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>> quijano: breaking news, a gunman opens fire near a planned parenthooded clinic in colorado. police and civilians have been injured. also tonight, severe storms turn deadly. there's flooding in texas, snow and ice in the plains. the man charged with jumping the white house fence left a suicide note. and steve hartman's "on the road,"" where the twins reunite with their hero. >> we don't know if we changed his lives, but we than he obviously changed ours. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> quijano: good evening. scott is off tonight. i'm elaine quijano. we begin with breaking news in colorado where a gunman opened fire at a planned parenthood clinic in colorado springs.
at least nine people have been taken to hospitals, four of the injured, possibly a fifth, are police officers. at this hour, the scene is still described as active. police have been exchanging fire with the gunman who is holed up inside the clinic. it is believed he brought bags, possibly containing devices, with him. barry petersen is in colorado springs. barry. >> reporter: well, at this point, elaine, the situation is still a standoff. police have trying very hard to bring this to an end, but the shooter is still in the building. he's holed up, and he's still firing at police. the 911 call came into police just before noon in colorado springs. >> zero 1, multiple shots fired. >> reporter: as the gunman approached the planned parenthood clinic, sources tell us he immediately shot several officers, including responding swat team members. it was the beginning of a long afternoon as police searched for the shooter. the surrounding buildings were
placed on lockdown, and people at a nearby shopping center were told to shelter in place. police spent hours clearing people from the area. lieutenant catherine buckley of the colorado springs police department. >> we do have officers that are actively engaged with the individual inside the billion at this point. they have been taking some gunfire. >> reporter: police received 911 calls from people inside the planned parenthood building, hiding in bathrooms and closet, as they could hear the gunman walking by. joan motolinia was talking by phone to his sister inside the building. he could hear the gunfire. >> she said there was-- there was some guy shooting. >> reporter: did she see him? >> yeah, yeah. >> reporter: what did she say about him? >> yeah, she was hiding. >> reporter: police shut off surrounding streets for miles. for hours, the gunman and police were exchanging gunfire while people once trapped came out one by one. >> to our knowledge, this
individual was at the planned parenthood building and not-- had gone into any other businesses. >> reporter: so the situation now, we're told, could go on for no one knows how long. the shooter is in there. as you mentioned, elaine, he brought some supplies with him, apparently planning to stay for a long time. the planned parenthood building has bulletproof glass, and that is making it harder for police to get at this shooter, which at this moment, is still unfolding. >> quijano: barry petersen on the scene there in colorado springs, barry, thank you. jeff pegues is in our washington newsroom. jeff, what else can you tell us? >> reporter: well, elaine, our sources are telling us that police are trying to get a better idea of what's happening inside that building. the fear is that there may be more injured inside or even fatalities as well. a source just told me that the suspect cornered some of the civilians who were trying to flee that building so that the main concern right now for law
enforcement that has set up this perimeter around that building is trying to get a better sense of what's happening inside. and there is, of course, further complications with this idea that maybe this gunman set some sort of booby trap because sources are telling us that protain tanks were found in the gunman's car. elaine. >> quijano: jeff, while we don't yet know a motive in colorado, we understand the f.b.i. issued a warning about possible attacks on clinics. >> reporter: well, that's right. for several months now, law enforcement has been concerned about people targeting reproductive health care facilities, specifically planned parenthood locations across the country. as we first reported in september, an f.b.i. intelligence bulletin went out to law enforment agencies nationwide with that warning. it came as congress was debating planned parenthood funding and on the heels of the release of a series of videos by the center for medical progress that purported to show planned parenthood doctors discussing the harvesting of fetal tissue
from abortions. the intelligence bulletin warned of, "lone offenders using tactics of arsons and threats, all of which are typical of the pro-life extremist movement." at that time, there had already been nine criminal or suspicious incidents in seven states, and the district of columbia. in one incident inugust, someone poured gasoline on a planned parenthood security guard's car and set that vehicle on fire. that was in new orleans in august. and, according to the f.b.i., there was another incident in july in aurora in which someone poured gasoline around the entrance of a planned parenthood facility there, also causing a fire. but, elaine, if the gunman's motive was some sort of attack on planned parenthood, this is a tactical escalation which is unprecedented. >> quijano: all right, jeff pegues in washington for us. jeff, thank you. late today, the new york city police department announced it was sending critical response vehicles to planned parenthood clinics throughout the city as a precaution after the colorado
springs attack. another big story for much of the nation is severe weather. a band of storms stretching from the southwest to the northeast is dumping snow, ice, and rain. floods killed at least four people in texas where we find manuel bojorquez. >> reporter: more than six inches of rain flooded parts of the dallas-fort worth area, prosmings rescues. firefighters in the inturk of garland responded to calls from people stranded in cars, like this one. battalion chief george winton: >> this person actually called 911 while he was in the vehicle saying that the car was filling up with water, and then we lost contact with him after that. >> reporter: the line went-- >> the line went dead. >> reporter: that caller was one of at least four people who drowned in texas. near fort worth, even a deputy had to be rescued after she tried unsuccessfully to save an elderly woman trapped in a car. the same system dumped snow across much of the nation's
midsection, from colorado to iowa. in parts of kansas, a mix of ice and snow made driving treacherous. conditions could worsen in parts of the southern plains, including the texas panhandle, where up to an inch of ice could accumulate on the roads this weekend. rain is in the forecast through sunday here in the dallas-fort worth area. this has already been the wettest year on record in texas, so any additional rain will likely cause more street flooding like this. elaine. >> quijano: manuel bojorquez reporting tonight. manuel, thank you. in chicago today, as many as 2,000 demonstrators gathered downtown, urging people not to shop to protest the fatal shooting of an african american teenager by a white officer. michelle miller is following this. >> shut it down! >> find the door! >> reporter: protesters braved rain ask near-freezing temperatures to block storefronts along chicago's
famed magnificent mile shopping district. >> we do this for laquan! >> reporter: they hope to quash holiday spending, outraged by what they say was the city's corrupt handling of the investigation into the shooting death of 17-year-old laquan mcdonald by a white police officer. reverend jesse jackson helped lead today's march. >> we're using our votes, our marching feet, and building coalitions. black lives matter here. >> this store is closed! >> reporter: some shoppers expressed support, despite the disruption. >> i think it's those people's right to protest, and i support their, you know, their freedom to do that. >> 60 shots! >> 14 months! >> reporter: demonstrators want authorities to explain why it took 13 months to release dash-cam video of the incident. mcdonald was shot a total of 16 times in less than 15 seconds. officer jason van dyke had been on paid administrative duty until tuesday when he was charged with first degree murder. the vice president with the retail group for the magnificent mile acknowledged there was
revenue loss from today's protest. he said retailers intend to make up for it throughout the holiday season. >> quijano: michelle miller reporting. michelle, thank you. the 22-year-old connecticut man who jumped the white house fence as the first family celebrated thanksgiving was ordered to undergo a psychiatric evaluation today. joseph caputo is charged with illegal entry. craig boswell has more. >> reporter: in court today, joseph caputo did not enter a plea. he merely turned to his mother and mouthed the words, "i love you." yesterday, draped in an american flag, the 22-year-old scaled the north fence of the white house complex before raising his arms to surrender to the secret service. the president and the first family were home at the time celebrating thanksgiving. the breach led to a three-hour lockdown at the white house. caputo carried a binder in his teeth. he dropped an envelope on the north lawn which was later determined to be harmless after law enforcement swept the area. court documents say the
stamford, connecticut resident left a suicide note with friends that read in part, "death is a natural part of life." in 2011, a news web site profiled caputo when he was a member of his high school's diving team. it reported caputo had asperger's syndrome, a form of autism. "i don't feel asperger's should be an excuse," he told the web site." i feel i should work hard to equate with other kids and then rise above." earlier this year, the secret service added spikes atop the white house fence intended to deter would-be fence jumpers. elaine, the service is working on a permanent security solution for the fence but has not yet presented a plan. >> quijano: craig boswell at the white house for us tonight. craig, thank you. in europe two more men are in custody tonight, one in belgium, one in germany, on suspicion of being involved in terrorist activities. it is not clear if either man is suspected of playing a role in the paris attacks. today, france paid homage to those killed two weeks ago. debora patta has that.
>> reporter: this magnificent 17th century military hospital has seen many a french war hero being honored. but today, those being remembered represented a very different frontline. "they were daughters and sons." ( speaking french ) "parents and friends." "all victims of the mass killings by isis in paris two weeks ago." it took 10 minutes to read their names one by one, 130 in all. then, a moment of silence. french president francois hollande spokeave nation in mourning, but one that would remain focused on its war with isis. "i promise you solemnly," he
said, "that france will do everything to destroy the army of fanatics who carried out these crimes." in neighboring belgium, the country is emerging from a four-day lockdown. the annual christmas market, a major tourist attraction in brussels, opened today but it did not draw the usual crowds. despite the flurry today, europe's most wanted men saleh abdeslam, the key suspect in the paris attacks, and the man who was photographed with him, mohammed abrini, continue to evade police. >> quijano: debora patta reporting from brussels for us tonight. debora, thank you. to politics now. republican presidential candidate ben carson flew to jordan today to visit camps housing syrian refugees. carson has criticized president obama's plan to admit 10,000 syrians in the next year. g.o.p. front-runner donald trump, meanwhile, is under fire after appearing to mock a
report's disability. here's nancy cordes. >> reporter: trump insists he didn't know that "new york times" reporter serge kovaleski suffers from a physical disability that limits the movement of his arms. but it sounded like trump knew him when he said this in myrtle beach tuesday night: >> written by a nice reporter. now, the poor guy, you gotta see this guy--, "i don't know what i said! i don't remember." >> reporter: the "times" said it was, "outraged that he would ridicule the physical appearance of one of our reporters. trump responded: but kovaleski told the "times,," donald and i were on a first-thaim of name basis for years" back when kovaleski covered trump forked "new york daily news." trump had used one of kovaleski's article from 2001 to try to bolster his debunked claim that he saw thousands of muslims cheering on 9/11.
>> law enforcement authorities detained and questioned a number of people who were allegedly seen celebrating the attack. >> reporter: but kovaleski said this week those allegations were never proven and that he doesn't recall anyone saying there were thousands or even hundreds of people celebrating. that's what set trump off. >> he's going, "i don't remember. maybe that's what i said." this is 14 years ago. he still-- they didn't do a retraction. >> reporter: trump isn't apologizing. in fact, elaine, he said kovaleski should, "stop using his disability to grandstand." >> quijano: nancy cordes reporting for us. nancy, thank you. the force is with shoppers this holiday season. "star wars" is setting new records at the malls when the cbs evening news continues. time, i just don't eat the way i should. so i drink boost to get the nutrition that i'm missing.
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so what are they buying? here's jericka duncan. >> reporter: the day after giving thanksgiving comes the taking. best buy handed out tickets to avoid any pushing and shoving as televisions and tablets went fast. the nonstop ad campaign for the new "star wars" trilogy is bleeding into black friday. since its inception, the franchise has made billions in merchandising fees. it's now expected to have the force to break more records. overall, hoday sales are forecast to reach an all-time high of $630 billion. $93 billion of that will be spent online, up 13% from 2014. but black friday, known as the official start to the holiday shopping season, may have passed its prime. this, according to retail analyst chris christopher. >> it's still one of the most important days. retailers can't dismiss it.
they still have to, you know, have a black friday strategy. however, it's just not as intense as it used to be. >> reporter: c.e.o. jerry storch of hudson's bay company, which owns saks fifth avenue and lord & taylor, says black friday still remains the premiere shopping day of the year. >> and so you'll see these sales all throughout november that are called "black friday sales" but they're not really black friday. the sales are not as deep and the customer's not ready to go shopping. those are all the pre-season. this is the first game of the season. this is the start of the holiday period. >> reporter: some retailers admit, elaine, that because of a warm fall, they have an excess of winter apparel that they're hoping to sell very soon. >> quijano: jericka duncan reporting for us. jericka, thanks. coming up, "on the road"" with steve hartman. ber of miles, making it really hard to book the flight you want.
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here's tonight's "on the road"." >> reporter: it all began here in raleigh, north carolina. >> a-1. >> reporter: with a flurry of plastic bombshells. >> you sunk our battleship! >> reporter: a few years ago, 11-year-old twins carter and jack hanson got really into the game battleship. that got them interested in naval warfare in general, which eventually led to a family vacation to see the "yorktown" a retired aircraft carrier in charleston, south carolina. >> my mind was just bloarng like, blew. >> reporter: the kids say the "yorktown" changed their lives. >> i realized how amazing history could be. >> reporter: and it was about to get even better. on that same trip, the boys learned about a world war ii vet named robert harding, who actually served on the "yorktown." they got his e-mail address, started corresponding daily, and became really enamored. the boys now keep his picture by
their beds. and if you ever go to the "yorktown" with them, as we did, they'll chew your ear off about mr. hard and what he did on board as a plane handler. >> when the plane is ready to launch, he would unstrap this and the plane would go flying in that direction. >> reporter: the folks who run the "yorktown" say a lot of kids love the ship, but no kid has ever fallen for a sailor who served here like these two boys have fallep for in harding. which is why for this trip the "yorktown" maze mead special arrangements for a surprise visitor. >> mr. harding! >> that's right. >> reporter: hugging an old salt never felt so sweet. >> oh, you're a good boy! >> reporter: it was hard to tell who enjoyed it more or who needed it more. >> i guess i needed somebody to talk to about it. it's surprising the way it
worked out. >> reporter: since we first told this story in april, mr. harding and the boys have stayed in touch, and last month got together again at the "yorktown." >> long time no see! >> reporter: this time for an entire weekend. >> so is this where we're sleeping? >> yeah. >> reporter: the boys got to spend the night on the ship. >> oh, man! >> reporter: and even better, they got to attend a reunion full of sailors who served on the "yorktown," sailors who gave jack and carter certificates, naming them honorary members of the "yorktown" crew. >> this is going in my room! ( applause ). >> i don't even know what to say. this was just awesome! i mean, an official member of the "yorktown." it's been my dream! >> reporter: whoever said history is irrelevant obviously never fell in love with it. >> we don't know about how we've changed his lives, but we know that he obviously changed ours. >> reporter: steve hartman, "on the road" in charleston,
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d so right now at 7:00, we continue breaking this news out of colorado springs where you heard sources ars saying the suspect in this incident, this shooting at a planned parenthood facility, that suspect has just surrendered and even more than nine people injured during the gunfire this afternoon. >> system a lot of unknowns right new. they do not know what he brought into the building and the scene is not stable. they are not sure if he had at any point taken any hostages the at least four officers were hurt in the gun battle. there could be a fifth hurt. they evacuated the planned parenthood building and we'll