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career in corrections. he was, what, two years on the job in colorado, having been lured from another state? >> yeah, he was -- he worked in missouri for about 30-some years. he was the number two there, in their prison system. and governor hickenlooper said, he lured him away, and convinced him to come and work here. and i've been speaking with a few sources on background this morning, ashleigh, and every single person has just had wonderful things to say about him. he's not been a controversial figure. this is not somebody who's been in the news or that any big controversies have been attached to. so that's one of the -- another reason why investigators are looking at some direct, you know, link, to something that's happened to somebody in the prison system. again, it's early, but that's where they're looking at. >> to that end, the prison system is not small. no state's system is small, but colorado, the system he was overlooking, the department
operated 20 adult prisons, and all of the populations therein, as well as a juvenile detainment system. i don't know how many particular setups that might have included, how many homes or detention centers that may have included. so that is a lot of cases to have to investigate, notwithstanding the missouri ca caseload he may have had when he was involved in that state. >> reporter: that's true. if you're going to include people from missouri who may have tracked him down, gosh, where do you even begin. it's going to be so many people. what's interesting, though, is only two years on the job here in colorado, that's not really that long to have somebody with a serious sentence go through the system and either get out or have somebody really, you know, so upset with him to go after him. you know, that's not really that long with appeals and everything for cases to be in the system. i also traded notes with other reporters here in the area, and nothing really springs to mind as, you know, a big you outstanding case involving
somebody in the prison system that he's dealt with. so investigators are going to have their hands full, even knowing where to begin, if they weren't able to track somebody down in those early hours right around the home. >> and jim, i want to reiterate here. while this may be a possibility that this was a targeted hit, the officials there saying they're remaining open-minded about all angles, that this opens a dynamic, the way he was killed, but doesn't close it, that's for sure. jim spellman, thank you. if you could keep us up to date on all of the recent developments as they come in, we would appreciate that. we are also getting reports of a minnesota middle school on lockdown after police received a call of a, quote, active shooter. kare is reporting that the new prague middle school is in what they call a code red lockdown situation right now. and that new prague high school is also on lockdown. we don't know anything more than that. we're keeping a very close eye on that and we are going to bring you developments just as
soon as they become available to us. but, again, that school in code red lockdown, very serious, indeed. carnival is now pulling two ships out of service. it is the cruise line's first phase of a fleet wide review following a string of reputation-damaging incidents. a dozen cruises will be canceled as power and fire suppression systems aboard both the "triumph" and the "sunshine" ships are evaluated. the south carolina governor whose term ended in disgrace is getting back in the game. mark sanford took the top spot in tuesday's republican primary for his old congressional seat, but it may have been top spot, but it was only 37% of the vote. so that means runoff. runoff in two weeks. and it's going to be ted turner's son, teddy, a political newcomer, who makes the headline too. because he didn't make the cut. the winner in the democratic
primary is elizabeth kolbert busch. familiar name, because she's the sister of steven colbert. she's going to face the republican runoff winner in the may 7 special election. michele bachmann nearly ran through the halls of congress to avoid some pretty tough questions from one of our own, cnn's dana bash. there you have it. take a peek. this is what you call at haste. dana bash was asking michele bachmann about the comments she made at the conservative conference cpac. mrs. bachmann used president obama of very frivolous and lavish spending on a lifestyle within the white house. have a listen to how she characterized it. >> now we find out that there are five chefs on air force one. there are two projectionists who operate the white house movie theater. they regularly sleep at the white house in order to be readily available in case the
first family wants a really, really late show. we are also the ones who are paying for someone to walk the president's dog. >> all right. so i'm going to re-join that story in a moment. but i want that take you right back to israel right now, because that news conference we've been awaiting with president shimon peres and united states president, president obama, has begun. and i want to listen in. let's turn up the mics. >> and see that we can agree and discuss it openly and freely. after the meeting we just had, i feel more confidence that your vision can be transformed the middle east. your vision is achievable. you arrived here already with an impressive record of answering our needs.
particularly and unforgetably in the domain of security. i want to thank you personally, your friend, for the long days and for many long, sleepless nights that we know about them, that you spent caring for our country and for our future. we live in an age that is both global and domestic, inseparately. interests may divide people, division may unite them. there is a common vision uniting us, to confront the dangers, to bring peace closer as soon as possible. the greatest danger is a nuclear iran. so you said, so you do. we trust your policy, which
calls to first by nonmilitary, by nonmilitary means, with a clear statement that both adoptions remain on the table. you have made it clear that your intention is not to contain but to prevent. we are trying together to restart negotiations with the palestinians. we have already agreed that the goal is a two-state, for the two people, solution. there is no better one, more achievable one. we consider that the president of the palestinian authority is our partner in that effort to stop terror and bring peace. hamas remains a terror organization that targets innocent people. on our northern border, iran's proxy, hezbollah, continues to
stockpile arms and threaten our civilians while they target innocent people across the world. hezbollah is destroying lebanon and supporting the brutal massacre of the same people by president assad. fortunately, the syrian nuclear capacity was destroyed. but unfortunately, thousands of chemical weapons remain. we cann we cannot allow those weapons to fall in the terrorists' hands. it could lead to an epic tragedy. in an attempt to spring to the arab world, it is an arab choice, it is an arab initiative. it may bring peace to the region, freedom to the people,
economic growth to the arab states. eventually, it can lead to a better tomorrow. we pray it will become a reality. i believe the real division is between skeptics and those who believe in peace. your voice will encourage, i believe. you came to us with the clear message that no one should let skepticism win the day. a vision that says clearly that peace is not only a wish, but a possibility. i fully support your call. there is no other way to make the fooch better. there is no better leader to make it possible. your visit is an historic step in that direction. we shall journey with you all the way. thank you.
>> thank you so much. well, thank you, president peres, for your very generous words and your warm welcome. it is wonderful to be here once again. i first visited you when i was still a senator and had the opportunity to visit the lovely garden and for me to be able to bring a tree from the united states that will find a home in that garden, i think, is symbolic of not only of friendship between our two nations, but between the two of us personally. you know, mr. president, you once remarked that a prime minister's job is to rule, a president's job is to charm. well, as with all our visits together, i have once again succumbed to your charms and i'm grateful to your hospitality. it is wonrful to be back in jerusalem, this eternal city, and i'm pleased to begin my visit with a son of israel, whose devoted his life to keeping israel strong and
sustaining the bonds between our two nations. you know, president peres knows that this is a work of generations. just as he joined the struggle for israeli independence in his early 20s, he's always looking ahead, connecting with young people, and i'm especially grateful for the time that he allowed me to share with those extraordinary israeli boys and girls. their dreams are much the same as children everywhere. in another sense, though, their lives reflect the difficult realities that israelis face every single day. they want to be safe. they want to be free from rockets that hit their homes or their schools. they want a home where science and technology is created to build and not destroy. they want to live in peace, free from terror and threats that are so often directed at the israeli people. that's the future that they deserve. that's the vision that is shared by both our nations, and that is
shimon peres' life work. and as president, michelle and i have such fond memories of your visit to the white house last spring, when i was honored to present you with america's highest civilian honor, our medal of freedom. and that medal was a tribute to your extraordinary life, in which you held virtually every position in the israeli government. so today was another opportunity for me to benefit from the president's perspective on a whole range of topics, from the historic changes that are taking place across the region, to the perils of a nuclear-armed iran, to the imperatives of peace between israelis and palestinians, to the promise of our digital age. and i should note that one of the advantages of talking to president peres is not only does he have astonishing vision, but he's also a pretty practical minded politician. and consistently has good advice
in terms of how we can approach many of these problems. i reaffirmed to president peres, as i will throughout my visit, that in this work, the state of israel will have no greater friend than the united states. and the work we do in our time will make it more likely that the children that we saw today, alongside children from throughout the region, have the opportunity for security and peace and prosperity. you know, this obligation to future generations, i think, was well symbolized by the tree planting that we started our meeting with. you know, the town recounts the story of homie, the worker, and saw a man planting a tree, and asked, how long before this tree yields fruit, to which the man responded, seven year. so he asked, are you sure you'll be alive in another 70 years to see it? and the man replied, when i came
into the world, i found carab treeings, as my forefathers planted for me, so will i plant for my children. president peres, i think, understands that story well. so we want to all thank you for all the seeds you've planted, the seeds of progress, the seeds of security, the seeds of peace, all the seeds that have helped not only israel grow, but also the relationship between our two nations grow. and i believe that if we tend to them, if we nurture them, they will yield fruit in every hill and valley of this land, not only for the children we met today, but for israelis, palestinians, for arabs across the region. that's not only good for the children of this region, but it's good for my children, and the children of america. i deeply believe that. and i couldn't ask for a more wise or more thoughtful partner in that process. i'm very grateful for your
hospitality, and i look forward to our continued work in the future. >> translator: thank you. >> translator: please remain seated while the president of the state of israel and the president of the united states of america exit the room. thank you very much. >> well, there you have it. no questions, no answers. but two pretty friendly statements. and if the mission of president obama was to mend any perceived fences, real fences in the relationship between the united states and israel, i think you can check that one, perhaps, off the list. israel will have no greater friend than the united states. those are the words of the president. and when it came to the other president, shimon peres, i want to thank you personally, friend, for the long days and nights that you spent caring for our country and its future.
so adds the pomp and circumstance continues, this visit is only just beginning. the president will leave shimon peres' presidential residence, and he will then meet with the prime minister, benjamin netanyahu, who just sweeped by in an election, recently, without a coalition. so there could be some tension there and clearly some messages that need to be cleared up, specifically when it comes to, perhaps, iran, and when or where the red line on iranian nuclear enrichment might be drawn. i want to bring in our sara sidner, senior international correspondent, who's live in jerusalem, as we look at some of these pictures. sara, that is a big question. we talked off the top with jessica yellin about the syrian potential for chemical weapons, and to iran now, this deadline that had been imposed, i believe it was spring. i believe it may have been now pushed to summer or fall. what exactly is this deadline? how much pressure is the president going to be hearing about this deadline when it
comes to iran? where does it stand? >> reporter: well, let's talk about what you just heard there. because you just heard two pretty different statements. yes, they said, we're friends. yes, they said that israel and the united states are going to be working together, closely, biggest allies, was when you listened to president peres, he talked about hezbollah, he talked about syria and chemical weapons, he talked about iran being the greatest threat. the president didn't say any of those things, but did say that we are israel's greatest friend and he spent most of his speech really praising the president, but not necessarily talking about all of the issues that are on the table. will there be pressure? absolutely. but the pressure will be coming from prime minister benjamin netanyahu. iran has been his number one issue. he said it over and over again. he was standing up in front of the united nations general assembly last year. you remember that day.
he took a big pen. there was a cartoonish looking bomb, but he talked about where he thought iran was and how close they may be to obtaining a nuclear weapon. and he said in the spring or the summer. now, his timetable differs from the obama administration's timetable. they believe that if iran does decide it wants to make a nuclear weapon, then it's a year out. so they differ in that. but there is certainly agreement on what to do about iran. and both of them have said that the red line is, iran must not obtain nuclear weapons, and for iran's part, iran has always said that it is not trying to do that, but only using it for civilian purposes. ashleigh? >> i want to also, sara, thank you, bring in jessica yellin, our white house correspondent, our chief white house correspondent. jessica, it is no secret that americans do believe that israel is a, either a great allay or a friend, to the tune of about 80% of them. but when it comes to just what we should be doing, if israel decides on any kind of
preemptive attack on israel, or any kind of attack, it's almost 50/50. in fact, i believe the numbers are 49, yes, 49, no, we should support that nation. those are the kind of numbers that are not lost on an administration, when they have to go in and negotiate conversations. how public will those conversations be? >> reporter: excellent question, ashleigh. i think what you -- those conversations will be very private, is the answer. what you're going to see on this trip is largely reputation of the same language you've heard from the president in public on iran, here in israel, that you've heard back in the u.s. you will hear him talk, i expect, and i'm led to believe, about the u.s. commitment to israel's security and a belief that iran cannot be allowed to get to nuclear capabilities. and he'll stand on the soil here, and some people think that
makes that difference and some people say it doesn't make a difference where he delivers the same message, but he's going to repeat, from israel, that the u.s. stands with israel in ensuring this country's security. if you talk to israelis, many of them, first of all, are unconcerned about whether the u.s. does or doesn't support an attack on iran, because they say the very existence of israel is, this whole nation was created because jewish people can't rely on anyone else to protect them. that's what they say. that's why israel was found, originally. so they have a very different -- many jews here have a very different orientation to that very question. but the president will be here, both talking about iran and security and also making a number of symbolic gestures to the jewish people here, acknowledging his belief that the jewish people have a claim to israel, that goes back many thousands of years, not many hundreds of years.
this is on a different issue, but he once suggested that perhaps the claim went back only hundreds of years. in jews were offended by that, so he'll be correcting that suggestion. that's another big piece of his trip, ashleigh. >> any time you're in that part of the world, you better know your history, a.d. and b.c., because everyone quotes chapter and verse, to try to bolster their claims. chief white house correspondent, jessica yellin, thank you, and also senior international correspondent, sara sidner for us in jerusalem, thank as well. we'll continue to watch the developments in israel and watch for that meeting with prime minister netanyahu. still ahead, we're going inside that gripping jodi arias case. today, the jurors once again get to write their questions of a witness. this time the psychologist that backs this woman's account that she had ptsd, and therefore could not remember how she killed her ex-boyfriend. just how much benefit of the
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you on. the breaking news we had a short time ago of a possible shooter at a minnesota middle school. it turned out to be a hoax. a 911 call led to a lockdown at the new prague middle school and police are on the scene, but they have found no sign of any shooter nor any trouble, according to our affiliate stations. always good to be able to report that, despite it being a hoax. also, this 75-year-old michigan woman we told you about yesterday, who shot and killed her 17-year-old grandson, supposedly in self-defense, was convicted. and just a few hours after we brought this story to you, the conviction, second-degree murder. sandra layne faces 12 to 20 years in prison for the killing of jonathan hoffman. she shot him six times over the course of six minutes. she fired ten times. it all happened in the home that they shared near detroit. she testified that her grandson was high on drugs and was attacking her when she went for her gun. but then the jurors heard jonathan's phone call to 911.
>> 911, what's your emergency? >> i've just been shot. >> what? >> i've just been shot. >> where are you at? okay, how did you get shot? >> my grandma shot me. >> my grandma and grandpa shot you? >> my grandma. i'm going to die. >> 2 1/2 minutes later, while he was still on the phone, hoffman was shot again. sandra layne will be sentenced on april 18th and she is not free on bond between now and then. you know, this has been the theme of the jodi arias case -- lies. just so many lies. yesterday, the psychologist who was hired by the defense testified that the admitted killer even lied to him when she was being tested for ptsd. have a listen. >> why are you writing down untruths? >> because this was her perception at the time. this was her story, what went
on, at the time. the test was administered. these were her response. >> but you used this -- knowing -- you just said, knowing that this was a lie, you used it and then concluded that those scores on that ptsd confirm the presence of ptsd, even though you just now told us that this is based on a lie. >> perhaps i should have readministered that test. >> perhaps. joining us now is jean casarez, who is a correspondent for "in session" on trutv, who gets to watch as all of this unfolds and gets to see the looks on the faces of the jurors. criminal defense tore, jose baez also joins us live,nd lisa bloom, a legal analyst for a avo.com. all right, i want to start with you, jean casarez, and i'm going to pose these questions to all three of our panel. but it has to do with just how much this jury can take before they say, i'm done, or if they will say it. and i'm going to start with all
of the things they've had to digest from the beginning. thu number one, she doesn't remember so much of the actual killing. she just wants them to believe it was ptsd or some kind of a condition, that she blacked out in her rage. she stayed with this man, a monster, because she testified, he abuses her all the time, but she stays with him. she rents a car from a location far away there her house and puts gas cans in the back of it, filled with gas, so that she doesn't run out of gas while driving through the night, to go on a trip, where she kills him. i will continue, but i'm going to stop there. jean casarez, by that point in the trial, was the jury shaking their heads? >> you know, i find this jury very, very focused, very intent, wanting to hear the other side, because there are arguments to everything you're saying right there, with on the other side. their questions definitely have been posed to the fact that they don't believe her. and we're just about to get to jury questions with dr. richard samuels.
but this jury still engaged. they are very engaged. they're a good jury. >> okay. i nt to go to my next list, then, because the requests for additional benefit of the doubt just keep coming. number one, before she even got into this courtroom, she was at least three times a liar to law enforcement officials about what happened at travis alexander's home, and she would change her story upon learning they knew more than she thought they knew. number two, she contends that she shot him first, and then forgets all about the rageful stabbing. the m.e. says it was more likely that he was stabbed first and then finished off with a shot. and then she reports that an old boyfriend, bobby, was reported to the police when he was mean to her, but travis, who she contends was always mean to her, never reported to the police. jose baez, i want you to step in now, because we are now asking for additional benefits of the doubt from these jurors. you had a client, casey anthony, who got a lot of benefit of the doubt from jurors. where do you see when we get to
this point in the trial, it going with jurors? >> well, what i think needs to be explained throughout the course of this case is that everybody lies when confronted by the police. i would say a good majority of people who are questioned, as a suspect, by the police, in a case, their first initial reaction is to try and downplay their role. and i can tell you from tons of experience, a majority of people, when confronted, they lie. so what needs to be done in this case, really, after looking throughout this case, i think a lot more focus needs to be presented towards the physical evidence. i think that's where the defense should go in this case, because after looking at some of the physical evidence, i think she has some valid arguments, some that might support what she's saying. because -- she has no credibility at this point, so if she can say something that's corroborated by some physical evidence, i think that migd help her. >> let me go to the physical evidence.
i think that's a great point. and you're right. a lot of paeople lie to the police. that was just one part of this every-growing list. here comes list number three. number one, what's missing from her journal? any mention ever that the man she says she fought for her life against and killed in self-defense ever abused her, ever treated her badly, ever treated her like the dirty tissue she felt like. it's not anyone in her private thoughts in her journal. number two, the clothes she was wearing that night, the gun that was used that night, the knife that was used that night, gone. all missing. no memory of where they want. the camera in the washing machine, no memory of why it's in the washing machine. and then, perhaps even more chilling, to some of these jurors, because they asked about it, she left the death scene and she went on and had a date with another man who said she was completely normal. lisa bloom, these are pieces of physical evidence with witnesses
and again jodi had an answer for everything. how much benefit of the doubt can this jury give her after that list? >> well, i'm going to take issue with jose baez. everybody does not lie talking to the police. everybody who has something to hide may lie to the police. but most of us, if we're questioned by the police, for example, as a witness to a crime -- lied to the police in many cases, and casey anthony was convicted of lying. so i don't want to get the idea out there that it's okay to lie to the police. it certainly is. look, i think jodi arias is going down. i think the jury is going to see through all of these lies. ashleigh, you have a terrific list that you've been putting up. and her own defense expert clearly comes across like a hired gun who will say anything and do anything, administers tests that make no sense, that aren't valid in court. his testimony is largely based on herlies, and i think the jury will see through all of that. >> all right, jean casarez, jose
baez, and lisa bloom, thank you all for your input. dr. samuels, that expert, will be back on the stand today, but the jury gets to ask the questions. and their questions have been great, they've been terrific so far, hundreds, hundreds of them. you can watch the jodi arias trial. the trial will resume this afternoon on hln, our sister network, and also we stream it on cnn.com. both sides accusing the other of using chemical weapons in syria. big problem or more propaganda? that's coming up next. to book this fabulous hotel. well, you can see if the hotel is pet friendly before you book it. and i got a great deal without bidding. and where's your furry friend? oh, i don't have a cat. priceline savings without bidding.
dictators don't often shy away from using things like chemical weapons against their own people or enemies. the two most infamous that come to mind immediately, saddam hussein, perhaps, hitler. and now there are unconfirmed reports that syria's bashar al assad has used chemical weapons against the syrian rebels. he is denying that charge. in fact, he's accusing those rebels of using chemical weapons
of their own. united states officials say the obama administration is looking into all of these claims, but has not yet reached a conclusion. our wolf blitzer joins us live now from washington with his take. wolf, the president has said all along that a chemical attack could cross that red line that would actually bring the united states into a potential attack on syria. do we have any specifics of what exactly that means? a body count, a left of evidence, a timeline, the length of time used. are there any specifics? because we've just been trying to wrap up war for the last ten years. >> i think that when the president says it would be a game changer, if the syrian military, syrian government used chemical weapons against its own people, i assume it means the united states would try to do something about that. either unilaterally, or put together some sort of coalition to go in, destroy those chemical
weapons stockpiles if they can. they can do it with drones or if they can do it from the air, that's one thing, they probably can't, it would probably require some special operations forces to go if there. u.s. intelligence knows where these stockpiles are. they're big concern is they get into the wrong hands, whether they get into hands of terrorists, al qaeda sympathizers, hezbollah, which is a big part of lebanon right now. there's major concerns and the israelis are deeply concerned about that as well. you hear these ominous statements coming out of israel about chemical weapons being used by the wrong folks, if you will, in syria. so this is a huge issue right now, and it's right at the top of the agenda, when the president meets in the next few hours with the israeli prime minister, netanyahu. >> and when you hear the house intelligence chair say to you that there's a high probability that syria used these weapons, it makes everybody stand up. i know you've got a busy show. you'll be on this afternoon, "situation room" at 5:00 p.m. eastern. probably that topic and more
with everything that's happening with the president today. wolf, thank you. >> thank you. a crying baby on an airplane. we've all been through it. we've all either had one or we've heard one, and it does make us uncomfortable, in some way, but one man decided to go above what anyone would consider acceptable. and you will not believe what he did or what he said to a baby. coming up. ♪ i am stuck on band-aid brand ♪ ♪ 'cause germs don't stick on me ♪ [ female announcer ] band-aid brand has quiltvent technology with air channels to let boo boos breathe. [ giggles ] [ female announcer ] quiltvent technology, only from band-aid brand. use with neosporin first aid antibiotic.
the army psychiatrist accused of killing 13 people at ft. hood, texas, back in 2009, is expected back in court today. it's just a pretrial hearing at this point, but there is a chance that major nidal hassan could be allowed to change his plea to guilty if he's able to reach a plea deal. it would spare him the death penalty, but likely not a life in prison. hey, i want you to take a look at a cute, cute little face. >> twinkle, twinkle.
>> twinkle, twinkle. >> that's jonah bennett. not even 2. adorable. so can you imagine when his mother says that a man on an airplane reached out and slapped him on a delta flight from minneapolis to atlanta last month, all because he was crying as they were descending. all babies cry as the cabin pressure changes. but it didn't end there. jessica bennett said that man called her baby the "n" word. joe ricky hundley is charged now with assaulting a minor, a really little minor, and he's going to be in federal court over this one in atlanta this afternoon. cnn's nick valencia is live outside of that courthouse. the first reaction of many people, nike, is this cannot have happened. but there are witnesses and this was a big incident on the airplane. >> reporter: yeah, there are
witnesses, ashleigh, and it's a baby essentially acting like a baby, right? joe ricky hundley is accused of allegedly slapping a 19-month-old baby and using a racial slur. the incident happened on february 8th on a delta flight between minneapolis and atlanta. the baby became agitated as the plane was landing and the altitude changed. hundley, for his part, said he never used the slur and he never struck the child. meanwhile, the mother says that hundley was visibly intoxicated and slurring her words. she says she is traumatized over the incident, as is her child, who no longer trusts strangers, because of the incident. now, court records corroborate what she says. witnesses also say in those court records that hundley did strike the child and did use the slur. those court records also show that passengers had to intervene between bennett and hundley. and hundley's lawyer tells cnn that her client is not a racist and did not use the cellular, but even if he did, ashleigh, she tells cnn that that does not make him a racist.
for his part in the incident, hundley was fired from his aerospace job in idaho. also had his passport revoked and some travel restrictions put on him. he's expected to show up here at this federal courthouse later this afternoon where if convicted he faces up to one year in prison, a fine or both. ashleigh. >> and he was president of that company. no small job. i mean, this guy is a bright man. i just have a question for you with regard to the jurisdiction you're in. i'm not sure what simple assault can get you, but just how bad could it be if he's convicted of this? >> calle >> reporter: if convicted, assault charge against a minor 16 years old or younger if convicted he faces up to a year. we're not quite clear on the fine or how much he faces. it's worth pointing out. and all we know is what court records tell us, but back in 2007 he pled guilty to a simple assault charge in virginia after a fight with his girlfriend. ashleigh. >> all right. okay. well, you know what, if there is a jury, they may not hear about
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life this week before anything else could happen. and now we're hearing from that student's roommate, a roommate who called 9-1-1 for help. ed lavandera has more. >> reporter: the fire alarm is blaring as a the roommate and would-be killer james oliver seevakumaran has just pulled a gun. >> my roommate just pulled a fire alarm and he's got a gun out. >> all right, where are you at? >> i opened the door and he's there with sort of like some assault gun. i don't know if it's a real gun. i don't know what it is, but i just saw it and i slammed my door shut and locked it. >> all right. are you in your room now? secured in your room? >> yeah. yes, i'm in the bathroom. i was definitely scared, but i
was scared but calm. i was just taking cover like in my room behind objects. >> reporter: campus police release this dramatic helmet camera video of officers making their way inside the gunman's dorm room. this might be disturbing, but this is the moment police find the 30-year-old lying dead on the floor. they also found that he apparently was planning a massacre with an arsenal of weapons and explosives. >> i don't think that you acquire 210-round magazines and numerous .22 capacity magazines and purchase a thousand rounds of ammunition and i don't think you just do that as a joke. >> reporter: investigators say they also found a bizarre handwritten timeline for the attack. he would visit this bar called the mad hatter, get drunk and go back to his dorm, take a shower, shave up and then get equipped scratching off items as he went down the list. the last item read "good luck
and give them hell." the would-be killer's roommate lived with him for the last seven months. >> i've tried to get to know him and stuff, but, no, we're not friends. he was just very antisocial. he doesn't want to know me. he doesn't want to make friends. he just keeps to himself. >> reporter: police say seevakumaran was not targeting anyone specifically but his roommate suggests he killed himself because he felt cornered. >> i knew he was having money problems because of the whole process with him getting evicted from the apartment. and he was having trouble at work too. i think his hours got cut recently. and he just -- he owed people a lot of money. >> that was our ed lavandera reporting from orlando. and it's good that we didn't bring you the story of another mass shooting. although last summer we sure did. and now a really inspiring attitude from a guy who was shot 18 times during that shooting.
ryan was at the movie theater in aurora, colorado, the night it happened. and here's what he has to say about what should happen to the accused mass killer james holmes. >> he did do something pretty horrific. like he did something i would say evil. but death penalty, it would take lots of time and how i see it a lot of people involved and in the community of aurora we're just trying to get over it. and i think life sentence would just be a little easy on everybody. >> here he is getting a visit from president obama last year in the hospital bed. the 18-year-old says he just wants to move forward. thanks for watching everyone. nice to be with you. "around the world" is next after this very quick break. [ loud party sounds ] hi, i'm ensure clear... clear, huh? i'm not juice or fancy water. i've got nine grams of protein. that's three times more than me! [ female announcer ] ensure clear.
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discussing, the war in syria and iran's nuclear program. we'll go live to israel straight ahead. and a tiny european nation scrambling to head-off a major financial crisis. banks and markets remain closed in cyprus today as top officials hold an emergency meeting. >> on tuesday lawmakers there rejected a bailout plan because it would apply tax on people's bank deposits. the finance minister is in moscow to ask russia for help. >> that's because almost one-third of the money in cyprus banks is, guess what, from russia. all right. in paris french police have been raiding the home of the imf chief christine lagarde. >> so far police are not saying why, but her lawyers say it has to do with a french court's investigation of lagarde's role in intervening in a long running dispute between a businessman and a french bank. >> remember lagarde succeeded
dominique strauss kahn. >> authorities say he was shot at his home last night after opening the front door. police are talking to neighbors and also searching the woods near his property. >> they're also looking into the possibility that the shooting could be related to his high profile job. clemens became the chief of the state's prison system just two years ago. at a news conference a short while ago colorado's governor was clearly emotional while speaking about his friend. >> to me, to i think all of us in many ways he's -- helped define what a public servant is. he did his job quietly, intently. he cared deeply about his staff, family and community. in his approach to corrections
he was all about best practices and using data and information to continuously improve the way we do things. how do we make our prisons safer, not just for the employees but for the inmates? how do we do a better job of preparing inmates for returning to the community? >> now, clements death comes as the governor releases a landmark gun bill. let's head to south korea which is on heightened alert today after several important computer systems were hacked. >> a big story. the cause not yet determined. they're looking at north korea as being the suspect. what we do know is the widespread assault hit some television and banking operations, no government networks were affected apparently. >> north korea was blamed for similar cyber attacks back in
2010 and 2012. our matthew chance is in seoul right now. matthew, how exactly were television stations and banks affected? >> reporter: well, they were affected because their computer systems were basically taken offline by what the south korean officials we've spoken to say was a malicious code, a kind of computer virus. they're not sure where it came from, but as you mentioned the finger of suspicion is pointing very clearly at north korea because they've done this kind of thing in the past. they don't know how they got into the computers. they don't know how it was transferred to the hundreds of computers it eventually effected. what we know what happened in the tv broadcast centers, the national tv networks, they were still broadcasting but had no computers in their offices, they couldn't communicate in the way they normally do and receive information in the way they normally do. those computers are still offline, we understand, in many cases in those television networks. in the banks, their atms closed down, their