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hello, everyone. i'm don lemon in the "cnn newsroom" and i'm reporting live from aurora, colorado, this evening. you can see a lot is happening this hour and we will get you started with the latest developments in the theater shooting that has left 12 people dead so far and wounded more than 50. president barack obama is here in town tonight. he is in aurora, and he arrived at buckley air force base just a short time ago. when the president arrived, it was dry and now it is raining. you can see and hear the rain around me. he is meeting privately with family members of those people who were gunned down in the packed movie theater. he is also joined by the mayor of aurora and also governor george hick enlooper of colorad. and these are some of the people on the president's mind today in aurora, the men and the women and one child and 12 people who
died early friday in that shooting. let me just tell you that a citywide prayer vigil is set for a few hours from now, and of course, we will be covering it for you. and from the police today, they are still not saying anything about what would make their suspect, that suspect go on the deadly rampage. they do believe though that holmes planned this attack for at least two months. and it is that planning and the evidence that holmes left behind that i want to talk to cnn's ed lavandara right now, and ed is outside of the suspect's apartment, and ed, tell us what suspects are saying about the neighbor. >> you know, the people that you talk to around here in the neighborhood who had seen james holmes come and go, describe a quiet guy who kept to himself. this is the apartment behind me, and everything has been opened up, everything except for the building he lived in, and you can see the windows smashed out by the bomb teams who spent almost 36 hours working through
trying to make the situation safe there after all of the bomb materiels and explosives were removed from inside of that apartment, and eviden evidence-gathering teams went inside and they were spending several hours essentially emptying out the apartment. you can see from the vantage point down here that almost everything is cleared out and most of the work there has been done for, because we have not seen many officers here for the last few hours, but everything pointing toward tomorrow morning where it is expect ed that jame holmes will make the first court appearance at 11:00 mountain time, and 11:30 eastern time in the city of aurora, and it is the first time, don, that we will get a chance to see james holmes since the shooting early hours of friday morning. of course, everyone this weekend is pointing toward the vigil tonight, and still trying to come to terms with everything that has happened and trying to grasp the magnitude and the pain and the sorrow they are going to, and something that the mayor
of aurora is talking to people a lot about this weekend. don, back to you. >> okay. ed, before we -- before i let you go, i want you to talk about more about the people who are there and about the booby trapped apartment. they said yesterday that they thought that all of the explosives were out of the apartment, but are the people that you are speang to, are they comfortable going back into their homes at some point? >> they have been. in fact, all of the buildings around here in the immediate area that had been evacuated for initially after police and investigators arrived here on the scene shortly after taking james holmes into custody, and you have seen a lot of the people coming back here, and of course, there is a lot of people coming by the neighborhood to check it out, but slowly, the apartment buildings are filling up again and outside of the people sharing the stories of how crazy the last few days have been for them, you know, that is a lot of what you are seeing,
people starting to fill back up and people getting back to normal here, and the police are trying to make that transition as quickly as possible. to get everything back to normal here. all of the streets reopened and the people can kind of move freely. the only people who are not allowed back into the apartment are the people living in this building and that is expected to happen in the next couple of days. >> the suspect's apartment there, and thank you very much, ed. i want to tell you that -- we are having weather problems with don lemon out there in colorado. we will follow the story all evening long as the president visits with people at the hospital, some of the victims and the families and the service vigil later on and the president's departure later from colorado. awful lot coming up on that story. we hope you stay with us the
whole time. people from aurora took the grief and the shock into the churches this sunday morning and leaning on each other with support and trying to understand why this tragedy happened. we have a special report from kyung law. ♪ god is the creator ♪ i got stronger >> reporter: pierce farrell is usually with the congregation on sunday mornings, but instead in the hospital bed. >> you could hear gunshot after gunshot and i started tray praying. >> reporter: shotgun fragments and then a shot to the leg and then more fragments and a shotgun blast to the chest. the shots got closer to farrell and his friend. >> i remember saying, pierce, i'm shot. i'm shot. and i just said, so am i, bud dirks abuddy, and then right when i had that exchange i got shot again.
>> reporter: this time a direct hit to the arm breaking a bone, and then a pause in the gun fire. he tried to run, but collapsed in the aisle. >> i felt him literally standing right above me. i mean, his boot could haven't been no more than six inches away from my head. >> he was six inches from you? >> yes, standing right above me and scanning. there was certainly a very dark and evil presence in that movie theater. i mean, there was just a feeling of just hatred and just this year riness and dark innocence the air. i thought i was dying. i really thought that i was g g going to fade away, you know. and then i just kept praying and praying with my face down and my eyes closed. and then he just walked away. >> reporter: across this community on this first sunday questions of faith and struggling for answers. one survivor and his church, there is already a need to move
beyond the carnage of theater nine. are you angry at him? >> no, not at all. i have already forgiven him in my heart. i can honestly say that i could sit across the table from him and look him in the eye. and just talk to him. >> now, he had totally forgiven this gunman who had caused so much injury to him and so many others, and i thought, that is exactly what we need to talk about this morning. >> reporter: a victim helping his community's wounds as he starts to take his first careful steps on the path of healing. >> that is kyung law out in colorado. we go back out to don lemon and the weather has cleared a little bit to speak to him. >> and tom, let's be transparent, because you have been here and there is a media tent here, and when you saw me raise my hand, i was trying to get the tent from falling on me, and we were knocked off of the air a little bit. but tom foreman, we will get
back to you in a little bit. as tom mentioned kyung law talked about the people of the community and how they will gather tonight. ke young, before i leave you, i want to talk to you about president barack obama will be speaking 7:30 eastern time from here in aurora after he visits with the families. kyung law, back to you. what can you tell us? >> well, i can tell you that the setup is still happening despite the fact that we have had quite a bit of rainfall here, don, at the prayer vigil and the setup is going on. they have 2 1/2 hours before the scheduled start of this, and we will start to see the entire community come together, the governor, the mayor, and victims, and victims' family members and friends and the first responders all gathering in this square behind me to try to begin that process, a difficult process, don, of taking the step beyond the shooting. it has only been two days, so it
is going to be a lot of raw emotions here of people trying to, you know, get over this, but it is going to certainly be a long process, and this is perhaps the first big community step that we will start to see. don. >> absolutely kyung, and she will be here all evening as i will i, and we will be on the air until at least 11:00 p.m. east esh. and back to you that we are passing along words that president barack obama is delivering remarks live at 7:30 in aurora tonight. he was here just to meet wi the family members, but now, he is going to speak. moving on now, he was one of the heros in the theater shooting, but in the process of saving a life, he didn't make it. we will talk with one man who risked his life, and actually died saving his wife. that is coming up. we are back in a moment.
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province. the gunman was also killed and afghan police official says that the motive for the shooting is unknown at this time. [ shouting ] >> and an opposition group in syria says that it is an operation under way to liberate the city of aleppo. they urged government officials to surrender saying they would not be hurt. but at the same time diplomats met in qatar to discuss the situation and how it might be ended. 42 people were killed today in that country as troubles roll on. michael jackson's mother has been reported missing, but the family says she is fine. the missing person was reported by her nephew. by twitter catherine jackson's son, jermaine, says she is in arizona resting on the orders of the doctor. she is upset over a family fight over michael jackson's will.
penn state officials are worried and so are penn state officials that they might shut down their football team. the school will escape the so-called death penalty, but might face more severe penalties which are unknown in this part when they are announced tomorrow. this is coming as the statue of former coach joe paterno was removed today from outside of the stadium. all of this toll follows the devastating investigation that revealed how school officials ignored charges of child sexual abuse by jerry sandusky. susan candiotti is on her way to penn state, and we will speak to her by phone. first, let's talk about the removal of the statue of joe paterno. how is this received? >> well, a lightning rod for sure. in the end, the president felt it would be a recurring wound to the multitude of individuals across the nation and beyond who have been victims of child abuse, end quote.
the paterno family says that tearing down the statue does not serve the victims and, quote, the only way to help the victims as they put it is to uncover the full truth. a lot of different views of the student body. we don't know what the board of trustees thinks, because despite promises of transparency, they are not talking. university dismantled the statue on a sunday morning this morning well before the sart the of the fall semester and presumably to prevent things frometting ugly. tom? >> as i understand, it is a 900-pound statue to be kept in an undisclosed location, and what do we expect, susan, from the ncaa tomorrow? it is a secret, but everybody wants the results and what do you expect? >> well, big news. a source close to the case says that they face unprecedented penalties that are well beyond what has been done in the past. the school, however, won't face the so-called death penalty which would have meant no football this fall in happy
valley, but the source says in some ways, these penalties will be worse than the death penalty. and outcome that would be devastating to the current players who had nothing to do with this, but the source tells me that there are provisions in the plan to minimize the impact on those students. >> big news there, and we will keep you up to date on it. susan candiotti on the story as she will remain over the next couple of days for sure. now back out to aurora, colorado, and don lemon. >> thank you very much, tom foreman. before the death toll and the colorado shooter could even be tallied the argument of gun control and gun rights ignited among politicians. is it too soon? we are talking about it next. even under a fantastic dress. the best protection now looks, fits and feels just like underwear. we invite you to get a free sample and try one on too. last season was the gulf's best tourism season in years. in florida we had more suntans... in alabama we had more beautiful blooms...
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his name was alexander boik but his friends called him a.j. he was a student at gateway high school and had a girlfriend. they went to the movie together thursday night in aurora along with a friend. the girlfriend and friend survived, and a.j. died in the theater. his friends say that you could not find somebody with a brighter smile and more positive
outlook on life. the shock of friday's morning was settling in when we started to hear the familiar role of guns in america. the debate is almost routine nowadays, but was the timing off here? let's bring in will cain and lz granderson. lz is a senior writer as well for espn, and let's start with the mayor of new york, mayor michael bloomberg who is an out spoke en proponent of gun contr, a nd he called out even the president. >> with the murder everyday with guns, it just has to stop. instead of the two people, president obama and governor romney talking in broad things about how they want to make the world a better place, okay. tell us how. this is a real problem. >> so, lz, you first. no surprise to hear mayor michael bloomberg say those words, but was friday morning
the right time to start this debate you think? >> you know, i don't know. he is in new york, and the nation is still trying to heal. he is dealing with the issues in his own city and sees an opportunity to push the agenda forward. in terms of being politically savvy, you want to hit while the or strike while the iron is hot rather. but in terms of overall sensitivity where the nation's mood was, no, it is not the right time to bring up that conversation and certainly should have waited until we had some funerals and laid some bodies down the rest before we begin to have that discussion. >> so you think it is a matter of timing, because when you have a tragedy like this, you don't think that at some point it is an opportunity to talk about issues for both sides of both men appearing to be afraid to talk about it and afraid to address. >> well, it is not just about both men, but both parties. i mean, it is very difficult to get any politician really who wants to be re-elected to fight
the nra and that is what it boils down to is the 4.3 million who are part of the nra and the mi millions they give out in terms of the supporting politicians who support their agenda, and until we get some politicians with enough courage to stand up to the nra, we won't get any movement on this from either party, because both parties are getting money from the nra. >> so, but, will, why keep putting off this conversation, and keep putting it on the back burner as we say about the econo economy, we keep spending and spending and spending and nobody is doing anything about it, and why keep putting off this particular issue, because of politics or just because of a very strong gun lobby? >> well, the reason that the conversation is being put off, don, is because of politics. you have to have two opposing up opinions to have the debate. the democratic party in the conventional wisdom goes, abandoned the issue after 2000 and the analysis is that al gore took hard gore gun-banning positions in the democratic
primary that ended up hurting him in states like ohio, pennsylvania. so lz might have a point about the nra's influence, but the truth is that the voters in some of the swing states didn't appreciate those kinds of positions scaring off politicians in the future from going for strong gun ban laws. >> but that is not the only reason why gore lost. >> well, let me jump in here, because no one is saying that people's guns should be taken away or that taking the second amendment rights away. no one is saying that, but shouldn't we be having a sensible conversation about the access to guns and access to ammunition, and how long people should wait to get guns and ammunition? it doesn't seem like a political issue at all, but a common sense issue. will? >> i am telling you why that conversation is not. >> of course, it is a common sense issue. >> i am telling you why that conversation is not taking place, and it is a political
issue, and back to the original question to lz then is when do we have the conversation, if the politicians don't have it and they won't and i have explained to you largely why. when do we have it? what i would say is that i think that i agree with lz friday morning is not the time to have it, not so much because of the emotional tenor of the country, but because it inevitably is a conversation full of declaratives and facts and the on day after a horrible incident like this, we don't know everything, and as we know more, we can have a more intelligent debate. >> lz, i cut you off, please continue. >> and that is maybe true that we didn't know all of the facts but we knew enough of the facts that an individual went in and killed innocent people, and that is enough to know that you should have a conversation of whether we should have automatic assault rifles available out there on the street likes that. you don't need too many more facts beyond that. it is important the remember that the democrats are not
against the second amendment, but they simply want some sort of legislation to keep track of who has these weapons. this guy bought 6,000 rounds in a matter of weeks. >> you are making the point that i was trying to make more succinctly and it is not that anyone is against that. now moving on the president and mitt romney have both supported forms of gun control, but here is romney at the nra convention. take a listen. >> if we want to safeguard the second amendment, it is time to have a president who defends the rights that president obama minimizes and i will protect the second amendment rights of the american people. >> okay. again, is the gun lobby leading this or the public opinion not just behind more gun control or looking at the issue? will. >> the public opinion is not there for more gun control and you won't hear this debate as part of the presidential election in the coming months. >> and the polls suggest that the american people are willing to have some sort of restraint on the type of guns that are out
there, and it is not as if no kind of gun control interests the american people, and mitt romney is a jerk, because president obama hasn't said anything at all to lead you to believe that he is against the second amendment, but he is pan derg as usual. >> all right. lz and will, thank you very much, and i apologize to the viewers about the delay here, because that is what happens with live television. he came face to face with the colorado gunman and survived. he talks about how he made it out alive next.
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only enlisted with the u.s. navy for less th a year, 27-year-old serviceman john larimer was in his first posting. in a phone call with cnn, his father, scott, said that they are struggling with the news that he was shot and killed in the movie theater, and he says that the thoughts and prayers are with the families of the other victims. amid the tragedy that this commu community has endured, there are amazing stories of survival. corbin bates was in the theater when the gunman opened fire and saw the whole thing happen with his friend jennifer seeger. when i spoke with corbin last night, i asked him what it was like to be back at the scene of friday's tragedy. >> honestly, when i look at the building, i get really a blank feeling inside. it is kind of hard to look at it. i try not to think of the event that took place, because i am still seeing the flashbacks of the first thing i saw. >> you said you don't even like to look at it. you don't want to look over as
pointing. >> i will look over, but it is giving me a very uncomfortable feeling. >> so you are so close that last night jennifer said last night that the gunman got very close to her, and didn't shoot her, but shot behind her, and you were right next to her? so what happened didn't you get shot? >> well, when the gunman came into the auditorium the first thing he did was to throw a canister into the audience which later we found out it was a toxic gas and after that went off and two seconds the gun started firing and i went to the ground. we stayed there and jennifer fell behind me, and we stayed there for probably a good ten seconds before we decided to crawl to the other side. >> you said when i asked you why didn't he shoot you and you said that is a good question. you don't know. >> i don't know. until this day, i still don't know. being that close to him, i don't know. >> you never know when your number is up. >> you don't. >> yeah. you all right? >> yeah. >> yeah. i am glad and your family is
glad to have you back and what do you say to the people around the world who are watching this and thinking, my gosh, colorado, what is going on, columbine and now this shooting. what do you say about to the country and the world about that? >> especially the world i would say to them that events are under certain circumstances can happen at any time and you never know when your number is up, so while you are still here, try to make the most of your family and friends and colleagues and people that you had bad past relationships with, because you don't want the leave knowing that you said something or didn't say enough. that was corbin dates a courageous young man and we thank him for sharing his story. we want to show you what is going on across the street from the theater where i am. there is a makeshift memorial set up shortly after the shooting, and the very next day as a matter of fact, and you can see the people there gathered. they have been bringing crosses, teddy bears and hugging and crying at this place.
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accord t according to witnesses she died from a gunshot wound to the head. >> and during the unthinkable horror inside of that colorado movie theater, we are learning that there were also moments of great heroism, and one of the heroes is jonathan blunk who joins us from their home in reno, nevada, is his wife jennifer blunk. how are you holding up? >> i'm trying to hold up. i'm trying to be okay. >> yes, and we understand that. listen, we didn't get a chance to meet your husband jonathan and how would you like the world to remember him? >> johnny was the type who always wanted to be the hero, help anybody in any way he can, and always wanted to make people smile and laugh. he was always very optimistic
and outgoing. spontaneous and always trying to do anythincrazy and dangerous. so when we heard that it was him trying to save somebody, everybody just knew that that was johnny and the type of person he was. >> well, you have two children. you have a 4-year-old daughter, 2-year-old son, and as i said, it must take incredible strength to take care of that and grieving while dealing with young children as well. how are the kids doing? >> our daughter, haley t-4-year-old, the oldest, she keeps asking when daddy is coming, because he was supposed to fly back from reno yesterday, and she had her dress all picked out and ready to go for what she wanted to wear and made her welcome home sign for him. and when i heard friday, i still didn't tell her friday night
when i found out, and i had to tell her saturday morning that we weren't going to the airport to pick him up and tried to explain why we weren't getting him, that daddy was gone and still loved us, and somebody took him from us. she said, she cried and then she asked, well, is daddy still going to come for my birthday, because he promised, and then i have to explain it again. and it has been like that since. and my 2-year-old son is only 2, so he doesn't get it. he does not understand either. but my daughter is very confused. >> do you feel like people have been saying that, chantal, that jonathan died trying to save someone else's life, because he was in the military, and he apparently covered up someone.
he die edd a hero. >> i know. that is johnny. johnny was the type of person who always wanted to be the hero. he always said if he was ever going to die, he wanted it to be in battle. he wanted to be known as a hero to his kids and to me and friends and family. he just wanted everybody to look at him as that guy. so it is not a surprise at all. >> oh, boy. chantal, you are working on a hero's memorial for jonathan. can you tell me and the viewers about that? >> he has lots of friends in the military that are trying to help me, because he was on active duty and trying to bring his body back, but he has a very
good friend that was in the military, his boss, amy deguzman and his friend jeff keenan and kyle dawson and james gill are all trying to help to bring him home, and amy deguzman was able, because she is still with the "nimitz" and talk to them about getting the gunsman line and they are going to have -- and he will have the military funeral. he is going to have the military burial. >> chantal, i can't even imagine the strength that it takes to come on to do this when you have, when this has happened to you and your family and we thank you so much and we are praying for you sh, okay. >> thank you. >> thank you. if you want to learn more about the victims of the colorado shooting and pay tribute to them, or post messages to the loved ones, you can do so by logging on to the website and go to cnn.com/coloradovictims.
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tom foreman is back in washington the headlines. tom? >> hey, don, as you know the united states mourns in the aftermath of the shootings in aurora, colorado, the entire world is watching that denver suburb as we hahave are going t talk about what the world press is going to say? >> well, a blogger in iran mentioned that if he had brown skin and a muslim sounding name the media would be screaming terrorism, and then out of britain, we have the telegraph of a blogger saying stop playing this up as uniquely american thing, because the u.s. does not have a monopoly on the mad ki killers or the senseless murders as a matter of fact, and it is a global issue. out of russia, we have reaction and one commentator notes that not all americans and in fact, 99% of americans are not cold-blooded killers, but it is still very harsh. a lot of mixed attention and reaction on this situation. >> quite by chance this is
coming at an odd anniversary, because colorado is getting all of the attention and worldwide much like norway did one year ago when that country was hit with its own terrible shooting, and that shooter's trial has wrapped up there. what is next? >> well, tom, what with are seeing is that the we have an issue where he is facing, and on august 24th, he will face the trial, and in addition to that, we have a situation where he dressed up in police, in a policeman's outfit and went on a shooting rampage killing 77 innocent people. and again, he's -- his ten-week trial ended, but we expect the final verdict on august 24th. >> yeah, extraordinary story there of anders breivik and r l really the worst thing that had happened on the soil in quite some time. we talk about the world situation and how the people see the world and all of this, and
we are talking about a lot about guns in this country. the u.s. is the world's largest maker, buyer and sellers of guns, and who owns the most in the world right now, do you know? >> well, the u.s. is obviously the top, but according to the journal of small arms survey, there are about 900 million firearms in the world, tom. that is just in 3% of them belong to law enforcement. that is nearly one quarter of all guns belong to the world's mi military and the vast majority are owned by citizens and private security companies and of course, criminals. >> all right. thank you so much for the look of the world looking at us here in the united states. and now back to don who is out where it is all happening right now, all of the sad news out of aurora, colorado. don? >> all right. all right. thank you very much, tom foreman, in washington, and we will get back to you. in the meantime, colorado governor john hickenlooper has been going from hospital to hospital to visit with the survivors of the tragedy friday. this morning he took time to join candy crowley on our "state
of the union" and we wanted to give you an extended look at what he had to say. candy asked for an update on the police investigation. >> well, the investigation continues now that we have had access to the apartment of the suspe suspect, they've got a lot new information and they will continue to put together the case. >> and what have they found in the apartment that might be usefulf? are they learning anything more about the suspect? >> you know what they have asked is for me not to talk about this. i think that they are learning more more, you know, moment by moment. but like in any investigation like this, they are trying to make sure that they are getting all of the information first before they release it publicly. >> sure. is there anything that you can tell me about that goes to motive. i think that when you are not right there and in it, and trying to help people as they move through the horrific crisis, when you are standing outside of it, you think, why
would somebody do this? does anything go to motive that you can share with us? >> well, you know, i am speechless, because i have been asked this -- obviously, this is a deeply troubled, twisted, delusional person, and i can't for the life of me. i don't -- you know, i can't conceive of a motive. >> and we might have to leave that to psychiatrists. have there been any -- and can you tell me in the investigators have talked to the parents of the suspect? >> again, i don't know that. so i know that they have done hundreds of interviews, so they are certainly leaving no stone unturned. >> okay. and let's talk about those who remain injured. i know there are still several in critical condition. what do we know about the status of those that were injured? >> well sh, the, you know, i sp yesterday, most of yesterday going from hospital to hospital and talking to families and in
some cases talking to the wounded. it was amazing how buoyant the spirits were in many of the rooms, and even just colorado. the west is always known for that kind of strength of character and the come back and rebound. but it really was something, i felt it was an american quality. at one point i talk, in one hospital, people from three different countries that were refugees. one was from tunisia, one was from jordan, one was from asia. all have been wounded, all came to this country escaping violence. and to a person they said we love america. we still love america. we're so glad we're here. it was very touching. >> colorado governor george hick leaderip. president ama baarckng atago. the pictures of him getting off air force one. he will speak at 7:30 p.m.
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. hi. we'll get back to don lemon soon but we want to look at the stories and the weak ahead from hollywood to wall street. our correspondents will tell you all you need to know to keep up with the news. we begin with the latest from the campaign trail and the race for the white house. >> mitt romney starts the week fundraising in california. tuesday the republican presidential challenger addresses the veterans of foreign war convention in reason over, nevada. wednesday, romney arrives in london to kick off a week-long international tour which will take him to israel and poland. he will attend the opening ceremonies of the olympics and heat with british israeli and palestinian and polish leaders. >> i'm poppy harlow in new york.
a jam packed weekend for wall street. we'll get the latest reading on u.s. economic growth in the second quarter. that's big. also, we'll get two key home sales reports. and lots and lots of major company reporting their earnings. we'll hear from mcdonald's, at&t, caterpillar, ford, and face book to name a few. you can bet facebook will be the focus. this will be the company's first earnings report since going public. we'll keep a very close eye on that. >> i'm "showbiz tonight's" nischelle turner. the colorado movie massacre. we'll have all the latest details about the madman police say is behind the horrific attack. plus, hollywood's emotional reaction to the unbelievable tragedy. >> a look at the day's other bigs story. coming up, cnn with don lemon starts right now.