Trump at medical center to meet with victims

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Republican lawmakers on Thursday said they would look into "bump stock" gun accessories after a retiree used rifles equipped with them to rain gunfire onto a Las Vegas concert, killing 58 people in the deadliest mass shooting in modern USA history.

Paddock wired US$100,000 (NZD$140,000) to the Philippines days before the shooting, a United States official not authorised to speak publicly because of the continuing investigation said on condition of anonymity.

Beyond Trump's assessment, authorities were at a loss as to how a 64-year-old gambler and retired accountant had hauled a vast arsenal of weapons to the hotel and launched his assault.

After landing in Las Vegas, both Air Force One and the presidential motorcade rolled within sight of Mandalay Bay, the hotel that the sniper used as a perch to fire upon at people attending a music concert Sunday night.

He took his own life before police stormed his room, where they found as many as 23 guns, bringing the total death toll to 59.

On Twitter, Trump said Tuesday that "it is a "miracle" how fast the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police were able to find the demented shooter and stop him from even more killing!"

Investigators are on the hunt for a mystery woman reportedly seen with Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock a few days before he opened fire on Route 91 Harvest Music Festival, NBC News reported.

She also said: "He never said anything to me or took any action that I was aware of that I understood in any way to be a warning that something frightful like this was going to happen".

She boarded a flight from Manila to Los Angeles on Tuesday, according to Antonette Mangrobang, a spokeswoman for the Philippine Immigration Bureau.

Police found him dead in his room but they have recently said that he may have been planning to escape.

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Sheriff Joseph Lombardo told reporters that Stephen Paddock rented a room through Airbnb at the Ogden hotel in downtown Las Vegas but didn't know why.

Snyder said authorities wouldn't get notified of the purchase of rifles, but would get notified if there was a multiple sale of two or more handguns in one purchase.

But the sheriff declined to provide any details on what has been uncovered so far about Paddock because he said he does not want to say something that could drive anyone with information underground.

The girlfriend of the Las Vegas gunman says she had no idea of the massacre he was plotting when he sent her on a trip overseas to see her family.

Trump was scheduled to arrive at 9:30 a.m. PDT and meet with patients and doctors at a hospital treating the more than 500 people injured in Sunday's shooting.

US President Donald Trump visited Las Vegas earlier today.

Marilou Danley, Paddock's girlfriend, issued a statement Wednesday afternoon through her attorney, Matt Lombard. Three minutes later, the wounded security guard told Las Vegas police he'd been shot and directed officers to the gunman's room. From the windows of his room, he shot at a crowd in a concert.

"He was so rude to her in front of us", Esperanza Mendoza, the store's supervisor, told the newspaper.

Nevada's Gaming Control Board said it will pass along records compiled on Paddock and his girlfriend to investigators.

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