tv Anderson Cooper 360 CNN October 3, 2017 10:00pm-11:00pm PDT
but he hasoke up wwork to do.in. so he took aleve. if he'd taken tylenol, he'd be stopping for more pills right now. only aleve has the strength to stop tough pain for up to 12 hours with just one pill. aleve. all day strong. is america's number-one you kmotorcycle insurer. yeah, she does purr! best bike i ever owned! no, you're never alone, because our claims reps are available 24/7. we even cover accessories and custom parts. we diget an early start! took the kids to soccer practice. you want me to jump that cactus? all right. aah! that lady's awesome.
good evening from las vegas. we are learning more tonight. much of it obviously deeply disturbing about the deadliest mass shooting in modern american history. learning about the gunman arsenal, how long he had been buying weapons, the cameras he set up snnds and outside the gunner nest on the 32nd floor of the mandalay bay hotel. at an earlier briefing the sheriff said there was more he knew that they would make public. we may be hearing that tonight. we'll bringing you that press conference if it comes and more than importantly all the stories of lives lost. cnn alex with what we are learning throughout the day. cameras set up inside and outside the room. >> that was the information we got from the sheriff earlier. he said there had been extensive preplanning that was part of it. cameras is set up inside and
outside the hotel room. he believed they were for transmission not broadcaster. meaning inside he could monitor anybody taking him into custody. it appeared they worked. as the police and security teams moved in from the room they took on gunfire. one of the security guards took a bullet to the leg. all the cameras have been handed over to the fbi. if flfs any recording capability that could be extremely important. >> do we know the time it took? because we know the first responders figured out with the hotel security figured out where the room was. as you said one of them took a bullet. be and then they cordoned off the area got the people evacuated from other rooms. do we know how long it took s.w.a.t. to breech the door. >> an hour and 20 all told. we know sunday night at 109:08 p.m. the first shots rang out. almost immediately there were calls put into the authorities
who very quickly realized where the shots were coming from, from up there. process but initially they assumed it was on the 50th or 60th floor. the security teams and police started going floor to floor process. we heard the sheriff that the bullets rained down nine minutes. we know about the gunfire indian. after that gunfire inside the police retreated waiting to s.w.a.t. it went until 11:20 p.m. an hour 12 minutes later they put explosives around the door breached it went in and found the shooter who had apparently committed suicide. >> not that any motive would make sense but do with he know more about that. >> in short no. they've been hesitant to call it domestic terrorism because they don't know the motive. the sheriff was asked about motive. he said they don't have one. they will be obviously be combing through all the evidence they can find at the home in mesquite at another home in reno. we do know that he has been collecting weapons for some 20
years. at last count there was some 49 weapons but some of the best evidence could come from his girlfriend as we speak is coming back to the country. >> what do we know about her. >> initially after the attack she was named as a person of interest. then the authorities said she went. tonight we learned she still is. however she was not in the country at the time of the attack. she was in the philippines which raises other questions because we know the shooter sent at $1.100000 to the philippines. we just don't know when and to whom. she is on her way back for the u.s. as we speak. they will be questioning her almost immediately. the sheriff said he expects information here shortly. that information could be very valuable in terms of determining mot disbelieve is it known at this point when the verifies who lost loved ones when they will be able to bring their loved ones home? >> no thought authorities here are still going through the identification process. we know from the sheriffs department that they are almost immediately -- almost completely there. >> nearly everybody has
identified. >> everybody identified. so presumably as soon as they have been identified and the evidence that has been gathered that is necessary -- hopefully the families will be able to take loved ones home and lay them to rest. >> it's so unbelievable alex i appreciate the reporting. again we are expecting a press conference at 9:00 p.m. eastern time. of course bringing that to you live with the latest information. we spent some of the day today with a woman named heather meltdown a orthopedic surgeon. sony who was a registered nurse were here because they loved going to concerts. that was their thing sony grabbed her and pulled her to safety when the firing started petition lost his own life doing it. as you know we don't name the killers on this broadcast we don't sthoe you their picture. we don't believe that history should remember the names of those who took the lives of others. we don't believe that history should remember the names of the two columbine killers i think it's strenke that everybody can name the names of the killers
but how many names of victims. dave sanders or from aur row probably remember the name of the raur aurora shoot but how many remember the aspiring sports writer who died there. sandy hook. probably remember the name of the name of the killer. but how many remember grace mcdonald. and noah pos ner. we hope the history doesn't remember the name of this killer. we hope that it remembers names of all those who lost lives. i talked to heather about her beloved sony today. >> what do you want people to know about sonny. >> i think i answer thd question a little bit. but he was such a kind hearted, loving, caring person. and people felt that as soon as they met him. there is not a person's life that he didn't touch that wouldn't say those same thing.
he was the most self-less person i've met even until the last breath he proved that. >> his mom said that he has infectious smile sfl everybody remembers that smile. and all the pictures that are coming out, i think everybody could see that. his name was sonny. but he literally was sunshine when he walked in the room and he smiled. >> is that what you first noticed about him. >> abilitily. >> it was. >> yes. >> how did you meet. >> well we met a bar. >> um-hum. >> and he just came up with that huge smile. and he said the minute he saw me that i stole his heart. and it wasn't necessarily a relationship that was supposed to be. it wasn't textbook. >> how so. >> well i'm a lot older than he 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 is anybody here has been around us as a couple who didn't feel how much we loved each other. and we -- he -- he saved me before even this incident. he taut me what real love was. i remember looking at him on the day that he died before and said -- thanking god 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 love. i will 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. >> especially 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 thing. >> we loved going to concerts. we did it every month. we went to at least one concert. >> you're wearing his favorite concert shirt. >> eric church was his guy. we came to vegas to see eric church. we have tipgts to go tomorrow night to see him in nashville. and we were having a great time sunday night. the last night. and he had just met rich. >> you went back stage sfl we
went back stage. and it was a highlight for our day. and we went out and they performed. and they sang god bless america. and everybody was singing at the top of their lungs. and had their phones let lit up. it was just so moving. and just really true, like we talked about what a great atmosphere in. there were all ages, kids,s elderly, vets. all races. just 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 it was just exhausting long day. and we both said well we're having so much fun well just stay. and we were in the center of the stage relatively close to the front.
and i heard the -- some shots go off and i look at him and i thought -- said to him i think that was a gun. he said no i think it's probably fireworks. everybody thought that. it was so loud. and people were shoulder to shoulder. we were pkd in there. and then we heard more. and then i saw jason aldean run off the stage. and everybody just started running. and there was just a barrage of shots fired and rounds and rounds. it seemed like eternity. >> >> did you know what it was. >> we knew but you couldn't tell where it was coming from, somebody from the crowd or if it was happening on the street, not even where we were. >> right. >> and then i started feeling the ricochets of the bullets on the ground. >> you felt that. >> yes. and i -- i said to sonny let's get down and he said no we can't get down we'll get trampled.
he grabbed me from behind and we started running in kind of ducked position. >> he was running hobd behinding hold you. >> i felt him get shot in the back. we fell to the ground. and i just remember seeing people around me on the ground. and i was trying to talk to him and he wasn't responding. 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 the -- finally the shots stopped. and he started bleeding from his mouth. and i knew he was probably gone.
but i still wanted to hope. and so luckily some amazing people -- i don't know who they are -- came and helped me carry him off the field. and it was quite a distance. when we got there there was. >> they helped you pick him up. >> one of men threw him over his shoulder we got to a field we got to truck with the bed open. they put him in the back of the bed with two other victims. and i jumped in. in that truck. we took off down the road these those two men did cpr on sony and another man all the way to the hospital. >> driefgt helm in tdriving him back of the truck. >> just blaring down the road with the horn honking. copsy 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 intubated or got a blood transfusion he would have been okay. by the time we got to the hospital they started coding him. but they didn't for very long. >> you're a surgeon you're used to being in hospitals. you -- >> yeah. it was hard not to want to be in there trying to help them. >> and is that where they told you he had passed? >> yeah. >> how do you -- how do you -- how do you deal with this? i've talked with people in the past they say sometimes it's minute by minute, second by second. >> that's where you have to
start is 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. you don't just learn to start tying your shoes and then -- or riding a bike and -- you're never prepared for something like this. i have an amazing supportive family. and so does sonny. i think that will be my -- 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. >> you worked -- you worked together also. >> yes. >> he worked in the operating room with you. >> he had started in the last few months being my surgical assistant.
we wanted to be together as much as possible. some people like work because they like to get away. >> i know a lot of couples who wouldn't want to work together. >> but we wanted to be to get. i knew we were newly weds. we had been together five years. i don't remember a time when we were walking without holding hands. we fell asleep holding hands. it was -- you know my mom talked about one time he walked by and had to touch my shoulder. we just wanted to be together. >> did you have a chance to to say goodbye to him then? i mean i don't know. i hope he heard in his last breaths. i went into the trauma room. appear he had already passed. and i kissed him and hugged him. but i was pretty escorted out of
there. because there was more traumas coming. and -- >> you were saying before when we first met that you're not thinking about the person who did this. you don't really care. >> i don't even know his name. >> yeah. i don't want to know his name. i don't care what his motive was. because in my mind there is no justifiable motive, 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 talking to you, because i don't want to be here doing this. but i cannot let a monsters like that overshadow the people that
he took. and i want everybody to know what amazing person was taken from in planet, senselessly. he brought joy to so many people. he brought love to a small community. i mean, our community is reeling with pain over this. >> is the -- the place you live now is the town you grew up. >> yes. >> pretty small town. >> just over 500 people. we love it there. >> everybody must have known him at one time or another. >> 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 nurturing spirit. i have received dozens of messages from people he cared for and their families. that he made them feel so
comforted and so -- he just -- he just made them feel like he cared about them. i think that was just his nature. and it could be in nursing or could be in going to mow somebody's lawn. he had an amazing way of caring for people and bedside manner. he could have been a doctor. i cared for people. it's the field i was in also. and so it was what we talked about. and i think that kind of gave him a little bit of an interest in doing it. >> it also it sounds like had he within able to get to you safety he sounds like the guy that would have gone back to help other people. >> we talked about that. when we said if he was one of the people who had survived and gotten me out he would have been running -- the people running back in. i have no doubt in my mind. he sacrificed his life for me. but i think he would do it for other people he didn't even
know. i just feel that he is -- he always puts people above himself other people. >> it's also a situation like this to see people reaching out to you know the guy who put him over his shoulder and ran, the guy who drove the truck, it gives you hope. >> right. and i was -- yeah. i mean there was more 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 wasn't -- i'm not from here. i'd only come here with him. but the people there embraced me. and the two men giving him cpr stayed by my a side that entire night. and they said that sonny would always be part of their life. but in the chaos of everything going on, you know, i don't remember their names.
i barely remember 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 saving other people and putting their own safety, you know, beyond -- behind what they were doing for other people. >> yes. i wish you continued strength and peace in the days ahead. >> thank you. >> thank you. sonny meltdown was just 29 years old. he will be remembered. as will all of the others lost their lives. we'll be right back. we'll have a press conference starting at 9:00 from authorities with the latest. we'll have that. president trump's visit to san juan today and all the other news from here in las vegas. ♪ well i'm gone
we were in a german dance group. i wore lederhosen. so i just started poking around on ancestry. then, i decided to have my dna tested through ancestry dna. it turns out i'm scottish. so, i traded in my lederhosen for a kilt. i am totally blind. and non-24 can make me show up too early... or too late. or make me feel like i'm not really "there." talk to your doctor, and call 844-234-2424. you won't see these folks they have businesses to run. they have passions to pursue. how do they avoid trips to the post office? stamps.com mail letters, ship packages,
♪ ♪ like paperless, multi-car,e and safe driver, that help them save on their car insurance. any questions? -yeah. -how do you go to the bathroom? great. any insurance-related questions? -mm-hmm. -do you have a girlfriend? uh, i'm actually focusing on my career right now, saving people nearly $600 when they switch, so... where's your belly button? [ sighs ] i've got to start booking better gigs. as i say we are anticipating a press conference from authorities in las vegas coming up. when authorities said they found 23 weapons in the hotel suite of the killer. we are getting first images of
it. pictures from the daily mailex longside what the paper says is the body. you see two long guns surrounded by spent shell casings process another photo one on the left a modified stock that allows modified firing. one high capacity magazine after another stocked up against a post and shell casings everywhere to the right of the post am hear perhaps used to break the windows. two windows were broken. one more photo looking to the left more weaponry furniture set up make shift barricade. the back wall polk marked with bullet holes. more on the investigation from our senior investigative correspondent drew driven. how did he come by so many weapons? do we know. >> as alex reported to you earlier he had been acquiring the weapons legally for years. we can also tell you it may may
come as a shock because he had no record and because he had a lot of money he had everything he needed to acquire what he needed to make these the weapons automatic legally. the difference between a semi automatic one-shot at a time assault rifle. and this fully automatic assault rifle is stunning. >> holy smokes. >> 90 rounds in seconds. >> 9.43 seconds. that is unbelievable. >> polk county florida sheriff grady says in fire power is not only available but what you see here, these legal 100 round canisters were taken off his streets from drug dealers. >> this is 290 rounds right here. >> 290 rounds. and you can literally shoot these as quick as you can pull the trigger one time.
>> the massive magazines legal. the parts to turn a semi automatic weapon into fully automatic rifle also legal. >> this is pieces of what makes it a fully automatic firearm. interestingly enough, you can buy this online. >> and the las vegas shooter may have used another modification. this is a slide stock. perfectly legal aftermarket component, according to the manufacturer video it's easy to assemble on assault rifle the results technically don't make a machine gun ask yourself if can you tell the difference. the slide stock is legal to buy and use. former aff agent sam roberty calls did it a work around of the gun laws. not a loop hole. that makes no sense to you but this lessens. kits you can buy online to turn
a semi automatic rifle into a fully automatic weapon. legal to buy, yet illegal to use. >> the conversion kit is legal when you use it to convert a rifle into a fully automatic obviously then makes it illegal. >> the roboty says the las vegas shooter may have been used both. and firing from the 32nd story into a huge crowd needed little training if any to kill so many. >> drew based on the images we have the the weapons used by the shooter can any of the experts tell what kind of mauvgss the guns were made? >> yeah, you saw the picture the one they call the bump stock slide stock. same thing it's the stock. if there were any mauvodificati to turn a semi automatic fully automatic with the pieces the sheriff showed me. that would be done by opening up
the gun. the forensics on the gun will tell everything. there is no doubt from everyone i talked to these were automatic firing weapons. the question is how did he get them? how did i train them with no detection? anderson. >> drew, appreciate that. i want to bring in law enforcement panel. panel of experts. art roderick former assistant director of marshal service. phil mudd. and julia. art when you see that you say that's a work around. >> it's a work around. did he make some modifications. i saw the red dot sight with the bump stock that cause to do to go fully automatic. i saw the.308 rifle configured in a rifle position with a long scope everybody realizes that could treat out to thousands of of yards. 1,000, 1,500 yards gloo does that make sense from a guy
without military training would have the ability to do in? i mean he has two -- two locations. he has the weaponry. he has -- i mean it seems like a pretty staked out position, the cameras. >> a lot of this doesn't make sense. you're putting your finger on a corner of it. that is an individual who acquired this kind of weaponry over months or years. he was also acquiring explosive material used for some kind of improvesed explosive device, vehicle or backpack. when i look at the explosive material he was researching something online. investigators must have information for example by looking at his laptop about what he was researching. we must know at this point the beginning looking at the cell phone, the laptop about who he was calling and emailing. you look at all the information what you mentioned, the weapons what he did at the site prepositions cameras. the fact he acquired information over time and you draw initial conclusions. number one, the language that's
been used over the past 48 hours that he was some sort of demented maniac. i don't buy it. this guy was thinking for some time. talking to his family fraends. 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 about in appear when he was acquiring the material. bottom line there is back story here about what he was thinking when. and whether somebody new knew something about it and we should know that soon. >> and juliet, i mean the killer's girlfriend to phil's point said to be in the philippines. shooter wired $100,000 to the philippines unclear to whom and which or why. no one accused the girlfriend of wrong doing there is certainly questions she could answer. >> to me the girlfriend is a missing link. i was actually pleased that the police who seem to -- yesterday to sort of say well she is gone
now are calling her a person of interest. look at the facts. . she is with him during this period as phil described he is accumulating weapons of mass casualty at this stage, a bunch of weapons. she happens to leave before the even. two nights before the massacre, two nights ago. and he sort of protects her he wants her to do well. whether she knew or had constructive knowledge or she was afraid to go forward we don't know yet. but i'm sort of unforgiving about the wives and girlfriends. we have a tendency to feel bad for them. maybe there is a power struggle in the relationship. i don't care at this stage. you bring her back she is a person of interest. she is as close to a coconspirator as we may have and you find out what she knew. >> you know, see -- you see the mandalay bay you can see the two windows broken. the location of the concert is over there. how much skill does one need to
have to fire into a crowd of 2,010,000. >> if he was picking out specific targets you would need training but the modification he made on the.223. have you lived to practice. but firing into a mass crowd you don't have to aim. you point and shoot. the.223 has a maximum effective range up to 400 yards exactly from the window to the middle that have particular venue. he had the.308 that is high caliber and high power can reach 1,000 yards easily. >> given the sheer number of security cameras in all the builds all the casinos around here by now or very soon i imagine authorities would have a good idea of how he got the weapons into the room and also the extent to which he was doing surveillance or casing you know the venue, trying to figure out what room he would try to get. >> let's step back for a moment.
you're correct. looking at the days before he checked on the 28th of december. you should be able to get what happened in the days before. let me put that into perspective. i also want to know for example what his credit card says. did he ever check into the hotel before? did he get gas anywhere in that neighborhood? does he have google severance about mandalay? look at this three dimensionally. i want to know over time again when we acquired the weapons, did that correspond at all to trips into the strip in las vegas in when he was communicating with his family, when he texted his brother, whether the communicationing patterns change. the bottom line is anderson you're talking about what happened in the past few days what the security cameras say. i want a three dimensional picture of a time line going back years that suggests to me whether there are changes in the time line and when i interview friends, family members and that girlfriend, whether they saw any changes by the time he checked in on 28 september.
we ought to know that soon. >> hmm. phil mudd i appreciate it jewel et art. the iraq war veteran at the concert how he took a truck and use to do to save people bringing them to the hospital. fothere's a seriousy boomers virus out there that's been almost forgotten. it's hepatitis c. one in 30 boomers has hep c, yet most don't even know it. because it can hide in your body for years without symptoms, and it's not tested for in routine blood work. the cdc recommends all baby boomers get tested. if you have hep c, it can be cured. for us it's time to get tested. ask your healthcare provider for the simple blood test.
want sure!ck? alright, looks like we've got chips, popcorn, pretzels? pretzels! plain, sourdough, spicy, sesame, honey mustard, chocolate covered, peanut butter filled, this one's in german, it says, "reindfleisch?" plain. great. so what are we gonna watch? oh! show me fall tv. check out the best of the best hand-picked fall shows on xfinity x1, online, and the xfinity stream app. thirsty?
in the midst of this horrific act of violence every day people stepped up and in really extraordinary ways. one of them was iraq war veteran taylor winston. he saved lives driving people to the hospital. he joins us now. you were there with your girlfriend. did you know right away what was going on? >> no we didn't. the first round ever shots surrounded like fireworks as everyone described. you didn't think much of it. not that particular surround esound by fireworks in general. the second round- dsh rounds
shot i got concerned looking around they were familiar and didn't sound like fireworks. i had just gotten there wasn't drinking or intoxicated so i was aware. then it really hit home and sunk in one jason ran off the stage and got sfwloors how did you get a truck? >> after the initial scare and frantic honestly i was terrified. i can't defend myself with someone shooting at us with fully automatic weapons. >> no idea where it's coming from. >> don't know where it's coming from. we were terrified. we were running i was telling people keep heads down get to the fence get out eventually got people over the fence, helping them. and then jenn with me she helped people over the feps too. she had a broken back at the time. still. but yeah we just got over the froens fence. our rend friend was on the inside he told us to leave he wanted to grab more friends. it was hard to leave but we had to keep moving. i spotted the empty lot or the
dirt lot across the street. and there was a lot of white work trucks and typically festivals have multiple employees sharing a truck. it's not common for keys to be in one. and i just kind of crossed my fingers and hoped for one. and found one. and. >> it had keys in it. >> had key in it they were the keys to the vehicle. once we were in we decided to go hem get everyone out of there and we started driving back towards the venue. >> you were basically loading people into the back of the truck. >> shots were firing. we had a couple of friends we know casey was one. helped set up a make shift hospital on the back side away from the gunfire. and they were pullingpeople out and we pulled up to that they started loading us up with the critically injured. >> at this point were shots going on. >> still going at that time. the first loading. and it was still quite scarey we knew they had to get to the hospital immediately. and no ambulances were
immediately available. they were staging. >> ambulances were staging so they weren't directly respond sfwloog not enough anyway. there were far too many casualties for anyone to handle. probably one of the hardest parts was leaving everyone behind i couldn't fit in still critically injured. >> right you can fit only so many people. >> took a first round. dropped them off we had help at the hospital getting them out and getting them in. once we were clear we just said let's go back for more. >> you went back. >> we went back for a second trip. and filled it to the brim of essentially just bodies some you know barely breathing had people applying pressure trying to help them survive to make it to the hospital. we got everyone there. >> i mean, you were a marine. obviously that training must have had the presence of mind in the midst of something like this is a difficult thing. >> i think a lot of my training helped in the event helped me
keep cool. but in the end of day we knew we had a mission to get as many people to safety and help as possible. because every minute someone's life when you're bleeding out. it was just -- incredibly horrific and tragic to see everyone like that. >> have you talked to any of the people you were able to get to the hospital. >> i had one friend who reached out and said i saved her sister's life one of the people in the truck and recognized me. in the midst of things i didn't recognize faces i looked for injures who was most critical to go. since then a couple of girls reached out via social media and found me and recognized that it was the truck that we had tooken them in. and they were thankful they wanted to meet up later this evening and say thanks. >> how long was the drive? you must have been driving incredibly fast. >> i was driving fast but keeping it safe. i didn't want to injure more people than were injured. but we had come to stop lights people waiving in the back and honking in the horn and flashing
lights. we'd safely go through the red light intersection took ten minutes still and when you're dying that's a long time. >> that's a long time i appreciate all you did. it's really -- honor to talk to you. >> thank you. thanks for having me. >> incredible. director of trauma services at the sun rise medical center in las vegas which received more than 200 patients after the mass shooting. talk to him next and also waiting for the press conference at the top of the hour from authorities. [ train whistle blows ] what?! -stop it! -mm-hmm. we've been saving a lot of money ever since we switched to progressive. this bar is legit. and now we get an even bigger discount from bundling home and auto. i can get used to this. it might take a minute. -swing and a miss! -slam dunk! touchdown! together: sports!
and i'm the founder of ugmonk. before shipstation it was crazy. it's great when you see a hundred orders come in, a hundred orders come in, but then you realize i've got a hundred orders i have to ship out. shipstation streamlined that wh the order data, the weights of , everything is seamlessly put into shipstation, so when we print the shipping ll everything's pretty much done. it's so much easier so now, we're ready, bring on t. shipstation. the number one ch of online sellers. go to shipstation.com/tv and get two months free.
well sun rise hospital medical center here in las vegas received more than 200 parents as a result of sand night's attack joining me now christopher fisher director of trauma services at that facility. dr. fisher you were treating people coming in sunday night what was that like? the sheer volume of people coming in. >> that's correct. i got there probably about 20 minutes after we started receiving our first patients. and i have never seen anything like this. i've been treating trauma patients about 15 years. but the sheer volume of what we saw -- and really i mean no viflen trauma center has seen anything like that ever. >> have you done drills for things like this? i mean how can one prepare for something like this? obviously you have incredible experience. as you said it's like nothing you have seen. >> we do. we actively do drills several times of the year have a
disaster plan and mass casualty plan. that's part of our requirements as being a trauma center. to be prepared for that. and that preparation dsh that 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 you know trucks that -- people were just driving in. did you have advance sort of warning of the condition of many of the individuals? or just as soon as they showed up you had to treej? >> we just had to triage people as soon as they got there we had maybe 10, 15 minutes warning of a mass casualty event. but then patients poured in. you took them as they came. >> any sense of how many of the -- those shot at your hospital are -- are still there? >> yes.
so you know current numbers to date we still have 59 patients admitted. 31 of those are still in 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. the death toll has risen to 34. less than 7% of the island has power. the president went there today. he said he heard no criticisms, only thank yous. we'll check with our reporters on the ground next. you pull out the tube and you spit in it, which is something southern girls are taught you're not supposed to do. you seal it and send it back and then you wait for your results. it's that simple.
plain. great. so what are we gonna watch? oh! show me fall tv. check out the best of the best hand-picked fall shows on xfinity x1, online, and the xfinity stream app. thirsty? 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. that was announced today. tomorrow will be two weeks since the storm. less than 7% of the island have power. less than half the people there have drinking water. 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 pretty close to san juan, his team and himself saying this. >> now, i hate to tell you, 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 playing politics, i should say the president praised the governor for not playing politics. the governor announced this evening that 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. there he is doing that. 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 get 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. are those people -- is that just as more information has come in from some of these areas that were cut off, that's why the death toll is rising? or 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 now making contact with some of these clinics on this island. they've been essentially cut off. they're just now getting some of these reviced death tolls. 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 medications, not able to get 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. 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 puerto rico. 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 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. they got a 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,