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thank you so much for joining us on today's interactive show, getting answers. today we talked allergies and covi tonight, breaking news as we come on the air. reports of multiple people shot. a deadly shooting at an office and news coming in on the coronavirus tonight. the vaccination sites halted over concern after reactions from one of the vaccines. first, the deadly shooting at that office complex. the call of shots fired coming in late today. police and multiple ambulances rushed to the scene. several victims take on the the hospital tonight. pierre thomas standing by. there was another horrific shooting, this time in south carolina. a doctor, his wife and two grandchildren among those killed. a former nfl player, the alleged suspect. police say he then killed himself. and all of this as president biden was before the cameras today urging congress to do something about the shootings in america, calling it an epidemic,
saying he will use his executive authority to create new restrictions on so-called ghost guns. what are they? and the creation of a national red flag law. what this would mean. the other major news tonight involving vaccinations in this country. at least two sites temporarily halted in north carolina tonight amid concerns a number of patients reporting adverse reactions to the johnson & johnson vaccine. it comes just one day after similar concerns at a site in colorado, also temporarily shut down. so, dr. jha is standing by tonight and we ask him, is there a reason to be concerned here? the trial of former police officer derek chauvin, the medical expert today describing george floyd's final moments, saying what floyd was subjected to would have killed a healthy person. the massive explosion at a factory in ohio. what we learned tonight. remarkable new images from the bottom of the ocean. a u.s. navy destroyer that went down more than 75 years ago.
the new forecast tonight for the upcoming hurricane season. and the letter sent to us from a viewer. we had to ask for pictures. america strong. good evening and it's great to have you with us here on a very busy thursday night. those vaccination sites temporarily halted, concern over one of the vaccines and dr. jha is here to explain what's going on. but unfortunately, we're going to begin tonight with those awful shootings today. the same day that president biden had already planned to speak about his plans for executive actions on guns and to urge congress to take action, too. we start with the scene unfolding as we come on the air tonight in bryan, texas, not far from college station. reports late today of gunfire breaking out at an office complex, we now believe this shooting was, in fact, deadly. we're still waiting to hear about the victims, many of whom were rushed to the hospital.
several are, it's believed, in critical within r conditierical. and sadly, this wasn't the only hor riffing shooting. the other in south carolina, a doctor, his wife and two of their grandchildren are among the victims there. we have both scenes covered tonight and we begin with late reporting on this unfolding situation in texas and here's our chief justice correspondent pierre thomas leading us off. >> reporter: tonight, authorities racing to reports of gunfire at a cabinet company near college station, texas. >> ems one, active shooter. kent moore cabinets manufacturing plant. >> reporter: the call coming in just after 2:30 p.m. local time. reports of a possible mass shooting. word of multiple injuries. >> one shot in the arm. >> officers responded. they found several victims and they were checking the area, checking the building, looking for more victims. >> reporter: when officers arrived at the scene, the shooter was gone. authorities believe the suspect was an employee at the plant.
four victims were transported to area hospitals in critical condition and one person died at the scene. >> so, let's get to pierre thomas tonight. and i know we just learned there is a suspect in custody tonight? >> reporter: david, we're still awaiting details. police just say they apprehended a suspect. tonight, the atf is also responding. the hard work of investigating the motive now fully under way. the question tonight, david, why? why did this happen? >> i know you're going to stay on this into the evening. pierre thomas, thank you. as i mentioned off the top tonight, there was another awful shooting, this one in south carolina. a doctor, his wife, two of their young grandchildren among the five who were killed in rock hill, south carolina. and tonight, authorities believe it was a former nfl player who killed them before killing himself. tonight, we have the family picture of that doctor and wife. they had many grandchildren and you can see the two there behind them who authorities say were victims in this, too. along with an air conditioning technician who happened to be at the home, they say also killed.
there was an hour's long standoff with police and abc's will reeve tonight in south carolina. >> reporter: tonight, authorities searching for a motive behind the horrific mass murder in the quiet town of rock hill, south carolina. >> be advised, we've got four down. four down inside the house. >> reporter: a prominent local doctor robert lesslie, his wife barbara and two grandchildren, 9-year-old adah and 5-year-old noah, gunned down in their home. outside, 38-year-old james lewis, who had been working at the property, also found dead. a coworker seriously wounded. authorities launching a desperate manhunt -- >> the description we were given was a black male, wearing black clothing, carrying something red. possible automatic gun. >> reporter: that search would lead them to a former nfl player, phillip adams, who was found barricaded inside his parents' home nearby. after an hours long standoff, police entered to find adams dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. >> intercepted by phillip adams! >> reporter: adams spent five injury-riddled seasons in the
nfl, playing for six teams and suffering at least two concussions within a three game period in 2012. he retired in 2015. adams' father, alonzo, telling a local station, wcnc, his son never bothered anybody. >> i can say he's a good kid, he was a good kid, and i think the football messed him up. >> reporter: according to reports, adams may have at one time been a patient of dr. lesslie. the fashion's friends and family left in shock by the gruesome killings. >> he was just an exceptional person. and to see this happen to his family is just tragic beyond words. >> reporter: relatives of the victims releasing a statement today, saying, "we are in the midst of the unimaginable, there are no answers that will satisfy the question 'why.'" so far, investigators unable to answer that question. >> there's nothing about this right now that makes sense to any of us. >> reporter: beloved in his community, robert lesslie founded two local urgent care centers and work gd as an e.r. doctor for decades. in a 2008 book, titled, "angels in the e.r.," lesslie wrote, "
know without a doubt that life is fragile." >> will reeve with us in south carolina tonight. i want to go back to that point you made in your report that there are unconfirmed reports that the suspect may have been a patient at some point of the doctor? >> reporter: yes, david. the suspect's father said today that he had been treated himself by dr. lesslie years ago. there are also reports that his son, phillip adams, had been treated by the doctor, as well. but police here would not confirm that today. that possibility is sure to be explored as they try to determine a motive for these killings. david? >> certainly learn more in the hours and days ahead. will reeve tonight, our thanks to you, as well. amid the news of the two shootings in the last 24 hours, president biden before the cameras today. he was urging action from congress and he'd already planned to announce this today, even before the newest shootings. the president calling gun violence and epidemic in america and a public health crisis, saying he will use his executive authority to limit so-called ghost guns.
so, what are they? and the creation of a national red flag law. and what that would mean in this country. here's our senior white house correspondent mary bruce tonight. >> reporter: as the news broke today of two more mass shootings in this country, president biden taking what he called initial steps to address the violence, while urging continue to act. >> gun violence in this country is an epidemic and it's an international embarrassment. >> reporter: the president planned to use his executive authority even before today's news, amid growing pressure after the mass shootings in atlanta and boulder. biden taking steps today to limit so-called ghost guns, kits that allow people to legally build guns at home that cannot be traced. >> anyone from a criminal to a terrorist can buy this kit in as >> reporter: the president also putting restrictions on stabilizing braces that effectively turn pistols into short-barrel rifles, like the brace used in the boulder rampage that left ten dead.
and he's directing the justice department to create a template that states can use to enact red flag laws, which allow authorities to remove firearms from people who are deemed a threat. but these actions are lipted and some gun contro advocates say the president should have taken bolder action even sooner, something he promised on the campaign trail. it is something he promised on day one. it is day 78. what's the holdup here? >> there's no holdup. legislation needs to be reintroduced. arer b are. >> reporter: the president promised to send his own plan. it's clear you're waiting, but why not put out your own bill, lead the charge on this? >> he is leading the charge by advocating for this moving forward. >> let's get to mary bruce, at thewhite house tonight. mary, as you reported there, executive actions are always limited, so, what is the likelihood here that congress will act on any of this? >> reporter: well, david, the president is calling for sweeping changes. he wants to ban assault weapons and high capacity magazines, put in place stricter background checks. our latest polling actually s shows that two-thirds of
americans say gun reforms should be a higher priority. but the reality is, there is very little appetite from republicans and even some democrats on capitol hill to act on the kinds of changes that the president wants. david? >> mary bruce live at the white house tonight. thank you, mary. the other major news tonight involves those vaccinations in this country. at least two sites tonight temporarily halted in north carolina out of an abundance of caution amid concerns that a small number of patients that reported adverse reactions to the johnson & johnson vaccine. and it comes just one day after similar concerns at a site in colorado, also temporarily shutting down. so, dr. jha is here tonight, standing by. we're going to ask him, is there reason to be concerned here? but first, whit johnson on the virus, the halt at those sites and the newest concerns over the numbers tonight. >> reporter: tonight, at least two sites in north carolina pausing operations after some people had adverse reactions to the johnson & johnson vaccine. from unc at tapele hill to pnc
arena in raleigh. officials saying the move was out of an abundance of caution. it comes just a day after 11 people at this site in colorado, of the 1,700 vaccinated yesterday, suffered adverse reactions like dizziness and nausea. that location closing but reopening today. the governor trying to reassure the public. >> a couple of people had some orange juice afterwards, maybe they were scared of needles or whatever it was. >> reporter: tonight, johnson & johnson saying in a statement, we carefully review reports of adverse events. we are collecting the necessary information to assess these reports. and the rollout of the j&j vaccine hitting another hurdle, as states brace for a nearly 85% drop in doses from about 5 million doses this week to 785,000 next week. >> there are available appointments now. they are probably not going to be available next week. >> reporter: the governor of illinois blaming the latest drop on that mixup of ingredients at a baltimore plant that potentially ruined millions of
doses that had not yet been sent out. >> 15 million doses would have been distributed over some sometime to the states and those are lost. >> reporter: but federal officials insisting production was always uneven and they still expect j and jha &j to meet itsl the end of may. this as doctors warn of a new phase in the pandemic, impacting the young and unvaccinated. >> young kids, particularly those eighth grade and younger, really are spreading this virus like we haven't seen before. >> reporter: in massachusetts, 14-year-old karissa duncan just spent six days in the icu with covid and that rare inflammatory syndrome. >> i was having trouble breathing and i had a really high temperature and my face was really red. >> reporter: karissa now working to regain her strength. and david, the cdc director says he's worried about kids, but also adults in their 30s and 40s, many still unvaccinated and more of them ending up in hospitals with severe disease. david? >> all right, whit johnson starting us off on the virus
story tonight. whit, thank you. we do have more questions on this and we know many of you at home are likely concerned about those headlines about the sites being temporarily halted, so, let's bring in dr. ashish jha, dean of the brown university school of public health. dr. jha, when you hear about the temporary shutdowns in north carolina, that semiarbitratempo shutdown in colorado, going to make people nervous. are you at all concerned tonight? >> reporter: yeah, so, david, thanks for having me on. we've given out more than 5 million doses of the j&j vaccine. this is not surprising. you're going to see these reactions. they should investigated closely. i suspect we're going to find that there isn't any systemic problem. i'm not surprised. this is such a high profile rollout, we are going to see things like this. >> let's hope they don't find a systemic problem and this is just following the guidelines to shut down temporarily. in the meantime, the other key part of whit's report, the young people across this country. and young adults in their 30s and 40s showing up at hospitals
with severe disease and the correlation, many haven't been vaccinated yet. >> yeah, absolutely. the good news is, we've vaccinated older people at a higher rate. that's terrific. it leaves vulnerable. the uk variant is a more severe form of the disease. seeing young people get hospitalized and some of them get really sick and die. so, we have to be very careful in the weeks ahead. >> all right, dr. jha, thank you. the news continues here, and now to the trial of former police officer derek chauvin. the medical expert on the stand saying what floyd was subjected to would have killed a healthy person. alex perez on the scene in minneapolis again tonight. >> reporter: the medical expert was direct and unshakable, telling the jury george floyd died because of the actions of former police officer derek chauvin -- not because of drugs or a history of heart disease. >> the cause of death is a low level of oxygen that caused the
brain damage and caused the heart to stop. >> reporter: dr. martin tobin, an expert on breathing and lung function, testifying he watched videos of floyd's final moments hundreds of times, explaining what he saw when the officers pinned floyd down on the asphalt, handyou have ccuffed. >> it's like the left side is in a vice. it was almost to an effect of a surgeon going on and removed a lung. >> reporter: tobin testifying the officer's actions interfered with central features of how we breathe. >> to understand the knee on the neck, you need to examine your own necks, all of you here in the jury, like i am doing now. >> reporter: the jury captivated and most did touch their necks as the doctor spoke. he walked them through the video, frame by frame. pointing to chauvin's body position in this image. >> what you're seeing is that the toe of his boot is no longer touching the ground. this means that all of his body weight is being directed down at
mr. floyd's neck. >> reporter: he showed how floyd struggled to stay alive. >> he's using his fingers and his knuckles against the street to try to crank up the right side of his chest. this is his only way to try and get air to get into the right lung. >> reporter: the doctor describing what happened when floyd became nonresponsive. >> the knee remains on the neck for another 3 minutes and 27 seconds after he takes his last breath. after there's no pulse, the knee remains on the neck for another 2 minutes and 44 seconds. >> reporter: and he was emphatic it was the officer's actions that killed floyd, nothing else. >> a healthy person subjected to what mr. floyd was subjected to would have died as a result of what he was subjected to. >> reporter: and david, the defense pushed back, but the doctor did not budge, telling the jury in detail how all of his research led him to the same
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finally tonight, i do love hearing from so many of you. your stories become our stories. tonight, the letter from a viewer in st. louis, missouri. it started like this. dear abc and david muir, my patients just celebrated their 72nd anniversary. my dad is in a memory care facility, my mom lives on her own. for the first time in over a year, my mom and dad got to actually touch and hug in per person. 72 years of marriage. 13 children, tons of grandchildren and a long and happy love story. my dad is 94 and my mom is 95. here they are touching for the first time. virginia and jack burn. as my mom was waiting to see my dad, she said, each minute feels like an hour. i'm as nervous as a schoolgirl.
that nervous schoolgirl right here tonight. >> oh, david. >> virginia birn from st. louis telling us about that long-awaited hug with her husband, jack. >> the lights went on again in my life. i looked into his eyes. and his eyes sparkled, as they always did when we were close together. it was a wonderful moment. i could hardly let go. >> the pictures tonight as powerful as that letter. one more couple back together. virginia and jack. that's why we do this. i'm david muir. i'll see you right back here tomorrow. good night.