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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.
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generalmy w she was in las vegas with her husband who was wounded and is recovering tonight. >> susan smith was a big country music fan. she was 53 years old. >> angy gomez was a graduate of riverside polyhigh school who is remembered for her love of the stage where she paptd in the local children's theater. folks there called her a loyal friend who loved her family and will be forever missed. angy gomez was just 20-year-olds. ronda la rock was from massachusetts. nisha tanks worked at las vegas at a local technology kpaechblt she leaves behind three sons. nine names, nine stories, sadly not the last. one name we won't be saying tonight and one photo we will not be showing belongs to the killer. we will, however, look at
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everything that authorities are learning about, everything that happened, everything they know about this killer. dan simon joins us with the latest from las vegas. dan? >> anderson, the numbers relativistic staggering. 527 people as umc hospital, the city's lone trauma center they have treated more than 100 patients. 12 remain in critical condition. in terms of the overall injuries, they really range. some people were wounded by shrapnel, some people were injured just by trying to leave the area. in terms of the scene itself, we know that investigators are still there, but, of course, all the bodies at this point have been recovered, anderson. >> just in terms of the investigation, where do things stand? >> we know that authorities are done searching the actual hotel room. they are done searching the 32nd floor of the mandalay bay. the focus is on the venue itself, and one of the key
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questions investments are going to be examining is thousand shooter took all those guns and all that ages up to the room? did he make multiple trips, did he have help at some point, did he put a do not disturb sign on the door to avoid detection? and everyone knows there are more security cameras here than probably anywhere in the word. it's obviously difficult to avoid being seen on a camera whether it's at the front desk, an elevator, inside the casino. you can't avoid it. so that there's are going to be looking through all that video to see if they can glean any information. anderson? >> no doubt this killer is definitely somewhere on videotape. dan simon, appreciate that. joining us by phone from las vegas sunrise hospital, dr. scott sheer. you witnessed the injuries firsthand and survivors were brought into the hospital. if you could just explain what you saw, what this was like today, last night. >> hi, anderson.
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first of all i want to give my thoughts and prayers to all the victims and the families as well as the first responders. last night sunrise hospital took care of 214 patients from the incident. so far we have 15 mortalties, another additional 50 people were taken to the operating room. >> how do you handle just the sheer number of people and the speed windchill they were coming in? i'm sure they were brought in pretty close to one another in terms of time. >> that's correct. we had multiple volunteers from nurses to staff to registration to physicians, to sunrise, nurse pragsers all responding to the emergency department within an hour to provide additional help. >> how do you deal with the shock that people are going through, those who are conscious, those who are telling
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you about went on, at the same time you need to treat any wounds that they have? >> it can be difficult, but all of our team members worked basically, and they're still working, for the care of the patients. and that's really the primary focus of everybody. sure once things settle down, we're going to have crisis relief counselors on site here to take care of the providers and first responders that were also affected during this. >> all the wounds that you saw, were they consistent with gunshot wounds or were some people hurt in the stampede of trying to get away? >> we're still going through that, but most of them were penetrating wounds from either the gunshot itself or from the shrapnel. >> tonight at this hour, how many people are still in the hospital? >> i don't have an exact number of how many are still in the hospital.
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we're still working through that and trying to manage that as well. >> have you ever seen anything like this in an e.r.? >> no, sir. one of my partners served in iraq and afghanistan, and he compared this to something that you would see in a war zone. >> dr. sher, we appreciate the work of the doctors and nurses and everyone that's been responding to this, thank you so much. joining us is at son short who was wounded. i'm so glad that you are okay of the how do you feel? how are you holding up? addison, it's anderson. how are you feeling? how are you holding up? >> i'm pretty good. as good as i can be. >> if you could, if it's not too
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painful for you, can you just tell me what you remember about last night? >> yeah. so i -- we were in the middle of the concert, and jason aldean came on. and he was probably the works maybe three songs in. and all we hear is just gunshots. and everyone just kind of, like, paused because people thought it was fireworks. and so they keep going off so me and my friend turned around and started running. she looked back, and my knee gave out. i was, like, i just got shot. i can't run. i was like, you go, get somewhere safe. and so i dove under this bar to get cover. this guy helped me wrap my foot because it was gushing out blood everywhere. and you just kept hearing gunshots. they just weren't stopping. and so then we were, like, we have to get out of here.
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and i couldn't get up and walk, so this guy, like, helped me walk over to get behind another cover. and this girl grabbed me and she said you're going to be okay. you're going to be okay. and i just wanted to get a hold of my mom. she was the only person i wanted to talk to. this guy grabbed my foot and he wrapped it tight. i was just, like, you need to get me out of here. i have to get out of here. so he picked me up and threw me over his shoulder. just ran me to a taxi and brought me to the hospital. it was just the scariest experience of my life. >> and all during this, the shots just kept ringing out? >> yeah. they just weren't stopping. >> and i understand you encouraged your friend when you were shot in the leg, you encouraged your friend to run because uksd run away and i
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didn't want your friend to stay around? >> yeah. i wanted her to go get somewhere safe. i was going to try to do my best to get out of there safe. i just wanted her to be okay. >> where in the leg were you shot and how are you doing now? >> i was shot right, like, in my tibia. it hurts so bad. the spain unbearable, but it could have been way worse. i can't imagine the people that lost their lives and are in more pain than i am. i'm just grateful that's all that it was. >> your mom is a police officer. she's worked this event in the past. she didn't have to work it this year, is that right? >> yeah. she signed up to work it, but she didn't end up getting it, which thank goodness because i don't know what i would have done if she was there and she got hurt too. >> addison, i'm so glad you're
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doing okay. i wish you a speedy recovery and everybody else. thank you so much for taking the time to talk to us. i hope you get some sleep tonight? >> thank you so much for having me. i just want -- if the guy who helped me is watching, i want to tell him how grateful i am for basically saving my life. just thank you so much. >> do you know who he is? do you know his name? >> no i have no idea. i remember a little of what he looked like, but i didn't get his name. >> that's amazing that if he's out there, you want him to know your thankful. >> yeah. for sure. i probably wouldn't be alive if it wasn't for him. >> i wish you the best and a speedy recovery. we'll check in with you in the days ahead. thank you so much. addison, take care. >> thank you so much for having me. you too. >> all right. our gary tukman is at a blood
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bank where a lot of people have been waiting for hours to do not blood. you saw hundreds of people in line today. they were lining up before the blood bank was open. how late is that location going to stay open? >> you're right, anderson. the location is going to be staying open for the next couple hours, believe it or not they have more blood than they need because of this tremendous turnout. in the midst of this terrible day we're in a cocoon of inspiration. this is the line of people behind me who are still waiting to give blood. this woman, for example, giving blood right now, i have come here to distract you from the needle in your ample tell me your name? >> karen. >> how are you doing? >> i'm all right. >> have you given blood before? >> i have. >> what prompted you to come today? >> i give regularly, and i'm o negative which is universal.
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>> wonderful that you're here. how long did you wait in line? >> i was fast tracked because i have o negative, so only two hours. >> you're a special person. >> others have waited ten plus hours. >> you're doing my job. she's absolutely right there were people waiting for more than ten today. but they say because of this tremendous turnout throughout the city of las vegas and the state of the nevada that they have blood they need. they've asked people to no longer wait tonight to make an appointment for later this week because the way this business works is by tomorrow they may need blood again, so they want people to come back later in the week. they have enough blood here for the victims of this horrifying attack. >> amazing to see so many people wanting to do whatever they can. gary, appreciate that. mass killers deserve no such
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publicity, but they do deserve scrutiny. so far even though it's close to the shooter, don't seem to have much of an explanation for what i've happened. >> you know, this many hours after an attack like this e, we usually have something, anderson, the fbi was here at a retirement community asking neighbors who may have known this guy two years ago when he owned a house here. they also spent a good deal of time with his brother in orlando not far from here. the fbi searching for any clues. his brother said this is like an asteroid has hit the family. no evidence of criminal activity. there is no indication of any kind of mental illness. the shooter did have two divorces in his past, short-durations marriages, the last one ended in 1989.
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no temporary restraining orders, didn't appear to be anything wrong. that's why his brother is saying it's inexplicable right now. >> he's guy. he's just a guy. who lived in lefas vegas and we on cruises. did stuff. there's nothing. that's what's bizarre. i mean, he lived in a house. he had a girlfriend. there's nothing. >> the number of firearms he had, does that surprise you? >> yes. i had no idea he would that that many firearms. >> did he have a military background? >> no. once again, what i'm telling you is all part of the record. he has no police record. he doesn't even that parking tickets probably.
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>> was he employed? did he have a job? >> according to his brother, he was a retired accountant. he seems to have dabbled in properties, but those that live next to him, odd relationship. when the shooter bought the home, the shooter came over and gave them a key and said i'm not going to be here much, can you keep an eye on the place. and then came back here maybe six or seven times during the course of two years, and that is what he told the judys, his job was literally gambling and he wouldn't see him because he would spend the entire night zbafrmg -- gambling and sleep during the day. >> he was a gambler, he did online and in vegas. that was one reason he was going
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back and forth and he would occasionally do it here. >> he showed me a phone picture ones saying he won 20,000 on a slot machine. >> mr. judy did have access to the home here, anderson. he said it was sparsely furnished, two wills boilazy bo. >> we're going to be looking into this in the coming days. kyung lah is at the killer's home in mesquite, nevada. does the shooter have any history at all with law enforcement in that area? >> not at all. and that was the very first thing we asked the local police here, is what kind of interactions did you have with him, and they said zero. no criminal interactions. he doesn't have any traffic
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violations that they're aware. he was just a good citizen. they described this area as being safe and he was considered one of the people they considered to be a safe citizen. >> what are you learning about his collection of firearms? i understand police found a significant number of firearms at the house and also at the obviously hotel? >> the numbers here, anderson are really what was really astonishing for the people who live here in this community. beginning with the hotel, 16 guns found in that hotel room when he was executing that rampage, that frightening, atrocious rampage. but then you come here, 90 minutes away, in this retirement community, 55 plus. these are almost prefab brand-new retirement homes. these are the type of communities that when you're driving down the freeway you see smiling senior citizen faces on
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billboards. that is community that didn't expect hypocrite. and then when the numbers came out that there were 18 guns in his house, that there were thousands of rounds there, as well as explosives, ammonium nitrate, that may sound familiar to people because that is the fertilizer that was used in part in the bombings. >> have you talked to any members of the community who knew him or have they told you anything about the shooter or his girlfriend? >> it's been a mix. we've talked to a lot of people throughout today. it's been a good mix of people who didn't know him, they walk up and down the treats and they didn't see him, but then there are people who live directly next to him. there's a small cul-de-sac. a couple lives the next street over and they said they saw him
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and did not see the girlfriend. but they would see him frequently, go up, chat, talk about the day's news, ask him what he was doing. and everything seemed to be just fine. one of the things that the people here say that they liked so much is that they all felt that this was a like-minded community, similar in age, background, the desire to live peacefully in their senior years. this has taken people by surprise. >> no doubt. kung larks appreciate you being there. thank you. when we come back, how the first responders managed to find if shooter 32 floors above. patrick woke up with back pain.
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unfolded last night including how police managed to find the shooter perched in a hotel room shooting into the concert goers below. jim sciutto has the latest. >> just after 10:00 p.m. las vegas time, the shooter unloads a barrage of bullets. [ gunfire ] . . >> and we started receiving calls along the route 91 harvest festival located adjacent to the mandalay bay resort. >> the target, a huge outdoor crowd of some 22,000 people at a country music concert. but police don't know right away where the shots are coming from. [ gunfire ] >> we have multiple casualties, gsws. >> on the scene first responders begin to realize that the shots are range down on the crowd from
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an elevated position. >> it's coming out a window. >> soon their attention focuses on the mandalay bay hotel. several hundred feet away, and several stories up. >> stay down. >> 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. [ gunfire ] tracking the explosive bursts of gunfire, police determine the shots are coming from the 32nd floor. >> i'm inside the mandalay bay on the 21st floor i can hear the automatic fire coming from one floor above us. >> be advised, it is fully automatic fire from an elevated position. take cover. >> the shooter firing through two windows that he smashed open with a device similar to a hammer. a team of six police officers
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close in on his location, and the suspect engages them, shooting one officer. >> once he arrived up there, we had isolated this individual to the two rooms, and then our s.w.a.t. team used the explosive breaching to go in and confront the individual. >> once they have order, they go in. it is one hour and 12 minutes after those first 911 calls. >> i need everybody in the hallway to be aware and get back. see if he's in here or moved somewhere else. >> copy, all units on the 32nd floor, s.w.a.t. has explosive breach, every single needs to move back. >> breach, breach, breach. >> inside, police find shooter dead. >> there's one down, 32nd floor mandalay bay. >> apparently the result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. >> we believe the individual
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killed himself prior to our entry. >> the music concert had extensive security. >> we just need to get people over to the hospital. >> but this was a threat police had not prepared for. >> these folks were attacked by a man from 32 stories up with automatic rifle fire. and so i don't know how you plan for that. we just didn't see it coming. >> jim, we've been hearing all day that the shooter was dead when the s.w.a.t. team breached the door. does this new information about him engaging officers, does that contradict that at all? >> when the s.w.a.t. team breached the room an hour and 12 minutes after the first 911 call, that was not the first encounter between the shooter and first responders. earlier police came to the door and that the shooter fired back at them, fired through the door they withdrew.
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so when they did eventually get in there, there had been a previous attempt to get in by those police. it just shows the police were reacting with incomplete information at the time. they didn't know if there were multiple shooters, for instance, from those two holes in the window. they didn't know which floor it was coming from. they were very brave in those actions. the first attempt didn't work, but finally when the s.w.a.t. team did breach the door at that point, the shooter had already taken his own life. >> there's a lot we don't know yet, but from that initial interaction where he shot back at police to when the s.w.a.t. team actually breached the door, do you know did the shooter continue shooting outside or was he then focused on police coming through door? do we know? >> this is something police have not been precise on yet because we know, for instance, the first shots fired just after 10:00 local time, the first calls to
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911, it was 11:20, more than an hour when the s.w.a.t. breached, it was sometime between 10:08 and 11:20. these are just details we don't know at this point. listen, i know having covered shootings like this before and you certainly as well, anderson, they analyze this so they can learn to respond to the next attack, how quickly to get in, et cetera. this is something i'm sure the police department and the sheriff's department is going to deal with as well. >> incredible they were able to find him, shooting at night. amazing work to find him as quickly as they did 6789 joining me are two snrn law enforcement analysts.
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art roderick, former assistant director of the u.s. marshall service. chief ramsy, this number of civilians, law enforcement as well, out in the open in the line of fire, and you have a gunman firing from an elevated position. for the people who are there, you don't know if you're running into a bullet or running away from a bullet. in a situation like this, it's extremely difficult for people, do i shelter where i am? do i try to run? no matter what direction you run to, you could be hit. >> right. it would be very chaotic. you wouldn't know which direction to run in. most people instinctively would probably run towards the exit they entered the venue in. so it would be mass confusion, in question about that. you're in an area where you probably have echos and things like that, so you really can't
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tell necessarily exactly where the shots are coming from. >> also, art, the fact there were two different locations, sleemd like he was shooting from two different rooms. obviously it makes police think perhaps there are multiple shooters, more than one shooter. and also makes it all the harder if he's pausing in between for police to get a beat on what floor he's on, unless you see the muzzle flash. >> right. that's exactly what's scary about the planning that went into this. i spent my younger days as a counter-sniper on the u.s. marshals special operations group, and firing from an elevated position is what you want to do. i would be surprised if we had video of him standing in front of mandalay bay looking up trying to figure out which window would give him the best vantage. that's all part of this
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planning. the other interesting thing was sheriff lot of people bardot talked about two types of guns. that's exactly what i carried as a counter-sniper, a 308 sniper and a 223 ruger mini 14 which the ran the. >> it's not like you can return fire from the ground because you would be firing into the side of a hotel where there's plenty of people staying on floors above and all around. >> exactly. you can't do that that. there's other people at the hotel. was it a large hotel. that's probably it took them an hour and 12 minutes before they were able to figure out which room he was shooting from. and to get to that location and figure out how they're going to do the entry, i think law enforcement for all the things
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he had going for him to stay alive and to keep killing people, law enforcement did a phenomenal job in getting there as fast as they can and make that dynamic-type entry. >> also, chief ramsy, you have the initial officers who are responding to this to hear from a police scanner to hear the officers saying that he's on the 32nd flo. they are probably outgunned and don't know what's on the other side of the door which is why they're waiting for s.w.a.t. >> your active shooter training, first officers will form a team and their job is to locate the shooter and neutralize the threat. that's probably what you had there. after columbine, you no longer wait for s.w.a.t. to get there. if you get into the scene and you have to go and try to locate the shooter and do whatever you can to try to neutralize the scene.
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>> it's hard, though. i actually have taken a little bit of that active shooter training with the new york police department for a story i did. for instance, in new york city, all officers are now trained to neutral ties shooter, not to wait around because according to the fbi most active shooter situations, the fatalities are the only one first six minutes. if you breach the door and there's multiple shooters inside with long guns, you obviously need as heavy armaments as possible, probably what the s.w.a.t. team has, rather than what some initial responders have. >> yeah, the initial responders wouldn't have the equipment to be able to breach the door, especially an explosive breach like what took place there in las vegas. they can contain scene best they can, and that's what they were trying to do until s.w.a.t. arrives with the proper equipment and expertise in how to actually breach, get n neutralize the suspect and take care of the situation.
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>> it's incredible that they were able to find that shooter in that building at that time. one quick note, police in las vegas put out an updated phone number for people trying to locate or report missing family members. it's 18005369488, just for people trying to locate missing family members. just ahead, i'll speak with two members of one of the opening bands about what they saw and how quickly they realized what was going on. one of them actually ended up hiding in a freezer. we'll be right back. [ gunfire ] hey hun, huh! we gotta go. come on. ♪ "grandma! grandpa!" ♪
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like many of the witnesses we heard from, our next two guests initially thought the gunfire was fireworks. brian hopkins and the band called elvis monroe played and then joined the crowd. ben, first of all i'm so glad you're both okay. brian, if you could walk us through what you remember happening last night. i know you were watching jason and then you and ben got split up during the chaos. >> yeah, we were standing out front. when the initial -- when he got past that it wasn't fireworks, and it was this rapid fire type of thing, i just remember seeing a guy standing in front of us, dropped. and then four feet over, a guy drops. and when i look back, two girls dropped behind us. and again ben grabs my shoulder
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and he says, run, and i grabbed the two girls in front of me, and i grabbed both of their hands and i made them run with me. and ben ran towards a friend ours wife in her direction. and he got ran over. and that's when we got separated because he got up and i said, ron. being that we just came from backstage, i went out and around the corner in the backstage area. and it was just coming. when i play it barks i wasn't moving very fast but i was making sure the people following me could get back there, make sure we weren't running at somebody shooting at us because i didn't know where it was coming from. and then we were running parallel to the fence with thousands of people rushing at a fence they weren't going to get
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over. and i was running at what i thought was a corner where the artist entry was in the back. and when i got got past educatoring and through the back, i could have jumped the fence but i was not leaving the people i brought with me that i just grabbed and the people following me there. because they were screaming, can't get over, there was a lot of girls. and people were jumping, people were getting out of there, but i saw there was a trailer. and this trailer had a door that was just about open. and i could see people in it. and so i swung the door open and we just started tossing people up into the trailer. it was actually a freezer. when we got inside, people were trying to jump inside with us. and people were screaming don't let them in, and new york city we were letting people in. i understood why they were
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screaming because we didn't know if they were people -- whether this fire was coming from because it was just happening. took a moment, tried to keep people call them and the two young ladies that i grabbed, i found out they are 23 and 24 years old. when i told them to be calm, they started trying to make over people calm down. it was amazing because they did. they laid on top of this woman. they keep her warm. they were keeping her calm. and other people were kind of gravitating to the same thing. so then i thought i'm not going to die in here, let me check the door when i opened the door, it was loud again, and everybody got scared, and i said maybe it's not what we think it is. i knew what it was, because i saw what happened. so i shut the door and i waited. and there was a moment where i realized that's not where i was going to go. this is not where i'm not going
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to wait for someone to come find us. so when it got quiet for a moment, me and a friend, his name is toad, we went to the door, opened up the doors, and there was a ramp. somebody had put a ramp on the fence. a dudes jumps over the fence, another guy hits it and i yell out, you got to help us because these girls are afraid to jump over the fence, and so he stayed. i don't know who this individual was. he stayed on the other side. and i ran to the other side and just started helping people up and over this ramp. by the time i realized i can't get everybody over and it's chaotic, the last girl was -- the last two who stayed with me couldn't get them up there, so i grab them. i'll remember this because i grab them and then i turned and said, we're running. and a police officer runs right at me and screams, this way.
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come this way. and he's sweating. as soon as we pass him, he starts running off into the bad area where everything is bad. and i just thought in my head, wow. and so i just stayed as calm as possible and tried to take the two girls by their hands and run through. and there were people following me. and it was body, body, body. then we hit the fourth body. and they were people with these people laying there, hiding. but they're bloody. and i couldn't stop because i was trying to help the people that were with me. and that was my sole goal at this time. so when i got to -- yeah. >> i just want to bring ben in at this point. ben, you had been separated at this point. i understand there was a point you were against a fence: how did you end up getting out? >> once we realized the panic set in and we were under machine
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gunfire, i grabbed brian's arm and screamed to run. two girls to my left went down. one was motionless. i don't know if they fell or got shot. i turned around and i got knocked down. i got up and i had no choice but to go. at that point i hit the fence. we were pressed up against this fence with the weight of thousands of people coming mind us all funneled into this alley. so i screamed we have to break the fence. so about 30 guys, we just pushed the ladies out of the way and we jumped on this fence. as the fence fell forward, we all spilled out into the street. to my left there was a police car with an officer with a rifle in full tactic cal gear, and 20
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or 30 people crouched, tucked into together behind him. there were people falling left, right, and center. i didn't know if they were tripping or they were shot by the machine gun. i started jogging, trying to make a plan. my plan was, i ran as fast as i could left and right, left and right. and at this point we both thought there were shooters on the ground just spraying people with bullets. at that point it was, you know, the flight set in. and i started running. a man started screaming at me urgently, get down, get down, get down. so i dove into the gutter. at that point i was there for i guess a couple seconds which felt like a couple militants. the gunfire stopped as he reloaded. when he reloaded, a scaled the fence, and there was a sea of people going that way and everyone was just running and
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screaming. and i couldn't find brian, i couldn't find my friend's wife. as i was running, i called home, i called my lady. sorry. >> it's okay. >> and tried to tell her what was happening. and then there was people following -- >> i'm sorry, go ahead, ben. >> people following. and i think people were so overwhelmed. there's no way to prepare yourself for something like that. what do you do under that kind of pressure. i try to stay as calm as possible, and the end result get home to my family. so i ran, and i ran. and i jumped the fences. and i ended up running into the mgm hotel thinking that that would be the smartest place to be. my logic was if there was a gunfight with people on the
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ground and there was officers between me and the gunfire, that they're not going to get where i am that quickly. so i thought mgm was a safe place to kind of collect my thoughts. and at that point a sea of people came in the mgm and pandemonium set out and we were once again caught in a funnel of people. so we ran. at that point people were down towards the mgm garden arena. cell phones were sliding on the floor. people were falling over. at that point nobody knew if they were getting shot or they were just literally falling over in the panic. i had a choice at the end do i go that way or out towards swimming pool. i chose the swimming pool because it was dark and there was a lot of places to hide if i had to, and i could barely breathe at this point. i got out to the swimming pool and collected my thoughts, found another fence to jump, and ran
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down a road, and i ended up down on harmon avenue down by planet hollywood. at that point, the people weren't really aware of what was happening, and i was able to find a safe place to go and contact brian and make sure he was okay. >> ben and brian, i'm so glad you guys are okay and were able to help other people along the way. i appreciate you talking about it. i know it's just a difficult thing to process, even 24 hours later like this works so thank you so much for talking to us. i wish you the best. we heard from addison short who was recovering in the hospital after being shot in the leg. this about her hero who she doesn't know. >> thank you so much for having me. if the guy that helped me is watching, i really just want to tell him how grateful i am for him basically saving my life and thank you so much. >> do you know who he is? do you know his name? >> no, i have no idea. i remember a little bit of what
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he looked like, but no, i didn't get his name. >> that's amazing that if he's out there, you want him to know you're thankful. >> yeah, for sure. because i probably wouldn't be alive if it wasn't for him. >> we saw in that so many people helping others who were wounded on the ground, people who risked their own lives to treat others who were wounded. martin savidge has more. >> sonny melton died a hero. when shots rang out, melton grabbed his wife heather and gran to usher her to safety when he was shot in the back. he saved his life and . >> an off-duty nurse ran back
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into danger. >> we went back because i'm a nurse and i felt that i had to. so i went to three different scenes. by the time i got to the third one, there was just dead bodies. >> she also found that heroes were all around her. >> there was some people just normal citizens, doctors, cops, paramedics, nurses off duty, everyone communicating and working together. it was completely horrible, but it was his friend was shot three times in the chest. >> most people started scattering and they climbed the fence, but i had to stay with my buddy. so we got him over the fence once the fire stopped and slid him under the stage so we were safe. my first thoughts were for my buddy. i wanted to make sure he was taken care of rs but, you know, we were pretty much yelling at
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everybody to stay down, you know. that was what with he needed to do. >> and some heroes we may never know. amy and crystal were shielded from bullets from a man they had never met. he was shot as they held them, bleeding on to her shirt. as the carnage continued, the three kept repeating everything is going to be okay over and over. the women still don't know if the man survived, an unknown hero of an unspeakable tragedy. >> i think choir going to be hearing in the days ahead a lot more of these stories of her richl, just ordinary people doing what they could. >> it is remarkable. it is. and those stories continue to come in. a lot of coming from social media. here is another one. 30-year-old jonathan smith, a young man who is said to have saved 30 people from the horror of last night, but in doing so he was wounded in the neck.
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he is obviously at least okay for the moment, but it's possible he could carry that wound and that bullet for the rest of his life. and the stories just continue to come in. let me tell you where we are real quick. it's another candle light vigil that is taking place. this one is at the campus of unlv. hundreds and hundreds are gathered here in a courtyard by the student union center here. and one of about almost a dozen vij ills that are taking place all across the valley outside of las vegas here tonight and will continue throughout the evening hours. so it's a community trying to come to grips, trying to heal and trying to remember all those lost and those who are still in hospitals. >> thank you. the president says he will be going to las vegas on wednesdays. tomorrow he's going to puerto rico nearly two weeks after hurricane maria. i spent the weekend there. i'll show you what we found on saturday and sunday in different
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towns, some in the west, some in the south. what people told us about what they're doing to try to get help.
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the country is focused on las vegas but 3,000 miles away, millions of americans are also suffering, nearly two weeks after hurricane maria nearly 30% of puerto rico say they have no drinking water. the governor said huge -- large amounts of diesel and gas were delivered today, barrels, many thousands of barrels of it were delivered. also more military response has been taking place over the last couple of days. the president is going to go to puerto rico tomorrow. i spent the weekend traveling to a number of different towns in puerto rico. this is what we found in one town in the northwestern part of the island. the town square normally busy on
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a saturday is nearly empty. the lock marks the moment the electricity cut off. on a nearby side street a 79-year-old man helps kwut away a downed tree. so many here are trying to pitch in. the mayor hands out bottles of water, five per person. >> where do these supplies come from? >> first of all, the supply come from the red cross. we haven't got hardly any supply from fema. >> you haven't? >> well, just two times. just not enough for everybody. i have 60,000 people in this town. i have one truck full of water for 60,000 people. one truck full of water for 60,000 people. >> not enough. >> not enough. >> the line gross fat. people are patient, but there are not enough bottles to go around. i read the mayor president trump's tweets from this weekend. president trump said such poor leadership by the mayor of san juan and others in puerto rico
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who are not able to get help. they want everything to be done for them -- >> let me tell you, donald trump, if you're listening to me, 10,000 federal workers, i don't have one here. president trump, i was a state chairman for the republican party in puerto rico 12 years. for 12 years. my last year was last year. i still a republican. i'm still voting republican, but those workers, 10,000, i haven't seen one in this town. if you get to puerto rico tuesday, come and see me and you and i are going to walk around to see one federal worker out of those 10,000. >> blocks away another line. new york city firefighters are handing out mres, precooked meals in a pouch ready to eat. >> what's so interesting about what's happening here is this is a new york city fire department team, part of a group called dart from the new york city fire department has set up. it's a disaster assistance team. they are vors. they came down here. they want to be here. they've been here for days.
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and they've just kind of taken it upon themselves to sort of requisition these mres. i won't go into details of how they did it. they got this truck from the american red cross and they just found this town, decided this was the place and they just started distributing food. but there's a lot of frustration among first responders that i've spoken to who say, look, they've been sitting around in some cases wanting to get out, but there's a lack of organization. it's the disorganization that's frustrating them. >> dart is a combined effort of the fire department of new york and the american red cross. >> you've basically been waiting for a week to get a truck -- >> they basically had us doing recon and figuring out the need in local areas, which i understand is important, but the reality is that the whole island needs the same exact thing. >> firefighter daniel gonzalez says this is the first day they've been able to hand out food. >> you could have gone out day one if you had a truck -- >> and now that's the next problem is finding trucks, you
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know. from what i understand, i haven't been watching the news, but from what i understand, there's a shortage of drivers. i mean, we just need the box fruk. we'll take care of it ourselves. twoobl nice to breakthrough all the red tape, you know. it's very bureaucratic if that's even the right word. >> what's it like for you to see this. >> it's heartbreaking. these are our people. we're here to help. you know they suffered a big loss and we're trying to do a little bit of it we can one day at a time. >> some firefighters would like to see the u.s. military here in force. >> you say what's needed is the army to come in for that kind of organization. >> yes. there needs to be some sort of organization, some sort of dmukz effort between towns. it just -- complete mess. >> the lines keep growing. more people need help. eventually more aid will come. the question right now is how long will it take? by the way, those firefighters, they're volunteers.
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when they go back to new york after their time there, they have to make up all the hours that they missed. it's not like they get two weeks off to do this. they have to make up all the hours that they missed because they were volunteering there. they wanted me to mention that. we'll continue bringing you the stories from puerto rico in the days ahead, of course, they so badly need to be told for as long as it takes. we want to end this hour where we began with the fallen in las vegas. just moments ago we learned two more names. bailey swiets her just 20 years old from bakesers field, california. family friend who watched bailey grow up said she had a heart for people. jennifer topaz was from san diego where she practiced law. a colleague shared this image of her facebook with the caption a tragic loss of a kind, generous and beautiful lady. she will be greatly missed. being remembered in san diego tonight. time to hand things over to done