Updates From Las Vegas
A day on from the deadliest mass shooting in US history, police are desperately seeking to understand what drove Stephen Paddock to discharge “clip after clip” into the 22,000 revellers at the Route 91 Harvest festival.
The 64-year-old “lone wolf” attacker, equipped with at least 23 weapons and two tripods, fired rifles out of two different windows from his hotel room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel before killing himself as police stormed his hideout.
Another 19 guns were found at a property occupied by Paddock about 80 miles away in Mesquite, Nevada.
Anonymous law enforcement officials have told NBC News and CNN that the Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock, wired $100,000 to an account in the Philippines at some point before Sunday’s shooting.
According to NBC, Paddock wired the money to an account there in the week before the shooting. His girlfriend, Marilou Danley, was born in the Philippines and was abroad at the time of the shooting.
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Hospital officials say that at least 45 people remain in critical condition after being wounded during the mass shooting.
Sunrise Hospital has 33 people in critical condition, while University Medical Center has 12 people still in critical condition as of Tuesday morning.
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The Associated Press has spoken to one of the medical staff that treated victims of the Las Vegas shooting:
In cars, in ambulances waiting four or five deep, from the walking wounded to the barely alive, they arrived in droves.
“I have no idea who I operated on,” said Dr Jay Coates, a trauma surgeon whose hospital took in many of the wounded. “They were coming in so fast, we were taking care of bodies. We were just trying to keep people from dying.”
University Medical Center of Southern Nevada was one of many hospitals that were overflowing.
“Every bed was full,” Dr Coates said. “We had people in the hallways, people outside and more people coming in.”
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Here’s a recap of today’s key developments in the Las Vegas shooting:
– Donald Trump has described mass murderer Stephen Paddock as “very sick, demented”, and hinted at a possible change in gun laws
– Vigils have been held for the 59 killed and more than 500 injured. A registered nurse who died shielding his wife from gunfire and a school teacher engaged to be married are among the dead
– Hospital officials said at least 45 of the wounded remain in critical condition
– Police are still struggling to identify a motive for Paddock’s killing spree
– Isis still maintain Paddock acted for the group but this has been repeatedly refuted by the FBI
– The gunman was able to unleash hundreds of rounds of gunfire on a crowd of concertgoers with two “bump-stocks” that may have converted semi-automatic firearms into fully automatic ones, officials said
– National Rifle Association has still not broken its silence, one day on from the worst gun massacre in US history
– US citizens living near scenes of mass public shootings are more likely to prefer stricter gun control, according to new research
– Steve Bannon has warned the President his core supporters would react in horror if he were to back any move to restrict access to firearms
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Las Vegas shooting witnesses speak about the panic that ensued as crowds tried to escape the barrage of gunfire.