California shooting victim was survivor of Las Vegas attack
A man who survived last year’s mass shooting in Las Vegas was among the 12 people killed when a gunman opened fire in a bar in southern California on Thursday.
Telemachus Orfanos (27), a US Navy veteran, made it through the ordeal in October 2017 when a gunman opened fire at the Route 91 Festival in Las Vegas, killing 58 people, only to die less than 10 minutes from his home near Thousand Oaks.
“My son was in Las Vegas with a lot of his friends and he came home. He didn’t come home last night,” his mother, Susan Schmidt-Orfanos told ABC News. “I don’t want prayers, I don’t want thoughts; I want gun control,” she said.
Hundreds of people gathered on Thursday evening to remember the dozen people shot and killed by a Marine veteran at the packed Borderline Bar & Grill the night before.
Yesterday, President Donald Trump described the gunman responsible for the mass shooting as “a very sick puppy”.
Investigators have not commented on a motive for the rampage or whether mental illness played a role. But neighbours reported hearing frequent loud rows between gunman Ian David Long and his mother, and called police after one, in April.
No grounds to commit
Authorities at the time worried that the 28-year-old Afghanistan war veteran might have post-traumatic stress disorder but a mental health specialist concluded there were no grounds to have him involuntarily committed.
On Wednesday night, the former machine gunner, dressed all in black with his hood pulled up, opened fire with a handgun at the Borderline Bar & Grill during college night, then apparently killed himself as scores of police closed in.
At the White House, Mr Trump touted his efforts to fund work on PTSD among veterans. He declined to engage with questions about stricter gun control laws.
Julie Hanson, who lives next door to the ranch-style home that Long shared with his mother, described him as “odd” and “disrespectful” well before he left home a decade ago, got married and enlisted in the Marines. She could often hear him yelling, but several months ago unusually loud banging and shouting prompted her husband to call authorities.
Thousand Oaks is a city of about 130,000 people about 64km from Los Angeles. – AP
Ian David Long: neighbours had reported hearing loud rows