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Donald Trump calls Las Vegas gunman 'demented'

06 October 2017, 12:29 | Colleen Roy

Las Vegas shooting: Filipino Marilou Danley not a person of interest

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In formal remarks as the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, Trump said he was honored to be "in the company of heroes". "It just blew me away", said Rod Sweningson.

"It makes you very proud to be an American when you see the job they've done", the President said of the medical staff at the hospital.

Authorities say the Las Vegas shooter had 1,600 rounds of ammunition and several containers of an explosive commonly used in target shooting that totaled 50 pounds in his vehicle. Investigators named Danley as a "person of interest" in the investigation. When officers entered the hotel room, they found Paddock dead.

Police continue the investigation as the motive remains a mystery.

Lombardo said he is "absolutely" confident authorities will find out what set off Paddock, a high-stakes gambler and retired accountant. Lombardo called that reaction time "phenomenal".

The president's motorcade drove past the Mandalay Bay hotel where the gunman fired down from the 32nd floor into a crowd at an outdoor concert Sunday night. But it is unclear what his intent was. The attack left more than 500 people injured. Lombardo said some victims were counted twice in the confusion following the shooting.

Ms. Danley also said that it never occurred to her that he was planning violence against anyone.

"I knew Stephen Paddock as a kind, caring, quiet man", Danley's statement said.

Ms Danley was born in the Philippines and moved to Queensland in the early 1980s before moving 28 years ago to the USA where she worked in casinos. She was given a ticket to the Philippines by Paddock.

After Sunday night's attack, authorities in the United States, the Philippines and Australia joined efforts to search for Danley, hoping she might shed some light on the motive behind the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

Lombard says she was not expecting the money and anxious that he was breaking up with her.

President Trump met Wednesday with survivors, family of those killed, and first responders.

During prepared remarks, in front of police officers and Nevada politicians on a stage at local police headquarters, Trump said, "We can not be defined by the evil that threatens us", noting that "Americans defied death and hatred with love and with courage" in selflessly coming to aid of others at peril to their own lives at the concert.

Trump said "they're learning a lot more" about the attack and will announce information "at the appropriate time". We don't know yet.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation said on Wednesday there remained no evidence indicating the shooting spree was an act of terrorism.

The Las Vegas attack is the deadliest shooting in recent USA history, surpassing the toll of 49 dead in an attack on a Florida nightclub in June 2016.

"We're going to pay our respects", he added.

We know that Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock assembled a small arsenal in room 32135 of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, where investigators found 23 weapons, including multiple rifles and a handgun.

Separately, USA Today reports that authorities were looking into "recent transfers of large amounts of money involving the suspect and the possible relationship to gambling activities".

FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, speaking at a cybersecurity forum Wednesday in Boston, said investigators are busy "reconstructing the life, the behavior, the pattern of activity of this individual and anyone and everyone who may have crossed his path in the days and the weeks leading up to this horrific event". The wounded guard stayed in place to help police despite his injuries.

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