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right now on "america this morning," a deadly shooting on the set of a hollywood movie. authorities say alec baldwin discharged a gun accidentally. the new images overnight and what we're learning about the victims. also breaking overnight, the director of the cdc officially weighs in on covid vaccine booster shots. her decision and what it means for millions of americans this weekend. president biden making headlines in a town hall meeting. what he said about the filibuster, is he ready to do away with that controversial seate tradition so he can pass key legislation? gabby petito' fiance brian laundrie confirmed dead, his our expert explainshy answers.
the shocking news from the sports world. the pro soccer team signing a 4-year-old boy. redefining a hollywood getaway. new details about the longest cruise in the world. from abc news in new york, this is "america this morning." good friday morning, everyone. we begin with a deadly shooting on a hollywood movie set. >> authorities say alec baldwin accidentally shot two people during filming of his new movie in new mexico. one of them has died. >> baldwin who is also a producer on the film, was seen in these photos just moments after the shooting, visibly upset. abc's megan tevrizian has the latest. tragedy on the set of an alec baldwin movie in new mexico. >> we have a person who was shot accidentally. >> reporter: a prop gun misfiring, killing a crew member and injuring the film's director. the sheriff's office says it was baldwin who fired the gun by accident. here at the bonanza creek ranch
during the filming of the westn movie t." hours before the shooting, baldwin posted on instagram, saying back to in person at the office. blimy, it's exhausting. our new mexico station koat at the scene. >> one person has died on set, according to the santa fe county deputies. they were called to the ranch before 2:00 this afternoon. >> reporter: the 42-year-old victim identified as halyna hutchins seen here on her instagram profile was airlifted to the university of new mexico hospital, where she later died. she was working as a director of photography on the film. in her most recent post on instagram, recorded from the set, hutchins mentioned how excited she was to be on the ranch, saying, one of the perks of shooting a western is you get to ride horses on your day off. the cinematographer's guild releasing a statement overnight, we received the devastating news that one of our members halyna hutchins died from injuries sustained on the set. we support a full investigation into this tragic event.
this is a terrible loss. the other victim, 48-year-old director joel souza, was hospitalized last night in emergency care. the filming of "rust" started earlier this month at the ranch, which has been a popular hollywood filming location for decades. baldwin who stars in and produces the film, was seen on the set after the shooting distraught and on the phone. investigators are now looking into how this happened, what kind of projectile was discharged, and why the gun was loaded in the first place. andrew, mona. >> megan, thank you. police in nebraska say a man who opened fire at a grain company had recently been fired. police say after losing his job he returned to the grain elevator and shot three people, killing two of them. another employee grabbed a shotgun from an office and fatally shot the gunman. turning to the pandemic, the cdc director made it official last night. booster shots for moderna and johnson & johnson have officially received the green light and so has the mixing and matching of shots.
abc's faith abubey is here to explain what happens next. good morning. >> reporter: good morning to you, mona. millions of americans have been waiting for months now for this decision and now those eligible can start heading out as soon as today to get the booster shots. this morning, a new round of americans can start rolling up their sleeves for an extra dose of a covid vaccine. a month after recommending boosters for some who got the pfizer shots, the cdc's director dr. rochelle walensky. >> the boosters are really helpful. while the vaccines are working well and preventing severe infections, we are seeing breakthroughs and we see very clear evidence now that boosters, especially for high risk individuals, make an enormous difference in reducing those infections. >> reporter: according to the cdc, nearly 15 million americans who got the j&j shots, at least two months ago, can now get in line for boosters. those who got the moderna shots however have to wait at least six months after their initial vaccination, be at least 65
years old, or be at high risk of contracting the virus. in a much anticipated decision, the cdc also says those eligible for the extra doses can mix and match vaccine brands. in one limited study, those who got the johnson & johnson shots saw their antibodies increase four fold with the j&j booster. a 35 fold increase with the pfizer booster. with moderna, the antibodies increased 76 times. >> what we know about mixing and matching is the following. first of all, it is very safe to do. whatever set of vaccines you got first, you can get a different vaccine as a booster and it is going to work fine. >> reporter: as the race to vaccinate more americans continues, president biden at a cnn town hall thursday night saying health officials could make the vaccines available to children 5 to 11 years old within weeks. >> i spent a lot of time with the team on these things. it is likely to be approved. >> reporter: an independent fda panel is expected to weigh in on the shots for kids as soon as tuesday. but the cdc will have to make
the final decision. their advisory panel is expected to meet in early november. mona? >> faith, thank you. the effort to strike a deal on president biden's massive spending package appears to be getting more contentious. sources say senator bernie sanders pushed to keep the bill's price tag at $3.5 trillion and senator joe manchin fired back saying he would be comfortable doing nothing at all. senator kyrsten sinema remains opposed to paying for the bill with tax increases on the wealthy. president biden acknowledged last night that raising corporate tax rates is now unlikely. the president also said he's open to ending the senate filibuster for voting rights and maybe more, which would allow democrats to pass bills with a simple majority vote. during a town hall last night, biden said senators will have to fundamentally alter the filibuster at some point. the justice department must decide whether to prosecute former president trump's long time ally steve bannon. nine house republicans joined democrats yesterday to hold bannon in contempt of congress. bannon is defying a subpoena from the committee investigating
january's attack on the capitol. >> the select committee dpis stevennon's politics, soir p tos a moment when pits must stop if we want to defend and protect our institutions. a violent assault on the capitol to stop a constitutional process of counting electoral votes is that moment. >> if prosecutors do bring a case against bannon, the legal fight could take years to play out. the state department says a video of the haitian gang leader behind the kidnapping of american missionaries appears to be legitimate. in the video, the gang leader threatens to kill the hostages if his demands are not met. he wants $17 million for the 17 captives. meanwhile, unrest is growing by the day in haiti, with protesters setting fires, angry over the dire economic situation. still, the ohio organization that the missionaries worked for are holding out hope. >> these families are from amish
and mennonite and other conservative anti-baptist communities in wisconsin, ohio, michigan, tennessee, pennsylvania, oregon, and ontario, canada. >> the missionaries are believed to be held near the capital port-au-prince. buckingham palace confirms queen elizabeth spent a night in the hospital this week. a spokesperson says it was for a preliminary investigation. doctors had urged the 95-year-old to rest after hosting an event attended by john kerry and bill gates. sources say she's in good spirits. a memorial service for colin powell will be held november 5th at washington national cathedral. the event will be invitation only. the former secretary of state died monday from covid complications and was battling multiple myeloma. another problem at airports across the country. a computer glitch forced sky west airlines which operates planes for united, delta and
american to cancel more than 600 flights. the airline says its systems have been restored, but morean2 ready becanceled. yr freather. more storms are moving into northern california and the pacific northwest. flash flood watches are posted in areas that recently burned in wildfires. up to 10 inches of rain could fall in the next few days. checking today's high temperatures, 50s in the northwest and around the great lakes. above normal readings in the northeast and rockies. and looking ahead, forecasters say most of the country will see above normal temperatures this winter. higher than normal rain and snowfall totals are also expected in the northern states. coming up, another big company raises prices on everything from soup to soap. but first, officials confirm the body found in a florida swamp is brian laundrie, the
i hit him and the gun before the keys hit the ground. that's how fast i moved. and i'm a little chubby guy, so i mean, i don't move that fast anymore. >> that's marine veteran james kilser who used his bare hands to disarm a teenager trying to rob a convenience store in arizona. he said his most powerful weapon was his wedding ring which hit the 14-year-old right in the nose. now to the discovery of the body of brian laundrie, the only person of interest in the murder of gabby petito. experts are weighing in on the new clues in this case, and the many lingering questions. this morning, new questions in the brian laundrie and gabby
ptito case after investigators used dental records to confirm remains found in florida were those of laundrie. >> i'm going to guess that once the medical examiner had x-rays of the skull and the dental records, within a matter of just a few minutes, he or she would be able to say that's brian laundrie. >> reporter: the month long search ended wednesday when laundrie's parents led authorities to his remains. chris and roberta laundrie joined the search at a nature preserve near their home in an area they thought brian may have went, but was previously underwater. according to their attorney, chris laundrie found a bag belonging to brian off one trail. law enforcement then located brian's backpack, then his remains. police say they're 100% confident the family did not bring any items with them. and laundrie family attorney calls the suggestion they planted items hog wash. >> i'm upset. i'm angry. and i don't feel that chris and roberta have been given a fair shake here.
there have been so many accusations, so many nformed people. >> reporter: how brian died remains unknown. investigators would not comment when asked whether a weapon was found at the scene. >> if he left the house without a wallet and without a cell phone, it is a big indicator of suicide. >> reporter: meanwhile, petito's family reacting to the news only saying they are grieving the loss of their beautiful daughter. in a recent interview, petito's parents said they wanted brian to be caught alive. >> i want to look him in the eyes. >> i want to see him in a jail cell for the rest of his life, where he's an outdoorsman, being in that concrete cell, he can't go see the trees and hug those -- and smell the fresh air like that. >> police found brian's notebook. they say it might still be salvageable. another major company is raising prices. unilever which makes everything from dove soap to instant soup is raising prices by 4% and prices could go higher next year
as inflation raises costs. the supply chain prices causes more disruptions. meanwhile, president biden last night said he's absolutely considering using the national guard to transport goods because of the trucker shortage. the industry needs 80,000 more drivers, but overnight, the white house clarified the issue saying using national guard troops to drive trucks would be up to the governors. coming up, the record-breaking sale of a dinosaur. also ahead, a college student dies during a hot dog eating contest.
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