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♪ ♪ hi there. i'm brooke bolduan and you're watching cnn's special live coverage of a sickening tragedy. the deadliest mass shooting in modern u.s. history. here's what we know, that 58 people have been killed, 515 others have been injured and as of 10:00 last night in las vegas, the sound of the country
stephen paddock of mesquite, nevada, smashed through a window right there and started firing from the 32nd floor of the mandalay hotel killing himself before officers stormed his hotel room. it was there in his hotel room where police found evidence of premeditated mass murder. a stockpile of weapons, at least ten rifles, to start to explain this barrage of unrelenting gun fire. [ shots fired ] [ bleep ]. >> get down! >> i remember just getting around this cop car and just hearing bullets whizzing and just bouncing, like -- oh, like on the ground nearby and these girls were, like, just screaming and crying and they were just, like, covered in blood. >> i put the baby on the ground and got on top of her, and when we heard a little break we ran
to the bleachers that were just behind us. >> i didn't know he had that vantage point and seeing these corpses around me and every spot of cover, i can't imagine what the actual number is. >> again, the number of dead at this moment sits at 58. in a festival-turned-warzone, for body recovery and identification. the president of the united states today calling the shooting an act of pure evil and saying he will travel to las vegas on wednesday. >> our unity cannot be shattered by evil. our bonds cannot be broken by violence and though we feel such great anger at the senseless murder of our fellow citizen, it is our love that defines us today and always will forever. >> let's go straight to dan
simon who is live for us in las vegas, and dan, the question, are police any closer to answering the question why? >> reporter: i don't think so, brooke. here we are a little more than 12 hours since this happened, and i think everyone is still trying to process what took place. i'm on the south end of the las vegas strip. you can see the mandalay, behind me off in the distance. much of this famed boulevard is still blocked off. i can tell you that authorities are finished going through the actual hotel room. they're finished going through the 32nd floor and right now the focus is on the venue itself where those 22,000 people were enjoying that concert last night. we are told that police are still processing that scene, and of course, they have the grim task of removing all of the bodies. another thing we learned from the sheriff is that housekeeping staff had been through that room, hotel staff had been through that room, and they
didn't see anything amiss. there was nothing to indicate that a shooting like this was imminent. of course, we're talking about a hotel casino. you're talking about hundreds of surveillance cameras at the mandalay. that is something that investigators will have to pore through, go through some of that video and see if they could glean any information at this point. still, no motive. we are told that the shooter is a lone wolf. that's how he's been described. police did describe someone as a person of interest. the shooter's girlfriend. her name is 62-year-old marilou danley. she apparently holds an australian passport. she was out of the country when this shooting occurred. police have made contact with her, and of course, when she gets back to the united states they'll want to interrogate here and find out everything she knows, brooke. >> dan simon, please keep us updated on the investigation. his home is in mesquite, about 80 miles away from las vegas. that is now being searched for
clues. we are learning more about the gunman's background from his brother who talked to reporters just a short time ago. >> we're trying to understand what happened. we have no idea what happened now than we had an hour ago. we are still just completely befuddled, dumbstruck. >> as i told them the last time i communicated with my brother was about -- when did we get power back? five days after the storm, okay? he texted me and said how's mom? i texted him back. >> my mom knows what happened, yeah. we all found out when our phones started ringing with the cops at 1:00 this morning or something. it had nothing to do with any political organization, religious organization, no white supremacists nothing as far as i know, and i've only known him
for 57 years. >> your father was a bank robber? >> that's correct. >> we're all prounot proud. my father was on the top ten list. benjamin paddock. i didn't know him. there's no -- he was in jail and broken out of jail -- >> does he have a history at all? >> he doesn't even have parking tickets! he has no criminal record. he has no record affiliations. he has nothing. >> what about mental illness? >> absolutely not. >> as far as i know, once again, nothing like that. he was a wealthy guy, and he liked to play video poker. he went on cruises. he -- he sent his mother cookies from -- i mean, big, huge, crazy boxes of cookies and stuff. >> let's go to shimon prokupecz
for more on the shooter. in listening to the brother we have bits and pieces. we know at one point he had a pilot's license. as we heard the brother say the dad was on the fbi's most wanted list for a time, what else do you know? >> so all of these facts brooke, are out there now. i think nevada local sheriff there has been forthcoming in terms of what they know. there's really a lot i think they don't know and some of the sources that evan perez and i have been talking to, a crime and justice correspondent here, you know, they really are still trying to dig through this man's past and trying to learn more about him because the key for them right now is motive. what sort of brought him to this point? what led him to do this shooting and that's really still unknown by authorities. he did have a girlfriend as dan said -- as dan simon just said a short time ago who is out of the country. she's in the philippines. they've talked to her. we don't know what authorities learned from her, but certainly, by talking to her they may be
able to get a window into the time period leading up to this to see what he was thinking. what was going through his mind. there's a lot that's just not known. he seemingly had a pretty good life as his brother said. he had some money and he owned some property and he was living in different locations around the nevada area. police are now at perhaps as many as three homes searching or going through those homes and going through whatever they may be able to find to try and piece this together. the other thing here, brooke, as police said earlier, when they did a search of the hotel room, they did not find anything derogatory. they didn't find anything derogatory at one of the homes they searched. >> you mean like paraphernalia or manifestos or anything like that. >> there was no manifesto and no notes left behind and they're still trying to sort this out. everyone that we've been talking to, everyone is sort of puzzled by this one right now because there's just no motive, and i think that's going to be the key
for authorities here right now. >> it makes no sense. it makes no sense this kind of bloodshed will never make sense. shimon, thank you. keep digging and asking those important questions. >> let's talk about those who were there in attendance in what was supposed to be this amazing music festival. joseph astuno was able to escape and his friend did get hit -- got shot. joseph, thanks for joining me. i cannot be ginn to imagine what your last 12 hours, 24 hours have been like and we'll get to what you saw and heard this moment. first, can you tell me about your friend and how is she doing? >> she's doing okay. she's in stable condition at umc medical center. she's going to be all right. >> thank goodness. where did the bullet hit her? were they able to get it out? >> unfortunately, they're not going to be able to get the bullet out of her. she'll have to live with it. she got shot in her right
shoulder, kind of in the back area, though. yeah. >> joseph, my sincerest apologies. we've got to go to the white house. we'll come back to you momentarily. >> -- puerto rico and the u.s. virgin islands where efforts are ongoing. the president will be flying to port rick so to viuerto rico. puerto ricans have shown incredible resilience and we'll be helping them rebuild their lives. thousands of the fellow citizens have endured what the president has called an act of pure evil in las vegas. the president has ordered the flags to half-staff and to further those honored in the attack we will hold a moment of silence at 2:45 eastern time. the president will visit las vegas on wednesday to grieve with the friends and family of the victims to offer his support to those recovering from their wounds and to thank the courageous first responders.
in the coming days, this attack will directly impact communities all over our country whose residents were visiting the entertainment capital of the world to attend a concert. one man, 21-year-old sonny melton had traveled to las vegas with his wife heathe. sonny shielded her from danger, selflessly giving up his life to save hers. they'd been married for just over a year. others risked their lives to save those he'd never met. mike, protected students from the gun fire. they're 23, 20 and i'm 50 and i've lived a good life. >> make jay fled for cover and immediately returned to the scene with their pickup truck to help transport the wounded to nearby hospitals. >> gail davis who was attending the cobber is the with her husband says she owed her life to a police officer who served as a shield protecting her from harm. sadly, multiple police officers
both on duty and off duty were among those killed and injured. what those people did for each other say far more what it says about americans than the cowardly acts of a killer ever could. the gospel of john says there's no greater love to display love. their examples will serve as an e teshal reminder that the american spirit cannot and will not ever be broken. in the days ahead we will grieve as a nation. we will honor the memory of those lost as a nation and we will come together united as one nation, under god and indivisible and with that, i'll take your questions. major? >> can you tell us a little bit about how the president first learned about it and your engagement with him and his own personal reaction? >> he was in -- >> he also said he might spend more than a day in las vegas. was he referring a couple of days there? >> we're finalizing the details
of the travel and we know for sure he'll be there wednesday and beyond that we'll keep you guys posted as those arrangements are finalized. in terms of activity this morning the president was briefed early this morning by general kelly, and has been updated regularly and constantly throughout the day and will continue to as new information is provided by law enforcement officials. >> have you had a chance to talk to him about his own? has he dealt with this? >> i've seen him today and he, like most of america, is saddened and certainly his heart and compassion goes out to those that were affected. >> jeff? >> many times when these horrible massacres occur, it leads to questions about gun control. has this particular massacre made the president think anything more about pursuing tighter gun laws such as background checks to prevent a massacre like this from
happening again? >> this is an unspeakable tragedy. today is a day for consoling the survivors and mourning those we lost. our thoughts and prayers are with all of those individuals. there's a time and place for a political debate, but now is the time to unite as a country. there's currently an open and ongoing law enforcement investigation. a motive is yet to be determined and it would be premature for us to discuss policy when we don't fully know all of the facts or what took place last night. jeff? >> do you believe or does the president believe that this is a moment that this is a time when it should not be a political discussion? it should be a policy discussion. does he shabelieve that he can bring something new to the gun debate that has been -- i guess, locked in typical politics for so many years? >> today is more, like i said, a day of reflection and a day of
mourning, and a day of gratefulness for those that were saved, and i think that there will be certainly time for that policy discussion to take place, but that's not the place that we're in at this moment, but certainly, i think that there's a time for that to happen. >> before he was elected president in some 15 or 16 years ago, he did have a different view on guns than he had during the campaign. does he believe that this is something that he could lead a bipartisan effort on at some point and at what point would that be appropriate? i think that's something that we can talk about in the coming days and see what that looks like moving forward. i think one of the things that we don't want to do is try to create walls that won't create or stop these things from happening, and as you look to chicago where you had 4,000 victims of gun-related crimes. they have the skriktest gun laws in the country and that certainly hasn't helped there, and we have to when that time
comes for those conversations to take place, then i think we need to look at things that might have a real impact. matthew? >> thanks, sarah. on puerto rico, can you tell us about the president's aims for his visit tomorrow and do you expect any tension given some of his comments over the weekend? >> we have several stops that we'll put out later this afternoon in terms of the specifics of that trip. we are going to be spending significant time there in puerto rico, meeting both with first responders as well as the storm survivors, and we'll again put out the details of that exact schedule later today. >> some of his comments over the weekend like the folks wanted everything done for them and do expect that to come up in any of the conversations? >> i expect the focus to be on the recovery efforts which we're fully committed to, the top priority for the federal government is certainly to protect the lives and safety of
those in affected areas and provide life-sustaining services as we work together to rebuild their lives and that will be the focus and not just in the conversations tomorrow, but certainly the focus that we've had since this began. so, yeah. >> who exactly wants everything done? you said they. i haven't talked to him specifically about a defined of who they might be. again, the federal government is doing everything within our powers and capabilities to first focus on the life-sustaining and life-saving measures as well as on the rebuilding process. we've got over 12,000 federal staff on the ground, 64 want hads out of 67 are possible and fully operational, and 45% of cut of mers in puerto rico have access to drinking water. eight commercial airports are operational and 64 pes of gas stations are now open and all of these things are things that we're continuing to move forward
and will be part of that effort. john? >> does the president believe that what happened amounts to an act of domestic terrorism? >> again, we are still in a fact-finding mission. this is an ongoing investigation, and it would be premature to weigh in on something like that before we have any more facts and we'll leave that to local law enforcement to work with, also the federal law enforcement to make those determinations. john? >> over the weekend the president was sharp and critical of the mayor of san juan. other than your comments on friday morning where she criticized elaine duke saying this was a news story in terms of dhs getting supplies out to areas that needed it. what was she doing that prompted such criticism? >> right now our focus is to bring the mayor into the coordination efforts and this administration as well as other members on the ground had reached out to her. we hoped that she would join
with us in those efforts and be a part of things. she's been invited to participate in the events tomorrow, as well and we hope that those conversations will happen and we can all work together to move forward. >> is it time to reimburse the government yet and if not, is there a specific deadline? >> i'm not sure on the timeframe for that or whether or not it's already taken place, but we'll certainly keep you posted on that. jordan? >> thank you, sarah. given what the president has said about secretary of state tillerson, and does the president have confidence in the secretary of state? >> he does. >> and -- >> i believe so. i'll have to verify. john. >> thanks, sarah. it is a very sad day as you mentioned at the top. you said when he goes out to las vegas he will meet with first responders and in addition to that, the families of the victims that were impacted by this.
what's the message to each of those groups when he goes out there? >> look, i think it's very simple to say that his goal is simply to be there, to show the support of people from around the country and to stand united and not only this act of evil, but against all acts of evil and that was clear in the president's remarks today and something that you'll certainly see from his visit on wednesday. jessica? >> thank you. >> following up on the tweets over the weekend, the president tweeted save your energy and we'll do what has to be done. is it the stated position of the white house that you're trying to get back to talks or have you given up? we've been clear that now is not the time to talk. the only conversations that have taken place or that would -- would be on bringing back americans who have been detained like with otto, those were the type of conversations that this
administration were willing to have and beyond that, there are no talks with north korea at this time. there are three americans detained with north korea. you're not using it to try to get -- >> that would be the only reason for us to have conversations with them at this time. hallie! >> does the president believe diplomacy then is not worth pursuing in north korea. >> there is a difference between talking and putting diplomatic pressure and we strongly support putting diplomatic pressure on north korea which we're continuing to do, but now is not the time simply to have conversations with north korea. we've encouraged all of our allies and partners to do more and we're going to continue to keep all options on the table when comes to that. steven? >> you talked about how now is not the time to get into a gun control debate and after the orlando shooting, the president that day was out on twitter talking about approximately spog about the travel ban.
it is time for congress to get off the desk and do something. >> i actually agree with him that congress should get up and do something. i'm not sure that it's specific to that, but i think congress has had several months of doing very little and we'd like to see legislation come through. >> what does the president want congress to do? >> we haven't had the moment to have a deep dive on the policy part of that. we've been focused on the fact that we've had a severe tragedy in our country. this is a day of mourning and a time of bringing the country together and that's been the focus this morning. >> that day he was talking about the travel ban saying he didn't want congratulation, essentially. >> there's a difference between being a candidate and being the president. >> thanks, sarah. >> i do want to ask because before last night's massacre, a bill was advancing through the house. republicans cleared it through the house and natural resources that would, among other things make it easier for people to buy
silencers. hillary clinton tweeted about it this morning, imagine the deaths if the shooter had a silencer which the nra wants them to have. >> i haven't spoken to the president about this specific issue. that's something that would have changed. before we start trying to talk about the preventions about what took place last night we need to know more facts and right now we're simply not at that point. it's very easy for mrs. clinton to criticize and to come out, but i think we need to remember the only person with blood on their hands is that of the shooter, and this isn't a time for us to go after individuals or organizations. i think that we can have those policy conversations, but today is not that day. >> are there any pol sigh decisions that the president considers to be out of bounds? can you articulate a little bit what his position on gun control
is? >> the president is clear that he's been a strong supporter of the second amendment and i don't have anything further at this point. i'll take one more question. fred? >> thank you, sarah. yeah. a couple of questions. one, on the trip to puerto rico, i wanted to ask about the present bill which would give an exemption to puerto rico from the jones act. would the administration consider either a repeal of the jones act or an exemption for puerto rico? >> i don't think that's something that's necessary at this time. if we deemed that it was we can have that discussion and it's certainly something that we don't feel like is necessary today. i wouldn't imagine that would be something needed. >> on the nomination of -- sorry. there have been some attacks among senators and some in the
media on her religious beliefs. does the white house have some concerns about that? >> we certainly support religious freedom and would ask that congress also support that, as well. as you all know, we've got a moment of silence taking place on the south lawn here momentarily and so with that, i'll close and just again, i think we ask collectively that everyone across the country keep the people both in las vegas and in puerto rico and the u.s. virgin islands in our prayers. thanks. all right. sarah sanders there briefing the white house press pool at the white house today on an incredibly sad day for this country. even she off the top was pretty, mobile, and got a little choked up just talking about this country and talking about the tragedy that happened in las vegas where 58 people have been killed and hundreds have been injured. a couple of the headlines, she was specific in saying that the president was briefed this morning, early this morning by the chief of staff, general
kelly, that he's been saddened and there were questions already, you know, pointing out in cases like these the conversation turns to gun control. she said stop. that conversation is too premature. let's have the policy debate down the road, and then just to put a button on that, just reminding everyone the president is heading to puerto rico tomorrow and he'll be in las vegas on wednesday. the whole they want everything done for them, who is the they? she wouldn't say. she says the focus is on recovery efforts. with that, let's go back to las vegas. joseph astuno is standing by and he was at the concert with a friend. joseph, thank you so much for your patience. we just needed to go to the white house as this goes and this is live television. i appreciate you standing by. can you hear me, joseph? >> i think that's a no. let's go to stephanie elam. stephanie is elam standing by at one of the medical centers if
it's not the trauma one. listen, this is what people -- doctors, nurses are prepared. they run drills, but the hundreds of people that they have received has to have been overwhelming. >> reporter: you know, i just spoke to a couple of surgeons including the chairman of the surgery department here at the university medical center of southern nevada and you're right, it is the only level one trauma center in the state. they do train for this and at no time did they feel they were overwhelmed by the 104 people that came through their doors last night and some through ambulances and some through taxis and some in private success vehicles all to get the care that they needed. they activated their phone tree and they got all of their doctors and all the anesthesiologists and the nursing staff here to help those people and they were able to do what they needed to do and the first thing was stopping the cycle of death, saving those people whose lives they could
save and that was the first thing that they did and there were more patients here who would see more surgeries. they've had more than 30 patients were treated in the level one trauma here. eight patients were taken to the operating room and 12 patients remain in critical condition at this time, and they said they're always worried about the patients in critical condition and whether or not their conditions are going to change and that is just this one operation here which is the biggest one, but they're saying they felt the support of the other hospitals in the region, brooke, as well which took other patients. some of those patients have turned out to be more than they could handle at the facility and they were brought here to the university medical center and the other thing that's been happening in the community is people turning out for blood donations. they have three opened up across the city and one just opened up from the university medical center and they're working with the united blood service to get people's donations and people were lining up before the doors opened and they can take the blood and take it to the trauma
center once it's processeded and that is something that's been happening here. just a phenomenal response. the way the city has it operating like many cities, they were able to alert the hospitals that these -- that this large number of casualties was going to come to the hospital and because of that they were prepared and they were able to save as many lives as they could, brooke. >> amazing. stephanie, thank you so much. i'm glad you reiterated the point. they need blood. specifically if you have o negative blood that is really the prized possession at the moment in las vegas. let's go back to joseph astuno who is standing by live. we were cut off by the white house briefing. thank you so much for your patience. >> glad to be here. >> so you were telling me about your friend. she'd been shot in the shoulder. the doctor couldn't get the bullet out so presumably for the rest of her life she will have this piece of evidence in her body of this horrific, horrific moment. when did she -- where were you and when did she realize she had
been hit? >> we were near the stage when the shooting broke out. we thought it was fireworks and then shortly after jason aldean went on stage we fled, and as we were fleeing she kept complaining about a pain that she had and she was heavy breathing. i thought she was hyperventilating, but i checked her body regardless and i could not find a wound on her and we kept moving and we're lucky we got out. >> how did you get out? i understand at some points there were ten-foot high walls. it was hard for a lot of people. >> we hopped the ten-foot wall to get out. >> you hopped a ten-foot wall to get out with your friend with a gun shot wound. >> i don't -- i -- she must have been going off pure adrenaline. i'm amazed that she got over the wall, but there were people helping us and we couldn't have made it out without the help
that we got. >> can you just talk to me about -- it was law enforcement, you know, and ultimately first responders and it was concert goers, grabbing people and throwing them in pickup trucks and grabbing garbage trucks and tell me about the actions of heroism that you saw. >> there were acts of heroism everywhere, and somebody actually was driving us to the emergency room, but we couldn't get out of the strip because it was barricaded. luckily there was an ambulance that pulled over to the side any i got out of the car and they took my friend. >> help me understand, we were talking about 22,000 people. this is the end of this huge country music festival. i mean, was it all kind of different ageses and were there a fair amount of children? it was a family-friendly event, and yes, there were children there.
>> your friend went to the hospital and at what point did this sink in and you realized it wasn't fireworks and it was a mad man hanging out of a hotel window? >> i mean, i don't think we knew where the shots were coming -- we knew they weren't inside the venue, and it was pretty obvious because it sounded like fireworks in the distance. it took us a while to realize they were actually gunshots. it wasn't until jason aldean went on stage that panic ensued and it was like a war zone. people were just dropping to the ground and running. >> and then -- just lastly, if you can hear me. i know that you're near the airport. was there a security perimeter for concert goers? did you have to have bags checked? >> there were bag checks, there were patdowns and metal detectors on them if they needed them, but i was patted down when i walked into the venue that day. >> it's, like, all of you all
did the right things and it was this man, joseph ostunio, thank you so much for the time. i appreciate it. >> you're very welcome. >> we just heard from the white house moments ago there. we will be hearing or seeing the president and the first lady leading a moment of silence from the south lawn in the wake of the murders in las vegas. we will take that live ten minutes from now. also ahead, my next guest is a mother who was at that country music festival with her 14-year-old daughter. they had won tickets through their local radio station. where were they? what did they see? how did they feel? that's coming up. and we will start to piece together how this shooting unfolded and what eventually led police to this suspect, to the shooter on the 32nd floor of the mandalay hotel. a smoke alarm playing a key role here. i'm brooke bolduan.
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welcome back to the breaking news. live pictures there of the south lawn of the white house. people are waiting. we are minutes away from that moment of silence in the wake of the deadliest mass shooting in modern u.s. history. we will see the president and the first lady momentarily. meantime, let me bring you up to speed if you're sort of dialing in. investigators have been scouring the nevada home of the 64-year-old white man who is responsible. he murdered at least 58 people and wounded some 515 in las vegas before killing himself. police say he was firing from up above from the 32nd floor of the
mandalay hotel, apparently targeting the crowd below of 22,000 gathered for this route 91 country music concert. this is the tail end of the entire festival. witnesses say the shooting just kept going and going and going. they estimate for something, like, 15 minutes. >> get down! get down! >> oh, my god. [ shots fired ] [ bleep ]. >> oh, my god. >> and here we go. the president and the first lady. let's just listen.
>> i just wanted to sit on these pictures and let the silence speak for itself. the flag at half-staff honoring the 58 victims of the attack in las vegas and the 515 who have been injured. seeing the first lady, the president, the vice president and his wife, staff, military honoring them on this tragic, tragic day. tom foreman is standing by now as we are, everyone around this country and around the world
grappling with the question of why. you're looking at a timeline, piecing together how this, you know, shooting unfolded and the confusion that followed. what have you found? >> and how did it wind up being so deadly? why were so many people struck down? let's take a look at the lay of the land because that helps in a good bit. this is the las vegas strip that many people would be familiar with. the place where this concert was occurring was right over in this area right here and the place where the gunman fired from was here in mandalay. >> and another way was a range of this weapon and if you look at that, you can see that he had a full view of virtually everything going on down here. what we know about the weapons that he had and the caliber bullets he had, some of them may not have been the optimum chies from someone trying to shoot into that range and the fact that he was shooting in the rapid-fire bursts was not really
a focus accuracy and shooting into the fact that there were so many people there that could be easily targeted even though these are 400 yards and four football fields away where he shot people there. the other question is why were so many people in such a precarious position for so long? if this were roughly the viewpoint from the hotel and this is, this is an aerial shot of the area and it should be more over here, but this gives you an idea of it. this is the concert area right in here. this over here is the stage itself. so you are looking at the back of the stage so jason aldean would be somewhere over here. >> the bulk of people had pressed forward into this area. you have a condensed number of people in this area. complicating furth e once the shots rang out, there were seven different places where they could possibly left. there were seven possible exits from this area.
this is the ballpark of where they were. the problem is the entrances were all over here. psychologically, people always try to leave circumstances like this by the way they came in. even as people started funnels out, they were moving closer to the gunman, not further away from the gunman and as we know from the video we've been watching, brooke, many people were stuck and frozen out there in the middle because they had no idea where this gun fire was coming from. you look at all of this video and you hear the eyewitnesses over and over again, we were looking everywhere and people were saying all sorts of things and they didn't know and the whole time people were looking around, the gunman is right up in here shooting. you put all of those together, brooke, and that's how you wind up with a shooting who according to many witnesses out there, quite a long period of time with people unable to figure out how to get out of the way and if they thought they knew which way they were going still having a difficult time with someone having that kind of elevation ever finding their way to safety, brooke.
>> he'd been in the hotel since thursday. had all these guns apparently, hotel staff had been in his room before the shooting incident and didn't see anything out of the ordinary. i'm just left just saddened, tom foreman, thank you so much. this country music festival in las vegas was full of families. many of whom have young children. my next guest was at the festival with her daughter. she and her daughter won tickets to the festival specifically to see jason aldean perform. jen, thank you so much for calling in. i cannot be gigin to imagine wh you and your daughter have gone through. how are you doing and how is your daughter? >> we're doing better. we are both really shooken up, and still really scared and my parents were actually across the
street at the tropicana when all of this broke out. and does your daughter even -- does she understand what happened? >> i believe she does, i just don't think she understands why people do this. >> i don't think any of us understand why people do this. >> yeah. i don't think anybody of us can even grasp the concept of why people would want to hurt innocent people. >> so where were you when you started hearing these loud popping noises? >> we, um, i want to say we were kind of we were more toward the back and it was the main stage and a lot of people were, of course, up front. we were kind of towards the back and there was and i don't know what they call it. it has the spotlights and the
music equipment for everything for the concert, you know? so that was -- that was on the side of us and i think when the shots started firing, i think that's where the bullets were ricochetting off of. i could hear them clearly. >> and as a mother, what are your first thoughts when you start realizing these are bullets? >> all i did was i thought to myself i need to get her out, i need to get both of us out of here. you know, i kind of followed the crowd. if they dropped, we dropped. if they got up and ran, that's what we did, and i just -- i kept talking to her saying, you know, we're going to be okay. we're going to get out of this, you know? and thank god that we both did.
so how did you get out? how did you get to a truck? we -- when the gun fire -- there was a pause in the gun fire and we took off and ran toward the parking lot and there were these -- i call them my angels and these two ladies that were running to their truck, as well. i asked them, can you please get us out of here? please, and they did. they got us out of there and they actually took us to their home and my parents, as soon as the lockdown was lifted from the tropicana went and picked us up there. >> thank goodness for those angels, but i keep thinking of you and your daughter running, and i have to imagine you were -- were there bodies in the way? >> no. we didn't -- when we were running, i was looking toward the ground and i saw belongings
and cell phones, shoes -- just belongings. it wasn't until we drove out of the parking lot that we saw the injured on the side of the road seeking help. >> and so you and your daughter are okay. how do you begin to comfort your daughter because, you know, you were being patted down. your bags were searched. you all did all of the right security things to see jason aldean. >> um, i'm just trying to think -- i really don't have words for her rid now, and and we are going to start counseling and we'll see a counselor to help us through this and my parents are, as well, and we -- our family is very strong, very
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this gunman fired from a hotel during a jason aldean performance. 58 people have died and more than 500 are hurt. ray lynn parsley and taylor bruner survived last night's shooting. they are back home in california. they are joining me now, arms linked, hand in hand. girls, i am so sorry that you all had to go through this, but at least you have each other. >> yeah. and everything we knew there, we're so lucky no one got hurt. we had about 25 people with us, that we were with over the weekend and every single one of us walked away unharmed and we are so incredibly lucky to be alive right now. >> all 25 of you are accounted for? >> yes. every single one of us. >> we had someone standing right next to someone that was shot in the head and in the back and somehow he survived and he was
helping the two that got hurt right next to him, like -- >> it's, like, what do you say? what do you say? >> it's hard to talk about. >> reighlynn, let me start with you, i've heard about the moments when jason was on stage and what happens? >> that was my favorite song. i was jumping up and down, and i was so excited -- i was so excited, and i started recording and all of a sudden, like -- you just see him, even look around and he's still singing and we're all just, like, what is that? and then, you know, you kind of look over and where the, like, fence is for the stage and where the fans are it looks like people are jumping in there and it's, like, oh, the security is
moving around and there are fireworks going off? what kind of jerk does that? like, really? and you watch jason aldean's mass of, like, eight people walk up and grab him and move and it's, like, okay. something's wrong. >> that's when you knew. that's when you knew? >> so we got down and, you know, we stat there and all of us waited for a while and once it was clear we got up and we ran and the surreal moment was seeing some man carry a girl in a white romper and it was stained red, and he was stained red running with that girl. i don't know if he knew her. we, like, we saw so many people who didn't even know each other grab each other and go, i mean -- you don't even know what it is. you don't even know what's going on. jason didn't even know what was going on. no one knew where it was coming from. the more like you felt like you walked away from it the louder it was getting and the more --
it felt like there was more than one person doing that, and -- >> taylor, you talk to me, too. what were you thinking? what were you feeling? >> um, i actually got separated from her when it happened. we ran and there was a malibu bar and we both ran that way because we got up and we got trampled and helped a few people out and there were fences and we hopped the fences and that's where me and her got split up. i ended up behind the hooters hotel and that's where my friend was staying and when we were standing there we finally stopped running and we have a second and then we hear the gun fire go off again. i was with one of my friends nick at the time and we ran straight into the hooters bathroom and we were, like, get in a corner and get safe and as we get into this bathroom there was a girl that was just shot in the head and luckily, he's going
to school to be certified and he walked over, and i took care of her and i was calling both of our moms and -- >> what did you say to your moms? last quick question. what did you say to your moms? >> she had my phone. that video was taken on my phone and when we got separated he lost his phone in the run and i didn't have a phone. so we had to ask random people can we borrow your phones? i need to call my mom and my best friend and i don't know where my friends are and i was ahead of her, for all i knew she was down and i kept trying to stop and -- we just -- you don't know what to do but run when all you hear is a gunshot like that. you just run. >> ladies, i am so sorry we're having this conversation, but i love -- i can feel the bond between you two. girlfriends are everything and squeeze each other tightly, and i know this is terrifying, but we can't