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good morning, america. breaking news, a massive fire engulfing this high-rise apartment building in london full of families. >> flames shooting out everywhere. people trapped inside using bed sheets as ropes to escape. this man desperately waiting for help. more than 50 people injured. hundreds of firefighters battling the blaze. we are live on the scene with the latest. massive new lawsuit. nearly 200 democrats now suing president trump over his business dealings with foreign governments. this as his attorney general gets grilled on capitol hill. >> detestable lie. >> jeff sessions faces tough questions about his meetings with the russians, the firing of james comey and what he refused to say about his conversations with
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overnight, the american college student held captive in north korea for more than a year finally home with his family. but mysteriously in a coma. landing in ohio hours ago carried off the plane rushed to the hospital. the secret talks that led to his release and his family's message this morning. ♪ and a dramatic rescue caught on camera. two women struggling in a dangerous rip current when a hero officer and surfers jumped in to save them. >> hold on to the board. we got you. >> the warning as you head to the beach. good morning, america. there is a lot going on this wednesday morning starting with that horrific scene in london. there it is right there, that london high-rise active search and rescue operation right now. >> horrific and
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that, george. deadly fire erupted as hundreds of people were sleeping inside. witnesses say they saw people dangling from the windows and families were trying to escape. >> i know. when you watch these scenes like this, so hard and the smoke is stretching for miles. officials calling this an unprecedented incident. abc's james longman has been on the scene for us all night. good morning, james. >> reporter: good morning, robin. i'm about 150 yards away from the building. as you can see it's still smoldering. pockets of fire still ablaze after 11 hours and there's concern this morning about the stability of that building. we understand so far six fatalities have been confirmed but that number is likely to rise and there are still a number of elderly and children missing. this has been a catastrophic fire. balls of fire bursting from the windows. >> crazy happening. >> reporter: panicked calls for help from inside. >> let me out. >> reporter: and frantic acts to break away. residents dean dropping down
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makeshift ropes trying to estate. >> this guy is sending a rope. >> don't do it. >> reporter: more than 200 firefighters battling the raging inferno in this apartment building at least 24 floors high. >> we have now taken over 50 patients to hospitals across london. >> reporter: countless residents trapped inside the high-rise in the heart of london throughout the night. >> we could hear people screaming help me. >> reporter: one partially blind elderly man trapped on the 11th floor. cameras capturing him terrified as he waits for help and still others missing. >> your brother is trapped. >> we've gone around the hospital. >> reporter: hundreds of firefighters struggle to take down the blaze but the building is so tall, much of the fire is impossible to contain. >> please move back, everybody. >> reporter: firefighters pushing bystanders back from the scene. from here you can see debris falling off the building and they've moved
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back because there's real fears it may collapse. thick black smoke towering high and far throughout the city. >> people were still sleeping on the higher floors and didn't have a clue what was going on. i'm not sure if half of them even got out. >> reporter: there's been no mention of terrorism as the cause of this so far, but no one really knows what started this fire but a number of issues around the safety of this building going back years so a lot of questions for the investigation going forward. robin. >> yeah, people want answers, james. boy, london has been through so much recently. >> they have been hit hard. also overnight the american college student otto warmbier held captive in north korea since last january returned home to the u.s. after diplomats learned he's been in a coma for more than a year treated at the university of cincinnati medical center and linzie janis is there. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. we are still waiting on word from warmbier's family and from doctors here who have been evaluating him overnight. what we know is that his parents found out a week
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son has been in a coma for 15 months. how he ended up in that state is a mystery. overnight, the medevac flight carrying american college student otto warmbier landing in ohio. the 22-year-old in a coma and in urgent need of medical care after being held prisoner in north korea for nearly 18 months. members of his family hugging each other and crying after seeing him. warmbier carried off the plane by hand. an ambulance taking him to the hospital. a state department official saying they're aware of reports warmbier contracted botulism. but could not confirm what caused his medical condition. warmbier's release coming after secret talks between u.s. and north korean officials last month in oslo. then according to the state department, north korea revealing his condition to them last week. >> the president's direction the department of state has secured the re
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>> reporter: warmbier was on a tour of north korea in january 2016 when he was arrested after being caught on surveillance video allegedly trying to steal a political banner from a hotel in pyongyang. the regime parading him before cameras. warmbier breaking down as he begged for leniency. >> i have made the worst mistake of my life. but please act to save me. please, think of my family. >> reporter: instead, he was sentenced to 15 years hard labor in a north korean prison. his parents saying they learned just a week ago that their son had been in a coma since shortly after his televised sentencing in march of last year and in a bizarre twist the news of their son's release coming the same day as dennis rodman's arrival in north korea. >> just want to open the door.
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family has issued a statement saying we want the world to know how we and our son have been brutalized and terrorized by the pariah regime in north korea. the family is expected to give a news conference updating us on his condition by tomorrow morning. >> you'll hear what they have to say. warmbier's release and the news of his condition coming at a time of heightened tensions, as you know, with north korea. let's go to martha raddatz. martha, with his release many are wondering how the u.s. will respond given that there are still other americans being detained there. >> reporter: there are, robin. like all of us, u.s. officials are outraged by the treatment of this young man and there is growing concern about the three others still imprisoned. two of them were taken just in the last couple of months. tony kim and kim hack sung teaching at pyongyang university, the third prisoner there for two years is kim dong chul, a businessman sentenced to ten years of h
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do know from detainees who have been released in the past that prisoners are badly mistreated with stark condition, constant interrogations and the u.s. will continue, robin, to press for their release, more urgently now than ever. >> absolutely and as linzie mentioned we know that dennis rodman is back there in north korea. no reason to believe there's any relationship between his visit and warmbier's release, but the american authorities even realize that rodman was making this trip again? >> reporter: they knew he was there but right as otto warmbier was being flown out rodman was arriving and later seen watching a north korean women's basketball game and saying he was promoting peace. u.s. officials are making clear he was not on an official visit. a bizarre coincidence to be sure but perhaps he was invited to north korea because kim jong-un wanted to distract attention
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bermuda but that will remain a major issue as the u.s. tries to get north korea to halt its nuclear weapons program and free those other prisoners, robin. >> yes, it will remain a major issue. thank you. there is more breaking news out of washington. nearly 200 democratic congressional leaders are filing a lawsuit against president trump over his business dealings with foreign governments. it is the largest number of lawmakers to sue a president ever. this morning senate republicans wrestling with their version of obamacare repeal after meeting with the president when he called the house bill he once praised mean and urged the senators to make it more generous and the president celebrates his first birthday in the white house turning 71. all coming in the wake of the grilling of jeff sessions. questions on the russia investigation, the firing of james comey and his conversations with the president. our senior justice correspondent pierre thomas has all the details. good morning, pierre. >> reporter: george, good morning. sessions came prepared to fight what he called
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reputation based on unfounded innuendo. he was defiant on a mission to clear his name. >> the suggestion that i participated in any collusion, that i was aware of any collusion with the russian government to hurt this country, which i have served with honor for 35 years, or to undermine the integrity of our democratic process is an appalling and detestable lie. >> reporter: he pushed back on whether he intentionally misled the senate during confirmation hearings about whether he met with russians. >> colleagues, that is false. my answer was a fair and correct response to the charge as i understand it. i was responding to this allegation that we had meet -- surrogates had been meeting with the russians on a regular basis. >> reporter: did he have a third meeting with the russian ambassador at the mayflower hotel in
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acknowledged. >> i don't recall it. certainly i can assure you nothing improper if i had had a conversation with him and it's conceivable that occurred, i just don't remember it. >> reporter: at least one republican scoffing at the very suggestion of sessions as a russian spy. >> have you ever in any of these fantastical situations heard of a plot line so ridiculous? >> reporter: some senators were frustrated he refused to answer questions about his conversations with president trump, especially about russia and comey. >> i believe the american people have had it with stonewalling. >> i am not stonewalling. i am following the historic policies of the department of justice. >> reporter: and more questions about sessions' recusal. the senator wanted to know if sessions did something else that worried comey. >> the question is, mr. comey said that there were matters with respect to the recusal that were problematic and he
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talk about them. what are they? >> why don't you tell me? there are none. there are none. >> reporter: but sessions did confirm he left comey in the room with the president alone after a february meeting that comey later expressed concern about. robin. >> all right, pierre, thank you. for more on attorney general jeff sessions' testimony and what the trump administration is saying we'll go to cecilia vega and, cecilia, what's the reaction we're seeing from the white house? >> reporter: robin, the president was traveling yesterday for most of his testimony so he missed it but they do say, the white house says what he did see he is pleased with. one question that came up during that testimony is whether the president would fire, might fire special counsel robert mueller. that, of course, came up after the president's close friend suggested that that is something he is considering. the white house, robin, now says the president has no intention of doing that but they're not exactly ruling this one out yet. >> something else they have to deal with, the president facing yet another lawsuit, this one brought on by democrats on
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them in this suit that they expect to file today. this is believed to be the most members of congress to ever sue a sitting president. they say he is violating the constitution by profiting from his foreign business dealings, so far, robin, no comment from the white house but earlier this week when two democratic attorney generals filed suit they said it was partisan politics behind that one. >> cecilia, thank you very much. george. let's talk about it with dan abrams. let's start with that lawsuit right there. so the president facing lawsuits on three fronts all on the same issue from a civil rights group and businesses in new york and d.c. from those attorneys general in maryland and d.c. and now these members of congress. which one actually has the best chance of moving through the courts. >> well, i think the big question is, where is the harm? meaning which one of these lawsuits has the best chance of saying, the people who are suing have actually been hurt as a result of this argument that the president is somehow
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personally from this activity. so i think that likely the answer would probably be the maryland, d.c. case but, look, none of these are easy. this did a whole new area of law and this issue of sort of showing standing which is this question of who can sue is going to be a difficult question, i think, in any of these lawsuits. >> the real vulnerability for the president, even if these lawsuits don't go all the way or don't reach a final judgment against him the idea that in discovery his tax returns will be -- >> right, see, the first question becomes does a judge allow the case to move forward at all. and if the answer to that is, yes, meaning as you point out discovery, that would allow the plaintiffs to get access to relevant information. and part of that relevant information could be his tax returns, which you've got to believe that in some of these cases the goal here may be we don't think we'll win in emoluments case, but, boy if we could get access to his tax
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returns that in and of itself could be a big win. >> the senate intelligence committee made it clear they're not done with attorney general jeff sessions. he wouldn't answer so many questions saying i don't want to answer but didn't claim executive privilege. >> again, executive privilege is something for the president to claim yet the attorney general seems to be saying, i can't answer these questions because the president might invoke executive privilege at a later date. but that means there's an open question, the president either has to invoke it or not. >> dan abrams, thanks very much. amy with the morning's other top stories starting with this manhunt. >> there is a $70,000 reward being offered in the search for those two georgia inmates. donnie rowe and rickie dubose overpowered two guards, grabbed the guns and killed them. one belongs to a white supremacist gang and police are worried they will kill again. after stealing a car they were spotted 30 miles away and broke into a home to change clothes. meanwhile, in
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overnight authorities recaptured a murder suspect and another inmate who escaped through a ventilation system. the second escape at that jail. two others still on the run. the pentagon is expected to announce president trump has given defense secretary james mattis the authority to set u.s. troop levels in afghanistan. and mattis is believed to be leaning toward deploying several thousand more american troops to take on the taliban and isis. congress has approved the v.a. reform bill. it will make it easier for the veterans affairs department to fire employees and will give more protection to whistle-blowers. president trump promised to hold workers accountable after some veterans died waiting for appointments. and we have an update on a story we first told you about last month. american airlines is now canceling that plan to reduce legroom on some of its planes. it originally planned to cut legroom for economy passengers by up to two inches so it could add more seats on its new 737s but the
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feedback. >> really, angry? >> forced them to change course. can you imagine people upset about that? >> shocking. >> my knees are happy. how about that. >> thanks, amy. >> thank you, amy. now to an amazing rescue that was caught on camera. two beachgoers were caught in a rip current but saved by hero officer and surfers and abc's gio benitez is on the scene at rockaway beach in new york. good morning, gio. >> reporter: michael, good morning to you. incredible, the two sisters say they were going into the water to wash off the sand when a powerful rip current knocked them over and dragged them out to sea. panic on the shore, watch this cell phone video showing the dramatic rescue of two people stuck in rip currents in danger of drowning. but a 23-year-old nypd officer happened to be right there. >> it was all good timing. i'm down here for the summer. we have large crowds coming in all right billy lauria stripped
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in the water. when he realized there was more than one, he enlisted the help of surfers. >> we got you, stay calm. >> reporter: one of the rescued now speaking out. >> i panicked, i'm going to drown. i'm going to drown. he saved my life and my kids' life. >> reporter: this won't be the last rip current emergency. so experts remind us if you get caught up in one just don't swim directly to the shore. swim parallel to the shore and get out of it first. michael. >> all right, thank you, gio. boy, happy ending to that. good thing about it. ginger, we'll come to you with more on the weather. >> we've seen a lot of images like this. this is a fresh one from western minnesota. look at that debris. you can see that flying there and a tornado in western minnesota. 12 reported tornadoes from south dakota into minnesota and this is where it will move today. that cold front going to smash through parts of the midwest and great lakes bringing mostly damaging winds from nebraska or i'm sorry eastern kansas through missouri up to chicago.
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welcome back to "gma." and you're looking live at the scene in london where that massive fire erupted overnight. flames tearing through this high-rise apartment building while hundreds of people were sleeping. some spotted dangling from windows trying to escape. >> yeah, i mean, what a frightening scene. dozens of people rushed to the hospital and a search and rescue operation is still underway this morning and, unfortunately, the number of injured keeps rising throughout the day. also right now, nearly 200 democratic congressional leaders are filing a lawsuit against president trump over his business dealings with foreign governments. the largest number of lawmakers ever to sue a president and, george, as you mentioned earlier, it's the president's 71st birthday. >> happy birthday to the president. first though here new trouble for uber. just as the company announced
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absence, one step to counterclaims of sexism and harassment a top board member has been forced to resign after making sexist comments at a board meeting. rebecca jarvis has details. >> reporter: those remarks made just as uber was unveiling its new policies to combat sexual harassment in the workplace including a ban on romantic relationships between managers and subordinates, limits on alcohol consumption and the addition of a second female to their board of directors. the astonishing comment in that context in particular creating an uproar among uber employees. listen to this astonishing exchange obtained bia hoooo at a staff meeting between uber board members arianna huffington and bonderman. >> there's a lot of data that shows when there's one woman on the board it's much more likely that there will be a second woman on the board. >> actually what it shows is that it's
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talking. >> reporter: the backlash online brutal calling bonderman's response moronic. others describing the company as a literal frat house. overnight bonderman resigning issuing an apology calling his comments careless, inappropriate and inexcusable adding i need to hold myself to the same standards that we're asking uber to adopt. this is just the latest instance of turmoil at the company. uber's ceo travis kalanick apologizing in march after this video of him arguing with one of his company's drivers surfaced. >> some people don't like to take responsibility for their own [ bleep ]. >> i take responsibility. >> they blame everything in their life -- this year they had a series of pr setbacks from allegations of sexual harassment to the ceo berating a driver in the back of an uber to another e-mail that came out that talked about a party like culture so this is not a good thing for the company. not good timing. not good optics. >> arianna huffington says she
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member doing the right thing and stepping down but now uber must embark on the difficult tank of truly changing that company culture and it's not going to be easy with ceo travis kalanick on leave for an indefinite amount of time, and, guys, they are still looking for a number of new executives to put into this company. they do have a leadership deficit. >> how do they recover from all this? >> it's going to be a long road ahead and the employees, there are so many employees who want this to be a great company, they want it to be done for them. they want a better culture and also a good ipo next year which is part of the plan. >> that is. rebecca, as always, thanks so much. now to the verdict that could come at any moment in bill cosby's sexual assault trial. jurors deliberating this morning after asking to hear key parts of the testimony again on tuesday. abc's linsey davis is at the white house this norristown, pennsylvania, for us. good morning, linsey. >> reporter: good morning, robin. 16 hours of deliberations and counting. yesterday the jury deliberated om
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9:00 p.m. and during that time, bill cosby is also inside the courthouse waiting in what is essentially a small conference room and each night as he leaves the courthouse there are a handful of cosby akiers and also a handful of cosby supporters who cheer him off. after a day and a half of discussion behind closed doors and four questions for the judge the jury has yet to render a verdict in the sexual assault trial against bill cosby. on tuesday, the jury asked to hear excerpts from cosby's 2005 deposition in his civil trial versus andrea constand where he admitted to giving her benadryl so she could relax and graphically described what he calls a consensual sexual encounter saying he didn't directly ask constand for permission to touch her but she did not refuse his initial advances. >> we're confident these jurors are going to review the facts
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the case and they're going to make the right decision. >> reporter: constand accuses cost of giving her three blue pills and sexually assaulting her at his home in 2004. the jurors asked for the definition without her knowledge referring to a lack of constand's concept to sexual contact. and later in the day requested to hear the testimony of the canadian police officer who conducted constand's initial police interview when she first reported the assault. >> no matter whether this is a guilty or not guilty i think andrea has proven to everyone what she is made of and this is a woman who is poised, she's in control and i think that she was very, very credible. >> reporter: if convicted, the district attorney's office has said it would immediately move to revoke cosby's bail until sentencing which would happen within 60 to 90 days. each of the three counts he faces carries a ten-year maximum, but no minimum. legal analysts say that the longer the jury del
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better it is for the defense. if the jury is unable to come up with a verdict today think could report back to the judge that they are deadlocked. in that case the judge would most likely send them back at least one more time to continue in their deliberations before declaring a mistrial. robin. >> all right, linsey, we know who to talk to about that. joining us veteran trial lawyer mark geragos. let's begin with all the questions that the jury is asking. what do you make of that, mark? >> well, it's always tough to read the questions, it's almost like reading tea leaves. you never know if it's a person trying to convince somebody to come along or is it one of the people in the minority who may be trying to convince or solidify their point. so the number of questions, i think, is more indicative of the fact that there is a split, somebody is clearly fighting for cosby's not guilty verdict, but as i think i told you yesterday morning and
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selection in this case, this case has all the earmarks of ending up in a hung jury, not just because of the racial composition of the jury but i think also because it's -- when you have a case that is this old and basically you're fighting over whether or not there's consent, that can usually split people. >> you've been very consistent in feeling that way and others have said the same. if it is a hung jury, what does a judge do? if they come back and say they're hung. >> if they come back, if they come back and say we're deadlocked, we're hung, can't reach a verdict, anything along those lines jem what the judge does, he has two options. he can either give them an allen charge which is a dynamite charge basically tells those who are in the minority to rethink their position, if the judge does not want to do that he could give something more tame, send them back and say, rethink it but don't change your mind
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decision. generally, though, this is a unique situation and one of the other things that i think people have to remember is this is a sequestered jury. they're going back not only are they sequestered they're 200 miles away from home and he's very cognizant of that and wants to get them out of there. i don't know that he'll keep them there forever but i think we may hear something today in terms of that they're either deadlocked or something along those lines. >> you do bring up great points about being sequestered and they're 200 miles from home and that plays in, perhaps, into the judge's thinking? >> it does. i think the judge is very cognizant. he mentioned something yesterday about it and he's been very attune to the jurors and the fact that they're giving up quite a bit. i mean, you know to be sequestered is one thing but to be sequestered hundreds of miles from home is quite another and i think he appreciates that. >> oh, yes, all right, mark geragos as always, appreciate your
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with the heat wave across the nation the danger of hot cars in the headlines. a 5-year-old died monday after being left in a hot van in arkansas and "gma's" investigating ways to prevent these tragedies and paula faris trying out new technologies designed to save kids' lives. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. already 12 children have died in hot cars, it's not even summer. we have technology in our cars to remind us of virtually everything to remember our keys and turn off the headlights but nothing to remind us of our children in the backseat. some legislators are fighting to make child alert systems mandatory in cars. we're looking at three different technologies already on the market. these are the kinds of dramatic videos we see
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toddlers and babies being rescued from hot cars. but experts believe these incidents are preventible. >> i can't think of anything more important in my vehicle than alerting me if a child has been left behind. >> reporter: now the children's safety organization kids and cars as well as lawmakers are pushing for all cars to be built with a child alert system. >> there are technologies that can prevent that kind of tragedy. we should just do it right away. >> reporter: with several devices or on the market "gma investigates" tried out three different popular technologies meant to help you remember your precious cargo in the backseat. a car seat with built-in technology and an alert system already in some general motors cars and a popular traffic app. for our demonstration i borrowed my producer's baby, ben. okay, ben, here we go. first up, sensor safe exclusive in evenflo
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right into the car's diagnostics. that receiver communicates with the car seat's smart chest clip letting the driver know through a series of chimes whether a child is still in the seat after the car is turned off. there it is. it works. it goes off just seconds after we turn off the car. next we look at general motors' rear seat reminder system, the feature uses back door sensors that activate when either rear door is opened or closed within ten minutes of the vehicle being started or while the vehicle is running. when you reach your destination you get a reminder on your dashboard. i'm going to turn the car off. rear seat reminder, look in rear seat but what happens if i make a stop along the way. rear seat reminder, there it is and restart the car without opening the back door. i got out to get gas. let's see if i get the reminder when i turn the car off. no reminder.
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designed to remind drivers to check the backseat as they exit their vehicle under certain circumstances. and for our last technology we try out the popular traffic app wa seem e. it has a setting to check your backseat when you reach your destination you entered into the app but won't alert you during an impromptu stop. we have arrived. wow. i didn't even turn the car off and i have a child reminder. see. child reminder, check your car before you leave. one important thing to remember when using app based alerts. you have to make sure your phone is charged. >> the biggest mistake parents make is they really feel this can't happen to them. >> reporter: and, of course, having technology is just part of the solution here. two other tips for you, the first is before you embark on your journey put your purse or put your phone in the backseat. something that you know you're going to remember once you arrive at your destination so
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get it out, obviously it's unlocked but you go back there and retrieve your purse and your phone, things you know you won't forget. the second if your child is trapped in the vehicle, have this tool on hand. it's called a rescue me. i'll show you how it works. you position it in the corner of your window right here and press firmly press firmly. you can see i think the rain is having an impact but press firmly until it shatters the windshield then you can puncture it with your elbow or punch through with your hand and kids and company recommend you have one of these on your keychain at all times in any season, george. >> i got to get a better one and where did that rain come from all of a sudden? >> we were watching the demonstration but we were more amazed that it was raining and we didn't know about it. >> it's pouring right now. >> taking one for the team as always. all the great information you're sharing. >> thank you, paula. all of you can get more information and look at another system we tried on our website. >> we got our
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i love the conversation we were having. amy in the break. back with the big board and baseball has a new breakout superstar. we're talking about the yankees 25-year-old rookie sensation, aaron judge. you know him, 22 home runs. but they're towering shots and he's nearly leading the triple crown of baseball stats, second when it comes to rbi. one sportswriter, come on, even comparing him to baseball legend babe ruth. >> that's a lot of pressure. >> no pressure there. espn's jessica mendoza, love it when she joins us on the program. and he's played less than a seas
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babe ruth. is that fair? >> no. it's not fair at all. i mean, and to his credit this is the biggest baseball player we have ever seen. so at 6'7", 280 pounds there has never been someone that height and that weight. he can bench 450 pounds. i mean, he is ridiculous but, guys, what impresses me too, yeah, his size but how athletic. michael, you can appreciate this. i mean how he can move. he's the second best right fielder in the game right now according to defensive runs saved. he steals bases so, someone, yes, he can crush the ball but he can move too. >> i tell you what, baseball off-season i got another sport that will pick him up with those stats. he's hitting tape measure home runs. he is launching the ball out of the park. how hard is he hitting the baseball? >> there it goes. deep to left. >> it's ridiculous. when you think about the sexiest stat right now in baseball it's called exit very lossty. this guy, he can h
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hard, 121 miles an hour. we have never seen anyone hit the ball this hard especially since exit velocity has been measured but to put it in perspective the average major league guy, all legit hitters is 86 miles an hour and it's not just the towering shots but he hits base hits too which is incredible. >> he is a good guy. i know you talk to him from time to time. good guy? >> super humble. he's adopted. i mean his story and watch how his teammates gravitate toward him. it's awesome. >> he has a gap in his teeth so i'm a big aaron judge fan. there you go, young man. keep it going. >> i'm a big fan of jess mendoza. see jessica cover the yankees taking on the angels tonight, 10:00 p.m. eastern on espn. coming up demi moore revealing she lost two teeth because of stress. dr. ashton will explain. come on back. [ bell rings ] fun in art class. come close, come close. [ moans ]
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>> anchor: good morning, washington! i'm melanie hastings. breaking news just coming in right now from alexandria, police telling us that right now , multiple people are shot near simpson park on east monroe avenue. this all unfolding just within the last 15 minutes, as just minutes ago alexandria fire crew s tell abc 7 there are multiple people hurt with varying degrees of injuries. we know that a medevac has been called to the scene. police say they believe a suspect is in custody. we have multiple crews on the way and we will update you just as soon as we learn more move results are in from virginia primary elections on the democratic side, a clear winner. lieutenant governor raffle, favorited over tomorrow par yellow. gop.
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ed galeepspy getting a few thousand votes more than that corey stewart. ap has declareed gillespie the winner. stewart has not conceded. hot and sticky. showers on the way. >> reporter: finally, our temperatures getting back to average. the heat wave over. that said, it's still muggy. temperatures to the upper 80s later today. then we have low 80s expected for the end of the work week. father's day back to the high of 92. track a few showers and thunderstorms from noon until 7:00 p.m., look at the storm threat over the next couple days, that does include father's day. next week relatively quiet, generally in the 80s. first day of summer, 85. >> reporter: we've got a few trouble spots on the capital beltway traveling into silver spring, major gridlock. i want to head to our big picture map and show you gw parkway delays but travel lanes are open. suitland parkway, delays, one lane
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vehicle. you can see all the grid lock now, the problem as you head into silver spring, going to be a stalled vehicle and the same at 450. >> anchor: thank you. we continue to follow that breaking news out of alexandria, multiple people shot, we have updates right
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[captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] now, good morning washington on your side. "a breaking news alert. larry: we're following breaking news out of alexandria. a shot near a park. let's go right to adrianna hopkins. adrianna: we are hearing from fire crews several people are being treated with injuries. police have said this is unfolding your stanton park on east monroe avenue. we are learning several congressmen were there in baseball. have not confirmed that those congressman or police in the area shot. police telling us that you have a suspect in custody at this hour.
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scene. they will update you as we get more information. dave is at the line is with more on this unfolding situation. dave: this is a baseball practice, if you will -- each year members of congress, usually the house of representatives, but the senators get involved as well -- they face-off in a baseball game. they have a man's game, and also a women's game, so the female members of congress can't get involved -- can get involved. this has been going on for a long time to bring both parties together, it is however the democrats versus the republicans. they were practicing, apparently, when this happened. that is where we are right now. fired some reports as many as working shots fired at one
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that there is access constantly, and that a medevac helicopter has landed at least one of them, and a number of people have been taken to the hospital. we are trying to work that angle as well. as a big story in that it is over a wide area and federal city. it is a difficult thing -- the ability to sort of -- sort out what is, and what is the old ones outstrips our ability to do it all in. there is information being -- holding all in. there is a lot of information being circulated. that is what i am getting regular. i am side -- am i sending it to now? let's head upstairs to marry and. adrianna: thanks so much. -- of congress you were talking
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appropriate to say who they were. there were -- yeah. >> but you're confident they were members of congress. you're confident they were practicing in that park and they told you that congressman scalise had been injured. >> i can confirm, yes, they're definitely members of congress because we called their offices and were trying to call their chief of staff to let them know they're okay. i can confirm that they were practicing baseball because i've gone over there to talk to them while they're practicing baseball over the past couple of weeks and i can confirm that they said that steve scalise was laying on the ground. they were not able to say whether or not he was -- he had passed away. a helicopter did just come and did have to life flight somebody out. we're not sure of the condition there. >> do you know if anyone else was injured? >> i don't know anybody else who would be injured. >> okay, well, ben childer, thank you very much. you're saying you just were seeing another
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in right now? >> so, a helicopter came in about 15 minutes ago and then one just touched down, i didn't see anybody get into it and then left. >> okay, ben childer, thanks very much for that information. now to cecilia vega at the white house. learning anything, cecilia. >> reporter: no response yet from the white house, george. but here's what we do know. the alexandria police have tweeted they believe a suspect is in custody. they are warning people to stay away from the area asking people to let emergency vehicles through. you can see that police presence right there on the scene. the big concern police say right now is getting assistance to the victims that are on that scene. george, this is about 7 1/2 miles away from the white house in alexandria, virginia. a number of people in washington live and commute -- live in that area, commute into the city. congressman adam schiff was just saying in an interview he hasn't heard directly about this incident but that he is extending his prayers and, of course, he is -- this is for him and for, of course, many members of congress
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horrible memories from 2001 when gabby giffords was shot. we don't know what's happening but a very real fear for members of congress and we're waiting for details to come in. we know this congressional baseball game for which we're told these members of congress were practicing took -- is to take place saturday so wouldn't be unusual for them to be playing and practicing this early in the morning before they head to work out here on the hill again not that far away from washington. >> annual tradition. mary bruce, steve scalise, the number three ranking republican in the house of representatives right behind the speaker of the house paul ryan and the leader kevin mccarthy. >> reporter: scalise is the gop whip. key member of republican leadership. you often see him standing there next to the speaker and another republican leadership at all of these events. it's been a key player in every major republican fight, of course, over the last -- during this administration. he's a constant presence up on the hill, the key player
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health care battle recently. you know, we are awaiting any response from gop leadership at this point. >> as the whip you're responsible for getting votes so one is well connected throughout the house of representatives. want to go back to pierre thomas for more on this. any indication about motive here? who the gunman may have been. >> reporter: unclear whether this is street crime or something else. we have information the fbi has arrived on the scene. that is not typical that the fbi would arrive on the scene for any sort of generic street crime so obviously there's concern that the congressman may have been the target of this alleged gunman so, again, we're getting additional information but we're being told the fbi has arrived to the scene. we're also reaching out to homeland security officials, who are trying to get additional information. >> pierre, stay on that. meantime, i want to go back to cecilia. you've gotten some comment from the white house press secretary sean spicer. >> reporter: well, george, sean is tweeting saying that both president trump and vice president pence are aware of the
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and i want to quote here, our thoughts and prayers are with all affected. so clearly this is something that the white house is monitoring very closely. as i mentioned this is not that far away from the white house and, again, you know, a number of gop congressional members expected to be -- we believe were out there practicing for this baseball game. >> i want to bring back mary bruce for more on this. mary, we've seen other attacks on the capital as well. most thwarted. senior members of congress, the very senior most usually have security, usually their drivers but you wouldn't expect there would be security on the scene for practice at a baseball game. >> reporter: absolutely. they do have security but, again, this is outside of the congressional compound. this is -- i believe in a more residential area, a baseball practice. this is not, you know, where you would be surrounded by the normal capital police present in the congressional building in the capitol itself. scalise does have security, unclear at this point how much was with him but, again, this is an early morning baseball
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this is, you know, a rite of passage, a tradition here on capitol hill. there are many of these congressional baseball teams, it's really a fun opportunity for lawmakers to spend some time together outside of the halls of congress and clearly this has turned into quite a tragic incident if for those just tuning in reports of a shooting at a virginia park, alexandria, virginia, a senior member of congress, steve scalise has been shot. i want to go to our fbi analyst brad garrett, former fbi special agent and just learned from pierre, brad, fbi on the scene. what's the first thing they'll do? >> well, to make sure, george, you only have one shooter. you know, the biggest concern, you and i have talked several types when you have a shooting, is it contained or do you have other events planned by other people that may be coordinated with the shooter. it's going to be the real key to start with and obviously the very, very quick thing to do is make sure you've got medical emergency and medical personnel and paramedics at the scene to handle people seriously and minorly injured. >>
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where there are multiple attacks in multiple areas. so far this does seem to be contained. >> it does. it sounds like a lone shooter at an event. we'll guess obviously there's got to be some targeting since it's apparently gop folks together. but motive is secondary. primary is contain the scene. make hour it doesn't expand beyond what they have in front of them and treat the people. >> and get it all contained. okay, brad garrett, thanks very much. i want to go quickly back to pierre thomas. what more can you tell us about who is responding at this moment? >> reporter: again, we know that the alexandria police are on scene and the fbi is on scene, again, that is unusual. they don't typically respond to local crime this way. obviously there's great concern that the congressman may have been targeted. again, we don't know motive yet but the fbi is on the scene investigating
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>> mary bruce, i want to get you back on the phone as well right now. we were just talking to brad garrett, the possibility of other attacks. no indication of that at all right now but can you tell us do you know of any activity in the capitol, any alerts going out to members of congress, their office, any extra security precautions being taken. >> reporter: george, none so far that we have seen but i would imagine there will be a heightened sense at the capitol, this information is coming in, everyone trying to figure out what is going on and on heightened alert but i would not be surprised if we see extra measures on capitol hill today. >> it is a busy time at the capitol right now. congress just back after its memorial day break as mary was saying practicing for this baseball game, a lot going on at the capitol on health care, dealing with the various other matters before the congress right now and seen all of these hearings also on russia and terrorism, but, mary, talk a little more again, nothing being done right now, but in recent months and years, the kind of
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in at the capitol since both 9/11 and these other incidents at the capitol, all the visitors go through metal detectors. >> reporter: yes, all visitors go through metal detectors. there is a real heightened sense of security around the capitol over the last few years, in order to get into the capitol as a visitor you have to go through detectors, all bags are searched, all people are served as they go through those detect terse, e from both sides of the aisle gathering to take part in a baseball practice. it was 7:15 a.m. when the first shots rang out. a lot of the information we are gathering is coming from another congressman, mo brooks, did an interview to cnn moments ago. that he was on the field. he could see a rifle over the shoulder of steve scalise, was near second base. he said behind third
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he saw the rifle and that is where he heard steve scalise screen from second base. we know the louisiana talisman who also served as the house majority whip was struck in the hip. some members of his security detail ran to his aid. and we know one of them used a belt as a tourniquet to minimize the bleeding and the damage. he is expected to be ok. of course, a very serious situation on holding there. -- unfolding there. we are understanding several security guards, capital police officers, also might have been struck, and that it was a capitol hill police officer that eventually took the gunman down. , again, telling some of his staffers that he heard more than 50 shots fired. he also believed five were hit in total, including steve scalise. mo brooks not injured in this rampage. larry: yeah, there was
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injured, another person, as well as steve scalise and two police officers. saying it is never easy to take -- all the people on the field scattered. medevac called to this -- what was referred to as a multiple shooting. this is all happening in alexandria, about an hour ago, 7:15 a.m. please sign the suspect involved -- saying the suspect involved is in custody. alexandria fire officials telling us there are various degrees of injury in this. it's is the 400 block of east monroe avenue. this is the periscope video we have that location. police are advising people to stay away, let emergency vehicles get through and do what they need to do. an ongoing story as representative steve scalise is one of five people were shot in this instant. larry:
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twitter this morning, we understand both the president and the vice president have been briefed on the situation unfolding right now in alexandria and they say their thoughts and prayers are with all of those that have been affected. it sounds like both -- both president trump and vice president mike pence have been cap abreast -- cap the rest of the situation. larry: another report -- brooks telling another radio station may be more than five were hit, but we know at least five at this time. autria: just to recap for you this morning -- it was just about one hour ago this started unfolding among munro avenue in alexandria, where members of congress had gathered to take part in a practice for congressional baseball game. that is when the first shots rang out. we understand multiple have been shot, including one congr
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from louisiana. he served as the house majority whip. we understand he was shot in the head. these reports coming from other .embers of -- shot in the hip these reports coming from other members of congress. mo brooks saying he saw a rifle and hurt more than 50 shots being fired. he was not struck. he is fine this morning, but we do know that steve scalise was hit in the hip, and some of his security detail were able to use a belt as a tourniquet to minimize the damage from that one. he was taken to the hospital and is expected to survive. two capital police officers were wounded. possibly some staffers had in this gunfire. more than 50 shots being fired a capitol hill police officer was able to apprehend the suspect.
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custody, but they do believe they have the one lone suspect in custody right now. larry: we saw the map. right now the road is closed -- east monroe avenue between u.s. 1 and mount erdman avenue are policeand -- and blocking lanes on east bellefonte. that is where the congressman and anyone were gathering for a baseball practice. more pictures right now. sam sweeney is on the scene, and we will go to him in a moment. this is his photographer -- again, so many people right now, even other media members, offering their thoughts as steve scalise, again, one of those hit in the hip. he is the house majority whip. so much of this coming from caps on books out of alabama -- --
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brooks out of alabama. the custody is in -- the suspect is in custody. has been know if he hit. at least five people were shot, acluding two officers, staffer, and at least another person that is not the identified. autria: we understand the fbi is responding to this shooting at this virginia park. if you are familiar with this area in alexandria, this is the del ray neighborhood of alexandria. a highly residential area. you can see from the aerial view they have a lot of condos and townhomes in this area, and of course, a baseball park where these members of congress had gathered to take part in one of the few remaining to my bipartisan events that happens here in washington, d.c. if there's anything that can bring both sides together, it is the love of baseball, and this bipartisan congressional baseball game is one that
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see members come together, the differences aside to enjoy their love of baseball together. hard to hear this has been disrupted in such a violent manner. larry: it is not clear the target was. brooks was saying he was on deck for this practice, and it appeared that steve scalise was on second base, not really close to him. let's go to the life desk and dave lucas -- live desk and dave lucas. dave: to talk of it a little bit about the baseball game that was supposed to be playing tomorrow night -- they have been doing this since 1909. they call it the congressional baseball game, and it is 39-39-1, and this is going to be a rubber game and i say was going to be because
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figure the chances of an going off on the is very much in doubt. they played at nationals stadium . it is a fundraiser for the washington literacy center, and the washington nationals dream foundation. they charge admission. it is about $20. a very long time ago, when i was staffer and my member played, it was a must do sort of thing. it turns out a big crowd. makes a lot of money for these charities. as you might expect, amongst some very competitive folks, members of congress, things get heated. never, of course, anything like this. sam sweeney standing by live. tell us what you are seeing, please. as you can imagine here on the scene in this quiet del ray community. you can also tell the situation is under control.
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active shooter seems -- no suspects taken into custody. there is a flurry of activities. controlrtainly under here. a lot of people living nearby. there is a ymca or -- also an apartment to. there is also a dog park right next to the field where the shots rang out. some witnesses reporting members of congress, at least three members of congress ran to their apartment so they could go -- so they could go -- autria: having a little trouble with sam sweeney's live shot. he is just getting set up for us. more information from several of the other members of congress who were there taking part in this baseball practice. mo brooks, one of the members congress who has been giving us the best picture of exactly what happened
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the dugout for section. hiding behind the dugout, using it as a shield as the shooter fired off what we have heard is more than 50 shots. one of those striking the louisiana representative, steve scalise, hitting him in the head, and one of the security members having to use a out as a tourniquet to minimize the damage. rand paul also on the scene, and he is reporting this morning that after the first shot there was a rapid succession of shots that jibes with what we hear from other members of congress -- at least 50 word. rand paul says after that rapid succession of shots, he saw steve scalise had been shot, but was trying to drag himself through the dirt. that is rand paul, who was there at the congressional baseball practice as well. larry: also, brooks saying the shooter appeared to be a white
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that. he said i saw him for a second or two. it was a semi automatic weapon that he did. used his belt as a tourniquet to help one of the victims. capital -- hit two five were hit. at least two capital police officers. around 7:15pened a.m., just over one hour ago in alexandria, in case you're just coming in. the roads are blocked -- tuning in. the roads are blocked in that area as well. autria: just to recap the injuries, it is believed those injured include the two capital andce officers, the gunmen, representative steve scalise. this is all brand-new, still developing. it was just an hou
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first shots were fired. a lot of new information is coming in, but to try to condense it as much as we can, it seems there were maybe four people injured in total -- two capitol hill officers, the gunmen, and steve scalise. let's get to suzanne kennedy, who is live with more on what she was able to gather. suzanne kennedy: we are about one block or two from the park where the shooting took place in the 7:00 hour, around 7:15 a.m. you see there is an intense police presence -- squad cars, ambulances, other police and authorities responded to the situation that place. all of this happening as republicans were preparing for a charity fundraising event tomorrow.
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practice here at the young. we understand from eyewitness accounts that they heard multiple gunshots -- upwards of several dozen. they heard them, and all of the following things ensued. they heard authorities arriving to the scene. they heard people running from the scene. this is a quiet neighborhood -- an unusual place for something like this to take place. as we have been reporting all morning long, congressman steve of louisiana, the house majority whip has been in congress less than three years, was shot in the head. he tried to get inside -- shot in the hip. out.ied to get himself we are hearing reports to officers were wounded, possibly in the lower extremities. authorities are still responding, trying to figure out what happened.
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suspect almost immediately apprehended here at this thing. there are a lot of people in this neighborhood just standing around, dumbfounded. as a quiet neighborhood off of one in alexandria. people don't understand how this at a place like a soft practice for a charity event scheduled to take place tomorrow night at nationals park. we have not been reached by the department. we are awaiting word from them. any details you can provide, pass it along to you. autria: as we stand by and with for that, suzanne, let us know what is going on. we are in representative jeff duncan plans to give a statement with police regarding a conversation he had with the shooter before leaving practice early. representative duncan taking part in the practice, but having to duck out a little early for whatever reason, and apparently he had some kind of conversation with the
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government decided to open our. sam sweeney is standing by -- open fire. sam sweeney is standing by in alexandria with more. sam? sam: right now we are about one block away from the cvs, where the media staging area is. there are multiple seasons del ray community. the results of a dog. many people are still stuck -- there is also a dog park. many are still stuck. people say they heard dozens of shots, possibly as many as 50 shots in this area. one resident said at least three actually fast to his apartment, .ried to get away they understand this was a deliberate attack -- it appeared to be a deliberate attack alexandria police say the suspect is in custody. we are working to gather new information from witnesses on the scene. you -- we
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are live on channel 7 right now. can you tell us what you know? >> i know very little other than the fact i workout at the ymca every morning, and about five minutes after the incident people were texting me wanted to know if i was ok, and i said what is wrong, and they said there was a shooting incident. management said they were in lockdown, we should stay away. i have been standing here ever since observing. -- i know theis congressional team practices on this field probably two or three times a month. my suspicion is that for whatever reason, a fairly they were targeted. sam: and when you came out here after the lockdown was listed -- lifted -- it is still in lockdown. i never got in. you could not get in. you could not get around any of the streets even to
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i have been standing here for almost an hour observing. sam: capitol hill police were also here on the scene right away? >> it is my understanding there police incapital hill the area because there were congressman price -- plane, practicing. -- practicing, playing. sam: thank you. i want to go to suzanne kennedy. she is on the other side of the scene. what can you tell us about the witnesses you are speaking to? steve scalise i'm talking to -- suzanne: i am talking to xavier ducks with. can you explain what you are hearing? >> i heard there was a charity event, a guy shot at least five people, had a semi automatic ruffles, and no one
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condition right now. suzanne: what are you been told about the area, how secure it is -- if you can get into work? >> they are not letting anyone in or out. just to hold tight. suzanne: how long have you worked with the ymca -- is this a safe neighborhood? xavier: i have been working since january. it is a safe neighborhood. it is kind of surprising. everyone is so tight around here. i don't know. it is on expendable. suzanne: we heard there were -- unexplainable. suzanne: we heard there were window ofd into the the ymca. can you confirm that? xavier: i cannot confirm that because i was not in. >> can you repeat what you saw or heard?
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shots were fired, and five people were hit. >> you did not see that yourself. >> i did not see it myself. >> can you describe the emergency response? >> there was a cop behind me, three that pass by, and a cop behind me. he pulled his life on the sheet put his lights on and took off. -- he put his lights on and took off. i saw there was a helicopter. it was just crazy. suzanne: what did your supervisor tell you about the people in they at the time -- that they evacuate or shelter in place? >> he did not say, but i believe they sheltered. pedestrianse there around, was it crowded, or an empty morning? >> it was crowded. i am not sure what anyone else has seen. suzanne:
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we are hearing from somebody who was just tried to come into work. there is still an extensive police presence here. respond,continuing to figure out what happened here. we are about a block or so from where the shooting took place. you can see both sides of the street flanked with alexandria police officers, fire, and ems, as they continue to respond to this incident, now about one hour, 15 minutes old. we're at the corner of do with and munro, st. andrew's church. people trying to figure out what happened. some people were able to get on social media. one person was able to periscope the talk about what he had heard. he describes how several members hisongress came into apartment to shelter from what had happened. authorities not giving us any additional information. a are trying to figure out what happened here.
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what happened here. very unusual for closeness, close to the city, but feels very secure. local businesses -- clearly, people just in shock this morning by what has happened at this republican softball practice. larry: 8:32 a.m. at least five people shot at a baseball practice in alexandria, including steve scalise, who was the house majority whip. let's get steve rudin right now who is on the phone. what can you tell us from your vantage point? steve: i just got here, and when it first happened, i was walking my dog into the local coffee shop and i heard a bunch of fire trucks and sirens. off.thing is cordoned for those of you not familiar with the area, there is a popular coffeehouse. there is the
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, and across the street is a brand-new all the supermarket. -- aldi's supermarket. across from this there is an extremely busy dog park. this time of mourning, it is packed. they just wheeled out a stretcher from the parking lot of the ymca down toward the basketball court area, which i cannot sleep. -- which i cannot eat. it is lower than the actual road. they rolled out a stretcher about. the area is tightly cordoned off , and at this point, things appear relatively calm. autria: that is good to hear. of deleve, this area ray, very residential. i used to live right there, would run past the ballpark. we are seeing some of committee on twitter. we also se
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will it holds in the glass of the ymca building. are you anywhere in that vicinity? away, i am about 250 feet but they're so many and moses, fire trucks, police cars, i cannot see the windows. if you are looking at the same area i am looking at, the front corner, that is the area where they have their main exercise during the time of the morning and how many people exercise during the early morning hours, i am curious to see if anything was going on there because they have all of their ellipticals machines in that -- and weight machines in that corner. counting 7, 8, 9, 10 windows that are fairly large, but i cannot from my vantage point where the bullet holes are. autria: thank you very much, steve.
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who has released an official statement, saying the vice president and i are aware of the shooting incident and are monitoring developments closely. tragedy.ddened by the larry: people saying this could with rand paul, seen everyone would have died except for the fact that capitol police were there because of steve scalise and his position ofa high-ranking member congress. we understand he is one of the five did -- the suspect is one of the five wounded. there is no active threat right now. also, it represented a from ohio is a doctor. he was one of those taking part. the word is he began treating victims immediately.
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medical treatment and help until paramedics were able to get there. scalise was at second race, and the reports are he was trying to drag himself to get away. that is the latest report we have. they did not together. everyone hit the dirt, and bullets were being shot and scattering all around. again, they were saying this could have been much worse. the shooter is being described as a middle-aged white male. he was behind the third-based account -- dugout, using that for cover. autria: they're getting information from other members of congress. florida saysfrom he heard the shooter ask before he opened fire -- whether or not it was democrats or republicans that were out on the field at the
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were thingsof these -- brooks, steve scalise, rand ntis was on third base. at least five shot. steve scalise representative from louisiana. he has been part of hundreds 2008. 2008.t of congress two capitol police officer shot. brooks saying it was a semi automatic weapon that was shoot -- that was used. know alexandria police, as you can see from the images on your screen, they are trying to get more information. we are told we should be getting some type of update in a few minutes. for any parents of school children who may be concerned, at 8:15 this
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schools did go on lockdown. the suspect is in custody. police are describing the threat as contained. it does not appear there are other shooters police are on the hunt for right now, but alexandria school officials taking this very seriously, taking all precautions. and all alexandria schools unlock down until the situation is over. for any parents that might be concerned, there are not threats to any schools, but officials not taking this lightly. larry: this happen on the 400 block of east monroe street, and again, the roads nearby have been shut down, telling people to stay away from the area, let the officials make sure they come in, give them room to do the work they need to do right now. again, the suspect believed to be in custody. let's get back out to suzanne kennedy
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minutes. i am here with beth -- i just interviewed her on tape that i hope you are ok with talking with us live. >> sure. suzanne: describe what you saw and heard? twonitially i heard one or police cars, and on a busy street come you think nothing of it, but as five or 10 turned into 20, he became aware this was more than an average incident. suzanne: when you walked outside, what did you see? >> just a cavalcade of police, sheriffs, unmarked cars, an incredible barrage of law enforcement. suzanne: at that point were you concerned for your own safety? >> i wouldn't say that, but it was pretty clear this was not a normal incident. this was s
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then checking text messages, people making sure i was ok. just unnerving. we have not heard officially from alexandria police, but we have heard reports of multiple shots fired. amber of congress was shot in .he head -- shot in the hip what is your reaction to this happening in the del ray neighborhood -- such a peaceful place? >> it sounds cliche, but it could happen anywhere. a lot of staffers later, we're close to the capital. your.live and work it is all part and parcel of living close to the capital, close the white house. suzanne: we appreciate your time. >> we got a belt, putting around the wound, and joe barton's boy -- 10-year-old boy was here. i think he is 10. we got him in the
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him under the bench. i got a look at the shooter who was just behind the backstop. just a man with a blue shirt. he could have fired into the dugout while we were there, so we had to get down again. finally, somebody after about 10 minutes yelled the shooter is down, so i sprinted out to steve, and put pressure on the wound. >> the shooter was shot russian -- was shot? >> there was a lot of yelling -- thecould not tell shooter was shot. i believe he is still living. >> how many members were shot westermann -- were shot? >> we just saw him leaning on a stretcher. >>
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a lot of people scrape the. i don't believe there are any deceased at this point. one person, who works for tyson food, i think, comes out here and help us. he was shot in the chest. he is probably the most critical at this point. two of steve scalise's security detail was shot. >> is your sense the shooter knew you guys were out here and targeted you guys specifically. >> i assume, but it is not clear if steve scalise was targeted. >> he was playing second base? >> how many were on the field? >> a number? >> how many members? >> about 25. sam: sam: can you start us from the beginning -- exactly what happened from when you were saying, and when you realize there was a problem? >>
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then fielded some balls in center field. barton,anding near joe watching some of the batting practice and all of a sudden we heard a shot, a very loud shot everyone thought sounded like a gun, and then rapid succession after that. he had a rifle of some type. it was obviously a large gauge rifle, there were people in the field. one staffer was shot in the field. he ran to the dugout. dugout and go to the tried to get as many as he could. firing point, there was behind as i started yelling -- firing behind us. yelling, we did not know if that was our guy or if there were other shooters that had
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. as soon as we found out he had friendly behind us, saying, trying to down -- dating, trying to keep down. i can see the shooter, but he had a line of shot into the dugout. he was firing around, but he shot into the day ago joe barton's boy was here, a tenure, just shagging balls, and we got them into the dugout and stuffed bench.er the did this appeared to be a coordinated attack? sen. flake: it looks like one shooter. you have to assume he knew what he was doing. whether you with targeting certain numbers, we don't know. sam: how long until he was down? sen. flake: it seems like a long time, but it was at least 10 minutes. >>
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there officers here? sen. flake: we did. steve scalise is a house majority whip. he has security detail. two in the detail were shot. one african-american male ran around with a leg wound, returning fire. i was the first out to steve, and then brad, another member from ohio, a physician, came out, and we applied pressure on the wound. >> he seems ok. sen. flake: he was coherent, but he laid out there for 10 minutes alone on the real. we could not get to him. -- alone on the field. we could not get to him. sam: did the shooter say and think? sen. flake: there was a lot of yelling going on, but to tell you the truth, some of the other members had a better
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couldn't hear anything. crystal, i think, was her name, was shot pretty early and she went down. the other gentleman was returning fire. >> a female police officer. sen. flake: female police officer. she was airlifted. >> we are told someone was shot in the head? sen. flake: no, a german was shot in the chest -- a gentleman was shot in the chest. he was taken by evidence. >> what you make of this? sen. flake: i have no idea. i have no idea. phonegot steve scalise's and called his wife. i did not want her to wake up and hear the news and not know what was going on. >> what specific members you member being in the dugout with you? sen. flake: chuck flashman, marty, the p
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that time. i think there were about 12, some staff, 6, 8 members in the dugout. people were hiding behind trees. there was a dog park over there. i think they were butting in the other direction. sam: it took 10 minutes to get the gunman down, but you had security detail --what took so long? sen. flake: he had a lot of ammo, and he must have been secured behind the third-base dugout for a while. it was hard to get in. sam: he took a tactical standpoint. sen. flake: it seems so. initially, he was in the open. marty saw him raise the gun, but he thought why in the world is somebody bird hunting at this time. like 40's, maybe
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dark hair, white, with a blue shirt on -- and i think jeans. was quick behind the dugout, and when i realized he had a line of sight into the dugout with all the members there, we obviously went back down quickly. there were reports of 50 to 100 gunshots because capitol police were returning fire. sen. flake: 50 would be an understatement. we are being joined by a national audience. can you recap what you saw from the beginning? sen. flake: we were doing batting practice. a number of staff were fielding. steve scalise was on second base, fielding balls. all of a sudden we heard a lie -- live shot. the gunman was over by the third
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field. autria: you have been hearing from arizona senator jeff flake, who was busy taking part in that baseball practice this morning between members of congress, and he has been giving his very vivid eyewitness accounts of exactly what happened. saying, wasear him out on second base -- steve scalise was on base. he believed 50 shots were fired over the course of 10 minutes, striking a male and female capitol hill police officer, and congressman steve scalise before the shooter was taken down. this is all unfolding on east monroe avenue in alexandria, the del ray neighborhood. that is where suzanne kennedy picks up our coverage. -- who: i'm here with lives here in the home behind us. you had just come outside
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your lawn. >> due to the heat, i am out irly, trimming bushes, and started the mower at 7:00 a.m., the early time you can start your mower in -- the legal time you can start your mower in alexandria. then i heard shots. a few yearskilling ago when somebody robbed a bakery, but over time i've been here the neighborhood hasn't drastically. a great place. after the first round, you heard return fire. 50et you there were 30 to shots that i heard. i went into my work room, and i said if you are vicious the guy a shooting in the neighborhood, i will stop the mower. then you begin to see some police folks come into town and up the street. my thinking
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was they went into the ymca. they were shooting people there. there were two bits of gunfire. how long did it last? >> it went on for a while. it was for five minutes, starting and stopping. -- suzanne: i'm sure you're how was racing. >> you are mowing your lawn, you don't want to get shot to mow the grass. you get inside of a building. i know a guy once lost his sight because he was shot with a bullet coming through a wall.
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suzanne: what are your thoughts about this happened at 7:00 in the morning? >> i'm an older person. moral have lost their code. people walk through my yard all the time without asking permission. you saw it happen with the newsroom. for ais no respect you,n's rights, forgive they go off on you. i'm an older gentleman. an eagle scout. a handshake, i can do a deal with you. suzanne: do you feel generally this is a safe neighborhood, and how has this impacted the sanctity? absolutely safe neighborhood. when i moved in, there were junkies in the alley, and i cleaned up the neighborhood, working with the
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-- baltimore when they can use my skills. in del ray, people are fed up. i need to go up on it might help. suzanne: thank you very much. let me give you a sense of where we are talking about. if you can turn and come this way, you can see it was just out on the street. it was down here where the shooting took place. it is a neighborhood where he feels comfortable, what he feels he can be out at anytime of the day. larry: suzanne, thanks. from presidentt trump, calling steve scalise a patriot, saying he will recover. this is in the del ray neighborhood of alexandria. in case you're wondering, this was a practice
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ahead of the baseball game tomorrow night. it raises money for a number of great causes. manyepublicans practicing, practicing this morning at tevin coleman 15 a.m. when the gunshots took place. five have been shot there at the park in alexandria, including representative steve scalise, the house majority with. two capital police officers, and the suspect, described as a middle-aged young -- white male also among those hit. started unfolding in around 7:15 this morning as republicans and democrats were taking part in this practice for congressional baseball game taking part. hearing from rand paul about why the armed guards were there in the first place, and it have to do with the fact that steve scalise was taking part of -- in the practice.
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leadership, the house majority whip, he has strong detail assigned with him. he had those armed guards with him taking part in this baseball practice. we are hearing from other members of congress are there that some of them had a conversation with this alleged gunman just moments before he decided to open fire, and he asked her or not it was republicans or democrats that had taken the field to practice. we are hearing reports that as many as 50 shots rang out before capital police were able to get the situation contained. you heard from jeff flake not too long ago that this seemed to go on for about 10 minutes. end, two capital police officers were hit, as well as a staffer on the field. dave lucas is at the l
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abc news is reporting, were shot in the confrontation. we do not have condition reports. punishment steve scalise, the house majority with, to members of the -- congressman steve scalise, the house majority whip, two members of the congressman's security force, a reported, he is believes the second member of the capital police took down the shooter here -- those are senator jeff flake's words. we know the shooter was shot. beyond that, we do not know about the condition report. a staffer, and a lobbyist, five people in all shot and wounded.
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tomorrow night's capital baseball game. we know the democrats were practicing at a field near gallaudet university, and as soon as reports came in of a problem here, you can imagine there was a significant police response over there in the district. they sealed off that area, also everyone off the field and got them away. at this point they were not sure if this was a coordinated attack or if this was a lone wolf. again, we know the number of people hit. we don't know condition reports. we are, pamela, at some point soon, about to get a briefing from the alex -- we are, pamela, at some point soon, about to get a briefing from the police chief. bring that to you live when we get it. big picture, that is all we know right now. i wanted to clear up the number of people -- the reports are five members
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a number of congress, to capitol police officers, a lobbyist, and a staffer wanted. lyingory of steve scalise out there in the infield for about 10 minutes, according to jeff flake, until the shooter was taken down. another member of the house, a physician, was able to get out there and render first aid. you're the reports someone used a belt as a tourniquet. -- you have heard reports someone used a belt as a tourniquet. senator jeff flake said steve scalise the whole time was alert. that is what i have for you down here. as we get more, i will pass it along to you. larry: we want to also make sure we point out the suspect is
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schoolse threat, but are on lockdown. windows.through those rand paul saying it would have been much worse if not for the capital police officers there as part of the detail. he was saying also he saw shots skipping off the warning track. a large gauge rifle -- semi automatic, we are hearing. it is going into the dirt. people were trying to gather. heard senator jeff flake talk a few moments ago -- about 25 members of the republican congress were there. the democrats were at another location. they were diving into the dugout, trying to keep everybody safe as best as they can while pi
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attacking them. autria: we're understanding the alexandra police chief is making his way down to that area along monroe avenue and should be given us an update, hopefully sometime in the next couple of minutes as we had been :00 on this wednesday morning. it has -- 9:00 on this wednesday morning. it has been just under two hours since the scene began unfolding. a --early this morning, early this morning. here we are can innovate from police chief brown. take a listen. >> to make sure you have information you need for your work. i am going to turn it back over to the other andrea chief. -- alexandria chief. >> we're not going to answer any questions at this point, because as the chief pointed

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