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and good evening from las vegas tonight. where authorities came before the cameras just a short time ago and revealed several stunning findings tonight. we now now the gunman was firing for nine minutes after that first 911 call came in. and what he had hidden in the hallway of the 32nd floor of that hotel right behind me. we are seeing inside the hotel. the door that s.w.a.t. teams broke down. it turns out he had a camera attached to a cart in the hallway so he would know when police were moving in. one of the 23 weapons he had with him in that room, the evidence marker still in place. and tonight, video of that very room taken by a tourist who stayed in that room just a year ago. and the view from the window, right down onto the concert site. the gunman checked into that hotel with ten suitcases. those suitcases were full of weapons. abc's senior national correspondent matt gutman on the suspect's final 48 hours.
♪ >> reporter: this was the crowd at the harvest festival. 22,000 people joining together for god bless america. but high above the las vegas strip, another spectator was watching them. a mass murderer. and just one hour later -- [ gunfire ] >> reporter: tonight, we are learning more about how 64-year-old stephen paddock planned his attack. authorities say he checked into the glittering mandalay bay resort last thursday. on september 28th, he checked in, carrying multiple bags and likely passing a sign just like this. but paddock doesn't just bring in a firearm. he brought an arsenal. ten suitcases, 23 guns. today, our first glimpse inside that hotel room. an ar-15 seen through the battered doorway of the shooter's luxury suite. that gun outfitted with a scope typically used for hunting and a bipod to stabilize the weapon. parts of what eyewitnesses
called that kill box were a full five football fields away from that shooter's perch up there on the 32nd floor. a range that would have been impossible had he just been using handguns instead of those long guns. he shuttered himself in his suite, taking in room service, say police, as the country music festival kicked off on friday, waiting. sunday, that joy turning to panic. when at 10:08 p.m., high above the crowds, police say paddock hammered through two of the hotel's thick windows and started firing down on the crowd below. on the ground, people running, huddling together, shots fired for nearly nine minutes. then, officers spot the shooter. >> i see the shots coming from mandalay bay, halfway up. >> reporter: but as s.w.a.t. teams approached the 32nd floor, tonight, we are learning the shooter may have had eyes on them. police say he'd set up at least two cameras. one monitoring the hallway, seen right there on that service cart, possibly to monitor law enforcement. the other inside his room.
and when officers finally broke down the door -- >> breach, breach, breach. >> reporter: -- paddock was already dead. >> just some chilling new details tonight. matt gutman with us live in las vegas. and matt, we know the gunman stayed in that room undetected for days. even ordering room service several times? >> reporter: that's right, david. room service. multiple hotel employees had been in that room before the shooting, which begs the major question, given how elaborate the setup had been with the ten cases of luggage, the 23 firearms, thousands of rounds of ammunition and of course, those cameras, how nobody noticed anything suspicious. david? >> yeah, somehow it went unnoticed. matt gutman leading us off. matt, thank you. and there was another major development late today. the gunman's long-time girlfriend, right now, out of the country, is now being called a person of interest tonight. abc's chief investigative correspondent brian ross. >> reporter: authorities tonight
labeled the shooter's girlfriend, marilou danley, as central to the ongoing investigation, much more than simply a witness. >> currently, she's a person of interest. >> reporter: especially after the discovery by police of so many weapons, so much ammunition and explosives at the home they shared in mesquite, nevada. >> how could she not know what was going on in her own house with these weapons? she had to know something, at the very least, question him as to where are these weapons coming from, why do you have all these weapons? >> reporter: according to documents obtained by abc news, danley, who uses an australian passport, traveled to her home country, the philippines, two weeks before the shooting, on september 15th. paddock visited her family in the philippines four years ago. now, u.s. officials want to know why paddock began to transfer tens of thousands of dollars to someone in the philippines just prior to the shooting. >> i anticipate substantial amount of information to come in in the next 48 hours. >> reporter: according to
relatives, danley apparently met paddock at this hotel casino in reno, where she worked as a hostess to entertain high rollers, like paddock. employees at this bar in mesquite, and former neighbors, say the couple were regulars here, drinking beer, tequila and playing video poker and the slots. >> so, he just one time pulled his phone out and said, here's a picture of the slot machine where we won $20,000. >> brian ross joins us live tonight. and brian, we heard your report there that authorities are now calling the shooter's girlfriend a person of interest. they're making plans for her to return to the u.s.? >> reporter: yes, david. the fbi is actually involved to make sure she gets on plane to come back to the u.s. david? >> brian ross again tonight. for the first time, we were given access today to one of the trauma wards at a hospital right here in las vegas. one of the surgeons taking us from room to room, and we met the survivors. one of them, a 19-year-old girl brought on the back of a pickup truck. the e.r. suddenly overflowing.
doctors didn't know who they were operating on, it was happening so fast. they simply moved in and saved lives. we held into desert springs hospital medical center here in las vegas. where more than 100 victims were rushed in. have you caught your breath at all? peter caravella is a surgeon here who got the emergency call at 11:00 sunday night. >> we got here there was probably 50, 60 people in the e.r. >> reporter: there were 50, 60 people here already? >> already, before we got here. >> reporter: it sounds as though there were so many patients, you didn't even have time, you didn't even know who these patients were? >> i had no idea. the e.r. docs really did a great job. they basically triaged everybody and said this one's critical, this one's critical, this one needs this, this one needs that and we basically went bed to bed to bed. >> reporter: four of the victims were pronounced dead shortly after they arrived here. so many of the patients with multiple gunshot wounds. and this surgeon tells me, this time, it was different. >> we saw different pieces of machinery and artillery that
were because sickly dispersed throughout the abdomen, chest. >> reporter: it appeared this suspect wanted to inflect maximum damage here? >> clearly, clearly. >> reporter: the surgeon takes us into sheldon mack's room, one of the patients he helped save. sheldon was at the concert for his 21st birthday. sheldon. >> it all kind of happened so fast. it seems surreal. like a bad nightmare i'm gonna wake up from. but i just keep seeing it in my mind still and it just haunts me. >> reporter: you see it all playing out still. >> yeah. >> reporter: he showed me the video he took of the concert just moments before the gunfire began. and you were seeing people around you get hit first? >> yeah, i saw a girl, like two rows ahead of me, and she got hit in the neck and went down. >> reporter: sheldon began trying to help the people around him. then he got shot, twice. in the arm and in the abdomen. >> and then some hero came and save me. which -- >> reporter: do you know his name? >> i wish i did. >> reporter: and he came all the way to the hospital with you. >> yeah, he wouldn't leave my side. saved my life.
>> reporter: he tells us she still wants to meet that hero, and his mom and dad would like to meet him, too. they know their son has so many questions, among therjs why? >> he was saying, you know, why would someone do this? such evil? you know, i -- i have a life ahead of me, why does someone want to kill me and leave me lying on this field and everybody else. >> reporter: there was ma ken that perry, too. it was her boyfriend and good samaritans that saved her. were you in the back of a truck? >> yeah, he had a two-seater truck. i was laying in the bed with his girlfriend and my boyfriend. >> reporter: in the back? >> yeah. >> reporter: and it was open. >> yeah. >> referee: whatever it takes. i'm glad it got you here. she can't get that night out of her head. >> i don't know, it hasn't fully hit me. it's kind of starting to, but -- not fully.
>> reporter: it's hard to even think about. >> i just know that there were a lot of people who had it a lot worse. so, it's kind of just, like, hard to know that there's a lot of people dead from it, too. >> reporter: and her mother was at the concert, too. your daughter was saying that the hard part was knowing so many people didn't get out. >> i think that's the hard part for all of us. and seeing what we saw. and i think, as a mom, knowing that they had to see that, and that's stuck with them forever. >> the surgeon told us that both of those patients are going to be okay. and they're grateful to those doctors and nurses. and as for sheldon, he wants to meet that hero was by his side. they believe that the hero was grazed by a bullet, too, but is no longer at the hospital. so, if that hero is watching tonight, sheldon's family wants
to thank you. we turn now to president trump, in puerto rico today, meeting with officials including the mayor of san juan. she went on live tvp, becking the administration for help, and he then took him a at her on twitter. he also tweeted of puerto rico, "they want everything done for them." what his message was today when he landed there. abc's chief white house correspondent jonathan karl from puerto rico. >> reporter: there has never been a presidential visit to a disaster zone quote like this. at a church in san juan, president trump tossed paper towels to hurricane victims as if he were playing basketball. >> there's a lot of love in this room. >> reporter: sitting right next to puerto rico's governor, he touted the death count as if he were keeping score. >> if you look at a real ka as the troe tee like ka tree anyway, and you look at the tremendous hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of people that died, what is your death count as of this moment, 17? >> 16.
>> 16 people, certified. 16 people versus in the thousands. you can be very proud. >> reporter: and even as he talked up the federal recovery effort -- >> the whole team has been amazing. >> reporter: -- the president couldn't help but bring up the high cost. >> i hate to tell you, puerto rico, but you've thrown our budget a little out of whack. >> reporter: also in the room, the mayor of san juan, who the president has slammed relentlessly on twitter for saying puerto rico needs more than it's getting. >> sir. >> nice to see you. >> it's all about saving lives, it's not about politics. >> reporter: afterwards, the mayor called the meeting productive. but on cnn, she dismissed the presidential visit as public relations. >> rather than commander in chief, he sort of becomes miscommunicator in chief. >> reporter: not far from there, we met up with hector garcia he had no idea the president was on the island, but he tells us, he's happy he's here. "he came here," garcia told us, "because he knows we're in
crisis." david, the governor's been diplomatic tonight. he says he appreciates the president's visit and his commitment to the island of puerto rico. he wants to see relief efforts continue, including things like the u.s. naval hospital ship behind me. this just got here today, two weeks after the storm hit the island. david? >> jon karl, our thanks to you tonight. and we want to let everyone know at home we were in puerto rico over the weekend when the shooting broke out here in las vegas, and before we left to come here, we had gone to a neighborhood, just a short drive from where the president was today. nearly two weeks after the her khan, we discovered families in sweltering here, no power, no running water, and a call for help. we went looking for an apartment building, just 15 minutes from the airport in san juan. because we had heard that nearly two weeks after the hurricane hit, they were still without power and would running water. we walk up the darkened stairwell and down the hallway.
l l lizbeth vazquez delgado lives in new york city. but she is here taking care of her parents. the president had tweeted days ago, all buildings now inspected. and we wonder, have they seen any emergency officials or the government. we had heard that inspectors had been visiting buildings all over puerto rico. have you seen any inspectors? >> no. not at all. they have not come to see what's happened to these apartments. >> reporter: no one has come? >> no one has come. >> reporter: and how much food and water have they brought? >> none. >> reporter: nothing? >> none at all. >> reporter: and with no power, no clean drinking water. can you drink the water? >> no, we cannot. at all. >> reporter: inside her parents' tiny apartment, their windows still blown out by hurricane maria. and in the bedroom, her parents, elmer and gloria, on the bed in need of medication. this was the first day any doctor had paid a visit. this is the first medicine? >> this is the first medicine. >> reporter: and it's motrin. >> i had a piece of bread, half
of bread and i shared it with, like, four apartments. >> reporter: down the hallway, we see other residents, some carrying flashlights. and we head into one of those apartments, where we meet a woman lizbeth has been sharing her bread and water with. maria diaz is 70, who has been drinking the water from the faucet, even though she knows it's not safe. she holds an empty bottle of water. telling us it costs $6. with little food and no clean water, she is panic-stricken, telling me, i don't want to die here. in so many of these apartment buildings, they are unaware of the fema help, because they have no power, no access to the news. and tonight, just 7% of the island has power back. this building does not. a generator is turned on a couple of hours a night. and we walk p the stairs, knowing there are 13 stories in this building.
again, they tell us, no food. down the hall, you can see the destruction through the window. we step over a doorway blown in by the hurricane. floor after floor, we hear the same concerns. while back down on the fourth floor, lizbeth, sharing what little bread she has and a slice of cheese with her neighbor. >> i'm sharing it with everyone. and i'm not only asking for my parents. there's a lot of people here that don't have family. >> we checked back in with them this afternoon, they are still asking for help tonight. there is still much more ahead on this special edition of "world news tonight" this tuesday. the pressure bomb explosion in new york city. new surveillance tonight, never before seen video, when one of those bombs was set off. also, the new health headline tonight about your weight and cancer. and we celebrate tom petty. some of his most famous songs. a lot more news ahead. your body was made for better things than rheumatoid arthritis. before you and your rheumatologist move to another treatment, ask if xeljanz is right for you.
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for him to take it upon himself to create this chaos and harm is unspeakable. >> we are learning more about the terrifying massacre in las vegas and more about the bay area people who are among the dead. sadly. >> las vegas police released an update this afternoon. the death toll remains at 59. 45 of the hundreds injured are still in critical condition. police say stephen paddock fired for close to nine minutes straight. the fbi searched two of his homes and say they found 20 guns, several thousand rounds of ammunition. >> investigators are piecing together what may have sparked this rampage. we have more on the first glimpse of the inside of the shooter's hotel room. >> there are stories of heroism and survival. >> we went back and started looking for priority victims. people with the most serious
injuries to get to the hole. >> tuesday, many of the more than 500 people injured now reliving the terrifying moments. 64-yearold stephen paddock sent a barrage of bullets into the crowd of 22,000 concertgoers. >> when he was running, i was holding him and looking behind him, there were bodies everywhere. >> in las vegas, the grieving continues. vigils being held across the city for the dozens of people killed in the rampage. among them, hannah, the 22-year-old attending the country music concert with his girlfriend, and navy veteran christopher. >> he went to combat and came back without being injured and he goes to a concert and dies. >> we are