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>> reporte >> a horrible day indeed, new details are still coming in on today's mass shooting in florida. >> thank you for joining us. the suspected shooter has been identified as 19-year-old nikolaus cruz, here he is being led into the police station this afternoon. the broward county sheriff says that cruz killed at least 17 people, he blended in with students as they escaped but was eventual caught. >> we have a shooter in custody. he was taken into custody i believe about an hour after he left stonily douglas, after he committed this horrific, homicidal detectable act. >> a family member sells abc news that cruz was adopted. his mother died last year. and he was armed with an ar-15 automatic rifle.
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>> reporter: gunshots forced students to flee. >> it's insane, it's unnecessary, it's out of the -- there's no words to describe how i feel right now. i was shaking, i was panicking, it was all out panic in that school. >> reporter: students running out with their hands up as emergency crews tended to the injuries on the ground. >> there are numerous fataliti s fatalities, it's a horrific situation. it's just a horrible day for us. >> reporter: the shots started shortly before the end of the school day, students say a fire alarm was pulled minutes before they heard the shots. >> we had a fire drill earlier, but when we heard the fire alarm again, we thought it was just another fire drill. >> a lot of kids were on their
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phones, just trying to snapchat everything because they thought it was a joke and it wasn't. >> reporter: the president tweeting, my prayers and condolences to the victims of the terrible florida school shooting. no child or anyone should feel unsafe in an american school. >> as students trapped on campus documented this horror on social media. >> we just got new video in of the s.w.a.t. team evacuating a classroom. >> police. police. put your hands up. put your phones away. put your phones away. >> really whorrifying. >> from snapchat to twitter, students took to social media to let people know they were safe or simply to relay the horror of what was going on. hugs of relief, parents reuniting with her children who escaped the campus unharmed. the stream of police cars
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rushing to the school, the helicopter called in for additional support and then a photo of a student hiding in a classroom, this caption, my school is being shot up and i am locked inside. one student captured the terrifying sounds of gunshots, a warning what you're about to hear is disturbing. >> [ bleep ]. [ gun fire ] . >> reporter: teachers herded students into closets. at first they thought this may have been a drill, the school had recently undergong training for these situations. >> we ran back inside to the classroom and got them down on the floor and then we moved into the closet. and we waited in the closet. >> that teacher went on to say that about 19 students were able to hide in the closet with her. they remained inside for about 40 minutes.
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now we have been sending out push alerts be it the story all afternoon. download our free abc7 news app, and get the latest on breaking news as it happens. there are calls for the resignation of judge aaron persky. she received a threat of an envelope with a white powder in it. >> reporter: tonight that section of the building behind me is back open for business, but earlier today a dramatic scene as investigators try to determine exactly what was inside that envelope. late this afternoon the all clear was given for students and faculty to resume normal activities at the stamford new come building. she says a white powder and what she says was a rape threat. a colleague was with her in the
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office. >> i get threats on a regular basis is, but this one was escalating was it was white powder and it seemed like more after a threat of violence. >> the call to recall judge aaron burr sky, the people who were responsibility for that letter said that since you are going to disrobe persky, i'm going to call you emily doe. emily doe is the survivor of the crime committed by turner. >> we're going to continue to stand with survivors of the sexual assault, we're going to continue to pursue the democratic process. >> reporter: stamford says the white powder was investigated by officials and was found to be harmless. the two suspects in the murder of 19-year-old lizzette cuesta made their appearance. live in dublin with what the
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young victims yelled at the killers. >> reporter: the grieving father inside the courtroom in the front row during this brief hearing. all the bailiffs seemed focused on him. but it was the young woman sitting behind him with the family who jumped up and screamed expletives at melissa leonardo, including the phrase, you'll get what you deserve. it was a brief was emotional hearing, as three families touched by the murder of 19-year-old lizzette cuesta sat just feet from one another in a courtroom, each leaving without comment. 19-year-old daniel gross and 25-year-old melissa leon narards put off until thursday. we spoke with the father of lizzette cuesta outside their home. she was found crawling on the road early monday, she died a
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few hours later, but not before identifying the people that allegedly attacked her. alameda county sheriff's investigators say lizzette was able to speak near the end, enough to provide detectives with two names. >> she never gave up. she brought herself justice and she made sure the people got caught. and now they have to pay for what they did. it won't bring her back, but at least they're not running around the streets. >> reporter: gross and leonardo have both been charged with murder, including the use of a knife by gross. both are expected bra eed back on thursday. a go fund me account has been set up to help lizette cuest arka family.
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students honored her and remember her as a bubbly genuine person. new details about a horrific san francisco crime. it turns out the system who hurled the 4-year-old chihuahua off the seventh floor garage is a career criminal who has targeted cars in that garage before. we got a good look at the deft, wakeen best. >> dunky was killed when the dog was thrown from the seventh floor of the sutter stockton garage. investigators say that the enabled police to identify and arrest wakeen best. today best was arraigned on felony auto theft, vandalism and animal cruelty. this last charge generating shock and anger among the public. >> very disturbing, especially when you're talking about a
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defensiveless little animal. >> reporter: an online petition calls to prosecute best has already seened 732 kmchbts. prosecutors ask for bail and no contact with animals. best pleaded not guilty. public defender. >> this seems totally out of character, i find it hard to believe she would intentionally hurt an animal. >> just last month, she was convicted of the same crime, auto burglary in the same parking facility. the arrest for that crime turned into -- the career criminal's rap sheet shows 40 arrests in 15 years, mostly for low level crimes, the judge set bailat $85,000. but because best violated felony probation from the old auto burglary case, there's no way this defendant will get out
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soon. a lot more to come, selling children for sex, a new plan to train teachers to tackle that problem. plus the fbi warning that some start phone brands could be used to spy on americans. and a rally to combat fear. protesters say their fight to keep families together is growing. winds are increasing,
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and i.c.e. office in morgan hill was the subject of a protest by an immigrants right group. abc7 news reporter david louie was there. >> reporter: it's a building with no identifying signs, the only clue is on license plates on vans in a secure parking lot. it's a substation for i.c.e.
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>> no love for i.c.e. >> reporter: the immigrant rights group known as siren held a protest outside ice ice ice the morgan hill office does not conduct those audits but does process and deport those deems to be criminaled. >> if we all sign up and sign against what they're doing, we have a chance to putting a stop to this. >> reporter: another bone of contention is whether this office will be used as a detention facility. an i.c.e. spokesman said there are no containment centers in this facility, but i.c.e. could still put them in without the state's permission. this statement was put out by i.c.e. i.c.e. fully respects the right of people to voice their opinions without interconvenience. the department of homeland
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security remains committed to reforcing national immigration laws. >> it's the whole family, it's not just the immigrant children, but all of the classroom. >> reporter: a man who saw the protest disagrees with their point of view, objecting to a four-letter word on two of the signs. >> just because they get out here and stand and use bad words, bad language like that, all they're doing is turning the american people against them. >> reporter: in morgan hill, david louie, abc7 news. the men britton was seen getting into a black van on tuesday night. britton and her boyfriend, 23-year-old negie fallis, he's
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also wanted for a prior domestic violence incident involving britton. teachers will get training after a new state law. students will receive education on labor and sex trafficking at least once in middle school and once in high school. lawmakers say human trafficking is happening in our own communities. >> sadly, my own district of oakland is a front line for this fight. it's a hub for human trafficking of children for labor and for sex. and so this is very personally important to me. >> in addition, teachers will receive training on identifying signs of sexual abuse and trafficking. massachusetts senator elizabeth warren is vowing to change what she is calling the senate's dumb rules on maternity leave. warren's comments come after tammy duckworth who is poised to be the first senator to give
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birth while in office. duckworth says senate rules preclude her from sponsoring legislation or voting while on maternity leave. she says i call dibs on holding @tammyduckworth's baby while she votes and i commit to changing the senate's dumb rules. we're being advised not to buy two brands of cell phones because of a possible security threat. >> michael finney is here with more on that. of. >> let's start with the cell phone warning, this one from u.s. intelligence agencies, they're advising us against using phones from china's two leading tech companies, h uaw ei and tez. investigators say they are influenced by the chinese government, and the phones they
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cell may where compromised. people are urged to stop using a certain brand of hair dryer. it could cause burns. iso beauty is recalling about 73,000 hair dryers because the cord can become brittle. the recall includes the 2000 hair dryers, three people have been burned on their hands and fingers. the company received 35 reports of sparking or smoking hair dryers, in two cases, customers report flames coming from the device. you should contact the company for a credit. an investigation by the fda into a dog food. it is looking into four recalls and multiple complaints by the pet foods, here are some of the products affected. each time samples of the food tested positive for salmonella
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or listeria, there are six complaints of illness or death tied to the products. so far aero reliance has notified customers of the issue but has not made a public announcement of the recall. you can get more information on our website, it's the end oaf f an era f the oakland raiders. the team says goodbye to a long time kicker, they won't be bringing him back for the 2018 season. his fuel has been in doubt since an injury forced him to miss all of last season. he's spent 18 seasons with the raiders, more than any other player in history and is the franchise's all-time leading scorer. the only player still around from the first time
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happy valentine's day to all of you, let me show you live doppler 7 right now, one thing that is missing the is rain, we do have some wind, san carlos, 21 miles an hour, 20 at sfo, and if you are stepping out tonight, have plans for valentine's evening, here's what you can you can expect, 6:00 tonight, temperatures will be in the 50s, chilly and breezy as we head towards 9:00 p.m. and gusty winds expected around midnight, so make sure you bundle up, temperatures will be falling to the 40s as we head towards midnight, so it is definitely going to be a bit on the chilly side out there. a live look right now, showing you the wind from our mt. tam camera, trees just blowing around in the wind there, temperatures low to mid 60s fro san jose to half moon bay watch you can see how shaky this emeryville camera is here, 50
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degrees there, east bay hills camera, we're not expecting showers, at least not yet. gusty and chilly overnight tonight, sunny and warmer saturday, and it is going to be sharply cooler on sunday, here's your 12-hour planner, at 7:00 a.m. you'll be looking at temperatures in the 30s, and at noon, temperatures will be coming up to 50 degrees. wind tonight at 7:00, still gusty, stronger winds expected in the overnight hours, 5:00 a.m. still breezy, around fairfield, 29 miles an hour, 30 miles an hour at 9:00 a.m., so do hang on the steering wheels during the morning commute, will be gusty in spots is. first thing in the morning, also make sure you have your coats and jackets, temperatures in the inland valley will be in the upper 20s to low 30s. afternoon highs will look like
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this, upper 50s to lower 60s, pretty much the same pattern that we have had. that may be changing by monday. this computer model wants to bring in a system from canada, and as it drops southward, it's going to be much colder here, sierra will be seeing snow, this is the dryer of the two models for the bay area. take a look at this other model. this computer model showing the potential for a few showers in the bay area, some snow showers over the higher elevations and the snow level could be dropping as low as 1,500 feet. so if these showers materialize, we may be looking at some high elevation snow come monday. the weather is just getting interesting as we head into next week. accuweather 7-day forecast, breezy and chilly tomorrow morning, signs of spring, as you see those 70s showing up on saturday, but not for long, a sharp drop in the temperatures on sunday. when you go from 72 to 60, you
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need to change your wardrobe, presidents day will be breezy and chilly, and we'll be putting the storm impact scale on there if the computer models align and agree that there may be some showers. but certainly below average monday, tuesday, for your high temperatures and your mornings will be freezing cold. you can download the accuweather app and check out temperatures any time you want. we could be feeling a lot of pain at the pump if president trump has his way. and it's just my eczema again,t. but it's fine. yeah, it's fine.
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you ok? eczema. it's fine. hey! hi! aren't you hot? eczema again? it's fine. i saw something the other day. eczema exposed. your eczema could be something called atopic dermatitis, which can be caused by inflammation under your skin. maybe you should ask your doctor? go to to learn more. there are seven continents...
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seven seas... but at at celebrity cruises, we'd argue... more than seven wonders. for a limited time enjoy two free perks, like complimentary wi-fi and drinks. a savings for everyone in your stateroom when you book now, during the celebrity cruises sail beyond event. a low flying helicopter in eastern utah was brought down by a leaping elk of all things, it jumped into the chopper's tail rotor. the elk died. no one else was hurt.
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strange indeed. the fcc is now backing a plan for spacex to build a broad band network using satellites. the agency has previously approved three other companies, none in the united states. this saturday spacex is expected to launch several test broad band satellites. one junior college is more than 90% solar powered. the college plans to install several solar projects saving agent of energy and money. a lot of people have seen the sign for saba live poultry. now it's expanding to san francisco. the board of supervisors voted last night to open a saba on wallace avenue in the bay view, it's a welcome addition to an area with few restaurants and grocery stores. animal rights groups opposed the move saying the slaughter house would impact air and water.
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you could be paying a 25 cent increase in gas tax to help pay for roads. president trump said he could support that tax hike. officials said he had been considering the tax hike for months. the federal gas tax is currently 18.4 cents a gallon and has not been increased in 25 years. love is in the air, airbus, that is, that story coming up but first we want to thank christopher for this picture from sonoma, isn't
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coming up tonight on abc7 news at 6:00, we'll have the latest on the school shooting in florida. and michael finney will tell you about home insurance. and what sent students from their middle school to the hospital yesterday. when it comes to dealing with finances when you're more than friends? that's all coming up in half an hour on abc7 "news at 6:00." it's been said you cannot hurry love, but don't tell that to the santa clara clerk's office. >> in san jose, the office offered express marriage services today, it allows couples to walk in, do the paper work and get married today.
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>> the office usually conducts 23 weddings, today that number one 39. love is certainly in the air. this picture from virgin atlantic shows how a plane got into the spirit of valentine's day. >> flight radar captured the hart it drew in the ocean. >> the european space agency is commemorating the holiday sweetly with a view of a heart shaped island off the coast of india. >> it's popular with new yo ne k and scuba divers. it's almost like a perfect hart. >> it's a hart shape, that's cool. "world news tonight" with david muir is coming up next.
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. breaking news tonight as we come on the air in the west. we have new reporting. the deadly school rampage in south florida. >> oh, my god. >> gunfire erupting inside this high school. students terrified. tonight, the images now emerging. the screams heard from inside the classrooms. the armed officers goi room, into an auditorium to get the students out. >> everybody down. >> the superintendent confirming this afternoon there are numerous fatalities. and just a short time ago, abc news learning more than a dozen dead. >> do they know where the shooter is? >> emergency teams treating victims on the sidewalk. students running to safety. their backpacks piled up in the street. parents rushing to the scene, desperate to find their children. the alleged suspect taken into custody, and what we're now


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