Vegas gunman's note contained figures for wind, trajectory and distance: Officials

A note containing handwritten numbers for wind, trajectory, and distance was discovered by Stephen Paddock’s body inside the Las Vegas hotel room where he took his life last Sunday after slaughtering 58 people and injuring hundreds, officials have confirmed.

Law enforcement officials briefed on the investigation confirmed to ABC News on Sunday that the note found on Paddock’s hexagon-shaped nightstand contained such numerical figures.

The note’s details, first reported by 60 Minutes, were revealed by Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Officer Dave Newton, who said he spotted it resting by Paddock’s “shooting platform.”

“I could see on it he had written the distance, the elevation he was on, the drop of what his bullet was going to be for the crowd,” Newton said in a clip from the the episode, which will be televised on Sunday night. “So he had had that written down, and figured out so he would know where to shoot to hit his targets from there.”

Pressed about what the meaning of the numbers were, Newton said, Paddock “must have done the calculations online or something, to figure out what his altitude was going to be, and how high up he was — how far out the crowd was going to be, and what — at that distance — and what the drop of his bullet was going to be.

“He hadn’t written out the calculations — all he had was written out [was] the final numbers that were on the sheet,” he added.

The note’s contents give a clearer picture of Paddock’s planning before he starting firing on 22,000 concertgoers attending the third day of the Route 91 Harvest Festival along the Las Vegas Strip last Sunday.

Sources have told ABC News that Paddock, a 64-year-old retiree, likely had severe mental illness which appears so far to have remained undiagnosed.

Authorities who have logged hundreds of interviews suggest that though Paddock was a successful businessman, he struggled interacting with people.

The property owner and high-stakes video poker player is described as standoff-ish, disconnected, and a man who had difficulty establishing and maintaining meaningful relationships.

He reportedly was exhibiting many antisocial traits that are typical of past mass shooters, according to one source who spoke to ABC News anonymously.

In addition to killing 58 people in his attack, Paddock injured at least 489 others before taking his own life.

Paddock was known for playing gambling games in casinos for hours at a time, with little or no human contact.

Profilers and behavioral scientists this week were brought in to examine witness interviews and investigative summaries to better understand what drove the Mesquite, Nevada, man to execute and injure so many in such a calculated and detached fashion.

They are particularly focused on the period of September to October 2016, when Paddock began buying 30-plus guns, in concentration — most of which were rifles, ABC News has learned.

Sources also said that the gunman’s gambling wages went up during that time, and he completed computer searches where he was looking at a lot of different hotel venues — some apparently just to research, some of which he actually traveled to.

Police, according to multiple law enforcement officials, still have found no definitive evidence to prove Paddock had an accomplice, and have not nailed down a definitive motive.

ABC’s Pierre Thomas, Josh Margolin and James Hill contributed to this report.

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Trump's first wife takes 'full credit' for raising their children

President Donald Trump’s first wife, Ivana Trump, said she has a “direct number” to the White House, turned down the U.S. ambassadorship to the Czech Republic and takes “full credit” for raising the couple’s three children.

Those are just a few of the revelations Ivana Trump, 68, made in a sit-down interview with ABC News’ Amy Robach to promote her new memoir, “Raising Trump.”

The book, set to be released Tuesday, documents Trump’s journey from growing up under Communist rule in the former Czechoslovakia to marrying a future U.S. president and raising their three children together — Donald Jr., Ivanka and Eric Trump.

Below are seven key revelations about Trump’s life as a mother and the first of President Trump’s three wives.

When Donald and Ivana Trump divorced in 1992, she told him that when it came to raising their three children together, “There can be only one chef in the kitchen.”

“I would go and call Donald, I said, ‘Ivanka is going to Chapin, or she’s going to go to the Georgetown University. Eric is going to go to Hill School,’ and he said, ‘OK,'” she recalled. “I was in charge.”

She continued, “I just told him where they’re going to go, and he said, ‘OK.’ He trusted my judgment, because I know the personality of my kids.”

During the formative years of their children’s childhoods, Donald Trump was “on the telephone making the deals,” she said. She takes “full credit” for raising Donald Jr., Eric and Ivanka, she added.

“He was a loving father, don’t get me wrong, and he was a good provider, but he was not the father which would take a stroll and go to the Central Park or go play to baseball with them or something,” she said, adding, “It was only until they were about 18-years-old [that] he could communicate with them, because he could start to talk business with them.

“Before, he really didn’t know what conversation to strike with the little kids.”

President Trump could have accomplished his political ambitions much earlier had it not been for the scandal that engulfed his marriage to Ivana Trump, she said.

“Donald got [a] letter from President Reagan, and he said, ‘You should run for president,’ and that was 20 years ago,” she said. “And I think he could do it if there would not be a scandal.”

She added, “You know, because every American woman hated him, and every American hated him. There was no way he could run during the scandal time.”

Ivana Trump was married to Trump from 1977 to 1992, when their marriage dissolved amid revelations that he was having an affair with Marla Maples, who later became his second wife.

Ivana Trump has forgiven her former husband, but said she will never forgive Maples, whose affair with her husband was splashed on the New York tabloids.

“I never accepted her apology,” Ivana Trump said. “She ruined my family and my marriage.”

Ivana Trump said she speaks to her former husband about once every two weeks, and she has a “direct number” to the White House.

“I [don’t] really want to call him there, because Melania is there,” she said, referring to first lady Melania Trump. “And I don’t want to cause any kind of jealousy or something like that, because I’m basically first Trump wife. OK? I’m first lady.”

Ivana Trump said she has no desire to change places with the current first lady.

“I think for her to be in Washington must be terrible,” Ivana Trump said of Melania Trump. “It’s better her than me. I would hate Washington.”

She continued, “Would I straighten up the White House in 14 days? Absolutely. Can I give the speech for 45 minutes without [a] teleprompter? Absolutely. Can I read a contract? Can I negotiate? Can I entertain? Absolutely. But I would not really like to be there. I like my freedom.”

She said that keeping her freedom also meant declining when the president of the Czech Republic wanted her to be the U.S. ambassador.

When asked by Robach what President Trump said about the offer, Ivana Trump replied, “Well, Donald called me and he said, ‘If you want to take the position, I [will] give it to you.’ I said, ‘Donald, no. I want my freedom.'”

Speaking of her advice for his presidency, Ivana Trump said, “Sometimes I tell him to just, not to speak that much, and tweet are the tweets. I don’t disagree with him because he has so much press against him, so if he says something his words are going to be twisted immediately.”

“If he tweets, the whole world can really get his mind and what is his in mind, and he can tell it in his own words.”

When asked whether she believes Donald Trump is sexist, she spoke about her own experience while married to the real estate mogul.

“Donald gave me all the opportunity to go and prove myself,” she said. “I built the Commander Hotel. I built the Trump Tower. Then Donald [sent] me to Atlantic City, and I was flying at 8 in the morning after breakfast with the kids to Atlantic City on the helicopter.”

She continued, “I think that Donald supports the woman. He loves the woman. Always did. He definitely respected women.”

Ivana Trump said she has “not really” spoken to the president about the “Access Hollywood” tape that was released during the presidential campaign. In the 2005 video, Trump, then the star of NBC’s “The Apprentice,” brags about his ability to grope women because he’s “a star.”

“He was not really disrespectful. He just jokes. Sometime he said things which are silly,” she said.

When asked by Robach whether she thought he was joking about grabbing women, Ivana Trump added, “OK, well, that was one instance, and I just wouldn’t, I don’t want to go into it.”

Ivana said she could see both her daughter, Ivanka Trump, and her son-in-law, Jared Kushner, becoming future presidents. They serve as senior advisers in the Trump White House.

“I think they both could do it,” she said of her daughter and Kushner, who moved their three children to Washington, D.C., from New York.

“[The] only thing which I regret [is] that Ivanka moved to Washington, so I don’t see the grandkids that often, I don’t see her that often,” she said. “But everything else they do, it’s their destination, you know. They do what they want to do and, like I said, they don’t cheat, steal and lie and as long as they do that, it’s OK with me.”

Ivana Trump revealed it is her 35-year-old daughter who can best voice a difference of opinion to the president.

“Oh, absolutely. Ivanka is number one,” she said. “All my kids are, you know, they’re not afraid of him. A lot of people, they’re afraid to criticize him and they sort of stay behind. But my kids tell him exactly, you know, how they feel, and you take it or leave it.”

Ivana Trump said she was taken by Donald Trump’s looks and his mind when they met in the 1970s.

When it came time to propose, Trump tried to woo her beforehand by warning her of what her life would be without him.

“For months before, you know, he said, ‘If you’re not going to go marry me, you’re going to ruin your life,'” she recalled.

The couple wed in what Ivana Trump described as a wedding with six of her friends from Montreal, where she lived before the nuptials, and 600 people from New York.

“I did not know anybody,” she said.

Once she was a Trump, Ivana encountered the patriarch of the family, her husband’s father, real estate developer Fred Trump.

“Fred Trump was [a] really brutal father,” she said. “We went to Tavern on the Green for the brunch one Sunday and [Trump’s] father ordered a steak. So all the, you know, the sisters and brothers, they ordered a steak.”

“And I said, ‘Waiter, can I have a filet of sole? And Fred looked up at the waitress and, ‘No, she’s going to have a steak.’ I look up at the waiter, I said, ‘No, Ivana is going to have a filet of sole,’ — because if I would let him just [roll] right over me, it would be all my life and I would not allowed it.”

When Ivana Trump was pregnant with the couple’s first child, she said her husband told her they could not name their son Donald Trump Jr. because of a specific concern.

“I said, ‘Why not?'” she recalled. “He said, ‘How about if he’s a loser?'”

She continued, “So I said, ‘This is going to be what it is. I carry my kid for nine months, and this is what’s going to be. And the same was with Ivanka. He wanted to call Ivanka Tiffany, because we got the heir rights for the Trump Tower from [luxury retailer] Tiffany.”

Donald and Ivana Trump named their only daughter Ivanka. Donald Trump would go onto have another daughter, named Tiffany, with Maples.

Donald Trump, Jr., now 39, found himself at the center of a political firestorm involving his father’s presidency earlier this year when it was revealed that he met with a Russian lawyer during the 2016 presidential campaign.

Ivana Trump said her three children have not yet read “Raising Trump,” though they each contributed writings.

The president has also not read the book, she said.

“It’s about my life and raising my kids,” she explained. “And he’s in the book because he was father of the kids, but I did not ask him for permission.”

ABC News’ Jennifer Pereira contributed to this report.

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Friend of Vegas shooter: 'I want to solve this'

The man accused of carrying out last week’s deadly mass shooting in Las Vegas, Stephen Paddock, was a caring person who tried his best to “make people happy,” a friend and longtime employee of his told ABC News’ “Good Morning America” today.

“He actually cared about everybody,” said Lisa Crawford of Dallas, who managed an apartment that Paddock owned from 2006 to 2012.

“He tried to make people happy. He tried to make people care. And I don’t know what happened to him,” she said as she fought to hold back tears.

She said Paddock, 64, who apparently killed himself after the massacre, was a close friend, describing him as a humorous person who was generous with his tenants.

She said she found it hard to believe that Paddock, an accountant, could be capable of carrying out the Oct. 1 shooting on the Las Vegas Strip, which left 59 people dead, including him, and at least 480 others injured.

She said she last spoke with him via email a few weeks ago when he checked on her to make sure she was OK during hurricanes Harvey and Irma. She also shared images of her with a grinning Paddock embracing her warmly.

“I have read them over and over and over again,” Crawford said of her email conversations with him. “I’ve even looked at some photos online of, I guess, him and his girlfriend. You know, I was even trying to look into his eyes to see if I saw something that wasn’t normal, you know. No, I didn’t see anything.”

Crawford said she has spoken with FBI agents and police officers about their friendship as authorities work to figure out a possible motive in the attack.

“I want closure for these people,” Crawford said. “I can’t believe that the person that I knew would even consider hurting somebody. I want so bad to have answers for people. I want to solve this. I want us to do whatever I can to tell the authorities to look here, look there.”

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department said authorities responded to a suite on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel, where they found Paddock dead. Authorities said they believe he killed himself before police entered the suite.

Police, according to multiple law enforcement officials, still have found no definitive evidence to prove he had an accomplice and have not nailed down a motive.

Crawford said she had an emotional breakdown after the massacre, adding that she feels “guilty” for having known Paddock.

“I have cried for those people so many times, I almost feel like I’m out of tears sometimes,” she said. “It could have been my mom, my children.”

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Prince Harry, girlfriend Meghan Markle joined by her mother as Invictus Games close

Prince Harry joined his girlfriend Meghan Markle and her mother in a private luxury box at the Invictus Games closing ceremony in Toronto on Saturday night.

The prince, who was spotted elsewhere in the stadium and onstage during the event, joined Markle and her mother in the luxury box for a kiss before heading out to give his final speech. The British royal was seen embracing Markle in the box while watching Bruce Springsteen, Kelly Clarkson and others perform. Later, Markle and her mother applauded as Harry delivered his final speech to the crowd.

“Don’t just move on from these games with happy memories,” he told the crowd. “Instead, make an Invictus goal for yourselves.”

Prince Harry encouraged the audience on his closing speech, saying, “Let the examples of service and resilience that you have seen, inspire you to take action to improve something — big or small – in your life, for your family, or in your community.”

Markle’s mother, Doria Ragland, a social worker and yoga instructor, flew to the event from Los Angeles to be at her daughter’s side with Prince Harry on his big night. Her attendance is the surest sign yet that an engagement between Markle and Harry may be imminent. Also joining Markle were her close friend, stylist Jessica Mulroney, and Markus Anderson, who attended the opening ceremony with the actress.

This is the third major public appearance for Markle this week, after she attended the Invictus Games opening ceremony — although she was separated by 18 seats from Prince Harry, as he was seated with United States First Lady Melania Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

On Monday, Markle arrived holding hands with Prince Harry to attend the wheelchair tennis match, as New Zealand faced off against Australia. The couple was seen laughing, smiling and whispering to each other in between chats with children and family members who were also viewing the match.

Prince Harry, Meghan Markle step out holding hands at Invictus Games competition

The Invictus Games, a competition for wounded service members that was founded by Prince Harry in 2014, has been a public coming out of sorts for the royal and his girlfriend of one year. Prince Harry and Markle were introduced by friends in the summer of 2016 in London.

Earlier on Saturday, former U.S. vice president Joe Biden and his wife Dr. Jill Biden joined Prince Harry to support him on the last day of the games. Biden presented the gold medal to Team U.S.A. after their victory in the wheelchair basketball final. On Friday, Prince Harry spent time with his old pal, former president Barack Obama, along with the Bidens.

Former President Obama, Bidens join Prince Harry at Invictus Games

When asked earlier in the day about the future of the Invictus Games, Prince Harry told CTV, “I think I’ve said many, many times before that Invictus has got a shelf life, because as other people have said, the conveyor belt of wounded coming back from war has ceased to a certain extent — especially for these 70 nations.”

The Invictus Games head to Sydney in October 2018 after being previously played in London, Orlando, and Toronto.

‘We have a social responsibility to continue this for as long as it’s needed, Prince Harry added. “Which is what I’ve always said.

‘The world needs Invictus, these guys need Invictus, I need Invictus, we all need our fix,” he continued. “We all need to be inspired, we all need to be encouraged and reminded of what duty and service is all about.”

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Texas high school football players thrown off team for kneeling during anthem

Two Texas high school football players were thrown off their team literally moments after kneeling in protest during the national anthem before a game on Friday.

The two teens from Victory & Praise Christian Academy in Crosby, Texas planned the protest in advance — and even told their coach — who immediately asked his players to take off their uniforms and booted them off the team, according to ABC station KTRK.

Coach Ronnie Ray Mitchem told KTRK he is a military veteran and has a long-standing rule players must stand for the national anthem.

“There is a proper time to do something in a proper way,” Mitchem told KTRK.

The two players, Cedric Ingram-Lewis and Larry McCullough, told KTRK they were happy with their protest, due to the attention it’s gotten.

Ingram-Lewis’ mother told KTRK she doesn’t believe her son should have been thrown off the team, and criticized Mitchem for the decision.

“He has a slave master mentality,” she said. “If you were to go back to that, when they wanted to tell us, ‘This is what you are going to do and this is how you do it.'”

The protests echoed those of NFL players over the past two seasons. The protests first gained national attention when then-49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began kneeling before games in 2016 in order to draw attention to racial injustice in the country.

The controversy was reignited when President Donald Trump told supporters at a rally last week any player who kneels during the anthem “should be fired.” The comment drew widespread criticism from players and owners, and a number of players kneeled before last Sunday’s games.

Mitchem told KTRK he has stopped watching NFL games due to the protests.

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OJ Simpson released from prison after serving 9 years for Vegas robbery

O.J. Simpson is a free man.

After spending nine years in prison for a Las Vegas robbery, the former NFL star walked out of the Lovelock Correctional Institute at 12:08 a.m. local time on Sunday, according to the Nevada Department of Corrections.

Simpson, 70, who served his time at the facility in Nevada, was granted parole at a hearing in July. The earliest date he was eligible for release was Oct. 1.

The Department of Corrections released a short video of Simpson exiting the prison, as well as a photo of him signing release papers.

Simpson was sentenced to prison following an arrest in 2007 during a botched robbery in Las Vegas, when he led a group of men into a hotel and casino to steal sports memorabilia at gunpoint. The former Buffalo Bills star contended the memorabilia and other personal items belonged to him.

At his parole hearing in July, Simpson said, “All I want is my property. … I wasn’t there to steal from anybody.”

Simpson reassured the board he would be successful meeting the conditions of his parole before it was granted, saying, “I’m not a guy who lived a criminal life.”

Simpson’s attorney, Malcolm LaVergne, told ABC News on Friday that upon his release, Simpson wants to go to Florida, where he can “see his family and hug his family on the outside of prison.”

“He wants to eat seafood, he wants to eat steak,” LaVergne said. “He wants to enjoy the very simple pleasures that he hasn’t enjoyed in nine years.”

Tom Scotto, one of Simpson’s longtime friends, told ABC News, “All he wants to do is spend time with his family and friends and his kids. And play a little golf.”

But Scotto added that Simpson won’t be shying away from the public eye.

“We’re not gonna hide,” Scotto said. “He’s gonna do the same things he always did.”

Over 20 years ago, Simpson went on trial for the 1994 killings of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ron Goldman. On Oct. 3, 1995, at the end of a televised trial that captivated the nation, Simpson was acquitted of all criminal charges.

Simpson was found liable for the killings in a 1997 civil trial. He has always maintained his innocence.

Ron Goldman’s father and sister, Fred and Kim Goldman, said in a statement last week that they will continue pursuing the judgment awarded to them in the civil trial — an amount they say has climbed to $ 60 million.

“While we respect the Nevada Parole Board’s decision to release Simpson, it’s still difficult for us knowing he will be a free man again,” the Goldmans said. “We will continue pursuing the now $ 60 million judgment awarded to our family after the [civil trial] jury found that Simpson willfully and wrongfully caused the deaths of Ron and Nicole, as well as remain dedicated in our commitment to domestic violence awareness, victim advocacy and judicial reform.”

After the parole hearing, Fred Goldman said on “Good Morning America,” “It was never about the money [in the civil case.] It was punishment, and we didn’t have the opportunity to see him go to jail or death row for murder, but he got a judgment against him and honoring that judgment or making him honor the judgment is the only punishment that we can get from him.”

Kim Goldman said on “GMA,” when Simpson is released, “We’re going to go back to doing what we’ve done. I run a nonprofit working with teenagers, I do stories on other victims and survivors, I’m raising my kids. We’re active in the world of victims and survivors’ advocacy. We’re going to continue doing those things and take it one day at a time and if he chooses to write a book, or do a reality show, we’ll be there.”

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