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good morning, america. breaking new details on that las vegas massacre. what we're now learning about those 4 1/2 minutes of terror. >> i don't know where to go. oh, my god. >> and the incredible acts of heroism, the nurse giving up his life to save his wife. and new images emerging of the victims, the special education teacher, military veteran and so many more taken too soon, plus, the concertgoers and officers who ran into the line of fire to save lives. plus, the incredible survival story of twin sisters and the search for a motive. the mystery around the gunman of the police raid his home. the astonishing arsenal found inside. new details about his life in las vegas and the questions now surrounding his longtime
girlfriend. ♪ well i won't back down and celebrating an american original. rock legend tom petty passing away overnight just days after his final concert. this morning, tributes pouring in from around the world. ♪ won't back down and we do say good morning, america. as you can imagine, a lot to get to on this tuesday morning. here is a live look at las vegas. still so many questions about how and why that tragic shooting happened. >> what a staggering death toll, 59, at least 59 people killed, more than 520 injured. the victims were just there to enjoy the concert sunday night. now the entire city and country reeling. look at the cover of the las vegas newspaper. unimaginable. so, so true. >> all over the country people
are paying their respects, honoring the lives of those lost. take a look at the las vegas strip. usually so bright, but last night turned off all the lights and it went dark. >> "world news tonight" anchor david muir is leading us off this morning. he's there in las vegas. good morning, david. >> reporter: robin, good morning. it's really hard to wrap your head around that number that you guys just mentioned. 59 people now killed in this massacre here in las vegas, and of course, hundreds still remain in the hospitals throughout this area this morning. this is a fast-moving investigation as you know. they moved in on the 32nd floor of the mandalay bay hotel, into that hotel room, and that's where they discovered 23 firearms in the hotel room alone. they discovered another 19 at his home here in nevada in mesquite, in fact, bringing the total to 42 weapons and of course, the question this morning, why? [ gunfire ] overnight new details inside the
four minutes of terror. >> that's just a firecracker. >> i know, but why would you do that? >> reporter: 10:08, a hail of gunfire on 22,000 country music fans attending a jason aldean concert. the bullets coming from the 32nd floor of the mandalay bay hotel. >> we have an active shooter inside the fairgrounds. >> reporter: concertgoers telling us they sought shelter anywhere they could to escape the gunfire. this suspect was relentless. there were pauses in the gunfire when people would stand back up and make a run for it and then another round would begin? >> that was probably the most terrifying part was honestly thinking that it was over and you think, okay, we're okay to stand up and then it was quiet what felt like for awhile and you would go to crouch up and go low and it would start all over again. >> reporter: 11:20 sunday night outside room 135 s.w.a.t. teams closing in on the shooter identified as 64-year-old stephen paddock. authorities say paddock checked into the hotel last thursday. >> everyone in the hallway needs to move back.
all units move back. >> breach, breach, breach. >> reporter: the suspect dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. in his hotel suite, 23 firearms, police say he acted alone. the 527 wounded carried out by wheelbarrow, pickup truck, even barricades turned into stretchers. 59 others killed in what is now the deadliest mass shooting in modern american history. in the aftermath an open field now crime scene strewn with debris. reports that cell phones left behind rang for hours as loved ones desperately tried to reach their relatives. and among those who lost their lives, 29-year-old sonny melton, a registered nurse from tennessee, who died while shielding his wife, heather, a surgeon, with his own body. 35-year-old mother of three hannah ahlers seen here before the concert began. >> it's okay to mourn those you love. >> reporter: 34-year-old las vegas police officer charleston hartfield, off duty at the time, a military veteran and father who was killed while helping
others to safety. his family and friends holding a vigil to honor his bravery. >> we have had all had tough days and hard days, but we have to get through it and keep moving forward. >> reporter: amid such tragedy come the stories of heroism, jonathan david smith credited with saving more than 20 lives when he broke down a security gate and formed a human chain to lead others to safety off the field. >> i ran back towards the shooting and there was one lady that was on the ground. i basically helped her up and just told her just to run. i basically just told her we got to go. she didn't want to move. at that point, more shots rang out. i proceeded to go with the two gentlemen carrying the lady, to look for paramedics. at that point, i turned maybe two aisles back, and i noticed there was three girls sitting behind, like, a black, like, suv.
i basically told them, hey, there's an active shooter, stay down, we need to move to the back. the moment when i said there's an active shooter, i turned around and that's when i got shot in my neck. i don't deem myself as a hero. i just deem myself as someone that was doing the right thing. >> reporter: jonathan described the courage and bravery all around him as he was trying to help people and was shot himself. he said there was an off-duty officer who took off his shirt and used it as a tourniquet to save his life. he said the bullet is still lodged in his neck. doctors did not want to take it out fearful they would do more damage to his spine. there is a trauma surgeon in las vegas who said overnight that he didn't even know the patients' names, and one thing they had in common, significant damage. he said, this was no ordinary stream weapon, robin? >> we'll get back to you in a moment, thank you.
>> we are learning new details about the gunman but his motive remains a mystery. no message, no warning signs have surfaced so far. his neighbors surprised, his brother shocked. chief investigative correspondent brian ross here with what we now and don't know. good morning, brian. >> that's right, george. good morning. authorities say they very much need to talk with the longtime girlfriend of the shooter hoping she will answer some key questions about what stephen paddock was up to in the last few months as he acquired this massive arsenal and abc news learned has sent huge amounts of money to someone overseas. >> reporter: when police raided paddock's home in a retirement community in mesquite, nevada, they found even more evidence of his secret attack plans. >> in excess of 18 additional firearms, some explosives and several thousand rounds of ammo along with some electronic devices that we are evaluating at this point. >> reporter: but they did not find girlfriend marilou danley, a one-time casino hostess for high rollers who later in the day was located in asia. the sheriff says his officers
continue to investigate what, if anything, she knew about her boyfriend's plans. >> we are continuing the investigation into that female. there are several questions that need to be answered. >> reporter: authorities say they also want to know what she knows about tens of thousands of dollars paddock has been sending to someone in the philippines. >> she is currently out of the country. we are making arrangements to contact her upon her return. >> reporter: so far the motive behind the man who became the face of evil remains a mystery. his brother describes him as a divorced multimillionaire with no children whose only passion was gambling. a regular at vegas casinos. >> he was a wealthy guy and he liked to play video poker. he played multi-hundred dollar a hand video poker. >> reporter: his family remembers him as a man who grew up without conviction. >> steve had nothing to do with any political organization, religious organization, no white supremacist, nothing. >> reporter: his only encounter
with the courts came six years ago as seen in this video after he slipped on the floor of a las vegas casino and sued for damages. despite paddock's efforts to claim painful injuries, an arbitrator ruled in favor of the casino. >> our descriptions of him were that he was slovenly which he appeared to be on the video initially. he was carrying a beer in a paper bag. what we saw from the tape was a man who was probably drunk. >> reporter: the only known connection to crime was paddock's late father, a violent bank robber who spent seven years in the 1960s on the fbi's most wanted list described as psychopathic, suicidal, armed and dangerous. as for that girlfriend, authorities tell abc news she's expected back in the country sometime this week. as the number and the seriousness of the questions for her continues to grow. >> well, one of them being neighbors had seen them together just two weeks ago. >> that's right. we believe she left out of the country about one week ago for reasons we don't know.
>> we also know she had a social media account, but so far no social media for paddock? >> nothing we can find of paddock at all. >> brian ross, thanks very much. >> george, it is becoming clear the shooter was stockpiling those weapons, firearms, ammunition, even explosives. our senior justice correspondent, pierre thomas, is in washington with new details on what investigators have discovered. good morning, pierre. >> reporter: good morning. the evidence is mounting and is truly chilling. the suspect had amassed an extraordinary arsenal of lethal weapons. sources tell abc news the suspect was ready to go to war armed with 23 handguns and rifles, one of them an assault rifle modified to fire like a machine gun. unlike any weapon used in recent mass casualty shootings. >> we have multiple firearms up here. >> reporter: take a look at videos like this that show how an assault rifle can be modified to fire much more quickly. before. after. abc news has learned some of the rifles were high powered. >> go, go, go.
>> reporter: capable of slicing through police body armor. >> this is classic wmd. this is a weapon and a man of mass destruction. >> reporter: we examined the first 90 seconds of the massacre. hearing nearly 200 rounds fired. hundreds more within the following minutes. the killer firing from more than 300 feet above, floor 32 with the crowd more than 1,000 feet away, apparently not a lot of skill required. police and the fbi this morning trying to trace the guns, going to every store in the region. the gun store in mesquite, nevada, confirming paddock purchased guns here. the store saying he passed all necessary background checks. it's unknown if these were the guns used in the rampage. and something else disturbing, according to a law enforcement source, a camera was found in the hotel room perhaps to record the shooter. and they also discovered materials used to make explosives in his car and his
house, robin. >> so very dark. despite all these weapons there's no indication that investigators have been able to unveil that he was a -- how do you say, expert marksman? >> correct. our experts are telling us there are so many people that were packed together in that crowd that the killing was so, so easy. >> all right, thank you, pierre. michael. >> thank you, robin. we have more now on the race to save those hurt in the las vegas attack. nevada has just one level one trauma center and that facility and other hospitals in the area desperately trying to help hundreds of victims. linsey davis is at the university medical center with more. good morning, linsey. >> reporter: and good morning, michael. just to give you perspective on what the hospitals here have been dealing with, at umc which is a hospital right behind me just for an example, prior to last night, the most victims they had evertaken inall at once was 17. last night, they admitted a total of 104.
this morning, a look inside the race to treat the injured. las vegas area hospitals working around the clock to help the hundreds of wounded. >> desert springs has no available beds right now. >> reporter: medical personnel saying it's like nothing they've ever seen before. >> we've actually had a number of mass casualty incidents come through this trauma center, but nothing of this magnitude. >> reporter: at sunrise medical center, they admitted 180 patients. >> it was nonstop. it was an oppressive evening. >> reporter: some like 18-year-old addison short, awaiting surgery. her lower leg fractured, a bullet still inside. >> i tried to get up and my foot literally just felt like it was disconnected like i just couldn't run. >> reporter: the college freshman says she's grateful for the stranger who helped pull her to safety. >> i really wish i knew who he was so i could thank him. >> reporter: hospitals including the ones here in las vegas regularly trained for mass casualty events. but does this compare with any kind of training? >> you know, our latest training
ironically was with an er physician who was on duty in orlando regional hospital the night of the pulse nightclub attack. he was here just a couple of months ago. >> reporter: and the training of those physicians proved crucial. they were able to say what work asked what didn't work because prior to that night, the pulse nightclub shooting was the deadliest mass shooting in american history. michael? >> linsey, we understand there's been an incredible outpouring of support, as well. >> reporter: yes, just for one example, the sheriff yesterday morning announced that there was going to be a go fund me page created for the victims. in seven hours they raised a million dollars. >> wow. that's great. all right, linsey davis, thank you so much. this tragedy has struck close to home for everyone here at disney, abc. our disney ceo, bob iger, telling us this morning of the loss of carrie barnette, who was on the culinary team at disneyland, and she had just celebrated ten years working
here. he called her death a senseless horrific act and a terrible loss for so many. our thoughts and prayers go out to her friends and family. they told us this morning that they're proud she worked at disney. we were proud to have her as a member of our team and also learning of another disneyland employee, jessica milam, was also seriously injured in vegas and she is hospitalized this morning and we're hoping for a speedy recovery for her and of course all others who were hurt in this incident. >> we have to wrap our arms around all the victims and their families. >> absolutely. president trump led a moment of silence at the white house yesterday and ordered federal buildings to fly flags at half-staff. and tomorrow, he heads to las vegas after a trip to puerto rico today. our chief white house correspondent, jon karl, is already in san juan, and jon, the president did lead that moment of silence, called for unity yesterday, but his team also tried to stop any debate about gun control before it even begins. >> reporter: absolutely, george. this is a president that got elected by talking about his commitment to the second
amendment, by talking about how good a friend he was of the nra so there have been calls from democrats, some very prominent calls from democrats, to look at gun control again including hillary clinton coming out with a tweet saying, our grief is not enough. we must stand up to the nra. that is not a message that is being received well at the white house, not at all. >> the president goes to puerto rico today, las vegas tomorrow. >> reporter: george, the president is on his way down here to puerto rico. he will spend several hours here on the island meeting with victims of these terrible storms and also talking to local officials. unclear though is whether or not he will talk to the mayor of san juan who he has been feuding with. she has been critical of the federal response. he has attacked her quite relentlessly on twitter. the white house says that the president is more than happy to meet with her. it's just unclear whether or not that meeting will happen, and then on to las vegas where he'll meet with families of the victims, law enforcement officials, first responders, a
city that he has strong ties to. >> jon karl, thanks very much. and an emotional tribute to las vegas this morning. in the aftermath an open field now crime scene strewn with debris. >> we pray for the victims and their families and friends and we wonder why, even though there is probably no way to know why a human being would do something like this to other human beings who are at a concert. having fun and listening to music. >> echoing the sentiments of so many, and he really took a big stand on gun control, calling out lawmakers who every time this happens and people say, it's not the right time to talk about it. don't make it political and saying, gosh, and after newtown,
after orlando, after what happened in las vegas. when is the right time to discuss it? they brought that up. >> when you see the arsenal he had, and the weapons he had, and how they were used, it's unbelievable. all right. let's get to ginger now. >> just west of denver, people were stuck on i-70 for hours because they had to shut down, heavy wet snow taking down power lines and trees in parts of colorado and there's more to come in montana. that's it for now but a check of your local weather. in just 30 seconds.
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the fire danger continues up in the north bay mountains above 1,000 feet till 5:00 this afternoon. it is significantly cool they are morning. look at all the 40s joining the 50s. no more 60s like we had yesterday. you may want to dress a little warmer. here's look at your commute on the roads, dry and calmer, cool to mild if you're taking mass transit. on the water today, watch out for the bright sunshine. temperatures holding steady tomorrow, a little warmer thursday, our warmest day across the board is friday. it will remain everywhere except for the coast heading towards the weekend. coming up, the lathest on the shooting in las vegas and the incredible heroes who saved so many lives. that is next on "gma." another update in about 30
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authorities are still searching for a motive this morning. those numbers could have been so much higher but we've seen the stories of selfless people who risked their lives to save those around him. not just people they knew but also complete strangers. our chief national correspondent tom llamas sat down with one, a bartender who did everything she could to help. good morning, tom. >> reporter: george, good morning to you. that bartender describes a war zone. she says hundreds of people tried to take shelter underneath her bar. she helped those and she also helped some people escape through a back fence. but her most honorable act may be something she did with someone she couldn't save. as country superstar jason aldean played on stage, bartender heather gooze was serving up cold beer in a fan vip section when suddenly gunfire. then chaos. >> you could hear everybody shouting shooter, shooter. >> reporter: hundreds ran towards her bar seeking shelter from the incoming fire. >> this was legitimate terror.
>> reporter: she sees the wounded being taken out on makeshift gurneys so helps carry a man out on this maintenance ladder. he has been shot in the stomach. >> the fingers kind of squeezed and then just stopped. like you don't have to be a doctor to know. >> reporter: that man was 23-year-old jordan mcildoon, at the concert with his girlfriend. she somehow escaped and had no idea what happened to her boyfriend until she gets in touch with heather who had jordan's iphone. she said is he hurt. i said yes and she said, be honest with me like tell me is he okay and i said no, i said he's passed away. he's dead. >> reporter: over the next several hours heather a complete stranger would be in communication with jordan's family from his mother to his grandparents. >> i kept thinking about if this was me, would people stay with
me? would they make sure that i was okay? you know, that they tried to contact my family and i just -- i couldn't go. >> reporter: now, heather says there were hundreds of people just like her either rescuing those wounded or praying over those who had just died right next to them. heather says the bravest people she saw, groups of men running back into the venue to rescue people even they they were unsure if the shooter may start firing again, george. >> heard that story after story after story. >> the worst can bring out the best in people. >> absolutely. >> we'll hear from two victims of the shooting who are doing much better right now, twin sisters natalia and gianna hit by the gunfire. natalia joins us by facetime from the hospital. i see that wave, how are you feeling? >> i feel pretty good. in a lot of pain still but i can do it. >> you can do it. i can see that smile as well
and, gianna, thank goodness you're home. just try and tell us what the scene was like when this all went down. >> when it all went down like we were all having a good time and we heard some like fireworks or something so we looked up and we didn't see any fireworks and then when jason aldean kept singing, we heard it again. he ran offstage and everyone hit the floor. someone behind me said it wasn't a gunfire so we all stood up and then it happened again and people just fell on top of each other. people were screaming there's blood everywhere and that's when i felt like a pain in my hip and it felt like a boulder hit my hip and then that's when my boyfriend told me to get up and we needed to go and i needed to fight for my life and, yeah, and everyone was just running and screaming. all you saw was blood and everyone was trying to help each other all at once. >> thank goodness for that and, natalia, you were hit hard as well.
how did you make it out? >> so it all happened and we were just like holding our heads just like praying and holding hands and then i got hit and to recognize riley took off his shirt and starting applying pressure and his girlfriend just kept talking to me as i was still in shock and we were running, running and he was like, move, people, move. this lady has been shot and riley has been -- he -- he is in my heart and like he's an awesome dude and him and his girlfriend like just changed the way i look at life and 'cause they are like amazing people and they helped me and they got me to the tent and it was just amazing. >> well, natalia, you're in his heart as well. we have a message to you from dean mcauley.
let's look. >> i'm very proud of you and your strength and your ability to stay calm. you are a very bright moment for me last night. i hope someday we can reconnect and i can give you a big hug and that dog i was showing you pictures of, there she is, she is right there. she says hello to you as well. >> natalia looking forward to that hug? >> yes, dean was an amazing guy. he stuck with me through the whole night and i just give him full props for actually saving my life and, you know, he could have like not acknowledged me in that tent. he was just a volunteer that was taking his time out of that night and saving people's lives and he didn't have to, but he is a very strong man and his family should be very proud of what he's doing. >> while we have you, natalia, do you have anything to say to your sister?
>> i just want to -- i don't know, we're very strong twins and i feel like everybody should just be impacted on this and just to be -- just to be thankful that we have lives and just keep believing and you never know when it's going to happen to you so just keep thanking everything about life and i hope -- i just love you so much, j gianna. thank you for this process and it could have been worse. >> i love you too. >> and it's homecoming week at your high school. have you heard from your classmates? do you have a message for them? >> yes, they've been all just like really with us and the whole school has given us this opportunity, well, not this opportunity but have been blessing us with everything they can. they've been reaching out to all of us. they have been wanting to see us
and just seeing how we're doing and they're ready for us to come back really strong and for this homecoming week we're going to try our best to go and even though we're hurt we're going to still stay strong through it all. >> you are strong girls. thank you for joining us this morning. thanks for sharing your story. >> thank you so much. >> of course, they're still teenagers. i was told natalia got upset they had to cut her outfit off. >> i love how she gave him props. >> we're happy they're both going to be okay. strong twin sisters. >> you know about twins. >> i do. >> yeah. coming up, the major safety concerns about concerts after that deadly shooting. what police are now doing to protect what are considered soft targets. come on back. turns out things aren't always what you think they are. take guinea pigs. they're not pigs at all, nor are they from guinea. or take this haircut. i may look all business, but look out... . but there's a party going on back here. kinda misleading, isn't it? well, at carmax,
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back now with a closer look at how police are trying to protect so-called soft targets after that deadly shooting in las vegas at the concert. our senior national correspondent matt gutman is there in las vegas with us and has more on that side of the story. good morning, matt. >> reporter: good morning, robin. experts say there are measures that could have been taken to protect the concertgoers. hotels could have installed metal detecters, snipers on the rooftops and helicopters and drones in the sky. that would have made it feel like an airport more than a music festival though. route 91 harvest billed as a
three-day feel good country music festival but on the last night instead of the twang of music the staccato of gunfire. >> i felt very secure in the festival for two full days. >> reporter: eyewitnesses telling us the concert had bag check checks, metal detector wands and five-foot fence. it seems it was well protected. you can see the fencing around the entire perimeter of that field. but what nobody could have expected is that the shooter would have been perched 32 stories up blasting through that window right there and firing down on that field. after an isis sympathizer drove a truck into a mass of people in nice, france, new york police began protecting large gatherings with a barricade of garbage trucks filled with sand. two other attacks on concerts in the last two years on the eagles of death metal in paris and ariana grande's performance in manchester, also have experts rethinking security. sunday's massacre could be what experts call a threshold event
with authorities now having to police the sky, as well. expect to see more helicopters and drones. >> they will probably start putting people up on the roofs to see if anything suspicious is going on. >> reporter: now, robin, i want you to take a look at the las vegas strip. six of the ten largest hotels in the world are here. people have long been concerned that america's playground is also its softest target, robin. >> there always was great concern especially with the casinos, all right, matt, thanks very much. coming up, everybody, celebrating a rock legend. how tom petty changed rock music and the tributes now pouring in from some of music's biggest stars. ♪ free fallin' and i'm free fallin' ♪ fallin' ♪ ♪ ♪ the issues we care about can weigh on us.
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♪ now i'm free back now celebrating the life of tom petty who passed away last night. rock legends like the beatles' paul mccartney and rolling stones' mick jagger sending their thoughts to his family. abc's chris connelly has a look back at tom petty's life. good morning, chris. >> reporter: good morning, michael. when it came to rock 'n' roll tom petty could do it all with the attitude of a rebel, the keen eye of an observer and the heart of a romantic which is why multiple generations of fellow musicians and fans mourn his loss and cherish his music. ♪ she's a good girl loves her momma ♪ >> reporter: in a career that spanned 50 years, tom petty
combined brilliant songwriting with a commitment to his audience and to the integrity of his music. ♪ she was an american girl >> reporter: petty's electric guitar and band the heartbreakers, powering him on such songs as "american girl" in 1976 and hit single, "refugee." ♪ you don't have to live like a refugee ♪ ♪ you don't have to live like a refugee ♪ ♪ oh oh oh >> reporter: he could serve up defiance without apology. ♪ stand my ground ♪ and i won't back down >> reporter: and he could stand his ground while collaborating with the best of rock's ultra elite in the late '80s with the traveling wilburys. ♪ i'm just glad to be here happy to be alive ♪ ♪ it don't matter if you're by my side at the end of the line ♪ ♪ i'm satisfied >> reporter: in 2002 inducted into the rock & roll hall of
fame. >> the music overcame me at a very early age. it has consumed me and my life, and i love everything about it. >> reporter: a son of gainesville, again and again, and captured the spirit of his adoptive home california. ♪ into the great white open under the skies of blue ♪ >> reporter: tom petty died last night at the age of 66. ♪ great white open >> reporter: he passed away surrounded by family and friends after suffering cardiac arrest earlier in the day. at his induction into the rock & roll hall of fame he said i thank this rock 'n' roll for the freedom it's given me and the fans for such a wonderful life and i thank god for all of it. michael. >> all right, thank you, chris. what a legacy. >> yeah. >> what a legacy. we'll be right back, everybody. ♪ i'm free fallin' smoky adobo chicken.
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good morning, america. it's 8:00 a.m. the breaking new details on the massacre in las vegas. incredible acts of survival and heroism. in the middle of chaos and terror, strangers tended to the wounded right next to them. so many lives saved by friends and family right there. and an emotional tribute to las vegas this morning. the famous city's performers heartbroken. celine dion, jennifer lopez, vegas native jimmy kimmel breaking down overnight. >> this morning we have children without parents and fathers without sons, mothers without daughters. >> his fiery and passionate plea. also this morning, "gma" goes pink kicking off breast cancer awareness month. the most important treatments and the simple ways you can reduce your risk. ♪ she was an american girl
celebrating tom petty. the rock legend passing away overnight just days after his final concert. this morning, the very special tribute that had all his fans singing along as we say good morning, america. ♪ it was a great big world >> angie is singing along. >> loving all those songs. >> good morning, america. welcome back this tuesday morning. we are learning so much more about the victims and the heros of that shooting in las vegas. >> there's some really incredible stories emerging from performers and fans huddling together for safety to the amazing off-duty police officers and concertgoers jumping in to save people's lives. really great stories coming up. let's go back now to "world news tonight" anchor david muir on the scene there again in las vegas for us. good morning again, david. >> reporter: robin, good morning again. as you know, investigators remain on several scenes. among them, the hotel behind me where they were able to recover those 23 firearms. in addition to that, a computer.
they do still believe he was acting alone. they continue to investigate at the scene of his home in mesquite, nevada as well. overnight here in las vegas, a number of vigils. the mayor holding one saying this city has a broken heart. this morning, stories of heroism and survival amid the chaos and terror of thousands of fans fleeing the barrage of bullets raining down upon them from the 32nd floor of the mandalay bay hotel. >> my husband and i ran out toward our car and there were people hiding underneath my car for cover. >> reporter: strangers tending to the wounded. >> a mass shooting. >> relax, relax. >> reporter: like promoter casey thompson who said he broke into a police car to get supplies. >> we popped the trunk of the cop cars and were taking the medical kits out and dumping them out on the trunks. >> reporter: others giving shelter inside their car. >> turn around. >> can we get in? >> yeah, get in.
>> reporter: a mother of two from texas desperate, scrambling to safety under the stage where moments earlier country star jason aldean was performing. ♪ [ gunfire ] >> reporter: the automatic gunfire began to mix with the sound of music as people ran for their lives front man bryan hopkins and fans huddling for safety inside this freezer. >> not sure what's going on out there. >> we opened it up and i just start lifting people and tossing people into the -- helping them into this trailer. >> turned around. looked at bryan. he grabs both of our hands and he just said run. >> reporter: for others fleeing the massacre gates turning into barricades and shields while walls providing a glimpse of escape or a moment of refuge. >> reporter: so many acts of courage playing out amidst the horror here in las vegas pitch mentioned the vigil overnight talking about this city's broken heart, but she said, las vegas would not be tarnished by a sick, horrible human being, and one more image that we witnessed in the last 24 hours here.
the lines t crowds gathering when hospitals put out the call for blood. so many people wanting to donate blood. this is a community coming together. robin? >> waiting for hours and hours and hours to donate and do whatever they can. thank you, david, so much. >> we are learning new details about the gunman and his past. chief investigative correspondent brian ross here with that. >> reporter: well, good morning, george. with the motive of the shooter still very much a mystery authorities say they hope to get answers when they talk with stephen paddock's longtime girlfriend, marilou danley, a former casino hostess for high rollers. she left the country about a week ago for the philippines but has told investigators now she'll return to the u.s. sometime later this week. authorities want to know if she was aware that her boyfriend was assembling his arsenal of high powered weapons and ammo and whether she saw something that would answer the question of what drove him to his murderous acts. authorities also tell abc news they have questions about paddock's finances, including his transfer of tens of thousands of dollars over the last few weeks to someone in the philippines.
>> yesterday the authorities were so quick to say she had nothing to do with it. are they still that sure? >> not so sure anymore. they say she's still part of the investigation. >> we were wondering about that yesterday because it was so quick that they came to that assessment. >> absolutely. out of the tragedy though, there are some powerful moments coming in the wake of the shooting, this 5-year-old little boy, aidan, was separated from his family when it started but a complete stranger spotted him, took him to a safe location and people began posting aidan photos on social media asking who knew his mother's location and to call. hundreds have shared the retweets later and they were able to find and reunite the family, and we spoke with aidan's mom doris who said she never held her son so tight as that moment when they saw each other again. another great story of heroism. that's coming out of the tragedy. >> terrifying for that little boy. >> 5 years old. >> for the mom too not knowing where he was. hey, jimmy kimmel's passionate plea after that shooting. getting so much reaction right now. we'll talk about that. and heroes who jumped in to
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linzie, we have been see a whole new side of jimmy this year. >> we sure have, george. first, jimmy getting choked up about his newborn son's heart surgery taking on republicans over health care and now an emotional plea for the victims of the las vegas massacre. kimmel calling out politicians, the nra and complacent citizens saying something can and must be done to stop these mass shootings. >> i'm sorry for getting emotional. i'm not great with this kind of thing, but i just think it's important. >> reporter: las vegas native jimmy kimmel breaking down monday night. >> this morning we have children without parents and fathers without sons, mothers without daughters. >> reporter: speaking out on gun control loopholes and the victims of the tragedy. >> all these devastated families who now have to live with this pain forever because one person with violent and insane voice in his head managed to stockpile a connection -- collection of
high-powered rifles and use them to shoot people. right now there are loopholes in the law that let people avoid background checks if they buy a gun privately from another party, if they buy a gun online or at a gun show. i want to show you something. these are the face of the senators who days after the shooting in orlando, voted the bill that would have closed those loopholes. these are the 56 senators who didn't want to do anything about it. >> reporter: overnight a huge outpouring of support from some of the city's biggest stars. i love las vegas, feeling so broken this morning wrote jennifer lopez. >> we are not going to allow this tragedy to stop any of us from entertaining audiences in that great city. >> reporter: superstar donny osmond says the shows must go on but will they? ♪ the queen of las vegas herself, celine dion, who tweeted, praying for all the innocent victims and their families. as of now still scheduled to perform her long-running show
tonight at caesars. >> i think the question is how much is this going to hurt the overall live music appeal of las vegas. >> las vegas is teller and my home. best people in the world live here, work here and visit here. >> reporter: penn jillette of the famed magic duo penn and teller who have been on a las vegas stage for 21 years and counting, sending out a message of love. and perhaps one of the most well known performers, fondly known as mr. las vegas sending a heartfelt thank you to the heroes. >> las vegas will not be defined by that incident. >> reporter: the famed las vegas strip was eerily quiet last night. many performances canceled. caesars entertainment and mgm cancelling monday night shows out of respect for the victims. no word yet on whether there will be more cancellations this week. >> jimmy was talking about loopholes. there's another loophole at play here with the gun laws as well. we know that rifle, he had these things that turned it into an automatic weapon.
you can shoot hundreds of rounds. you buy them together. it's illegal. you buy the bump bolt in one store and the gun in another, put it together yourself, it's legal. >> it makes no sense at all. we're going to go now to the concertgoers who turned into heros in a matter of seconds, jumping in to save their family, friends and strangers. dr. jennifer ashton is in las vegas with their stories and what they did right. good morning, dr. ashton. >> good morning, michael. and, you know, yesterday's mass shooting was another example of how quick action at the scene helped to reduce fatalities with a combination of instinct and smart medical moves. >> reporter: even before the official first respondseers, em, police, firefighters arrived on the scene in las vegas. the lives of many caught in the shooting were potentially saved by the first responses of the friends and family immediately near them. >> he said you're shot, i need to help you. i said okay and he dropped the
tailgate on some random truck and threw me in there and i was bleeding all over that and took my belt and tied off my leg and kept me from bleeding out. i would have died. >> reporter: abc's matt gutman spoke with mike cronk. >> what happened to your shirt? >> used it to compress my buddy's wounds in his chest. basically had to keep his finger in a hole to keep him from bleeding. >> you have blood all over you. >> yeah, there was a lot of wounded people. >> wow. >> reporter: some jumped in and helped complete strangers. >> saw a girl with shrapnel wounds to the side of her cheek about the size of a quarter and applied pressure and gave her some gauze to put on there. >> you saw so many people who didn't even know each other just grab each other and go. >> reporter: others came to the rescue before the damage was done. >> i jumped on my friend, he got hit in the back but i put my arm over him. i'm glad i did. >> reporter: in the midst of tragedy many selfless life-saving acts. >> just normal citizens
communicating and working together. it was completely horrible but it was absolutely amazing to see all the people come together. >> and to be clear, michael, these things that were done yesterday at the scene, they can be taught, they can be learned and they can be practiced. very important. >> something i think that's important for all of us to know. you never know when you're going to be put in this situation. but jen, how were they able to save people's lives? >> well, ironically they did the right medical things instinctively, but it actually there's history to it. it comes out of 2013, something called the hartford consensus, which was an initiative brought forth by the american college of surgeons and the first responders to educate people with little or no medical training about what they can do at the scene before the first responders get there. it's called stop the bleed. and basically what it involves is using your hands to compress bleeding, using dressings and if those two fail, using a
tourniquet so let me show you what i mean by that. i'll demonstrate on my producer, robert. let's say he has an arm wound down here, first thing you do to stop leading is put both hands firmly on the wound, apply constant direct pressure and do not take your hands off to look because it will still be bleeding. if that doesn't work or if it's coming out at a high rate, use a shirt. you saw a lot of men walking yesterday without shirts on. they applied their shirt, put their hands over it. same thing, firm, direct pressure until you can get medical attention. in a life-threatening hemorrhage you put a tourniquet. take off a belt, a shoelace, anything that can work as a tourniquet. the wound is here. you put it about two to three inches between the wound and the torso, make it real tight and keep it there until you can get to a hospital. this can save lives. >> we did see how it did save lives. what about first responders, their training and guiding
principles? >> so, again, this has been rehearsed on a local level, on a federal level, on a county level. it's an initiative called t.h.r.e.a.t. it's an acronym that stands for assess the threat and suppress the threat so in an active shooter situation that's what you see. "h," is for hemorrhage control. rapid extraction to safety, and then assessment by medical staff and then finally transport and treatment. that can occur on the scene and then it occurs at the hospital or level one trauma center but people do that instinctively, but make no mistake, the first responders, they have drilled this. they have practiced this and these disaster drills go on in local communities all the time. when hospitals put out a need for volunteers, please answer it because if 50 people show up they'll be practicing on 50 people. if 500 people show up it's a better preparation for a disaster drill like this.
>> if we knew that trauma center only had 17 people on average, the most they had ever had and in this case they had over 100. you talk about trauma centers. how do they prepare for this kind of mass event? >> well, you guys, i just spoke to one of the senior trauma surgeons at umc. he said they were ready and waiting at the door actually for more patients than received. so the way they do it is to get an accreditation as a level one trauma center. the joint commission that oversees all hospitals in this country requires two drills a year minimum. one has to be an internal hospital drill and one has to be what they call an external mass casualty event, a plane crash, a sporting event, a school fire, a mass shooting like this and when they practice those drills, they do it for real and this is why they were able to act so quickly and save so many lives. >> all right, jen, thank you so much for that useful information. >> you have so much dedication. i read the story of one nurse there finished a 12-hour shift,
drove back to work 110 miles an hour to make sure she got back, did another 12 hours. >> another act of heroism, george. now to ginger. we'll change it up a little bit because everybody, right, on the east coast, kind of waiting for fall. well, it's not going to feel like it but this is the picture you want to see. if you are west of the rockies or in the rockies like here in utah, you're seeing those beautiful autumn pictures. look at the numbers, everybody. up to 15 and in some places even 20 degrees above normal headed this way as we end the week and start the weekend. >> beautiful. >> thank you so much. hi. i'm abc7 news meteorologist mike nicco. average sunshine, light humidity today, lighter breezes and the dry air means cooler nights on the way but also warmer afternoons, especially through the weekend. let's take a look at what's happening today, 80s in the inland east bay and north bay, mid to upper 70s around the bay and to the south bay. and upper 60s to low 70s along
the coast into san francisco. tonight, how about mid-40s, about 45 to about 53 degrees, our spread. my accuweather seven-day forecast, the warmest day over [ applause ] ginger is wearing pink. you saw ginger because october is breast cancer awareness month and we're joined by surgical breast cancer specialist, founder of the pink lotus breast center, dr. kristi funk, and she's here to tell us about the new trends in breast cancer treatment, offering hope, and i can't help but see everybody here, fellow thrivers. i don't use the word survivors. [ applause ] that are here and bless you. for the continued work that you do, always feel uplifted being in your presence. what's the biggest headline? >> biggest headline, better screenings so 3d mammography widely available in breast centers everywhere. i love this technology especially for dense breasted women where those cancers get camouflaged and hide behind the breast tissue.
we're finding 34% more breast cancers with 17% fewer false positive callbacks. >> oh, my gosh. that's why it's more effective. >> if you think of your breasts like a loaf of raisin bread which who doesn't, smash that between two plates and you tell me, find the raisins, that's your typical digital. now same squishing in radiation, sorry, ladies but there's your 3-d. i'm seeing 15 slices of bread and suddenly, there's the raisin. >> oh, my gosh. when you put it like that it makes perfect sense. you were asking me before we went on the air -- i was diagnosed in 2007 with breast cancer, triple negative. you said, did you have any family history? no. i was shocked then to find out 80% to 85% of women who are diagnosed, no family history. >> no family history. >> we're always told about heredity. why is that such a myth? >> it is a myth. if you look at everybody, only 90% to 95% -- i mean 90% to 95%
don't, like, you have any family history or it's from -- 5% to 10% is from an inherited genetic mutation. so you've got 85% of the people with not a single relative with breast cancer, so 5% to 10% we can blame on our genes, 5% to 10% is crazy bad luck like getting caught in a mass shooting. you don't understand it. 80% to 85% we understand, 1.7 million invasive breast cancers being diagnosed this year. over 1 million of them i know how to control and prevent. >> let's talk about that because you're going to help us do that because some of it starts with our diet as we -- look at these beautiful people in pink. >> oh, yes. >> come on over. show us. it begins with the diet. >> it begins with the diet. diet, nutrition, exercise, obesity, alcohol, there is so much stuff we can control. the caped superhero of all superfoods is broccoli. the ingredients in these vegetables, broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts
are masterminds at seeking and destroying cancer cells. moving on, berries. so i love antioxidants in berries, blueberries, blackberries. these things are free radical scavengers. believe it or not, berries make cancer cells commit suicide. it's called apoptosis. i blend a cup a day into a shake. frozen berries release polyphenols faster so it's one of the foods that's better frozen. what else do i put in the shake? some amazing super foods you may not have heard of. turmeric. >> i've heard of that. i put that in my eggs. >> a quarter teaspoon a day. did you know it is 2,000% more bioavailable with two things, piperine from black pepper so you want to combine it, a quarter teaspoon of each, and fat soluble so need some fat with your egg, well, the yolk will have it but i put a tablespoon of ground flaxseeds into my shake every day. it's flax and it's fat and anti-estrogen. this, i'm sure nobody knows what
it is. a study looked at over 31 foods. everything we eat from twinkies to apples, okay. this was at the tippy top of the antioxidant scale. >> what is it? >> it's the indian gooseberry. >> you just -- >> no. so the indian gooseberry comes in powdered or liquid form. a tablespoon of this in my shake every day. 75 times more potent than goji berries. >> why is soy here? we've heard you are not supposed to have it in your diet. >> it's a myth. let's bust it. i was part of the myth telling you, the fido estrogen, we don't know what that does in your body, stay away. better safe than sorry. wrong, wrong, wrong, five huge studies since 2009 show if you consume particularly whole food soy so soybeans, tempeh, miso, these are anti-estrogens in your body, 60% less breast cancer, 29% less death from breast cancer from survivors. >> my goodness.
only 30 seconds left. one thing i want to say, plants, how they help, actually, simple things in your home. >> so pinklotus.com, forward slash, bulletproof. i have a blog telling you what to do in your home. plants absorb toxins from the air. >> did you know that? >> things we want to think about in terms of what you can do in your home, we've got all of these endocrine disrupting compounds, edcs and act like estrogen and touch them all day. gas pumps, paper receipts, wash your hands every day before you eat. plain old soap is better than anti-bacterial. >> all right. she could go on and on. go to her website. go to our website. thank you, dr. funk. [ applause ] we'll be right back and thank y'all. [ applause ] we'll be we'll be y'all. [ applause ] we'll be right bac y'all. [ applause ] we'll be right back y'all. [ applause ]
it's 8:27. i'm reggie aqui. we learned some heartbreaking news. stacey echevarria was killed in sunday night's shooting in vegas. her husband, a san francisco police officer, told her to run to safety while he stayed behind to help those who were hurt. in the chaos after, he couldn't find her. she was reported missing. family posted the news of her death on facebook a little while ago. he sleeves behind two children who who to g the school in nevada and of course we are thinking about her family and her friends this morning. good morning, alexis. >> good morning. i want to head up to the east bay here. we have a problem that just cleared a couple moments ago. we of got some really heavy residual delays, westbound 80 past san pablo dam road, a crash involving a motorcycle so, again, everything opened back up but still seeing stop-and-go
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>> another update in about 30 minutes and always on our abc7 news app and abc7news.com. ♪ [ applause ] welcome back to "gma." great to have all of you with us here on this tuesday morning and great to have you guys here in the studio with us as well. [ applause ] and, lara, you're about to bright everybody our day with some "pop news." >> i am. i'm going to pay tribute, of course, to the one, the only tom petty. we are celebrating the life of that great musician, the singer suffering a cardiac arrest passing away monday night at the age of 66 years young. cannot believe it. this morning the tributes are overwhelming including this one from the band coldplay. they took a moment at their show last night in portland, oregon, to honor the influence of petty by playing his hit "free fallin'." joining them on stage, peter buck from the band rem.
♪ i'm a bad boy ♪ and i'm free i'm free fallin' ♪ >> i could listen to that. i know you could too, michael. >> i love tom petty. >> just the songs, thinking about all the songs that tom petty and the heartbreakers have done, the band last night, though, began the show with a moment of silence for the victims in las vegas, sharing this photo from that moment and writing, quote, when words fail, sometimes quiet is the most eloquent. which we thought was pretty eloquent as well. and then another tribute, this one from cma winner maren morris overnight releasing a song she's calling "dear hate" featuring vince gill and she
announced the release saying hate is everywhere and i'm sick of not doing enough about it. morris and gill actually wrote this song three years ago and say they never knew there would be a, quote, right time to put it out. that is until now. all proceeds will be donated to the music city cares fund to help the families of victims in las vegas. >> they could use it right now. >> you're right. go away. >> bye-bye. >> not wanted here. >> finally nashville isn't forgetting those affected by the recent hurricanes either. country music's biggest acts will gather on november 12th at the bridgestone arena in nashville to raise money for the people in texas, florida and puerto rico. >> look at the lineup. >> affected, yes, exactly. by the hurricanes. we're talking reba, garth, carrie underwood, little big town and jason aldean. just to name a few. and you know what, if jason comes after going through what he just did in las vegas, how terrific and that is a show you don't want to miss and for such a good cause. i do have one other one. do we have time, control room, for a little happy? we haven't done a happy -- we need a little happy, right? happy, happy. [ applause ]
so here you go. let's get back to the happy "pop." an image or actually i'd like you to imagine, first imagine, imagine hearing a strange rustling outside your door. so you look out your window and there's this. an entire family of lynx which look little and cute and grow to be about the same size of a bobcat. just little babies. tim newton of anchorage, alaska couldn't believe when he saw the momma and seven kittens using his deck as a playground. racing around, chasing each other. you know these are a threatened species found in the tundra and forest land and tim's deck. they're cute, they're happy. want to thank everybody giving back and remembering the victims of the hurricane and las vegas and thank you, tim, for sharing those pictures. >> wow. >> thank you so much. lara, thank you. thank you, thank you, thank you. everybody, coming up, a big night in the ballroom.
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night on "dancing with the stars." and there were some pretty entertaining revelations. first though the night started with an important and emotional moment. the night began with the lights in the usually high energy ballroom dimmed to pay tribute to the tragic events in las vegas. >> there's an old saying that the show must go on and it will, please know that we are doing tonight's show with you foremost in our minds and hearts. >> reporter: and high emotion pouring out from the dancers. >> just know we're here, our prayers are here for you guys. >> just how thankful we are to be here. to have a chance to dance today when others don't have that chance. >> reporter: but then back to business as the dance floor exploded with a standing ovation for mark and lindsey with their heart-stopping pajama routine. >> without a doubt the best pajama jive i've ever seen. >> that so far the dance of the season. >> of the season! >> tonight that's going to go down as one of my favorite numbers of all time.
>> reporter: their dance getting the highest scores this season as seen so far. >> 9. >> reporter: and a ballroom surprise as tom announced maks out for personal reasons, alan filling in as vanessa danced for her guilty pleasure, a girls' night out. ♪ just want to have fun >> reporter: and her husband nick having fun revealing his guilty pleasure, romantic comedies. >> kind of human nature to picture you and your girl, you know, in these roles. >> reporter: delighting the crowd with their high energy jazzercise. >> is that a unitard? it's a unitard. >> reporter: it wouldn't be a night without grumpy len giving the final dance of the night, superhero charleston many a villainous review. >> it's a charleston and there was virtually no charleston. >> reporter: giving their superhero showstopper a shocking 7 although it was a crowd and other judge favorite. >> one of len's guilty pleasures, being booed. >> some says it best.
can you see a new episode of "dancing" monday night, 8:00, 7:00 central on abc. ginger, i know you're with someone who knows a little about "dancing with the stars." >> yeah, just a little bit, lara. i am with zendaya, a dancing star herself now helping some stars in the classroom. she is here to spread the word about the new documentary "without a net," the digital divide in america. the film was produced by our sponsor verizon, and it's about students across the country who don't have access to the technology that they need. zendaya, i know this is something that hits so close to home with both of your parents as teachers. >> yeah, no, both of my parents are educators so i kind of grew up in a classroom and grew up understanding the value of technology. my mom actually worked in an under privileged community and my dad worked in a private school which was less than a mile away from each other and the disparity in what they had is crazy. you know what i mean. less than a mile away and you think about the opportunities that one school gets that the other kids don't get. and it was something i've always grown up being aware of so when this came across i was like i
need to be a part of this. i need to be a part of this action and making sure people know about it because it's so important. i think every young person should have access to the same amount of, i think, opportunities and futures and you would think that that's just how it should be. >> right, that it should be that easy. it's not just where you grew up but so many other places. folks behind us from patrick henry middle school, some good smiles, they've been benefitting. >> they're so adorable and like thanks for being here, you guys. >> they've been benefiting from the tablets too so getting that type of technology in the schools is crucial. >> extremely crucial and, you know what i really love about what the documentary covers, it covers not just -- giving an ipad is great but there's so much more that comes with it. teachers have to know how to implement it into their curriculum and needs to be connection. you can't just have a tablet, no wi-fi, nothing to connect it too. so much more than just the technology.
so much more than that and i think that this really elaborates on that and makes it clear for people to understand that digital divide that we're dealing with. >> we can talk about it for a long time but if people want to see "the digital divide", i know verizon has been working on it. how can people see it? >> nat geo and everything online i post about it a lot. the best way is always social media to get the word out. that's the best way to do things now so, yeah, just check on social media and see what you can do to help. >> and go see it. we need to get this right and we need to get more tablets. they're great, right? >> yes. >> so helpful. good morning. we began today 10 to 20 degrees cooler than yesterday. still in the 50s at 9:00. 60s and 70s though for most of the afternoon hours with the breeze tapering up in the north bay, meaning the fire threat is over by 5:00. >> >> robin, they have the tablets and now a hug from zendaya.
a good day, everybody. let's head up to you. >> it is a great day. the students are up here and down there and they're like, why is zendaya outside? maybe she'll come up and say hello, okay. i saw you looking. yes. we're going to turn now to a growing trend changing so many people's experiences at amuse. ment parks. some now feature autism-friendly spaces and embracing families who often feel left out and my good friend deb roberts is here with more. >> great news. something good to talk about today. welcome progress and a game changer for parents of children who have autism or anybody who has some kind of a difference. going out to dinner, movies, amusement parks, that can all be difficult for so many and off-limits until now. amusement parks can be filled with thrills and fun. unless you're a family with a child who has autism. >> for a kid with autism it's so overwhelming. there's so many different sounds and smells and then there's a lot of people and sometimes for
them it's just too much. >> reporter: jerryanne and christian's 7-year-old son desmond struggles with crowds and has little patience. though older brother christian loves thrill rides, desmond's frequent tantrums makes that kind of outing difficult. >> usually we end up having to split up. >> or we just leave. we want to be able to do normal everyday things that people do with their kids, with both kids, not just with one. >> reporter: now they can thanks to more inclusive parks like he'd daville in massachusetts. >> do you want to have a break? >> a break. >> reporter: if the family needs a break from the stimulation there is a quiet room, a cool darkened refuge to decompress. there are also puzzles, books and weighted blankets to help calm a stressed child. for desmond even the velvet covered walls are soothing. no small detail is overlooked. to help pass the time waiting in line, small toys can do the trick. and a popular attraction, a
1940s era train which includes a quiet car for the 20-minute ride. and bathrooms are quieter too with manual toilets and paper towel dispensers instead of the noisy automatic ones. autism friendly spaces are a growing trend. with one in 68 kids on the autism spectrum, thousands of businesses across the country are now embracing families who often feel unwelcome. restaurants, movie theaters, even broadway. shows including "aladdin" and "the lion king" produced by our parent company disney have partnered with the theatre development fund to offer special performances for families of kids with autism. what kinds of things do they have to be sensitive to that makes it work for those children? >> for some it may mean that the lights maybe aren't turned down all the way, the sound may be a little bit lower. there may not be any flashing lights and there may be a space that if it does become
overwhelming for a child, they'll have a safe space where they can go and calm down. >> reporter: a sensitive touch allowing families like the ariagas to feel whole and those children with special needs to feel accepted by society. >> it's fun to do something like this because we all get to do it. >> today was a good day in yeah, it was a good day. [ applause ] >> i love that. >> life changing. so many of these families say life is no longer as isolating as it once was and that's huge for them, but also for the rest of us because, get this, experts project that in the next ten years half a million kids with autism are going to become adults. and, robin, that means they have so much to offer to their communities and to the world if we'll just embrace them. >> yes, and have a better understanding of them as well. but just to see how he was saying just want to have fun. be like everybody else. >> a lot of companies that embrace people with disorders, developmental disorders, say their companies are brighter,
happier places, people are more empathetic and it changes the dynamic for good. >> having that understanding, deb, thank you very much for bringing that. we needed that today. you heard about hear come the judge. well, hear come the mayor. the new abc sitcom "the mayor" actor brandon michael hall is here live. so come on back. "gma's" tech tools improving schools is brought to you by verizon. preparing students for a digital worl well, before it was even founded, a french teenager,
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>> what's up, man? good to see you, mr. mayor. >> my pleasure. >> how are doing? doing all right? >> i can't complain. i'm here. >> before we talk, let's take a look at some of your work, man. >> oh, all right. >> valentina, my tenth grade lab partner, now my political adversary. >> what's the messaging tonight? my name is courtney and i'm here to say. >> that's not bad. >> don't worry. you have nothing to lose except your street cred, your dignity and self-respect. small stuff. good luck. >> how you doing, man? >> i'm good. it feels good to be back in my second home. it feels nice to be back home. >> tell you what, been waiting to see this show. it looks so good. it looks so funny. you say your character is just like you. >> yes. >> how so? >> how so. when i was 14 i was with a rap group called the yard boys and dropped our first mix tape back in south carolina and we did it in promotion just to put ourselves out there to find a way to have our voices heard back in the south so i relate to courtney on that note and also his passion that he has. he has a lot of passion and forward thinking and some very,
very in tune with him on that level as well. >> this role was made for you. >> yeah. when jeremy bronson wrote it, he sent it through, i was like, yep, this is it, this is mine. >> you know, this show tackled some real-life issues. >> yes, sir. >> not all fun and games. >> no, no, i mean, it's a very, very fun show and it's something that's very exciting but we are tackling a lot of social issues and talking about a lot of things that need to be talked about right now in this time and age, so yeah. >> we saw lea michele from "glee," campaign manager and david spade. yvette nicole brown. how is it working with them? >> it feels amazing like it feels really good because i'm learning a lot on set. this is my first time moving a show and so to have that backing behind me feels really, really good and very comforting as well. >> you have the backing of tony winner from "hamilton" fame -- >> yes. >> also can i quickly say, y'all ladies looking gorgeous today.
>> i agree. pretty in pink as i like to say. >> you do too. >> i'm trying my best. >> thank you for having me. it's an honor to be sitting right in front of you, man. >> i'm saying with the mayor. what are you talking about? you're the mayor. >> absolute honor. [ applause ] >> but i want to get daveed diggs from "hamilton." you guys write the raps together. >> yeah. >> he writes the rap but he also is giving you pointers on rapping so what does he tell you? maybe i want to start a career. what would you tell me? >> we can drop a mix tape. >> i'm down. >> i've seen some videos. you got some bars though. >> no, i don't bars. >> some bars, though. you got some bars. >> i really don't. what kind of advice did he give you? >> what he's been able to do is every time we go in the studio we work on saturdays or sunday, like a good getaway to get away from set which is nice. but i'm in the booth and he's very meticulous about certain things like hit those hard rs on the vowels and follow through to the ends of the line and speed up in this level because this is the way that the bass sounds different than the way the south
sounds so he's about getting that bay tune so when people here it and they're from the bay area, they're like, yep, i relate to that. >> authentic. you were raised by a single mother and sister. >> she's right over there. >> hey, momma. when you guys -- you were at kimmel with your mom and your sister. and i'm happy you brought your mom in so she could enjoy your success. >> the mayor right here, everybody. it premieres, "the mayor" premieres at 9:30, 8:30 central right here on abc. we'll be right back. we'll be right back. food. water. internet. we need it to live. but what we don't need are surprises, like extra monthly fees. i see you, fee, played by legendary actress anjelica huston. you got me, mark. internet for one everyday simple price and no extra monthly fees.
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it's 8:59. good morning to you. im reggie aqui from "abc7 mornings." meteorologist mike nicco has a look at your forecast. hi, mike. >> hi, everybody. want to update you on the high fire danger, the areas in red until 5:00 tonight. a lot of 80s ne the north bay and inland east bay, mid to upper 70s elsewhere with say upper 60s to low 70s along the coast in san francisco. our warmest day across the board will be friday. the warmth will linger inland and around the bay saturday and sunday. we've got yet another sigalert. if it's not quite yet it will be any minute now. chp is talking about this crash on southbound 101 past willow road on the peninsula in menlo park. a motorcycle crash blocking the left lane. >> time for "live with kelly & ryan." beal back at 11:00 a.m. nor the abc7 midday news.
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