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is. tonight, breaking developments as we come on the air. the deadly shooting at an american newspaper. we're on the scene tonight. several dead. multiple workers in, quote, grave condition. the horrific scene unfolding late today. the reporter hiding under his desk, saying a gunman shot through the glass door, adding, "there is nothing more terrifying than hearing multiple people shot while you're under your desk." tonight, the suspect surrounded, now being questioned. and the president's first response. also this evening, the battle over the future of the supreme court. president trump, some of his clearest words yet on his effort to replace anthony kennedy. he should could reshape the cou more than a generation. the fiery words on capitol hill. the man in charge of robert mueller and the russia
investigation, deputy attorney general rod rosenstein, in the hot seat. you will hear how he responds. the race against time tonight. the young soccer team trapped in a cave for six days now. u.s. military search and rescue teams on the scene. the tornado watch as we come on the air tonight, and the risk of severe storms. rob marciano standing by with the new track. and multiple explosions in an american neighborhood. late word of an arrest. and tonight, what authorities have now discovered. good evening on this thursday night. and we begin with the horrific scene unfolding late today, the man opening fire on reporters at a newspaper in annapolis, maryland. at least five dead, authorities not long ago revealing multiple others shot and are in, quote, grave condition. itapd thetrpehetrapped in thepe gasomadults, reporters from a newsroom and the rest of that
building, walking out with their hands in the air. police officers were there within 60 so, surrounding the shooter, who had been shooting through the glass door of the newsroom. a sweep of the building revealing one explosive device. this evening, they are questioning the suspect, but even with him in custody now, they have been unable to identify who he is or his motive. abc's chief justice correspondent pierre thomas on the scene tonight. >> reporter: the shooting began just after 2:30 this afternoon in the newsroom of the annapolis "capital gazette" newspaper. the call going out for emergency help. >> several shots have been fired possible shotgun. at least ten shots heard. >> reporter: there was a massive response from multiple agencies. local police arriving within 60 seconds. >> all units, limit your p transmissions. do we have any kind of intel on our shooter? >> reporter: police then trying to get people out.
adults could be seen coming out with their hands in the air, getting searched by police. >> police came through, grabbing the door. and next thing you know, he's like, you need to get out. and then we all ran out into the hallway. >> we're doing everything we can to get people out safe and we're trying to mine miimize the casualties. >> reporter: while inside, a police reporter at the newspaper, phil davis, tweeting his description of the horror unfolding. he said it "was like a war zone." tweeting, "a single shooter shot multiple people at my office, some of whom are dead." then he tweets, "gunman shot through the glass door of the office and opened fire on multiple employees. can't say much more and don't want to declare anyone dead, but it's bad." and perhaps his most chilling tweet came next. "there is nothing more terrifying than hearing multiple people get shot while you're under your desk and then hear the gunman reload." and then late today, authorities before the cameras confirming the terrible toll. >> there are several people who have died from this incident.
and several others are injured. i don't want to say other than our thoughts and prayers are with them and their families. >> reporter: police confirming multiple dead. the scene unfolding for hours, as police used dogs to search for explosives and possible accomplices. >> command copy. suspect in custody per p.d. >> reporter: tonight, authorities confirming they surrounded the alleged gunman and he was captured. a shotgun found at the scene, sources telling abc news. >> the shooter is in custody and being interrogated at this time. >> reporter: tonight, authorities say the building is secure, that there are no other shooters. but when asked if they knew this shooter, they would not answer. >> the shooter appeared to be known by police or the employees? >> it was very, very scary, because you would never think that something like that would happen to you at work. i just thank god that he got me and all my coworkers out safely. >> reporter: and tonight, that police reporter who was hiding under desk telling the paper, "i'm a police reporter. i write about this stuff all the time.
but as much as i'm going to try to articulate how traumatizing it is to be hiding under your desk, you don't know until you're there and you feel helpless." >> and pierre thomas with us live tonight from the scene in annapolis, maryland. and pierre, we know that reporter said he was hiding under his desk. he said he could hear the shooter reload. but then at some point, he stopped firing. the reporter saying, "i don't know why." tonight, we don't even know who the suspect is, even with him sitting across from interrogators? >> reporter: that's right, david. he's sitting right there across from the iner the gators and they have no idea who he is. sources say he did not have a wallet and that he's not talking. the only thing clear tonight is he showed up in that newsroom with a shotgun and a deadly plan. david? >> pierre thomas, thank you. just moments ago, with hear from an eyewitness, a man who works right across the hall from the newsroom. he was on the phone when gunfire broke out, and he could see into the newsroom of "the capital gazette" as this was unfolding. here's what he saw. >> i saw a guy holding a gun.
the door was in shattered pieces along the carpet. and this guy was holding what looked like a big shotgun and moving across the entrance of "the capital gazette" office pointing the gun deeper into the office, like he was targeting people. i only looked at him for a second. i ducked my head back behind the wall as soon as i saw the guy initially. i saw a young woman who looked like she had been hurt. she was on the ground. there was a bunch of blood on the floor, so, we stayed in our office until second group of police officers showed up. they actually broke down our office door and then they escorted us out, you know, they escorted us out with our hands up over our heads, just to make sure we're all safe. and then they let us go. >> an eyewitness late today, right across the hall from that newsroom. tonight, the president is back in washington, he's now been briefed, and his first words came even before he left wisconsin. so, let's get right to terry moran at the white house tonight. terry?
>> reporter: david, you're right. the president took to twitter shortly afterwards, saying "my thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families. thank you to all the first responders who are currently on the scene." this is already a grimly familiar ritual for this president, as for all recent presidents. the seemingly endless series of shootings generating the same kind of expressions of grief and sympathy and the same debates. david? >> terry, stay with us here tonight, because the other major story of the night, the white house is also watching, of course, the battle forming over the future of the supreme court. president trump set to pick the next justice, which could shift the balance on the scocourt for more than a generation. president trump saying he will pick someone to place justice kennedy. and so, terry tonight on the future of the court, and on democrats scrambling, but with few options tonight. >> reporter: president trump on the brink of reshaping the supreme court for generations with his choice to replace justice anthony kennedy. >> we have to pick one that's going to be there for 40 years,
45 years. >> reporter: the president says he'll choose from a list of 25 candidates he began compiling in 2016. high on the short list, judge thomas hardima of pittsburgh, 52. a strong gun rights supporters, he was said to be runner-up last year when trump picked neil gorsuch. judge brett kavanaugh of washington d.c., also 52, and like gorsuch, also a former clerk to justice kennedy. he worked in the george w. bush white house. and judge amy coney barrett of chicago, 46, a former clerk to the late justice antonin scalia. she's criticized roe versus wade and is a mom of seven children, including a special needs child and two children adopted from haiti. democrats, outnumbered, are already trying to stop any vote, echoing the argument republicans used when they blocked president obama's nominee, merrick garland, in an election year.
senator tammy duckworth of illinois tweeting, "the american people should have a voice in the selection of their next supreme court justice." but there's a big difference. republicans had the votes to block garland. democrats are in the minority now. >> we will vote to confirm justice kennedy's successor this fall. >> reporter: but for every senator, this will be a monumental vote. perhaps the biggest issue, the right to choose abortion. president trump in 2016 became the first republican nominee to explicitly promise the end of roe versus wade. >> well, if we put another two or perhaps three justices on, that's really what's going to be -- that will happen. and that will happen automatically, in my opinion, because i am putting pro-life justices on the court. >> reporter: now, with trump ready to deliver, there's tremendous pressure on the two pro-choice republican women senators, lisa murkowski of alaska and maine's susan collins. >>ter: idehave y ance of blocki a nomination, they can't afford to lose a single vote, but now three democrats up for re-election in states trump won are feeling the heat.
they all voted to confirm neil gorsuch, but that didn't stop the president from attacking one of them, north dakota's heidi heitkamp, in her own backyard last night. >> heidi will vote no to any pick we make for the supreme court. >> so, let's bring back in terry moran from the white house. and terry, with the president's second nomination to the court now, less than two years into his presidency, this court will likely soon lean solidly conservative, and the president's potential picks, they're all relatively young. >> reporter: that's right, david. that long list of 25, the average age is somewhere just over 50 years old. when the president says his choice will have an impact on america lasting for decades, he's absolutely right. and that sharp shift to the right that this nomination will represent, if confirmed, that will operate as a kind of invitation to conservative lawmakers and activists around the country who will bring cases that target roe versus wade and affirmative action and other conservative causes. in a way, this court, later this year, will be open for business
for conservatives. david? >> terry moran at the white house. terry, thank you. next, to the fiery hearing on capitol hill today. deputy attorney general rod rosenstein, who is overseaing robert muelleatn,ac t questions. tonight, how he responded. here's abc's senior white house correspondent cecilia vega. >> reporter: the man supervising the russia investigation today in the hot seat on capitol hill. lawmakers grilling deputy attorney general rod rosenstein, saying the probe has gone on long enough. >> we need to see the evidence. if you have evidence of wrongdoing by any member of the trump campaign, present it to the damn grand jury. if you have evidence that this president acted inappropriately, present it to the american people. whatever you got, finish it the hell up, because this country is being torn apart. >> reporter: in the wake of a scathing inspector general report blasting the justice department for its handling of the clinton e-mail investigation, rosenstein and fbi director christopher wray
facing heated questions. republican congressman jim jordan, a staunch ally of president trump, accusing rosenstein of hiding information. >> why are you keeping in >> i'm not keeping any information from congress that it's appropriate. >> in a few minutes, the house of representatives will say something different. >> i don't agree with you, congressman, and i don't believe that's what they are going to say. and if they do, they'll be mistaken. they will be mistaken. your statement that i'm personally keeping information from you, trying to conceal information -- >> you're the boss, mr. rosenstein. >> that's correct. and my job is to make sure that we respond to your concerns. we have, sir. >> i think the house of representatives is going to say otherwise. >> but your use of this to attack me personally is deeply wrong. >> reporter: the justice department says it has already turned over nearly 900,000 pages and is working around the clock to comply with republican demands for transparency. and tonight, the house turning up the pressure. lawmakers approving a rare resolution demanding even more documents, and threatening to hold rosenstein in con cemetemp
congress or even impeach him if he does not comply. 6. >> we are not in contempt of this congress and we are not going to be in contempt of this congress. >> i didn't think i was going to be spending the first ten months of my job staring down the barrel of a contempt citation for conduct that occurred long before i even thought about being fbi director. >> and cecilia vega is with us here in new york tonight. and cecilia, as they debated the merits of the russia investigation in washington today, abc news also learned today that the special counsel is now looking into some of the people who attended the president's inauguration? >> reporter: yeah, these were invitation only attendees. we're talking about at least one of them has since been sanctions by the u.s. treasury department. these are oligarchs with deep ties to moscow. no response from the white house yet. >> all right, cecilia, i know you'll be on "gma" in the morning. we move onto other news tonight. just two weeks ago, we were in apore f suit. helnk jus three weeks, president trump and
the russian president, vladimir putin. here's abc's martha rad dad tonight. >> reporter: he has been talking up a summit with vladimir putin for months, and now the date is set. >> well, i think we'll be talking about syria, i think we'll be talking about ukraine, i think we'll be talking about many other somebody jeubjects a see what happens. >> about election meddling? >> you never know about meetings. we'll see what happens. >> reporter: they will meet in helsinki on july 16th amid the swirling special council investigation into russian election meddling and possible collusion with the trump campaign. national security adviser john bolton in moscow laying the groundwork. russian officials say putin told bolton he did not meddle. today, president trump tweeting, "russia continues to say they had nothing to do with meddling in our election!" he has consistently heaped praise on the russian leader. most recently, praising russia's hosting of the world cup. >> they have really done a fantastic job with the world
cup. it's exciting, even if you're not a non-soccer fan. >> reporter: putin today scoring a goal for the cameras in red square. >> and martha raddatz is with us tonight. martha, news of this summit comes as the president also ramps up his rhetoric on some of our european allies. >> reporter: he certainly does, david. there is increasing strain with our allies who he'll also be meeting with next month. this is what he said at a rally last night. "the european union was set to take advantage of the united states and, you know what, we're not going to let that happen." could be some very tense meetings. david? >> martha raddatz tonight. thank you. we turn next to the crisis at the border, and first lady melania trump making another trip today, this time in tucson, touring a border patrol facility, where parents and children are being held. meeting privately with families and hearing from border agents about the difficult cases they encounter. one agent showing her photos of a 6-year-old boy, left alone in the desert, possibly by smugglers in the 100-degree heat. tonight, though, neither border patrol or health or human seichaoy
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clock, looking for 12 young soccer players and their coach, missing since saturday. their bikes helmets and cleats just outside the cave entrance. their coach in this facebook post just days ago, encouraging them to practice. the group believed to have crawled through a narrow channel that may now be flooded after days of heavy rainfall. >> the water now, the floodwater is getting higher and higher. >> reporter: muddy water leaving rescuers to trudge through the rain-soaked djengle, hoping to find hidden shafts in the mountain that might lead them to the boys, who range in age from 11 to 16. david, the hope is the team found a spot inside the cave with air and clean water, and if they did, experts say they could survive up to a month.hope. all right, kayna, thank you. when we come back here tonight, the tornado watch as we're on the air tonight. and severe storms moving across the country. rob marciano standing by next. and multiple explosions in
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it was of an extremely brutal homicide in a church at stanford. >> new answers in a 44-year-old cold case murder, as police close in on a suspect today in san jose. he shoots and kills himself. good afternoon i'm dan ashley. >> i'm kristen sze. larry and ama have the day off. as police closed in? san jose they say he took his own life. >> that cold cases the murder of arliss perry seen in this photograph from the archives. she was killed in the church in 1974. >> we have liveere. line lyanne melendez is live at stanford. let's begin with david louie. >> david, dna played a big roll in tracking down the suspect. >> yes it did. the sheriff's office in santa clara had the dpa office that tide to a man living at this apartment complex from the case 4 years ago in stanford.
he was, to be served with a warrant when suddenly he disappeared and appears to hav shot and killed himself. sheriff's deputies arrived at the apartment complex to serve a warrant on the resident at you know it 185. from sky7 you can see it's a lorj bltding. the protocol is to knock on the doan are door and identify themselves. however the sheriff told abc 7 news there was a gunshot not from a deputy. it appears the resident shot and killed himself. the resident has been a suspect on the radar screen for a 1974 cold case, the brutal murder of a 19-year-old woman named arliss perry seen in this photograph from the news archives. she was the wife of a stanford pre-med student whose body was found at the alter of the church. the santa clara sheriff's office has been working on this case through the years of a succession of detectives going over evidence with fresh eyes hoping for a break. >> detective sergeant allan