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tonight at ten — after the worst mass shooting in recent us history there's still no explanation for the gunman's motives. the scene today, of the music festival where 59 people were shot dead and more than 500 were injured on sunday night. the gunman, stephen paddock, was a wealthy retired accountant, who'd collected dozens of weapons. he was a sick man, a demented man. a lot of problems, i guess, and we are looking into him very, very seriously. but we are dealing with a very, very sick individual. here in las vegas tonight, there are so here in las vegas tonight, there are so many questions about the senseless killing of scores of people. why did it happen, and can society do more to prevent such tragedies in the future? we'll have more on some of the victims, and we'll report on calls for yet another look at america's gun laws. also tonight... in catalonia, the authorities say a
declaration of independence will come within days but the king of spain condemns the recent referendum as unlawful. translation: catalan authorities have broken the law of the state, and they wanted to break the unity of spain. at the conservative conference, borisjohnson declares that theresa may will make a success of brexit. scotland marks a difference from the rest of the uk, and announces a ban on the controversial business of fracking. # well, i started out down a dirty road. and the american singer tom petty has died at the age of 66. the tributes praise a "poet and a music master." and coming up in sportsday on bbc news... after testing positive for cocaine in april, britain's number four, dan evans, has been banned for one year. good evening.
after the worst mass shooting in modern us history, there is still no explanation for the motives of the gunman. the attack in las vegas left 59 people dead and more than 500 injured. president trump described the attacker — 64—year—old stephen paddock — as a "sick and demented individual". paddock opened fire on a crowd from the window of his room on the 32nd floor of the mandalay bay hotel. from that room he had a clear view of the music festival, attended by thousands, which had onlyjust begun, when he started shooting. before yesterday paddock was unknown to the police, and they confirm he had no criminal record. for the latest on the investigation and the aftermath, let's join my colleague clive myrie in las vegas. stephen paddock checked into the
mandalay bay hotel behind me there three days before he committed mass murder. he got his room key, calmly got into the left, took his luggage up got into the left, took his luggage up to the 32nd floor. what no one knew or understood was that inside his bags were 23 weapons, some of them automatic, designed to kill as many people as possible, as fast as possible. we now know tonight from the sheriff's office that the shooting lasted for nine minutes. you might be able to make out in the building their three black holes, where he punched through the windows and drained terror down on those below. our first report tonight — on the latest on the investigation — is from our north america editor, jon sopel. sirens. radio: we got shots fired. sounded like an automatic firearm. sunday night in las vegas, and the first reports of something
going terribly wrong. it's coming from upstairs in the mandalay bay. upstairs, mandalay bay, halfway up. i see the shots coming from mandalay bay. the stress in the voices of the police, evident. they have located where the firing is coming from, and the impact he's having. we have an active shooter. we have an active shooter inside the fairgrounds. we have multiple casualties. multiple casualties. stephen paddock is now dead and police are searching the hotel room on the 32nd floor of the mandalay bay, which had become his armoury. ata at a news conference police revealed paddock had set up cameras in. there we re paddock had set up cameras in. there were cameras located outside the room and inside the room, along with the firearms. he had set up how many cameras? i don't know specifically.
what do you think? i anticipate he was looking for anybody to come and ta ke was looking for anybody to come and take him into custody. so what do we know about stephen paddock? the 64—year—old was a former accountant who had invested in property and was a serious high—stakes gambler. but he had no criminal record. he lived in this house in the quiet town of mesquite, 80 miles from las vegas, with his partner, marilou danley. his father was a bank robber, who, while on the run from the authorities, was described by the fbi as a psychopath with suicidal tendencies. the president, on his way to puerto rico, and who will be visiting vegas tomorrow, had this to say about paddock. he was a sick man, a demented man. a lot of problems, i guess, and we are looking into him very, very seriously. but we are dealing with a very, very sick individual. but any review of gun law seems a long way down the line, if it will happen at all. meanwhile, more details are emerging about the massive arsenal that
paddock had assembled. some came from this shop in utah. average, everyday joe blow. nothing stood out. it was just normal timing, for him to come in. he was talking about how he was new to the area, visiting all the firearms stores in the area, found something on our shelves that he really liked, and it took him a couple of different trips, you could say, before he ended up purchasing. and paddock came here, too, to buy a rifle and a shotgun. the owner of the shop said the background checks were fine. there were no red flags. an expert on the guns industry last night on television was asked, how much ammunition are you allowed to buy. the answer was simple — how much money have you got. last night, normal people did what normal people do in the face of such tragedy. they came together to commune, to remember those killed and injured. america has been here many times before, and in all likelihood, will be here again.
on this, history does repeat itself, regularly. jon sopel, bbc news, las vegas. we have heard in the last few minutes that all but three of the victims of stephen paddock have been named. they include an off—duty police officer and a teacher. the people who were rescuing others on sunday night, their stories are beginning to emerge as well. our correspondent james cook reports now on the victims of the las vegas shooting. lives wasted. families broken, futures stolen. the faces of the dead and missing tell so many stories. las vegas is a city in pain. how are you doing now?|j
how are you doing now? i think i'm 0k. it's also a city of heroes, like brian hopkins, the lead singer of the band elvis munro. when the shooting broke out he let people into a freezer to shelter from the bullets. you see a guy go down in front, another guy go down over here. i turned, front, another guy go down over here. iturned, bang, bang and front, another guy go down over here. i turned, bang, bang and two girls go down behind us. it's like this behind us. we are running. it's like, we are going to be ok, just run. you can hear it hitting the metal on the stage. it's ricocheting off stuff. not sure what's going on out there. this was their refuge, where they shivered in fear that a gunman was about to burst in. some sort of shooting or something like that. it's got the two doors on it. i looked and there are some people
in it. i'm like, let's go, everybody in. when they got out, there was only one thing to do. we are running and what do we see, body, body, the girls are starting to panic. nicole sta rts girls are starting to panic. nicole starts to say, i need to call my dad. isaid, starts to say, i need to call my dad. i said, you starts to say, i need to call my dad. isaid, you need to starts to say, i need to call my dad. i said, you need to run. taylor winston is another hero. he was dancing with his girlfriend moments before the massacre. the former marine commandeered a truck to drive survivors to hospital. i saw a field with a bunch of white trucks, i tested my luck to see if any had keys in, and the first one we tried opening had keys sitting right there. i started looking for people to take to hospital, but there were too many, it was overwhelming how much blood was everywhere. once we dropped them off, we thought, let's go back for round two and get some more. this is where the most seriously injured people were brought on sunday night. surgeons say it was like a war zone as dozens and dozens and dozens of patients arrived.
more than 100 in all. the battle to save lives here is continuing. but there is only so much anyone can do. bob paterson lost his wife in the massacre. my wife was a great person. she was very active in the church. brought up my three kids. i was with her for over 30 years. i can't believe she's gone. i have my two older kids with me and my eight—year—old daughter is at home. i don't know how i will tell her. i have no idea. the grief is both personal and extensive, the scale of the suffering inflicted here is difficult to comprehend and even harder to bear. james cook, bbc news, las vegas. as we've been hearing, donald trump refused to be drawn into the debate over gun control, saying there would be time in due course to talk about the issues. there are many in capitol hill
frustrated about the slow pace of reform. they say he needs to be part of the solution in dealing with gun violence in america. i have been looking at some of the issues surrounding gun control in the country. not everything that happens in vegas has to stay in vegas. there is no shame in heading to one of the many gunshots and shooting ranges here to buy some weapons and blow off some stea m. buy some weapons and blow off some steam. this is the famous strip in las vegas, the heart of the entertainment district. and the area targeted in sunday's attack. scattered around are more than ten gunshots, catered to tourists as well as locals. gambling, good times and guns is what this city is all about. that's what foreigners find ha rd to about. that's what foreigners find hard to understand about america. buying a gun, for so many in this land, is as natural as buying a car.
americans on more guns than any other country in the world, 300 million weapons in all, 89 for every 100 people. in fact, 42% of all the world's civilian guns are owned by citizens of the united states. no problem for some. anybody should be able to own a gun. if we don't own guns, the only people who will have them is then. for others, the shock of sunday gives pause for thought. it's a conjugated issue. i can't... ijust choked it's a conjugated issue. i can't... i just choked up. it's a conjugated issue. i can't... ijust choked up. and the issue has become politically partisan. congress is split. democrats, on the whole, want loopholes in america's gun laws plugged. the gun laws in the united states are swiss cheese, full of holes. we have to close the loopholes that exist that allow felons and those who have been charged and convicted of domestic violence, and those who have been
judged to be mentally unstable, those are the people who shouldn't be able to get guns. but the conservatives, more laws will not stop mass shootings. if you read the diaries or statements that these killers leave, and in these mass public shootings, time after time, they explicitly talk about picking targets where they know victims can't defend themselves, these so—called gun free zones. these guys may be crazy in some sense, but they are not stupid. among the signs and notices on the strip, a new addition. testament to the deadly love affair americans have with their guns, as another shooting tragedy passes into memory. the loopholes are frankly baffling to outsiders. if you are on the no—fly list, you could be a danger ina plane, no—fly list, you could be a danger in a plane, so you on that no—fly list, but you could get a gun down here on the ground. if you sell a
weapon privately or online, you don't have to go through a background check. you could be selling it to absolutely anyone. these are the kind of issues that a lwa ys these are the kind of issues that always crop up during the soul—searching that takes place every single time there is a mass killing in this country. i covered the orlando shootings last year, sandy hook before that, there are so many you can point to. but this is a debate that will run and run. it will be interesting to see if president trump addresses that head on when he comes here tomorrow. back to the studio. studio: clive myrie, my colleague in las vegas. the president of catalonia's regional government has told the bbc that a declaration of independence will come within days following the referendum on sunday. but the legal status of that vote has been dismissed again tonight, this time, by king felipe of spain, who said in a rare televise add dress that the
cata la n a rare televise add dress that the catalan leadership had behaved irresponsibly. during the day huge crowds gathered to protest against the spanish police's handling of the vote at the weekend, when hundreds ofp vote at the weekend, when hundreds of p emwere —— people were hurt. let'sjoin our special correspondent, fergal keane, in barcelona. it was a day on which it's estimated nearly 750,000 people took part in demonstrations against police brutality at the weekend. but if the mood on the streets was overwhelmingly peaceful, the political crisis here has deepened substantially tonight, with interventions from the catalan president and the spanish king. they couldn't be more opposed. there was an energy today that felt as if it could shape history. a shared anger, bringing hundreds of thousands onto the streets. why have you come here? come here because of the repression of the state and against the violence. are you here for independence? not exactly.
others were. out with the occupying forces they chant. "since i was a child i was a separatist. and i still am," this man says. his friend tells me, "we're different to spain, in ourculture, ourway tells me, "we're different to spain, in our culture, our way of acting and being, many things." the roads will always be ours, shouts the farmer. across catalonia highways we re farmer. across catalonia highways were blocked. firemen who guarded polling stations have become local heroes. this demonstration has drawn people from across the political spectrum in catalonia. the question now is whether it prompts the state here into further confrontation with madrid. tonight, as the demonstrations continued, a highly unusual intervention. faced with the threat of a broken country, king
felipe went on television, taking a tough line against the separatists. "we're living in serious times for democracy," he said, condemning what he called the illegal actions of catalonia's leaders. and not once mentioning the violence used against protesters at the weekend. but in a bbc interview tonight, the catalan president was defiant. he said he'd go ahead with a declaration of independence. translation: we'll probably do this when we have the votes in from abroad, at the end of this week or there abouts. we'll act the the end of the week or the beginning of next week. what is remembered is that police from outside catalonia were unleashed against them. it's created anger and unleashed against them. it's created angerand a unleashed against them. it's created anger and a sense of bewilderment felt on both sides of the independence debate here. translation: i am not in favour of
independence. i am translation: i am not in favour of independence. iam not translation: i am not in favour of independence. i am not a separatist. the attitude of the spanish government has left us all surprised in catalonia. we don't understand what is the strategy of the government, when he sends thousands of police against defenceless people. spain and catalonia, a relationship relentlessly troubled by the past. after the victory of the dictator franco, catalan identity was suppressed. this mass grave remembers those killed here by his regime. some were catalan nationalists, others leftists and republicans. in a time of growing uncertainty, the wounds of the spanish civil war act as a warning. translation: this wound is still influential, in the sense that people are very conscious when proclaiming, demonstrating and asking for independence, that there
cannot be violence. there can only be dialogue, dialogue and dialogue and peace, a lot of peace. there is anger on both sides. look into the faces of these men, national police hemmed into their hotel. viva espana, hemmed into their hotel. viva es pa na , let hemmed into their hotel. viva espana, let us act they shout. from this... to this. a vast gulf. the cata la n this... to this. a vast gulf. the catalan presidency wants the eu to intervene. both brussels and madrid regard this asa both brussels and madrid regard this as a strictly internal spanish affairand any as a strictly internal spanish affair and any attempt at outside mediation is likely to be rebuffed. so, with the presidency threatening to declare independence, it's possible madrid could move in the next few days to impose direct rule. conflict, not conciliation, is looming. our special correspondent there with
the latest on the conflict in spain and in catalonia. the foreign secretary, borisjohnson, has told the conservative party conference that theresa may will make a success of brexit, and he claimed the cabinet is united behind "every syllable" of her recent speech in florence. mrjohnson has been criticised by some colleagues, who accuse him of undermining the prime minister on brexit. but mrs may told our political editor, laura kuenssberg, that she values a cabinet which is not full of people who agree with her at all times. reporter: happy with boris‘ speech? leading is lonely. but theresa may has to walk her party back from the edge, persuade the tories again before trying with the rest of us that they were right to put her in charge. i recognise that there are people who feel left behind, there are people who feel left behind, there a re parts of people who feel left behind, there are parts of our communities that feel left behind and it's government'sjob to feel left behind and it's government's job to ensure that opportunities are there for everyone. when you make that case
now, you make it with passion. but when you talk to your colleagues, mps, activists, some ministers here at conference this week, they don't a lwa ys at conference this week, they don't always feel that. they don't always see that. one told me they worry there's a smell of decay around the conference, that the party is somehow finding itself in a downward spiral. one of your colleagues compared your leadership to gordon brown. there is a real need in this country to ensure that the economy is working across the whole country, that people can feel benefits across the whole — benefits of the economic growth across the whole of the country. that's the mission that i set for my government. that's what ministers and the government have been working to — ministers and the government have been working to - on many of the things — been working to - on many of the things - it's what conference is about. on many of the things that you put forward, prime minister, a big, radical look at social care, potentially getting rid of the triple lock on pensions, bringing back more grammar schools — binning changes that you wanted to make, you've had to row back on. you're left as a manager trying to stay afloat. no, what we've set out at
this conference is a whole set of policies, a whole set of ideas about how we can actually do things for people that make their lives better. are you fully behind the prime minister? there are here realfears of decline. do you think you're sackable being foreign secretary? leaving the foreign secretary's size tens to trample all over the void. other ministers frustrated. do you think the foreign secretary is in danger of stealing the limelight? what about the home secretary? was that an eye roll? party members queueing up to hearfrom him. the prime minister advisably, if not verbally, irritated at the attention he grabs. do you feel after everything you've been through that the you have the authority to do the things that you believe the country needs? yes, that's what we're talking about at this conference. do you really think that, when we've seen this week, the
foreign secretary upstage you again and again, that doesn't look like you have authority. i mean, what would borisjohnson have to do for you to sack him? strong leadership is not about just you to sack him? strong leadership is not aboutjust having yes men sitting around you. you talk about the authority, what matters is what government gets on and does. this isn't about an individual personality. it's about how we can deliver for people. it's about how we can make a different to people's lives. the last time i checked, the idea of the cabinet is you have your disagreements in private. you've got ministers who are privately furious that he's been doing this. if some of your colleagues are furious, aren't you? you say that about the collective voice around the table. i've made the point about having different views. if we look at the keyissue, different views. if we look at the key issue, europe and brexit, the cabinet came together. we agreed the government's position. i set out that position in a speech in florence — that position in a speech in florence - then just straight after the speech, he went off and said a whole load of other things. well,
no, if you look at the issues boris is talking about they reflect the position we've taken in the florence speech. what would he have to do for you to sack him? i mean, have you thought about it? because the problem is him behaving as he does, for many of your colleagues, it is not just a for many of your colleagues, it is notjust a distraction, it undermines what you're trying to do. it doesn't undermine what i'm doing at all. he has been, though, one of the few this week to get this conference to crack a smile. his speech was not vintage, roof—raising johnson, but with a loyal oath he cheered them up. lifting their post—election fug. you won. we won. applause theresa may won. she won more votes than any party leader and took this party to its highest share of the vote in any election in the last 25
yea rs. vote in any election in the last 25 years. and the whole country owes her a debt for her steadfastness in taking britain forward, as she will, toa taking britain forward, as she will, to a great brexit deal. cheering and applause afaint cheering and applause a faint chant, not a roar, for mr johnson. but tomorrow the platform belongs to the prime minister. what words, what phrases can secure power within her grasp? as she prepares tonight, a vow that will redefine her mission, to have listened and learned — a personal promise of duty that you and her party will decide if she has the chance to keep. mrs may's approach to the brexit negotiations has been criticised at the european parliament, where members have voted overwhelmingly for a motion which condemned the british stance. the motion accused britain of failing to provide clear proposals on a financial settlement. earlier, the eu's chief brexit negotiator, michael barnier, and the president of
the european commission, jean—claude juncker, told meps that not enough progress has been made in brexit talks so far. our correspondent, adam fleming, reports from strasbourg. reporter: how's it going, mr barnier? going well? everybody. it's not going well, everybody, the eu's chief negotiator michel barnier told meps at their gleaming home in strasbourg. the eu says it means the uk can't have what it wants — moving on from talks about brexit issues to talks about the future relationship. and, they say, britain is to blame. the prime minister's speech in florence was conciliatory, but speeches are not negotiation positions. and as michel barnier, the commission's excellent chief negotiator, said last week, work still remains to be done. we have not yet made the sufficient progress needed. a few — a very few — think it's the other side's fault. you've treated us as if we are
some kind of hostage. that unless we pay a ransom, unless we meet all of your demands... all of your demands, then you won't even have an intelligent conversation with us about trade heading on from here. but in a building where they speak 2a european languages, it's striking how many people want to talk about the tories far away in manchester. i hear the speech of theresa may in florence. i read the article from boris johnson in the newspapers in great britain. and i don't have a clue what is now the position of great britain, and that is my problem. and i think the prime minister must create clarity. one option could be to sack the foreign minister, borisjohnson, and the other could be to sit together and find a common wording. the meps who sit in these seats will only have a formal say right at the end of all of this, when ther‘s a final deal on the table.
this was all about sending a message to eu leaders because it is they who will decide how the process is going when they sit down for a summit in a fortnight‘s time. the british government said its focus is on the next round of talks, due next week. here, they're crossing their fingers for a breakthrough. adam fleming, bbc news, strasbourg. a brief look at some of the day's other other news stories. the home secretary, amber rudd, has announced plans to ban the sale of acids and other corrosive substances to people under the age of 18. it follows an increase in acid attacks in recent months. a consultation will determine whether the ban applies to england and wales or to the whole of the uk. a homeless man has admitted murdering a woman — who had tried to help him off the streets — as well her son — at their home in the west midlands. aaron barley pleaded guilty to stabbing tracy wilkinson and her teenage son pierce in march. workers at royal mail have voted in favour of strike action in a dispute about pay and jobs.
the communication workers union said 89% of those who took part supported a walkout. the ballot was sparked by royal mail's decision to close its final salary pension scheme, which it claims is unaffordable. rodney bickerstaffe, the former general—secretary of britain's largest union, unison, has died at the age of 72. among many tributes paid today, jeremy corbyn said mr bickerstaffe had been a steadfast supporter of labour principles. while unison's current leadership described him as an outstanding campaigner for social justice and workers' rights. the scottish government has announced a ban on fracking — the controversial technique for extracting gas from rock. it means scotland now has a different policy from the rest of the united kingdom. ministers say there has been overwhelming public opposition to fracking, and the decision, which follows a long consultation period, was welcomed by
environmental campaigners. others fear that the decision will damage scotland's economic prospects, as our scotland editor, sarah smith, reports. the huge petrochemical plant at grangemouth has been hoping for years to process shale gas, extracted from under the ground right on their doorstep. but today the scottish government announced it will extend the existing moratorium on fracking indefinitely. balancing the interests of the environment, our economy, public health and public opinion, i can confirm the conclusion of the scottish government is that we will not support the development of unconventional oil and gas in scotland. fracking inspires passionate protest, and public opposition clearly informed the scottish government's decision. based also, they say, on scientific evidence. there is shale rock, like this, throughout much of central scotland, a lot of it under ground.