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U.S. President Trump says American people's souls are stricken with grief Updated: 2017-10-05 14:26:08 KST


U.S. President Trump arrived in Las Vegas Wednesday local time, where he met with first responders, law enforcement officials, and survivors of the shooting massacre.
The president praised the bravery of those who risked or sacrificed their lives to save others, and said the entire country is grieving over the tragedy.

"Our souls are stricken with grief for every American who lost a husband or a wife a mother or father a son or daughter. () We struggle for the words to explain to our children how such evil can exist, how there can be such cruelty and such suffering."

The police are still investigating the motive of the gunman Stephen Paddock, while adding that they have found no evidence which indicates the mass shooting was linked to terrorism.

"What we know is Stephen Paddock is a man who spent decades acquiring weapons and ammo and living a secret life much of which would never be fully understood. He meticulously planned on the worst domestic attack in United States history."

Meanwhile, the gunman's girlfriend, 62-year old Marilou Danley, returned to the United States from the Philippines late Tuesday, now being investigated by the FBI as a "person of interest."
In a statement released by her attorney, she said she had absolutely no knowledge or suspicions that Paddock was plotting such an attack.

"I knew Stephen Paddock as a kind, caring, quiet man. () It never occured to me in any way whatsoever that he was planning violence against anyone."

She said Paddock had given her a plane ticket to the Philippines prior to the shooting, saying he wanted her to go home and see her family.
He then wired a sum of one hundred-thousand U.S. dollars to her, saying the money was a gift for her to buy a house for her family.
Officials say, there's no indication at the moment that she was aware of Paddock's deadly plans.
Park Ji-won, Arirang News.
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