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mandalay bay. police say the gunman fired from a 32nd floor that we showed you which is actually approximately 950 feet away from the venue and what should have been a night of fun turned into a night of terror. ♪ [ music ] >> reporter: at first concertgoers thought they heard fireworks. [ gunshots ] >> it sounded like fireworks almost at the beginning and once everyone hit the floor just stayed down and get out always fast as we can. >> there's a -- as fast as we can. >> there's a shooting! there's a shooting! then we saw jason run off stage and people all over on the floor, the grassy area on front of the stage like some were falling. some were screaming and yelling and running. >> reporter: but it was rapid machine gunfire. >> somebody just started running saying oh, my gosh, he's shot, he's shot! and there's people in front of us that were getting shot and
you were seeing as you were hearing the shots going off, you were hearing just them hit the ground. >> there was a guy in front of us that got shot in his back and he was still running. [ gunshots ] >> reporter: bullets rained down from the 32nd floor of the mandalay bay resort onto a musical festival of about 22,000 people. >> we had to cross the field where the people were getting shot. every time we heard shots we would hit the ground and just stay there until they would stop for 30 or 45 seconds and then we would run as fast as we could. we just thought we were going to die. there's no other thing. i thought the shooting would never end. >> reporter: police identified the suspect as 64-year-old stephen paddock of mesquite, nevada, a real estate investor and former accountant who enjoyed high stakes gambling. investigators say he had 17 guns in his hotel room. the fbi can find no link to
terrorism. today authorities searched his home in a retirement community about 80 miles northeast of las vegas. paddock's brother in florida was stunned. >> there's not even anything i can say. i mean how do you -- i mean my brother did this. this is like it was done, you know, like he shot us. >> reporter: police say paddock killed himself before s.w.a.t. teams stormed the hotel room. investigators say he used two windows to shoot down into the crowd. >> this was an individual described as a lone wolf. i don't know how it could have been prevented if we didn't have any prior knowledge to this individual. >> reporter: and back out here live to the las vegas strip where you can see the police presence and that street there is blocked off leading to mandalay bay, we told you earlier among those still missing is a bay area woman. she happens to be the wife of a san francisco police officer and they were attending the
concert and right now he is looking for her. his name is san francisco police officer vinny echiber with his wife stacy. they were with another police officer and firefighter. he has spent the day going to all of the hospitals looking for her. they got separated when he told her to run to safety while he helped wounded victims. he told his wife, a mother of two, to run. she left her cell phone in the hotel and id with her husband and right now they are frantically looking for her or any word that she is okay. when we landed here to the airport, we noticed a lot of people from the bay area leaving to head back home and one of them was a woman who lived in brentwood. she is a mother and she tells me her story last night in the middle of all of the gunfire. >> single shots like pop, pop. >> reporter: tony kessler of brentwood was in the middle of the chaos and barrage of gunfire. >> people are screaming i've been shot! people are being drug out. my girl friend ended up in a
vehicle that took them to the airport and they were running past -- she said she had ran past a girl laying on the ground in a pile of her blood all by herself. >> reporter: you ready to get home? >> uh-huh. >> reporter: when the reality set in she wasn't hearing fireworks, she and her other friends ran for cover, but they all got separated from one another. >> it was just chaos. people literally shot around me, being drug out of the concert. we all got separated. my friends went one way. i went the other. we were climbing fences. people, shoes, purses, laying on the ground, people bloody. it was awful. >> reporter: and 59 people killed, 515 injured and a lot of people praying right now for those family members who have lost loved ones and at this house there's actually an interfaith prayer s g
on in las vegas at the guardian angel cathedral which sits on the north end of the las vegas victim, a lot of people going there to say their -- strip, a lot of people going there to say their prayers and thoughts for those injured. there are hundreds in the hospitals right now, five local hospitals and trauma centers, where the doctors and nurses and physicians and triage are treating these, some critically injured. so what's so sad is that death toll may go up depending on how those in the hospital fare. that's the latest here from las vegas. i can tell you from your staff coming here, this is a very different las vegas this evening, a lot of people mourning and rightly so. back to you. >> absolutely horrific. juliette, you mentioned earlier there was security around the mandalay bay and concert venue, but are you noticing security stepped up around the area,
around the airport and the strip? >> reporter: specifically inside the mandalay bay there's a perimeter set up and people staying there can't leave until they've been questioned and investigators have gone in there. from our personal experience, we brought in all our camera gear and two marshals came up to his room to ask him what all he had in terms of his luggage with his tripod and camera, very specific. so we've never had that before. the airport screens all of our baggage but not specifically at the door of our hotel room. so they're definitely checking to be on the safe side because apparently this suspect had 17 assault rifles carried into his hotel room when this deadly attack happened. >> amazing nobody saw that. thank you. we're hearing about a bay area college student who was hit by the gunfire in las vegas and right now she's in the icu. >> kpix5 reporter emily turner has her dramatic story. emily? >> the whole thing is just
horrifying. whether you were at this concert or not, if you were in las vegas or know someone who is there, it's touched so many people and tone they're all trying to make sense of what -- tonight they're all trying to make sense of what happened. paige is a student from folsom now recovering in a las vegas hospital. her friends here say it's hard to imagine. >> it's kind of like shocking and impossible for someone that we know personally going through that. >> paige was set to graduate in may, works three jobs and still makes the dean's list. she and six other college friends were at last night's concert when shots rang out. [ gunshots ] >> her mother said she was hit in the right side while jason aldean was still on stage playing. considering the death toll, she's one of the lucky ones. she's alive and will heal. she has a liver laceration, fractured ribs from the bullet and 15 staples in the gunshot wound. >> any messages you have for paige? >> that i love you very much
and i'll be here when you come back. get better. you're a kick butt woman, so see you soon. >> reporter: those who weren't at the concert or made it out unscathed still felt the effects. >> it was chaos. >> it was awful, the worst night of my life. >> we're still just a few hundred people just running for their life. >> reporter: almost everyone arriving back in the bay area from las vegas this morning had a story to tell. in andre walter's life it was a close call that may have saved his life. >> we had our three-day passes for jason aldean and i'm working here, so i said let's just stay home. one of my son's friend of a friend was killed last night there, too. the family all at home is pretty devastated. >> even from all these tragic tales there is some good in the sense of heroism in this case with this young college student. a good samaritan threw her in the back of the truck and took her to the hospital.
other good samaritans blocked her and her friends off so they didn't get trampled while people were running from that concert and that shooting. with more than 500 concertgoers wounded, las vegas hospitals were tested in unbelievable ways. you can imagine. a fleet of ambulances responded to the scene, but the wounded were also brought to area hospitals in personal vehicles. doctors describe the surgeries as nonstop. >> there was a little bit of controlled chaos. we've actually had a number of mass casualty incidents come through this trauma center but nothing in this magnitude. >> and in the chaos, of course, stories are emerging of off- duty nurses, first responders who risked their lives to treat the injured. las vegas residents are rushing into help. people are waiting hours in long lines to give blood and the donations don't end in vegas. here in the bay area blood centers of the pacific are holding a special blood drive today and are sending the
donations to las vegas. >> we're part of the network that resupplies united blood service in las vegas. so should they need more blood supplies we'll stand at the ready to help them out. it takes about 48 to 72 hours for blood to make it to the hospitals after we test it, prepare it and ship it. it's blood on the shelves that helps save lives. >> call 888-393-give to make an appointment if you want to donate. president trump expressed his condolences for the las vegas victims. he and the first lady led a moment of silence at the white house this afternoon. earlier the president addressed the nation calling the shooting an act of pure evil. >> our unity cannot be shattered by evil. our bonds cannot be broken by violence and though we feel such great anger at the senseless murder of our fellow citizens, it is our love that defines us today and always will.
forever. >> the president also commended first responders for their quick action helping to save on so many lives. he hopes to come to las vegas wednesday. there are so many questions as to a possible motive. why would somebody do this? with more on the investigation we want to bring in kpix5 security analyst jeff harp, the former no. 2 man at the fbi, san francisco office. jeff, take us behind the scenes of the investigation right now, so we're several hours after the incident. this is what the fbi doing today? >> well, ken, all law enforcement right now is working diligently and hard to try to figure out the why and what connections there are to this individual. here we are again talking about another tragedy. this time it's in america. my guess is that the bureau and las vegas metro pd are dissecting every single piece of this individual's life that you can imagine. >> jeff, the suspect, stephen
paddock, had 17 weapons in the hotel room. a search of his home turned up another 18 firearms. should this guy be on law enforcement's radar because of that in nevada as opposed to california? >> that's a good question. you think about firearm ownership. it doesn't itself mean you have a propensity for violence, but if you have a lot of guns and take them to a hotel room, that's a program. we don't have a country where bags are screened by metal detectors, so it's not something that will be found in the hotel. you walk into the hotel with your bag, get help or you don't, and you go to your room. my guess is that's exactly what he did. they'll be reviewing cc tv coverage and everything else to see if he had any help, what he was doing and how he prepared for this event. >> jeff harp, thank you for that. coming up how the vegas massacre is prompting beefed up security here at home.
moments when the shots rang out. >> closed captioning for this newscast is sponsored by living spaces. some country singers are speaking out about the las vegas mass shooting describing the moment when shots rang out. singer jake owens was on one of the stages at the route 91 harvest festival at the time. he spoke by phone on cbs this morning. >> i ran out. we were in the middle of it. when the shots were being fired and you could hear it ricocheting off the top of the roof on the stage, we started running just any direction we could because you didn't know where it was coming. you didn't know if someone was
on the ground. we didn't know where it was coming from. at one point i was kind of sitting on the ground behind a car with about 20 other people crouched down behind the car and just the fear in everyone's eyes but the feeling of everyone looking for someone to make sure they were okay was just i've never experienced anything like this before. >> singer jason aldean was just beginning his set when the gunman began firing into the crowd. he and his crew ran off to the side. aldean posted a message on instagram saying it hurts my heart this would happen to anyone who was just coming out to enjoy what should have been a fun night of #heartbreaking. the biggest rampage is prompting heightened security at home especially with two big events underway in the bay area. kpix5's phil matier is live at oracle world in downtown san francisco. phil? >> reporter: that's right, ken. as you know, this is the season for san francisco's big events and there are three big ones
this weekend, a weekend that was probably going to bring hundreds of thousands of people like these here at oracle and that's why san francisco in the wake of las vegas has told the cops no days off. get ready to work. here's the story. oracle world hardly strictly bluegrass, fleet week, some of the city's biggest events are this week and with them thousands of people will fill into open streets across the city making for some very big potential targets. >> we're going to have heightened staffing levels. you'll see officers on bikes, motorbikes, in patrol cars, on foot. >> reporter: that was the case today at oracle world in downtown where some 60,000 conventioners gathered for the week long conference. >> in the wake of las vegas, it's something that we're prepared for. >> the police are out on the street doing everything from directing traffic to make sure the thing was safe. i saw internal security people at oracle. >> i can't give you all our tactics, but we are frommed for incidents like -- prepared for
incidents like that. we've had the active shooter in ups. we've had other incidents, smaller ones which we are prepared for and train for. >> reporter: but is anyone prepared for a shooter in a hotel high rise? >> whenever a situation like this happens, security in hotels and other places always take extra guard to make sure there are no copycats. >> reporter: as you can satisfactory here at oracle, over there -- see here at oracle, over there we have security with the dog and security all the way around, but police often have to be responders. what they need is our help as well. so everybody here, the message going out is if you see something suspicious, report it. if you see it, report it. don't be afraid because that's the prevention that could save lives as well. in downtown san francisco, phil matier, kpix5. back to you. >> phil, thank you. if you see something, say something. more on the las vegas mass shooting coming up on a special hour long edition of cbs evening news followed by kpix5 news at a special time, 6:30. there's new intrigue at the
russian consulate in san francisco. the russians are accusing the u.s. of violating international law. the russian government released this video showing u.s. officials doing a search of the building at pacific heights, the russians calling it an intrusion. moscow was ordered out of the consulate last month. the state department confirms it conducted a walk-through today to make sure everyone was out. jury selection began today in a san francisco murder case that's drawn national attention over the sanctuary city debate. jose inez garcia cerotti is accused of killing 32-year-old kate steinle on san francisco's embarcardero. he was wanted by federal agents at the time. at least 1,000 federal jurors have been summoned to weigh in on this case, significantly more than in a typical trial. >> the attorneys have the extra burden of trying to ferret out biases among prospective
jurors. this is pretty tricky because asking people are you racist or against undocumented immigrants is not a real way to get a truthful answer. >> the professor also says she believes it likely wouldn't be possible to move this case out of the bay area. rape victims in santa cruz now have to travel an hour to be treated because of the staffing problems at the sheriff's department. kpix5's kiet do reports counselors say this will only add to a victim's trauma. >> reporter: for the past month sexual assault victims in santa cruz county have gotten their forensic examinations not at the main hospital in town, but rather more than 30 miles away at valley medical center in san jose. how did it get to this point? >> it's just the ebb and flow of really employment. >> reporter: collecting evidence from survivors is a special assignment that the nurses do on top of their normal duties. the nurses used to meet the survivors at watsonville community hospital and dominican hospital in santa cruz where they were on call
24/7 and required to respond at a moment's notice. apparently the demands of the job took their toll. in the past year the number of nurses dropped down to a handful. >> we don't have the luxury to be able to wait to recruit back to a certain taken -- certain number of nurses. >> reporter: now people must make the trek to the santa cruz center. the monarch center in santa cruz helps provide support and counseling and say what was a four to five hour ordeal will now take six to eight hours with the longer drive to san jose. what do you stay to critics about this whole situation? >> everything was mismanaged. >> no, no. we have an expert forensics unit here at the sheriff's office. they do a fantastic job. the nurses that were part of our program, they go through different things in life. what could be a good fit now maybe not necessarily is a good fit later on and that happens
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in las vegas we'll briefly take a bit of a break from what's been a tough monday to just review what's going to be happening this week and what is going to be happening is a warming trend for the bay area just that much at a time as we look at sfo. winds are up. that's not necessarily good news. it's warm now, not as warm as yesterday. numbers have declined as much as 6 degrees day to day and that's the bottom of it today. tomorrow we'll warm up a bit. it's windy from the west, 23 at sfo, west, southwesterlies 14 at san rafael. the higher you go, the windier it gets and more offshore. red flag warnings are posted till tomorrow afternoon. with the higher winds, the lower humidity, critical fire weather conditions continue
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mandalay bay resort and casino looks the scen in las vegas this evening a blown out window on the 32nd floor of the mandalay bay resort and casino overlooks the scene of the deadliest mass shooting in modern u.s. history. >> on the ground below there is a mess of personal belongings, everything people attending a country music festival had to leave behind to run for their lives. our juliette goodrich will have another live report from las vegas coming up, but first a
special hour long edition of the cbs evening news is up next. >> it's followed by kpix5 news right here at 6:30. (rapid gunfire) >> we have an active shooter. >> mason: massacre in las vegas. >> shots fired from mandalay eay. >> we have multiple, multiple victims shot. >> mason: a gunman in a high- rise hotel opens fire on a concert 32 floors below. >> it was an act of pure evil. >> the shots just kept coming. >> you could see bodies dropping and people getting shot. oresason: scores are killed in the deadliest shooting in modern u.s. history. .> i saw strangers helping strangers and saving lives. >> we need your truck. we just need to get people over to the hospital, okay? >> in moments of tragedy and horror, america comes together as one. (bell tolls)