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FBI Investigating Whether Gunman's Wife Knew About Plot; Source: Killer Cased Disney, Gay Club In Early June; Survivor: The Guilt Of Being Alive Is Heavy; Remembering The Victims; First Responder On Orlando Shooting; How To Help The Alvear Family; Pres. Obama, Clinton Rail Against Trump; Orlando United. Aired 9-10p ET
Aired June 14, 2016 - 21:00 ET
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[21:01:31] ANDERSON COOPER, CNN ANCHOR: Welcome back for another live hour, a fear from Orlando of "AC360". We're outside the Orlando regional medical center. Dozens of patients are still being treated at this hospital and another one in town after a gunman opened fire on a gay nightclub three nights ago.
You know, for most of this hour, we will bring you stories of hope, survival, and people helping others in the middle of chaos and horror. We'll also remember the names and faces of all 49 people whose lives were taken from that night. We think it's so important for you to see their faces, to learn their names and to remember so that they are not forgotten.
We will not say as always the shooter's name or show his picture, but we do want to get you up to date on the latest on the investigation. The latest on what we know about this killer. Jim Sciutto joins me now for that. So what are the investigators saying, particular about the shooter's wife?
JIM SCIUTTO, CNN CHIEF NATIONAL SECURITY CORRESPONDENT: She is now focused of an active investigation. The question being what did she know before these attacks? Did she have some warning, particularly about targets that he was looking at.
She has told the investigators that she knew that he was thinking about some sort of Jihadist attack and that she tried to stop him, but she didn't know what the target was. So investigators now are looking to see if she knew enough and should
have come forward with that information to keep this attack from happening.
COOPER: And the FBI, I knew they have been -- I mean, they've been gathering information from the shooter's wife, but they haven't made a determination about whether or not she knew specific targets?
SCIUTTO: They have not. But they do know that she went to potential targets with him.
COOPER: She went to Pulse. Is that ...
SCIUTTO: She went to Pulse before at least once. She also went to the Disney's Spring Resort which is a Disney property downtown ...
SCIUTTO: ... within and investigators believe that when they travel there in April, that he was scouting out a target. The question is, did she know ...
SCIUTTO: ... that he was scouting out that target and that's a real focus of investigators.
COOPER: And they found his phone. Was that correct in the club?
SCIUTTO: He did phone, Dell computer. The phone in the club, at his home a Dell computer other documents a digital camera as well. And as they
look at this and exploited them, they found that he was downloading for instance and watching Jihadist videos, ISIS beheading videos, also videos of Anwar al-Awlaki, Al-Qaeda (inaudible), also the American ...
SCIUTTO: ... cleric. He was actually killed in the U.S. drone strike. So this kind of classic path to a Jihadi attack of being radicalized online. And the key about the phone, that was found on his purse in there, but they couldn't exploit it immediately because it was covered in blood and it's considered a biohazard.
COOPER: Do we know if they're going to be able to access the information on that phone at this point?
SCIUTTO: That's an open question.
SCIUTTO: It was to (inaudible) a Samsung phone, Apple phones are bit harder to crack and we know this from the whole controversy ...
SCIUTTO: ... between the FBI and Apple. But this is what they're attempting to do right now.
COOPER: And we knew he had the phone inside because the people inside the bathroom said he was on the phone. We know and meet there were 911 calls. I talked to an eye witness who was outside about an hour before the shooting began. He saw him outside the club with the phone in his hand. So, it's very possible if there was somebody else involved -- I mean, are investigators still looking at that as a possibility?
SCIUTTO: Absolutely. COOPER: OK.
SCIUTTO: I mean they have not closed out any of these paths I mean. So the wife we know is a target of investigation, but we know that they're continuing to look at others to see if they had any sort of support network for him. That's a standard thing they do. They did it after Paris. They did it after Belgium. Just to our knowledge, they haven't discovered an accomplice in that category. And to be clear about the wife, they don't believe she was an accomplice per se.
SCIUTOO: Someone who say, you know, help to carry out the attack itself. The question was, was it a sin of omission?
SCIUTTO: Did she know something and not report it?
COOPER: Right. All right Jim Sciutto, I appreciate with the latest information there.
In the middle of the chaos, the violence of the shooting, there were stories of people helping others. One of them of course was Jeanette McCoy who was at the club with friends. She tied her shirt around one of her friend's leg to try to stop the bleeding after he was shot.
[21:05:05] Another, one of Jeanette friend's who was shot and survived was named Angel. Jeanette wrote on Facebook that she's only alive because as they were trying to escape the shooter, her friend Angel was behind her. She spoke from the hospital today.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
ANGEL COLON, ORLANDO SHOOTING SURVIVOR: I was starting to -- the last girl I was talking to and out of nowhere, we just hear a big shotgun. We just -- we stop what we're doing and then it just keeps going. That happened and we just grabbed each other. We started running.
And, unfortunately, I was shot about three times in my leg. So I had fallen down. I tried to get back up, but everyone started running everywhere. I got trampled over and I shattered and broke my bones on my left leg.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
COOPER: And joining me now are survivors it's Jeanette McCoy and Yvens Carrenard. Thank you so much for being with us. When did you realize something terrible was happening at the club?
JEANETTE MCCOY, ORLANDO SHOOTING SURVIVOR: It was right after I turned away from Angel and went towards my bother. I was facing the bar where we found that the bartender was and the shots were just automatic. It was just the sound of it. It just boom, boom, boom, boom, boom, back to back and I turned to my side and there's a young female next to me and she gets shot. So automatically ... COOPER: You saw that?
MCCOY: Yes. So automatically I'm ducking and trying to turn and then Angel pushes me because right there there's nothing but chaos. And at that time, it's just I'm feeling so many bullets just flying by so fast. The (inaudible) starts breaking. There's glass everywhere and I start turning to my right and start heading towards the patio because I know there's the outside ...
MCCOY: ... is that way and I just needed to go outside. And we fall to the ground and as I'm trying to get up, it just the sound of bullets passing me. I was bracing to pretty much get hit gone. I just told myself if I get hit, I just want to be able to run. And I was hoping to get hit in an area that I was going to be OK.
And I finally run out. I lose Yvens and I lose everybody, my brother and my friend Jillian and I'm out. I finally make it out and then I run all the way across. And I actually go to the front part of the entrance because I was infuriated with all the shots and the cops just weren't going in and I was screaming at the cops.
MCCOY: Yes. I was telling them, I had video what I'm saying and I was cursing for them to enter the building. I didn't feel that it was necessary for somebody to have that many shots. I already felt it. By then there was already 100 rounds that were already shot.
COOPER: And Yvens, were you still inside at that point...
YVENS CARRENARD, ORLANDO SHOOTING SURVIVOR: Yes.
COOPER: ... when you got separated?
CARRENARD: Yeah, we were separated. I was leaning against the wall, that was by the bar area where her friend Juan was actually working. And I just happened to lean against the wall and I was watching them have a good time, you know, kind of sidelining if you'd say.
And when the shots went off, I knew automatically, you know what it was and I don't know. I just about faced and there ended up being a room behind me, like a storage room by the bar. And I bust through there in about four or five people bust in behind me and I put my body against the door because I was worried that the shooter might come in the room. And that's when I kind of like cracked the door. I peeked out and I could see him, you know, shooting.
COOPER: You actually saw him shooting?
CARRENARD: Yeah. I see -- well I'm not hitting people ...
CARRENARD: ... but I seen him standing in there shooting. COOPER: I mean, I've heard people describing him. He's sort of calm. Did he or how did he seem to you?
CARRENARD: Yeah. Like, he was just normal. He would literally just standing there and just letting it go. And I remember the flare like from the barrel. Like, I could see the fire or the spark or whatever you say. And that's when I closed the door and I said "Oh my god, oh my god" and I could see the fear in everybody's face that was with me. And that's when we noticed the ladder. I think it was a young lady that was with us that notice the ladder and that's when we climb up in the ladder and head ourselves in the office.
COOPER: And that's eventually how you got out?
CARRENARD: Yeah, I guess so.
COOPER: What do you want the people to remember? I mean, I just think it's so, you know, there's so much focus on many people put on, on who did this and rather than who lost their lives.
MCCOY: You know, there's so many mixed emotions from anger to frustration to sorrow. For me it's the people who are in there bleeding to death. Though the question of why, why am I here and why they're not?
COOPER: You think about that a lot still?
MCCOY: It plays in my head everyday.
COOPER: Yeah. You took off your shirt to make a tourniquet to save others?
MCCOY: Yeah. Once I came out and I realized that I didn't have -- once I realize I didn't have any gunshot wounds, I automatically -- it was human nature to just go and help. And I actually found Juan, the bartender that I was in front of and he was shot in his right quad.
[21:10:04] And yet somebody must wrap something, but he was still bleeding and I automatically just took my shirt off and wrapped to his leg up.
COOPER: We see there are an actually ...
COOPER: ... we saw a video with Juan.
MCCOY: Yes. Yeah, that's me. And I started to help other individuals. There was a young lady who was shot in her arm and she was going into shock and I was just speaking to her in a calm voice and letting her know that she's going to be OK. We started to apply pressure on her arm.
She was screaming, but I told her that she just needed to relax and she was going to be OK. That she didn't hit any major arteries or anything and just whoever was around, I just -- it was -- I knew that I had to help. I could leave. I didn't leave there. I didn't get home until 6:00 in the morning because I had to make sure that I was there for my people, for our community. And it was already hurtful that I knew that my people who were in there already suffering.
COOPER: This has brought people together, I mean, in an extraordinary way, I mean the outpouring of that vigil last night here. There was a vigil in New York. I mean if you saw it. I mean, just -- I feel like it's sort of an extraordinary time here in the midst of this horror and this tragedy that people have come together.
MCCOY: It is and it's people of all. You know, I bring my straight friend to the club with me, you know? And I was feeling down and I said "Hey, I just wanted to smile. I just wanted to have a good time and be amongst my Latin people." And, you know, that's when we go to Pulse for.
COOPER: And I think it's important to point out not everybody goes to a gay club is gay right?
COOPER: You know there's...
MCCOY: I brought my straight brother.
MCCOY: And I brought my friend and my other, you know, so it was just a time for us to have a good time because that's what we go to Pulse for. You don't see that in the gay scene, some type of shoot-out. That doesn't happen. It's not common.
COOPER: Right, yeah. Yeah. And in often actually gay bars, there's very few fights ever whereas in ...
COOPER: ... in other bars you often time you'll see a fights with alcohol involved.
COOPER: But, you know, for so many gay people and their friends, it's a safe space. You know they can express emotion. They can express affection in a way ...
COOPER: ... that they can't on the street, you know, normally.
MCCOY: Yeah. You know, it's been tough because, you know, everyone -- we're humans. We can stay here and represent, you know, the -- our gay flag, but we all bleed the same.
MCCOY: We're all humans and there was a bunch of humans in there and everyone was just able to come together, you know, as a community. But my thing is, how long are we going to come together as a community? It shouldn't take tragic events like this for us to come together and that's the disappointing part. Its how can we come together as a community, as a town, as a country, as a nation, what is it that we're going to go ahead and be pro active about in that area?
COOPER: Thank you so much for being with us.
MCCOY: Thank you so much.
COOPER: I am. I'm so sorry for all you've been through. Yvens as well, thank you very much. We're going to have a lot more ahead over this next hour.
Coming up another story of survival. We hear from a young woman in the hospital right now and her name is Patience. She wrote an incredible moving poem expressing her feelings about surviving when others did not.
Also ahead, we remember Amanda, a nursing student who was at Pulse with friends. He posted a Snapchat video. The moment gunfire rang out, she and her friend didn't make it out that night. Her brother shares his memories ahead.
[21:16:34] COOPER: As we pointed out, 28 survivors are still hospitalized tonight. They've been shot. All but six of them are being treated to the hospital behind me the Orlando Regional Medical Center. One of them is a 20-year-old woman named Patience Carter. She was in Florida on vacation, her first time here. She wrote an incredibly moving poem about the shooting and what she saw and how she feels about surviving when so many others didn't. She read her poem from the hospital today. We think it's important to hear it.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
PATIENCE CARTER, ORLANDO SHOOTING SURVIVOR: The guilt of feeling grateful to be alive is heavy. Wanting to smile about surviving but not sure if the people around you are ready. As the world mourns the victims killed and viciously slain, I feel guilty about screaming about my legs in pain because I could feel nothing. Like the other 49 who weren't so lucky to feel this pain of mine.
I never thought in a million years that this could happen. I never thought in a million years that my eyes could witness something so tragic.
Looking at the souls leaving the bodies of individuals, looking at the killer's machine gun throughout my right peripheral, looking at the blood and debris covered on everyone's faces, looking at the gunman's feet under the stall as he paces. The guilt of feeling lucky to be alive is heavy, it's like the weight of the ocean's wall is crushing uncontrolled by levees. Like being drug through the grass with a shattered leg and thrown on the bag of a chevy, it's like being rushed to the hospital and told you're going to make it when you laid beside individuals who lives were brutally taken.
The guilt of being alive is heavy.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
COOPER: The guilt of feeling lucky to be alive is heavy she said. We wish Patience Carter strength in days ahead. Our chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta joins us now. He's have exclusive access inside the hospital over the pass a couple of days.
I mean it's remarkable to realize just sort of how many people are working on people like Patience and on other survivors. I mean, it takes so many people, there's so many multiple wounds at times.
SANJAY GUPTA, CNN CHIEF MEDICAL CORRESPONDENT: From the moments they literally entered the hospital, there have been dozens of people involved, the doctors and nurses all sorts therapists and, you know, the psychological impact, what you're hearing is survivor's guilt combined with post traumatic stress. This can be individualized. People respond in the situation so differently. It could be very powerful and it could be surprising even to the person who experiencing, if they don't quite now how to describe it at first.
And what's also interesting is sort of being around these community for sometime is even people outside of the club, people who just live in this community can also have a competitive survivor's guilt. You know, they lived when others did not, typically in situations where people are targeted, for example, something like this versus natural disaster, survivor's guilt is going to be more common.
COOPER: You know, to be fair. You and I have been in a lot of places where a lot of terrible things have happened. And I often get a lot of questions from friends but also tweets from people saying, well, how can people in their moment of grief, you know, appear so calm and talk, how can Patience have the strength to read that out in a press conference. How can a mother who just lost her son smile while she's talking about her son? And, I mean, we all react to grief different. I mean ...
GUPTA: I don't know.
[21:20:08] COOPER: But like -- there are a lot of people who are lot more composed than I'm able to be.
GUPTA: Yeah, I don't think I should do it. You know, when I see some of these parents for example are talking about their children. I think part of it is a sense of empowerment you know you feel so -- you've lost all control.
COOPER: And they want people to know about their loved ones. You know when somebody dies violently, you don't want to just remember how their life ended, you want them to know how they lived their life.
GUPTA: That's right and they feel like they can be that that messenger and also again with these survivor's guilt, the part of it is also honoring the people who died. You have such self-preservation when you're being targeted like this, that you want to save your own life but then you start to think about it, reflect, could I have done more to save other people's lives as well?
Doctors and nurses people here, that's part of their role as well you know the doctors have been describing how they behaved when these patients started came in how the patient came in. One of the doctors spoke quite a lot about this. Take a listen.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
DR. KATHRYN BONDANI, ORLANDO REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER: Our first patient was relatively stable, awake and talking to us, and we thought maybe they're all going to be like this and that would be great.
And then we quickly got two or three more that were very critical in nature. We quickly got about five patients and that was a lot for us and we thought maybe that was going to be it and then they started ling up in the hallway. They weren't being brought in by ambulances. There was no paramedics coming in and giving us support and dropping them off they were being dropped off in truckloads and in ambulance loads where our amazing nurses and techs were putting them on stretchers and rolling them in to us and telling us that another patient is here, another patient is here, another patient is here. And quickly our trauma bay became folding capacity and we had to move people out.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
GUPTA: You know, beside the words that she's saying, you can hear sort a little bit of that cathartic nature of what she's saying as well getting some of this out there, but Anderson they were bringing patients in, in pickup trucks, typically you get some sort of advance notice, A that are patients are coming ...
COOPER: She can figure out how the triage things ...
COOPER: ... the priority.
GUPTA: They give you some idea about the pattern of injuries are they really had no idea I mean the last time I think you and I saw something like again was in a war zone.
GUPTA: For something patients just show up and so it was that sort of feeling for a period of time but they were empowered to be able to do something about it and I think that's a lot of how they get through this psychologically again. COOPER: Right, and for many of these doctors, I mean but obviously -- never seen unless they had military training, they've probably never something at this level.
GUPTA: Right and the number of wounds I mean these patients had, just because of multiple gunshot wounds. But also, you know, we talk about the bullets, the way they behave once they get on the body, they tumble, they loss someone can be shot one or the body which is where you focus your attention, but all of a sudden the bullet has travel causing damage throughout the body.
And the patient may look OK, blood pressure is OK and five minutes later they're completely unstable. So it's a lot of monitoring, a lot of diligence but they have to spend besides just operating and taking care of them.
COOPER: Yeah, well Sanjay it's great that you have some access, appreciate you can talk to us, thank you very much. Sanjay Gupta.
Just ahead, we'll continue to remember the victim's brother of nursing student Amanda Alvear share his memory, she posted a Snapshot video right when the gun fire started. It's the last images her family has of her. They also learned about her brave actions before she died when we continue from Orlando.
[21:27:15] COOPER: Well, as you probably know as you've been watching us the last few days, we're trying to bring you as many of the stories of the victims and survivors as possible the shooting here in Orlando.
And right now, we've got an exclusive with a fire lieutenant who was on duty when it all happened. He spoke with CNN Brooke Baldwin, Brooke joins me now.
BROOKE BALDWIN, CNN NEWSROOM ANCHOR: You know, you've been amazing and talking all these different, you know, survivors or victims on the (inaudible) had recently, I really wanted to dedicate sometime to talking to the firefighters the first responders. And so what people may not realize is that this fire station, Station 5 is 300 feet from the night club. There's just the small building in between.
And so, when the initial shouts came out, the call came in, you know, multiple, multiple wounded, they had no idea that it would be as many as it was. And so this Fire Station 5 essentially became this makeshift triage. And so suddenly this Lieutenant, Davis O'Dell, starts explaining to me that people started running, they heard the shots from within the firehouse, they're running every which way, including trying to, you know, find safety behind this brick wall at the fire station.
He described to me, you know, it was obviously a bloody, gruesome scene and he described the first person that came toward them, shot twice in the stomach.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP) DAVIS O'DELL, LIEUTENANT: There was a groups of people in front of the fire station hiding behind the wall over there, crying and screaming. And as soon as we put the bay door up there, we had our first person shot through and through.
BALDWIN: What was that person saying?
O'DELL: He wasn't saying anything. He was shot twice through the abdomen, through and through. So what happened when the bay door went up, we immediately helped and carried him in there and laid him down on the bay floor right next to engine and the medics went to work on him and immediately began to stabilize and triage him and we had another victim come in with a shot through the wrist, another shot through the leg.
So the walking wounded, we can bandage those up, you know, and stabilize them rather easily, but the man who was shot through the abdomen twice was a priority. So he was really patient number one for the Orlando Fire Department's response.
BALDWIN: Did he make it?
O'DELL: I have no idea. I have no idea. I don't know who he was. I don't know other than the fact that when we got a rescue down here to transport him, we had loaded him into the back and it was a hot scene and off he went to the hospital.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
BALDWIN: I mean, just imagine the fog of it all. He said it roughly 25 people they treated, whether it was at the fire station or even across the street from Pulse Nightclub is a bagel shop. And to that quickly became another triage situation.
Keep in mind, this lieutenant has been a firefighter, Anderson for 35 years. You know, you trained for active shooter situations but, you know, never ever would you train for a scene like this.
[21:30:02] And I said to him, you know, when I he told me about the tactics sent to wife, he has children, he's a dad and as he was working in the wee hours of Sunday morning. He said to his wife, don't let the kids turn on the TV and I asked him, you know, what's the one thing when you close your eyes at night, what's the one thing you think of? And he said to me, "The courage, the heroism," you know, going to battle with his fellow fire fighters, the police department, the swift action, that's what he chooses to focus on.
COOPER: Brooke, appreciate you doing that interview. Thank you.
BALDWIN: Thank you.
COOPER: Thanks very much, Brooke Baldwin.
We're going to have a lot more ahead in this hour. Many of the victims of Sunday's terror attack documented it as it unfolded in text messages, phone calls to loved ones and on video. This is Snapchat. Snapshot video, she was at Pulse with friends. They look like they're having fun then gunshots you hear right there ring out there. Now there she looks confused and the video ends. Amanda didn't make it out alive. She's just 25 years old, a nursing student who tried to help others even in the final moments of her life.
Gary Tuchman talked to her brother, Brian, today.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
GARY TUCHMAN, CNN NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Brian Alvear was the first of three children. He lost his younger brother Nelson to cancer years ago. His younger sister, Amanda, went to the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando Saturday night.
BRIAN ALVEAR, AMANDA'S BROTHER: If there's anyone on earth that I thought could take a couple shots and survive just to spite the person that shot them, it's my sister.
TUCHMAN: But tragically, Amanda, a nursing student at the University of South Florida was one of the 49 people killed.
ALVEAR: My parent should never have to bury one child, let alone two. I mean, it's unfathomable that my mom has to go through this again. Like it's just -- she's the sweetest woman who's never said a bad word about anybody.
TUCHMAN: Brian and his parents got a call on Sunday morning that Amanda had gone to the Pulse with several friends. They frantically tried to reach her and immediately feared the worst when they got no answer.
They then saw the Snapchat videos, short videos Amanda had posted from the club showing people dancing and having fun. But there was one last video in which the first gunshots are heard. Amanda with a confused and concerned look on her face, and those were the last images of Amanda's life that they'll ever see.
So when you saw this Snapcat video of your sister, tell me how it made you feel.
ALVEAR: I mean, fear, like just afraid for my sister, like wanting -- helpless. I wanted to jump through the TV and, you know, your little sister, she's in trouble, you want to be there for her and you can't.
TUCHMAN: One of the friends of Amanda was with the club was the woman on the right, Mercedes Flores, her best friend, who was also killed. Amanda tried to save Mercedes' life. Brian and his parents were told that by another friend, a woman who survived the attack.
ALVEAR: The shooting started, she grabbed Amanda's hand, they bolted towards the door, they almost got there and Amanda then turned around and said that Mercedes was missing so she was going to go back to get Mercedes and the friend went, "OK, I'm going to meet everybody outside," and they split up and that was the last she saw her. TUCHMAN: Do you saw her those last seconds and you know from her friend that she did something so brave that she went to look for her friend instead of leaving. I'm wondering if that gives you comfort right now.
ALVEAR: It does. I mean, that's what anyone in our family would have done. That's how we are. That's how my parents raised us. I mean, if I was there with my best friend, I'd like to think I'd do the same thing and I think I would. And I'm glad that my sister did.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
COOPER: And Gary joins us now. I said her name was Alviar (ph), it's not, Alvear, I apologize, Amanda Alvear. I mean, I can't imagine how the parents are coping.
TUCHMAN: They're such a nice family. I talked to the father for a little while. He wasn't ready to go on camera yet. But he said this is such an absolute nightmare that he's going through this now with a second child. Brian feels the same way but he wanted to go on camera because he wants to be strong for his sister. He wanted to talk about how wonderful she was.
And this is what's interesting, Brian happens to work at a dance club and he's a K.J. Do you know what a K.J. is?
TUCHMAN: OK, I don't either.
COOPER: We're old.
TUCHMAN: A different world. It's a karaoke jockey.
TUCHMAN: A disc jockey. So tomorrow night at his club, they're having a memorial for all 49 of the victims and a fundraiser for his sister. And, you know, psychologically, this so difficult emotionally so difficult, financially it's very difficult too. But the family set up a gofundme page and so far a lot of very generous people have sent them some money but it's a very difficult situation.
COOPER: It's on the screen right there.
TUCHMAN: Yup, we have it on the screen right there.
COOPER: Gary, thank you so much.
TUCHMAN: Thank you very much.
COOPER: Up next, Donald Trump facing a lot of criticism from Hillary Clinton and from President Obama over his response to the Orlando tragedy. But Democrats are loading on the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, and what Trump had to say about it. That's coming up in a moment.
We're also going to bring you all that we know about all of the victims. We want you to see their images, to see their photos and to learn their names.
[21:35:00] That's going to be at the end of the broadcast coming up in a few moments.
COOPER: Well the mass shooting here in Orlando is making an impact on the campaign trail already, of course, Donald Trump continue to call for a ban on Muslims to enter the U.S. He keeps criticizing President Obama's response to the tragedy. Today President Obama fired back at Donald Trump. Here's what he say.
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BARACK OBAMA, U.S. PRESIDENT: We're starting to see where this kind of rhetoric and loose talk and sloppiness about who exactly we're fighting, where this can lead us. We now have proposals from the presumptive Republican nominee for president of the United States to bar all Muslims from immigrating to America.
We hear language that singles out immigrants and suggests entire religious communities are complicit in violence. Where does this stop?
The Orlando killer, one of the San Bernardino killers, the Fort Hood killer, they were all U.S. citizens.
[21:40:02] Are we going to start treating all Muslim-Americans differently? Are we going to start subjecting them to special surveillance? Are we going to start discriminating against them because of their faith?
(END VIDEO CLIP)
COOPER: Well, President -- no, Mr. Trump, I should say held a rally in North Carolina in the last hour, did not hold back again. Our Sara Murray is there, joins us now.
So has Trump responded to President Obama's comments today?
SARA MURRAY, CNN POLITICAL REPORTER: Anderson, Trump came out tonight ready to hit back. And he suggested tonight that President Obama's anger was misdirected, saying he felt like Obama should have been angrier about the shooter in the Orlando massacre rather than focusing his fire on Donald Trump.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
DONALD TRUMP, (R) PRESUMPTIVE PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEE: And I watched President Obama today, and he was more angry at me than he was at the shooter. And many people said that. One of the folks on television said, boy, has Trump gotten under his skin, but he was more angry and a lot of people have said this, the level of anger, that's the kind of anger he should have for the shooter and these killers that shouldn't be here.
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MURRAY: Now, Anderson, this sort of follows in the same vein of what we've been hearing from Donald Trump earlier this week, him suggesting that maybe President Obama even sympathized as Muslim extremists, sort of holding out these possible vague notions and declining that sort of clarify what he meant. And so he seems to be following in those same steps tonight, Anderson.
COOPER: And Hillary Clinton also spoke out against Trump today?
MURRAY: That's right. It was sort of the united effort between President Obama and also Hillary Clinton going after Trump. And what we saw, I think was one of the sharpest rebuke yet from Hillary Clinton against the idea of a Donald Trump presidency. Her essentially laying out the case she believes he is unfit for the White House and she even took the opportunity to take a jab at his history out of a reality TV saying the White House is a much serious position.
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HILLARY CLINTON, (D) PRESUMPTIVE PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEE: It was one thing when he was a reality TV personality, you know, raising his arms and yelling, "you're fired." It is another thing all together when he is the Republican Party's presumptive nominee for president.
Americans, we don't need conspiracy theories and pathological self- congratulations. We need leadership, common sense and concrete plans because we are facing a brutal enemy.
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MURRAY: Now, Anderson, I think this is the kind of attack he's going to continue to see from Clinton and her allies, this notion that while Donald Trump maybe entertaining on the campaign trail that the things he says, the policies he's proposing would actually be dangerous if he were president.
COOPER: All right, Sara, we'll see what it goes from here. We've got to take a quick break.
When we come back, a lot more ahead, how Orlando, this beautiful city is facing this tragedy, it's residents united refusing a back down for terror.
I'll speak with a member of the Orlando City Commission in just a moment and we'll continue to remember more of those whose lives have been lost.
(COMMERCIAL BREAK) [21:47:09] COOPER: Just like we saw in Boston after the marathon bombing, Orlando is staying strong in the aftermath of a terror attack, an anti-gay attack. A makeshift memorial is growing larger and larger each day outside City Hall. People leave flowers, signing banners to honor the victims and thank the responder.
Joining me right now is Orlando City Commissioner Regina Hill. Thank you for being here and for what you're doing. What do you want people to know about what you're doing here?
REGINA HILL, ORLANDO CITY COMMISSIONER: What I want them to know in the light of darkness even with this terrific incident our city that has always been inclusive progressive city is more unified and stronger than ever.
COOPER: You're seeing people come together. And there was a huge vigil last night and there was a vigil I know you just came from tonight.
HILL: Yes. There was even more vigil from this evening at a Christian-Based Church, one of the largest churches here in Central Florida that brung pastors from all around Central Florida to actually embrace. I never seen anything like it, where the president the LGBT Community came and sat on the stage with Bishop Hunter and all type of pastors throughout Central Florida and embraced her and they brung up other community partners to embrace the LGBT community.
COOPER: You know, there, I've heard criticism, when we interviewed the Attorney General Pam Bondi earlier tonight, I've heard criticism from gay and lesbian people that some of the politicians who come forward seem to be sort of painting themselves as champions of the gay community and they don't have the history. They don't have the track record of actually doing that.
HILL: And you know, and that is true. But what I've seen with this event is them now paying attention, them now embracing.
COOPER: And that's important.
HILL: And that's important. It's not where they started but how this event has now embraced my friends because I've been a champion and a friend of the community. My sisters and brothers, because I see people.
I don't see genders. I don't see color. I don't see classes. what I see with the LGBT community is those that have helped build this city, that has made this city grow economically, but have, you know, through the years been shunned. But what I can say through the leadership of our Mayor Buddy Dyer and the council that I sit on, we married the first same-sex marriages here in the State of Florida.
When it comes to transgender, we passed a first ordinance in the State of Florida. We have always embraced the community. But what I see with this event is that now all people have recognized
[21:50:00] COOPER: So you don't think this is going to be a step backwards, people living in fear. You think this is going to help people more into the streets?
HILL: Oh, no, this has made us one community in Orlando strong. All community that's the Haitian community, that's the gay community, that's the black community, that's the Hispanic community, that's the homeless community. I've had even homeless people come throughout the same corner and say what can we do. So, I do see this event.
As I heard a young lady say last night, what good can come of this? Nothing. She's true with that. But she also stated what can we do that make the situation good and that's what I see the community and businesses doing.
COOPER: Commissioner, thank you so much.
HILL: Thank you sir.
COOPER: I appreciate for all you're doing. Thank you very much.
Right now we want to show you another makeshift memorial that has sprung up just outside of Orlando the D'Magazine Salon. It was column by a couple, a two men who love each other, live together, work together and die together in the shooting.
Juan Rivera Valazquez and his partner Luis Conde were together for 14 years. We remember them and the names and the faces of all the lives taken away too soon.
That coming up next. Please stick around for a look back at all those we now know have lost their lives.
[21:55:02] COOPER: Well, after our broadcast last night a friend of mine Andy Cohen, sent me a text about the role call of those who died here that we read out on our broadcast last night. We knew all those boys, Andy said to me. And all they long I haven't been able to get that thought out of my head.
He's right, of course. We knew all those boys and girls, those men and women. And I think many gay and lesbian Americans feel the same way right now. We knew those who lost their lives because those killed at Pulse were no different from any of us. Nothing separates us from them.
As gay people, we share strands of a common bond, and no matter where we were born or how we grew up or what we do for a living, we share those strands of a bond.
If this killer hoped to set us backwards, to make us live in fear, I think he's made a sickening mistake.
Just these concert goers have returned to the Bataclan in Paris, diners once again fill the cafes in that great city.
The survivors in the Orlando attack and gay and lesbians across this country will continue to stand up, continue to express love and show the world they and we are not afraid.
It is, I think, one of many things we owe all those who are no longer here.
Tonight, we finally have photos of all 49 victims of the shootings. We want to leave you this hour with each of those photos and with each of their names.
We wish their families and their friends, their partners and parents and spouses and all the people who lived and loved them and all that whose lives they touched, we wish them peace and strength in the days to come.
The song you're about to hear is the Orlando Gay Men's Chorus -- excuse me, the Orlando Gay Chorus performing "You'll never walk alone" at a vigil last night here in Orlando.
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SIMULTANEOUSLY: When you walk through a storm, keep your head up high and don't be afraid of the dark. At the end of the storm is a golden sky and the sweet silver song of the Lord.
Walk on through the wind, walk on through the wind, though your dreams be o sun blown. Walk on, walk on, with hope in your heart and you'll never walk alone, you'll never walk alone.
When you walk through a storm, keep your head up high and don't be afraid of the dark. At the end of the song is a golden sky and a sweet silver song of our life.
Walk on through the wind, walk on through the rain. Know your dreams be on sun blown.
Walk on, walk on, with hope in your heart and you'll never walk alone, you'll never walk alone, alone.
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[22:00:03] COOPER: We will remember them. And that was a phrase that was yelled out or spoken out at the vigil on the way to shootings in the road of Colorado after names of each of the dead was read out. The crowd said that we will remember them.
So, I leave you with that tonight. We will remember them.
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