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santiago acted alone and flew to fort lauderdale from alaska with the sole purpose of committing a mass shooting at the airport. authorities say santiago, who had just gotten off of a delta flight, grabbed his only checked bag at the baggage claim friday afternoon. inside, he had a .9-millimeter semi-automatic handgun, and ammunition. he allegedly went into the bathroom, loaded the gun, then walked out and started shooting. mark lea was an eyewitness. >> people were running trying to get away from him as he was walking in that area. i mean, he did not say a single word. he was emotionless. >> reporter: santiago surrendered by laying on the ground as a sheriff's approach him. from the moment the first shot was fired how long did it take your deputy who ended up encountering the gunman to get there? >> it was approximately 70-80 seconds. >> reporter: back in november, santiago walked into an f.b.i. field off in anchorage anchorag, saying yip was forcing him to
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watch terrorist videos. he was carrying a gun which he checked at the front desk. the f.b.i. called local police, which had him committed for a mental evaluation. santiago's brother, bryan, in puerto rico, says the former nargzs man got his gun back once he was released from the hospital "the problem here is not that they committed him but that they only left him there for four days," says bryan, "and then give him his weapon back?" so one of the big questions now, was that weapon the same fun that was used in the mass shooting here at the airport. fort lauderdale international opened early this morning. hundreds of flights were canceled but for these people who have been waiting in line for hours they appear lucky to get out tonight. there are 20,000 bags and other personal items that they still have to return to stranded passengers who are just waiting to get out of town. >> ninan: i imagine it will take some time. david begnaud in fort lauderdale. thanks, david. tonight, omar villafranca, is learning more about the victims. he also
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story of survival. >> a man ideal out, "this guy's got a gun. get down." and then we all dropped to the floor. >> reporter: steve frappier had just arrived from atlanta when the suspected gunman started his rampage. frappier dropped to the floor and watched from a few feet away as esteban santiago calmly walked through the baggage claim and shot travelers ducking for cover. >> the shooter, the entire time for the ordeal, never said a single word and he never-- and he was cool as a yo cucumber the entire time. that's when i knew this guy-- this guy's trained. i'm on the ground and watching people 10 to 15 feet in front of me get hit in the head. >> reporter: olga wolterling was one of the people killed. she was a 48 great-grandmother and celebrating her husband's 90th birthday. her family released a statement saying:
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62-year-old terry andres was also killed, a 12-year volunteer with the virginia beach fire department, his colleagues said he was well liked and respected for both his dedication to being a volunteer, as well as his professional approach to his job as a support tech. we mourn his passing, as we do all the victims of the senseless attack this fort lauderdale. frappier is lucky to be alive. during the chaos, he felt a small pinch on the square of his back under his backpack but didn't think anything of it. when he checked his bag, he found that a bullet had pierced his apple computer and was rolling around in his backpack. >> it was the laptop, the plastic casing, and the type of backpack that i had. the best thank you gift i ever got in my life. >> reporter: nine victims were admitted here for treme. reena, one victim was released today. >> ninan: omar, thank you. the fort lauderdale shootings could reopen the debate on yi
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tony dokoupil has more on this story. >> reporter: flying with firearms is legal and routine in america. but this may be the first time an attacker checked his weapon before flying. and then used it to shoot people at his destination when he landed. the transportation security agency allows firearms and ammunition in checked luggage only and strictly prohibits them in carry-on bags. federal agents confiscated a record number of guns at airport checkpoints in 2016, more than 3,3000, most of them loaded. >> what we decided to protect in america is the flight itself. >> reporter: ron hosko is former assistant director of the f.b.i. >> i think the airlines are recognizing that there are plenty of americans who want to protect themselves on the initial end or the far end of a trip, and that they shouldn't get in the way of that. >> reporter: checked weapons must be
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hard container, and declared to the airline. friday's shooting could reopen those rules for review or spur more investment in airport security. florida is one of about five states to prohibit even licensed firearms inside airport terminals, but a month before friday's shooting air, florida state senator, greg stuebe, filed a bill that would allow open carry in the baggage area, reena. >> ninan: do we know when they will vote on it? >> reporter: prior to this incident it was intended to come up next week. >> ninan: in the west heavy rain could bring devastating floods and mudslides. from the deep south to the northeast, snow, ice, and rain are making it tough to get around. we have a team of correspondents out of the elements beginning with mark strassmann in atlanta. >> reporter: snow, sleet, and freezing rain swept the south overnight. in parts of virginia and north carolina, up to a foot of snow is forecast. the storm
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disruptions, including thousands of power outages and canceled flights. in raleigh, the weekend inauguration celebration for governor roy cooper had to be postponed. even in places that saw little snow, a bitter cold dug in. ice glazed over roads, which caused hundreds of car accidents. and in memphis, this video showed just how slick the roads really were. many bridges and overpazs were especially treacherous. here in metroatlanta, we've seen a number of traffic accidents. since midnight, officials report more than 200 weather-related incidents involving motorists and one fatality. a college student was killed when his s.u.v. hit a patch of ice and crashed into a tree. . >> reporter: i'm kenneth craig in new york. parts of the northeast are getting buried. in connecticut, a stretch of interstate 91 turned into a mangled mess of 18-wheelers, cars, and trucks that spun out of control and piled up. farther no
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old across cape cod as the system barreled up the east coast from the mid-atlantic to new jersey and into eastern new england. crews faced frigid temperatures as they worked to get ahead of the fast-falling snow. at the height of the storm here in new york city, about an inch of snow was coming down per hour. on long island, as much as a foot of snow could fall. >> reporter: i'm carter evans in northern california where crews near lake tahoe are scrambling to clear the four feet of snow that already fell this week. later tonight, they're expecting a swawld atmospheric river from the pacific to deliver a deluge of warm rain. >> eight inches of rain in 36 hours on top of this snowpack, it could all melt at once once. we cooch tsunamis up he were. >> reporter: along the coastal mountainmountains in santa cruze openers have sging ahead of the expected flood and smud slides. forecasters are calling for up to one foot of rain to fall
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in just a couple of hours, the water here could be 10 feet over my head. the concern is this river won't be able to hand all the snow melt in addition to the massive rainfall, and, reena, that could put homes like this ones in jeopardy. >> ninan: mark strassmann, kenneth craig, and carter evans, thank you. meteorologist molly rosenblatt is tracking the storm at wcco in minneapolis. molly. >> hi, reena. yes, all eyes on both coasts today. we have this major winter storm that pound the mid-atlantic from the carolinas all the way up through new england so still dealing with a good foot of snowfall. through boston heavy snowfall that will continue to pull offshore. and then over on the west coast, deep tropical moisture pulling in, that heavy rain that we saw through california flooding, we're looking at possibly a foot or more of snow when all is said and done. for portions of the sierras, as well as the rockies, so still dealing with this system as it continues to move on tohe
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still dealing with winter storms watches and warnings through the pacific northwest, northern california, the siear as, as well as the rockies. obviously, a very dangerous and busy weekend of weather on both coasts. back to you, reena. >> ninan: molly rosenblatt, thank you, molly. president-elect donald trump is blaming the hackie stanley scanl on democrats saying they were negligent handling their email accounts. both trump and vice president-elect mike pence got a briefing yesterday from u.s. intelligence officials. here's errol barnett. >> it was a constructive and respectful dialogue. >> reporter: vice president-elect mike pence describing the classified intelligence briefing he and president-elect donald trump received friday. the heads of all four intelligence agencies described a highly orchestrated influence campaign directed by russian president vladimir putin aimed at the presidential election. the russians passed hacked democratic emails to wikileaks, paid online trolls, and pushed fake news
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democratic nominee hillary clinton. but in a friday statement and series of saturday tweets sent by trump, he avoids directly blaming or condemning russia, saying instead, "having a good relationship with russia is a good thing. only stupid people or fools would think that it is bad." >> democracy is not good for vladimir putin. >> reporter: cyber-security expert jim lewis. >> they've been putting the pieces together for what they see as a battle for the information space that will let them undercut democracy, undercut western values, and most of all, undercut the u.s. >> reporter: president-elect trump did echo one aspect of his intelligence briefing, that the interference in no way extended to manipulating the vote tallies. he also blames democrats for not safeguarding against hacks, and says he will have a counter-cyberattack plan within 90 days of taking office. reena. >> ninan: errol, thanks. coming up next, the parents of an american
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>> ninan: the parents of a journalist killed by isis are speaking about their son's death in their first tv interview. steven sotloff was the second american killed by the extremist group. he was kidnapped in august 2013, shortly after entering syria. in an interview with lesley stahl for "60 minutes," sot lor's family discussed their frustration with the u.s. government's no-ransom policy. >> i am steven joel sotloff. i'm sure you know exactly who i am by now and why i am appearing before you. >> reporter: steven joel sotloff was beheaded by isis. his execution, on september 2, 2014, was seen around the world on a video. did you ever watch it? >> i have viewed steven's body with his
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>> i had to see that because i needed to be sure that that was him. >> reporter: steven was born and raised in miami, attended college in israel, and became a freelance journalist, reporting from war zones where information was scarce, like yemen, benghazi, libya, and syria, where he went in the summer of 2013. just before he crossed into aleppo, he called his dad. >> he contacted me and told me not to worry and, but, if i don't hear from him within four days, that i should get in touch with one of his colleagues. >> reporter: whoa. that's ominous. he didn't hear from his son, not just for four days. it was four excruciating months. then finally, they got a ransom letter with demands for the government to free all the muslims in u.s. custody. >> "then there's a last option-- 100 million eur
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steven's release." >> reporter: which is something like. >> $137 million. >> reporter: what was your reaction? >> the reaction was how the hell are we going to get this money together? >> reporter: they thought u.s. government would help them, put they were bewildered and then infuriated had they say they met a stone wall. the u.s. policy forbidding the paying of ransom. >> ninan: as we'll see in lesley's full report, some white house officials feel they failed the families of hostages. that's tomorrow night on "60 minutes" right here on cbs. we'll be right back. i laugh, i sneeze... there goes my sensitive bladder. sound familiar? then you'll love this. incredible protection in a pad this thin.
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>> ninan: we close tonight in the italian countryside of tuscany, where wine makers tell us the secret to good wine. it's not the sun and soil, but music, specifically mozart. this was one of seth doane's tougher assignments. >> reporter: row after row of sangiovese grapevines cover the hills in tuscany. famed bru wine is made, but one of these vineyards is a bit different. just listen. ♪ ♪ the grapes here are serenaded all day, every day, by classical music. giancarlo cignozzi started pumping mozart into a section o
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frassina." he found the vines closer to the music grew bigger and toward the source of the sound. ulisse is cignozzi's son, another wine maker who sounds more like a scientist. >> the grapes close to the speaker have the highest sugar content so we believe in this idea. >> reporter: it wasn't long perfect this idea piqued the interest of scientists and turned this vineyard into a laboratory. when you first heard about this guy growing grapes and playing music, what did you think? >> that he was another crazy guy. >> reporter: stefano mancuso, at the university of florence, is a plant scientist. these vines like mozart? >> it's very difficult to say that plants like classical music. what you are able actually to do is perceive sounds. >> reporter: he theorizes cignozzi's vines may grow towards the speakers because frequencies resemble those
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they figure the music confuses harmful bugs, making them unable to breathe. the music also scares away birds and other creatures who feed on grapes. cignozzi is proud of the research, not to mention their wines. as for the idea that these veens are reacting simply to sound vibrations not specifically mozart, well, this is italy. >> i prefer the music. sorry, but i'm very romantic. >> reporter: seth doane, cbs news, italy. >> ninan: i know i'm not the only one who want to know how that wine tastes. that's the cbs weekend news for this saturday. later on cbs, "48 hours." the news continues now on our 24-hour streaming channel, cbsn, and cbsnews.com. i'm rye in new york. from all of us at cbs news, thank you for joining us. good night. upon
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