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it's tuesday, october 3rd. 2017. this is the cbs morning news. the nation is in mourning following the mass murder of at least 59 people in las vegas. >> he brutally murdered more than 50 people. and wounded hundreds more. it was an act of pure evil. >> now law enforcement will try to uncover what led the gunman to commit such a horrific crime.
good morning from the studio 57 newsroom at cbs headquarters here in new york. good to be with you. i'm anne-marie greene. the motive for the deadliest mass shooting in modern u.s. history remains a mystery. the gunman killed himself as police stormed his las vegas hotel room. but not before he fired hundreds of rounds on concert goers below in what authorities believe was a long planned attack. here is the latest. at least 59 people were killed and 527 wounded or injured. the fbi has so far found no link to international terrorism. the gun fire lasted more than ten minutes and u.s. officials tell the associated press two of paddock's rifles had been modified to make them fully automatic. >> reporter: good morning. authorities are still trying to determine a motive but at least in these early stages paddock
does not seem to fit the typical profile we've seen of suspects in previous mass shootings. victims are still recovering, hundreds of them this morning and some of them are still fighting for their lives. the eiffel tower went dark. the empire state building lit with a rotating halo for gun violence awareness. there were tributes throughout the day, throughout the world for the victims of sunday night's shooting in las vegas. police say 64-year-old stephen paddock broke windows on the 32nd floor in mandalay bay and opened fire on a crowded music festival before killing himself. concert goers say the night will stay with them forever. >> a woman was shot in her neck and the blood was just coming out all over the place and she collapsed on the ground and then there was another woman next to her that her leg was shot. >> investigators say paddock acted alone.
they raided his nevada home monday. >> we have recovered 23 fire arms at mandalay bay and 19 fire arms at his home in mesquite. >> isis has claimed responsibility for the attack but law enforcement says it hasn't found any connection to back that up. the shooter's brother said paddock had no religious affiliation. >> he has no history of violence. he's been divorced twice. he's friends with both of his exes. >> reporter: police say they also found in paddock's car several pounds of ammonium nitrate, a fertilizer that can be turned into explosives. >> reporter: today local authorities with the assistance of the fbi and atf will continue to investigate the crime scene here as well as combing through evidence they've acquired at paddock's properties. >> thank you. victims of the las vegas shooting were remembered in vigils and services across the
country. >> it's okay to have fear in your heart, it's okay to mourn those you love. >> a candle light vigil was held last night at the university of nevada. a prayer vigil in bakersville, california, was held to remember the shooting victims and in gallup, new mexico, students gathered to remember a school secretary killed in the shooting. 22,000 las vegas concert goers made a panic run for their lives. they tried to escape by climbing over walls and each other. they hid behind trailers and they ran into hotel lobbies but amid the chaos and fear, strangers risked their lives to help each other. >> i tied my leg off and basically kept me from bleeding out so he saved my life. >> so many coming in so fast we did what's called damage control, which is really just stopping the process of dying.
>> the las vegas fire chief says he's never seen so many ambulances in one place at one time. and as we reported we still don't know why stephen paddock started shooting from a las vegas hotel window but we are beginning to learn a little bit more about his life. >> reporter: after stephen paddock checked into the mandalay bay resort last thursday investigators say he spent the next three days gambling in the casino and he stock piled a mixture of handguns and rifles in a large suite. two of the guns were on tripods. police and the fbi are now trying to determine a motive. >> we're shocked, horrified, completely dumbfounded about this. >> eric paddock, the killer's brother says he was interviewed by investigators for about four hours. >> the fact that he had those kind of weapons is just -- where the hell did he get automatic weapons? >> anything --
>> nothing. no religious affiliation, no political affiliation. no, he just hung out. >> stephen paddock was an accountant. family members say recently he was a professional gambler who had won large jackpots. he was also a licensed pilot who had rented and sold multiple properties over the last four decades. paddock's father was once on the fbi's most wanted list, the 1969 notice described him as a bank robber who was psychopathic and considered armed and very dangerous. stephen paddock's only run-in with law enforcement was this 2009 parking ticket. >> it was well planned out and i took a lot of strategic thinking. >> profiler says paddock may have been planning the attack for years. he had a view of the concert and he probably had gone to other rooms and chose specifically this room.
so there was surveillance that likely occurred before this event. >> a search of paddock's home turned up additional weapons, thousands of rounds of ammunition and explosives. isis claimed responsibility for the attack but investigators say so far they have found no link between paddock and the terrorist group. cbs news, washington. >> president trump plans to travel to las vegas tomorrow to meet with victims and victims' relatives. he called the massacre 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. >> the president has ordered flags at all public buildings flown at half staff. and the las vegas massacre renewed democrat calls for stricter gun control laws.
john is in new york with more. >> reporter: good morning to you. before sunday night's shooting the republican controlled congress had been moving forward on legislation to ease fire arms restrictions. so far, democratic calls for tougher gun laws have fallen on deaf ears. >> there's a time and place for a political debate, but now is the time to unite as a country. >> anyone who says this debate now is too soon, it's already too late. for at least 58 people in las vegas and hundreds of others who were wounded. >> following other mass shootings including those in colorado, connecticut and florida, congress failed to take action on gun control, a bipartisan bill on background checks failed in the senate four years ago amid strong opposition from gun groups including the nra. 13 years ago the federal assault weapons ban expired. it might have outlawed some of the guns used in the vegas attack.
and just before the las vegas assault, some republicans were pushing legislation to loosen fire arms restrictions including one to ease regulations on gun silencers. yesterday, speaker of the house, paul ryan showed no interest in tightening gun laws. he issued a statement saying the whole country stands united in our shock, in our condolences and prayers. >> if we will not restrict access to guns that are weapons of war, restrict access from people who shouldn't have these guns then -- then we are simply setting ourself for this to happen again. >> i think that we can have those policy conversations but today is not that day. >> well, before sunday the worst mass shooting in modern u.s. history was at the pulse nightclub in orlando last year. 49 people were killed. the nra has pulled its television ads set to air in virginia today in support of
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multiple casualties. >> reporter: but there were already off duty first responders in the crowd who had been attending the concert for fun. like rob rt hayes with the l.a. fire department. he was there with his wife and friends. >> what was it in you that made you stay, made you go from person to person to see how you could help? >> honestly, because if that was someone in my family that's what i would have wanted somebody to do for me. >> oh, my god. >> he described the scene as a war zone with victims being helped by strangers. >> everybody was coming together to try to work. i mean, there was people sitting there that wouldn't leave people that were shot and -- >> strangers? >> they didn't even know them. yeah. >> we need the truck. we need to get people to get over to the hospital. >> some improvised, turning their personal vehicles into ambulances. >> there was a gentleman that
was shot and he said, can you help me? and so i put him in my car and i had like six people in my car, people without shoes, running, just to get away and -- >> reporter: but in the midst of chaos there was hope. she's a nurse from california. >> we were communicating and working together. you got this person, you got this person, you got this person, it was completely horrible but it was absolutely amazing to see all the people come together. >> some of the first responders also became victims. several on and off duty police officers and firemen who were at the venue were shot and one police officer from las vegas was killed. cbs news, las vegas. >> well, still ahead, more on the mass shooting from las vegas, we'll hear from heroes who risked their lives to help the wounded. heroes who risked their lives to help the wounded. at legalzoom, our network of attorneys can help you every step of the way.
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as we said, president trump ordered flags to be flown at half staff to honor the victims of the las vegas shooting massacre. the flag was lowered yesterday at the white house and at the u.s. capitol. the flags were flown at half staff throughout the country including indianapolis at the arkansas state capital in little rock and at the hartford city hall in connecticut. hospitals in las vegas were inundated yesterday treating the hundreds of victims of the mass shooting. ashley, a trauma nurse who had worked at the sunrise hospital in las vegas for more than six years when she heard the shooting, she went back to help. she talked to anthony mason about what it was like. >> people asking for their spouses, have you seen so and so? but there's so many people there, no one has a name. everyone comes under an alias because there's just too many patients to get names down and
stuff, so that was very hard trying to calm patients when they were looking for their spouses, significant other. there was a young lady, i tried to console. she was hyper ventilating. she had gotten shot and she said her husband had gotten shot and she said he was shot in the face. she was crying. they just had a baby and stuff and so it was just bad. a lot of emotions going on. >> sunrise hospital treated 180 people who were wounded in the vegas shooting. and the nfl's raiders are supposed to move to las vegas by the 2020 season, but they are doing their part to help victims of the shooting now. the team has donated $50,000 to the las vegas victims' gofundme page. it was set up by the head of nevada's clark county commission and has so far raised $2.9 million. coming up we will go to las vegas for the latest on the mass shooting investigation. i'm anne-marie greene. this is the cbs morning news.
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at least 59 concert goers were killed in the mass shooting in las vegas. another 527 were injured. the gunman, 64-year-old former accountant, stephen paddock fired from the 32nd floor of the mandalay bay hotel for more than ten minutes. paddock killed himself as police stormed the room. police found 23 guns, some with scopes in the hotel room. 19 more guns, explosives and thousands of ammunition were found at paddock's home. the motive for the attack remains unknown. authorities have found no links to international terrorism. and as the gun fire erupted sunday, police ran toward the
scene, past the fleeing crowd. the dramatic radio calls describing the chaos. >> shots fired. >> reporter: they came in short tense bursts, messages from first responders struggling to make sense of the senseless. >> i see flashes in the middle of mandalay bay on the north side. >> be advised automatic fire, fully automatic fire from an elevated position. take cover. >> as police made their way toward the source of the gun fire, they encountered the injured and the dead. >> we have multiple, multiple victims. shots fired right at the medical tent. >> reporter: with hundreds of rounds slamming into buildings and humans, one officer's voice brought their main test into focus. >> we need to get the shooter. anybody have eyes on the shooter? >> reporter: during those terrifying minutes, the radio calls are a narrative of confusion. >> there might have been three shooters. >> reporter: and mayhem.
>> we need more units here. i'm being overtaken by citizens trying to take over patrol cars. >> please stay calm. just relax, we're trying to get this set up. >> reporter: and professionalism. >> we believe it's the northern most room on either side on the 32nd floor of the mandalay bay. >> i need to know if we have that floor evacuated other than our suspects. >> we have the hallway contained. >> it was a moment they trained for and after an explosive breach -- >> 32nd floor, explosive breach. everyone in the hallway needs to move back. all units move back. >> breach, breach, breach. >> the swat team burst nto the room. the violence was over. >> they're saying there's one down inside the room. >> one suspect down. >> reporter: cbs news, new york. >> coming up on "cbs this morning," the latest on the las vegas shooting investigation. we will get an update on the victims. plus, we'll meet a good
samaritan who helped save wounded concert goers during the shooting attack and a closer look at security for hotels and events. we'll hear from an expert about keeping venues in las vegas safe. that's the cbs morning news for this tuesday. thanks for watching. i'm anne-marie greene. have a great day.
>> i'm michelle griego. we begin with the mass shooting in las vegas. a number of victims remain in the hospital. [ loud screaming and gunfire ] >> investigators have been working day and night to determine the motive for the deadliest mass shooting in u.s. history. at least 59 people were killed, 527 others injured, when a gunman opened fire at a country music festival. the shooter has been identified as 64-year-old stephen paddock. officers recovered 23 guns from his hotel room and 19 more at his home in mesquite, nevada. thousands of people were at the route 91 harvest music festival across the street from the mandalay day on sunday night when paddock opened fire from his hotel room. he was nearly 1,000 feet away from the concert. kpix 5's juliette goodrich is in las vegas with the latest updates from law enforcement. [ sound of automatic gunfire ]