i'm rico hizon, in singapore. this is newsday, on bbc. the headlines: more weapons are found at the home of the man who carried out america's worst ever mass shooting. president trump urges the country to stand together. last night, a gunman opened fire on a large crowd. it was an act of pure evil. the gunman has been named as stephen paddock, who fired on crowds of people from the window of his hotel room before killing himself. i'm babita sharma, in london. also in the programme: the attack prompts fresh debate about whether tighter gun control measures are needed in america. crowds of ordinary people form long queues outside blood donation centres in las vegas to help the survivors of the shooting. live from our studios in singapore
and london, this is bbc world news — it's newsday. good morning. it's 8am in singapore, 1am in london and 5 pm in las vegas where police investigating the mass shooting say they have found more weapons at the home of the man thought to have carried out the attack. at least 59 people were killed and more than five hundred were hurt when stephen paddock, a retired accountant, opened fire on crowds at a music concert from a room in a nearby hotel. we begin our coverage with the report from james cook in las vegas. in the cold nevada desert, country music is warming the throng. the time is 10:08pm. the noise prompts confusion.
the crowd, 22,000—strong, hesitates. it takes a moment, a deadly moment, before they realise they are under attack. gunfire. by now, a second round of bullets is raining down. there is a pause. the gunman is reloading again. he is high above them, in the mandalay bay hotel. panic follows. it is a scramble to live. there were people hiding underneath my car for cover. and there was a gentleman that was shot, and he said, "can you help me?" and so i put him in my car, and i had like six people in my car, people without shoes, running, just to get away. we just hit the ground, and just lay there and hung onto each other. and it was quiet for a bit, and then fired another 30 rounds, and then quiet.
and then what we were doing was, every time he stopped, he was reloading, we had gotten up and started making our way towards the fence. he would start shooting again, and we would hit the ground. gunfire. by now, the music fans are frantic. if they can, they run, and like this woman, they hide. we were sitting ducks, and you could hear the bullets coming closer. and then it would get quiet, and then he would, like, reload, and then he would start going again. and the girl that was standing right behind me, about two feet, she got shot in the stomach. and everybody thought at first it was just firecrackers. and then itjust kept going more. we felt the shots, and then we ran. to the hangar, to the airport, and we just kept running. it was...
once we got out the back, we started seeing the people that were shot, and the people that were dead. and that's when it hit me, that this was real. within half an hour, officers know the gunman is in the hotel. explosives ready, they prepared to go in. this police radio recording captures the moment they stormed the room. breach, breach, breach. by now, it is nearly midnight, and the gunman is dead, apparently having killed himself. he left the city in chaos, with hospitals overwhelmed, and too few ambulances for more than 500 casualties. we just need to get people over to the hospital, 0k?
0k, go ahead. put them all in the back. hundreds of people remain in hospital, where surgeons have been battling to save life after life. we had all hands on deck. we had eight or nine trauma surgeons alone in the facility. we had eight operating rooms rolling simultaneously, operating on patients, doing what in trauma we refer to as damage control. so it was a matter of getting them on the table, stopping the process of them dying, stabilising them. as for the gunman, he was stephen paddock, a 64—year—old retired accountant from mesquite, an hour's drive from the vegas strip. he had checked into the hotel on thursday. as far as his history and background, we haven't completed that part of the investigation yet. but we located numerous firearms within the room that he occupied. for a western democracy, the united states has seen an astonishing amount of horror like this.
but, even here, this is carnage on a different scale. james cook, bbc news, las vegas. earlier, law enforcement officials in the us state of nevada have held a news conference and confirmed that explosives and ammunitions have been recovered from a house owned by gunman stephen paddock. they also gave details of what they've found in the suspect‘s car. yes, we found some — i believe it was fertiliser, is that correct? ammonia sulphate — i can't recall the chemical compound. ammonium nitrate, within the car. we didn't have any compounds additional to that. as we heard in that report, the man thought to be responsible for the attack was a 64 year—old retired accountant named stephen paddock, who lived in the city of mesquite, 80 miles from las vegas. he checked into the mandalay hotel last thursday. police say he was not known to them and they have not identified any links to terrorist networks. 0ur correspondent laura bicker reports on what else is known
about the gunman. stephen paddock, a retired accountant and high—stakes gambler, turned a country music concert into a killing field. he had been in his room on the 32nd floor of the mandalay hotel for days, waiting with a cache of rifles and automatic weapons. his familyjust can't comprehend the horror of his crime. my brother did this, i... this is like it was done — you know, like he shot us. imean... if he'd have killed my kids, i couldn't be more dumbfounded. i mean, it doesn't... there's nothing. so last communication... there's nothing. i can show you the text, he said, "how's mum?" where the hell did he get automatic weapons? he has no military background, or anything like that. i mean, when you find out about him — like i said,
he's a guy who lived in a house in mesquite, and drove down and gambled in las vegas. he did stuff — ate burritos. the 64—year—old made few friends in his suburban retirement village in the quiet town of mesquite. police found more guns and ammunition when they raided his home. what's unique for us is that the gunman, the shooter, and the person with him, we in the mesquite police department have not had any contact with these people in the past. we haven't had any traffic stops, we haven't had any law enforcement contacts, no arrests, or nothing. he would disappear for days to nearby las vegas to gamble, but also made money from rental properties, and came across as odd to some of his chance. to some of his tenants. he roamed around the apartment, he talked to you, always real casual. and they showed his picture. i was shocked, because like i said, he was a nice guy.
strange, but nice. the question is, what would lead a man with no criminal history, no known strong political views, and no apparent motive to commit such relentless carnage? we will have much more on the situation in las vegas including the debate servicing about whether or not america should have tighter measures on gun control. that package coming up later. in other news, bangladesh says myanmar has agreed to set up a joint working group to oversee the return of rohingya muslims who've fled their homes. the announcement came after a meeting in bangladesh between ministers from the two countries. half—a—million have fled to bangladesh since late august to escape a burmese military campaign. the un says not all the refugees are yet receiving the help they need. it's a huge, hugejob. and all of us — unicef, the whole un, the government, of course, everybody, are trying to do our best.
but the needs are moving faster than our response. so we are hoping to increase the response, so that we can meet the needs of all these people. also this hour: in the spanish region of catalonia, thousands of people have been protesting against sunday's violent police crackdown to stop an independence referendum in the region. the catalan leader has called for international mediation and has urged the eu to stop turning a blind eye to what he called fundamental european rights being violated. but the spanish government has insisted catalonia will not gain independence. police in kenya have fired tear gas to disperse opposition protestors in the capital nairobi and several other towns. the demonstrators were responding to a call from the opposition alliance for weekly protests on mondays and fridays. they're demanding key changes to the electoral commission's staff and systems before a re—run of the presidential poll later this month.
the head of uber in the uk, jo bertram, is standing down as the company fights a decision to remove its licence to operate in london. last month, the firm was deemed unfit to run a taxi service by the london transport authorities. uber has said ms bertram's departure is not connected to its licensing problems. us media is reporting that the singer tom petty is seriously ill in hospital following a cardiac arrest. the 66—year—old front—man for the group tom petty and the heartbreakers, was taken to hospital after being found unconscious at his malibu home on sunday night. more on our lead story. the worst mass shooting in us modern history that took place in las vegas. steve sisolak is the clark county commission chairman.
the county encompasses the city of las vegas. well, obviously it is a dark day for las vegas. i mean, this is one individual, a lone wolf, as we call them, that was in the mandalay bay, hellbent on perpetrating an enormous amount of hate and violence and destruction of that community, and he did that. he rained hundreds of bullets, rounds of ammunition, down on innocent folks. and the community he rained on came down, and the community has responded with an enormous amount of love, fighting back. it shows the true nature of our community. we take care of each other, we fight together. when i spoke to the sheriff this morning, and we were down here, we were running out of blood really quickly. we had, you know, 59 casualties, and 500—and—some people being treated. we put out a call for blood, and we've been inundated with people donating blood. there's an eight—hour waiting time, if you're giving to the blood service. you can't get an appointment this week, if you want to get an appointment. we've set up a gofundme account to help the victims,
and with some burial expenses, transportation, and whatnot. we've started mid—morning, probably 5:00am or 6:00am in the morning, and wejust passed $1.6 million, we've raised, from 15,000 or 18,000 individual donors. and you have praised the first responders, the emergency crews, the firefighters, the nurses and doctors. what kind of stress are they going through right now? we're all going through a lot of stress right now. it's difficult. they're in a position and trained to handle these situations. but i don't think you can ever train yourself fully to be able to handle something along this line, until you're actually in the situation, so to speak. they were professional. they have a limit, as well, in terms of what they can do. everybody is tired, but there's
still work to be done, so we're still at it, working as hard as we possibly can. you're watching newsday on the bbc. still to come on the programme: what, if anything, can america do stop mass shootings in the country? we'll bring you a special report from our north america editor, jon sopel. in all russia's turmoil, it has never come to this. president yeltsin said the day would decide the nation's destiny. the nightmare that so many people have feared for so long is playing out its final act here. russians are killing russians in front of a grandstand audience. it was his humility which produced affection from catholics throughout the world. but his departure is a tragedy for the catholic church. israel's right—winger ariel sharon visited the religious compound and that started the trouble.
he wants israel alone to have sovereignty over the holy sites, an idea that's unthinkable to palestinians. after 45 years of division, germany is one. in berlin, a million germans celebrate the rebirth of europe's biggest and richest nation. this is newsday on the bbc. i'm rico hizon in singapore. i'm babita sharma in london. our top stories: at least 59 people are killed in las vegas, in america's worst ever modern—day shooting. more than 500 hundred others are injured. 0fficials confirm that the gunman,
a former accountant, killed himself. let's take a look at some front pages from around the world. the attack in las vegas is the latest in a long list of mass shootings in america, with the debate over guns once again a divisive issue. 0ur north america editorjon sopel has been looking at the response to what happened in the city. in vegas last night — terror, fear and mayhem. in the nation's capital this afternoon, 2500 miles away — a brooding, reflective silence. bell tolls. there is shock as well as anguish, even though this country has been here so many times before. he brutally murdered more than 50 people and wounded hundreds more. it was an act of pure evil. in moments of tragedy and horror, america comes together as one — and it always has.
until now, the worst shootings were the nightclub attack in orlando, where 0mar mateen killed 49 people in an act inspired by so—called islamic state. and before that was the killings at virginia tech university, when 32 people were killed. but in terms of shock, surely nothing eclipses sandy hook in connecticut, when 20 children, aged between five and seven, and five teachers were killed at their elementary school — an act of brutality so shocking that it moved the then president to tears. they had their entire lives ahead of them. birthdays, graduations, weddings. kids of their own. today, lawmakers from connecticut sought to reopen the age—old debate on gun control, senator chris murphy saying, "it is positively infuriating that my colleagues in congress are so afraid of the gun industry." "it's time for congress to get
off its ass and do something." but gun control is unlikely to go anywhere. the industry in america is huge, and its lobbying organisation has managed to see off any attempt at reform. indeed, one of the ironies of previous mass shootings is that sales of weapons tend to increase as gun owners fear that new controls might be introduced. but that is unlikely to happen with president trump, who has allied himself closely to the national rifle association. as your president, i will never, ever infringe on the right of the people to keep and bear arms. never, ever. cheering. it's estimated there are as many private guns in circulation as there are people — around 300 million. around 30,000 people die each year in gun related incidents. that figure includes suicides, accidents and murders, which means, in the last year, four times as many people in the us
died from guns than the total number of coalition forces killed in afghanistan and iraq during 16 years of war. in his address to the nation, donald trump said the american people would be seeking explanations, but the one issue he didn't touch upon was whether gun control could have played a part. the nra believes that the way you stop a bad man with a gun is to have a good man with a gun. but how that would have helped in the circumstances of las vegas last night is anyone's guess. thailand's prime minister prayuth chan—0cha and us president donald trump have met each other at the white house today. the meeting marked an upgrade of ties between traditional allies that have been strained since the 2014 coup. his visit is the first official visit by a thai prime minister since ex—prime minister thaksin shinawatra's trip to washington in 2005.
to tell us more about this, benjamin zawacki isjoining us live right now from bangkok. he is the author of thailand: shifting ground between the us and a rising china. thank you so much forjoining us. how significant is this meeting between both leaders, three years since washington criticised prime minister prayuth chan—ocha's may 2014 coup? it is a partial reset of sorts. president trump is known for placing american interests first, certainly above american values. the challenge as ever in thailand has been to be able to have it both ways, to further promote american interest while at the same time upholding democratic governance, human rights, the rule of law. donald trump with emphasis on the former has tried to reset relations to an extent, as with the rest of the world, taking a fresh approach toa the world, taking a fresh approach to a lot of the world's leaders. the
fa ct to a lot of the world's leaders. the fact that thailand's prime minister isa fact that thailand's prime minister is a military prime minister and took power unconstitutionally won't play as heavily in washington as it would under his predecessor. some say his visit by the prime minister gives tacit approval to repression, do you agree? it certainly does on some level, yes. and on one side of the equation it says that the visit should not have happened at all. general prayuth chan—ocha took power unconstitutionally and delayed election several times, dismissing them as a timely. 0n the other had yet american interest here that are being lost at the expense of china, which has of course been rising our four decades. so in an effort obviously to balance those things, donald trump agreed to meet with the prime minister. the question is whether or not he will be raising us values as well. the situation for governance, human rights, the rule of law. so have ties between thailand and the us normalised? no,
they have not normalised. until thailand holds free and fair elections the united states cannot under law normalise relations to its full extent. but certainly by having a military prime minister visit the white house no less, certainly things are much more advanced than they have been at any point since they have been at any point since the coup d'etat. what about bangkok's ties with north korea, how critical is this? that is likely to be the first and foremost issue on the agenda. it would have introduced discussions between donald trump and prayuth. in fact the ties between thailand and north korea are fairly limited. economic ties have been described as robust, though they are more modest than that. and prayuth has shown every effort an interest in abiding by us and un efforts to rein ina in abiding by us and un efforts to rein in a nuclear aspiring north korea. i don't expect that issue will hang up in any way shape or
form. benjamin zawacki, joining us from bangkok, thank you so much for your insights. let's go back to our top story. i spoke to rajini vaidyanathan who was outside a trauma centre in las vegas treating survivors of the mass shooting. it was just after a news conference by city and state officials, which included much praise for the response of the emergency services. that is right, well, at this hospital here more than 100 people arrived in the early hours of the morning. now this is a level one trauma centre here. so dealing with the worst of the injuries. but i spoke to one surgeon who spent more than 15 out hours treating patients here. he said it was controlled chaos in the waiting rooms here. he described it as a war zone. he said there were a range of injuries. most of the injuries are gunshot wound. 0ther of the injuries are gunshot wound. other hospitals have also been treating people who were trampled as they tried to get out of the concert. 0thers they tried to get out of the concert. others who were trying to jump concert. others who were trying to jump from fences and were injured as
they fell. now, the doctors here we re they fell. now, the doctors here were praised in that recent years conference. many of the doctors here we re conference. many of the doctors here were prepared for an event like this. they have regular drills for mass shooting. it is one of the largest trauma centres in america. i think it is the only one in this state. so they are prepared for these kind of eventualities. but as these kind of eventualities. but as the doctor said to me earlier, you are never the doctor said to me earlier, you a re never really the doctor said to me earlier, you are never really quite prepared for what you see. ratini bardy —— rajini reporting outside one of the hospitals supporting those injured in the mass shooting. you have been watching newsday. i'm rico hizon in singapore. stay with us. we'll be looking at the upcoming congressional testimony by the former boss of equifax, and why he says the company's data was breached. i'm babita sharma in london. stay with us. we'll bring you all the latest on the mass shooting in las vegas. and of course the ongoing police
investigation. and there's been an amazing response to that tragedy. these pictures show crowds of people forming long lines outside blood donation centers in las vegas. they're answering the call to give blood to the victims of the shooting. at least 515 people were injured in the attack. —— at least 527 people were injured in the attack. and within the last few hours the death toll has risen to 59 people. and we heard a little earlier from the law enforcement officials that have confirmed that 16 guns were found in the hotel room where stephen paddock shot the concert—goers, from his hotel room. 18 others, ammunition, explosives, we re 18 others, ammunition, explosives, were found in his home. that investigation is ongoing. we will keep you updated. stay with us here. stay with bbc world news. see you soon. hello. further strong wind at times this week, even the risk of gales
as we maintain an autumnal flavour to the weather. this pressure system was the wind maker on monday. still producing some strong winds in the far north of scotland and the northern isles. as tuesday begins, high pressure building in, winds easing a bit with high pressure building in. here is a look at things at eight o'clock in the morning. a few showers dotted about northern and western scotland, driven along quickly on this strong wind. far north of scotland into the northern isles there could be some gusts early on of about 50—60 mph. one or two showers in the north—west of england, but very few and far between. for most of us, it'll be a dry start to the day. a good deal of sunshine. a breezy start with temperatures a bit lower than this outside of the large towns and city centres. some of us in single figures as the day begins, but there is that sunshine to compensate.
sunny spells continuing through the day. just some patchy cloud developing. still a few showers running into western parts of scotland, but most places dry. it is a fresh—feeling breeze, mind you. out of some sunshine, in that breeze, there will be a chill around. temperatures for the most part in the mid—to—low teens. but, actually, not too far away from average for this time of year. tuesday evening and night, seeing showers in western scotland merging to give some longer spells of rain in places. winds starting to pick up once again towards the far north of scotland into 0rkney, a very windy start to wednesday morning. south of this area of rain, we'll see a lot of clear weather going into wednesday morning. quite chilly again under clear skies. some spots into mid, perhaps even low single figures in the countryside. wednesday brings a band of rain across scotland and northern ireland, mainly north—west england as we go through the day. south of that, we'll hold onto some sunny spells. still be quite breezy, won't be much warmer.
into wednesday night, rain gathering for northern ireland, much of northern england and wales, as this area of low pressure moving across the uk. parts of scotland in the far north staying dry, but we are concerned about some of the rain and the impact. it could be quite heavy on wednesday night into thursday morning. coastal gales. and then as the system clears away from southern parts on thursday, it stays quite windy. some gales with showers across eastern parts of the uk. or it could be quite windy for a time on friday. but by friday, there is another area of high pressure building across the uk. the winds easing, and most places will end the week fine and dry. this is bbc news. our top story: police investigating sunday's mass shooting in las vegas say they have found more weapons at the home of the man they say carried out the attack. stephen paddock, a 64—year—old wealthy retired accountant used an automatic weapon to fire on crowds from a las vegas hotel, killing 59 people. president trump describes the tragedy as an act of evil and will visit the scene on wednesday.
but he's already facing pressure to tighten gun control laws. and this video is trending on bbc.com... it's the trial of two women accused of killing the half brother of north korean leader, kimjong—un. the women, one from vietnam, the other from indonesia, are accused of killing kim jong—nam at kuala lumpur airport, using a nerve agent. that's all from me for now. stay with bbc news. and the top story here in the uk: the chancellor, philip hammond, says negotiations on the uk's withdrawalfrom the eu need to be careful and cautious