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>> pelley: the alleged dpun man in the charleston church shooting is charged with nine count of murder, and in court he hears from the families of the victims. also tonight new calls to confine the confederate flag to history, not the present. at least 10 major wildfires are burning in the west, fed by drought and triple-digit heat. and steve hartman "on the road" takes a turn down memory lane. >> reporter: you recognize any of these? >> i sure do. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: today, we witnessed an extraordinary moment in a charleston courtroom. in south carolina, victims are allowed to speak in bail hearings, and as dylann roof made his first appearance by
teleconference from jail, families of the nine people gunned down during bible study told him about the precious lives that were wrenched away. deeply religious families gathered their courage and surprised nearly everyone. ethel lance 70 years old left five children, seven grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. a daughter spoke for the family. >> pelley: 49-year-old reverend depayne middleton doctor was a mother of four. a sister spoke for the family.
one of the charges. justice correspondent jeff pegues has more from that hearing. jeff. >> reporter: scott, dylann roof is being held in a jail cell in a building behind this barbed wire fence. we're told that he's in solitary confinement and under suicide watch. >> what is your age? >> 21. >> reporter: dylann roof stood emotionless as he heard the charges against him-- nine count of murder for the three men and six women investigators say he gunned down wednesday night. >> charleston is a very strong community. we have big hearts. >> reporter: from the bench chief magistrate james gosnell expressed sympathy and support for both the victims of the shooting and roof's family. >> we must find it in our heart at some point in time not only to help those that are victims but to also help his family as well.
>> reporter: new details emerged today about wednesday's horrific rampage. according to a warrant for his arrest, roof seen here on surveillance video entered emanuel a.m.e. church wearing a fanny pack. after attending a bible study class for an hour, the court documents say he stood up and pulled out a hand gun and began shooting. all nine victims were shot multiple times. the warrant says that before roof left, "he stood over a witness and uttered a racially inflammatory statement." cbs news has learned roof told a witness that he had spared her life so she could tell others what happens whapped. in addition to her a woman and a five-year-old boy also survived by playing dead. joseph riley is the mayor of charleston, south carolina. >> i knew many of these people. i admired them and loved them, and worked with them. and so it's-- it's hardest thing i've done in this job and probably the hardest thing i'll do in my life.
>> reporter: roof evaded capture for more than 12 hours. according to the water roof's father and uncle recognized him from the surveillance image released to the public and contacted the charleston police department. roof's father also told police his son owned a .45-caliber hand gun. when roof was apprehended in shelby, north carolina yesterday, law enforcement sources say a glock 41, a 45-caliber hand gun was found in his car. he was arrested and taken to the shelby police station. >> why did you do it? >> reporter: law enforcement sources say during an interrogation, roof revealed that he had been planning the attack for some time and that he chose the church because it was an historic african american church. sources say he also revealed that while he was sitting in the bible study he considered abandoning his plan, but then changed his mind. because, a source says, he thought if he didn't do it, no one else would. if convicted roof could get the death penalty. and, scott we learned today the
department of justice is investigating this case as both a hate crime and an act of domestic terrorism. >> pelley: jeff pegues on the investigation for us tonight. jeff, thank you very much. this evening the sorrows and the hopes of charleston are filling a 5,000-seat arena in the city's official vigil. this is a live picture now inside the arena the t.d. arena,. amid all the prayers for harmony, attention is focusing again on a symbol of division in the state capital columbia. and here's elaine quijano. >> reporter: today the flags of the united states and south carolina flew at half-staff over the state capitol, but the confederate flag remained at full height. it's against state law to touch it. governor nikki haley was asked about permanently removing the flag on "cbs this morning." >> there will be policy discussions, andul hear me come out and talk about it. but right now, i am not doing that to the people of my state.
>> reporter: in charleston, something somethink the time for that conversation is now. n.a.a.c.p national president cornell brooks asked for meaningful dialogue about the scourge of racism. >> we say this not because we're trying to sow division but rather because we're trying to sow unity a unity of purpose a unity of commitment, a communicatee of reswroofl so that we confront the racism in our midst. and that means certainly symbolically, we cannot have the confederate flag weaving in the state capitol. ( applause ) >> reporter: those who want to keep the flag say it is not a racist symbol but rather a piece of their heritage. opinion falls largely along racial lines. 73% of whites feel the confederate flag should stay. 61% of african americans say it should not be flown on the state house ground. reverend joseph darby was born and raised in south carolina. >> i'm over 60 years old. i remember when the klan marched behind that flag. i have seen those rallies.
it was put up at the height of the civil rights movement, and it was done so across the south the implication was clear. >> reporter: what do you see when you see the confederate flag flying? >> rape,re terrorism, murder subjugation. >> reporter: president obama has said he thinking the confederate flag belongs in a museum. scott, the accused gub man was driving a car with a confederate flag license plate. >> pelley: and the mayor of colombia said today the flag is bound to go. thank you very much, elaine. it's worth noting that todaya is the 150th anniversary of juneteenth the day last remaining slaves in texas were emancipated. and it was 51 years ago today that the senate passed the civil rights act which outlaws discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex or national origin. this evening, president obama said it is not enough to grieve
after tragedys. the u.s. needs to have a conversation about gun safety, and in his words fix this. major garrett reports that debate is under way. >> reporter: south carolina law allows concealed firearms inside churches if the pastor approves. pastor and state senator clementa pinckney opposed that law. a day after pinckney and eight others were shot and killed, lobbying group gun owners of america noted "potential victims were disarmed by law." can the prat speaks for the group. >> the problem is, is that people aren't allowed to take their firearms into certain places. that's where these mass shootings are occurring. >> reporter: today at the u.s. conference of mayors, president obama rejected that theory. >> and so i refuse to act as if thiss the new normal or to pretend that it's simply sufficient to grieve and that any mention of us doing
something to stop it is somehow politicizing the problem. >> reporter: after the sandy hook elementary school massacre in 2012, congress voted down president obama's push for background checks on most firearm sales and smaller ammunition magazines. but states have acted moving gun laws in both directions. in the two sandy hook mostly democratic-leading states have passed 99 laws restricting access to firearms while mostly republican-leaning states have enacted 88 laws expanding access. democratic senator ben cardin represents maryland, which tightened gun laws after newtown. >> anything we try to do in congress is going to be a heavy lift. it shouldn't be, but it is. that's the political landscape that we're dealing with in congress. so we understand the realities. >> reporter: polls show the country evenly split on the question of stricter gun control laws, and even the one survey last summer showed that 92% of households with firearms supported a more expansive use of background checks, scott.
the white house conseeds the moment for tougher federal gun control laws came right after sandy hook and has long since passed. >> pelley: major garrett at the white house for us tonight. maj othank you. in another mass murder case, the prosecution rested today in the trial of james holmes, accused of killing 12 and injuring 70 in a colorado movie theater. 79 witnesses were called but none more powerful than the last today. here's barry petersen. >> reporter: in a crime that took so much from so many, it may have taken the most from ashley moser. the life of her six-year-old daughter veronica, the loss of an unborn child and she was left a quadriplegic with a bullet still lodged in her spine. at first, she thought the gunfire was a prank. >> i went to stand up to reach for her hand to try to exit. >> when you say "her hand" you
mean veronica? >> veronica's hand. >> did her hand reach back? >> no. i couldn't feel it. like it just slipped through my hand. >> reporter: she told of being hit in the chest and falling on veronica. >> could you feel her moving? >> no. >> could you feel her breathing? >> no. >> could you get off of her? >> no. >> reporter: holmes sat across the courtroom not moving, never looking at her. the prosecution was allowed to picture of veronica taken only weeks earlier. >> how soon before her death was that taken? >> not long because it was her kindergarten graduation. >> reporter: and with that, the eight-week prosecution case of over. >> your honor people of the state of colorado rest. >> reporter: the defense now tries to prove holmes not guilty
by reason of insanity. that starts next week. as for the impact of moser's story, scott the jury was rapt. some took notes and like others in the courtroom, some wept. >> pelley: barry petersen at the courthouse tonight. barry, thank you. today, vladimir putin essentially told the u.s. to quit telling russia what to do. among other things, he blamed the west for the crisis in ukraine. putin spoke at a business conference in st. petersburg russia. the discussion was moderated by our own charlie rose. >> you have more unconstrained power than any russian leader for a while. clearly, you're stronger militarily. clearly, you are seen to be more aggressive, although you don't like me to use that word, i suspect. >> ( translated ): i did not like you using the term "aggressive." we're not being aggressive. ( applause )
we are persistent. russia is not striving for dominance. what we're seeking are equal partnerships with the whole members of the international community. >> pelley: there will be more of charlie's rare interview with the president of russia monday on "cbs this morning." wildfires are burning across the west. and oakland throws a party for the champs when the cbs evening news continues. help rearrange the fridge and get us energized! i'm new ensure active high protein. i help you recharge with nutritious energy and strength to keep you active. come on pear it's only a half gallon. i'll take that. yeeeeeah! new ensure active high protein. 16 grams of protein and 23 vitamins and minerals. all in 160 calories. ensure. take life in.
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sunday, it seemed like a good time to share it again. so here's steve "on the road "at the intersection of yesterday and tomorrow. >> reporter: long before i went on the road, there was one road malcolm road, in toledo, ohio. there was one house number 1053, and one man my number one. you recognize any of these? >> sure do. >> reporter: my father, george hartman, built this house himself back in 1955. >> i sure do. >> reporter: how long were you planning on living here? >> the rest of my life. but when we built this house we didn't consider stairs as a factor when you got old. >> reporter: and so, here we are, at that moment, elderly parents and their grown children seem to dread equally-- the selling of the family home. >> i prefer to stay, but you also have to realize that all good things come to an end. >> reporter: after my mom died last year, it became
increasingly difficult for him to manage on his own so last month, my brother joe, and i went to toledo to pawng his things. >> see what that is?" >> reporter: what is that? >> my mother's hair when she died. she never got gray hair, as you can see. >> reporter: i would have taken your word for it. we spent a couple of days trying to help dad with his down sizing. >> i don't want to throw anything away like that. >> reporter: okay. which at times felt more like same-sizing. shoe horn? >> yeah, i was looking for that. >> reporter: but when pressed the only things that truly mattered centered on either his faith-- rosary? yeah. >> reporter: or his family. >> "i love you dad. happy valentine's day." >> reporter: you want to throw that away? >> no. ( laughs ) >> reporter: a house that raised a family is so much more than wood and shingles. it's home to almost every memory of our younger lives. it's in the background of everything we were and helped make us who we are. it's where we learned to feel
safe sound and sometimes even invincible. yes, technically, a house is just a place but at times like this it sure feels more like a person. my dad is now moving it a one-story apartment near my other brother mike in atlanta. and although i know he's not going to like it at first hopefully, eventually, he'll be able to focus leson what he left behind and more on what he made possible. steve hartman on malcolm road, in toledo, ohio. >> pelley: and that's the cbs evening news fur tonight. for all of us at cbs news all around the world i'm scott pelley. i'll see you sunday on "60 minutes." happy father's day. good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh access.wgbh.org why are we watching this again? i pay for all these channels, so i make myself watch them all. joey, i'll watch anything except this.
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