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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 checkpoint. 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 on the economy and american jobs. riveting testimony in the trial of former minneapolis police officer derek chauvin, charged with killing george floyd. a veteran homicide detective testifying today, telling the 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. good evening, everyone.
thanks so much for joining us on a very busy friday night. i'm linsey davis, in for david. a t get an we with that deadly tack's cr a man drove on to the capitol grounds, plowing into two capitol police officers, then g gettin out and threatening them with a knife. officers opening fire, killing the driver. but sadly one of the capitol officers has also lost his life. the blue sedan coming to a stop against a security barrier. investigating poring over the scene. other capitol police officers responding to the violent intrusion. guard. capitol workers ordered to shelter in place. a helicopter seen landing outside of a window. officer william "billy" evans rushed to the hospital, but he coulbe ssi escorting his body at the hospital. at the capitol, the flag lowered to half-staff once again, less than three months after the capitol siege. abc's chief justice
correspondent pierre thomas leads us off tonight from the capitol. >> reporter: tonight, another 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 came with the capitol still haunted by the echoes of the january 6th insurrection. reacting to the emergency, the d.c. national guard deployed 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 throughout the buildings but stay away from exterior windows and doors. >> reporter: law enforcement urgently working to determine the motive tonight. sources identifying the suspect as noah green, described as an african-american male in his 20s. >> it does not appear that he is known to the capitol police or the metropolitan police department at this time. >> reporter: tonight, president biden ordering flags lowered to half-staff, releasing a statement saying he is "heartbroken" over the attack. another horrific day for the capitol police, who lost officer
brian sicknick less than three 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 thomas joins us now from the capitol. pierre, officials are still searching for a motive in this deadly attack. but they say this time it does not appear to be terrorism related? >> reporter: linsey, tonight at the crime scene, authorities say no obvious ties to terrorism so far. but we're told they're dissecting this young man's life, looking at his recent communications and associations. it's early, linsey, so nothing is concrete. >> so very early. pierre, our thanks to you. as we head into the second easter weekend in this pandemic, some good news tonight in the race between the variants and the vaccine. the cdc is revising its travel guidance for people who are
fully vaccinated saying that they can travel safely as long as they take the usual precautions in public, including using a mask. tonight the nation has topped the 100 million dose milestone for the first time. an average of 3 million shots a day. as more people get vaccinated, more people are returning to work. 916,000 jobs were added in march. unemployment ticking down to 6%. still certainly a long way to go. here's abc'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 low risk based 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 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, promising signs of an economic recovery. the country adding 916,000 jobs in march. leisure and hospitality leading the way with 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 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: and tonight, there is optimism that more moments like this one are around the corner. >> there they are. >> here they come. >> oh, my god, he's big. 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 reshef joins us now from the javits center. a mass vaccination site here in
new york. today, johnson & johnson announced their vaccine trial now includes adolescents? >> reporter: that's right, linsey. johnson & johnson is expanding its vaccine trial to children ages 12 to 17. pfizer and moderna are already doing this. experts say this could mean that children as young as 12 could be vaccinated by the fall. >> erielle, thank you. day five in the trial of derek chauvin in the death of george floyd. potentially devastating testimony about chauvin's 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 an exclusive first interview with one of the witnesses. former store clerk christopher martin. abc's alex perez on the story again for us tonight. >> i do. >> 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 still right at the surface there.
alex perez joins us now from minneapolis. 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 really seemed to strike a chord with the jury. his matter of fact condemnation of chauvin's actions, many of those jurors were taking notes and looking intently. during the defense cross-examination, they argued that during officer's training, they're allowed to, quote, have improvisation when necessary. >> alex, thanks so much. and now that into matt gaetz and new reports matt gaetz is being investigated for allegedly making payments to women in exchange for sex. the justice department is already investigating whether he had a relationship with an underage girl, possibly violating sex traffic laws. congressman gaetz is denying the allegations. abc's mary bruce has more. >> reporter: tonight, stunning new allegations that florida republican matt gaetz paid women
for sex. abc news 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. >>te asman for the congressman telling "the times" gaetz 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. now, no charges have been filed against the congressman. he is facing calls to step down, though. and today, his own communications director resigned. linsey? >> mary, thank you. next tonight, exclusive images from the southern border. and the new reports that the number of migrants in cbp custody is reaching numbers we haven't seen in 15 years. authorities are racing to protect the flood of unaccompanied minors. one facility in donna, texas, expanding six-fold in recent days. abc national correspondent matt gutman is there. >> reporter: tonight, that exclusive aerial view of the sprawling complex the federal government is building primarily to house the thousands of additional migrant young
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. this area alone in this bridge area and in this brush has seen 70,000 migrants come through 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. linsey, we're learning that just
in the month of march, over 170,000 migrants were apprehended at the border. a 15-year high. and the numbers are only forecast to increase. linsey? >> matt gutman, thanks so much. 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 republican governor calling it a cancel culture move. and there are some surprising reactions to boycotts from leading georgia democrats. abc's steve osunsami is in atlanta. >> 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 believe that the new rules are voter suppression, saying, "i have decided that the best way to demonstrate our values as a sport is by relocating this year's all-star game and mlb draft." >> 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, they're 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 she says she still commends the league for speaking out. georgia's governor says this state will not be bullied. and tonight there are dozens of statehouses across the country considering similar measures. this action certainly puts them all on notice. linsey? >> certainly does. steve osunsami reporting in from atlanta, thanks so much, steve. when we come back, seven detention officers fired for a deadly incident inside a jail. what the sheriff is saying tonight. if you have obstructive sleep apnea and you're often tired during the day, you could be missing out on amazing things. sunosi can help you stay awake for them.
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you're the best mailman in the world. congrats, tim. gone fishing. >> it's been probably the most love i've felt and gratitude, ever. you know? >> reporter: one last delivery, and good-bye. >> good to see you. thanks for the signs and everything. >> you're welcome. >> reporter: and with us tonight, tim, delivering a message of gratitude. >> i can't tell you how overwhelmed i was by all the love. i hope all this is inspiration for others to get to love each other, help each other, and reach out, especially in these difficult times. >> an inspiring message for us all. thanks so much for watching. i'm linsey davis. whit johnson is here tomorrow. i'll be with you sunday. for david and all of us here, good night
if you can't come to us, we are going to bring it to you. it is more than a message. you will see if this to make sure vaccinations happen equitably in one area city. >> we cannot forget that testing is critical. >> the bay area's biggest county warns about forgetting the basics, getting tested. i am tracking a cooling trend coming into easter weekend. i will show you the details, coming up. building a better bay area, moving forward, finding solutions, this is abc7 news. as much as i wanted to say we are done, take the masks off, let's go back to our original form, i would love to do that, i can't wait for that announcement. we are just not there yet. we are getting so close.
>> we are getting so close, words from governor gavin newsom just one hour ago come shortly after we are getting back something we have missed over a year. good evening, thank you for joining us. >> today, we learn how concerts and shows could resume. a lot of the rules sound familiar. capacity limits, physical distancing, and proof of vaccination or negative test results for coronavirus. the specifics vary based on what color tier the county is in. some areas are in the orange or red. new assignments are announced on tuesday. they are based based based base positivity rates. the benchmarks vary based on how much progress the state has made on vaccines. >> it is important to pay attention to those metrics. that's why we assign reporters to cover those. we will begin with our reporter who looked into what communities are doing