Former Detroit police officer who lost son in Orlando attack talks about the mass shooting

Posted at 11:00 PM, Jun 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-13 23:00:44-04

Detroit native Christopher Andrew Leinonen was killed during the Orlando mass shooting.

His father tells us he found out Monday afternoon, when it was confirmed by Orlando Police.

The 32-year-old was a psychologist, who moved to Florida in the 1990s.

Mark Bando, a retired Detroit police officer, says his son saw the good in all people, had a great sense of humor, and also loved to draw.

Bando says, "The reality has not sunk in, it's like a bad dream."

His father has strong opinions on guns, believing if people inside Pulse nightclub were armed, the nation's worst mass shooting would have never have happened on June 12.

Bando says the gunman "acted like God" when he played with the lives of people for three hours, before killing them.

There are many unanswered questions for the family, such as where was he inside the club? How did he die?

Bando met his son's boyfriend in February when he was in Florida. He expects to travel down there for a funeral soon.