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ibl toll, you know, to do those kinds of things in the future. to extent, yes, have to revisit security. but i think we have to be reasonable in just how much law enforcement is going to be able to do. >> tlanhanks to my panel. that is it for "the lead." i'm jake tapper. i'll turn you over to wolf blitzer in "the situation room." happening now las vegas massacre, over 58 dead and 500 injured. after gunman opens fire at a crowd of 22,000 atta country music concert on the vegas strip. it's deadliest in modern history. gunman, they say he was 64-year-old stephen paddock who fired from his 32nd floor of the mandalay hotel. police uncovered many rifles. investigation, investigators are now sacrum blink to understand why the gunman acted. officials say he had no known
criminal weapon or overseas terrorism. act of pure evil, president trump calls it pure evil and plans to visit las vegas on wednesday. we want to welcome our viewers the united states and around the world. i'm wolf blitzer you are in "the situation room." breaking news, at least 58 people are dead. more than 500 injured after a gunman opened fire at an out door concert from the 32nd floor of a las vegas hotel. the worst mass shooting in modern u.s. history began as country music star jason aldean was performing for thousands of fans on the las vegas strip last night. we have to warn viewers this is graphic and sites and sounds may be upsetting. as the gunman began firing into
the crowd it took some long moments for people to realize what was actually happening. and then the chaos and the carriage unfolds as victims began dropping, there was a frantic rush to find shelter or safety. some people throuew themselves top of others to protect them. police were finally able to storm the gunman's room at the mandalay hotel where they found him dead from self inflicted wound. at least ten weapons found there, maybe many more. the shooter has been identified as 64-year-old stephen paddock who lived in nevada retirement community. police believe he acted alone with no connection to any tear roar group. president calls it act of pure evil. held a moment of silence and plans to visit las vegas wednesday. i'll talk to congressman din na titus who represents las vegas area and correspondents
and guests all standing by with the kind of coverage that only cnn can deliver. as the horrific scale of the las vegas violence becomes clear, investigators are racing to learn how and why it happened. let's begin with cnn stephanie ileum. she's over at the university medical center in las vegas that received more than 100 victims. stephanie, bring us up to date. >> reporter: that's right, wolf. here at this one center alone they said people were arriving by ambulance, by taxi cab and also private cars. all this after a horrific night on the las vegas strip. the first volley of shots rings out in the middle of the show. on stage, it takes a moment for jason aldean and his band to realize the danger unfolding and take cover. victims run screaming as shots come down on the las vegas
strip. some try to take cover. others run for the exits. >> everyone was laying on top of each other trying to get out of the way. and the shots just kept coming. and so we were going down, and when we got down, it was a man that was shot right there. >> reporter: concert goers are out in the open, exposed. >> every time people got up, they start shooting, shooting. and it wasn't like baba ba, it was just kept going. >> everybody kept running like a stampede. >> reporter: even thousand those escaped the concert venue remained in danger not knowing where the shots were coming from. >> we hid behind cars and trash cans, whatever we could p every time we heard shots we got behind something. >> reporter: survivors said the entire scene was confusing. >> we had no clue what was going on, we didn't know whether it was one or two or three or four shooters. we didn't know whether they were on the street or building or
jump over the fence. >> reporter: the shots came from high up in a 32nd floor window in the mandalay hotel across the street. >> security alarm was going off in one of the floors. >> reporter: law enforcement enters the hotel, zeros in on the room and clears the area. then in hushed tones, the command to blow the door. >> breach, breach, breach. >> reporter: the officers find the gunman dead with a large cache of rifles in the room. they believe he acted alone. his motive unclear. the retired accountant lived 90 minutes away and was not known to police. out of 22,000 people at the concert, over 500 were wounded. some critically. hospitals called in their entire staffs to treat a flood of wounded. >> they came through the door. they were dying. we took them back. we took care of them. and we worked on the next one. >> reporter: witnesses say concert goers tried to help the injured in the field as best
they could. >> a lot of really good people holding people, holding the wound shut, trying to help them. >> reporter: the dead still being identified before their next of kin can be notified. >> the concert hall, we will be in a long process of body recovery out there. >> reporter: and just an update we got from the university medical center that i just got from the hospital right now, wolf, they are saying they do have two teenagers that are among the patients it they are treating here. vast majority are adults. also saying that as of this afternoon, about 40 people have been treated and released. so a slim amount of good news on this horrific day, wolf. >> horrific indeed. thanks. we'll get back to you gunman stephen paddock lived in a retirement community in mesquite, nevada, not too far from las vegas. ourl correspondent is there what
are you finding out, kim? >> reporter: well, police were here throughout the day before the sun was up here, mesquite police working with las vegas authorities have been painstakingly comi painstakingly combing through this house and what they are trying to do is answer the question as to why. and it's frustrating because there is nothing clearly jumping out to them. there is a lack of a clear answer. we are in a retirement community. the person we are talking about is a 54-year-old retired accountant. this is not exactly the profile of somebody who would commit this type of atrocity. at one point he had a valid pilot's license which has lapsed. he had a couple of private planes. his brother said all of this is so surprising to him, it might has well be as equal to an asteroid falling out of the sky. this is what he said. >> this is all in the public record. he lives in mesquite. he had a girlfriend. he gambled at the casinos.
he called his mother. >> was he particularly, you know, hyped up about politics? >> nothing. >> reporter: or anything like that? >> nothing. no relittle relittle us or poli affiliation. >> reporter: and no history of mental illness. >> not a bit. >> reporter: you heard the brother mention he had a live in girlfriend lived here for several years. people here said they didn't talk to him that often chblt they were pretty much private people and not remarkable in any way here. they also, the gunman, wolf, did purchase several firearms legally at a local store. but that gun store, wolf, says that there was nothing that raised an alarm, raised any flags that he might be unfit. wolf? >> the girlfriend, mary lou, not even in the country, right?
>> reporter: she's not even in the country. but at this point what the police has said early on she was a person of interest, but they don't believe she was involved in this particular plot. they have also interviewed the ex-wife of the gunman. she does not live in this area. and she also is not believed to be involved in any way. wolf. >> yeah, they were divorced many, many years ago. kim reporting live for us we'll get back to you as well. the worst mass shooting in modern american history began as country star jason aldean was performing for 22,000 fans on the las vegas strip last night. i want to warn you, once again, the video is graphic and sites and sounds of the shooting may be quite upsetting.
>> get down. >> that's the sounds of the gunfire you heard in the background. people thought it cob some fireworks. but then they fast realized these were bullets. democratic congressman of nevada is joining us now. her district includes las vegas. congress women, thanks very much for joining us. i know you've been well briefed on what the authorities are finding out. are they any closer to a motive, first of all? >> no. it's so strange, there are no symptoms of what this person would have been up to. so there is no way they really could have prevented it. he wasn't on any watch list.
hadn't bought guns illegally. wasn't tracking him. lived in ha community that wasn't someplace you would expect a shooter to come from. but i'll leave that to the experts, the psychiatric experts, going through all of his information, all his emails, that sort of thing. so they are tracking it down. >> he lived in a retirement community where he had to be 55 or older. he was 64 years old. we know, congresswoman, that he also liked to gamble in las vegas very much. is there any evidence he was in major gambling debt? >> no, we don't see that. in fact, i think during the short time he was staying atman da lay bay he had won some money there. so that doesn't seem to be a motive either. not a particularly political person so it wasn't an ideological motivation. we don't know. but it's just so horrifying. how many times have i welcomed people to my district never dreaming that i would be
offering solace and assistance. >> as you know, he had been registered in the mandalay basins april 28th. was he waiting? or planning for this event? do you have any idea for these questions? >> apparently he had planned it. he brought in ten long guns and handguns and hammer to knock out the window. but the maid service and housekeepers been in and out and saw no signs. so it was pretty well hidden so hard to major anticipate. >> we notice there were two windows knocked out. was that all part of the same suite or did he have two separate rooms? do you know? >> it was a suite. and at one time they thought perhaps there were two shooters. but it looks like now he had knocked out both windows so one shooter from two locations. >> he had a big suite if you
take a look at the two windows nkd out. and he was apparently firing the weapons from both of those windows, right? >> that's right. and the grounds for the concert are pretty far distance. they are across the front of the mandalay bay and across the strip over at the concert venue. so he had kind of a direct line of fire there. but it was a distance away. >> hospitals in the las vegas area, you know, are dealing with several hundred injured people right now. you know your community well. do they have the resources they need? >> well, they have asked people to donate blood. we say that prayers and best wishes are great, but they need blood donations. two of the hospitals are in my district ufc and sun virise, th had people in the hall ways and parking loss, so the medical
profession from all over the valley stepped up to help those hospitals. >> do you know if all of the families still need to be notified that their loved ones were victims of the massacre? in other words, has everyone been told? >> no, there have some people that haven't been identified. that's one of the problems. and the whole crime scene is still locked down for another 12 hours, probably, so that he can complete that. but there are resources available. va has set up counseling centers. our office is trying to help people fwiend out if their loved ones were here. we had had a few immigration issues. everybody has really pitched in. it's a whole united effort through our fusion center, law enforcement, first responders, fire department. it's been amazing. >> so many americans out there. and indeed people all over the world watching, they would like to help the people affected by this massacre here in the united states. what can they do? >> well, there is a fund that's been set up to help with
services. they might want to donate to that. stay posted on information. put out the word that this is not the las vegas we know and love. we did a great job here in all coming togetherme. we still want to welcome visitors. a lot of people harmed here, not only tourists but local residen residen residents. we saw real acts of heroism, we saw shelter in place and point out the location of the shooter. a friend of my staff members was there, getting trampled, someone pulled them into the van they didn't know so they could have shelter. those are the stories. we can worry about the politics and other aspects of it. >> congresswoman, how are you holding up? >> well, it's hard on me, but it's nothing compared to the victims. it's hard for a politician, you know, you don't want to get in the way. you don't want to be too intrusive in people's personal
sorrow, but you want them to know that your office is there to help and how deeply you care. and this is my district. these are my folks. >> have you met with some of the families? >> we have been by the hospitals. we are going by the lines where people are giving blood. just standing on the corner here, cars will go by asking where they can give blood. so reaching out to say thank you to so many, many people who are involved hand feel like they are part of it and want to do what they can to help. >> we are told people there in the area they can go to the university medical center. there is a building outside where it's dedicated right now to people donating blood, which is so desperately needed to save lives right now. any other points you want to make before i let you go, congresswoman? >> i would just say that the university opened up thomas and mack as a short-term center.
everyone is weighing in. so it's the hospitals and first responders, and medical professionals and community. >> good luck to you. good luck to everyone in las vegas. what a horrific, w development. more breaking news, we are getting more details in las vegas, deadliest in modern history. stand by for that. and president trump calls it an act of pure evil. how the white house is responding to the massacre.
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our breaking news. at least 58 people are dead. more than 500 injured after a shooter sprays gunfire outdoor concert in las vegas. the gunman who fired from the 32 pd floor of the mandalay hotel is dead. president trump held a moment of silence for the victims of what he called an act of pure evil. >> our unity cannot be shattered by evil. our bonds cannot be broken by violence. and though we feel such great anger at the sense leless murdef our fellow citizens, it is our love that defines us today, and always will forever. >> the president said heel visit las vegas on wednesday following storm devastated puerto rico tomorrow. let's go to senior white house correspondent jeff. tell us more about the white
house reaction. >> reporter: well, wolf, good evening. the president received a briefing early this morning alerting him of this news. and he has been briefed we are told throughout the day for information about shooter. but quite frankly there is asked and answered scant information about his background. the moment of silence of course on the south lawn of the white house. and president also vogwing to visit later this week. also talked toll prime minister of thailand about las vegas. >> we'll be going to las vegas, it's a sad moment for me, for everybody, for everybody no matter where you are, no matter what your thought process, this is a very, very sad day. so we are going to be doing that on wednesday. and we'll be spending the full day there, and maybe longer than that. >> and, wolf, we have of course seen previous president's having
to step into this role of trying to unify the country and trying to explain and overcome fort and healing. this is the first time in a big way this president has had to do that, making those comments earlier in the diplomatic reception room. but clearly he wants to visit las vegas early. and one thing we did not hear from the president is any discussion, of course, about what is going to come after this. as we have seen from so many other mass shootings before is a discussion about gun legislation. well, sarah sanders, the white house press sent was asked about that in the u.s. briefing today. she is now is not the moment for that. let's watch. >> i think that's something 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 laws that won't create or stop these kinds of things from happening. i think in you look to chicago where you had over 4,000 victims
of gun related crimes last year, they have the strict es gun laws in the country, that certainly happened help there. >> but she did leave the door open to some kind of discussion in the future bipartisan legislation. we know there has not been a history of bipartisan gun legislation in this town at haul. but the president has been on both sides of the issue. some 15 years or so ago he wrote about being supportive of some types of gun restrictions, waiting periods. of course he ran on an entirely different platform last year, wolf, but every tragedy like this has ha conversation about gun legislation. and president trump is the new person here in this equation. so we will see if he decides to take up that mantel. but for now the president, others here at the white house, say he's focusing on ts victims, and families. and again he'll be visiting las vegas on wednesday.
>> thanks very much. coming up, much more on the breaking news. new details emerging, coming out about the tactical response to the las vegas massacre, how police tracked down the source of the shooting and stormed the gunman's hotel room. stay with us. you are in "the situation room." hi, i'm the internet!
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dramatic new details about the police response after a gunman opened fire in a crowd attending an out door concert in las vegas. now ranks as the worst mass shooting in u.s. history, with 58 people dead, more than 500 injured. but authorities say many lives were saved because of what police did. our chief national security correspondent jim sciutto has been working sources for us. what are you learning? >> certainly brave response from police involved. but this is not a scenario they were expecting, or prepared for. a shooter from a high .400 yards away. that's reflected in the first 911 calls to breaching the room where the shooter was hold up hour hand 20 minutes. . just after 10:00 p.m. las vegas time a shooter unloads bullets. and 10:00 a.m. first 911 calls
come into police. >> we started receiving calls of active shooter at route 90 located adjacent to the mandalay bay resort. >> reporter: a target huge crowd of 22,000 people at a country concert. but police don't know right away where shots are coming from. >> we have multiple casualties. multiple casualties. >> reporter: on the scene first responders begin to realize the shots are raining down on the crowd from an elevated position. >> it's coming out of a window. >> reporter: soon their attention focuses on ts mandalay bay hotel. several hundred feet away and several stories up. >> stay down. stay down. >> reporter: police enter the hotel and work their way to the upper floors. joe fryer of nbc news is a guest
in the hotel and witnesses police going door to door searching for the shooter. tracking the explosive bursts of gunfire, police soon determine that the shots are coming from the 32nd floor. >> inside the mandalay bay on the 31st floor i can hear the automatic fire coming from one floor above us. >> be advised it is fully automatic fire from elevated position. take cover. >> reporter: the shooter firing through two windows that he smashed hope with a device similar to a hammer. police close in on his location. >> once we arrived up there, we had isolated this individual to the two rooms. and then our s.w.a.t. team used explosive breaching to go in and confront the individual. >> reporter: once they have the order, they go in. it is one hour and 12 minutes after those first 911 calls.
>> at the suspect's door, i need everybody in the hallway to get back. we need to see if we get any type of response from this guy if he's in here or moved somewhere else. >> the audience on the 32nd floor they have explosive breach, everyone needs to move back. >> breach, breach, breach. >> reporter: inside, police find the shooter dead. >> one down. >> reporter: apparently the result of a self inflicted gunshot wound. >> we believe the individual killed himself prior to our entry. >> reporter: the concert had extensive security. >> we need to get people over to the hospital. >> reporter: but this is a threat police had not prepared for. >> these folks were attacked from a man 32 stories up with automatic rifle fire. so i don't know how you plan from that. didn't see it coming. >> reporter: didn't see it coming. this was one of the areas of confusion, wolf, for the first responders, and that is they detected eventually gunfire coming from two places up here.
as it turned out two windows appeared to be the same suite, one shooter, but moving from one window to the other. wolf, early on they thought there might be two shooters. this is many questions they answered over time. and i'll tell you this as well, high shooter position, something they didn't prepare for, that's something they'll have to factor in in the future. >> they will. so basically what i hear you saying, jim, this shooter spent more than an hour aiming those rifles at all those innocent people at that concert? >> it appears that way. this is what we know about the time line. started sometime after 10:00. first 911 at 10:08 p.m. they didn't breach, when they breached that door, that was 11:20 p.m. local time. now this is important, we don't know when the shots finished firing. when did he take that shot where he took his own life, but at least from the first moment those first reports and the moment when they were able to go
in there and breach that room, that was more than an hour. >> yeah. awful. jim sciutto reporting for us. thank you. let's go inin sight from our specialists. are they designed to shoot with a massacre of this nature. you heard how complicated it is. >> yeah, this was a very complicated situation, and for many reasons, the sheriff stated sog they never planned for, i would concur they should not have plands for because they never saw it coming. and police are trained, and i can't speak first hachbd of course what the training takes place in las vegas, but here in the new york state area, police here are trained in many different facets and areas. and they think of all types of combinations of how an active shooter would operate. so i think the training certainly in new york is up to par. and i would certainly say in other parts of the country. >> let me ask, you are former
nypd of the department. if there is an out door concert in the new york area, you review all of the high-rise buildings around that outside concert to make sure no one has ha weapon there? is that what i hear you saying? >> no. what i'm saying is that's part of the security plan. now, can you actually plan for someone inside their co-op or inside the apartment, inside applies they legally can be? that's very difficult. do we look at rooftops? do we look at restricted areas? certainly that is taken into place. in this situation you had ha guest of a hotel who had the right to be there who was firing out of location where he had legal right to be. that's a difficult task to undertake for that las vegas police department. >> are police trained to deal with automatic fire like that? >> absolutely. i'm sure they have an s.w.a.t. team and that s.w.a.t. team that went in they breached the door rather quickly. and i'm sure they were actually twa
trained in fact for that situation. so once we are aware the person has automatic weapon, they call s.w.a.t., and they are trained in fact to deal with that situation. >> are you surprised it took more than an hour to find that room and to end this? >> well, you know, the hour at first, when you hear it takes an hour and 12 minutes, seems like a long period of time. but when you start thinking about the facts of the call coming in, a lot of hysteria, once you see where it was coming from, once they identified it came from the hotel, they now had to find out bha floor awhat window. now based on the information available now, i'm not sure that was a long period of time before they were able to breach the door. >> you are doing a lot of work working with your sources, what are you learning about the shooter? >> wolf, you often hear people carry out stuff like this, extraordinary ordinary. this is what we are hearing. nothing stood out with shooter.
family members talking to the media today had described him as quiet and retired accountant. personally had some means, so acquired all this arsenal. we've talked to people who told us over the course of his life, they traced as many as 30 firearms he's bought. which again is not unusual in people certain parts of the country. today, one of the parts of the story they try to put together is these firearms, when did he buy them, did he alter them? because the way people have described at the scene, it appears to be automatic fire. so perhaps these were semi automatic firearms that were altered in order to fire like an automatic weapon. again, this is something they are still trying to put together. the motive, the idea that they did a search of the hotel room, did a search of his home in mesquite, nevada, and nothing has jumped out. didn't leave behind any kind of manifesto. what we know about these types of suspects is they often want to be known. they want people to know why they did this. and what they did.
they want the infamy from it. hand that hasn't emerged and is strange. >> and it's legal in nevada to purchase these automatic weapons? >> it's legal to own these firearms. if you have an automatic weapon, there are registration requirements in the united states. so, again, this was something that he altered, there is no way anybody would know that he had done this. >> you are a former fbi profiler. is there a typical profile for a mass killer, mass shooter along these lines? and did this individual fit that profile? >> no, he does not fit the profile in that he is about twice as old as the average mass shooter that we see tends to be white male, for sure. but in their 30s. however, this is the second mass shooting we have seen in just a couple of months where the offender was in their 60s.
the last one being the d.c. shooting. >> so you are saying this is not necessarily typical of mass killer, he was 64 years old, this individual, but it's not completely out of the realm of possibility, obviously? >> well, it seems not to be. we tend to see, whether it's serial killers or mass shooters like this person, that older men are not interested in doing that. even serial killers slow down as they get older, they lose interest. but i'm wondering now if this is the new norm. what in the world is happening? this man in particular showed a lot of discipline in what he did. he was in that hotel room three days. he could have -- generally whether people decide to do something like this, they just go. but that didn't happen here. >> phil, in addition to working cia, you also worked at the fbi.
take us inside this investigation. how were authorities going to determine why this killer went on this rampage? >> first of all, wolf, i don't believe anything i'm hearing, including statements from family members today. these are not facts. this is what people say. first is the data piece, i want everything from how he texted and emailed how he telephoned. what he said on facebook. i want the data from those, not hoenl what he's saying, but even the frequency of messages is important. for example, let's say over the past seven days we saw bursts of text messaging to a family member. that's a clue. why did you have a burst of communication with this individual? what was he talking about? then of course you get into the interview process with one fundamental question. he bought all these weapons over the course of time he made a reservation at a hotel room and checked in days earlier. as we just spoke about, this does not ha appear to be on the spur of the moment. one question, wolf, how confident can we be that nobody else knew what was going on?
and right now i'm not confident at all. i don't believe what i'm hearing. >> what about phil, you are former police detective. what about that? >> well, you know, i would have to agree slightly with my colleague here. this seemed to be out of the norm. this is it a person who has no ties to any type of organization. appears nothing in history that would indicate in fact that he would be capable of doing something like that. so does seem odd and strange but does not meet it's not accurate. investigation has to go methodical and make sure they cross their lines and go over the ts. who he spoke to recently? has police had any interaction? who is the closest to him? was it girlfriend? anything unusual he did to her? any type of conflict with anyone recently? so it seems odd and strong and unlikely. and i think we have to go real slow because out of most of the mass shootings, active shootings, this one seems a little peculiar and it's go go
to take a bit of investigation to get the answers from this. >> we may be getting some answe answers momentarily. we are told another press conference. police, authorities in las vegas are about to brief reporters. we'll have live coverage of that. that's coming up. stand by. much more on the breaking news right after this.
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are about to brief us. latest developments in the investigation into this, the worst mass shooting in modern u.s. history. at least 58 people are dead. 500 plus injured. we'll see if those numbers change in the course of this briefing. we'll have live coverage of that coming up. in the meantime, let's continue our analysis with specialists. evan perez, what can you tell us about the weapons used in this mass murder, the weapons that stephen paddock used? >> we know >> we know one was a .228, the police today said at least ten, we've heard different numbers, but we also know there were some other firearms also found at his other home in mesquite, nevada. what we are getting a picture of is the authorities have been trying to figure out exactly how did he bring this in, did he deconstruct them and put them in
suitcases and bring them into his hotel room? over the last couple of days -- or over the past day rather they would have been able to review footage from the cameras to see how he brought these firearms into the room. probably over the last few days he's been doing it pretty piecemeal. that's the ongoing theory right now from the authorities. and they also believe that he spent i think we were talking about this a little while ago, he did spend some time they believe casing this festival. he spent time trying to figure out where he was going to shoot from and what his best angle was. this was somebody who was very prepared. he had probably $10,000 to $15,000 worth of firearms and ammunition in that room, the hotel room he rented at the mandalay bay. >> like mandalay bay and all other hotels in vegas a lot of closed circuit cameras in there. >> that's certainly what they've been doing over the last few
hours, wolf, they've been able to go back over the last couple days and they can see when he was in and out of the hotel, when he was bringing in suitcases, perhaps some of the weaponry that he was using for this. >> former fbi profiler, the fact he bought or acquired all these weapons, all these rifles automatic rifles, semiautomatic legally, does that raise flags with the fbi? or is that just considered normal? >> well, he bought them legally. the fact that he had what some would call an arsenal in certain parts of the country as one of your guests mention that's not unusual. >> so the fbi would not necessarily automatically start investigating someone who purchased all of these automatic weapons, right, phil mudd? >> that's right. i think one of the things you have to step back with as we look at different avenues is putting this data together. you're talking about one piece
chrks is access to weapons and explosives. we don't see any explosives here. obviously we see weapons. i want to combine that over time to start answering questions about motive by looking at things like google searches, whether those google searches corresponded with the acquisition of weapons to suggest something about motive. the hardest thing here, wolf, is if it turns out to be he's a loner, looking at this da to understand motive may be the only piece we have to figure out when a switch turned on why he started buying weapons and what motivated him here. >> when you hear the gunshots, phil banks, in the video, we've all heard it and it sounds like war footage from iraq or afghanistan, does that confirm to you at least as an expert that these are automatic weapons? >> yeah, it does. at the rate, or it was multiple shooter. and we find out in retrospect it's not. but the rapid sound of that going on you would have to derive that it was automatic weapons being utilized.
>> the fact that, candice, apparently he killed himself as the cops were going -- the s.w.a.t. team was going in or just before the s.w.a.t. team goes in, is that a typical -- you're a former fbi profiler, is that a typical outcome, typical end result of a mass shooting like this? >> frequently, yes, it is. and they plan it that way. i believe he knew he was going to -- he had decided to commit suicide first and then decided to take a lot of people with him. >> is this an act of terrorism, phil mudd? >> i'm not sure yet. i think people might jump to that conclusion. let's understand what an act of terrorism is, wolf. an act of terrorism indicates that someone had political intent. they're trying to send a political message. for example, in my world of terrorism an isis person bho wants to protest american involvement in syria, we don't know what happened here but you could make a supposition, a guess for example maybe he lost a lot of money on this trip and this was a point of vengeance,
until we understand mindset, determine whag the motive was to get to the question of whether or not there was terrorism involved we can't solve without mindset. >> i think that's one of the frustrations people have when events like this happen is we don't automatically -- this is terrorism by everybody else's definition. it's just the legal definition in the united states is problematic when you see something like this happen. >> everybody, stay with us. we're standing by for a news conference. the police are about to have a news conference in las vegas on this mass murder investigation. it's supposed to start momentarily. we'll have live coverage. [vo] quickbooks introduces jeanette and her new mobile wedding business. at first, getting paid was tough... until she got quickbooks. now she sends invoices, sees when they've been viewed and-ta-dah-paid twice as fast for free. visit quickbooks-dot-com.
happening now, breaking news, concert massacre, new details tonight of the shooting rampage that killed dozens of people and injured hundreds at an outdoor concert in las vegas. the deadliest attack of its kind in modern u.s. history. we're standing by for a news conference and new information about the investigation. scenes of horror, witnesses describe terrifying panic and chaos as bullets took down victims throughout the audience while thousands fled for their lives taking shelter all along the vegas strip. search for clues, he's being called a psychopath and a madman, now we're learning more about the gunman who killed so many before killing himself. did he act alone? where did he get his weapons?
and what prompted this unfathomable crime? and call for unity, a very somber president trump urges americans to come together in the wake of the massacre leading a moment of silence and ordering flags across the country lowered in tribute. we want to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." this is cnn breaking news. we're following breaking news. officials in las vegas are about to hold a news conference on the shooting massacre that's left at least 58 people dead, more than 500 injured. and we want to warn our viewers that the video of the attack is graphic and disturbing. tonight, we're also learning new details of the horrifying scene, the victims and the gunman who fired hundreds of rounds from the 32nd floor of a resort at an audience of thousands attending an