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a." have a great day. breaking news in america this morning, gunfire and chaos at a california food festival. >> he was just firing into the biggest bunch of people he could find. >> shots fired into the crowd triggering panic. among those running for their lives, this couple pushing a child in a stroller. band members dodging bullets hiding under the stage. >> one shooting victim. i need an ambulance. code 3. >> what we're learned about the shooter, a possible second suspect and the many victims killed or injured. plus, the security breach police are investigating. also this morning, the battle over baltimore. president trump slams the city as a rat infested mess leading to claims of racism as he targets veteran congressman elijah cummings.
why trump says it's the democrats who are playing the race card. murder in rome. new questions about the treatment of two american teenagers accused in the killing of a police officer. the illegal blindfolding of one suspect and what his family is now saying. plus, the new concern about sharks after two more people are attacked in florida. grasshopper invasion in las vegas getting even worse. and game changer, the teen who just won $3 million playing a video game. good monday morning, everyone. thank you for joining us. we begin with that deadly shooting rampage at a food festival in northern california. >> at least three victims have now died including a 6-year-old boy whose mother was also reportedly shot. abc station kgo sharing this picture of that little boy this morning. the gunfire sent people scrambling running for their
lives including one couple fleeing while pushing their child in a stroller. police say officers killed the shooter but they're now investigating whether the attacker had an accomplice. >> the festival is a popular family event each year in the small city of gilroy. about 80 miles southeast of san francisco. abc's megan tevrizian is here with the latest. good morning, megan. >> reporter: hi, kenneth. yeah, the shooting happened the third and final day of the festival that attracts celebrity chefs, musicians and tens of thousands of people. a fun weekend festival turning deadly sunday. >> some random dude just started shooting like he just pulled out a gun and we were just eating. >> it started popping off like fireworks. that's what i thought it was. i had no idea until he grabbed me and said that's gunfire. let's go. >> reporter: authorities saying at least four people are dead including the suspect. many more were injured. >> he just like shoot once and
then he like stopped and started shooting repeatedly. >> reporter: it happened 6:00 p.m. west coast time. a man opening fire while the band vital sound played on stage. one member telling kgo he heard a pop and saw a shooter with what appeared to be an assault rifle. >> he was just firing into the biggest bunch of people he could find. i was just going holy crap. >> reporter: authorities saying the suspect gained access to the festival from a creek using some sort of tool to cut through a fence. the suspect shot down by gilroy police. but authorities believe there could be an accomplice. this morning the community of roughly 50,000 people in disbelief. >> to have seen this event end this way this day is just one of the most tragic and sad things i've ever had to see. it's just a horrible thing to experience. >> reporter: and law enforcement officials say they've identified the suspect and are investigating if he has any connections to the festival and we're learning more about that 6-year-old victim. his name is steven romero. his grandmother says he was a loving and happy boy.
his mother is expected to survive after getting shot in the stomach and hand. kenneth. >> thank you for those details, megan tevrizian, thank you. now to another shake-up at the white house this morning. president trump has chosen a replacement for dan coats, the director of national intelligence. coats is resigning after being at odds with the president for much of his two-year tenure publicly clashing over the issue of russian middling in the 2016 election. the president is expected to nominate texas congressman john ratcliffe for the job. ratcliffe is a former u.s. attorney who had a fiery exchange with former special counsel robert mueller last week. senate majority leader chuck schumer is among the democrats criticizing the choice claiming ratcliffe has been selected because of, quote, blind loyalty to the president. next to the fallout over president trump's attacks on congressman elijah cummings and his district which includes the city of baltimore. the president is denying his
criticism was racist. instead accusing democrats of placing the race card. this morning, president trump defending himself against charges of racism. in more than a dozen tweets over the weekend the president took aim at congressman elijah cummings calling his majority black district around baltimore a disgusting rat and rodent infested mess where no human being would want to live and using the hash blacks for trump 2020. it comes more than a week after cummings took on kevin mcaleenan criticizing the administration's immigration policy. >> none of us would have our children in that position. they are human beings. >> reporter: trump has used the word infested before to criticize minority members of congress including earlier this month when he suggested four congresswomen of color all of whom are american citizens go back and help fix the totally and crime infested places from which they came. >> the president is as he usually is or often is disgusting and racist. >> reporter: now the president insists democrats are the ones playing the race card tweeting
there is nothing racist in stating plainly what most people already know, that elijah cummings has done a terrible job for the people of his district and of baltimore itself. the president's chief of staff claims trump's comments are appropriate. >> if i had poverty in my district like they have in baltimore, i'd get fired. and i think the president is right to raise that. it has absolutely nothing to do with race. >> this morning the city of baltimore is punching back. "the baltimore sun" published a scathing editorial saying better to have a few rats than to be one. when the president attacked the four congresswomen earlier this month the house passed a resolution condemning his comments. some lawmakers are suggesting they do that again. now to the leadership crisis in puerto rico. the woman in line to be the next governor says she doesn't want the job. ricardo rossello will be stepping down friday. justice secretary wanda vasquez was supposed to replace him. she was tapped because the secretary of state resigned over those leaked offensive messages which ultimately led to the governor's downfall. vasquez now wants rossello to
appoint a new secretary of state who can then replace him. an outspoken critic of russian president vladimir putin may have been poisoned. that's according to a doctor for alexi navalny. he said navalny suffered symptoms from an unidentified chemical substance. more than 1,000 people have been arrested in moscow while protesting the exclusion of opposition candidates from an upcoming election. time now for a look at your weather on this monday morning. people living west of minneapolis are cleaning up after some reported tornadoes swept through the area causing this damage. the twisters knocked out electricity but no injuries are reported. in california, 154 acres have burned in a fast-moving brush fire. the fire in chino hills outside los angeles damaged a house, but crews say they've now stopped the fire's progress. the far west and southwest will
stay dangerously hot for the next few days. las vegas is among the cities that will see temperatures in the triple digits. coming up, new breakfast cereal kids may soon be singing for. but first the dramatic scene as a plane crashes into this lake. how the pilot and passenger both survived. and later the american swimmer setting a new record in the pool sunday that would make even michael phelps envious.
heavy winds may have played a role in this small plane crash in michigan. the plane nosedived into little field lake with two people on board. good samaritans rushed in to help rescue them. >> we didn't have a good feeling but the pilot was in pretty good shape. the passenger was seriously hurt. it's such a shocking thing to see firsthand and the way it crashed, it just was so scary. >> the passenger in that plane remains in serious condition. breaking overnight the manhunt for the suspects in a canadian killing spree has moved to a remote northern town. police say they may have been seen in york landing, manitoba, more than 400 miles north of winnipeg. local residents there have been warned to stay indoors. that pair is wanted in connection with three murders including the killings of an american woman and her boyfriend.
tributes are pouring in for russi taylor, the voice of minnie mouse for more than 30 years. she died over the weekend. she married the man who voiced mickey mouse wayne allwine in 1981. disney chairman and ceo bob iger said her work will continue to entertain and inspire for generations to come. russi taylor was 75. baby shark is coming to a supermarket near you. kellogg's is launching a cereal inspired by the famous children's song. its flavored rings and floaty marshmallows will be available at sam's club before coming to walmart in september. >> the cereal does not come with the song. >> thank goodness. >> at least we hope not. coming up a major league pitcher has a major league temper tantrum. the new concern about how two teens accused of killing a police officer in rome are treated by police. using multiple cleaners on grease can be expensive, and sometimes ineffective. for better value, tackle grease with dawn ultra.
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married just weeks ago. >> police in rome are releasing new details about the crime amid new questions about how the suspects are being treated. this morning, two american teens are behind bars accused of murdering a police officer in rome. one of the teens is seen in this photo blindfolded and handcuffed in a police station. the police commissioner calls the blindfold illegal and a mistake. officials say the image was taken after suspects gabe natale hjorth and finnegan elder were taken in for questioning in the stabbing of officer cerciello rega. police say the confrontation started when the two suspects, both tourists from san francisco, approached a man and allegedly asked where they could buy drugs. the man led them to a dealer who police say sold them fake cocaine. the two americans growing angry allegedly went back to the scene and stole the backpack of the man who pointed them to the drug dealer. police set up an undercover operation in response, and that's when officer rega was stabbed eight times. security footage allegedly shows the two suspects fleeing the
scene. police say the teens confessed to the crime. >> i've known finn since he was born. i'm in shock. he's the nicest guy -- one of the nicest neighbors i have. >> elder's family released a statement saying, we express our deepest condolences to the grieving family and community that loved brigadier cerciello rega adding, we are deeply concerned for our son and are heartened by the expressions of sympathy and support from our friends and neighbors. in the meantime, crowds lined up in rome to pay their respects to officer rega at his wake. italy's prime minister among the mourners. >> there may be shock and disbelief back home in america, but in italy there's anger and outrage. this is becoming a huge political issue. it's leading all the newspapers and tv news. >> reporter: and this morning, italy's deputy prime minister reacting to backlash over the image of the blindfolded suspect writing on twitter that officer rega is the real victim adding
that the teenagers deserve life in prison. at a hearing this weekend, both americans waved their right to speak. court records show they blamed each other for the murder. according to italian law anyone who participates in the murder can be charged with murder even if that person did not deliver the fatal blow. the fbi hopes the public can help track down the so-called pink lady bandy. the woman is wanted in at least four bank robberies in three states this month from pennsylvania to delaware and north carolina. she got the nickname from the pink handbag she carried during two of the holdups. the fbi is offering a $10,000 reward. beachgoers are on alert after two shark attacks over the weekend off the florida coast. professional surfer frank o'rourke was bitten in the arm while surfing at jacksonville beach. he managed to get away after a struggle but he suffered several puncture wounds. >> i was just laying on my board right over behind me and waiting for a wave. all of a sudden a shark comes out of the water and grabs on to my arm.
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♪ tum tum-tum tum tums coming on the air at 4:27. four people are dead and 15 others wounded in a shooting at the gilroy garlic festival. the dead include the gunman. police are trying to determine if he had help. >> then i saw him point the weapon up like this, and he started like -- a lot of shooting. >> the scene turned to chaos as other people heard the gunfire and ran for cover. among the victims, a 6-year-old boy. his devastating grandmother rushed to the hospital not knowing what had happened only to find out her grandson was gone. we do have live team coverage of the garlic festival shooting. amy hollyfield will be at the festival side. jobina fortson will join us at the hospital where many of the victims were taken. first let's get a quick check on traffic and weather. mike, we'll start with you.
>> we'll start with the current conditions. mid 50s to mid 60s. our last warm morning inland as you notice the difference when you step outside. the sea breeze is back and so is a much nicer afternoon to deal with if you don't like the heat. 60s along the coast into san francisco, into richmond. low to mid 70s around the bay. low to mid 80s in the south bay. low to mid 80s in the north bay. we start off your monday morning with bad news over the altamont pass. a sig alert in effect. this happened about 12:30 this morning. two big rigs got into it. there's a fuel leak. for a while we had another accident just past the scene of this big rig accident. that now has been cleared out of lanes. look at this. already looking at over an hour commute to get out of
westbound into dublin-pleasanton. ace train 1 did leave stockton on time. police have confirmed to abc 7 news they will hold a briefing at 10:00 a.m. >> we'll be streaming it live when it happens on abc7news.com. let's catch you up on the latest we know at this hour. gunfire broke out around 5:40 yesterday evening at christmas hill park in gilroy. gilroy police say they shot and killed the gunman. police say witnesses reported a second suspect, but investigators don't know exactly how that person was involved. this morning three victims are dead including a 6-year-old boy. the gunman is also dead. 15 others are wounded. now more on the victims. as we mentioned, we learned one of the three people killed is that 6-year-old. >> abc 7 news reporter jobina fortson liveout side regional medical center in san jose. that is where the boy's grandmother shared her grief with us overnight. jobina.
>> reporter: good morning. we know three people are dead and that includes a 6-year-old boy. according to a hospital spokesperson, there are more than a dozen people hospitalized right now and their conditions range from fair to critical condition. as you all mentioned, the grandmother of the 6-year-old boy talked with reporters overnight outside of the hospital here. she's remembering her grandson steven romero as a loving boy. maribel romero says she was at home when she got the call saying her grandson who was at the event were shot. his mother and grandmother were shot as well and were in the hospital as well. she says she just wants justice for her grandson steven. >> it has to be someone really sick, because shooting a kid. that's a family event. i just hope there's justice and they catch the last person