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making news in america this morning, new questions about the las vegas shooter. was he planning to escape? >> his girlfriend breaking her silence as new video of the attack is released overnight. >> everybody, go. >> and the hero security guard who helped stop the rampage. >> his bravery was amazing. secretary of state tillerson holding a rare press conference. did he call president trump a moron? the mother in jail this morning because she refused to vaccinate her child. >> i couldn't bring myself to do it. the new hurricane forming right now and taking aim at the u.s. and what cam newton said to a female reporter that has him under fire this morning. a good good morning to you all. i'm diane macedo.
>> and i'm gio benitez in for kendis gibson. we begin with new details in the las vegas shooting rampage. police say the shooter planned to escape, and they believe he had help, so they're trying to track down possible accomplices. >> sources say the gunman had recently checked into several hotels and may have considered targeting a different concert a week earlier featuring singer lorde and chance the rapper. the shooter's girlfriend is talking to the fbi, but she insists she had no idea he was planning this attack. abc's lana zak has more from las vegas. lana, good morning. >> reporter: good morning to you, gio and diane. so in addition to the suite that authorities say the shooter had here at the mandalay bay hotel, he had also reserved rooms in several other hotels, and all of them overlook the concert venue. >> right here, come in here. >> reporter: in this newly released video, you can see the heroism of ordinary americans in the worst of circumstances. >> bring the guy in the chair with the chest. >> reporter: victims of the las vegas shooting being led into a vehicle before it sped off to the hospital.
one of those victims, andrea castilla, was out celebrating her 28th birthday with her sister athena. >> we couldn't give up on her. she deserved a chance to get help. she was -- i mean she was literally dying in my arms. >> reporter: and in trying to piece together his motive, authorities have been questioning the shooter's girlfriend, marilou danley. these are her words as read by her attorney. >> it never occurred to me in any way whatsoever that he was planning violence against anyone. >> reporter: danley says when stephen paddock sent her to the philippines and wired her money, she worried that he was breaking up with her but in reality he had something truly evil planned. >> stephen paddock is a man who spent decades acquiring weapons and ammo and living a secret life. >> reporter: and authorities say that in the day before his deadly assault, he spent eight hours at the casino gambling. authorities now believe that paddock had planned to escape and despite few leads, they question if he really acted alone. >> it's troublesome that this individual was able to move this amount of gear into a hotel room
unassisted. ♪ amazing grace >> reporter: meanwhile, the community, the survivors and the loved ones of the victims are all trying to heal. now law enforcement officials say that there was no prior indication that paddock had suffered from any severe health or mental issues, and as for the money that he wired the philippines, marilou danley says that was so she and her family could buy a home there. she remembered the shooter as a kind and caring man. gio, diane. >> certainly not the legacy that he's going to leave behind. lana zak live for us from las vegas, thank you. that las vegas shooter also hit two nearby fuel tanks as he fired into that concert. >> yeah, the tanks hold jet fuel for the airport. the gunfire could have set off a massive explosion, but the bullets did not penetrate the tanks. now, the unarmed security guard who was shot in the leg as he approached the shooter's hotel door is being praised as a
hero. jesus campos told police what room the gunman was in, gave them a passkey for the door and helped evacuate the floor even though he was wounded. abc news consultant and former fbi agent steve gomez says campos likely saved many lives. >> this individual, this security officer basically distracted the suspect. it does look like after the security officer came, then the shots pretty much ended. that might have saved many lives, hundreds if not more than that. >> absolutely. and in a phone interview, campos says he was just doing his job. >> definitely did a lot more than that. and as we reported the gunman had several so-called bump stocks, which allow a semiautomatic rifle to fire repeatedly like an automatic one. >> now a proposed ban on those devices is picking up new support in congress. our serena marshall has more. >> reporter: the debate about gun control grows louder. with 59 dead, more than 500 injured in the worst shooting in modern u.s. history, democrats
seething over republicans' inaction. >> thoughts and prayers are not enough. >> what is the number? it take to wake up this s will congress? >> reporter: inside the room of the las vegas shooter, 23 guns were found. >> there were 12 bump fire stocks identified on the firearms in the hotel room. >> reporter: with the attachment you can fire 500 rounds per minute. >> i'm going to be pushing forward with this hand and pulling rearward with this hand. >> reporter: in this video by legally armed america, this ar-15 behaving like a machine gun with a continuous stream of bullets. compare that to when the bump stock isn't in place. a new bill would make those $150 attachments illegal. >> some have said we shouldn't do this now. we should wait. now is not the time. ladies and gentlemen, when is the time going to be there? >> reporter: already it has 26 co-sponsors, all of them democrats.
at least six republican senators, though, are open to a hearing on the issue. the president in las vegas visiting the victims not quite ready to go there. >> does america have a gun violence problem? >> we're not going to talk about that. >> reporter: texas conservative bill flores going a step further than his senate colleagues endorsing the idea of a ban. his office telling us he should have a piece of bipartisan legislation introduced in the coming days. diane, gio. >> all right. serena marshall live in weighing right now. thank you, serena. and turning overseas, three u.s. army green berets have been killed during an ambush in the western african nation of niger. officials say they were likely attacked by al qaeda militants. two others were wounded. about 400 u.s. service members are currently in niger helping african forces fight terror groups. and the state department is denying that secretary of state rex tillerson called president trump a moron after a meeting over the summer. president trump called the story
first reported by nbc fake news. in a rare news conference, secretary tillerson had this to say. >> i'm not going to deal with petty stuff like that. i'm just not going to be part of this effort to divide this administration. >> tillerson also denied another part of that report that said he wanted to resign. he and the president have had sharp differences, though, on policy including a public dispute over how to handle north korea. and veteran republican senator bob corker had some eye-opening criticism of the trump administration while defending tillerson. corker said, quote, i think secretary tillerson, defense secretary jim mattis and chief of staff john kelly are those people that help separate our country from chaos. corker said tillerson is not getting the support he needs. >> and let's turn now to your weather for this thursday morning. a new tropical depression is churning over central america and is on track to hit the u.s. on sunday. forecasters say the system is
set to pass over nicaragua and honduras later today bringing potentially life-threatening flash floods and mudslides and then it moves into the gulf of mexico. now, the current models show it making landfall somewhere between mobile and tallahassee on sunday morning as a weak category 1 hurricane. incredible to think that we have another one coming. and coming up right here, the concerns about certain foods sold at walmart and where it comes from. also ahead, a michigan mother sent to jail for not getting her son vaccinated. hear what the judge had to say. and the new risk for distracted driving. just how much danger is being caused by those fancy gadgets in new cars?
equifax did a terrible job of protecting our data because they didn't have a reason to care to protect our data. >> that senator, elizabeth warren, lashing out at the former ceo of equifax after the data breach that's potentially affected 145 million people. now, warren says she's furious that equifax is profiting from the breach. that's because the credit reporting company also sells data protection service, which more people might now be inclined to buy now that their data has been compromised. critics call that a conflict of interest. both democrats and republicans want federal watchdogs to investigate whether equifax violated any laws, and warren is calling for new rules to allow consumers to block access to their credit information for free. and, diane, we have new video from puerto rico showing desperately needed supplies finally arriving in a remote mountain town cut off by hurricane maria. locals tell us that politics are getting in the way of the relief efforts.
some claim they are not getting supplies because they don't belong to the same political party as the mayor. less than 6% of the island has power. just 12% of the island has cell phone service. salmon lovers who shop at walmart may have been helping to fund north korea. an associated press investigation finds north korea has been sending its workers to plants in china where they process seafood that often ends up in american stores. walmart says its suppliers are no longer allowed to buy seafood from those plants. and some of that new car technology that's supposed to make driving safer may be dangerously distracting you from the road. a new investigation by aaa finds drivers who were programming and checking those navigation systems in the car were visually and mentally distracted for an average of more than 40 seconds. taking your eyes off the road for just two seconds doubles your risk of a crash. >> pretty scary. and when we come back, the mother now in jail for not vaccinating her son. also, bumpy ride. why airplane turbulence may be getting a whole lot worse. and the details about an
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i understand you love your children, but what i don't think you understand is that your son has two parents, and dad gets a say. >> reporter: while the state of michigan does allow parents to opt their children out of certain vaccinations, both parents must agree. the american academy of pediatrics says vaccines are safe, vaccines are effective, vaccines save lives. bredow's ex-husband was granted temporary custody of their son while she serves her seven-day jail sentence. she's expected to be back in court next week. erielle reshef, abc news, new york. >> erielle, thank you so much. a pennsylvania congressman says he will not run for re-election after new details surfaced about his extramarital affair. a pittsburgh newspaper reports congressman tim murphy who has sponsored anti-abortion legislation urged his mistress to get an abortion when he thought she was pregnant. and a pregnant passenger who claims she was profiled for being a muslim and dragged off a southwest airlines flight is speaking out. you might remember video of anila daulatzai's confrontation
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lot of the cones. i'll try to confirm we have it totally cleared in the next few minutes. we have some residual delays in the meantime as well. let's check in with mike nicco and a look at our forecast. >> hi, everybody. a look at doppler 7. clouds along the coast for the better part of the morning hours. by the afternoon a whole lot of sunshine is on our way. check out these temperatures. they are chilly once again. 40 in napa. we have mid-40s to low 50s in most neighbors. haywood 54. 60s at the coast. 70s around the bay. 80s inland. we'll take a look at your day planner forecast in about two minutes. >> mike, thank you. now to the latest out of vegas. police wonder if the gunman may have had help. >> the shooter's girlfriend is saying she was no part of the planning of this attack. abc news reporter lana zak live for us in las vegas. >> reporter: good morning to you, reggie and natasha. she says she remembers stephen paddock as a kind and caring man but clearly something behind
that facade was deeply, deeply wrong. >> right here, come in here. >> reporter: in this newly released video you can see the heroism of ordinary americans in the worst of circumstances. >> the guy in the chair, who is in the chair? >> reporter: being led into a vehicle before it sped off to the hospital. one of those victims was out celebrating her 28th birthday with her sister athena. >> i knew i couldn't give up on her. she deserved a chance to get home. i mean, she was literally dying in my arms. >> reporter: and in trying to piece together his motive authorities have been questions the shooter's girlfriend, marilou danley. when he sent her to the philippines and wired her money she worried he was breaking up with her. authorities believe paddock had planned to escape and despite few leads question if he really acted alone. >> it's troublesome this individual was able to move this amount of gear into a hotel room
unassisted. >> reporter: and speaking of hotel rooms, in addition to the suite he had here at the mandalay bay, authorities say he had reservations at several other hotels all here on the las vegas strip and all overlooking the concert venue. reporting live from las vegas, lana zak, abc 7 news. thank you for that. a gun shop owner in texas says paddock came into the store with his girlfriend. he says paddock asked about modifying a gun to make it easier to pull the trigger. the dealer says paddock didn't buy anything but did sell handguns to him in 2010 and 2011. the dealer says paddock never purchased any long guns that could have been used in this las vegas attack. west virginia democratic senator says that he plans to meet with republican senator pat toomey to talk about bipartisan gun legislation. he says he does not want to reintroduce the bill unless there's more