Thousand Oaks parents: I dont want prayers. I dont want thoughts. I want gun control.

Thousand Oaks parents: \I don\t want prayers. I don\t want thoughts. I want gun control.\
Las Vegas massacre survivor dies in California bar shooting
(CNN)Back in April, officers in Thousand Oaks, California, responded to a disturbance at the home where Ian David Long lived.

CNNs Jose Pagliery, Shimon Prokupecz, Scott Glover, Paul P. Murphy, Cheri Mossburg, Ryan Browne, Sonya Hamasaki and Joe Sutton contributed to this report.

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Distraught mother makes an emotional plea after her son is killed at Californias Borderline Bar & Grill.

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A California man who escaped the mass shooting at a Las Vegas country music festival in October 2017 was one of the 12 people murdered a little more than a year later in another mass shooting at a country music venue.

13 dead, including gunman and sheriffs sergeant, in mass shooting at Thousand Oaks bar

Telemachus Orfanos was at Borderline Bar & Grill, a Thousand Oaks establishment packed Wednesday for "college country night," when former Marine and Afghanistan war veteran Ian David Long entered the bar, deployed a smoke device and, without a word, began gunning down patrons.

All morning, people looking for missing friends and relatives arrived at a community center where authorities and counselors were informing the next-of-kin of those who died. Many walked past TV cameras with blank stares or tears in their eyes. In the parking lot, people comforted each other with hugs or a pat on the back.

Orfanos, 27, was a military veteran, too, having served in the U.S. Navy from 2011 to 2014. He moved back to California to stay with his parents after he finished his service and, at the time of Wednesday's shooting, he was working for a car dealership.

Authorities said he had no criminal record, but in April officers were called to his home, where deputies found him angry and acting irrationally. The sheriff said officers were told he might have PTSD because of his military service. A mental health specialist met with him and didn't feel he needed to be hospitalized.

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On Oct. 1, 2017, Orfanos was at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas when a gunman perched inside a Mandalay Bay hotel room overlooking the concert venue rained down a hail of gunfire on the helpless hundreds below. Stephen Paddock killed 58 people and wounded hundreds more before he killed himself. Even 13 months later, investigators have yet to definitively detail a motive for the massacre.

Sergeant Helus had run to the bar with a California Highway Patrol officer, exchanging gunfire with Long, before being hit several times. Six officers from other police agencies were in the bar, Dean told the Washington Post, and a parent of one of the bar patrons said the officers had stood in front of his daughter during the shooting. Dozens of law enforcement officers, firefighters, and civilians lined the 101 overpasses as a procession moved Helus’s body from Los Robles Hospital, where he died, to the Ventura medical examiner’s office. Helus, 54, had been with the department for 29 years, was married, and had an adult son. He reportedly had been soon set to retire.

Video: 1 October survivors also at bar during Thousand Oaks shooting

Orfanos made it out alive that night, and, on Thursday morning, his mother, Susan Schmidt-Orfanos was hoping her son had been lucky again.

According to multiple media reports, witnesses said Wednesday was “College Country Night,” and bar patrons were line dancing when Long began shooting with a .45-caliber Glock. Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean said no motive had been discovered thus far. Police officials stated that Long had first shot a security guard and employees of Borderline, and then turned his gun on the dancers. The bar patrons ran, some breaking out windows to escape the scene. Dean credited them with quick thinking, based on the country’s history with mass murder, and reacting quickly to save themselves.

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Telemachus Orfanos, a Las Vegas massacre surivor, who was killed in Wednesday nights shooting at a California bar. (Facebook)

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“I don't want prayers. I don't want thoughts,” she told reporters. “I want those b——– in Congress — they need to pass gun control so no one else has a child that doesn't come home.”

Governor-elect Gavin Newsom lamented the violence during a public appearance Thursday, the Democrat's first since winning his election Tuesday.

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“It's a gun culture,” he said. “You can't go to a bar or nightclub? You can't go to church or synagogue? It's insane is the only way to describe it. The normalization, that's the only way I can describe it. It's become normalized.”

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What we know about the gunman in the Thousand Oaks bar shooting

Orfanos’ father, Mark Orfanos, said the shooter — who officials indicated may have suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder —  “was probably as much of a victim as everybody else.”

“I’m not gonna vilify this kid because he's got parents that are grieving, too,” Mark Orfanos said. “And I feel sorry for them as well. Until I find out particularly what the specifics are with this kid who did the shooting I’m not gonna be vilifying him.”


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