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i probably -- it will hit me on wednesday. >> on the comedy side, "modern family" locked up outstanding series for the fourth year in a row. that's it for me. thanks very much for watching. i'm wolf blitzer at the united nations. i'll be back 5:00 p.m. in "the situation room." "newsroom" continues right now with brooke baldwin. >> thank you, wolf. great to be with you on this monday. i'm brooke baldwin. happening live, a deadly and active hostage situation at a shopping mall in nairobi, kenya. three days after an al qaeda linked militant stormed this upscale west gate mall, the fbi is looking into claims americans are among the al shabab terrorists. here's what we know right now. there are 62 people who are dead and five americans among those wounded. right now, it is nightfall in nairobi, and for the 200
civilian hostages, the nightmare is over. but their stories and the stories from all these shoppers are painting a horrifying picture of what it's like for those still held captive inside that mall. >> the last thing we know, we heard some shots, and people rushing. there sounded like ak-47s. >> we started to run, and there was a second explosion, which knocked us on the ground. >> you could hear while we were back there, methodically going from store to store, talking to people, asking questions, shooting, screams, and then it would stop for a while. >> completely luck. we were on the ground floor, easily accessible. i think a lot was luck. did a lot of praying in there. >> as i approached the mall, i could see lots of people running away. and as i got closer, it was clear that there were people who had been shot.
i saw people who had been shot in the stomach and in the leg. dozens of injuries streaming out among terrified civilians. the police and army who were working there were desperately trying to get people evacuated out of the building. it became clear within a few minutes of getting inside the mall that no one really knew where the gunmen were. while we were getting from place to place, you could see there were people who had been killed, who were laying in different parts of the mall. >> kenyon authorities insist their forces are in control. they say they have arrested ten people, killing three terrorists in a siege, but despite all those assurances, our own reporter who was live outside that mall tonight, zain verjee, continues to hear gunshots. in fact, in this one instance, she scrambled as the heavy gunfire rang out, sending journalists and aide workers out there running. >> more gunfire. is that more gunfire? okay.
can we have the helmet? where's the helmet? [ gunfire ] >> this is the gunman. these are the gunmen. >> you're right. >> is everyone okay? helmets, helmets. they say come inside. what do we do? >> frightening moments i'm sure for zain who joins us now live and in the crew. zain, after 9:00 your time, tell me what the situation is like there now. how much control do authorities have at this point? >> reporter: the situation is nothing like what you just saw a
moment ago. after that, everything just went quiet. ever since then, we have heard no shooting, no explosions. there was a little more smoke, but when twiilate came, it pretty much dissipated. we're hearing now from government officials, they are saying they are in control of the mall, west gate, which is a four-story mall and a pretty big one and it took time to secure it. however, there are many questions about the hostages because they also said that they have evacuated most of the hostages. nobody has seen or heard from them, and this is a place where the hostages -- any casualties are supposed to come to. and the folks here have been told to close down in the next couple hours or so. so we're just waiting for the government, for some clarification on that. but the kenyon military along with the israeli special forces for pretty much for the entire day been inside westgate mall.
it's not clear exactly what has gone down in there today, but they say they're in control for now. >> zain, we know there are conflicting reports about the presence of women in this group of haaostage takers in particul, one woman, a white woman. others are saying it was just men dressed as women. you mentioned you were talking to high-level officials where you are. what are they telling you? >> reporter: well, on the men dressed as women idea, i spoke to a couple of security experts that say that is not really typical in a situation like this. they kind of battered the off, saying they wouldn't do something. rr not their m.o. they would have their faces and shirts open, ready to be taken to heaven. and that wasn't the case. so there's also some reports of cctv, that indicate that there was a white woman, brandishing a gun, and caught on camera. i haven't seen this video. but intelligence services here are saying they're analyzing as
much cctv footage as possible. eyewitnesses also said there was a white woman. there's conflicting reports. nobody is really sure about what the identities of the gunmen are here. there has been a list that was released, but officials are saying there could have been more. there are one or two unknown questions. and the white woman question is something that's on everyone's minds here, but there's no answer. >> zain verjee for us outside the shopping mall in nairobi. zain, thank you. as gunshots rang out, people ran. desperate to get as far from the mall as possible, but one man was running against the crush of people, running toward the mall. tyler hicks is a photographer for the "new york times." and he happened to be near nairobi's westgate mall when the gunmen opened fire. i just want to share with you some of these amazing photos that hicks took, and hear what he told cnn about what it was he saw. >> reporter: i happened to be close by to westgate mall when the violence broke out. and as i approached the mall, i could see lots of people running
away. and as i got closer, it was clear that there were people who had been shot. i saw people who had been shot in the stomach and in the leg. dozens of injuries streaming out among just terrified civilians. i continued to move along carefully along the front of the mall, where i saw three men who had been killed just at the front entrance of the mall. one of them still inside the car that he had been driving. and continued to proceed up into an upper parking garage where i, again, saw more people streaming out. the police and the army who were working there were desperately trying to get people evacuated out of the building. i saw this as an opportunity to get inside. to go against the flow of the people and enter the mall and see what was going on inside. and that's really where we got a
real sense of how bad things were. even after being there an hour, an hour and a half, two hours, people continued to suddenly come out of shops. they had barricaded themselves inside, either by locking the doors or by pulling the metal gates down in front of the storefront windows. and that was, you know, every 15 or twnt minutes, suddenly, it seemed 20, 30, 50, 100 people would come out of another place that were just terrified. even though they could hear that there were people outside, they couldn't really tell who if that was the police or the army. they were just petrified and staying low, which was really, you know, the right thing to do. >> tyler hicks, "new york times." now, the threat posed by al shabaab reaches straight into america's heartland.
even though the group is smaller than al qaeda, has successfully recruited members from minnesota. let's talk about this with paul, a cnn terrorism analyst. you have dozens and dozens of young men recruited here in the states. they have gone to africa. they have died fighting with al shabaab. my question is this, if they're trying to recruit americans. give me the profile of someone they would be trying to recruit. >> the americans that have gone to somalia tend to be of somali background. many are from the minneapolis, minnesota, area. this is an area where there's quite high unemployment. they're not doing so well from a socioeconomic point of view. there are feelings of discrimination and anger. and al shabaab recruiters have gone out in the streets and recruited on the streets in minneapolis, taking advantage of these grievances, brooke, so we have seen around 40 americans going to somalia.
about 20 unakted for at this moment. >> there have been conflicting reports as we have been following this, about possible involvement of americans in this particular attack in the mall in nairobi. and in the al shabaab twitter accounts, they come up, they're shut down. the white house said there's no confirmation any americans were involved, but what do you know about al shabaab's credibility on all this? >> their communication strategy seems to be in some disarray. at this point, no confirmation that any americans were involved in that attack. the u.s. state department, other u.s. agencies are looking at this carefully, but they have not confirmed this as of now, brooke. >> something else i wanted to ask you about, we had bob baer, he was on cnn talking to one of my colleagues and they were talking about these so-called soft targets. in post-9/11, we know they used planes for 9/11, but now there's this focus to softer targets, to malls, i think of a marathon or
perhaps a sporting event. where do you think, paul, that police, security teams, should be stepping up security in the u.s. now? >> well, it's very, very difficult to protect soft targets like shopping malls or commuter trains without completely changing how people live their lives. so there's always been a lot of concern that al qaeda or other affiliated groups are indeed loan wolfs would launch attacks against these soft targets. we saw that happen unfortunately to deadly affect in boston. so real concern they could attempt to launch attacks against these softer targets. obviously, more difficult to put an attack together like we saw in kenya involving multiple gunmen in the united states. that sort of a plot more easy for u.s. intelligence and the fbi to detect, brooke. >> thank you. stay with me. next hour, i'll talk to a somali-american men who lives in minnesota. his nephew was recruited by al shabaab and died fighting in somalia's war, and we'll talk
about what these communities are doing to try to stop it. >> in other news here to us at cnn, blackberry is going private. the company has just announced a billion dollar loss in the second quarter and more than 4,000 layoffs. smartphone competition from apple and samsung has hit this company hard. zain asher, let's go to you at the new york stock exchange. tell me about this deal. >> hi, brooke. blackberry has found a buyer. fairfax financial holdings is planning to buy blackberry for about $4.7 billion. blackberry has had major trying times. you mentioned the layoffs. the company planned to lay off 40% of its workers. also the company posted second-quarter losses of about a billion dollars. the z-10 and q-10 models hadn't caught on as much as they expected. it was hard to believe this company was once king of the market in terms of smartphones. they halted trading about a half hour ago to limit volatility and now it's traded slightly higher.
it looks as though investors might see this as an opportunity perhaps to sort of limit some of our blackberry's losses previously. >> this announcement, how big of a shock was it today? >> listen, the writing has been on the wall for some time. people had been asking, how long can blackberry really survive on its own. it mentioned those layoffs it announced on friday. it hasn't kept unwith competition. it once commanded 50% of the market play and now it only has 3%. they said they're going to be focusing on corporate customers. they're not sure how many corporate customers there. the latest model of the blackberry was a flop, but the ceo did specifically say he was open to a sale. so this could be the lifeline they need. >> the mall attack in kenya comes as world leaders including president obama arrive in new york for the u.n. general assembly. coming up, i'll talk live with the police commissioner ray kelly about the new fears of
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just try to imagine this if you're a parent. 12 years after a bobby in florida was allegedly abducted by his grandmother, he's finally back in the arms of his father. 60-year-old sandy was helping out her son by watching the baby while he was at work. when he returned home, she and the baby were gone. it wasn't until last wednesday, 12 years after that search began, the grandmother was arrested for alleged felony child abduction. she's scheduled to be in court wednesday to be assigned a public defender, and john zarrella is working this for us out of miami. what a story. what finally ended the search? what happened? >> just amazing. apparently back in early september, the grandmother goes to enroll the boy in school in missouri. and the red flags are raised by some of the things she said.
school officials there didn't quite see everything, the is dotted and the ts crossed. they notified police. police begin the investigation, and the investigation ultimately revealed, hey, this little boys appears to have been abducted 12 years ago in florida. now, the father over the weekend writes on his facebook page, i just got the big one back from sandy. she kidnapped him 12 years ago. she's in jail. what's interesting, brooke, is the family and the father had been trying to find the grandmother and had been searching for the boy for quite some time. in fact, they hired a private investigator because the family knew from a tip that the grandmother was in missouri. the private investigator, using information he got from a traffic ticket that the grandmother had gotten, tracks her to putnam county. from putnam county, by the time they get there, she's gone. she had gone to iowa.
at some point in time after she's in iowa, she gets skittish again and returns to missouri. police can't say exactly why she came back, but they say that over the course of time, she had lived in missouri for several years. so that ultimately is how it all played out. but the good news, of course, the little boy is safe and back home with his dad. >> so -- which is awesome, but what is this about this unique missouri law that helped play a role in all this? >> well, according to missouri law, if you are -- have a child for more than 30 days with you, but you are not the legal guardian, custodian of that child, then you are subject to being charged with child abduction. so that is how missouri authorities got her on the child abduction case. because she had been in the state for more than 30 days with a child from out of state, and that's how they got her.
>> amazing. john zarrella, thank you. coming up next, a proposed move in the friendly skies could perhaps make many of you very, very happy. relaxed standards when it comes to using your tablets, your ereaders. find out how soon those changes could be a reality. >> plus this -- >> we stood up and started to turn and then we heard machine guns. and then we started to run. and there was a second explosion, which knocked us on the ground. >> inside the nairobi mall attack. this american woman shares her story of terror and chaos as hostage takers stormed the ball in kenya. a situation still ongoing this hour. ♪ ♪ ♪
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coming up next, i heard something today from a former cia officer that kind of gave me the chills. >> i'm very frightened. i have been talking about malls for ten years. nothing happened. i think that's the drift. they're going for any target they can get to. and planes are out. malls are in. >> planes are out, malls are in. this is from bob baer, former cia operative, cnn national security analyst. i'll talk to ray kelly about which soft targets scare him the most, how gotham is stepping up security, not only in the wake
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it happened about an hour after government officials in nairobi said security forces had taken control of the shopping complex. we still don't know the fate of the hostages or the gunmen, for that matter, but the red cross says 62 people have died since saturday when these gunmen from members of the terror group al shabaab first stormed this mall. more than 175 people were wounded, including five americans. and some of those americans who escaped, they are speaking about this ordeal, including a woman from north carolina and her family who spoke with our cnn affiliate wavy. >> i was scared to death that i was going to get a call saying that she was dead. >> her daughter, 30-year-old said the gunman barged in the terrace where she was eating and started shooting. >> we stood up and started to turn. then we heard machine guns. then we started to run.
and there was a second explosion which knocked us on the ground. >> she and her friend made it inside a store where dozens of people were hiding, hoping the gunshots wouldn't come their way. >> you could hear while we were back there, them methodically kind of going from store to store, talking to people. asking questions, shooting. screams, and then it would stop for a while. then they would go to another store. >> in the meantime, her mother was glued to the news, feeling helpless. >> and i couldn't get to her. i couldn't make the wrongs right. >> after more than four hours, she and the others were rescued by american security forces and the kenyan army. >> and she says in between times, you could hear people that had been shot that had -- that was in pain. you could hear that, she said. >> she won't hlet herself feel the hurt, the pain, or the terror she felt inside this
mall. only gratitude these words weren't the last ones she shared with her mother. >> just completely luck. we're on the ground floor, easily accessible. i think a lot was lot. we did a lot of praying in there. >> the kenyan military said more than 200 people were rescued from inside the mall. ten people have been taken into custody for questioning including four people picked up at an airport. want to go to new york, joining me now, one of america's best known and well respected lawmen, ray kelly. thank you for taking the time today to talk to me. we saw the scenes in new york today. the stepped up security, of course, linked to the start of the u.n. general assembly where you are. and we're told that the al shabaab terrorist operation, this is linked to what we have been watching the last couple days from kenya. al shabaab recruitment from within the u.s. is said to be one of the most urgent worries. to what extent, a, is the group
on your radar, and b, how much do you worry about its members striking u.s. soil possibly in conjunk with what is happening in the building behind you this week? >> well, al shabaab has been on law enforcement radar screens for quite a while. most of their activities have been limited to somalia, but of course, our concern is that they can extent out of somalia, and of course, we have seen that in kenya. you know, there's a whole group of concerns we have, but we've been doing this for many years. it's a major commitment on our part. we work closely with our federal partners. we have about 190 delegations here. that includes about 120 heads of state. some of them are very high profile. and of course, the president is here today. and will be here tonight and tomorrow. so, you know, obviously, it adds to our concerns, but we have a lot of experience in doing this.
>> right, you know all about targets. you know about hard targets. we see it playing out in kenya, specifically, a soft target, a shopping mall. my question is, do you see a day, commissioner, when american shoppers, you know, have to pass through metal detectors to go to the mall? or to go to a football game? do you think we should be walking through those metal detectors today? rather than later? >> i think the logistics of that would be extremely challenging. there's so many locations that you could at least hipauypothes would be a target. the expense, the cost, the people needed to do that, i think, would be prohibitive. really, i think the attack in kenya underscores the importance, the need for intelligence, to continue to try to get any information that's going to give law enforcement a leg up. the ability to intercept these
type of acts before they take place. it's not easy. but it's something that we have to continue to do. >> let me just ask you straight up, commissioner, which soft target do you fear the most? >> oh, well, we have so many soft targets. it would be difficult to pick one out. we have locations, of course, but the vast majority of iconic structures in this country, quite frankly, are soft targets. that's why i say intelligence is so important. we have a regimen here where we deploy uniformed officers to sensitive locations, locations where we may have some information that concerns us. but we don't have enough uniformed officers to do that consistently. again, we need information to help us intercept and prevent acts like what happened and are happening now in kenya. >> commissioner kelly, i want to quote you.
this is from a speech you gave earlier this month. quote, the threat of terrorism is as great if not greater than it was before the world trade center was destroyed from al qaeda's perspective, the war it waged on the streets of lower manhattan on 9/11 continues from the u.s. to europe, to indonesia, to west africa. that is certainly not what the obama administration has been saying. they keep telling us, you know, that al qaeda has been decimated. how can you and the administration see these so differently? >> well, i think it's true that the core of al qaeda has been reduced. their capabilities have been reduced, but they're still able to communicate. they're still able to give leadership to actions not in the fatah, not in pakistan. then we see these affiliates growing in size. we see al qaeda in the arabian peninsula. al shabaab, we see al qaeda in maghreb, we see al qaeda in
iraq, we see al qaeda in syria right now. so i think in a sense, you know, we're probably both correct. core al qaeda has been reduced, but their affiliates, their acoolites have increased in size and certainly i think they have increased in potential danger around the world. >> new york police commissioner ray kelly, thank you so much for joining me today. taking a couple minutes, and you know, where he's standing at the united nations, president obama, as he mentioned, in new york for the u.n. general assembly. in fact, we have sound from president obama speaking alongside the president of nigeria about this attack, specifically in nairobi, take a listen. >> i've had the opportunity to speak with the president dire directly about the terrible tragedy that's happened in nairobi. and we're providing all the cooperation that we can as we deal with this situation that has captivated the world. i want to express personally my
condolences to not only the president who lost some family members in the attack, but to the kenyan people. we stand with them against this terrible outrage that's occurred. we will provide them with whatever law enforcement support that is necessary. and we're confident that kenya, which has been a pillar of stability in eastern africa will rebuild, but this, i think, undersco underscores reawakening all of us as an international community to stand against this senseless violence that these groups represent and the united states will continue to work with the entire continent of africa and around the world to make sure that we are dismantling these networks of destruction. >> president obama speaking at the united nations, specifically about that ongoing as i speak, ongoing fatal hostage attack in
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restaurant after a football game. some of the teenagers posted pictures. you can see, you know, this is instagram. they put it on twitter, and that could come back to haunt them. more on that in a minute. let me bring in danny who join said me from new york. we co the school district released the following statement to cnny campus administrators will review videos to identify students who will face appropriate conquences including suspension from school. they will also cooperate with law enforcement and restaurant management in pursuing criminal charges if warranted. that's the first thing that jumped out at me, danny. criminal charges? do you think that will be brought against them? >> this statement reflects a general move towards taking discipline away from the school and putting it in the juvenile justice system. now, there are a lot of theories. some are that juvenile justice has become big business and
these placement facilities make a lot of money when juveniles are placed in detention centers. so this is -- reflects also society's move away from allowing the school to discipline its own students. we now have mandatory reporting and zero tolerance policies. you hear stories of children being disciplined or suspended for having cardboard cutouts of guns. the discussion of working with law enforcement when it comes to a food fight, i think virtually everybody out there, either themselves or they know somebody who is involved in something like a food fight. in fact, it's immortalized in the movie "animal house." and when we saw that, we all laughed. it's an interesting move away. all we do when we criminalize what our kids do, we give a lot of kids juvenile records, which a lot of people think they're sealed, someone can always find them. >> i'm sure you never would have been involved in something like that back in the day. the restaurant is saying, the
principals have reached out to offer their sincere apology for the food fight. in addition, students from both schools have come to the restaurant and apologized. good on them, and we greatly appreciate the outpouring of support. this is what jumps out at me. because you have these teenagers who are like this, so they'll do something like a food fight or who knows what else, and they post it to twitter so there's the evidence right here for charges if charges are brought, viola. >> yeah, it's an interesting -- i practice a lot in the juvenile justice system. it's a fascinating development where people are essentially, they might as well plead guilty with the things they're posted online, whether it's social media or otherwise. and maybe it's something our generation will never understand, that the younger generation simply has to, they're compelled to post pictures of their shenanigans. the reality is that juvenile defe defendants and defendants in general, younger people are creating a wake of digital evidence everywhere they go, and
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a number of college football players all around the country are united and demanding change in the ncaa. over the weekend, players wore the letters apu. stands for all players united on their gear. what's the message behind the lettering? >> companies pay millions to advertise on athletes. so some college players thought, why not send out our own message? they grabbed sharpies saturday and scribbled this on their a
armbands, towels, and athletic tape. the letters apu, all players united. 28 college football athletes from at least three major division i teams staged a polite unauthorized protest for ncaa reform. >> players really wanted to find a way to be more visible and vocal and to show unity. >> a former ucla linebacker and voice for reform said it was the athletes' idea. >> money is going to go to the places it always goes. we're talking about salaries for coaches, athletic directors, ncaa headquarters, luxury boxes in the stadiums. but they're not being directed to take care of players' medical expenses, to invest in concussion research, brain trauma research, to help protect the players generating the money. and even education. >> we hear all the time the argument the college athletes should be paid, since so many
others cash in on what they do. they say if they get injured on the field, there's no guarantee their medical expenses will be paid. if they don't graduate in four years, there's no guarantee they can still stay and get a degree. >> players at north western, georgia, and georgia tech took part in the pledge. the ncaa seemed surprisingly understanding. saying as a higher education association, the ncaa supports open and civil debate regarding all aspects of college athletics. but it didn't seem like they were open to talking about it after the georgia tech game where about ten players participated. this was head coach paul johnson's response. >> i can assure you that now that i'm aware of it, we'll talk to them about it. >> two players from two different schools who said they wanted to talk to cnn about the pledge later pulled out of the
interviews. we caught up with one player who participated, even though a team handler tried to discourage us from talking about it. >> i'm going to get in some trouble for this. i know guys out there at joerma tech, they don't have the academics to fall back on and things like that, so you know, just looking out for everybody. >> houma later told cnn as far as he knows, no players have been disciplined for participating. >> so on the field, in the studio, what is this about? is this about being paid or something else? >> it's partly about that. but every person i talked to who is an advocate for ncaa reform has told me their number one concern is concussions and number two, education. the two play into each other because if a player is injured on the field and thinks they might lose their scholarship, they're less likely to report. it's something pennsylvania congressman charlie dent and i talked about a lot because he introduced legislation earlier
this summer that would call for a total and complete ncaa overhaul and reform. he said, you know, this is a problem if these players don't report this. because they think they might not be able to finish and get their degree. he wants to have congressional hearings on it. >> what are the yufrts saying? >> they all aren't commenting today. however, i can tell you that the person who organized this told me that none of the players have gotten in any kind of trouble or been reprimanded for it, but the universities are not talking about it. >> thank you very much. coming up, you will hear from a man who said he was targeted for wearing a turban and having a long beard. 12 people yelled get osama as they attacked. he's not muslim. now new york police are investigating if this is a hate crime. >> plus, as the hostage situation in kenya intensifies, i'll speak with a somali leader about the possibility these suspects could include americans recruited by terrorists.
and we continue on hour two. i'm brooke baldwin. topping the hour, 62 people dead. five americans among the 175 people wounded. and the situation isn't over yet. watch this with me. we're talking about what's happening here ongoing this hour in kenya. an active hostage situation in this upscale shopping mall in nairobi. president obama speaking about the attack moments ago and his conversation with the kenyan president. here he was. >> i had the opportunity to speak with the president directly. about the terrible tragedy that's happened in nairobi. and we're providing all the cooperation that we can as we deal with this situation that has captivated the world. i want to express personally my condolences to not only the president who lost some family members in the attack, but to the kenyan people.
we stand with them against the terrible outrage that's occurred. we will provide them with whatever law enforcement support that is necessary. and we are confident that kenya, which has been a pillar of stability in eastern africa, will rebuild. >> the president moments ago. we can tell you that three days now after the al qaeda-linked militants stormed this westgate mall, the fbi is looking into claims americans are among the al shabaab terrorists still holding hostages inside this mall. [ gunfire ] >> witnesses say bodies lay scattered across this mall. some people ran.
others barricaded themselves inside the various shops. just hours after kenyan authorities said their forces were in control, our own reporter who was just outside the mall continued to hear gunshots, and one incident, as you're about to see, scrambled as heavy gunfire rang out. >> that's more gunfire. was that more gunfire? can we have the helmets? where is the helmet? [ gunfire ] come here. this is the gunmen. these are the gunmen. >> you're right. >> is everyone okay? helmets, helmets. they say come inside.
what do we do? >> it's 10:00 p.m. in nairobi. arwa damon, our senior international correspondent standing there where zain verjee was today. we know that authorities say they have killed three terrorists. they say they're in control. you're there on the ground. tell me the sense you have about the situation right now. >> reporter: well, it's almost eerily quiet. we're here at this community center that's just around the corner from the westgate mall that's been set up as sort of a triage area and an area where people looking for missing loved ones can look for information. there have been grouped of volunteers from here going out, trying to access the mall itself to bring out some of the bodies. they have had varying success in that. the kenyan authorities are now saying that they do have control over the building, meaning that they are present on all of the floors, but there are still some gunmen who are inside there, who are still at large. what we don't know, however, is
the fate of the ten remaining hostages. the last we heard from the government here was that there were still ten people who were in captivity, but that was late last night. we have not had any sort of official update on what their situation today may be. very concerning given what you saw there, the heavy gunfire earlier in the day and also what seems to be an explosion that caused huge plumes of thick smoke to billow from the area of the westgate mall for hours earlier in the day, brooke. >> what we do know is you spent your day, you were talking, i know, arwa, to a number of victims, including a woman still looking for her husband. what did they share with you? >> reporter: can you just imagine the last time that this woman spoke to her husband, and they had been married for 24 years, was around half an hour before the attack took place on saturday. she immediately went to the scene, was among the crowds searching, hoping to get a glimpse of him, and she has
heard absolutely nothing since then. of course, she's kept trying to call his cell phone. now her calls aren't going through. also spoke to two survivors, a couple. they're both radio presenters and their radio station had organized a children's cooking competition that took place on the roof of the westgate mall when this attack broke out. you can just imagine the trauma. what it must have been like for these children. they say the gunmen stormed to the rooftop, threw a grenade, it would seem deliberately into a corner, where a lot of children, their parents, adults were hunkered down and then they began indiscriminately spraying gunfire at people. they were barely able to escape. the wife was clutching her 8-month-old baby. she had a bullet graze her head. shed she didn't know if the baby was dead or alive. that's when her husband took a difficult decision and stood up and began reciting versus from
the koran. the gunman asked him if he was a muslim. when he said yes, they managed to escape from the scene and now are really trying to deal with the storm of emotions they're going through, brooke. >> i cannot imagine. we'll stay in close contact with you hopefully as you're getting updates. this is the evening of day three. we're learning more from some of the americans inside the mall when the shooting began. five americans were among the wounded, including a woman from san diego who said she is grateful to the people of kenya for their help. >> i'm okay. i'm very grateful to be alive. i'm also very grateful for the kenyan people. everyone was so helpful and supportive. i don't want people thinking that something about kenya, like i'm very prideful for the country. and i love kenyans, even though i'm american. >> you heard her voice. we'll also hear from a north carolina woman who described
what she saw and heard in this chilling ordeal. >> we stood up and we started to turn, and then we heard machine guns. and then we started to run, and there was a second explosion which knocked us on the ground. it was completely luck because we were on the ground floor, easily accessible. i think a lot was luck. we did a lot of praying in there. >> kenya's president says more than 175 people were wounded in that attack. and al shabaab is relatively unknown to a lot of americans, but the group's influence inside the u.s. is a huge concern to law enforcement. in fact, more than two dozen young men from the minneapolis area have been recruited to join this militant group in recent years. i want to bring in a somali community leader in minneapolis. thank you so much for being with me today. and you have a personal story and really a stake in all this because it was your nephew who was recruited by al shabaab.
later died. sir, take me back to that time. what do you remember about him, changes in behavior, when he was being recruited? >> thank you for having me. first of all, i would like to extend on behalf of the somali-american community, to extend my condolences to the people of kenya and president of kenya. we want to thank them for helping the somali government to fight al shabaab and help liberate the most important in south somalia. that's my responsibility to convey those condolences to the victims. yes, 2008, november, election day, we had missing a man, and later on, we found out that my nephew and several others departed for somalia. they were part of a group that was being radicalized,
brainwashed, and then taken to somalia to fight alongside al shabaab. >> what were some of the signs, were you in contact with your nephew? did you notice a change? what was going on with him at the time? >> we have not noticed anything unusual while he was here. but when all those young men left, we gathered all the families together and we had a discussion, looking back about their lives and what was different. we all agreed, last three months of their lives here, they were different. they were very quiet. they would stay up all night looking at the ceiling. they were very confused. they were crying out loud to talk to someone. but they couldn't. so we look back now, we see all of those changes. we have seen them not playing sports, not engaging with their
friends, neighbors. but being quiet. and spending most of their time at the mosque center. >> i understand that you noticing all this, and being astute, went to the mosque and because of all the time they were spending at the mosque, did you speak with the mosque leaders? were they aware? did they help you? >> no, as a matter of fact, that's the first place we went to, to find out if they are there or if the leadership knows anything about them. no, they, as a matter of fact, said they would get back to us, but within two days, we have found them attacking us on somali tv, calling us names, calling us people who have been hired and to lie about the mosque and the community. it took us four or five years before they admitted that all of the missing young men, dead or alive, or indicted, have been belonging to the mosque. >> i know you're working in the minneapolis area with other community leaders to raise
awareness of this happening. thank you so much for joining me today. i appreciate it. >> thank you. and we're also hearing a very, very tight security today in new york. the terrorist operation in kenya has of course just added another layer of concern for law enforcement in new york. tasked with protecting these leaders from all around the world in town for the u.n. general assembly. president obama is there now, along with other heads of state. and last hour, i talked to new york police commissioner ray kelly about possible threats to these leaders, specifically from al shabaab. >> how much do you worry about its members striking u.s. soil, possibly in conjunction with what's happening in the building behind you this week? >> well, al shabaab has been on law enforcement radar screens for quite a while. most of their activities have been limited to somalia, but of course, our concern is that they can extend out of somalia, and we have seen that in kenya.
you know, there's a whole pan aply of concerns we have when the general assembly comes in, but we have been doing this for many years. >> commissioner kelly told me he's expecting 120 heads of state in new york for the u.n. session. now to a possible hate crime that apparently shows the attackers are ignorant in more ways than one. they say at least a dozen people beat him, shouting, quote, get osama, as they swarmed him. here's the thing, singh is not muslim but sikh. a religion in which the men do not cut their hair, aump wear it up in a turban, and the new york police department is now investigating this attack as a hate crime. margaret conley spoke with the professor this afternoon. and margaret, how is he doing? >> brooke, doctors are saying he's an assistant professor at columbia university. a practicing doctor, and he was walking on 110th street and lennox right here in new york
around the top of central park just after 8:00 p.m. on saturday. that's when he says he was suddenly attacked by over a dozen men. >> as we passed them, i heard "get him, osama" and terrorist, and different orders. and felt somebody grab my beard and hit me in the chin. i started running away from where all the bikes were. and i was punched a couple times while people were biking. then ultimately, stumbled and they were on foot. got punched a few times in the face, in my lower jaw. >> he said he was targeted because of the way he looks. he suffered a fractured jaw and his body is bruised, but he ozable to hold a press conference today and he said he's thankful to the three bystanders who helped him and he plans to go to work tomorrow. the nypd say they're investigating this and it's ongoing. they're investigating it as a hate crime. they don't have any i.d.'d suspects just yet. this is not an isolated incident. last year, there was a
high-profile case where six people were killed in a mass shooting in a sikh community in washington. this is the fifth largest religious community in the group. the first retaliation crime was days after 9/11. it was in arizona where a ssikhn was shot pumping gas. they're fighting against what they say is unfair discrimination. they've had enough. >> thank you. just in to us here at cnn, the irs official who oversaw the unit that targeted conservatives and other groups for several years is out. the agency tells cnn lois lerner officially retired today, but under federal privacy rules, the irs cannot comment further on employee matters. she's been on administrative leave since spring. coming up, a baby taken 12 years ago. his family never gave up hope and now this remarkable reunion story because of a small clue
thousands of miles away. >> plus, this concert at a popular amusement park took a drastic turn. seven teenagers rushed to the hospital. apparently overdosing on a drug called 2cp. >> i never heard of this hallucinogenic drug. it raised hell last night here with these kids. >> we're going to explain what this 2cp is and take a look at the symptoms. we'll be right back. so ally bank really has no hidden fees on savings accounts?
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12 years after a baby in florida was allegedly abducted by his own grandmother, the bobby's father finally getting the reunion he's waiting so very long for. 60-year-old sandy was helping out her son by watching the baby while he was at work. but when he returned home, she and the baby were gone. it wasn't until last wednesday, 12 years after the search began, the grandmother was arrested for alleged felony child ubduction. and john zarrella is covering this for us from miami. what a story. 12 years later. how did they find this grandmother?
>> this is just eighty-oone of amazing stories about a father's determination and a lucky break. when haith went to enroll the boy in school earlier this year, a lot of the information she was giving didn't add up to school officials. they got suspicious. they called police. police begin an investigation. and lo and behold, they find out that this boy was allegedly abducted some 12 years ago. now, of course, then she's arrested and charged with the child abduction. now, the boy's father wrote on his facebook page just yesterday, i just got the big one back from sandy. she kidnapped him 12 years ago. she's in jail. and you know, the father and his family had been looking for the boy for quite some time. in fact, they got a tip that the grandmother was living in missouri. they hired a private investigator. the private investigator finds a traffic violation that tracks
the grandmother to putnam county, missouri. by the time they got there, she was one step ahead of them. she left putnam county, she went to iowa. she hangs out in iowa for a time. something happens there and that's when she ends up coming back to missouri. police in missouri say they don't know why she came back, but she had lived in missouri on and off for several years. and of course, the good news is that those school officials were red flagged and notified police so that they could get her. >> now this 14-year-old son back with dad. john, thank you. you know, when you think of the drugs that have been in the news recently. what do you have? bath salt, molly, drugs that have made headlines because of their spike in use. now there's another one we're adding to a list. seven teenagers at a concert at an amusement park rushed to the hospital, overdosing. we'll talk about 2cp next.
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been dying from a substance called molly. a powerful form of ecstasy. two people died on it in early december. our affiliate reports senator schumer wants more legislation that would focus more attention not just on drugged like molly but also on the chemicals used to make them. >> so we need to give our dea and our fda greater power to ban the counterfeit analog drugs just like they ban the regular drugs. >> i have had a campaign against these new illegal drugs. we had some successes. we banned three bad drugs. we need to ban more. >> so, now you have heard molly, what about this one? 2c-p. our affiliate wtic reports 2c-p turned a concert into a crisis scene in middleberry,
connecticut. several people collapsed during the electronic music fest. seven people treated, four actually had to go to the hospital. one had no pulse when crews got to him. the drug is a hallucinogen, and police say it caused the teen's body heat to rise to dangerous levels. >> i've never hurt of this hallucinogenic drug. 2c-p or something like that, but evidently, it raised hell last night with these kids. >> i'm going to turn to bob, certified addiction specialist, head counselor on the show "celebrity rehab." nice to see you back on here. >> thanks for having me. >> this is a powerful hallucinogenic. is this a new drug? what is this exactly? >> yeah, a new version of lsd. it's long acting. it's intense. but this is an overall bigger picture problem in america.
you have synthetic marijuanas created all the time. new versions in synthetic and changed versions of mdma which is what ecstasy is, and now it's lsd. and this drug is very unpredictable. sometimes you don't feel the effects of it for three to four hours. and then all of a sudden, they're so overwhelmingly intense you can't even cope. if you're in an environment like this, you're just going to collapse. you know, one of the problems also that happens at these dance concerts is they're not drinking water and not hydrating and they're in this intense environment. it's just a recipe for disaster. >> i mean, i know that, you know, music festivals and drugs, this is not news, but it seems like we have been talking about this more in the news recently. can you hear me? >> my ear has gone out, but i can tell you -- >> his ear is gone. as we work on his ear piece, let me make sure we get this
statement in from this amusement park. this is what they said. we carefully scrutinize the history of the production firm and indications were the company had produced numerous similar incidents without incident, and the production firm said on its web page it has a zero tolerance drug policy. promoters can't keep all drugged out, but there are issues surrounding this. do we have bob? is his ear working? come again? no. okay. we're going to move on. coming up next, an eye-opening warning. dozens killed in nairobi. one person thinks the attack may be, quote, just a taste of things to come in the u.s. we're going to talk to him next, hear why he says the violence could soon be on u.s. soil. thet valuable real estate on earth. ♪ that's why we designed the subaru forester from the back seat forward. the intelligently designed,
bottom of the hour, i'm brooke baldwin. this unfolding terror attack in a shopping mall in nairobi, kenya, raising questions about the next terror threat right here in the u.s. i want to talk about potential lessons with christopher dickey, the editor for the news week and daily beast. it's wonderful to have you on. obviously, i read your piece this morning and i want to quote you from the daily beast. heightening the risk is the fact that al qaeda affiliates under pressure today, no longer feel compelled to carry out such massive, complicated operations as 9/11. they know they can command the world tfs attention with much
smaller attacks. you go on to say, you know, what happened in the shopping mall may be a taste of things to come in the u.s. how do you mean? >> well, first of all, i think you have to understand that although there are liocal agends for grouped like al shabaab. when they sign on as affiliates of al qaeda, they basically are signing on to a global ideology in which the united states ranks as the number one enemy. and there are certain cities like new york city, that are usually the number one targets for such people. so i think that the risk increases right there. just because of that idealogical framework, but also because in the case of al shabaab, as i think you have probably heard from other people who have been on, there are very big somali communities with a lot of disaffected young men in them in the united states. so that's another thing that comes into play. but basically, we're looking at a situation where the al qaeda ideology has spread. a lot of people are signing on to it.
and the united states is going to be their number one target over time. >> then why the focus on soft targets, chris? is it a result of u.s. success in preventing another 9/11, or is it because a shopping mall, you talk about the mall of america in your piece, a football game, a marathon, is more difficult to protect? >> it's almost impossible or impossible to protect. you know, this is what happens, i think we're going to see a lot of this. we saw it in boston with the marathon. we're seeing it now in nairobi with the mall. we could easily be seeing it here, almost anywhere in the united states. you know, you have some cities that have very well organized to protect themselves, like new york. you have a lot of cities that are not. and people basically, if you have a hostage situation that you can prolong over time, which is exactly what al shabaab have done in kenya, then you can command the world's attention. it's also what terrorists did in mumbai in 2008. and they learn from each other.
even if they're not directly connected, they study each other's tactics and strategies and all of that is developing. >> to mark the anniversary of 9/11, amen ayman al zawahiri ta about attacks could be carried out by one brother or a few of the brothers. is that what americans fear the most? >> well, look, i mean, i think what's going to happen is there will be more of these attacks. some of them are going to be very ugly, and eventually, americans may develop the kind of resilience that you see in a society like israel or that you saw in britain during the ira bombings. people obviously don't accept that violence, but they get to the point where they can tolerate it and it doesn't dominate their points. it's funny zawahiri was saying that because he used to say let's not lower our sights. we did 9/11. let's not do anything less than that. now they're desperate and they're going to strike wherever
they can. >> thank you so much. >> stay with cnn, we'll have much more on the attack in kenya tonight and the day's other top stories. back here at home, communities in ruin. homes, businesses destroyed. colorado is reeling from the devastating rainfall and the flooding. and today, the vice president toured some of the areas hardest
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in just a couple minutes, the vice president, joe biden, is set to speak in colorado after taking a good long look at the area's damage by weeks of extensive flooding. he's there, touring some of the state by air. alongside the governor, john hickenlooper, and federal emergency management agency administrator craig fugate. we're live in colorado where the vice president is slated to speak any minute now. tell me where the vice president has been this morning. what has he seen? >> well, brooke, there are 17 counties here in colorado that are affected by the flooding. so he went to the hardest hit areas like boulder county, larimer county, welt county
where we are now and have been reporting from for the past week and a half. we know he toured areas like jamestown as well as lions as well as larimer county where the thompson river overspilled its banks. these are areas where we know many people lost major property and many of thome don't have homes to return to after the flooding where their walls collapsed and the roads were completely washed away. so we expect him to arrive here in greely at this fema disaster center in the next 15 minutes to talk more about what he witnesses and how the federal government will be working with the state to help all the coloradans affected by the floods recover. >> we'll be watching that closely with you. ana, thank you. now to something you have definitely heard before. will hillary clinton run for president? she gives us some clues in her first sit-down interview since leaving the state department. plus, just in, big news from the world of business.
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to go the distance with you. go long. ah, yes, another day, another discussion about a possible hillary clinton presidential run. this time, the former secretary of state is sending political pundits into a frenzy because she sat down with "new york" magazine, said she wrestles with the idea. clinton goes on to say she's pragmatic and realistic and will continue to weigh factors that would influence her decision. jake tapper, let me bring you in on this one because the political world likes to jump in, is she, is she not running? and every time she's asked about it, we have the same conversation. >> yeah, but it's a little different this time because secretary clinton gave this interview to "new york" magazine. it's not just people in the beltway who are bored talking
about 2016 because it's easier than covering actual news. >> oh, tapper. >> hillary clinton herself and her team putting it out there. what's really interesting about this story is there's a clear subtext, which is she's probably going to run. and they understand, and she understands what went wrong last time, and she's not going to have those mistakes happen again. >> meantime, there was another runner-up in the polls because he's in colorado as we speak, vice president joe biden. why aren't people all atwitter over that? >> well, who's to say what people will be -- how they'll view the presidential campaign landscape in 2016 or 2015? i think hillary clinton, there is first of all half the democratic party almost exactly half who wanted her to be the nominee and wanted her to be the president, so you start off with all those individuals who are still excited about her candidacy. joe biden has been a loyal vice
president. but he obviously has -- he's run two times before. you might be too young to remember this, brooke, but when i was in college, joe biden ran for president. then of course he ran in 2008. now he's possibly going to run in 2016. he's not as fresh a face. let's just put it that way. >> yeah. i'm going to keep my inner dialogue to myself, my friend, jake tapper. >> you shouldn't, no, share. >> jake tapper, i'm going to live it there. we'll see you at the top of the hour on "the lead." thank you very much. >> thank you. all right, big news today. blackberry is going private. it has agreed to be acquired for nearly $5 billion. last friday, blackberry confirmed its quarterly earnings plummeted $1 billion and it would lay off 4,500 workers. now its largest shareholder, fairfax financial hopes to buy it for $9 a share. it will focus on corporate
customers. >> better news at apple. if you raced to snap up one of the new iphones over the weekend, you were not alone. apple says it broke all kinds of records, selling over 9 million of the new phones in all of three days. so there's this boston mobile analytics firm, and they say that the sales of the 5s o outpaced the less expensive iphone 5c by more than 3 to 1, and apple stock doing great today. shares are up by more than th3%. >> coming up next, this police officer in his car chases a suspect trying to run aaway. he ends up running over him and killing him. it is all caught on video. the question the family is asking is should the officer face charges? because they say, yes. that's next. i even wrote a play about that. my symptoms were a pain in my abdomen and periods that were heavier and longer than usual for me.
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fear itself. ♪ ♪ a florida family is going public releasing graphic video of their loved one being run over. why? because the police officer behind the wheel is not going to be charged. a grand jury just recently made this decision but the family here of marlon brown believes the video shows criminal charges are, in fact, warranted. so we will show you this video. this is from may 8th. a warning, as i can imagine, it is incredibly difficult to watch. officer james harris pulled brown over because he was apparently not buckled up. and understand the thud you hear
is the car hitting him. 16 seconds later, you hear a voice in the background. and then about a minute later, minute and a half, officers tried to get brown from underneath this car. >> can you hear me? hey, man. hey, man. >> can you pick it up? put it in neutral. >> joining me now is lynn barry. it's horrible and as we mentioned off the top, this officer is not facing charges.
he's not on the job, he was fired. >> the chief saw that video, said he did not follow protocol and he was fired that day but a grand jury will decide whether or not charges should be filed. he said as many members of the community to weigh in is the best way to handle it. the grand jury heard two days of testimony, decided not to file charges but the family is hoping by releasing this video, it will create outrage and people will see that this warrants vehicular manslaughter charges. for those charges, you don't have to show intent. you have to show reckless driving. so they're hoping that even though it's disturbing to watch this, they're hoping that people will say what's going on here. there have to be some sort of charges filed. >> let me back you up a couple steps. my first thought when you see this man, marlon brown, running, you wonder why was he running. do we know? >> that's the big question. we do know he has a long criminal history. he was arrested over two dozen times in the last 20 years. he was just released from prison
on drug possession charges in april. so could that be motivation? we don't know. but it could be. >> tell me about the settlement the city reached with the family. >> yeah. the city did decide to give the family $550,000 as a settlement. the family's saying they want justice through charges. they are also considering a civil lawsuit against the officer. but they really feel like the charges are warranted and this is why they're releasing this video. it's hard to watch. we actually blacked out the actual point of impact because i have to say, having seen it, it is really just too difficult to watch and is inappropriate for television. >> just hearing it and hearing the aftermath. lynn, thank you. a group of texas students could face criminal charges after a food fight at a burger joint in san antonio saturday. this happened after a football game between these two rival high schools. this was caught on camera, posted online. school officials say the students could also face suspension. and it appears the faa might get a little bit more friendly
when it comes to using the portable electronic devices on planes. there is this major vote to relax safety rules. that's coming this week. possibly passengers would be able to keep ipads, kindles up and running throughout the flight. starting next year, they would be able to read ebooks and listening to podcasts and watch video from the moment they sit down to when it's time to walk off the plane. aviation experts say most portable gadgets don't use enough power to interfere with aircraft electronics. that's obviously the important part here. but bans on using cell phones to make phone calls, to send text messages and e-mails, that will most likely stay in place. coming up, a story almost seven decades in the making. you have to wait for this. a 69-year-old woman, she gets a letter written to her when she was a newborn, from her father. he was a soldier. she never got to meet him. coming up next, we will tell you how his words finally made it into her hands.
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fights are in full swing. a major, major brawl hit the ice during last night's preseason matchup between the buffalo sabres and toronto maple leafs. fists started flying. this is the third period and it gets worse. more fights break out. in fact, at one point, there were at least four scuffles going on at once. >> here we go. >> scott went off kessel and kessel -- whoa, this has brought something on. >> yep. >> kessel is now fighting with brian flynn. goaltender bernier is out there as well. >> they were all over the ice. this added up to 201 minutes of penalty time and at least one possible ten-day suspension for a player who left the bench. my goodness. before i go, i have to share this story with you. 70 years ago, an american soldier was killed while serving his country in world war ii but before he died, he wrote a
letter to his newborn daughter, just four months old. a daughter he never had the chance to meet. that letter never made it to her until now, because several states away, a woman recently found a box belonging to the soldier full of mementos, purple heart and of course that letter. the woman found the soldier's daughter. her name, peggy eddington smith, now 69 years old. she read peggy the letter at a ceremony honoring her dad. >> always know no matter where i am. >> peggy says her mother actually rarely spoke about her father because it was just too hard. she was too heartbroken. a patriot guard escorted her to the ceremony. peggy says she cried the entire way there.
[ "taps" playing ] >> all these years later, finally, here's the words meant for a daughter from her dad. thanks for being with me. let's go to washington. "the lead" starts now. the world is watching. how will the kenya mall terrorists exit? in custody or in body bags? i'm jake tapper. this is "the lead." the world lead. no escape. the exits are sealed off. some of the terrorists who seized the nairobi shopping mall are still believed to be inside, and there could be americans involved. the politics lead. it isn't just bored pundits talking about hillary clinton running for president. she's now on the cover of a magazine openly discussing it. her message, she has learned the mistakes from her last failed campaign, but has she? andhe