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the united states and all around the world. i'm paula newton. coming up on "cnn newsroom." a tropical storm threatens search-and-rescue efforts at the surfside-tower collapse in florida. we will have a live-weather update on the conditions. plus, england prepares to loosen its covid restrictions. even as the country's prime minister warns, the pandemic is far from over. and a surge in gun violence over the holiday weekend in the u.s. leading at least 150 people dead and many searching for answers. at this hour, search-and-rescue crews in surfside, florida, are keeping a close eye on tropical storm elsa moving across the gulf of mexico, at this hour. now, the miami area is not expected to take a direct hit. that's good news. but the thing is that heavy rain
and gusty winds could complicate the search for survivors, in that deadly-building collapse. the storm comes just as rescue teams got a major boost in their efforts. cnn's leyla santiago explains. >> reporter: the controlled demolition of the rest of the champlain tower south building sunday has opened the way for search-and-rescue teams to broaden their efforts, officials say, and continue their work safely. >> the search-and-rescue team has been able to search all sections of the grid on the collapse, following the building demolition. now, that the entire area is safe to search. >> reporter: the potential threat of tropical storm elsa, also, impacted the decision-making. >> the worst thing that could have happened was to have a storm come in and blow that building down, on top of the pile. >> reporter: rescue teams halted their work, temporarily, but resumed just over an hour after the demolition began. today, workers hoping to access
voids in the rubble that they couldn't, before the remaining tower was brought down. >> the activity on that site, which i just came from a few minutes ago, is more active and greater than i've ever seen, since the beginning of this crisis. >> reporter: this, as new condo documents obtained by cnn show that a presentation was prepared for residents last fall and winter on, quote, why we have to do all this, now. the garage lacked waterproofing and, quote, water has gotten underneath and caused additional damage to the concrete. over the weekend, in miami beach, two different, nearby condominiums were evacuated in an abundance of caution. one just miles north of champlain towers, due to reported-unsafe structural and electrical conditions. then, firefighters ordered residents to evacuate a low-rise condominium complex after a building inspector flagged a floor-system failure in a vacant unit and damage to an exterior wall, according to a city spokesperson. officials say the priority, right now, is search and rescue of victims.
but investigators continue to search for answers. >> if we find out that this was entirely avoidable, which, you know, because of -- of action or inaction, you know, it's -- it's -- it -- it -- it -- it's still obviously a tragedy but it makes it just so much more acute and so important for us to act. >> reporter: for some, the demolition of the remaining tower was emotional. yet, it allowed others to, finally, make their first visit to the site of the tragedy. >> i wasn't able to come earlier because the sight of the building, still, affected me greatly. and today, because the building came down, i think, i managed to make it all the way up to the memorial site. >> reporter: and, you know, when we visited that memorial that you saw at the end of the story there. it's just a block away from where the building collapsed. we could, still, see the dust in the air. and we, certainly, saw a lot of raw pain. people sobbing, trying to make sense of what has happened here.
i spoke to one couple from new york who said this reminded them a lot of 9/11 as they watched the rescuers -- rescue crews continue to just dig and dig. and i, also, spoke to some people who say that, when that building was demolished, it took some hope, along with it. while others say, that that's exactly what they needed to be able to start moving forward. leyla santiago, cnn, surfside, florida. >> joining me now is matisse levi, a consulting engineer and professor at columbia university. he is also the author of "why buildings fall down: how structures fail." again, thank you for being with us, mr. levee. and yeah, the title of the book, especially, intriguing to so many people right now. listen. we've had some, new information come out, in recent days, about how, perhaps, this building might have fallen down so catastrophically. have you been able to glean any information from -- new
information -- from everything you've seen? >> well, based on everything i've seen, i obviously have given it some thought and i have an idea of what may have happened. but nothing will be determined, directly, until we have had a chance to look at the debris and -- and study the design, the original design, as well as the maintenance issue which is -- i think, is critical here. >> but when we talk about the maintenance issue being critical, that's what i mean about new information. because people tend to be looking for one-trigger event. could it really have been just one-trigger event? would it just be the concrete or the platform by the pool? would it just be the fact that the rebar seems to have been compromised? or would have been a combination of things? >> it's -- the -- the pool -- everybody points to the pool but the pool, i don't think, is deep. the pool, itself, is not the issue. it's the deck that comes up to
the building. that may be part of the issue. and that's where the deck is supported by columns and those columns may have been compromised. and they may have contributed to the collapse. >> when we get to the maintenance of buildings, and let's point out, this building wasn't really that old, yes, four decades. but not that old. so when we start looking at other buildings that are now being inspected in miami and beyond, quite frankly, how -- what do you tell people who are concerned, who are living in buildings that are not well maintained? i -- i mean, is this just a very rare, catastrophic event? or do we, now, need to take a harder look at these buildings? >> we should pay attention. i mean, nothing -- nothing lasts forever, all by itself. you have to maintain it. and the issue here is that there was warning signs from -- from engineers who looked at the building three years ago.
and identified certain areas that seemed to be, let's say, in trouble and should have been tackled, immediately. not wait three years before doing something about it. >> understood. but there are other buildings in miami and elsewhere, and beyond, that have the same kind of inspection reports. what do you do about that? >> one -- one of the problems around miami and anything along the shoreline is the fact that you are dealing with a saltwater environment, to begin with. that's very corrosive. it attacks concrete. it attacks. you have to be very cognizant of that and if you want to keep your building up to a certain, high standard, you have to keep putting money into maintenance. >> when you look at the research that you have done through -- through your career and going back to your central question of your book.
why structures fail. i mean, what is the central answer to that? this was absolutely catastrophic. this wasn't a balcony falling. this wasn't one side of the building. this wasn't chunks of concrete even falling off. >> some innate flaw, most likely. and that flaw allowed the progression of the collapse. it was not just a collapse that happened today, only because something happened yesterday. it's -- it's something that happened over a long period of time, and was not taken care of. starting with the day the building was built. some of the reinforcing may not have been in the right place. may have been moved. some of the concrete may not have been protected by -- by waterproofing. these are, all, issues that have been raised in the last two weeks. and i think need -- need answers. >> okay. we'll leave it there.
matisse, thanks so much for your expertise. appreciate it. >> you're very welcome. now, of course, earlier, we were talking about tropical storm elsa and it's already delayed search-and-rescue crews in surfside. for more on when and where the storm is set to make landfall in florida, want to bring in meteorologist tyler mauldin. this is an interesting storm in the fact that perhaps it's moved further away from surfside. but the winds, alone, could cause trouble. >> it's a very lopsided system and it's very much loaded on the eastern or right side. and what's on the right side of the system? well, that's going to be the peninsula florida and in surfside. we -- we should expect some gusty, stormy squalls to push through on tuesday. and then, once we get to wednesday and thursday, is back to the normal south florida rainy-season weather. we do have showers and thunderstorms, pushing through south florida right now. and that's directly related to -- to elsa. we have one baund push through.
we actually had a really intense band push through earlier this afternoon. now, these aren't as intense but you can see they are lining up right over surfside. and this is despite elsa being about-150 miles to the south of miami. it's 80 miles to the south of key west. it's now to the north of havana, cuba. it has strengthened as of the 2:00 2:00 a.m. update. gusts as high as 70. on this track, it's going to push to the north and that's when we have tropical storm warnings in effect from key west all the way up to the big bend of florida. we do expect it to make landfall along the big bend of florida. and despite the fact that it's going to parallel the florida peninsula and stay right offshore, we are still going to see some impacts across the peninsula of florida, paula. especially, across the west coast. >> yeah. be interesting to track that storm. the winds, definitely, as you warned us, already, can pack a punch. tyler, thanks. appreciate it. u.s. health officials are
sounding the alarm about a potentially dangerous combination. low-vaccination rates and a more contagious covid variant. now, new data shows recent covid-19 infection rates are, on average -- or an average of three-times higher in less-vaccinated states. and as the delta variant spreads, there is an urgent push to get more shots in arms. cnn's lucy kafanov has more. >> reporter: despite having missed its target to get at least one shot into 70% of u.s. adults by july 4th, the white house is celebrating. >> today, we are closer than ever to declaring our independence from a deadly virus. >> reporter: welcoming 1,000 essential workers and military personnel on the south lawn, this weekend. >> while the virus hasn't been vanquished, we know this. it no longer controls our lives. >> reporter: touting progress in vaccinating just over 67% of american adults, as the more-infectious delta variant
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wyoming, among those falling behind on vaccinations. prompting fears about a looming surge in cases. >> we might expect to see spikes in certain regions, in certain states, cities, or counties. i don't think you're going to be seeing anything, nationwide, because fortunately, we have a substantial proportion of the population vaccinated. >> reporter: thanks to vaccines, america does appear to be on the road to recovery. making the nation's second pandemic birthday celebration look very different from the last. and vaccination is key to cushing the spread of the virus. new data from johns hopkins university shows that sedate states with below-average vaccination rates have almost tripled the rate of covid-19 cases compared to states with above-average vaccination rates. lucy kafanov, cnn denver. u.s. troops may be leaving but the war in afghanistan isn't going anywhere. attacks from the taliban have some afghan forces so shaken,
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new reports claim about 1,000 afghan troops have now fled the battlefield seeking shelter in neighboring tajikistan. it comes, as afghan officials in the northern province of takar say taliban forces failed to capture its capital city being held by government forces and even armed civilians. meantime, the afghan government is trying to figure out what to do with a key-military site, after the u.s. withdrew. cnn's anna coren reports fromfrom bagram airbase. >> we are here at bagram airbase. this is the first time we have been given access to this facility since u.s. and nato forces departed on friday. essentially, ending america's involvement in the war. it was the hive of activity, at the height of this war. it is now being handed over to the afghans, and currently, there are some-3,000 troops on the base. assessing what the americans have left. behind me is a delegation from
the national security council, assigned by president ghani to strategize and work out how they are going to use bagram airbase, moving forward. but it, certainly, is a strange place to be. it feels a bit like a di disorganized junkyard. we know air hangars in the background. to those -- those hangars are still locked. we were out at the -- the runways, which 3 kilometers long, and it was absolutely deserted. wasn't so long ago that there were fighter jets, cargo planes, and surveillance aircraft landing and departing, constantly. as i say, it is now quiet. and then, here, you have, like, a car yard. there are hundreds of vehicles that the americans have left. whether it be four-wheel drives, pick-up trucks but this is what the afghans are now having to assess. what is in their arsenal to -- to continue this war? and we know that the security
situation, on the ground, is deteriorating a lot faster than -- than many realize. the taliban have taken over 150 provinces, in just the last-two months. one of the vice presidents of afghanistan has said that tens of thousands of people in the countryside, where the fighting is, is happening, are fleeing to the cities. and that has been backed up by the united nations that says more than 56,000 people have had to flee four provinces in the northeast. it is alarming, and very concerning for afghans on the ground. we spoke to -- to one military personnel who said it feels like an old friend has left, without saying good-bye. there is a deep sense of abandonment here in afghanistan. but as the americans have -- have spilt out, other than limited-air support, this war is now up to afghanistan to fight. anna coren, cnn, bagram airbase. >> so, anna pointed out a lot of
challenges there. and earlier, i spoke with cnn military analyst, colonel cedric lateen, i asked why after so long, the afghan government, still, can't defeat the taliban. here's part of our conversation. >> the government in afghanistan, for whatever reason, has not been able to develop a strategy to counter the taliban efforts in this regard. you know, people, i guess, have a very short memory, in some cases, because the taliban was a very brutal regime when they were in charge in afghanistan, before 2001. but the government in afghanistan, the current government, is very much in a -- creature of habit, i guess, would be the best way to put it. and because of that, they are unwilling to not only learn what the taliban are doing but they, also, have no capacity to emulate what the taliban are doing and counter them at their own game. and because of that, they are not only incapable of achieving
victory. but they're, also, going to lose in the battle for the soul of the afghan nation and that's what we're seeing here. we are seeing them lose a very well-orchestrated campaign. we are seeing the government of afghanistan lose the territory that we and they fought so hard to -- to gain. and that's going to really create a very big, difficult-strategic situation for us, as this unfolds. >> yeah. and you know it is going to affect the most vulnerable groups in afghanistan, as well. you have to say, now, that this problem will come, again, to the doorstep of the white house. i -- i -- it's been refreshing that at least the military commanders, themselves, and the u.s. have been in the field in afghanistan and the u.s. have been very blunt that they think this could be the beginning of a civil war in afghanistan. is there anything the the biden administration can do, at this late stage? and i am talking about whether it is air support, in any way.
special operations? anything that they can do, now, strategically, even though they have pulled out, to try and turn this around? >> well, they certainly could give the afghan government a guarantee of -- of air support in what we call close-air support. for example, you know, given a scenario where kabul would be under attack. and it would be something, you know, for the united states to offer that to the current-afghan government. but my understanding is that the president of the united states is actually refused to do that and that, also, weakens the hand of the afghan government. other things that we could do is provide a concerted stream of intelligence to the afghan forces. and allow them to use actionable intelligence, that the united states and its allies have gathered in afghanistan. but i don't think we have integrated them very well into our, what we call, our tactics, techniques, and procedures. and because of that, we are not only abandoning them but we're,
also, allowing them to fail because we're not giving them information that they could, potentially, use to defend themselves. >> and our thanks there to colonel cedric leighton for his insights. now, nigerian authorities are said to be in hot pursuit of gunmen who raided a private school and kidnapped scores of students. now, people say at least 26 students and a teacher have been rescued. officials say the attackers captured about 140 students. armed men have been targeting schools and even hospitals, for abductions for ransom. this is the tenth mass-school kidnapping in northwest nigeria since december. and we will continue to follow that story. now, england is getting ready to eliminate covid restrictions, even though cases are creeping back up. we'll ask an oxford expert why now? and if this is a dangerous plan.
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welcome back to our viewers here in the united states and around the world. i'm i'm paula newton and this is "cnn newsroom." the british prime minister says july 19th is when authorities plan to lift covid restrictions in england. tens of thousands of new infections have been recorded in recent days due to the spread of, of course, that highly-contagious delta variant. boris johnson says the ongoing effectiveness of the vaccine rollout is why his country can afford to loosen safety measures, instead of tightening them. but he stressed that the uk will, still, have to live with
this virus. >> i want to stress, from the outset, that this pandemic is far from over. it certainly won't be over, by the 19th. as we predicted in the roadmap in february, we're seeing cases rise fairly rapidly. there could be 50,000 cases detected, per day, by the 19th. and again, as we predicted, we're seeing rising-hospital admissions. and we must reconcile ourselves, sadly, to more deaths from covid. >> sobering message there. dr. peter is with me now from oxford, england. he is an infectious disease and global-health expert at the university of oxford. so, you heard boris johnson. you know, he -- he will find support for this, throughout england and beyond. the fact that, look, this is a virus we have to live with. do you believe, though, that he is moving too quickly? >> i do. it's quite a stunning reversal.
and, you know, what -- what concerns me a little bit is this kind of all-or-nothing approach that is only either all lockdowns or we have to get rid of everything. normally, we see restrictions being lifted when cases are falling. what's, of course, fairly unique about this situation is that we're currently seeing an exponential rise in cases. 25,000 a day and climbing, quite quickly, across the uk. now, the key thing here, of course, is because the relatively high level of vaccinations. about 50% of the population. it's weakened the so-called link between cases and hospitalizations. so hospitalizations are rising, but low. i think the government is really betting on the idea that we can tolerate a steep rise in cases, without seeing pressure on the health system. or -- or a steep rise in deaths. and frankly, really, thinking about this and why we would even remove mask mandates, which are demonstrated to significantly slow the spread. is, i think, the government is really betting on the vaccines to work. but saying, look, a third wave is here. we're better off letting as many
nonvaccinated people get affected as possible now, rather than in the fall and winter during flu season, when it could be more difficult. i think that's a fairly significant gamble. >> yeah, that is quite a gamble. especially, because we heard boris johnson, himself, say there that he expected a sharp rieds rise in cases and for that to continue. what makes this even more worrisome, though, is news out of israel that -- that vaccines, at least so far, they feel, in that country seem to now be a bit less effective against severe disease, now. they are saying much of that is owing to the delta variant. how alarmed do you think all of us should be about this? >> well, the delta variant is, quickly, becoming the dominant strain not just in the uk and israel but really across the world. and israel -- excuse me, india, showed us what happens when delta spreads in a setting of low vaccination. israel and the uk, now, are case studies for what to expect in high-vaccination countries. and it is significant that, you
know, the vaccines are still effective and i want to emphasize that. very effective. particularly, at preventing hospitalization and death. however, vaccines are comparatively less effective against the delta variant. and so, that number that we just heard in this new report out of israel, at about 64% effectiveness of the pfizer vaccine, is concerning, right? because it is only about a third. and so, what you worry about in a setting like what we're facing in the uk, as -- as cases start to rise predominantly in the younger portion of the population, is how much is transmission then gonna come back into the population of folks who have, already, been vaccinated? and i think the -- you know, we're going to find out. to me, there is a little bit too much uncertainty to take this fairly brazen approach. >> yeah. especially, given the new warning from the israeli government there. i don't have a lot of time left. but i have to ask you. um, you know, this is going to appeal to many people who just want to get on with life. and -- and i put it to you that, in the uk and elsewhere,
thousands of people did, unfortunately, die from respiratory viruses, flu, what have you, every year. >> well, certainly, that's true. but if you think about that, you know, we're not facing -- we weren't facing the growth potential of a virus like covid-19 and that this has been the largest peacetime mass-casualty event in well over a century. and, of course, we are not facing that same level of risk that we were back in early 2020. but this is far from over. i know everybody is tired. everybody wants to get back to normal. everyone wants this to be over. but just wishing it to go away isn't gonna make it go away and i think we need to continue to work together, as individuals but also, i think, as government to take responsibility to continue to manage this pandemic. >> yeah, and when you consider you won't even have to have a mask, perhaps, on public transport in england, that certainly is sobering. doctor peter, thanks so much. appreciate it. >> thank you. now, teenagers under arrest in hong kong are being accused of terrorism.
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just hours ago, hong kong police announced they had foiled a suspected-bomb plot and arrested nine suspects. six of them, high school students. police say, they were targeting courts and transportation facilities, but had yet to make any explosives. authorities say, they seized these materials and weapons which, apparently, included an operations manual for an attack this month. we want to get straight to kristie lu stout who's been following this developing story from hong kong. now, what can you tell us about this investigation? because it's just so startling. six high school students. >> yeah. it is startling development, especially during this time of tightening-chinese control and deepening polarization here in hong kong. hong kong police had a press conference earlier today said that they had thwarted a
suspected-terror plot after arresting nine people, including six teenagers. on suspicion of terrorist offenses under the national security law. they say the nine people rented a hos tell in the area of hong kong where they intended to create homemade bombs. according to hong kong police, they say they intended to target public facilities including public transport and courts, as well as cross-tunnel -- across harbor tunnels. of the nine who were arrested, five are men. four are women. six, again, high school students. teenagers. all of these individuals are believed to be part of an independence for hong kong organization called returning valiant, which is active on social media platforms, including facebook. here's steve lee, the senior superintendent of hong kong police, giving more details about the arrests and the operation. >> translator: to establish a homemade lab.
to manufacture improvised-explosive devices in the middle of a busy city is very insane. i think everyone would agree with that. it's very irresponsible. it's very painful to see young people getting involved. it's a heinous act to lure young people into participating in this kind of activity. >> reporter: as for who was funding this operation, hong kong police would only say that the main source of financing the operation was arrested by hong kong police. now, these arrests coincide with ongoing claims by the leadership here in hong kong that terrorism remains a threat, despite the imposition for over a year, now, of the national security law. we heard from carrie lam earlier today who warned of underground-terrorist activity. paula. >> okay, thanks so much for staying on top of this story. kristie lu stout there for us live from hong kong. philippine officials have ordered a probe into sunday's deadly military plane crash. on monday, president rodrigo duterte visited the camp where the dead and dozens of wounded have been taken.
the plane was carrying troops to an island in the southern philippines when it maissed the runway and crashed. it is the country's worst-military air disaster, in decades. and i want to thank you for joining us here, on "cnn newsroom." if you are an international viewer, world sport is next. if you are watching right here, in the united states, i will be right back with more news. (man) so when in doubt, just say, "let me talk to my manager." next, carvana's 100% online shopping experience. oh, man. carvana lets people buy a car-- get this-- from their couch. oh, how disruptive. no salesman there to help me pick out the car i need. how does anyone find a car on this site without someone like us checking in? she's a beauty, huh? oh, golly! (laughter) i can help you find the color you want. that sounds nice. let me talk to my manager. (vo) buy your next car 100% online. with carvana.
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search crews say they now have safe access to the entire-debris field in that florida building collapse. now, the remaining part of the champlain towers south building was demolished late sunday. the miami-dade mayor says the pile of rubble next to the building was all that was holding it up. since then, four more bodies have been recovered. bringing the death toll to 28. surfside's mayor says the search for the 117 people, still, missing will continue until everyone is found. >> now that the damaged building is down, is -- the site is
staffed with a tremendous amount of search -and-rescue workers. the heavy equipment is, now, able to move around the site, as needed. we're operating at 100% capacity. and i'm very excited about that. and i believe, i sense that the families were, too. >> now, a high-rise building in san francisco is under renewed scrutiny after the florida condo collapse. millennium tower, the city's tallest residential building, has been sinking for years. cnn's dan simon has details. >> reporter: with its soaring panoramic views and world-class amenities, the millennium tower in downtown san francisco opened to great fanfare in april of 2009. at 58 stories, it's the city's tallest-residential building with over 400 multimillion-dollar units. among its early residents, former-nfl quarterback and 49ers icon, joe montana.
>> it was billed as one of the top-ten most luxurious buildings in the world. >> it had its own gym. its own pool. its own theater. >> reporter: they paid more than 4 million for their condo on the 50th floor. five years later, they received the troubling news, the high rise was not only sinking, it was also tilting, as illustrated in this now-infamous video. >> it was the very first time we did it. he got the marble out and said i am going to roll this and see what it does. it rolls about 10 feet out. slows to a stop. and then, turns around and starts rolling back and picks up speed as it goes past him. >> and so, it's like oh, my god. >> 60 minutes called this 2017 segment the leaning tower of san francisco. and showed the alarming stress gages and cracks in the building's basement. the millennium's current engineer record, telling cnn that as of today, the building has now sunk and tilted, 18 inches. >> this morning, my office filed a lawsuit against the developer of the millennium tower.
>> reporter: after years of lawsuits, hearings, and finger pointing, a retro fit announced last october will anchor the building to bedrock, which, to the duration of critics, had not been done originally. instead, the foundation was built in the deep sand. experts determined that adjacent projects and a process called dewatering, had weakened the soil under the tower. causing it to sink. the high-profile ordeal may be all the more relevant in the wake of the surfside catastrophe, with questions arising whether some of the nation's buildings might possibly be at risk. >> these people were lying in bed, comfortably, at night with no warning, whatsoever. and our hearts just go out to them. >> when you have a high rise, that collapses, and you had a situation in san francisco where you had a high rise that was sinking and tilting. it affects people's peace of mind. >> reporter: attorney neil mccarthy represented about a hundred of the tower's residents who saw their property values plummet. he said under an agreed settlement, residents received a
sig ni signi significant portion of their loss. in a statement to cnn, millennium's engineer said any potential comparisons would be quote reckless and premature. adding that the building was designed with aergtd quake resistance, remains safe, and is no no danger of collapse. the $100 million fix is set to be completed next year but frank and andrew won't be there to see its completion. >> we got out our suitcases. we put everything in. and we left. >> even with all the problems, people, of course, continue to buy and sell units inside the building. and as for that $100 million project that's underway. it is not designed to repair any damage, according to the plan. but it is designed to prevent the building from sinking, any further, and to recover some of the tilt. how much? about 50% over the next couple of decades. dan simon, cnn, san francisco. america is in the middle of a deadly surge in gun violence. # at least 150 people were killed by gun violence in more
than 400 shootings, across the country, during the fourth of july holiday weekend. that's according to data compiled by the gun violence archive. and these numbers are expected to rise, as more data comes in. cnn's josh campbell has more. >> reporter: an incredibly violent fourth of july weekend across the united states as we continue to see this deadly wave of shooting after shooting from coast to coast. according to data compiled by the gun violence archive, at least 150 people were killed by gun violence in more than 400 shootings across the country since friday as major cities nationwide confront a surge in violent crime. just a few examples. in fort worth, texas, eight people were injured sunday morning in a shooting near a car wash after an argument transpired between a group of men, one of whom opened fire towards a group of people. most of the victims are believed to be innocent bystanders, police say. in norfolk, virginia, four children were shot on friday afternoon, including a 6-year-old girl.
the victims also included a 14-year-old boy, a 16-year-old boy, and a 16-year-old girl. norfolk police say an investigation into the incident is ongoing. in dallas, texas, police responding to two separate shootings on july 4th, one of which involved five men who were shot. three victims were pronounced dead at a nearby hospital. one victim had been shot multiple times in a street disturbance, authorities said. in chicago, 14 people were killed including a national guard member. that according to cnn affiliate wls. this over the weekend during various incidents of gun violence in that city. two police officers were wounded while dispersing a crowd. of course these are more than just statistics. we're talking about people, and the body count from america's gun violence epidemic continues to rise seemingly with no end in sight. josh campbell, cnn, los angeles. now, america's violent weekend also included a fatal shooting on a golf course here in georgia. now, police are still looking for the suspect who drove onto the course saturday in a pickup
truck and fatally shot 41-year-old pro golfer gene siller. two bodies were later discovered in the bed of the truck, both dead from apparent gunshot wounds. cnn's ryan young has more. >> he was a peaceful dude. he built community. >> reporter: a golf pro and two others dead after a bizarre end on a country club golf course in ken saw, just north of atlanta. witnesses say a man who police are still looking for drove a white pickup truck onto the course. golf pro gene siller went to see what was going on and was shot near the 10th hole. >> when it happened, it was all in the moment. you know, fourth of july, you're thinking fireworks and it's not fireworks and there's a guy on the ground. >> reporter: police say 41-year-old siller was found with an apparent gunshot wound to the head and pronounced dead at the scene. >> a really nice guy, greeted
everyone. treated everyone with respect, you know. really good guy. >> reporter: officers then made another shocking discovery. inside the bed of the truck parked on the green, the bodies of two men both with apparent gunshot wounds. police identified one of the victims as paul pierson, the registered owner of the dodge ram pickup truck. the other victim has yet to be identified and police haven't said the victims knew each other. officials have said little about the suspect but nearby kennesaw state university sent out an emergency alert to students and faculty n. a series of tweets, the school's emergency management department described the suspect as an hispanic male with long hair, 6'1", 170 pounds, with a darker complexion, wearing a white or tan t-shirt, work pants, and possibly a hat. investigators are still trying to figure out if it was a targeted or random incident. >> it concerns me that no police officer has been down our
driveway. maybe there's more news out there they know about that has leveled the concern in their eyes. but it does concern me. >> reporter: in a statement, pga's president said, quote, we are truly heartbroken to hear about the senseless murder that took place yesterday in pine tree country club in georgia that took the life of gene siller. a gofundme page has been set up for siller's family. he leaves behind a wife and two young children. >> it didn't hit me until later that this happened at our country club. still can't believe it. >> reporter: many of the community members here tell me they are fans of the law enforcement officers who work in this neighbor. they're not used to needing them for something like this. they want to see more of them patrolling the neighborhood after an incident like this. if you look over my shoulder, you can see the track marks that lead toward the water that's apparently where this incident took place. then over here, you can see the flowers over my shoulder. that's apparently where either some family and friends gathered a little earlier to put something down as a memorial to
that fallen golf pro. this really has shaken this neighborhood. reporting in kennesaw, georgia, ryan young, cnn. the ceo of a widely used software vendor says it's hard to gauge the full impact of a major ransomware attack on his company. the u.s.-based firm keseya said fewer than 1,500 businesses around the world have been faf affected by the recent breach. the company says it met with the fbi and cybersecurity authorities monday night. experts say it's likely one of the largest supply chain attacks from a non-nation state ever, and hackers are getting just more aggressive. the white house is urging companies to report if their systems have been compromised as more americans return to work today after the fourth of july holiday. movie fans and hollywood stars are remembering accomplished producer and director richard donner. he died monday at age 91.
donner had a remarkable six-decade career making so many beloved movies, including "superman" and the goonies. steven spielberg remembered donner as all heart, all the time, and gifted across so many genres. donner also helped bring new life to the buddy movie with his work on the "lethal weapon" franchise. he also directed classic episodes of "the twilight zone" early in his career, including "nightmare at 20,000 feet," starring a very young william shatner. and that does it for me here on "cnn newsroom." i'm paula newton. rosemary church will pick things up after a quick break.
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