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Trump visits Las Vegas after mass shooting, avoids gun control talk
October 05,2017   By:Xinhua

Oct. 5, 2017 -- President Trump's motorcade arrives at University Medical Center of Southern Nevada in Las Vegas, theUnited States, on Oct. 4, 2017. U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump traveled to Las Vegas on Wednesday to show their support for the victims of Sunday's shooting massacre. (Xinhua/Wang Ying)

LAS VEGAS, the United States, Oct. 5, 2017 -- U.S. President Donald Trump avoided discussing gun violence problem as he visited Las Vegas on Wednesday, three days after the city was shaken by the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history.

Trump and first lady Melania travelled to the University Medical Center of Southern Nevada for a private visit with patients and medical professionals after the shooting left 58 people dead and more than 500 others wounded.

Speaking to reporters in the lobby of the University Medical Center, Trump said he'd met "some of the most amazing people" and invited them to come visit him at the White House.

The president brushed aside a reporter's question about whether the country has "gun violence problem."

"We're not going to talk about that today," said Trump, who won the support of the National Rifle Association in last year's presidential campaign.

The suspect shooter, Stephen Paddock, a 64-year-old gambler and real estate investor, purchased 33 firearms in the last year. Police found 47 firearms at the hotel and his home. Law enforcement has yet to draw a conclusion as to why Paddock carried out the attack.

Surrounded by doctors and nurses, Trump praised the medical team who treated dozens of patients on Sunday night.

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