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Stephen Paddock's Girlfriend in Hot Seat After Mass Shooting; President Trump's Late Visit in Puerto Rico; Talks of Gun Control on the Table Again; Theresa May Calls for Unity. Aired 3-4a ET

Aired October 4, 2017 - 03:00   ET



[03:00:00] ROSEMARY CHURCH, CNN ANCHOR: The search for a motive in the deadliest mass shooting in recent American history. Police zero in on the shooter's girlfriend for answers.

And President Donald Trump's trip to Puerto Rico overshadowed by some questionable comments including a joke about the cost of recovery. The mayor of San Juan talks to CNN.

Plus, a rare televised statement from the Spanish king, he is accusing Catalonian leaders of being disloyal. We are live in Barcelona.

Hello and welcome to our viewers joining us from all around the world. I'm Rosemary Church, and this is CNN Newsroom.

Chilling new video shows police reacting to the hail of gun fire in Las Vegas. As we get our first look inside the hotel room of the man who massacred 58 people Sunday night.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: There's a gun. Get down! Go that way! Get out of here! There's gunshots coming from over there. Go that way. Go that way.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: There's gunshots right here.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Go that way. Go that way, go that way.


CHURCH: Police released this body cam footage late Tuesday, and you can see the confusion and chaos as the bullets rained down on the crowd there. Thirty two floors up in the Mandalay Bay Hotel, this is what the SWAT team found when they burst into Stephen Paddock's room. His dead body lying on the floor.

All around him, assault rifles, ammunition and spent shell casings used in that shooting. Now, in all, investigators say they found 47 weapons in the room and in Paddock's two Nevada homes. Some of the guns had been modified to function like automatic weapons.

Well, police say the shooting lasted for 9 to 11 minutes after the first call for help.

CNN's Alex Marquardt has more now on the investigation and the search for a motive.

ALEXANDER MARQUARDT, SENIOR NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT, CNN: Tonight new video taken just outside gunman Stephen Paddock's hotel suite showing one of the more than 40 weapons in his arsenal. Behind the police tape, a long rifle with a scope mounted on a bipod for greater accuracy.

In these photos, two more semi-automatic rifles on floors of the hotel room along with shell casings and what appears to be a yellow hammer. Also, this new video taken by previous guest from inside the same Mandalay Bay suite showing a lofty views over the Vegas strip which became a tactical vantage point for the massacre.

Today Las Vegas police giving an update noting for the first time that the shooter had placed cameras inside and outside the hotel room.


JOSEPH LOMBARDO, SHERIFF, CLARK COUNTY, NEVADA: I anticipate he was looking for anybody who was coming to take him into custody. The FBI took all digital and electronic evidence into custody and we are evaluating.


MARQUARDT: Law enforcement also confirming that Paddock, a retired accountant and avid gambler sent $100,000 to the Philippines where his girlfriend has been visiting, but it's unclear when the money was sent or who it was for. Paddock's father was a convicted bank robber on the FBI's most wanted list from 1969 until 1977. But Paddock had no criminal history and those who knew him are in disbelief and have no answers.


ERIC PADDOCK, STEPHEN PADDOCK'S BROTHER: I mean, maybe you're going to find something that I don't know. But I'm -- I'm lost. I'm lost.


MARQUARDT: We now know that Paddock checked into the room on September 28, three days before the massacre. He brought along at least 10 bags containing 23 weapons, including many long rifles as well as ammunition.

Paddock is believed to have used a hammer to break two windows in the suite, giving him two separate positions to carry out his attack.

[03:04:58] Then at 10.08 p.m. on Sunday night, he opened fire on the concert.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP) UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It sounded like fireworks, almost fake at the beginning. And then once everyone hit the floor just stay down and get out as fast as we can.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It's like shooting fish in a barrel from where he was.


MARQUARDT: The sheriff said the hail of bullets lasted nine minutes. Police at the scene quickly realizing the gun fire came from the hotel. Chris Bethel was in a room two floors below.


CHRIS BETHEL, IRAQ WAR VETERAN: It seemed like it just never stopped. Your seconds are going by, minutes are going by and the rounds are continuously going. Changing weapons, changing calibers, I mean, you can hear the difference in the gunshots of the different rifles that he's shooting.


MARQUARDT: This video from an NBC News reporter staying at the hotel shows police going floor to floor. They soon pinpointed the room where Paddock was holed up, but he fired on them through the door as they approach hitting a security guard in the leg.

They retreated waiting for the SWAT teams and at 11.20 p.m., an hour and 12 minutes after the first shots rang out, the SWAT teams burst in, finding Paddock dead from a self-inflicted wound. Inside those 23 guns and when police searched his home in Mesquite, Nevada, 19 more plus thousands of rounds of ammunition, and in his car ammonium nitrate which can be used to make explosives.

Today the sheriff emphasizing on how concerned he was that his officers faced all that fire power.


LOMBARDO: Absolutely concerned. The world has changed. And you know, who would have ever imagined this situation? I couldn't imagine it and for this individual to take it upon himself to create this chaos and harm is unspeakable.


MARQUARDT: The sheriff also confirming in that press conference that Paddock's girlfriend is a person of interest. Her name is Marilou Danley, she is 62 years old. She was not in the country at the time of the shooting. The sheriff says that she was in the Philippines; she is now on her way back to the U.S. to be questioned.

The sheriff said that she anticipates some information here shortly, the information that will surely be helpful in determining the shooter's motive.

Alex Marquardt, CNN, Las Vegas.

CHURCH: Well, as they are identified we are learning more about the many victims of the Las Vegas shooting. People like John Phippen, a father of six who was fatally shot while guarding a stranger from gunfire. His friend called him a man of integrity who always had your back.

Jack Beaton died a hero as well. He jumped in front of his wife and took a bullet for her. Just three hours before the shooting, he posted a photo showing how much he and his son were enjoying the concert on the lawn.

And Candice Bauers, a single mother of three, her official adoption for her youngest child just two years old just recently went through. And her family called her a super hero.

Well, out of the darkness comes light in the midst of the Las Vegas shooting. Many concertgoers helped each other. They got victims to the hospital, found places to hide, or simply held hands with those dying in front of their eyes.

Our Anderson Cooper has the stories of heroism emerging from this tragedy.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Right now we need your truck. We just need to get people over to the hospital, OK?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: OK, go ahead. Get them all in the back.

ANDERSON COOPER, HOST, CNN: That is the voice of Lindsey Pageant (Ph). She and her fiance Mark Jay, like thousands of others at the concert struggled to make sense of the chaos.

They quickly turned their pickup truck into a makeshift ambulance.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We see all these people and they said we need the truck, we all loaded them up, let's go. We load as many as we could. We were going over road blocks, we were going over curbs.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I just felt like that's what you do. When people need help, you have to take them to the hospital.

COOPER: This tweet was all we knew of Jonathan Smith last night. It said he saved 30 people before he was shot in the neck. We now know the full story.

JONATHAN SMITH, LAS VEGAS SHOOTING SURVIVOR: I ran back towards the shooting. And then there was one lady that was on the ground. I basically helped her up and told her just -- told her we got to go.

COOPER: He continued to usher others to safety when he was shot in the neck. SMITH: I decided I'm not going to leave anybody behind. I didn't want

to die here. I mean.

COOPER: And sometime Sunday night being a hero just meant comforting a dying man when most were fleeing from chaos.

HEATHER GOOZE, COMFORTED A DYING PERSON IN LAS VEGAS SHOOTING: I'm not the most courageous and not the strongest person. Something would have let me run, but everybody was running out the door and something wouldn't let me go.

COOPER: Heather Gooze, a bartender at the concert held a hand of victim Jordan McIldoon.

GOOZE: I felt like a squeeze on my fingers and then I felt the fingers go loose. Within 10 minutes, like we knew that he was gone. And there was nothing that we could do.

[03:10:02] COOPER: She stayed with him for four hours watching over him, communicating with his loved ones.

GOOZE: I just sat with him. But I would like to think that if that was me that somebody wouldn't let me sit there alone.

COOPER: Anderson Cooper, CNN, Las Vegas.


CHURCH: Just some of the many heroes on that day. We want to turn back now to the investigation and the shooter's girlfriend Marilou Danley is now back in the United States.

So bring in CNN's Jean Casarez who is live in Las Vegas. And Jean, so many unanswered questions in the wake of this deadly and horrifying massacre and the shooter's girlfriend clearly will be critical in this investigation as authorities trying to determine why this happened. Now that she's here in the U.S., what's next in this process in trying to talk to her and ask questions?

JEAN CASAREZ, CORRESPONDENT, CNN: You're so right, Rosemary, because law enforcement is now again calling her a person of interest, someone that they definitely want to talk with. And she did arrive back in Los Angeles last night accompanied by the FBI.

She came in from the Philippines. She remains in the Los Angeles in these early morning hours of Wednesday. Now, Las Vegas metropolitan Police Department want to question her. I'm sure together with the FBI, but they may not bring her right away to Las Vegas.

They may go to Los Angeles and that is where they will have that conversation with her.

Now, CNN was able to confirm also through its law enforcement sources that the perpetrator in all of this actually wired $100,000 to the Philippines. We don't know exactly when he wired that money and we don't know to whom he wired that money.

But Marilou Danley, once she arrived over in that area she did not stay in the Philippines. We have been able to confirm that on September 15th, she traveled from Japan to the Philippines. We don't know when she arrived in Japan.

And then on the 22nd of September, went from the Philippines to Hong Kong, and then on the 25th, Hong Kong back to the Philippines. And then, of course, Tuesday night Manila time, flew to Los Angeles. So, why she went to those areas? Was it a trip, a vacation? Was there something more? We don't know at this point.

But while Marilou Danley will be questioned by the FBI and local authorities, the crime scene investigation continues. And the Daily Mail publication actually is showing photos of inside the room.

And by the way, law enforcement is not too happy about that. They are conducting an internal investigation to see why such pivotal and important pictures in these early stages were leaked to the media, nonetheless, they did confirm that is the inside of the hotel room, the body that is shown in one part is the body of the perpetrator.

And if you look at those pictures, you can just see guns that are basically thrown around the room with no form or fashion. This is the aftermath, this is after police went into that room and they documented with those photos. So, you can just see the events that were unfolding to those 22,000 concertgoers across the street that emulated from that room.

Now, in addition to all of that, they are adjusting the total of the amount of guns that the perpetrator did have, 47 guns in total they are saying from the hotel room, his residence in Mesquite, Nevada outside of Las Vegas, and then in northern Nevada.

And they also had 12 bump stocks on those guns which simulates a gun being a fully automatic and that all those shots being able to come out so fast and furiously. Rosemary?

CHURCH: Chilling scenes there from inside the hotel room. Jean Casarez, joining us, live from Las Vegas where it is a quarter after midnight. Many thanks to you for that live report.

Well, police say Stephen Paddock brought more than 10 suitcases to his hotel suite in the days after he checked in on Thursday. Some are asking why that didn't raise any red flags.

CNNN's Scott McLean joins us now from Las Vegas. So, Scott, you had an opportunity to talk with a security expert. What did he say about how it was possible for Stephen Paddock to bring in those 10 suitcases full of guns into his hotel room without raising any alarm bells?

SCOTT MCLEAN, NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT, CNN: Yes, it didn't raise any alarm bells, Rosemary. And that's why people are asking this question. I should also point out the sheriff here on Las Vegas he says that based on the information he know he can't see how this type of thing could have been preventable. But as you say, how does a guy get more than 20 long rifles into his

room without raising any red flags without causing any alarm? Well, it's not that difficult according to the expert that we spoke to.

[03:15:00] A guy who has more than 20 years of experience at the FBI. He also served as the head of security at the Venetian Hotel and Resort here in Las Vegas, a very large hotel complex. He says that there are security cameras, sure, but they're looking for odd behavior.

And in this case, if Stephen Paddock wasn't displaying any, he wouldn't have raised any red flags. Sure, there was hotel staff they went inside of his room, but they're not going to open any bags. So, as long as everything is zipped up and out of sight, they're not going to notice either.

But what about the number of bags? Might that have raised any red flags? We asked the question, here's what our expert said.


MCLEAN: We know that the suspect brought in a lot of bags. Did that raise any red flags with hotel staff or hotel security?

DAVID SHEPERD, SECURITY EXPERT: The number of bags being brought in doesn't really bring up a lot more issues because we have people coming in from foreign countries who travel a lot and they have a lot of bags. We have conventioneers that bring tons of bags for their equipment for their shows. And people just bring a lot of bags at times.

MCLEAN: Do we know that hotel staff in the case of this suspect actually was in the room prior to the shooting, thy didn't see anything out of the ordinary. Are they generally trained to look for things like that?

SHEPERD: A lot of staffs are trained. Actually, you will know the Institute of Security studies created videos for maids, housekeepers, front desk people, lay people concerning what to look for specific activity, things like that.

MCLEAN: And what types of things, can you give me an example?

SHEPERD: Things that open that should not be and should not be -- you know, it's not a normal clothing type thing. It's anything looks peculiar.

MCLEAN: Are you surprised that they didn't notice anything in this case?

SHEPERD: If you have everything in a bag, if you have nothing exposed to start with, if you have everything unpacked -- excuse me, packed up, you're not going to notice anything with that. They didn't go through the bags.

(END VIDEOTAPE) MCLEAN: Now I also asked him about possible changes to hotel security

in light to this and he pointed out the fact that there have been shopping mall shootings in this country before, and you don't see a lot of metal detectors. You don't see X-ray machines at the entrance to shopping malls in this country.

And so he thinks it is unlikely and quite unfeasible to install airport-style security or really heavy security inside the lobbies of hotels across the country unless of course, the public demands it. Rosemary.

CHURCH: All right, understood. Scott McLean joining us there, live from Las Vegas. Thanks to you.

We'll take a short a very break here and when we come back we'll take a look at other global news. Madrid and Catalonia are in a political standoff. The king of Spain speaks out in the country's biggest political crisis in decades.

And President Donald Trump gives himself high marks for recovery efforts in Puerto Rico. While his comments and actions there spark controversy. A reality check when we come back.


[03:19:59] CHURCH: Welcome back, everyone. Catalonia and Madrid are defiant as Spain faces its biggest political crisis in decades. Thousands in Barcelona protested the violent government crackdown on Sunday's independence referendum.

Meanwhile, the king of Spain is condemning the vote as unconstitutional.

CNN's Isa Soares joins us now from Barcelona. So, Isa, how unusual is it that the king of Spain would weigh in, what exactly did he have to say about it?

ISA SOARES, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Good morning to you, Rosemary. It was very unusual. His words are reverberating right across Catalonia because many people here were expecting at least a call for unity and perhaps a call as well for dialogue.

You got the unity, but we do not hear any calls for dialogue. There was no olive branch of sorts. So, the King of Spain, King Felipe came out yesterday and really didn't mince any of his words, Rosie. He didn't hold back.

In fact, he said what the Catalan authority had done had been illegal and he said they had been disloyal to Spain. He said -- and accused him of inadmissible disloyalty. Take a listen to what else he had to say.


FELIPE VI, KING OF SPAIN (through translator): Catalonia society is fragmented and confronted by challenge. These authorities have really underestimated the feelings of solidarity which unite all Spaniards and with this irresponsible behavior it has put into risk the economic fabric of Spain. In fact, all this is a culmination of an unacceptable challenge to the legal institutions of Catalonia.


SOARES: So there you heard that King Felipe basically scorning Catalan authorities for their decisions to go against the Constitution and hold that referendum. But those Catalans who were listening to this many coming out with pots and pans and just banging pots and pans in frustration and anger really of what they heard.

And many spitting feathers as he was speaking, Rosie, because there was no call for dialogue. There was no call for the two sides to meet at the negotiating table. And also, there was no mention of the more almost 900 people, I should say who were injured on Sunday because of the activities by the police, the Guardia civil that was brought in.

But of course it is important to point out that he was speaking not just to Catalans, but for the whole of Spain who are very worried about what is happening right here in Catalonia, and important to point out, too, not everyone here in Catalonia really supports the referendum or indeed supports independence, Rosie.

CHURCH: Indeed. Isa Soares bringing us that live report from Barcelona where it is after 9.20 in the morning. Thanks for that, Isa.

We turn now to Puerto Rico where the death toll from hurricane Maria has risen to 34. The news of more deaths came as U.S. President Donald Trump traveled back to Washington after a visit to the island.

CNN's Boris Sanchez has more now on his trip.


DONALD TRUMP, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: This has been the toughest one. This has been a category 5 which few people have ever been heard of. A category 5 hitting land, but it hit land, and boy, did it hit land.


BORIS SANCHEZ, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Nearly two weeks after hurricane Maria devastated much of Puerto Rico, President Trump visits the island amid a humanitarian crisis.


TRUMP: I hate to tell you, Puerto Rico but you've thrown our budget a little out of whack because we've spent a lot of money on Puerto Rico and that's fine. We've saved a lot of lives.


SANCHEZ: The president touting the federal response to Maria and his team's relief efforts while also comparing the number of those killed after Maria to the death toll following hurricane Katrina.


TRUMP: If you look at a real catastrophe like Katrina and you look at the tremendous, hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of people that died and you look at here what happened here with really a storm that was just totally overpowering, nobody has ever seen anything like this. And what is your -- what is your death count as of this moment, 17?


TRUMP: Sixteen people. Certified. Sixteen people versus in the thousands. You can be very proud of all of your people, all of our people working together. Sixteen versus literally, thousands of people.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We're grateful for the president.


SANCHEZ: The president also commending Puerto Rico's governor.


TRUMP: I just want to tell you that right from the beginning this governor did not play politics. He didn't play it at all. He was saying it like it was, and he was giving us the highest grades. And I want to on behalf of our country, I want to thank you.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Save us from dying.


[03:24:57] SANCHEZ: But there was no mention of San Juan's outspoken mayor, Carmen Yulin Cruz. Despite meeting her face to face minutes before, the moment coming after the president's weekend Twitter attack saying she had such poor leadership ability, trump commenting on their feud before leaving Washington this morning saying.


TRUMP: I think she come back a long way. And, you know, I think it's now acknowledged what a great job we've done and people are looking at that. Do you know who helped them? God helped them.


SANCHEZ: The president also taking on the comforter in chief role with first lady Melania Trump by his side visiting victims of the storm at their homes in Guaynabo known as the five-star city, one of the island's most upscale neighborhoods.


TRUMP: Did you have fear that the house was going to go or collapse?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The second floor probably, not the house.

TRUMP: And that sort of happened?


TRUMP: Incredible. Well, good going.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Thank you for being here.


SANCHEZ: And stopping by a church to help distribute food and supplies.


TRUMP: There's a lot of love in this room. Lots of love in this room.


SANCHEZ: Despite the positive spin on relief efforts coming from the White House, official numbers reveal there is still a long way to go. Seven percent of the island's electricity is restored, and only 40 percent of their telecommunications. Obtaining running water is still a challenge and there are still long wait times at lines in grocery stores and gas stations.


TRUMP: The job that's been done here is really nothing short of a miracle. It's been incredible.


CHURCH: Boris Sanchez reporting there. Well, CNN's Leyla Santiago caught up with the mayor of San Juan after President Trump's briefing. Here is what she had to say about the meeting and the president's words.


MAYOR CARMEN YULIN CRUZ, SAN JUAN: We got to meet with White House staff, and I truly believe that they finally saw the connection or the disconnect between what they were hearing on the one hand and the reality of what is happening on the ground. What I heard him say and I quote, "Puerto Rico, you have thrown our budget out of whack for all the money we have spent here." It doesn't make you feel good.

CNN LEYLA SANTIAGO, CORRESPONDENT: Yes or no, do you think this trip with President Trump on this island will help the people of Puerto Rico after Maria?

CRUZ: I think his staff (TECHNICAL PROBLEM)

[03:30:00] (TECHNICAL PROBLEM) CHURCH: And a very warm welcome back to CNN Newsroom. I'm Rosemary

Church. I want to update you on the main stories we've been following this hour.

The king of Spain is condemning the Catalonian independence vote on Sunday calling it unconstitutional. And he has accused Catalonian leaders of trying to undermine the country's social and economic stability. Thousands took to the streets again in Barcelona protesting the government's violent crackdown after the vote.

U.S. President Donald Trump is praising his administration's disaster relief efforts in Puerto Rico, he visited the island Tuesday, meeting with residents and local officials but two weeks after hurricane Maria, most of the islands still has no power. And many are struggling to get access to food and fuel.

Investigators believe the Las Vegas massacre was meticulously planned. They say the gunman set up cameras inside and outside his hotel room to watch for law enforcement. He had 23 weapons inside that suite and police say the shooting lasted 9 to 11 minutes.

Well, the gunman's girlfriend Marilou Danley is back in the United States now. She arrived on a flight from the Philippines late Tuesday.

CNN's Nic Robertson is live in Manila. He joins us now. So, Nic, how is this massacre being reported in the Philippines and what more are we learning about the $100,000 that the shooter wired, perhaps to his girlfriend? We don't know for sure, but it happened while she was there.

CNN NIC ROBERTSON, INTERNATIONAL DIPLOMATIC EDITOR: Well, the authorities here have been very cautious about saying anything at all related to this case, they have cited that they don't want to damage what is the U.S. in active and ongoing investigation. It is of course an incident that is being closely followed by local media. They see that connection to through Marilou Danley.

On the specific issue of her time in the Philippines, you know what the -- what the government is now saying is that she did arrive here on 25th of September. I've spoken to the spokesperson at the Bureau of Immigration here who says she has no information or knowledge about this issue of $100,000. That is not something under her purview.

But when I ask her about the conditions under which Marilou left the Philippines that was a little less clear. This is what she told me.


ANTONETTE MANGROBANG, SPOKESPERSON, PHILIPPINE BUREAU OF IMMIGRATION: When she arrived on the 25th she was processed like a regular passenger and on the 3rd of October, which was yesterday, her -- she passed through immigration at around 4.56 p.m. and to board her flight to Los Angeles.

ROBERTSON: And she passed through immigration when she was leaving with FBI agents? MANGROBANG: I cannot confirm that, sir. That is not something that is in their travel records but what we can say is that all the information with respect to the travel of Ms. Marilou Danley had been communicated with the homeland security as well as the FBI.

ROBERTSON: And as far as she know she left on her own freewill.

MANGROBANG: Well, we cannot say that if she was -- we cannot confirm or deny that because it is an information that we do not have, but what we can say is that she passed through the immigration process and was cleared by an immigration officer to board her flight departing the country.


MANGROBANG: We cannot confirm, sir whether she was accompanied by the FBI or she was traveling alone.


ROBERTSON: So, very interestingly what the spokesperson was also able to tell me is that this was the second visit by Marilou Danley to the Philippines in September, that on the 15th of September she arrived here from Tokyo, just spent seven days, left on the 22nd to go to Hong Kong, and then flown back again on the 25th.

So, I ask an immigration official is this her normal sort of pattern of behavior that she come and go quite frequently, and she said actually no, the last time that she visited the Philippines was January 2015. So, there had been a period of two and a half year gap since Marilou Danley visited the Philippines on this particular occasion, on 2014 should come to the country twice.

There are so many questions here still to be answered. And officials in the Philippines at the moment really still because the active investigation, they say, don't feel free to discuss this more openly and fully.

CHURCH: And now that she's back in the United States hopefully we will get some answers to all of those questions. Nic Roberson joining us live from Manila where it is after 3.30 in the afternoon. Many thanks to you.

[03:34:59] Another question investigators are looking into is how Stephen Paddock got his hands on so many weapons.

CNN's Kyung Lah has some answers.

KYUNG LAH, CNN SENIOR U.S. CORRESPONDENT: The first chilling images showing the inside of the Stephen Paddock's 32nd floor hotel room. Photos obtained by the Daily Mail show high powered guns and spent shell casings scattered across the floor in all 23 guns found in the Mandalay Bay Hotel room.

As the first reports of the shooting rampage and the murderer trickled out Chris Michel a 120 miles away in St. George, Utah realized his intimate connection.


CHRIS MICHEL, OWNER, DIXIE GUNWORX: That was horrific. That was hard because I immediately remembered him and I remember he frequented the shop.


LAH: His gun shop, Dixie GunWorx.


MICHEL: Every regulation, federal regulation that is in place he passed. He passed right through them with no problems. He passed all of our background checks here in the store. He passed every red flag. We get sketchy people that walk in to our business no matter how you look at it sketchy people come in.

Those are the ones that we have code words, you know, on our staff that we can throw up and let everybody know something is not right here, something is going on and that didn't happen with him.

Again, it was literally you would never have thought that this could be something that this man could have done.


LAH: But the killer was accumulating weaponry across the states and the southwest for months buying a shotgun and rifle from at least one gun store in Las Vegas, a hand gun and two rifles in Mesquite, Nevada where the gunman lived. The sheriff says he also purchase weapons somewhere in Arizona.

Sources tell CNN guns were also bought in California. And then in January of this year the gunman went to Dixie GunWorx in St. George, Utah going three different times until he bought a shotgun about six weeks later.

And the gunman's Reno, Nevada home more weapons. The sheriff saying investigators recovered five handguns and two shotguns. Neighbors had no idea only that he was reclusive, claimed to be a professional gambler and lived with girlfriend Marilou Danley.


DEE MCKAY, STEPHEN PADDOCK'S NEIGHBOR: I started feeling sorry for her. I thought she needs to talk to more people but I never got a chance to talk to her anymore because I know it it's very difficult to be around a gambler, they are in their own world, and even if they go gamble one day it's like they're shut out from everything. Our reality.


LAH: Investigators say the gunman's girlfriend is cooperating. At the couple's Mesquite, Nevada home police recovering 19 guns, explosives and thousands of rounds of ammunition here. Chris Michel believes a shotgun he sold the killer likely wasn't used to kill innocent people in the Las Vegas rampage but says he still needs to know why the 64- year-old retiree would do this.


MICHEL: I would like to have some sort of a real closure. You know, again, I do have that pit, I do have that guilt. I know I'm not at fault but that doesn't mean that I would like to have some sort of a closure going OK, there is the answer that I've been personally looking for.


CHURCH: Kyung Lah reporting there. And senators from Connecticut say they are fed up with the resistance to gun-control and they are leading the push in Congress to consider new legislation. Their state you remember what was the scene of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting back in 2012.


RICHARD BLUMENTHAL, (D) UNITED STATES SENATOR: We're saying enough to the evasion and the euphemism. They can really go euphemism and stop them so far as I'm concerned. Enough of the evasion. That is not time yet, that your world yield with that problem that the background check (Inaudible) wouldn't have stopped the killer in Las Vegas. That argument is absurd.


CHURCH: But as most of you know over the years after each mass shooting in the United States Congress has failed to act. And the gun violence has not let up.

Lynda Kinkade has the alarming statistics.

LYNDA KINKADE, CORRESPONDENT, CNN: Mass shooting in the U.S. have become all too common. The brutal attack in Vegas was the 273 mass shooting out of 275 days so far this year according to the gun violence archive, an independent group which defines such incidents as four or more people shot or killed not including the shooter.

There's no one definition of mass shooting in the U.S. an estimate very widely. But that group reports that more than 11,000 people in the U.S. have died from gun violence so far this year. Here in the U.S. actually considering measures that would ease gun restrictions.

[03:39:57] The gun lobby the National Rifle Association is considered so helpful many politicians are reluctant to challenge them. The NRA spends more than $30 million to support Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential race.


TRUMP: You have a true friend and champion in the White House.


KINKADE: Mr. Trump became the first sitting president since 1983 to address the NRA.


TRUMP: My friends at the NRA, you are my friends, believe me.



KINKADE: Two months after that speech U.S. Congressman Steve Scalise was shot and wounded at a republican baseball game. That same day his colleagues were meant to hold a hearing on a bill to make it easier for Americans to buy gun silencers. That hearing was postponed.


KINKADE: There are more public shootings in America than any other country in the world. According to University of Alabama report the U.S. make up less than five percent of the world's population but accounts of 31 percent of the world's mass shootings.

Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan says mental health should be the focus.


PAUL RYAN, UNITED STATES SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE: As we see the dust settle and we see what was behind some of these tragedies that mental health reform is a critical ingredient to making sure that we can try and prevent some of these things from happening.


KINKADE: Yet about a month after entering office, U.S. President Trump signed a measure that scrap an Obama regulation aimed at keeping guns out of the guns of severely mentally ill people. People who can't work or can't manage their own social security benefits. When asked about that Paul Ryan claimed there were people whose rights were being infringed.

Lynda Kinkade, CNN.

CHURCH: We'll take a short break here, but still to come, new developments in the Russia investigation. What CNN has learned about U.S. voters allegedly targeted by Facebook ads.

Plus, the British prime minister looks to united her party and her country while rumors of divisions in her own cabinet threaten to derail her plans.

We're back with that in just a moment.


CHURCH: Welcome back, everyone. New developments in the U.S.-Russian investigation, CNN has learned exclusively from sources that some Russian linked Facebook ads specifically targeted two key states crucial for the presidential election outcome.

Our Manu Raju has the details.

MANU RAJU, CNN SENIOR CONGRESSIONAL CORRESPONDENT: A number of the Russian-linked Facebook ads that appeared during election season were targeting Michigan and Wisconsin, the two states crucial to Donald Trump's victory last November. Now four sources with direct knowledge in the situation tell us that the ads were intended to promote divisive messages including anti-Muslim messages even suggesting that Muslims were a threat to the American way of life.

[03:44:59] Now it has been unclear until now exactly which regions of the country were targeted by the Facebook ads, and while one source that have a large number of ads appear the areas of the country that were not heavily contested in elections some clearly were geared to swing public opinion in the most heavily contested battlegrounds.

Now you remember last week we reported that another Russia-linked group with ads actually was aimed at people in Baltimore in Ferguson and both meant to appear to be supporting but also can be seen as threatening the group Black Lives Matter.

Now, Adam Schiff was a top democrat in the House intelligence committee told me tonight quote, "We still don't know if anyone in the Trump campaign was involved in the Russia ad campaign effort."

And it's part of the investigation both the special counsel Robert Mueller and congressional committees are seeking to determine whether the Russians received any help from Trump associates and where to target these ads.

White House officials could not be reach for comment but the president and senior White House official have long insisted there was never any collusion with Russia. And with Trump contending the matter is simply a hoax.

Now these ads were part of 3,000 submitted to congressional investigators by Facebook this week which the company said those ads reach about 10 million people. Now we do not know which battleground states were targeted, but Michigan and Wisconsin are the first we're learning about where these ads appear.

And while of course we have no way of knowing how these ads merely affected the vote, Trump beat Clinton by just 10,700 votes out of nearly 5 million cast in Michigan, while Wisconsin was also one of the tightest states in the country were Trump won by just 22,700 votes.

Manu Raju, CNN, Washington.

CHURCH: Well, we are learning more about a massive data breach at Yahoo back in 2013 that affected every single customer account that existed at that time. Yahoo's parent company Verizon now says three billion accounts were impacted, that's three times as many as the company initially reported in 2016.

Names, e-mail addresses and passwords were breached but financial information was not. Yahoo says it will send e-mails to the additional people impacted by that hack.

Well, U.S. lawmakers have grilled Equifax's former CEO about the credit reporting firms massive security breach. During Tuesday's hearing Richard Smith apologized numerous times and said it was the result of human and technological error. Congressional members were not happy with his responses.


REP. FRANK PALLONE, (D) NEW JERSEY: Equifax's response to this breach has been unacceptable, so too has been Equifax's ongoing lax attitude when it comes to protecting consumer data. It's been four weeks since the breach was made public and at least 10 weeks since it was discovered by Equifax's employees, yet Equifax's customer service has been confusing and unhelpful. Equifax even tweeted a link to a fake web site.

REP. MIMI WALTERS, (R) CALIFORNIA: Your business model was based on collecting and maintaining the most sensitive information on folks and you let us all down and that happen on your watch. And from my briefings it appears that this could have been, and frankly, should have been prevented.

REP. GREG WALDEN, (R) OREGON: For some period of time between March and August 2017 the hackers were able to sit on Equifax's system and siphoned out 145 million records without being detected. How did this go unnoticed?


CHURCH: And despite the massive hack Equifax just landed a $7 million government contract to help the IRS detect fraud. In details posted online the government stated that Equifax is the only company that could do the job and didn't open up a competitive bidding process to other companies.

Well, British Prime Minister Theresa May is set to deliver the finale of her conservative party's annual conference. The embattled leader will give a speech entitled building a country that works for everyone. But for now all eyes remain on perceived splits in her cabinet and the impending Brexit.

Bianca Nobilo joins me now from Manchester, England. Good to see you, Bianca.

So, Prime Minister Theresa May can't quite shake these rumors of her leadership being under threat and a party divided, how diminished is her role, and can she actually pull the party together?

BIANCA NOBILO, CNN PRODUCER: Her role is diminished and there is no getting around that. In fact, the whole point of confidence was to reestablish some authority for her and to galvanize the part and boost the morale, so far she's failed to do that.

The lead role of a prime minister really is to keep the government together and to win elections and she's struggling on both those fronts. But today could be the day that she turns all of that around.

I was talking to ministers yesterday who said that they hope that there will be more energy today because conference has been pretty gloomy and flat up to this point.

[03:50:03] But I did see people running in early to get seat for the prime minister's speech. The energy is definitely heightened today, there's more of a buzz.

So, it's possible that she can get the party excited again, so there will be a lot of pressure on the speech she is giving today, Rosemary.

CHURCH: So, the energy will be high, so what would the content be like, do we know?

NOBILO: We have some clues. We're expecting her to say that she wants the government to shape up. So that's obviously an indication of the fact that things are not in a great place for the conservative party at the moment. She's also expected to tell her cabinet and her government that they need to put the aspirations of people in the country before their own.

Now that sounds like a veiled criticism of the Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson's actions recently to for himself, or there is a potential leadership candidate through his comment on Brexit. We're also expecting her to depart slightly from her former speaking styles where she is a little bit more withdrawn and reserved. And speak a bit more candidly about what motivates her to lead and to be in politics.

And she's going to tell us that she's not one to back down from a challenge and she's here and she's ready to take on whatever challenges might before her in the next few months. So, it's going to be a very big day, it's a crucial moment for the prime minister. This is her last chance at conference to turn this around to create some energy, to boost the morale and to bring her party back and fully support going forward in this next challenging year.

CHURCH: So, Bianca, who is she trying to win over, and you know, you mentioned Boris Johnson and there does seem to be the speech for the leadership. How much support would he have?

NOBILO: It's hard to say now. In previous years and months he have more support but the cabinet are growing a little bit tired of the fact that he continues to be outspoken when all the rest of the government are expected to toe the line and hold that party discipline. A lot of this M.P.s were very frustrated by the election results. They're frustrated by state of affairs but they are keeping the discipline together because they know that if they don't then it's just giving the opposition more opportunities to have more victories against the conservative party.

So she's trying to win over, obviously her cabinet and restore that confidence. She's also trying to win over party activists who are here to watch her today, and then she's hoping to win over the country at large. Those floating voters, supporters who may have gone off during the last election who will be watching when this is broadcast all over British media. So, all eyes on the prime minister today, Rosemary.

CHURCH: Yes. We'll all be watching very closely to see whether she can pull this together in this speech.

Bianca Nobilo joining us there from Manchester in England where it is 8.53 in the morning. Many thanks.

We'll take a short break here but we will have more on the massacre in Las Vegas when we come back. One man who lost friends in the shooting is asking what more it will take to bring about action on gun control.


CHURCH: We want to talk now about some of the victims who died in Las Vegas. Christopher Roybal was a Navy veteran who served overseas in Afghanistan. He was attending the concert with his mother for his 29th birthday.

[03:55:01] And Hannah Ahlers was killed while dancing with her husband. They had been married for 17 years and had three children together.

Earlier, CNN's Don Lemon spoke to one man who was friends with both Chris and Hannah. He spoke about his grief and his frustration.


RYAN CHIAVERINI, LOST TWO FRIEND IN LAS VEGAS SHOOTING: As much as we're grieving right now as family and his friends, you know, there is a part of me that talks also incredibly angry right now. We just keep seeing this over and over again. When 9/11 happened we change the way that we travel in this country forever to prevent it from ever happening again.

Yet, this continues to happen and we do nothing. When this is happening in schools, high schools. I played college football at the University of Colorado when Columbine happened and we wore the Columbine flower on our uniform for the entire year. That was 18 years ago, and here we are again. I mean, when does it stop?

When can we find some common ground and common sense in this country it's not about the Second Amendment. I'm not a gun owner but I'm not against people owning guns. I'm against people owning military assault rifles that nobody needs to protect their family or to hunt with. DON LEMON, CNN HOST: Can I ask you something, Ryan, because the people who are saying that this shouldn't be discussed are saying that it shouldn't be discussed out of respect for people like you who have lost loved ones. What do you say to them?

CHIAVERINI: I say we need to discuss it. We need to have a roundtable, we need to get Washington involve, we need to get everybody involved because you know what, our loved ones would still be here if we would have done something about this a long time ago.

And Columbine was not the first mass shooting as we all know. It was the first one that got a ton of press and a ton of coverage but how many have there been since then and how many more does it take. For me, that where the anger lies for me.

It's like we got to do something. You know, we mentioned -- I just mentioned 9/11, we changed a lot of things. We got uncomfortable as Americans during that time to prevent it from happening again. Why can't we save some people's lives here? It's just about common sense. It's really not a political thing. It's not a Second Amendment thing. It's about just common sense.


CHURCH: And it is a debate that will continue in this country.

Thanks so much for being with us. I'm Rosemary Church. Remember to connect with me anytime on Twitter. The news continues now with Hannah Vaughan Jones in London.

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