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east bay mall. witnesses describe and terrifying scene. tonight one man is in the hospital and another is wanted by police. thank you for joining us and happy new year. i am jobina fortson. you are watching abc 7 news at 6:00. the shooting happened on new year's eve at the sun valley mall in concord. cornell barnard spoke to people who ran and hid for cover. >> everybody started running out. cornell: chaos at the sun valley mall in concord on new year's eve. gunfire sending shoppers running for cover. >> i heard the shot and then at first i could not believe what i had heard and then people started coming in and confirmed it. i stayed right where i was. cornell: one person was wounded. it began as a robbery around 3:30 when someone tried to help the robbery victim, suspect open fire. >> i only heard one gunshot.
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as soon as we heard it we tried to hide. cornell: he says he hid with a customer in the back of his perfume shop. >> i saw someone on the ground. when i went out of the shop i saw the customers leaving and helping the victims along with other people. cornell: took off. the unidentified victim is in stable but critical condition. in 2021, concord police responded twice to the sun valley mall. two robberies in the spring and the fall. a smash and grab robbery last november inside a jewelry store. surveillance video showed suspects smashing display cases with hammers. and last may, a shooting left one man wounded. the shooter got away. police are not saying if the crimes could be related. in the new year's eve robbery, authorities are asking for information and tips from the public. cornell barnard, abc 7 news.
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jobina: spencer, i had the heat corrected last night. i was doing -- heat cranked last night. but it's cold out there. spencer: i know. you may have to crank it up even more tonight. a chilly new year. we have a freeze warning in effect from midnight tonight until 9:00 a.m. tomorrow and all of our inland valleys. low temperatures dropping to the upper 20's in the colder spots. we sure to protect pipes, sensitive plants, pets. here's specific forecast lows. 29 santa rosa and fairfield. 30 at concord and vallejo. 32 murray hill. it is going to be cold all around the area. but changes are coming and they involve wet weather. i will show you all of that in my seven-day forecast a bit later. jobina: now to the pandemic. the u.s. is facing its worst surge on record.
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more americans are testing positive daily than at any other point in this two-year pandemic. in new york state, infections reached an all-time high for the third straight day. the state's seven-day positivity rate is just shy of 20%, which is one in five tests coming back positive. global travel has also been impacted. flight aware shows 4200 flights have been canceled worldwide so far today because of omicron, staffing issues, and bad weather. many families in the bay area are struggling to get children tested for covid before they return to school on monday. covid testing appointments or rapid tests are hard to find. starting tomorrow, san francisco unified will offer mobile rapid testing at a district office on franklin street. school sites will also be testing students throughout next week. to find a covid testing site near you, we have a list on our website at abc7news.com/coronavirus. we also have information about take-home tests and the latest
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on mask mandates. san francisco police are looking for a stolen french bulldog. the animal was violently snatched earlier this morning. take a look at this nine-month old photo of rosie. investigators say a thief stole the dog from her owner at the and broderick street around 10:00 this morning. the suspect ran into a silver chrysler 200 sedan and drove off. it had the partial license plate 7jpm. french bulldogs are a very popular breed to dognap because of how expensive they are. the mural in san francisco's castro district that honors those whose lives were lost to the aids crisis has been defaced by graffiti. it is not the first time it has been targeted, but this time is the the most severe. the damage is expected to cost $50,000 to repair and restore, putting the future of the mural in jeopardy. it was originally funded by a grant from the san francisco
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arts commission. developing news from albuquerque, where 21 people have been rescued from a tram that got stuck in the air because of icy conditions. it was a 14-hour ordeal on board the tramway. frigid conditions disabled the gondola late last night over a mountainous area. the undersheriff for the local sheriff's office flew several rescue missions to bring the stranded riders from a ridgetop back down to safety. >> he picked them up in his helicopter, flew them back here to the ground where they were medically assessed. that process was repeated about nine flights to get all the individuals out. jobina: we are told everyone on board had blankets, water, and are in good condition. new details on that destructive wildfire that wiped out neighborhoods in colorado. we learned today that three people are missing and presumed dead. two days after the fire, snow now covers destroyed homes and is complicating search efforts. elizabeth schulze hears from people who lost their homes. reporter: residents getting their first looks at the
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destruction following those devastating wildfire that tore through two colorado towns. state officials calling it the worst in state history. the home where he grew up, burned to the ground. >> it's like my life, and it is just gone. reporter: the fires fueled by a combination of drought and high winds. >> the fire was moving basically at the same speed as the wind. reporter: those winds packing hurricane-force gusts, pushing the flames right into the towns outside boulder. >> this is our community, and to watch it burn so quickly and unexpectedly is something i think we are all struggling to believe and understand. reporter: thousands were forced to evacuate. >> god help us. reporter: drivers unable to see through the smoke as the flames jump to the road. shoppers fleeing this cosco into a wall of smoke. these images from inside a vista hospital, more than 50
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patients evacuated. and a terrifying scene at this chuck-e-cheese as parents and kids scramble to get out. the governor adding a look at the apocalyptic scene from the air. communities now coming together to rebuild. >> one thing about colorado is we stick together during hard times and this is one of those times. reporter: president biden has approved a disaster declaration, ordering federal aid to be made available to those impacted by the fires. elizabeth schulze, abc news, washington. jobina: starting today, crossing the bay area's state owned bridges is going to cost $1 more. this is a live look at the bay bridge toll plaza where the toll is now $7. they increased it to all the bay area bridges except the golden gate. in 2018 voters approved three gradual toll increases. the final toll hike is scheduled for january 1, 2025. the only fireworks in san francisco last night were the illegal kind. and although there was no large public gathering in the city,
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the chp says it was still very busy. and a sewage spill in southern california has shut down beaches.
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jobina: a pretty sizable crowd
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ushered in the new year along san francisco's waterfront despite the official show being canceled. that was pretty big. some revelers brought their own illegal fireworks to the embarcadero, launching them right as the clock hit midnight. the city canceled their official fireworks display because of the highly infectious omicron variant. on the roads, the highway patrol says they have already made 263 dui arrests, 8% higher than new year's eve last year. the chp will continue its maximum enforcement period through tomorrow night. the new year means new laws here in california. california cities have more local control over how speed limits are set instead of using an old rule that essentially caused speed limits to go up every few years. a new police decertification law will prevent officers accused of wrongdoing from moving from one law enforcement agency to another. the minimum wage increases to $15 an hour for businesses with 26 or more employees.
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while restaurants and bars can no longer deliver cocktails, you can still get cocktails to go, and that includes beer and wine, for five more years. under another new law, all california residents and businesses are required to separate food scraps from the rest of their trash. every city will have a different compost program and there is already one in san francisco. some garbage companies will provide separate bins, others will ask you to add food scraps to the green waste bin. the program is set to be fully up and running by august. violators could face fines up to $50 or $100 starting in 2024. those are just some of the new laws for california in 2022. you can find a full list on our website, abc7news.com. developing news here, a massive sewage spill has closed at least five beaches in southern california. about seven million gallons of raw sewage has spilled into a flood controlled waterway in los angeles county since thursday afternoon.
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officials contained the spell yesterday, but they are still working to repair a sewer main that collapsed in carson. last summer, several beaches were closed when 17 million gallons of raw sewage were discharged into santa monica bay from a treatment plant. supply chain issues are going to hit us in the wallet, if they have not already. the world's biggest furniture seller says it is going to hike prices. just how much we will have to pay. and bringing you a live look outside, it is downright cold. we have another chilly day ahead. spencer christian is up next. casey: and how a heated exchange led to a new look for trey
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before that drink turns to drinks, make a plan to get home safe. just call a friend, a cab, and get a rideshare. whatever you do, don't let drunk drive. go safely, california.
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hair, done. fit, fantastic! marijuana. not so fast. remember, marijuana and some meds don't mix. a sober driver can cure that. don't let high drive. go safely, california. jobina: welcome back. supply chain issues are going to cost us the next time we shop at ikea. the world's biggest furniture seller says they will hike prices this year in stores around the world buy an average of 9%. ikea says ongoing supply issues led to increased cost for transportation and raw materials. throughout the pandemic the retailer says that has been unprecedented demand for home related products including storage and home-office items. conditions are right in town to
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pull off these types of stunts. check this out. boom. that is amazing. this is video from tahoe. the ski resort tells us they closed out december with 17.5 feet of snow, all thanks to the nine-day mega storm that dumped an impressive amount of fresh powder there. palisades tahoe says this was the snowiest december on record for them which dates back to 1970. and i would argue that when i was sitting upstairs in our offices, it felt like that. spencer: it is cold enough to snow right here in the bay area right now. but not for a while. we have blue skies tonight. and it is really getting chilly. here's a look at current temperature readings. 49 in san francisco. 47 in oakland and san jose. mid 40's in mountain view and morning hill. only 41 at half moon bay right now. looking north, inland right now, 44 in santa rosa.
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low 40's in napa. 38 in fairfield, as it's dropping rapidly. here's a look at the embarcadero center. a freeze warning in effect overnight for inland valleys. dry tomorrow but clouds increase late in the day. our next rainy pattern begins monday. that likely means more snow coming to the sierra. we have a coastal flood advisory in effect until 10:00 a.m. monday. king tides are unusually high tides and produce mono coaster flooding in low-lying areas. let's revisit that freeze warning in effect from midnight tonight until 9:00 a.m. tomorrow for all of our inland valleys. lowest temperatures will drop into the upper 20's. here's a look at forecast lows for the overnight hours. 29 at santa rosa and fairfield. 30 at concord and vallejo. 33 san jose and fremont.
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even san francisco will drop into the upper 30's, down to 37. going to be a cold night. tomorrow will be chilly inland. some inland spots like fairfield and napa and antioch will reach highs of only 49 degrees, but near the bay and the coast highs will be in the mid 50's. but then you can see starting monday morning we will have another wave of rainy weather. the rain will push through monday, snow in the sierra, rain on tuesday. a little break on wednesday but more rain on thursday and friday, so we have quite a wet week ahead of us. rainfall totals will generally be around .25 enters are lower but in the north bay some locations macy .5 inches -- may see .5 inches. after a dry day tomorrow, we have level one storm activity monday through wednesday. a break on thursday but more rain returns thursday. my granddaughter audrey is with me this weekend, because she was
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supposed to travel but the weather conditions gotten away. where were you going? >> tahoe. spencer: what happened? >> the weather got really stormy. so we were trying to go, but apparently we couldn't because the weather was really snowing. spencer: you can go now because the roads are open again, and the snow has ended. so are you going to leave soon? ok. so what do we want to say? >> happy new year. spencer: happy new year, everybody. >> now, sports from abc 7 news. casey: how can i follow that? happy new year. the countdown to 2022 is not the only clock people have been eagerly watching. it has been 933 days since we have seen klay thompson in a game. the splash brothers were reunited as klay played for the first time since a lengthy rehab process. optimism is abound for the warriors, who have the best record in the nba. a likely hall of famer set to
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rejoin the lineup. klay sharing some positive vibes from utah. >> happy new year from salt lake. i am so proud of these guys, the way they have played. i cannot wait to come back. it is coming. it is coming. it is not far away. can't wait to see you guys again at chase, on the road. we love you all. we have big goals this year. championship aspirations. so, let's stay locked in, and let's go get this thing. casey: the warriors are in utah where they will play their first game since tuesday. their last scheduled game was postponed because denver did not enough players to field a team. steve kerr joked the warriors had a huge party to ring in the new year, and he thinks the unplanned break can only help. >> we turned it into a positive, having a great scrimmage and get ting some practice time we probably needed. everyone is excited and ready to roll tonight. it's such a long season.
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with 82 games. you just roll with the punches and whatever comes your way. casey: we have not seen much of trey lance since he made his nfl start in october. you know who has seen a lot of lance? the 49ers defense. in a heated exchange between fred warner and lance has led to a new lance on the he needs a scout team offense every week. warner felt lance was being too careful, costing the defense some key looks. so the all-pro line baker -- linebacker gave the rookie qb some game changing advice. >> this is your opportunity to take chances and develop in that part of your game. take a chance. try and see, can you fit the ball into tight spaces, or can you throw on the run and make a completed pass down the field, different things like that. >> for him to care, not only about the look they are getting but also my development, him pulling me off to the side or maybe us shouting across the line of scrimmage, whatever it was, it is finding a happy
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medium between giving those guys a look and finding a way to make myself better. casey: let's go! notre dame, 0-7 for big bowls or playoffs in 25 years. they went up before the half. it looked like the streak was finally going to end. but the cowboys come all the way back. an eight yard pass, and it's going to be tied. they take the lead on field goals. last chance for notre dame. but oklahoma state recovers the onside kick and wins 37-35. notre dame falls to 0-8 in big bowls. the rose bowl back in pasadena after last year's move to texas because of the pandemic. utah and ohio state. an early candidate for catch of the year. gets one foot down, almost a second in, but that is not needed for college. comes down to wild final mi nutes. over 347 receiving yards, a bowl record.
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a lot of guys don't even do that the entire season. minutes to go, nine seconds to go now. the 19 yard field goal for the lead. utah led all but three minutes but ohio state wins it 48-45. that rose bowl game was actually crazy. when klay thompson is ready to come back, looks like it is going to happen in january. it is going to be so loud in the chase center. jobina: i also think a finals future is coming too. if klay comes back completely healthy. casey: and the nba finals air here right on aby 7, -- on abc 7. jobina: thank you, casey. it's a chilly combination. beachwear and ice-skating. but it has become a san francisco tradition.
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jobina: tonight at 11:00, a scramble for parents with many bay area schools requiring students to get tested for covid before classes resume. what some district's are doing to ease the crunch. and many people in the sierra started 2022 without power due
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