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this morning on "world news now," campus tragedy. a gunman opens fire on a college campus in oregon. ten are dead and the identity of the suspect is now known. his father speaking out overnight. latest details ahead. the nation reacts. president obama speaking candidly about gun violence in america. the frustration clear as the issue remains hotly debated among many of the nation's leaders and those in the race for the white house. >> and new this half hour, donald trump's latest tirade. >> the presidential hopeful lashing out at his fellow gop candidates as he takes a tough stance on the refugee crisis in europe and what it might mean for a trump presidency. >> and today marks a very special anniversary for one of america's beloved comic strips. do you know how old charlie brown really is? it's friday, october 2nd. from abc news, this is
"world news now." >> and we do say hello to everyone on this friday. it is a very sad friday for many across this country. paying attention to all the developments that are happening in oregon. that's where we'll begin on this half hour. the shock and grief. yet another american school shattered by deadly gun violence. >> we're learning this morning the gunman allegedly singled out christians in a classroom at umpqua community college. one survivor told her dad the shooter asked them about their religion before opening fire on christians one by one. >> by the time it was over, ten people were dead including the gunman and seven others were wounded. >> the sheriff is so angry he's vowing never to utter the shooter's name saying he's not going to give him the credit for the act that was so horrific. >> more now from abc's neal carlin ski reporting from the campus in roseburg, oregon. >> reporter: 10:30 a.m., the frantic calls started coming in.
an active shooter on the rural oregon campus. >> copy, active shooter at ucc, 1140 umpqua college road. >> reporter: within minutes, students inside umpqua community college were tweeting their terror. "oh, my god, there's someone shooting on campus," tweeted one. "students are running everywhere. holy god." >> my teacher came running in and only told us to get inside the teacher's office and get down as fast as we could and drop everything. >> must be terrifying. >> oh, it was. it was horrifying. and being locked in there and not knowing if my friends were okay, i, of course, was bawling my eyes out. >> 1174 medical aide, this is for an active shooter at ucc. >> reporter: emergency vehicles flooded the scene. radio traffic indicates the shooter was still firing. >> this is going to be the synder hall. somebody is outside one of the doors, shooting through the door. >> reporter: amber adams is a student at the school. >> shots were being fired. we heard shots and immediately took cover.
went down and heard just multiple shots going off. a lot of screaming. >> reporter: lori risner, another student, describes chaos. >> a lady just went running by me, crying, saying, there's an active shooter on campus. everybody get into this hallway. >> reporter: authorities saying the 20-year-old male shooter engaged in a shoot-out with police before being shot dead. >> code 4. suspect is down. >> our number one priority right now is to make sure that the scene is secure and the victims are treated and that we continue to make sure that there are no additional threats. >> reporter: students could be seen being led out of the school, their bags being checked by police. canine units sweeping the campus. investigators establishing crime scenes. the college of about 3,000 students is in a rural area, about 180 miles south of portland. and it took some time for emergency officials to make sense of the scope of the carnage.
the injured arrive on stretchers. >> the work that first responders have done is harrowing. >> on the campus, students hugging, scenes of incredible grief. >> in the coming days we'll learn about the victims, young men and women who were studying and learning and working hard and their eyes set on the future, their dreams on what they could make of their lives. and america will wrap everyone who is grieving with our prayers and our love. >> reporter: this is a town in grieving. the gunman, we expect to learn a lot more about him in the hours and days ahead. neal karlinksky, abc news, roseburg, oregon. >> those scenes there from a late night candlelight vigil that was held. we're now hearing from the gunman's family, apparently just as stunned as everyone else is about the shooting. >> mercer's step sister said the news left her shaking. she described him as a nice guy who put everyone before himself. the word of mercer's involvement
also took a dad by surprise. >> obviously, it's been a devastating day. devastating for me and my family. shocked. shocked is all i can say. okay? >> shocked. i can't imagine a father getting that type of word and the fact that he had such a good reputation apparently with his family. >> yeah, but you wonder if there were any signs that they knew. his dad, by the way, lives in southern california. of course, mercer lived in oregon. so definitely shocking. you can hear it in his voice. this is the 15th time this incident that president obama has hato make a statement following a mass shooting, and he was visibly angry and frustrated as he spoke about the incidents of gun violence in america happening all too often. and he said we've now become numb to it. >> earlier this year, i answered a question in an interview by saying the united states of america is the one advanced nation on earth in which we do not have the sufficient common
sense gun safety laws even in the face of repeated mass killings. and later that day, there was a mass shooting at a movie theater in lafayette, louisiana, that day. somehow, this has become routine. >> the president took on the gun lobby directly appealing to american gun owners to think about whether their views are properly being represented. and a national guard specialist who helped take down a gunman on a paris bound train says he wishes he could have been there to help. >> we're talking about alek skarlatas who is studying for a career in law enforcement at ucc and is a contestant currently on "dancing with the stars." he was in rehearsals when he got word of the massacre. he sent out a tweet offering condolences and headed home to offer support for his school. >> stay with abc news for continuing coverage of this tragedy in oregon. >> we'll have more updates later
on this hour and on "america this morning." we move onto the major hurricane that is working its way north in the atlantic ocean right now. the latest forecast is good news for millions of people. joaquin will stay out to sea, not making landfall in the u.s. but this category 4 storm could still bring heavy rain, strong winds and heavy surf to the east coast. a state of emergency already declared in several states and residents filling sandbags to prevent flooding. w jersey isn't taking chances with this. the governor also declaring a state of emergency. the memories of the destruction from superstorm sandy three years ago all too fresh. even if joaquin stays out to sea, flooding and beach erosion are likely particularly along the jersey shore. officials also expect high winds to damage trees and knock out power. >> let's get the latest on the path of the hurricane from justin povick. morning to you. >> thanks and good morning to you. joaquin still very powerful now beginning to churn its way off
toward the north. slowly now but it will accelerate over time for the upcoming weekend. the track scenario playing its way further and further out to sea which is great news. the bad news is, regardless of the track, we are going to have some very heavy if not historic flooding rains throughout the southeast right through monday. reena and kendis, back to you. >> thank you. i know the storm is already drenching the southeast with as much as two feet of rain expected in some parts of south carolina before the bad weather ends. many schools are closed today. and football games postponed. a woman drowned in spartanburg when her car was submerged under an overpass. another drive nearly died after flooding washed out the road he was driving on. he managed to hold on to a tree to keep from washing away till help arrived. >> a serial killer who claimed he was intellectually disabled has been executed in virginia. alfred o prieto was convicted of
murdering lee people in virginia and california and is linked to at least six other killings. >> can you believe it, tomorrow marks 20 years since a los angeles jury found o.j. simpson for the murders of his ex-wife nicole and her friend ron goldman. the shocking verdict still haunts goldman's sister kim. she says that after hearing simpson was not guilty for the murder of his wife, she says she remembers thinking somehow that the jury's decision about ron's murder might be different but it was not. >> i couldn't believe it. i felt shock and despair and betrayal and judge ito told everybody to quiet down and tried to get control of the courtroom and we got up and walked out. >> since that verdict, goldman has worked as a victims' advocate and she says she plans to mark the day in a happy place, attending the wedding of a good friend. hackers may have stolen personal information but lying to about 15 million t-mobile wireless customers, potential customers in the u.s. the information includes social
serity numbers, home addresses and birth dates. the hackers got the information from credit reporting agency experian which t-mobile uses to check credit of consumers. the t-mobile ceo tweeted he will reveal more information about the hack later today. and thursday night football and a lot on the line for the baltimore ravens. you like your ravens, huh. >> no, i just like a good football game. which it was. >> they met up with the steelers on their home turf entering the game with a dismal 0-3 record. they battled for four quarters keeping pace with the steels are finally forcing an overtime. the ranches ended out the steelers with a field goal. managed to eke out their first win of the season, final score 23-20, the ravens saying never more, never more will you beat us. >> oh. did you write that or did they -- >> i came up with that. >> that was pretty good. >> too cheesy for the writers to come up with. >> it was a good game. there was some bad coaching i would say on pittsburgh's part. otherwise, it was entertaining.
>> it was entertaining. there were some bad calls. >> the kicker? >> they need a new kicker. >> they do need a new kicker. >> do you need a day job? >> need a coach who has confidence in a kicker. do you need a day job? >> not with these gams. coming up in "the skinny," taylor swift's latest act of kindness. the pop superstar giving to a very special child in need, giving back to a family that's always got her back. and donald trump not as kind as t. swift going after fellow republican candidates. how he says he would handle the refugee crisis. you're watching "world news now." you're watching "world news now." mucinex fast max. it's the same difference. these are multi-symptom. well so are these. this one is max strength and fights mucus. that one doesn't. uh...think fast! you dropped something. oh...i'll put it back on the shelf... new from mucinex fast max. the only cold and flu liquid gel
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people dead, including the gunman. witnesses say the shooter deliberately targeting christians when he opened fire inside a classroom at umpqua community college. hundreds of people gathered last night to remember the victims. the gunman has been identified as 26-year-old chris harper mercer. this tragedy took center stage among the presidential hopefuls. hillary clinton wasting no time in attacking the nra calling for a national gun control movement. bernie sanders he went a step further calling for improvement in mental health services and on the republican side, ben carson criticized the reaction for more gun laws focusing instead of mental health. donald trump told "the washington post," "it sounds like another mental health problem." >> trump in the meantime is sounding off against two of his republican rivals yet again, jeb bush and marco rubio. >> he's apparently taking a new hard line position on the syrian refugees. here's abc's tom llamas.
>> reporter: it's a stunning reversal. donald trump now saying he would deport all syrian refugees fleeing their war-torn country and seeking shelter here in the u.s. >> i'm putting the people on notice that are coming here from syria as part of this mass migration, that if i win -- if i win, they're going back. >> reporter: but just last month, trump said america must accept the refugees. >> i hate the concept of it, but on a humanitarian basis with what's happening, you have to. >> reporter: trump's new hard line position drawing instant fire from jeb bush. >> send them all back? to a hellhole? that's not the america i know. >> reporter: trump's declaration part of a rousing speech where he attacked bush and senator marco rubio. bush has been a political mentor to rubio. >> so, they ask rubio, what do you think of bush? oh, he's my dear friend. wonderful, just wonderful. they hate each other. but it's political [ bleep ]. do you understand? it's true. >> reporter: bush says that's ridiculous and trump needs to
grow up. >> i'm pretty sure marco can put his big boy pants on. i know i can. donald seems to have a harder time taking criticism and he probably needs to put on his big boy pants, too. >> reporter: tom llamas, abc news, new york. >> fighting words. >> fighting words, huh. >> when we come back, guess who's getting his own postage stamp. here's a hint. he's been 8 1/2 for about 65 years. >> and sandra bullock's house just got a tiny bit more crowded. "the skinny" is next. >> "world news now" continues after this from our abc
♪ skinny, so skinny it is that time for "the skinny," and topping our headlines this morning, a very special anniversary for one of america's most beloved comic strips. >> charlie brown and the whole peanuts gang celebrating their 65th anniversary as a comic strip made by the legendary cartoonist charles schulz. the u.s. postal service has released ten forever stamps celebrating the 50th anniversary of one of the most popular holiday classics of all time. i love this one. i love love love it when it comes on "a charlie brown christmas," released back in 1965. >> guess what, we're just one month away from the release of the peanuts movie. the first new peanuts film in 35 years.
>> i'm going to take the kids to this one. i can't wait. >> will charlie look any older than 8 1/2 years? >> no, he botoxed well and had good surgery. >> good genes or good doctors, charlie brown. >> next to a very special gesture from taylor swift. to a very special child. >> swift has a long history of donating to charity as you know. we're hearing that she's donated $50,000. >> to a 13-month-old nephew of one of her backup dancers who is battling cancer. >> swift writing on baby aiden's go fund me page, all of us are praying for you and your mama and sending so much love your way. >> she does do so much to -- for charity. you've got to give it to her. i love that she has done so much for cancer and also for a lot of her people in her community and especially for fans. >> a lot of people criticize her but she's a nice girl, woman all around. so meantime, love is all
around over at sandra bullock's house. >> the actress has become a mom again, reportedly adopting a baby girl according to radar online. the oscar-winning actress already has a 5-year-old son louis who she adopted in new orleans in 2010. >> the news comes only a day after it was claimed that her new boyfriend, model and photographer, bryan randall has reportedly moved into her beverly hills home. >> i hope he's helping with the night feedings. >> he's got a lot of work to do. >> george clooney spilling secrets. we love when he does this. >> this is juicy. the hollywood hunk opened up to "extra" about a cocktail fueled night ending up with him in bed with his best prend's wife, cindy crawford, after she mistook him for her husband, rande gerber. >> clooney apparently joked she couldn't help herself. the three friends joined forces at crawford's book party held last night in london. >> they don't look alike. >> they don't. >> so how did that happen? >> both good looking. >> okay.
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ditch the misery. let's end this. ♪ well, we close this half hour with our look back at the week's top stories. >> this morning sadly, our top story happened just hours ago. another school shooting. here now is our "friday rewind." >> our thoughts and prayers are not enough. it's not enough. it does not capture the heartache and grief and anger that we should feel. and it does nothing to prevent this carnage from being inflicted someplace else in america. >> we are seeing the true intentions of vladimir putin, which is to maintain a strong position in syria.
>> when a dictator slaughters tens of thousands of his own people, that is not just a matter of one nation's internal affairs. >> the outrageous accusations leveled against planned parenthood based on heavily doctored videos are offensive and categorically untrue. >> everybody thought hillary clinton was unbeatable, right? but we put together a benghazi special committee, a select committee. what are her numbers today? her numbers are dropping. >> when i hear a statement like that which demonstrates unequivocally that this was always meant to be a partisan political exercise, i feel like it does a grave disservice. >> she's the worst secretary of state in the history of our country. >> the day after you take the oath of office, you can't level an insult or have -- you're not in an episode of "survivor."
you're actually supposed to show up and run the show. >> i put my hand out and he reached and he grabbed it, and i hugged him. and he hugged me, and he said, thank you for your courage. ♪ i can't get no satisfaction >> big eventful week. that said the mayor of that oregon town saying late last night that he thinks friday will be the most difficult day for his community because that's when the names will come out. tough days and weeks ahead for them. >> and also the fact the community is one degree of separation is what one of the pastors said about the area. thoughts are definitely with the folks in oregon this morning. don't miss our updates on facebook, wnnfans.com. facebook, wnnfans.com.
making news in america this morning, another community raising candles, mourning the victims of another campus tragedy. their pain so fresh and tragically so familiar. >> we need love and compassion and healing and it's going to take a long time. >> overnight new details about the gunman, his father speaking out. we're live in oregon. plus, the president's anger apparent saying this has become routine. his emotional words in the wake of the 45th school shooting in the united states this year. also, tracking hurricane joaquin. the storm slamming the bahamas right now. a new forecast overnight now appearing to move away from the millions on the east coast. who's getting ready for it.