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we've been talking about how the president does this from time to time. he didn't always wait for the facts to weigh in on the crisis. >> and we have facts, someone used a lot of guns to kill a lot of people. those are all the facts you need to change the gun control in this country. and now to anderson. good evening from las vegas, we are learning much more tonight. much of it obviously deeply disturbing about the deadliest mass shooting in modern history. we're learning about the gunman's arsenal, how long he's been buying weapons, the camera set up inside and outside on that 32nd floor. officials say there's much more they now know and possibly will be making public over the next 24 hours. more importantly, the stories of all those whose lives were lost. first we go to cnn's alex for
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what we've been learning today. cameras set up inside and outside the room? >> yeah, that's the information we got from the sheriff earlier. he said there had been extensive preplanning. he said they believe that they were for transmission and not for broadcast. meaning if he was inside he could monitor anybody coming to take him into account and it appeared they may have worked. as the police and security teams moved into that room they took on fire from the shooter. in fact one of the security guards took a bullet to the leg. now we know all of the cameras had been handed over to the fbi. >> is it known yet the kind of time it took? we know the first responders with the hotel security figured out where the room was, as you said one of them took a bullet. they cornered off the area and got other people evacuated from
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the rooms. do we know how long it took squat to come? >> yeah, we know on sunday night at 10:08 p.m. the first shots range out. almost immediately there were calls to the authorities who very quickly realized where the shots were coming from, from up there but they initially assumed it was on the 50th or 60th floor. the security teams starting going floor to floor. we heard from the sheriff today the bullets only rained down for nine minutes. then after that gunfire inside, the security team and police that were treated waited for swat, wasn't until 11:20 p.m.. so an hour and 12 minutes later that they put explosives around the door, breached it went in and found the shooter who had committed suicide. >> do we know anything about motivate? >> in short no. that's the reason the authorities have been heads talent to call this domestic terror. the sheriff was asked again
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about motivate, he said they don't have one. they'll be combing through all of the evidence they can fine here, at the home in mesquite, at another home in reno. we do know he's been collecting weapons for some 20 years. last count there were 49 weapons. the best evidence could come from his girlfriend who as we speak, coming back to the country. >> what do we know about her? >> initially after the attack she was known as a person of interest, the authorities said she wasn't, but now she's still a person of interest, how far sheriff's office not in the country at the time, she was in the philippines. she's on her by the way back to the u.s. as we speak. they will be questioning her almost immediately. the sheriff said he expects information here shortly, that information obviously be very available in determining that motivate. >> is it known at this point when the survivors who lost loved ones, wen they'd be able
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to bring that you are loved ones home? >> no, the authorities here are still going through the process. we know from the sheriff's department they are almost completely there. >> nearly everybody's been identified? >> everybody's been identified. presumably, as soon as they have been identified and the evidence that has been gathered is necessary. hopefully the families will be able to take their loved ones home and laid to rest. >> appreciate the reporting. again we're expecting a press conference at 9:00 p.m. eastern time. we'll bring that to you live with all the latest information. we spent some of the day today with a woman named heather milton. she and her husband sonny whose a registered nurse were here because they loved going to concert. when the first firing started sonny grabbed her and pull her to safety. he saved her life and lost his own life doing it. we don't name the killers on the broadcast or show you they're
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picture, we don't believe history should remember the name of those who took the lives of others. we don't believe history should remember the name of the columbine killers. it's funny everybody can fame the name of the killers of killings but how about the victims of the killings. probably remember the name of the rearry shooter but how many remember the name of jessica ghali who die died there. sandy hook, how many people remember the name of grace mcdonald who died there. we hope history does not remember the name of this killer, we hope history remember it is names of all those who lost their lives. i talked to heather about her beloved sonny earlier today. what do you want people to know about sonny? >> i think i kind of answered this question a little bit. but, he was such a kind hearted,
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loving, caring person and people felt that as soon as they met him. there's not a person's life that he didn't touch that wouldn't say those things. he was the most selfless person that i've ever met and even until his last breath he proved that. >> his mom said that he has an infectious smile. >> yeah. everybody remembers his smile. in all of the pictures that are coming out i think everybody can see that. his name was sonny but he was sun shine when he walked in the room and he smiled. >> was that the first thing you noticed about him? >> absolutely was. >> how'd you meet? >> well we appellate in a bar. he came up with that huge smile. he said the minute he saw me that i stole his heart. it wasn't necessarily the relationship it was supposed to be. wasn't text book. >> how so? >> well, i'm a lot older than he
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is and i had been going through a divorce and i had three children and he was young and never been married. so a lot of people thought that that shouldn't happen, but i don't think there's anybody whose ever been around us as a couple who didn't feel how much we loved each other. and he -- he saved me before, taught me what real love was. i remember looking at him on the day that he died before and said -- thanking god that i knew what real love was. and i always said if anything ever happened with us for whatever reason, and he wasn't my husband or my lover, that i was so thankful for knowing that
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love, i'll cherish it forever. >> that you had that love in your life? >> yeah, i think it's so rare honestly. but there was never a minute that i doubted his love for me. >> special sunday night. >> yeah. >> he saved your life? >> he did. and he would do it over and over again. >> do you want to talk about that night at all? >> yeah, i mean it's horrifically vivid, it's not an image that probably will ever be out of my mind. but we were having such a good time, and probably -->> going to concerts was your -- >> yeah we loved going to concerts, we did it every single month. >> you're wearing his favorite concert. >> eric church was his guy.
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we had tickets to see eric church and as a matter of fact we had tickets to go see him tonight in greenville. we were having such a great time sunday night. he had just met big and rich. >> you wen backstage? >> we went backstage and it was such a highlight of our day. they went out and performed requested they sang god bless america. and everybody was singing at the top of their lungs and had their phones lit up. it was just so moving and just really true. like, we talked about what a great atmosphere we were in. there was all aged people, kids there, elderly, all races. it was just like people there to have a good time. people were respectful of each other, it was kindness which we feel like is lacking so much in our world today. and, we had talked about even leaving early that night because
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it was just exhausting long day. we both said, well we're having so much fun, like we'll just stay. and we were in the center of the stage, relatively close to the front. and i heard the fire -- some shots go off and i looked at him, and i thought -- i said to him, i think that was a gun. he said no, i think it was probably fireworks. everybody thought that, it was so loud. and people were shoulder to shoulder we were packed in there. then we heard more, and i saw jason ld run off the stage and everybody just started running. and there was just a barrage of shots fired and rounds and rounds and it seemed like an eternity. >> did you know where it was at that point? >> at that point no, but you couldn't tell where it was coming from. was it somebody on the crowd or if it was happening on the street, not even where we were.
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i started feeling the ricochets of the bullets on the ground. >> you actually fed that? >> yes. i said to sonny let's get down. he said no we can't get down we'll get tramped. and he grabbed me from behind and we started running in a duck position. >> he was run holding you running from behind. >> yeah. and i felt him get shot in the back. we feel to the ground, and i just remember seeing people all around me on the ground. and i was trying to talk to him and he wasn't responding, and i started doing cpr on him. and people were yelling at me to get down, and i kept feeling the shots all around me. and i was just screaming for somebody to help me. and then finally the shots
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stopped and he started bleeding from his mouth. i knew he was probably gone but i still wanted to help. so, luckily some amazing people, i don't even foe who they are, came and helped me carry him off the field, and it was quite a difference. when we got there -- >> they helped you pick him up? >> yeah. one man threw him over his shoulder and we ran to a field. we got in the truck with the bed open and they put him in the bed with two other victims. i jumped in and the truck took off down the road. and those two men who did cpr on sonny and another man all the way to the hospital. >> driving in the back of the truck? >> just blaring down the road
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with the horns honking and cops were going in the other direction towards the scene. i just wanted somebody to help us. >> you were hoping someone would give you an escort -- >> something, yeah. i mean i don't know if it would have made any difference, but you always have that hope that if he got integrated or good a blood -- you know he would have been okay. by the time we got to the hospital they started coating him but they didn't very for long. >> you're a surgeon you're used to being in the hospital scene? >> yeah. it's hard not to want to be in there trying to happ them. >> is that where they told you he had passed?
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how do you -- how do you deal with this? i've talked to people in the past who say sometimes it's minute by minute, second by second? >> i think that's where you have to start, second by second. you know, i cannot imagine my life without him. i'm not really sure how you do that, because it's not something you learn in life. like, you don't just learn to start tieing your shoes and, you know, or riding a bike, you're never prepared for something like this. i have an amazing supportive family and so does sonny and i think that will be my crutch. but we all loved him, so this is hard for everybody, you know, and we just have to be there for each other.
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>> you worked together also? >> yes. >> he worked in the operating room with you. >> yeah, he had in the last few months being my surgical assistant. we wanted to be together as much as possible. some people go to work to get away from their significant others. >> there are a lot of couples who work together? >> yeah and i know that feeling, but we wanted to be together. we were newlyweds but we had been together for about five years. i don't remember a time when we were walking where we weren't holding hands. we feel asleep holding hands. it was -- you know my mom talked about one time where le walked by and he just had to touch my shoulder. we just wanted to be together. >> did you have a chance to say good-bye to him? >> i mean, i don't know i hope he heard me in his last breaths.
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i went into the trauma room and he had already passed and i kissed him and hugged him and, but i was pretty quickly escorted out of there because there were more traumas coming in. >> you were saying before when we first met, you're not thinking about the person who did this, you don't care about. >> i don't even know his name, i don't want to know his name. i don't care what his motivate was because in my mind there was no justifiable, motivate, reason belief that could account for what he did and it won't change the fact that he killed my husband and a lot of other innocent people. i don't ever want to hear his name, i don't want to see his face. and that's a big reason why i'm
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talking to you, because i want to be here doing this, but i cannot let a monster like that overshadow the people that he took. and i want everybody to know what amazing person was taken from this planet senselessly. he brought joy to so many people. he brought love to a small community. our community is reeling with pain over this. >> is the place you're at now the town you grew up? >> yes. >> pretty small town? >> yes. just over 500 people. we love it there. >> everybody must have known him at one time. >> yes. and his family, they've been there for generations. yeah, they love him. >> why do you think he wanted to be a nurse? >> he just had the most
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nurturing spirit. i've received dozens of messages of people who cared for and their families that he made them feel so comforted and so -- he just made them feel like he cared about them and i think that was just his nature. and it could be a nursing or it could be in going to mow somebody's lawn. he just had a way of caring for people and just an amazing bedside manner. he would have made an amazing doctor but he just like to care for people. it is the field that i was in also and so it was what we talked about and i think that kind of gave him a little bit of interest in doing that. >> almost sounds like had he been able to get you to safety, seems like he's the kind of guy that would have gone back to help other people. >> yeah, we actually talked about that.
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we said if he was one of the people who had survived and gotten me out he would have been one of those people running back in. i have no doubt in my mind. he sacrificed his life for me. i think he'd do it for other people he didn't know. i just feel that he is -- he always puts people above himself for other people. >> a situation like this, to see people reaching out to, you know the guy who put him over the shoulder and ran t guy who drove the truck, it gives you hope. >> right. and i was -- yes, i mean there was one good people, there was one bad person there that night. and i don't know the names of those people, but i was in that emergency room by myself, i'm not from here, i had only come here with him. but the people there embraced me and those two men who were giving him cpr stayed by my side
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the entire night. and, they said that sonny will always be part of their life. but in the chaos of everything that was going on, you know, i don't remember their names, i barely what was happening around me. but i'm grateful for people like that. and there were a lot of people there like that, that night savoring other people and putting their own safety, you know, beyond, behind what they were doing for other people. >> i wish you continued strength and peace in the days ahead. thank you. >> thank you. >> sonny melton was just 29 years old. he will be remembered as will all the others who lost their lives. we'll be right back. we'll have a press conference starting at 9:00. president trump's visit to san juan and all the other news here from las vegas.
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from authorities here in las vegas coming up. authorities said they found 23 weapons in the hotel suite of the killer, we are getting first images of it. these are pictures from brent's daily mail along with what the paper says is the killer's body. another photo shows two weapons, case on the left with a modified stock that allows automatic rounds. to the right of the post, a hammer perhaps used to break the windows. two windows broken. one more foot looking to the left, more weaponry and furniture set up as some sort of a make-shift barricade. the hall walls marked with bullet holes. we have more now on all of the investigations from our senior correspondent drew griffin who joins us now.
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drew how did the shooter come by so many weapons, do we know? >> he had been acquiring the weapons legally for years. it may become as a shock, because he had no records and a lot of money he had everything he needed to acquire what he needed to make these weapons, automatic, legally. the difference between a semiautomatic one shot at a time assault rifle. and this fully automatic assault rifle is stunning. holy smokes. >> 90 rounds in seconds. >> reporter: 9.43 seconds, 90 rounds, polk county sheriff brady judd says this kind of fire is not only available, but these legal cannibals have been taken off his street from drug
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dealers. so this is 290 rounds right here? >> yes, and can shoot these as quick as you can pull the trigger one time. this is pieces of what makes it a fully automatic firearm. interestingly enough, you can buy this online. >> reporter: and the las vegas shooter may have used another modification. this is a slide stock, perfectly legal after market component. according to the manufacturer's video it's easy to assemble on an assault rifle and the results, though technically do not make a machine gun, ask yourself if you can tell the difference. the slide stock is legal to buy and use. former atf agent calls it a work
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around of the gun laws not a loophole. if that makes no sense to you this will make less sense. kits you can buy online to serve a semiautomatic rifle into a fully automatic weapon. legal to buy yet illegal to actually use. >> the conversion kit itself is legal, but with you use it to convert a rifle into fully automatic, makes it an illegal firearm. >> reporter: the lafg shooter may have used both and firing from a 32nd story into a huge crowd needed little training if any to kill so many. >> drew, based on the images we have of the weapons used by the shooter, can any of the expert you've spoken to tell exactly what kind of modifications the guns were played? >> reporter: yeah, i mean you saw the picture of the one where they call it the bomb stock, the slide stock, it's the same thing anderson.
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if there were any modifications played to turn a semiautomatic, fully automatic with the pieces the sheriff showed me that'll have to be done by opening up the gun. but there's no doubt from everyone i've talked to that these were automatic firing weapons. the question is how did he get and train them with no detection. anderson. >> drew griffin appreciate that. i'll bring if a law enforcement panel. art roderick. phil mud. joey. when you see that you'll see that is just a work around? >> it is a work around. he did make some modification, i saw a red dot sight look like a 223 that caused it to go automatic. also what looked like a 308 rifle with a long regular scope
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that i think everybody realize that can reach out to thousands of yards. >> a guy from who all i've heard did not have any military training would have the ability to do this? i mean, he's got two locations, he's got the weaponry, he's got, you know -- i mean it seems like a staked out position. the cameras? >> a lot of this doesn't make sense, you're putting your finger on a corner of it, anderson. an individual who acquired this kind of weapon over months or years. he was also acquiring a explosive material that was used for a device, for a vehicle, a backpack. my judgment when i look at the explosive material he was acquiring he was probably researching something online. investigators may have some information by looking at his laptop by what he was researching. we must know at this point by looking his cell phone and laptops because who he was calling and e-mailing.
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you look at all this, the weapons, what he did at the site, the fact he was acquiring this over time, you draw a couple of conclusions. number one, the language that has been used that he was some sort of dplented maniac. i don't buy it anderson. he was thinking for sometime, he was talking to his family and friends. he had a business environment where he participated in social life, and he was participating in conversations with people who must have been around when he was thinking and acquiring this material. bottom line, anderson, there's back story here about what he was thinking when, and somebody knew something about it and we should know that pretty soon. >> and julia, the killer's girlfriend, to phil's point was said to be in the philippines, shooter wired $100,000 to philippines, no idea as to who or why, nobody's accusing her of wrong doing but there's
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certainly questions she could potentially answer. >> absolutely. we were talking about this, the girlfriend is a missing link. i was pleased who the police who seemed to seyed, well she's gone, but now calling him a person of interest. she's with lim during period that phil described. he's assumelating weaponry of mass casualty of the state. she happened to leave two nights before the massacre and he protectsler and wantler to do well. whether she knew or had constructive knowledge or she was afraid to go forward we do not know yet, but i'm sort of unforgiving about the wives and the girlfriends. we have a tendency to feel bad for them, maybe there's some power circle in the relationship, i don't care at there stage. you bring her back, she's a person of interest, she is as close to a co-spirit we may have at this stage and you find out what she knew. >> you can see the mandly bay,
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and the two windows that have been broken over. the location of the concert was over there. how much still does one need to have ford to fire into a crowd of 20 something thousand people? >> if he was picking out specific targets you'd need some training. but the modification he made on looks like the 223 he's have to practice that. but he's firing into a mass crowd of people, you don't have to aim he just point the weapon and shoot. and that 223 have a maximum range up to 400 yards, which is exactly from the window to that particular venue. he had the 308 which is a high-caliber rifle that does a lot of damage and that thing can reach a thousand yards. >> and given the number of security cameras in all these buildings and cast flows around here, by now or soon i'd imagine authorities would have an idea of how he got the weapons into the room and also the extent to
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which he was doing surveillance or casing the venue, trying to figure out what room he would try to get. >> let's step back for a ploemt. you're correct looking at the days before he collected in on the 28th of september, you should be able to look at that video and get what happened in the days before. let me put that into expert specific for a moment, anderson. i also want to know for example what his credit card says. did he ever check in that hotel before, did he get gas in that neighborhood, does he have google certainlies about mandalay. i want to know over time when he acquired the weapons, did that correspondent at all to the trip into las vegas. when he was communicating with his family, when he texted his brother. whether these communication patterns changed. the bottom line here, anderson you're talking in the last few days and what the cameras say. i want a picture time line going
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back three years that suggest to me whether there's changes in that time line. and when i interview friends and girlfriend when they saw any changes when he checked in on september. we ought to know that soon. when we come back, the incredible story of an iraq war vet at the concert, how he took a truck, used it to save lives. bringing people to the hospital. yet up to 90% fall short on getting key nutrients. let's do more. one-a-day men's. complete with key nutrients we may need, plus heart health support with b vitamins. one-a-day men's.
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in the midst of this terrific act of violence,
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eviden jfr da /* /- every day people stepped up in amazing ways. one of them was taylor. you were there with your girlfriend, did you know right away what was going on? >> no we did not. the first round of shots sounded like fireworks, as everyone described. didn't really think much of it, pretty common at festivals. the second round, rounds that were shot i started get concerned and looking around because there'll a little familiar and definitely didn't sound like fireworks. i had just gotten there i wasn't drinking or intoxicated so i was pretty aware. it sunk in when jason ran off the stage. >> allow did you get a truck? >> after the initial scared and frantic, i was terrified. i can't defend myself when someone's shooting at us with semiautomatic weapons. we were terrified. we started running and i kept
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telling people keep their head down. i got people over the fence, and jen who was with she helped me get people over the fence. she had a broken back at that time. we were still at the fence -- i spotted the empty lot or the dirt lot across the street, there was a lot of white washed trucks and typically festivals will have multiple employees sharing a truck. it's not oncommon for keys to be in them i just crossed my fingers and hope that was the case. once we were in the vehicle we decided to help get everyone out of there. we started driving back towards the venue -- >> so you were basically just loading people into the back of the truck? >> yeah, so shots were still firing, we had a couple friends
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that we know, kasie was one of them to help set up a makeshift hospital on the backside away from the gunfire. we pulled up to that and they started loading up the most critically injured. >> at this point were shots still going on? >> they were still going at first. the first loading, it was still scary but we had to get to the hospital immediately. no ambulances were immediately available -- >> they weren't direct when i responding? >> correct, no nothing. there were far too many casualties for anyone to handle. i couldn't fit in too many who were critically injured. we took the first round and dropped them off. we had help at the hospital, dropped him off and get into the hospital. once we were cleared we wen back for more. >> you went back? >> we wen back for a second trip and filled it to the brim of
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bodies, barely breathing. had people applying pressure and help them survivor and make it to the hospital. we got everyone there -- >> i mean, you're a marine. obviously that training must have the presence of mind in the midst of something like this, it's a difficult thing. >> i think a lot of my training helped in the event and helped keep a cool head. but end of the day we just knew we had a mission to get as many people to safety and to help as possible. because every minute someone's life could be bleeding out and it's incredibly horrific and tragic to see everyone like that. >> have you talked to any of the people who were able to get to the hospital? >> i had one friend who reached out and said i saved her sister's life. i didn't really recognize faces i just looked for injuries and people most critical that needed to go. since then, couple of girls have reached out via social media,
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found me and recognized it was the truck we had taken them in. they were thankful. >> how long was the drive? you must have been driving pretty fast. >> i was driving pretty fast but still keeping it safe, i didn't want to injury more people. but we come to stoplights but we had people waving in the back, honking horns and we got out of the way. took about 10 minutes but wen you're dying that's a long time. >> i appreciate you. thank you for talking to me. >> thank for having me. director of chrome services at the sun rise medical center here in las vegas received more than 200 patients at the mass shootings. talk to him next. and we're waiting for the press conference coming up at the top of the hour. get 4 unlimited lines for just $40 bucks each.
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patients for about 15 years, the sheer volume of what we saw. really, no civilian trauma center has seen anything like that, ever. >> have you done drills for things like this? how can one prepare for something like this? obviously you have incredible experience, but as you said it's like nothing you've seen. >> we do, we actively do drills several times through the years, we have a disaster and mass casualty plan. that's part of our requirement of being a trauma center. that preparation and training amongst our staff i think made an enormous difference. >> you know, usually an er will get advance notice from an ambulance about, you know the -- what patients are coming in. there were people coming in from trucks ks people just driving in, did you have advance warning of these individuals or as soon as they showed up you had to
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sort of century judge? >> we had to show century judge people as soon as they got there. we had a 15-minute warning that there was an event but thin patients started pouring in. we took them as they came. >> any sense of how many of those who were shot at your hospital are still there? >> yeah, so, you know current numbers up to date, we still have 59 patients admitted. 31 of those is still in critical condition. >> dr. fisher, it's just incredible what you and all the trauma specialist were able to do. the doctors and nurses, everybody pitching in like that. we really appreciate you talking to us, dr. fisher thank you so much. >> thank you. much more from las vegas ahead. we also want to update you on puerto rico, nearly two weeks after hurricane maria.
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the death toll has risen to 34. less than 30% has power. the president went there today. saying he heard no criticisms saying he heard no criticisms only
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don't stop now, it's easy to add to the routine. join energy upgrade california and do your thing. we're going to have more from las vegas, including a police news conference with new details on the investigation. that should be happening in about ten minutes. first i want to turn to puerto rico where the death toll after hurricane maria has risen to 34. tomorrow will be two weeks since the storm. less than 70% of the island have power. enormous challenges from medical care to communication to getting food and supplies to the places that need it most to getting people off the island. today president trump spent about four and a half hours in puerto rico, sticking politicize close to san juan. his team and himself, saying this. >>, now, i hate to tell you,
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puerto rico, but you're throwing our budget out of whack because we spend a lot of money on puerto rico, and that's fine. we saved a lot of lives. if you look at the -- every death is a horror, but if you look at a real catastrophe like katrina and you look at the tremendous -- hundreds and hundreds of people that died, and you look at what happened here with really a storm that was just totally overpowering, nobody's ever seen anything like this, what is your death count as of this moment? 17? >> 16, sir. >> 16 people certified. 16 people versus in the thousands, you can be very proud all of our people, all of our people working together. 16 versus literally thousands of people. >> the governor of puerto rico sitting next to the president as he called katrina a real catastrophe. the governor praised president trump today in his words, not
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playing politics, i should say the president praised the governor for not playing politics. the death toll has risen to 34. the president also spent time at a church in a suburb of san juan, giving out food and throwing out rolls of paper towels. on air force one he called it a terrific visit and heard only thank-yous. now the situation on the ground throughout puerto rico. i want to give the latest from two of our reporters on the ground, sanjay gupta and borris sanchez. the death toll tonight underscores the fact that the crisis isn't over. is it people who have died after the storm? >> i think it is both. and both are pretty tragic. if you think about it, nearly two weeks out, we're still just
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annoy making contact with some of these clinics on this island. also, there are -- there's a situation, anderson, of preventable deaths, people who were not directly affected by the hurricane, but who have chronic illness, not able to get their missions, basic things to keep them alive. that is just tragic. you heard so much self-congratulations today, it was surprising maybe a little bit shocking considering how much is still ongoing here. there's still hospitals that are having a hard time communicating. there are still hospitals that have limited fuel that cannot accept new patients because they have no consistent care. there's still people trapped in their homes, trapped in shelters, unable to get the care that they need. that in some ways is the most tragic part of it all because they can be saved.
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their deaths can be prevented, but that's not necessarily happening, and that's very frustrating, certainly as reporters, but i think also for the doctors, nurses, the medical teams here on the ground, that has to be addressed. >> borris, the president on air force one after the trip said, quote, we've only heard thank yous from the people of freak. i wonder how that squares with what you're hearing on the ground. >> anderson, not many people that i've spoken to today following the president's trip expressed that kind of ambivalent gratitude toward the president. they were aware of the fact he spent four and a half hours here. that's about as much time as many of them had to spend in line the past few days for things like water, food, or gas. i spoke to one person who told me there's something wrong with him when he talks about katrina, comparing the death toll there
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to the death toll here and saying puerto rico got the budget out of whack, seeming to reiterate some of his tweets where he said they want everything done for them, and claiming there would have to be difficult decisions ahead when it comes to helping puerto rico because of the economic situation here. i'm not sure exactly who the president spoke with, but i can tell you some things i've heard about president trump from residents since we've been here, i cannot repeat to you on television, anderson. >> sanjay, the president just now that we've been on the air just tweeted out, great progress is being made. when i was there over the weekend, a number of first responders took me aside and said what they're seeing at the ground level, they had a lot of frustration over a lack of organization, a lot of them said they had been sitting around waiting for days to finally get remission to go out and help. firefighters took it upon themselves to hand out food on saturday, the kind of supplies on their own.
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that he got truck from american red cross, but that was the first time they had been able to hand out food and they have been there for almost a week. what are you seeing on the ground? obviously day after day i would assume there's a lot of forward momentum. what are you seeing on the ground? >> it's a really challenging story and challenging question because there are some people who are doing incredibly good work and who've been here from the beginning. there was a rush i think in some cases to get some of these supplies onto the island. the frustration, i think, then is everything that's come after that. you have life-saving supplies but can't get them to the people who need them. it almost makes it worse because they're there, and sometimes it's antibiotics, and you can't get it to the people who need it over here. there's a lot of reasons for that, bad communications, shortages of fuel and drivers, but it's incredibly frustrating. one of the hospitals i visited yesterday just outside of the
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central part of the island, it's a hospital that's caring for some 200 patients. they have patients in the icu. they are still on generator power. the generators were working when i was there, but they have no idea at it generators are going to continue to work, or if they're going to continue to get fuel. they had to move patients twice from the icu to a different part of the hospital. would you take care of critical patients not knowing if you're going to get fuel, or medications you need? there's 70 hospitals. we have sat phones. there are hospitals out there that can't communicate with fema. fema is in some ways, they have lots of supplies on the ground, lots of resources. if you can't communicate with the hospitals, they can't communicate with you, how's that
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going to work? i realize it's difficult, but it's been 12 days now and it hasn't happened. >> sanjay gupta and borris sanchez, i appreciate your reporting. in just a few moments authorities are expected to brief reporters and the public on the progress they have made, the latest on the investigation since thousands of shots rained down behind me. as we wait for the press conference to begin, i want to go to kyung lah. what more do we know about the run-up to this? >> we know he was very methodical. he planned for this for a long time. >> collecting weapons? >> collecting weapons, phillips look at the weapons history. perhaps most startling in what we learned in the last inference from the sheriff were these cameras, cameras that were inside hotel room, cameras that were in the hallway. the sheriff explaining the reason he had these cameras out here is because he wanted to see when law enforcement wou