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tonight, the deadly mass shooting at an office complex and what authorities have just revealed. they say the suspect locked the gates to keep people from getting out. the horror unfolding on a bystander's livestream. at least four people killed, including a 9-year-old boy who police believe died in his mother's arms. the gunman reportedly locking those gates with bike locks before opening fire into the windows with a semiautomatic weapon. and what we're now learning about the 44-year-old suspect and any relationship to the victims. the derek chauvin trial and the death of george floyd. tonight, the paramedics now taking the stand. one of them saying when he arrived on scene and got closer, "i thought he was dead." and what we heard from george floyd's girlfriend about their struggle with opioids.
the coronavirus here in the u.s. and tonight, the alarming new number. new cases up 17% in just two weeks in this country. and dr. jha telling us tonight it's now a race between the vaccines and the variants. and that the variants are pulling ahead. and the mayor headline tonight involving the pfizer vaccine. %-p? what the new data shows. and the horrifying scene in brazil tonight. our correspondent where the burials are happening around the clock because of the coronavirus, as that country records nearly 4,000 deaths in a single day. the embattled president recently telling people there to stop whining. victor oquendo from sao paulo. president biden holding his first cabinet meeting today, appointing five cabinet members to now sell his $2 trillion infrastructure plan, rebuilding bridges and roads and he says creating millions of new jobs. the white house now arguing democrats and many republican voters will be behind this.
the dangerous weather as we head into the easter weekend. near whiteout conditions causing this massive pileup, as frigid temperatures move in across the eastern u.s. and with easter nearly here, the woman who hasn't been able to make it to church in this pandemic. but that hasn't stopped her dressing for it. her message of gratitude tonight. she is america strong. good evening and it's great to have you with us here on a thursday night. and we begin with that awful mass shooting, the third now in less than three weeks in this country. authorities in front of the cameras just a short time ago. this time, at an office complex in orange, california. five shot, four people killed, including a 9-year-old boy. police have said they believe he might have died in his mother's arms. the first calls coming in of shots fired around 5:30 last night, west coast time.
reporting active gunfire as the first officers arrived. a bystander livestreaming as teams rushed to the scene. today, the authorities said the suspect locked the gates at that complex with bike locks, trapping those inside before firing into the windows. police firing at him from outside. cutting the lock, they then found the gunman injured inside and the bodies of the four who did not survive. and then, of course, the images of loved ones, of neighbors comforting one another as investigators worked into the night. police say this was not a random act of violence, that the gunman knew the victims. again, authorities taking questions just moments ago and abc's kaylee hartung on the scene in california tonight. >> you should be careful. they're shooting. there's a shootout. you should back up. >> reporter: the horrific scene in orange, california, unfolding on a bystander's livestream. >> there is about ten gunshots and cops are running right there. look at that. >> reporter: officers running to this office complex. police say the gunman used bicycle locks to seal off the building's courtyard before his
rampage, killing two women and a man in three separate locations. also shooting another woman and killing a 9-year-old boy in the courtyard. >> and it appears that a little boy died in his mother's arms as she was trying to save him during this horrific massacre. >> sounds like we have shots fired. let's make sure we have a good staging location. >> reporter: police engaging in a shootout with the gunman, then using bolt cutters to break the locks. >> once they were able to gain access in there, they immediately found the suspect. they took him into custody. >> reporter: this video shows police pulling someone out of the complex. the shooter identified as 44-year-old aminadab gaxiola gonzalez. >> the motive, as far as we know, is just a personal and business relationship that has gone south. >> reporter: and not a random act of violence? >> absolutely correct. not a random act of violence. >> and kaylee hartung with us tonight from the scene. and kaylee, we know officials say the alleged gunman knew his victims, but do we know anything more at this hour if these were
family members or professional colleagues? >> reporter: well, david, authorities haven't yet identified any of the victims for us, but they say each of them had a personal or a professional relationship with the gunman. and just moments ago, orange police sharing this surveillance photo with us as the suspect carried out the attack. you see that semiautomatic handgun and in that backpack slung over his shoulder, officials say they recovered ammunition, handcuffs and pepper spray. david, the district attorney here says he will pursue the death penalty. david? >> just one more awful scene in this country. kaylee hartung leading us off tonight. kaylee, thank you. the other major headline tonight, chilling new testimony in the trial of former police derek chauvin in the death of george floyd. paramedics, first responders who arrived on the scene, taking the stand today. seth bravinder saying when he saw the officers on top of floyd, that he thought floyd must be resisting, but then said that he saw he wasn't moving or breathing. his partner derek smith saying when he got closer to george floyd, he thought he was dead.
george floyd's girlfriend, courteney ross, also testifying today about their struggle with opioids. abc's alex perez again tonight from minneapolis. >> reporter: today, paramedic seth bravinder testifying that when the ambulance arrived on the scene, he thought police were still wrestling with george floyd. >> multiple officers on top of the patient when we pulled up at that point. i assumed that there was potentially some struggle still because they were still on top of him. >> reporter: but when he got out of the ambulance, he realized that wasn't the case. >> i didn't see any breathing or movement or anything like that. >> did he appear to be unresponsive to you at that point in time? >> from what i could tell just standing from a distance, yes. >> reporter: the other paramedic derek smith approached floyd. >> the officers were still on him when i approached. >> and what did his condition appear to be to you overall? >> in lay terms, i thought he was dead. >> reporter: you can see smith here, taking floyd's pulse, former officer derek chauvin still with his knee on floyd's neck.
the paramedic testifying floyd had no heartbeat and wasn't breathing. and that police were doing nothing to help. >> there were no medical services being provided to the patient. >> reporter: in the ambulance, smith says he tried his best to save floyd. >> he's a human being and i was trying to give him a second chance at life. >> reporter: but it was too late. >> when i showed up, he was deceased and when i dropped him off at the hospital, he was still in cardiac arrest. >> reporter: after the ambulance left, chauvin got a call from his supervisor sergeant david pleoger. he had heard from a concerned 911 dispatcher who was watching the scene play out over security camera. she testified that she thought the video had frozen because the officers were on top of floyd for so long. she says she knew something was wrong. and called the sergeant. >> you can call me a snitch if you want to. and all of them sat on this man, so, i don't know if they needed you or not. >> reporter: the sergeant then calling chauvin. this is what chauvin told him. >> we just had to hold a guy down. he was -- was going crazy.
>> reporter: but the sergeant testified that in that phone call, chauvin never told him he had pinned floyd down with a knee on his neck. today the jury also hearing from floyd's girlfriend of three years, courteney ross. >> we saw each other as much as we possibly could. >> reporter: she acknowledged they abused prescription drugs. >> it's a classic story of how many people get addicted to opioids. we both suffer from chronic pain. mine was in my neck and his was in his back. we got addicted and tried really hard to break that addiction many times. >> reporter: under cross examination, she confirmed floyd was hospitalized after an overdose in march. >> and it was your belief that mr. floyd started using again about two weeks prior to his death, correct? >> i noticed a change in his behavior, yes. >> reporter: the defense argues
drugs contributed to floyd's death. and today, chauvin's attorney also seeming to imply that in floyd's final moments, when he called out "mama," he was actually calling for his girlfriend. >> you and floyd, mr. floyd, excuse me, i'm assuming, like most couples, had pet names for each other? >> yes. >> and what was his name for you? i mean, what were you saved -- let me strike that. what were you saved in his phone as? >> mama. >> reporter: the prosecutor quickly trying to dismantle that theory that floyd was calling for his girlfriend and not his mother. >> what did he call his mother, what did he refer to her as? >> he called her mama, too. >> that moment getting a lot of alex perez with us again tonight from minneapolis and alex, i want to get back to the paramedics and what were prosecutors trying to do today with testimony from the first responders, all echoing one another. one paramedic saying he thought george floyd was dead.
>> reporter: yeah, david, prosecutors are trying to prove that george floyd died on the scene. those emts and a fire captain all testifying that they believe he was dead when they arrived. their testimony helping to hammer home two key points that the prosecutor is trying to prove to the jury. that derek chauvin assaulted floyd and that his actions killed him. david? >> alex perez live in minneapolis tonight. alex, thank you. now to the coronavirus in this country, and the alarming new number tonight. cases up 17% in just the past two weeks. dr. jha telling us, it is now a race between the vaccines and the variants. and that the variants are pulling ahead. and news tonight on that troubling human error at a factory set to produce the johnson & johnson one-shot vaccine. likely effecting millions of future doses. dr. fauci on that tonight. and the numbers. 99,088,000 people with at least one dose. 38% of all adults in the country. and the major news tonight involving the pfizer vaccine. how long is it effective after you get that second shot?
what the new data shows. and here's abc's erielle reshef tonight. >> reporter: tonight, the race to vaccinate a country facing an alarming rise in the coronavirus. cases up 17% in the last two weeks with hospital admissions climbing. >> eventually i think the vaccines will win this race, but right now the variants are pulling ahead, and while we've got a lot of vaccinations happening, it's not going to be enough. >> reporter: in michigan today, the first confirmed case of the brazilian variant, as cases of the uk variant are surging. beaumont health now expanding its covid units after the number of patients quadrupled, many of them younger and unvaccinated. >> when you take an at-risk population with at-risk behaviors and a virus that's more transmissible, it's really a perfect storm. >> reporter: tonight, more evidence of the power of vaccines. pfizer reporting six months after the second dose, the vaccine was at least 91% protective against symptomatic disease and 95% protective against severe disease.
the pfizer vaccine also appears to work against the worrisome south african variant. but johnson & johnson is facing fresh scrutiny after an ingredient mixup at a baltimore manufacturing plant, potentially ruined about 15 million future doses. >> it's really quite unfortunate that about 15 million doses now are not going to be able to be used. but you do have checks and balances and you see that. and that's the reason why the good news is that it did get picked up. >> reporter: the mistake at bioemergent caught weeks ago during a quality control check. the fda saying there was no risk to anyone already vaccinated and none of the ingredients in question made their way into final doses. johnson & johnson insists it's still on track to deliver 100 million doses by the end of may. today, thousands of excited fans filling into stands for baseball's opening day. each stadium with its own safety protocol. at yankee stadium, temperature checks and proof of vaccination or a negative test required.
but the texas rangers will reopen their ballpark at full capacity. the president calling it a mistake. >> i think it's a mistake. they should listen to dr. fauci and the scientists and the experts. and -- but i think it's not responsible. >> reporter: today's game between the mets and the washington nationals postponed due to contact tracing after a nationals player tested positive. >> all right, so, let's get right to erielle reshef tonight. and erielle, just to underscore why authorities in this country are so concerned talking about those variants that are still spreading, just north of the border tonight, in ontario, canada, they are now facing another wave of the virus and they are now having a formal shutdown yet again? >> reporter: that's right, david. officials in ontario say they will head into a four-week shutdown, starting on saturday. they say they are pulling the emergency brake due to the rapidly spreading variants. david? >> all right, erielle reshef with us tonight. erielle, thank you. and we stay on this tonight and the horrifying scene in brazil at this hour.
that country recording nearly 4,000 deaths in a single day from the virus. burials taking place around the clock. the embattled president recently telling people there to stop whining. abc's victor oquendo where they're burying victims into the night. he's in sao paulo tonight. >> reporter: tonight, images of gravediggers in brazil working around the clock, burials in the dark of night, telling the story of a country in crisis. brazil's covid-19 death toll is staggering. a record 3,780 lives lost in a single day this week. more than 315,000 dead over the last year. this is just one of the covid sections inside the largest public cemetery in sao paulo, and the reality here, they just can't keep up. they are digging new graves every day from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and it's not just happening here, but across brazil. latin america's biggest country, the epicenter of the pandemic. much of the blame falling on embattled president jair bolsonaro, who has criticized lockdowns, denied science and lashed out at leaders who defy
him. who himself tested positive for covid-19 and recently told brazilian people to, quote, stop whining about the death toll. now the health care system is on the brink of collapse, with the highly contagious p-1 variant running rampant, especially among younger people. just this week, brazilian officials announcing they've detected another new variant. >> we don't have enough space, enough beds, enough oxygen, enough medications for all these people with this variant. >> reporter: the rapidly spreading virus severely outpacing vaccine distribution. just over 2% of the population is fully vaccinated so far. maria de jesus' 22-year-old son renan was stuck on a waiting list for an icu bed in sao paulo. by the time he received treatment for the coronavirus, it was too late. he died two weeks ago. now telling us she doesn't want anyone to suffer the way she is now. tell her i wish i could give her a hug right now.
>> this pandemic ravaging brazil. and victor joins us now from sao paulo. just devastating, that reporting there. and what do you do in a country with skyrocketing cases and deaths and a president who told the people there to stop whining, even as numbers worsen? >> reporter: david, there's no easy answer in a country that is now on its fourth minister of health since the start of the pandemic. but the president is changing his tune a little bit, with an election around the corner. he is now scrambling to buy as much vaccine as possible. what health officials tell me is so frustrating, brazil has the capacity to widely distribute vaccine, they just don't have the supply. david? >> really important reporting tonight. victor, thank you. back here at home tonight, and president biden holding his first cabinet meeting today, appointing five cabinet members to lead the effort now to sell his massive new infrastructure plan, to rebuild bridges and roads across this country. and the president says creating millions of new jobs in the process. the white house arguing tonight democrats and republican voters, they say, will be behind this. in washington, though,
republican leaders already fighting this. let's get right to our senior white house correspondent mary bruce live at the white house tonight. mary, what's the latest? >> reporter: well, david, the president knows it is going to be an uphill battle to pass this, so today at his first socially distanced cabinet meeting, biden announced those fife secretaries who will be leading this charge, selling the plan to the public, but also engaging with congress, and they face a huge task ahead of them. even uniting democrats behind this plan could be a real challenge. as for republicans, leader mcconnell today said bluntly, this will not get their support. republicans are opposed to biden's plans to raise taxes on large corporations and the most wealthy. but the president is challenging them to come up with an alternative, saying if they agree on the need to invest in infrastructure, then what's their plan to pay for it? david? >> mary bruce tonight at the white house. mary, thank you. and when we come back here, the massive pileup and ice and snow. the major system. and now the frigid temperatures moving in just as we start the holiday weekend. there's also news tonight coming in on a beloved college
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something to celebrate in san francisco and across california. vaccine eligibility is expanding and people are jumping at the chance.'s fair my worry is we will gave the virus a chance to develop mutations that we will get around vaccines. >> the races on a to get enough people vaccinated before their variance overtake the effectiveness. >> it is the second consecutive day of near record warmrecord wm transfer at rack baseball is back and soon, fans will be in these very seats. a big game tonight, the a's and astros. we will have a preview coming up. you want to go to a giants game? you better have proof of a covid vaccination or a negative test. details coming up. building
a better bay area moving forward finding solutions. this is abc 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 million people became newly eligible for the shot. will they be able to get it time. good evening and thank you for joining us. the vaccines our best chance at beating back the pandemic but they are in the race against a variance. will changes to the coronavirus outpace the ability to ourselves? >> we need people to hold on for a little