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Trump to Las Vegas victims: 'Believe me, I'll be there' for you

Trump to Las Vegas victims: 'Believe me, I'll be there' for you

In the wake of the worst mass shooting in U.S. history, President Trump condemned the "demented" gunman but said any changes to reform America's gun law would be dealt with later down the track.

Fifty-nine people were killed and more than 500 wounded when Stephen Paddock, a 64-year-old retiree, opened fire on a country music festival in Las Vegas from his hotel room on October 1, according to police. "It's a very, very sad day for me, personally".

So people right across America can not agree about what should happen - and it doesn't look like they are going to agree any time soon.

Trump did not respond to questions about whether the shooting was an act of domestic terrorism.

"Having access to those weapons, if this gentleman had a mental health illness or was on the radar because of extremism, domestic or foreign terrorism, we have to look at that", Reed said.

A SWAT team was able to identify Paddock's position in about 20 minutes because a smoke alarm went off in the hotel suite that he was shooting from.

As for a motive, police aren't disclosing any details if they have them.

Trump to Las Vegas victims: 'Believe me, I'll be there' for you
Trump to Las Vegas victims: 'Believe me, I'll be there' for you

Trump planned to visit patients, doctors and nurses at a Las Vegas hospital before meeting civilian heroes and first responders.

The White House statement says Trump "welcomed" Pena Nieto's "expression of thanks" for USA help after Mexico's recent quake.

Trump spoke to reporters Tuesday as he departed for a trip to hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico.

A nephew of Stephen Paddock's girlfriend says he's stunned by the actions of the Las Vegas gunman and didn't even know that Paddock was interested in guns.

Since the shooting, people have been looking into Nevada's gun laws.

Calls for stricter gun control laws after high-profile shootings in Orlando, San Bernardino, Virginia Tech and Newtown are all-too familiar, so a cynical person might say nothing will get done. "But that's not for now".

And he lauded the police and other first responders for scrambling to help the wounded and locating the shooter as soon as they did.





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