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kid inside. more now on that tragic shooting in south carolina. >> the gunfire happened last night at the emanuel african episcopal church in charleston. all the victims have been identified. however, we still don't know exactly with dylann roof allegedly opened fire in the church. >> reporter: fbi, state and local detectives are trying to determine a motive although early motives point toward a hate crime. >> there is an unfathomable and unspeakable act. >> reporter: dylann roof calmly walked into the emanuel ame church in south carolina wednesday, sat with church members for a bible study class an hour listening to them pray, watching them worship before shooting and killing nine of them. >> we woke up today and the heart and soul of south
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carolina was broken. >> reporter: after a 14 hour long manhunt police acting on a tip arrested roof in shelby, north carolina, 245 miles northwest of charleston. pictures on roof's facebook page show the 21-year-old sporting white sumpremacy patches and racist era flags of apartheid south africa. >> somebody filled with mate. >> reporter: victims who were as young as 26 and as old as 87 included the pastor and south carolina state senator 41-year- old clementa pinckney whose cousin said reloaded five times during the shooting and shouted racially charged epithets. he said, "i have to do it. you rape our women and you're taking over our country. you have to go." >> we hold sacred the places where we'll people come and practice their faith. >> reporter: people have been practicing their faith at ame
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nearly 200 years. the historic african american church the oldest in the south tracing its roots all the way back to 1816. roof does not have much criminal history, two arrests prior to today, one for possession of a controlled substance, the other for trespassing. his uncle tells police that he received a handgun for his 21st birthday. it's early in the investigation, but at this point it appears he acted alone. i'm mola lenghi for wusa9. we are learning more about reverend clementa pinckney. the family and community and legislature in south carolina are all mourning his loss. >> so are people around the country and the right at home in the washington area. our surae chinn talked with family and friends who live in d.c. >> reporter: family and friends say the pastor and south carolina senator clementa pinckney was destined for
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greatness and -- pinkney was destined for greatness and had already seen so much in his young life. >> reporter: cousin leticia stevenson comes from four generations of ame pastors. her grandfather was a civil rights leader in south carolina, pickney's uncle and mentor. this family friend remembers when clementa pickney came to washington d.c. and led prayer services at washington ame. >> i was awestruck, here is this little fellow from our own town. >> reporter: pickney was the youngest african american state legislator and co-sponsored a bill that passed this month requiring police officers to wear body cameras. >> he was a good scholar and he was destined for great things. >> i'm grateful that the murderer has been caught. >> reporter: here are family
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photos of happy times and pickney officiating his cousin's wedding. >> family reunions, weddings, gatherings, he usually gave the blessing or the prayer. his voice will be missed. now for my children the legacy will be in past tense and it's so hurtful. >> reporter: lakisha's grandfather was his mentor and he became her mentor. pickney leaves behind a wife and two young daughters. surae chinn, wusa9. >> political commentator armstrong williams who lives in d.c. is pickney's cousin. williams said his cousin always wanted to go into the ministry and give back to society. >> he's a diplomat. he wanted people to be together and really. this guy was really a pillar of
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the community and for him to just be stolen and robbed from us so soon at age 41 is just devastating. >> to so many. williams tells us never heard of any threats made against his cousin or the church. we do now know the names of all nine victims. so in addition to pastor pickney they are 26-year-old tywanza is around, recent college graduate, 54-year-old cynthia hurd, a librarian, 45- year-old sharonda singleton, mother of three and track coach, 87-year-old susie jackson, long time church member, also sang in the choir, 59-year-old myra thompson, wife of a church vicker and 74-year- old daniel simmons, a retired
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pastor from another church and we know last night's shooting is spotlighting racial tensions that sadly still exist in 2015. >> bruce johnson has more from the metropolitan ame church in downtown d.c. >> reporter: it's the historic metropolitan ame church in downtown washington, the cathedral almost as old, the congregation found in 1838. frederick douglass' funeral was held her, the d.c. funeral for rosa parks and martin luther king king spoke here, same with barack obama. the pastor of this historic congregation for about a year, reverend william lamar. what are you saying to your parishioners today about this? >> i'm saying we cannot repeat the language that this is a surprise. this is not a surprise. this has happened in this nation and it will continue to happen. it's rosewood, the tulsa
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bombings, the birmingham church bombings over and over again. until this nation comes to grips truthfully with the heritage of violence in the conquest of colonialism and slavery and deal with these issues this story will continue in a loop. >> reporter: is it too early to talk about healing and forgiveness? should people be allowed to vent in positive ways? >> we must stay in the moment. the american impulse is move directly to healing and not deal with the issues. we are a country of amnesiacs and we've got to do something different. >> reporter: a lot of people will dismiss this saying probably mental illness. >> what disturbs me is if this were a black person, the press would be forming and shaping language of thug and violence, but because it's a white individual, there is more grace
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in the perception. all of this speaks to the reality of the fact we have not come to grips with the truth of this nation's history. we've got to do that. >> reporter: what happens from this point on? there's healing within the church. this is a family tragedy even more so. >> tomorrow we'll have a vigil and talk, but again i'm tired of these conversations because what we need is policy solutions. there has to be redistributions of power and wealth in this nation or else these things will continue. we've got to have a different conversation and have political and religious and economic leaders to do what is necessary for there to be a new reality in this nation. >> reporter: this church is founded in some of the very things that you're extolling here that you're talking about, right? >> very much. so. >> reporter: if you don't know much about ame church, it's a very good time to look at the history. we've got a distinguished panel member here of clergy members and academics and we'll talk to
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them at 5:30 and 6:00, not just race. i've had a chance to prescreen these people nice enough to come together in this historic church on a moment's notice. this is that important. we'll be talking. >> we look forward to hearing them. washington national cathedral will ring the bell tonight at 9:00 to mark a period of mourning for the worshipers gunned down in charleston. prince george's county executive rushern baker says he also knew pastor pickney when he was a maryland state delegate. >> prince george's county bureau chief scott broom spoke with people today having the conversation with folks because sometimes neighbors just want to hear what each other has to say. >> reporter: i had some powerful comments. problem -- nobody was short on words on.
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this i want to start with anita pauler who was struck by this shooting and so many others. >> what's so mind boggling is that the gentleman sat there for the hour or so listening to the words and prayers that the saints were putting up and then took the notion it's time to couple of. >> reporter: judy glosser -- time to kill. >> reporter: judy glosser felt the same. >> he was very angry inside. >> reporter: wayne smallwood cautioned about race as a motive. >> until a case is actually total revealed i don't know if that was the actual deal. >> reporter: too early to go there you think? >> right. because i don't think that every individual that's white in america feels that way about other minorities in the country. >> i'm a church going guy and for somebody to do something like that was devastating. >> reporter: vernon tyler
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chilled that it could happen here. >> it makes you think if you go to church or choir rehearsal, now you got second thoughts. >> i thought we should be over this by now. the killing is senseless. >> reporter: richard butler concerned what role mental health may have played and could it have been prevented. >> we should talk to people when we see people going through stuff, pull them to the side and show them some love because i think that's all it is. people need love. >> reporter: surprising i think today the first emotion was not anger. there was plenty of that to go around, but really the primary emotional was the sort of dismay and wanting to know what was going through the suspect's head. hopefully the investigators and the reporting on this will shed some light on fairly quickly. >> prince george's county executive rusher baker called it an act of pure mate red and said he was particular -- hatred and said he was pickly
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devastated because pickney was a man bake are worked with in the past. president obama offered his thoughts and prayers to the victims and their families and the president explained why the shooting at this particular church is especially tragic. >> mother emanuel is, in fact, more than a church. this is a place of worship that was founded by african americans seeking liberty. this is a church that was burned to the ground because its worshipers worked to end slavery. when there were laws banning all black church gatherings, they conducted services in secret. >> the president called the church a historic place not only for charleston, but the country. the emanuel african methodist church is the oldest church in the south and played a key role in 19th century slave revolt, as you've heard.
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we've made it easy for you to leave your condolences to the family and friends of the victims. feel free to log onto www.wusa9.com and leave your prayers and words. right after the break a live report from south carolina where residents are still reeling from the tragedy at that church, as we know. >> new severe thunderstorm for the district, prince george's county and anne arundel county till 5:45 and numerous hail reports, nickel to quarter size as you go out i-66 past
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we've got breaking news from montgomery county. an 18-year-old woman is dead after police say she was the victim of date rape. according to documents, 16-year-old marquise turner of silver spring and the victim attended a movie last friday in rockville. security guards reportedly saw this thing taking place against the wall of the county courthouse. the woman was taken to the hospital where she later died. the cause of death is not known. turner is being charged as an adult. now we go to more on the tragedy in charleston, the alleged gunman in custody, but the city, of course, very much
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grief stricken. >> cbs reporter marley hall has been covering the story as it's been unfolding. it's hard enough to accept this horrific thing happened, but i wonder if it's even harder for people who live there to know that this alleged gunman sat there for an hour watching the people that he intended to kill as they prayed. >> reporter: that's right. there is certainly a sense of betrayal. the alleged gunman sat among them in their prayer meeting for an hour before he opened fire killing nine churchgoers. now this community is stunned, but they are also angry that such an act of violence could happen in their place of worship, but i spoke to a number of people earlier who say they do feel a sense of relief that the alleged gunman has been apprehended. >> i'm wondering as you're talking to folks there in south carolina are many of them wearing their hearts on their
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sleeves tonight? >> reporter: hearts are certainly heavy and the only thing anyone can talk about and immediately after the shooting last night and throughout the day there have been multiple gathers people gathering in prayer bowing their heads seeking some sort of consolation or solace in trying to cope with this tragedy. >> this church has dealt with a number of tragedies through the years. do you get the sense from talking to people there this church will be the epicenter for peace moving forward as they go through the grieving process and move forward from here? >> reporter: many people have told me that they hope that there are lessons learned from this tragic incident and, of course, this is a historic church. it's one of the oldest black ame churches in the country, one of the largest black congregations in the country and it's deeply rooted in the
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civil rights movement especially back in the '60s and they have been the target of violence before. they rebounded then. the community tells me that there's a sense they will do so again in this case. >> thank you so much for your time, terrible tragedy. i wish we could say we're never going to see anything like this again. always watching always tracking, wusa9's first alert weather, d.c.'s most accurate. >> we've got severe thunderstorms hammering the immediate metro area, prince george's county, the district, anne arundel county. let's start with a live look outside, our live michael and son weather cam, it's obscured because of heavy rain and thunderstorms, 79, winds north, northwest at 16. here are the thunderstorms. it is a huge cluster of thunderstorms. a flash flood warning in effect for the district until 7:00. we'll zoom in. we've got high winds, frequent lightning and hail. we have a severe thunderstorm warning for arlington which includes alexandria and old
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town, also for the district of columbia and columbia until 5:30 and a recent warning for charles county, alexandria, fairfax, prince george's county until 5:45. these storms have the hail in them. for severe thunderstorm warnings you either have to have hail an inch in diameter which is the size of that quarter or winds over 58 miles per hour. these storms mainly have hail, right around fairfax reports of hail and out i-66, reports around chantilly and fairfax. you can see the bouncing. it just falls one time, but it circulates above you in the thunderstorm above you until it becomes so heavy the updraft can't support it. so the stronger the updraft, the larger the hail. you cut the hail, the rings like a time is how many times it's circulated through the thunderstorm. that looks to me about pea size
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to marble size hail. this is a monster storm, rainfall rate up to 4 inches per hour. so flash flooding will be a problem as well, everything moving south. check out the hail, 2.3 inches and now the hail is down between fairfax and burke. if you're around burke, you'll see hail on burke lake road and league forest. this is moving south and east. burke will get hammered with hail. there's hail in the second storm, thus the other warning going till 5:45 just south and southeast of old town. that has tail about 1 1/2 inches. that's bigger than a quarter. this evening a few heavy storms. i think we'll be okay the next couple hours. hot again tomorrow, afternoon
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storms. any time we have an atmosphere like this, any storms that develop can be hefty. bill's remnants will leave us father's day morning. good and bad news. sunday afternoon looks okay, but now because we have more sun, hotter on sunday afternoon. day planner 81 by 9:00, 85 by 11:00, 87 by 1 p.m. next three days we've got 91 tomorrow isolated storms, 90 saturday isolated storms. mainly morning storms on father's day. look at 94 because we had the afternoon sun. next seven days mid-90s monday, tuesday, afternoon storm possible wednesday and thursday, back to the 80s. we wi
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the traffic is at least getting by now on i-270 after a trash truck went up in flames. workers dumped trash from the back of the truck onto the fire to help put it out. there's foam all over the place and trash. at one point all southbound lanes were closed, but traffic is now getting by, as we said. >> bet it smells, too. one northbound lane is now open near the gw parkway near spout run after an overnight
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accident. both lanes were shut down during the morning rush. u.s. park police say an engine somehow dropped out of a tour bus. the parkway was closed from that spout run exit to the ramp leading to the cia. the closure lingered into the day because crew there's to clean up 10 gallons of oil. a florida man accused of shooting at george zimmerman faces an attempted murder charge. >> matthew apperson had been charged with aggravated assault and battery for firing a gun into zimmerman's car during a traffic run-in last month. zimmerman suffered minor injuries. today the prosecutor upgraded those charges to attempted second degree murder. a jury acquitted george zimmerman in the shooting death of trayvon martin now two years ago. straight ahead a woman will be on the face of u.s. currency, but there's a twist. >> plus the woman who was sexually assaulted by the hannah graham murder suspect was back in court. peggy fox tells us why and what she is saying at 5:30. >> also the latest on the
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church tragedy in south carolina. >> plus a frank discussion about race relations in the u.s.
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always watching always tracking, wusa9's first alert weather, d.c.'s most accurate. >> our yellow alert continues as does our severe weather. we still have a flash flood until 7:00 through the district. these are monster storms pushing into the district and now prince george's county headed into southern maryland. we have some new severe thunderstorms which includes our friends in anne arundel county, calvert and prince george's county until 6:00. the main threat with these is some hail. we think hail could be over 1.5 inches, bigger than a quarter. these are monster storms also in terms of rain. look at all lightning strikes between upper marlboro and bowie south of 50. there's over 180 in the last 10 minutes. heavy rain in d.c. to the
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airport, clinton to brandywine and heavy rain going out upper marlboro heading to annapolis. check out the hail, 1.7 inches right here southwest of clinton. so severe torm warnings in effect for calvert county and prince george's county until 6:00. you can always go to our website www.wusa9.com and track these with us. download our free app. tonight the fbi and other investigators are interviewing dylann roof, the young map accused of killing nine -- man accused of killing nine people last night inside a church in charleston, south carolina. >> police say he sat for an hour in bible study class and then opened fire, killed nine people and ran. officers arrested roof act ago a tip -- acting on a tip in the town of shelby, north carolina, about 250 miles from charleston. witnesses to the shooting say
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roof yelled racial epithets during the massacre. the church massacre is not helping worries about escalating racial tensions in the country. >> our bruce johnson is live tonight at the metropolitan church in downtown d.c. where a distinguished panel of efforts has gathered to talk about this. >> reporter: it's not just about race here and although there is a suspect in custody, that does not end this discussion. we'll start and go down with the group. let's start with andy shalaal, local businessman. >> i think we keep thinking of this person as a lone wolf, but he's really a reflection of our society that refuses to heal from its original sin and mental illness of racism and slavery. unless we deal with that issue and talk about these issues publicly, we will continue to find these types of things thanking. >> reporter: to piggyback on that, not everybody who has a
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mental illness resorts to this kind of act. pat smith? >> one of the things, part of the irony and the tragic sadness of this is that the church is for people with issues and here it is that a place where there are for bible study, prayer anybody is welcome and this would be the place where such a tragedy would happen i think is a really ironic tragedy to this. >> reporter: rabbi? >> hi. i think what comes to my mind is the idea that this highlights for us. [ audio difficulties ] >> sotechnical difficulties as we were getting really interesting discussions that bruce was helping facilitate. we'll try to get back to that. back there now, chris? >> let's get back there right now. >> reporter: we'll pick that up. rabbi, go ahead. i think they corrected whatever the problem was. >> i think it's time to have a national conversation about this and not sweep this under the rug and say oh, this was a
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lone person or someone with mental illness or this is a stand alone case. i think that it's been more past the time that we need to have a conversation about what i see actually as a war on the african american individual in this country. >> reporter: let's talk to the lady here. your grandfather, you're a member of metropolitan, amy. >> i am. >> reporter: your grandfather was pastor of mother emanuel church in charleston. >> yes. >> reporter: personally what is going through your mind here? >> i'm sick. i wanted to cry all day. i barely slept. 50 years ago i was arrested on a beach outside charleston that was closed to avoid immigration. i was getting african americans registered to vote. now they can vote, but it's still open seasonnous. now they come into our church and shoot us. >> reporter: you remember birmingham? >> i do. >> reporter: name and title and tell me what you've been thinking. >> i'm sheryl sanders, pastor
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of third street church of god and i teach ethics at howard university. this gives me an opportunity to look at the past, the present and the future. you t move forward from this event without looking at the past going back to birmingham, looking at other instances where you have people massacred while they worship. this charleston prayer meeting massacre brings us to the present moment of conversation about what is it going to take to bring healing to this nation and future, what vision do we have of a place where we can be safe, we can welcome people of different races into our worship and not be afraid? >> reporter: tell me what's on your mind? >> decks tore norton -- dexter norton, baptist church. our hearts hurt. there's no shortage of isms in this country and they've all played out in this particular situation. the irony is we have an act of terrorism that's been perpetrated in a place of
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solace, of peace, where people come to seek god. my hope is that everyone can recognize the significant role that the faith community can play and has played historically in working out some of these ills that have played themselves out here. >> reporter: we had a great conversation. this isn't just about this one individual. >> no, it's not. it's not as sad as it is about this one incident. it's larger. it's about a culture that has a double standard. when michael brown was seen in that convenience store pushing around the owner, he was called a thug. but when white kids are on college campuses or on swimming pools doing the same stuff, they say us part of growing up. they'll grow out of it and all the rest. we have a double standard in terms of how we see each other. we have humanized one part of this country and dehumanized another part. we see one part of the country with positive character sticks and another side with -- characteristics and another side of this country with not
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so positive characteristics. until we understand the original sin of our culture, the violence, segregation, dehumanization of people, we're not going to get beyond these types of incidents. that's the saddest statement of all. >> reporter: i've also heard, us minorities, we also buy -- [ audio difficulties ] >> one of the most disappointing times to cut away from a live shot, sorry about that folks. >> i think we'll try once more. >> for me this highlights what wb the voice spoke of years ago. we're in the 21st century now and still the problem of america is the color line. we still have a race issue, but what this also underscores is there is an ecosystem of oppression across the board in this country. there is a growing spirit in this country of simply not caring about certain groups of people. we can talk about black. i feel like a war is going on
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against me. at the same time we have systems of oppression to keep groups of people down, even our young people, even our young people who are hip-hop and other forms and until we address that head on, until we face the esms and the issues of our kun -- isms and the issues of our country we won't be able to go forward. >> reporter: we'll continue this conversation at 6:00. i want to underscore the fact that even if this turns out a diagnosis as a case of mental illness, not everybody that has a mental illness resorts to this behavior. we can all agree on that, right? there's some other things working here. we'll come back to this conversation at the top of the 6:00. tonight the #prayersforcharleston is spreading on twitter. >> one person writes when will this stop? what a truly heartbreaking time in this world. prayers and love to the families and victims. someone else writes when people say stop turning this into a
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right now we're learning more about the victim sexually assaulted by hannah graham murder suspect jesse matthew. she appeared in a fairfax county courtroom today and peggy fox was there as well. >> reporter: she gave her impact statement today and told of the emotional turmoil that she's experienced for years because of the attack. now we also learned more about jesse matthew and why he suddenly pleaded guilty halfway through the trial. we learned that his defense team was split over the matter and that his two attorneys from the fairfax public defenders office were not on board with it and that it was his third attorney, james camblos, who has known the family for years
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in charville, he apparently -- charlottesville, he apparently convinced jesse matthew to plead guilty. >> it was very difficult for her. i think she expressed that on the stand, a lot of emotions going through her. >> reporter: the victim never looked at jesse matthew, but he did look at her, the woman he sexually assaulted and tried to kill 10 years ago in these woods. today the 36-year-old mother from india told the court how the attack made her feel utterly helpless. she thought she was going to die. when she healed from her wounds, she became depressed and trapped in a vicious cycle of anger and self-hatred but kept in contact with the detective. >> she never lost faith in the system. she kept detective boone's card in her wallet these 10 years and showed it to me in her wallet after the case. >> reporter: the victim says it was difficult to testify but necessary to stop jesse matthew from hurting others. have you talked to jesse? >> yes. >> reporter: how is he doing? >> as could be expected.
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>> i still believe most people are good, but some people are very, very bad and he's one of them. >> reporter: matthew is accused of killing morgan harrington. her mother jill talked to the victim today. >> i applaud her courage and determination in finding her justice in this court building today. >> reporter: matthew pleaded guilty in an alfred plea last week, but sources tell us that his fairfax public defenders did not want him to do it and were kept out of a room. >> no comment. >> reporter: where charlottesville attorney james camblos convinced matthew to plead guilty. jesse matthew is headed back to charlottesville where he's charged in albemarle county with the abduction and murder of uva student hannah graham. there's a hearing in that case coming up next thursday. we'll be there. i'm peggy fox reporting live in fairfax. topper is tracking some violent storms tonight. he is back with the latest on our severe weather. >> and bryce harper rocking the
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this is a yellow alert day. wusa9 first alert weather, d.c.'s most accurate. >> these severe storms have had hail and damaging winds. this tree is down out i-66 in fairfax can., gusty winds, reports up to -- county, gusty winds, reports up to 50 miles an hour and hail around fairfax county courthouse, big time rain and hail quarter to nickel size in diameter, had a report also from someone on the edge of fairfax city also had he said penny size hail. hear it? hear little pieces of ice hitting the cars? that's what it looked like through fairfax county about 40 minutes ago. now we'll take a live look, see the hail accumulating, michael and son weather cam, skies cleared in town, 75, still leftover showers at the airport, but the heavy activity
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is now south of the airport. this is the same storm that produced hail back in fairfax county now producing hail and frequent lightning in charles county, anne arundel and any time there's a warning it means it's occurring. severe thunderstorm warning until 6 including anne arundel and calvert and another warning till 6:15 which includes calvert, charles, prince george's county and st . mary's county. that is this box here. this is the storm moving south and east. prince and frederick, get ready. lightning strikes clinton toward waldorf, dunkirk, shadyside, slow ride home down route 5 into southern maryland tonight and route 2. looking at the possible also of some hail with this and some sheer, 36 mile-per-hour sheer a bit of go, now down toward waldorf. i think winds will gust at least 50 miles per hour and possibly as high as 70 miles
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per hour. prepare for hurricane force wind in parts of charles county. the storm is headed down to the south and east to prince frederick at about 5:58 and headed also toward mechanicsville about 6:14. put the umbrellas down and get the kids inside and stay away from windows. heavy storms this evening, heavy lightning, frequent rain, flash flooding and hail. bill's remnants move in late saturday night, should get out of here early afternoon on father's day which means more sunshine, a better afternoon but hotter. 81 at 9:00 tomorrow, 85 at 11:00, 87 at 1:00. friday again afternoon storms, saturday afternoon storms, 90 and mostly mainly morning storms sunday, father's day, 94 with that afternoon sun. next seven days 94 monday, 903
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tuesday and back in the 80s on wednesday and thursday. again severe thunderstorm warnings calvert county, st. mary's and charles county till 6:15. tonight the remnants of tropical storm bill are headed toward arkansas and flood watches extend into southern illinois. in its wake bill has left a lot of headaches and heartaches. the search continues for a 2- year-old child swept away by high water in oklahoma. rockslides have closed interstate 35, one of the oklahoma's busiest highways. several vehicles were damaged when drivers ran into boulders and rocks tumbled down a hillside. >> if you don't need to get out, don't get out. at a park in austin, texas, three teens had to be rescued when raging floodwaters surrounded their car. luckily all three were pulled to safety. now wusa9 game on sports
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with kristen berset brought to you by xfinity. >> in season we've seen the evolution of bryce harper into the player most expected him to become, but how long will he wear that curly w? holden kirschner joins us live now from nats park. quite the conversation you had with mr. lerner. >> yes, i did. we'll get to bryce in a moment. so it's raining outside. topper told you all about it. talked to a ground crew member. they are fairly confident the game will be getting underway on time as the nationals and the rays take on each other for the fourth time. doug fister coming off the dl making his start. chris archer pitching for the rays leads the major leagues in strikeouts tied with max scherzer. >> but on to bryce harper, a big june, .404, four home runs, but the big chart in new york
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was 2019. the yankees want bryce harper when his contract is up. the post in down has done a story. all the new york tabloids about it. i talked with owner mike lerner about that. >> you know he's here through'18. you can't predict the future. when he says he likes it here, i think he's telling everybody what's from the heart. neither bryce nor i can predict what's going to happen. we'llen joy the ride at least while it's -- we'll enjoy the ride at least while it's here. >> reporter: i'm not going to bother predicting. we will find out four years from now. let the countdown begin. nats and rays here from nationals park. i also caught up with mo'ne davis in town, the little league world series hero, who said she can strike out bryce harper from 60 feet 6 inches.
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>> thanks much. i like how they are always skirting the issue of bryce harper, but they'll probably have to start saving a lot of money to keep him. coming up we've got more from lerner on bryce harper's coming of age, when he said he knew this would be a great year. new at 6:00 as we grapple trying to make sense of those shootings in south carolina, a retired fbi profiler sheds a little light on what that suspected gunman might have been thinking. >> reporter: a conversation between police and a passenger on a metrobus after a fare dispute, not -- confrontatio
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four months now since metro started a crackdown on fare jumpers which has become both a r new drain and a safety issue. >> that was illustrated with the video of an arrest yesterday on a metrobus after an undercover police officer approached a man who would not pay his fare. hank silverberg has an update from the king street metro station. >> reporter: this is video of a scuffle between transit police and a passenger after plain clothes officers approached him for not paying a fare this week. metro said the passenger became agitated and would not leave the bus and then allegedly hit the officer. he was charged with drug possession, assault and disorderly conduct. not paying a fare may be more common than you would expect. >> out of 500 people that get
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on the bus maybe 100 might pay. >> reporter: the fare jumping problem is prevelant on both buses and trains, this video taken over a few days earlier in the spring shows jumpers in the rail stations. metro drivers and employees are often the first to remind passengers to pay. that has led in part to a 37% increase in assault on metro employees in the last year. >> it's not my job. my job is to let them know how much the fare is. i'm not going to take the bait. i'm going home to my family. >> reporter: people who ride the trains and buses say they have no issues with police officers riding as part of the fare enforcement. >> everyone should pay their fare and keep peace and everything. it's not right. >> some people may be short on funds which is understandable depending on the circumstances, their financial situation, but others are intentionally boarding the bus knowingly. >> reporter: not paying a fare can lead to a fine if you're caught from $10 to $100 depending on the circumstances.
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assault on a driver can get you prison time. bus fare, $1.75. >> pay your fare. that's all you can do. >> get a job, man. pay your fare. >> a spokesman for the almalgamated transit union said drivers would like to know when there police officer on their bus. >> reporter: family and friends of clementa pickney talk about the loss of their loved ones. i'm surae chinn in the district with more. >> reporter: inside the mind of a man who allegedly murdered nine people because of the color of their skin, i'm andrea mccarren. i'll tell you what a criminal profiler told us about the charleston shooting suspect coming up in a live report. >> reporter: this is bruce johnson. behind me is the metropolitan ame church in downtown washington. at 6:00 we'll talk to a panel of pastors and openers about what's going on in charleston. it's almost a traditional sign of summer. we've got big storms bringing high winds, rain by the bucket
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and hail to some parts of our region. thanks for being here. i'm derek mcginty. >> i'm lesli foster. we will get to the tragedy in south carolina where nine people were killed. but first let's get right to chief meterologist topper shutt who is tracking these violent storms. >> this hail is about an inch diameter, nickel size maybe, and that's been a common theme with all storms, one reason we've seen so many severe thunderstorm warnings. here's radar the last hour. this heavy storm has moved almost clear of prince george's county headed towards southern maryland, calvert county, st. mary's and charles county and there is a severe thunderstorm warning in effect now until 6:15 as you get down toward

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