Thousand Oaks mass shooting survivor: "My friend killed my other friends"

Larry Hoffman
November 12, 2018

The mother of a young man who survived last year's gun massacre in Las Vegas only to be killed by another gunman in a California bar this week has made an impassioned plea for gun control. "He didn't come home last night", his mother, Susan Orfanos, told ABC Los Angeles station KABC-TV on Thursday. "Now, now, now, now".

"My son was in Las Vegas with a lot of his friends and he came home", she said.

An American Red Cross Disaster Relief vehicle is seen outside the Thousands Oaks Teen Center where people have come for family assistance following the bar shooting at the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, California on November 8, 2018FREDERIC J.

"Whatever they need, we are here".

Tel Orfanos lived through the deadliest mass shooting in modern USA 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.

On Thursday, Hoolihan drove several hours from his home in Santa Ana to attend a vigil at Thousand Oaks City Hall for the Borderline victims. "Yeah. I'm insane, but the only thing you people do after these shootings is "hopes and prayers". or "keep you in my thoughts". every time. and wonder why these keep happening". "And you know what?"

Miriah Piasecki said two of her best friends were killed.

Another person who was at the Borderline Bar & Grill during the shooting and was also in Las Vegas when 64-year-old Stephen Paddock killed 58 people and injured 851 more by opening fire on the crowd at the Route 91 Harvest music festival, was Dani Merrill.

"This is not going to be easy for a very long time", he said.

"It was way too big a firestorm", said Lani Netter, whose Malibu home was spared while her neighbour's burned. "I nearly like wanted to see him to kind of like wrap my brain around it because I was like I couldn't believe it this isn't happening", Campbell said. Two hundred people were inside the bar, which is popular with police and local college students and was hosting a student line-dancing night.

Thousand Oaks survivor Nicholas Champion said he and his friends also survived the shooting a year ago in Las Vegas when a shooter killed 58 people at a country music concert.

The shooter has been identified as 28-year-old Ian David Long, who also died in the attack.

"I am in the dark right now, and it's actually tearing me up", he said.

Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean said that after the shooting had stopped, Long was found dead in a back room in the bar.

"Thousand Oaks is one of the safest communities in the United States", Capt. Garo Kuredjian of the Ventura County Sheriff's Department told the Los Angeles Times.

"It's particularly ironic that after surviving the worst mass shooting in modern history, he went on to be killed in his hometown", he said.

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