Thousand Oaks gunman went from Marine vet to mass shooter. Investigators want to know why.

Thousand Oaks gunman went from Marine vet to mass shooter. Investigators want to know why.

Mom of man who survived Las Vegas shooting only to die in Calif. shooting: I want gun control

Kelly, 22, said he was dancing with friends at a bar in suburban Los Angeles on Wednesday night when the bullets began flying. When the gunfire was over, 12 people were dead, including a Navy veteran who had lived through the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history a year ago.

‘‘I already didn’t wish it on anybody to begin with for the first time,’’ Kelly said outside his home in Thousand Oaks. ‘‘The second time around doesn’t get any easier.’’

"Our hearts are broken," the couple said in a joint statement. "We just learned that our niece Alaina was one of the victims of last night’s shooting at Borderline bar in Thousand Oaks. Alaina was an incredible young woman with so much life ahead of her and we are devastated that her life was cut short in this manner. We thank everyone for your prayers and ask for privacy at this time."

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Kelly, a Marine, said he heard ‘‘pop, pop’’ at Borderline Bar and Grill and instantly knew it was gunfire.

‘‘The chills go up your spine. You don’t think it’s real — again,’’ he said.

The attack on the bar – a college favorite that was hosting a country music event – was the nation's deadliest shooting since 17 students and teachers were killed at a Parkland, Florida, high school nine months ago. It also came less than two weeks after a gunman massacred 11 people at a synagogue in Pittsburgh.

The victims’ stories began to emerge Thursday as officials were still reaching out to their families.

Helus, a veteran of 29 years, and a patrolman entered the bar after hearing gunshots. When they went through the front door, Helus was struck multiple times by gunfire. The patrolman rescued Helus from the line of gunfire and he was taken to a local hospital, where he died early Thursday.

The mother of the 27-year-old man killed in the latest attack, Telemachus ‘‘Tel’’ Orfanos, said her son survived Vegas only to die inside Borderline, less than 10 minutes from his home.

“The Cal Lutheran community is filled with sorrow over the violent events that took place last night a few miles from campus in Thousand Oaks. Sadly, we have learned from the family that a recent graduate, Justin Meek, 23, is one of the precious lives cut short in this tragedy. Meek heroically saved lives in the incident.”

‘‘Here are my words: I want gun control,’’ said Susan Schmidt-Orfanos, her voice shaking with grief and rage. ‘‘I don’t want prayers. I don’t want thoughts.’’

Twelve people died when a person opened fire at the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks late Wednesday night. The gunman also died at the scene. More than 20 others were injured in the attack. Heres what we know about the victims so far. This story will be updated as more information is confirmed.

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She said she wanted Congress ‘‘to pass gun control so no one else has a child that doesn’t come home.’’

At a vigil Thursday night, survivors of both shootings gathered to honor those who didn’t make it.

“I hope to God no one sends me anymore prayers. I want gun control. No more guns!” – mother of shooting victim Telemachus Orfanos. She says he survived the #LasVegasShooting but did not survive the #ThousandOaksMassacre. @ABC7 @ABCNewsLive

Video: Video filmed inside Thousand Oaks bar during shooting

‘‘It’s hard to sleep after these kinds of things,’’ said Dani Merrill, who lived through the Vegas shooting and escaped the Borderline bloodshed at the bar by running out the loading dock. ‘‘You just don’t know how to feel.

Sergeant Helus had run to the bar with a California Highway Patrol officer, exchanging gunfire with Long, before being hit several times. Six officers from other police agencies were in the bar, Dean told the Washington Post, and a parent of one of the bar patrons said the officers had stood in front of his daughter during the shooting. Dozens of law enforcement officers, firefighters, and civilians lined the 101 overpasses as a procession moved Helus’s body from Los Robles Hospital, where he died, to the Ventura medical examiner’s office. Helus, 54, had been with the department for 29 years, was married, and had an adult son. He reportedly had been soon set to retire.

Video: Survivors of Las Vegas shooting were present at Thousand Oaks shooting in California

During Wednesday’s shooting, Kelly said he threw two of his friends to the floor and covered them with his body. Then he got a look at the shooter and the terror unfolding and decided they needed to escape.

According to multiple media reports, witnesses said Wednesday was “College Country Night,” and bar patrons were line dancing when Long began shooting with a .45-caliber Glock. Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean said no motive had been discovered thus far. Police officials stated that Long had first shot a security guard and employees of Borderline, and then turned his gun on the dancers. The bar patrons ran, some breaking out windows to escape the scene. Dean credited them with quick thinking, based on the country’s history with mass murder, and reacting quickly to save themselves.

Video: Deadly Shooting At Bar In Southern California

Kelly said he dragged one woman out a back emergency exit and then, using his belt, T-shirt and Marine training, applied a tourniquet to his friend’s bleeding arm.

Ian Long was a Marine who had been decorated for his service. He lived in Newbury Park and had a history with the Sheriff’s Office, mainly for traffic citations. He’d also been a victim in a bar fight. In April, however, deputies had responded to his home for a disturbance. According to Sheriff Dean, Long was irate and a little irrational. He underwent a mental evaluation and was not found in need of a 5150, or involuntary hold. His Glock was legally purchased.

After the shooting was over, Kelly said he and another Marine friend helped victims alongside first responders. Two of his friends were among those killed.

Thirteen people were killed at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, a well-known college hangout, late Wednesday night. One of the dead is Ventura Sheriff’s Sergeant Ron Helus, who was shot as he responded to the calls for help. The gunman was identified as Ian David Long, 28, an Afghan war veteran, who used a smoke bomb before opening fire with a handgun in the bar. Long is among the dead. Twenty-one people were wounded.

Chandler Gunn, 23, told The Los Angeles Times that a friend who survived the Vegas shooting works at the bar. When Gunn learned about the shooting, he rushed to Borderline.

@pepperdine STATEMENT (1/2): The University has received reports that several Pepperdine students were at Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks this evening when a gunman reportedly entered the location and began shooting. At this time, the University is working to identify

‘‘There’s people that live a whole lifetime without seeing this, and then there’s people that have seen it twice,’’ he said.

“A lot of people in the Route 91 situation go here,” one survivor told the LA Times. “There’s people that live a whole lifetime without seeing this, and then there’s people that have seen it twice.” 

‘‘I can’t believe I’m saying this again. I’m alive and home safe,’’ she said on Facebook.

The shooting at the popular bar comes just more than one year after 58 people were killed at a country music festival in Las Vegas.  

In Las Vegas and Thousand Oaks, country music fans were the victims. Borderline features country music, and Wednesday was ‘‘college night’’ that drew many young people to the bar. The Last Vegas shooter targeted a crowd of country music fans gathered for the Route 91 Harvest Festival.

At least 12 people are dead, including a sheriffs deputy, after a shooting at a country bar in Thousand Oaks, California.

Kelly has a large tattoo on his left arm memorializing the Las Vegas shooting, which killed 58 people. On his other arm Thursday, he still had his wristband from the California bar.

Susan Schmidt-Orfanos, her voice and head shaking with grief and rage, said outside her familys home, “My son was in Las Vegas with one of his friends and he came home. He didnt come home last night. And I dont want prayers, I dont want thoughts, I want gun control and I hope to God nobody else sends me more prayers. I want gun control. No. More. Guns.”

When the Las Vegas gunman opened fire from a 32nd-floor hotel room, Kelly said he threw a friend to the ground before helping get her out of the area and into a room. Armed with a knife in case an attacker came in, he hunkered down and waited with 40 other people for four hours.

Photos on Orfanos Facebook page show the Eagle Scout with friends at ballgames or at work. Some photos are embellished with patriotic graphics and another marks the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

He said living through Vegas changed his life. He doesn’t know how a second mass shooting will affect him down the road.

Twelve people were killed in the Borderline carnage, including a sheriffs deputy described as a “hero.” The gunman was found inside, dead of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound.

‘‘Everywhere I go, everything I do is affected,’’ he said. ‘‘I don’t sit in a room with my back to the door. You’re always picking up on social cues. You’re always overanalyzing people, trying to figure out if something were to go down, ‘What would I do?’’’

Telemachus “Tel” Orfanos lost his life in the Borderline Bar and Grill, less than 10 minutes from his home.

Kelly said Borderline had become a safe haven for dozens of Vegas survivors: ‘‘It is our home.’’

I tried to get as many people to cover as I could, Knapp said. There was an exit right next to me, so I went through that. That exit leads to a patio where people smoke. People out there didnt really know what was going on. Theres a fence right there so I said, Everyone get over the fence as quickly as you can, and I followed them over.

‘‘I know that, being a religious person, that God is never going to give me anything more than I can handle,’’ he said. ‘‘I’m here for a reason.’’

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THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — Using a smoke bomb and a handgun, a hooded Marine combat veteran dressed all in black opened fire during college night at a country music bar in Southern California, killing 12 people and sending hundreds fleeing in panic before apparently taking his own life, authorities said Thursday.

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Cole Knapp, a freshman at Moorpark, said he was inside the bar when the shooting began, but he thought at first that it was just someone with an M-80, just kind of playing a prank. Then he said he saw the gunman, wearing a small black head covering and black hoodie and holding a handgun.

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