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negotiation. >> riyad mansour with the united nations. i'm ali velshi. thank you for joining us. >> after the massacre. >> every heart is damaged and broken, and this community is coming together to embrace each other. >> a rural oregon community turns its focus to the victims as new details emerge about the cause attack and the man who carried it out. search for answers. the patterns behind mass shootings. why they keep happening, and why some experts see clues in america's obsession with pain.
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blunt talk. >> syria will continue to fight terrorism in word and in deed. >> syria takes on an aggressive stance at the u.n. giving no quarter on its war in opponent saying airstrikes alone will not defeat isil. and on alert, as hurricane joaquin turns north, the east coast prepares for a weekend of heavy rains, high winds and major floods. >> good evening, i'm antonio mora. this is al jazeera america. more information has emerged tonight about the gunman who shot and killed nine people at umpqua college in oregon. chris harper mercer was 26-year-old. several weapons were found at the school including a rifle and flak jacket with five magazines
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of ammunitions. more weapons were recovered at the shooter's home. sabrina joining us us from roseberg, oregon. what do we know about the victim who is were hospitalized? >> we're in mercy medical center in roseburg tonight. we talked to doctors today, and they're expecting the--the victims being treated here are expected to recover. the news is not as good for two of the three patients being treated at a nearby hospital. they're still in critical conditions. one of the victims treated here is an army veteran. he is a dad, a student, and now he's being hailed as a hero. apparently on thursday he was on campus. he was taking several bullets being shot multiple times all while trying to save people. meantime, students gathered today for the first time to return to campus. >> with memories of thursday's
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shooting still raw be students gathered on board buses and returned to campus to retrieve cars and personal belongings left behind. >> i lost classmates. we all lost classmates. and that was a horrific horrible tragedy. >> in the meantime, investigators in roseburg continued to pour through evidence at this apartment complex trying to find clues to why a gunman would unleash violence that left ten dead. inside that apartment the remainder of the shooter's samuel. >> out of those 13 weapons we have in custody, six were recovered at the school. seven were recovered at the shooter's residence. >> in addition to those six illegally purchased weapons h he used at the school, he was heavily armed before the shoot out with the police. as the community comes to grip
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with the shooting rampage, across the country in washingtons president obama addressed the situation again about gun violence in the u.s. >> as i said last night, this will not change until the politics changes and the behavior of elected officials changes. >> mr. obama said that he'll continue to talk about gun control on a regular basis, and answering his critics said that he would politicize the issue. back in oregon, offer, the state governor said that the debate on gun control would have to wait. >> today we must be focused on providing the support and condolences and help this community heal. >> that includes the dead, some of whom authorities named publicly friday. they also read statements from the families of the victims, including the cooper family, about their son quinn. >> quinn was funny, sweet, compassionate and such a wonderful, loving person. he always stood up for people.
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>> among those killed a cousin of one oregon lawmaker, u.s. senator jeff merckley. >> i never thought it would be my family, my extended family, my cousins would be affected. >> the police revealed very little about the shooter and continue to refuse to name him. >> i will not give him the credit he probably sought prior to this horrific and cowardly act. >> at mercy medical center where multiple shooting victims are being treated, doctors pause to reflect on thursday's horrific events. >> what is in everybody's mind is a little bit of disbelief. but immediately after that is what resourced do we have available, and what resources do we need to call in and how do we prepare for the patients who will arrive at mercy medical center. >> and students say they'll never forget the chaotic scene that unfolded.
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>> it will feel strange but we're a small community. we're a small school. we support each other very well, and i'm certain we'll continue to do so. >> chrithe hero in the shooting, more than $460,000 has been raised for him. >> thanks. and coming up later we'll take a closer look at what many mass shootings have in common and what experts say needs to be done to prevent them. we're following a developing story out of australia this our. sydney officials now believe that a shooting at a local police station was linked to terrorism. the police commissioner said that a 15-year-old boy open fired on the building friday afternoon killing a civilian who worked for the police department. the he teen was later shot and killed by officers who responded to the attack. the shooter is of iraqi-kurdish background and was born in iran.
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they say that it was thought terror related. the warning came after russian jets launched a third day of airstrikes in syria. at the same time diplomats at the u.n. had an opportunity to hear directly from the syrian government. john terrett is here now and the message from the syrians has been the same ones from the last few years. >> the message rarely changes. for them it's all about counter terror issues and they never mention the atrocities against their own people. president bashar al-assad was not there today in the chamber of the general assembly. wasn't really expected to be. he sent a trusted deputy, the foreign minister, the deputy prime minister, who did the talking for him. telling the assembly that syria supports russian airstrikes because they are coordinated with the syrian military, and military that he said is still strong.
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>> this syrian prime minister and foreign minister stood in for bashar al-assad once again at the united nations today as the war in his country intensi intensifies, a war he says is against terrorism. [ sirens ] >> syria cannot implement any it democratic political measure related to elections or institutions or the like while terrorism is striking at home and threatening innocent civilians in the country. >> the war now in its fifth year has claimed more than 200,000 lives, forced millions of people to flee their homes and shows no signs of waning. the assad government has been accused of war crimes from indiscriminate use of barrel bombs to chemical attacks. but damascus paints it as an existential struggle against terror. >> i say syria will continue to fight terrorism in word and in deed and the syrian army is capable of cleansing the country
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of those terrorists despite all the sacrifices and high prices paid. >> as syria was making its case in front of the general assembly, russia was launching it's third day of airstrikes in the country adding another dynamic to an already unstable situation. they conducted their own campaign. the foreign minister criticized the coalition effort on friday. >> airstrikes are useless and unless they're conducted in cooperation with the syrian april army. the only force in syria that is combating terrorism. >> the united states is at odds in russia on the solution to the crisis in syria. they say they're participating at the are request of the syrian government and it's goal is to drive out terrorists. but in washington prompted criticism that they're targeting
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opposition forces. president obama addressed the issue on friday at the white house. >> although it was very clear, and regardless of what mr. putin said was that he doesn't distinguish between isil and a moderate sunni opposition that wants to see mr. assad go. from their perspective they're all terrorists. that's a recipe for disaster. >> while the war rages on a political solution is a long way off. still syria says it is ready to participate in fresh talks led by the u.n. a so-called geneva three that might hammer out a freedom work for peace. >> the last round of piece talks broke down because the syrian delegation, which was led then by wasn't prepared to talk about transition of power even slowly for presiden bashar al-assad.
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>> the u.s. coast guard is searching for a cargo shiv ships that was on its way to puerto rico when it radioed it had taken on water and was listing 15 degrees. it lost propulsion and has not been heard from since yesterday. the now category 3 storm is now expected to affect the weather. a mandatory evacuation order was issued for. north carolina. and kevin corriveau joins us now. even if doesn't make landfall, it will have a significant impact. >> meteorologist: we'll see the circulation, it will bring moisture towards the east coast,
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and you can see some of it happening right now. for the recovery search efforts tomorrow, things are going to be much better as that system is now moving out. we're still looking at a category three. we're still looking at 127 mph winds. the trough is headed more towards the east than it was six hours ago. right now actually mermaid da is starting to enter into that cone of uncertainty. we'll watch that carefully as we go into the beginning of the weekend. in terms of the rain and flooding we've seen eight inches of rain in the last 28 hours for parts of myrtle beach. what is going to happen with all this flooding is that we've had the circulation down to the south. we have the high pressure to the north. that causes this funneling affect across much of the eastern seaboard where we have coastal flooding to the north. we also have a lot of marine advisers down towards the coast. flash flooding is now a big problem across parts of the
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north and south carolina. that is going to continue. we expect to see possibly even 20 inches of rain across the region. back to you. >> thanks, kevin. many of the mass killings like the one in oregon yesterday share some key characteristics according to experts who study them. we'll look at the common traits next. and economists say that companies had eased off the gas when it comes to hiring over the past couple 6 months.
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>> investigators continue to search for answers to yesterday's massacre in oregon and questions are raised why mass shootings happen more frequently in the u.s. than anywhere else. we look at some of the answers. >> in ape of 2012, a student came to this university here in oakland, california, and open fired. he ended up killing seven people with a land gun, and it made that event the third largest mass shooting in the university
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in u.s. history. well, at least it was that until this student in oregon displaced that record. why does this keep happening here? why is it that we have so many mass shootings in the united states that we have a leaderboard for these kinds of events? well, a new study seems to answer that question. >> someone is outside one of the doors. >> it might seem impossible to pin down any kind of commonty among these shooters, but the united states offers so many shootings to study that patterns begin to emerge. identifying mass shootings as a global problem, but they're unusually concentrated, he finds, here in the united states. even though the u.s. accounts for 5% of the world's population, we some how account for 31% of the mass shootings that take place. the study identifies three major themes: a hunger for attention and glory, the crushing effects of personal disappointment, and
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access to guns. the study points out an indigenous american condition that it calls exceptionalism. it talks about the crushing disappointment that comes from that. it shows a study of 81% of high school students believe they were about to have a great paying job by the age of 25. 59% of them thought they were going to have a better life financially than their parents did, and 26% of them believed that they were soon going to be famous. how could you not be disappointed in a culture like that. the crushing strain that have disappointment, the study points out, that is common to rampage shooters. perhaps in response to that disappointment the study fines in rampage shooters a twisted hope for some sort of fame through killing, a desire that shows shooters seem to share with another category of self-destructive murderer, suicide-bombers. the final element is of course
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guns. the study found that among 171 nations that it looked at, there is no connection between the rate of violence and the rate of mass shootings. countries like mexico, venezuela, nigeria, which have terrible murder rates don't really have any mass shootings. instead, it it's access to firearms that truly makes the difference. again in that category the united states is far and away the world leader. we have 88.8 guns per 100 people in this country. compare that to second place yemen, a country in a terrible civil war, they only have 44.8 guns per 100 people. syria, a country where people are trying to escape has 39-point guns per 100 people. they don't even make the top of the list. it does say that the most concrete step we could take is limiting access to guns.
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again, it points out that that may very well be the most politically complicated solution of all, and that is another thing that sets america apart as compared to the rest of the world when it comes to this problem. >> jake ward reporting from oakland, california. a threat assessment expert who trains the secret service, federal marshal and police say that in many of these cases depression play as role. he joins me from washington, d.c. and i asked about mass shooters and their need for notoriety. >> in the initial studies that were done about this, sponsored by the department of education and national threat assessment center in 2002, that was one of the major motivations was notoriety, fame, and the grievances that they have. >> you served on the threat
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assessment center that came up with the safe school initiative to train schools on how to prevent this kind of violence. were-- >> absolutely. >> were the protocols that you came up with, were they properly implemented? >> yes, they have been implemented, not as they relate to school shootings on the secondary and higher educational level, but they're used by federal law enforcement, they're used by fortune 500 companies, they're used as a foundation really around the world. they've been adapted and adopted worldwide. >> but they haven't been updated in the united states to reflect the advent of social media? how has that made a difference in what schools and what law enforcement should do now? >> well, at the heart of behavioral threat assessment, we look for specific behaviors that we have seen time and time again in the path to violence that these individuals have taken.
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so what we have identified people in the past are observable behaviors that take place in and offender the community. what we're starting to find in the last four and five years is that some of these observable behaviors are now happening on social media, so it's not as easy to identify individuals initially. but on the other hand, once we have identified them they leave a trail on social media, so it's easy to assess them. there are pros and cons that need to be adjusted in terms of how you go about utilizing social media, and that really has not been updated since the initial study in 2002 because social media didn't exist then. >> what can be done in this social media world to prevent attacks? how much monitoring can there be? how can it help as in this case who didn't seem to be very strongly connected to the school certainly there were other
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connections for example sandy hook. >> in sandy look you had an isolated individual. the mother was clearly concerned about him. what parent wants to believe that their child could ever be a killer. there is a sense of denial. and a sense that they don't understand what is going on. they are disturbed about the behavior, but they don't know what to make about it. when they're isolated in this way, no one else sees them on a continuous basis. this is what seemed to have happened in this situation as well. certainly not as isolated as the situation as sandy hook, but still there weren't a lot of observations about the behaviors. but, but, and this is the key point, the behaviors that we would be looking for were being, you know, noted in his social
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media post. >> thanks. >> the latest jobs numbers show hiring slowed down last month, economists say weakness in overseas economies including china is affecting job growth in the united states. the economy added only 142,000 jobs in september. that is the second straight month of anemic growth. the unemployment rate remained unchanged at 5.1%. secretary of education arne duncan said that he'll step down. he introduced a number of reforms including the common core curriculum overhaul and the race to the stop that required states to compete for federal grants. he'll return to chicago to live with his family. >> finally to my family, and i love this work. i love this team. i love the president. i love the chance to serve. the only thumb things i love
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more are you guys. i can't wait to go home, coach ryan and have a few more dinners and maybe going to a movie some day. that would be amazing. >> america will be better off for what he has done. he'lhe will it's a record that i truly believe no other education secretary could match. >> john king jr. a high ranking official in the education department will take over upon duncan's departure. mcdonald's, coca-cola, and visas have linked their brand name to soccer. now they're forcing out the president of fifa, accept blatter. the big-money fight next.
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>> the president of the world soccer governing president is been called to resign. sepp blatter has refused to quit even corporate sponsors have called for his ousting. >> the indictments in extraditions pushed sepp blatter to end his 17-year reign next february. but since the swiss cor the swiss attorney general announc ed that he's creating an
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investigation himself, they said in a statement that blatter must resign immediately because, quote, every day that passes the image and reputation of fifa continues to tarnish. coca-cola's demand was quickly followed by similar statements by sponsors mcdonald's, visa and anheuser-busch. we're really talking about mega threats here. but in platter's departure would not be in the best interest of fifa nor would it response the process of reform. therefore he will not resign. >> i'm not able to give a timetable. >> last more attorney general loretta lynch who filed the first charges against fifa officials said she expected others to follow. >> i'm grateful for the
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cooperation and substantial evidence we've seened from all corners. based on that cooperation and new evidence we do anticipate pursuing additional charges against individuals and entities. >> blatter has said he'll leave following an orderly succession, but the favorite to take his place, michel platini, is suspected of receiving what the swiss prosecutor a disloyal payment. he said that he'll stay in the race. they have urged retired germany association to be named as blatter's temporary successor. tom ackerman. al jazeera. >> a new satellite for mexico was launched into space today. it was on board a rocket that blasted off from cape canaveral this morning. the satellite will help provide enhanced several services in parts of ruler mexico. for the latest news any time.
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head over to al ray suarez is up next with inside story. >> president obama's address on gun violence raised interesting questions with few good answers. he noted other countries are vie leapt crime and murders and mental illness. tonight, we are asking why. one nation under fire. it is the "inside story."