pray for the victims of a mass shooting during a candlelit vigil in Thousand Oaks on Thursday
Brendan Kelly, 22-year-old Marine, was one of them.
& # 39; I had not wanted it for the first time, & # 39; said Kelly Thursday outside his Thousand Oaks house. & # 39; The second time it does not get any easier. & # 39;
Kelly, a marine, said that he & # 39; pop, pop & # 39; heard and immediately knew that the gunfire was.
& # 39; The chills go up your spine. You do not think it's real – again, "he said.
Kelly said he threw two of his friends on the ground and covered them with his body. Then he looked at the shooter and the terror that unfolded and decided they had to escape.
Kelly said he was dragging a woman from a rear emergency exit and then, using his belt, T-shirt and Marine training, applied a tourniquet to his friend's bleeding arm.
Brendan Kelly shows his Route 91 tattoo on Thursday. Kelly, a marine who was at Borderline Bar and Grill on Wednesday night, also survived the Las Vegas Route 91 Harvest Festival recordings
Las Vegas shooting survivors held a Route 91 harvest banner at Borderline earlier this year, where they often have a family-like & # 39; band gathered and developed
After the shooting was over, Kelly said he and another marine friend of his helped victims alongside first responders. Two of his friends were among the dead.
Chandler Gunn, 23, told the Los Angeles Times that a friend who survived the shooting in Las Vegas is working at the bar. When Gunn heard about the shooting, he hurried to Borderline.
Gunn said that his friend, whose name he did not give, safely left the backyard.
& # 39; There are people who lead a lifetime without seeing this, and then there are people who have seen it twice, & # 39; he said.
In messages on social media, Molly Mauer said she was with Borderline and also survived Las Vegas.
I can not believe I will say this again. I am alive and safe at home, & # 39; she said on Facebook.
Las Vegas: people run from the country music festival Route 91 Harvest after a gunman opened fire on a hotel room on the 32nd floor on October 1, 2017
Thousand Oaks: Witnesses comfort each other near the Borderline Bar & Grill after a shooter killed 12 on Wednesday. The shooter burst into the bar around 11.20pm in black
Las Vegas shooter Stephen Craig Paddock (left) and Thousand Oaks shooter Ian David Long (right), both aimed at country music fans. Several people were at both shootings
In both Las Vegas and Thousand Oaks fans of country music were the victims.
Borderline offers country music and Wednesday was the college evening & # 39; and many young people entered the bar. The Last Vegas shooter was aimed at a crowd of country music fans gathered for the Route 91 harvest festival.
The Las Vegas shooter, 64-year-old Stephen Paddock, used more than 20 powerful semi-automatic rifles. Long, the California shooter, used a single Glock 21 .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol. Both archers have bought the weapons legally.
The police said they were unable to determine a motive in the shooting in Vegas. Researchers are now questioning the motives of Long, a veteran of the fight whose neighbor said he was emotionally volatile and that the police said he had PTSD.
Kelly has a big tattoo on his left arm that reminds of the shooting in Las Vegas, which left 58 dead. On his other arm on Thursday he still had his wristband at the bar.
When the shooter from Las Vegas opened fire from a hotel room on the 32nd floor, Kelly said he threw a friend on the floor before he could help her out of the area and to a room.
Armed with a knife in case an attacker came in, he squatted down and waited for four hours with 40 other people.
A bullet hole is seen in the Borderline Bar window after a gunman opened fire on Wednesday night, killing 12 people in the country music venue
Tim Dominguez, who was in the bar with his son, was desperate about the shooting under the highway. An archer opened fire on Wednesday in a bar full of Thousand Oaks
He said that life in Vegas changed his life. He does not know how a second mass shooting will hit him on the road.
& # 39; Everywhere I come, everything I do is affected, & # 39; he said. & # 39; I am not in a room with my back to the door. You always pick up social signals. You always analyze people who are trying to find out if something goes down: & # 39; What would I do? & # 39; & # 39;
Kelly said the Borderline had become a safe haven for dozens of Vegas survivors.
& # 39; It is our home, & # 39; he said.
A few weeks after the shooting in Vegas, Borderline organized a benefit concert for five people from the area who were killed, and now frightening posts on social media show a number of survivors who have a sign & Route 91 & # 39; Stop at the bar at a one-month jubilee event.
Kelly said he will look for God for comfort in the coming weeks and months.
I know that God is a religious person who will never give me more than I can handle, & # 39; he said. I am here for a reason. & # 39;
Victims killed in Borderline Bar shooting in California
Cody & # 39; s father Jason confirmed that his 22-year-old son was among the 12 dead victims.
The distraught father rushed to the bar after he heard the news about the shooting and his son's calls remained unanswered. Jason used a tracking app on his son's phone and indicated that the device was still in the room.
He said he spoke to his son just before he went to the bar on Wednesday night.
& # 39; The first thing I said was: & # 39; Please do not drink and do not drive & # 39 ;. The last thing I said was "Son, I love you", "he said.
Cody planned to go into the army and spoke with recruiters from the US Army.
Sheriff's Sgt. Ron Helus
Ventura County Sheriff's sergeant Ron Helus, 54, was the first on the scene of the shooting on Wednesday night.
Ventura County Sheriff's Sergeant Ron Helus
Helus was shot several times when he and a Californian Highway Patrol officer exchanged fire with the gunman in the bar.
He was a 29-year veteran of the department. He spoke with his wife Karen when he received the call about mass shooting.
The last thing he said to her was, "Oh, I have to go, I love you. I have to call. & # 39;
Alaina, the niece of actress Tamera Mowry-Housley and her husband Adam Housley, also died during the recordings.
Her candidate at Pepperdine University had previously uploaded photos to Twitter stating that the freshman was missing.
Alaina & # 39; s Apple Watch and iPhone were still showing its location as in the bar. She was at the bar with several friends who are all responsible.
& # 39; My heart breaks. I am still in disbelief, "wrote Mowry-Housley in a tribute to her niece on Instagram.
& # 39; It is not fair how you are taken and how quickly you have been taken away from us. I was blessed to know you since you were 5 years old. You stole my heart. I will miss our inner jokes, our serenade at the piano.
Thank you for being patient with me as you learned how to braid your hair, and I will never forget that our duet sings the national anthem in Napa's football game.
& # 39; I love you. I love you. I love you. You are going to make a beautiful angel. & # 39;
Justin Meek was identified as one of the victims killed by his family and his former university.
The 23-year-old, who recently graduated from California Lutheran University, worked in the Borderline Bar and organized the college evening event.
It is believed that the heroic heroic life has been saved while the shooting was taking place, according to university president Chris Kimball.
During his studies he worked at the veterans office of the school and he often worked with the Veterans Club to plan events and help old-handed students.
Meek also loved singing in choir and participated in the Kingsmen Quartet of the school.
He intended to join the American Coast Guard.
& # 39;Justin was a head of criminal law and criminology who had a passion for the good, "said Jenn Zimmerman, Cal Lutheran veteran coordinator, in a statement.
I'm not afraid that he took action to protect the people at Borderline. & # 39;
Sean Adler, 48, worked as a bouncer in the Borderline Bar & Grill when he was killed.
He was a wrestling trainer who had recently opened a coffee shop in the area.
Justin Meek (left) and Sean Adler (right)
Noel Sparks, a 21-year-old student at Moorpark College, was also declared dead. The United Methodist Church in Westlake Village, of which she was a member, expressed condolences to her parents on Facebook.
Sparks's friends had been in tears all day while they were desperately searching for her in the aftermath of the shooting.
Blake Dingman, 21, was identified by his girlfriend as a victim of mass shooting.
My dear Blake … my heart hurts more than words can say. I can not believe you're gone. I am so grateful for our little infinity and all our deep conversations, hugs, late nights and adventures, "she wrote in a tribute.
I am so incredibly grateful for every moment we have spent together. God has brought us together for a reason and I will keep our memories in my heart forever. I love you with all my heart, my dear boy and my angel. & # 39;
Noel Sparks (left) and Blake Dinghma (right)
Borderline employee Telemachus Orfanos was also one of the confirmed deaths.
Orfanos was an Eagle Scout who served in the navy. Friends said that last year he was a survivor of the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas, where 58 people died.
Survivors of the shooting in Las Vegas gathered regularly in the Borderline bar for the night of country music as a way to provide mutual support and healing.
The social media of Orfanos indicate that he visited the local Thousand Oaks High School and the Moorepark College.
Kristina Kaylee Morisette
Morisette worked as a cashier at Borderline Bar and Grill. Family members confirmed that they died during the shooting.
She went to the Simi Valley High School.
Kristina Kaylee Morisette
Manrique, 33, was a navy veteran.
& # 39; He spent his entire adult life, after military service, helping veterans to adapt to the life of the citizen and had recently accepted a position at Team RWB as Pacific Regional Program Manager & # 39 ;, family member Gladys Manrique Koscak in a tribute on Facebook.
I do not doubt that he died a hero and protected others from gunshots. He will forever be our hero, son, brother and the best uncle anyone could ever ask for, & # 39; she said.