U.S. President Donald Trump called America a nation in mourning. He said this while visiting Las Vegas with the First Lady, two days after the deadly massacre which left at least 58 people dead. The police now question the gunman’s girlfriend, who flew into the United States from the Philippines.
CGTN’s Mark Niu reports from Las Vegas.
With the First Lady by his side, President Donald Trump arrived in Las Vegas for a close-up look at the aftermath of the deadliest shooting in modern U.S. history.
He met with victims of the shooting, praised their actions, and the work of first responders.
“What I saw today is just an incredible tribute to professionalism and what they have done is incredible, you never want to see it again, now that I can tell you,” said Trump.
When asked about whether America had a gun violence problem, Trump said “We’re not gonna talk about that today.”
The search for a motive now centers on shooter Stephen Paddock’s live-in girlfriend, 62-year-old Marilou Danley.
She returned from the Philippines to Los Angeles where she was escorted by police. Her sisters appeared on Australian television saying she couldn’t possibly have known anything about Paddock’s plans.
Danley’s attorney also says that she had ‘no idea’ about the shooter’s violent plans before being sent to the Philippines.
Las Vegas police released body cam footage from officers who helped people escape the hail of gunfire that rained down from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay.
One shooting witness named Bryan Hopkins says he grabbed the hand of two young women he hardly knew, and later escaped up a ramp.
Blood banks in Las Vegas have been busier than ever, with many people coming from out of town. The massive outpouring of support has been a rare bright spot in some of Las Vegas’s darkest days.
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