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Investigators Looking at Whether Gunman Targeted Other Cities; Police: Vegas Gunman Planned to Escape Shooting Scene; Officials: No Indication Vegas Gunman Had an Accomplice; Las Vegas Gunman's History of High-Stakes Gambling; Dramatic New Video Shows Driver Racing to Save Wounded. Aired 7-8p ET
Aired October 5, 2017 - 19:00 ET
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ERIN BURNETT, CNN ANCHOR: OutFront next, frightening clues in the Las Vegas Massacre. Was shooter planning more attacks in different cities around the country?
Plus, he ushered concertgoers to safety, helped the injured, piling one after another into his truck. It's all on tape and he is our guest tonight.
And breaking news, Special Counsel Robert Mueller meeting with the author of that controversial Trump dossier.
Let's go OutFront.
And good evening, I'm Erin Burnett. OutFront tonight, more deadly plots. We are learning that the Las Vegas shooter, Stephen Paddock may have had more plans to kill on a massive scale, not just in Las Vegas. It appears he may have been looking at targets around the United States.
In August, one month before the shooting on Sunday night, someone with the name, Stephen Paddock reserved a room in a Chicago hotel overlooking Lollapalooza, another massive music festival with thousands in attendance including that weekend, President Obama's daughter, Malia according to reports.
And just one week before the massacre in Las Vegas, Paddock rented a room in a nearby Vegas condo complex. Those apartments also near the site of another outdoor concert. The "Life is Beautiful" festival was attended by 100,000 people.
These as investigators say they believe Paddock had a plan to escape. He didn't plan to die in that hotel room, he planned to do more carnage. Las Vegas police say they believe cameras that Paddock set up outside his room indicate that he wanted to know when police were closing in so he would know when to stop shooting and take off.
And you're looking at new video here that we have OutFront show the actions of one brave man who (INAUDIBLE) to safety those who've been shot risking his life to get them to his truck and away from the killing zone. I'm going to talk to that man in a few moments.
I want to begin though tonight with Martin Savidge, OutFront tonight at the scene of the shooting in Las Vegas. And Martin, today we are learning a lot more about the shooter's activities leading up to the Las Vegas massacre.
MARTIN SAVIDGE, CNN NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: And we are, and the reason that the authorities are learning all of this is really two- folds. Some of it is human, some of it is electronic. First and foremost, they've been going back through all the electronics because the gunman died in his attack.
Second though, they've been putting out a plea to the public, not just locally, nationally. Have you heard anything about this man? It's been paying off, but the end result is, realizing this could have been much, much worse.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Run to the truck.
SAVIDGE (voice-over): New video shows chaos at the festival.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Keep your heads down. Go.
SAVIDGE (voice-over): And the struggle to get concertgoers who had been shot to safety. Firefighters say even the nearby air field was used for cover.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We also had people jump the fence, break through the fences and get into the airport property.
SAVIDGE (voice-over): The Harvest Festival turned concert killing field was just the latest big music event Stephen Paddock had loomed over in recent weeks. Authorities say he booked events and new rooms at the Ogden in Las Vegas less than two weeks ago.
During the large, Life is Beautiful Festival, annual attendance, more than 100,000. Weeks earlier, a guest by the name of Stephen Paddock booked a room in this hotel overlooking Lollapalooza in Chicago but never checked in. Attendance there (INAUDIBLE) of 300,000. But it was from this suite on Sunday where the gunman executed his attack on country music fans.
Authorities say not only did he shoot out of these broken windows, but at least more than 200 rounds into the hallway, injuring a security guard. Police believe Paddock, whose body is seen on the floor of the suite had planned to survive and leave the building.
ARNETTE HEINTZE, LOLLAPALOOZA SECURITY CONSULTANT: He was doing everything possible to figure out how he could escape at that point. His concern was personal concern versus what was occurring down below.
SAVIDGE (voice-over): Police confirmed Paddock carried his arsenal into the hotel in 10 suitcases but kept labeled cash in his car in the parking lot, 1,600 additional rounds of ammunition and 50 pounds worth of explosives. Specifically Tannerite seen here in the demonstration.
SAVIDGE: And even as that investigation goes on, the first of the memorial services begins and Charleston Hartfield is a former Las Vegas police officer who died. He was off duty at the concert that night. But he is considered a hero, 34 years of age, a father, married with two children. Erin?
BURNETT: Thank you very much, Martin. And Dan Simon is OutFront tonight, he's also in Las Vegas. Now Dan, the sheriff there says he thinks that the shooter had help. Other officials are telling CNN there isn't an indication of an accomplice. What are you hearing?
DAN SIMON, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Well, Erin there is a bit of confusion over this and I think it has to do with the difference between the word accomplice and the word help. Officials tonight are saying that the shooter had no accomplice, but the sheriff yesterday said that the shooter had to have some help.
[19:05:04] It is entirely possible for both things to be true. Of course, help can come in many forms, perhaps somebody helped the shooter acquire some weapons or help him acquire some Tannerite or some of those bump stocks. Yet that person could still have been completely in the dark over what happened.
We'll just have to see what the sheriff has to say. Of course he's privy to a lot more information including what may have been on those electronic devices as well as information that the girlfriend may have relayed. Erin?
BURNETT: All right. Dan Simon, thank you very much.
And as Dan points out, the electronic device is crucial. At least from what we understand that the lieutenant governor of Nevada told me as they have been able to get information off those that obviously is crucial here.
I want to go now to Congresswoman Jacky Rosen who represents the Las Vegas area. Congresswoman, thank you, I know you are being briefed regularly on this investigation. The sherriff says Paddock must have had help. Of course other officials are telling CNN there is not an indication of an actual accomplice, their words. Could you clear this up?
REP. JACKY ROSEN (D), NEVADA: Well, I can tell you that Sheriff Lombardo, our entire force and everybody that's working with him is working around the clock to gather all the evidence, to look at all the electronics. Anybody who sent anything in, just get a composite picture of Stephen Paddock and who he was and what would have motivated him to do such a heinous crime. So, I'm not sure if he had an accomplice yet. The evidence will prove that out.
BURNETT: Do you believe there could be someone involved with this who is still on the loose of missing? I mean, right, someone who helped him get the Tannerite or helped him learn how to operate these weapons or helped him acquire the bombs or perhaps even more, knew what was going on, and we just don't know. Do you think it is possible that there are people out there who have crucial information?
ROSEN: Well, I certainly hope not and I hope this was the act of a lone madman. And so like I said, the sheriff, he's doing a great job. We're getting regular briefings and they're following the evidence. And I think he may have had help but maybe not an accomplice. That might be the right answer.
BURNETT: The distinction that our Dan Simon was pointing out, help but not accomplice. Congresswoman, investigators also now are saying that he intended to survive, and that he had more than 50 pounds of explosives in his car which is in the hotel parking lot at the Mandalay Bay. In addition to that, he had 1,600 rounds of ammunition in his car. Of course we know he had a whole lot arsenal of guns at his home.
What do you think he was planning next?
ROSEN: Well, we can only imagine what was going through his mind, what might have triggered someone to want to do such a heinous crime to attack people who are just -- it's a beautiful, gorgeous Las Vegas night to just attack people like sitting ducks at a concert. One can only speculate what might have triggered this.
I'm not sure what he was planning next. I hope we can determine a motive, maybe that will help us figure this out or maybe stop somebody else from doing it in the future.
BURNETT: I mean, Congresswoman, you know, we now know that the newest information, right, is that he had rented a room at a Las Vegas condo complex that overlooks another music festival in September with a 100,000 people attended. That in August, a person with the name Stephen Paddock reserved a room at the Blackstone Hotel in Chicago which overlooked the Lollapalooza music festival there. That person though never checked in.
Do you have any sense that investigators are figuring out why? Why now? Why this time when clearly he had considered others.
ROSEN: Well, obviously, he had some mitigating factor that I think about a year ago prompted him to start purchasing numerous amounts of guns and ammunition and go forward possibly with this meticulous planning. One thing we know for sure is it was premeditated, meticulously planned.
So again, I think as we see a little more data that's coming off the electronics, as we talk to the girlfriend, as they call any of his other friends or relatives. We'll begin to paint the picture of who he was and what's inside the mind of a madman, if you can ever really get inside the mind of a madman.
BURNETT: And at this time, from your understanding, do investigators have any sense from your briefing, as to what happened a year ago that caused him to suddenly start amassing what we now know is 33 firearms, including rifles, semiautomatics in the past 12 months?
ROSEN: Well, what I do know about Sheriff Lombardo and his team is that they're going to do everything in the absolute perfect way. They're going to cross every "t" and dot every "i." so when they give us the information, it's going to be correct.
And if there are people who helped, there were any accomplices and they're going to be any further prosecutions. Then, we'll be able to move forward with that and be sure that we would get those convictions. So, I want to wait until he gets his complete package of evidence because I know it will be just right.
[19:10:04] BURNETT: Congresswoman Rosen, I appreciate your time. Thank you.
ROSEN: Thank you.
BURNETT: And next, the high rolling killer, dropping $100,000 an hour on video poker. Was he a gambling addict, a psychopath or both?
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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Run! Go! Go! Go! Everybody go!
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BURNETT: New video of the shooting as it happened on Sunday night. I'm going to speak to the man who recorded this video and led people to safety.
And the breaking news this hour, new details about the former spy, you know the one who put together that dossier about Russian collusion and the Trump campaign. It's a CNN exclusive tonight.
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BURNETT: New information tonight about just how big of a gambler the Las Vegas gunman was. Investigators discovering a history of high stakes bet. The shooter's gambling was as much of a lifestyle as it was a hobby. In fact he even said his income came from, quote, gambling when he bought a home for nearly $400,000 in cash. So what does this tell us about motive? Sara Sidner is OutFront.
SARA SIDNER, CNN NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Authorities say killer Stephen Paddock was doing what we normally did in Vegas before his massacre began.
[19:15:02] SHERIFF JOE LOMBARDO, NEVADA: You know, we are aware he was gambling.
SIDNER (voice-over): A retiree he was living off real estate investments and have long been betting big money at casinos. ERIC PADDOCK, BROTHER OF THE LAS VEGAS SHOOTER: He was a big fish at the Atlantis in Reno.
SIDNER (voice-over): Eric Paddock, Stephen's brother witnessed just how big of a gambler Stephen was when they visited the Atlantis Casino Resort and Spa in Reno.
PADDOCK: I mean, we took over the top floor of the hotel. It was probably in the record. My family, he brought us to Vegas and Reno. We took over the whole top floor of the Atlantis hotel. You know, this is how lives. This is the kind of gambling he did.
SIDNER (voice-over): But he had also been spotted at high roller events in Las Vegas according to Vegas insider Anthony Curtis.
(on camera) What does it mean to be a high roller? How much do you actually have to spend to be in that category?
ANTHONY CURTIS, VEGAS INSIDER: You know, it's kind of interesting. The high roller status is different for different places but when you're talking about the sort of places that Paddock played, you got to be a really big better. He was playing 25 denomination video poker times five. So he was betting 125 a hand playing at a rate of about close to a thousand hands an hour, 800 to a thousand hands an hour. So he was running a $100,000 through the machine every hour.
SIDNER (voice-over): Paddock's game of choice, video poker.
(on camera) What kind of player do you have to be if you're using video poker as your way to try to win big?
CURTIS: A video poker is a subset of the slots but it's like a thinking man's game. Because instead of just pointing handles and pushing buttons, you have to make decisions. So a video poker is for people who want to think and try to change (INAUDIBLE) using their heads.
SIDNER (on camera): So meticulous, well-informed, intelligent, mathematical?
SIDNER (voice-over): Curtis says video poker is a game that would be attracted to loners and Paddock was not known to socialize with other high rollers, though they recognize his picture. But Paddock certainly managed close relationships with at least one person, his girlfriend, Marilou Danley who worked at Atlantis as a high-limit hostess.
PADDOCK: He loved her.
SIDNER (voice-over): He bought her a ticket home to the Philippines and even wired her a $100,000 some time before the shooting, according to the statement read by her attorney.
MARK LOMBARD, MARILOU DANLEY'S ATTORNEY: While there, he wired me money which he said was for me to buy a house for me and my family. I was grateful but honestly, I was worried that, first, the unexpected trip home and then the money was a way of breaking up with me.
SIDNER (voice-over): He was clearly planning something much more sinister, a shooting, she says, she knew nothing about. In the end, he killed more than 50 people and himself. But authorities now say it appears he initially planned to survive and escape.
Still, with all the authorities now know about Paddock, the details do not answer one important question. Why did he do it? That remains a mystery.
SIDNER: And the sheriff has said that there is a possibility that Paddock may have had help and he wanted to make very clear that the investigation is nowhere near over. Erin?
BURNETT: Sara, thank you. And I want to go to retired FBI agent James Gagliano and U.C. Irvine professor of psychiatry and human behavior, James Fallon.
James Gagliano, let me just start with this, Las Vegas is the gambling capital of the world. He was a big gambler. They're talking about $100,000 an hour.
JAMES GAGLIANO, CNN LAW ENFORCEMENT ANALYST: Absolutely.
BURNETT: Does this give us any window into intend, motive, anything?
GAGLIANO: Erin, we are not four days into this and it seems like the more details come out, the more baffling it becomes. I mean, this guy operated on opposite ends at a continuum in so many different ways. We hear that he was wickedly smart and he had parts of his life compartmentalized and acted normal. Other parts where you resembled a recluse.
He's clearly a sociopath, right? Obviously, he had enough malice to -- in his heart to hurt people, and that's what he wanted to do. But the methodology, how he went about doing it, the planning process, the scoping it out, obviously going to different venues that took so much time.
The accruing of 33 weapons in the past year. It just sets the pattern of somebody who, yes, had a grievance against somebody or something or a group, and then something triggered him. But it wasn't something that happened Monday night or Sunday night.
BURNETT: No, it wasn't. I want to get to more of that but, you know, James when you listen to the brother's shooter, he talked -- I'm sorry, the shooter's brother, he said that he was an excellent gambler. And I just wanted to let you hear it in his words. Here he is.
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PADDOCK: Because he don't if they want him too.
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[19:20:00] BURNETT: James Fallon, what do details like that tell you about the shooter?
JAMES FALLON, AUTHOR, "THE PSYCOPATH INSIDE": It tells me this is somebody who takes great pride in being able to handle numbers, odds and almost has a narcissistic view of it. Like, he knows more than anybody about this. But, if he felt for years and years that he wasn't appreciated, his genius wasn't appreciated and his ego was damaged, he could be one of these people who's the angry loser.
So he's not a madman, but a mad man. And so this can build up. And somebody with an addiction like the, you know, gambling addiction and murders also can be addictive if he's a psychopath. But we don't know that. We don't have any biological psychiatric information on him.
But he does look like somebody who is probably felt like a loser, wasn't appreciated and he's going to get even with the world. And this we can see this with terrorists and other sociopaths. We're getting even.
BURNETT: And James Gagliano, this issue of help. The sheriff in Las Vegas says you got to make the assumption he had to have help at some point. That's his assumption, that's what he's saying.
Obviously, sources tonight are telling CNN he didn't have an accomplice. How do those things fit together, if they do?
GAGLIANO: Again, it's baffling because he apparently had an intimate relationship with the girlfriend, and yet the girlfriend described him as kind and giving and knew nothing about this other world, from she says.
GAGLIANO: But there's ways around that. We can certainly ask her if she take a polygraph, we can certainly follow some of the other leads and everyday more, more leads --
BURNETT: You're saying we take it at face value right now?
GAGLIANO: Yes, you take it at face value right now. Have there been mass murders in the past that have work and led a compartmentalize life where friends, family, co-workers have no idea, absolutely. But it does defy (INAUDIBLE).
How could you've gathered all these weapons together. How could you have leave this type of life and nobody have notice anything. And then we're talking (INAUDIBLE) maybe not an accomplice but an unwilling accomplice. Somebody to help him purchase guns, not knowing what the end state was going to be. Somebody help him get the ammunition. Helped him train to use the bump stock because, you know, somebody got to show you how to do that. So, in that manner, yes he could have had help and that person may not have know what they were going.
BURNETT: Right, although of course you would think as someone wants to learn how to use a bump stock. You know, something should have gone off in your head. I mean, there are questions there.
James Fallon, what about the issue here of what we have learned now, right that he reserved a room though Airbnb at the Ogden condominium in Las Vegas which overlooked the festival with a hundred thousand people just few weeks ago. In Chicago in August, a hotel room booked in his name, he doesn't appear to have check in, overlooking the Lollapalooza music festival.
And now we're learning that he had 50 pounds of explosives in his car. And they say that he wanted to live and continue with the tasks. When you put all that together, more attacks planned, scouted other possible venues but chose this one, what do you make of it?
FALLON: Well, that's predatorial behavior. So a predatorial behavior is like a psychopath and they don't want to be caught. But I think in his case he figured about the odds that he would be caught or stopped so he's willing to die. But he was -- you know, he may have been trying to go out in a bigger way than his father who was a psychopath but a small time sort of psychopath, nonviolent.
But it would seem to me that somebody who made -- you know, had that planning and he was so proud of his ability to read the odds that he would have done that. The chances of me living and killing more are "x" and that's what I'll do. So it -- I mean, that follows with that but he probably thought there's a good chance he wants to get out of there.
BURNETT: All right, thank you both very much.
And OutFront next, this.
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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Go! Keep your head down. Go!
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BURNETT: We have new video tonight of the shooting and the heroic efforts to get people previously wounded to safety. The man who reported these images saving lives was our guest. And a man who took three bullets to save his wife. One of them still lodged and pieces of shrapnel in his shoulder. We're going to with him when and return to where it happened.
[19:27:44] BURNETT: Tonight, we have new video showing the chaos as people, normal people do extraordinary things, scrambling to save the lives of those hit in the Las Vegas massacre. In a moment, I'm going speak to the man who filmed this video as he was racing to load up his truck with people who were injured and get them to safety. I'll warn you that the video that you are about to see is graphic.
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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yes, bring him here. We're going to take him to the hospital
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: OK, let's get him in the truck and get him to the hospital.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Well, I'm just in my truck so. Bring the guy in the chair with the chest.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Right here. Come in here. Come on this side, on this side right here.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: You have to stay with me. Lay down.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We got some people (INAUDIBLE). I'm taking the people who are shot, dude. Where's the guy with the double shot.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: He is.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We're going to the hospital now. He had a (INAUDIBLE) in his arm and he's been shot.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Anybody else?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Get in the truck. Get in the truck. Get behind the (INAUDIBLE) wall.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I got five wounded.
(OFF-MIC) UNIDENTIFIED MALE: (INAUDIBLE) a gunshot wound to the chest here.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Someone help him please. Pleas.
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BURNETT: OutFront now, the man who was driving that truck, Raymond Page, he's a traffic system technician for Clark County. And Ray, thank you for talking to us.
At that moment, as you're putting people into your truck, people who are bleeding, people who have just been shot, what are you thinking?
RAYMOND PAGE, LOADED INJURED VICTIMS INTO HIS TRUCK DURING LAS VEGAS SHOOTING: At the time I was just thinking just to get as many as I could that were in the area and as quickly as possible. I know they were shooting from, well, I say at the time, there were two shooters, but I thought the gunfire was coming from the Mandalay Bay. So, my truck was facing that direction, so I wanted to get turned around and out of there as quick as possible.
BURNETT: Ray, we also have video of you running toward the gunfire. You were directing hundreds of people to safety. They didn't have anywhere to go. They were running. You were telling them to get down and where to go.
I just want to just play a portion of that.
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PAGE: Go! Go! Go! Everybody go!
PAGE: Go! Run! Keep your head down, go! Keep your head down, go! Run. Keep your head down.
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BURNETT: Ray, what made you run towards the danger, tell people what to do instead of trying to run to safety yourself?
PAGE: Yes, sounds scarier now than it was then. It seems like.
BURNETT: I mean, you sound so calm. Your voice there, and you have authority. You are telling people what to do at a moment they are looking for someone to tell them where to go, how to be safe. You are filming this.
What was going through your mind?
PAGE: I think it was more just reacting to what was happening around me. When I first started walking that way, I came up to an officer. He was shot in the foot. So, I had asked him if he wanted me to stay with the person who shot so he can go and he wanted to stay there.
So, then, all the people started exiting out of those two doors there. So, I just -- obviously, didn't want them to go the wrong direction, so helped them know which way to go.
BURNETT: So, you stepped up there and helped so many people go the right way. I mean, you know, Ray, your recording is very hard to watch, in part because it lasts the entire attack. And I think all of us had trouble understanding what nine minutes means, and what a few seconds, and then a pause, and a few seconds of automatic machine gunfire, what automatic fire sounds like.
I want people at home to hear how often you came under heavy fire.
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PAGE: Get down! Go. Keep your head down. Go.
PAGE: Keep your head down, go. Go. Go.
PAGE: Go, go. Keep down.
PAGE: This way. Keep your head down. Keep your head down. Go that way.
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BURNETT: Ray, were you even aware? I mean, I don't know how it sounds to you hearing it now. At that time, were you even aware of how many rounds were being fired?
PAGE: Yes, I was. Yes. You can tell when he was taking breaks. When the people were coming out, I was trying to stop them from going until taking another break and trying to get more people through.
BURNETT: Those people coming through --
BURNETT: They were injured, Ray. I mean, you helped save one man that was shot in the arm. Of course, you were loading all those people unto your truck. But when this man's shot in the arm came, I want to play for people exactly what happened at that moment.
Again, I want our viewers to understand that this is graphic.
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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I need help.
PAGE: What's wrong?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I have been shot in the arm.
PAGE: You've been shot?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I need 911. I need an ambulance.
PAGE: OK, here. Keep your head down.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Go, go, go.
PAGE: You have a tourniquet on?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yes, they put one on me. I need an ambulance. Nobody here to help us. Where's the ambulance?
PAGE: Yes, hold it up, hold it up, hold it up above your heart.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Right here.
PAGE: Put pressure on it.
[19:35:04] Your forearm.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: My gut hurts, though.
PAGE: Are you shot in the gut?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: No, it's not. The rib cage.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I do got one?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Lift your arm. Here -- put this on. It ain't gonna do nothing.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Look at me.
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BURNETT: It is really hard to watch. I mean, how hard is it right now, not knowing what happened to the people you tried to help save?
PAGE: Well, it's -- it is hard watching that. Listen to it. One of the guys who was shot in the arm and in the chest, his cousin texted me and said she was going to pass on my information to the family member so they can contact me. He was still in intensive care and critical. So, yes, I would like to know what happened to him.
BURNETT: I hope you do. We hope he is OK. I know it will be a very long and hard road for him and so many others. Of course, some of them, thanks to the help you gave. Ray, thank you.
PAGE: Thank you.
BURNETT: And next, we have more breaking news. The president making some bizarre and cryptic comments moments ago, surrounded by his commanders, talking about this dinner being the calm before the storm.
And a mother's anguish. She's keeping a vigil at her beautiful daughter's bedside, as that beautiful child fights for her life tonight.
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MARY MORELAND, TINA FROST'S MOM: Tina is a great kid. She has -
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[19:41:08] BURNETT: So many lives changed the night of the Las Vegas massacre forever. One of them, Freddie Parrish. Freddie shielded his wife when the gunfire began. He took three shots himself, keeping her unharmed.
I went back to the scene with Freddie, where he shared his story that night.
BURNETT: Right there is where you were in that area?
FREDDIE PARRISH, SHOT THREE TIMES WHILE SHIELDING WIFE DURING LAS VEGAS SHOOTING: Yes, I was front left.
BURNETT: When did you realize that it wasn't fireworks?
PARRISH: At first, I thought it was fireworks because the burst was so fast and I turned to my wife and said somebody blew off fireworks. But then, the slower (INAUDIBLE) kept going after that. At that point, Jason Aldean started his fourth songs, with only about 15 seconds into it, and he stopped singing.
And then the lights went off on stage and they took off running. And the shooting continued and so I said to my wife, get down, get down. So, we -- I wanted to lay down at an angle I thought would keep her on the other side of me, where I believe the bullets were coming from. I didn't know if they were coming from the tower or from ground level in front of Mandalay Bay. But I knew they were coming from that direction.
BURNETT: You could tell the direction?
PARRISH: I could tell the direction by sound.
BURNETT: So, when the shots starts, that initial barrage, you pretty much immediately went down to protect your wife?
PARRISH: Yes, I wanted to get down for cover and I wanted to get at an angle -- where because I knew the sound of the shots was coming from Mandalay Bay. I wanted to get down for cover to where I could -- she was behind me and we laid down and as I was laying there, I moved forward so she would be more -- her head would be more behind me. Just as I moved forward, that's when I took the round into the shoulder. I had two other grazings that I think were ricochets that hit this shoulder, this shoulder and across my neck and I didn't even feel those.
But my wife -- I said I'm hit, when I said that, she looked up at me and she saw more fire coming off the Astroturf that was next to us. And so, that's when she said we have to go now.
BURNET: She saved your life.
PARRISH: That's what she said.
BURNETT: How does it feel here -- looking up at that window and seeing that makes anybody sick to their stomach. It's hard to look. But, for you, when you look up and see that, you were right there. You were right there.
PARRISH: Yes, we were -- where we were standing wasn't the best spot to be standing. Of course, we didn't know any better. We were in the first few rounds he was firing off were right where we were at, you know.
And it's just weird. You don't think it's happening. You don't realize it's happening, then, you know, when I got hit, you know, then I realized it, you know.
BURNETT: I know that when you went back to work the next morning.
BURNETT: You were sent home.
BURNETT: But the shock of it, but you have to go back to work. Even with the injuries you have.
PARRISH: Yes. They didn't take the bullet out because they said it was lodged and didn't want to tear my shoulder up to get it out. I'll probably get a second opinion on it just to make sure -- I do want to make sure that I can golf and ride my Harley and do the fun things I like to do.
BURNETT: You said you love waking up every day? PARRISH: Yes.
BURNETT: And I guess now you've got a new appreciation for that.
[19:45:03] PARRISH: Yes. Life's short.
BURNETT: And next, praying for a miracle. A young woman shot in the eye, in a coma. Her mother is at her daughter's bedside tonight, trying to stay strong for her.
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UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Just a beautiful smile. I kept talking about Tina.
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BURNETT: And breaking news this hour, Robert Mueller interviewing the spy who wrote the Trump dossier. That's next.
[19:49:23] BURNETT: Tonight, in one hospital in Las Vegas, 45 people remain hospitalized. That's the Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center. Twenty-three of them are in critical condition still tonight. And there are many more in other hospitals across Las Vegas.
Tina Frost is one of the victims. She is fighting for her life tonight. She lost right eye in the rampage and she is now in coma.
We spoke to her mother who has not left her side, and is praying for miracle for her child.
Scott McLean is OUTFRONT.
MARY MORELAND, TINA FROST'S MOM: She has her whole life in front of her and with one incident, we have a nightmare.
[19:50:00] SCOTT MCLEAN, CNN NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): For Mary Moreland, the Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas has been a dark place. Sunday night, her 27-year-old daughter Tina Frost was at Route 91 Harvest Festival with friends and her boyfriend Austin when bullets started flying.
Tina was shot near her eye. She's been in coma since that night.
M. MORELAND: It's very hard when I first saw her. It was all I could do to keep composed. But she's a fighter. And it doesn't matter what she looks like. It matters in here. So, we're coping.
MCLEAN: In the chaotic aftermath, an unidentified concertgoer Moreland knows only as Shane helped Austin carried her into the back of a pick-up truck that took her to the hospital.
(on camera): What do you want to say to him?
M. MORELAND: Thank you for saving my daughter's life.
MCLEAN (voice-over): Frost lost her eye, Moreland says, and there are still bullet fragments in her head.
DOCTOR KEITH BLUM, NEUROSURGEON, SUNRISE HOSPITAL: Unfortunately, some people may not ever recover. And some of the people, you know, I would say that, you know, give it a year.
MCLEAN: Originally from Maryland, Frost now works as accountant in San Diego. Her sister says she had it all.
RACHEL MORELAND, STEPSISTER: Even growing up, I mean, I kind of use the phrase, she's a little bit of an all-American girl. You know, she just always -- has a ton of friends, did well on soccer field, played college soccer, you know, moved to California as an accountant. I mean, she -- she has a very good life.
MCLEAN: As Frost's family prays for good news, they're not alone. A GoFundMe page has already raised more than $390,000, more than seven times the original goal.
M. MORELAND: It would throw it away now for my daughter -- it's overwhelming.
MCLEAN: And, Erin, Frost's mother wanted to make sure to get across just how grateful her family is for the outpouring of support and also for the doctors, nurses and staff at hospital. She also really wants to find Shane to personally thank him for what he did.
Now, as you said, there are still 23 patients, Frost is one of them, listed in critical condition here at Sunrise Hospital. And so, even four days after the shooting, it's possible that fatalities could still rise -- Erin.
BURNETT: Scott, thank you.
And our prayers go out for her.
And next we go to the White House. We have some breaking news from the president speaking out just moments ago.
BURNETT: Breaking news, moments ago, President Trump addressing cameras at White House flanked by his commanders.
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DONALD TRUMP, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: Do you guys know what this represents? [19:55:00] The calm before the storm.
REPORTER: What's the storm?
TRUMP: Could be the calm before the storm.
REPORTER: Iran, ISIS, or what? What storm, Mr. President?
TRUMP: We have the world's great military people here in this room, I will tell you that. And we're going to have a great evening. Thank you all for coming.
REPORTER: What storm, Mr. President?
TRUMP: You'll find out.
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BURNETT: Flanked by his military commanders.
Ryan Nobles is OUTFRONT at White House.
And, Ryan, pretty disturbing comment while surrounded, of course, by his military leaders. Secretary of defense, national security adviser, all of his generals, McMasters, Mattis. There are, of course, a lot of issues right now on that front. Talking about Iran, we're talking about North Korea, but he says we'll see, let us know.
RYAN NOBLES, CNN WASHINGTON CORRESPONDENT: Yes. Erin, I think the best way to describe this comment by the president today is that it leaves things very murky. We don't know exactly what he's referring to at time when there are a number of foreign policy challenges that this administration is up against.
You mentioned, of course, the situation in North Korea, but also a big issue on the table right now is situation with Iran. Will the White House continue to be part of the Iran nuclear deal that was hatched during the Obama administration?
We have reporting today that suggests that the administration is ready to decertify the deal, which would essentially send the decision back to Congress and then they would have 60 days to decide whether or not the U.S. should stay in or out and sense you get from many Republicans in Congress is that they don't want to be part of this deal. And then, of course, the situation in North Korea is very unstable as well, and the president itself has been very aggressive in his language while his advisers, many in that room today have talked about diplomacy.
So, we don't exactly know what storm he is talking about. But, Erin, as you heard him say, we'll find out.
BURNETT: One thing we know, right now the American people would like some calm from their president, not calm before a storm.
Also breaking tonight, special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation, two sources familiar telling CNN Mueller's investigators met over the summer with that former British spy, a crucial player here. He's the man who wrote that controversial dossier on alleged Russian efforts to help the Trump campaign collusion in the presidential election. It's a dossier Trump and his aides have repeatedly insisted is a work of fiction.
Evan Perez broke the story along with our Shimon Prokupecz and Pamela Brown. Evan joins me now.
And, Evan, what more can you tell us?
EVAN PEREZ, CNN JUSTICE CORRESPONDENT: Well, Erin, we now know that investigators working with special counsel Robert Mueller met this summer with Christopher Steele. Steele, as you remember, is the former MI-6 officer who put together what many now called the dossier, really was a series of memos detailing alleged Russian efforts to aid Donald Trump's presidential campaign.
Steele was hired by a Washington firm, paid first by anti-Trump Republicans and then Democrats.
Special counsel is now trying to determine whether any of the series of contacts between Trump campaign associates and suspected Russian operatives broke U.S. law. Now, we don't know what information Steele may have provided to Mueller's team, but we do know that Steele has previously provided the FBI with information to try to verify some of the sources he put together for this dossier.
Well, most of the salacious allegations in the dossier haven't been verified, as broad assertion that Russia waged campaign to interfere in the election is now accepted as fact by the U.S. intelligence community -- Erin.
BURNETT: So, Evan, look, we both know -- everyone knows there were a lot of questions about how legitimate the information in that dossier was, right? FBI, CIA, investigative reporters all were trying to confirm whether any of it was true.
Where does that stand right now as far as you know?
PEREZ: Well, we know that late last year, we now learned that the top officials at the FBI and CIA and as well as the director of national intelligence discussed actually including parts of the Steele dossier in the official intelligence document on Russian meddling.
Now, the sources who talked to us told us that the intelligence community didn't want to include it because they didn't want to explain what parts of the dossier they had actually been able to corroborate. They also, Erin, were concerned about revealing sources and methods that they had used to do that.
The then-FBI Director James Comey was worried that if the FBI alone presented the dossier allegations, that the then-president-elect would view the information as an attempt by the FBI to hold leverage over him. As we know now, when Comey briefed Trump in January, that's exactly what ended up happening. President Trump later told "The New York Times" in July that he thought Comey was trying to use the dossier as leverage over him -- Erin.
BURNETT: All right. Evan Perez, thank you very much. Obviously, a very significant development there. The context obviously crucial.
Mueller being able to speak to man who wrote that dossier, something Congress and investigators there have so far failed to do. And obviously what he has to say, very central as this investigation moves forward.
Thanks so much to all of you for joining us. Don't forget. You can watch OUTFRONT anytime, anywhere. All you have to go is go to CNN Go. We'll see you back here tomorrow night.
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