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forces, but not always, it could be from any part of the u.s. military, go in and work with local forces to try and help them on their counterterrorism missions. wolf. >> all right, barbara starr, we'll stay on to hap of this worrisome story. that's it from me. thanks for watching. our continues coverage from las vegas continues fwhou erin burnett "outfront." >> tonight, the las vegas shooter's girlfriend break iing her silence tonight question ed by the fbi. and also, a hero who saved dozens of lives even as he was shot in the neck. he's outfield tonight and miracle man. he was gravely wounded. a bullet pressed against his spine. doctors said he might never walk again and tonight, he took his first steps. let's go "outfront."
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and good evening. this is a special edition of "outfront," we are live in las vegas. tonight, the breaking news, the girlfriend of the shooter speaking out tonight for the first time. she spent the day behind closed ed doors being questioned by the fbi and moments ago, her attorney read a statement from her. >> i am a mother and the grandmother and my heart breaks for all who have lost loved ones. i knew steven as a kind, caring, quiet man. i loved him and hoped for quiet future together with him. he never said anything anything to me, took any action that i was aware of that i understand in any way to be a warning that something horrible like this was going to happen.
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danley arrived in los angeles last night. she came from the philippines on the plane there on your screen. fbi agents quickly took her away out of the sight of cameras. investigators say she could be the key to establish iing the motive, the intent for steve paddock's rampage and horrific crimes. we'll have more on danley and her life with the shooter in a few moments. also, we are learning more about the shooter and his deadly arsenal. officials revealing he bought 33 firearms, most rifles and he did this in just a past year. that many in just one year. this is police body cam footage we have which captures the pan aic and chaos, the confusion as those bullets were raining down into the concert ground. when you think about this, there were 22,000 people. they were inside a space, think weren't able to run away. almost every person there that we have spoken to has said they did not know where the gunfire
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was coming from, so they didn't know which way to run and so many ran towards it instead of away. also tonight, president trump an the first lady were here in las vegas. they met with officials, first responders and some of the victims. >> our soles auls are stricken grief for every american who lost a husband or wife, a mother or father, a son or a daughter. we know that your sorrow feels endless. we stand together to help you carry your pain. you're not alone. we will never leave your side. >> i want to go to sara sidner with me here in las vegas. we are now learning a lot more about the shooter's girlfriend or at least what she knows. >> there's more information tonight now that we've just got after looking through the statement that she gave through her attorney and one of the
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things, the question that has been answered that people have been asking is about this money sent from the shooter to the philippines and in her statement through her attorney, she said while there in the philippine, he wired me money, which she said was for me to buy a house and what she thought when she got it was he might be trying to break up with her and he felt bad and was just sending her money and she was worried about that. she said she never, ever imagined he was about to do something violent. marilou danley. at fbi headquarters, she was locked behind closed doors undergoing intense questioning from investigators. their hope, that she may hold the key to what drove paddock to sunday's horrific mass shooting. danley tonight issuing a statement through her attorney. >> it never occurred to me in any way whatsoever he was planning violence against anyone. >> this is the house in
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mesquite, nevada, where 62-year-old danley lived with paddock. about 80 miles from the vegas strip. her exstepdaughter had only kind words for her. >> she's a good and gentle person. i know she has to be devastated by what has happened. >> danley met paddock several years ago. she workeded at the casino. he was a high stakes gambler. paddock's brother talked about what their life was like. >> loved her and he you know -- she was a hostess at the hotel. where steve was a big -- for a long time. >> danley had been married to gary since 1990. their divorce finalized in 2015. her sisters say they're heartbreaking by the shootings and spoke to australian television. >> in love with steve, you know. >> but two weeks before the shooting, danley's sister say they handed her a cheap ticket
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to the philippines. the search for danley was complicated as it spanned several different countries. first stop, tokyo, then to manila. on the 22nd, she flew to hong kong. then three days later, back to manila for a week before returning to los angeles last night. >> imagine if she was there. if he took his life. he would definitely take my sister's life as well because she's there. what he done here, he spared my sister's life. he send her away so he can plan what he was planning without interruptions. in that sense, i thank him for sparing my sister's life. >> during that time, paddock wired $100,000 to the philippines. officials still can't say who received that money, but eric paddock told her orlando
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affiliate he believes his brother sent the money to quote take care of marilou, but the sisters don't describe him as caring man and they're angry at the pain and mystery he's left behind. >> he's so troubled. and he was here putting the puzzles together. >> now, again, we want to reiterate, there is new information coming out from danley's attorney who said indeed the money was wire d to marilou and she thought it was to wi a house. she thought it was a way of getting rid of her and got worried because she loved paddock and hoped to have a quiet life with him. she wanted the public to know she flew back the america on her own. she flew back because she knew that the fbi and that local authorities waned to talk to her and she wanted to talk to them. erin. >> all right, thank you very much.
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certainly she wants them to know she had nothing to hide, no reason to avoid coming back. as we're learning more about her, could be very crucial part of this puzzle, but you're learning more about his gambling life and it was a big one. >> it was a big one. we heard his brother, his family. we've heard a lot of people connected and talk about his professional gambleing life. we turn to his home in mesquite, nevada and it is in that home that there are some clues. he purchased it in 2014 and in the application to purchase this home, a home he decided within five minutes that he wanted because it was at the end of a cul-de-sac, it had a lot of privacy. didn't have any other houses around it in the backyard, it has houses on either side, but nothing obscuring in the backyard. what we've learned in the real estate application as his profession, he was a high stakes gambler and gambled a million dollars a year. and he p purchased the home in
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cash for $369,000. five minutes and just dropped the cash right there, so he had liquid funds. >> so, whether, who knows whether he was being completely honest, but certainly, the cash would seem to indicate there was something there. you mentioned the cul-de-sac and he had an intense, very unusual need for privacy, didn't he? >> quite unusual. we've heard from other neighbors within that cul-de-sac, the area, that yes, he was private. he kept o mooito himself. how many times have you heard that, about people who engage in illicit type of activity, but his was unusual in that it caught the attention of people right around him. this was a home that's already private. it's perched on a hill. dubt oesn't have any houses in backyard, but when he moved in, he erected a privacy fence. it irritated a rot lot of people. there was a screen around it and it was so ugly that a petition was start third-degree this 55 plus community that's considered to be b very, very safe, so he
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wanted to be intensely private. that petition was signed 20 people and they asked it be torn down and the association sided with them. something else he said that a neighbor heard is that i don't want people looking at me, i don't want to look at them. >> all right. thank you very much. this is shedding a lot of light here on what so far is still that huge mystery of why he did this. now, nevada's lieutenant governor who was born and raised here and good to have you back, lieutenant governor. imt to start with what she was reporting, that he was a mill dollar a year gamble her. he bought this house for $369,000 cash. what does that all say to you? this guy had money. >> he had money. i'll tell you, there are a lot of big players in las vegas. who come to this town with a lot of money and play with a lot of money, and so, las vegas is accustomed to those kind of people. and so -- >> wouldn't have stood out is what you're saying. >> that's right.
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this is what las vegas is build on. people coming here, having a great time. people coming here and wanting to try their luck. >> what about the girlfriend? we are learning more about her. and you just heard her lawyers put out a statement. do you know whether they were able to get more information from her today? >> i don't know if they were able to get more than what you have now. i'm happy she's cooping and that the investigators will have a key source of the information. >> how important is she? still the only person who really knew him. >> she's going to be the source to motivation and really somebody who understood him better than anybody else. >> so, i know i played a brief clip, she did the statement with her lawyer. this is from her lawyer then read it to the camera. i wanted to play another clip from that for you. here he is. >> he never said anything to me. or took any action that i was aware of that i understood in any way to be a warning that something horrible like this was going to happen.
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>> do you believe him? >> well, when you see something this horrific in somebody this depraved and evil, hard to believe. maybe it's true, but it's hard to believe that people close to him didn't know something. >> that something was wrong. >> you know, it's a change in his behavior, a change in his personality. something they could see and maybe warn somebody about. >> they are desperately working on this investigation to get more information. you and i spoke last nikt at this time. what's the most significant thing you have learn ed from yor briefings in this investigation today? >> i think that the investigation continues to progress and to progress well. joe, our sheriff, is doing a great job directing from the local fbi's involvement. ipg you're seeing a lot of time spent and occupied investigators evaluating the electronicpatter. >> you said they found multiple devices both in hotel room here
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in the suite and in his homes. have they been able to get into those? >> haven't got anymore information than last night other than they've continued to make progress. >> so, there's a big question of course as to there's some note he may have left, whether on paper or device, some kind of a motive as to why he did this. his brother says we may not have one of those. here's what he said when he broke his silence. >> doesn't make sense. t that's the thing that's bizarre and what i'm hoping we find something. we've got to find something. i mean, the chances he left a note or something. i mean, it's not his style. >> do you think it's possible that he left no trail? >> it's just tough to fathom that he's got so many doing this kind of activity, engaged in this kind of evil, depraved ed
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actions and those closest to him didn't know something. he was texting with his brother. in communication with him. this is a human experience. we all would probably see a change in one of our siblings. >> the brothers, a lot more to ask, his girlfriend. even his mother. >> we've got a lot more to learn and we're doing our best and i want to thank the first responders and our team, for the great b job they're doing. >> thank you so very much. appreciate lieutenant governor. next, this big question about how he did it. that of course was with an arson arsonal. the killer actually amassed 33 gun ss in the past year alone. 33 in one year. how exactly did he do it and why did such a quick collection of firearms not raise a red flag? plus, this man. single handedly saved dozens of other lives. he was shot himself. a bullet could be permanently lodged in his back. his name is johnathon smith and
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he is "outfront" tonight. and the president's visit here today, was it overshadowed by this? >> can you address the main headline of this story that you called the president a moron? zpl i'm not going to deal with petty stuff like that.
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welcome back to a edition of "outfront." we are live in las vegas where learning the gunman who killed 58 people purchased 33 firearms in the past year alone. this is as officials confirmed a total of 47 firearms were found at his homes and the hotel suite where he carried out this horrific carnage. the big question is how did he get so many guns and why didn't accumulating them so quickly raise a red flag for anyone? jessica schneider investigates. law enforcement sources say paddock amassed 33 guns just in the past year. many of those 33 may have been stockpiled inside his hotel suite where he orchestrated a shooting massacre. the spray of bullets lasted nine to 11 minutes, killing 58 country music concertgoers. inside the suite, investigators counted 23 weapons.
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>> it is still being determined which firearms were used in the shooting. >> 12 of the weapons were equipped with bump fire stocks, a device illustrated in this youtube video. it allows it to fire in rapid successio succession. it is legal and easy to obtain. >> in different online sale, a number of vendors. >> investigator haves uncovered 47 firearms so far. 23 from inside paddock's hotel room and another 24 from his heem homes in mesquite in nevada. they say he has been accumulating his collection for the past 20 years. the sales never raised red flags since he had no criminal history and out u west, the possession of large quantities of firearms by hunters and collectors isn't uncommon. >> there are states in the country where there's a lot of hunting. that goes on. and outdoor activities. there are also areas where you
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have a higher population of collectors, so the purchase of that many firearms in and of itself would not necessarily be an indicator for us. >> paddock's arsenal costs tens of thousands of dollars. he purchased his guns in four accept raut states. nevada, utah, california and texas according to the atf, frequenting shopping in nevada. he bought several long guns at cabelas. in las vegas, he bought a shotgun and rifle from the new frontier gun shop and two rifles and one handgun from discount firearms and ammo in november and december of 2016. in mesquite, paddock purchased a handgun and two rifles from guns and guitars within the past year and the owner of dixie gun works in st. george, utah sold him a gun. >> he passed all of our background checks. he passed every red flag that
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could have popped up, but it's still there. i'm still going what else could i have done better? >> there's no national registry of firearm ownership in the united states. so, even though paddock acquired those 33 guns in a span of one year, since they were from different locations and he presumably passed background checks, no red flags were raised enabling him to carry out his horrific attack. erin. >> jessica, thank you very much and now, retired fbi special agent, and chris flecker. chris, there's no database. which you know, putting aside my personal views, i find that absurd. 33 guns purchased in one year. how dhauz compare to the average gun customer? >> i don't know what the average gun customer is, but i would imagine that the average is one gun, one handgun maybe two handguns per person. what's interesting is the
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national check system has all that data. all those inquiries went in from all those different places and it's forbidden from any agent stoi mine that data and look for patterns. >> there actually is a record. someone could have looked and seen this guy bought 33, but they weren't allowed to. that's pretty incrediblncredibl. >> it is. it's stup fieing. what really struck me, a loophole that's got to be closed is this fire stock. it is, i mean -- >> when you put on to a gun to make it fully automatic. >> as fbi instructors explained to me, it's easy to procure, it's about $100, it's easy to install and takes a weapon and runners it fully automatic. 750 and 900 rounds per minute, it's insane, you can't shorten the barrel of a shotgun. there are rules and restrictions. silencers, you can't file the serial number, but you can
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convert, you can convert a semiautomatic weapon and make it fully automatic. it makes no sense. >> and the other thing is how he learned to use these. no background, no criminal background, no military background, but yet, it isn't something you can just do. it isn't like, snap, here we go. >> these are high-end weapons. they're really, really good scopes. expensive weapons. the actions on those weapons have a load. the chamber loads, how you pull the trigger and you have to practice that and how it fires, particularly with bump feeder, so, you know, it's like holding a high pressure garden hose if your hand. unless you practice. >> so somewhere, in the desert, he actually had to practice. so, the girlfriend is crucial
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here. she came back on her own. says she has nothing to hide. her actions would indicate that, that she wanted to say everything she knew. i wanted to play more of what her lawyer said. here he is. >> okay. >> i was grateful. but honestly, i was worried. that first the unexpected trip home and then the money was a way of breaking up with me. it never occurred to me in any way he was planning violence against anyone. >> is it possible she really had no idea? clearly, this took a lot of planning and premeditation. >> sure, what was reagan's famous saying? trust but verify. the fbi is interviewing her. i know the deputy director said that they still had not gotten to motive. this is going to speak to that. she's a person of spres. she's been cooperative, come back, didn't have to figure out
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a way to extradite her. the fbi is 65 legals scattered around the world. in those embassies where she traveled, to a number of coun countries. >> hong kong, tokyo, manila. >> those leads are being nailed down. there are forensic accountants that are going to determine how it was transferred and what it was spent on. she's going to be b a treasure-trove for them for more lead. i imagine we're going to get closer to mote neviaive in the couple of days. >> he did have a relationship with his family and a pretty close one. >> with one brother, he was in business with him, so you would think he would know something about his own brother, but i'm one of those people who think that is the fbi is working very quietly behind the scenes and knows more than they're letting on now. there's social media, computers. there's his mobile device, possibly notes. we don't know what they found in the hotel room.
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i don't think there's a situation like this that i know of where the person that committed the crimes didn't have something that he left behind. he or she left behind that led to some conclusions about why they did it. i'm pretty sure that some of that is is out there. >> you think so. and they have as they said, lieutenant governor was say iin multiple electronic devices. we understand they've had no issue breaking into those. not like san bernardino. they're in there. >> she's certainly key. you would think as a live in girlfriend, he would confide in her probably before anyone else. a lot of neighbors talk about him being a loan ner. one said he was aggressively unfriendly. a tendency to minimize their own involvement in the beginning and i think it takes a little while to break that down. maybe they'll have to polygraph her eventually. >> thank you both so much. and next, this man is a hero. a hero in this tragedy.
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welcome back to our special edition of "outfront." we are live in las vegas where police news conference is about to begin any moment. we'll bring you that live as this investigation continues.
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it comes as doctors are working around the clock helping hundreds of victims from the mass shooting that took place behind me. it was a hospital today, they still have 29 people still in critical care right now. and as the healing is beginning for so many, we are hearing some incredible stories. incredible stories of heroism and humanity, including the story of jonathan smith. you may have seen his picture. it has been seen around the world and the same word is in pretty much every single headline. and you can see it there. hero. hero. hero. hero. hero. jonathan was credited with saving the lives of some 30 people even as he himself was shot in the neck and he joins me now. he is back home, irvine, california. and thank goodness for that. jonathan, look, i'm so grateful that you're able to talk to us. i know that you are obviously
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very seriously injured . you have that bullet still in your neck. how you feeling tonight? >> thank you very having me on. still in a little pain, but i think honestly, it's going to take time to heal. i can't not forget about what happened. i'll relive it every day. through social media. from people calling. people texting me. i think the people that weren't there don't realize how traumatic it was. the whole time, i thought honestly i would die. i really did. >> and when you were there, jonathan, you're getting on the fourth song of jason aldean's act, all of a sudden, you hear those gun shots. a lot of people heard them and
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did what most of us would do. they were terrified. went down or tried to run away. but you ran towards. do you, did you even think about it? or you just did it on instinct? >> honestly, i don't know what i was thinking, honksly. the moment that i got my brother and three nieces across street, i don't know what made me turn back around. maybe it was a screams. i don't know. but there were a lot of people still running out. few fell down. i still remember it vivid. i try not to, honestly. but i really can't explain why or what made me turn around. i just felt you know, if i could help one person or multiple
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people, that's one life that was spared. >> it's swrjust incredible beca so many say that and they're good people, but you tried to help something so few human beings would do and you saved so many lives ch i me. i mean, how does that make you feel? do you realize that yet? that there are maybe 30 people who are alive right now because of that decision you made to go back in? >> yeah, i do. i do. and i mean like you said earlier, everyone's been using word, hero. prz i've been saying it since the whole time i got home. i'm not a hero. i'm far from a hero. i think i just did what anybody would do. was it smart? probably not.
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but that was someone else's shoes an they seen me, i would want them to come back an at least help me. so i'm, i can't say that i am a hero. everybody might see different, but i'm just a normal human being. basically seeing people's lives in danger. >> well, you may yourself as no normal, but i think most see you as truly extraordinary, whatever word you want to use for it. i know you were hit and kept trying to save people. and then there was someone else who came in, san diego off duty officer, he came in and saved your life, jonathan. and we have him with us tonight. officer tom mcgraph is here and i just wanted to bring him in and officer mcgrath, thank you. i know you just heard frwhat jonathan said. >> yeah, i did. i think he's being too modest.
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what he did was extraordinary. somebody who trains for things like this, there -- a lot of attraction and something we train for, but i think somebody like him, he did something extraordinary, showed tremendous bravery. he inspires me. he may not want all the credit, but he did a wonderful job b and i was happy to be there to help him towards the end and get him out of there when he was hit. >> jonathan? >> i don't know even know what to say. i talked to him every day. he did call me. honestly, i owe the man my life. because from the moment i got hit, he was the first one to actually help me stop the
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bleeding. he never left my side at all. and i remember him helping me get in the back of a red pick up truck with another young lady that had a gun shot wound. i kept tell him i don't want the die. he kept saying you're not going to die. i got you. you're not going to die. he said it as they took me out and put me on to the concrete in front of a patrol car. that i wasn't going to die. even talked about the moment where he put his finger inside the wound just to stop it. it's stuff like that i won't forget. i owe him my life. and i know out there how everyone bashes everybody. they feel like it's fake.
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there was no way this was fake. at all. the shot that i took in my arm was not stafake. from the people that lost their lives. this was a tragedy. and a ipg not just myself, but even officer mcgrath who now i consider as a brother to everyone else, that's, this is what we should be doing. it didn't matter what race is. didn't matter what race anyone was at that time. all we seen was a human life. i'll never forget that day. or anybody else for that matter. >> and officer, you said you
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u -- you put your finger on that wound and saved this man's life. >> do you feel like he as he said, a brother. >> yeah, i consider him mine as well. we spent a lot of work yesterday. i was able to get in contact with him. you know, i just remember always telling him when we got that -- wait for the paramedics, now, it's time to fight. i know he was feeling weak. i understand that. it was a scary moment, but i remember just holding his hand, this is the time to fight. you made it this far and he's fighter. he's got that warrior mentality. he went into the gunfire. he saved, it could be more than 30 people. if it's 30, then it's 30. you know, he had that warrior mentality. he went back in there and that's the type of mentality that got him through that. and what kept him alive. i think you know, as long as he recognizes that, he needs to
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keep that mentality. that's a rare, rare thing for people to exhibit and to have in themselves and through this tragedy, i just remember you know, suffered alone. when people were drying, there was somebody there probably holding their hand or holding them comforting them. how severe it was, nobody suffered alone. the take away from the whole situation. we might have our story on cnn or whatever news outlet, but i think the bigger picture is when you look at the whole, nobody suffered alone. everybody rallied together and wanted to have a purpose that night and i think people did. >> jonathan, you had a great purpose and you have saved so many lives. what is next for you? what do you do now? >> well, first is basically to get my strength back up u. i have not that much feeling in my left shoulder.
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i mean as you said, bullet is still in my neck. they won't remove it because they fear if they do, it might cause more damage. i'm in constant pain. but my main focus is to try to live my life as much possible with my kids. eventually, get back to work. i've got great employer from my job, people from all other thve world that i don't even know. on facebook. and i just, i just want to get back to my life. >> john p than, thank you so much. for sharing your story for us, with us. and for showing everybody what extraordinary means. thank you so very much.
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>> thank you. >> and officer, thank you so very much for being with us. and for what you did. and next, a miracle. doctors said they thought held never walk again. even he thought it was all over when the bullets were raining down. >> did you realize that for you, it really was possibly, you were going to die? >> yeah. >> today, he walked. and president trump was in las vegas today even as controversy swirled over whether his secretary of state called him a moron. ♪ when food is good and clean and real,
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today, i went and visited robert at the hospital. he was there at the concert with his girlfriend and protecting her when he was shot. i want you to hear my conversation with him today. how are you feeling today? >> a lot better today than yesterday and the day before. >> still a lot of pain. >> lot of pain. the waist down. getting back to my basic movements. >> it's literally the words you used. >> it's i put everything in their hands and they took care of me. >> you said that it's a miracle that you're going to walk again and you are going to walk again. >> yeah. >> you did. you did today. right? >> today, i took some steps. physical trainers and it was pretty good. felt good to get moving out
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there. >> and the pain b obviously it's over there on that side of your hip. >> yeah. little bit of both. but more on the right side. than the left. >> that's where the bullet went in. >> right above my right hip. >> and the doctor got it out. >> four pieces. and now i got a couple of screws ma in my back and vertebra. >> so, what happened? do you remember all of the moment? when it happened? >> yeah. it was, jason aldean had just started his set. he was -- fourth song. started hearing dot dot dot, thought it was fireworks going off. it kept going and the next thing you know, just heard people
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yelling and screaming, get down, get down, get down. next thing you know, i was grabbing my girlfriend and we were just starting to move. and i felt, it felt like a concussion for me. i was in the military. so it felt just like a concuss, boom, it hit me, i was like, oh. i just saw my leg kind of twist a little bit. and grabbed her. took her . >> stay down stay down stay down, and she was starting to freak out. i said just stay down right here, stay hid. and from there it just kept going. i mean we must have heard three or 500 rounds going off. >> three or 500 rounds. >> easily. >> and you're protecting her? >> right.
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>> did you realize that for you it really was possibly you were going to die? >> yeah oh yeah. >> you knew? >> if we weren't going to be able to get out of there, i mean i felt it. i knew i had it in my side. i was just waiting to see when it was going to end, and just, you could hear the bullets was -- and i just told her stay down, stay down, stay down. and i just kind of had my head turned thinking the next one's going to hit us again. >> and how did you get here? >> oh, a guy we met there on the field. troy from michigan. i never got hi last name but i got his phone number. been keeping in contact. >> oh you have. >> he's an emt from michigan. troy, i owe you everything buddy. >> how did it feel whether you saw your daughter?
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>> you see them, they're faces when you're barely coming out of it, and they're both there. they had been crying and, it's like, relax it's good, i'm all right, i'm alive. >> and your mom and dad? >> them too, my mom and dad, both of my brothers were here, my sister, my brother-in-law. so, it was definitely a life changing experience. >> and they were there. while i have talking with robert his parents and daughter came in to be with him and it was an emotional moment that we wanted to share with you also. >> how are you doing now? >> i'm doing good. i'm thinking -- [inaudible].
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>> a nightmare. >> it's tough, it's tough. you don't want this to happen to nobody. >> he felt so blessed to be there with his daughter and parents. at that hospital alone they took 200 people the night of the shooting. 200 people. 57 of them are still in that hospital and so many are still fighting for their lives. 29 of them including robert in that one hospital are still in critical condition tonight. president trump played tribute to falling police officer, charleston hartfield. he was off duty during the shooting. he was at the festival with his
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wife because he loved country like so many others. here's how president trump remembered officer hartfield. >> here at the police department, we remember one of our own that died earlier this week, charles hartfield. he was a very very special person. officer hartfield was a proud veteran, a devoted husband, a loving father. his death is a tragic loss for this police force, for the city, and for our great nation. >> captain elizabeth ochoa ellis. she's with the national guard. hartfield also served there, she was hartfield's supervisor. i'm so sorry for your loss. he leaves behind his wife, two children, only 34 years old. when you heard that he had died, could you -- >> surreal.
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he not only leaves behind his family but a legacy. he was a devoted husband, father, veteran, police officer, coach, all these things that anything that sergeant hartfield suched he impacted greatly. we are devastated for his loss. words can't express how much the soviet union, the national guard, the impact he had for us, and his reach was phenomenal. he was apart of the soldier' lives not just doing drill and, you know, for army things but he really cared about what they were doing. he wanted to be the example, somebody they could look up to and mentor, and he did. a lot of these soldiers not only saw him as that they saw him as a father. his family is so loving and
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support him through everything. they just, i can't express how much we are praying for them and wishing them whatever we can do. i know for his family, how wonderful of a man he was. the kind of impact he gave not only to his family but to anyone he touched. he reached many people. >> i think people may not realize, he was of course so young, 34 years old. he had written a memoire about being in public service and how important that was for him. it brought home so deep in his connection for public service which is something you saw every day. >> every day. absolutely. his book, his memoire not only gives us insight to his life as a police officer, but also as a soldier, a veteran, a coach. but i cannot express and say the
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type of words or person that he was. just a prime example you'd want from a senior leader, a human being. he just gave, gave and gave and never asked for anything in return. >> i know that's a great gift for his children to know that they are his father and to hear that. they are losing him, they're young, how are they? >> you know, from the family they -- you know they asked for some privacy and just some space for them to mourn their loss and obviously with anybody whose going through the tragedy, just to give them the time to process it. i think for most of us it's still a surreal feeling. i know for myself and my soldiers, we got together yesterday and held something for him. and the stories that i heard and the laughter, and just the words that the soldiers had about him, those are the memories that will live on. i don't think for anybody it will really hit home until we're out there in formation and he's
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supposed to stand in front of everyone and he won't be there. we know his memory will live on and we're shaken but we're not broken. he lives on through his family, his friends, his legacies, just the memories. i think it's a surreal moment for everybody, just for his family. just to have for same for them to heal and figure out going forward on how do you move on from such a devastation. >> captain ochoa ellis thank you for coming and talking about your friend and your colleague, that so many of us now know and could admire. >> absolutely. >> thank you. >> thank you. at this hour president trump is heading back to the white house, obviously he was here visiting with doctors and police officers during day. he was praising their heroism. >> words cannot describe the bravery that the whole world
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witnessed on sunday night. americans defied death and hatred with love and with courage. >> alex is outside. alex it was a busy and emotional day for the president. and yet as all of this was happening there was a trump controversy as i will call one of these relating to his secretary of state. >> that's right. the story exploding right as the president was on his way here. it started over the summer, secretary of state rex tillerson and a meeting at the pentagon had called the president a moron and in the wake of that threatened to resigned. this morning the -- he called the president smart. he denied he threatened to resign. if you listen closely he didn't exactly deny calling the president a moron. take a listen. >> could you address the main
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headline of this story that you called the president a moron. if not where do you think these reports -- >> i'm not going to deal with petty stuff like that. this is what i don't understand about washington, again, i'm not from this place, but the places i come from we don't deal with that kind of petty nonsense. >> i'm very honored by his comment i have total confidence in rex. >> so the president appearing to forgive tillerson there. this relationship already at a low but he can't already get rid of tillerson at this point after a wave of firing and recess nation particularly after tom price resigned last friday. >> alex thank you very much. thanks to all of you, "ac 360" starts now. good evening, at the end of another day of big developments here in las vegas, we are expected to