Shooting vic­tim was Las Ve­gas sur­vivor

i Newspaper - - NEWS - By Ewan Somerville

One of the vic­tim’s of this week’s mass shooting in Cal­i­for­nia was a sur­vivor of last year’s deadly at­tack in Las Ve­gas, it has emerged.

Su­san Or­fanos said her 27-yearold son Telemachus Or­fan­dos es­caped the Route 91 Har­vest fes­ti­val mass shooting, in which 58 peo­ple died, but was among the 12 killed in Thou­sand Oaks on Wed­nes­day.

“My son was in Las Ve­gas with a lot of his friends and he came home,” his mother told ABC News. “He didn’t come home last night.

“I don’t want prayers. I don’t want thoughts. I want gun con­trol. And I hope no­body else sends me any more prayers. I want gun con­trol. No more guns,” she added.

Mr Or­fanos, a US Navy vet­eran, was shot at the Border­line Bar and Grill when for­mer US marine Ian David Long opened fire with a legally owned .45-cal­i­bre Glock hand­gun, which had an extended mag­a­zine that is il­le­gal in Cal­i­for­nia.

Mr Or­fanos’s fa­ther, Marc, said: “It’s par­tic­u­larly ironic that, af­ter sur­viv­ing the worst mass shooting in mod­ern his­tory, he went on to be killed in his home­town.”

Long, 28, re­port­edly had sus­pected post-trau­matic stress dis­or­der af­ter serv­ing a spell in Afghanistan.

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