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good morning. good to have you this sunday. i'm vk tore blackwell. >> i'm christi paul. great to have your company. the man accused of shooting five people to death at a seattle mall has been captured. 20 years arcan cetin ser rendered quietly after being found walking on the street at home. they say it is too early in the investigation to rule anything out. stephanie elam is live in burlington, washington. stephanie, what have you learned about their ability to hone in
on this man and get him into custody? >> reporter: right. this one was different. we've seen shootings across the country. after this man appeared inside this mall that we're standing outside of here yesterday or -- yeah, two days ago, when he appeared there, he walked in without a rifle. he was seen on surveillance video inside of macy's with a rifle he shot and killed four women and a fifth man that he shot who later died from his injuries. after that he disappeared and ran out to interstate 5 which runs the length of the west coast. at that point they did not know where he went. they started looking into video and doing surveillance. if you listen to the police they'll tell you a little bit more about how he was captured. take a listen. >> we began interviewing acquaintances, family members associated with the tip and it grew a stronger -- a stronger
connection for us. in addition to that, the investigators had been able to pull down all of the security video footage outside the mall from area businesses and in reviewing that video we were able to identify a suspect vehicle which we didn't have earlier. >> reporter: so being able to find video of the vehicle helped them out. then it was in his hometown where he lives, oak harbor, which is about 20 miles away from this mall where he was arrested. what happened was though one of the officers happened to be looking at images of arcan cetin on his computer when he saw him walking down the street. he approached him. when he went to arrest him, he was kind of zombie like. that's the way he described it without incident and that he was unarmed at the time. we do know that arcan cetin
immigrated to the united states and is a naturalized citizen of the u.s. >> i want to give due respect to the victims here. do we know anything about these people? >> no. we don't know yet who the victims are. we don't know yet if there was any personal connection between them. at this point, too, police are saying they don't see any connection to terrorism but they are not ruling it out as this investigation zblins stephanie elam, thank you so much for the update. i want to bring in cnn's senior analyst, tom fuentes. you've heard stephanie's account. i had read local media reported that surveillance shows him walking into the mall. police say he walked back out to the car and then came back into the mall with a gun. what do you take from that report? the fact that he left and came
back in. >> cristi, that's typical as we've seen in some shootings. if he was looking for a particular individual that he wanted to shoot, maybe he went in to look if that person was in the mall or checked out security in the mall first and then went back out, got the gun, came back in. so it just shows that these malls are completely soft targets and there's not much that anybody's going to be able to do about that. there are so many entrances and they're open for so many hours that whether it's a mall or a shopping theater, these are locations where we're just not at a point where we're going to be able to put somebody -- if it's a big enough mall it might have 100 entrances. to put magnatometers at the entrances is not possible. >> what do you think about the description from the arresting officer. he was almost zombie like.
they say cetin didn't say anything. he looked so average, non-threatening. that's what's so frightening and frustrating, isn't it? >> absolutely. you know, he does look average. we saw that in the very first photos that were released walking in a t-shirt, shorts. everything was normal except for carrying a rifle. when we saw that photo. so, yes, that's what makes these incidents so frightening is someone walking around if you would never know if it wasn't for the weapon that they meant anyone any harm. >> do stick around with us here. we'd love for you to weigh in on the next story as well. we're weighing back in on charlotte. police have released some of the video. they don't answer some of the significant questions about the shooting. investigators released only two pieces of video despite there being several officers on the
scene. a police chief says videos are the most relevant and more video will be released once the investigation is complete. we take a look at the newly released videos to see what if anything they release. >> drop the gun. >> he doesn't have a gun. >> reporter: the tapes became released a day after the killing. >> don't shoot him. >> reporter: the dash cam video provided by a police video shows one plain clothes officer with his weapon drawn on scott is visible. moments later a uniformed officer joins the first officer's position behind a truck. >> drop the gun. >> reporter: someone shouts, drop the gun several times before scott exits his suv. while walking backwards scott is shot at four times by officer
brently vincent who is off camera throughout both videos. >> what we see when we look at this dash cam video is mr. scott steps out of the vehicle, he doesn't appear to be acting aggressive towards any of the law enforcement officers on the scene. he doesn't appear to be making gestures or motions as though he's arguing with anybody. he doesn't lunge at the officers. appears he has his hands by his side. again, there is no definitive evidence in this video as to whether or not there is an object in his hand and if there is, what that object is. >> reporter: meanwhile, the body camera video worn by a uniformed police officer shows that man running up toward the encounter. the officer moves beside a white truck and pauses before running around to his left to the other side of the vehicles.
as the officer passes a gap between cars scott is visible with his right arm by his side. the next time scott is seen he is lying on the ground with five officers converging on him. neither video appears to show scott pointing a gun at police officers and neither seems to answer some of the most significant against -- questions in the shooting. they say this will show the shooting is justified. >> i stand behind the truth. they can interpret anything they want based on one piece of evidence. i can tell you i suspect they will based on the video footage, but what i say is you have to put all pieces together. we interviewed a lot of people. we've interviewed a lot of our officers involved and the consistent themes were the facts and that's what i stand by. >> reporter: and that's a big question the family has at this point, was the shooting justified. to clear up any confusion about
whether or not there was a gun on scott, police released even more evidence. three pictures, in fact, of a handgun at the scene, also a holster and also a picture of a marijuana cigarette. the family says that they -- that was the first final that they had seen those pictures when police released them yesterday and they still stand by the fact that they don't believe scott had a gun. vick store. >> brynn gingras there for us in charlotte. let's try to get a question in about what and why. what does this video show. bring back tom fuentes. tom, when this video was released the department released a statement. i want to read a statement from the sentence. officer vin send perceived mr. scott's actions as an imminent threat to himself and the other officers. what imminent threat do you see in this video? have they released enough of it for you to answer that question? >> it's not a question of releasing 234u6, victor, it's a
question of the angles of view don't really show his hands clearly enough to tell if he's holding the weapon and if he is holding it, what position it's in. but if that gun is in his hand and he disobeys about ten emphatic shouts from the officers to drop the gun and doesn't and his hand is moving around, it would take, you know, a tenth of a second to raise that gun and pull the trigger. even wild bill hickock wouldn't have enough time to stop it and prevent it. even if he's walking backwards, that bullet is going to come out of the gun at 700 feet per second. >> let's talk about why, why the department had released the video. you'll hear what the chooef said at the very end of the week. this is a bit of what we heard from the chief throughout the past several days.
watch. >> we're stg going through all of the footage from both body worn and dash but until the investigation is complete, the investigation can't be released at this point. released would be -- i don't want to set a bad precedent that i'm releasing lots of video and i think we could be destroying some of the trust of some of our most vulnerable victims, especially those of domestic violence and sexual assault. >> what impacted the decision is the information i've been getting from this community. as soon as you appropriately can, release the video. that's what i was going to do anyway. >> tuesday, wednesday, thursday says i'm not going to release it and then we hear on saturday i was going to do that anyway. was this a response to the video the family released, public pressure, or did you expect this video would be released when it was anyway. >> i expected it to be released
after they interviewed every witness to the event. you want to interview people before they've seen other videos or any other information so what they're telling you is what they saw from the event, not what they saw on tv. >> tom fuentes, thank you very much. we'll talk next hour. right now in southern california officers are searching for a teenage girl after three people were found dead in her home. let me get you the story here. police say they rushed to this home after a child called and said her parents had died. investigators got there, they found the bodies of two men and a woman inside a home in fullerton which is 1/2 hour southeast of los angeles. take a look please at your screen. this is a 17-year-old girl police are desperately trying to find. katelyn goodwill yost. she lives in that house but they cannot find her. she's missing. she has strawberry blond hair, dark colored eyes. authorities say the two other
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tomorrow airing right here on cnn at 9:00 p.m., and washington post/abc news poll new this morning has the two candidates neck in neck. clinton at 46%, donald trump close behind at 44% and a lot could hinge on what happens at this debate tomorrow. >> both sides r playing, shall we call it, the mind games with one another. billionaire mark cuban tweeted clinton has offered him a front row seat and he will be there followed by trump's response that he wants to invite jennifer flowers, the woman with whom bill clinton admitted to having a sexual relationship decades ago. flowers told them via text message, yes, she will be there. cnn correspondent sunday le serfaty is at hofstra university. we wake up and find out that according to the "new york times" jennifer flowers says,
yes, i'll go. what is the reaction from people? >> it's really interesting. this is 24 hours before the debate to high level, high profile taunting by donald trump potentially bringing in jennifer flowers and threatening to bring in the factor of bill clinton's past indiscretions up there on the debate stage. the reaction from clinton campaign has really been to try to brush this off. clinton campaign aides say this shows that donald trump is impulsive in nature. he's already been set off by their invitation of mark cuban to sit in the front section of the debate audience. and this is something that clearly the clinton campaign has factored in as they start for the debate and making for the final preparations, a degree of uncertainty on how donald trump's personality will mix up there on the debate stage. will he be the more reserved
donald trump that he's been trying to be in recent weeks or will he be the more impulsive donald trump that shoots from the hip. this will be the big question up there on the debate stage. i think team clinton is getting a small hint of that this weekend. >> i want to ask you about ted cruz. we know he seems to be one of the new trump surrogates. not really strong language from him though as i understand it when it comes to getting out there and getting people to vote for trump, is that right? >> that's right. he made his debut, so to speak, as a trump surrogate 24 hours after endorsing donald trump and he really almost put a spotlight on his -- that he's still not fully behind donald trump. he was asked in an interview if donald trump is fit to be president and he repeatedly declined to say yes or no. he said, look, we have two options here, hillary clinton or donald trump. i'm going with donald trump. here's more of what he had to say in that interview. >> i wrote a long op ed laying
out the reasons for announcing that in november i'm going to vote for donald. now as you know, this was not a decision i reached easily. >> i do know that. >> these last several months have been like a lot of voters. this election is not a typical election. i feel confident i'm not the only voter here, i'm not the only voter in the state or in the country who has agonized by what's the right thing to do in this election. >> reporter: so really defending his decision there to endorse donald trump but really not giving a full throated endorsement there. kind of still puts a spotlight on that he has painted himself into a tough political box. >> sunlen serfaty, thank you. don't forget, you can watch the first presidential debate right here on cnn, 9:00 p.m. eastern. imagine this, children trapped in the rubble as bombs fall from the sky.
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obser own government bolstered by russian jets. the u.n. security council is set to meet in five hours to talk about the latest offensive. take a look at some of the pictures that we're getting in of these cars, of these buildings, of these people who are just walking through rubble. many of them have died, and you can understand as you look at this just a little bit, not fully, but a little bit about this suffering of these people. >> let's go now to our senior international correspondent frederick pleitgen. he's in the syrian capital of damascus. fred, give us an idea of what's on the ground there, what the situation is. >> reporter: what an awful situation, victor. it's the tragic images we're seeing over the past three days as the offensive has been going on. the syrian government said it is conducting a widespread
offensive in the eastern district of aleppo held by the opposition. they say that offensive encompasses both air power as well as ground forces. we know there are russian jets and syrian jets absolutely pounding that area. 200 airstrikes have taken place in the last couple of days. they don't even have an exact death toll because most of the time it's too dangerous for most people to go out and count. the other thing that's going on is they're having real trouble reaching these people buried under the rubble. at night they don't have any electricity to see anything. they don't have the manpower because so many people have been wounded. speaking to people here on the ground it is very difficult for them to see whether or not the international community is going to be able to make some sees fair last. the u.s. had been pushing it but questioning whether russia is really serious about trying to end the violence in syria. >> fred pleitgen for us there in
damascus. thank you so much. police in charlotte, north carolina, have answered the calls that you've seen and heard night after night to release their dash cam and their body cam video showing the deadly encounter with keith scott. why he was an obvious threat despite what's shown in that video. also, donald trump in debate prep mode as is hillary clinton, but trump slamming moderator nbc holt. is the nbc news man rattled? how big a role is he really going to play in tomorrow's first presidential debate? we're going to ask the host of cnn's "reliable sources." wait. you're real? with discover card, you can talk to a real person in the u.s., like me, anytime. wow. this is a recording. really? no, i'm kidding. 100% u.s.-based customer service. here to help, not to sell.
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my lights and siren. we took him into custody. he said nothing. he was kind of zombie like is about the best way i can describe it. >> so far authorities say they have seen no evidence of a link to terrorism, but they say it's too early in the investigation to rule anything out. we have new pictures and video of that deadly police shooting in charlotte, north carolina. authorities released body cam and dash cam video showing officer's fatal encounter with keith scott. officers say an officer shot scott when he made a threatening move towards a gun. they found a gun and ankle holster at the scene. scott's family said he did not have a gun, instead he had a book. the disturbing videos do very little to answer significant questions about the shooting. these are snippets of longer recordings. investigators released only two pieces of video, although there
were several officers on the scene. now the police chief says these videos are the most relevant, and more video will be released once the investigation is complete. let's now talk about this. i want to bring in minister corrinne mack. the branch of the naacp. i want to start with your reaction to this bit of video. this is the first time we're talking since their release. >> good morning. i'm concerned that we're getting piecemeal videos that we haven't received all videos. so the first thing i want to say is we call for complete transparency, we receive all videos. that's number one. number two, what i'm asking from authorities is they don't send
stills, which is their narrative of what happened. i believe that it is important that we see the video as everything flays out so that we can all see for ourselves the last moments of the stolen life of mr. scott. >> now with this -- >> it's so important. >> with this video the department released a written statement. i want to read just a small portion of it for you, and there is a sentence here that says, due to the combination of illegal drugs and the gun mr. scott had in his possession, officers decided to take enforcement action for public safety concerns. the chief says that scott had marijuana with him in the car, but i read that you said it's irrelevant that he had a gun. explain that for us. >> at the end of the day that we all know that in north carolina it's not against the law to own
a gun. in fact, many citizens own a gun, blacks and whites alike. and so my concern is that the victim once again is being demonized. we have to remember the reason the police officers said they were in the area. they were there to pick up someone on a warrant, someone who was not mr. scott, someone who did not look like mr. scott. my understanding is there is a policy in which -- and protocol in which police officers have to act when they're on the job. i'd like to know who gave them the authority to now leave the initial reason they were there to now engage mr. scott because it's interesting to me that someone seated in a car now is being engaged by police.
>> yeah. >> he was seated in the car. >> you're certainly not the only person with that question. quickly because we have to move onto the other story developing kweefr nig overnight. are there protests, rallies scheduled for later on today or tonight? >> there is a rally scheduled for 5:00. we're still working on where and why we're going to do the rally because everything has to be symbolic for us. we'll probably start in marshal park once again and march down towards lamire park. >> around 5:00 today. minister corine mack, thanks so much for being with us. >> can i also tell you on sunday at 6:30 we'll be having a rally. >> 5 and 6:30. thank you so much. >> sunday. thank you. have a good day. >> thank you, ma'am. we're going to have more to discuss on the presidential debate, who the candidates are planning to invite to the event
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a washington post/cnn news poll has them neck in neck. clinton at 46%, trump at 44%. clinton hunkered down at a hotel. last night donald trump was at a rally in virginia. right before the big debate on stage both candidates some say may be playing mind games perhaps. clinton inviting billionaire mark cuban to the debate offering him, as we understand it, a front row seat. trump now retaliating by tweeting that he'll invite jennifer flowers. yes, that jennifer flowers, the woman that bill clinton admitted to having a sexual encounter with decades ago. flowers telling "the new york times" via text message, quote, yes, i will be there. here to talk about this debate, more, a. scott bolden, hillary clinton supporter and former chairman of the democratic
convention. good morning to you both. >> good morning. >> scotty, you know what i'm coming for, you know it. >> i want to go first. you want to go first? >> listen. here's the thing. donald trump already has a problem with women voters. i believe, and in many conversations i think you will agree with this, there are an awful lot of women and men who know what it's like to be cheated on. how is inviting jennifer flowers to this debate going to further his cause with women? >> this made for some great fodder yesterday, christi, on social media. this was started by hillary clinton. this is like a cut scene from "mean girls" rather than something you would see from a presidential candidate. this was something she began and it shows that she actually doesn't have very much confidence in her message.
she's going to play these mind tricks. >> but he reacted. he reacted. he reacted in a way that is -- many would say is much different than her putting mark cuban in the front row is one thing. getting the woman who had a sexual encounter with your husband while you were married to him is a different level, is it not? >> well, but they're both -- but it's a mind game. it's a mind trick that she started. if she's going to play this game, remember, mr. trumt is the ultimate trumper if you watched. he would always have something to come back. why is she playing this game? >> scotty, i can turn around and say why is he playing the game then? >> let me say this. i think it's a joke. while i can see mr. trump did tweet that out, i think he actually has no intent of putting gennifer flowers. i think he's pushing back. if he was, there are a whole
plethora of people from hillary and bill's past that they could put on the stage. >> you think it's fodder. you don't think he's inviting her. >> every inclination i get, this is just a joke and a push back to her initial mind game trick that she played. >> okay. now hillary clinton's cappingmpy have reacted. they say hillary clinton plans on using the debate to discuss the issues that make a difference in people's lives. it's not -- it's not surprising that donald trump has chosen a different path. now to scotty's point, did they not start with by inviting mark cuban in the front row? >> absolutely not. christi, here's the biggest difference. the biggest difference is is that mark cuban tweeted that he was invited to the debate as a voter, citizen, and as a critic of donald trump. hillary clinton's campaign did not put it out that they were inviting him in order to
antagonize donald trump. listen, with gennifer flowers, i think he's dead serious. i think it's crass, tacky, classless. that's the mind of donald trump. you see he's prepping you by attacking her personally already even before the debate. he's prepping you for poor performance or loss in this debate. he knows he'll be on stage alone. he's a dangerous candidate when he's on stage without a teleprompter and without kellyanne and her team and that is a problem. >> 90 minutes and two people which is very different obviously than any of the debates for donald trump thus far. but when we are hearing this back and forth just 30 some hours, 38 hours before this debate is going to take place, what does that tell you about the tone? are we entering an era or an
arena where nothing is off limits? scotty, first. >> there's a difference of having somebody there speaking for the campaign or putting them in the front row, which is what mark cuban is. it's a mind game. as you start off the segment, you see she's getting very desperate and trying to play some of the same path and some of the same games and some of the things that we've seen in this campaign season. it's not going to work for her. my best advice for hillary clinton, be hillary clinton. don't try to be other people. be yourself. that has gotten you the nomination so far. instead, she'll continue to play these kind of tricks. it shows how desperate that whole campaign is. >> scott, how dicey do you think this could be tomorrow? a lot of people are wondering how much policy are we going to see? once you get into personal attacks, we know -- i read yesterday that a debate can't win an election for someone but it can certainly lose an election for someone. >> exactly. >> do you think there's a
potential here? >> i think there's a huge potential for donald trump. he reverts to personal attacks. i don't think anything is off limit. i think hillary clinton will use donald trump's policies and words against him. to donald trump, that's a personal attack even though it's just an attack on his policy. he's going to be on stage alone, 90 minutes. there will be two fact checkers on the stage against him. that's one, clinton, and the moderator who will keep him honest and close. he can't run from that or hide from that. that's going to be a problem. watch him lash out because the mind of a narcissist goes back to what they know best, and with donald trump it's personal attacks, it's bullying tactics and he has to remember that he has a female candidate on the other side with millions of female viewers and voters watching. it's going to be a problem. this debate is going to be a risk and it could be a change point in this election, especially for donald trump in the negative. >> scotty hughes, a. scott bolden, always appreciate having
your voices in this conversation. >> thank you. >> thank you. so you heard what scott said there about donald trump, that there's going to be a fact checker on the stage. will it be hillary clinton or will it be the moderator, lester holt? huge audience tomorrow. expected to shatter records. what can we expect from that moderator, brian? >> reporter: that's going to be one of the most important questions as only one man in the middle on that stage. i'll reintroduce you to lester holt right after the break.
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so we've got 38, 38 1/2 hours now until the big debate. we're talking the television audience for this will be huge. we're talking super bowl numbers, academy award numbers but consider this may really be the biggest event ever in the history of american politics. analysts expect between 80 to 100 million viewers tomorrow nig night. this, of course, is the first
head to head for this unprecedented debate. >> the man in the middle of it has quite a job. brian gives us a look at debate moderator, lester holt. >> reporter: right now lester holt has the best and worst job in tv. the best because he's gearing up to moderate the most anticipated presidential debate ever. the worst because he's under a microscope like never before in his career. the anchor of "nbc nightly news" knows 100 million people could be watching. normally he reaches 8 million a night. so right now holt is in study mode taking a few days off his nbc newscast. >> good evening, i'm savannah guthrie in for lester. >> reporter: and dropping no hints about his debate strategy at wednesday night's news emmys. >> good evening. thank you. thank you. before we get to the next awards, i just want to sharpen up on my debate prep.
would you mind holding these for me? >> i think there is too much pressure. >> reporter: donald trump has been working it by complaining other people are telling holt to be too much. >> they're gaming the system. that's what they're doing and that's why they're doing it. >> reporter: at issue is nbc's recent commander in chief forum when matt lauer was letting trump off the hook. >> i was totally against the war. you can look at "esquire" magazine and i was against the war in iraq. i said it was going to destabilize the middle east, which it has. >> reporter: there is no evidence trump was against the invasion but lawyer let it slide. raising the question of whether holt will fact check in real time. the debate commission wants it to be on the candidates, not the moderator. that's what holt wants, too. trump has been buzzing all week. lester is a democrat. it's a phony system.
lester's a democrat. they're all democrats, okay? >> reporter: holt is actually a registered republican. some clinton allies did not like the sound of that, but clinton herself is not saying anything about it. instead she told steve harvey she's focusing on trump. >> i am going to do my very best to communicate as clearly and fearlessly as i can in the face of the insults and the attacks and the bullying and bigotry that we've seen coming from my opponent. >> reporter: as for holt and all of the pressure he's under, his wife says he's unwinding by playing the bass. ♪ ♪ >> reporter: yes, holt is a news man by day. band mate at night. he still is new at the anchor position. he has a 35 year reporting track record. he anchored "nbc weekends" for
decades and he is beloved inside nbc news. chuck todd are helping him write questions. once holt takes the stage he'll be alone. the referee for the two people vying for the world's top job. what will holt ask clinton and ask trump? we'll find out tomorrow night. >> brian stelter, thanks so much. >> thanks. >> brian is back at 11:00 with "reliable sources." >> and cnn will be all over tomorrow night's debate, by the way. hillary clinton and donald trump head to head for the very first time. live coverage begins at 9:00 eastern. it's also, by the way, his birthday tomorrow so wish him happy birthday. >> it is. it is. what a gift. what a gift. >> thank you so much for starting your morning with us. >> we have much more ahead on the next hour of your "new day" starts right after this short break. rmance machine. with this degree of intelligence... it's a supercomputer. with this grade of protection...
i got your nose right here. i know that's your thumb, grandpa. talent! learn about it! oh, 7:00. early on a sunday morning, but thanks for keeping us company here. i'm christi paul. >> i'm victor blackwell. good to be here. we are now into the final countdown until the first presidential debate airing on cnn at 9:00 p.m. this morning the clinton campaign is introducing a scathing new ad on donald trump's business ties abroad. sunlen serfaty is here live. tell us about the prep and what about this ad? >> reporter: this is a new ad laying the groundwork from likely a new argument that we'll hear from hillary clinton at hofstra university where the debate stage is getting prepped. the candidates a