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the breaking news as we continue covering the deadliest mass shooting in modern american history 59 people con virmed dead, 527 wounded. a gunman raining bullets from his hotel windows onto a crowd of country music fans at a concert. inside his 32nd floor sweet at the mandalay bay hotel, which is the hotel you see behind me tonight, police say he had an arsenal of 23 guns in that room, that colluded rifles and a handgun. the man is 64-year-old stephen paddock he then shot and killed himself as police moved after n after exchanging shots with police. he then killed himself from a self-inflicted wound. in his car police found several founds of amoan yum nitrate, which can be used to make
explosives at his house 80 miles from where we are, 19 more farms, explosives and several thousand rounds of ammunition were found in that house. the carnage from this mass shooting is horrific, and the video is graphic and disturbing. of course, people were filming the concert so there is a video record of the horror that unfolded here last night. there were bodies everywhere, witnesses say. there was blood everywhere. dozens were shot. people were trampled in the there were 3222000 people in the venue. they were trying to run away but they couldn't tell where the gun fire was coming from. we still, at this hour, have no answer as to why, not even the tiny answer. his brother says he's well off, he's mist fied as how this could
happen. here he is. >> we're -- we're lost. i don't understand. it makes -- there's no anything. not an avid gun guy at all. the fact he had those weapons is just -- where the hell did he get automatic weapons? he has no military background or anything like that. when you find out about him, like i said he's a guy who lived in a house in mesquite and drove down and gambled in las vegas. >> so w far we don't have any act facts to counter act what his brother said. in las vegas and around the world tonight people are paying tributes and vigils to those who lost their lives here sunday night. as you see in this city alone there are nine separate vigils, including one at city hall, another was held he university
of las vegas campus, and then in nashville, tennessee, the country music capital of the world. keith urban, amy grant, all performing at a candlelight vigil there. witnesses say this entire massacre lasted 10 to 15 minutes. here's a look at how it all unfolded. ♪ >> just after 10:00 p.m. sunday night, gun fire rained down on a crowd of 22,000 country music fans out in the open along the las vegas strip. 10:08 the first 911 calls to police. >> i'm in the mandalay bay on the 31st floor, i can hear it coming from one floor ahead -- one floor above us. >> as can you see the crowd is some 400 yards away from the sniper's nest in the mandalay bay completely exposed in an open field.
authorities believe he used a hammer to smash out the windows in his room on the 32nd floor. >> the gun shots lasted 10 or 15 minutes. it didn't stop. >> everyone said hit the floor. everyone was laying on top of each other trying to get out of the way. >> the shots just kept coming. >> at first confusion in the crowd. then panic, chaos. thousands of people literally running for their lives. >> get down. get down. get down. >> what is it? make it stop. why is there blood? is he shot? >> no matter which direction you went, no matter where you took cover there was two to three bodies that were a part of it and you didn't know where you were safe. >> within minutes dozens lay dead, hundreds more injured. >> people were climbing the fences, pushing their way
through the barricades. >> we had a man come running up to us, saying his friends were dead, his friends were dead. >> las vegas first responders were quick on the scene but faced with an overwhelming task. the gunman held up inside a 40-story hotel with more than 3000 rooms. thanks to calls from inside the hotel, officers were able to locate him quickly. >> i need everybody to be air and get back. we need to see if we can get any response from this guy. >> breach, breach, breach. >> 11:28, almost an hour and a half after this nightmare began, police blow the shooters door, inside 64-year-old stephen paddock lay down. police believe he shot himself dead seconds before. inside at least 10 rifles. >> he was my brother. it was like an asteroid fell out
of the sky. >> his brother in disbelief that his brother could be behind the deadliest mass shooting in american history. >> there's not anything i can say. how do you -- i mean, my brother did this. this is like it was done -- like he shot us. >> martin savage joins me now. martin, there are so much questions because every time we get an update we learn more. the arsenal is bigger, there's explosives, but the one thing we don't have any toons at all, and i know it's early but usually by this point there's some sort of inkling but we don't have any inkling as to the motive and why. >> no, none at all. if the authorities have it, they're not giving it out. but they have no idea it seems.
they gave the indication in the final briefing of the day we may not know for some time, we may not know for some time. this is a person who did not appear on anybody's radar, i'm talking law enforcement, his family, those closest to him. even his neighbor who is called him a gentle giant. as you point out he didn't have a criminal record, he seemed to have money. he seemed to have everything in his life going his way. there was nothing to indicate he was going to have this end result. that's what's so baffling and in the end so frightening what could trigger a man to do this. and then you learn the weaponry, 23, including a handgun inside of a hotel room. so those had to be transported up into the hotel and nobody apparently knew or saw that. and then there were 19 weapons found inside his home and
thousands and thousands rounds of ammunition, and there was also explosive devices. this man could have done more than he did, and we still don't know why. >> martin, thank you very much. we don't know why if there was a broader plan or what triggered it now. the band elvis monroe played at the festival and they were in the audience watching the headliner, and then the shooting began. the lead singer bryan hopkins took this video while hiding in a freezer with others that he helped in the crowd dwoenchts know what's going on right now. we're in this ice cooler. it's some sort of shooting or something at the jason aldean concert.
>> brian also described seeing people shot right in front of him as he was helping others and getting to safety. and brian is with me now. what happened when it started? >> well, for starters, we didn't play yesterday. we were just supporting our friends and we were backstage. i'm seeing this footage for the first time. i haven't seen any at all because i've been running around. and the angle that i just saw is exactly where i was standing. where you see jason aldean and that screen, i'm right there. and what happened was, when you heard the sprays, like that, we see a guy right in front of us goes down and then another person goes down and guys, i turn bang, bang, two girls go down behind us. >> right where you're standing? >> right where i'm standing. they're like 10 feet, be 4 feet and then my guitar player grabs my shoulder and says, let's go.
so i grab the two girls standing in front of me and grab them and took them with me because there's a massive crowd. it's turning and running at us and they're coming at all angles. ben gets run offer and he's running after a friend of ours, jo jo, local deejay's here wife. he got knocked down, couldn't find him, just took off. and i took those girls and said to anybody who would follow me and ran. i just came backstage -- >> you knew how to get backstage? >> exactly. so i took a beeline, but it was like -- it was like not sprinting. it was let's go. let's -- you know, it was like we're going to do this calmly -- >> it was calm. >> -- and all this going on. so we go through the gate and i stop and look, and let's go and bang, bang, bang, and you're
hearing it coming off the metal. you can hear it coming off the -- because now the angle of the stage is right above me. so we're running down, there's thousands of people this way, between the wall. we're backstage now there's catering and i remember when we played there, the artist entrance is in the corner. so let's make our way to the corner. >> that's where you headed, there. >> so we go around and go around, hit around the tent and we hit fences that are this high. and the girls start crying. they're not getting over this fence. and i would have been gone and over the fence. so i see a trailer about 4 feet high. the doors open and i see somebody in it. let's go -- >> so you brought everyone in there. >> let's get in the trailer. let's go, let's go. lifting people up in the trailer, get inside, pull the door, people are jumping in with us. and they're trying to get in,
and now people are scared, don't let anybody in, because they don't know if the shooter is running out. so we peek, let them in, another person gets in, we shut the door. now it's try to keep everybody calm. you have one guy in the video -- >> you can see how crowded it is, too. >> yes. and it's a freezer. we're in a refrigerator. so everybody is cold and everybody is scared. and i'm sitting there trying to, everybody is going to be okay we're going to be okay. the two girls took that persona on and started telling the girl that was freaking out, you're going to be okay. her husband, boyfriend whatever he's the one throwing the rock sign in front, he's pounding on the walls take on whoever. that was for my parents, i was going to make that for my parents, put it in my pocket, just in case. i stopped it and said man is
that your girl? he said, yes. i said these two young girls are consoling your girl. you need to take responsibility so they can -- >> so everybody teamed together? >> exactly. so then what happened i go to the door and i hear pop, pop, pop as i go to open the door again. it's about maybe a few minutes. and i'm like thinking to myself, as i look at a friend in a corner, this is not where i'm going. not here. i'm not going to let somebody run up and open up on us as we're sitting in here. so it's silent, i open the door with my buddy who just happened to be there, toad who runs sto e stoni stonies. somebody put a ramp on the fence. >> then you were able to get out? >> a guy jumps over the fence, gone. i said, please don't leave, help these ladies. so i jumped around the other side and started getting them up. i stood there getting everybody
up. everybody went except me and the two girls. they never left me. they were 24 and 23, i didn't know them, but they never left my side. they try to go up, i couldn't get them, i grabbed their arm and i will never forget this because as i said let's run, i look right, left, a police officer is running right at me, sweating, screaming, this way, this way, this way. as soon as i pass him, he's not behind me, he's running to where everybody es is. he's running to the fire. he's running into it. >> so many heroes. >> yes. i'll never forget that. so we're running and it's body, body, body. and the girls then -- the one in the middle, nicole starts shaking and freaking out and wants to call her dad. i'm like, just run. we get to the end and somebody had got shot in the stomach and his friends were on top of him
trying to get him a ride. and then we ran past them and hit the street and see how black it is right now. i said run to the dark. we're running to the dark, which i didn't know was directly in sight, but i just said we're running to the dark, let's go. people started following me, but in the middle of the street there's a car, all by itself. and there are people hiding behind it and there's somebody shot in the passenger seat. we just ran into the dark and it went on from there. there were people out there helping us get through the gate. pulling the gate, got me through so i could hold it for everyone else to get through. and we ran to hooters. the melee continued there. >> it's amazing what you did. i know one of those girls, nicole is going to be with us. >> she was incredible. >> she's going to be able to the tell her story. >> she was -- she was -- the two
of them were so calm and when they got home, they called me and said, thank you. their dad -- her dad cried. >> i'm sure he did. >> but i called them to say how old are you? you guys listened to everything i said, and you never left my side. they never left me. >> she is going to be with us later tonight. thank you. i know you need rest. >> i have a couple more of these, i haven't slept yet. >> thank you for the story that you're sharing. >> it's vegas strong, though. >> yes. we are going to take a brief break. when we come back on the other side we're going to have more on the arsenal we are learning tonight. right now that number has been going up higher and higher, the gun wes found out he had in his hotel room here at the mandalay bay and at his home. next, how he seemed to have prepared for his rampage. we'll be right back.
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of them in critical condition tonight. a man shooting down from his hotel room on thousands of people at an outdoor music festival. he was on the 32nd floor of the mandalay bay. you can see the suit, the w windows on both side. we want to play for you the audio the moment police got into the suit of that shooter. >> i need everyone in the hallway to be sbaur get back. we need to see if we can get any type of response from this guy, to see fe f he's in there or moved back. >> everyone in the hall needs to move back. all units move back. >> breach, breach, breach. >> the suspect, who was 64 years old, had an arsenal inside of that room. 23 weapons just in that room,
that included rifles, a handgun. there were tripods and there were scopes, multiple rifles. police believe the shooter killed himself as law enforcement broke into the room. the motive still completely unknown. joining me now is our law enforcement analyst art roderick. in denver is steve moore former fbi agent. i thank both of you. art, there's an image here when you look at the outside of the mandalay bay. when you look at the two windows, one thing we know is there were bursts of shooting and then a break, at the beginning a few seconds of shooting and then a break of up to three or four times that amount. when you look at where those two windows were, part of a suite that had a vantage point.
>> yes. it gave him two different angles. the window on the side was blown out and the front. so it gave two different angles into the parking lot area. >> you can see how far apart they are. >> right. >> and that is one suite. >> right. >> which would make you believe he chose that. >> exactly. you can imagine he was standing at the venue a couple days prior to pick out where he would fire from. and he probably had weapons set up at each window to move from one window to the other, fire whatever he had there and then move back. >> what do you think when you hear 23 guns were in the hotel, in the suite and now we know there were nearly that many in one of his homes near here in mesquite. when you hear 23 guns in that
suite alone, what do you think? >> unfortunately it follows a pattern of somebody who's decided they're going to end their life and take a lot of people with them. when i worked the jewish community center in los angeles, a guy came down, converted a rifle to fully automatic, and when we got his van, there were dozens of weapons and thousands of rounds of ammunition in his truck. it's just -- it's almost frustratingly similar to see the same type of behavior. >> what about the ammonium nitrite? is there some things here if that's what he's planning he left almost 20 guns in his home. and he had in his car, we know several pounds of ammonium nitrate. when you hear several pounds, what does that mean. >> the minute i heard ammonium
nitrate it took me back to the oklahoma city bombing. it adds another aspect, was he making bombs? they found other explosives in his house in mes keequitmesquit. when the police went in, are the homes booby trapped? are they bomb making factories? it's a twist in an already twisted story. was he also planning to the use these explosives. >> steve that does raise a big question because he had it in his car, and then went to his room knowing he was never going to come out. does this indicate there was some sort of trigger that caused him to do this? that he had planned it but not fully planned it? there certainly seems to be loose ends.
>> you're right, erin, there are loose ends and you're not going to find a situation like this where there aren't loose ends. because you have a guy who's an intelligent guy generally but he's weighing different plan osways he wants to go out. my blink on this was he was trying to determine whether he could get more bodies out of an explosion or bombs being set or the firearms. and i think when it came down to it, you're absolutely right. there came a time when whatever was motivating him took him to the finish line and at that point what he had were his firearms. >> he had his firearms. firearms that at least, as we understand, were purchased legally. there's nothing to indicate otherwise at this point. maybe a bunch of different places or how one would have that many weapons is difficult
to understand. but clearly when hearing this, it was automatic fire. >> definitely. >> so either he had one illegally or he had it modified the to operate like an automatic. >> and even more planning. if you're going to take a weapon and modify it, you can go online and figure out how to do it, they have directions to modify it online. you can buy kits to do it. it just shows another layer of planning if he took a regular semiautomatic and modified it. it seems to me when you look at the overall situation here and you go back three or four days and all the planning he had done, he took some real heavy, duty time to figure this out. >> thank you both very much. carrot top was just finishing his show across the street when the shooting happened and like so many others he is now trying to help, speaking out, making
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that suite in the mandalay bay. he had scopes and tripods in his home near here, there were additional 19 guns, thousands of rounds of ammunition, more rifles. still though no one knows why. >> reporter: when the swat team broke down the door on the 32nd floor, stephen paddock was already dead of a self-inflicted one shot wound. leaving investigators to piece together why a 64-year-old retired accountant would gun down a crowd attending the route music festival wenchts checked all the data bases and we had no knowledge of this individual. >> he checked in on the 28th but it wasn't until sunday night he broke the windows in his hotel room to begin his murderous
rage. >> this is an individual that was described as an a lone wolf. i don't know how it could have been prevented. >> reporter: the gunman's brother also said he had no warning. he lives in florida and said the last time they spoke was after hurricane irma. >> he's my brother. it was like an asteroid fell out of the sky. >> reporter: he said his brother was rich, playing $100 hands of video poker. paddock was rich, having no kids. >> steve had nothing to do with any political organization, religious organization, no white supremacists, nothing, as far as i know. yes, he had a couple of guns. it's legal to own a couple of guns in the united states. he did not own machine guns that i knew of in any way, shape, or form. >> the only unusual part is his
father, a convicted bank robber who was on the fbi most wanted list from 1969 to 1977. >> he died. i was born on the run that was the last time he was associated with by our family. >> he decided to retire in nevada a community of 18,000 people about 80 miles from las vegas. police there searching the home he shared with his girlfriend and finding some guns and ammunition, but few obvious clues about a motive. >> it's a nice clean home, nothing out of the ordinary. >> reporter: so a picture is becoming more clear, that this was something long planned. that he had accumulated all of this weaponry. the hard part is knowing exactly why. kyungh lah, miskeet, nevada. >> the massacre overwhelmed the
city hospitals. the death number number risen throughout the day, they are doing everything they can with those patients in critical care so that count does not change. >> reporter: yeah erin, so the university medical center didn't get the most number of patients but it did get some of the most critically injured patients. it got 104 victims in total. it's amazing just how quickly nurses and surgeons were able to get here and get into surgery. at one point they had eight surgeries happening simultaneously. one of those people in surgery was tailor bar, she's 28 years old. came out here from california. four of them ended up being shot, all of them are okay. i spoke to her sister and boyfriend as they were leaving
the hospital visiting her. they were still wearing the same blood-soaked clothing they wore at the concert and still very much processing what had happened. >> i can't stop shaking. i'm not even cold but i feel like i can't stop shaking. it replays in my head every second, the noises, everybody screaming. the noises, the gun, it will never leave my mind. >> i've been praying and thanking god all day today. i'm amazed we walked out of there with no injury whatsoever. i'm just super thankful and feeling super lucky. >> so taylor and her parents ended up getting separated from the rest of the group, they ended up at different hospitals. taylor was shot in the arm. she was rushed into surgery. she's now recovering. she has movement in her hand but doesn't have a whole lot of
feeling. doctors say it will take two or three more surgeries to repair all the damage done here. now, taylor was brought here in the back of a pickup truck. they want to find the people driving that truck, they know it was two males and a woman in a white pickup truck. that's all they know though. they think given the amount of blood she had lost and the amount of time that had passed since the initial shooting that if those good samaritans weren't there she might not be alive today, so they want to say thanks. erin. >> there's so many who helped save lives and so many heart broken they weren't able to save more. thanks for all the first responders. we have more on this mass shooting in las vegas as we were learning more, including how donald trump is reacting to the tragedy. before we go, we want to show you the symbols of solidarity around the world.
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pure evil. >> we'll be going to las vegas on a very, very sad -- it's a very sad moment for me, for everybody no matter where you are. no matter what your thought process, this is a very, very sad day. >> joining me now is brian clay pool, he was at the concert, also a criminal defense attorney and a guest here often on cnn. you were in the front. you had been looking at a couple police officers and thinking, gosh you've had a good few days. >> it was about 20 minutes before the first shots were fired and i was sitting back in my chair and i'm looking at two las vegas police officers, chatting with a couple women and a couple guys and i said to myself, these officers have had the best gig on the plant for the last three days because you have a beautiful crowd, country music fans there to celebrate life, i remember looking around
seeing smiling faces, people getting along, high fiving and i said these police officers haven't had to do anything for five days and fast forward 20 minutes shots fired, we're running for our lives, and they're running risking their lives. >> you were right near the front and the shots started reiaining down where you were. >> erin, i felt the power of those shots. it felt like they were right behind my shoulders and my head, because i was in the vip section right in the corner of where las vegas boulevard meets mandalay bay so i was right near that corner area. and i felt the heaviness of the shots. and i immediately then laid down on the aluminum steps. was trying to get out of the vip area. and i will tell you it had to be at least 30 seconds of just mass terror. just one shot after another, boom, boom, boom.
>> it went on for 30 seconds. >> it went on for, i feel like it was at least 30 seconds. i was laying there and i didn't feel safe because my head was exposed, my neck was exposed. i felt for a moment there's no way i'm not going to get hit by a bullet, there are so many bullets coming. >> and they were all in that area. did you have any idea where it was coming from why? it was complete fight or flight. >> that is the worst -- my heart is palpitating when you say that. we had no idea was there one shooter, two shooters. i thought there could be three shooters. you had another guest who mentioned they might come in the arena. that's what i thought, too. we had no idea they were up in the mandalay bay. it was only a 5 foot fence next to las vegas boulevard. >> it sounds like your instinct
was to go down, because you thought someone could be coming through, as opposed to run away. >> i was trying to pull people down because a lot of folks were frozen in the moment. they were sitting up. i was like, my god, please get down. then there's a break in the shots and you start using your mind. what can i do to put myself in the best position to not be killed, because there was only so much you could do. i want today make sure i did everything i could do to not get killed and help everyone do what they could do. the minute they stopped, there's a moment of opportunity. i got out of the vip but now i'm in the wide open area, there was a young hispanic man who channelled 15 of us into this little room under the bleachers. he sent 15 of us in there. it's like pick your poison. do i go straight? do i go into the room? i chose the room. and then i get this feeling like
i'm going to die like the orlando shooting, remember everyone is huddled down, so i'm feeling that as well. >> thank you. we're glad that you're here. and i know you're going to head home to see your daughter. >> yeah. i didn't want to die and not raise her. so thank god, unlike other folks who are not going to get to see their families, at least i'll get to see my little girl. >> thank you. >> thank you. >> like all of the victims, angela gomez had so much more to expect from life. she is one of the 59 people who lost their lives in las vegas. that's before she had the blessing of having her own children. we will remember the victims after this.
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♪ las vegas massacre, and we want to remember those who have been named so far. still only a few names, but so many. sonny melton was a nurse from tennessee. he was just mare yesterdrymarrid old. his wife was with him. she said, he saved my life, but at this point, i can barely breathe. jenny parks was a kindergarten teacher from lancaster, california. a relative says she was one of the most loving people you could ever hope to meet. she always went out of her way to help anybody. her husband was shot in the arm. he survived. rachel parker was a 10-year veteran of the police department in manhattan beach, california. she survived the shooting but
died at the hospital. sandy casey was a special education teacher at a middle school in manhattan beach. she was much beloved. the school board president says we lost a spectacular teacher who devoted her life to helping our most needy students. angela gomez was just 20 years old. she had just graduated high school in 2015. they described her as a wonderful young woman and she did have her whole life ahead. rhonda lived in massachusetts. her sister said she feels paralyzed. still cannot believe that her sister is dead. susan smith was a mother, a wife, office manager at an elementary school in simi valley, california. people said she was always smiling as you see her. niecea lived in las vegas. she was a mother to three boys. her employer started a go fund me page for her family.
they have already raised more than $80,000. and bailey was 20 years old at the concert with her mother, when she was killed. friends said she had a heart for people and will be truly missed. jennifer was an attorney based out of san diego. in a statement, we're told may her unity and strength shine over the darkness. i'm erin burnett live in las vegas. our coverage will continue. we'll be back in vegas in a moment. are you done yet?
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this is cnn breaking news. >> welcome to our viewers in the united states and around the world. at this hour, i'm erin burnett live in las vegas. it is just past 11:00 here in the evening. breaking news this hour. new details about the las vegas gunman and the absolute arsenal. arsenal is the only word for this, of what he h