Thousand Oaks Shooter Mocked ‘Hopes and Prayers’ in Pre-Shooting Facebook Post

Larry Hoffman
November 10, 2018

Telemachus Orfanos, 27, died alongside 11 others when a man opened fire at the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, north-west of Los Angeles. It is not known if the bouncer survived.

The dead included 11 people inside the bar and a sheriff's sergeant who was the first officer inside the door, the sheriff said.

I love you, I'll talk to you later, ' " Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean said of Helus" actions shortly before his death.

But neighbors reported hearing frequent loud fights between Ian David Long and his mother, one of them so extreme they called police in April, and authorities at the time anxious that the 28-year-old Afghanistan war veteran might have post-traumatic stress disorder.

Authorities brought in a mental health specialist who concluded that Long could not be involuntarily committed for psychiatric observation but anxious the 28-year-old Marine veteran might have post-traumatic stress disorder.

The solemn 40-kilometre procession for Mr Helus took place as his body was taken from the hospital to a coroner's office. "He was totally committed", the sheriff said. He gave his all.

"And tonight, as I told his wife, he died a hero", added the sheriff, choking back tears. "First person there and confronted him to try to save others hiding inside".

"He had flawless form", bar patron Teylor Whittler told Fox News.

"It was really, really shocking..."

A Fox News anchor offered "thoughts and prayers" to the families of country music fans killed in a Thousand Oaks mass shooting, after one victim's mother specifically said she did not want any.

"We have no idea what the motive was at this time", Dean said.

"He said Helus was on the phone with his wife when he got the report of the shooting and he told her, "'Hey, I have to go.

"When (he) started to reload, that's when we got people out of there and I didn't look back", Wennerstron said. "He changed them within about six seconds, which was really fast", she said.

"It's a horrific scene in there".

"Ron was a hardworking, dedicated sheriff's sergeant", Dean told reporters.

"We all just trampled and tried to get out", Tait said.

According to TMZ, Long was posting to Instagram during the shooting, and investigators discovered the videos hours afterward.

FBI investigators following leads in quest to investigate the gunman's state of mind. The weapon usually holds 10 rounds and one in the chamber, but the gunman used an extended magazine in this shooting, Dean said.

"There are a few people we can't get a hold of, but in these situations, people usually turn off their phones to be safe so I'm not gonna get too anxious".

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