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making news in america this morning, the massacre in las vegas. new details about the massive arsenal in the shooter's hotel room and home. why did he recently send thousands of dollars overseas? >> overnight vigils remembering the lives lost. 59 chimed for the victims as their stories begin to emerge. >> she was bubbly, she was enthusiastic. she was giving. >> we're learning more victims' names including a man who took a bullet to save his wife. >> puerto rico prepares for president trump's visit today after the mayor of san juan and the president publicly criticized each other. will they come
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>> word of tom petty's death overnight. hear him in his other words describing the inspiration for his music. ♪ and i keep this world from dragging me down ♪ a good morning to you all. we are waking up to a nation in mourning as investigators search for a motive in the deadliest mass shooting in u.s. history. >> the massacre left at least 59 people dead and 527 others injured. and get this, a total of 42 guns were found in the shooter's hotel room and home. president trump plans to visit las vegas tomorrow and candlelight vigils were held in honor of those who went to the country music concert and never made it home. >> he unleashed a barrage of bullets and is being described as an avid gambler who brought at least ten suitcases to that
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before killing himself. >> we've got the east room secure. we've got one suspect down. multiple firearms. >> reporter: two dozen firearms included an assault rifle modified to fire like an automatic weapon machine gun. 19 more fireairports and ammunition also found at his home in mesquite, nevada. neighbors and his brothers dumbfounded. >> steve had nothing to do with any political organization, religious organization, no white supremacist, nothing. >> reporter: police say several pieces of media were found in the hotel room including a source says a video camera. investigators hoping that evidence could offer some insight into the motive for the massacre that left more than 500 people injured. >> i was carrying -- whether they were dead or alive as many people as i possibly could. >> reporter: the outpouring of love and people waiting in line for hours to donate blood. people from across the country donated more than
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help the survivors and the victims' families. kendis and diane. >> marci, thank you. overnight we heard from jason aldean, the country music star on stage during that shooting. he posted a message on instagram this morning saying over the last 24 hours i have gone through lots of emotions, scared, anger, heartache, compassion, something has changed in this country. time to come together and stop the hate. overnight we've been learning much more about the victims of this attack as well. >> several of their stories are starting to emerge this monk. one victim, 29-year-old sonny melton from tennessee taking a bullet in the back while protecting his wife. >> we heard that he shielded her from the bullets and that was the type of person he was. he would be a selfless person that would sacrifice his safety for someone else's and very much sounds in character to him. chris roibl, the military
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afghanistan celebrating his 29th birthday at the concert with his mom. they became separated amid the chaos. >> i knew. i knew because i spoke to the person who was can him when he got shot. he said he got shot in the chest. he saw christopher take his last breath. >> reporter: rachael parker being remembered, a special education teacher, an employee with the manhattan beach, california, police department. friends calling her energy infectious. >> she was bubbly. she was enthusiastic. she was giving. >> reporter: sandy casey was also a familiar face around manhattan beach. the middle school teacher of nine years was at the concert with six other colleagues. >> it was painful. there's a lot of pain on the campus. it's a very difficult day in our district. >> reporter: hanna allers survived by three young children. her family describing her as loving, caring and a devoted
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mother. denise burditus of west virginia, her husband writing on facebook i lost my wife of 32 year, a mother of two, soon-to-be a grandmother of five. denise passed in my arms and carey barnett, the 34-year-old worked at disney california adventure. so many lives lost there, but we also have to remember the 527 people who were injured. many of them with very severe injuries, as well. and the response from people in las vegas has been overwhelming. >> some people waited nearly five hours in line to give blood. abc's linsey davis tells us about the strain placed on hospitals. >> reporter: hundreds of victims remain at area hospitals tonight. at umc the hospital right behind me they initially admitted 104 patients and really they had the good fortune that they were able to just in recent months go through an extensive training and really we got to commend the
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they answered the call as far as the blood shortage. at some locations there was in excess of a five-hour wait. another location we visited they were at xoosty so some people actually potential blood donors had to be turned away. >> that's linsey davis for us from las vegas. linsey, thank you. president trump led a moment of silence at the white house involving everyone from the kitchen staff to vice president mike pence. >> he called the massacre an act of pure evil and has ordered flags at half-staff through friday. and some lawmakers say the massacre proves a need for gun control while others say the tragedy should not be politicized. the two bills this congress are expected to be delayed including one that would make it easier to buy gun silencers. coming up right here, the breaking news overnight, the death of singer tom petty. >> but first staggering new details about the disaster in puerto rico as president trump visits today. and later how the las vegas shooting is already changing how police protect so-called soft targets.
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president trump heads there to puerto rico today nearly all of the island is still without power and most people still have no drinking water. and the president's visit comes after he heavily criticized the mayor of san juan. >> so many are wondering if he'll meet with her while he's there. abc's serena marshall has a preview. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, kendis, diane and that's right, the mayor has criticized the administration's response to puerto rico and the president fired back accusing her of poor leadership. now, the two could come face-to-face later this morning as the president heads to the island. the white house saying they've invited her to a response briefing. nearly two weeks after hurricane maria battled puerto rico president trump will be aiv
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an island where 95% of people still without power. more than 8% without cell service. gas lines in the capital stretching for blocks. in this town, just an hour away, homes remain flooded as fema tries to unclog the drains unsure if bodies lie in the murky waters. >> we're doing disaster survivor assistance right now, the main mission. >> reporter: more than 13,000 troops and civilians handing out more than 1 million meals and 2 million liters of water but the mayor says more help is needed. >> we have no food. we have no water. >> reporter: her pleas after president trump unleashed a twitter tirade over the weekend writing, they want everything to be done for them when it should be a community effort. asked about those comments white house press secretary sarah sanders said that will not be the focus of the president's visit. >> i expect the focus to be on the recovery efforts, which were
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arrives later this morning he remains steadfast. the federal response has been, quote, amazing. >> we are going to be seeing all of the first responders, the military, fema and frankly most importantly we'll be seeing the people of puerto rico. >> reporter: the fema administrator echoing the president saying he didn't see anyone in a life-threatening situation. seemingly contradictingle some reports from the ground. >> we'll see what conditions he finds, serena, thank you. white house officials are investigating a third private e-mail account connected to ivanka trump and jared kushner. it received hundreds of e-mails from white house government addresses some containing official white house documents. meanwhile, facebook has turned over thousands of ads linked to a russian internet agency. facebook says an estimated 10 million americans viewed those ads, most after the presidential election. about half cost less than
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the state department reportedly preparing to expel two-thirds of cuba's embassy staff amid the investigation into so-called sonic attacks in havana. cuba has denied involvement in those attacks. when we come back the shooter behind the mass killing in las vegas. what we're learning about the mul multimillionaire's arsenal and background. the man shot in the neck who helped save 30 lives. our coverage continues next. to most people, i look like most people. but on the inside, i feel chronic, widespread pain. fibromyalgia may be invisible to others, but my pain is real. fibromyalgia is thought to be caused by overactive nerves. lyrica is believed to calm these nerves. i'm glad my doctor prescribed lyrica. for some, lyrica delivers effective relief for moderate to even severe fibromyalgia pain. and improves function. lyrica may cause serious allergic reactions, suicidal thoughts or actions. tell your doctor right away if you have these,
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>> investigators say he had a gambling habit and sent money overseas. abc's brian ross with more. >> reporter: as investigators search for clues at his home in a retirement community in mesquite, nevada, the motive of 64-year-old stephen paddock seen in this photo posted on facebook by his girlfriend remains a mystery. >> we've checked all the federal databases and local databases and state databases and had no knowledge of this individual. >> reporter: the fbi says no connection either to any overseas terror group despite a claim by isis. yet for some reason this otherwise unremarkable man checked into his 32nd floor las vegas room on a well planned mission to kill assembling a remarkable arsenal. authorities hope his girlfriend, marilou danley, who once worked as a casino hostess for high-end players can provide insight. authorities say she is overseas adding to the mystery, federal
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sent tens of thousands of dollars to someone in the philippines in the last few weeks. paddock's only real passion appears to have been gambling. his brother eric said he recently won a $40,000 jackpot. >> he played multihundred dollar a hand video poker. >> reporter: six years ago paddock sued a las vegas casino when his he slipped and fell on a casino floor. video shows him later rubbing his leg in pain. an arbitrator found in favor of the casino. the only known connection to crime was paddock's late father, a violent bank robber who spent seven years in the 1960s as an fbi fugitive described as psychopathic, suicidal, armed and dangerous. brian ross, abc news, new york. >> our thanks to brian. law enforcement officials are now rethinking their own security measures. >> already difficult to protect soft targets from the ground, but now after that las vegas shooter perched ms
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stories up in a hotel room, authorities will now be forced to police the sky as well. >> stay up for a long time and they can get a good view of what's going on. they will probably start putting people on the roofs to get views of those other buildings that are further away. to see if anything suspicious is going on. >> experts say we can expect to see more helicopters and drones hovering around open venues that attract thousands of people. some stories of true heroism are emerging. jonathan smith was shot in the neck while trying to lead 30 people to safety. >> doctors are leaving the bullet in his neck for now fearing removing it could cause more damage. he suffered a broken collarbone, cracked rib and bruised lung. he says he was not a hero and doing what he would want others to do for him. a similar story from mike mcgarry, he flew home to phad
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during the concert chaos. he says once the shooting started it was his instinct to provide text people around him. >> i just dove on top of like 14 people, pulled a chair over them or a table said i'm a lot older than you guys. there was bullets flying awe over, i'm 53. they're in their 20s. i lived a decent life so far. >> mcgarry says his wife whose a registered nurse is the real hero. she was treating wounded people there at the scene. and coming up we remember singer tom petty. >> we'll tell you what happened when he was 1 years old that changed his life and inspired his career. a bit differently thanks to pampers easy ups while they see their first underwear you see an easy way to potty train pampers easy ups our first and only training underwear with an all around stretchy waistband and pampers superior protection
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world mourning the loss of tom petty. he was only 66 years old. petty suffered a heart attack at his home in malibu. >> he once said music overcame him at a very early age and then consumed him. our maggie rulli looks back at his struggles and inspiration. ♪ no i'll stand my ground >> reporter: for more than 40 years tom petty topped the charts with hit after hit more than a dozen breaking top 40 born in gainesville, florida. he says his father was physically and verbally abusive. music became his refuge. by the age of 17 music was petty's life. >> when i was 13 the beatles came and in those few minutes when they hit "the ed sullivan show" it all became clear. this is what i'm going to do. this is how you do it. ♪ within 24 hours everything had
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changed. >> reporter: in '74 he moved to los angeles and formed a new band that put his name on marquees across the country. they released their first album a mix of hard edge rock 'n' roll and pop. he went solo, a massive success with hits like "free your mind," "i won't back down" and "running on a dream," the fame and success began to take a toll and petty developed a heroin addiction. but the rock icon continued to make music both solo and with the heartbreakers, all while working on his personal life. he recovered from his addiction and along with the rest of the heartbreakers was inducted into the rock & roll hall of fame. >> it's much more than a job. it's something that you have to do. ♪ learning to fly >> some people get possessed with the lord and have to go out and preach sermons the rest of their lives. and it's sort of the same way in that we were possessed by rock 'n' roll music and had to
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our lives. ♪ i won't back down >> reporter: maggie rulli, abc news, new york. >> and his manager says he died peacefully at home surrounded by his family, his bandmates and friends. there was a moment of silence last night ahead of the kansas city game for monday night football and kansas city in the meantime, remain the only undefeated team in the nfl. >> so held off the redskins and scored on a bizarre final play winning 29-20. opposing team tried
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more about the music festival massacre in the heart of las vegas. with hundreds of people injured, and dozens dead-- police now releasing more information about the attack here is what we know right now. police say gunman stephen paddock has 23 firearms inside his room at the mandalay bay. police also found 19 more guns at his home in mesquite, nevada. police believe paddock was the sole shooter sunday night. investigators say he hammered through his hotel window, and began raining bullets onto thousands of people attending a country music festival. as of this morning-- police say 59 people are dead, and more than 500 people are injured. the victims ranged in age from teens- to 50s. good morning washington. toss to eileen - today a repeat of yesterday - warming trend late week (80s return) - remaining very dry; rain chances return next week today: mostly sunny. cool start; mild afternoon. highs: 72-77 winds: se 5 mph
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patchy fog. lows: 45-56 winds: s 5 mph wednesday: mostly sunny. warmer. highs: 78-81 winds: s 5-10 mph back to the heartbreaking violence in las vegas. lamakers across the country are responding to the shooting, and weighing in on what lawmakers can do, moving forward. in virginia-- the two heartbreaking violence in las vegas.
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the country are responding to the shooting, and weighing in on what lawmakers can do, moving forward. in virginia-- the two men vying for the state's highest office spoke out yesterday. lieutenant governor ralph northam favors gun lieutenant governor ralph northam favors gun control measures like universal background checks and a ban on assault weapons. republican gubernatorial candidate ed gillespie- said this is not the time to discuss the policies or politics of guns. gillespie is endorsed by the nra. you can bet the
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the forefront until virginias head to the polls next month. investigators are using the term soft target' in this attack. the concert in las vegas -- was not an intensely secured event like the super bowl -- or a government building. the challenges of securing a large, outdoor event are different than stopping an attack on an enclosed venue. instead- open air venues- are almost impossible to fully protect. one expert- saying there are countless soft targets. past ones- include the congressional baseball game- and the boston marathon. security experts- saying the best - and maybe only defense - is people speaking up if they see something suspicious. as police learn more about the shooting in las vegas, we are digging deeper into the kinds of weapons used in the attack. when the shots rang out in las vegas - it was an unmistakable sound. rapid fire coming from a machine gun. the seven on your side i-team - wanted to know... how can you legally get your hands on one of those. r
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legal ways to obtain an older fully automatic gun - through the national firearms act or n-f-a. certain dealers and individuals can sell working machine guns - but they are not cheap. prices reach into the tens of thousands of dollars. thats not all. you also have to pass an atf background check.. submit to a months long waiting period, and pay for a 200 dollar tax stamp. equipment modifying semi-automatic weapons to fully equipment modifying semi-automatic weapons to fully automatic fire is legal in some circumstances. police are still not saying what kind of firearm was used in the attack, or if the shooter purchased them legally. it's xx and we're just getting started. searching for answers after a massacre in las vegas. answers after a massacre in las vegas. police digging deeper in
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hear stories of bravery and sacrifice in the midst of the chaos. good morning washington. - today a repeat of yesterday - warming trend late week (80s return) - remaining very dry; rain chances return next week today: mostly sunny. cool start; mild afternoon. highs: 72-77 winds: se 5 mph tonight: mainly clear. patchy fog. lows: 45-56 winds: s 5 mph wednesday: mostly sunny. warmer. highs: 78-81 winds: s 5-10 mph

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