Survivors from 1 October cope with deadly Thousand Oaks bar shooting

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There were survivors from the Route 91 Harvest Festival shooting in Las Vegas on Oct. 1, 2017 at the bar in Thousand Oaks when a gunman entered killing 12 people Wednesday night.

“When Prayers Aren’t Enough” confirmed that Telemachus Orfanos, a 1 October survivor, was killed.

Orfanos was said to have been a Navy vet.

Nicholas Champion who was in the bar at the time of the shooting told a CBS News crew he was with 50 to 60 other survivors from the Las Vegas shooting when the mass shooting at the California bar occurred.

A vigil is planned in Las Vegas to remember the victims of the shooting at the Borderline Bar and Grill. It will be at the Las Vegas Healing Garden, 1015 S. Casino Center Blvd. at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 9. 

“It’s a nightmare. It puts us all right back where we were,” said Stacie Armentrout when asked how she was coping with the latest tragedy.

Armentrout said the horrific memories of that night flooded her memory when she heard about the latest mass shooting.

“We’re sick to our stomachs; we’re heartbroken,” Armentrout said. “We’ve cried all day. Just all too familiar scene, all too familiar comments and words and images, and it’s just gut-wrenching.”

According to Armentrout, the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks is usually an area where 1 October survivors meet and hold events.

Among the 12 people killed was a 29-year veteran sheriff’s deputy.  Metro Police officers who responded to the Route 91 tragedy in Las Vegas say they are at a loss for words.

“It’s a state of shock that we’re still dealing with acts of violence like this toward innocent people and toward officers that are responding to help, so there’s a sense of sadness and loss,” said Lt. Erik Lloyd, president of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department’s Injured Police Officers Fund.

The staff at the Vegas Strong Resiliency Center say they understand that the latest shooting could be a trigger for 1 October victims, so they want everyone to know they’re available.

“It’s not something that anyone has to deal with on their own,” said Terri Keener, behavioral health coordinator for Vegas Strong Resiliency Center.  “We would expect people to feel anxious and worried and maybe have some reoccurrence of symptoms that they have experienced over the past year.”

According to Keener, talking through the pain is a big part of healing.

“It’s okay not to be okay. We’re in this together, Armentrout said.  “We’ll get through it together, and we’ll stand with each other, and we’re going to stand country strong together and make it through.”

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