tv Las Vegas Shooting Briefing CSPAN October 2, 2017 1:35pm-2:01pm EDT
night. st watch the house live here on c-span starting at 2:00 p.m. eastern. several members of congress and government officials are tweeting about last night's shooting including nevada governor brian sandoval who says, please find a blood bank and donate. your donation is critical during this time of tragedy in our community. also, indiana congressman trey hollingsworth posted, in the midst of senseless act of malice in las vegas, hoosiers across indiana are praying those affected find comfort. the sheriff of clark county, nevada, briefed reporters about the mass shooting. we'll hear from nevada governor brian sandoval and other officials. >> well, good afternoon, everyone. i am sheriff lombardo for clark county. i don't have very much employer to update you with from our
previous briefings. one thing in particular that's changed in the negative is our body count. that's a wrong way to say this. the number of people that have died associated with this event has increased. right now we're using the number of 58. i just informed it may be 59, that an individual that just expired at sunrise hospital. in normal fashion i do not want to give you bad information but please do not press me on that number until we get into this investigation. the number of injured we're using the number of 515. as you can tell as the hours go by that number continues to ncrease. we have not received any additional intelligence associated with the suspect. we have completed the search warrant in mesquite. i am not aware of any derogatory information we can
utilize in furtherance of this investigation at this point, but we have just recovered items and it will take a little while to evaluate that information. we have learned information of additional property in northern, nevada, and the f.b.i. has responded to the location and will be serving a search warrant here shortly. we have completed the investigation at the room. we have collected all the items associated with the suspect, and we're in the recovery phase of that. the mandalay bay itself has gone back to service minus the 32nd floor. nd they would like everybody advised that if they are separated from their hotel room, they have the ability to return to the hotel. now, the location in question, the concert hall, we will be in a long process of body recovery out there and evidence recovery. and evidence documentation. you're going to have to ask the
public's patience as we bring information forward. it's a long, laborious process to identify the victims and reunite them with the family members to advise them of their situation. we still have the families responding to the las vegas metropolitan police department headquarters in order to conduct the reunification of their family or friends. eventually in the next few hours, actually i don't want to give you a skewed timeline, but approximately 1:00 p.m. we will request the family members to respond to the convention area -- convention center area to utilize a larger space. and we could bring in victim advocates to assist with the family members in the long term. right now's just a temporary hase associated with the
reunification. additionally, we're asking to solely utilize united blood service for blood donation and u.m.c., as the only places to donate blood. we had some resource issues associated with the laborers' medical clinic. i applaud their effort to help us in that effort, but we have some resource issues associated with that. so better utilize to be sure where you know the blood ervice locations are so we can get the needed lifesaving blood for the victims associated with this. at this point as you can tell i have several individuals to my rear that would like to make comment. reference the isis statement, i want to bring that up now so i give the opportunity to special agent rouse to respond to that from the f.b.i. he will explain what we know now reference the isis claim in this individual. thank you.
>> good morning. as this event unfolds we have determined to this point no connection with an international terrorist group. as this investigation continues we will continue to work with our partners to ensure that this is factually, thoroughly, and absolutely investigated. to be able to bring comfort and peace back to this community. thank you. mr. kihuen: good morning, my name is rubin kihuen, the congressman for the fourth congressional district of nevada. i want to say thank you to law enforcement and all the first responders who are now fighting tirelessly to protect and save lives. i had the opportunity to stop by the hospital earlier this morning. saw firsthand a lot of the victims, a lot of the family members, but i also saw a lot of nurses and doctors that were
working tirelessly to save lives. today is a very sad day for nevada. it's a very sad day for las vegas. but if anything good came out of this, is that i saw umanity. i saw a community come together. i saw strangers helping strangers and saving lives. so i do want to say thank you to the sheriff and to metro police, to firefighters, the doctors, nurses, and everybody who has worked to save lives at this precise moment. i know we'll get through this and our city will be stronger. thank you so much. mr. wolf: i'm clark county district attorney steve olf. on behalf clark county d.a.'s office, our thoughts and prayers go out to everybody associated with this event. two of my prosecutors, two of my young female prosecutors, were actually at this concert, close to the stage. and i have spoken to both of them this morning.
and they are pretty rattled. they are pretty shaken up. this was a horrific event to say the least. this is a classic wmd. this is a weapon in a man of ass destruction. hat i'm pleased so much about what i'm pleased so much about is how this doesn't involve politics in the sense of republican or democrat. we're here all of us, are nevadans, and i'm very proud to be present with the other leaders here because we're working together to get through this. i want to thank sheriff lombardo for your leadership in leading us through this terrible, terrible day. thank you. >> thank you, sheriff. i want to first off begin by thanking the sheriff. got down here eight or nine hours ago. there weren't many of us here. just a handful. i can tell you now first responders both the men and women of the fire department and metro were on their way in
when this all happened. we have got first responders literally covered in blood as a result of this. a lot of victims have not been identified as of this point. but they have stepped up. it was a sole shooter. no further threat. i want to assure everyone listening that hears our words that las vegas is safe. the mandalay bay and m.g.m. resorts have been great in communicating with the sheriff's office that everybody can be taken care of. get back in the rooms. and they all understand we're afe and doing everything humanly possible to protect all our tourists and citizens in clark county. that being said the sheriff and i have set up a gofundme account some of you may have seen. we have been inundated with phone calls and emails and messages people asking what they can do. there will be a lot of family members going through an awful lot. e have over 500 in the hospitals being treated. we need to provide them with some sort of support.
we have done that. and i just can't say enough about the fine men and women that our first responders here in clark county. and all of the cities and jurisdictions have pulled together. we pledge the full resources of clark county to assist the sheriff and f.b.i. in any way possible. we ask for your prayers. god bless you. absolutely mirror what commissioner has spoken to about the great response, rapid, thorough, of our first responders and law enforcement. i spent part of last night and late this morning with you-all because i was over at u.m.c. and the trauma unit. and it's been a very, very difficult time for us. nd as we look forward to
continuing what our great city does, we offer a safe place. this is a crazed lunatic full of hate. we don't know much about his background. but it certainly is not an extension of what we believe in, what everybody who lives here and works here and those ho visit here want to see. this is something that was simply outrageous, uncalled for, and so many innocent people, young people, children, parents who have lost loved ones and so many still suffering in the hospitals, one through major surgery. we have some that were hit quite lightly with shrapnel as they were near the exits. there's been a hugely traumatic time for all of us. for our visitors who love country music, many of whom have come from the northern art of our state here and just really came here for a wonderful safe time. we pride ourselves in our law
enforcement. they are unequal. they are so rapid to respond, so thorough in what they do and our first responders have been simply phenomenal. it is a city and a community that has pulled together. everybody is working so hard to make sure that we're taking care of the needs of the families and those who have lost loved ones. and it's just been a very, very traumatic time for everybody. the president gave a beautiful the president gave a beautiful message and he will be visiting us either sometime later today, tomorrow, or wednesday. great concern. we just know that the entire community, i have so many mayors that have called, governors who have called me personally to express their support, help, what we ask for is blood. that's the main thing right now. is that if our people want to o something and they are
healthy, then please donate healthy, then please donate blood. we'll have plenty of banks available. always call a hospital if you are unsure where to go. so thank you very much. and madam congresswoman, i'm sorry, didn't mean to step in front of you. ms. titus: thank you very much. 'm dina titus, i represent nevada's district one, it includes the fabulous las vegas strip, including mandalay bay where this act took place. so many times i welcome people to las vegas and all the excitement and entertainment and fun it has to offer. never thought i would be tanding here trying to offer solace and my office assistance to victims like this that would happen. all through the night we were briefed by law enforcement. i thank you, sheriff, and your team for all that you did and the first responders. mainly we were trying to stay out of the way because you don't want to turn a personal tragedy into a political event. today my office will be giving blood as the mayor said.
they appreciate your thoughts and prayers, but what they need is blood. we'll be open to do anything we can to assist. i have just been hearing all these stories of heroism that occurred in the midst of this tragedy. you had off-duty police officers who were there just for the concert for an evening of fun who were able to help people get shelter and who were able to identify the location f the shooter. and just random strangers, a friend of some of my staff members who lives in the district said they were running, being trampled, somebody just opened a van door and pulled them inside for shelter and safety. that's the kind of people we have here in las vegas who are willing to reach out and help one another. so i thank all of our law enforcement. i thank the first responders. those in the hospitals where people are just in the halls, in the parking lots, trying to take care of so many. and please call on our office if there is any way we can be of assistance.
ed a amend: i'm adam laxaul -- laxalt, nevada's attorney general and i want to echo what a lot of people have said today. i have been here since about 2:00 in the morning. and the job that metro and our law enforcement and first responders have done is absolutely remarkable. we have never been hit with such a tough situation in this city. and to see the poise and the pressure that they are able to perform under was truly astounding. i believe that they are always going to be able to get us out of these situations. law enforcement will be able to step up to the plate when we need them most. and of course the city and our tate will bounce back.
thank you very much. >> i just want to add one more thing before we ask the governor to come up. i got to ask you to do something else. when you see one of these men and women wearing a badge or members of our fire department, tell them thank you. their selfless actions saved the lives of hundreds of people. not a dozen people. hundreds of people. this death count would have been many hundred more were it not for the brave work of every single one of these men and women you see wearing a badge, members of our fire department, first responders, police department. so please i encourage all of you watching next time you see one, say thank you. appreciate that. governor sandoval: good morning, ladies and gentlemen, i'm governor brian sandoval. i don't know if i have words to describe what we're going through and what these poor unfortunate victims are going through. we're angry. we're grieving. confused. people are hurting. i want to thank the sheriff and all the first responders. i just had an opportunity to visit some of the patients in the hospital.
and it's unimaginable what people are going through right now. you got family members who are here and don't have anyone to reach out to. but the first responders and what they have done, it's their finest hour. finest hour. and the way that the sheriff and metropolitan police department have handled this vent is unprecedented. the paramedics who came on the scene, basically what was a war zone, and treated all those men, women, and kids. the health care professionals at the hospitals, the doctors who came from all over the valley to do whatever they could. and now we don't understand what's happened. i'm sure we'll find out a little more when metro continues to do its investigation.
i do know for everybody watching, i want to thank the president of the united states, the other governors that have reached out to me to offer their help and assistance. we need blood. if anybody can contribute blood, anybody in the las vegas area, locally, who can do that. as we move on we'll learn more. we're going to need this help. this is obviously an unprecedented event in our nation's history. we'll have to learn from this and fight through this. we have to stop. and pray for the families and for the victims. we have to rely on our faith in a time like this. to get us through all of t. i couldn't be prouder of the way that nevadans have responded to this and what they have done. doctors and nurses and everyone
everybody who is here. the mayor, the congressman, attorney general, sheriff, congressman, our law enforcement, this is the nevada amily at its best. god bless all of you. god bless most importantly the families, the victims, the mothers, the fathers, the sons, the daughters, the aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews, nieces, friends and neighbors. for everybody who is watching, please stop for a moment and pause and say a prayer for them. thank you. they all bardo: reached out to. senator heller, senator masto and congresswoman rosen, they all reached out to me throughout this tragedy and offered their assistance so i don't want them slighted just because they are not standing
behind me. additionally, i have the chief of police next to me and that's chief troy tanner of the mesquite p.d. he's been instrumental in the assistance towards this in order to help us complete this investigation. i think it's appropriate that he get recognized for this. and greg cassel, the clerk county fire chief and he likes to stand in the back. where we are different in our jurisdiction as through my travels and compare -- in comparison to other jurisdictions, we work very well with the fire department and they did not hesitate to pair up with the officer and enter the fray so i want to thank him for that. thank you, greg. i'm happy to answer some questions. as you know, the investigation is continuing. so please do not get too detailed on your questions because i will probably not be able to answer it at this time. reporter: sheriff lombardo, the
earch and rescue [inaudible] is based mbardo: this off assessor record of ownership. he owned another piece of property in northern nevada. as far as electronic evaluation, we haven't had the opportunity to do that yet. the only thing we are immediately aware in our position is additional firearms and ammunition. reporter: people hit with shrapnel, i want you to follow-up on that. [inaudible] sheriff lombardo: like i said, we are doing an investigation. i don't want to give you any inaccurate information but we do know that he brought the weapons in on his own. original briefing we believe that he was in partnership or companionship of a female and we have determined the female
is out of the country. so he brought these weapons in on his own. as far as method i don't have the ability to give you an accurate picture. reporter: was the shooter known to local police here in clark county? sheriff lombardo: no, not at all. we checked local, state and federal databases and we had no knowledge of this individual. reporter: [inaudible] person of interest, accomplice? sheriff lombardo: we consider her a person of interest. we have been in contact with her and we plan to engage her upon her return to the country. reporter: do you have any idea how he was able to break through the windows? did he open the window, smash the window? sheriff lombardo: we believe he had a device similar to a hammer to smash the window. reporter: sheriff, so far
[inaudible] the investigation looking into the potential ties, even loose ties to [inaudible] sheriff lombardo: obviously we will do that. we will run it down to the very end but right now at face value we haven't been able to identify that. reporter:: did he have tickets to the concert? sheriff lombardo: i have no idea. reporter: do you know what he did between checking in and -- sheriff lombardo: we don't know. there are hours and hours of video surveillance that we have to do in cooperation with the m.g.m. eporter: [inaudible] sheriff lombardo: the fusion center. reporter: there are cameras everywhere. how did this happen? sheriff lombardo: well, i don't
understand what you're eluding to, how could it happen? this is an individual that's described as a lone wolf. how it could have been prevented if we didn't have any prior knowledge to this individual. it wasn't evidence that he had weapons in his room. we have determined that there has been employees going to and fro from his room and nothing nefarious was noticed at this point. that's what we know now. reporter: can you describe how [inaudible] sheriff lombardo: well, yeah, you're absolutely correct. any special event that takes place in the southern nevada region, it's required by n.r.s. to supply police officers to ensure security. the mandalay bay did a great job of hiring police officers. they had sufficient staffing for the concert. when this individual decided to fire upon a crowd, which was approximately 22,000
individuals, it's very difficult to manage that size crowd. you have to ensure you have the proper staffing. described, our officers responded responded immediately in conjunction with the fire department as soon as the fire department arrived. but they were able to -- >> going live now to the u.s. house. today debate on bills dealing with water pollution from coal mines and recreational use of federal lands. live now to the floor of the house. ray. aplain: let us almighty god, we give you thanks for giving us another day. pray for the gift of wisdom to all, with great responsibility in ray. almighty god, we give you thanks for giving us another this people's house, for the leadership of our nation. lord, once again our nation reels in grief and horror after yet another mass shooting on our soil. we ask your blessing upon us all. most especially on those who mourn the loss of their loved on
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