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the fbi has been standing next to us from the very first minute and they are providing all the resources available of the federal government to help us in this endeavor. then you have cart county commission chairman steve sicilack. he has been instrumental in giving us resources to the first responders as far as refreshment and food and support of the entire county commission. i have been on the phone the entire night with the mayor, carolyn goodman, and she responded to umc to check on the patients and she is in the process of visiting other hospitals and showing the support of the city. then obviously we have our congressman rubin cuin. he is also in town to show us his support. any other questions of the members standing before you. yes, ma'am? >> i know at one point you said this is not terror related. some people do argue this is domestic terrorism. how do you differentiate it. >> we have to establish what his
motivation is. there's motivating factors for terrorism. before we label that, it will be a matter of process. >> have you found any information at this point that will yield incite as to what that motive was? >> no, we have not. >> computers or anything? >> we have not located any items within the room or his house at this point. >> [ inaudible ]. >> yes, ma'am, it was a matter of normal practice. whenever we use a dynamic entry. >> was there anything else that you can find from the number of weapons? >> no. we have information that he's been there since the 28th of september. so i have no idea whether he prevented the housekeepers from entering the room or not. that's a matter of continued investigation. thank you very much.
we'll provide you an update probably in the next two hours. thank you. good morning. i'm stephanie. we just heard from las vegas chief of police. i'm stephanie rhule. a begunman opening fire at a country music festival in las vegas, nevada. at least 50 people dead, more than 400 taken to area hospitals as shots rained down from 32 floors up. >> coming from upstairs at mandalay bay. >> multiple dfws in the chests. send a medical team. >> the shooter found dead leaving witnesses and victims to try and make sense out of a
devastating tragedy. >> we were hiding because there were shots going everywhere and there were dead people everywhere. it was horrible. >> we begin this morning with the latest on that horrific shooting that took place last night in las vegas, nevada. it happened less than 12 hours ago during a news festival on the las vegas strip. police say a single suspect opened fire from the 32nd floor of the mandalay resort. the suspect is 64-year-old stephen paddock. he was found dead in his hotel room after law enforcement broke down the door. police say at least 10 rifles were found in the room. police also say they are confident they have now located a female person of interest. 62-year-old marylou danley. it is not clear if she played any role in the attack. i want to go first to nbc's joe
fryer in las vegas. he is under lockdown in a hotel room near the strip. you were in the four seasons which is part of the mandalay bay resort complex. walk us through where you are and exactly what you know. >> reporter: yeah. so the four seasons hotel essentially makes up some of the top floors in the mandalay bay tower. where i am right now there's mandalay bay below me and to my left now. we're on the 38th floor. the shooter was on the 32nd floor. we believe the shooter was six floors somewhere below us. we have been under lockdown for seven hours now since this shooting began. the elevators are not functioning. within the last hour we saw police going through checking on everyone to make sure they're okay. the hotel reached out to let us know police are working on clearing the building. police are under control. for now they want everyone to stay put inside the hotel until
they know everything is under control. we know from the sheriff they're down on the 32nd floor and they're searching it. we know the gunman was actually dead when police arrived so they believe he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. what we want to do is flip off the lights here. we're going to give you a look at the outside of the window and we want to get rid of the reflection on the windows. if you look across the way kitty corner from where we are, this is where this country music festival was taking place. authorities say there were about 22,000 concert goers in that area filling that -- pretty much that block right there to the right of the screen is where jason aldean was performing. that's where the stage was. this gives you perhaps perspective, we're on the 38th floor of sort of what the shooting suspect could see from this angle. he was six floors below us. we don't know if he was a little bit to the left or the right.
we're part of the mandalay bay hotel closest to where the concert was taking place. no cars on the strip. the only cars you see, fire engines, police cars, ambulances rushing to the scene. what we don't know is what we're going to see over the course of the next hour. we're not sure what the scene looks like here. this is located near the airport. the main airport in and out of las vegas. flights were impacted late last night for those flying in and out of here because this was so close to the scene. part of the interstate was also shut down as well. >> this is a stunning and tragic scene. 50 people dead. the shooter on the 32nd floor of the mandalay bay resort.
his range a 1700 foot range. think about this for a moment. 22,000 people were at that concert. it was a multi-day music festival. there it was, the finale. jason aldean, the headliner of the event. the shooter would have known this was a time of maximum impact when there would have been the most concert goers in that area. they're almost penned in as they're there in front of the stage giving a clear shot to stev stephen paddock. bill young's 22-year-old daughter was at the concert. sheriff. good morning. i hope to hear your daughter is safe. please tell us what you know. >> yes, thank you, she's safe. she was done with late night shopping and just pulled into the driveway and i got a call after 10:00. it's unusual and she was screaming and yelling, dad, dad,
dad, dad, somebody's shooting at us. and i don't know what to do. she was hysterical. i tried to calm her down. she was -- i could hear the gunshots in the background and i -- i knew it was -- knew what was happening. i knew where she was at, she was at this concert. i think it was the third night of a three-night event and i asked her where she was at in the arena and she said she was -- they were the third or fourth row from the stage and they were crouched down and people were getting shot around her. she could hear the gunshots. it sounded like a machine gun she said. and she didn't know where they were coming from. she had nowhere to take cover. i told her to run as fast as she could as quick as she could out of the arena, get afar away from it as she could where she thought the line of fire might be. i don't know how much of that she understood. i told her to please stay on the phone with me. i went inside my house and got
my old badge and gun and got in my shelby mustang and drove down there at 120 miles an hour and got within a block or two of the event. they had stopped the entire freeway. i kept getting her intermittently on the phone. she told me she got out of the arena. she was out of breath. i told her to keep on going. she crossed the street and there was an aircraft hanger. there was a lot of private aircraft hangers there. right next to the airport. the big hanger door was open. she went inside there with her roommate and her roommate's brother and his girlfriend and they hid under a desk inside there. i told her to stay in there until a police officer or i got there. fortunately, the police officer that got there was her brother brian. i've got two boys out there on the department now. i relayed the information to brian where his sister was at and he got permission to go get her out of there and get her to
a place where family could meet people that had, you know, been in such a situation. so, you know, it's very personal to me, obviously tonight. >> it certainly is. >> terrifying. >> sir, you used to train for mass shootings, and as you said, you heard the gunshots and your daughter said to you it souchbded like a machine gun. you yourself grabbed a weapon, grabbed a gun and got into the car. tell me about all those police officers there and their heroism. they just have handguns. if this is a semi-automatic weapon, how do you possibly protect people against it? >> you know, when i was sheriff i had an officer that i lost who was a friend of mine named henry prentiss, february 1st, 2006, and i at that point made the decision to buy rifles for the metropolitan police department officers. i got 600 rifles to put in every patrol car. to this day they continue on in that tradition.
you know, the very famous bank robbery in lapd that highlighted the need for better and bigger and more armor for local law enforcement on the heels of that robbery. and handguns just don't cut it anymore obviously. we live in a very free society and people -- this guy had ten rifles with him. i don't know, some of them are automatic, semi-automatic, i don't know the calibers yet, but it appears to me he had high caliber rifles capable of putting clips in with, you know, 20 or 30 rounds and he was certainly shooting bursts or it is a full automatic weapon he had in some cases. it's impossible for an officer with a handgun to solely do that. our department has trained hard for incompetence dents like this. they have rifles out there in the field and they have special tactics and people, not the
s.w.a.t. team but regular patrol officers prepare for this type of incident. we host 45 million people a year on the five miles of the strip. it's not like we didn't think this might not happen some day. i am so proud of the response of the men and women of metro. unbelievable to me that they were able to save as many people as they were and identify where this guy was at and breach his room and he was such an evil individual. he took his own life is my understanding. you know, whatever, he can deal with that with god but, you know, i attribute a lot of this, people who live through this thing, to the quick work of the police department here. >> all right, sir. thank you so much for joining me this morning and we're grateful to hear that your daughter and your sons are all safe. thanks so much. >> thank you very much. bye-bye. for those of you who are just waking up to this horrifying news, here are just a few reactions of the people who are in the crowd, that 22,000
person crowd. those people went to enjoy a multi-day music festival. >> when we were there, jason aldean was reporting. he was ten minutes in. we heard what were fireworks. it looked like smoke from mandalay bay. he kept performing and we heard it again. they cut the music. everyone said drop and everyone dropped and then everyone got up and they said run. everyone started stampeding and charging and knocking over grills, jumping over fences, getting out. >> clip after clip after clip, bullets flying everywhere. everybody running. we were the furthest vip stages away from mandalay bay. they were ricocheting from where we were. they were firing from somewhere high unloading clip after cliff after clip after clip. >> i tried to leave and there was a dead person dead on the street covered up in white cloth or whatever, but there was dead
bodies in the street. he was shooting from up above and i heard there was four shooters but there was dead bodies on the street. there was dead bodies in the place. there was dead bodies everywhere. >> nbc's steve patterson is live in las vegas where he has been on the strip for most of the night. steve, walk us through where you are. >> reporter: we are at the corner of tropicana and las vegas boulevard. you can't really get anymore central to the las vegas sfrtri. yet throughout the night there is an eerie quiet. it's gone from something troubling to something somber. this is where police staged bringing in ambulances, fire crews, first responders, police staging here. when we first arrived here this piece was teaming. police had s.w.a.t. gear on, long rifles, they were going into various hotels. and as the night went on, we
started to see some of the victims filter out from that scene which is probably less than a half mile away from there straight back behind the tropicana hotel to the mandalay conference where the lone shooter was on top of the floor. 22,000 people. some of those people hadn't made if out in horrific ways. we talked to a woman who used bodies as she had to pretent to be dead for a long, extended period of time. another woman hid in a bush with her significant other not knowing whether it was okay to start coming out. a lot of those people originally when they heard it, it sounded like fire crackers, fireworks. frankly, a lot of people aren't used to hearing automatic fire consistently in that way.
the most eerie part of that is when obviously there is a stop to reload and a stop to reassess the situation and then fire again. so people described the minute the music goes out and then the hail of gunfire and then the fire stopping and people think, is everything okay now? and then the firing starts again. just a horrific scene. so much tragedy here. people described the scene as just covered in blood. if they did anything, they tried to escape and make it out alive. a lot of this is broken down as far as the public safety concern. police now on board this investigation into the worst shooting in american history. send it back to you. >> the worst mass shooting in american history. thank you, our own steve patterson. joining us on the phone is allison ras mucin. alex, police, walk us through the evening. first, we're glad to hear you're
safe. >> yeah. totally. we're hearing a lot of other people didn't make it out and it's a terrible tragedy. i mean, the night started like every other night at the festival with, you know, a goods crowd, a cheerful crowd. everybody was in good spirits. jason aldean had started the set and was probably four or five songs into the set when we heard what sounded like gunfire but i think we assumed it was fire crackers in the moment. the next thing you know there was another round that happened. and in that moment i looked at my wife and said, we've got to get out of here. we were about 50 feet from the stage to the left on the far side of where mandalay bay was. so we had a -- we had a good point to be able to take off towards an exit. it was a stampede-style
atmosphere once people realized there was gunfire and that we were needs to get out of there quickly. once the music went down, the popping of gunfire, sounded like somebody was right behind you shooting at you. as the bullets are flying. round after round after round, he would stop and reload and we would get up from our cover and start running in these moments. >> where exactly -- how could you take cover? it was a concert. it was basically an open field. how did you take cover? >> yeah. so it was wild because to the right or on the side of the open fields there would be bleachers, fences, garbage cans. so anything. piles of people laying there. people were crouching down together, but it wasn't -- my main concern was not to take cover.
only when we were there. we went where the food stand were to be. even though there was clearly machine gun rounds all around us. we felt we were in a safe enough spot where we could run and not hide. >> when the shooting began, what exactly did you think was happening. we're looking at the facebook video you shot when you were running. when the shooting began, what did you think it was? >> well, it sounded like gunfire to be honest with you, but it just didn't make sense to us in the moment. the first thought is u that was fire warnings. and it was like someone was setting off the fire crackers in the crowd like it was a joke. the music stopped and the band was rushed off and there was no doubt what it was, heavy, automatic machine gunfire. i think i realized it within 30 seconds to a minute of the
initial shots kind of ringing out. we luckily got out of there quick. we were in a place to get out quickly, thank god. because there's a lot of people on the other side closer to the restaurant. >> how longs did it take you to get to safety? >> well, it felt like forever. i imagine it was 30 to 45 minutes before we felt like we were completely safe. we actually worked back towards the strip unknowingly not realizing that the shooter was just a couple of feet out. we were by x caliber and gm are there. we jumped in a cab. we asked the cab to take a u-turn heading south away from the strip just to get out of dodge. it was absolute chaos. >> you said that things went quiet. that's when you ran for cover, when it sounded like the shooter
was most likely reloading. how many times did that happen? rchltsz you know, i couldn't give you exact amount. but it felt like five or six different times. 20, 25 rounds per -- per shot. so, i mean, it was -- it was multiple, multiple times. i felt like the shooting went on for a half hour, maybe longer than that. >> thank you so much for joining us this morning and we're glad to hear you and your wife are zblaf absolutely. prayers out there. >> let's turn now to nbc's miguel almaguer. he is live at the university medical center in las vegas. miguel, we know as of now 50 people are confirmed dead. at least one off duty police officer and 400 people were transported to area hospitals. give us an update.
all right. we don't have -- we do not have miguel's audio just yet. we're going to check in with him in a moment. i want to bring in former nypd commissioner bill bratton and msnbc analyst. commissioner, i won't accept this is the new normal. what is this? >> this is the new normal in america unfortunately. the number of mass shootings, the pace of them has been increasing and now we have the worst ever. in policing we have talked about and now in private security over the years why we don't have more of these with the sheer availability of incredibly weaponry in this country, the number of people who are either emotionally disturbed or have grievances. it is so easy to do.
this is one of many scenarios that could happen in any city at any time. the good news is social media identifies people who are putting things online. the expression in america, see something, say something. it is so important that were there signs this individual was going to do something like this, that we have notice. a lot to learn from this one. 20,000 stories. 20,000 people in that stadium in terms of personal stories, but this one is just horrific in its scale and scope and we're all dealing with the after effects of it. why did this happen? why does it keep happening? >> commissioner, stay with me. we have the sound back from
miguel almaguer. 80% of mass shootings, they have shown signs of mental instability. we don't know that that is the case with this shooting. we know there has been some contact with the shooter's family. let's now bring in miguel almaguer. he's at the university medical center. miguel, what can you tell us? >> we know at least 104 victims are brought here. this is the only trauma one medical center here in the area. this is where the most critically injured are here. four have died, another 12 are in critical condition. many are getting operations at this hour. we know doctors from all across this area have been called in here so response to some of the wounded. as you mentioned, more than 400 people were wounded in this incident. the most critically, of course, brought here to the hospital. the hospital and first responders are asking those who can to please donate blood as
medical facilities and all across the region, it is a fight for life all across las vegas, stephanie. >> we know hospitals are asking for blood donations. is that true of the medical center you're at? >> it is, indeed. they're asking anyone who can do it to do it. they always take blood donations at this hospital. with more than 100 patients in need of help, they are asking for that. >> has everyone at the hospital been identified? for those out there, remember, 22,000 people were at that show. friends and family, are they able to know who's at that hospital? have they been able to reach people? do we know who's there? >> in order to make your way on to hospital grounds you have to prove that you have friends or family that may be inside. they're not allowing obviously the press on to the hospital facility. it looks like they're trying to identify all of those people. there's 104 there alone. many have been rushed into operating rooms. they may not have identified all of the victims but they're
slowly working their way in that direction. >> miguel, thank you. i want to bring the commissioner back. can you speak about -- we don't know specifically the weapon he used but based on the gunshots we heard it was some sort of automatic weapon. police say they found 11 other rifles, guns in his room. what kind of access do people have to this weaponry today? >> unfortunately, almost unlimited access to our country. i think nevada might be an open carry state. quite clearly just listening to the sounds of those shots, it was -- at least one of those weapons was fully automatic. by that i mean you keep pressing the trigger and it keeps firing until the magazine is empty. semi-automatic is one you can fire rapidly but it requires a trigger pull. at least one of those weapons was a full automatic. it was quite likely a military style weapon. it had military style ammunition
which can create incredible damage and not only hit one person but go through several people because they're that powerful. >> what is the rational why private individuals should be able to buy weapons like that? >> it's america. it's a country that's had a fascination with weaponry. incidents like this will encourage more people to buy more weapons like that. >> why? >> that's always been the tendency. they go out and get weapons and protect themselves. maybe this incident will lead to more gun restrictions so i better go get my guns in case they change the law. >> does that happen? people rush out because they need to protect themselves. are there more gun restrictions? >> there ace a lot of nuns. this is the new normal. the pace of shootings has been
increasing. as you reflected, 80% involved those that have been investigated, people with mental illness issues. quite clearly we have an issue in this country with that issue. a couple with the weaponry. just amazed in law enforcement and private security that you don't have more of these because it's so easy to do as we saw here clearly. so easy to do. >> can you talk about the heroism of the police who are on sight as they ran towards the gunfire hearing an automatic weapon, to your point, that could shoot bullets through bodies, do the police officers involved even have the weapons to defend against this? >> thank you for that question. the heroism exhibited by some of the accounts of the witnesses and some of the video you're seeing was exceptional.
exceptional acts. >> again, their vests couldn't stop this? >> that's correct, depending on the caliber of the weapon. you'd have to have a heavy duty tactical vest that the s.w.a.t. officers would be wearing. those officers also carrying .9 millimeter style weapons, handguns would not even be able to shoot back at this individual. the distance of their weapons would not be capable of firing that distance. fortunately las vegas was equipped with long guns. as to the time line, that's part of the investigation. the heroism was displayed, even listening to the radio transmissions of the officers getting ready to go through the door, the anxiety but the calmness and the professionalism of it.
just think those seven, eight, nine officers getting ready to go through the door not knowing what was on the other side and in they went. >> please stay with us. give our audience an update right now on the breaking news unfolding in las vegas, nevada. the deadliest mass shooting in u.s. history. authorities say at least 50 people are confirmed dead and more than 400 injured after a gunman opened fire on a crowd of about 22,000 people attending an outdoor country music festival on the las vegas strip. the gun mass has been identified as 64-year-old stephen paddock. he was firing from his hotel room on the 32nd floor of the mandalay hotel. paddock was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. ten rifles were found as well. he's been in the room since last thursday. police are executing a search warrant on his home as we speak.
police also say they've located this woman on your screen, marilou danley. people have described her as a person of interest. she lived with the suspect but it's not confirmed if she had any role in last night's attack. here is an audio from the police dispatch after the shooting began. >> on 1st. mandalay bay. halfway up i see the shots coming from mandalay bay. we have multiple casualties. gsw. >> be advised it is automatic fire, fully automatic fire from an elevated position, take cover. >> multiple gsws. send a medical tent. south of reno. >> fully automatic fire. chilling when you hear that audio. nbc's steve patterson is live in las vegas. steve, reset for us. take us through the last 12
hours. >> reporter: so we've been on scene here for -- basically throughout the night. we got on scene after the shooting started, probably about an hour later, and what we saw as we were heading towards this area right here, which was used as staging basically in every direction where police had set up, where emergency vehicles had set up, where fire trucks, where first responders were trying to go in and do as much work as possible, what we saw as we came this way was a crowd running back at us because they had heard that there was another shooting somewhere around the vegas stricp. you have to remember this wasn't the only report of a shooting. police were dealing with that, they were dealing with the scene, the horrific scene at the country music festival. this is the corner of las vegas and central boulevard. the shooting less than half a mile back over my right
shoulder. police locked this strip down. it was very eerie to hear the las vegas strip at 11:30 with no people talking. the only lights you saw beneath the neon were red and blue. so as the night went on, police in s.w.a.t. gear, full s.w.a.t. gear with long guns went to casino, hotel, casino, who tell to make sure that the safety concerns were addressed. what they did is they evacuated those places. all the patrons came up with their hands out. then we started to hear from the victims. it was determined that wasn't the place. we started seeing people filter out, some very disheveled, some very shocked. others have seen the horrific nature of what we've been describing all morning long. i talked to one woman who said there were piles of body near her, she had to use them on top of her to play dead. another woman hid with her significant others in the bushes
for upwards of an hour just to make sure that the safety concern had passed there. even then these people didn't know they were going to be safe after they took off running. 22,000 people in that crowd stampeding out of there. and thankfully a lot of people were able to survive. we heard their stories. obviously, horrific loss of life is insurmountable here. >> horrific and heroic. joining us is john beset. we don't have him. i want to read something to you quickly because many people are writing in asking us about the gun laws. i want to talk about nevada for a moment. the source is newsweek. nevada has some of the most relaxed gun laws in the country. this state does not require firearms owners to have licenses. it does not require a restriction on the number an
individual possesses. this state does not prohibit the owning of assault weapons. i want to bring commissioner bratton back in. when you hear this, very relaxed gun laws in the state of nevada. how do the police protect against this? >> they don't. in terms of what you just described, it's going to be a description of insanity, but that's the reality. >> one more time. the description of insanity. >> description of insanity in terms of what the police are up against. and what the 20,000 people were unagainst in the state. right now in congress to be sold openly. >> what is the rationale? >> i've been a police officer for 50 years. i'm not a gun lover.
i appreciate that many people enjoy weapons, but the lack of regulation in this country defies sanity. >> could even a gun lover, enthusiast, what is the rationale behind need, wanting a silencer if not to muffle or hide what you're doing. >> the nra claims it's to protect the ears of hunters so that when they're out there killing a deer, which is basically an historic thing in this country, hunting, but the idea is under the ruse of protecting the ears of hunters, they're going to authorize a device that will effectively silence it. if you had a silencer on it, you wouldn't have known it was happening. >> protect the ears of the hunt injuries. >> i suspect that will pass
guaranteed. >> i'm going to have to leave that there. thank you so much. i want to bring in john beset who was at the concert when the gunfire began. john, good morning. we are relieved to hear that you're safe. please, walk us through your evening. what exactly happened? >> good morning. thanks. so around 10:00 a couple songs into the closing performance you heard the gunshots. at first you didn't know whether it was fireworks or whatever. and then the gunshots just kept going on and on and on. i was kind of towards the middle of the venue and people -- as the gunshots went off, people started running back and yelling and screaming. and then just pandemonium broke out. everybody was running, falling down, people were getting trampled. we were by some vendors.
they were flipping over the tables. people were taking cover behind the tables. running from one side of the venue and then when they heard more gun shots on that side they ran back to the other side. really didn't know where it was coming from. you know, at the time it was just chaos. >> when you first heard the gunshots, what exactly did you think it was and where exactly did you go? >> so when i first heard it i was -- i thought it was fireworks, you know, kind of sounded like that, and then as it went on the friend that i was with, i told her gunshots. something was going on off the strip outside the venue. we were close to las vegas boulevard. me and my buddy decided we got to the side by the vendors and kind of stood there to see what was going on and didn't really,
you know, run at first. and then we made a decision to not be -- you know, we didn't -- like i said, we didn't know where the shots were coming from so we didn't want to kind of be sitting in interest taking cover so me and my friend decided to go out and we ran out of the venue and ran up las vegas boulevard up to the corner and then across the street to the hotel. >> how long did it take you to get to safety? >> i would say anywhere between five and ten minutes. in that situation you kind of lose track of time. so, you know, i felt maybe like ten minutes but, you know, it could have been longer, it could have been shorter when your adrenaline is running. >> where do you live? >> i live in southern california. >> where are you headed now? are you going to go home today? >> yeah, i'm actually -- i'm actually driving back home right now. i left vegas about 5, 5:30.
>> john, thank you so much for sharing your experience. we're glad to hear you're safe. >> thank you. >> all right. we are getting more sound from witnesses on the scene when the shooting broke out. let's listen in. >> i came out of the event, there were a lot of people just bleeding everywhere. didn't know where the blood was coming from. didn't know whose blood it was. there were people carrying people. people laying down. people with -- one man was sitting next to me who had a bullet hole through his arm. just like, i can't help you now. we have other people to help. please wrap it up until we can come get you. that was all they could do for that guy. i haven't seen him in hours. >> we didn't know what was happening at first. it didn't even sound real to us. then all of a sudden everyone was on the ground screaming, crying, fences were flipped, doors were open. there was no vip section anywhere anymore. we ran in the building and hid. >> we hid behind the building
and we could hear hundreds of rounds coming off. ten minutes later police came and blocked off all the streets. very overwhelming and very scary. >> hard to believe that this is actually happening. you think about it, never think it happens. it's surreal to watch this unfold especially in our city. >> there was bullets ricocheting down by the bottom of our feet we all got on the floor kroulg out rushing. >> sounded like two fire crackers. ended up being hundreds of shots. >> it was. >> [ bleep ] coming from? >> all right. we should let you know that at 10:30 eastern president trump will be giving official remarks. we know that both the president and mike pence has already sent out their condolences and prayers to victims and their family via twitter. we'll be getting official remarks from the president at 10:30 a.m. eastern. we'll share that with you live. we have been showing some of the footage that concert goers have.
i want to share with you this phone number, 1-866-535-5654. that phone number is for friends and family who are looking for their family members if they have not been in contact with them. again, this concert had 22,000 people there and we know that over 400 people have been taken to area medical centers. if you are looking for a family member and have not been able to contact them, please dial that number. i want to share one other phone number with you. 1-800-535-2344. this is the phone number to call if you have any information. police and fbi are looking for any video, iphone video people may have taken to help in investigating this horrific, horrific attack. the deadliest shooting in u.s. history. if you have any information for those who are there on the scene, please call 1-800-234 --
>> i want to go back to joe fryer. there you are in the four seasons, which is part of the mandalay bay complex. you're just a few floors above where the shooting took place. >> yeah, that's right. so the four seasons basically has a few floors sort of on the upper levels of mandalay bay. below us is part of mandalay bay and over there is another wing of mandalay bay. it is our understanding that the shooter was six floors behind us. we don't know how directly behind us but in this vicinity. the sun is coming out. we don't want to go in too tightly. we know that over here the country music festival. there was 22,000 people inside
the facility when they starred. 22,000 people were down there. we know that the shooter according to police was up on the 32nd floor and started opening fire. it lasted for an incredibly long period of time. so everyone who's been staying in this hotel, some people heard the gunshots and were either awakened by it or in the hotel and heard about it. from that moment this place was under lockdown. the elevators are not working. within the last hour, hour and a half police were going door to door checking on people making sure everyone was okay. we asked how long the lockdown could ask. we had the idea it was going to be at least two hours, perhaps even longer as police try to process the scene. we know six floors below us here they're going through trying to process the room where the gunman was shooting from and where he took his own life before police burst in there. stephanie. >> joe, tell us what else is out there. we know you're on lockdown. as you're looking out the
window, do you see people walking around the strip? >> no. they're not allowed to as far as we can tell. the only thing we can see, this is las vegas boulevard, there are police cars. occasional ambulance. when this is all takes place overnight. this is a massive crime scene. as the sun starts to rise here, officially sunrise here in las vegas, we know that authorities are going to be going in there and they're going to have a lot of evidence to process. what we don't know and we can't really tell yet from the angle yet is what the scene is like down there at this point. we want to exercise some caution at this point, but obviously there's going to be a lot to do in this one sort of block area where this festival is taking place. jason aldean was performing on the stage close enough to us. all of this kitty corner from where we're staying at the
mandalay bay tower. >> for those of you asking over and over on twitter why we are not showing a picture of stephen paddock, there's no conspiracy here. we do not yet have a confirmed photo. i assume when we do we will share it. i'm talking about the shooter that took place last night, the deadliest shooting in u.s. history. steven paddock who was found in his hotel room dead. 50 people confirmed dead. 400 taken to area hospitals after last night's deadly shooting at a concert where 22,000 people were standing in front of that stage. joining me now former fbi profiler, cliff van zandt. jim cavanaugh, both msnbc analysts. clint, how do you begin to figure out what happened here and what motivated this man? >> motivation is one of the things. of course, all of the investigators we try to find out and realize the new fbi director recently said that the fbi has
he's set his plan in motion and it looks like it's a suicide mission. it looks like he goes there and there's been some media reports not confirmed that he might have set up some cameras to let him know when the police came down the hall but he doesn't look like he was planning to leave there. so it may be -- of course it's a mass murder mission clearly, but it also is a suicide mission. so this guy is going out with his plans. >> i want to learn a bit more about this man. let's bring in nbc justice correspondent pete williams. he's finding out more and more about this guy. pete, what can you tell us? >> well, actually, that is the big question here about what was he doing in the days leading up to this. why did he do this? i think it's fair to say that the authorities don't know the answer to that question at this point. there's nothing that they found in the hotel room or his cars that they've identified or talking to marilou danley living with him in mesquite, nevada.
nothing from those lines of inquiry have shed any light on this. they're hoping the search of his house, his residence in touch figure out when he bought the weapons. but that is all to be done. they are just now at the very early stages of getting into the house looking for explosives, making sure it is safe for them to go in. and then do the search. so they really don't know the answer to that question. it is a small community, mesquite, nevada, a community of about 18,000 peechlt ople. undoubtedly, there are people he knew there and they will be talking to them. they have already reached out to members of his family who told us, they just didn't see this coming at all. that they are just completely devastated by it. and had no indication that he was capable of doing something like this. his brother told us earlier that stephen paddock was familiar
with las vegas, used to go there to gamble, went to see the shows, so he was comfortable with the environment in las vegas, but they say they did not see him as somebody who was about to boil over. but in the hours and days that come, it will certainly provide us the answer, we hope. it would not be unheard of if at tend of all this, it remains a puzzle. for example, just the recent shooting at the congressional baseball game outside of d.c. that wounded steve scalise. it was a devastating attack on that institution. the authorities can never say for sure what drove the gunman in that case, his life was falling apart, he was experiencing financial problems, he was depressed, he came here, he said hoping to talk to federal authorities in washington about taxes, but why
he targeted republicans, what specifically he had in mind here, they have never answered that question. so we hope we'll get some answers, but it wouldn't be, it wouldn't be the first time if we never really do get a good answer. >> well, we did share some research earlier from the sandy hook promise where we learned 80% of mass shootings, in 80%, the gunman has shown signs of mental instability or has warned those closer to him. that is not the case here. and just again, before we go, people have spoken to the brother of mr. paddock. and one more time, what did he say? >> reporter: he said he lives in orlando and had no idea this was going to happen. he was completely shocked. we talked to him earlier today, our tracey conner, producer in new york, reached out to him quite early on. the las vegas review journal talked to him a short time ago. he's devastated. it was like an asteroid falling on the family. >> an asteroid falling on the
family. thank you, pete. i want to bring in a spokeswoman for the university medical center in las vegas, donita cohn, it is the medical center that is trauma one. those in the most critical condition are there. good morning, what can you tell us about the number of victims taken to your hospital after the shooting? >> good morning, stephanie. we received 104 patients since this all happened last night. unfortunately, four of those patients have passed away. eight of the patients went straight to the operating room. and many more are still with us this morning recovering. several have been treated and released. >> does your hospital have the ability to handle this trauma, this amount of patients? >> as a level one trauma center, we are staffed to take care of this many patients. however, 104 patients, really did stretch us. but we were ready for them.
and we took extremely good care of them as they came one after the other after the other. we continued to call in more staff, more surgeons, whatever it took to take care of them. >> what can you tell us about the condition of the people now? >> we have 12 patients still in critical condition. many have already been to the operating room. some will have to return to the operating room. and many more are simply recovering in the intensive care units this morning receiving one-on-one care. >> and when were you first made aware of the shooting? >> several minutes after it happened. i was made aware of the shooting. and then it came right into the hospital. the 15 freeway runs right behind the casino. and it was very difficult to get into the hospital. as soon as we were there, we were triageing the patients and making sure that the patients
who could be treated in the emergency rooms were appropriately cared for there. and those who needed our trauma center, the highest level of care, were treated in our trauma center. >> all right. danita cohen, thank you for your time. we know how you are taking special care for all those there after the shooting last night on the las vegas strip. i want to bring back clint, i know it is still so early, but for the police who went in and to the point you made that certainly appeared to be a suicide mission, where do they go from here? what do they try to investigate? jim? >> well, they are going right for his house. you know, he's 64, we don't know if he's really going to have a big social media footprint, stephanie. it may be pretty small. but he will have a computer, he will have googled a lot of things.
he probably does have some personal papers. he could have had some writings. could have had some musics on his computer. he could have handwritten material at home. they will want to look at all that stuff. and they will want to look at the telephone calls, who is he in contact with, who is he telling anything to? you know, they will try to piece his mind back together through all the little things. of course, it's not, you know, far-fetched that he could have left a note, but not necessarily. so they may have to put it together through bits and pieces. >> clint, is it possible that he acted alone? i mean, there is a woman, a person of interest, a woman who we believe he lived with. but an attack this massive, a shooting this deadly, could he have done the unattended? >> well, he could have. as jim said, that's one of the things law enforcement is trying to do. by looking at his electronic fingerprints he may have left in
his house and others. realized he lived in a retired community where you had to be over 55 years old. where no children were supposed to live. you know, he was living someplace where he was supposed to kick back, put his feet up and have a beer. not climb to a 32nd story floor and start mowing people down. but law enforcement will try to figure out if he was a lone wolf. and if nobody was working with him, what was his inspiration? as jim and i look at people, look at the criminal mind, the question is, okay, we understand what he did today, but why didn't he do it last week or last month? what was the impotence that drove him to do it now? not just for this case, but so we can understand in the future. realize, this is now the new high bar for the number of people kill in a mass shooting. in the united states, we have had 90 mass shootings in the last three decades where more than four people have been killed. this sets a new high bar.
but law enforcement is going to be ready. now this is given perhaps inspiration to somebody else who sits on the edge of the psychologicalabyss waiting for an opportunity to jump off. unfortunately, this could be the reason. >> what can police do if an attack like this inspires another? i mean, think about this. we see concerts and massive events that bring together -- i mean, 45 million tourists go to las vegas every year. if you are the head of the las vegas police right now, what are you thinking? what is your next move? >> well, this is the challenge. any of us, jim, myself, anybody who has been to vegas, you know when you go to a hotel, you're checking in, you've got three or four bags on that cart. you've got a bellman maybe helping you. or else you're saying, no thanks, i'll do the bag myself. these are hundreds and thousands of times repeated every day. so, you know, unless we have hotel people working to check
you in that have the same skills perhaps as somebody working the ticket desk for an air israel flight and looking for terrorists, this is a weak spot. this is one of the many, many weak spots where you can find mass potential victims or targets with very little ability for law enforcement to detect you if you don't announce it yourself through friends, the internet or some type of action on your part. >> gentlemen, please stay with me. i want to reset the scene for our viewers tuning in now. good morning, i'm stephanie ruhle with minneapolissnbc's co special coverage of the deadliest shooting in u.s. history that took place just last night. >> it sounded like he was just spraying the crowd. there were so many people that just couldn't get cover. there was nowhere to go. every port-a-potty was done. there were 10-foot walls boxing
us in. >> here's what we know. at least 50 people are dead and more than 400 were rushed how local hospitals. after a gunman opened fire on an outdoor country music festival from the 32nd floor of the mandalay bay resort and hotel. the 64-year-old stephen paddock died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound before the s.w.a.t. members stormed his hotel room. at least ten rifles were found there. investigators are also actively searching his home in mesquite, nevada, in a retirement community more than an hour outside of las vegas. police now have located the shooter's companion, marilou danley outside the country. they do not believe she had any involvement in the shooting. our team of nbc reporters are closely following the latest developments. msnbc's joe friar is in las vegas in the mandolay bay hotel on one oth
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