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>> the shooter is dead, his crime etched in the minds of witnesses. >> we saw the heart wrenching sadness of relatives grabbing hold of their loved ones. >> the shooter released that barrage of bullets from that shattered window 32 stories up in the mandalay bay hotel and casino. president trump called the las vegas massacre a "act of evil" and ordered all flags lowered to half-staff. a investigation is under way as authorities try to pinpoint if the accused shooter had any ties to a terrorist organization. at this moment there is no motive for the mass shootings. a map shows how close this concert was to the mandalay bay where the shooter fired from. both are basically right on the vegas strip, one of the most i iconic streets in the entire world. we continue with team coverage of this breaking news story this afternoon. "action news" reporter katherine scott is live in the
satellite center. walter perez is at the airport where we begin with reporter kristen holmes who just filed this report from las vegas. >> reporter: we just wrapped up a press conference from officials here on the ground in who are still trying to get to the bottom that of question of why, why stephen paddock 64 years old drove here checked into this hotel thursday night with more than 10 rifles and opened fire on 22,000 people. president trump at the white house addressing the deadliest mass shooting in modern u.s. history. >> it was an act of pure evil. the fbi and the department of homeland security are working closely with local authorities to assist with the investigation. >> reporter: in las vegas, the investigation just beginning. this morning police identifying the shooter as 64-year-old stephen paddock. paddock checking into the mandalay bay resort on september 28th and in his
room, at least 10 rifles. last night just after 10:00 p.m. in las vegas, paddock firing from the 32nd floor into a crowd of about 22,000 concertgoers. police believe paddock shot and killed himself prior to their entry into his hotel room. survivors describing a terrifying scene on the ground. >> no matter which direction you went in, no matter where you took cover there was at least two to three bodies that were a part of it and you didn't know where you were safe. >> reporter: stormy warren was a co-host of the concert. he said his first thought was pyrotechnics. instead, it was gunshots. >> totally haphazard. it seemed like he just wanted to hit that group of people and as many as possible. >> that is kristen holmes reporting from las vegas for abc news. "action news" reporter katherine scott is in our satellite center and katherine, a few people from our area were in vegas at the time of the shooting and you have their stories. >> reporter: that's right, rick. whether they were inside the
concert when the shooting took place or they were caught up in the chaos outside, people from our area describe those terrifying minutes of confusion and fear. >> that's where i was and we started running. >> reporter: katie of horsham and her husband were in las vegas attending the route 91 harvest music festival. she shot this video on her cell phone as country star jason aldean was on the stage. not long before the gunman opened fire on the concertgoers from the 32nd floor of the mandalay bay resort and casino. >> immediate reaction is to look up to the sky and you're like oh, someone is shooting off fireworks. >> reporter: she quickly realized it was rapid gunfire. >> it was chaos. mass panic, chaos many people were running and falling. people were kicking the security fences out of the way and kicking the gate opened. we were running behind hotels. people were hiding behind walls not knowing where it was coming from.
>> reporter: near the bellagio christian of south philadelphia was walking with his friends. >> and it was pretty terrifying because we just didn't know, you know -- we didn't know what was going on. >> reporter: someone called to alert him of the shooting but he says at that point details were vague. as the group approached their hotel, they saw an outdoor television and learned more. that's when people started running. they followed the crowd into caesar's and hid. >> as we get into caesar's, i guess all the patrons and everyone in there, security at that point was outside trying to hold people from going in or out. but i guess a whole rush of people went into the hotel onto the gaming floor. at that time everyone on the gaming floor kind of just ducked down. tables were flying, chips were flying. >> reporter: they made their way up to their hotel rooms and for hours that's where they remained. >> caesar's is on lockdown. nobody is allowed to leave a room. anyone who is in a room has to stay there. >> reporter: as for the fur
meisters they had planned to take a late flight out of tonight but they're now trying to get on an earlier flight home to our area. live from the sat center katherine scott, channel6 "action news. rick. >> walter perez joins us live from philadelphia international airport and walter, it's been an emotional morning there for some travelers in the wake of what happened in las vegas. >> reporter: no doubt about it, rick. we spoke with a few people who say that while they didn't witness exactly what happened they were a little too close for comfort. >> it's ridiculous. i was minutes away from being in that same area. >> reporter: alicia burns of east oak lane says she had drip by the route 91 harvest music festival grounds in las vegas just a short time before it would become the site of the deadliest mass shooting in modern u.s. history. burns was among dozens of other passengers who landed this morning at philadelphia international airport from mccarran international where flights were immediately halted following the shooting. >> they said that we had to wait because, you know, i guess the hotel where it was
happening was not too far from the airport and they didn't want anybody taking off or landing. >> reporter: and many of the people we spoke with who left las vegas this morning didn't even realize the severity of what happened until they landed at phl. bobby and simone cummins of wilmington say it almost doesn't seem real. >> we were in vegas, you know, having a good time and to find out something like this happened, you know, it's kind of horrifying. we're glad that we were on the plane when it did take place but it can happen anywhere. >> reporter: and of course the people we spoke with while expressing relief for themselves offered their thoughts and prayers for the victims and for their families. reporting live from the all right, walter perez channel6 "action news." rick. >> all right, walter, thank you. and so to recap the breaking news story out of las vegas this afternoon, authorities now say 58 people are dead, more than 515 others injured in what is now the worst mass shooting in american history. the suspect, 64-year-old stephen paddock opened fire on
a country music festival last evening. paddock shot into the crowd below from a window at the mandalay bay hotel and casino. police have yet to determine a motive. despite a claim of responsibility from isis, the fbi says paddock had no connection to an international terrorist organization. president trump will travel to las vegas on wednesday. trump spoke to the nation this morning calling the shooting an acts of pure evil and saying the nation must stay unified. this reminder, 6abc.com for continuous coverage of the las vegas shooting. there you can find video and photos from the scene as well as read more on the suspect and hear from witnesses who were in las vegas. jim gardner is flying to las vegas right now to bring you live reports of the massacre and the investigation. jim's reports begin tonight right here on "action news." switching gears now, as we turn to the accuweather forecast on this first monday of october and our run of stunning autumnal temperatures
continues as we look live from sky6 at the ben franklin bridge. the weekend was absolutely perfect and it's another great day to get outside and enjoy lunch alfresco perhaps. meteorologist, david murphy already outside on the terrace with more on the work week forecast. so far so good, david. >> yeah, so far so good, rick. we started out rather chilly this morning and over the weekend it was nice although in a lot of spots we stayed in the 60's. today we're going to give you a few more degrees on your thermometer. let's start you with satellite. obviously there's very little pronounced cloud cover around both on this imagery and overhead on the terrace. barely a cloud in sight. all the stuff on the other side of toronto. we dropped to 51 this morning. in allentown you got down into the upper 30's briefly. 42 was the low in reading. 34 almost the freezing mark in the poconos but now, well, we've rebounded rather nicely. in fact, that 69-degree reading in philadelphia currently matches yesterday's high and being that it's only the midday hours, we've got several hours to improve upon
that and we think most of these numbers are going to go up by between five and 6 degrees. in philadelphia, we'll call it a high of 75. a few above the average of 72. the overnight low, 54, right on average, although some suburbs will be down into the 50's. and as we take a look at where we're going in the forward forecast over the next 24 hours, this afternoon in the mid 70's for a couple of hours and then cool again overnight getting down to 53 by this model at seven in the morning. at noon, rick, tomorrow afternoon looks like pretty much a copy of today. then we get even warmer heading into the end of the work week. i'll have details on that coming up in the exclusive accuweather 7-day. great out here for now. >> all right, david, we'll see you back inside. thank you. much more still ahead on "action news" at 12:30. more from las vegas including the nurse and others who rushed into danger to help those in need. also before he heads to las vegas trump will visit hurricane battered puerto rico and more local help is on the way as well. we'll be right back.
>> congressman steve scalise who was shot and nearly died at a mass shooting in june tweeted this morning that he and his wife are praying for the victims in las vegas. scalise just returned to congress last week. new jersey senator robert menendez expressed his condolences. >> i don't know when we'll wake up to the reality of the challenges of gun violence in our country and do something about it. >> menendez pushed for additional gun control measures after the pulse nightclub shooting in orlando florida which claimed 49 lives. dozens of people caught up in the horror in las vegas risked their own lives to help others. some shielded victims from the gunfire. others tried to get the wounded to safety. an off duty nurse says every time there was a break in the gunfire she and others went back trying to help. >> there was so many people just normal citizens, doctors,
cops, paramedics, like nurses, just off duty, everyone was communicating and working together. you got this person, you got this person, you got this person. it was -- it was completely horrible but it was absolutely amazing. >> the nurse says sadly so many of the victims were young people and some could not be saved but that group effort did manage to save others. now to the crisis in the caribbean. it's been almost two weeks of anguish for the people of puerto rico but more help is coming as they try to recover from hurricane maria. a flatbed truck arrived from newark, delaware, this morning to begin transporting donations to the port of wilmington. those donations will be shipped to puerto rico. abc's serena marshall has more on the federal response to the disaster. >> reporter: back at the white house, president trump responding to the crisis in puerto rico. >> we're getting a lot of things done really at a record clip so we're very happy with that and i'll be going there
on tuesday. >> reporter: he spent his sunday watching the president's cup golf tournament from the 14th green but not forgetting those suffering from the storm. >> we're going to dedicate this trophy to all of those people that went through so much. >> reporter: the president's disaster management including tweets we done a great job with the almost impossible situation he tweeted. in another one, accusing the san juan mayor of poor leadership writing they want everything to be done for them when it should be a community effort. as of saturday, 45 percent of the island still without drinking water. the capitol's mayor responding to the president's ire. >> there's only one goal and that is saving lives. >> reporter: just 25 miles outside of san juan, politics and the president couldn't be further from their minds. >> nobody's come to help. >> no. >> reporter: the reyes family telling abc's alex perez they still have no power, no cell service, many homes with no roofs.
in a small town tears as fema arrives. >> not enough, not fast enough. we know that, they know that. >> reporter: as the military arrives the lieutenant in charge agreeing. >> we are not satisfied with what we have been able to do so far. these people deserve more help and we're going to bring it. >> reporter: president trump heads to the i would -- island on tuesday. serena marshall, abc news, washington. >> back here, two people were injured in a house fire in burlington county, new jersey. smoke poured from the house here on the 100 block of treat street in mount holly. heavy fire was showing on the sector floor of the twin house. crews say they had to work around the clutter inside the home to get the fire under control. two people are being checked out for smoke inhalation. so far no word yet on a cause. and still ahead on "action news" at noon another check of the forecast for you as we look live outside, sky6 hd showing you a nice picture of the center city skyline at
lunchtime. meteorologist, david murphy has your update from accuweather when we come right back. >> ♪ these are moments when people realize that where you get your medicine matters. and they look to us. cvs pharmacy. for advice. and ways to save money. plus, get up to fifty extrabucks each year just for filling prescriptions. switching is easy. we're here for you. join us. at cvs pharmacy. ♪
is he took an elevated sniper position. he saw a venue where there was [bell tolls] >> wall street observed a moment of silence in recognition of the las vegas shooting massacre this morning. the president also urged americans to think of everyone affected by what he called the gunman's evil. executives from facebook are on capitol hill today. officials with the social media giant will provide congress with more than 3,000 ads that ran during the 2016 presidential election. they have been linked to an agency from russia. the meetings with the house and senate intelligence committees and the senate judiciary committee will be private. meteorologist, david murphy back inside now with a closer look at that forecast. nice out there. >> yeah, sure is and you mentioned a moment ago the weekend was pretty nice. it was a little on the cool side. we're going to bring those numbers up a bit. your storm tracker6 live double scan imagery shows you
we're dry. it will be later in the week before we start to see showers moving in again. taking a look outside we have plenty of sunshine at penn's landing. look look at how glassy and smooth the delaware inlet is where they park all the yachts and sailboats. not much wind out there and really comfortable conditions building. temperature 69 degrees, your dewpoint at 74, winds only 5 miles per hour and the ocean temperature starting to slip as we're into october now, 68 degrees off atlantic city. satellite shows you cloud cover well off to the west on the other side of toronto and down below richmond, virginia. around here bright blue skies and probably staying pretty darn bright the rest of the way. and temperatures are treating us well. most of these numbers are a couple of degrees above average. 75 in allentown, 76 this afternoon in reading. heading to 74 in lancaster. 73 in trenton. 75 in philadelphia and wilmington. close to that in millville and down the shore 71 in cape may and 72 along the boardwalk in atlantic city. once again, we have a rip current issue although it's a moderate risk and not the high
risk that we had for about a week going up until last friday and into the weekend. but you still want to use caution. of course with those ocean temperatures dipping down into the 60's now, probably not a whole lot of you thinking about going into the water but if you do you want to use extreme caution because the sea is still a little bit rough. trying to calm it down after maria went out to sea. 73 is the temperature at 2 o'clock, looking for a high of 75 i expect we'll hit that around 3:30 or 4 o'clock today. still holding 71 by 6 o'clock but it's that time of the year that once the sun drops the temperatures tend to drop especially when you've got light winds and clear skies. 8 o'clock down to 64, by 10 o'clock 61 and philadelphia gets into the low 50's tonight, some suburbs the mid 40's so like this morning it will be a cool one as you step outside early tomorrow. but then in the afternoon with high pressure in control off to the north and a northerly flow, it will be another very comfortable afternoon for you. still sunny for the most part staying mild with that high of 75 and winds remaining light, humidity still low.
so, pretty much a copy tomorrow of what we had today. and i want to just take a quick look at tropical satellite. you see a lot of high clouds illustrated with those bright shades of red and some yellow, maybe some rain here and there underneath those. but right now we have no tropical systems anywhere in the atlantic, the caribbean or the gulf of mexico and it's been awhile since we've been able to say that. for the next 48 hours we do not expect any tropical development. of course the season doesn't end until november 30th so we got a ways to go before we're totally out of the woods. tree pollen really dying down, so is grass pollen but we have moderate problem with weeds and mold kind of an issue this week. so, those of you suffering from allergies probably still want to keep those medications going. remember the first frost generally doesn't hit until late october around here. 75 degrees is today's high, 75 tomorrow. a couple of nice ones. then on wednesday, sunny and warmer, 78. and on thursday up to 82 with a shower. a front coming through, clouds and sun friday. probably dry and easing back down to 79. then for the coming weekend, looks like 75 on saturday with
perhaps a slight chance of a pop-up shower. and on sunday, for the eagles for the second straight eagles home game it's going to be pretty warm. 77 degrees, partly sunny in philadelphia on sunday, rick. >> all right, david, thank you will. nice streak. >> yeah, not bad. >> speaking of nice streak, how about the eagles they move to three and one and sit atop the nfc east with a win yesterday against the chargers. the birds led the whole way. carson wentz passed for 242 yards legarrette blount rushing. eagles win it 26-24. just moments ago, coach pederson talked about what the offense needs to do to keep going forward. >> we want to go in and establish that run, play action pass with carson, able to move him around a little bit. it's sort of the direction that i think our offense needs to go in. >> eagles face the arizona cardinals at home next sunday. well, after a frightening scene in the stands, the new york yankees are making a move
to keep their fans safe. nearly two weeks after a one-year-old girl was injured by a foul ball at yankee stadium, the team said it plans to expand protective netting next year. the team did not say how far the netting will extend. as for the young girl that was hit by a ball at 105 miles per hour her father says she's out of the hospital and will turn two this week.
to ever see again or want anyone else to see. >> it seems like jason played a couple minutes then he dropped >> the white white house gload k last night. she urged americans to make breast cancer awareness a priority. she tweeted, please talk to your doctor about early detection and reducing your risk. michelle obama and shonda rhimes will be headlighting the keynote luncheon tomorrow
afternoon at the pennsylvania conference for women in center city and as you can imagine the demand is overwhelming and tickets are sold out. we'll be streaming it on 6abc.com and pennsylvania conference for women.org is that scheduled to begin sometime around 1:30 tomorrow afternoon. all right. meteorologist, david murphy back now with one final check of your accuweather forecast. >> and it's going to be a little warmer out there today than it was over the weekend rick. lots of sun in the northern and western suburbs and lots of 70's. 76 in reading and down towards pottstown. in philadelphia we'll go 75. a couple of 73's over towards berlin and wrightstown and down the shore 72 in ac many, 71 on the point in cape may. 74 in millville. rick a pleasant afternoon ahead. remember there are still some rip currents in the water down the shore. >> all right, david thank you again. coming up later today on "action news" at 4 o'clock we'll continue our coverage of that mass shooting in las vegas. once again, 58 people killed, more than 500 injured in the shooting at a country music festival. we know that the suspected shooter is dead. and we've learned president trump plans to be in las vegas
on wednesday. and this reminder "action news" anchor jim gardner is on the way to las vegas to bring you live reports. jim's reports will begin tonight right here on "action news". and that's going to do it for us. join us later today tore "action news" at for "action news" at 4:00, 5:00 and 6:00. i'm rick williams. have a nice afternoon. we'll see you right here later today. >> ♪ files, any might have that would provide a motive. his family said no. >> his brother seemed myself fieed also in another kind of shock. >> absolutely. his brother is a mass shooter. helped move him to mesqui
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