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we've had conducted between 50 and 60 interviews and interviews are continuing right now as we speak. there have been over 100 personnel involved in this investigation. five search warrants have been executed, four crime scenes have been worked. as the sheriff just told you, some additional searching is being done. let me mention for a moment the crime scene. those crime scenes we told you were finished being worked early in the morning yesterday, but they are still being maintained and secured by the sheriff. this is at our request. and we believe that because of
the seriousness of the case that this should happen so that we can presevrve that crime scene f we need to go back and take a second look or need to go back looking for specific information. 18 pieces of evidence are now at the state crime lab at bci. those are being looked at by our dna people as well as looked at for other -- other purposes. let me make a -- kind of a statement about the nature of this case. this was a preplanned execution of eight individuals. it was a sophisticated operation. and those who carried it out were trying to do everything that they could do to hinder the investigation and their
prosecution. and i just state that because, as the sheriff has indicated, we would anticipate that this could be a lengthy investigation. this is not your case where someone got mad at somebody else, they shot them, there's a witness, two witnesses. it is very, very, very different type case. so let me also say that while we will continue to provide you with information in regard to what we are doing, as i just did with the tips and the interviews and the 18 pieces of evidence. what we are not going to be able to do is to provide you results. that may frustrate you, may frustrate members of the public. but our goal, we have to keep
our eye on the goal. and the goal is to do everything within our power in this investigation to find these people or this person who has done this. we will not be telegraphing or telling the bad guys everything that we know. so we will continue to have briefings. we will continue to have information going out, but as the sheriff indicated, i think this could very well be a lengthy investigation. this is not, while we use many of the tools that you see on tv, and we have great ability today with tools that we did not have ten years ago or 20 years ago or 30 years ago, a lot of what is going on here is just basic old-fashioned police work. i would also mention that we
would ask for anyone who has information about this to contact us. jeff ruby has -- mr. ruby has been gracious enough to offer $25,000 reward. i would again emphasize that. that money will be made available for someone who does bring us the key information that heeds to convictions in this case. more than happy to respond to any questions. >> were any drugs found at the crime scene? >> i'm not going to comment on that. [ inaudible question ] >> i'm sorry? >> you said -- how many killers do you believe there are? >> i don't know if it's a bad guy or bad guys. i don't think we know at this point. >> how many guns were used -- >> not going to talk about that. >> the 18 pieces -- >> let me just do this again. and i know you-all have to do
your job and i think you boys found me to be pretty accessible. i do not intend to give out one piece of information that in any way will endanger the prosecution of this case or in any way will slow down what our job is, the job that the sheriff and i are sworn to do which is to protect the people of the state of ohio. it is in the interest of the people of the state of ohio that we find this murder error these murderers as quick as we can. as much as i would like to answer every question you have, we're simply not going to do it. >> were the rhodens involved in illegal activity? >> i'm not going to comment on that. >> is there any threat to public safety? >> i think the sheriff said it very well. there's only been one family that's been targeted. we've already expressed to that family, many members of that
family our concern. i'm going to let the sheriff talk about that from a security point of view and a public safety point of view. >> was the family all shot -- >> let's let him finish that. >> as far as public safety concern and the citizens of pike county. i've spoke with the family. it's very evident they were a target of this horrible crime. me and the attorney general spoke with them. i cautioned them that they were a target and i told them to be armed. for the other citizens of this county, i don't believe that there is an issue. i've taken the precaution anywhere measures to contact other sheriffs. in the past days, we've had over 100 persons in this area including extra deputy sheriffs, investigators, state patrol patrolling the roadways in that area, out of county people patrolling county lines. we have very accessible. anything out of the ordinary needs to be reported to local
law enforcement so we can check it. i can tell you, if you are fearful, arm yourself. if you feel that you need to protect yourself or family, do so. and contact the local law enforcement to come and respond to it. i cannot guarantee myself we have almost 30,000 citizens in pike county covering 797 road miles and 444 square miles. i took an oath to serve and protect my county and i will do so to the best of my ability. i cannot promise any one of those 30,000 that i can be there to stop anything. we will be available. anything suspicious report and i will make sure that someone, including myself is accessible to be there. >> had a question here. >> all the same caliber -- >> i'm not going to comment on that. >> has this investigation expanded beyond -- >> we got one here and we'll go back there.
[ inaudible question ] >> we don't know whether it was one or more people involved in this. [ inaudible question ] >> i'm sorry. >> what did they -- >> this was very methodical. this was well-planned. this was not something that just happened. this was something that planned. a family was targeted. most of them targeted while they were sleeping. >> let me just say, if i said it incorre incorrectly, i want to correct myself if i said that. because it was well planned out, because it was premeditated, because they calculated what they were going to do, obviously anybody who is planning something will do everything in their power to make it difficult for those investigators to find the information. what i did not say or did not mean to say, may have said it, is that they've hindered the investigation. i did not mean to say that. what i meant is, anybody who
plans this out, clearly it's not like the person who does it spur of the moment, comes up and shoot someone. they thought this thing through, whoever did it, and they executed it, it was well planned out and thought out what they were going to do. >> the other thing i would like to say, is in the end of this, we have to provide this to a prosecutor. so this person or persons can be prosecuted. we will not have a second chance. we have to do it once, and we have to do it right. we have to be methodical. we have to be vigilant. we have to work around the clock, and we have to get the things that we need. so in the end, the prosecution has what they need to do their job as well. >> has this investigation taken you beyond ohio, neighboring states perhaps? >> no comment on that. >> is it still correct to say that you do not have any suspects? >> no comment.
do not read anything into that. [ inaudible question ] do you have someone in mind that it could be? >> no comment. >> are the surviving family members getting extra protection? >> i have spoke with the rhoden family. we have very accessible to them. i am not going to go into detail what we are doing and not doing with that family. anything that they need will be provided by my staff or someone they reach out to. [ inaudible question ] >> no comment. >> [ inaudible question ] >> no comment. >> we talked to a pastor, pastor of some of the victims and best friends of dana rhoden specifically. the speculation is they were stalked. does that speak to this being preplanned? were they stalked? >> i won't comment about the word stalking. it clearly was planned and executed. >> and the person you spoke with is not part of this
investigation. >> is there any useful cctv? >> i'm sorry. >> have you found -- >> no comment. >> you said four crime scenes, five search warrants executed. can you comment on where that fifth search warrant was executed? >> not at this moment. those search warrants will eventually be filed. >> federally or county? >> it will be with county. >> why be so tight-lipped about the investigation if there's people wanting to help out? >> we want people to help out. we again say to the public, there's somebody out there who knows information. even if you think it may not be that helpful, but it might be helpful. we ask them to come forward. we preserve the secrecy of their comments to us, information to us. we will run down everything they give us. we are pleaing today to the public and mentioning the fact
there's a $25,000 reward for people who give us information that leads to a conviction. >> is there a drug problem in this area? >> there's a drug problem in most areas around here and i would say there's a drug problem here. >> there's a drug problem throughout the state of ohio. >> in your searches of the crime scene, have you found evidence of marijuana grow operations? >> i'm not going to comment on that. >> we saw -- [ inaudible question ] >> ma'am, again, i have got a team of 38 people going to every crime scene and they're scouting the woods looking for evidence that may be in those parts of the crime scenes. if they locate those, they will mark them, contact an agent, an investigator. working together, they'll go and collect that evidence and do with it what we need to. >> are you looking for a specific type of women? >> i-- type of weapon? >> do you mean literally with
guns or broad sense of protection? >> i'm talking in the broad sense of protection. there's two different people. we have a county with citizens that are concerned because we have a family that was targeted and lost eight family members. i've specifically told the rhoden family that i would be armed. and i would use what extent they have to to protect their severals and their family. if any citizen in this county feel they are in jeopardy of serious physical harm or death, then they can take those same measures. >> what about the surviving victims? where are they right now? >> i will not comment on that. >> can we get the genders of those three children? >> i don't know if that's been released or not? >> i won't comment at this time. in the future, i'll provide it. [ inaudible question ]
>> absolutely not. not at this time. >> know when those will be completed? >> no. it's my understanding that seven have already been completed. the eighth will be completed tomorrow. >> how about ballistics reports or anything like that? >> that's in our bci kroim lab. we're looking at evidence from a dna point of view and ballistics point of view. we're going to be able to tell you the process. we're not going to be able to tell you the results. i know that's frustrating. >> was law enforcement familiar with the rhoden family prior to this event? >> yes, we have a small county. we're familiar with most people. >> in terms of a criminal sense? >> i have never been involved with that family in a criminal nature and i've been in law enforcement for 20 years. [ inaudible question ] >> i continue to brief the governor. the governor has expressed a
real interest in this. has called me. he continues to call me and i continue to give him a briefing. >> have you been able to identify which was the main target of the eight people -- >> look. >> all eight people that were murdered. >> they're all murdered. they were all murdered execution style. so they went after all of them. >> is there any sort of funding -- setting up an account -- [ inaudible question ] >> that i'm unaware of. >> we have a victim program in the attorney general's office that we administer. we are reaching out to the families of the victims to make them aware of whatever possibility there is to access money in the future. it basically has to be unreimbursed. so it would be expenses not reimbursed by insurance or something else.
the other thing that we do, we had, as the sheriff did and the county did, people at the church who are victim rights advocates who are used to dealing with people who are grieving and who are members of the families of victims. and that will continue as long as family members want any of that. >> the pain is evident in this community. can you talk a little bit, expand about the emotional aspect for you as investigators, the emotion here felt in this community? >> i'm a member of that community. it is very emotional to find out that eight people of your community were murdered, okay? and that emotion is widespread throughout this county. all i can do is ensure that we're working around the clock, that we're working in conjunction with multiple agencies so that we can search and find who is responsible for this. >> let me just mention from a personal point of view.
i've been in pike county many, many, many times over the last few decades. this is a wonderful county with wonderful people. beautiful place to raise a family. my heart just goes out to the family members, but also to the whole community. this is something that very few people fortunately ever have to kpoer experience in a small county like this to have eight of their fellow citizens murdered in a calculated manner. it is just horrible. my commitment to the people of pike county is that from the attorney general's point of view, nothing is more important that's going on in the state. we will continue to have dozens and dozens of people here. we will be with this investigation and with the sheriff until we find out who did this. thank you all very much. >> thank you. >> i'm sorry. >> you are in the cnn news room.
i'm pamela brown. there are officials wrapping up a press conference there in piketon, ohio, talking about this investigation and the man hunt for suspects after eight members of one family were killed at four separate crime scenes. many of these family members killed in their sleep. the attorney general calling this a preplanned execution. also with us cnn law enforcement analyst tom fuentes. there's still a lot of unanswered questions in the wake of this press conference. they repeatedly said this was preplanned, well planned, methodical killings. what would lead investigators to believe that and where do they go from here? >> i think pamela, they would go to that conclusion based on the four separate locations and just the methodical nature of how these were carried out. as the sheriff mentioned, it's not like someone went to commit
a miurder at a particular location and others were there so he or she shot the rest of them to kill the witnesses. this was four separate locations. and then methodically kill people in their sleep with the exception of the three younger members of the family. i think just the sheer methodical nature of it is what's leading them to believe it was preplanned. >> we heard the sheriff come out again and say we believe this particular family was targeted. he couldn't rule out any other safety concerns for members of the public, but he made it clear we believe this family was targeted. how might that help investigators hone in on who was responsible for this? >> i think if they take out the random nature of it and look at why would somebody target that family, that investigation will include every member that's deceased in the family, but every extended member of the family, because it could be a message to somebody else if
there was a drug deal or a fraud case or some other activity, some reason that there's a vendetta. it may have been against someone else and they were threatened with we're going to kill your whole family if you don't do whatever it is they wanted them to do. that's probably why. the fact that there's four separate crime scenes. it's not like everybody in a neighborhood was randomly killed so you have multiple families. i think that's why. this family had members that were spread out at four locations. and whoever killed them went to those locations. they're going to have to wait until they get all the bullets recovered from all the bodies and try and determine how many different guns were used, how many at each location to see how many shooters they may have had. what caliber of weapons, and then try to trace weapons like that. also the crime scene frieorensi
investigation will be to try to find dna that doesn't belong to theamily members. so they're going to have to do dna analysis on every member of the family, anybody they can find that have been in those homes for, you know, weeks and months and then see if they can find dna that doesn't match any of those to see if it could be matched to a future suspect. there's just so many angles of this. the complete background on every member of the deceased family and as well as the extended family members to see what activities they've been involved in, were they being threatened. this will include phone records, computer searches, an extensive investigation. >> that investigation very much under way. very much under way right now. we know 18 pieces of evidence have been taken to a lab. looking for dna to see, as you
point out, if it might belong to someone else. i want to bring in nick valencia. he's been covering that story. did we learn anything new? >> reporter: we just gotny information in the last seconds. the local sheriff coming out addressing some information reported by a local affiliate here. he confirmed that three separate marijuana grow operations were found eight three of the different crime scenes. whether or not this makes it drug related or not, he wouldn't commit to saying that. the information coming in the last couple seconds here, that three different grow operations were found on that property. completely rural area. you heard in the press conference, the road leading into those residences is still blocked off. but there's been intense speculation over the course of the last couple days here among
the communicate that this may have been drug related simply by the ruthless nature of this. you have eight members of one family ecut executed. that mother shot and killed while she was sleeping next to that baby. we understand that these pot grow operations being found on that -- in that area where these shootings took place. we did hear from a local law enforcement source and again at that press conference as well that police were familiar with the rhoden family. that led us to dig into court records and find that dana rhoden, one of the victims, had several criminal arrests. there was another brother of the family who's not listed among those victims who had several drug violations and drug arrests. now, authorities are not saying the motive. they're not saying whether or not they have a suspect or
suspects. simply saying they've interviewed more than 50 people over the last couple days and that those interviews are ongoing. they talk about collecting 18 crucial pieces of evidence, being tested by local dna officials. but you heard there, they were very tight lipped. we asked some very pointed, direct questions and they were unwilling to respond. the sheriff did say there was a drug problem in this area. big heroin and meth problem in pike county. >> the sheriff made it clear this family was targeted. what are authorities doing for the surviving family members? i imagine this -- not only are they grieving the loss of their loved ones, but this is so frightening for them. >> reporter: they've asked them to take added precaution, to arm themselves. that's the language we heard from the local sheriff here. this is a county that believes very strongly in the second
amendment. we were at restaurant earlier where folks were saying they were arming themselves as well. others, however, not as concerned. we hear that detailed information that this was a sophisticated operation, a preplanned execution that was methodical. that they were singling out this family. we spoke to the best friend of dana rhoden earlier this morning. she believes that this family was stalked. dana rhoden leaving work at about 11:00 p.m. on thursday night. the shooting happened at about 7:30 a.m. on friday morning. that's when the first 911 call came in. the pastor for smufr tsome of te victims of the family also told us, he believes that this family was stalked. investigators would not go so far as to say they belief the family was stalked. they were saying this family was singled out.
as far as a concern of pib safety to this area, they are very concerned about the extended relatives of the rhoden family because they were singled out. >> i want to bring in the sound from the ohio attorney general talking about these three marijuana grow operations you discussed, nick. let's take a listen to that. >> let me go ahead and i think it's okay for us to confirm that we did find marijuana in three locations. >> near the crime scenes or at the crime scenes? >> at the crime scenes. >> like bags of marijuana? >> grow operation. >> what might that mean in this investigation? >> if they were in some type of criminal conspiracy, they might have competitors, they might have people that they're working with, colleagues, they could have double-crossed someone or
someone double-crossed them. we'd have to learn more about this growing activity, how big of an operation was it, how much money were they earning from it. was it just for personal friends and family consumption. the sheriff didn't go into enough detail to describe whether this was a big criminal venture in the state of ohio or not. >> really quickly, nick, you mentioned some people who knew the family believed that they were stalked. is there any other indication before these deaths that they told family members, friends that they were afraid for their lives, that they believed they were being stalked. or was it just the timing that one of them got off work at 11:00 p.m. and the killings happened after that. nick valencia? okay. i think we lost nick. by thank you so much, tom
fuentes for bringing your analysis. nick valencia bringing us the latest from piketon, ohio. oh, go ahead. tom fuentes, you wanted to add something? >> the term stalk, that amoften implies a stranger. you might have a better term saying surveilled. that would be more of a surveillance operation than stalking might not be the exact term to use for that. >> i think also beyond that, i'd be curious to know if there were any indications that this family, you know, believed they were being followed or that someone was threatening them for whatever reason. i think obviously that would be a key part of this investigation. >> huge, yeah. >> all right. tom fuentes, thank you so much. i really appreciate you coming on and bringing your law enforcement analysis. we'll check back in with you. you're looking live right
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this week, music fans and performers are turning the showbiz world purple. look how bruce springsteen opened his concert in brooklyn last night ♪ purple rain, purple rain ♪ purple rain, purple rain >> now, that is a tribute folks. two of the mtv generations most important artists, bruce springsteen and friends. fans are still gathered outside
his home in minneapolis. and fellow artists also sharing their appreciation of prince's music. gene simmons, it cannot be overstated, prince was the real deal. rest in peace, prince. and gene simmons joining me now from los angeles live. gene, thank you so much for coming on. i know this is a tremendous loss for you. and you really want to pay tribute to prince. you said in that tweet that he was the real deal. what did you mean by that? >> well, i just want to say that this is not about self an gran diezment. cnn wanted me to come on. i think media will tend to point fingers at the wrong part of prince. when you think about entertainers, there are great singers and great performers and great -- he was a scientist,
call it a singulairty, a multi-instrumentalist who wrote his own songs, arranged them, engineered it, produced it. i mean, he was everything. continued to change who he was and really marched to the beat of his own drummer. my first meeting with prince was as a fan. i'm here as a fan, along with millions of other people. it was the early '80s, it was the beginning of his career, at the time i was with diana ross. i told her, let's go check this guy out, you're going to flip out. we went to a small club in new york. we were just floored. we went backstage just to say few hellos. the same person who was on stage who dominated everything, backstage was shy, unassuming, no ego, could not look diana in
the face when she was talking to him. i mean, this is a guy who didn't live in london, new york. he lived in minneapolis and stayed true to who he is all the way until unfortunately his passing. a legitimate -- there hasn't been anyone before, during, or since. eric clapton who himself has reached the heights, people think of him as the finest guitar player there is. was asked recently, what does it feel like to be the finest guitarist in the industry. he said, i have no idea, ask prince. >> it's interesting you say that. so many of us are marveling that prince aump often played every instrument you would hear in his songs. he played something like 27 instruments. and beyond his music talent, he really gave back to his community.
like you said, he stayed in minneapolis, gave to the local schools there. i love the fact that you say you were a fan of his, someone of your stature to be such a big fan of prince. you played along with him at the 2004 rock & roll hall of fame induction. how special was that performance for you? >> well, nobody touches it. when you -- you know, you can -- you can google jeff lynn, tom petty on youtube and see them all playing "while my guitar gently weeps" and prince gets up at the end and floors everybody. i'm reminded of something else. james brown, no slouch himself. you know, the king of funk, the man himself, calls out michael jackson to come up on stage and join him, sort of pass the baton and all that.
michael comes up and grabs the mike and sings. and then james brown calls up prince. before prince gets up on stage, a 6'5" security guy starts marching down the aisle. and on his shoulders is prince. he stole the show before he even got to the stage. gets up on stage, grabs the mike and does physicality and stuff, sings, takes the guitar and just slays everybody, puts the guitar aside, takes off his shirt and just shames everybody. they all move back and go wow. this is a very, very unique -- i'll say it again, nobody -- there's just nobody like him. this year has been so sad with the passing of david bowie and merle haggard, just one of a kind artists. but in terms of talent, nobody touches this guy. and i -- yes, go ahead. >> go ahead. you just mentioned david bowie.
i actually interviewed you back then after david bowie died. you called david bowie, you said he was a musical icon. do you believe that prince is in that same category? >> bigger. very few people know who prince really was off stage. a very private, shy man. i got to see him a little bit off stage, but i can't really say i knew him all that well. i don't know that many people did. all the way to the end, he was a very private person. lived in minneapolis from the beginning until the end. one more thing i want to say about his humanism. very few people know that during his concert tours, he asked his fans, if you bought tickets to a prince concert, i want you to bring canned goods and contribute to those less advantaged. come on. that's cooler than any rock star that gets up on stage and says look at me, look at me. this is a unique guy.
it would be a crime if the next generation of 14-year-olds don't look up and say, you know what, that's who i've got to emulate instead of the modern sort of pop artists who have producers -- remember, it's a guy who wrote, priced, arranged, engineered, did it all. >> so talented. and as you point out, he did all of this fill lphilanthropic wor didn't want any credit for it. so much of it is coming out now. at the time, he didn't want the credit. gene simmons, great to have you on here. thank you so much. >> you're welcome. and coming up, prince wrote a protest song called baltimore specifically about the city's unrest in the wake of freddie gray. detroit's mayor joins us on the one-year anniversary on the events that changed a city and the musical icon that helped with the healing.
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african-american man named freddie gray died in the back of a police van. six officers were charged with gray's death. baltimore has changed in the year since the arrests. critics say baltimore has not reformed fast enough or fully addressed racial tensions. let's talk it over with baltimore mayor stephanie rawlings-blake. thanks for coming on. >> it's good to be here, thank you. >> in your view, what is the city's top accomplishment and what is the biggest challenge yet to be tackled? >> there's so many accomplishments. you mention the police body cameras. we have cameras in our vans now. we have new vans that are safer and more state of the art. we have better training for our officers, better equipment for our officers. and we've been working hard to cooperate with the the department of justice civil rights investigation to make sure we're able to put
meaningful reforms in place, enforceable reforms in place for our police department. so there's been a lot of changes that have happened. a lot of progress, but we understand, i understand there's a lot more to be done. >> what are those specific challenges? >> i think baltimore, like many cities across the country, are dealing with the breach in the relationship between the police and the community. before the death of freddie gray, i asked the department of justice cops office to come in, to help us and work with us on a collaborative review so we could move closer together as a community, because i knew that we needed help, that we could not do it alone. we need to continue to do that work. because we're in a relationship. there's no way we can have safe communities without the police, and the police need the community. as i said, we're in this relationship. it's up to us to do the work every single day to make that relationship work. >> we're looking at this video from april of last year, shortly
after freddie gray's death. i covered it as a reporter where there were these riots, looting. there was criticism directed at you that the city didn't do a good job handling that situation, that the police should have done more to prevent these riots but that they were holding back. do you have any regrets looking back at that time period? >> absolutely not. i understand in my role considering the high profile that i have, there's a lot of criticism. if you take a look at baltimore, other jurisdictions around the country who over militarize the response and the riots went on for weeks. we didn't have that. while it was on a constant loop on cnn, the riots were less than four hours. we were able to confine it because of the professionalism of the men and women of the baltimore police department. in '68 when we had riots, at
least six people were killed. i was determined that that wasn't going to happen under my watch. not one rioter, one police officer was killed as a result of the unrest. so objectively, i believe that i made the right decisions. and many independent evaluations say that as well. >> i want to read that piece from cnn enterprise reporter john blake on baltimore one year later. it says, if people can't agree on the definition of a problem, how can they unite to solve it. a year of freddie gray's death, the city is still searching for the right word, right leader, and right approach to dealing with the aftermath. community leaders, local history tore januarys and residents say. i want to get your reaction that say your government isn't doing enough to bridge that gap between the community and police as we talked about. >> again, i'm -- in my position,
i'm used to criticism. but the reality is, we're dealing with problems that didn't happen on the day i got sworn in. these are generational problems that have built up in our community and kmouncommunities s our country for over 150 years. whether it's tearing down 3,000 dil lap dated homes, creating 20,000 new jobs, creating more than 8,000 jobs for our young people. putting $1 billion in school construction, i can look all across the city and see the hard work that has been done. it doesn't mean that the problem is solved because we're dealing with problems that in many cases are going to take years to solve. so i -- you know, i'll take the criticism, but i challenge anyone to find -- find me the city in our country that has solved racism. find me the city in our country that has solved the opportunity gap. there is none.
this is work that has to continue on a day to day basis by hard working people willing to take the hits because we understand that this work is important and criticism aside, i am and many elected officials across the country, will continue to do this work because it is important to the people that we serve. >> and the late music icon, we were just talking about, wrote a protest song called baltimore specifically about the city's unrest. let's listen to that ♪ does anybody hear us pray ♪ for michael brown or freddie gray ♪ ♪ peace is more than the absence of war ♪ ♪ absence of war >> so prince performed that song in a very special baltimore concert last year. how did prince's song "baltimore" and the concert affect city's residents?
>> prince was well as many artists came to baltimore to share their talents and to try and bring peace and harmony to our city. i encourage -- i know we are having many anniversary celebrations or commemorations this week, and so many artists want to share their time and talent with us as we heal. >> thank you for coming on the show. >> thank you. ted cruz sweeps up more delegates using the system to once again out perform his initial results. hear how donald trump is reacting after this break. >> here's the story. look at 'em!
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voters in five states head to the polls and the candidates are out in full force this weekend. looking at live pictures of a trump valley in maryland, and it seems to just have wrapped up after he took to the podium. today, he had to contend with the news that ted cruz swept up more delegates in maine. let's bring in jason carroll who joins me from the trump rally in maryland. i can't imagine the trump team is too happy with this news from maine. did trump address that? >> reporter: in general, pamela, as you know, they are not happy about the whole delegate system and trump mentioned it several times in rallies in the past and he mentioned it again here today when he wrapped up the rally here in haguerstown, and said said the system is rigged and pointed to ted cruz who he says is bribing delegates in order to win them over.
>> this guy, cruz, lyin' ted cruz, he's a liar like you have never seen, he's a liar like you have never seen, and in business i deal with tougher people than him and i never dealt with somebody who can lie like this guy, and he finds ways -- i want to become a delegate. folks, it's a rigged system. believe me. >> reporter: we have heard these criticisms before. cruz responded before, basically saying that the trump team needs to do a better job on the ground in terms of learning the rules and how to secure delegates. cruz has repeatedly told trump to stop whining about it and do a better job on the ground. one thing he said about ted
cruz, he said i know i don't like the man now but in a few months, maybe i will be friends with him, and that's about being presidential, and a few things he said, he said it's so easy to be presidential, it takes less energy to be presidential and he went on to say, you think, kwoebg, it's easy to get up here and rant and rave like i do, but it's very difficult. changing, there's something you have to be careful about doing, and that's a note that are simply asking him to change and be more presidential and doesn't look like that's going to happen anytime soon. >> sounds like this is the trump the crowd was expecting, and tuesday a big day for donald trump and the other candidates. did he talk about how he thinks he will do come tuesday and whether or not he will reach the magic 1,237 number before the convention? >> a couple things on that. he is predicting not only will he win the state of maryland, he
will win all the states up for grabs on tuesday, and looking ahead to the convention, pamela, he did tell the crowd here it's his hope and win to win on the first vote to have that magic number of 1,237 on the first vote and he said if it goes to a second vote, he is telling all his supporters to get out there and rally behind him. >> jason carroll bringing us the latest from maryland. thank you so much, jason. by the way, cnn will have all-day coverage of super tuesday for the primaries in five states, and that's this tuesday here on cnn. and new pictures released of a reported missile launch and kim jong-un gave the go ahead for the launch. >> reporter: north korea is claiming an eye-opening success with its ballistic missile
submarine launch, and they say it was ordered and guided by the leader and has signal bolstered the navy's capabilities. photos published last year by the north showing this launch were widely assumed to have been doctored. and the ministry condemned the launch said they would go back to the united nations security council and push for even stronger sanctions. the u.s. also condemned the launch and one official said it's provocative but did not cause a threat to the u.s., and one other u.s. official said, quote, it shows north korea's sub launch capability has gone from a joke to something very serious. they believe a fifth nuclear test may be imminent, even ahead
of the very crucial congress of the workers party expected to be held in early may and it's a rare congress that has not been held since 1980, and north korea leader, kim jong-un, is believe to have called it so he can taught what he believes he has achieved this year and show his grip on power. welcome to the cnn "newsroom." i am pamela brown in for poppy harlow on this sunday. authorities said last hour that last week's killings of eight family members were planned and that they have told surviving family members to use caution and, quote, be armed, and they also offered details at what was found on one of the four crime scenes. let's bring in nick valencia who has been following the investigation. this one particular family was targeted. why is that?
>> reporter: they say they were singled out and that this was a methodical attack of the eight members of the family that were shot execution style. buried the lead in the press conference, after 30 minutes coming out they wrapped up the press conference and the attorney general responding to reporters' questions, asking if drugs were found at the crime scenes and he confirmed at three of the separate locations that marijuana grow operations were found in the vicinity there on the crime scene specifically, he wouldn't talk about the sophistication, i should say, of these marijuana grow operations, whether they were for personal use or whether or not they were for something more nefarious, but it speaks to the speculation among the community that this could have been drug related just by the simple ruthless nature of the attacks and we have been talking about this for the last couple days, the family shot execution