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janelle burrell live in east harlem. >> reporter: yeah, mary, the suspect is a career criminal we are learning. more than 20 prior arrests and we have learned that he served more than five years in jail for drug sales and possession. this afternoon, he is being questioned by police as investigators right now continue to work the scene here. their investigation focused on that foot bridge where the officer was shot and killed. nypd detectives this morning retracing the final steps of officer randolph holder along the foot bridge where investigators say he was gunned down by an armed suspect. >> you hear pow, pow. and then you hear the helicopters, the sirens. >> reporter: people who live nearby the crossing at east 20th street and the -- east 120th street and the fdr describe hearing the gun battle.
howard wanted by the nypd for another shooting in harlem. now he is accused of firing the shots that hit officer holder in the head. >> between 10 to 15. it was a lot. at first we were like that's so many that it can't be gunshots. >> reporter: investigators say the gone con operation began after police responded to calls of shots fired at east 102nd street and first avenue around 8:30 tuesday night. sources say a group of men got into an altercation with howard. howard had allegedly stolen a bike from one of the men at gun point. and police say officer holder and his partner managed to chase howard on to the fdr foot bridge and soon after, gunfire erupted. >> there was an exchange of gunfire between the male suspect and the two officers. during this exchange, officer holder was struck in the head. >> it was insane.
there were plain clothed police officers and uniformed. and they all swarmed. >> reporter: officer holder who was 33 years old died at harlem hospital just before 10:30 p.m. the alleged shooter was shot in the leg and taken into custody. >> you can't shoot a cop and think you're going to get away with it. >> i feel very bad for that officer's family. and i am keeping them in my prayers. >> reporter: and for now, the fdr drive remains shut down as the investigation continues. so far, no charges have been filed. reporting live in afternoon from east harlem, janelle >> thank you. and in a tribute to officer staff. the mayor and to governor ordered the move at state and municipal buildings. there is overwhelming grief at officer holder's presing, a mourning. scott rapoport continues our >> reporter: this afternoon, aofficer holder is being
and mourned as such here at his precinct. distraught and tight lipped cops arriving for work this morning at the precinct of slain nypd housing officer randolph holder in mourning. they have all heard what happened. >> it's pretty sad inside. >> reporter: the 33-year-old holder, a five-year veteran of the nypd unmarried, a third generation cop who emigrated here from guyana and followed the family legacy. >> his fathers was a police officer in guyana, and his grandfather was also a police officer in guyana. >> reporter: early this morning in a touching heart wrenching moment, a procession of officers saluting the slain cop as his body was removed from the hospital. a recognition of his character and bravery. >> we're humbled by officer randolph holder's example, an example of service and courage >> reporter: outside the
flowers and memorial candles from those in the community, some stopping to say a heart felt prayer. >> i just wanted them to know that there are people who care. you get really emotional because they're just people, you know? and it was senseless. >> reporter: from one grateful cop -- >> thank you for your prayers. >> reporter: we saw four fdny firefighters enter through the back of the precinct. we were told they were there to pay their respects. and another four came in the front with coffee and food. an outpouring of admiration and respect for officer holder and the many others like him. >> they took an oath to protect and serve our community and they do a good job at it. >> reporter: back live, a system cber sight, a life taken, the black and purple mourning bunting at the precinct. and commissioner bratton says as cops were trying to comfort holder's father, the father was actually trying to comfort them. it's a cop thing, a heart feels
live in east harlem, scott rapoport, cbs 2 news. sadly four nypd officers have been murdered in the line of duty in less than a year. in december, two were ambushed in their patrol car in brooklyn. and on may 2nd, detective brian moore was shot in the face in queens. moore died two days later. investigators are still at the scene of the shooting and the fdr is shut down in both directions. jim smith is in chopper 2 over east harlem. jim -- >> reporter: yeah, mary, there are numerous closures in the area but the fdr closure, the one affecting the the most travelers in the area. the fdr is shut down the between 96th street and 125th street. and also the exit for the rfk bridge. that was the closure northbound at 96th street. the bumper-to-bumper delays will take you back down into the 40s and also on the southbound side, traffic will be taken off the fdr drive
are delays there as well. and there are also delays affecting traffic off the triborough bridge as there's no access to the fdr drive. delays are wrapping around on the rfk bridge if the manhattan side over on to the queens side and of course, no access to the willis avenue bridge due to the closure on the fdr drive. 1st and 27 avenues are picking up much of the alternate volume as is the deegan expressway. leave yourself extra time if you're traveling in the area. >> thank you. and as they mourn officer holder, the nypd is searching for gerald brook, the man who escaped police custody yesterday. it happened in east new york early yesterday. police say he was handcuffed when he shoved an officer to the ground and ran off. brooks was wanted on a domestic violence complaint and has been arrested 54 times. he is the fifth prisoner to escape police custody since june. switching gears now, the
mets magic carpet ride continues as they get closer to the world series. >> last night they found a new way to wayne, the go-ahead run on a pitch that went wild. and we are live checking on the confidence level of mets fans. hi, mark. >> reporter: hey, mary. hey, chris. most of the mets that we spoke with so far today are optimistic and why not? in the history of the major league baseball play-off, 35 teams have faced an 0-3 deficit. one, one, the 2004 boston red sox overcame that to win the series, remember that? to beat the yankees. so history is on the met's side. >> we've got it all. >> reporter: many mets fans are brimming with confidence, their heroes leading the cubs 3-0 and standing just one win away from the world series. >> just you have too many arms that can shut down the cubs. >> very confident. going all the way. this is our month.
this is our year. >> reporter: why? >> because my husband told me it is. he's a die hard met fan. >> reporter: how many times have you worn that mets shirt this season? >> this is daniel murphy, only a couple times but he's been a god in the play-offs. >> i have been waiting for this since like middle school. this is is huge for me. and i know for queens and brooklyn, it's also big. >> reporter: some fans who have endured more than their share of heart ache and disappointment over the years aren't popping the champagne corks just yet. >> i am a met fan for my life. i am scared out of my mind right now that they're going to blow it. >> reporter: all right, so not every fan is brimming with confidence. but remember, they may have their anxious moments now but also, history and math both favors the mets at this point. and we are reporting live in queens, mark morgan, cbs 2 news. >> thank you.
continuing coverage of the met's championship chase. otis livingston reports live from chicago tonight at 5:00 and 6:00. the embattled syrian president made a brief visit to meet with russia's president and thank him for his support in syria's civil war. >> reporter: this was a lot more than a courtesy call. it was a thanks for everything and i mean everything call. with vladimir putin's jets becoming his air force, the syrian leader smiled like he hasn't smiled in years. the russian air campaigns announced swept is to attack isis and what it calls terrorist forces. but the attacks have largely been outside isis controlled territories and against other forces, some of them supported by the u.s. and the west. the attacks have served to shore up the crumbling syrian regime. the syrian president said he
had come to express his gratitude. the russian president held the syrians for standing up to the militant, almost on their own, he said. they never have been on their own, they have been supported by lebanon and the introduction of russian jet bombers may prolong the war rather than bring it closer to an end. cbs news, london. >> critics including the u.s. say moscow's military intervention is likely to inflame the violence in the region. new jersey governor chris christie wants the port authority to reject any effort to start flight service between new jersey and cuba until they return a cop killer to the u.s. they said it's unacceptable until she is extradited. in 1977, she was convicted of killing a new jersey state trooper. she escaped and made her way to cuba. still much more ahead here on cbs 2 news at noon, republicans react to paul
ryan's agreeing to be house speaker with conditions. and a health scare for the longtime host of the "price is right," bob barker. why he was rushed to the hospital. plus this -- >> on wednesday, october 2021, 2015. >> that's today. "back to the future" is here. john -- >> i just can't get my head around this. what day is it? i'll tell you, it feels like summer but the calendar says fall. how long will the summer feel?
coming up. don't forget to follow us on facebook and like our page. republicans may finally have their man to be the next speaker of the house. congressman paul ryan says he will run but he has some demands. >> reporter: house republican members arrived this morning for a closed door meeting to try to hammer out who will be the next speaker of the house. >> i don't see who else it could be. >> reporter: paul ryan says he's changed his mind and he will run for the position but only if everyone agrees. >> we as a conference should unify now and not after a devicive speaker election. >> reporter: but hard line republicans may not yet be on board. the house freedom caw case has to decide if it will support ryan.
>> listen to demands that may be impossible for congress to reach. >> and right now, breaking news. vice president biden is expected to make an announcement at the rose garden. >> the president will be with him. mr. biden has been considering running for the democratic presidential nomination and a decision has been expected soon. cbs news has learned mr. biden is about to announce he will not be running. let's go to major garrett in the rose garden right now. major, surprised? >> reporter: not as surprised necessarily when you think about the venue. it would be awkward for anyone seeking the nomination to announce a presidential campaign in the rose garden as a sitting vice president. but i have talked to those close to the vice president and there's other information that's sol is i hadly in the atmosphere that the vice president will say he has thought long and hard about this and he has grieved over the loss of his son and thought deeply about what he can do for the country but in the end, he
has decided not to run but will be an advocate for the president's policies and provide whatever assistance he can as the vice president on single digits tently. and he has often been a crucial negotiator on behalf of the president when things have gotten testy on capitol hill. and jim, i don't need to tell you, we're facing difficult issues as this year winds down, getting a budget through and other matter, the vice president may play a crucial role in that. >> okay. vice president joe biden accompany bid the president, apparently about to step into the rose garden and we will be hearing more now about the decision that we're told joe biden has made not to seek the democratic nomination. major, while we're waiting and i know we could be stepping out any second here, what do you think the factors were behind this decision to not run? >> reporter: i think they're coming out right now. the vice president accompanied by his wife jill and the president moving into the rose garden.
difficulty in putting together a campaign at this late stage and uncertainty it would succeed. >> good morning folks. please, please sit down. mr. president, thank you for lending me the rose garden for a minute. >> it's a pretty nice place. >> as my family and i have worked through the grieving process, i have said all along what i have said time and again to others that it may very well be that that process by time we get through it closes the window on mounting a realistic campaign for president. that it might close. i've concluded that it has closed. i know from previous experience that there's no timetable for this process. the process doesn't respect or
filing deadlines or debates and primaries and caucuses. but i also know that i could do this -- i couldn't do this if the family wasn't ready. the good news is, the family has reached that point. but as i've said many time, my family has suffered loss, and i hope there would come a time and i have said this to many other families that sooner rather than later, when you think of your loved one, it brings a smile to your lips before it brings a tear to your eyes. well, that's where the bidens are today. thank god. beau is our inspiration. unfortunately, i believe we're out of time. the time necessary to mount a winning campaign for the nomination. but while i will not be a candidate, i will not be
i intend to speak out clearly and forcefully to influence as much as i can where we stand as a party and where we need to go as a nation. and this is what i believe. i believe that president barack obama has led this nation from crisis to recovery and we're now in the cusp of resurgence. i'm proud to have played a part in that. this party, our nation, will be making a tragic mistake if we walk away or attemp to undo the obama legacy. the american people have worked too hard and we've come too far for that. democrats should not only defend this record, and protect this record, they should run on the record. we've got a lot of work to get done over the next 15 months. and there's a lot of the --
there's a lot that the president will have to get done. but let me be clear that we will be building on a really solid foundation. but it all starts with giving the middle class a fighting chance. i know in the press you love to call me middle class joe and i know in washington that's not usually meant as a compliment, it means you're not that the middle class. it isn't just a matter of fairness or economic growth, it's a matter of social stability for this nation. we cannot sustain the current levels of inequality that exist in this country. i believe the huge sums of unlimited and often secret money pouring into our politics is a fundamental threat to our democracy and i really mean that. i think it's a threat.
never have a fighting chance in this country as long as just several hundred family, the wealthiest families control the process. it's just that simple. and i believe we have to level the playing field for the american people. and that's going to take access to education and opportunity to work. we need to commit, we're fighting for 14 years, we need to commit to 16 years of free public education for all our children. we all know that 12 years of public education is not enough. as a nation, let's make the same commitment to a college education today that we made to a high school education 100 years ago. children and child care is the families. we need, as the president tax credit. that alone will lead to dramatic increases in the
our economic standards. there are many ways to pay for this. for this? this. we can pay for all of this with one simple step, by limiting to 28% of income. wealthy folks will end up paying a little bit more. but it's my guess, and i mean this sincerely, it's my guess they'll be happy to help build a stronger economy and a better educated america. i believe we need to lead more by the power of our example as the president has than merely by the example of our power. we've learned some very hardless sons. for more than a decade of large- scale open-ended military imevacuations. we have to accept the fact that problems. alone. the argument that we just have
enough. it's not a good enough reason for american intervention and to put our sons and daughters' lives on the line, put them at risk. i believe we have to end the devicive partisan politics that is ripping this country apart. and i think we can. it's mean spirited. it's petty. and it's gone on for much too long. i don't believe like some do that it's naive to talk to republicans. i don't think we should look at republicans as our enemies. they are opposition. they're not our enemies. and for the sake of the country, we have to work together. as the president said many time, compromise is not a dirty word. but look at it this way, folk, how does this country function without consensus? how can we move forward without being able to arrive at consensus?
pitched battle may be more than this country can take. we have to change it. we have to change it. and i believe we need a moon shot in this country to cure cancer. it's personal. but i know we can do this. thement and i have been d the president and i have been working hard on increasing research and development because there are so many break throughs just on the horizon in science and medicine. the things that are just about to happen. and we can make them real. with an absolute national commitment to end cancer as we know it today. and i'm going to spend the next 15 months in this office pushing as hard as i can to accomplish this. because i know there are democrats and republicans on the hill who share our passion,
our passion to silence this deadly disease. if i could be anything, i would have wanted to be the president that ended cancer because it's possible. i also believe we need to keep moving forward in the arc of this nation towards justice. the rights of the lgbt community, immigration reform, equal pay for women and protecting their safety from violence, rooting out institutional racism. at their core, every one of these thing, every one of these things is about the same thing, it's about equality. it's about fairness. it's about respect. as my dad used to say, it's about affording every single person dignity. it's not complicated. every single one of these issues is about dignity. and the ugly forces of hate and
but they do not respect the american people. they do not respect the heart of this country. they respect a small fraction of the political elite and the next president is going to have to take it on. most of all, i believe there's unlimited possibilities for this country. i don't know how many of the white house staff and personnel have heard me say repeatedly that we are so much better positioned than any country in the world. we are so much -- i have been doing this for a longtime. when i got elected as a 29-year- old kid, i was called the optimist. i am more optimistic about the possibilities, the incredible possibilities to leap forward career. and i believerred in my core that there's no country on the face of the earth better positioned to lead the world in the 21st century than the united states of america. washington though just has to begin to function again.
instead of being the problem, it has to become part of the solution again. again. and at our core, i've always believed that what sets america apart from every other nation is that we, ordinary americans, believe in possibilities, unlimited possibilities. the possibilities for a kid growing up in a poor inner city neighborhood or a spanish- speaking home, or a kid from mayfield in delaware, or willow grove in pennsylvania like jill and i. to be able to be anything we wanted to be. to do anything, anything that we want. that's what we were both taught. that's what the president was taught. it was real.
and you know, it's always been true in this country. and if we ever lose that, we've lost something very special. we will have lost the very soul of this country. when i was growing up, my parents in tough times looked at me and would say to me and my brothers and sister, honey, it's going to be okay. and they meant it. they meant it. it was going to be the okay. but some of you covering me, i say go back to your old neighborhoods, talk to your contemporaries that aren't as successful as you have been. there are too many people in america today, too many parents who don't believe they can look their kid in the eye and say, honey, it's going to be okay. that's who we need to change. it's not complicated. that will be the true measure of our success.
and we will not have met it until every parent out there can look at their kid in tough times and say, honey, it's going to be okay. and mean it. that's our responsibility. within our power. the nation has done it before in difficult times. i've had the great good fortune and privilege of being in public service most of my adult life, since i've been 25 years old. and through personal triumphs and tragedies, my entire family, my son beau, my son hunter, my daughter ashley, jill, my whole family, and this sounds corny, but we found purpose in public life. we found purpose in public life. so we intend, the whole family, not just me, we intend to spend