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Trump calls Las Vegas shooting suspect 'sick' and 'demented'

Sammy Stanley | 05 October, 2017, 10:29

President Trump on October 4 met with Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department employees and praised their response to an October 1 shooting that left 58 people dead and injured hundreds.

Trump has mostly avoided the re-emerging debate over guns since Sunday's massacre in Las Vegas; on Tuesday, he told reporters that "we'll be talking about gun laws as time goes by".

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder (R) ordered flags around Lansing lowered tomorrow after the shooting that killed at least 58 in Las Vegas.

In prepared remarks, he spoke of the courage displayed by those who risked or lost their lives saving loved ones and total strangers.

Trump's visit to Las Vegas comes three days after the deadliest mass shooting in modern USA history occurred along the city's famous light-filled strip.

Trump has labeled the Sunday night shooting at an outdoor music festival an "act of pure evil" and declared the nation would unite behind the survivors.

During a visit with first responders after meeting with hospital staff, Trump continued to question the shooters mental capacity, saying he was a "sick, demented man" whose "wires are screwed up".

He said he'd met "some of the most unbelievable people" - and had extended some invitations to visit him in Washington.

Generous with superlatives, Trump also commended the doctors for doing an "indescribable" job. He congratulated them "on a job well done".

'We're doing a movie' actor yells at police after being shot at
A police officer bodycam shows him opening fire on a performing actor who was mistaken as an armed robber while filming a scene. State police confirmed Duff had then dropped the gun, pulled off his mask and told authorities they were on a film set.

On his trip from the airport, the president's motorcade drove past the Mandalay Bay hotel where the gunman fired down into the concert crowd.

"It's a very, very sad day for me personally", Mr. Trump said. "None of this ends unless we do something to stop it".

"To the families of the victims, we are praying for you and we are here for you and we ask God to help see you through this very dark period", the US President added. You are not alone.

It was a sombre address from a provocateur president who prides himself on commanding strength but sometimes has struggled to project empathy at times of tragedy.

During Tuesday's trip, he highlighted Puerto Rico's relatively low death toll compared with "a real catastrophe like Katrina", when as many as 1,800 people died in 2005 as levees protecting New Orleans broke.

In Las Vegas, some seemed skeptical that the president's visit would bring much comfort.

The president also offered a somber response in June, after a shooting at a congressional baseball practice that wounded five, including Republican Rep. Steve Scalise.

On his return from Puerto Rico, he declined to discuss gun control in the wake of the shooting.

"The message I have is: 'We have a great country and we are there for you, '" Trump said after meeting with patients and medical personnel at a local hospital in a stunned city crawling with security.

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