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that was megan betts, the shooter's sister. >> it seems to just defy believability he would shoot his own sister. >> reporter: especially because megan, connor and a mutual friend had all arrived at 5th street together that night in the family car. only to separate some time before the rampage. the police chief says race does not appear to have been a factor in this incident, nor does he see a connection between the hit list or rape list compiled by betts years ago in high school with what he actually did here early yesterday. norah? >> all right, dean reynolds, thank you. now to the white house where the president today made his strongest statement yet on white supremacy. wa weijia jiang is there. >> reporter: president trump denounced white supremacy today. two years ago when a white
nationalist rally in charlottesville, virginia, turned deadly, the president said this -- >> you also had people that were very fine people, on both sides. >> reporter: today, mr. trump pledged more federal resources to combat domestic terrorism. he also recommended curbing the glorification of violence found in video games and restricting access to firearms for the mentally ill who pose a threat. >> mental illness and hatred pulls the trigger, not the gun. >> reporter: but mr. trump did not talk about the need to mandate strong background checks on gun buyers which he tweeted this morning and initially supported after the 2018 shooting at a florida high school. >> and i'm pissed because my daughter i'm not going to see again! >> reporter: just days after meeting with victims and family members, the president had what he called a great meeting with the nra and backed off his background check pledge. today, former president barack obama issued a lengthy statement
calling for tougher gun laws and in a rare rebuke of president trump, said americans should soundly reject language coming out of the mouths of any of our leaders that normalizes racist sentiments. mr. obama's vice president, joe biden, echoed those calls on the presidential campaign trail. >> mr. president, it's long past time you address it for what it is. this is hatred, pure and simple. >> and weijia jiang joins us from the white house. the president promised to act with resolve. any specific policy proposals announced today? >> cbs news learned before and after the president's speech, officials here met to draw out a road map to implement what the president outlined, but admittedly, there are very few specifics about what would go into legislative proposals. norah, we have also learned after the president spoke, nra executives called members of the administration to say they were pleased with what they heard.
there were chilling words today from the anti-defamation league. the group says the el paso attack was the deadliest at the hands of a white supremacist in the u.s. in half a century. jeff pegues tonight looks at where hate groups are spreading their message online and what the fbi is doing to prevent the next attack. >> reporter: minutes before opening fire, investigators believe accused el paso shooter patrick crusius posted a manifesto to 8chan, an online message board used by extremists. last night, 8chan was kicked off its cloud service. but george selim, a former dhs counterterrorism official, said that won't silence hate talk. >> they'll find another forum to gravitate too. they've been kicked off facebook and twitter and other mainstream channels for the past several years. they've gravitated to other
places in online fora where there are less rules and it's less restrictive. >> reporter: hate crimes are on the rise, up 9% in america's thift largest cities last year. the problem is growing so acute the fbi last night released a rare statement warning of the continued threat posed by domestic violent extremists and perpetrators of hate crimes. the fbi says it has 5,000 open terrorism cases. 850 of those are domestic terrorism. to prevent attacks like el paso and dayton, the fbi behavioral analysis unit meets regularly to try to intervene before there is violence. >> he has a heightened interest in weapons and explosives. >> reporter: cbs news attended one session where they discussed the case of a 13-year-old boy who had gotten his hands on his stepfather's guns and expressed an interest in school shootings. it was his mother who tipped off police. >> the guns consistented of a shotgun, two long guns.
>> reporter: the fbi says that it remains concerned that this weekend's attacks could inspire domestic extremists to carry out other acts of violence. >> and that's a big concern. jeff pegues, thank you. there's much more still ahead right here. what caused the worst one-day stock market loss of the year? new and frightening video of smoke filling a plane in midflight. and next from el paso, survivors of the parkland school massacre on america's gun epidemic and the massive road blocks to change.
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america's gun debate. in the conversation today with adriana diaz, they say real change has yet to come. >> my heart is exhausted. it's so much for all of us to have to keep dealing with this over and over and know that as hard as we fight, it continues to happen. >> reporter: 19-year-old delaney tarr is a parkland survivor turned social activist. >> we're not here for bread crumbs. we're here for real change. >> reporter: she helped start march for our lives. the national movement against gun violence that grew out of last year's school massacre. there have been 566 mass shootings since. >> how do you feel when you see these shootings happen again and again when you set out to stop this? >> we keep shouting into this nothingness because nobody is listening. lawmakers aren't listening. but this is quite literally life or death. >> every day we wait is another life lost. >> students are sick and tired of planning vigils. these are 15, 16, 17-year-olds and they're experts at vigil plannings. >> tarr, ryan servaites and
trevor wild invited us to their headquarters in florida. >> it's this mixture of defeat, of anger, of renewed spirit. >> reporter: when you say defeat, what do you mean by that? >> there's this certain level of personal responsibility that a lot of us feel every time we find out somebody else has died at the hand of a gun. >> reporter: they've taken that responsibility on the road. registering 50,000 voters for the midterms and even helped pass a universal background bill in the house in february that stalled in the senate. >> right now it's up to mitch mcconnell to bring that to the vote in the senate and to get it into law. >> we've seen so much lack of action, i'm angry. i'm filled with rage. and i would like to see it get done. >> reporter: they say they won't stop until the violence stops. adriana diaz, cbs news, parkland, florida. still ahead -- what happened after smoke filled the cabin on an international flight.
the stock market plunged today as the trade war with china intensifies. the dow lost more than 760 points. that's nearly 3%. and it comes after china answered the president's threat of new tariffs by letting its currency drop in value. that makes chinese products cheaper and it hurts u.s. companies. there is breaking news tonight on the korean peninsula. the north fired unidentified weapons into the sea of japan. the launches come as north korea put out a statement lashing out at the u.s. and south korea, which started joint military exercises today. new cell phone video tonight shows the frightening moments on a british airways flight when the cabin filled with smoke. a lot of smoke. the source is not known. the airbus a321 from london
among the mourners in el paso today was greg zanis, a carpenter who made white crosses for each of the victims. he then left for dayton to do the same. it was a tradition that started after his father-in-law was murdered in 1996. he's made memorials free of charge for nearly 26,000 victims of mass murders and other tragedies, including columbine. zanis also makes stars of david and crescent moons. it's not about spreading christianity but sharing humanity and comforting families in their time of loss. ue to lp, we posted s options on our website. go to cbsnews.com/help. i can tell you from talking to some of the families today, they not only need your help. they need your prayers. i'm norah o'donnell.
reporting from el paso, texas. good night. this is the "cbs overnight news." >> the death toll here rose today to 22, including at least seven mexican nationals, 13 u.s. citizens and one german. two people, including an elderly woman died of their wounds in the hospital this morning. these are the first deaths since saturday when a gunman opened fire in this walmart store right here. two of the wounded are in critical condition. and late today, the mayor of el paso called it the evil, hateful act of a white supremacist. the death toll from the sunday morning shooting in dayton,
ohio, stands at nine with three of the wounded still in the hospital. two mass shootings within 13 hours, and now the fbi is warning there could be copycat attacks. the el paso suspect is being held tonight in the county jail on one count of capital murder charges. more charges are expected soon. in a national television address today, president trump condemned racism, bigotry and white supremacy. the mayor here in el paso says the president plans to visit on wednesday. they have had their differences in the past over mr. trump's criticism of crime in the city. today, we talked to survivors and relatives of the victims and heard stories of heroism. >> he just turned 63. we had just celebrated his birthday. >> reporter: stephanie melendez's father david johnson was always by her side. and on saturday, he was by the side of his wife and stephanie's 9-year-old daughter, shielding them from a gunman. >> my mom and my daughter wouldn't be here if it wasn't for him and what he did.
and i couldn't even imagine my daughter. i almost lost her. >> but your dad saved their lives. >> he did. >> johnson is 1 of 22 people killed at a walmart in el paso on saturday. less than three miles from the mexican border. el paso is considered one of the safest cities in america. last year they had a total of 23 murders. in just one day, that number was nearly matched. among the victims, new parents jordan and andre anchondo who died protecting their 2-month-old baby. and as the memorial grows, today we learned more about the heroes and the people they saved. why did you run toward the danger? >> because of the kids. that was most important for me was the kids. getting them out of there. i didn't want them to keep suffering like they were. i mean, they were crying, and they had seen too much already.
>> a girls soccer team was in front of the walmart selling lemonade. ray garcia got a call from a father who was too far away to help so garcia told us he raced to the scene pulling several kids and two moms to safety. >> i got him out of the scene. came back for one of the moms. her name is maribel. she was shot in the leg. she couldn't walk. we got her out with a -- one of the grocery carts. >> reporter: garcia and maribel latin's sons play on the same baseball team. latin recounted the shooting from her hospital bed. >> i had to pretend i was dead. and he was right next to me. and he shot eight more rounds, and all i could say was, god, please take care of my children, and please don't let him do anything to my daughter or any of the girls on our team. >> latin is recovering in the same hospital near the other woman ray rescued. her name is jessica garcia.
>> i think you saved my daughter's life. you're my hero. >> we found jessica's parents norma and don coca at the hospital who today told us what their daughter said happened inside that walmart during those moments of terror. also inside, their 5-year-old and 11-year-old grandchildren. >> that guy set off the fire alarm so everybody could run out and he can see them to shoot them. and all he kept saying was -- >> he was taunting them. >> i'm going to get you. >> tell be everyone to come out. >> the hardest to deal with, jessica's husband guillermo has undergone five surgeries and is now in a medically induced coma. >> it's hard when you see your kids and grandkids and the kids saying, we saw my mommy and daddy got shot and a lady just died right in front of me, grandma. it's hard. just to see her, she just keeps reliving it over and over. she can't sleep. she shakes. wakes up.
crying. and my daughter. it's just hard. >> and they say their daughter jessica is expected to make a full physical recovery. but mentally, this has been so painful for their family. this attack here was the worst on latinos in modern american history. in the words of the sheriff here, the shooter came here to kill hispanics. david begnaud is here with us. david, you've been talking to many members of the community. how is everyone doing? >> we went to find out. we started at the catholic church downtown. there was noon mass. a woman walked up to me and her hand was shaking and she said, i was the pharmacist inside the walmart when the shooting happened. please tell people that we are strong and we will make it through this. before we spoke to that pharmacist, we talked to a young man right before he walked into the church. >> i feel targeted. >> reporter: javier prado sat down to speak with us right
before he walked into church to pray for the victims of the walmart massacre. he's angry that his community was the target of a mass murderer simply because they are hispanic. >> i feel shaken up, shocked. hard to believe that people can actually have that much hate. >> reporter: that hate has left a lot of people in el paso fearful. more than 678,000 people live here. about 80% are hispanic. some have roots in the city that go back before texas was even a state. >> i think the worst thing that we can do as a community is stay in fear. >> reporter: mary lou trego has lived in el paso for more than 80 years. she told us it's the first time in her life she remembers being afraid because of who she is. >> it's hard to deal with it. i have always felt safe, and now it is disturbing. >> do you no longer feel safe? >> not as much as i used to. >> reporter: we met reuben torres as he was getting his car
cleaned. his family has been in el paso for three generations. >> we're not all rapists and animals, first and foremost, like what someone has depicted us as saying a couple years back. >> the president? >> yeah, exactly. >> he's talking about comments candidate trump made when he announced he was running for president. a short time ago, the mayor of el paso told everyone that president trump will come to el paso on wednesday. and norah, congresswoman veronica escobar, who is a democrat, said that mr. trump is not welcome here. >> david begnaud, thank you for your reporting. we'll be right back.
♪ this is the "cbs overnight news." welcome back to the "overnight news." i'm vladimir duthiers. the gunman in this weekend's el paso massacre posted his anti-immigrant manifesto to the online message board 8chan. just minutes before the shooting. that message board has been taken down, but it's not the first time it was used by a mass shooting suspect. jeff pegues has more. >> victims from gunshot wounds. >> reporter: many recent shootings share a troubling connection. the accused killers have left a blewprint for their alleged actions on social media. like the attack in a pittsburgh synagogue last year in which 11
people were killed. and the massacre in christchurch, new zealand, in which 51 were killed. nate snyder is a former counterterrorism official in the department of homeland security. >> you have would-be recruiters and provokers who are using these platforms to get to people on a personal level. >> reporter: the posts are out in the open but difficult for law enforcement to spot unless they get a tip before an attack happens. inside this conference room in an unmarked building, the fbi has been working to prevent future attacks. analysts comb through dozens of recent active shooting cases. agent andre simmons says they've been looking for patterns. >> it's not really actroot say that someone just snapped? >> not at all. what we found is that all of the shooters in our study certainly planned and prepared. many shooters spent almost two years -- two years planning their attack. >> reporter: fbi studies have found that only 25% of active shooters had ever been diagnosed
with mental illness and that shooters aren't typically loners. 27% had significant online interaction. >> he has a heightened interest in weapons and explosives. >> reporter: the fbi tells us they receive three to four referrals a week of people who have landed on law enforcement's radar. but in the majority of cases, people who see the signs of trouble before mass shootings often don't call police. >> and the motivating factors, are they the same or different? they vary? >> usually it's a desire for some omnipotent control, and also a degree of desire for infamy and notoriety. >> reporter: in a rare statement from the fbi, the bureau said the attack in el paso, quote, underscores the continued threat posed by domestic violent extremists and perpetrators of hate crimes. >> that was jeff pegues reporting. a father who is no stranger to gun violence is providing comfort to the people of el paso after the mass shooting there.
manuel oliver t patings wied it year's school shooting in parkland, florida. as fate would have it, oliver was in el paso over the weekend and jonathan vigliotti spoke with him. >> reporter: his goal in all of this now is to give his son a voice. this is joaquin's face. over the past 18 months, manuel has been going town to down introducing americans to him. one street corner at a time. >> my role, number one here, as a father, is to let everybody know joaquin. to let you know who joaquin oliver is. not was, is. >> reporter: joaquin would have turned 19 yesterday. he was one of 17 students gunned down in the parkland school shooting last year. his father's mission since then, to give his son a voice, demanding change on gun violence one mural at a time. el paso just happened to be his next stop.
>> and i got the news on my phone. everybody tweeted because they knew i was in el paso. and i said, oh, okay. it happened again. >> reporter: the shooter allegedly was targeting mexicans, latinos. you're an immigrant as well. do you feel safe walking around the streets putting up a mural? >> i don't think any of us should feel safe. we're all targets. and as long as we don't do anything about it. >> that's what we're fighting for. >> reporter: in february, oliver interrupted a capitol hill hearing on universal background checks when one congressman instead advocated for building a border wall. >> this is not a blue or red thing. it's a social issue. so it's both efforts. i need to get out there and send the right message. >> reporter: part of that message to stop spreading hate. >> when you hear some politicians tell american citizens to go back home. >> if you m go back home, this is home for me. i wasn't lucky enough to be born
here like many of you. i decided to move, with my family and my kids to another nation looking for first world country life. and the price that i paid for that is losing my son. >> reporter: a father fighting for change by keeping the faces of the lives lost in our minds. >> what do you see when you look at this? >> what do i see in him? >> yeah. >> i see an activist. not a victim. >> reporter: this mural was meant to be a birthday celebration but in light of this weekend's attacks, that message has slightly changed. manuel writing, el paso, you are not alone. i asked him if he thought these i'm alex trebek, here to tell you about the colonial penn program. if you're age 50 to 85, and looking to buy life insurance on a fixed budget, remember the three p's. what are the three p's? the three p's of life insurance on a fixed budget are price, price, and price.
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i heard you don't have a coach. >> no, i don't have a coach. >> how do you practice and learn how to do tricks and -- >> if i see somebody do that trick i'm like, i want to try that. i watch youtube. keep doing it and doing it and doing it until i make it. >> reporter: ocean is sky's 7-year-old brother who loves chasing his big sister around the bowl. ocean seems to mimic his sister in all things. >> what's your sister like? is she funny? >> she's really funny. >> reporter: sky finds fun in everything. even when she falls. after a trip to the e.r., she got a pink cast and was back on her board. >> even if i fall or if i get i love.at won't stop me to do i don't care what happens to me. i just want to skate. >> reporter: close to 400,000 follow her adventures on instagram where sky is often seen sailing through the air without a helmet.
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two middle school brothers in one kitchen could equal a mess. but not with these guys. omar villa franck villafranca h story. >> reporter: they're in the game room. they're typical 12 and 13-year-olds. but when they step into the kitchen, they are a talented team of bakers. >> he's the better baker. i'm the better icing man. >> it's not really baker. he's better at decorating. i'm better at baking. >> i'm better at making new recipes. >> reporter: the pair started a baking business called two brothers in the kitchen. a passion they've shared since they were toddlers. many of their recipes come from, who else -- grandma. >> what is it about grandma's recipes that make it so much better? >> they have a lot of free time.
that means they have a lot of time to perfect the recipe. >> is it the ingredients? the timing? >> it's just everything. >> reporter: their business is growing so fast, the formal dining room has been transformed into a prep kitchen to finish all the new orders. using their love of science and math, they cook up delicious desserts. >> my side is the math side. so if you want to know it you have to calculate the surface area for your cake or how much fondant to roll out. >> reporter: they aren't just making cookies and cupcakes. they're whipping up professional looking pastries like this last-minute wedding cake. >> that was a lot of trust they had. >> was that a lot of pressure on you all? >> no, not too much. >> no? >> all i had to do was bake six cakes and make icing and go play video games. >> reporter: the sweetest part is not what they pull out of the oven but what they give back to others. >> people have been really kind to us with helping us bake so we decided, since people have been so supportive of us, we need to support others.
>> reporter: the brothers are looking beyond the kitchen and helping their community. beyond the kitchen is actually the name of their new book. for every boo so, ty're donating $1 to charity. so far, the brothers have donated almost $2,000 in baking profits. which includes their book donations to various charities. from buying school supplies for underprivileged kids to prison ministry. shane, who has a skin condition, which causes loss of skin color, just recently helped out dr. alana at a children's house. a houston nonprofit that helps kids with skin conditions feel comfortable in their own skin. >> well, it touches my heart, of course. i mean, the fac that these boys are so selfless and so willing to make the world a better place, especially for their peers and other children that are suffering. i think it's just incredible. >> the other day someone said that we inspired them to bake. that was good. >> that was -- how did that hit
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