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they are live in baltimore with the latest on the violence there here's sco >> pelley: an explosion of anger and violence on the streets of baltimore this evening. rioters are battling police. many have been wounded on the day that freddie gray was laid to rest. also tonight rescue. the desperate search for survivors among thousands dead in nepal. and for the first time prosecutors explain what they say drove the colorado gunman to commit the movie theater massacre. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: hundreds of rioters pummeled baltimore police in running street battles after the funeral-freddie gray the 25-year-old african american who was fatally injured two weeks ago while in police custody. we have a live picture now from
above baltimore. this is a picture of one of the areas where police officers have been battling the street protesters. at least one drugstore in the city is on fire after it was looted by those protesters just a couple hours ago. rioters threw rocks and bricks at officers. they attacked patrol cars, and late today looting was spreading. schools, businesses and train stations closed. baltimore police say at least seven officers were injured. some of them suffered broken bones. president obama has just talked to the mayor about the violence. we have two reports on this breaking story and first we'll go the chip reid. chip? >> well, scott this intersection behind me is where the rioting began just a short time ago. it looked like a war down there. my cameraman picked this up off
the street. this is an example of what they were throwing at the police. the streets of baltimore erupted in riots today as protesters, many appearing to be high school age, destroyed an unoccupied police car with clubs and baseball bats. hundreds of heavily armed police many riot ger responded. they were pelted with rock, bricks even large chunks of concrete. system officers picked up the rocks and sent them flying back. some officers used their shields to deflect the rock. others weren't so lucky. more than half a dozen officers were injured, one had a bloody head. another was said to be unresponsive. tear gas filled the air after protesters torched a police cruiser. baltimore police spokesman captain eric qualchek warned residents to stay inside and in a tweet asked parents to find their kids. >> you're going to see tear gas. you're going to see pepper balls. we're going the use appropriate methods to preserve the safety
of the community. >> reporter: it was a block-by-block battle as abarmy of police advanced and retreated, apparently taking guidance of from the mayor to give protesters some breathing room. at times it appeared to be a frenzy as rioters turned other one vehicle and ripped the door off another. this group ran from ha evidently armed police vehicle. some were an hebded or arrested, most got away. police used tear gas to disperse the crowds and pepper spray in close quarters. looters ransacked a drugstore and a check cashing center. maryland governor larry hogan has said he's now putting the national guard on alert. scott, "so they will be in position to deploy rapidly as needed." >> pelley: chip, thanks very much. the riot flead in the hours after this morning's funeral for freddie gray who died last week after his neck was broken while in police custody. six officers are suspended
pending an investigation. more than 2,500 mourners crowded into the new darren shiloh baptist church and wyatt andrews was there. >> freddie gray was buried shortly after his emotional funeral in which members of his family appeared to be near collapse. several speakers here called gray a marter who died in the cause of exposing police injustice. >> did anybody recognize freddie when he was alive? did you see him? >> reporter: maryland congressman elijah cummings represents baltimore. >> we will not rest, we will not rest until we address this and see that justice is done. >> reporter: all of the speakers called for non-violent protests, but there was no masking the sense of anger in the community. >> i don't know how you can be black in america and be silent. >> reporter: this is the are evidence jamal harrison bryant.
>> after this day we're going to keep on marching. after this day we're going to keep demanding justice. get your black self up andep weeks since gray was arrested after fleeing from police, but there is still no public explanation from any of the six baltimore police officers involved. billy murphy is the attorney for the gray family. >> we're calling for the police, the six of them who are at least being partially if not totally implicated, to come forward and tell it all, just like you tell our citizens to do. >> reporter: the speaker the pastor who gave that spirited eulogy later went out into the streets to ask for calm. the gray family has asked for calm. scott, at this funeral speaker after speaker challenged the community to show the world what baltimore is made of, but all this violence is not what they were hoping for.
>> pelley: wyatt, thank you very much. let's have another look at the scene on the streets of baltimore this evening where protesters over gray's death have been battling with police. this is a live shot here. you can see the large police presence. as we watched this during the day, we found it remarkable that even though they were being pelted the rocks and bricks america times police officers retreated rather than confronting the protesters, at least seven officers have been injured. the mayor has promised the results of the police department's investigation into the death of gray by this friday. now, we're going to move on to the other major story tonight the catastrophe in nepal. the death toll has passed 4,000 including at least four americans. in some villages three-quarters of the buildings collapsed in saturday's earthquake. survivors are being airlifted to overwhelmed hospitals in the capital kathmandu and that is
where holly williams begins our coverage. >> in kathmandu today they worked frantically digging through mountains of rubble with shovels and even their bare hands. this man was found alive after a search team tunneled through the wreckage to where he was trapped. volunteer rescue worker balram galtaum hopes they'll find other survivor but knows they may only discover more bodies. >> we don't have the proper tools for this, and whatever we have we're just doing with our hands. if we can save somebody's life, that's what we're looking looking for. >> reporter: the quake struck just before mid-day on saturday. the violence of the tremors was captured by this hotel security video. from the air, you can see nepal's historic capital now
pockmarked with flattened buildings. and there have been dozens of aftershocks, jolting the country that's already on edge. tens of thousands of people are still sleeping in makeshift camp some of them now homeless, but others simply fearful that the after shocks could bring more buildings down on top of them. in this overcrowded hospital, where doctors are struggling to treat the wounded we met yagaur atkari, whose home was demolished by the quake. despite his fractured spine he's alive. the rest of his family didn't make it. >> i lost both of them. pries for thousands of people, including this girl's father.
nepal is grief stricken and still counting its dead. >> pelley: and holly is joining us now from nepal. holly, a lot of countries are offering aid. what are you seeing on the ground so far? >> well, scott we've seen both search and rescue teams and medical teams arriving here in nepal. but a lot of international help has been slowed down and even turned away because kathmandu's airport is simply too small to cope with all the traffic. it was also damaged in the earthquake. now, the fear here is that there may be many more dead and injured in remote villages that are still cut off from help. >> pelley: holly williams reporting for us tonight from the scene of the earthquake. holly, thanks very much. and we want to note that the pentagon is sending 130 rescue workers. now, we'd like to show you some before-and-after pictures. this square was used to house nepal's royal family.
in minutes the quake destroyed the temple there that had stood for centuries. the calamity was repeated throughout kathmandu. ancient landmarks in seismic collapse. nepal lies in the him laas, dominated by the world's tallest mountain, mount everest. the quake sent a mountain of ice and snow directly on to the base camp there where hundreds had gathered in preparation for the climb to the summit. elizabeth palmer has that part of the story. >> reporter: german climber jost kobusch's camera caught the moment the earthquake struck. >> the ground is shaking. >> reporter: then like an explosion, a huge avalanche roared toward the camp. he and his friends dove into their tent, panting with fear in the thin air. when they crawled out a minute later, tons of rock and snow had
crushed large parts of the camp, injuring both foreign climbers and nepali guides. 18 people were killed, among them americans. dan fredinburg with a google executive from california. here he is at base camp the day before he died. marissa eve girawong was a physician's assistant from new jersey and filmmaker tom taplin, also from california, was making a documentary. kent stewart from alabama escaped alive. he's now safely back in kathmandu. in 2013, he tried and failed to climb everest so on saturday he was preparing for a second ascent when the ground started to shake. >> we just ran out of the dining tent and looked around at all the mountains and saw avalanches coming from everywhere. >> reporter: luckily though, stewart's tent in the lower part of the base camp wasn't hit.
>> almost immediately they started bringing patients to our camp because we were the only camp that had tents that hadn't been destroyed. the medical facility at base camp was leveled. >> reporter: over the past 48 hours, a daring airlift has rescued more than 100 climbers stranded high up on the mountain, two at a time, because at this altitude that's all the choppers can carry. and from the devastated ruin of everest base camp, the helicopters have been ferrying away both the wounded and the dead. in spite of that huge rescue effort scott nobody really knows how many climbers may be left on the mountain and the wealth is about to turn bad. snow is in the forecast and the temperature's going to plummet to minus 30. >> pelley: elizabeth palmer in the london bureau tonight. liz, thank you. earlier today we spoke with a survivor at the everest base camp. jon kedrowski is an american
scientist who studies weather and climate. he's on his second trip to evidence earth. >> i was sitting in our dining camp comfortably. the ground started shaking. i went outside to see what was going on. but then after a minute when the earthquake ended then that's when a roar came from the valley and because it was foggy you didn't really know exactly where it was coming from initially. that was really scary. >> pelley: the people who were killed, where were they? >> they were in their camp some the base camp is spread out and the center part of base camp was destroyed from this blast. it was more like a hurricane-force wind that knocked people off their feet. it blew people across the glacier for several hundred yards. >> pelley: so it was the force of the wind off the avalanche and not the mass of snow and ice that killed most of these people? >> yeah. it wasn't the traditional avalanche that you think of as snow coming down and burying everybody. because of the impact of this ice falling for several thousand feet that impact created a force of air that had to go
somewhere, so like if you were to be where air has to be blown out. it was blown across the glacier sort of like in a bomb fashion. >> pelley: the people who were killed, what sort of injuries did they suffer? >> a lot of injuries were from debris smaller rocks and people getting head injuries, even being maybe impaled like a tentpole just by falling debris. >> pelley: jon kedrowski of vail colorado, thank thank you very much for your help today. >> thank you. pell fell if you would like to help, we have a list of charities working in the region. you can find the list on our web site cbsnews.com. today vice president biden swore in loretta lynch as attorney general, the first african american woman to serve as america's top law enforcement official. she seemed to be referring to baltimore and other cases of police violence when she said, "we can restore trust and faith
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>> pelley: a disturbing story that has been sealed away in court for three years came pouring out today. this is the first day of the trial of james holmes, accused of murdering 12 people and wounding 70 in the colorado movie theater massacre. holmes pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity, and mark strassmann is at the courthouse in sen centennial. >> 400 people filed enter a box-like theater to be entertained. and one person came there to slaughter them. >> reporter: district attorney
george brauchler told the jury that killer was in the courtroom. >> his name is james eagen holmes. he tried to murder a theater full of people to make himself feel better. >> people are running out of the theater that were shot. >> reporter: on that july night nearly three years ago holmes wore body armour and a gas mask and fired repeatedly with a pistol, a shotgun and an assault rifle. six-year-old veronica moser-sullivan was among the dozen people killed. since his arrest, holmes' appearance has change dramatically, gone is the orange hair and the wild-eyed look. the well-groomed 27-year-old today sat quietly tethered to a hook in the courtroom floor. brauchler said this is video of holmes telling a court-appointed psychiatrist about his point system for taking human life. and the wounded? >> they're like collateral damage, i guess. >> reporter: for the first time brauchler revealed that both court-appointed sigh die
trices found holmes to be troubled but sane. defense lawyer daniel king admits holmes was responsible for the massacre, but he argued holmes was a schizophrenic in the grips of a psychotic episode. >> there will be no doubt in your minds by the end of this trial that mr. holmes is severely mentally ill. none. >> reporter: the courtroom was full for those opening statements. about one-third of the spectators were victims or victims' families. this trial is expected to last four to five months. >> pelley: mark strassmann, thank you. a severe storm blew railcars right off a railroad bridge. that's coming up next. use the medicine that pharmacists use most for themselves. relief doesn't get any better than this. advil.
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>> pelley: this evening the governor of maryland put the national guard on alert in case it's needed to deal with tout break of violence in baltimore. protesters attacked police officers destroyed patrol cars, set fires and looted stores. after the funeral for freddie gray the african american who died in police custody. at least seven officers were injured. gray's family this evening is appealing for calm. the police say they have received a credible threat that three street gangs are working together to attack police officers. chip reid is in baltimore for us this evening. chip? >> . >> reporter: well, scott, this is where the rioting began right at this intersection. it was a mob scene here a short
time ago. and it is not over. i can see a politician helicopter hovering right behind me. i am told that is over an area where protesters are still on the street. police are still lining up and a cvs drugstore is on fire. in fact, scott i'm told that some protest verse cut holes in the fire hoses that firefighters were using to try to put out that fire. >> pelley: chip reid reporting for us. thank you chip that. is the "cbs evening news" for tonight. for all of us at cbs news all around the world, good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh access.wgbh.org
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