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11:00 pm amongst our guests, chris wallace, who i've never met in person. it will be fun. don't miss a minute. thanks for watching. here's trace. ♪ >> tucker: well, good evening and welcome to tucker carlson tonight. we are awaiting a press conference out of las vegas tonight. take three steps back. it's hard to believe that almost three full days after stephen paddock's bloody rampage in las vegas officials looking into it still don't know why he did this. and, in fact, many people don't believe that officials don't know why you did it if you have been online recently the internet is humming with alternative theories on this case along with many allegations of a government coverup. in the absence of facts conspiracies fill the void. conversations we just had with people directly involved in the investigation. as of about 90 minutes ago,
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investigators legitimately had no idea why stephen paddock committed mass murder. he did not seem religious. he didn't seem political. that's true. the crime still makes no sense at all to the people looking into it. and that may be the scariest part of all. now, all of that could change at any minute, of course. as we said, we are waiting for investigators to begin that news conference in las vegas. it is possible they will reveal new evidence then. we will go to that, obviously, when it begins. a few minutes ago we received the very first statement from the shooter's girlfriend recently arrived back in the u.s. from abroad. we will play that for you in just a minute. in the meantime though we want to show you a new tape we have received. it doesn't answer why this happened, but it does provide some context for what it was likes a it was happening. here is footage from police body cams taken on sunday night. [gunfire] [rapid gunfire.
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they are shooting right at us guys. stay down. where is it at? >> that news conference just started in las vegas. here it. >> one of many press conferences we have provided in order to provide the public information that is occurring. and then so the sequence of these events tonight i will provide you some -- can we get some help back there? i will provide you a sequence of some updates of the investigation as we have moved forward since the last time we spoke to you. any specifics or continuance of any global investigative leads that you need to be aware of, special agent aaron roust will provide those, that information associated with that.
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okay? and then subsequently i will return to the podium, assist with some q and a, and then commissioner sislac is available if you have any questions of the commissioner and obviously senator dean heller who wished to address the audience, also. so, president trump, i think he was in town today. [laughter] yes, he was in town. and the reason why i bring up president trump has nothing to do, in fact, with president trump. but to do with the police department. there was some concern because of his visit that investigations associated with this case would be delayed or hindered. and i'm here to assure you none of that occurred. there was a separation of personnel associated with first responders of the harvest festival event that took the opportunity to meet
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with mr. trump, and he had the opportunity to congratulate them for their heroic acts. investigators are directly related to this investigation both on my department and the fbi were not part of that. so, i want everybody assured there was no hinderance in continuance of the investigation. return of property. there is a lot of questions going on with that. and i wish i could provide you answers with that. we will try to post on the website as soon as we can, advise victims when they can receive their personal property. we are still evaluating the crime scene. until that completes, the property phase will not occur. so, the best of my understanding of where we are at, we are looking at four to five days. so, i know that sounds troublesome, but it's important that we dot the i's and cross the t's as far
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as the evidentiary and possible prosecution in the future. injuries. injury numbers that we are using today 489. of that 489, 317 have been discharged from the hospital. so the question is, sheriff, you provided several different numbers associated with that all the way up to 527. now, you got to imagine we're dispersed across several hospitals, we're relying on internal communication of the hospitals to provide us accurate numbers. so that's everchanging. initially hospitals received patients outside of this event. quite often or hopefully not quite often but often some of those patients were double counted or they were misconstrued as event injuries versus other injuries such as car accidents. so today i'm comfort be in saying the injured number is 489. deaths still remain at 59.
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i had told you 59 before. plus one being the suspect. that changed. today it's 58 plus one, the suspect 59. and it's the same reason that occurred before as i explained. so i hope you understand that. nobody wants that number to go up and by the grace of god it went down. so, that's a good night. so, today i will provide you some updates on our investigation of the mass shooting sunday night at route 91. more than 100 investigators have spent the last 72 hours combing through the the life of 64-year-old stephen paddock to produce a profile of someone i will call disturbed and dangerous. what we know is stephen paddock is a man who spent decades acquiring weapons and ammo and living a secret life. much of which will never be fully understood.
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he meticulously planned on the worst domestic attack in the united states history. as many of already reported paddock rented a room at the ogden hotel in la downtown las vegas. this has been confirmed. reasons that ran through paddock's mind was unknown. but it was directly during the same time as life is beautiful. we have received, recovered evidence from that location. we don't know if it is evidence, but we have recovered items and video evidence. i'm using the wrong term. evidence is not the term. we have recovered video from there to review mr. paddock's actions while he was there. now, it's important for you to understand. this was not the -- the rooms were not rented by the ogden. it was done through air b and b, by a private owner known to the ogden.
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so we have very great cooperation from the owners of life is beautiful and the ogden and they are in full cooperation. okay. we have spoken many people have contacted stephen paddock at hotels and places he frequented, we still have more interviews to conduct. since monday, there have been many questions for us to release a time line and today we have one. i want to point out the information previously reported on the time of the first shot was based on a cad report. that's our computer aided dispatch. that's what we do for calls for service. so, that report is dependent on who -- you know, a particular person calling n that time stamp. but what we have done through the review of body warn cameras, we were able to pull it back to previously from 10:08 to
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10:05. so, carlos -- i'm going to give you a chance to review that, take photographs of it and i will walk you through each time line. so at 10:05 first shot fired by the suspect. this was seen on closed circuit television from the concert venue. 10:12, first two officers arrived on the 31st floor and announced that gunfire is coming from directly above them. 10:15, the last shots are fired from the suspect per body worn camera. so, if you are looking at the math, 10 minutes. 10:17 the first two officers arrive on the 32nd floor. 10:18, security officer tells the officers he was shot and gives the exact location of the suspect's room. now, you notice a minute delta there before they broadcasted it, obviously they were in a conversation with the security guard immediately upon them exiting the elevators.
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between 10:26 and 10:30, 8 additional officers arrived on the 32nd floor and began to move systematically down the hallway. clearing each room and looking for any injured people. they moved this way because no longer hear the gunfire of the active shooter situation. 10:55, 8 officers arrive at the stairwell at the opposite end of the hallway near the suspect's room. can you imagine the doorway of the hotel room, this stairwell and this door access is approximately two to three feet away. 11:20 the first breach was set off and officers entered the suspect's room. they observed the suspect down on the ground and also saw a second door that could not be accessed from their position. so it's a suite. we have -- you have a main area of the suite, which is the living room, kitchen, dinette area and then on
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opposite ends of that is two bedrooms. i'm sorry, where did i leave off? somebody yell it out. >> 11:20. >> okay. so if do you the math on that, all the way up to 11 -- from 10:05, we are looking at 75 minutes. young lady here in the front with the red phone had you mentioned 72 minutes. so now you see where those minutes came from. okay? at 11:it 7 the second breach was set off allowing officers to access the second room and no one else was located within the hotel room. okay. these are following extenuating circumstances as to why it appeared that there was some undue delay in reaching the suspects. the officers in the first strike team reached the 32nd floor within 12 minutes, which is phenomenal of the
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first shot being fired. when the officers arrived and confirmed the location of the suspect's room, the gunfire had stopped. in accordance with their training, officers received the master key card from the injured security guard and began to systematically clear each hotel room. so imagine the elevator bank in the center, 150 feet down on a triplex hotel was the suspect's room. so there are several rooms along the way because no firing was occurring, they could not hear additional firing. they believed it was important to evacuate in case the suspect was barricaded. while the first strike team did this the second team made of two canine personnel a swat officer and patrol officers navigated stairs carrying large bag with tack nickel equipment and holding rifles in order to have a
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closer position to the suspect's room. that is within that stairwell and that doorway adjacent to the room i described previously. they attempted to secure the front doorway of the suspect's room. but, as they entered into the hallway, they could see the room service card and readily apparent on the room service card were cameras. so they pulled back and they waited for the approach of a full swat team. it was not undue. it was purposeful heard by the suspect at this point. eventually a plan was formulated. entry was made. suspect was seen laying on the ground. they encountered a closed bedroom door which was locked and they breached that door and found additionally no suspects. another investigative issue was cameras. questions was presented about cameras and whether they were recording. we determined none of the
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cameras were recording. there was two cameras on the room service card out in the hallway. there was one on the peephole of the front door and additionally there was baby monitor camera placed in the general family area of the hotel room. none of them were being recorded. one thing i left out was the initial approach and they looked out in the hallway. when they observed the cameras on the room service cart, it was obviously there was several rounds discharged through the door, and through the blast of the bullets through the door, you could actually see a weapon through those openings in the door but no suspect was seen. now, those rounds were the rounds he put through the door in order to shoot at the security guard. okay. the other thing i wanted to update you on is the search
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warrant of the suspect's vehicle located at the mandalay bay. i have presented that there was ammonium nitrate recovered but there were several cases within the car that had not been searched yet at the last briefing i provided with you. so, within those cases there was 10 one-pound containers of tanner right and approximately 1600 rounds of ammunition. so carlos, can you put up the numbers? so tip line. this is an ongoing investigation we can never not have enough information because we are continuing to run down leads and it's important for us to get all the information we can on mr. paddock. because right now we are
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trying to prove his intent or understand his intent and history associated with this and whether or not he has any accomplices. so, we ask people to still call in to 311. if you are out of state 702-828-3111. and fbi call 1-800-call-fbi. that is investigative and also electronic media. if you are able to call them, they will provide you the ability to download that online into their system. so at this point, i will provide you special agent in charge aaron roust. he will walk you through some of the investigative steps we have accomplished jointly and where we are at in that total investigation. subsequent to that i will come back to this podium for any q and a and then we will have commissioner sisilak and senator dean heller make comment. thank you. >> thank you, sheriff. my name is aaron roust i'm
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special agent in charge for the special division of the fbi. before i begin, i just want to comment that on behalf of all of the fbi, specifically the division. our sympathy goes out to all of the families affected by this tragedy. this is our community. it's our community, too. we live here. and we will get through this together the partnership has a great partnership with the metropolitan police department as well as our other state and local officials. to say this investigation will take a while is not surprising there is a lot of information that's going to change over time as we determine more facts. but this is what i can tell you. our resolve is firm. we will get to the bottom of this no matter how long it takes. the fbi has deployed over 100 personnel from across the nation to assist the las vegas division in this investigation. this includes victim witness
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assistance. counselors, evidence technicians and technical assets. not to mention additional agents to help cover leads. the information that the public provides us is going to help us solve this. but we must focus on facts. we cannot give in to conjecture and we cannot respond to every little twitter feed that may indicate a theory we need to focus on the facts. you need us to be right. you expect us to be right and we want to be right. there are going to be questions. i'm sure you are going to have questions about some people that we have been talking to. maybe people outside of the united states the fundamental trust of the american people and fbi is based upon our discretion and how good would that discretion be if we were to provide information that they provided to us in confidence? this is about informing on an investigation.
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this is about resolving an investigation. so specifics regarding any individual contact cannot be answered. you need us, you trust us. and the way we have that trust is by using good discretion about what we share. additionally, we have multiple leads all across the united states and all across the world for our legal attaches determining the whereabouts and travel patterns of all the people involved in this investigation. and that list grows. a lot of those leads will go absolutely nowhere but we have to follow them and that's going to take some time. patience is going to be required of all of us. i know we have the patience of this police department because we have great partnership and we are all interested in the same thing, resolving this issue fairly and factually. with that, i will turn it back over to sheriff lombardo. >> okay. happy to answer questions.
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and, please provide some decorum. >> sheriff. >> yes, sir. >> we know that you have an opportunity to speak to marilou danley. we know you have director mccabe and access to his computers, his cell phones and social -- and while you are not yet able to tell us exactly, specifically what you have found, let me ask a general question. >> okay. >> through all of that information that you have so far arrived at, is there anything that gives you a sense as to what was going on with this man, with the motive. without saying what it is. are you seeing anything that gives you a direction or any kind of an answer to that question? >> >> globally, no. i'm sorry to report me personally. but i'm not privy to the subsequent interviews that were conducted today. the fbi is not ready to disclose for public consumption what occurred in those interviews as of yet.
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sorry for that answer. >> yes, sir. >> ms. danley said to her attorney during the course of her time with the suspect that she never saw or heard anything that suggested that he would carry out an acted like this. you also said that you are looking for other people associated with him. we have information specifically that there is a woman that you are looking for to talk to that may have been associated with the suspect is that true? >> are you giving me a chance to answer? [laughter] >> can you start from the beginning? >> sorry. questions about ms. danley her comments to the lawyer. >> i think anyone put in her situation would probably answer the same way. like i said, we are not privy to investigative leads that were obtained today. mr. rouse could probably give you better clarification of that i haven't been briefed by the fbi on that interview as of
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yet. what was the other question? >> >> you said you are still trying to figure out whether he had an accomplice. >> we are obviously going through that it's troublesome this individual was able to move this amount of gear into a hotel room unassisted it's troublesome for the amount of stuff that he had at both residents unassisted. so, there is people that know this individual. there are people that could help us understand this individual. interestingly enough, i read a periodical earlier today and it was from an fbi profiler that didn't understand this individual usually there is a telltale sign associated with this kind of actions, reclusive, a elizabet plethora of things associated. what could be more beneficial than find people associated with him either
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through friendship or accomplice and for us to determine that. >> thank you. >> sheriff,. >> yes, sir. >> two questions, sheriff. first, you mentioned in your comments he had a secret life. what do you mean by that? >> most of us -- i don't. i don't live through social media. okay? there is a lot of us that live through social media in today's world. there is a lot of people that are interactive in the public there is a lot of people that have work marital. this individual is retired. we found out he has real estate investments. relationship wise it's very hard to determine what has occurred in his life in the last decade or. so we do know that he has an ex-wife. she didn't lead us to any knowledge. we know that everybody knows we talked to his brother. no knowledge was obtained. anything that would indicate this individual's trigger points and would cause him to do such harm, we haven't
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understood yet. i think it's important to get to there. and you have to be patient with us. because this premeditation of this room, this is well thought out don't you think the concealment of his life and history was thought out. it's incumbent upon us as professionals to figure that out. >> and besides what he did that horrific act, are there any other signs of a mental breakdown? >> i'm not aware -- i personally have not been breached on some of his personal background. i'm leaving that to the experts. and i haven't been updated on that yet. it's going to be frustrating. you have got to remember, and i have said it 100 times. this is an investigation and we can't be delayed by providing information that would delay our information or cause an individual to go underground. you know all of that
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everybody sitting before me knows that. and i just need to you stand it. okay? it's important for you to convey to the public we're doing everything that we are possibly can do to bring this to fruition. and i think we are doing that, and i ask you for your patience. >> sheriff, would you confirm through the course of your investigation you discovered that, perhaps, might have been targeting another concert a week before the concert? >> i have mentioned that he had obtained a room at the obligor again which is located in downtown at the time that life is beautiful was being conducted. was doing presurveillance? we don't know yet. this is all conjecture at this point. that's why it is important for us to have boots on the ground getting the answers. >> the stairwell, there is information out there that the door to the stairwell, the 32nd floor was barricaded and possibly welded shut. can you confirm whether that door was welded shut?
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>> it was not welded shut but it was secured. >> sheriff, have you determined whether he had visitors in his room while he was at the hotel? >> no. not as of yet, no. >> >> as of yet, no. we haven't been able to determine whether there was anybody else in that room besides him. >> handwriting in the card handn the car does that lead to you believe he might have been planning a bigger attack. >> it remained in the car for some reason. >> is there -- how many rounds he fired and estimate how many rounds did he fire? >> no. you know what? i will give you my personal preview, that will come out in the public space. the rounds haven't been counted yet. there is a lot of evidentiary recovery. prior to the recovery of the rounds but there was well in excess of thousands of rounds in the room.
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>> there was a yellow, what appeared to be a yellow note. can you tell us anything about that? >> no, i don't. i can't recall. >> a suicide note. >> no. it was not a suicide note. i'm comfortable in saying thatting. >> sheriff, where is marilou danley now and is she still a person of interest? >> okay. everything to do with marilou danley i will have special agent ralph address that if you have any questions outside of that, we can circle back on that. stefanie? >> i have questions billion marilou danley. >> do you want to know how i know her name? she was eating lunch next to me today and introduced herself. she is from australia. >> sheriff, do you know
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what -- >> very good question. no, i do not know -- this is my assumption. only my assumption. and nobody has been able to dispel my assumption as of today. i believe because of his counter measures placed in the peephole and hallway he observed the security guard and he was in fear that he was about to be breached. so he was doing everything possible to figure out how he could escape at that point. his concern was personal concern versus what was occurring down below him. >> is there a time when he shot himself? >> i don't know the answer to that question. that's a question that's been presented and we haven't been able through the internal investigation of that to pinpoint exactly if it was heard when he shot himself or did it occur in close proximity of entry? because as you imagine when they breached the door they used explosive devices so did it occur in close proximity to that explosive device and we lost it in the audible or occurred when we
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were trying to set up our team in the hallway? >> do you know when the security guard was separated from the other officers? >> it was my understanding before he had gotten separated that was inaccurate. what had happened was he was conducting a an investigation on commerce calling. in he was personally attempting to locate what was occurring. he happened upon that doorway because it was ajar which keyed his interest. our officers were in close proximity. by the time line there, as soon as they came out of the doorway of the elevator he was there. it happened in a matter of seconds. >> hold on, let me finish. >> there was a note. was there content? >> what note, the yellow paper? >> yes. >> i don't know. i don't know i did a cursory review of the room, but i haven't been provided that information. i know it was not a suicide
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note. >> saw the security guard approaching that might have caused him to stop shooting. if he shouldn't seen the security guard approaching, do you believe the shooting would have continued? >> no. i'm comfort be in saying no. here's why. because the same action of the security guard would have occurred with our patrol officer that was approaching up there. we had knowledge he was between 31 and 32. remember before we said 29 to 32. subsequently through that time culled down to 31 to 32. a nonable customer prior military said it was occurring directly above him. subsequently the officers were doing their own checks. he was not aware of what that customer had said. and they were conducting -- he was trying to pinpoint it our officers had learned because they ha security guard attached to them. they had recent information the individual was on 32. so they would have
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encountered him shortly in that time line maybe 60 seconds. i would assume the same thing would have occurred. >> is there a question about when he stopped firing and why? you already said he may have scene security guards or your own personnel shortly thereafter. based on the assessment, the weapon that was there that he was using, had access to were any of these weapons jammed or inoperable or could very continued to fire it without any problems if he had not seen and the cameras that were there coming his way. >> he could have continued firing. some of them were jammed but he could have continued firing. >> you said some were jammed. >> yes. >> how many. >> i don't know the number. he had plenty of fire power available. >> do we have any idea, again. >> if you recall, there was 23 weapons recovered jammed and others within reach.
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>> last question weapons he was using [inaudible] this guy had 300 ground and 800-yard kill zone. how many of those weapons that he was using, firing, had advanced optics on them? anything like that? just from my visual vigil of the crime scene three had scopes. most of them did not have scopes. from what i know of firearms, it appeared to be hunting scope not marks manship scopes. >> sheriff, was the security guard armed and can you talk about his bravery. >> i don't know if he was armed. i don't know the security profile at the mandalay bay. i know quite often some security officers are armed. some aren't. some supervisors. i don't know the profile at the mandalay bay personally. so i don't know if he was armed. but his bravery was amazing because he remained with our officers and provided could pause to access the door and
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actually helped them continual to clear rooms until our officer demanded that he go seek medical attention. >> while injured? >> yes. >> let him ask the question. >> gambling. >> we're aware he was gambling. >> for hours? >> i don't know the time line but we are aware he was gambling. >> sheriff, atf agents, agent snyder -- >> -- so let me provide some clarification because it will answer one of the other questions on accomplice. when we did see he was gambling, we did not see another individual that appeared to be companion. >> cbs news, bought weapons in october of 2016. bought 33 rifles. are you looking into the possibility that there may have been some kind of a mental issue, something that happened in october of 2016 that compelled him to purchase those weapons? >> yes. >> you? >> yes. if there what did you
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uncover? >> i haven't. i don't have any information. i wish i can provide you but i don't have it because we keyed on that, too, sir. >> after he saw the security guard that his concern became himself. did you see any evidence that he planned to survive this or planned to escape. >> yes. >> what was it. >> i can't tell you. >> security guard officers coming up positively identify his location and. >> i'm sorry, start over. >> security guard or your officers arriving positively identified the gunman's location first? >> it was the security guard. the officer had knowledge that it was occurring on the 32nd floor. they assumed it was at the end of the hallway because the person that had called in said it was occurring directly above him. so they had assumption proximity of the room. the security guard had confirmed it prior to the arrival. >> can you tell the detail of the imagination tuesday of the gunfire that he encountered when he was spotted? >> yeah.
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my personal observation well over 200 rounds straight in the hallway. so it's amazing that that security guard didn't sustain additional injury. >> you commented you believed he had a plan or some kind of a plan for surviving this particular incident? what have you determined given you a clue. >> a different way to answer the same question. and i can't answer that for you. [laughter] >> did the officers fire back at all? >> no. no. >> sheriff, you mentioned accomplices. we have talked previous previously about marilou danley as a person of interest. are there any other persons of interest in this investigation? >> well, is there any other? no. concrete, no. we are looking at it this way, ken. is there another one? we are determining to find out if there was it's important not to close this case until we run down
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everything. >> should we ask the -- >> look at this. you look at the weapon obtaining, the different amounts of tannerite available. do you think this was all accomplished on his own? self-value, face value, you got to make the assumption he had to have some help at system point. we want to ensure that's the answer. maybe is he a super guy. maybe super hero -- not a hero, but a super -- i won't use the word. maybe he is, you know, super yahoo that was working out all of this on his own. but, it would be hard for me to believe that. >> and do we need to ask -- here's the reason why. put one in one together. two and two together. another residence in reno with several firearms, okay. electronics and severing associated with. large amounts of ammo. a place in mesquite, we know
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he had a girlfriend. do you think this is all self-face being individuals are just without talking to somebody sequestered amongst themselves? i mean, come on, folks, these type of investigations have been occurring in the last three years and we have to evaluate that so hold on, i'm done, okay? what i want you to do is give aaron rouse an opportunity to talk about marilou. he may not have anything for you. i think it's fair for you to ask him and then i would like to get to senator heller and commissioner sislak. >> the car was -- [inaudible] >> i'm sorry. >> was the car planned for him -- >> don't ask me to make assumptions. please. >> ken? >> we were asking where is marilou danley now and is she still a person of interest in this
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investigation? >> as i mentioned in my comments, you know, people rely on us for our discretion. if someone is assisting us in an investigation, if they are being cooperative, that is between us and them giving away a location of a citizen or somebody that is cooperating with us is not in our best interest. it's not in that person's best interest. so that's a matter of their business. we are not going to comment on that. >> she is not in federal custody. >> we have no one in custody. >> thank you. >> if i could ask the same question, without saying anything specific, after seeing his computer, after speaking to marilou, do you have any direction, any sense as to what may have been the motive. anything? >> as i mentioned in my earlier remarks, we like to deal in facts. so theories are great and everyone can have a theory but i need to deal with
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facts. the sheriff needs to deal with facts. we are reliant on that to do our jobs. that's what we are going to focus on. there are a number of working theories out there. we will continue to use those but we are not going to publicize them because that's not fair to anyone. we don't want to taint anyone unfairly. we want to make sure that what we have is accurate. you want us to be accurate. that's what you expect of u us. >> domestic terrorist? >> we have found no evidence to this point to indicates terrorism. but this is an ongoing investigation. we are going to continue to look at all avenues. we are not closing down any doors. the best way to do an investigation, the sheriff will tell you this, i will tell you this, is that you don't go in with assumptions. he is not going to make assumptions as he just said. i'm not going to make assumptions. we are going in there following the facts. the facts will always lead to you your conclusion. we hope, very much so, to be able to provide concrete information to the public about why this happened. because that's what is on
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everyone's mind. because to understand the why helps you deal with the tragedy we have all faced and we have all faced it so believe me, we want to know why. >> okay. i want to take this time to give -- to say a few words. >> thank you. i'm going to say some things that the sheriff -- didn't say. when you see these men and women in these uniforms and the men and women don't wear uniforms but have lapel pins, i noticed, have you got to tell them thank you. i have dealt with these folks and been working with them for the last three days. they are working on zero sleep. i beg of you to show some patience. i'm hearing the same question asked three, four, five times in different ways. speculation coming out of this group. these gentlemen deal exclusively in facts. they are not speculating. there is no conjecture here. they are not dealing with
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theories. they are dealing with facts. their primary purpose and their goal is to conclude this investigation in a professional and accurate manner and i'm totally confident that they're going to do that. they are protecting the citizens of clark county and the tourists that are here. they have made the city safe again it is a safe place to come. we encourage that, but i implore you, please, please show some patience and understand they are not going to deal with conjecture and theories coming up on social media. thank you very much. >> senator. >> my words and comments are similar to what the commissioner just said and the importance of patience
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this more risk incident is less than 72 hours old. the reason i come to these brief ever briefings and press conference is to listen to the sheriff and learn bit by bit what happened just a little while ago. what i want to express is my gratitude to the sheriff, the fbi, the atf and everybody keeping us up to date what is going on, briefing my office and myself i also want to express how grateful i am the president of the united states came and expressed his sincere concerns for this community and understanding what this means. i had a rare occasion to be at 30,000 feet with a couple hours of face time with this particular president, and we talked -- the individuals, the deputies, the first responders and all that and what they were able to achieve in a very short period of time. in my cell phone here, i have numerous pictures of survivors from umc. i expressed and shared those pictures with the president of the united states so he could see. so damage and what had occurred. one in particular was a deputy that was on the second -- we have heard this story second day on the job. he was there. his father was actually at the event as a spectator when the shooting occurred. got hit in the arm.
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went in to his chest. his name brady cook. and i shared this story with the president. the president went up to the fifth floor of umc and had an opportunity to talk to this young man and express his sincere gratitude for his strengths. i also showed him a picture of a cell phone that had a bullet, apple phone that had a bullet through it. it was a therapist over at umc that bullet went through her phone and hit her hand. she just had tissue damage. she fixed it herself. went back to umc sand spent hours helping those that had come into the hospital. these stories were important for me to share with the president of the united states as he was coming in to this valley and understand the depth of the issue we had on hand. i also lobbied him on couple issues. i didn't lobby the president
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because it was important to me. i asked the governor what should i talk to him about? the mayor, what do you want me to talk to the president about. i asked the sheriff what do you want to talk to the president about. it had to do with urban terrorist funds that come out of homeland security and how important it is that las vegas, this strip has the funding necessary to keep not only its citizens safe but also those that are visiting this city it's not enough that we have 2.1 million people that live in this valley. we have 42 million people that come in every year to visit. i want to make sure that las vegas has the funding, terrorism funding necessary to keep us safe, to buy the equipment that they need to be able to monitor and to be able to follow up on the issues that they are faced with on a day-to-day basis. so, my gratitude continues. my gratitude continues from everybody around the country about 15 seconds ago i was
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sitting behind a cab driver that i used in new york city just sent me a text. we became friends on a ride. but his message was senator, myself, my family and all my drivers want to express our condolences to those touched by the recent weekend shootings. all our best. a cab driver from new york concerned about las vegas valley. so, i am grateful for all my colleagues back in washington, d.c. grateful for the sheriff, the fbi, the atf, all the work that's being done. the healing has begun, but it's been less than 72 hours. we have a long way to go. thank you very much for being here today. >> all right. that will conclude today's press conference so as a matter of moving forward. -- >> tucker: so about a 40-minute press conference out of las vegas. local police, the fbi, some politicians getting before the microphone there fox news trace gallagher has been in vegas since the beginning of all of this and joins us with an update. hey, trace. >> just a 40-minute astounding news conference, tucker.
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amazing. the sheriff came out and first said confirmed something we had brought up a couple nights ago that he did, in fact, rent a room at the ogden hotel in downtown, las vegas and it was overlooking the concert venue of life is beautiful. that was the week before the route 91 concert. it goes on to say on top of the ammonium nitrate found in his car valet at mandalay bay they found some 50 pounds of tannerite. we talked to experts around here they said 50 pounds of tannerite exploded with a high powered rifle is enough to take off a healthy chunk of the hotel. unclear what his motives were. we talked about presurveillance with the sheriff. he says he simply does not know. the subject came up about the girlfriend, right? they talked about marilou danley and what her impact was today in the fbi. she was this there for five and a half hours. they gave us very little information saying they are not going to tell anybody about where she is, if she is staying in los angeles because they don't want to ruin her confidence. apparently she is cooperating. but her lawyer came out
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after five and a half hours with the fbi he came out and he gave a statement saying that she one was cooperating, two, she knows nothing about the attack three she grieves for the victims and family she session that steve paddock was a kind and gentle man. she acknowledged he sent her $100,000. here is her reasoning. >> while there, he wired me money. she said for me to buy a house for me and my family. 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 whatsoever that he was planning violence against anyone. one thing that has not been addressed tucker, no one has asked her, we don't know how the phrasing was whether or
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not that she knew there were an arsenal of weapons inside the two homes that she lived with him in. we're talking about 47 guns, explosives, and suitcases of ammunition. we still don't know if that's been addressed with her and if she knew anything about that, tucker. >> tucker: there is an awful lot we don't know, trace. thank you for keeping on top of all of that we appreciate it joining us now is best selling author mark steyn who has been following this as carefully as anybody. mark, are you struck by how little we know about motive? we know a lot about the firearms and the tannerite and all the rest. the girlfriend. why would someone who fits this profile or any profile do something like this? it doesn't seem like we know anything about that. >> no. as you said at the top of the show, tucker, that's why in the vacuum various conspiracy theories are starting to arise. there are reports that the video found in the room points in a certain
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direction: the london papers already reporting that piece of yellow paper in the room. if not a suicide note. shared press conference is his choice of this phrase, quote: secret life, unquote. which is not quite the same as saying things that there are lots of things we don't know. he seems to be suggesting that there is this life that this guy was leading that is different from his life as a retired accountant and professional gambler. as i think you noted, a day or two ago, too, tucker. it's actually very unusual in this day and age for a man to have as blank a profile on the internet as this guy has. if he were, for example, a cia or mi-6 agent. they would plot the rudiments of a social media profile out there on the
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internet just so that it didn't look weirdly blank. whereas this guy's profile looks weirdly blank. i thought the other point the sheriff raised that was interesting was he at this tiptd very close up to the point of saying as far as he was concerned this guy had to have had an accomplice. this thing was very well organized, very well planned right down to requesting and securing the exact hotel room that he wanted actually quite a tricky thing to do in las vegas. from that point of view, the sheriff seemed to be saying that he couldn't raiser would suggest this guy had to have someone out there helping him. plus, the fact that he intended to in other words the stuff we were talking about when non-islamic
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terrorism happened that some guy just snaps and guns down his high school or guns down a shopping mall. this isn't that there is something more to it going on. >> tucker: which even makes the motive for it more confusing. if he had no political or religious agenda, why do something like this? very, very striking. really quickly, the briefers today said there was no indication of severe mental illness. we do know he was prescribed psychotropic drugs. is it so crazy to wonder if people's behavior isn't affected by the drugs they take. is that a crazy thing to ask? >> i think that's true. what i find slightly difficult in this case, tucker is, that a drug could have that effect on him but not impact his ability to function at a very high
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level. >> tucker: right. good point. >> the fact that his girlfriend did not notice any change in him. what might be more relevant is this guy is a professional gambler. in other words, bluffing is what he does with his life. and there have been reports out there that various doctors and so forth have conducted that compulsive gamblers in that sense are expert at concealment and covering up and all the rest of it. and that actually -- because the efficiency with which he planned this and carried it out is not consistent with someone who has just gone a little screwy because some drugs have had a side effect go wacky on him. >> what's exactly right to. what end is the question we don't know. mark steyn, thank you for all that. >> thanks a lot, tucker. >> details as sparse as they are about stephen paddock. stories on the shooter's race and sex. cnn ran a story today
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entitled quote how america has accepted the rage of white men. ran a story entitled america's white man problem after las vegas a familiar script unfolds. vox ran a story called white american man, a bigger domestic terror threat than muslim foreigners. now not one of those outlets of course would ever publish a aanalogous piece. goes too easy on white men after shootings like this. elm rit is a law professor, he thinks that thanks for come on. >> thanks for having me. >> tucker: not obvious to me why there is a racial component to this. i don't see that the guy's race is relevant to anything. why is it central to your analysis of this? >> it's central to the coverage. if we look back how orlando was covered. immediately without any investigation to him he had a motive simply because he was a muslim.
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we find out later that it was much more complicated that he had identity issues and all these other things. but the media jumps out right away, right? and gives usually white shooters the privilege of acting as an individual, not acting on behalf of a race or group. that doesn't happen to any other people especially muslims or arabs. he even had a 14-year-old -- >> tucker: can i say two things? it wasn't that complicated in orlando. he didn't have sexual identity issues. we know that after months of looking at it. he called 911 and said i'm doing this on behalf of my religion. it's not about his race. it's about his religion there are muslims from all over the world who don't lookalike share the same race as you know. and so it's not a racial issue to say that an ideology inspires people to do certain things. that's not racial, right? >> yeah. but the media -- no, no, you are not right. because what happens is people who are not white, especially if they're arab or muslim automatically have a motivation. i'm not talking about what happens after months of
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investigation. i'm talking about what happens in the first 24 to 48 hours when the media covers something. even a 14-year-old kid in texas who brought a clock to school somehow had a motivation, right? and he was arrested and questioned without his parents. and the guy in las vegas with 42 guns and they are searching for a motivation instead of assuming that he has any. the double standard is glaring. it happens all the time in the media especially with arab and muslim americans. >> tucker: let's be totally honest. since september of 2001, it wasn't that long ago. 89% of all deaths and mass killings have been caused by muslims. it's not an indictment of muslims. that actually is -- >> that is not true. >> tucker: actually, stop, stop, stop. that number is true. and it's not actually. >> percent of mass shootings in america are committed by white men. we shouldn't indict white culture for that what i'm saying do away with terrorism all together. >> tucker: terrorism is a loaded term.
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and i would be happy to get to get rid of it. >> it's nothing more than a racial slur. >> tucker: that's silly. muslims make up about 1% of the american population. they are not arabs. not pose tunes, not racial groups. make up 1% of the u.s. population. >> religion gets racialized. religion gets racialized in the way. >> tucker: only by morons. it's not a race. it's a creed. >> do you refer to the boston bombers as white? they were from the caucus mountains. they are actually caucasians. >> tucker: they seem as white as you seem. which is pretty white. >> you refer to them as muslim. >> tucker: that's kind of the point, actually. you are making my point. maybe we agree with each other. it's not about the race. it's about the belief. and, of course the tsarnaev brothers i don't even know what their race is i don't care. they acted out of a series of beliefs which are involve tear. >> these things get conflated socially all the
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time. >> tucker: i don't know by whom. >> by the media. when someone is not a white christian, right, immediately they are adescribed a motivation simply because of their background, whether it be race or religion or whatever. they are avind a motive and that's not true. when you are white, you are able to have the privilege of acting individually just on your behalf. >> tucker: you just noted. >> you just saw the chief call him -- no, i'm not. you just saw the chief call him disturbed and dangerous in that long press conference. he didn't call him motivated. where have you immediately. >> tucker: wait, slow down. did you watch the press conference? they don't know his motivation. this whole show is about what is his motivation. everyone watching longs to understand why this happened? they are search for one they don't have one. >> that's the point. we are never patient with muslim or arab criminals. we are just not patient with them. >> tucker: when you call 911 and say i'm doing this --
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i'm very impatient to know why this guy did. this when you call 911 and say i'm opening fire at a gay nightclub on behalf of alla. when you fly planes and say i'm doing this on behalf move my religion. we don't need to be patient. they told us why they were doing it. >> was dylann roof a terrorist to you. was the shooter at planned parenthood a terrorist to you. they told us clearly why they did what they did. the media did not label them terrorists. >> tucker: i know how are talking about. >> the term gets thrown around so willie nilly, especially against arabs and muslims. that's the point i'm trying to make. >> tucker: then i'm totally happy to do that. i'm really bothered by the intellectual laziness you are displaying conflating race and religion. >> actually, you are not. >> tucker: they are not the same thing. >> if you don't want to understand the way people conflate religion or racialize religion that's some other study that you can do. >> tucker: who are the people? >> the point i'm making. >> tucker: making dumb generadumbgeneralizations that t
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rooted in fact. >> media will go out and say arab or muslim shooter has motivation. >> tucker: you haven't given a single example. you are not very effective advocate for your position. i appreciate you coming on. all right. we are out of time. unfortunately, but as we have been saying for the last two days, and as was reconfirmed in the 40-minute press conference we took tonight, for all the detail that we know about how this shooting took place on sunday night, the weapons used, the ammunition, how many rounds, we still don't know the key question, which is why did a 64-year-old retired accountant spend a lot of time and a lot of money to murder an enormous number of strangers? that's not an academic question. we seek to know it both because we seek to prevent it in the future and because to not know it is to be terrified. because it seems random and,
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of course you want to impose some sense, some order on events like this. as we find more details, we will bring them to you immediately. that's it for us tonight. tune in every night at 8:00. sean hannity is up >> sean: this is a fox news alert. welcome to "hannity." we are reporting tonight from las vegas where the motive of the deadliest mass shooting in the history of this country remains unknown. what caused stephen paddock, a multimillionaire with no criminal record to unleash hell on a crowd, killing 58 people and injuring over 500? we wil


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