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colleagues during a morning newscast. how markets in asia are reacting to the dow's big rally and we'll tell you about the isis operative targeted in usa air strike in northern syria. welcome to our viewers here in the united states and around the world. you are watching cnn. i'm natalie allen. the u.s. dealing with another deadly shooting. this all more shobing because it happened on television. alison parker and her cameraman adam ward were doing an interview when a former employee from their roanoke station walked up and shot them to death. vester flanagan was a reporter who had been fired two years ago. the crew had been interviewing vicki gardner, that's her right there. she was shot in the back and is in stable condition after surgery. outside the tv station, people are leaving flowers and balloons
at a makeshift memorial. sadly an all-too-common scene in the united states after such tragedy. the youngalists colleagues have had to cover the story while dealing with their own grief throughout this day. alison park'er's family released a statement, her father called her a bright shining light. she said although her life was brief she was so happy with it. he choked up when he was on fox news earlier along with alison's boyfriend. >> she lived a great life. she did a lot of stuff. she excelled at everything she did. she loved what she did. she loved the people she worked. she was happy with her place in life. we can only take some solace in the fact she had a wonderful life. she was extremely happy and she loved this guy with all of her heart.
that's the toughest thing for me that she -- everybody that she touched loved her. she loved everybody back. you know, i'm not going to let this issue drop. this is -- you know, we've got to do something about crazy people getting guns. >> vester flanagan had a long history of complaints against the various tv stations where he worked. he accused co-workers of racism and harassment but as drew griffin reports no one thought it would take a deadly turn. >> reporter: the day he was fired from wdbj in 2013 the shooter told bosses i'm not leaving. you are going to have to call the effing police. colleagues said he threw a tantrum. the staff took shelter at an office and police did escort him out of the noochlt internal memos obtained by cnn show his
brief one-year employment was wracked with complaints of aggressive behavior. poor journalistic performance and warnings from management he was making cowork withers feel threatened and uncomfortable. at one point the station referred him to mandatory counseling. after his firing, colleagues said they were concerned for days he would come back. jeff marks is the station's general manager. >> it was a little bothersome he was still in town and would be seen by our employees. but again, what do you do? >> the shooter sueded wdbj, claiming discrimination. the suit dismissed last summer. the station was a last spot in what appears to be a spotty career in television. he worked in stations in greenville, savannah georgia, midland, texas and san francisco not far from his hometown. in 2000 he was fired from a
station in tallahassee, florida for what the news direct er described as odd behavior. after his firing, a lawsuit filed alleging racial discrimination. the suit dismissed. this morning allegations of racism would emerge again. this time in a disturbing string of tweets on the shooter's own twitter page. hours after the shooting he writes, alison made racist comments meaning the report her killed but never worked with. it is unclear if they ever met. a minute later he writes eeoc complaint, meaning claim of racism with the equal employment opportunity commission. adam went to the hr after working with me one time. he met the human resources department. adam was adam ward, the photographer killed. the station's manager says no one saw this coming. >> he did make some accusations against people sometime ago.
you can never imagine someone's going to come back and act on those issues that were so old. >> reporter: about a week ago, the shooter started to post pictures an apparent life history. highlights from his childhood throughout high school and beyond. in the rambling 23-page fax to abc news he said his plan to kill was set in motion after the killings in charleston, south carolina, earlier this summer. why did i do it? i put down a deposit for a gun on 6-19-15, the church shooting in charleston happened on 6-17-15. later he writes admiration for the south korean national mast masked killer responsible for the shootings in virginia tech. his final tweet, i filmed the shooting. see facebook. drew griffin, cnn, washington. >> so horrific what he did. to shoot it like that and post it is a new day and a sad day at
that. second team the constitution allows americans the right to pear arms and with few exceptions there have not been many restrictions placed on that. president obama and democratic presidential candidate hillary clinton say they don't want to deny basic gun access to law-abiding citizens but they are ask canning for gun control legislation. >> what we know is that the number of people who die from gun-related incidents around this country dwarves any deaths that happened through terrorism. we're willing to spend trillions of dollars to prevent terrorist activities, but we haven't been willing so far at least to impose some common sense gun safety measures that could save some lives. >> yes, i feel great heart ache at what happened. and i want to reiterate how important it is we not let yet
another terrible instance go by without trying to do something more to prevent this incredible killing that is stalking our country. earlier, i spoke to the former assistant director of the fbi. we talked about the gun the shooter owned and his possible issues that led him to the shooting. >> he purchased two glock pistols legally here in virginia. they are not sure which gun was used or if both were used. we will know that better after the autopsies and the ballistic comparisons are made. he did buy two with glocks legally here in the state of virginia. >> he had a troubled past, but nothing from that troubled past would prevent him from purchasing a gun in the u.s.? >> no. >> unless what? >> unless he had convictions for
felonies or if he had been known to be committed for psychiatric care, mental health care, let's say. apparently neither of those two occurred. so he was able to this year purchase both guns legally. >> he said that he did -- he put a deposit down, i'm quoting him. i put down a deposit for a gun on 6/19. the church shooting in charleston happened on 6/17 and he indicated the charleston shooting was the trigger for him. what do you make of that? >> he indicated many things. it sounds like he had very serious mental health issues and anger management problems and extreme narcissism and other indicators going back many years. he had already been employed and fired from several tv stations here in the u.s. it is not something that developed overnight. it developed over a long period of time. he, himself, cited that as one
of the triggers. it would have been on his part piling up of grievances and feeling discriminated against and oppressed over a long period of time. i think finally, you know, he felt like he was going to seek retribution based on the relationship he had with them when he worked at that station. >> we don't know if the shooter ever met alison parker. chris hurst is an core at the station and he was alison parker's boyfriend and they had just moved in together. >> this is my memory of her. when we had our six-month anniversary, she made a scrapbook for me and put in all of the pictures that we spent together for the first six months.
even pictures they didn't want to be in there she put them in there. >> parker's friends and co-workers describe her as a rock star, loved her job and took a genuine interest in the people she interviewed. john berman has a look back on the life of those people. >> reporter: their love of the job and passion for their work leapt through the screen. they informed and delighted a community. >> in salem, adam ward, news 7 sports. >> a community in the state of disbelief. >> this place is in shock as you might expect. there's a lot of crying and hugging going on. >> reporter: colleagues say 27-year-old adam ward and 24-year-old alison parker of virginia affiliate wdbj were unfailingly positive, relenlessly hard working and
never shied away from a story. >> i wanted to go through a sleep study to see if my job impacts how i snooze. >> reporter: or a challenge. >> my hobby is white water kayaking. >> reporter: in this profile from the station earlier this year, parker spoke of her love of the outdoors and the arts. >> my dad was on broadway back in the day. >> reporter: her father released a statement today saying, i find my grief unbearable. not hearing her voice again crushes my soul. both parker and ward began as interns at the station, eventually becoming a morning show team as staff reporter and photographer. >> adam was the kind of guy who if he were on the way home and knew of something that needed to be done, he would turn around and go do it. >> reporter: ward was engaged to the morning show producer seen here in a tweet this morning, celebrating what was reportedly supposed to be her last day at the station. instead, she was in the control room when her future husband was
gunned down. >> wdbj's anchor chris hurst said he is numb after the news. parker was his girlfriend of nine months and just moved in with him. she was the most radiant woman i ever met he posted on social media today and for some reason she loved me back. park er's last interview was with vicki gardner, the executive director of a local chamber of commerce. she was live on air when gun fire rang out. gardner was shot in the back and is recovering a hospital today. as this unfolds, wdbj stays on the story with a broken heart but not broken. because there's no greater tribute to great reporters than to keep reporting. >> this doesn't happen in our part of the country. but yit has. and we will be forever scarred by it. >> john berman, cnn, new york. >> amazing how that station in roanoke, virginia, just kept the story going up.
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many days of serious losses. the markets have been up throughout the course of the whole session. it opened up sharply. it held the gains and then right towards the end of the close, up it went like a rocket. this is the third best performance in terms of points of the dow since 2008. it's also a remarkably resilient and strong performance 4%. factor in to the overall global scene at the moment. you have markets like hong kong and china that have been down so much in recent days. you also have the london, the frankfurt, the paris market. and now the hope has to be that with the buyers coming late in to the day in to new york, and showing some form of resilience and optimism, that ultimately what's happened is that the negative feedback loop has been halted. richard quest, cnn, new york.
cnn is following developments from beijing. she joining us live from there. what are they saying there or thinking about the numbers in asia. all green arrows following the late rally on wall street? >> that's right, natalie. everything, all the major markets are in positive territory, including the shanghai composite, which is about 1.6% up. last i checked. so, you know, this of course is related to the huge rally we saw on wall street, but here in china, at least, also maybe some of the measures taken by the government in the past few days are finally showing some of the desired effect. last night, on wednesday, the central bank injected more than 20 billion u.s. dollars in to the economy to shore up growth. earlier this week, they have also announced a cut in the interest rate, as well as easing
bank lending. in addition the government has also announced more investigations in to officials in the regulatory commission, securities regulatory commission, as well as executives from the country's biggest brokerage house for alleged insider trading and rumor mongering. the measures are trying to address two types of fears, one is fundamentals in the economy and also the investor confidence in the governments ability to handle a crisis, to handle the markets. so they are trying to address both problems and we may be seeing some of the effect they are hoping for. natalie in. >> the markets may or may not be the best gauge of the real economy there in china. thank you so much, steven. elsewhere in china, the state-run news agency says police have arrested 12 people suspected of involvement in the devastating explosions a couple of weeks ago. those in custody include the
chairman, vice chairman and three managers of the company that stored the companies inside of the warehouse that blew up. last week state media said ten senior executives with the firm had been detained. the blast killed 139 people. nearly two decade hunt for a man the fbi called one of the most wanted terrorists is now over. an arab intelligence source says that this man has been captured in lebanon. a u.s. court indicted him in 2001 for his alleged role in the 1996 bombing of the khobar towers, a u.s. military housing complex in saudi arabia. 19 american servicemen were killed. the source says that he picked up in a saudi led operation in beirut. "bundled in to a plane and taken to saudi arabia to be interrogated." now we turn to a major development in the war against
isis. a top recruiter for the terror group a british citizen has been targeted in a u.s. drone strike. military officials say they are confident he was killed. our pentagon correspondent barbara starr broke the news. she's got the latest. >> cnn has learned that british-born junaid hussain was targeted and likely killed in usa drone strike in syria earlier this week with. hussain, had vowed to attack the u.s. u.s. officials tell cnn there's "a high level of confidence hussain died standing in the declared capital of isis in syria which the group has always thought to be secure. >> a huge thing for the united states. he was the prop gan dust for isis incessantly calling for attacks in the west. >> reporter: hussain is accused
of being involved in the hacking of the u.s. central command website and posting information and addresses of u.s. military personnel. he was linked to the attack in garland, texas, in may at a contest where participants were asked to draw the prophet muhammad. investigators believe hussain was messaging one of the gunman to radicalize him to launch an attack, making it potentially the first isis-directed attack in the u.s. hussain was a social media star. >> he used that talent for potential terrorists, lone wolves in the west and take communications off line on to on-line encrypted apps which are very difficult, almost impossible for u.s. agencies to read. >> reporter: just last week, a u.s. drone killed the number two isis leader, raising the obvious question, does the u.s. have a snitch inside of isis?
>> not clear whether this came from a human intelligence source or somebody inside or close to the isis terrorist group was with able to get information back to handlers in the west or from enhanced surveillance of isis communications. >> reporter: despite the success, the intelligence community taking a potential hit. the "new york times" reports the prague pentagon's inspector general is investigating an allegation that some isis intelligence reports were altered to paint a rosier picture. the pentagon says it knows nothing about it since the ig operates independently. >> the president places a premium on getting an unvarnished assessment from the spell jens community. >> reporter: barbara starr, cnn, the pentagon. our coverage of the virginia tv news crew murders continues. ahead, we will hear from the gunman's former television boss. plus, germany's chancellor
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day gain since 2008. checking stocks in the aid ya pacific region, shanghai up 1.38. and they are all in the green so far. police in china have arrested 12 people suspected of involvement in the deadly blast that killed 139 people earlier this month in tianjin. those in custody include the chairman, vice chairman and three managers of the company that stored the chemicals inside of the warehouse that blew up. turning to the shooting death of two young journalists in virginia. before the gunman killed himself, he wrote a lengthy message outlining his grievances. >> reporter: bryce williams bounce ed around the country working as a journalist but the
man whose real name is vester flanagan didn't always leave on good terms. he was fired and in some instances feared. managemented a wdbj had to call police after firing flanagan. >> he was escorted by the police out of the building because he was not going to leave willingly or under his own free will. it was a tough situation. >> reporter: no one would have guessed this. flanagan, caught on adam ward's camera holding a gun. this is the last image before the feed stopped. seconds before alison parker and camera man adam ward were interviewing chamber of commerce vicki gardner. he shot all three killing parker and ward. >> those among them, the kindest, nicest people who worked here. >> reporter: soon flanagan posted his video of the shooting to social media. two hours after the attack, he faxed a 28-page suicide note to abc news.
flan fwan said he was bullied for being gay and black. but was inspired to attack after the charleston church shooting. he said he was a human powder keg waiting to go boom. family and friends remember the two journalists caught in his path killed simply for doing their jobs. in roanoke, virginia. >> earlier our john berman spoke with wdbj general manager about alison parker and adam ward. as you have been hearing, they were very well thought of. he's remembering them as eager, ernest young journalists. ? i worked with both of them rkt not as close as their daily colleagues did but if i came in the morning and saw them i knew i was in for smiles. they have had a great attitude and it showed in their work. adam was always willing to do whatever extra was needed. even at the end of a long shift
when he got up at 3:00 in the morning. ail alison was would get involved in whatever she was asked to do and showing solid growth as a reporter and anchor and they were joys to be around. alison was preparing to learn a dance routine with a partner to take part in a charity i vent called dancing with the valley stars. she was very much looking forward to it and we all were. adam had so much fun playing on the company softball team that they let me play on, too. adam was a lot better than i was and one of the reasons we won the city championship. i will remember them so fondly and i'm so distressed as are their colleagues here. >> those are the memories we want to keep and hold dear. the gunman worked at your station for a short time before he was fired a couple of years ago. what can you tell us about his time there? >> well, it was tumultuous in
that he was not strong as a reporter. did a lot of coaching with him to try to make him more aggressive as a reporter, but in his personal relationships sometimes he was a little aggressive and people were shy to work with him. he was just not a pleasant person as it turned out. he seemed to have some anger and stress. >> we will continue to follow all of the developments of course in this story. keep up with them as well on our website cnn.com. you can learn more about the life and careers of alison parker and adam ward. other news now, it seems u.s. vice president joe biden could enter the presidential race any day now but in a conference call with key members of the democratic party he spoke emotionally about his concerns about running. cnn's jim acosta has that.
>> reporter: behind closed door s, vice president joe biden held a conference call with democratic party leaders gathered for a summer meeting aimed at attracting presidential contenders. during the call biden revealed he is trying to determine if he has the emotional fuel to run. >> if i were announce to run i have to commit to all of you that i would be able to give it my whole heart and my whole soul. right now both are pretty well banged up and trying to figure out that issue. >> the call was billed as an opportunity to hear from biden on the iran nuclear deal. >> we have access to any place in the entire country of iran, regardless of where it is, where we suspect it to be. >> reporter: it was all seen by top democrats as another sign biden wants to stay on their radar screen. the vice president has ever reason to hurry up. >> vice president biden is a friend of mine. he and i were colleagues in the
senate. >> his potential competition hillary clinton is busy building up her reputation in iowa. grabbing a key endorsement from that state's popular former governor. but he is sounding more contrite on her use of a personal e-mail account to conduct personal business as secretary of state. >> i know people have raised questions about my e-mail use as secretary of state. i understand why. i get it. so here's what i want the american people to know. my use of personal e-mail was allowed by the state department. it clearly wasn't the best choice. >> reporter: a source close to the clinton campaign tells cnn they are not worried about biden. they are way more focused on sanders. the vice president's allies like the draft biden super pac says donors are ready for an alternative. >> i have been surprised by the number of donors who reached out, some with hillary clinton, some who are not and want to get involved. >> reporter: still after losing
his son beau to cancer, biden may not be prepared for a run. as one friend told "politico," he is not himself. he is sort of all over the place. something the vice president hinted at in that call with the dnc. >> believe me, i have been giving this a lot of thought and dealing internally in the family about how to do this. >> reporter: jim acosta, cnn, the white house. news from the other side, republican presidential hopeful donald trump remains unapologetic, no kidding, for kicking a prom nechbt journal itself out of the conference tuesday night. here's what trump said in a tv interview wednesday morning. >> he was totally out of line last night. i was being asked a question from another reporter. i would have gotten to him quickly. he stood up and started to rant and rave like a madman and he was out of line and most
people -- in fact most newspaper reports said i handled it very well. >> trump had jorge ramos escorted out of the event by his security for trying to ask about trump's plan to deport 11 million illegal immigrants living in the u.s. ramos explained to cnn why he wanted trump to answer his questions. >>. >> as a reporter, you have to take a stand when it comes to racism, discrimination, corruption public life, dictatorship and human rights. the journalism is always when reporters take a stand in front of those who are in power. >> ramos a well-respected american journalist for univision wrote an article before the incident with
mr. trump painting a picture of what he thinks trump's plan would look like if trump did become president. and a quote from his article, for trumpland to be free of undocumented immigrants, terror would necessarily reign." we have a programming note for you. donald trump will be live on cnn later. look out for his interview in the 7 a.m. eastern hour. that's in a little more than five hours from now. ahead here, germany's chancellor gets an earful from some of her citizens when she visits a town where anti-migrant incident recently turned violent.
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>> a fence is not the solution, most definitely having a fence is better than not having one. trying to reestablish law and order at the border. it is completely unacceptable that people enter the country at will and we have 141,000 illegal mie fwrants this year. >> this is a chaotic flow of humanity. there doesn't seem to be a coherent response. there's this sort of mismatch of reaction. what to do next? >> we keep on telling, at the moment it seems to be hungary is the sole country that is keeping law and order, trying to keep law and order. everybody, including greece, macedonia and serbia would comply with what they were supposed to do the situation
would be a little better. obviously the solution to the problem is foreign countries or the regional cooperation and requires european and as a matter of fact even beyond europe solutions. >> as you can hear in germany chancellor merkel appeal for tolerance as she visited a migrant camp in her country where violent protests have raged but from the moment she arrived she could hear some townspeople let her know how they felt. ian lee has more on the crisis for us from london. >> reporter: german police clashed with anti-migrant protesters in the eastern city, sooen phobia front and center as the country witnesses a rise in attacks against refugees. chancellor angela merkel under pressure to react visited on
wednesday, greeted by hecklers. >> translator: we must put all of our efforts in to making clear there's no tolerance for people who question the dignity of others. there's no tolerance for those who are not willing to help where legal and human help is required. >> reporter: xena phobic attacks on the rise in germany, one of the latest, they suspect arsonists torched this shelter as the country buckles under the massive influx of refugees. berlin expects 800,000 of them will apply for asylum by the end of the year. four times as many as 2014. overall, the united nations predicts more than 1 million fleeing war, repression and instability will arrive on the continent in 2015. causing some nations to take drastic measures, erecting walls
with razor wire and dog patrols to try to keep the desperate refugees out. hungarian police tear gassed hundreds at an overcrowded registration center on wednesday. >> there's plenty of evidence that democracies turn right. they turn rabidly nationalists where there are immigrants on the horizon. >> as europe tries to fortify its borders, many countries on the eu's fringe are finding it impossible to stem the flood of migrants seeking a better life. ian lee, cnn, london. just four days after its birth at the national zoo in washington, the smaller of the two panda cubs has died. the cub hadn't been able to keep weight on and was showing signs of respiratory distress. zookeepers were monitoring the cub around the clock.
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-- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com two journalists gunned down on live tv by a former co-workers. the dow surges more than 600 points, snapping a six-day losing streak. we'll look at whether the asian markets are following suit. german chancellor angela merkel heckled by anti-migrant protesters. >> i'm rosemary church. welcome to our viewers in the united states and around the world. >> i'm errol barnett. we're with you on cnn for the next two hours.
thanks for joining us for "cnn newsroom." a shocking episode of violence on live television leaves a reporter and cameraman dead. their gunman later commits suicide as police close in on him. >> outside of the television station where the pair worked people are leaving flowers and balloons. >> stunned friends and co-workers are mourning allison parker and adam ward. the woman they were interviewing was also shot and is in stable condition after surgery. >> the gunman left messages about his component as he fled police. brian todd has details of the investigation. >> reporter: the entire incident unfolded live on the air. alison parker and her cameraman
adam ward, shot dead. >> is it my very, very sad duty to report that we have determined through the help of the police and our employees that alison and adam died this morning. >> the shooter was bryce williams who was fired two years ago. flanagan apparently shot himself in a confrontation with police. >> we have an unhappy former employee but this happens. >> reporter: shortly after the shooting a series of tweets linked to an account under his an-air name said that alison made racist comments. and i filmed the shooting. see facebook. >> jeff marks claimed that a
claim was made to the equal opportunity employment commission. he doesn't know why flanagan attacked victims parker and ward. >> i cannot figure out any connection with those people who were morning the kindest, nicest people who worked here. and i'm not exaggerating when i say that. >> we've got all the information. >> 24-year-old alison parker was a reporter for about a year. a graduate of james madison university. adam ward, 27 was a camera man and a graduate of virginia tech. they worked as team. >> i'm alison parker. we're putting the final touches on a special report. parker was dating a station anchor. ward was engaged to a producer for wdbj's morning show. she was in the control room when this happened. they were preparing to move and today was supposed to be ott's last day at wdbj.
>> i can't tell you how much they were loved by the wdbj 7 team. >> how did the shooter know that the journalists would be in this parking lot? that is a key focus of the investigation. brian todd, cnn, moneta, virginia. chris hurst is an anchor at the station and alison parker's boyfriend. they had just moved in together. >> my memory of her when we had our sixth-month anniversary. she made a scrapbook for me and put all the pictures we spent together for the first six months, even pictures i didn't want to be in there. she put them in there. >> parker's friends and cowork describe her as a rock star. now a spokeswoman for vester
flanagan's family spoke to reporters after the shooting. >> the statement was short and expressed grief for the victims and did not mention the shooter. >> it's with heavy hearts and deep sadness that we express our deepest condolences to the families of alison parker and adam ward and praying for recovery of vicky gardner. our thoughts and prayers at this time are with the victims' family and with the wdbj television family. >> a gun recovered from flanagan is a glock 19. that is a 9 millimeter pistol. he legally purchased it and another glock pistol in july. >> ballistic tests will be performed to determine which gun was used. he put a deposit on a gun two days after the church shooting.
he called flanagan out for driving like a maniac. flanagan followed him to a parking lot. he posted this video. >> cnn caught up with brandon foster earlier. listen to what he said about the encounter. >> i parked in a way that i wouldn't get blocked in and got out of my vehicle so i wouldn't be in a cage where someone who was following me. i was making a beeline to the store, to population to have other people around because he was obviously not in the right mind. >> by his own admission, flanagan was an angry man. he faxed a 23-page document explaining his feelings. >> he apologized to his friends and family for dumping on them
and wrote about being bullied and admitted to be racist against whites, blacks, and latinos. drew griffin look at the messages that flanagan left behind. >> reporter: the day he was fired from wdbj tv, february 1st, 2013 the shooter told his bosses i'm not leaving you're going to have to call the f'ing police and police escorted him out of the newsroom. internal memos show his employment was wracked with aggressive behavior, poor journalistic performance and warn thags he was making his co-workers feel threatened and uncomfortable. the station referred him to mandatory counseling. former colleagues say they were concerned for days that he would
come back. >> it was bothersome that he was in town and be seen by our employees. but again, what do you do? >> reporter: the shooter sued wdbj tv claiming discrimination, the suit dismissed last summer. the station was the last stop in a spotty career in local television. he worked in greenville, flarkz, savannah, georgia, midland, texas, and san francisco not far from his hometown. in 2000 he was fired from a station in tallahassee, florida for what the news director described as odd behavior and after he was fired a lawsuit filed alleging racial discrimination and the suit was dismissed. a disturbing string of tweets on the shooter's twitter page. he writes, alison made racist
comments, it's unclear if they ever even meant. and eeoc complaint. a claim of racism with the equal employment opportunity commission. and adam went to the hr with me after work with me one time. he met the station's human resources department. the station's manager says no one saw this coming. >> he did make some accusations against people some time ago. you could never imagine that someone's going to come back and act on those issues that were so old. >> reporter: about a week ago, the shooter started posting pictures and life history, highlights from his childhood through high school and beyond and in the rambling 23-page fax to abc news he says his plan to kill was set in motion after the
chillings in south carolina earlier this summer. why did i do it? i put down a deposit for a gun on 6/19/15. the church shooting in charleston happened on 6/17/15. later he writes admiration for the mass killer at virginia tech and the columbine high school killers. his final tweet, i filmed the shooting, see facebook. drew griffin, cnn, washington. cnn law enforcement analyst cedric alexander joins me in the studio. these are tragic circumstances that we speak of this situation where we see a gunman kill two journalists live on television, film it, and post it on social media. have you ever heard of such a thing and talk about the type of individual who would do such a thing. >> certainly i have not ever seen this before. this is very new and different
in terms of the way in which he managed this whole horrific crime. you know, it's tragic. it's horrible and heartfelt by all of us in the u.s. and around the globe too, but this is just a really horrible event. but this individual, when you think about him you must be thinking about someone who had a lot of internalized anger, someone who reflected even in his tweet of some deep-seeded anger he had been carrying for years as it relates to separation from various news stations and someone who clearly had emotional and psychological issues going on as well too. >> for our american audience they know how easy is it to get a gun in this country. for our global audience a lot of people would be shaking their heads saying this man clearly had a lot of anger issues.
he was clearly unstable. how does an individual like that get such easy access to guns? >> you know, considering the fact that in this country you go into a gun store. you can purchase a gun with some waiting period, a cooling-off period but if there is no previous criminal history, if there is no mental health history that has been documented inside the system, he or she can go in and buy a firearm. that's one way. that's the legal way. and then of course you can buy a -- purchase, not even purchase but a lot of firearms are stolen. are borrowed. from someone as well too, but we're going to learn more about that as this investigation goes on as how he acquired that weapon but it's the accessibility to those weapons in this country as you well know is pretty easy. >> you also talked about the situation before us where you have a man who clearly identified very closely with the job that he worked and he lost
this job on a number of occasions. what is your advice to some of the -- like the station in question here and to other stations that employed him and for other situations where people have left their employment and they're angry and those circumstances have been very difficult, what do you suggest? what advice would you give to those employers as to what they should do to ensure that something like this isn't repeated? >> you know, any time anyone leaves one job and go to another we call and see what his or her work ethic and abilities were in the job prior. if there is an indication in your background investigation of an incoming employee that he or she left with some very strong ill feelings, particularly that may have been articulated or acted out in some type of way that could be a red flag you have to pay close attention to.
>> cedric alexander, thank you for joining us. >> thank you for having me. and to cedric's point, this news station, wdbj did contact another station to let them know this man was looking for employment. they warned them. it's all about this issue of sharing information like that. we're not sure what's to be done. alison parker's father released a statement calling her a bright shining light extinguished by a crazy person with a gun. >> he appeared on fox news. >> everybody she touched loved her and she loved everybody back. i'm not going to let this issue drop. we've got to do something about crazy people getting guns. >> the second amendment to the u.s. constitution gives americans the right to bear arms and with few exceptions there
haven't been many restrictions placed on that right. >> it's a topic that keeps coming up for the 2016 presidential candidates. president barack obama believes it's past time to look at gun control legislation. >> what we know is that the number of people who die from gun-related incidents around this country dwarves any deaths that happen through terrorism. we're willing to spend trillions of dollars to prevent terrorist activities but we haven't been willing so far at least to impose some common sense gun safety measures that could save some lives. >> there is so much evidence that if guns were not so readily available, if we had universal background checks, if we could just put some time-out between the person who is upset because he got fired or the domestic
abuse or whatever other motivation may be working on someone who does this, that maybe we could prevent this kind of carnage. so i hope that in addition to expressing sympathy for those directly affected that this is maybe, for the media, for the public, for elected officials, for every american, what it hopefully will finally take for us to act. >> it's not just craze with people. it's violent people committing the crimes. it's not the guns, it's the people doing this here's the problem that i have, first of all, the second amendment is in the constitution. i didn't write it but i sport it and the second amendment is an important part of the constitution. here's the second point. the second point is this the only people who follow gun laws are law-abiding citizens.
criminals ignore the law. private citizens in the u.s. own more guns than people in any other country in the world. an estimated 270 million civilian-owned firearms according to the 2011 small arms survey report. that survey also reports the u.s. has the most civilian guns per capita, 89 firearms per 100 people and that is well ahead of the top five nations, yemen, switzerland, finland and cyprus. there was another act of violence on wednesday in louisiana. a police officer was shot and killed. authorities say he was responding to a call where a man stabbed three women. one of those women also died from her injuries. >> the two other women including the suspect's wife are in the hospital. the suspect was captured after he barricaded himself inside a
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welcome back, everyone. a nearly two-decade hunt for a man the fbi calls one of its most-wanted terrorists is now over. an intelligence source says that he has been captured in lebanon. >> a u.s. court indicted him in 2001 for his alleged role in the 1996 bombing of the khobar towers in saudi arabia. 19 american servicemen were killed in the incident. the source says that he was nabbed in a saudi operation in beirut and bundled into a plane and taken to saudi arabia to be interrogated. police have arrested 12 people in relation to the
devastating explosions this month in tianjin. >> holy [ bleep ]. >> such incredible scenes back then. the blasts killed 139 people, injuring more than 700 and forced thousands from their homes. >> china's state-run news agency says those in custody are the chairman, vice chairman and three managers of the company that stored the chemicals inside the warehouse that blew up. state media said ten senior executives with the firm had been detained. financial markets in the asia-pacific region are in positive territory after a huge rally on wall street. >> a different scene than monday. you see so much green. the shanghai composite is up fractionally at .4%. trading has ended in tokyo with the nikkei up 1%. hong kong up almost 2%.
>> and european markets are look to recover from a mid-week slump. the ftse finished down 1.6%. zurich saw the day's worst losses off by 2.4%. >> and a different story on wall street. the dow surged 690 points on wednesday that's the third biggest one-day gain in history. it follows six straight days of losses that wiped out $6 trillion in value. we want to bring in cnn's asia-pacific editor andrew stevens in hong kong. the markets are in positive territory after a volatile few days in trading. was it all about the wall street rally or did the intervention from china have something to do with it as well?
>> wall street is a big influence across the asia-pacific region. the wall street rally was underpinned by the comments from the u.s. fed chairman, william dudley that an interest rate rise looked less compelling in september. that gave investors a good chance to pile in and buy stocks that had been beaten down. but the actions in china have helped. shanghai up at 2%. there has been a little bit of volatility. but it looks like yesterday in shanghai. the markets are swinging around a bit but nothing like this week. shanghai was down 20% over the past five days. the calm is returning, rosemary but no one at this stage can say with any degree of certainty how long it will last. >> that's what i wanted to ask you whether it signals an end to china's market woes for a little bit perhaps. but what about the current
economic troubles of the country? >> we've seen this before, this -- which turned into a lull, a calm between storms, when the market came off sharpry after in july, after peaking in june, there was massive falls in shanghai which were only stopped by a lot of government intervention that the company directors were hold they were not allowed to sell shares. companies took themselves off trading. that stopped the fall in shanghai. and we had a period of relative calm and then the selling resumed again. we can't say this is a flaw in any shape or size. we have seen china moving back in and making big macroeconomic moves like freeing up more money to lend. this will help the real economy but how much? we have had interest rate cuts
in the past and easing of bank requirements. that hasn't done enough to get the economy moving to the agree that the rest of the world would want to see. it's interesting, rosemary, yes, it does look like the chinese economy is growing quite a significant amount more slowly than official figures. but this is also a part of this whole bigger picture of china transitioning from its earlier economic model of flooding the world with cheap exports to a consumer based economic model. and there is going to be a pain associated with that. there may be a lot of pain associated with that transition. >> and we are watching the shanghai composite dip a half percent there. we'll keep an eye on that and soon we'll be looking at the european markets as they open for the new day. we'll see what happens there. andrew stevens joining us live
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i'm errol barnett. >> i'm rosemary church. the former reporter who shot and killed a cameraman and reporter on live television in the u.s. left a 23-page document. vester flanagan admitted to being racist against whites, blacks and latinos. after the shooting he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. a judge has sentenced james holmes to thousands of years in prison. the 27-year-old received 12 life terms without parole one for each of the victims killed in the massacre three years ago. he also received 3,000 years in prison-related convictions. we're seeing, well, look at that, we're seeing a lot of green arrows today the nikkei finished up about 1%. the asx ended the day higher. there is about 30 minutes to go in shanghai.
but you can say there, it is up 1/3% there. of course just moments ago it was down 1/2%. it is still volatile. and the hang seng is up more than 2%. >> will the shanghai end up or down? we don't know. we want to turn to the shooting in virginia. it is clear the shooter carried anger for years. >> the news director who hired and fired flanagan from a station in florida described his demeanor. >> he was a weekend anchor. it was his second job. we brought him in. he was a good on-air performer and pretty good reporter. and then things started getting strange with him. >> what happened? >> i don't want to say too much about it but we had to terminate his contract and let him go.
>> for bizarre behavior? >> and for fighting with other employees. he threatened to punch people out and was running rough shod over other folks. >> dr. eric fisher is a licensed psychologist and joins us to try to process what we have all witnessed. the gunman carried many grievances and was let go a number of times and put real planning and effort into this shooting. what was that and what is in his manifesto tell you about his mental state? >> here's somebody who for a long period of time felt they had been percesecuted and bulli and shamed and feeling weak. what he was seeking to do was to try to get his power back, potentially his role in the media had him knowing how the get attention and his use of social media, he knew he would get some attention, whether it's
infamy or not but the outcome is tragic and we have to look at this as a society and not focus on the individual. >> you saying this is a larger issue. this is the first time we've seen it on live television and he recorded it and posted it on facebook as well. i want you to hear what wdbj's station manager had to say about working with the shooter. >> in his personal relationship he was aggressive and people were shy to work with him. he was just not a pleasant person, as it turned out. he had some anger and distress. >> so he seemed to blame others for his own shortcomings. we have people who have worked with him at previous stations who say the same thing. is that a common trait in disturbed people to blame others and not take on responsibility? what changes a regular person to
someone who can take on a violent act like this. >> at the core of every narcissist, is a shattered ego. they can't deal with any more blame or shame or guilt. so they project it outwards. if this is someone with delusions who was borderline psychotic and we won't necessarily know that, we are looking at someone who looks like the world is against him. so what we have to look at here is he saw the world as him against the world. what he then did with the south carolina shooting is he found his cause to attach a that in his mind he was saying i'm going to represent the african-american culture and fight that battle for them and he was able to focus that on his targets of he felt two people who affected his employment at
the last news station and he held a grudge for so long. it wasn't just about them. it was about all the people that wronged him and he projected all of that rage and anger and hatred on to those individuals. >> dr. erik fisher, great to get you in here. appreciate your time. thank you. cnn's john berman has a look back at the lives of the two jurnlists. >> i'm alison parker. adam ward and i are putting the final touches on our special record. >> reporter: their love of the job leapt through the screen. >> this is a day that they will never forget. >> reporter: they informed and delighted a community. >> in se element, adam word, news 7 sports. >> reporter: a community in a state of disbelief. >> this place is in shock as you might expect. there is a lot of crying and hugging going on. >> reporter: colleagues say that
27-year-old adam ward and 24-year-old choo alison parker were positive, hard working and never shied away from a story. >> i wanted to go through a sleep study to see if my job impacts how i schmooze. >> reporter: or a challenge. >> my hoppy is a -- >> reporter: in this profile, parker spoke of her love for the outdoors and the arts. >> my dad was on broadway. >> reporter: her father released a statement saying i find my grief unbearable. not hearing her voice again crushes my soul. both parker an ward began as interns at the station becoming a morning show team as staff reporter and photographer. >> adam was the kind of guy if he were on the way home and knew of something that needed to be done he would do it. >> reporter: ward was engaged to melissa ott, celebrating what
was supposed to be her last day at the station. instead she was in the control room when her future husband was gunned down. >> reporter: wdbj anchor chris hurst says he is numb after the news. parker was his girlfriend of nine months and just moved in with him. she was the most radiant woman i ever met he posted on social media today and for some reason she loved me back. parker's last interview was with gardner. she was shot in the back and recovering at hospital today. and as this unfolds, wdbj stays on the story. with a broken heart, but not broken. because there is no greater tribute to great reporters than to keep reporting. >> this doesn't happen in our part of the country. but yet it has and we will be forever scarred by it.
welcome back, everyone. the italian coast guard says about 50 migrants were found dead inside a boat off the libyan coast. >> the swedish coast guard and european border control crews found the bodies on wednesday. about 430 people on the boat were found alive. italian media reports the victims most likely were asphyxiated. some residents across europe don't want anything to do with the migrants. >> in germany, chancellor angela merkel got and earful from angry citizens on thursday. cnn's ian lee has the details. >> reporter: german police clash
with anti-migrant protesters. xenophobia front and center. chance la angela merkel under pressure to react visited the city on wednesday greeted by hecklers. >> we must put all our efforts into making clear there is no tolerance for people who question the dignity of others. there is no tolerance for those not willing to help where legal and human help is required. >> reporter: xenophobia attacks on the rise in germany. investigators suspect that arsonists torched this shelter for asylum seekers. berlin expects as many as 800,000 will apply for asylum by tend of the year, four times as
many as in 2014. overall, the united nations predicts more than 1 million freeing war, repression and instability will arrive on the continent in 2015. causing some nations to station drastic nations, erecting walls with razor wire and dog patrols to try to keep the desperate refugees out. hungarian police tear gassed hundreds at an overcrowded registration center on wednesday. >> there is plenty of evidence that democracies turn rabidly nationalist where there are immigrants on the horizon. >> reporter: but as europe tries to fortify its borders many countries on the eu fringe are finding it impossible to stem the flood of migrants seeking a better life. let's take a look at global
weather for you now. we move the focus to the americas. parts of the caribbean and the southern u.s. may be the target of an upcoming hurricane. pedram javaheri joins us with more on that. >> we have seen a hurricane drought. people have a hard time believing but the last time a catalog 3 hurricane struck the u.s. was in 2005. 118 months and president obama is the only president in 122 years to not have a major hurricane on his watch. benjamin harrison was the only other president to go without a hurricane category 3 or higher. >> you full of history. >> we'll talk about what is happening with tropical storm erica. it has a potential to become a hurricane. others saying a cat 1 is a likelihood. a thunderstorm bubbling over this region where we have tropical storm warnings and
watches. working your way to the turks and caicos and the bahamas as well. if the storm system goes off shore of the east coast we are talking category 3. if it stays on the western side, potentially a category 1. a florida impact down the line is what we're looking at. here's the forecast track right now. the cone of uncertainty rides to the eastern coast of florida as a category 1. not a menacing feature but worth noting. but we have had heavy rainfall south of sydney. i'll show you video coming out of this area. tremendous rainfall and entering the dry season in the coming couple of weeks here. half a meeter in a few places coming down in this region south of sydney where 1300 emergency calls made. 80 water rescues and getting the
heaviest rain in 13 years. and you notice the outlook on the graphic; july, august, september and into the spring and summer season it's on the dry end of things. and here's what is going on in parts of europe. in poland and germany, extensive drought. an incredible finding out of a river tributary off the longest river in poland. the water levels at historic lows. officials finding a world war ii era plane on the bottom of the river bed with the crew on board. with parachutes and weaponry as well. they knew the plane was there but they unearthed it. >> unearthing a piece of history there. >> yeah. >> appreciate that. u.s. republican presidential candidate trump slams asian negotiators during a campaign stop. but it's the way he did it that is stirring up yet another
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donald trump has no trouble doubling down on old feuds. >> that's right. he has circled back to a fellow republican presidential candidate. >> she should be apologizing to me. >> reporter: donald trump front and center. >> sit down. you weren't called. sit down. sit down. sit down. >> reporter: trump standing by his decision to have security establish coarse jorge ramos out of the press conference tuesday night. >> i would have got to him quickly. he stood up and started ranting and raving like a madman. he was out of line. >> reporter: this morning, ramos telling cnn it was his duty to stand up. >> as a reporter i believe you have to take a stand. i think the most important social responsibility as reporter is to prevent and denounce the abuse of those in power. >> reporter: trump's opponent,
jeb bush weighing in this morning. >> i think the press should be treated with more respect and dignity. >> reporter: bush calling on trump to get serious about putting forward solutions. >> this guy is now the front runner. he should be held to account just like me and be asked how you going to pay for it? >> reporter: trump responded. >> we are responding a fortune, a minimum of $130 billion. we're not going to spend that kind of money. >> reporter: and trump's attacks in iowa didn't end with iowa. as he offered up this impersonation of asians. >> negotiating with japan, negotiating with china, they say we want deal. >> reporter: and as usual, trump did not spare his republican rivals, with this. >> and i watch these two guys hug and kissing and holding each other.
very much like chris christie did with the president. i'm only kidding. >> there you go. that was suzanne malvo reporting. chris cuomo will have an interview with donald trump at 7:30 a.m. in the states. you have been watching "cnn newsroom." i'm rosemary church. >> i'm errol barnett. we're back with more after the break. stay with us. the challenges of keeping everyone working together can quickly become the only thing you think about. that's where at&t can help. at&t has the tools and the network you need, to make working as one easier than ever. virtually anywhere. leaving you free to focus on what matters most.
-- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com you. tributes are pouring in for two television journalists murdered in the middle of a live report. we're learning details about the gunman's troubling history. global markets look to rebound following what has been a rocky few days for investors. hello and welcome to our viewers in the united states and around the world for our second hour. i'm errol barnett. >> and i'm rosemary church. this is "cnn newsroom."
another deadly shooting in the u.s. but one that was especially shocking, as it happened on live television. >> a reporter and her cameraman were killed as they were doing a live interview. outside the roanoke, virginia television station where the pair worked people are leaving flowers and balloons. >> stunned friends and co-workers are honoring alison parker and adam ward. >> the gunman was a former report whoever worked there but was fired two years ago. vester flanagan later died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. >> alison parker started working at wdbj after a summer internship. >> she was teamed with adam ward on the morning show. randy kaye has more on what brought them to journalism. >> i wanted to become a doctor
or pharmacist but it's i get to cover those types of fields. >> reporter: this is how viewers got to know alison parker, a video showing her smiling, full of life. >> i absolutely love mexican food. very, very spicy food. you name it, i will eat it. >> reporter: the 24-year-old virginia native signed on with television station wdbj last year as a morning reporter. alison covered everything from zoo animals to weather. she graduated from virginia's james madison university in 2012 and was the news editor for the school paper. she loved white water rafting and kayaking. >> she took any assignment. she was smart. >> reporter: alison was dating
the evening anchor, chris hurst. on twitter, hurst said he was numb. writing they were very much in love. they just moved in together after dating nine months, the best nine months of our lives. we wanted to get married. she was the most radiant woman i ever met and for some reason she loved me back. wdbj journalist adam ward was also killed. he game a photographer and was alison's morning partner for the last year. they were a good team and it showed. >> adam come from out in front of the camera. how do you feel? >> i rolled an ankle but we're good since then. it's respect. it's very form fitting. we'll say. >> reporter: adam was a hard worker, who was always smiling and respectful.
he joined the station? 2011 after graduating from virginia tech. he enrolled the same year a gunman killed 32 people in a deadly rampage at the school. those who knew him said he had a heart of gold. adam was 27. and engaged to the station's morning producer, melissa ott who was at work in the control room watching the broadcast when the shooting happened live on air. it was her last day at the station. he had taken a new job and adam may not have been far behind. he told her recently i'm going to get out of news. i think i'm going to do something else. randy kaye, cnn, new york. >> nice to see them share lighter moments and jokes. alison parker's chris hurst shared his memories with reporters a few hours ago. >> and showed the photo album
she gave him for their six-month anniversary. they just moved in together. >> you go into work every day and you do it for love of the job. you do it because we get to do something that nobody else on the planet gets to do. we go to where the action is and tell the story every day. she got to do that. today was not one of those days for her. it was a harmless story on the anniversary of this beautiful lake behind me that we had shared some wonderful memories on ourselves. and -- and there is no reason why anyone should not have an expectation of security coming out here in the field doing her job when she was gunned down along with her photographer, adam ward. >> alison parker's father called her a bright and shining light. >> andy parker said although her life was brief she was so happy
with it. he appeared on fox news earlier. >> she lived a great life. she excelled at everything she did. and she loved what she did. she loved the people that she worked with. she was happy with her place in life. we can only take some solace in the fact that she had a wonderful life. she was extremely happy. and she loved this guy with all her heart. and that's the toughest thing for me that -- she -- everybody that she touched loved her and she loved everybody back. and you know, i'm not going to let this issue drop. this is, you know, we've got to do something about crazy people getting guns. now, a spokeswoman for the gunman's family read a statement to reporters in the hours after the shooting. >> the statement was short and
expressed grief for the victims. it did not mention the shooter. >> it is with heavy hearts and deep sadness we express our deepest condolences to the families of alison parker and adam ward. we are also praying for the recovery of vicky gardner. our thoughts and prayers at this time are with the victims' families and with wdbj television station family. >> vester flanagan had a long history of complaints against the stations where he worked. >> he accused co-workers of racism and harassment. but no one thought it would take a deadly turn. >> reporter: the day he was fired from wdbj tv february 1st, 2013 the shooter told his bosses i'm not leaving you're going to have call the f'ing police. the sales staff took shelter in
a locked office and police did escort him out of the newsroom. memos show his one-year employment was wracked with aggressive behavior, poor journalistic performance and warnings from management that he was making co-workers feel threatened and uncomfortable. after his firing, former colleagues tell cnn they were concerned for days he would come back. jeff marks is the statio's general manager. >> it was bothersome that he was still in town and would be seen by our employees but again, what do you do? >> reporter: the shooter sued wdbj tv claiming discrimination. the suit dismissed last summer. the station was the last stop in what appears to be a spotty career in local television. records show he worked in stations in greenville, north carolina, midland, texas and san
francisco. in 2000 he was fired from a station in tallahassee, florida for what the news director described as odd behavior. after his firing a lawsuit file aid ledging racial discrimination, the suit dismissed. this morning, allegations of racism emerge again this time in a disturbing string of tweets. hours after the shooting he writes, alison made racist comments. it's unclear if they ever even met. he writes, eeoc report filed. another tweet, adam went to the hr on me after working with me on one time. he meant the station's human resources department. adam was adam ward, the photographer killed. the station manager says no one saw this coming. >> he did make some accusations
against people some time ago. you could never imagine that somebody's going to come back and act on those issues that were so old. >> reporter: about a week ago, the shooter started posting pictures, an apparent life history, highlights from his childhood through high school and beyond and in the rambling 23-page fax to abc news he says his plan to kill was set in motion after the killings in charleston, south carolina this summer. why did i do it? i put down a deposit for a gun on 6/19/15. the church shooting in charleston happened on 6/17/15. he writes admiration for the columbine high school shootings. his final tweet, i filmed the shooting, see facebook.
the man who hired and fired flanagan in roanoke is speaking out. >> the form you news director posted these messages, please send all of your thoughts and prayers to the victims' families and the wdbj 7 team. >> he calls the act a senseless act and one that puts our entire country in mourning. with very few restrictions the second amendment to the u.s. constitution recognizes the right of americans to bear arms. >> president barack obama says he doesn't want to deny basic gun access to law-abiding citizens. but with so many shootings and violence involving firearms he is asking for gun control legislation. >> what we know is that the number of people who die from gun-related incidents around this country dwarves any deaths
that happen through terrorism. we're willing to spend trillions of dollars to prevent terrorist activities but we haven't been willin willin willing, so far at least to impose common sense gun safety measures measures to save some lives. and we are getting reaction from the presidential candidates, hillary clinton says she will protect second amendment rights while fighting for gun control measures. >> we have had so many terrible instances of it in the last two years. but it happens every day. intentional, unintentional, murder, suicide. it happens every day and there is so much evidence that if guns were not so readily available, if we had universal background checks, if we could just put tom time-out between the person
who's upset because he got fired or the domestic abuse or whatever other motivation may be working on someone who does this that maybe we could prevent this kind of carnage. >> now republican candidate marco rubio said making new laws won't stop criminals. >> that's the problem, it's not just crazy people but violent people. it's not the guns but the people that are doing this. here's the problem that i have. first of all, the second amendment's in the constitution. i didn't write the constitution but i support it and i think the second amendment is an important par part of the constitution. the second point is that the only people who follow gun laws are law-abiding citizens, criminals by definition ignore the law. >> and this discussion as changing gun access legislation,
the shooter, vester flanagan purchased his guns legally according to u.s. and virginia state law. we will have much more on this story just ahead this hour. including what one psychologist says were some of the warning signs of the shooter's downfall. we'll go live to london and hong kong to see how the stocks are doing following a rally on wall street. stay with cnn.
welcome back, everyone. thanks for staying with us. china's state-run news agency says 11 government and port officials are being investigated in connection with the deadly explosions this month in tianjin. one is also being investigated for suspected abuse of power. >> state media reports that 12 senior executives are being detained. they are with the company that stored the chemicals inside the warehouse that blew up. the blast killed 139 people. financial markets in europe just opened in the past few
minutes. folks were hoping for a rebound and there you go. they are getting their wish all of the indices up roughly 2%. the ftse up 1.9%. the xetra dax up 1.5%. let's turn to the asia-pacific region. trading just ended in shanghai. look at that, shanghai composite up 4 1/3%. we were talking with andrew stevens a short time ago and it had dropped 1/2%. that is critical there. we see the nikkei in japan up more than 1%. in australia, the asx 200 added more than 1%. and the hang seng up 3 1/3% there. all in positive territory. this is incredible news. let's bring in our team.
andrew stevens following the markets in the asian region. >> let's start with isa soares in london watching the situation in europe. as we saw on the fwlaboard, wal street's rally was the trick, wasn't it? >> i like waking up to a market full of green arrows. but what we have seen this week in asia and the u.s. is really game of snakes and ladders. we move a couple steps forward and come down again. the european markets green arrows across the board. the xetra dax, we have seen markets there, shares there really under pressure. i'm talking mostly about luxury brands, talking about auto makers, they were down yesterday because they are huge exporters to china.
germany creates about 300,000 jobs that are dependent on china for key exports. hence why i think that confidence slowly coming to the market. but this is a market of extremes. we don't know whether we should be celebrating just yet. it's great to see the shanghai close up so much after a topsyturvy session but the european markets starting the day on a positive keel here. a lot of people optimistic from the u.s. close, the strongest since 2011, and also on the back of comment from the u.s. reserve president who is saying that a rate hike in september is less likely now. and we have the idea that this area of cheap money coming from the u.s. will continue as well as that money being injected into the chinese economy. we have had strong gdp data out
of spain. nevertheless, we have to be slightly cautious. i have been hearing in the last couple of days from european ceos who said this is time to be cautious. they are making cuts and they are also seeing sales being reduced as much as by half because of a china slowdown. for the time, celebrating, let's see how the day pans out. >> cautiously optimistic. isa soares reporting live from london. >> isa likes what she is seeing. andrew, in hong kong, surely you do as well. all of the indices up do. we credit this with the bounce in the u.s. or is it somewhat informed by china's actions this week? who do we credit for this? >> reporter: i think it's a combination. i think wall street does have a big impact globally. it does here in asia. but it's helped by the fact that shanghai was positive most of the day.
and spiked right at the end of the day. it's interesting. you do see a lot of volatility in shanghai at the end of the day. this big buy at the end of the day could indicate this is institutional buying, these are companying state-operated funds coming in and buying at the end of the day to show the shanghai finishing on a strong note. it's always a bit of a black box in china as to what is going on there. but certainly, the action taken by the government in the last couple of days, cutting interest rates, pumping money into the system allowing banks to claw money back from the central bank, all helping sentiment, particularly. that's what the chinese government does want to do. it wants to make sure that people are feeling good about the markets. good about the economy. because as they transition away from this export investment model into consumer spending it's important that the
consumers are in the right frame of mind the buy. it's interesting hearing the comments about cutting the sales targets in china. i was talking to the ceo of iwc and he was saying that sales were holding up in china strongly. you get a lot of mixed signals coming out of china at the moment. the consensus is that the economy is weaker, significantly weaker than the official numbers have you believe. but certainly, at this stage, not heading for a hard landing, a big economic slump. >> interesting stuff. hopefully the optimism continues through the end of the week. we appreciate andrew stevens in hong kong, isa soares in london. still to come here on "cnn newsroom," protesters give germany's chancellor a noisy greeting in a town that is angry
you're watching "cnn newsroom." i'm errol barnett. >> and i'm rosemary church. it's time to check the headlines this hour. the former reporter who shot and killed a tv news crew on live television in the u.s. left a long message detailing his anger. vester flanagan had a history of workplace grievances.
after shooting alison parker and adam ward, flanagan died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. in china, 11 are being investigated in connection with this deadly blast that killed 139 people in tianjin. china's state-run news agency reports at this 12 senior investigators have been detained with the firm that stored the chemicals inside the warehouse that blew up. the european financial markets are moving higher in early trading. look at this all positive territory. the ftse 100 up more than 1%. and nearly 3% up for dax in germany. and in shanghai, the composite up there 5 1/3%. that is extraordinary. it was down 1/2% not long ago. japan closed over 1%.
and the hang seng will close in about 30 minutes or so. but 3 1/2% stronger. we return to the shooting death of a tv crew as they were doing a live interview now. friends and family are grieving the loss of reporter alison parker and camera man adam ward. >> their killer was a former reporter with repeated conflicts at work. >> reporter: a regular breakfast television scene, local reporter alison parker interviews a guest live from a shopping center in virginia. >> we're seeing -- >> reporter: moments later horror as she and her cameraman adam ward are shot dead live on air. his camera catches a glimpse of the shooter. the gunman is vester flanagan who went by the screen name
bryce williams. hours after the attack, williams posted a video of the shooting from his perspective on social media. his tweets hint at a motive, apparent gripes with former colleagues. williams was fired from wdbj, the station has been left reeling after first announcing the deaths of their colleagues. >> it is my very, very sad duty to report that we have determined that alison and adam died this morning shortly after 6:45 when the shots rang out. >> reporter: alison parker was just 24 years old. her boyfriend, an anchor at the same network, tweeted shortly afterwards. we didn't share this publicly but alison parker and i were very much in love. we just moved in together. i am numb.
adam ward was engaged to marry a morning producer at wdbj. his fiancee was in the control room watching when this played out live on air. the wdbj president said his staff is in shock. >> we have people walking around here in tears. a lot of hugs. we have a friend of the -- of our newsroom who is a pastor in her consoling people. >> reporter: the woman interviewed when the shooting took place was also hit. she has been undergoing surgery in hospital. a routine interview that turned into inexplicable tragedy. dr. erik fisher is a licensed psychologist and joins us to try and process what we've all witnessed and it appeared that the gunman carried many grievances, was let go a number of times from various jobs and
put real planning and effort into this shooting. what was that and what is in his manifesto tell you about his mental state? >> here's somebody who for a long period of time felt they had been persecuted, bullied, embarrassed, shamed and the effect of those emotions is feeling weak and our power taken away. what he was seeking to do was get his power back. his role in the media had him knowing how the get attention and his use of social media he knew he would get some attention, whether infamy or not but it's the outcome is simply tragic. we have to look at this as a society and not just focus on the individual. >> you are saying this is a larger issue. this is the first time we have seen it on live television and he posted it on facebook as well. i want you to hear from jeff marks had to say about what it was like working with the shooter. let's listen to this. >> his personal relationships
sometimes he was a little aggressive. and people were shy to work with him. he -- he he was just not a pleasant person, as it turned out. he seemed to have some anger and distress. >> so he seemed to blame others for his own shortcomings. we have people in the newsroom who worked with him at previous stations. is that a common trait to blame others and not take on responsibility? what changes someone from a regular person who takes on an act like this. >> if he was more narcissistic. at the core of a force cystic they look at the world like they are the greatest thing. at the core is a shattered ego. they can't deal with more blame or shame or guilt and they project it outwards. if this is someone who is borderline psychotic and we
won't necessarily know that, then he feels the world is against him and that overlaps with the narcissistic traits. so he saw the world as it was him against the world. what he then did with the south carolina shooting is he found his cause to attach to that to in his mind i believe he was trying to say i'm going to represent the african-american societal culture and i'm going to fight that battle for them. and then he was able to focus that on his targets of he felt two people who affected his employment at that last news station, and he held a grudge for so long, it wasn't just about them. it was about all the people that wronged him and he just projected all of that rage and anger and hatred on those individuals. >> as a way of trying to justify it in his own mind you were saying earlier you don't necessarily see his act as evil? what do you mean by that?
>> we want to call the person evil and move on. this is not somebody who was evil. he saw himself as a justified -- someone who was persecuted first and a martyr, someone who was trying to fight for a cause. he said when i go if i die at least i'll die at peace. we have to see this is something in the culture we have to look at. something around the world in multiple cultures we have to see how we feel like other people take our power and diminish us rather than finding our power within us. that has to do with mental health issues and family issues. it has to do with community issues and international politics. we can project these issues of power over people versus having power with people. >> so many issues and even though he had this bizarre behavior there was no mental
health record history. it's unclear whether a change in gun laws would have made a difference. >> right. if he is narcissistic he doesn't think he needs treatment. they think the world needs to change, not them. >> incredible insight dr. erik fisher. great to get you in here. thanks a lot. >> thank you. and you can find much more on this story on our website. including a closer look at the two young journalists who were gunned down on wednesday, just ahead to cnn.com. a u.s. judge sentenced colorado movie theater gunman james holmes to multiple lifetimes in prison. >> he received 12 lifetimes without parole one for each of his victims. and received more than 3,000 years in prison for attempted murder charges and for booby-trapping his apartment with explosives. wal-mart says it will stop
selling military style semiautomatic weapons including the ar-15. those guns have been used in several mass shootings in the states, including the newtown, connecticut massacre and the colorado movie theater shooting. >> gun control advocates have been fighting to restrict the sale of these weapons. wal-mart says it is due to a decrease in demand. still to come, germany's chancellor got an earful from fellow citizens. we'll tell you how she reacted in the town with bitter anti migrant sentiment. to over one hundred of the web's leading job boards with a single click. then simply select the best candidates from one easy to review list. and now you can use zip recruiter for free. go to ziprecruiter.com.
lebanon. >> a u.s. court indicted him in 2001 for his alleged role in the 1996 bombing of the khobar towers in saudi arabian. 19 american servicemen were killed. the source says that the man was nabbed up in a saudi-led operation in beirut, bundled into a plane and taken to saudi arabia to be interrogated. an american man who helped stop a gunman on a paris-bound train is back home in the u.s. and being hailed as a hero. >> anthony sadler was one of five passengers who disarmed the gunman last week. sadler was honored in his hometown of sacramento on wednesday. >> after such a crazy few days it feels good to be back on american soil but especially in sacramento. this is my home. and i'm just glad to be back here to see everybody. it's kind of overwhelming for
me. i didn't expect all this to happen. but i just appreciate all you for coming and it's good to be back home. thank you. >> cnn has learned the moroccan suspect in the foiled train attack spent several days at his sister's home in belgium before the incident. the woman's home was raided by police this week but he is not suspected of having a role in the attack. >> the official says that investigators believe a group of french isis fighters may have supported ayoub el khazzani but they are not in a position to condition firm that yet. about 50 migrants were found dead in a boat off the coast of libya. they found the bodies on wednesday after answering a distress call. italian media reports that the victims probably asphyxiated. >> they are among 2300 migrants
who died trying to reach italy by sea this year. they are from war torn and poverty stricken countries from the middle east and africa seeking asylum in europe. >> angela merkel appealed for tolerance. but from the moment she arrived on wednesday, some angry citizens let her know clearly they reject her position. >> and cnn's ian lee has been closely monitoring this developing story. and joins us with more from london. ian, as we saw, the heckling, the booing for chancellor angela merkel. how did she react to that? >> reporter: she was stoic as usual. and we've seen this very vocal anti-migrant sentiment in this part of eastern germany. this is an area where there is
unemployment and these people believe these migrants are coming and stealing their jobs and as we see migrants come to europe and hundreds of thousands that we have seen a rise in this anti- migrant sentiment and at times that has turned to violence. german police clash with anti-migrant protests in an eastern city. xenophobia front and center. chancellor angela merkel under pressure to react visited the city on wednesday greeted by hecklers. >> translator: we must put all our efforts into making clear there is no tolerance for people who question the dignity of others. there is no tolerance for those who are not willing to help where legal and human help is required. >> reporter: xenophobic attacks on the rise in germany.
one of the latest, investigators suspect arsonists torched this shelter for asylum seekers. as the country buckles under the refugees, as many as 800,000 will apply for asylum by the end of the year. four times as many as in 2014. overall, the united nations predicts more than a million fleeing war, oppression and instability will arrive on the continent in 2015, causing some nations to take drastic measures, erecting walls with razor wire and dog patrols to try to keep the desperate refugees out. hungarian police tear gassed hundreds at an overcrowded registration center on wednesday. >> there's plenty of evidence that democracies turn ripe, they turn rabidly nationalist where there are immigrants on the
horizon. >> reporter: but even as europe tries to fortify its borders, many countries on the eu's fringe are finding it impossible to stem the flow of migrants seeking a better life. r rosemary and errol, eu leaders will be meeting in vienna today discussing a wide range of topics. one of the primary routes we have seen going from greece, macedonia, serbia, hungary into the eu is where a lot of the people are coming. they're going to be talking about that and anti-extremism measures and how to improve the economies of the balkan states. a lot to talk about today. >> we will be monitoring this to see what is said and decided. ian lee reporting live from london monitoring that story.
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a 5-year-old boy witnesses the unthinkable, the murder of his mother. >> but a police officer has stepped forward to make a difference in that little boy's life. steve savard from kmov in st. louis, missouri has the story. >> a bullet hole and one at the top and one in the side. he was down in the back of the seat. >> the 5-year-old survived when someone fired into his mother's car two weeks ago. whitney brown was shot and killed. erica jones says keying her
daughter's car parked in the driveway every day is a painful reminder of that tragic night. >> he had an angel that wanted to bless him. >> reporter: a st. louis county police officer and his wife stepped forward to take him shopping for back to school supplies. >> from jackets to school supplies to food to sneakers to a blaze truck that's going to drive me crazy. >> reporter: black and green sneakers, green shirts and jackets. green is his mother's favorite color. >> the officer just reached out, took it upon himself to reach out and do something nice for your grandson? >> yes, you don't find many people willing to help people going through tragedy. >> reporter: jones hopes that people see this and don't think that all police officers are bad. >> the gesture of kindness he showed. they made a great bond.
they got shirts alike, everything. so he's a good guy. >> captain america. >> reporter: how much of an impression do you think that the officer's gesture has made on your grandson. >> he cried when he left. >> she wants her grandson to stay in contact with that officer because he has been a positive influence during a tough time. friends and co-workers are remembering alison parker and adam word today. >> they were gunned down on live tv. the shooter then killed himself. colleagues are remembering what it was like to work with parker and ward. >> he just had this personality. he could pick you up if you were having a bad day. >> she had an explosive personality.
she always smiled. she was full of ideas. full of ideas and full of questions with a willingness to learn and strive to do the best. >> adam said one time we have to follow these bad stories, fires and murders and all dark and evil things on the air. and sometimes i hate being that guy that's got to put a camera in their face. that shows you what kind of guy adam was. >> she was full of life. and full of energy. and no one should be snuffed out like that. >> they were like a part of the family. sit down at dinner. there they were. >> so tough for people to comprehend what happened there and tv news crews across the u.s. are showing solidarity with parker and ward. >> you may have seen this online today. one journalist in texas began
the #westandwithwdbj. and people started posting messages with messages like proud and not afraid to be a journalist today. and seeing the video today made people who have been in this industry and as reporters you are vulnerable and there to serve the public and it was a brazen attack, senseless. >> and we stand with them as well. and it's incredible to look at the station there. they are clearly a family and work very well tonight. it's very similar to what we experience here at cnn and it's very important to stay united in a situation like this. >> and they did a commendable job. >> you're watching "cnn newsroom." i'm rosemary church. >> i'm errol barnett. "early start" is next for those of you in the u.s. >> and for the rest of you, another edition of "cnn newsroom" begins after this short break. stay with us.
two journalists murdered on live television. this morning, the gun man's suicide note. the community in morning. welcome to "early start." i'm miguel marquez. new information about the motives driving the gunman who killed two journalists and seriously injured the woman they interviewed. vice after flanigan faxed a note to abc news under