Mother of Las Vegas Shooting Survivor Who Died in Thousand Oaks Speaks Out

The mother of one of the Las Vegas shooting survivors who tragically died in the Thousand Oaks shooting is speaking out.

As news cameras rolled, Susan Schmidt-Orfanos — the mother of 27-year-old Telemachus ‘‘Tel’’ Orfanos — exclaimed that she does not want sympathy, she wants "gun control."

"Here are my words: I want gun control," Schmidt-Orfanos said as she shook with grief. ‘‘I don’t want prayers. I don’t want thoughts.’’ The Boston Globe noted that she then added that she wants Congress ‘‘to pass gun control so no one else has a child that doesn’t come home.’’

Another Thousand Oaks shooting victim who lived through the 2017 Route 91 Harvest Festival attack in Las Vegas is 22-year-old Brendan Kelly, who told the news outlet that he was hanging out with friends at the Borderline Bar & Grill when 28-year-old United States Marine Corps veteran Ian David Long walked in and began firing.

‘‘I already didn’t wish it on anybody to begin with for the first time,’’ Kelly stated when asked about the two shootings. ‘‘The second time around doesn’t get any easier.’’

He went on to share that as soon as he heard the "pop, pop" sound of the weapons, he knew it was gunfire.

‘‘The chills go up your spine. You don’t think it’s real — again,’’ Kelly, who is a Marine himself, went on to say.

Another person who was at the Borderline Bar & Grill during the shooting and was also in Las Vegas when 64-year-old Stephen Paddock killed 58 people and injured 851 more by opening fire on the crowd at the Route 91 Harvest music festival, was Dani Merrill.

"It’s hard to sleep after these kinds of things,’’ Merrill said of the tragic and terrifying ordeal. "You just don’t know how to feel."

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Police have not yet revealed if they have determined a motive for Long's actions, but the investigation into the shooting is ongoing.

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