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much for joining us on this interactive show, getting answers. we will be here every weekday at 3:00 on air and tonight, the deadly shooting rampage, both inside and outside that fedex facility in indianapolis. at least eight people kill in the a massacre that lasted just one to two minutes. the suspect, a former employee there armed with a rifle. authorities say he drove to the warehouse and immediately began shooting, then shooting and kills himself. what we're learning about the suspect and his mother's call to police last year. there is also new reporting tonight in the deadly police shooting of a 13-year-old boy in chicago. the video now showing the boy with a 21-year-old in the minutes before their confronted by police. the officer yelling to see his hands. authorities say a still frame shows what appears to be a gun in his right hand before
allegedly tossing it. the video shows it all happened in less than a second. the coronavirus here in the u.s., the hot spots emerging, deaths now rising in 27 states. more than 200 million doses of vaccine now administered in a race against the variants. and what the head of the cdc said today about the variants here in the u.s. and how much more transmissible they are. tonight, the outrage after president biden appeared to walk back a key promise on allowing refugees into the u.s. the administration deciding not to lift former president trump's cap on refugees. and then late this afternoon, what appears to be another shift. so mary bruce is tracking it all from the white house. the spring snowstorm across part of the northeast tonight. several inches of snow knocking down power lines. overseas tonight, the rare photo of queen elizabeth and prince philip on the eve of his funeral tomorrow morning. tonight here what we've now learned. what prince philip designed years ago. he said that's how he wanted to
be carried to his funeral. good evening, and it's great to have you with us as we near the end of another week together. tonight we are learning more about sadly the newest mass shooting in america about the suspect, a former employee who showed up at the fedex facility in indianapolis and in one to two minutes, taking the lives of eight people before shooting and killing himself. late today we learned the gunman was a 19-year-old who called police concerned about him last year. the shooting began in the parking lot of that fedex facility. the former worker armed with a rifle, getting out of his car, firing in the parking lot, killing four before going inside, killing four more workers, according to the authorities. police found eight people dead, the gunman as well. five others injured. survivors describing the scene of terror, running from the gunfire. about 100 people at the fedex
plant at the time. families waiting at a nearby hotel for word on their loved ones. just look at the map tonight. some of the mass shootings in this country in just the past month, from the attacks in la atlanta to the massacre in boulder. we're covering indianapolis tonight. the flags lowered at the white house. some of the workers at fedex were not allowed to have their phones so they were unable to call loved ones to let them know they survived this, adding to the horror of it all. victor oquendo leads us off tonight from indianapolis. >> reporter: tonight, new details into that deadly shooting at an indianapolis fedex facility as we learn a former employee armed with a rifle allegedly opened fire. >> we have an active shooter currently at fedex. >> reporter: just half 11:00 p.m. thursday, officers responding to reports of shots fired at this operations center, fedex's second largest hub in the world, roughly 100 workers present at the time.
>> we heard three more shots, and then my buddy levi saw someone running out of the building. >> reporter: police finding eight killed, four outside the building and four inside. at least five others rushed to the hospital with gunshot wounds. their identities not yet released. >> nobody should die like that. we're here to get a paycheck so that we can keep on living. today, police identifying the suspect, 19-year-old brandon scott hole. fedex says he was a former employee at that facility, but police still don't have a mtive. >> do you know if the suspect had any relationship with anyone inside the fedex facility, girlfriend, family member anything? >> no, we don't have any information indicating that right now. >> reporter: authorities say he drove to the facility, got out and started shooting randomly, making his way into the building. the massacre taking just one to two minutes. police say he killed himself before officers arrived. overnight, families gathering at a nearby hotel, anxiously waiting for word on their loved ones. this father emotional when he learned his son was safe today. >> he was in the other building
when it happened. i'm so thankful. >> reporter: fedex policy does not allow some workers to have phones during their shifts. many were frustrated this left them unable to let family know they were okay. >> they don't know if their loved ones are alive or hurt or anything because they can't take their phones in there. >> reporter: today in a statement fedex saying in part, the safety of our team members is our top priority and we are fully cooperating with investigating authorities. snce the deadly shootings at atlanta-area spas in march that left 8 dead, there have been at least 51 mass shootings in the u.s. mass shootings defined as having a minimum of four victims shot or killed, not including the shooter. president biden ordering all u.s. flags to half staff after the indianapolis shooting, saying too many americans are dying every single day from gun violence. it stains our character and pierces the very soul of our nation. we can and must do more to act and to save lives. >> victor oquendo reporting tonight from indianapolis. victor, we're also learning at this hour from the fbi that the suspect's mother called police
in march of last year to report that he might be a danger to himself? >> reporter: david, this comes from the fbi. they're assisting local police in the case, saying that the suspect's mom reported he might try to commit suicide by cop. he was held by police. they removed a shotgun and say that gun was not returned to him. >> victor oquendo from indianapolis. victor, thank you. also new reporting tonight in the deadly police shooting of a 13-year-old boy in chicago. video showing him with a 21-year-old before they're confronted by police. authorities say a still frame of the video shows adam toledo holding what appears to be a gun in his right hand before tossing it, then shot and killed and the video shows it all happen in less than a second. here's alex perez tonight. >> reporter: tonight, newly released video showing 13-year-old alex toledo and 21-year-old ruben roman jr. walking through this chicago neighborhood about 2:30 in the morning. surveillance capturing several
rounds of gunfire. [ gunshots ] the pair then seen running away as police respond. in the police body-cam video, you can see officer eric stillman chasing the two suspects. pushing one to the ground, running after the other. the officer yelling to see the suspect's hands. toledo's right hand momentarily out of view as the boy pivots, turns around and raises both hands. >> show me your [ bleep ] hands! stop it! >> officer stillman fires a single shot. toledo's hands appear to be empty when he was struck. a freeze-frame image shows toledo holding what appears to be a gun in that right hand. authorities say it was less than one second from when the weapon seems to disappear, and when the boy is shot in the chest. this nearby security camera capturing the heart-racing moments before the shooting. the 13-year-old allegedly tossing the handgun behind this
wooden fence, where it was recovered by police. the firearm seen on the officer's bodycam. stillman, immediately after the shooting, calling for an ambulance and beginning cpr. appearing to be emotional, later sitting on the ground, another officer consoling him. >> i'm officer stillman from the chicago police department. >> reporter: stillman, seen here in a video for a toy giveaway, joined the force since 2015. he has three complaints and four use of force reports on his record but has never been disciplined. the police union lawyer representing stillman defending his actions, saying he was left with no other options. but the toledo family attorney says the video speaks for itself. >> if you are shooting an unarmed child with his hands in the air, it is an assassination. >> reporter: demonstrators taking to the streets thursday, demanding justice. and more demonstrations are planned here in chicago tonight.
city officials are bracing for possible more through the weekend. in a statement, the 13-year-old's family is calling for people to remain peaceful and nonviolent. david? >> alex perez from chicago tonight. thank you. next to coronavirus in this country. the hot spots emerging as the variants spread. deaths now rising tonight in 27 states. this evening, the race to vaccinate. the race against those variants. and a new milestone. more than 200 million doses now administered. what the head of the cdc said today about the variants being seen in the u.s. and how much more transmissible they are and why these numbers on the rise need to be taken very seriously. here's whit johnson. >> reporter: tonight, even as the u.s. reaches that new milestone, 200 million shots into arm >> just go ahead and relax. there we go. just like that. >> reporter: the pandemic still raging. deaths climbing in 27 states, more than half the country. the cdc blaming relaxed mask mandates, indoor dining, and those highly contagious variants.
>> more than 50% to 70% more transmissible. which makes the race to stop the transmission even more challenging, and threatens to overwhelm our health-care system again in parts of this country. >> reporter: more than 73,000 new cases reported in just 26 hours. michigan, now ground zero, hospitals hitting capacity. >> you could barely get around the hallways. there were so many people. almost every inch of every hallway in emergency departments were full. to me that was very much like a war zone. >> reporter: 55-year-old john english wasn't able to get the vaccine before he got covid. >> my oxygen fluctuates. can't go home yet. >> reporter: more than 30% of american adults have been fully vaccinated.
but the johnson & johnson vaccine still on hold as health experts investigate rare blood clots in at least six women. the head of the cdc panel that will make a recommendation cautioning the pause could last weeks. is it possible that the extended pause could do more harm than good? >> there's always that consideration. we want this to be a pause long enough to get the answer -- to come to a conclusion that is reasonably, scientifically based, but not long enough so that we can erode confidence in this vaccine. >> well, that is the real worry, this balance between eroding confidence but making sure we know enough about the one-shot vaccine. we know another emergency meeting is planned for next friday on the johnson & johnson vaccine. but as you noted, whit, the head of the cdc panel doesn't expect a decision by then. explain what they're looking for. >> reporter: david, 3 million people were vaccinated within three weeks of that pause on the j&j vaccine, and that's when people can experience the
troubling symptoms. he tells me it's crucial to wait to see if there are anymore cases so they can analyze the benefits and risks. >> one more note on the virus tonight -- from brazil this evening. they are now losing 3,000 lives every day to the virus, and they're running so low on supplies that they have no sedatives, forced to tie patients to beds after they are intu baited to keep them from pulling the tubes out. here's matt gutman tonight. >> reporter: tonight, in brazil, those sprawling field hospitals capturing brazil's growing emergency. death sweeping the country. more people now dying there of covid here than anywhere else in the world, more than 3,000 a day. >> the failed response in brazil has caused a humanitarian catastrophe. >> reporter: hundreds of hospitals are short or out of sedatives critical for the intubation. and now that image, a patient's hands secured to his hospital bed. brazilian news outlets reporting that staff are forced to take extreme measures.
having to restrain more patients than they typically would. they fear unsupervised patients might rip out those tubes if they regain consciousness because of a lack of sedatives and inadequate number of staff to monitor them. brazil's president, jair bolsonaro, initially shunning both masks and social distancing. the he got covid himself. and recently, with the death toll in his country rising, bolsonaro, telling brazilians to stop whining. and the country's health officials, david, say that the current wave of the virus is the most aggressive yet, and increasingly it is young people who are falling victim to it. largely, they say, because they're not going to the hospital until it's too late. david? >> matt gutman tonight. matt, thank you. back here at home, outrage from some democrats tonight after president biden appeared to walk back a key promise on allowing refugees into the u.s. the administration deciding not to lift former president trump's cap on refugees.
then late this afternoon what appears to be another shift. here's abc white house correspondent mary bruce tonight. >> reporter: abandoning a key promise, the biden administration today announced for now, it's keeping in place former president trump's policy, capping the number of refugees allowed to enter the u.s. each year at 15,000, an historically low number. biden backtracking after he vowed to admit 62,500 refugees. >> come with me around the world, and see people piled up in camps. kids dying, no way out. refugees fleeing from persecution. we, the united states, used to do our part. >> reporter: the white house today admitting the surge of migrants crossing the mexican border was a factor in this decision. the pushback, swift and fierce. the international rescue committee labeling the move deeply disturbing, noting over-35,000 refugees have already been vetted and cleared for arrival and over 100,000 are
in the pipeline. late today under fire, the white house backing down, saying next month the president will increase number of refugees admitted, but they concede biden's promise to admit more than 62,000 is "unlikely." >> mary bruce with us from the white house. president biden also meeting late today with the prime minster of japan. we gather discussing, among other things, the threat from china. we note tonight the president is also dealing with escalating tensions with russia, a response from russia tonight? >> reporter: david, just yesterday biden imposed new sanctions on russia, and russia today retaliated, expelling ten u.s. diplomats. president biden says he has no interest in getting into an escalation with russia. in fact he's still hoping he and putin can meet face-to-face late they are summer. david? >> mary bruce with us from the white house. thank you, mary. overseas and on the eve of the funeral for britain's prince philip, the rare photo of queen elizabeth and prince philip in scotland. and tonight what we've learned
about the service the world will be watching tomorrow morning. james longman from london. >> reporter: a nation, and a queen, prepares to say goodbye. tonight, the palace releasing this never before seen picture of queen elizabeth and her prince, the duke of edinburgh. and we're learning more about tomorrow's funeral. the queen will pause in her car for a moment of reflection as she passes the coffin of her beloved husband. prince charles, princess anne, and grandsons will follow the casket in procession. it's an image sure to evoke memories of princess diana's funeral, when philip supported princes william and harry through their grief. but the brothers will not walk together. between them a cousin, peter philips. >> i think quite something that we're not going to see them side by side. >> reporter: the queen will sit alone in st. george's chapel. the 30 in attendance, including her majesty, will wear masks. unusually all royals will be in civilian dress. perhaps to include prince harry, who stepped down from royal duties and was stripped of his military titles. but the ceremony and music will
celebrate philip's deep devotion to the military, queen, and country. >> let's get to james longman with us tonight from windsor. great to have you with us again. the palace trying to keep a focus on prince philip, but here in the u.s. and around the world, a lot of focus on princes william and harry, and the question many are asking, why not just walk together to put this, what we've seen, aside? >> reporter: well, david, peter is the eldest grandson, and his mother, princess anne, was perhaps the closes to the duke of edinburgh, but separating william and harry in this way has drawn more attention than the palace would have liked. >> we'll see you tomorrow, 9:30 eastern for the coverage of the funeral. when we come back, the spring snowstorm, power lines down. and an actress from harry potter and pandemeaky blinders.
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eavi forward, finding solutions, this is abc7 news. a day after the massive lines for vaccinations at levi's stadium, things have eased up a bit. there are still thousands of people lining up to get the shots. good afternoon, thanks for joining us. >> i am dion lim. we join with awith awith awith a the number of positive tests is down to 1.7%. there were 79 deaths reported, today. and 52% of californians have been it least partially vaccinated. california ranks 11th states and vaccinations according to federal figures. >> vaccination sites are popping up all of the area. mass vaccination sites are for shots wh cawhenu me new e okat e last a county
scheduled thousands of appointment on thursday, on friday, 7000 appointments, what a difference a day makes. >> i was expecting 2 to 3 hours. but when i came in, i was surprised to see that the wait time was not too long. i hardly waited for about 15 minutes. >> i got here right on time for my appointment, which was at 11:15, and by 11:18, they had given me my first dose. i was on my way to the observation area. >> reporter: easy to park, easy to check in for 16-year-old ian chacon. my mom made me. >> reporter: most of the people i talked to said they booked their appointments two or three days ago. the county has more than doubled its capacity. >> reporter: last week that they were doling out 5000 shots a day. now they are ramping up to 10,000 or more