WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Navy veteran Telemachus Orfanos was confirmed to be among those killed in the shooting incident in a Southern California bar.
- The 27-year-old survived the Las Vegas mass shooting last year during the Route 91 Harvest Festival.
- Blaming gun control for her son’s death, his mother Susan pleaded Congress to pass gun control laws.
While a number of young people lived through last year’s deadly Las Vegas massacre, and have as well survived the recent bar shooting at Thousand Oaks, California on Wednesday night, sadly, Telemachus Orfanos did not.
The family of Telemachus confirmed that the 27-year-old whom friends call ‘Tel’ was among those gunned down inside the Borderline Bar & Grill shooting rampage. Tel who was a regular at the Western-style bar loved to go line-dancing.
The gunman, Ian Long, who was a former Marine Corps machine gunner stormed into the bar and opened fire killing 12 people and wounded a dozen others.
“He was probably a victim just like anybody else,” says Mark Orfanos, Tel’s father referring to his son’s shooter.
He went on to add that he felt sorry for him as well, but he won’t berate him yet until he confirms what his motives were behind the attack.
After learning of her son’s death, Susan Schmidt-Orfanos made an emotional plea:
“I don’t want prayers. I don’t want thoughts,” Susan Schmidt-Orfanos said, according to The Associated Press. “I want those bastards in Congress — they need to pass gun control so no one else has a child that doesn’t come home.”
Following his stint in the military, he moved in back with his parents and was working at the Infiniti car dealership in Thousand Oaks.
He along with others made it out alive during the music festival at the Route 91 Harvest festival incident that killed 58 and injured hundreds. So it’s just ironic according to his father that he would be killed on Wednesday’s shooting.
Gun control is to blame and responsible for Tel’s death, added his father.
The shooting incident happened during College Country Night, a weekly event in the Borderline bar frequented by Route 91 survivors who were also present at the venue during the shooting.
Source: NBC Los Angeles