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juan, puerto rico, and las vegas, nerve d.a. that's it fort "the lead." i'm jake tapper. i'm going to turn you over to wolf blitzer in "the situation room." thanks for watching. happening now breaking news a sniper's nest, a look into it and some of the weapons used to rain death on concert goers 32 floors below. killer's motive what led him to slaughter dozens of people and hurt hundreds more. the gambling habit and $100,000 that he wired a broad. the heros first responders and ordinary citizens who helped save others or risked their own lives to come fort the wounded and dying. and. and a real catastrophe president trump visits puerto rico disaster zone but suggests
it's not ha real catastrophe like hurricane katrina. as he pats himself on the ground we'll get a reality check from that. i'm wolf blitzer here in "the situation room." breaking news has investigators scramble to learn why the las vegas gunman stephen paddock fired hundreds of rounds into a concert crowd. new images show where he turned his hotel suite into a fortress and shows some of the weapons from his arsenal. police say paddock fired for about nine minutes leaving 59 people dead, more than 500 injured. all but three of the victims have now been identified. while a motive remains illusive we are learning more about a shooter. wealthy former accountant. says he wired $100,000 to the
philippines who don't know the timing or who to. they believe he is acting alone more difficult to find a motive. they found 23 weapons carried in at least ten suitcases. 26 more weapons were found in his homes and explosive materials in his car. also breaking tonight, president trump is heading back from puerto rico where he got a firsthand look at recovery efforts and met with some victims of the catastrophe hurricane maria. president praise his own administration for disaster response, seems to jokingly blame puerto rico for throwing the budget out of whack. he raises more eyebrows when he compares current death toll of 16 tom thousands who die of real catastrophe hurricane katrina. i'll speak to the mayor specialists and guests, they are also standing by with full coverage. let's begin with a stunning look
at the hotel suite that the las vegas gunman used as a firing position to slaughter people at an out door concert far below. let's go straight to our brian todd. he's in las vegas. brian, what's the latest? >> reporter: wolf, just moment it is ago some jarring new information from clark county sheriff lom bar do who told reporters cameras were inside and outside of the room of the shooter stephen paddock including one camera found on a service cart. the sheriff also said that they were aware of the discovery of what's called a bump-stock, some kind of device which enables the speed tg up of the discharge of ammunition. and wolf this comes as we are getting other graphic new details of the time line of how this shooting unfolded on sunday night. >> tonight, the first look inside the high roller hotel suite that stephen paddock turned into a sniper's nest. this shows the door s.w.a.t. team blue open sunday night.
just inside one of the high powered rifles. show two other rifles one includes amount and is surrounded by spent shell casings in another clip full of bullets. in the corner a hammer possibly the one paddock used to break two of his hotel windows before he started firing. police say he checked in to 135, 32 hnd floor three days before the massacre. with him ten suitcases apparently packed with his weapons. >> the maid service and housekeepers were in and out of the room and saw no signs. >> reporter: these videos shot by others in the same room show his view looking down at the luxor next door, and the open air concert stapled about 500 yards away. tonight also getting a clearer sense how it unfolded. just after 10:00 p.m. army veteran chris is in the mandalay
bay two floors below having served in iraq, recognizes gunfire. >> you can hear the difference in the gunshots of the different rifles that she's hooting. >> reporter: 911 calls flood in, and minutes later police arrive on the scene but have to move slowly at first. >> we didn't know where the gunfire was and wasn't sure it was safe to kmiet our people. >> reporter: back on the 30th floor roybal calls 911 fronts desk but no one answers. >> seems like it never stops. seconds are going by, minutes are going by, and the rounds are continuously going. >> reporter: inside the hotel officers are working their way upstairs. one radios in from the floor below. >> i'm in the mandalay bay 31st floor. i can hear the automatic fire coming interest one floor above us. >> reporter: but when officers including the hotel guard they are pushed back from shots with
paddock. >> struck a security guard. >> reporter: the guard is shot in the leg and officers pull back waiting to blast the door. at 11:20 they come to the suite. >> we have to see if he's in here or moved somewhere else. >> reporter: then the order to blow open the door. >> breach, breach, breach. >> reporter: authorities say paddock is already dead. and tonight we have learned that the shooter's girlfriend, a woman named mary lou danly, 62 years old has been cooperating with law enforcement authorities and is being brought back to the united states. she may arrive as early as tomorrow. she has been in the philippines. cnn has already learned that in recent days the shooter, stephen paddock wired about $100,000 to the philippines. >> thanks very much. death toll in the las vegas
massacre stands at 59. more than 500 people were hurt. dozens of them critically. cnn stephanie is it over at the university medical center in las vegas which received more than 100 of the victims. what are you learning over there, stephanie? >> reporter: well, wolf, we have learned a bit more about the kinds of wounds that are here. we know they had a lot of wount wounds, not just got shots but upwards of 80% were gunshots but also somebody hit by a car trying to run from the venue. also large wounds, gunshot wounds but what they believe probably a large caliber weapon, because of the size of the wounds that they are and the people that are here. also said that they have had no amputations that they've done here at this hospital. the other good news is they have been able to treat and release some 40 people and watching some other patients looking at them stabilizing but still very much concerned about how they will
do. and, also, wolf, it's worth pointing out, too early to tell for some of those people that remain here at the hospital how much recovery they will be able to do and how much they'll be able to return to the kind of lifestyle and normalcy they had beforehand. just too early to tell right now. >> stephanie, how are the doctors, nurses, hospital workers dealing with all of this? i know you've spoken with them. >> reporter: i have, actually got to tour the trauma center earlier today with the chief of the surgery department here, dr. john files. and it's amazing to see the faces behind the emergency response. for one thing, wolf, i learned today because of the way the county works, they were called and were brought in, were here at the trauma center before the bullets even stopped being fiertd. that's how quickly they were responding and prepared for this. while they had never seen anything of this magnitude before, they did say their training kicked in and able to help everyone and line up the halls with gurney after gurney
of these patients that were there and just really go back into their training. they say it may have seen somewhat kay ot stick in the emergency room, once they got into the hospitaling rooms and got into triage, that is where their training kicked in and they were able to help people that came in. we know that four people died on their way to this venue. but they have been able to save the other people that have been here so far. >> we want to thank you all of those doctors and nurses for saving lives at the hospital where you are and the other facilities and other hospitals as well. stephanie, thanks very much. joining us now the mayor of las vegas, carolyn good man. mayor, the gunman clearly spent a lot of time in beautiful las vegas gambling in the casinos, staying at the hotels. as far as you know, were there ever any reports of suspicious behavior or someone that would have raised a red flag? >> you know, i think the sheriffs have been very clear, i'm not one not to talk about the what ifs or what might it be
or what's not corroborated. i always go back to the sheriff for the facts that is he checks them and authenticates what the rumor is. yes, we know he's been over the years and is a gambler. but what is amazing is the heinous person who shot these innocent people that aren't with us anymore and the families and loved one. and our concentration is not on him. he doesn't deserve it. i don't like to hear about it except we know our law enforcement, our first responders, our entire medical community has done as much as it possibly can. it's been so professional. outstanding. and having spent the night, most of it on that horrible sunday night, monday morning, talking to patients who were not going into the surgery immediately, or
who were being gurneyed into the facility, knowing the doctors there, i mean what a tremendous effort and love for life. everybody, that's what they did, and that's what they were trained to do. law enforcement continues training. our early responders the same. and everything we do here, i mean i am so proud of this community and feel such a terrible loss for all of these families. people who have enjoyed coming here for years that loved this festival, and found it so spectacular. for one individual, and i hate to use the word individual, to do such destruction is despicable. >> we have to learn, and i'm sure you agree, mayor, the lessons of why this happened, how this could have happened, to try to make sure it doesn't happen again. how was the gunman, based on the information you have.
>> there is no way, wolf, there is no way, wolf, you can take every single human being in this country, we have over 350 million people that live here, and be able to analyze and go around the world of this country and know that every single person doesn't have this or that disorder or isn't full of anger and hate. there was no record, to my understanding, and as it changes, maybe the sheriff and fbi will corroborate that. we know about his father. i know what we've heard from his brother in florida. but there is no way. and we do everything here. i mean, this is a hospitality community. a place that prides itself in convention of 43 million tourists who come here every year to relax, have a good time, go to special events, go to boxing matches, now coming to the ice hockey and coming to the raiders at some future point and usl, these are people who come
here to relax and just say i can take time out and have a good time. but not for these 59 people and their families. our heart breaks for them. and i just can't imagine, as we see each face and see a little vignette of who they were, what their lives were, that they just graduated from college, that they were a cheerleader, outdoors man, that they were a member of our local community, young people, who just were out there strg a good time, taking some time off. how dare this rotten soul go ahead and do this to innocent people like picking off ducks in a line. i don't want to give him any attention. >> and it's not just the people who were killed or the people who were injured, unfortunately, way too many, it's 22,000 people who were there at that concert who clearly have been impacted by what this gunman did. we couldn't agree with you more. but i still go back to the
notion, the authorities have to learn as much as possible about this man, and certainly everyone else has to learn to see what -- certainly no 100% perfect way of dealing with this, but the gunman, as you know, he was able to bring in some high powered weaponry to that hotel suite, store it there in ten suitcases without anyone apparently noticing. is that a problem? >> wolf, no, no, no. this is las vegas. this is a place of entertainers as well as those being entertained. these are people who come in with instruments. suitcases full of clothing changes so that somebody would come in with five or ten bags, and how would anybody know at the front desk. oh, i'm going to count your bags. are these for your girlfriend, boyfriend? please open and show us your bags. this isn't the airport. and this really is about preserving what this entire
country was created to do, to be a land of the free. and i mean to me this one single person, because of the issue of what this person was and what he did, we find out that he's demented, i mean, give me a break, what do you think? he's going to go out there and shoot innocent people. how could it not be a demented soul. how are you going to follow each one of us, are we going to be shackled and have all these identifying things to get a cup of coffee and free to travel somewhere. the issue is at the airports we have all the screenings you can go through. but you can go in your car anton the rail. are we going to start to make sure every single person is identified for getting into their car or a rented car or getting on a train? i mean when you take this further and you begin to see how it would manifest itself going forward, this is one sick
demented human being who had no right to do any of this. and may he rot. >> mayor, thank you so much. good luck to you. good luck to all the people in las vegas. what a horrendous, horrendous situation this is. and we are grateful to all of you for doing what you are doing. thank you so much for joining us. >> and please thank the country and thank all those who sent their prayers and their love to these families and their wounded people. >> i agree. we thank them as well. the mayor of las vegas, carolyn goodman, appreciate it very much. more breaking news we are following here in "the situation room." we are getting more details on the las vegas gunman and extensive arsenal he put together before deadliest mass shooting in u.s. history. fisher investments avoids them. some advisers have hidden and layered fees. fisher investments never does. and while some advisers are happy to earn commissions
/b. breaking news in las vegas authorities have now identified all but three of the 59 people killed by the gunman who fired hundreds of rounds at concert goers from the 32nd floor of the mandalay bay hotel. new images showed the suite weapons from arsenal. also learning about his weapons purchasers. our national correspondent is join us live from north las vegas. what are you finding out, kim? >> reporter: well, wolf, we just heard from the news conference, investigators laying out seven more weapons recovered in the gunman's reno home. this is also one of the places that we found that the gunman purchased weapons. this store in las vegas. he didn't just go to las vegas. he also went, according to the sheriff, to stores in arizona. he bought weapons also in the town that he had his home in mesquite, nevada.
and then we went to st. george, utah, where he went to a gun shop there, visiting three times starting in january. here's what the gun shop owner told us. >> you know, it was just a regular, every day joe blow guy. nothing specific. didn't ask for anything that threw any red flags. looked through the entire store. looked at all different kinds of items. asked different questions about things. my first encounter with him was, again, nothing remarkable. the next time he came through the door, he was looking more specifically for a shotgun. the third visit that he came in, he actually purchased the firearm, the shotgun. and, again, browsed around, talked about just every day life, nothing like that. and then walked back out the door. it wasn't like there was just this one little thing or a look in his eyes. because we get sketchy people that walk into our business. no matter how you look at it, sketchy people come in.
those are the ones we have code words, you know, on our staff that we can throw up and let everybody know something is not right here. something is going on. and that didn't happen with him. he passed all of our background checks here in the store. he passed every red flag that could have popped up. but it's still there. it's still stg that i'm still going what else could i have done better. >> reporter: and he says he's had sleepless nights over this because las vegas is his hometown. he keeps going over everything wondering is there something i missed. if you are keeping track, wolf, this person was able to accumulate 49 guns total that we know of. that number has continued to go up every single news conference, wolf. so there will be a lot of questions of how many states did he visit, how long had he been trying to acquire these weapons. because this gives us an intimate look of how long the planning had been going on.
>> 49 guns. and thousands of rounds of ammunition collected and the police have determined what was in the hotel suite where two of residences in nevada, maybe more elsewhere. thanks. coming up more breaking news. we have new details on the las vegas massacre. new imheadaches of the hotel suite turned into a swiper's nest along with some of the weapons. and president trump returning from the puerto rico disaster zone where he spent much of the time downplaying and patting himself on the back. >> your governor, who i didn't know, i heard very good things about him, he's not even from my party, and he started right at the beginning appreciating what we did. ...so he got quickbooks. it organizes all his accounts, so he can see his bottom line.
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and give us the latest development that he wired $100,000 to at least someone in the philippines. >> that's right. we learned today he wired this large sum of money to the philippines. police saying saying they don't know the exact date of the transfer or who was on the other end of the transfer. i should know this should not be to say that this is definitely the person on the other end, but i should say that mary lou danly a companion of the shooters, initially the police were looking for her because he had traveled with her. she had traveled with him. they have now eliminated her as a person of interest, but i should note they believe she is in the firm penicillin and transited there sometime in recent weeks. so, again, police know the amount of money it was sent, where it was sent to the philippines, not saying what the date was or who was on the other end of the transfer.
but notable that mary lou danly and her in the philippines. >> you can see images from the philippines. apparently he was back in 2013. tom fe tom, what question does this wire transfer tv $100,000 to the philippines raise for you? >> we don't know. we have to find out who it was intended for. this was a fairly wealthy person. able to buy the small arsenal he did and sound like well to do financially. so this could have been real estate or some other deal. so it's very coincidental that she was from the pile feehilippe don't know yet. >> follow the mon they say. what was most interesting to you what you heard from the clark county lombardo just moments ago? because he suggested in the next 48 hours they'll learn a lot
more. >> that's what jumped out to me. we have been talking about visible like how many weapons were found at locations, how many people died. we have to talk about invisible here because in the next 48 hours those are going to blow up. you can think of this investigation as a couple of stays. first stage is chaos, what floor is the man on, where is the girlfriend, is she in japan, was she a coconspiracy. we are stage twoel where feds are putting together time line of financial transfers, travel, for example i want to secret card, where did he get gas, did he check into other hotel rooms, within 48 hours, this is what the sheriff is talking about, we should have going back months a pattern of life that would help us understand what he googled search, when he bought the weapons, how that corresponded with his communications with friends and family. by the end of the week what the sheriff is telling us we should have a good picture of his life. . then we have the big question if we know what the picture of the life is, do we have a picture
why he did this. that might be the one not answered by the end of the week. >> you are a former fbi profiler special agent. the fact that he apparently set up cameras inside the hotel suite and outside the hotel suite, what does that say to you about this killer? >> well, that tells me that he wanted to be in control of the whole scene. he wanted to know when people were approaching the room. he wanted to know if someone was going to make an effort to stop him from what he was doing. so that was just part of that extended extensive planning that he put into play in order to carry this out. >> the weapons he had, tom, were pretty sophisticated. semi automatic. maybe he made them into automatic weapons. how much training would he need to be able to fire these kinds of weapons? >> well, he would need a little bit of training for sure. but there are a lot of people who can help people transform a semi automatic into a fully automatic weapon. so when you heard the sounds of that gunfire, it was too rapid
to be a single pull on the trigger. it was baba ba, that's an automatic weapon. and they can be fairly in expensively converted. many gun smiths that can do that very easily. >> he would need to practice? >> when you look at the crowd size down there and he has a scope that we saw on the tripod, that would be very easy. you wouldn't need to be a navy seal to be that accurate to shoot into thousands of people shoulder to shoulder. so, yes, training to fire it, and if a gun smith or someone helped him convert a couple of those guns into being fully automatic, which means you can fire 700 rounds per minute, at minimum, yeah, you wouldn't have to be the most expert marks man to pull that off. >> all right. everybody stick around. don't go too far away. we have more coming up on las vegas massacre. including new details on the
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the breaking news on the las vegas massacre investigation. including new pictures of the weapons used by the gunman. authorities say some have been sent to a crime lab to see how they were modified. >> also breaking president trump just wrapped up trip to puerto rico and every stop he praised what he called the amazing response to relating to hurricane. and here on scene in puerto rico. tell uls about the president's day. >> hey, wolf, yeah, spent some time with fema officials and before moving on to chapel and handing out aid. before heading back to las vegas tomorrow. here in puerto rico they were hoping he would change histone questioning the leadership abilities of puerto rico
officials and being less than receptive to offering aid to the island. we didn't see a full change from the president today. instead we saw some colorful moments. >> this has been the toughest one. this has been a category 5, which a few people have ever heard of. a category 5 hitting land. but it hit land. and, boy, did it hit land. >> reporter: nearly two weeks after hurricane maria devastated much of puerto rico, president trump visits the island a mid a humanitarian crisis. >> i hate to tell you, puerto rico, but you are throwing our budget a little out of whack. because we have spent a lot of money on puerto rico, and that's fine, we have saved a lot of lives. >> reporter: the president touting the relief efforts. while comparing the number of those killed after maria to the death toll following hurricane katrina. >> if you look at a real catastrophe like katrina, and you look at the tremendous
hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of people that died, and you look at what happened here with really a storm that was just totally overbearing, no one has seen anything like that, what is your death count as of this moment, 17? >> 16. >> 16 people certified. 16 people versus in the thousands, you can be very proud of all of your people, all of our people working together. 16 versus literally thousands of people. >> we are grateful for the president. >> reporter: the president also commending puerto rico's governor. >> i can also tell you from the beginning this governor didn't play politics, didn't play it at all. he was saying like it it was. and he was giving us the highest grades. and on behalf of our country i want to thank you you. >> save us from dying. >> reporter: but no mention of puerto rico outspoken mayor
cruz. despite meeting her face-to-face moments before. the moment coming after president twitter attack saying she had poor leadership ability. trump saying. >> i think she's come back a long way. and, you know, i think it's now acknowledged what a great job we've done. and people are looking at that. >> you know who helped? god. >> reporter: the president also taking on the comfortable relief mode with wife at his side visiting homes known as the five star city. one of the neighborhood's upscale neighborhoods. >> did you have fear the house was going to go? >> second floor. >> and that happened? >> yes. >> incredible. good going. >> thank you for being here. >> reporter: and stopping by a church to help distribute food and supplies. >> there is a lot of love in this room. a lot of love in this room. >> reporter: despite the
positive spin on relief efforts coming from the white house, official numbers reveal still a long way to go. 7% of the island's electricity is restored. and only 40% of the telecommunications. obtaining running water is still a challenge. and there are still long wait times at lines in grocery stores and gas stations. >> the job that's been done here is it really nothing short of a miracle. it's been incredible. >> reporter: wolf, the recovery here in puerto rico is certainly uneven. while san juan gets back on its feet, further south in a city that i visited recently we met up with a couple korean war veteran and wife who is living with a neighbor because tree went through the living room. they told us they signed up for fema but has not received any aid. no one has gone into their neighborhood and, wolf, they are
not alone. >> i'm sure there are lots of stories like that. thanks very much. in puerto rico for us. coming up, we'll have a rehalt check. i'll be joined with some of my correspondents. we also have some new reporting on this hour's other major breaking stories, new details about the weapons used in the las vegas massacre. and the first pictures of the sniper's nest. discover card.
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we're following two major breaking stories, including our first look inside the hotel suite used by the las vegas sniper. authorities found more guns and ammunition at the gunman's home, also breaking. president trump come back to washington after spending some time in puerto rico after repeatedly praising the response to hurricanes irma and maria, he didn't get to some of the hardest hit areas. sarah, you're on the ground for us. the president visited puerto rico, this is the first time he's seen the devastation there. did he get a full picture of what the conditions on the island areal with like? >> no.
i think it was impossible for the president to get a full picture in the amount of time he was on the ground. it was 4 1/2 hours. puerto ricans have been in long gas lines in recent days and didn't venture too far o san juan and went to one of the more affluent areas and this storm has been devastating to many. the president didn't go to some of the hardest hit parts and hear stories of those yet to receive aid and didn't contact fema and say, hey, i don't have a roof on my house any more. >> laila, you had a chance to speak to the mayor of san juan one of the targets of the president's attack over the weekend. what did she have to say about his visit today? >> trump was very critical of her over twitter and she was
critical of him and said he met with government officials here that was public and televised. then there was a meeting they had with just white house staff and describes it very different. with the white house, very productive. with trump, not so much. some of the comments were offensive. >> we got to meet with one head staff and i truly believe they finally saw the connection or disconnect versus what they were hearing on the one hand and reality what was happening on the ground. when i heard him say and i quote, puerto rico, you have thrown our budget out of whack for all the money we have spent here, it doesn't make you feel good. >> reporter: yes or no. do you think this trip with president trump on this island will help the people of puerto rico after maria? >> i think his staff understands now and have all the data they need. i would hope the president of
the united states stops spouting out comments that really hurt the people of puerto rico. rather than commander in chief in chief he sort of becomes miscommunicator in chief. >> reporter: so she is throwing the criticism right back at him although she is not as critical of fema workers. she understands they are here, they are doing the best that they can with what they have right now. let me quickly give you an update what i have found on the ground. i was at a distribution center. i did see more aid. there was significantly more aid when it comes to fema in that distribution center. when you follow the aid out to some areas outside of san juan, we went about an hour and a half southwest into an area and the fema aid that arrived there was simply not enough. once it was all distributed there was still about a line of more than 100 people waiting for
more pemp with the basics. for more help and help with the basics, water. >> the lack of medical care is still a very very serious problem. o what are the challenges the elderly and sick residents are facing right now? >> reporter: that's exactly right, wolf. these are people who might not have been adversely affected by this hurricane and have a lot of health challenges and not had the basics in terms of potentially life saving medications. i think as leyla is saying and sara is saying, there's this disconnect, it takes a couple days to fully understand after being on the ground here. many of these supplies are on the island. they are here, in various
places. it's very fragmented. you have to figure it out. they're not getting necessarily to the people who need them and not getting there inadequate numbers. the thing i was surprised by, maybe even shocked by there was a lot of self-congratulatory discussion when the president was here but not as much talk about the stark assessment what is happening. how many people have electricity? less than 10%. how many people still getting medication, a small percentage. you have hospitals considered up and running but still don't have a reliable source of power. how do you continue to take care of patients in that way. a lot going on still needs to be addressed. i didn't hear a lot when the president was on the ground. >> thanks very much. coming up, more breaking news. new images shows how the las vegas gunman turned his hotel into a sniper's nest and details
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