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>> tonight a man who opened fire in a sikh temple. reports from elaine quijano, bob orr and ben tracy. a picture perfect landing on mars. john blackstone with the engineer behind the mission. wildfires in oklahoma. residents return for what's left of their homes. and they made the ultimate sacrifice. david martin with the 13-year-old doing all he can to help their families. >> you were working 15, 16 hour days. >> it was a sacrifice i was willing to make.
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captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> schieffer: good evening, scott's off tonight, i'm bob schieffer. why? it's the question we all ask when congresswoman gabrielle giffords was shot last year it's the question we asked after the colorado shooting two weeks ago. it's the question being asked today after the shooting at the sikh temple in wisconsin yesterday that left six dead and a lawman and two other people critically wounded. why? why would someone walk up to innocent people and just start shooting? this is the man police say did it: 40-year-old wade page. elaine quijano is in oak creek, wisconsin, tonight, the site of this latest tragedy. elaine? >> reporter: well, bob, police are not giving a motive for why wade michael page targeted that temple, but they are starting to piece together the details of what happened.
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page parked his s.u.v. in the temple parking lot and walked into the lobby armed with a 9 millimeter handgun and multiple clips of ammunition. he began shooting the people gathered there. >> reports of gunshots. >> reporter: dispatchers got the first 9191 call at 10:25. >> reporter: inside the temple, anyone who could get away barricaded themselves in restrooms and closets, including this woman who hid in a pantry. >> reporter: her father-in-law had been killed. some who were shot banged on the doors of neighbors and pleaded for help. narinder boparai saw the gunman as she pulled into the temple parking lot. did you say anything? >> no. no. we don't talk to each other.
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>> reporter: police arrived within four minutes of the first emergency call. 21-year veteran lieutenant brian murphy was first on the scene. >>. >> reporter: murphy was assisting one of the wounded when he was approached by the gunman. >> i have someone walking out the driveway towards me. >> reporter: murphy was shot at least eight times, gunfire could be heard on police scanners. >> man with a gun. white t-shirt. >> reporter: another officer ordered page to drop his weapon. instead, he opened fire. the police shot him dead. >> subject down! >> we have one officer shot. >> reporter: despite his wounds, murphy directed fellow officers inside. oak creek police chief john edwards. >> it wasn't minor injuries that he had. he had severe injuries and he was still waving off the officers to go take care of the other wounded. >> reporter: lieutenant brian murphy is in the hospital in
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critical condition and, bob, as for the investigation police are now looking at police dashboard video as well as temple surveillance tape of the attack. >> schieffer: okay, thank you very much, elaine. in washington, our justice department correspondent bob orr has been trying to get a better handle on just who this this shooter was. here is his report. >> reporter: sources say the f.b.i. is looking into the music background of wade michael page to determine if hate was the motive behind the sikh temple shooting spree. in a 2010 interview with a white supremacist web site page said he played with a number of white power bands, including one called definite hate. page also founded a band named end apathy. mark potok, who tracks hate groups for the southern poverty law center, calls page a frustrated neonot zi who had connections to multiple racist organizations. >> my sense is that we are not talking about someone who was on the fringes of the scene but
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really someone who was in the thick of the white supremacist world and especially music world >> reporter: sources say several years ago federal officials came across page's name as they conducted various investigations but page himself was never a target. and no intelligence circles suggesting page posed any threat. special agent terese carlson is running the temple shooting investigation for the f.b.i.. >> we had no reason to believe as far as i know, no law enforcement had any reason to believe that he was planning or plotting or capable of such violence. >> reporter: page did have a minor police record. convictions for criminal mischief and arrests for driving under the influence. and he was demoated then discharged from the army in 1998 for being drunk on duty and absent without leave. but whatever led up to sunday's deadly assault apparently happened very quickly. sources say page bought the 9 millimeter pistol used in the attack from this milwaukee area
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gun shop on july 28 and picked it up on july 30, just a week before the shooting. and whatever the motive, investigators strongly believe page acted alone. yet another case of a lone wolf gunman, bob. >> schieffer: okay, bob. one of the victims was a leader of the sikh temple, a man who came to this country with almost nothing and built his own version of the american dream. ben tracy now with that part of the story. >> reporter: sathpaul kalecka and other women were cooking inside the temple's kitchen when the shooting began sunday. >> i was just screaming, screaming. >> reporter: she was worried about her husband satwant, the 65-year-old president of the temple. he just started his morning prayers in the other room. >> reporter: as they huddled in the pantry, she made several quick calls to her son amardeep.
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what did your mom tell you? >> there's a gunman firing on us. but later there was another phone call saying "where's everybody? nobody's coming to help us." then the next one was "how's your father doing? where's your father?" click. >> reporter: when he arrived at the temple he found out his father was dead. the family says satwant tried to take down the gunman with a ceremonial knife but he was shot twice. >> reporter: today the family mourned the loss of a father and grandfather, a man amardeep says came to the united states in 1982 with just $35. >> he first started in gas stations and he was the guy who wore the turban and beard no matter what in the gas station. >> reporter: satwant eventually started buying and renting property, using the money to build his dream-- this temple for the nearly 400 families in the local sikh community. >> he said "god has a plan for me, i want to build this temple." and he built the temple.
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>> reporter: he put up this tribute to his adopted country in his front yard, a flag that fw flies at half-staff in his ."mory. sadly, this was actually a day this family had been looking forward to for months. they actually planned to break ground on a new home here in the milwaukee area but, bob, those t family says those plans are now on hold. >> schieffer: thank you very much, ben. they are sometimes called "seeks" but we were told by their national organization they prefer to pronounce it "sick." they are members of the world's fifth-largest religion. there are 25 million of them worldwide. at least 350,000 here in the united states. the religion was founded 500 years ago along the modern-day border of india and pakistan. besides wearing distinctive turbans, male sikhs do not cut their hair. they consider it a gift from god. moving on now to the civil war in syria. today the white house said bashar al-assad's regime is
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crumbling from within. his prime minister-- on the job just two months-- defected today to jordan. in the city of homs, assad's warplanes dropped bombs on residential neighborhood. holly williams reporting from the turkey/syria border tells us about the fighting and how it's entered a new phase. >> reporter: the men crouching against the wall are about to be killed by an angry mob. syrian opposition groups said the men who died were members of a family with links to the assad regime. the killers were rebels fighting in an increasingly chaotic conflict. human rights groups and the rebels' own leadership condemned the deaths as summary executions. but in this sprawling refugee camp, we speak to syrians who defended the killings. many of the men here are rebel fighters. "if we had a state, we could have taken those men to court"
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said mohammad hajhasan "but we were in the middle of a revolution and they were war criminals." like many others we spoke to, they said they feel abandoned by the u.s. and europe. "we want a democracy in syria" mohammad told us "but only if it's within an islamic state." others disagree. this man led protests in syria in the early days. he wants a western style democracy and claims the uprising is being hijacked by islamic extremists. "the west isn't doing enough" he told us. "and other countries like saudi arabia are pushing their islamic agenda by giving the rebels financial support." the syrian opposition is divided and there are fears that if and when the assad regime falls there could be continued violence between rival factions. that's one reason why the u.s. and its allies in the west are reluctant when it comes to giving military support to the the syrian rebels. the danger is that militant
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groups will see the drown-out conflict as an opportunity. internet videos show that foreign fighters-- like these ones from libya-- are already operating inside syria. their presence will only add to the bloodshed as syrians fight for control of their future. holly williams, cbs news, on the turkey/syria border. >> schieffer: syria's neighbors are watching this unfold with great concern. charlie rose sat down with jordan's king abdullah who is worried about how far assad will go to crush this rebellion. >> reporter: he has said he'll not use chemical weapons against his own people but he is killing his own people anyway. they're massing in aleppo as we speak. would he use, in your judgment, chemical weapons? >> i hope to god that he wouldn't because i think that would be a trip wire for many nations in the international community. qaddafi's miscalculation was the use of his air force against his
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people. now we are seeing the use of helicopters. he's been fairly successful in using that. chemical weapons is something that scares everybody. what scares most of us is the chemical weapons falling into rebel hands. and who are those rebels? and obviously the use of chemical weapons against innocent people. >> schieffer: more of charlie's interview with king abdullah tomorrow on "this morning." this u.s. women's soccer team goes into double overtime in a thrilling match in london. the secretary of state meets an old friend. and a perfect landing. the story behind the mars mission when the cbs news continues. [ female announcer ] how do you define your moment?
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another flares up. at least one person is dead, 121 buildings have been destroyed. manuel bojorquez is in oklahoma. he talked to a homeowner who lost everything. >> reporter: brandi west was one of dozens who returned to see what was left of her home. >> i mean, i'm more worried about everybody else than i am myself. >> reporter: officials have contained roughly half of the 50 fires that raged through the state. the largest was described as a monster fire that devoured nearly 90 square miles. arson is suspected as the cause of one of the fires but the severe drought is also to blame. according to the u.s. drought monitor, 100% of oklahoma is in drought, 70% of it is extreme. nationally, more than 60% of the country in moderate or exceptional drought. three months ago it was less than 40. >> come on! >> reporter: lyle mackey is a farmer in luther, oklahoma. >> it is a tinderbox. i mean, it's... the grass
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crunches under your feet. >> reporter: he says the drought has scorched the grass his cows eat. the cost of corn to feed them has skyrocketed 25% over last year. he had 30 cows then. this year he can only afford to feed seven. the feeling that you have right now, you're feeling helpless. >> well, i'm... i'm frustrated. i mean, it's a fact that without the rain, without the moisture everything's just for naught. >> reporter: and not very far from lyle mackey's farm this is what we encountered. it seems the drought has set the stage for fires which are literally changing the landscape and it's early the fire season here so people are worried, wondering how much worse things can get. bob? >> pelley: thank you very much, manuel. the u.s. women's soccer team played a real nail-biter in london today. now, if you do not want to know what happened, you know, go get under the bed or something and close your eyes and ears.
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if you do want to know, we're going to tell you. the americans came from behind to beat canada in double overtime 4-3. they play japan on thursday and it's worth noting american jen suhr took the gold in the pole vault. this eighth grader is using his athletic skills to do something impressive. that's next. david. we've got to cancel. i've got gas.
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>> schieffer: finally, this has not been a day of very much good news, but there is a kid in virginia we can all learn from. when he heard about another terrible day one year ago today he set out to do something about it. david martin has the story. >> reporter: 13-year-old l thomas is chasing a dream very different from that of most hoops-crazy kids his age. l is wil is playing for pay, making baskets for the families of the 30 special operators killed when their helicopter was shot down on a night raid in afghanistan one career ago today. >> since they lost somebody that they love so much i think that they need all the support that they can get. >> reporter: he started right after the crash, handing out these flyers seeking donations for every basket he made. >> i shot baskets over labor day
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over 20,000. >> pelley: 20,000? >> 20,317. >> reporter: how long did it take you? >> about 50 hours. >> reporter: 50 hours. how many days? >> three. >> reporter: you were working 15 16 hour days. that might take the fun out of basketball. >> it was a sacrifice i needed to make. >> reporter: he raised $50,000 for the families-- one of whom, the widow of lieutenant commander jonas kelsall had grown up in the same neighborhood and came by to thank him personally. >> just thinking that something that i was doing was something that was helping somebody just living down the road for me was kind of surprising. >> reporter: someone you never knew was there. >> no. >> reporter: last year, wil shot mid-range jumpers, as you can see, he's grown since then and this labor day he'll be shooting from three-point range and he's out to raise $300,000. >> when we first started i was surprised when anybody at the
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grocery store gave us $20 and now to see the this amount of money coming in, it's amazing. >> reporter: it's called "operation hawkeye" a name which refers not only to his marksmanship but also to a dog named hawkeye who lay at the foot of the casket of his master, a navy seal who died in the shootdown. but it's a story about an eighth grader who found a way to serve his country. >> i think it's taught me that regardless of, like, where you come from, you can always make a difference in somebody else's life. >> reporter: he shoots, he scores-- big time. david martin, cbs news, maclean, virginia. >> schieffer: that's the news. for scott pelley, i'm bob schieffer, cbs news, new york. we'll see you here tomorrow. good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh
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this is 9 news now. tonight we are learning more about the army veteran accused in this weekend's shooting at a sikh temple in wisconsin. six people were killed inside that temple and a police officer of shot several times. as susan mcguiness tells us, some in the community say they're still scared. >> reporter: investigators could be at a sikh temple near milwaukee for most of the week collecting evidence after an army veteran allegedly went on a shooting rampage. >> our investigators are following up on all leads that we have and to give you a motive at this time would be premature. >> reporter: police identified the shooter as 40-year-old wade michael page and said he was discharged from the army in 1998. investigators say he killed six people sunday at the temple in oak creek and wounded three others including an officer before police


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