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good morning. massacre. investigators struggling to find out what drove stephen paddock to kill 59 people and injure more than 500 others, in the deadliest mass shooting in modern u.s. history. >> we're hunting down and tracing down every, single clue we can get in his background. >> overnight, new searches inside the gunman's hotel room and his homes. his brother shedding some new light. >> nobody's ever going to say he was a normal guy. okay? >> emotional vigils in las vegas and across the country. ♪ >> as we learn more about the victims. >> i loved quentin. he was
school and around town. >> the heroes. >> and i decided i'm not going to leave anyone behind. >> and an overwhelming outpouring off support for a city facing an unspeakable tragedy, today, october 3rd, 2017. this is a special edition of "today," the las vegas mass shooting. matt lauer, live from studio 1a and savannah guthrie live from las vegas. good morning, everybody. welcome to this split-edition of "today." tuesday morning. this is a heartbroken city. still trying to come to the unthinkab unthinkable, this mass shooting. >> good morning to you. stephen
etched in history. and we do not know why, do we? >> we don't. we're starting on the latest of the investigation. but that hans been answer ed. police say 59 people killed, 527 wounded. police are updating the number of fire arms they have recovered. 42 in all. 23 in the gunman's hotel room. 19 in his home in nearby mesqui mesquite, nevada. >> agents with fbi and atf, have searched another home in reno, also owned by stephen paddock. and police are interested in interviewing his girlfriend, 62-year-old marilou danley. they plan to speak to her when she returns to the country. >> jason aldean, who was performing when the gunfire started, has posted on instagram, writing in part, my heartaches for the victims and ei
act. i'm so sorry for the hurt and pain that everyone is feel right now. there's no words i can say to take that pain away. just know, you're all in my heart and my prayers, as we go through this together. i want to bring in nbc's lester holt, who arrived here early yesterday. just walking around this city, everything feels different. >> we've been to vegas, many, many times. and people get out early. start walking the strip and taking in attraction. yesterday, the step was just slow. and people were going on these skyways. peeking over. but respectably. and moving on. it wasn't like a gawking-type moment. people are stunned. >> they are. this is a city in grief. we're going to talk more in a moment. you have the latest on the gunman. first, the overnight development and the search for answers, as dozens of victims fight for their lives this morning. a city in mourning. its ever-present night life in
instead, makeshift memorials along the vegas strip. people sharing prayers and tears across the city. the neon signs remembering the fallen. fbi agents seen searching the 32nd floor of the mandalay bay hotel. where a lone gunman fired high-caliber weapons at a crowd of concertgoers below. scenes of panic and chaos, on cell phones. terrified people running and ducking for cover. others, desperately trying to help the wounded. some in the crowd, laying down on the ground, hoping to avoid the bullets, only to get up and run in desperation, realizing there was no place to hide. >> the thought that you're leaving behind somebody you don't know what to do. you've got to duck and cover because you don't know what's coming next. >> there were people that were dead on top of me. and he was shotting them on top of
and i remember thinking, just praying, is this my time? >> reporter: a tragedy made harder to fathom because of a lack of apparent motive. >> i'm not aware of derogatory information we can utilize. >> reporter: stephen paddock killed himself in his hotel room, before a s.w.a.t. team breached the door. he had checked into the mandalay bay three days before, bringing 23 firearms and hundreds of rounds of ammunition with him. from florida, paddock's brother said he had no ties to violent groups. >> he has no affiliations. no religion. no politics. he doesn't care. he never cared about any of that stuff. >> reporter: paddock was an avid gambler, with status at caesars entertainment casinos. spending much of his time in a retirement community outside of the city. >> to have somebody that live in our community that wasn't part of us or wasn't or maybe
now isn't, it's shocking. it's tearful for all the victims. it's unbelievable. >> reporter: police initially said they were looking for paddock's girlfriend but then discovered she's been out of the country and say she is not a suspect. president trump called it an act of pure evil and observed a moment of silence at the white house. >> in moments of tragedy and horror, america comes together as one. and it always has. >> reporter: emergency workers at five area hospitals worked nonstop to treat the hundreds of wounded victims. >> it was unbelievable how many people came in to, you know, help out. >> reporter: along with volunteers who jumped in to help wherever they could. >> it was one of the most beautiful or craziest things i've seen in a tragedy, the way that people came together last night. >> reporter: a city known as a place where people
many victims, along with the heroes who helped others survive. lester, if you want to talk about the heartbeat of the city, when you see the lines to give blood, stretching blocks and blocks, hours and hours, because everybody wants to do something to ease the pain. >> people want to do something. and they also want to know why. it doesn't make it easier. but you try to understand. and the truth is, stephen paddock did not check the typical box of a mass killer. he was a wealthy real estate investor. and he left no clues why he wanted to turn the concert grounds behind us into a killing field. to neighbors in mesquite, nevada, stephen paddock showed no signs he was a killer. >> we were in shock. we couldn't believe this. >> reporter: but behind closed doors, paddock's home was an
explosives and thousands of rounds of ammunition. >> we have calibers from .308 to .223. >> reporter: in florida, his brother says the discoveries are hard to reconcile with the man he knew. >> something happened in his head, that the steve i knew two weeks ago, is no longer the guy who did that. >> reporter: describing his brother as a multimillionaire, he also made this admission -- >> nobody's ever going to say he was a normal guy. okay? this was a single guy, who gamble gambled many more hours than anyone you know gambles. >> reporter: multiple senior law enforcement officials and a casino executive tell nbc news, over the past several weeks, paddock gambled significant amounts of money in vegas. a source says the amount topped $10,000 a day for multiple days. but it's unclear whether paddock won or lost on the days in question. paddocas
vegas. nbc news obtained this video of him back in 2011, slipping and falling in a high-stakes gambling area, at the cosmopolitan casino. he blamed his fall on a slippery floor. his case went to arbitration. >> this is not a guy i would think would commit a crime someday. >> reporter: paddock shared a pun penchant for gambling with his father. the fbi warning the father was a diagnosed psychopathic with suicidal tendencies. now, the spotlight on the younger paddock, and what his motive for murder may have been. >> we're hunting down and tracing down every clue we can get in his background. >> reporter: as far as the arsenal, authorities say they found 42 firearms in the hotel suite here at the mandalay bay
purchased legally. and two gun shops tell nbc news he passed all of the required background checks. >> and a lot of high-powered ammunition, as well. lester, you'll be with us. we'll send it back to you, matt. this investigation is now beginning. authorities are digging into the gunman's recent past. pete williams is nbc's justice correspondent. pete, tell me about your sources. do they think they're inching any closer to a motive? >> not at this point. if there are clues out there, they haven't found anything to suggest why stephen paddock went to the mandalay bay hotel to carry out mass murder. the house in mesquite, nevada, did not turn up notes or e-mails or social media postings, to indicate how long ago he developed this plan. they found more gunnels in the house. he owned more than 40 weapons. and the explosives were a substance used
targets for practice. no clue about motive. several gun stores in the region say he bought hand guns and rifles from them over the past several months. both they and federal agents say those sales were legal. now, authorities have said that paddock's live-in girlfriend, marilou danley, was out of the country sunday night, on a trip to asia. but they're eager to talk to her. they want to know if she had any inkling of what he was up to or if she did anything to help him prepare. where and when did he get the guns? did he modify them to make them in automatic weapons? was he in touch with or inspired by somebody else? and did all of his gambling bring on financial trouble? trouble serious enough to make him think he should take it out on las vegas. matt? >> pete williams in washington. let's go back to savannah in las vegas. >> matt, thank you. we're joined by caroline goodman, the mayor
thank you for being with us. >> good morning. good morning, savannah. it's a difficult day for us. but i'm not going to -- we are not going to -- >> yes. >> -- we're not going to dignify this miscreant. okay? >> i wondered how you're doing this morning. have you been able to learn anything more, madame mayor, here? >> we're not going to dignify this miscreant and spend time wondering about him. that's up to the authorities. they will take care of it. i'm concerned about the families and the 59 we lost, who are innocent people, coming to enjoy a wonderful country western activity here. and the 527
hospital or still fighting through this episode. they all came here, just to have a grand time and enjoy all that las vegas has to offer. you know, we're home to so many fabulous conventions and tourists, and it's such a wonderful place for us. our first responders were outstanding, to say nothing of those of law enforcement who were already there because they were attending the event. then, to our wonderful physicians, nurses, everybody that immediately went to the trauma units and went to the hospitals to care for those coming in. i made it to the hospital, to umc, about 1:00 in the morning. it was a sight that nobody ever wants to see again. but this has been a resilient community, who will not be defined by the sick, disgusting human being. i will never mention his name. and i look to the sky to look at the new stars up there, for each
people that were slaughtered. it just is horrible. but we will not be defined by this issue. we will continue to be a warm and welcoming place. and i just am so upset for everyone who has been touched by this personally. their daughters, their sons, their grandchildren, parents, grandparents, and so many friends. and i know it's touched people. not only in the united states and here in nevada. but in canada and from around the world, who love to come to las vegas. and this man will not define who we are. i can assure you. >> madame mayor, you said it so well. and so many people have a love for this place and connection. our hearts are with you and especially with the victims. thank you for your time. we mentioned some of the stories of heroism that have been emerging. people coming forward, during the chaos, putting their own lives in danger, to help
and nbc national correspondent, miguel almaguer has more on that part of the story this morning. miguel, good morning to you. >> reporter: savannah, good morning to you. 527 injured, 59 killed the so many wounded were brought to hospital s like this one, where this morning, there are incredible stories of survival. this morning, for many, the nightmare isn't over. the horror is still fresh. but amid the chaos, and carnage in las vegas -- >> we need your truck. >> reporter: -- there are heroes and angels. >> i will probably never find out who they are. >> reporter: 28-year-old thomas gunderson was shot in the leg. he thought no one could help him. but he was wrong. >> i think they said they're off-duty cops. i don't remember their names. i owe them my life, though. >> reporter: heroes, even helping heroes. >> he said, you're shot. >> reporter: tom mcintosh w
over a brick wall. a stranger used tom's own belt to keep him from bleeding to death. >> i would have died. >> reporter: another stranger appeared. >> that guy threw me in that guy's truck. he drove me to the hospital. everybody helping everybody. >> reporter: jonathan smith was credited with saving two dozen people before he was shot in the throat. >> i'm not going to leave anybody behind. >> reporter: but he says, he's no hero. >> i didn't want to die here. i mean -- >> reporter: just hours after the shooting, hundreds lined up around the block, to donate blood. >> witnessing heroes of all shapes and sizes. >> reporter: some wore a badge. first responders donning kevlar helmets and vests, rushing in to help strangers in need. >> they laid over top of us eefr time a round was fired to make sure the women around them was safe.
>> you're one of the lucky ones. >> reporter: rob mcintosh, shot three times. his friend, mike crunk, putting his own life in danger, to stay with his buddy. >> thank you for staying with me. >> reporter: the worst of times, bringing out the very best in so many. at hospitals like this one, more than a dozen people remain in critical condition. this is a place where families and victims are coming together and moving forward. savannah? >> all right, miguel. there have been so many stories of self-sacrifice. just warms the heart on a ma morning that is so difficult. we'll have more from las vegas. for now, matt, we send it back to you. >> savannah, appreciate it. al roker for a first check of the weather here. >> let's see what we got for you. we're looking at rip currents along the southeastern atlantic
temper are in the 40s on the forecast for today, what a near 70 by lunch time. mid 70s for highs today. we'll be back up close to 80 >> and that's your latest weathe a lot more ahead. imagin income the hotel a few opened fire. this morning a couple that found themse in that situation strang we're going to talk to them and but first, on a tuesday morning
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we're back, now, 7:30, on this tuesday morning. some images from one of the emotional vigils, held in las vegas last night for victims of the deadliest mass shooting in modern u.s. history. i'm matt lauer, alongside hoda kotb in new york. savannah in las vegas, again. >> good morning, guys. we heard so many stories that really touch your heart. and we are about to tell you one that will touch you. a story of bravery, two strangers helping one another in the chaos and saving lives. we'll have that in a moment. for now, matt and hoda, i'll send it to you. >> thanks, savannah, very much. we'll have more on the shootings, t
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tom petty, who passed away overnight, at the age of 66. he meant so much to so many. more on tom petty's life in the next hour. >> all right. first back to savannah. all right. the tragedy in vegas has introduced ed td so many peopl. we are here with tom mcintosh. a complete stranger helped him. i want to ask how you are. you were shot in the leg? >> i'm a little sore. i'm okay, though. >> what do you remember? >> we were watching the show. a bunch of shots rang out. we thought it was fireworks at first. kept coming and coming. and once everybody realized what it was, everybody started running. and that's where we were running out, to the east side of the property. and tried to get over the wall. and help my wife over the wall. and i helped another lady over
and that's when i got shot. and that's when i jumped over the wall. and kind of walking down -- trying to get away and bleeding really bad. and that's when somebody tried to help me. and he wasn't really doing it right. and james came along and tied off my leg and kept me from bleeding anymore. and another guy, he put me in a truck. and that guy took me to the hospital with james. just a lot of people helping out. >> you were there. your wife, you had gotten her over the wall. after you were shot, you were saying, you were bleeding out. you feel like you wouldn't have made it. >> i wouldn't have. >> if someone hadn't stepped in. >> by the time i got over the wall, my pants were soaked and my shoes were full of blood. i wouldn't have made it. i'm thankful that james was there to help me. >> james, you know his name. but you didn't know him then. >> yes. >> complete stranger. >> we were able to find james. i know you wd
>> oh, wow. >> so, you could meet him. this is james lawsen. >> there he is. >> hey, man. >> thanks, buddy. >> i appreciate it. >> how are you doing? >> i'm all right. >> that's great. >> you haven't seen each other since yesterday. >> since we dropped him off at the e.r. >> james, you found tom. what did he look like to you? you could tell he needed help, obviously. >> we were getting away. just we came across him. he was in the bed of a pickup truck. there's a belt, makeshift tourniquet around his knee. completely wrong spot. i just walked up there. he was actively bleeding. i adjusted the belt, got it up where it should be. stopped the bleeding. we hung out there for
minutes. some savior in a pickup truck. do we need a ride? yeah. we threw them all in the bed of the truck and we took off to the hospital. >> you must have both been terrified. the shooting was going on. >> he was really cool about it. >> i was terrified. yeah. >> i don't remember thinking. we just, you know, he kept wanting to not lose his foot. and i kept reassuring him that. he still got it. we're good. >> yeah. >> james, how did you know how to care for tom? >> well, i mean, i've been in the army reserves for over ten years now. we go through numerous combat lifesaver trainings. i got my emt cert a while back. i didn't do
until the other night. i didn't go through that semester for something. >> tom couldn't say enough about you. he wanted to talk to james. and wanted to tell him thanks. >> of course. absolutely. >> when we were speaking a little bit earlier, we were talking about this tragedy. and everybody is so shaken up and stunned. i told you a story like this makes us remember who we really are. two strangers coming to help. >> absolutely. and there was dozens and dozens of other concert goers doing th same thing. they couldn't leave anybody behind. they were running back towards the fire to help people. there's got to be hundreds of stories like this one. and i do want to say that whoever was driving that maroon f-250, thank you. >> t
>> could have been a whole different night if he wasn't there when he was. >> i wouldn't be here. i wouldn't. >> i'm so glad to meet both of you. and i'm glad that you're back together. and hope this is the beginning of a friendship here. >> absolutely. >> definitely. most definitely. >> thank you so much. thank you for being here. we appreciate it so much. matt and hoda, i'll send it back to you. >> the wonderful moments. >> how beautiful was that hug? how beautiful. that was great, savannah. >> thanks, savannah. we appreciate it. there we go. mr. roker here with another check of the weather. al? >> that's what's that is all about. show you what we got going on right now. heavy
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this is a heartbroken city, reeling from the deadliest shooting in modern u.s. history. this morning, we're learning more about the gunman's time inside the mandalay bay resort and casino, and the raid on his 32nd floor suite. joe fryer has more on that. good morning. >> reporter: savannah, good morning to you. by now, we know the chaos and carnage outside of the mandalay bay resort. now, details about during and after the shooting from inside the hotel, where the actions of a lone gunman ended the lives of so many below. >> it's coming from upstairs in the mandalay bay. upstairs in the mandalay bay. halfway up. i see the shots from mandalay bay. >> reporter: flashes of flight from the mandalay bay, lead police to the hotel where
an automatic weapon from his two bedroom windows. >> once they made entry on the hallway, they knew which room was in question. >> copy, all units on the 32nd floor, s.w.a.t. has explosive breach. all units move back. >> breach, breach, breach. >> reporter: when police blew the door open to room 135 on the 32nd floor, they found paddock. according to the sheriff, he had taken his own life. six floors above, our own team, in town for another story, was in mandalay bay tower when it was on lockdown. >> there's police with tactical equipment, going through floors checking things out. >> reporter: paddock checked into the hotel on thursday. was able to bring 23 guns in 10 suitcases into his room, unnoticed. >> it wasn't evident he had weapons in his room. we have determined there has been employees going to and fro from his room. andot
noticed. >> reporter: police descended on the mandalay bay, while a s.w.a.t. team conducted a sweep at the neighboring tropicana hotel. chaos, all around. >> let's go. go, go. >> reporter: steve mcafee was on the same floor as the shooter. his wife, cindy, was at the music festival below with her sister. they called when shots rang out. >> i was hearing pop, pop. i was telling them where to go and what to avoid and what not to avoid. i had the perfect view looking down on everything goinghysteri. he was telling me to say calm. i heard shots to hide, no shots, run. >> reporter: once daylight broke, the devastation that could be seen from our hotel room, became more clear. the shooter, 400 yards from the massive crowd, shattering many lives in a hail of bullets. the lockdown at the hotel complex lasted a
hours. during that time, police could be heard going up and down the hallways. on one occasion, knocking on doors to check on the guests. and make sure they were okay. savannah? >> a terrifying night. joe, thank you very much. matt and hoda, back to you for now. >> shavanna, thanks. clint is an fbi profiler. good morning to you. >> hi, matt. >> he doesn't fit the profile. his brother said he doesn't have the extreme political or religious views. there's no drug or alcohol problems. no criminal history. how do you get your arms around this guy? >> this is one of the challenges. we have profiles that take the average. if the average mass shooter is 35 years old, he's 30 years older. but he doesn't have the girlfriend problems, health problems, job problems. we don't know of significant money problems. his brother says he's two-s
that we would usually see, people, two or three days later, they go, aha. now, i understand. i know what was going on in this guy's life. we don't know, matt. but what we do know, is one person closest to him, was his girlfriend, who was, as of yesterday, in tokyo. hopefully, she's on her way back to the states. the fbi may have interviewed her overseas already. she's the one that's going to say, i saw the 30 or 40 guns in the house and i said, what are you going to do with these? an he answered me as follows. that's hopefully where the key is going to be. the family and nobody close to him has given us that information. >> a lot of people are wondering, was this guy insane? let's talk about what was going on in his hotel room, right. he stockpiled weapons. he had two shooting location. two tripods. some of the
weapons, changed to automatic weapons. is this an insane person? >> you say, something has to be crazy to do something like that, and i agree with you. but how he showed himself every day. the face that you saw. this took a lot of planning. he had to have 10, 12 suitcases. he had to haul all the guns and ammunition up, we're told himself. we're told, he didn't let anybody else touch the gun cases. we're told his car is still parked in the parking lot of the hotel. he came up three days in advance. hoda, every day, he had the opportunity to look out that window and look down at that venue and say, okay. not today. but maybe tomorrow. not today. maybe tomorrow. when he got to the last day of that conference, he had made up his mind. he set up two fields of fire. he had multiple weapons. he converted them so they
weapons. this was a man who had a fully prepared murder and suicide lan. he had no plan to get away. he didn't plan to get away. he planned for murder and chaos and death. not only those down below but himself. we're trying to find out the reason why so next time, the next guy like this that hastand up, maybe we know a little bit more. maybe we can get in front of him, instead of behind him like we are here. >> clint, thank you very much. coming up, teachers, police officers, nurses, fishermen. what we are learning about the victims in las vegas, whose lives were cut short. first, 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.
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ed doesn't stand for education. it's 8:00 on "today." coming up, a city in mourning. ♪ vigils overnight for the victims of the deadliest mass shooting in modern u.s. history. >> the shots are coming from mandalay bay, halfway up. >> as investigators search for answers and a motive, behind what made stephen paddock snap, spraying a crowd of shthousands with a hail of bullets. >> something happened in his head. the steve i knew two weeks ago, was no longer the guy who did that. >> while
sacrifice emerged in the carnage. >> it was everybody helping everybody. >> live from las vegas today. tuesday, october 3rd, 2017. good morning, everybody. welcome back to this special split-edition of "today." i'm savannah guthrie in las vegas. and matt and hoda, back in the studio. as you can imagine, there's so many questions this morning. and this just feels like a wound everybody is nursing here. we're hearing remarkable stories of courage and survival. we're also learning new information about the gunman. how he turned a luxury hotel suite into a deadly sniper's nest. overnight, fbi investigators scouring the vegas hotel room where the shooting rampage took place. while mourners shared prayers and tears throughout the area. a difference from sunday night, when joy turned to horror for thound
they were gathered for the final night of the route 91 harvest festival, when bullets started raining down on them. the shots fired from a two-room suite on the 32nd floor of the mandalay bay hotel. police say stephen paddock, with thousands of rounds of ammo, fired repeatedly on the helpless victims below. [ gunfire ] 22,000 people, slow to recognize the threat at first, victim after victim, recalling the same thing. >> it's fireworks. it's fireworks, stop. it's fireworks. >> it sounded like firecrackers, basically. >> at first, we thought it was fireworks. but then, it was shooting. >> reporter: then, chaos. >> there were people that were dead on top of me. and he was shooting them on top of me. >> reporter: the first shot was fired at 10:08 p.m. within minutes, police were
and by 11:20 p.m. -- >> breach, breach, breach. >> reporter: police had located the gunman, dead from self-inflicted wounds. amid the horror, countless stories of heroism. >> they were dragging me by my shirt and put me in a pickup truck to bring me. >> reporter: medical personnel were overwhelmed but valiant. >> i am running out of blankets here. >> physicians assisting a nurse outside, triaging the minute they got there. >> reporter: the shooter, stephen paddock, was a retired accountant and wealthy real estate developer with no criminal history. he checked into the hotel thursday. and officials say he had been gambling tens of thousands of doors. he brought 23 guns to the hotel. police found 19 more in his home in mesquite, nevada. police couldn't find a possible moti motive. why a 64-year-old man would take so
>> this individual is almost twice the age of statistical probability. >> reporter: from florida, his family has no answers. >> there's no affiliation. no church, no religion, no politics. no anything. nothing. he was just a guy. >> reporter: president trump calling it an act of pure evil. in the aftermath, resilience and fortitude. hotel marquees, on the normally bustling strip, quiet. >> i loved quentin. he was a popular kid around school. >> reporter: the people who call las vegas home, coming together to try to make sense of a senseless act of violence. and we're joined, now, by greg castle, the fire chief here in clark county. chief, good to see you. >> good morning, savannah. >> reporte >> i'm happy to report that non
injured in any way yesterday. >> we were able to do what we needed to do. got in, got out. nobody got hurt. >> you were very close. there's a station right by here. they were able to race. and you told me, they were still hearing the gunshots when the first responders raced in to help. >> coming from a station about a mile away, right on las vegas boulevard. another station north of them, they were converging while the situation was going on. >> they're all paramedics. they're all trained to help in situations like this. what have they told you about what they encountered? >> they encountered a war field, a battlefield. we train for a lot of scenarios. we do a lot of integration with our law enforcement partners, resc rescue task forces. we take firefighters and cops and get them to stop the bleeding. we never prepared anything
below. it was not a scenario we had aj anticipated. >> they are providing aid and transporting people to the hospital. you had private ambulances come and help. >> the private ambulance company was on standby for an event. there's x amount of medics that they have to have an scene. but our ambulances converged. firefighters converged. police. everybody came in and handled the situation as best as they could, given the unique situation. >> how are your first responders doing? this takes a toll. what they saw and what they witnessed. >> i've known some of these people for 30 years. it was a different tone in our organization yesterday. a shift change, talking to guys and guys on the phone, checking on them. definitely a different tone. we have the work cut out for us on the psychological side moving forward will be a challenge for us. >> such a beautifulxa
community. so many people coming out. >> yeah. it was awesome. >> giving food, even at your house last night. >> the community came out big. i didn't catch much news because we were so busy. when i did have a chance to catch up, see what was going on, the food and the water. the elementary school, delivering food to my house. >> chief, thank you so much. thanks for your work. give our best to your team. >> i will. >> incredible work. back to you, matt and hoda. there's a fund set up that's raised $2 million for families and victims. and so, the heart of las vegas is large. and we're really seeing that in action. >> it's true. savannah, thank you very much. our best to the fire chief. among the questions in the wake of this strategy, did the gunman use semiautomatic guns that were converted to automatic weapons. >> two gun
said they sold guns to the suspect legally. semiassault weapons and ammo are legal in nevada. but converting a semiautomatic to a fully automatic weapon is against the wall. did the subject use a cheap kit to get around the law? the rapid bursts of gunfire provided a first clue. >> i've shot semiautomatic weapons before. and this was more highly sophisticated gunfire. >> reporter: what sounded like automatic gunfire. police say stephen paddock had filled his room with ammo, t tripods, scopes. 19 more guns were found in his home. the question this morning, were the weapons already automatic when paddock purchase them? or did he modify them? an easy way around federal laws that ban automatic weapons. th
or you can also find videos. >> i just replacing the stock. >> reporter: howing how to convert a gun. the federal government has banned fully automatic machine guns for decades. my weapon before 1986 can be bought and sold legally. some states are limiting semiautomatic weapons, they are legal in nevada. >> returning some sanity to the insanity of our current gun regulations can be exceptionally helpful. >> reporter: this morning, as investigators search for a motive, all signs point to a suspect fully equipped to carry out maximum carnage. >> you wouldn't need skill level. it's holding down the trigger and moving the gun back and forth. it's about spraying the crowd to cause maximum damage and death. >> reporter: the fbi has an additional challenge here
involved. from the pressure from the nra, congress does not allow a gun data base. agents must finger through hundreds of thousands of paper files on guns at a west virginia warehouse. guys, back to you. >> tom, thank you very much. president trump will visit las vegas tomorrow. but this morning, he's on his way to puerto rico for an update on hurricane recovery efforts there. national correspondent peter alexander is at the white house with that. >> reporter: hoda, good morning to you. president trump expected to leave from the white house, moments now, where he heads off to puerto rico, where he will survey the damage in the wake of the catastrophic hurricane. the president, like much of america, is focusing his attention, to the massacre that took place in las vegas. his initial response, a moment of silence, a call for unity and a break from twitter, he described as an act of pure evil.
will the president do to combat that evil? what's become a painful ritual. hours after the shooting, the press secretary said it was premature to start the debate. many democrats, obvious, pushing for action. among them, chris murphy of connecticut, where so many children were killed in newtown. some are asking in washington, whether mr. trump will return to his past support of stricter gun laws. his staunchest supporters say that would cause his base to erupt. again, first up today, that trip to puerto rico, where the president will spend several hours on the ground. he will be briefed on the relief efforts. he will meet with the governor and victim les of the hurricane. he is going to visit with u.s. troops, helping in the response. after clashing with san juan's
the federal response, the white house says that the mayor has been invited to meet with the president. and an aide has indicated that she will come. matt and hoda, back to you. >> peter alexander, at the white house. thank you. also this morning, music fans are mourning the sudden death of tom petty. the rock superstar died at a hospital in los angeles last night, after suffering cardiac arrest. willie is here to take a look at his life and his career. it's sad news. >> the three-time grammy winner was an american icon. a member of the rock 'n' roll hall of fame. his 40-year careered filled with countless hits that will resonate for generations to come. tributes from around the world in morning for tom petty, who died overnight, at the age of 66. the legendary rocker, expanded the southern rock sound, to explore themes of depression and isolation. and he did it with a rare honesty. ♪ last dance with mary jane
>> reporter: petty went into cardiac arrest in his malibu home late sunday night. he died monday night, surrounded by loved ones and bandmates. his manager released a statement, that read in part, we're devastated to announce the untimely death of our father, husband, brother, leader and friend. ♪ the waiting is the hardest part ♪ >> reporter: petty's lyrics gave voice to the way so many people were feeling. a coming of age american count track. it is music of love and loss. ♪ she was an american girl >> reporter: and of regret. ♪ and i'm free free falling now i'm free falling ♪ ♪ free falling >> reporter: born in florida, petty found success with his band, the heartbreakers. releasing hits, "break down." ♪ break down, go ahead
>> reporter: and "american girl." those were followed by four decades of hits. ♪ everybody's got somebody >> reporter: then, there was the unforgettable collaboration with music icons, bob dylan, roy orbison and george harrison. they called themselves the traveling wilburys. for all his rock sound, petty was an innovator. becoming the first to embrace videos. like the visionary "don't come around here." and the elaborate staging of "you don't know how it feel." ♪ you don't know how it feels you don't know how it feels ♪ ♪ to be me >> reporter: petty headlined the super bowl halftime show. ♪ stand my ground >> reporter: and was a rock 'n' roll hall of famer. he just wrapped a summer tour, celebrating the 40th anniversary of the heartbreakers.
would be lying if i didn't say i was thinking this might be the last big one. many tributes on monday. one from january mayer. i loved tom petty and i covered his songs because i wanted to know what it felt like to fly. and "hamilton" creator, ly lin-manuel miranda, i am grateful for tom petty's music. i am selfish that i want more. but i always will. rest in peace. ♪ i'm free, free calling >> last night, the band coldplay honored petty in portland, by playing one of his classics. ♪ cool moment last night there from coldplay in portland. he finished a 53-date tour that celebrating 40 years of him and his band. he looked
his second-to-last tweet was thanking the fans for 40 great years. he went out on a high note. >> he was someone we all love. what was impressive about him was how many other musicians and rock stars admired him and took inspiration from him. >> he was an individual. he was unique. nobody looked like him. nobody sound like him. and for 40 years, starting in 1977 to this year, he put out hits. the list is long. >> you could have gone on with three minutes, just with song, after song, after song. >> who didn't love the traveling wil wilburys. mr. roker, a check of the weather. >> here in the east, gorgeous weather. we're looking today stretching from the great plenty sunshine along the heavie in the western plains that's going on around
>> good morning. i'm storm team 4 meteorologist the sun has been up over an hour. the warmup is under way. still in the cool 40s. mostst nearby suburbs are back going to be a nice day to be look at all that sunshine over all sunshine today. temper will gradually a degrees warmer than averag tomorrmorning, back into the but afternoon, warmer >> there are portraits of the emotio store yifz the viction in las vegas that are now >> and in the wake of this at the deeply polarizing topic
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now, we're going to look back on this era and we're going to think about mass murderers, shootings that have no rationale whatsoever. and we have to think about the consequences of that for all of us. this time, it was a crowded concert in las vegas. [ gunfire ] another made in america mass murder. to go with others, the massacre, at an elementary school in connecticut. [ gunshots ] a slaughter at virginia tech. of the 17 mass murders since the '60s, only two were linked to islamic terror, the tragedies in orlando and san bernadino. and once again, we're in the middle of a debate about guns in america. the percentage of americans that own guns is going down, an
but gun owners are stockpiling even more weapons. the average owner has least eight weapons. and ironically, the outcry over las vegas will drive more owners to buy more guns and more ammo, worrying there will be more restrictions. in entertainment, guns are central to what we see on the screen. video games, rely on firearm violence. yet, we cannot have a civil debate about guns and their use. as guns become more lethal, so does the political debate becomes more toxic. the nra, one of the most powerful lobbies in politics, has suspended commercials in the virginia governor's race. >> the national rifle association of
locked and loaded, ready for the coming debate after las vegas. in las vegas, a commentary on our time. when the concertgoers heard the gunshots, they knew to run or to comfort each other and seek sanctuary in each other's arms. and now, it's left to the relatives of the las vegas dead and wounded to mourn, and to pray for their recovery. matt and hoda, this is an issue that requires the best efforts of all of us, wherever we stand on who should own guns and what kind of guns they own. this has to go to the top of agenda in american life, it seems to me. >> isn't that the problem. no matter where we stand, there's a huge divide between the different thought processes on this. >> i think it will be interesting if the gun enthusiasts and the gun owners will have reaction to this. to let them say we've gone too far. military weapons h
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we're back, now. 8:30, on this tuesday morning. third day of october, 2017. savannah is out in las vegas, covering the deadliest mass shooting in modern u.s. history. savannah, good morning, again. >> good morning, to you guys. right here on this street, was where people were 24 hours ago, still spilling out of the concert venue, right behind me, running for their lives. now, we count the toll. a staggering 5
killed. 527 wounded. more numbers that are hard to get your head around. the gunman's weapons. 23 firearms found in stephen paddock's hotel suite at the mandalay bay. 19 more in his home in mesquite, nevada. there might be more in another home he owned in reno. federal agents ra s raided that. people can call if they want to locate somebody missing. the number is 800-536-5488. we'll send it back to you. this community has reached out to one another and wrapped their arms around those who need so much right now. >> savannah, thank you. following a tragedy like this, the healing process can be a struggle. where do you begin? >> his em
cardinal dolan, along with rabbi david engberg. i think we're going to ask you questions that don't have answers, which is hard. i'm curious, as you consume news like this, do you consume it the way we do? do you stand in front of a television set? do you want to scream at the set? do you allow yourselves those moments? >> we do. the rabbi and i were chatting ahead of time, matt and hoda. people come to us for meaning and focus and an explanation. we admitted, we're asking ourselves the same thing. yet, we all struggle with that. and sometimes, the best we can do for people is to express the solidarity that we're here with you, trying to find meaning. trying to find redemption in all of this. that's a solidarity and a compassion and a being with people, rabbi, i think we
religious try to achieve. >> we have multiple roles. but each one of us, regardless of what the role is, is horrified. and it strikes a core belief i have about human beings and the goodness in the world. those moments, i think part of faith is doubt. part of faith is being able to ask the right questions. and sometimes the questions we ask, are an act of faith. it's a powerful thing to say, i'm in doubt. >> is that a challenge in your congregation? we had this horrific shooting, obviously. but there's been horrific shootings before. and you're asking your congregations to keep the faith. to pray. you know? how do you keep them going? >> it is. and i think the rabbi would agree with me. for me, it's inspirational, to see that our people never lose their sense of sadness. disappointment. big grief when
that happens. the big temptation is to yawn and be ho-hum about it. we can never let that happen. matt, hoda and savannah, when folks tune into you yesterday, in the morning, it was cosmic groan. what that is to the human heart that we cannot accept this thing. something is tragically wrong here. this shouldn't happen. god doesn't want this to happen. we don't want this to happen. that's a tribute, is it not, rabbi, to the resilience and the faith that's deep down in the human psyche. >> absolutely. we saw dignity and divine possibility. we saw the sublime and the worst. i think it's really incumbent upon us to recognize, as a nation, we are grieving now. there's certain stages of grief. and the first stage is to ac
horror of this. and also, within it, to hold both that with the courage and the compassion and the things that elevate who we are. >> there's a temptation, both of you, to immediately grieve and to point a finger of blame. to assess and assign blame one direction or another. how do you counsel on that? >> both the christian and the jewish tradition, rabbi, correct me if i'm wrong, would warn against finding scapegoats. we don't want to point fingers at people. sometimes i think the best response is silence. when pope benedict visited auschwitz. they said, are you going to make a statement? in this nauseating horror, the best response is silence. awe. just trust. instead of pointing blame, isn't it like us to be silence lent? >> i think we h
everything here. people want to find blame. and they look for causes. as people of faith, we have to use our faith as fuel, to fight and also not to flee. we have to be present with the feelings and also recognize that there are bigger systemic issues here. i don't think it's wrong. i want to be clear about this. people leave religion and go away from religion. i think that religion's role is not only to comfort, but also to make people uncomfortable. make those who are comfortable uncomfortable. and make those who are uncomfortable, comfortable. we have to balance those two things. religion can't be just prayers and thoughts. right? prayers and thoughts are not sufficient. it says in james, in the new testament, right? the body is always dead, our faith without works. faith without works, prayers without making a difference, by actually following up your prayers with what you can do. i think, the rush not to politicize managsoin
think is criminal. we stand as a moment, where we as a country and people in the faith community have to come together and say, faith and works. prayer and powerful usage of our political power, to make a difference in this country. both of those have to come together at this moment. >> that's a difficult time. >> boy, is it ever? is it ever? >> we've had these discussions. >> yeah. i wish you would invite me on for happy occasions. >> you're both always welcome. >> thank you, hoda. what a joy to meet tom. what an honor. >> i'm sure he was happy to meet you, too. thank you very much. we go to mr. roker. >> you can southe beauti but unseasonably warm
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welcome back to las vegas. and one of the hardest things to comprehend about this horror and everything that's happened here is the target. this was supposed to be a night of fun. and natalie's got more on how the music world is reacting and how people must be so traumatized. >> they are traumatized. but they are rallying and pulling together, as well. 22,000 fans came here. converged on las vegas, and see jason aldean and other performers at the route 91 harvest festival. an evening that started in celebration, now leaving many in the industry shocked and heartbroken. it took several moments for jason aldean, it was gunshots he was hearing at the route 91 harvest festival. [ gunshots ] aldean, who was not injured,
this world is becoming the kind of place i'm afraid to raise my children in. at the end of the day, we aren't democrats or republicans, whites or blacks, men or women. we are all humans and we're all americans. and it's time to start acting like it and stand together as one. other artists quickly turn to social media to share their sadness. taylor swift tweeting, there's no words to express the helplessness and sorrow my broken heart feels for las vegas and their families. rihanna writing, this is an act of terror. and blake shelton asking why? las vegas is a popular place for many a-listers to connect with fans and residents. like celine dion, britney spears and others. but this is adding to a
including the manchester bombing at an ariana grande concert. this is looking for peace. and call it what it is, terrorism. live nation, the promoter behind the route 91 festival, released a statement. while we are grieving over this moment of violence, we must come together to prevent more tragedies like this from occurring. the question remains, will music fans feel comfortable at music venues. buzz brainard was at the festival with his son when shots ring out. should people continue to go to concerts and festivals? >> yes. that's the way i live my life. i don't know how you live your life. but i'm not saying i'm not going to be afraid or i'm not going going to think about it. but
stop. you want that guy to win? >> reporter: and in nashville on monday night, a step towards healing. some of country music's biggest stars, including keith urban and vince gill, came together at a vigil, to allow people an opportunity to show their love for the victims of this deadly shooting. ♪ amazing grace >> such a touching vigil in nashville. no doubt, savannah, up with of many tributes that will come in the aftermath of this. as you know, country fans, they're like family. they bond together and they rally. they lift each other up in times like this. that's what you're seeing here. >> we saw it here. so much. natalie, thank you so much. coming up, an issue that a lot of parents are struggling with this morning. how do you talk to your kids? what do you say to them about what has happened here? we're going to get expert advice. first, on a tuesday morning, this is "today" on nbc.
8:46. these days when something like the tragedy in las vegas unfolds, children find out about the news really quickly. it happens on tv, the internet, social media. >> how do you talk to your kids about what happened? jennifer heartsteen is a child psychologist. >> good morning. >> having conversations is a difficult thing. but i know talking to my friends and the children, one thing that put the kids at ease already, is that the bad guy is dead. >> right. >> there is something that can help your kids sleep, knowing that piece of information to start. >> they know that that person can't come get them, especially for younger kids, who are having a hard time processing and understanding why the bad guy did this. when you're 5 and 6, you can't get it. for those guys, it's the honester under the bed. he's gone
breath and be okay. >> with parents, we want to know how much we should share with our children. and in the past, my kids let me know. they ask a lot of questions and then, all of a sudden, they just stop. when we haven't completely covered the subject. is that what the parents should do, listen to the kids? >> the fact is, we are anxious. we overtalk when we're anxious. that's true in any situation. this is a situation where, we're anxious because we're worried about our own safety, our kids' safety. if they ask a question, answer that question. don't give more information. let them ask a follow-up question. they may come back and ask more. when you're done, just leave it alone. >> we worry about very young kids. i have teenagers. and in a way, i think sometimes, that might be a little scarier. they're out in the world a lot more than their younger
siblings. >> and they're attached to social media more. and a lot of people were getting their information that way. what is a reputable news source. what are they getting that's reliable. you need to talk to your teenagers, what are they doing? where are they getting news? are they looking for exits? do they have the safe people? and make sure they have a safety plan to you. >> and kids go to concerts. and we saw the ariana grande concert and now, this concert. you want to say something to them to let them know the venues aren't horrible. >> as adults, we have to be safe, too. >> a big difference between saying your kids are safe and it won't happen again. those are two different things. >> important distinction. just ahead, the helpehelper. how this tragedy has revealed the best in the human spirit.
we can always count on hoda to help us end the hour with a positive thought. i like what you got here. >> i recently posted a quote on instagram from mr. rogers. he said, when he was a boy and he witnessed scary things in the news. his mother told him, to look for the helpers. you will always find people who are helping. with that in mind, here are those in las vegas. >> we need to stop the shooter before we have more victims. >> can you tell me where it is coming from? >> reporter: under a shower of bullets, jason aldean's fans mobilized to leave no man or woman behind. >> get down. get down. >> reporter: loved ones. >> grabbed me by the hand. he was 19 years old. but he was my little boy. >> reporter: friends. >> she pulled me out. and we started running. >> reporter: even total
save lives. >> we need your truck. we need to get people over to the hospital, okay? >> okay. put them all in the back. >> throwing people over the fence. there was one main guy. >> reporter: their words tell a story the gunman never intended. that of the human spirit. >> i owe my life to a couple of girls that i'll probably never find out who they are. they grabbed me by the legs. they drag mged me over to the side. and dragged a couple guys next to them and said, you will carry him out of here. i owe them my life. >> i was transferring somebody's son. and he passed away there. in my arms, as we were on the curbside. >> we have multiple, multiple victims shot. >> reporter: in the sea of those ducking for cover, the police stood bravely, directing crowds.
>> god bless the police officers. these guys stood up. they knew what they were against. and they ran towards the danger. i mean, that's real bravery right there. >> we just all got down as low as we could. and luckily, there were some police officers that actually laid over the women that were there, to make sure they wouldn't get shot at. >> reporter: with no access to paramedics, bystanders became field nurses. >> i saw people plugging bullet holes with their fingers. >> see if they have exit wounds. and my first thought is, he's my friend. he's my brother. i'm not leaving him. i wasn't going to leave him. >> you're one of the lucky ones. >> what's up, man? >> there were trucks pulling up. i think there were eight victims in the back of the truck. and the nurses were pulling the patients out. >> it was one of the most beautiful, craziest things, the
last night. it was pretty incredible. >> reporter: and in the light of day, more came to help, crowding blood banks to give of themselves, finding hope in the horror. this is how we begin to heal. >> we're a country music community. we are like family. we are going to heal together. i don't know how. it's going to be hard. but i think we can do it. >> we can do it. >> you're looking for heroes. look no further than the streets of las vegas, two nights ago. >> crowded with them. crowded with them. >> much more ahead on this story on "megyn kelly today." good morning. >> good morning, guys. we're going to try to continue the thoughtful discussion. tom brokaw will be here. and also, a survivor of the boston bombing, jeff bowman, he will be here. and we'll have
healing. see you in a few minutes. >> megyn, we look forward to that. much more ahead on "today" after these messages and your local news. . 6 is your time on tuesday, octobe 3rd, 2017. how are the roads looking, jack? >>well, we've had a rough ride good is at least now our a single left lane. delays near
♪ welcome, everyone, to "megyn kelly today," on this somber moing. yesterday, as you know, we woke up to a horrific story. at least 59 people were murdered. more than 500 were wounded, in yet another mass shooting incident. this one was in las vegas. i felt so sad on hearing the news and helpless. right? i personally felt thankful that my kids are too young to watch the news. these folks went to an outdoor