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angela gomez, described as a fun loving, sweet young woman, she was an academic honor student at riverside california. she really did have her whole live ahead of her. susan smith. she was a wife, mother and office manager at a middle school in california. always welcoming we were told. and always smiling. thank for joining us. our breaking news coverage continues now with "ac 360." . welcome to "360" anderson will be here shortly. i'm john berman. there really aren't words for what happened last night. none to describe one single second of what must have felt like forever.
there are no words to explain what returned an accountant into a mass killer or how he assembled an arsenal or a concert venue into a killing field. nothing could have measured the people saving themselves or others nor create the cruelty the action forced them too. the inadequate to speak to the bravery and heart aches of many more, no words. and the numbers that stand in for them, at least 59 killed. nearly 500 hurt. zero good conditions. not even authorities from late today. they talked about the weapons found at the suspect's home. the bomb found in his car, the property in north nevada tied to him but nothing to speak about what drove him.
tonight we'll hear from first responders, survivors and reporters. we'll tell the stories of those who lost their lives. you will not hear the name of the shooter. you'll see a lot that is deeply upsetting. beginning with cnn's alex. you are learning new information tonight. what can you tell us. >> reporter: john, you're absolutely right. we are getting more information but there's still so many questions out there in the 19 hours that have passed since this shooting started. all told it lasted around an hour and 20 minutes. a chaotic scene. we learned more about the victims, shooters and how this tragedy unfolded. >> it was during the final act of the three-day route harvest festival when shots range out. ♪ >> 10:08 local time.
dozens of rounds from an automatic weapon slicing through the air as country star jason also dean performed. the crowd of 22,000 erupting in panic and screams as they tried to find cover from bullets. >> sounded like fireworks at the beginning. one everyone hit the floor, just stayed down and get out as fast as we can. >> not only was it the sounds but also the shells coming down on the deck of the stage. we could see them bouncing off the deck of the stage. >> the stage and crowd were right on the las vegas strip, several hundred yards from the mandalay resort and casino. it was from there that a man with a room on the 32nd floor
opened fire. the whole concert visual. >> it's like shooting fish in a barrel from where he was. >> reporter: there was mass confusion over where the bullets were coming from. concert goers were struck and fell. >> that fire would last a good five, seven seconds. it stopped then lasted another ten seconds, then it stopped for 30 seconds, then it picked back up again another 15 seconds, it was so support raddic. >> reporter: law enforcement came to the scene and tried to locate the attacker. this individual, joe fryerings who was a guest at mandalay bay shows officials going from room to room in the hotel. >> the smoke detecter in the room went off from the amount of smoke that came from firing that
fully automatic weapon. >> reporter: you can hear the moment in communication between the swat teams and the dispatcher. >> be advise automatic fire, fully automatic fire from the elevated position, take cover. >> that's correct. >> the audience on the 32nd floor explosive breach everyone else needs to move back. all units move back. >> breach breach breach. >> reporter: by 11:28 p.m. local time over an hour before the first shots were fired swat teams burst into the 32nd floor room hotel room to find the suspect dead from suicide. >> the how many guns were found in the room? >> 16 in the room. >> i don't [ bleep ] -- >> reporter: the las vegas sheriff say they believe the gunman carried the weapons into
the hotel room himself when he checked in three days prior. >> we have no knowledge of this individual. >> this has yet to be labeled an official act of terrorism alex, at least not yet, correct? >> no, that's right. the local officials are saying that they have to wait for the motivation to determine whether this -- the worst massacre in modern history is in fact an act of terror. the warehouse saying earlier today this is an ongoing investigation, it will be premature to weigh in on something like this before the facts were established. of course that hasn't held president trump back from calling terror attacks in europe, attacks long before the facts were established. but it goes without saying many here in las vegas and all across the country are terrorized in the wake of this horrible disaster. >> looking at the lay out of scene drives home how
terrifyingly simple it was for one person to cause such bled shed. a suite on the 32nd floor. no real way to return fire without endangering many other lives. there's only one level one trauma center in the state of nevada and it was pushed to the limit. stephany is a nur-- >> reporter: what i can tell you john, the numbers throughout the day has not changed. they sieved 104 patients last night as the shooting was tacking place. they were getting here by taxi, some by ambulance, some in private vehicles but they were showing up here. they knew they were coming so they were prepared to work with all the patients that came in here. at one point they said they had more doctors and surgeons on hand than they did have patients that needed surgery. they did say eight patients were
taken to the or and they said 12 patients are in critical conditions. two of the patients that remain in the hospital are teenagers but the vast majority are adults. 40 people were treated and released as of the afternoon here in las vegas. john. >> that is good news. stephany, have you gotten a chance to speak with some of the doctors in the hospital? what are they saying about the most horrifying night of their lives. >> reporter: right for sure. the thing is they said they have relied on their training. they were prepared for the numbers coming in. they got an early alert from the city so they knew to prepare and have the right recourses here. everyone from the doctors down to the support staff was here. i talked to the chaurm of the department, dr. john files and he told me what it was like last night when everything was happening. take a listen.
>> this is the largest event we've ever done, we've had other mass events but this was a real big event with a lot of walking room and a lot of criticals. the alarming thing was watching the front door open, it never stopped. gurneys kept coming in. trucks would pull up, people would be brought in by friends. taxies and private vehicles dropped off patients. >> reporter: i can also tell you they had a blood drive here by the university medical center and i walked down there and checked on it again this afternoon. they say they are done taking sign ups for today. they have people signing up for the next couple of days. what they're asking people to do is come back and check in in a couple of weeks because the demand is still going to be there as they continue to work for the people fighting for their lives. as stephany was mentioning the las vegas mayor put out a
call for people to give blood and the people responded live. 360's garry tuchman joins us live with more. what do you see? >> reporter: tom, this is the united service, blood bank in las vegas and the people behind me are true heroes. this line wraps around the building and there's about 350 people in the line right now. i counted that's how i know. there is a four or five hour wait to give blood. these people were his or her fie requested repulsed about what happened in their city and they're doing the duty of giving blood. this young lady right here, what's your first name? >> danielle. >> reporter: how's the blood giving going? >> pretty good. >> reporter: what made you decide to do this? >> the thing that happened this morning. >> reporter: have you done this before? >> no. >> reporter: does it hurt?
>> a little bit. >> reporter: you're a hero thank you. >> thank you. >> reporter: here's mittsy over here. loun how long will you be open? >> we're going to try to get the line through and all the people that have been waiting here all day. some people came at 2:00 in the morning, those people are obviously done with their donation. we are encouraging people to make appointments, either go online or give us a phone call and we'll get them set up. the last update was we're booked through thursday. we're trying to get folks to book out later. >> reporter: have you ever seen something like this before? >> i've been blood banking for 22 years and i saw this on 9/11. the response has been heart warming and it's nice to see the community come out as a nation. >> reporter: thank you very much. john, we'll tell you this is like the loan you'll see an the strip a short distance away but these people are here for a good
cause. >> gary tuchman thank you so much. among the wounded, hockey -- anthony is a par medic with the fire department. he joins us by phone. anthony i understand you were there with your brother and girlfriend when the shooting ban. you thought it was fire crackers. what did you do whether you realized it was gun shots? >> at that moment i was kind of hovering over my girlfriend, trying to her on the ground. the real moment when i rilzed it was gun shots was when i heard my brother say i got hit. i turned around and i saw him coughing up blood. >> so, you had that moment to make a decision, your brother was shot. you had to decide to stay with him or go with your girlfriend. what did you do?
>> i mean, at the time luckily i have amazing friends, he's in the army, a great stand up guy and i trusted him with my girlfriend's life. he protected her and got her out. i can't thank hip enough for that. they went to the exit one way, and myself and womilliam, anoth good friend of mine, we found a ambulan -- we thought there had be a medical tent and ambulance in another direction. >> you never found the medical tent. what did you do? >> we kept making our way down the street. we were behind a police officer for a while, a squad car and we kept going, no ambulance in sight. we found our way down the street
where more squad cars and cops were waiting. i asked if there were other ambulance coming or if they had any kind of emergency equipment on them. so we just started treating my brother right away. >> again, you're talking about yourself, your a firefighter and a par medic. how were you able to tend to your brother's injuries? >> myself and william, he played a big role in this part. a first aid kit they had some b band aid and neosupport rin. it seemed to be a chest wound. we put a plastic piece over his chest on the wound, three band-aids and we made it with what we had. >> that's amazing anthony. what's more amazing is after you got your brother stabilized you went back to help other people, is that correct? >> so, yeah, once my brother was
if stable condition i got him on the first ambulance i could. and myself and william again, we stayed and there was a lot of chaos so we needed someone to triage, we wanted to make sure the most immediate patients were getting transferred first. there were multiple officers and firefighters, along with doctors, nurses. everyone was working together at this point. just get the people who needed to get to the hospital and assess people and see people there in the street the best that we could. pulling assaulti pulling stuff off the ambulances and treating people on the street. it was a group effort. everybody, whether they were trained medically owner, offduty cops, firefighters. >> you got to step up in these moments anthony and you clearly did. how many people do you say or do
you believe you came in contact with, did you treat? >> between every one who was voluntarily on that side, i would say all of us probably encountered almost 100 people on that side of the street where we were at. >> 100 people, that's just a small fraction of those who were killed and injured in this horrific incident. anthony, we're so sorry that you and your family had to go through this but at the same time we're thankful you were there for everybody. can you tell us how your brother is doing tonight? >> my brother's in stable condition right now. he's in icu and he'll be innovated for a while until they make sure he has that lung function. he's a great guy and i can't stand seeing him like this. i know he's going to make it out because it's tough. the hospitals, i can't say how well they handled the situation.
and just the community in general how they've handled this tragedy. it's been amazing. >> he's going to make it out because he's got one tough brother as well. anthony, thank you again for everything you've done and for being with us. please give our best to your brother. >> thank you. we're going to cnn's martin salve advantage he's at city hall where a vigil is getting underway. martin set the scene for us what do you see? >> reporter: john we've got dozens of people loaded up here at the city hall. the mayor's here, the govern's here. the mayor of the city says his heart is broken. they're praying for those killed
and also the hundreds that are in the hospitals. there are hundreds people gathered directly in front of city hall. this is the first of at least nine vigils that are planned for tonight alone. another one begins in less than an hour. after that they continue all the way into the evening, late evening hours here. this is the first and it is the gathering point for many people that just had to be here. john. >> people there to grieve and console each other. what are you hearing from the people who have gathered there, martin? >> they're not focusing of course on the horrific things that happened, what they're focusing on are the positive thing that are happening. there they praise the first responders and the many heroes who were just the average person in the crowd and stood up when they were needed. on top of that they talked about the hundreds of people, maybe thousands who have lined up to donate blood. that too have been represented with the city of las vegas.
what happened here of the tragedy is not the city, what has happened afterwards is every bit of las vegas. john. >> martin, our thanks to you. local authorities late today described the arsenal. they found in mandalay hotel room and the suspect's home in mesquite. we're not going to name him or show his picture. we did speak to his brother today. cnn's drew has that for us. drew, so many of these shootings, it's something that in hind sight gives us clues as to the motivation. so far this case, even those close to the shooter seem to have no explanations. >> reporter: absolutely john. we're outside a community in florida where this shooter used to own a home. the fbi was here talking to neighbors who may have known him and who used to know him.
they were talking to his brother, his brother described this as an asteroid that happened to his family. no history of mentally illness, no military service. we don't believe he has any kind of religious affiliation, not very political, does not belong to any hate groups. according to the brother, as you said john it's inexplicable. >> he's a guy, he's just a guy who lived in las vegas and played at the casino, won on cruises, good stuff. there's no -- there's nothing, that's what's bizarre. he lived in a house. he had a girlfriend. there's nothing. >> the number of firearms that he had does that surprise you i mean? >> again, yes. i had no idea he'd have that many firearms. >> any military background?
>> no. and i don't want to talk much more. once again what i'm telling you is all part of the record. he has no police record, he doesn't even have parking tickets probably. >> it is baffling. the brother claims the shooter was a multi millionaire, do we know if that's true? >> reporter: we don't know the confirmation of that. he lived comfortably, he apparent apparently dabbled in real estate. the home he has here he only visited six times in a matter of years. the neighbor says he showed up, gave them the key to the home asked them to check on it. once every three months or so he'd come to visit never come out. he told his neighbors he was a professional gamble and he'd gamble the night away with his girlfriend inside that home. here's what the person had to
say. his neighbor told us he did confess he was a gambler that's how he made his living. up most of the night playing online poker here at night but traveling back and forth to las vegas frequently. at one point he showed the neighbor a 20,000 jackpot that he won at a slot machine. there's nothing that says anything about this. he opened his home to that neighbor, gave him a key. no signs of any guns, never mentioned any guns. no anger issues, nothing for anybody outside of law enforcement to go on. as far as we know as of right now, john, nothing really for the fbi or law enforcement on the inside to go on as well. >> not a lot of places to start, a few pieces of the puzzle. drew griffin thank you so much. more now from key i don't think. did the police have any record
or interaction with this man prior to last night? >> reporter: well, you just heard all that confusion coming from the brother that drew was interviewing. we're hearing a similar confusion from the authorities here. law enforcement here. they say they didn't have any interaction with him at all. he didn't have any traffic violations, he didn't park his car illegally on the street. they didn't know about him at all. so, to go from zero to this level of atrocity, john it is confusing for the local police. >> the number of firearms found in the shooter's room at the hotel. what are we learning about that? >> reporter: that is perhaps what is most aston issuing here. we just went and took a look at this home. this is a 55 plus retirement community. when police first approached this home they were worried
about some explosives in the house. well, they had reason to be concerned. they sent in a robot, you can see the garage is plywooded over because the robot basically ripped through the garage. and what they found inside, they did find of explosives, ammonium nitrate in the car that was also some additional gunfire target practice explosives in the house. we don't know what the use for them were according to the authorities in lafrg. 18 guns. 7,000 rounds of ammunition. people who live here say clearly it appeared to them, beneath the va near of this nice community it looked like he was stockpiling for something. >> 18 guns at home, explosives in the car, 17 guns in the hotel room, yeah stockpiling for something indeed.
you've been in the community where he lived with his girlfriend. what do they say? >> reporter: you know this is a place where people wake up right at dawn, the 55 plus community, they get in their golf carts, take their dogs out for a walk, say hi to each other. this is a place where people seem to be extremely safe and like minded. we spoke to a couple here that say they close this community because it's safe and pleasant. they can go up to people like this gun plan and have a pleasant conversation. this couple would see him on daily walks and they say he seemed normal. perfect enough to go up to ask what are you having for breakfast, would you like to walk around the block a bit. they say on that level everything seem to be just fine. to go from that and understand then what he had in his house, john, it is simply bone chiliing for them. >> indeed. all right. again 55 plus community where
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adviser julia cyan. phil mud and jonathan. phil it start with you. the biggest question we have right now is motivate. what do investigations go on? >> that's not the biggest unquestioned. inside this is still a criminal investigation and we have a lot of threads here. we have somebody with 30 plus weapons. somebody who thought about the target he checked in early. i'm looking at this before we're talking about motivate and saying, with all that information acquired over time, all that material acquired over time, with a girlfriend, with communications with the family, do you mind to tell me nobody knew anything? before i get to motivate, i want to be sure there is not criminal ininvolvement by anybody else, john.
>> to phil's point. 17 guns in the room, explosives, in a hotel room. this was premeditated to the extreme. >> absolutely. there's a deviation from the narrative that he's been hearing, he's a quiet guy, controlled guy, his brother stated earlier he's not a gun guy. what we're seeing is something different. he's been in the hotel over multiple days. thousands of rounds in the hotel room. when they executed the search warrant on his house they found more weapons, explosives. there's something that doesn't add up here. to phil's point, this is an inactive investigation, more will come out. the optic is going to change on this individual over the next 24 hours. >> julia, the numbers they were talking about, 35 guns total between the hotel room and the home. we now have explosives, thousands of rounds of ammunition, what does it add up
to you? >> exactly what everyone else has been saying. we don't know a lot yet. in fact, i would not close off any theory at this stage because of this inconclusive nature of both the facts and investigation, let alone who he is as an individual. so, at this stage, all we have is the last couple of days of his life. then a lot of stories about his life that don't make sense to us. for investigation purposes i'm looking of course at his motivate. at this stage there's not going to be a moment that explains everything, we also have to look at the means. at this stage, i'm tired of the united states being on defense all the time trying to figure these guys out. it's time we start talking about access to weapons as a secure issue and not solely as a legal or 2nd amendment issue. at this stage too many people are dying too often in numbers that are defying -- you can't
believer this at this stage. >> yeah, law enforcement made clear they don't know how he acquired each and every one of them. phil, how do you reconcile what we get hear from the family? you do have the brother of the killer who is saying, you know regular guy, like to gamble, multi millionaire. how do you reconcile that with the arson? >> i don't, i'm a skeptic. i don't believe anything i hear, what i want to see is a time line. how did he research over time. i haven't heard if we have a laptop or cell phone. when did he start acquiring weapons. did le tahe talk to people abou acquisition of weapons. i want other digital communication, the frequency with the families. i also want interviews. what does the friends and family and neighbors say and does it match up with the data. i'm going to say it doesn't. >> you're saying you don't
believer him, do you have a reason to doubt his claim, it is possible if who brothers don't talk? >> no, i'm not suggesting that he's lying, going into this i'm a conceptic about every single thing i hear. for example, i didn't have a lot of communication with my brother and we find there's a birth of text two weeks ago. that's the problem. i'll go back to that family member or friend and say you say you don't have much context, how do you explain this burst of text. >> jonathan, this country music festival, had it been a presidential event, the type of efforts you worked on, it could have been -- security would have been handled differently. that's not to say skurtd wasn't tight. i spoke to people who went through the medical detecters to get into this concert, that
doesn't peen you take care of the hotel windows. >> the event planners that provided the event security did everything right. in terms of providing a perimeter, the screening, they did everything within their power. this is not a presidential trip. presidential trip could be dealing with rings of circles going out many miles, not just the perimeter of the event. a presidential trip would look at all of the angels, the buildings. they'd have mitigation in effect to place to identify vulnerabilities that came up during advance process. unfortunately in a private construct and environment where this is not the president of the united states, the backing of the u.s. government is not there, it's just not reasonable to have that level of mitigation. >> julia, this kind of thing, are they going to have to rethink these kinds of events? and beyond that, talk to me about the respond time of the
first responders there on the ground. >> there's going to be afteractions. at this stage the detail tick to be we don't know at this stage. as will happen it will sort of be an overview of what happened and what took so long. what we have to know in this country at least now, we're not going to make soft targets hard because we like going to concerts. but we do have the capacity to make them less soft. the question here is does every aerial view or elevator need to be searched, that's not feasible in a country like ours. we can look into hotel policies. i'm with phil, i don't believe everything right now only because we want the friends forensics. is it true none of the housekeepers suspected something, all of that is being done right now. as an open society we have an
issue with did you knows of course, and we have an issue with our openness. and both are things we need to address. the more that we say, oh can't we just make this stronger, harder and more secure, the less we're giving up on the possibility that one thing that we can address of course is, weapons, whether it's guns, cars or what ever else. both of them are par of the security mix right now. >> phil, i want to talk about the guns for a second. it's not just the number there are gun collectors who have guns, but there are some over the guns that are automatic in and of itself, the thousands of rounds of ammunition, then the explosives. all of that together and no one having any sense that was going on. >> the first 90% of that means nothing to me. we're not looking at individual case we're looking at 330 million americans. not only are we not going down
that road for privacy purpose that's a political problem. just from a sub substantiatives number problem i can't do it. i'm guessing in the coming days, the question is going to be whether someone saw something and should have said something. i'm going to bet a paycheck, the answer over the course of next week or two is answer is question. >> jonathan. >> i'll double down on that paycheck. in a case like this somebody saw something that wasn't right. you don't hunker up in a hotel room with all of this ammunition, all of these weapons without somebody, you know, being concerned. this is going back to not just a policy discussion but this is -- we got to be a little bit more pragmatic about how we operate as a society. >> julia, quick last word. >> and let's not forget the girlfriend. this is a piece that is just fascinating and disturbing. what she knew, where she wen and
how much she knew is key right now. >> the girlfriend apparently in tokyo. why and how will they get in touch with her. when will she come back and how much is she willing to say. guys thanks so much for being with us. we did show you the local blood banks. garry tuchman is there right now. gary, what do you see? >> reporter: john, i'm with one of the people, there are hundreds of people in line giving blood. and one giving blood as we speak. it's the senator. senator how's the needle feeling? >> fortunately i'm in good hands with lisa. >> reporter: what was the last time you gave blood? >> it's been a few years. my wife gives all the time so she great to drag me in here and get this done. >> reporter: tell me how you feel right now and how things are going in the state right now with what happened?
>> it was a horrific event clearly, and everyone around the country understands that october 1st, 2017 is never going to be forgotten in this valley and community. it was a terrible event. it just goes to show you how dangerous this world really is. there is no up side to it except to see a community come together. >> reporter: that's what i want to ask you about the up side. there are hundreds of people wrapped around this building wanting to give blood. right now they have enough blood. how does it make you feel the spirit of all your fellow nevadans and people from other countries and the people i'm seeing waiting in line? >> well first of all that doesn't surprise me, that's las vegas. when something like this happens you can always count on las vegas and nevadans being there. item not surprised but i am impressed there are people waiting 12 hours. been here since 4:00 in the morning to give blood. they're still here.
in fact the gunmentleman next te has been here since 4:00 in the morning. >> reporter: you're not feeling lightheaded? >> not yet. >> reporter: senator thanks for talking to us. >> give him oreos and apple juice and thank you him from us for being there. coming up a closer look at the lay out of this t scene of this massacre. how this shooter was able to kill so many on the ground. but some people still like cable. just like some people like banging their head on a low ceiling. drinking spoiled milk. camping in poison ivy. getting a papercut. and having their arm trapped in a vending machine. but for everyone else, there's directv. for #1 rated customer satisfaction over cable
. as the -- police swat team found the hotel room on the 32nd floor and went in. right now we want to play you some audio when officials got to the room. >> we have sight on the suspect's door. i need for everybody in the hal way to be aware. >> the audience on the 32in' floor, police have exclusive reach, everyone else needs to move back. all units move back. >> breach breach breach. >> the shooter checked into the mandalay resort on thursday. tom foreman joins us now with more on the lay out of the area. tom what are you learned? >> hi, john. all you have to do is look at the geography here. here's the mandalay on the strip
here. this is the east of the field the area where they had the concert. this is mandalay bay and this is the room from which the man fired. from his advantage point he had a sweeping look at the entire area. this is some 400 yards away from where he is, with a shot he had, a level on the drop maybe 200 feet. he didn't have to be accurate because there were no signs he had to place his shots. he was putting a burst of gunfire into a thick mass of people gathered in front of the stage. the stage is on this end of the performance field, down near the mandalay bay. look closely at this field, there were seven official exits according to the festival organizers. many witnesses say people tended to try to go back to the left here beyond the strip because that's where they came in. they were moving toward the
gunman, not away from him. many of the people, because they did not know where the gunfire was coming from, they hunkered down where they were, more or less in the open trying to tend to the wounded, that sort of thing, perhaps not aware they were remaining under the guns the entire time. john. >> what about the set up the shooter had in his hotel room? >> well, we're learning more each hour about how intensive it was. we're learning from authorities he had thousands of rounds of ammunition between the hotel room and his home. he had a lot of guns. 35 total, 17 he brought to this hotel room in ten suitcases. beyond that we know he had scopes for some of the rifles. a ham to a hammer to break out the windows from which he fired. most of all, more than all this john, what he had was time. he was in there for three days.
this festival was going on that whole time. day after day, hour after hour he had the opportunity to look down, think about what he was going to do and plan it. it was so deadly. john. >> planning the largest deadly mass killing in modern american history. tom, thank you so much. chief castle, hoping you can clear something up for us. when swat broke down the door of shooter's hotel room, the shooter thought through the doorway. based on the information you had did the shooter not commit suicide right away? >> i'm not able to speak to that, that's more the sheriff's line of work here. i have never been briefed on what took place inside that room at mandalay bay, what was said or done by either side. >> chief can you walk me through what happened what your department did when you first got the call and learned a
shooting was underway? >> when we first began receiving the 911 calls at midnight, we're very familiar with this type of event. when crews were en route and heard of the amounts of gunfire going on. they knew it was going to be a significant event for our community. >> so when the firefighters rived on scene they wen to the area where the largest number of casualties are? what did they do? >> when we have a situation like this unfold we're trained to meet up with or partners of rescue packages. there was a stand by medical crew at the concert, they began to treat and transport people. then as always happens in situations like this, smamaritas k people trying to do the right thing will help people with their vehicles, a lot of people transported by private cars,
pickup truck, by passers by, people trying to do the right thing prior to to our sources getting there. >> you say they were immediately treating people, did the shooting stop or were they working as the attack was still going on? >> i'm not sure of the time frame of how long the shooting was going on. our people was engaging with people on the street while this was deescalating on the shooting end. >> so it was clear there was a sense of danger while they were working. i imagine you had to be so proud of your department and the work they did last night. how are they all holding up? >> yes. well, i've known many of these men and women for 20, 30 years and definitely a different tone in their voices this morning, a different look on their faces. this is something we're going to have to work hard as an organization to help ore employees comprehend to get through psychologically and
their mentally health is as good as it can be going forward. i am very very proud of the work they've done, we've trained for years in this task force. they did an excellent job, you know it is something years ago that you'd never because fire departments didn't take care of those calls. >> the entire country looking at you with pride, sir. thank you so much for everything you've done. chief agreeing cassell. thank you so much. more stories of survival. this video taken by a photographer who was on the concert stage when the gunshots rang out. how he and others escaped in just a moment.
and images sounds that gaerjd from the scene of the shooting. first we want to show you some of the video that was taken. the photographer ran behind a police car. >> [ bleep ]. >> [ bleep ]. [ gunfire ] >> run. >> why is there blood? >> [ bleep ]. >> oh, my god. >> calm down. >> rihanna! >> chilling. brendan o'neill joins me now.
we're so glad you're okay. let me start with that. you were on stage during the concert. walk us through what happened when you first heard the gunshots. >> yes, so basically i was backstage, stage right. and he started hearing pops, like pop pop pop pop. sounded like there was interference in the speakers, so hopefully they fixed that. and then 30 seconds later, pop pop pop pop pop. and we were like, is it fireworks or is that -- what is that? and then, like, 30 seconds to a minute later, then it was like pop pop pop pop pop, and it was relentless. it would not stop. >> do you think it was coming from one shooter, multiple shooters? >> at this point we had no idea it was even a shooter because we thought the sound system was
messed up, and then the sound stage just completely went silent. someone eais like, he's got a g. like a heavy machine gun. this was like heavy military weapons that were going off. ricochets, bouncing everywhere. it was just complete chaos. one of the security guards was like, exit back out here, exit back out here. so my buddy dan and i run down the stairs. we run along the side of the stage. and i look and there's just a sea of people just like climbing the fences, barricades falling, people laid out, like, it was so intense. and when we came to this entrance to go out, i could hear
bullets, like, right next to me, like, whizzing by. my buddy and i jumped over to this police vehicle. there were a few people there that looked like they were possibly shot. they were bleeding. we were handle out at the police vehicle for a little bit, and then we made a dash for it. within ten feet we see this girl and she's laying down and her friend's right next to her. and she's like freaking out. she's like, she's shot in the head, she's shot in the head. and my buddy comes over to help out and he goes, oh, my god, she's shot in the head. then people came to help lift her up, and my buddy and them got her into the police vehicle. and when he did that, another just, barrage of bullets came down and we bolted for the parking lot.
went to the parking lot, veered off to the right and we found these cement median. we ran over it and we were taking cover there. and we see two police officers, one fully armored with ar 15 just running like get out of here, you got to get out of here. and again, continues figure out where is coming from. we just hear -- this went on for minutes, just baba baba baba, nonstop. and then someone was like he's coming this way. is this guy inside the park just wreaking havoc? is he in the venue going crazy or is it coming from the hotel? we had no idea. we were just, like- >> terrifying. >> it's just so heavy. >> terrifying.
>> words don't even driechblt i've been trying to tell people. if you've seen saving private ryan, there's a guy with a machine gun mowing down people as they're coming up the beach, and it's like, that's what it was like. >> i try tell people when you listen to this and you hear the automatic fire, this is what war sounds like. this is what war sounds like >> yeah. >> and this was in las vegas, nevada, the united states of america, at a country music concert. these are sounds you are not supposed to hear on the streets of this country. brandon o'neill, we're so glad you were okay. thank you for being with us tonight. know that we're thinking about you. >> thank you, appreciate it. >> that does it for me tonight. i now turn it to anderson cooper for the rest. hey, anderson. >> john, thanks so much. gringo good evening everyone. this time last night 22,000 people were settling in for a few hours of music or getting
ready to spend the night with each other. each with parents who raised them, family, friends, with no expectation whatsoever. no warning they would be telling their story. in a city built on living a little, no one expected what would be happening now or what happened last night. we have new information tonight on the nation's newest deadliest modern mass shooting. we are learning more about the arsenal the killer assembled, the weapons found at his home, the bomb-making ingredient found in his car as well. we're going to bring that to you in the hour ahead. we want to begin with what we are learning, and it is very limited at the moment about those who lost their lives. sonny melton was from big sandy, tennessee. he was a registered nurse. his wife, he was moving her to
safety when a shot hit him in the back. he saves my life. i want everyone to know what a kind, loving man he was. sonny melton. we know about lisa romero munoz. we know about sandra case sixth amendment she's being remembered for her sense of humor, devotion to special education students and passion for her work. rachel parker also from manhattan beach. was a police records technician. she's been doing it for ten years. she was 33 years old. rachel parker. jenny parks was 35 years old. she taught kindergarten in lancaster, california. her family tells us she was truly one of the most loving people you could ever hope to meet.