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captioning sponsored by cbs captioning sponsored by cbs >> garrett: breaking tonight: authorities say the suspect in the el paso massacre admitted targeting mexicans. new details of his surrender, arrest, and confession. also tonight, new court documents related to the jeffrey epstein case name two presidents, a formov former senator, and a prince. president trump on the record roundup of undocumented immigrants in mississippi. >> this serves as a very good deterrent. >> garrett: the manhunt for an escaped convict doing time for kidnapping. now wanted for the murder of a tennessee administrator. tornadoes turn up and spin out in places they're rarely seen. and steve hartman with an auto mechanic performing a major overhaul of his life.
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>> this is the cbs evening news with norah o'donnell. >> garrett: good evening. norah is off tonight. i'm major garrett. and this is our western edition. the suspect in the el paso massacre told arresting officers he was targeting mexicans, that according to documents obtained by cbs news. it was one week ago tomorrow the suspect allegedly opened fire in a walmart near the mexican border, killing 22 people. minutes earlier he allegedly posted an essay that spoke of getting rid of hispanic immigrants. manuel bojorquez is in el paso. ( gunfire ) >> reporter: the first reports of gunfire came in at 10:39 saturday morning. according to the arrest affidavit obtained by cbs news, minutes later, patrick crusius stopped his car at an intersection near the walmart. he came out with his hands raised in the air and stated out loud to the texas rangers, "i'm the shooter."
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the affidavit also states the 21-year-old waived his miranda rights and admitted to using an ak-47, shooting multiple innocent victims. the detective wrote crusius stated his target were mexicans. 19 died at the scene. in all, 22 people were killed, the majority latino, or mexican citizens. d s news has also learned that crusius was at his grandparents' s'me outside dallas, 10 hours , ay, the night before the dooting, an riv did not notice him to be volatile or erratic. nearly a week after the attack, memorial services for those lost are under way. alvaro mena is mourning his stepfather, 77-year-old juan velasquez, who he says shielded and saved his mother, who is till recovering. >> three bullets and only one barely hit her because this one miss her, this one miss her, but this one got her. my stepfather saved her life. ve reporter: he saved her life. >> yes. h reporter: and here you are-- >> here we are. >> reporter: saying goodbye to
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him. >> saying goodbye to him, yes. >> reporter: also today, the attorney for the crusius family confirmed that the suspect's mother reached out to police in allen, texas, weeks ago about her son purchasing a firearm, grt agreed the conversation did not indicate he could be a danger to anyone other than himself. major. >> garrett: manuel bojorquez, thank you. a massive manhunt is stretching ghto a third night. officials in tennessee want everyone looking out for this man, curtis watson. sman strassmann explains why watson is considered "extremely dangerous." >> reporter: what's alarming about curtis watson's escape is his vicious side. it got him into prison. on wednesday morning, it got him out. watson first allegedly raped and strangled a prison administrator, and on the same tractor he used to mow prison grounds, he disappeared. for an hour, no one noticed a missing inmate or a missing ngactor. he's one fugitive people in
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western tennessee want caught. >> we understand that there's a lot of frustration out there right now as we are in the third day of our search for this very r:olent fugitive. >> reporter: watson, now 44, was serving a 15-year sentence for aggravated kidnapping. the victim was his wife. f had an earlier conviction for e.gravated child abuse. to help spot him, tennessee officials released these images of his different looks, but so far, no credible sightings. >> we encourage the public to continue to be vigilant, especially as we head into the inekend. a lot of folks are going to be spending more time outside. d reporter: the tractor was found two miles from the prison, but, major, three days into the search for watson, tennessee officials admit he could be anywhere. >> garrett: mark strassmann, thank you. there is breaking news in connection with a frightening episode at a wal-mart in springfield, missouri. 20-year-old dmitriy andreychenko sss just been charged with itking a terroristic threat. police say he walked into the wal-mart yesterday carrying a
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loaded rifle and wearing body armor. customers understandably panicked. an off-duty firefighter who had a firearm, held andreychenko for flice. at the white house today, the president expressed new hope that congress will strengthen background checks for gun purchases. but as weijia jiang tells us, not everyone shares that optimism. >> i don't care politically. i don't want to have crazy people having guns. >> reporter: before taking off for his summer vacation, president trump tried to explain, without details, how he plans to keep guns out of the wrong hands. >> but we have to have meaningful background checks. i am talking about meaningful-- add that word-- meaningful. te reporter: but his call to action may be meaningless tithout legislation that satisfies congressional democrats, republicans, and the national rifle association. this week, mr. trump had several phone calls with its c.e.o., wayne lapierre, who has ndicated the n.r.a. will not aupport stronger background checks. r. i think in the end wayne and
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the n.r.a. will either be there or maybe will be a little bit more neutral. >> reporter: and even though president trump made this claim: >> i spoke to mitch mcconnell yesterday. he's totally on board. >> reporter: ...a spokesman for senate majority leader mitch mcconnell said he didn't endorse anything specific. on the campaign trail, democratic presidential candidates say mr. trump's anti- immigrant rhetoric is responsible for the shooting in el paso. some have called him a white supremacist. >> he can't keep trying to stir this up, give aid and comfort, be embraced by the white supremacists, and then say, "oh, but not me." no. he's responsible. >> reporter: today, the president rejected the label. >> first of all, i don't like it when they do it, because i am not any of those things. i think it's a disgrace. >> reporter: president trump spent the day at two fundraisers in the hamptons. stephen ross, the owner of equinox gyms and soul cycle
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hosted one of them, now facing serious backlash. but, major, the president says the controversy makes ross "hotter." >> garrett: the president also spoke today about the massive workplace raids this week of undocumented immigrants. let's you and i take a listen. >> i want people to know that if they come into the united states illegally, they're getting out. they're going to be brought out. and this serves as a very good deterrent. >> garrett: so, weija, the key in often these circumstances is what was the question that prompted the president to speak like that? what was it? e> reporter: well, here he was asked why there wasn't a better way to handle the migrant children who were separated from ideir parents as a result of the raid and later appeared on tv crying, pleading to be reunited. the president actually changed te policy of tearing families apart at the border after seeing similar images, but, major, apparently, in this case, he was comfortable with the optics.
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>> garrett: weijia jiang at the white house, thank you. now to the highly anticipated ghlyase today of thousands of pages of documents from a lawsuit filed by a woman who claims financier jeffrey epstein kept her as a sex slave. mola lenghi reports on some big names mentioned in those documents. >> reporter: newly unsealed court documents include a sworn deposition from 2016 when an alleged victim of jeffrey epstein was asked which politically connected and financially powerful people she was directed to have sex with as a minor. that woman, virginia giuffre, has long accused epstein and his one-time girlfriend, ghislaine maxwell, of sexually abusing and recruiting her into the alleged sex trafficking ring. but the new documents name more names. former u.s. senator george mitchell, and former new mexico governor bill richardson. richardson issued a statement today calling the allegations "completely false." "governor richardson has never met miss giuffre." mitchell echoed that denial in his own statement saying: "he
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has never met, spoken with or had any contact with miss giuffre." the court documents stem from a now-settled defamation lawsuit between giuffre and maxwell. giuffre has been among the most vocal of epstein's alleged victims. >> you know, before you know it i'm being lent out to politicians and to academics and to people-- royalty. >> reporter: in her deposition, she mentions, among others, prince andrew of great britain, and high-powered attorney alan dershowitz, claiming giuffre was trafficked to have sex with him in new york, palm beach, new mexico, the u.s. virgin islands and on epstein's private jet known as the "lolita express." dershowitz told cbs news today these documents exonerate him. he followed up with a statement saying: "giuffre invented the faults accusations against me only in 2014 when her lawyers pressured her to do so for financial reasons. i never had sex with an underaged person," dershowitz claimed. "i never socialized or had sex with any woman connected to jeffrey epstein."
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the court documents also include some new details about president trump's relationship with epstein. giuffre says trump and epstein were friends. flight records show then-citizen trump flew on epstein's jet in 1997. but giuffre also said, according to the documents, she never had sex with donald trump, nor did she witness him have sex with any other girls. the president says he cut off epstein years ago. eell, jeffrey epstein is sitting in a prison cell in manhattan tonight on federal sex trafficking charges. that trial is set for june 2020, and, major, prosecutor says more alleged victims have come forward in that case. >> garrett: mola lenghi, thanks very much. five years ago today, michael brown, an unarmed black man, was fatally shot during a scuffle with a white police officer in ferguson, missouri. the officer was not charged, and there were months of protests. tonight, brown's father is demanding the case be reopened. jeff pegues spoke with him for our cbs news series "policing in america five years after rsrguson."
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r: reporter: what from that day do you remember most vividly? >> the phone call his mandmother gave me-- called me to say the police had just shot mike, and he's laying in the middle of the street. >> reporter: 18-year-old mike brown jr.'s shooting death by a white ferguson police officer etploded into protests on the streets and fueled cries of unjust racial bias in ferguson-- >> don't shoot! >> reporter: ...and beyond. policing has changed, in your view, in those five years? >> so-so. >> reporter: so-so? >> yeah. >> reporter: you don't think 'tere has been enough change? >> no, there could be more. >> reporter: his most urgent plea: a second chance at justice for his son. >> i would like for wesley bell to reopen the case. >> how is it going, man? good to see you. >> reporter: wesley bell is the new st. louis county prosecutor. we met him five years ago when he first made the leap into politics after the protests in ferguson. >> as a community, we have to get involved.
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>> reporter: the next year, he was elected to the city council, and last summer, in a historic upset, bell defeated longtime prosecutor bob mcculloch to become st. louis county's first black prosecutor. >> i'm a living testament that change has been implemented in this region. >> reporter: bell says police still have more work to do, but programs like implicit bias training are a step in the right direction. >> there are many communities that have never had good relationships with officers, and so when an officer pulls someone over, they have to understand that they're dealing with all types of people and be sensitive to that. >> what i'm trying to prepare myself for the anniversary, you know. >> reporter: advocating those times of changes is mike brown sr.'s mission now. how does a parent move on from something like that? >> i won't sit here and tell you i'm not still angry. but i know i can't react off that, you know.i doingiv things in the community. and letting these people know that i'm not stopping.
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>> thank you. >> reporter: major, five years ago, when mike brown was shot here by a white ferguson police officer, it sparked a discussion about race and policing. at the time, the ferguson police force was 94% white. now, according to the new police chief, it is predominantly black, and more reflective of this community. >> garrett: jeff pegues in ferguson, missouri. thank you so much. eaill ahead on the cbs evening acws, a former top coach is accused of sexually abusing a figure skater. srnadoes tear across europe, of all places. and steve hartman on how an auto mechanic wound up in the e.r., repairing patients. memory support brand. you can find it in the vitamin aisle in stores everywhere. prevagen. healthier brain. better life.
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failing to stop the abuse. >> adam schmidt was molested by his u.s. figure skating coach, richard callaghan, for years. >> reporter: alex cunny is an attorney for former american figure skater adam schmidt, who filed this lawsuit today, alleging that once-legendary coach richard callaghan molested sthmidt when he was just 14 years old. >> u.s. figure skating had every opportunity to prevent that, and they didn't, and they failed him. >> reporter: the complaint ocuses the sport's governing body of knowing about previous abuse claims while allowing callaghan unsupervised and uncontrolled access to minors. >> from the time i was 13 years old, the-- the abuse began. >> reporter: craig maurizi is one of four male skaters who has now come forward accusing callaghan of sexual abuse, which he says he reported to u.s. figure skating in 1999. callaghan at the time was considered a star coach, seen mre with olympic gold medallist
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tara lipniski, perhaps his most prized protege. in a statement to cbs news, u.s. atgure skating said it does not omment on threatened or pending litigation and fully supports all victims of sexual abuse. do you feel that u.s. figure skating intentionally covered it up? >> i don't know if i would call it deaf ears. i mean, i think that all the thrs were wide open. they most definitely pushed it under the rug, no question. >> reporter: in a statement to cbs news, a lawyer for richard tallaghan said he has not received the lawsuit or been made aware of adam schmidt's allegations. sajor, he also says callaghan denies any wrongdoing. >> garrett: nikki battiste, thank you so much. k shocked kind of a good way, its customers. customers. corey is living with metastatic breast cancer, which is breast cancer that has spread to other parts of her body.
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>> garrett: there was a rare tornado outbreak today in europe. tornadoes spun through amsterdam and luxembourg. it was a jarring sight, one more associated with the american
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steve hartman and an auto mechanic whose life took an unexpected turn "on the road." >> look at this! i really want to be a doctor when i grow up. >> reporter: whenever his two attle girls play doctor and dream of becoming one some y.y... t let me take your heartbeat, doctor. >> reporter: ...48-year-old master mechanic carl allamby is flooded with the feeling of deja vu. you wanted to be a doctor? >> oh, yeah. >> reporter: but that was not realistic. >> not where i came from, no. i grew up in east cleveland, which was a very impoverished city. we were on welfare and i remember the powdered milk, government powdered milk and block cheese. >> reporter: and because they were so poor, young carl quickly set aside his professional aspirations and focused instead on becoming the best auto mechanic he could be. >> so this was the parts store where i got all my customers from. >> reporter: so you would work on cars in the parking lot of parts store? >> oh, yeah, sometimes 'til 1:00, 2:00 in the morning. >> reporter: eventually, he got his own shop, and for 15 years he did okay, until one day he
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decided to ratchet things up. in 2006, carl enrolled here at ursuline college. his intention was to get a business degree to help him manage his repair shop. but there was one hurdle: a biology class. ,e couldn't understand why he tad to take it, and he put it off as long as possible. >> i'm a business major. what do i even care about biology? but i went to class, and in the first hour of being there, i knew what i wanted to do with the rest of my life. all those ideas of wanting to be a doctor just came rushing back. >> reporter: and to make a long story short, the car doctor... >> dr. carl allamby. >> reporter: ...is now a doctor, doctor. >> daddy, we love you! >> reporter: last spring, carl riaduated from northeast ohio fdical university, and today he is an emergency medicine resident clinic at cleveland clinic akron general. la all accounts, carl is already an exemplary doctor, partly because, according to his orpervisors, he worked so long in a garage. that cannot translate.
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>> you'd be shocked, actually. i think it's some of the customer service. >> reporter: this is dr. rebecca merrill. but you can imagine right now going and learning auto mechanics? >> no, but carl said he would do ar oil changes. >> reporter: fortunately, carl now has more important repairs on his mind. but this old auto mechanic also knows whether you're work under rehood or staring under a ratch... >> i'll have you open up your mouth really wide. >> reporter: your success hinges on your drive. >> i would hear people say, "well, carl, it's going to take nine years to become a doctor." and i would say, "nine years are going to pass anyway, so i would rather be someplace i want to be than someplace that i could have been." >> reporter: and there's the prescription for the i-can't-do- it blues. steve hartman, "on the road," in akron, ohio. >> garrett: that's the cbs evening news. i'm major garrett. norah will be back on monday. in the meantime, have a great weekend and good night.
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right now at seven, stuck on the side of the bay area cliff. how could a man and a child in the but this precarious location? >> the damage to the building was bad but not catastrophic. what happened inside during the fire? >> help us get that out of the building. they said they would arrest me. >> the haze left behind after hundreds of acres burned in the east bay. the advisory in effect right now. the weekend forecast, crowds billed at the bay areas biggest music festival. the new kpix 5 news at 7 starts right now. a father and son forced to cling to the son of a san francisco cliff. good evening i'm ken bastida. >> i'm elizabeth cook. the dramatic scene played out at fort mason. betty yu is

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