‘You don’t think it’s real — again’: The country music fans that faced two mass shootings


THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. — Barely a year after surviving a massacre at a country music festival in Las Vegas, Brendan Kelly found himself in a terrifyingly familiar scene.

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.”

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

Brendan Kelly speaks with reporters outside his home, as he shows his Route 91 tattoo, Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, in Thousand Oaks, Calif.

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

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.

“I don’t want prayers. I don’t want thoughts,” his mother, Susan Schmidt-Orfanos, said earlier. “I want those bastards in Congress — they need 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 honour those who didn’t make it.

“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.

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.

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.

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.

People comfort each other as they stand near the scene Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, in Thousand Oaks, Calif., where a gunman opened fire Wednesday inside a country dance bar crowded with hundreds of people on “college night.”

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.

Gunn said his friend, whose name he didn’t provide, escaped safely out the back.

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

In social media posts, Molly Mauer said she was at Borderline and also survived Vegas.

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

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