5 things to know this morning

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT)- Here are the top five stories from Local 8 News Anchor Casey Wheeless to get you out the door this morning. Stay connected to Local 8 News online.

1. 23 firearms found in Mandalay Bay hotel room of Stephen Paddock

Investigators have updated the number of firearms they found in the hotel room and home of the Las Vegas shooter.

Assistant Clark County Sheriff Todd Fasulo says officers have found 23 firearms in the Mandalay Bay hotel room of Stephen Craig Paddock and 19 firearms at his home in Mesquite, Nevada.

Fasulo stresses that investigators believe Paddock was the sole shooter.

The victims of a mass shooting at a music festival in Las Vegas left behind loved ones in many parts of the country, bringing the tragedy's effects far beyond the city where it occurred.

Details began to emerge Monday about some of the 58 killed and hundreds injured after a gunman opened fire on festivalgoers.

The Henry County Medical Center in Tennessee said in a statement on Monday that Sonny Melton, a registered nurse, died in the shooting and his wife, Dr. Heather Melton, an orthopedic surgeon who was with him when shots were fire, survived.

Heather Melton told WZTV in Nashville that her husband "saved my life and lost his." She says her husband was the most kind-hearted, loving man she ever met.

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2. Equifax: 2.5 million more Americans may be affected by hack

Credit report company Equifax said Monday that an additional 2.5 million Americans may have been affected by the massive security breach of its systems, bringing the total to 145.5 million people who had their personal information accessed or stolen.

Equifax said the company it hired to investigate the breach, Mandiant, has concluded its investigation and plans to release the results “promptly.” The company also said it would update its own notification for people who want to check if they were among those affected by Oct. 8.

The information stolen earlier this year included names, Social Security numbers, birth dates and addresses — the kind of information that could put people at significant risk for identity theft.

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3. Tom Petty dies at 66

A spokeswoman for Tom Petty confirms the rock legend has died at 66.

First responders were reportedly able to get a pulse before Petty was rushed to the UCLA Santa Monica Hospital and was put on life support Sunday.

TMZ reported Monday that after Petty arrived at the hospital, he was found to have no brain activity, and a decision was made to pull life support.

CBS News originally reported the news network had independently verified rocker Tom Petty's passing Monday; however, LAPD later clarified they had "no information" about the star's death.

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4. Two U.S. Navy pilots killed in jet crash in Tellico Plains; authorities say explosives present

The United States Navy said two pilots did not survive in a crash Sunday in Tellico Plains in the Cherokee National Forest.

@USNavy tweeted, "UPDATE: Training Air Wing ONE confirms T-45 crashed Sunday in Tennessee. Two pilots did not survive -"

The United States military confirmed to Local 8 News a military aircraft crashed Sunday in Tellico Plains.

In a post to its Facebook page, the Monroe County Sheriff's Office said the jet crashed in the Cherokee National Forest near the fish hatchery on River Road.

Investigators initially kept civilians three miles away from the crash site because the jet had explosives in it; however, on Monday, the Monroe County EMS director clarified that the aircraft did not have explosives on board.

The U.S. Navy described the aircraft as a T-45 Goshawk jet aircraft from Training Air Wing ONE, based out of Meridian, Mississippi. The Navy release stated the aircraft was training in the area and had not yet returned to the air station at 6 p.m. Sunday.

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5. Zoo Knoxville: Admission free for seniors Oct. 3

Finally, some good news to pass along.

Zoo Knoxville is offering free admission and parking for seniors aged 65 and older on October 3.

They will also received a 10 percent discount on purchases in the Zoo Shop.

“The love of animals is ageless,” says Zoo Knoxville CEO and President Lisa New. “We’re happy to have this opportunity to invite our senior guests to experience the exciting things happening at Zoo Knoxville, including the new Tiger Forest at Boyd Family Asian Trek.”

Those who want to take advantage of this offer should check in at the Gentry Griffey tent located at the zoo's front entrance and show proof of age.

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