A survivor of the Las Vegas mass shooting who met with President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump described them as “real people.”
“They’re real people. He’s a real human, she’s a real human,” survivor Stephanie Melanson said on CNN’s “New Day.”
“They had a heart, they were caring, they were sympathetic, he had a listening ear. He sends his condolences.”
Stephanie’s mother, Rosemarie Melanson, was shot in the abdomen on Sunday night at the Route 91 Harvest music festival on the Las Vegas Strip. Stephen Paddock, 64, opened fire on 22,000 people attending the festival, killing 58 and wounding hundreds more.
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“It was hard to take in,” Stephanie Melanson said of meeting the first lady. “Before he could finish talking, she got up and beelined over to us and hugged me and told me ‘Your mom is strong, she’s a fighter, she’ll be ok. She’s going to make it.'”
Rosemarie has undergone two surgeries at the Las Vegas Sunrise Hospital. She is in critical but stable condition and is expected to recover.
President Trump and the first lady met with other victims of the shooting and with the Las Vegas police department.
In a new disclosure, authorities said two bullets Paddock fired struck a large jet fuel storage tank at the edge of the city’s main airport, about a block from the concert grounds, indicating an attempt by the gunman to create even greater havoc.
There was no explosion or fire from the two rounds, one of which penetrated the tank, as jet fuel in storage is almost impossible to ignite with gunshots, airport officials said on Friday.
Paddock’s girlfriend, Marilou Danley, 62, was questioned by the FBI on Wednesday and said in a statement she had no inkling of Paddock’s plans.
Danley, who returned late on Tuesday from a visit to see family in the Philippines, is regarded by investigators as a “person of interest.” The Australian citizen of Filipino heritage is cooperating fully with authorities, her lawyer said.
Reuters contributed to this report.