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>> announcer: this is cnn breaking news. >> breaking news this morning. two gunmen killed after they opened fire on a contest to draw cartoons of the prophet muhammad. that just outside dallas this morning. we have the latest on the attack and why police were so quick to respond. good morning. welcome to "early start." i'm john berman. it is monday may 4th. christine romans is on assignment this morning. breaking overnight in garland, texas. serious questions and concerns. two men pulled up outside a venue holding a contest drawing cartoons of the prophet muhammad. the men jumped out of the car and started shooting.
a security guard was injured before police officers shot and killed the gunmen. we have cnn's ed lavandera with more. >> reporter: john the shooting erupted just about ten minutes before the art exhibit and cartoon contest was to be wrapped up. it is not known if the organizers were the ones targeted. that is the suspicion that law enforcement is operating under. there was a great deal of law enforcement present around the event. we are told in the back of the building there was a s.w.a.t. team on stand by in case anything like this was to erupt. we are told by law enforcement, the event or shooting took place in 15 seconds. two men drove up to the civic
center in garland, texas, jumped out and started shooting. they wounded an independent officer. that officer was released from the hospital. he will be okay. the two suspects were gunned down in the parking lot of the civic center of garland, texas. law enforcement don't know the identity of the suspects but fbi is on the scene trying to figure out what the motive was. this was an event that was highly controversial. the organizers described it as a free speech event. organizers included a keynote speech by a right wing dutch politician on the target list of islamic groups around the world, they say this was nothing more than an anti-islam event. a great deal of controversy
surrounding this event and many worried about, john has taken place. back to you. >> ed lavandera in garland. as ed mentioned, those attending the contest to draw cartoons of the prophet muhammad claim it was not anti-muslim, but pro-free speech. local police had officers and s.w.a.t. at the event in case there was violence. >> it is a pro-freedom of speech. why would anybody have to describe it as anti-islam in it is pro-freedom. that's what we're here for. we are freedom protectors. >> this is not anti-koran. >> the keynote speakers was a dutch politician. he tweeted thank god the heroes
of s.w.a.t. prevented the worst. the mayor of garland said most of the people at the event are from out of town. also new this morning, the first morning after the first night without a curfew since the violence broke out in baltimore one week ago. mayor stephanie rawlings-blake lifted the curfew. you will remember the unrest stemmed from anger over the death of freddie gray. you are looking at pictures outside city hall. a festive atmosphere as people celebrated the lifting of the curfew and announcement that the national guard will wind down its operations in the city. the mayor joined in the celebrating by reopening a shopping mall that was closed in last monday's looting. >> right now, i'm confident. what we saw is not just the
resiliencey of our city, but we want to heal. we know there is work to be done. what you saw with the peaceful demonstrations and people coming together to celebrate baltimore is that will that we will get better. we will get through this and we will do it as one baltimore. >> let's bring in rene marsh with the latest. good morning, rene. >> reporter: good morning, john. you really do feel a bit of a shift the first night of the curfew lifted. another night of calm. you talked about the national guard and the drawdown. we know that should take 72 hours to be complete. they brought in 4,000 people. that will be underway this week. we are also beginning to learn a lot more or a bit more of the six officers involved here. some of the officers charged.
as you know five men, one woman, three black, three white. some veterans some new to the force. just yesterday, i spent time in the neighborhood of officer william porter. he was hired in 2012. he is facing three charges, including involuntary manslaughter as well as second-degree assault. he is the officer who was called to the van to check on freddie gray. freddie gray at that time called and asked for medical attention, but did not receive it. back in the neighborhood i met with a woman who is his neighbor and a family friend. she has known him since he was 10 years old. here is what she told me about officer porter. >> a very sweet young man. when i heard it was his name i was kind of in shock and deeply saddened. i don't know what happened.
i know the world doesn't know what happened at this point. >> you said when you heard the news you almost didn't believe it because it doesn't match up with the character of the man you know. >> absolutely does not match up at all. he won't hurt a fly. >> reporter: that from a woman again who says she has known this officer since he was 10 years old. just to give you an overview as to what things look like as far as arrests. police telling us yesterday that since all of the protests began, 486 arrests were made and 113 officers had been injured. then just yesterday, we have been talking so much about the economic impact here. not only with the rioting, but the curfews. the governor also said that some 200 businesses were lost in the riots. even though the tide has started to shift here in baltimore, with 200 businesses lost in the
rioting, clearly there is a lot of work to be done. >> it will take time to recover. rene the last night without a curfew could you tell any incidents? >> reporter: no it was relatively a calm night. that is followed by several other calm nights. i did speak to the mayor yesterday after she made the announcement of lifting the curfew. i asked her what was different today versus the day before where the curfew was still in place and she said after making the assessment she decided that some of the bad actors causing trouble, that was no longer a factor. she went on to say she felt confident in the current state of affairs in baltimore. she did say there is still work to be done. >> rene marsh on the streets of baltimore. you can see people walking behind you. that is a nice sight to see. happening now, israel is
facing its own protests accusing police of racism. the protests were violent in tel aviv organized by the ethiopian jews. 12 protesters injured along with 57 police officers. this in an earlier peaceful protest in jerusalem were sparked by a video showing police officers beating an ethiopian-israeli soldier for no obvious reason. cnn's oren liebermann has the latest. >> reporter: john organizers of the protest in tel aviv promised the demonstrations are just the beginning. so far, they have mended. there is another demonstration scheduled in jerusalem at a significant location since benjamin netanyahu is scheduled to meet with ethiopian leaders, but also the victim in the video and sparked the anger. in that video, you see one
israeli police officer and then another walk up to an ethiopian-israeli soldier and start beating him. ethiopians we spoke to here is years and decades of discrimination at the hands of police and authorities. the video is what sparked the anger to boil over. the protest in jerusalem and the one last night in tel aviv. organizers tried to keep it peaceful for hours. 500 protesters blocked off the streets. police said look, if this remains peaceful we're okay with it. for hours, it was peaceful. as it got later, the seven-hour mark that is when it changed to clashes with police and protesters. police said a number of protesters damaged shop windows and damaged a police motorcycle as police tried to disburse the crowd with tear gas and stun
guns and at that point, it still took hours. the numbers as they stand right now, 56 police officers injured lightly. one injured moderately and 43 people arrested. what started as a peaceful protest became violent clashes. we will see what happens with another round of demonstrations from an ethiopian community as they see the decades of discrimination. this could be the beginning of change. what everyone is hoping for. >> thanks oren liebermann. back here congress my reconsider a planned move to send weapons to sunni and kurds in iraq. that is according to congress member michael mccall. the chairman of the homeland security committee. they can still fight isis without undermining the shi'a
government and prime minister. the justice department is offering a wide range of review of the secret cell phone tracking devices. they are using the devices to track suspects. the justice department will start revealing more about the government's use of tracking devices and how they are being deployed. time now for an "early start" on your money. cristina alesci is here with that. good morning. >> good morning. futures are kind of quiet this morning. i need things to shake up a bit after the dow gained 183 points on friday. that popped help stem the loss for the week. investors will watch earnings from companies like comcast and and tyson. david goldberg, husband of
sheryl sandberg died suddenly on friday. sandberg called her husband a partner. a sad story. >> tragedy. he is known as one of the business sectors great feminists. >> supported a lot of women. >> big in the tech sector. so sad. thanks. the race for president is growing this morning. a new candidate joined the field overnight as another gets ready to make her big announcement this morning. we have details next.
the prophet muhammad. the men opened fire and wounded an unarmed security guard. the police shot and killed the two gunmen. organizers of the event claim it was design to promote free speech. a lot of questions about this. we will get to that again in a little bit. it will be an emotional day for dr. ben carson. the 63-year-old former neuro surgeon. he will announce he is running for president this morning at an event in detroit. he tipped his hand overnight. just after the announcement in detroit, dr. carson will travel to dallas to be with his mother who is seriously ill. he had to cancel a campaign spot in iowa. and the former hp ceo will join the 2016 field today. she will be the first woman in the republican race. after announcing her candidacy,
fiorina is talking questions in an online town hall event. hillary clinton is holding a round table discussion with young people at a local high school. focusing on the immigration system and increasing families. the state will be a hotly contested battle ground in 2016 as it has the past several elections. president obama will be in the bronx today launching a non-profit organization. he has been talking about this designed to close the opportunity gap for young men of color. let's get more from sunlen serfaty. >> reporter: good morning. president obama will travel to new york today. he is relaunching his my brother's keeper into a non-profit. this program was first started by the president in the wake of tremendous trayvon martin's killing. white house officials say it
will use this as contest to speak to the unrest in baltimore and broader issues that are in so many neighborhoods across the country like freddie gray. as the charges against the six police officers brought on friday, the president said it is vital the truth about freddie gray's death comes out. as the national conversation continues into this week, speaker of the house john boehner was asked on "meet the press" if he believes the nation is in a national crisis when it comes to law enforcement and african-american african-americans. >> i do. i think if you look at what is happened over the course over the last year you have to scratch your head. public servants should not violate the law. if these charges are true it's outrageous and unacceptable. >> reporter: the move today by the president to launch the foundation to help young minority boys is a hint what he
will do after his presidency. officials expect the president to be focused on this issue after he leaves office. john. >> sunlen serfaty, thank you. the breaking news is a shooting in garland, texas after the contest to draw cartoons of the prophet muhammad. plus devastation in nepal. one week after the catastrophic earthquake there. cnn travels to hardest hit areas where people are still waiting for help. we are live next. photos are great... ...for capturing your world. and now... ...they can transform it with the new angie's list app you can get projects done in a snap. take a photo of your project... ...or just tell us what you need done... ...and angie's list will find a top-rated provider to do the job. the angie's list app is the simple, new way to get work done on your schedule. the app makes it easy, the power of angie's list makes it work. call, click or download the app for
the breaking news overnight. two gunmen were shot dead by police as they attacked an event in garland, texas. police say the men drove up jumped out and shot and wounded a security guard before police killed them both. this all happened in 15 seconds. now one of the reasons this is all drawing alarm, the event was a contest to draw cartoons of the prophet muhammad. organizers describe the event as a defense of free speech. critics call it anti-islamic and muslim baiting. it was controversial before the event started. now there are serious questions this morning. more on that ahead. a grim scene in
earthquake-stricken nepal. death toll topping 7,200. the airport in kathmandu is forced to turn away large planes because it is too damaged. one dramatic rescue of a 101-year-old man who was trapped under his home for seven days. cnn's arwa damon has traveled to the hardest hit regions. she joins us from kathmandu. good morning arwa. >> reporter: good morning. we spent the last few days getting to the earthquake's epicenter. the town of barpak. the road leading to the lifeline effectively blocked off by boulders caused by landslides. it took us a while to make our way. they got a sense of what it must have been like and how difficult it still is for so many of these remote villages. while we were on the side of the
mountain, we felt a significant tremor. such an issue as people are continuing to live in tents. the most disturbing thing is the severe lack of humanitarian aid. one of the villages we visited where every single home levelled, only three tents were air dropped. in barpak itself there is a helipad where helicopters are able to land. their aid is slow to arrive. the sound in the air, the hammering of people trying to rebuild their lives. the hillside dotted with white stones with the graves of those who perished. few are receiving the assistance they need. we spoke to the minister of information and the government spokesman about why aid is not reaching these areas. he said the government is also a victim in all of this.
nepal is a resource poor country. saying that when aid was arriving it was pushed out. clearly, there is a logistical nightmare taking place as well as bureaucratic hold ups. the only assistance that we saw in the five days in this particular area was that delivered by a local organization or by individuals who banded together with friends and decided to throw what they could in the back of the truck and get it out there. the roads are difficult to travel and it is a trek to reach these places, but it is doable. there are people willing to give their vehicles and there are vehicles that can be rented to distribute the aid needed. it is difficult to really understand that these villages are aggravated why the assistance is not reaching them. they have already been so much. there are ongoing torrential
downpours. the children are traumatized, john when they hear the helicopters landing, it shakes the ground and that according to their parents, has them in tears. >> arwa damon for us in nepal. thanks. the breaking news. two gunmen killed after they opened fire on an event in texas. that event was a contest to draw cartoons of the prophet muhammad. what we are now learning about the event and what we are now learning about the deaths of the two men and the investigation. we have details after the break.
>> announcer: this is cnn breaking news. >> breaking news this morning. two gunmen killed. these gunmen apparently opened fire at an event in texas. a contest to draw cartoons of the prophet muhammad. new information on this attack. new information on the investigation as well. welcome back to "early start." i'm john berman. 32 minutes past the hour. breaking overnight in garland, texas. a shooting raising serious questions and concerns. two men pulled up outside a venue holding this contest for people to draw cartoons of the prophet muhammad. the men jumped out of their car and started shooting. an unarmed security guard was wounded before two police officers shot and killed the gunmen. cnn's ed lavandera is in texas with the latest. ed. >> reporter: john law enforcement officials here in the dallas suburb of garland, texas say the shooting erupted
just about ten minutes before the prophet muhammad art exhibit and cartoon contest was to be wrapped up. it is not known if the organizers of event was targeted but that is the suspicion suspicion. this event had been in the works for some time. it had gotten a great deal of publicity. because of that a great deal of law enforcement present surrounding the event. we are told in the back of the building there was a s.w.a.t. team on stand by in case anything violent like this was to erupt. we are told that the event or shooting took place in 15 seconds. there were two men who drove up to the civic center in garland, texas, in a dark sedan, jumped out and started shooting. they wounded a garland independent school district officer. that officer was treated and released from the hospital. he will be okay.
the two suspects were quickly gunned down in the parking lot of the civic center in garland, texas. law enforcement do not know the identities of the suspects. fbi investigators are on the scene trying to figure out what the motive here was. this was an event highly controversial. the organizers of the event describe it as a free speech event. those critics of the organizers which included a keynote speech by a right wing dutch politician who has been on the target list of islamic groups around the world say this was nothing more than an anti-islam event. a great deal of controversial surrounding this. john, back to you. >> ed lavandera. ed said there were concerns that the gunman's car may have
explosive devices inside. law enforcement had disabled the device. those attending the contest that was held to draw cartoons of the prophet muhammad say it was not anti-muslim, but pro-free speech. local police had officers and s.w.a.t. at the event just in case there was violence. >> we prepared for something like this because there were additional officers hired for the event by the school district. we talked with them in preparing for the event in case something like this happened. >> it's a pro-freedom of speech. why would anybody have to describe it as anti-islam? it is pro-freedom. that's what we're here for. we're freedom protesters. >> this event was not
anti-koran. this event was not disparaging of muslims or the koran or prophet muhammad. >> the keynote speaker was a right wing dutch politician. after the shooting, he tweeted to police thank god the heroes of s.w.a.t. prevented the worst. most of the people at the event were from out of state. new this morning, it was the first morning or it is the first morning after the first night without a curfew since the violence broke out in baltimore one week ago. mayor stephanie rawlings-blake lifted the curfew. all that unrest stemmed from anger over the death of freddie gray who was seriously injured while he was in police custody. these pictures are from one week ago. the mayor also said the national guard will now spend several day days winding down operations in the city.
she joined in celebrating the reopening of the shopping mall closed during the violence. >> i'm confident. what we saw over the past few days is not just the resiliency of our city but communities coming together. we want to heal our city. we have challenges in baltimore. we know there's work to be done. what you saw in the last few days with the peaceful demonstrations and people coming together in baltimore is that will that we will get better and we will get through this and we will do it as one baltimore. >> let's get more from the streets of the curfew free baltimore is cnn's rene marsh. >> reporter: good morning, john. i know you were outside city hall. things look a lot different than when you were here. we don't see a large presence of the national guard or large presence of the police officers to the side here. things feel different in baltimore. they are different in the sense
as you mentioned the first night where there was no curfew. you talked about the national guard and drawback. that is happening this week. it could take about 72 hours before it is all complete pause they brought in 4,000 people. this morning we are starting to learn about the six officers charged in freddie gray's death. five men, one woman, three black, three white. some of them are veterans some were new to the force. i did spend some time in officer william porter's neighborhood. he is 25 years old. he was hired by the department in 2012. he is the officer called to the police van to check on freddie gray. as the state prosecutor said freddie gray asked for medical attention and never got it. we know that officer porter is facing three charges, which includes involuntary
manslaughter as well as second-degree assault. i spoke to a neighbor who is also a family friend. she has known him since he was 10 years old. here is what she told me. >> a very polite and sweet young man. very innocent really. when i heard it was his name i was kind of in shock and deeply saddened saddened because i don't know what happened and the world doesn't know at this point. >> you said you heard the news and you almost didn't believe it because it doesn't match up with the character of the man you knew. >> he would not hurt a fly. >> reporter: yesterday, we also heard from baltimore police giving us an overview of how things shaped out in the last seven days. some 486 people were arrested during the rallies and protests. also 113 officers had been
injured. as far as the economic impact of the rioting, looting and curfew governor of maryland did say as a result of the rioting, some 200 businesses have been lost. many were minority owned businesses. many did not have insurance. a lot of rebuilding for those business owners. although the tide feels like it is starting to change in baltimore. john. >> so many layers to this rene. it will take time before the city gets on its feet. happening right now in israel. israel facing its protests accusing police of racism. these became violent in tel aviv at a demonstration by the ethiopian jews. the peaceful protests were sparked by a video showing police officers beating an
ethiopian-israel soldier for no reason. let's go to tel aviv with the latest from oren liebermann. >> reporter: the demonstrations here and in jerusalem are the beginning. so far, another demonstration scheduled for jerusalem. a very significant location since prime minister benjamin netanyahu is scheduled to meet with not only ethiopian leaders, but also the victim in this video that has gone viral and sparked this anger and tension boiling up to the surface. in that video, you see one israeli police officer and then another walk up to an ethiopian-israeli soldier in uniform and start beating him. the bigger issue here is years, what they see is decades of discrimination at the hands of police and authorities. the video is what sparked the anger to boil over. we have protests to boil over in jerusalem and the one last night in tel aviv. organizers tried to keep it
peaceful. it was for hours. about 500 protesters blocked off the streets. police said if this remains peaceful, we're okay with it. as it got later, as the protests reached the seven-hour mark that is when it changed with the clashes with police and protesters. a number damaged shop windows and damaged a police motorcycle as police tried to disburse the crowd, they used stun guns and water grenades. even at that point, it still took hours. the numbers as they stand right now, 56 police officers injured. 43 people arrested. what started as a peaceful protest became violent clashes. we will see what happens in jerusalem with another round of demonstrations from the ethiopian community trying to break what they see as decades of discrimination here in
israel. this could be the beginning of change. that's what everyone is hoping for. >> dramatic pictures. thank you. time for an "early start" on your money. cristina alesci. >> futures are inching a bit higher right now. that's after the dow gained 183 points on friday. that pop helped stem a loss for the week. investors will watch earnings from a host of companies like comcast and tyson. the action is later this week with economic releases and the jobs report on friday. a big story from mcdonald's today. its new ceo unveiling a plan to revive profit. in the first quarter, it fell 32%. what will we hear? mcdonald's may continue to cut back on the number of items on the menu. we might get an update on how all-daybreak fast is going in san diego. the test market.
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suburb shot and killed two men overnight. the two men drove up to the venue holding a contest for the drawing of cartoons of the prophet muhammad. the police officers returned fire shooting and killing the two gunmen. organizers of the event claim it was designed to promote free speech. a lot of questions surrounding that this morning. the latest on the investigation ahead. it will be an emotional day for dr. ben carson. the 63-year-old former neuro surgeon will announce he is running for president in detroit this morning. he tipped his hand overnight in a tv interview. just after the an nonsnouncement he will travel to be with his ill mother. carly fiorina will be the first
breaking news overnight. two gunmen shot dead by police as they attacked an event in garland, texas. police say the men drove up jumped out and shot and wounded a security guard before police killed them both and that happened in about 15 seconds. the event was a contest to draw cartoons of the prophet muhammad. organizers describe the event as free speech. critics say it was anti-islamic and muslim baiting. we will have much more on that ahead. a grim scene in earthquake stricken nepal. the death toll has topped 7,200. the largest airport has been forced to turn away relief planes because it is too damaged. the rescue of a 101-year-old man, allegedly trapped under his collapsed home for seven days. cnn's arwa damon has been to the
epicenter. she joins us live now from kathmandu. good morning, arwa. >> reporter: good morning. it is quite an intense journey. as we undertook it one point in the roadblocked off by boulders we continued on foot. you are walking past decimated village after decimated village. stories of survival are filled with desperation. the vast majority of the people in the remote parts of the country have been left to fend for themselves. you come across people sifting through the rubble trying to salvage what they can. people living in brutal conditions. it rains every other day. it is fairly cold on the mountain tops. those who have homes standing choose to not live inside them because of the tremors.
it is absolutely terrifying. understandably why the people still continue to live in such fear. as we continue to barpak the earthquake's epicenter, you are really struck by the power of it. we had to climb over fallen down trees that were tossed aside. massive crevases. the government says that it doesn't have the capacity to get aid to the areas. aid is arriving there in small quantities. >> arwa damon in nepal where there is so much need. thank you, arwa. our breaking news this morning. two gunmen killed after they opened fire at a contest to draw cartoons of the prophet
>> announcer: this is cnn breaking news. >> the breaking news this morning, two gunmen killed after they opened fire on a contest to draw cartoons of the prophet muhammad. what we are learning about the attack this morning and why police say they were ready for disturbances. good morning. welcome to "early start." i'm john berman. it is monday may 4th. 5:00 a.m. in the east. christine romans is on assignment this morning.
breaking overnight from garland, texas. a shooting raising serious concerns and questions. two men pulled up outside a venue holding the contest for people to draw cartoons of the prophet muhammad. the men jumped out of the car and started shooting. a security guard was wounded before two police officers shot and killed the gunmen. cnn's ed lavandera is in garland, texas with the latest. ed. >> reporter: john officials here in the dallas suburb of garland garland, texas say the shooting erupted ten minutes before the prophet muhammad art contest was supposed to be wrapping up. it is not known if the organizers were targeted but that is the suspicion law enforcement is operating under. this event had been in the works for some time and gotten a great deal