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captioning funded by cbs rlt . it's friday, februa 2018. a south florida community comes together to mourn the lives of 17 people gunned down in a high school shooting massacre. >> all the people here are here because we love each other and every child is our child. every loss is our loss. >> police say the 19-year-old accused shooter has confessed, and we're learning more about the suspect's troubled past. good morning from the studio
57 newsroom at cbs news headquarters here in new york. good to be with you. i'm anne-marie green. it took just three minutes for 17 students at a high school to be killed. cruz told police he tried to escape by blending in with the other students, fleeing his attack. this morning he's being held without bail under suicide watch. laura podesta is in in parkland this morning. good morning, laura. >> reporter: good morning, anne-marie. marjory stoneman douglas high school remains closed off for a scored day. a nearby school is open for children to. a massive vigil was held overnight for wednesday's high school massacre. at one more point the crowd
chanted in unison, no more guns. >> this makes no sense. this is impossible. my girl, my 14-year-old baby. >> reporter: earlier in the day the suspect, 19-year-old nikolas cruz was brought handcuffed into kourts. >> you're charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder. >> reporter: cruz was held without bond. the broward county sheriff's office says he confessed to the shooting. he had mounting problems and broke through the cracks. >> he is a broken human being. he's on suicide watch. the child is deeply troubled and he's endure sigd can't trauma on the loss of his mother. >> reporter: there are signs the loss of life as bad as it was could have been worse. a state senator said authorities told him it appears cruz tried
to fire out of the third story windows as the students were fleeing. thankfully the windows made of safety glass did not shatter. and we've recently learned the atf is auditing the gun store where cruz bought the ar-15 he's suspected to have used in the shooting. >> laura, thank you so much. we now know the names of the 17 people killed at marnlry stoneman douglas high school and we're also learning a little bit about the lives that they lead. hena doba is here in new york. >> good morning. they were students, teachers, and coaches. the old us was 49. the youngest just 14. some families and friends are mourning their deaths and remembering their lives. >> the kids in this community loved him and adored him. he was one of the greatest people i know. >> assistant football coach
aaron feis was killed. he leaves behind a wife and daughter. joaquin oliver from venezuela had just become a us citizen. his friends say he was a unique soul. 14-year-old jamie gut enberg loved to dance and hoped to become an occupational therapist. >> she's like, i've got to go, dad, bye. i forgot to say if i love you. i don't remember if i said that to jamie yesterday morning. >> reporter: alyssa alhadeff was a soccer player. peter wang, a 15-year-old was last seen holding a door open so others could escape. carmen schentrup was a national finalist for a scholarship.
alaina petty. nicholas dworet was a swimmer and scott beigel was helping students into a locked classroom to provide the gunman. >> he will forever be in my heart and forever be my hero because he basically saved my life. >> three adults and 14 teenagers gunned down, all being remembered the morning by family, friends, and a stunning community. funeral services are pending. anne-marie in. >> hena doba here in new york. thank you so much, hena. nikolas cruz fell through the cracks, despite being known to police thoughts, school officials and mental health officials. police had been called to his home numerous times. he had been barred from carrying a backpack onto the campus. two people who knew him knew he had issues.
vanessa burton said she hung out with him in middle school. >> he would fantasize about columbine and hitler. he joked about like not being really a clan member, but it's the stuff he was into. >> officials say cruz also left warning signs on social media, posting pictures, posing with knives and guns. in washington, the florida shooting elicited a new round of calls for gun control. so far efforts have gone nowhere. president trump said he plans to visit parkland. in an address to the nation, he stressed the importance of treating mental health. mola lenghi reports. >> reporter: the u.s. flag was lowered to half-staff at the white house thursday morning in memory of the 17 impeachment killed at a parkland florida high school. >> we're all joined together as one american family, and your suffering is our burden also.
>> reporter: president trump addressed the nation thursday morning urging kids who feel isolated or alone to reach out to someone. >> if you need help, turn to a teacher, a family member, a local police officer, or a faith leader. answer hate with love. answer cruelty with kindness. >> reporter: and he vowed to take action to make schools safe places. >> we are committed to working with state and local leaders to help secure our schools and tackle the difficult issue of mental health. >> reporter: one issue the president did not talk about in his address was gun control. and some republicans on capitol hill would not talk about it either. >> this is not the time to jump to some conclusion not knowing the full facts. >> reporter: but florida senator bill nelson said guns like the one used in parksland shouldn't be allowed. >> this gun is not for hunting.
that's for killing. >> reporter: yet new gun control laws aren't likely. >> i wish i had hope. i'm an optimist, but we've got to keep trying. >> reporter: congress did observe a moment of silence out of respect for those kills. mola lenghi, cbs news, the white house. ahead on "cbs this morning," we'll talk with a teacher at marjory stoneman douglas high school and we'll hear from one of the students who took shelter in her classroom. on capitol hill this morning there's plenty of finger pointing. as expected, four plans to defeat immigration policy were defeated in the senate. that leaves thousands of children brought here as dreamers face limbo. president trump annulled the program last year. >> so the immigration demagogues went again on the left and the
right. some major d.r.e.a.m. act activists opposed the bill. >> immigration is also a contentious issue. there are intense feelings on both sides of the aisle. if there was ever a time for presidential leadership, this was it. president trump has failed his test of leadership spectacularly. >> the four separate proposals defeated included one worked out by a group of bipartisan senators and one supported by the white house. in a statement the white house blamed democrats for the defeat. today shierm and the democrats demonstrated again they're not serious about daca or homeland security. coming up on the "morning news" now, a mother's outrage. a woman goes on pltv with a ple to the president after her daughter is killed in a school shooting. >> and twin arrest. two brothers are accused in a
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twine brothers have been arrested in a bomb-making scheme and a mother makes a plea on tv. florida's "sun sentinel" report on a gut-wrenching plea to president trump on cnn from a mother of a 14-year-old school shooting victim alyssa alhadeff. >> president trump, you say what can you do? you can help keep these guns out of children's hands. >> she will be buried this morning. >> "the new york times" reports two brothers were arrested in new york city in an alleged terror scheme. a former high school teacher and his twin are accuse of stockpiling more than 32 pounds of explosive material in their bronx apartment. the former teacher also
allegedly paid students to dismantle fireworks for powder to make bombs. the "washington post" reports republican leaders are considering what steps including possible contempt charges to get steve bannon to answer lawmakers' questions. the former white house chief strategist was subpoenaed to appear before the house intelligence committee yesterday in its investigation of the russian meddling in the 2016 election. and the "chicago tribune" reports the flu shot is 36% effective overall and only 35% against other vaccines. that's because the virus can change faster than any other flu viruses transmitted by humans. >> still to come, stopping the next school shooting. how a grandmother in washington state acted just in time to foil a potential attack.
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shiffrin finished fourth. she won a gold medal the day before in the giant slalom and america's giant nathan kim missed all of his jumps. taking a look at the medal count now, germany leads with nine gold medals. norway has won six. the netherlands and the u.s. tie at five. america's speed skater erin jackson makes her debut in the 5 meter. the florida native has been a skating star for years, not just on the ice. dana jacobson is in pyeongchang. dana, good morning. >> good morning. the ice is new for erin jackson, but she shaved a full second off her trials to qualify for this team. that's like a lifetime in this sport. jackson even exceeding her own expectations. >> i didn't think it would happen this soon. >> longtime speed skater erin
jackson is a surprise member of this olympic team, taking up ice skating just four months ago. >> i still sometimes don't believe it. i don't understand how it could have happened. i know i put in a lot of work, but i still didn't see it coming. >> reporter: a heavily decorated inline skater jackson has been on wheels when she was a kid. when inline skating wasn't enough, she gave roller derby a spin. and when the time was right to go from wheels to ice, she jumped at it. >> what was the most challenging thing? >> the techniques are different. with ice skating you have to dig in. it was frustrating at first because i wasn't that good. >> reporter: bonnie blair is a five-time gold medalist. >> a lot of similarities for sure carries on over to the ice. >> reporter: she says jackson has to work on her technique, but -- >> what erin's got in her back pocket is how much she's
competed in over the years to know how to channel those energies, that competitiveness you have to do to take to the starting line. >> reporter: and when jackson does, perhaps the best part for her is her dad will be there thanks to an online fund-raiser and a last-minute bridgestone sponsorship. after all, dad was her first call when she made the olympic team. >> it's not often that you see him get excited. when he answered the phone -- i don't remember his exact words, but he sarksd you went pretty fast, huh? >> reporter: that's jackson's olympic goal, just to be faster. she said she had the same goal in the trials and look what happened. jackson hasn't skated yet. it will be this weekend. she's already made history. she's the first african-american woman to make the track in speed skating. i'll have more tomorrow on "cbs this morning: saturday." >> i can't wait for that. thank you so much, dana. coming up on "cbs this
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our top story this morning, people remembered the 17 killed in the shooting with a vigil. cruz confessed to the attack. he told authorities he carried extra ammunition in his backpack. after shooting for three minutes he dropped his rifle and attempted to blend in with the fleeing students. cruz was charged with three counts of premeditated murder and he's being held on suicide watch. the fbi got a call about nikolas cruz last year but the bureau didn't have enough information to take action. jeff pegues has more. >> reporter: about six months before police identified nikolas
cruz as the douglas high school gunman -- >> i don't know how many nikolas cruzs are on youtube -- >> reporter: ben bennight saw that comment with his name in a youtube post, i'm going to be a shooter. immediately he contacted the fbi and an agent came to his home. >> they took a copy of the screen shot and i guess they initiated an investigation, i don't know. i hope they did. and i didn't hear anything else about it until yesterday when they contacted me to meet again. >> reporter: robert laskey is in charge of the fbi investigation. he said the post was a dead end because it lakd specific information about the time, location, and identity of the person who posted it. >> the fbi also conducted internal database reviews and open source checks. no additional information was found to positively identify the
person who posted this comment. >> reporter: but in 2015 and 2016, cruz had posted pictures of himself on instagram with weapons. >> i could take threats like this by the dozens and send them to quantico every day and say what does this mean? it seldom means much without the background. >> reporter: ron hosko is a former acie tants with the fbi. >> they have to use their sources efficiently, and the volume of this is, frankly, overwhelming. the fbi does not have enough swimmers to swim in the mountain of threat. >> they took down the post last year. the instagram views of cruz arm armed was taken down. we reached out to youtube, but we still have not heard back. jeff pegues, cbs news, washington. coming up on "cbs this morning," a closer look at the role social media companies can play in preventing gun violence.
this is cbs-3 "eyewitness news" this morning. >> the community of park planned florida gather to remember the victims of a deadly school shooting. >> this morning we're hearing from the police office here managed to catch the suspected gunman. crime, a selfie and the fb i. bizarre story surrounding this priceless statue in the franklin institute. >> still not done with the rain, storm scan3 shows a lot of it moving through our region, when it moves out and when a chance for snow. today is friday february 16th. good morning, i'm dim john tan >> i'm rahel solomon. let's get a look at the roads with meisha. >> looking outside, yes, very, very wet. not seeing too many problems right now but for a friday i kn