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breaking news as we come on the air. the deadly attack on capitol hill. a driver ramming his car into police officers at a capitol the suspect allegedly armed with a knife, lunging at police. the suspect shot and killed by police. one of the officers also killed. police swarming the scene. the national guard deploying an immediate response force. president biden lowering the flag to half-staff. pierre thomas standing by. also making headlines this friday night, the cdc issuing new travel guidance for people now fully vaccinated. health officials say they can safely fly within the u.s. without getting tested or going into quarantine. what the cdc is also warning about tonight.
the news comes as the u.s. hits a new milestone. more than 100 million people now receiving at least one dose of the vaccine. and new numbers tonight onm police officer derek chauvin, charged with killing george floyd. a veteran homicide detective ay jury chauvin's use of force, his knee on floyd's neck for more than nine minutes, was, quote, "totally unnecessary." new allegations tonight. "the new york times" reporting florida congressman matt gaetz may have paid women for sex. the justice department also investigating whether he had a relationship with a 17-year-old girl and possibly violated sex trafficking laws. gaetz denies the accusations. today his communications director resigned. and major league baseball's power play, pulling the all-star game out of atlanta in response to georgia's restrictive new voting laws. oroing us
ve busy friday gh i'm linsey davis, in for david. a lot to get to tonight. we begin with that deadly attack at the capitol. after a man drove on to the capitol grounds, plowing into two police officers, then threatening them with a knife. officers killing the driver. but sadly, one of the officers has lost his life. the blue sedan coming to a stop against a security barrier.rrie. an immediate response force from the d.c. national guard. capitol workers ordered to shelter in place. a helicopter seen landing outside of a window. william evans rushed to the hospital, but the officer could not be safed. at the capitol, the flag lowered
to half-staff once again, less than three months after the capitol siege. pierre thomas leads us off tonight from the capitol. ep deadly attack at the u.s. capitol. authorities say a man slammed this car into a security checkpoint along constitution avenue. >> the suspect rammed his car into two of our officers and then hit the north barricade barrier. at such time, the suspect exited the vehicle with a knife in hand. our officers then engaged that suspect. he did not respond to verbal commands. >> reporter: one of the officers was fatally wounded in the encounter, and the suspect fatally shot. >> when he exited the vehicle, the knife was clearly in his hand, and he did start to run toward the officers. >> reporter: officer william
"billy" evans, an 18-year veteran, was pronounced dead at george washington university hospital. a solemn procession, a line of police cars and motorcycles, taking his body to the city medical examiner. the incident cam thetol ilunted echoes of the january 6th insurrection. reacting to the emergency, the d.c. national guard deployed in an immediate response force. soldiers and airmen sent in support of the capitol police. inside, people told to shelter in place. >> no entry or exit is permitted at this time at any building of the capitol complex. you may move around the buildings but stay away from exterior windows and doors. >> reporter: law enforcement working to derne the suspect is noah green, described as an african-american male in his 20s. >> it does not appear that he was known to the department at this time.ng he is
"heartbrerhe attack. another horrific day for the hr months ago after that vicious mob attacked the capitol. >> i ask you to please keep the united states capitol police family in your thoughts and prayers at this time. it has been an extremely difficult and challenging year for us. >> difficult, to say the least. pierre, officials are still searching for a motive. but they say this time it does not appear to be terrorsm related? >> reporter: linsey, tonight at the crime scene, authorities say no obvious ties to terrorism so far. but they're dissecting this young man's live, looking at his recent communications and associations. it's early, so nothing is concrete so far. >> pierre, thank you.
and good news in the race between the variants and the vaccine. the cdc is revising its travel guidance, saying people can travel safely as long as they take the usual prau public, as well as using a mask, as long as they're vaccinated. as more people get vaccinated, more people are returning to work. 916,000 jobs added in march. unemployment ticking down to 6%. still certainly a long way to go. here's erielle reshef. >> reporter: tonight, fresh hope for millions of americans who have been fully vaccinated. the cdc saying they can safely travel again. >> fully vaccinated grandparents can fly to visit their healthy grandkids without getting a covid-19 test or self-quarantining, provided they follow the other recommended prevention measures while traveling. >> reporter: with precautions like wearing masks, avoiding
crowds, and social distancing, travel for the fully vaccinated is now considered lori on real world studies. but the cdc says americans should still avoid non-essential travel, especially if you are unvaccinated. >> the science shows us that getting fully vaccinated allows you to do more things safely, and it's important for us to provide that guidance, even in the context of rising cases. >> reporter: and hospital admissions are now rising in 23 states too. deaths are now climbing in 11 states. in the race to slow the spread, a new vaccine milestone. more than 100 million people have gotten at least one dose. still, the president urging americans to stay vigilant. >> we're not even halfway done yet. too many americans are acting as if this fight is over. it is not. >> reporter: but with the vaccine ramp-up and federal aid recovery. the country adding 916,000 jobs in march, with leisure and hospitality leading the way and strong gains in food service and construction.
as americans head into the holiday weekend, a reminder about how to safely celebrate. the cdc recommending unvaccinated people gather only with members of their own households or outdoors six feet apart, while those who are fully vaccinated can safely gather indoors and without masks. >> if you've been vaccinated, it's pretty safe to do that. if you've not, this is probably the last holiday weekend where it's not going to be safe for unvaccinated people to mingle together. >> reporter: tonight, there is optimism that more moments like this one are around the corner. >> there they are. >> here they come. >> he's so big. >> he's a tank. >> reporter: margaret and james stephens making a road trip to knoxville, tennessee, for that long-awaited reunion with family. >> oh, i'm so glad to see you. >> reporter: a chance to meet their grandson for the first time. all the adults now vaccinated. >> hey, it's your grandpa.
>> love to see those reunions. erielle joining us now from the javits center. today, johnson & johnson announced their vaccine trial now includes adolescents? >> reporter: that's right. johnson & johnson are expanding their trial to children ages 12 to 15. that could mean that children as young as 12 could be vaccinated by the fall. >> erielle, thank you. and potentially devastating in the trial of derek chauvin for the death of george floyd about his use of force. when lieutenant richard zimmerman was asked about pressing a knee on the neck of a person who was restrained, he testified it was uncalled-for and totally unnecessary. and former
kristophclerk kristopher martin in an interview. here's alex perez. >> reporter: today the head of the minneapolis police department's homicide division, the longest-serving member of the force, testifying that what derek chauvin did to george floyd went against everything police officers have been trained to do. >> have you ever, in all the years you've been working for the minneapolis police department, been trained to kneel on the neck of someone who is handcuffed behind their back in a prone position? >> no, i haven't. if your knee is on a person's neck, that can kill them. >> reporter: lieutenant richard zimmerman went to the scene that night and reviewed the video evidence. >> what is your view of that use of force during that time period? >> totally unnecessary. >> what do you mean? >> well, first of all, pulling him down to the ground face down and putting your knee on a neck for that amount of -- that amount of time, it's just uncalled for. i saw no reason why the officers
felt they were in danger if that's what they felt. and that's what they would have to feel to be able to use that kind of force. >> reporter: the lieutenant capping a week of emotional testimony from eyewitnesses still haunted by what they saw. christopher martin was the store clerk who sold floyd a pack of cigarettes. he says floyd paid with a fake $20 bill. once he left, the store called police. martin watching, with his hands on his head, as the officers pinned floyd down. >> what was going through your mind during that time period? >> disbelief, and guilt. >> okay. why guilt? >> if i would have just not taken the bill, this could have been avoided. >> reporter: martin tells abc news that guilt lingers. >> i'm kind of like the big domino that fell, and then now all the small dominos are just scattered. >> reporter: he believes justice will be served, but still so much has been lost.
>> there is so much pain and hurt that followed that was unneeded. >> that pain right at the surface there. alex, lieutenant zimmerman was very direct on the stand today. saying what derek chauvin did to george floyd was totally unnecessary. was there any reaction from the jury at that point? >> reporter: yeah, linsey. that lieutenant's testimony seemed to strike a chord with the jury. many of the jurors were talking notes and looking intently. during the defense cross-examination, they argued that during training they're allowed to improvise. >> alex, thank you. and new reports matt gaetz is being investigated for allegedly making payments to women in exchange for
possibly violating sex trafficking laws. mary bruce has more. >> reporter: tonight, stunning new allegations that florida republican matt gaetz paid women for sex. abc new confirming reports that the justice department is investigating whether the congressman and a local florida politician gave cash, or other items of value, to multiple women who were recruited online to sleep with them. "the new york times" reporting that as recently as last year, the men allegedly told women to meet at hotels, sometimes giving them cash from the hotel's atm. and that some of the encounters reportedly involved the drug ecstasy. the inquiry is also examining whether gaetz had a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl and possibly violated sex trafficking laws. >> it is a horrible allegation and it is a lie. >> reporter: a spokesman for the congressman telling the "times" gates adamantly denies what he calls the "disgusting allegations" completely, and that he's never paid for sex. gaetz claims he's being extorted.
sources tell us that as a member of the florida house of representatives, female colleagues referred to him as "creepy gaetz" because he made them feel so uncomfortable. once in congress, sources say, gaetz allegedly boasted of his sexual encounters with women and would allegedly try to show colleagues photos and videos of naked women he claimed he'd slept with. one source saying he tried to show him video of a naked woman with a hula hoop. no charges have been filed against the congressman. he is facing calls to step down, though. and today, his communications director resigned. >> mary, thank you. and new images from the southern border. and numbers in custody are reaching numbers we haven't seen for years. one facility in texas expanding six-fold in recent days. matt gutman is there. >> reporterial vw
spwlg complex thdel migrant yngs building primarily children and teens expected. the facility so crowded, children forced to take turns sleeping on the floor. this, after often harrowing trips to the u.s. these two young children dropped over the border wall near el paso. and this 6-month-old saved by a texas ranger after authorities say she was thrown into the rio grande river by smugglers. overnight, we joined texas rangers on patrol. a lot of children's socks here that they take off as they come out of the river and make their way up this embankment. and in our aerial survey with texas' governor abbott, we saw groups of families just smuggled onto u.s. soil. th area one tbridge area a iee,000 migrants come th from mexico just since january. a couple of hundred yards away under that bridge, a temporary border patrol camp. migrants huddled in foil
blankets against the chill. we're learning that just in march, over 170,000 migrants were apprehended at the border. a 15-year high. and the numbers are only forecast to increase. linsey? >> matt, thank you. there's major fallout tonight in the battle over georgia's restrictive new voting laws. major league baseball moving the all-star game out of atlanta in protest. the governor calling it a cancel culture move. and there are some surprising reactions from georgia democrats. here's steve osunsami. >> reporter: it's a strong message tonight from major league baseball to republican lawmakers who just passed and signed new voting restrictions in georgia. baseball commissioner robert manfred jr. is siding with a good number of black americans and business leaders who lith "i have decided that the best rate our values as a sporisy locating this year's all-star ga a ra
>> major league baseball just caved to the pressure. >> reporter: this week the president came out encouraging this. >> i would strongly support them doing that. people look to them, their leaders. >> reporter: but this is money and business we're talking about, and even many georgia democrats who fought the new rules are not happy with baseball's decisions. stacey abrams, who is credited with getting more georgians to vote, says she's "disappointed" and says, "i don't want to see georgia families hurt by lost events and jobs," but says she still commends the league for speaking out. georgia's governor says this state will not be bullied. tonight, there are dozens of statehouses across the country considering similar measures. this action certainly puts them all on notice. linsey? >> steve, thank you. when we come back, seven detention officers fired for a deadly incident inside a jail. what the sheriff is saying tonight. missing out on amazing things.
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building a better bay area, moving forward, finding solutions, this is abc7 news. this disease is not taking easter weekend off. weekend off. this disease is not taking spring break off. this disease is as deadly as it has ever been. >> rates, it is not over yet. this is another warning as we head into easter weekend. good afternoon, thank you for joining us. >> we have big news, today. you could go to a concert, or a theater, or a conference in california. those indoor events can resume on april 15th. capacity will be limited. people will need to wear masks. this is in response to the
infection rate dropping. currently, the seven-day positivity rate is at 1.8%. the numbers came came came came 2400. health officials in the basal largest area county says that they are seeing a drop in testing for covid-19. they are reminding everyone, think twice about gathering in large groups for this weekend. we have one of the steps you can take to keep you and your family safe. >> reporter: with warm weather and the forecast on this holiday weekend, as misses throughout the bay area are hoping for a much-needed boost. in santa clara county, staying vigilant is top of mind. multiple covid-19 variants are concerning as the cdc has detected them in the county. it is a troubling trend as more areas reopen. dr. marty fenster schein says that covid-19 testing dropped dramatically in recent weeks. >> we are seeing a lot of variants which seem to be more