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Las Vegas updates: Shooting timeline released by sheriff

In this Monday, Oct. 2, 2017 file photo, drapes billow out of broken windows at the Mandalay Bay resort and casino on the Las Vegas Strip, following a mass shooting at a music festival in Las Vegas. From two broken-out windows of the resort, Stephen Craig Paddock had an unobstructed view to rain automatic gunfire on the crowd, with few places for them to hide. Sunday night’s bloodbath left dozens of people dead and hundreds wounded.
In this Monday, Oct. 2, 2017 file photo, drapes billow out of broken windows at the Mandalay Bay resort and casino on the Las Vegas Strip, following a mass shooting at a music festival in Las Vegas. From two broken-out windows of the resort, Stephen Craig Paddock had an unobstructed view to rain automatic gunfire on the crowd, with few places for them to hide. Sunday night’s bloodbath left dozens of people dead and hundreds wounded.
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In this Monday, Oct. 2, 2017 file photo, drapes billow out of broken windows at the Mandalay Bay resort and casino on the Las Vegas Strip, following a mass shooting at a music festival in Las Vegas. From two broken-out windows of the resort, Stephen Craig Paddock had an unobstructed view to rain automatic gunfire on the crowd, with few places for them to hide. Sunday night’s bloodbath left dozens of people dead and hundreds wounded.
Air Force One lands at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas on Oct. 4, 2017, with the Mandalay Bay resort in the background.
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The sheriff gave a timeline of the shooting Wednesday. The first shots began at 10:05 p.m. Sunday and ended 10 minutes later.

The full timeline of the Las Vegas shooting, released by officials Wednesday:

Timeline for Route 91 Harvest Festival shooting

The following is a timeline for the mass casualty shooting that occurred on Sunday, October 1, 2017 at the Route 91 Harvest Festival concert:

  • 10:05 p.m. — First shots fired by the suspect. This was seen on closed-circuit television from the concert venue.
  • 10:12 p.m. — First two officers arrive on the 31st floor and announce the gunfire is coming from directly above them.
  • 10:15 p.m. — The last shots are fired from the suspect per body worn camera.
  • 10:17 p.m. — The first two officers arrive on the 32nd floor.
  • 10:18 p.m. — Security officer tells the LVMPD officers he was shot and gives them the exact location of the suspect's room.
  • 10:26-10:30 p.m. — Eight additional officers arrived on the 32nd floor and begin to move systematically down the hallway, clearing every room and looking for any injured people. They move this way because they no longer hear the gunfire of an active shooter situation.
  • 10:55 p.m. — Eight officers arrive in the stairwell at the opposite end of the hallway nearest to the suspect's room.
  • 11:20 p.m. — The first breach was set off and officers entered the room. They observed the suspect down on the ground and also saw a second door that could not be accessed from their position.
  • 11:27 p.m. — The second breach was set off allowing officers to access the second room. Officers quickly realized there was no one else in the rooms and announced over the radio that the suspect was down.

Authorities say the Las Vegas shooter sprayed 200 rounds of gunfire into the hallway when a security guard approached his hotel room, but the guard was only hit in the leg.

Sheriff Joseph Lombardo told reporters Wednesday that the wounded guard then helped a group of police officers clear out rooms on the 32nd floor of the hotel.

He says Stephen Paddock planned to survive and escape but didn't say how.

Authorities say the Las Vegas shooter had 1,600 rounds of ammunition and several containers of an explosive commonly used in target shooting that totaled 50 pounds in his car.

Lombardo told reporters that he didn't know what Paddock was planning with the explosives, if anything.

Lombardo also said none of the cameras Paddock put up in the hotel room where he unleashed gunfire onto a concert crowd were recording. Authorities say he set up cameras in the peephole of the door and outside the room to watch for police closing in on him.

Officials say the Las Vegas shooter rented a room in downtown around the same time as an alternative music festival held Sept. 22-24.

Lombardo told reporters that Paddock rented a room through Airbnb at the Ogden hotel in downtown Las Vegas but didn't know why. He says investigators have recovered items and video from the hotel.

The Life is Beautiful festival featured Chance the Rapper, Muse, Lorde and Blink-182.

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Killer's girlfriend says he left her in the dark

The girlfriend of the Las Vegas gunman said Wednesday she had no idea of the massacre he was plotting when he sent her on a trip abroad to see her family.

Marilou Danley issued the statement after returning from her native Philippines and being questioned for much of the day by FBI agents. She was out of the country for more than two weeks.

This undated photo provided by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department shows Marilou Danley, 62, girlfriend of the active shooter in the Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017, Las Vegas shooting.
This undated photo provided by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department shows Marilou Danley, 62, girlfriend of the active shooter in the Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017, Las Vegas shooting.
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She said she was initially pleased when Stephen Paddock wired her money in the Philippines to buy a house for her family, but she later feared it was a way to break up with her.

"It never occurred to me in any whatsoever that he was planning violence against anyone," Danley said in a statement read by her attorney Matthew Lombard outside FBI headquarters in Los Angeles.

She also said: "He never said anything to me or took any action that I was aware of that I understood in any way to be a warning that something horrible like this was going to happen."

Related: Southern California victims of Las Vegas shooting

Danley spoke with the FBI for several hours as investigators struggled to get inside the mind of Paddock, a frustratingly opaque figure who carried out his high-rise massacre without leaving the plain-sight clues often found after major acts of bloodshed.

Danley, 62, has been called a "person of interest" by investigators.

Investigators are busy reconstructing Paddock's life, behavior and the people he encountered in the weeks leading up to the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe said. That includes examining his computer and cellphone.

But as of Wednesday, investigators were unable to explain what led Paddock to rain heavy fire down on a country music festival Sunday night from the windows of his 32nd-floor room at the Mandalay Bay hotel casino. He killed himself as police closed in. The attack left almost 500 people injured.

"This individual and this attack didn't leave the sort of immediately accessible thumbprints that you find on some mass casualty attacks," McCabe said.

The 64-year-old retired accountant quietly stockpiled an arsenal of high-powered weapons while pursuing a passion for high-stakes gambling at Nevada casinos, where his game of choice was video poker, a relatively solitary pursuit with no dealer and no humans to play against.

Neighbors described Paddock as friendly, but he wasn't close to them.

"He was a private guy. That's why you can't find out anything about him," his brother, Eric Paddock, said from his home in Florida. As for what triggered the massacre, the brother said: "Something happened that drove him into the pit of hell."

Occasionally, Paddock shared news of his gambling winnings, his brother said, recalling a photo text message he received showing a $40,000 payout.

It was in a casino where Paddock met his girlfriend, who was a high-limit hostess for Club Paradise at the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa in Reno, Eric Paddock told The Washington Post.

Casino regulators are looking closely at Paddock's gambling habits and checking their records to see whether he had any disputes with casinos or fellow patrons. In addition, investigators are examining a dozen financial reports filed in recent weeks when he bought more than $10,000 in casino chips.

Paddock had no known criminal history. Public records contained no indication of any financial problems, and his brother described him as a wealthy real estate investor.

"I believe, based on what I have been told, the issue was not that he was under financial stress," said Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri, the ranking Democrat on the Homeland Security Committee.

Paddock had stockpiled 47 guns since 1982 and bought 33 of them, mostly rifles, over the past year alone, right up until three days before the attack, Jill Snyder, an agent with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, told CBS on Wednesday.

AP

Trump visits shooting victims, first responders in Las Vegas

President Trump says the people of Las Vegas have shown the world their character, courage and resolve in the wake of Sunday's shooting massacre.

The president and first lady visited Las Vegas on Wednesday to show support for the victims as well as the people who cared for them.

"The only message I can say is that we're with you 100 percent," Trump said at University Medical Center, were dozens of the wounded were being treated. As he spoke, the president was surrounded by doctors and nurses in lab coats and scrubs.

"I have to tell you, it makes you very proud to be an American when you see the job that they've done," Trump said. "And people who would not be around today are up there and they'll be leaving the hospital in a week or two weeks or five weeks."

The medical center treated 100 patients Sunday night and admitted 50.

"We couldn't be more proud of the community's response," said Dr. John Fildes, the trauma center's medical director. "Every hospital took serious patients. Everybody took care of them well."

President Trump along with first lady Melania Trump visits the University Medical Center in Las Vegas on Wednesday to meet with medical staff and survivors of the mass shooting in the area.
President Trump along with first lady Melania Trump visits the University Medical Center in Las Vegas on Wednesday to meet with medical staff and survivors of the mass shooting in the area.
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Later, the Trumps visited a police command center. Several officers had tears in their eyes as the president spoke.

"While everyone else was crouching, police officers were standing up as targets just trying to direct people and tell them where to go," Trump said. "Words cannot describe the bravery that the whole world witnessed on Sunday night."

Charles Hartfield, an off-duty Las Vegas police officer, was among the dead.

The president also praised the heroism of paramedics, ordinary citizens and some of the shooting victims themselves.

"Some of them were very badly wounded, and they were badly wounded because they refused to leave," he said. "People leaving ambulances to have somebody else go because they thought they were hurt even more so."

Trump said he's been getting regular updates on the shooting, which left at least 59 people dead including the shooter and hundreds of others injured. Authorities have been learning more about the gunman, the president said, although the investigation has yet to uncover a motive.

"We're looking, I can tell you," Trump said. "It's a very sick man. He was a very demented person."

The president, who won the support of the National Rifle Association in last year's campaign, brushed aside a reporter's question about whether the country has a problem with gun violence.

"We're not going to talk about that today," Trump said.

Democratic lawmakers rallied outside the Capitol on Wednesday in support of gun safety legislation.

"How many more dead bodies will it take to wake up this Congress?" asked Rep. John Lewis of Georgia. "This must stop and it must stop now."

NPR

Sheer number of casualties makes Las Vegas count difficult

Carmen Algeria, a survivor of the mass shooting in Las Vegas, was admitted to Sunrise Hospital. She had been shot in the leg and on Oct. 2 was awaiting surgery.
Carmen Algeria, a survivor of the mass shooting in Las Vegas, was admitted to Sunrise Hospital. She had been shot in the leg and on Oct. 2 was awaiting surgery.
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Dr. Christopher Fisher was working at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center just off the Las Vegas strip on Sunday evening when the patients starting arriving.

"It did look a bit like a war zone, can't say that it didn't," he remembers. "Frantic families, blood in the hallways."

People came in so grievously injured and so many at a time that Fisher, who is the medical head of trauma services for the hospital, and his colleagues used markers, writing directly on patients, to do triage.

When someone arrived, an emergency room physician would mark their wounds. It was quick, simple and impersonal by necessity.

Fisher says in those first few hours, the patients were functionally anonymous to the surgeons trying to save their lives. "There's no paper charts prepared for all those patients," says Fisher. "No documentation, so literally they just write on the patient. Just write where the wounds are."

Fisher did seven surgeries in about 12 hours.

"What stuck out to me was probably my first patient of the night," Fisher remembers. "I literally didn't even meet the guy, see the guy's face. He was just on the operating table, ready to go when I walked in the room."

The man had been shot in the abdomen. Fisher's job was to find all the damage the bullet, or bullets, had done. And a bullet does terrible things to a body. "It tears the tissue, it rips the tissue, it bruises the tissue as it goes through," says Fisher.

That first patient made it through surgery. As Fisher worked, he saw people with wounds all over their bodies. "Literally everywhere," he says. "We had people shot in the head, shot in the spine, chest abdomen, extremities." The gunman fired from above, and from a distance, into a crowd of about 20,000 people and "a lot of the gunshot wounds went side to side, so you anticipate that people were either running away or ducking."

This is where, in addition to the controlled chaos of triage and the sheer volume of patients, the counting of gunshot wound victims gets even more complicated. At other Las Vegas hospitals, such as St. Rose Dominican, people came in with scalp lacerations where bullets grazed their heads. Others came in with a range of injuries from shrapnel, from bullets striking objects near them. Those types of injuries may or may not have been labeled as gunshot wounds by emergency room staff.

And even counting the total number of people treated at any given facility is challenging. For example, Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo revised the estimate for the total number of people injured, from about 520 down to about 500, saying some people had been counted twice initially. Meanwhile, some suburban hospitals in the St. Rose Dominican network said they were still receiving some patients who were seeking treatment for the first time after being injured in the shooting and initially going home, rather than checking into the hospital immediately.

For the major hospitals, it has taken days to do their own counting of patients and cataloging of injuries. A spokesperson for University Medical Center, the only Level 1 trauma center in the city, said Tuesday night that it was unclear how many patients the hospital had treated specifically for gunshot wounds.

On Wednesday, Sunrise Hospital revised the total number of patients it had treated down — from 214 to 200, of whom 16 died and 29 were still in critical condition. Of those, the hospital estimates about 120 had gunshot wounds, but did not release an exact figure.

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This story has been updated.