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tonight, the deadly shooting rampage, both inside and outside that fedex facility in indianapolis. at least eight people killed in 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 killing himself. what we're learning tonight about the suspect and about 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 th minutes before they're confronted by police. the officer yelling to see his hands. authorities say a still frame of the video shows adam toledo holding what appears to be a gun in his right hand before allegedly tossing it. then shot and killed. the video appears to show it all
happened in less than a second. the coronavirus here in the u.s. te hot spots emerging and deaths now rising in 28 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 parts 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, opening fire, and in just 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 whose mother 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. at least 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. just some of the mass shootings in this country in just the past month, from the attacks in atlanta to the massacre in boulder, we're now covering indianapolis tonight. for the third time in a month, the flags now lowered at the white house. this evening here, we are also learning some of the workers at fedex are not allowed to have their phones during their shift, so they were unable to call loved ones to let them know they had survived this, simply 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 after 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 then we can keep on living. >> reporter: 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 motive. 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 d ooting randomly, making his way into the building. e ssre 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. since the deadly shootings at atlanta area spas in march that left eight 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 from his house and say that gun was not returned to him. david? >> victor oquendo leading us off tonight from indianapolis. victor, thank you. there is also news tonight in the deadly police shooting of a 13-year-old boy in chicago. surveillance video showing the boy with a 21-year-old in the minutes before they're confronted by police. the officer yelling to see his hands. authorities say a still frame of the video shows adam toledo holding what appears to be a gun allegedly tossing it, then shot and killed. and the video appears to show it all happened in less than a second. here's abc's alex perez tonight. >> reporter: tonight, newly released video showing 13-year-old adam 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 ph. >> show me your [ bleep ] hands! drop it! >> reporter: 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 body cam. 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 in 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, quote, left with no other option. 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
possibly 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 reporting from chicago tonight. alex, thank you. next this evening, the 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 just today about the variants being seen now 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 arms -- >> 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 24 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. with different stretch efforts. 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. he's now hospitalized with a blood clot. >> they're giving me medication to break up the blood clot, but my oxygen level keeps on fluctuating enough where i can't stabilize enough to 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 this one-shot vaccine. i know we've learned another emergency meeting is now planned for next friday on this johnson & johnson vaccine. but as you noted, whit, the head of the cdc panel said he doesn't expect a decision by then. so explain the wait, 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 these troubling symptoms. the doctor tells me it's crucial
to wait to see if there are any more cases so they can properly analyze the benefits and risks. david? >> whit johnson tonight. thank you. 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 at hospitals that in some cases they have no sedatives, forced to tie patients to beds after they are intubated to keep them from pulling the tubes out in the effort to give them oxygen just help them to breathe. 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 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 intubation. and now that image, a patient's hand 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. then 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 senior 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 that next month the president will increase the number of refugees admitted, but they concede biden's promise to admit more than 62,000 is "unlikely." >> mary bruce with us tonight from the white house. mary, president biden also meeting late today with the prime minster of japan. we gather discussing, among other things, the threat from china. and we note tonight that 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. now, president biden says he has no interest in getting into a escalation with russia. in fact, he's still hoping he and putin can meet face-to-face later this summer. david? >> mary bruce with us from the white house. thank you, mary. overseas tonight, and on the eve of the funeral for britain's prince philip, the rare photo tonight of queen elizabeth and prince philip in scotland. and tonight what we've learned now about the service the world will be watching tomorrow morning.
abc's james longman from london. >> reporter: a nation, and a queen, prepares to say good-bye. 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. >> it's really, 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 from windsor tonight. james, a lot of people might be wondering for their grandfather why princes william and harry wouldn't walk together for the funeral, a show of solidarity given the other headlines of late. >> reporter: they'll be separated by their cousin, peter, he is the eldest grandson. his mother, princess anne, was perhaps the closest to the duke of edinburgh, but separating william and harry in this way has certainly attracted more attention than the palace would have liked. david? >> james longman, we'll see you first thing in the morning. 9:30 a.m. eastern for the coverage of the funeral. james, thanks. when we come back, the spring snowstorm, power lines down. and we remember an actress from "harry potter" and "peaky blnders."
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next, as travel increases, the chance of a good hotel deal finally tonight, prince finally tonight, prince philip and the land rover he helped design for his final journey. the words being played all over again, the queen on prince philip on their 50th anniversary. >> he has quite simply been my strength and stay all these years, and i and his whole family owe him a debt greater than he would ever claim or we shall ever know. >> reporter: and tonight we've learned it was years ago prince philip helped design the special land rover that will now carry his coffin to the chapel tomorrow.
he said that's how he wanted to be brought to his funeral. the prince, who served in the royal navy, insisted the land rover be the same color the military uses. and tonight, prince philip in his own words when asked about his legacy. >> would you go through life trying to make a legacy? no, i think to try and create a memorial to yourself while you're alive is slightly indecent. i'd rather other people decided what legacy i left. i mean, life's going to go on after me. if i can make life marginally more tolerable for people who come afterwards or even at the time, i'll be delighted. >> we'll be here, 9:30 eastern tomorrow morning for the funeral. we hope you'll have your coffee with us. good night.
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i am getting the vaccine, it wasn't as hard as i thought it would be. >> getting a shot or making the appointment was easy. >> it hit me how unprecedented this is. >> it is. thank you for good -- us. >> everybody over the age of 16 is eligible, we are feeling optimistic. new sites are opening up. established ones are expanding capacity. there is a record 12,000 appointments booked, yesterday. today, crowds were smaller. it is the largest mass vaccination site. leslie brinkley reportsbrinkleyp type of wait times everyone can expect. >> reporter: take a look at the massive lines at levi's stadium as seen from sky7. santa clara county scheduled 12,000 appointments on thursday. on friday, only 7000 appointments, what a difference a day makes. >> i was expecting 2 to hours. but i came in, i was surprised to see the wait time was not too long. i hardly waited for about 15 minutes. >> i got here right on time for my appointment which