Thousand Oaks suspect died from self-inflicted wound

12 November, 2018, 05:53 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
  • Mourners hold vigils for California shooting victims

Telemachus Orfanos, a 27-year-old U.S. Navy veteran, was one of 12 victims killed in a mass shooting on November 7 at Borderline Bar and Grill, a country bar in Thousand Oaks, Calif., a little over a year after he had survived the Route 91 Harvest Festival shooting in 2017. His mother, Susan Schmidt-Orfanos, spoke with KABC-TV on Thursday afternoon and emotionally recalled learning of her 27-year-old son's death. "Now, now, now, now". "Fact is I had no reason to do it, and I just thought... life is boring so why not?"

"My son was in Las Vegas with one of his friends and he came home".

"The magnitude of destruction we have seen is really unbelievable and heartbreaking and our hearts go to everybody who has been affected by this", said Mark Ghilarducci, the director of the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services.

It was only a day earlier that people had crowded into the center, anxious to find out if their loved ones had survived the bar shooting.CreditJenna Schoenefeld for The New York TimesOn Thursday afternoon, he gathered at his house with several friends so they could be together in their grief.

Tel Orfanos lived through the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history only to lose his life in another one less than 10 minutes from his home barely a year later, a tragic coincidence that has devastated his friends and family.

Screaming in fear, patrons rushed for the exits, dived under tables and used barstools to smash second-floor windows and jump to safety as gunfire reverberated through the Borderline Bar & Grill, a hangout popular with students from nearby California Lutheran University.

"This is not going to be easy for a very long time", he said. "You just don't know how to feel". In social media posts, Molly Mauer said she was at Borderline and also survived Vegas.


"A lot of my friends survived Route 91", Edgar said. Another neighbor said Long rarely left home and that his mother told her that he was getting violent.

That message, along with others previously posted by Long, were removed by the various social media platforms following the shooting. Borderline features country music, and Wednesday was "college night" that drew many young people to the bar.

In Vegas, where 58 people died, Kelly said he threw a friend to the ground before helping her escape.

"I am in the dark right now, and it's actually tearing me up", he said. So when she first learned that the Borderline gunman had been in the Marines and may have suffered from PTSD, she thought immediately: "Wow, I wish this person had met Dan". "This is a heart that I'll never get back".

He added: "I hope people call me insane.wouldn't that just be a big ball of irony?" The blaze broke out on Thursday northeast of the town located about 40 miles (64 km) north of downtown Los Angeles.

Fisher went to the scene of the most recent shooting in Thousand Oaks with a sign that said, "Moms demand action for gun sense in America".

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