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didn't see him miss one. >> world news with david muir tonight, breaking id muir developments as we come on the air in the west. 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 plan to replace justice anthony kennedy. he could reshape the court for more than a generation. tonight, democrats scrambling, but do they have any power to slow down the president's pick? 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 as we come on the air in the west on this thursday night. and we do begin with new reporting after that 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. it happened in "the capital gazette" newsroom. and this image we have seen so often at mass shootings, usually children marching out of schools, tonight, adults,
reporters from that newsroom and the rest of that building walking out with their hands in the air. authorities say police officers there within 60 seconds or so, surrounding the shooter who had been shooting through the glass door of the newsroom. a sweep of the building tonight revealing one explosive device. this evening, they are questioning the suspect, but we have learned with even with him in kcustody, they had a ver difficult task of trying to identify him. we begin tonight with 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 transmissions. do we have any kind of intel on our shooter? >> white male with a ponytail. >> reporter: police then trying to get people out. adults could be seen coming out with their hands in the air,
getting searched by police. >> and the police came through, knocking on our door, grabbing the door, and then checking to make sure we were okay. and the next thing you know, he's like, you need to get out, you need to get out. so then, we all ran out into the hallway. >> we're doing everything we can to get people out safe and we're trying to minimize 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 know what to say other than our thoughts and prayers are with them and their families. >> reporter: police confirming five dead. the scene unfolding for hours, as police used dogs to search for 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: a source telling abc news that the suspect had mutilated his fingers, making it difficult to identify him. tonight, authorities say the building is secure and there are no other shooters. >> but when asked if they knew the shooter, if he was on their radar, they would not answer. >> 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 his 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 on the scene in annapolis, maryland. and pierre, we know that reporter who tweeted said he was hiding under his desk. he also said he could hear the shooter reload, but at some point, he stopped firing. the reporter saying, "i don't know why." and tonight, we've learned that at first, they doesn't even know who the suspect was, even with him sitting across from interrogators. why was that so difficult? >> reporter: that's right, david. he had no wallet and apparently mutilated his fingers. we're told they now have a tenty i.d. based in-part on facial recognition. david? >> pierre thomas leading us off tonight. pierre, thank you. just moments ago, we heard from a eyewitness, a man who works at a business in that same building, 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 of "the capital gazette" had been blown to pieces. it was in shattered pieces all on 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 mean, i only looked at him for a second. i ducked my head back behind the wall as soon as i saw the guy initially. and i saw a young woman who looked like she'd been hurt. she was on the ground. there was a bunch of blood on the floor, so -- we stayed in our office until a 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. they just made sure we were all safe and then 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: well, david, you're
absolutely right. the president was in wisconsin and was briefed there. he 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 court for more than a generation. president trump saying he will nominate someone to replace justice kennedy who will be on the court, in his words, for the next 40 to 45 years. 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 hardiman of pittsburgh, 52. a strong gun rights supporter, 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 murkows o co >> roe v wade is an important precedent and it is settled law. >> reporter: if democrats have any chance of blocking 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, terry, as we looked at the list today, 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. so, 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? >> all right, 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 overseeing robert mueller's russia investigation, facing tough 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 information from congress? >> congressman, i am not keeping any information from congress that is appropriate -- >> in a few minutes, mr. rosenstein, i think the house of representatives is going to 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 contempt of congress or even impeach him if he does not comply. >> 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 on the desk 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 receptions attended by several russian billionaires. we obtained that guest list, david. we're talking about at least one of them has since been sanctioned by the u.s. treasury department. these are oligarchs with deep ties to moscow. no response from the white house yet. >> all right, cecilia vega, i know you'll be on "gma" in the morning. we'll be watching. we move onto other news tonight. it was just two weeks ago, we were in singapore for the high stakes summit, president trump and kim jong-un. well tonight, we learn we'll soon be in helsinki, in just
about three weeks. the president, and now his summit with vladimir putin. here's abc's chief global affairs correspondent martha raddatz 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 subjects and we'll see what happens. >> election meddling? >> you never know about meetings, 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 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. martha, 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. in fact, one agent showing her photos of a 6-year-old boy from costa rica, left alone in the desert, possibly by smugglers in the 100-degree heat. tonight, though, neither border patrol or health and human
services can say where that boy is. there is still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this thursday. the race against time, and new details coming in tonight. the young soccer team trapped in a cave for six days now. u.s. military search and rescue teams are on the scene. the tornado watch at this hour and the risk of severe storms moving across the country. rob marciano is standing by with the new track tonight. and we will go back to the scene in annapolis. why they're having trouble determining the identity of the shooter. we'll be right back tonight. o b, i go with anoro. ♪ go your own way copd tries to say, "go this way." i say, "i'll go my own way, with anoro." ♪ go your own way once-daily anoro contains two medicines called bronchodilators that work together to significantly improve lung function all day and all night. anoro is not for asthma. it contains a type of medicine that increases risk of death in people with asthma.
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the suspect is in custody at this hour. so far, refusing to cooperate with authorities. abc news has learned that he was not carrying a wallet or any identification. no word on what drove him to do this. "capital gazette" employees, many of whom hid under their desk tonight, promising they will publish the paper tomorrow. we will have much more later tonight on "nightline" and on "gma." and i hope to see you right back here tomorrow night. i'm david muir. good night. breaking news, a cold case
homicide comes back to life in the bay area. we have new coverage on the deadly shooting. plus. >> breaking news in maryland. five people shot to death at the headquarters of a daily newspaper. tonight the search for a motive. >> we are teaming up for the homeless project and giving you a look at the plan that would force people to get help. live breaking news. >> that breaking news just released pictures and information in a 43 year old cold case homicide that happened in a stanford church. good evening. thanks for joining us. >> today a man shot himself in san jose inside an apartment on camden avenue. police say he was the suspect in an old homicide at memorial church on the campus of stanforstanford university. >> the victim was just 19 years
old. on october 13, 1974, she was found dead, killed by a blow to the head with an ice pick. >> the widespread fear, the satanic panic. >> we have the latest information from law eforcement. >> reporter: the newest developments in this decades-old cold case unfolding just about five minutes ago, steven crawford has been officially identified by the santa clara county sheriff, just, again, five minutes ago, as the person, as the man who murdered arliss perry so long ago. that was on october 1974. now we know that steven crawford is a name that we're familiar with, that the sheriff's office was familiar with, because this is a man who they say was the one who shot or i'm sorry, not shot, but he is the one who shot and killed himself early this morning when deputies