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hayward. a lone gunman with more than 17 weapons opened fire from 32nd floor of the mandalay bay hotel. first responders and hospice overwhelmed by the scores of victims. >> we did what is trauma is damage control, matter of stopping the dying process. >> authorities still working to identify the victims. among them hannah ahlers, mother of three from riverside county. susan smith from simi valley. and sonny melton, nurse who died lying on top of wife heather, protecting her. she grew up in sebastopol. she could feel the bullets hitting her husband's backs. i'm kristen sze. >> and i'm dan ashley. thank you for joining us, this story getting worse all day long. death toll at 59 now following
the massacre in las vegas. >> at least 527 people were hurt. >> learning more about the shooter, stephen paddock. las vegas police found 18 guns along with explosives and several thousand rounds of ammunition when they searched his home. >> looking at las vegas city hall where a prayer vigil is scheduled to begin now. lana zak is in vegas with the investigation. >> reporter: gunfire came too quickly to count. bullets tearing into a crowd of 22,000 people out to enjoy a night of music on the vegas strip. jason aldean in the middle of a set when the hail of bullets rained down. >> some were falling and some screaming and yelling. >> people dropping around us. a lot of dead bodies, people just piling on top of whoever, even if they're bleeding or not. >> we ran, and we ran and i still wasn't sure if it was
actually bullets until one of the times we paused, guy next to us got shot. >> reporter: police officers jumping into action. >> halfway up, seen the shots coming from mandalay bay. >> closing in on the 32nd floor of the mandalay bay hotel where authorities say the gun man, 64-year-old stephen paddock, was holed up. died of self-inflikted gunshot wound before burst into the room. >> 527 for individuals injured, individuals who died or passed away, 59. >> reporter: president trump among those reacting to the tragedy. >> joined together today in sadness, shock and grief. >> reporter: standing alongside first lady melania in a moment of silence. four active investigation scenes a police are trying to piece together the motive of the killer. see no ties to international
terror groups and hadn't been previously known to the authorities. reporting from las vegas, lana zak, abc news. >> some of the other victims from california, dana gardner, mother of three from san bernardino county, only daughter at concert and survived. >> angela gomez, graduated from high school in riverside two years ago. rachel ale parker worked for manhattan beach department. and chris and sandy casey from manhattan beach. >> prayer meeting going on. listen in to hear what is said. >> having to suggest come back end or middle of the week. go up online to red cross and blood services to find out when is a good time. and believe it or not, this las vegas fund we have now reached
over $1.2 million in donations in less than 24 hours to help the families who have lost loved ones or those who have to stay here longer now. it's a time all of us have come together in a very special moment. and on the better side. it has bonded us so tightly as one person, one group, one passion, one heartbeat. and as you can see with us, we have so many people that are here all the time with us. it's my honor and great privilege to introduce congress woman -- >> this is las vegas's mayor carolyn goodman talking at vigil outside city hall. >> and figure of money raised up to $1.8 million, people responded across the country in huge numbers. fight to save the wounded is getting response tonight. >> amyollyfield is live with
the urgent call for blood donations. amy. >> reporter: hi. look at this incredible line of people, all wanting to give blood. line has been wrapped around the block all day long. some people have been here six to seven hours. hot out here, exposed in the sun. but community has responded with umbrellas, chairs, food and water. what just showed up, chairs, flat bed truck full of tents, setting those up right now. indication they're settling in to be here for a while, think the donations will keep coming. people multitasking, san francisco state graduate in line to give blood but working phones trying to get donations out here for people in line. >> trying to get my sue chef to get sandwiches to pass out. hear to give blood. all i can do.
>> outpouring of the community is amazing. it's sad but great to see humanity in action. >> line is just to shrine up to give blood, then have to fill out paperwork and answer questions, then given a time to come back to donate the blood. >> amy hollyfield live from las vegas. wonderful to see people come out to do anything they can. san francisco mayor ed lee says there are no known threats to the city but security for fleet week and blue grass festival will be increased. live from the airport with their story. >> reporter: flights have been coming in from las vegas all day here. we've seen people hugging and crying.
one couple ended up sharing their experience with us. shooting felt as though they were being hunted. >> heard pop, pop pop. looked at each other. pop pop pop pop pop pop, just kept coming. and we just started running towards the gate. >> valerie describes the sheer terror she and her husband experienced last night with a gun man opened fire. there for the route 91 harvest festival with friends. >> absolute chaos. >> reporter: photo with mandalay bay in the distance where the shooter was positioned. running to the exit. >> drop and panic and push and shove. he started to slow. you can knot slow, this is life or death and we have a five-year-old, we have to go right now. we kept going. shoe broke. can't stop.
>> ran half a mile to apartment complex and some people let us in. >> reporter: took shelter with strangers, waited for information. friend was trampled but made it out okay. left at 4:00 a.m. reeling from what happened. >> horrible. makes you rethink everything. >> people arrange us, covered in blood. telling us families hit. got to get home to baby. >> reporter: still wearing the concert bracelets. grateful to have just survived. >> so many stories like that. many local connections to the tragedy in las vegas, including one san francisco police officer at the concert with his wife and wife is now missing. >> melanie woodrow is live with that part of the story. >> reporter: that san francisco
police officer's brother is driving to las vegas to be with him as they look for his wife. met several people at san francisco international airport arriving from las vegas, including one mom who tells me her friend was shot in the back at music festival and schedued for surgery today. calls and texts nonstop for nicky. >> more people down, shot, people's friends dying. >> reporter: knows at least 20 people at the country music festival. >> one shot in the back. lot of people with blood spatter. lot of ugly stuff. >> reporter: she says she didn't end up going because of trip to san francisco. >> my heart hurts where this world, this country is going. very sad. >> reporter: others arriving at sfo described being held in
hotels. one man said coworker inside mandalay bay during the shooting. >> had them lay down on stomachs for 90 minutes, couldn't move or get up. allowed to sit then released. >> vinny etcheber and wife stacey also the festival. >> tried to take cover at partition. pushed wife underneath it. >> reporter: in between first and second round of shots the officer told his wife and two other friends to run for it. wife is missing. doesn't have phone or i.d. on her. >> just praying she's okay. may have been injured but not fatal. >> reporter: he's driving to vegas to be with his brother. >> he stood back to help victims that were shot. stuck with them all the way to the hospital. >> reporter: they have a ten-year-old son and 13-year-old daughter. family is hoping someone will
recognize stacey from her picture and contact them. san francisco police officers association president has put the officer in contact with the fbi and las vegas police and sending a team to be with officer etcheber today and he will travel to las vegas to be with him in support tomorrow. live at sfo, melanie woodrow, abc7 news. >> hope she's located and reunited with husband. oakland raiders are donating to the victims fund. gofundme set up by steve sisolak, $1.9 million have been raised. raiders are eventually moving to las vegas, issued a statement, heart of the raider nation goes out to las vegas. >> vegas is popular vacation spot for people in the bay area. some airlines, hotels and motels
flags are flying at half staff all around the bay area in honor of the las vegas shooting victims. this is live video, hayward city hall, police and fire departments, alameda county building and castro valley public library and high school. country music stars are known for booking extensive concert tours to play for their loyal fans but will fear of future violence put the loyalty to the
test? david louis talks to the radio station a media partner for jason aldean's concert in the bay area. >> i'm randy on this monday with you. >> reporter: bond between fans and favorite country stars is strong. listen on the radio and attend their concerts. jason aldean performed two concerts at -- and shoreline. the attack on fans at las vegas is not expected to separate fans from favorit stars. says an act of violence won't drive them apart. >> all of our stars tour all the time. jason is probably doing over 250 dates this year. brian, chesney, all do lots of dates. >> social media is full of posts of fans posting for the victims.
likely to have fundraiser. just like hurricane relief. >> will be some kind of event that country music industry does for this whole event. >> reporter: will tighter security be in the works? some argue that existing security is tight and no high rises towering ahead but others arguing that more structures are built. >> more these things are happening, more problems there are going to be, even at personal level. >> david louie, abc7 news. are wondering how the shooter got arsenal into the hotel room. house minority leader nancy pelosi is calling on speaker ryan for immediate subcommittee on gun violence. live in walnut creek with more.
>> reporter: appears many of the guns that las vegas shooter used were purchased legally in nevada. one that appears to have done the most damage is already banned, at least here in california. >> get down. >> reporter: cell phone videos reveal rapid fire carnage. hundreds or thousands of rounds for at least five minutes. owner of gun shop says you don't need to be expert to know what the sound is, if not model of the kbun. >> it was full automatic. >> reporter: police say had 18 to 20 guns in hotel room, hand gns, sniper rifle and at least one military grade machine gun on a tripod. calling for greater gun control laws. >> we can do a lot to protect
people from someone buying a firearm if they have a criminal record or banning assault weapons. if you're not a warrior, you shouldn't have access to a weapon of war. >> reporter: unlike nevada, california has some of the strictest laws in the country. magazines can't hold more than ten rounds, so-called bullet buttons banned and illegal to buy fully automatic weapon or modify semiautomatic. >> put gun control items through sacramento and doesn't do anything about the black market. >> reporter: a bill pending in congress would make silencers legal. something some argue would have made this incident even more deadly. laura anthony, abc7 news. >> in the meantime nra has delayed political ads that were set to air tomorrow, will be set
october 10th. guitarist who played where the shooting took place says he's wrong for support br second amendment. guitarist for the josh abbott ban. today tweeted we have members of crew with concealed hand gun licenses and legal firearms on the bus. they were useless. we need gun control right now. if you have planned a trip to las vegas, you may be thinking of canceling because of the shooting. >> many offering chances to cancel without fees. >> rapidly changing throughout the day. many hotels allowing cancellations, airlines waiving change fees and many shows scheduled for tonight have ben canceled but policies vary from one company to the next. mandalay bay resort from where the shooter fired at crowd has reopened for business.
mgm resorts which operates that and other hotels allowing guests to cancel without penalty on a case by case basis. so is caesar's entertainment,en, operates harrah's and bally's and others waiving change fees for in and out of las vegas but each airline has restrictions about rebooking. check with your carrier. bay area volunteers showing support by donating blood. san francisco blood centers of the pacific says there's been a sharp uptick in donors since news of the mass shooting broke. part of nationwide system to help replenish blood supplies in disaster-stricken areas. this donor just wanted to help. >> for me, watch this situation unfold, immediate question is what can i do to support my
community, take action to be there for those who need me. >> if you really get on it, open until 6:00 tonight. also have information online about how to preregister to become a blood donor. and you can donate all over the bay area. >> touching to see how many people. >> really is. >> amy hollyfield and jessica castro are both reporting in las vegas. we'll have continual coverage as it develops. accuweather, tons of sunshine to start out the week but bit of breeze that strengthened earlier this morning and offshore wind is bringing about a dry pattern. heightening the fire danger and threat will last into tomorrow evening. by the end of the week, summer-like warmth will move back in. warm ahead. east bay hills, not a cloud to
be seen. soaked in sunshine at this hour. live doppler 7 along with satellite, not a cloud or stitch of precipitation. big threat the next 24 hours is high fire danger. red flag warning for north and east bay hills. winds will still be active in north bay so that threat lasts until 5:00 tomorrow evening. what to expect, highest threat in the hills above 1,000 feet. winds gusting 25 to 35 miles per hour, combined with dry air, fires can easily start and spread. 60s and 70s, comfortable at this hour. 75 in san jose, cool along the coast, half moon bay at 59. here's the call. plenty of stars. keep the breeze so temperatures across the board in mid to low 50s.
tuesday, sun up around 7:07 in the morning, carbon copy day. sunshine, mild, breezy with the winds. highs tuesday, 72 in san francisco, 75 in oakland, 78 in san jose and napa up to 82. accuweather seven-day forecast, heightened fire danger and breezy. winds diminish and replaced with warm temperatures. widespread 80s around the bay and warmer spots into the 90s. >> blue angels weather. >> picture perfect. don't build that wall. don't build that wall. japanese ♪ ♪ hi! leaving a career to follow a calling takes courage. a personalized financial strategy
support but still alive and in critical condition. 66-year-old rushed to hospital last night after wrapping up a show with heartbreakers. appeared in may and august here. music writer interviewed petty for "parade" magazine and says he had a broad range of influences. >> came from everywhere. influenced by beatles and stones, bob dylan, all places that music has come from and visited. >> known for "running down a dream," free falling" and" american girl". protest is growing on plans to build a fence on the site of the internment center, where japanese-americans were incarcerated in world war ii.
faa says the fence is needed to prevent access to the airport and stop deer, coyotes and dogs who get on the air field. attorney who argued the case says building the wall is desecration. san francisco woman who was born at camp say fence intrudes on the memory. it was considered most brutal of the ten internment camps. accepting public comment until the 10th. with
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imagine what we can do for you. extended edition from 5:30 to 6:30 with the latest information out of the las vegas. >> after that abc7 news, see what the i-team has dug up about the las vegas's shooter connection to san francisco and local crime that landed his father on the fbi's most wanted list. >> and training program done in the bay area could have helped save lives in las vegas. >> preparations under way to keep people safe here as bay area ramps up to big events,
coming up at 6:30 after hour long "world news tonight." >> you hosted a special day in danville. >> friends of camp concord concd tournament held today. especially at times like these, appreciate those who join me to help people in the community. this gives young people we send to camp exposure to outside and natural world they might not get otherwise. >> no cell phones, how amazing is that, kids play in the beach. junior olympics up there. >> we've sent nearly 10,000 kids to camp over the years. it's fantastic and looking forward to doing the same for many years. >> absolutely. i would still be out there but news necessitated me being there. >> took care of business then joined me, which i appreciate.
>> we appreciate your tonight, we are on the scene, the massacre here in las vegas. the deadliest mass shooting in modern american history. the gunman firing down at thousands who were gathered at an outdoor concert, from his hotel room on the 32nd floor. the crowd erupting into mass panic. some diving for cover. others running for their lives. and tonight, the staggering new toll. at least 59 killed, more than 500 wounded. and tonight, right here, the audio, as s.w.a.t. teams move in, surrounding the suspect's hotel door. >> breach, breach, breach. >> police discovering an arsenal of weapons. the shooter taking his own life. a 64-year-old living in a retirement community outside las vegas. you will hear from his family, right here this evening. a brother in disbelief. so