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6:30 pm >> pelley: many are dead in the latest mass shooting in america. >> he's in the classroom. >> pelley: this time a community college in corgon. also tonight, category 4 joaquin batters the bahamas, and there's been an important change in the hurricane's direction. and russian warplanes bomb syria for a second day. these targets included u.s.-supported rebels. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: oregon's attorney general says at least 13 people were killed today and 20 wounded when a gunman opened fire in southwestern oregon. it land on the campus of umpqua community college in roseberg, 180 miles south of portland. the shooter, a 20-year-old man, is dead.
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to lead this broadcast since june, and ben tracy begins our coverage. >> this is an active shooter at yuck. >> reporter: the first call came in at 10:38 this morning, an active shooter on the campus of this southern oregon community college. >> reporter: students say the gunfire lasted for at least a minute as officers arrived on scene. >> reporter: and then silence. >> reporter: douglas county sheriff john hanlin: >> the shooter threat was neutralized and officers
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continued to sweep the campus, looking for other threats. >> reporter: with the 20-year-old male suspect now dead, officers searched students' backpacks for weapons and used dogs to check cars in the parking loss. lacey gregory was just 100 yourself away when the gunfire started. >> all i say was my friend alex. he apparently ran up past the shooting that was happening, up into the library, to let us know what was going on was real, and it was, indeed. people were getting shot, and i saw people running from the english hall across the courtyard towards every direction. it was-- it was crazy. >> reporter: authorities believe shots were fired both inside snyder hall and the nearby science building on the campus of more than 100 acres. students inside the school tweeted as the shooting happened, one saying, "students are runny everywhere, holy god." and then, "scariest thing i've ever experienced." students were evacuated on school buses to a local
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fairgrounds where they were reunited with their loved ones. the former president of this community college says the college only has one security officer on duty at a time and that person is not armed. scott, in oregon, student with the proper permits are allowed to care firearms on the campuses of public colleges and universities. >> pelley: ben tracy reporting tonight. thank you, ben. and just a few minutes ago, presume had this to say: >> somehow this has become routine. the reporting is routine. my response here at this podium ends up being routine. the conversation in the aftermath of it. we've become numb to this. we talked about this after columbine and blacksburg, after
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aroar aafter charleston. it cannot be this easy for somebody who wants to inflict harm on other people to get his or her hands on a gun. >> pelley: president obama tonight. joining us is kenney ungerman, a witness to the shooting. mr. ungerman, what did you see? >> what i saw was-- i was outside snyder hall in the parking lot talking to a national guard recruiter that i've known for a few years. we heard a shot go off. we looked up, you know. we saw what looked like a gunman going around the corner into snyder hall in which we heard multiple shots go off and people screaming and running away from snyder hall. that's when we dropped behind my jeep. >> reporter: snyder hall being a building where there are a number of classrooms. >> correct. i was in snyder hall before the event happened in a writing class.
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>> pelley: what happened next? >> after we heard the gunshots, we heard people screaming. we got up, told some people to get in their cars and get out of there. and i got in my jeep. we drove down the road a little bit, got out, and stopped cars from coming onto the the campus and turned around. >> pelley: mr. ungerman, i understand you're a veteran. can you give us an idea of what the gunfire sounded like to you? >> it sounded like a small-caliber hand gun, a .9 millimeter, .45. it wasn't loud enough to be an assault rifle, in my opinion. i believe it was a small-caliber handgun. >> pelley: did you see the wounded? >> i did not see the wounded. i was blocked by the building itself since i was in the parking lot, but i did hear people screaming and people running from the building. >> pelley: as people were running from the building, what did you see? i understand all the classrooms actually open to the outside. >> correct.
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the classrooms have glass doors and glass windows. the doors aren't glass but the windows are glass. and i just-- i saw i bunch of people running out of hallway, going up towards the library, and that's when i got up and dropped my jeep and got out of there as a matter of fact possible and decided to try to help ask make sure cars didn't go into the campus. >> pelley: the people who were running out, what were they saying i just heard a fee people saying, "he has a gun. he's shooting. get out of here. this is real." >> pelley: kenney ungerman, an eyewitness to the shooting today. thank you very much. now, we have just contacted the hospitals involved. we're told that there are 13 patients hospitalized. we do not have their conditions at this hour. each mass shooting brings new calls for tougher gun laws, and our nancy cordes has been
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>> we extend our sympathy, our best wishes. >> reporter: sympathy and best wishes are about all that the victims' families can expect from congress which has not seriously debated strengthening gun laws since 2013, after 20 children and six adults were killed at sandy hook elementary in connecticut. but even then, the senate easily defeated legislation that would have increased punishment for gun trafficking and expanded background checks, something qaept% of americans say they support. the loss left the's mostly democratic backers pessimistic. democratic leader harry reid. do you intend to bring gun control legislation back up? >> i would love to bring it back up, but i can't do it until i have the votes. >> reporter: and he has even fewer votes today. democrats lost control of the senate in 2014, and can't reintroduce bills to close the gun show loophole, block more of the mentally ill from buying
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guns or restrict use of high-capacity magazines. and so when 12 were killed at d.c.'s navy yard and nine in a charleston church, almost all the talk of gun laws came from the other end of pennsylvania avenue. >> this type of mass violence does not happen in other advanced countries. >> reporter: congressional republicans have long argued felons will find a way to get guns no matter what the laws say. texas senator ted cruz: >> and weerbled not target our effortseffortsefforts to needlessly restricting the constitutional liberties of law-abiding citizen. >> reporter: and the national rifle association spends tens of millions of dollars backing candidates who share that view, despite those polls, scott, that show an overwhelming majority of americans are open to some changes to gun laws. >> pelley: nancy cordes on capitol hill. nancy, thank you. according to the web site, there have
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been 294 mass shootings in the first 274 days of this year, including nine murdered at a black church in charleston, five u.s. service men killed in chattanooga, three dead, nine injured at a movie theater in louisiana and the fatal shooting of two journalists in virginia. we do not know the motive of today's shooting, but most often, mental illness is involved in these mass shooting so we brought in our dr. jon lapook. jon, what's being done if this country about mental illness and mental had gone? >> reporter: scott, we know when it comes to mental illness, early intervention works. it just works. but the big problem in the u.s. and elsewhere is access to care. so too often, a pediatrician or a school or family identifies somebody at risk, and then it's months and months before they can get to a child psychiatrist,
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there is a pilot program in d.c. it started in may. and they're training the pediatricians, they're training the schools to evaluate those kids have a tele-medicine, have a the phone. and it turns out only 10% of the time do those kids then need to be seen face to face by the psychiatrist. what this does is remove the bottleneck and these children have been evaluated much more quickly. now, there are a total of 17 such programs in the united states right now, relatively small pilot programs, but the idea here is early intervention, increased access to care and maybe treating them earlier will make a big difference. >> pelley: dr. jon lapook, jon, thank you. in another major story that we're following tonight, hurricane joaquin strengthened to a category 4 with winds of 130 miles an hour. it is moving slowly through the bahamass where some of the less-populated islands are getting hammered, 10 to 15 inches of rain expected.
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so far, no injuries reported. late today, there was a major change in the direction of the hurricane, so let's bring in lonnie quinn, the chief weathercaster at our new york station wcbs. lonnie, what's new? >> a lot of changes changes from when we were talking about this yesterday. from the national hurricane center we still have a cat 4 hurricane, a big storm, 130-mile-per-hour winds. but it's all about where the storms are going and as of yesterday we're seeing a trend pushing it further and further to the east. this is yesterday, we thought for sure, going to north carolina, virginia. and today, the cone is huge, from south carolina to massachusetts. we didn't know where exactly it was going. we continue to push it further to the east and now it's a cat 2 on sunday, somewhere off the outer banks, but not even putting the outer banks in the cone for land fall. and you get some time on monday, possibly tuesday, offshore of our area, the skinny red line not making a landfall, but the cone of concern still includes
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your guard down just yet. scott. >> pelley: but, lonnie, if the hurricane does not make landfall what are the effects likely to be anyway? >> you're going to feel this hurricane. you're going to pick up a lot rain and places that have been saturated already, we're talking virginia, north carolina. i think they could end up picking, potentially, associated with this storm, double-digit rainfall amounts. flooding is going to be a problem, coastal erosion as well. >> pelley: lonnie quinn, wcbs, thank you, lonnie. as lonnie said, much of the east coast can't handle any more rain. spartanburg, south carolina was swamped overnight. one woman drowned in her car. several other drivers had to be rescued. cars at a dealership were tossed around before the floodwaters receded. it has now been 1,506 days since president obama first said that bashar al-assad's days were numbered as syria's dictator. tonight, assad is still in charge, even after unleashing a civil war that has killed a quarter million of his own
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people. now, russia's air force is raining bombs on rebels that were trained by the united states. here's holly williams. >> reporter: russian warplanes pounded syria again today, targeting groups linked to al qaeda, but also hitting moderate syrian rebels who were supported by the u.s. this video appears to show the aftermath of an air strike in idlib province on american-backed opposition fighters. syria's deadly civil war is now even more dangerous with both the u.s. and russia launching air strikes, but supporting different sides. russia joined the war, claiming it would target isis, yet, many of the strikes today hit an area over 30 miles from isis control. colonel abdul jabbar al-akaidi is a rebel commander in syria's
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u.s.-backed opposition and told us russia could easily strike isis if it wanted to but that its real intention is to defend the syrian regime "they can destroy our cities but in the end we'll send them home in coffins." they're defiant words, but the rebels are under-equipd and vulnerable to russian attack. yet colonel alac told us he's given up hoping for help from the u.s. "i don't think president obama is sincere, "he told us. "the americans let us down, and i don't trust them." u.s. and russian officials spoke today in an effort to reduce the risk of an accidental collision in syrian airspace, but, scott, the bigger problem is that russian airstrikes on u.s.-backed rebels have made the syrian civil war more complicated and even deadlier.
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semi-automatic rifle and a glock semiautomatic pistol. newtown families went to washington to push for stricter gun control measures. jillian soto lost her sister, vicki, a 27-year-old teacher who hid some of her students in a closet during the shooting and died saving them. >>il continue to fight until everything is done because if it's not in connecticut, it will be somewhere else. >> reporter: nicole hockley's son, dylan, was one of those first graders killed that day. >> every night i beg for him to come to me in my dreams so i can see him again. >> reporter: outside the chambers stood survivors of the victims hoping their grief would sway the vote. inside, congress said no. since then we've seen 1 twroo shootings on school properties in the united states. that's an average of nearly one a week. bill sherloch lost his wife, mary, the school psychologist at sandy hook. he looked at today's shooting in oregon and the grief and despair
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>> pelley: a big dig is getting under way in poland in search of a mystery train filled with treasures buried at the end of world war ii. elizabeth palmer is following this. >> reporter: 1945, a train pulls in and soldiers load it up with chests of nazi gold. it's a myth so powerful here in southwest poland, that history buffs stage aid reenactment recently. in reality, amateur treasure
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hunters andrei richter and piotr koper believe they have found a mysterious nazi train. it lies, they say, 25 feet underground here by the main railway line on the outskirts of the town of walbrzych. is the axis of the train like this? >> yes. >> reporter: it goes right under the road? koper and richter think once of nazis had parked the train in the trench in the bank, they somehow covered the whole thing up with earth and then removed all traces of the track. the nazis did occupy this part of poland during world war ii, and they had to retreat in a hurry as the soviet army advanced in 1945. so it is possible the germans wanted to hide something from the russians. you lay it down on the ground. and then you move it? richter and koper's ground-penetrating radar machine produced an image that does look like train cars with a cargo not
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>> pelley: the search continues tonight for a possible motive in the deadly shootings in roseberg, oregon. a 20-year-old gunman opened fire on the campus of umpqua community college. the state attorney general says wounded. police officers rushed to the scene. gunman was shot dead during a firefight. late today, a visibly angry president obama renewed his call for tougher gun laws, noting that the u.s. is the only country that sees these kinds of shootings every couple of months. and that's the cbs evening news for tonight. for all of us at cbs news all around the world, good night. captioning sponsored by cbs media access group at wgbh we are the largest and most diverse school district in america! yet we are one! one point one million students!
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