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captioning sponsored by cbs >> brennan: breaking news as we come on the air. an attack on the u.s. capitol: a man rams his car to two police officers, killing one before slamming into a security barricade 100 yards from the building. armed police swarm the area as the attacker jumps from his car, lunging at officers with a knife. tonight, the standoff with the killer and the dramatic scene as a helicopter airlifts the wounded, and national guard troops move in. search for a motive: the latest on the 25-year-old suspect and what could have led him to turn his car into a weapon. washington in mourning; flags
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lowered to half staff for officer billy evans, who was killed in the attack. the outpouring of grief as capitol police lose another officer in the line of duty. also tonight, new travel guidance. the c.d.c. issues sweeping new recommendations for people who are fully vaccinated. and the new explosion of infections heading into easter. why are so many young people now getting covid? devastating testimony in the derek chauvin murder trial. nnea' homicide unit says the former officer crossed the line as he pinned down george floyd. congressman under fire-- the disturbing new allegations in the federal investigation of florida republican matt gaetz: was he paying for sex, using his cell phone? georgia strikes out-- major league baseball pulls the all- star game out of atlanta. why the sports league says a new
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law there doesn't match its values. and "on the road" with steve hartman, after a year of heartache, some faith and hope this holiday weekend. this is the "cbs evening news" with norah o'donnell, reporting from the nation's capital. >> brennan: good evening, to our viewers in the west, and thank you for joining us. norah is on assignment, i'm margaret brennan. we're going to begin with breaking news on another deadly assault on the u.s. capitol. tonight a 25-year-old suspect and a capitol police officer are dead. another officer is injured, and the city of washington is reeling after the second attack here in just three months. investigators are still on the scene, after this man, noah green, turned his blue sedan into a weapon, ramming into the two officers who were guarding a security entrance about 100 yards from the base of the capitol. the attack sent national guard troops scrambling, and briefly put the entire complex into
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lockdown. another painful reminder of january 6. as we come on the air, president biden has ordered flags lowered to half staff in memory of slain officer billy evans. and the city has begun an all too familiar ritual: mourning the loss of a capitol police officer killed in the line of duty. there are so many questions tonight about what motivated the killer and how security around the capitol could have been breached again. we've got two reports, beginning with cbs' jeff pegues who's at the capitol. good evening, jeff. >> reporter: margaret, the barricade that that car slammed into is right there over my shoulder. also over my shoulder, heavily armed police officers are still blocking off this scene, sealing off the area as they look for evidence that may point to a motive in this attack. ( sirens ) tonight, the latest attack on the capitol stopped just steps away from the building itself. this blue four-door sedan ran
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over two capitol police officers before slamming into the deployable barricade, at speeds high enough to activate the air bags. police say the driver got out with a knife and then attacked officers on the scene, stabbing one in the face. >> the suspect exited the vehicle with a knife in hand. our officers then engaged that suspect. he did not respond to verbal commands. the suspect did start lunging toward u.s. capitol police officers, at which time u.s. capitol police officers fired upon the suspect. >> reporter: that suspect, 25- year-old noah green, originally from indiana, is dead. and so is one of the police officers, identified this afternoon as william evans, an 18-year veteran of the force, who was memorialized this afternoon by a procession through the streets. another officer is in stable condition at george washington university hospital.
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police and national guard swarm the area after the incident unfolded looking for other suspects. a park police helicopter was seen landing on capitol grounds. green is now believed to be the only attacker. >> it does not appear to be terrorism related but, obviously, we'll continue to investigate. >> reporter: the shooting happened on constitution avenue, one block from the capitol. the area had been locked down for most of the last three months following the january 6 assault. the large security perimeter was scaled back in just the last few weeks. the capitol police were highly criticized for their lax preparation and for not heeding intelligence warnings ahead of the january attack. one officer died following the assault, and one other died by suicide. today, acting police chief yogananda pittman became emotional when addressing how difficult this year has been for the force. >> this has been an extremely
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difficult time for u.s. capitol police, so i ask that you keep our u.s. capitol police family in your thoughts and prayers. >> reporter: president biden says that he is being briefed on the incident by his homeland security advisor. he also expresses his gratitude to the capitol police, as well as the national guard, for their quick response, and he ordered the flags at the white house to be lowered to half staff. margaret. >> brennan: jeff pegues, thank you very much. tonight, investigators are working to piece together a profile of noah green, focusing on what that 25-year-old suspect left inside the blue nissan he smashed into the barricade, and smashed into the on the clues he left online. here's cbs' catherine herridge. >> reporter: sources tell cbs news law enforcement is poring through social media accounts linked to 25-year-old noah green looking for a motive and tracking his movements prior to
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the attack. based on social media posts, it appears green hit a low point in mid march writing he has been tried with some of the biggest imaginable tests in his life and was unemployed. shortly after the attack, u.s. capitol police said the suspect was not on their radar. >> we do not have the suspect on file with u.s. capitol police, so there's no indication at this time that there is any nexus to any member of congress. >> reporter: green's social media activity suggests he posted about louis farrakhan and the nation of islam and at one point encouraged his followers to study revelations, study the signs of end times, study who the beast is, study who the antichrist is. tonight, there is no evidence the suspect had any accomplices. law enforcement will continue to drill down on his social media, his travel records, and his phone, searching for an explanation for why this young man launched an attack against police here at the capitol. margaret.
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>> brennan: a developing story. thank you, catherine. well, there is new guidance tonight from the c.d.c., dramatically easing travel recommendations for those who have been fully vaccinated, but it comes at the same time that the country is seeing a surge of covid infections, especially among young people. here's cbs' omar villafranca. >> reporter: with 58 million now fully vaccinated, the c.d.c. has news many have been waiting for. >> fully vaccinated people can resume travel at low risk to themselves. >> reporter: vaccinated americans won't have to get tested or quarantined after travel, but the guidance comes with a warning. >> c.d.c. is not recommending travel at this time due to the rising number of cases. >> reporter: nationwide, cases rising at least 10% in 24 states, michigan the hardest hit. daily cases up five fold since the end of february. the biggest spike in kids, as
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infection rates jump 230% in those under ten. johnson & johnson now expanding trials on children as young as 12, coming on the heels of pfizer saying it is 100% effective on adolescents. moderna tonight getting permission from the f.d.a. is going to increase doses in each vial from 10 to 15 which could help speed up distribution and northwestern medicine releasing the study showing that pregnant women vaccinated early in the third trimester were likely to pass on antibodies to their newborns, a potentially significant finding to expectant mothers concerned about getting the vaccine. as states continue to relax restrictions, michigan's governor is hoping vaccines are the way out. >> we may be seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, but we are still in the tunnel, and it bears repeating, the best thing that we can do right now is to follow the protocols. >> reporter: this vaccination site in los angeles has administered about 300,000 doses in six weeks.
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nationwide, expect to see more pharmacies to offer more doses as the u.s. government plans to double the amount of pharmacies receiving the vaccine. margaret. >> brennan: omar villafranca in los angeles. now to minneapolis, an emotional week at the murder trial of derek chauvin. it ended with a veteran lieutenant telling the jury that it was totally unnecessary for the former police officer to kneel on george floyd's neck. cbs' jamie yuccas is following the trial. >> if your knee is on a person's neck, that can kill him. >> reporter: tonight, damning testimony from the most senior minneapolis police officer, lieutenant richard zimmerman, a 35 year veteran with the department, highly critical of derek chauvin's use of force on george floyd. >> totally unnecessary. >> what do you mean? >> pulling him down to the ground, face down, and putting your knee on the neck for that amount of time is just uncalled for.
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>> is he breathing right now? check his pulse! >> i saw no reason why the officers felt they were in danger. >> in your opinion, should that restraint have stopped once he was handcuffed and prone on the ground? >> absolutely. >> reporter: the defense immediately questioned zimmerman's qualifications to make those judgments, pointing out he hasn't had to patrol a beat since 1993. >> the frequency with which you have to use higher levels of force as an investigator doesn't happen all that often, right? >> correct. >> and it would not be within your normal role or job duties to do such a use of force analysis, right? >> that's correct. >> yeah, i was just going to call you. >> reporter: in this video we hear from chauvin himself, justifying his actions while on a call with his supervisor shortly after floyd was taken away in an ambulance. >> we just had to, had to hold the guy down.
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he was-- was going crazy. >> reporter: it's been a very emotional week for the prosecution witnesses, many of them weeping on the stand, expressing feelings of helplessness and guilt. do you feel that the prosecution at this point has the upper hand in the case? >> the prosecution has the burden of proof beyond a reasonable doubt and they have gone a long way to satisfy this burden. they should reassess over the weekend how much more they need. >> reporter: now, the defense has been suggesting chauvin's knee was on floyd's shoulder, not his neck. when questioned by chauvin's attorney, lieutenant zimmerman said that the shoulder is used in training when handcuffing a suspect. margaret. >> brennan: jamie yuccas on the scene in minneapolis. tonight, major league baseball announced it is moving this july's all-star game out of atlanta. the change comes in protest to a new georgia law overhauling how
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state elections are run and restricting voting by mail. m.l.b. commissioner rob manfred says baseball supports voting rights for all americans. in a statement, georgia governor brian kemp said baseball "caved to fear, political opportunism and liberal lies." there are disturbing new allegations tonight against florida republican congressman matt gaetz as he faces a federal sex trafficking investigation. we get details now from cbs' major garrett. >> reporter: the investigation into matt gaetz, a staunch ally of former president trump, is growing tonight, now involving several offices of the justice department, a top aide to the congressman resigning as the scandal widens. at issue is gaetz's relationship with a 17-year-old girl. gaetz could face federal charges if he traveled across state lines or provided anything of value-- airline tickets, meals hotel rooms-- in exchange for sex with her, something he has denied.
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>> it is a horrible allegation and it is a lie. >> reporter: gaetz could also face state charges of prostitution. "the new york times" reported obtaining receipts suggesting gaetz and an associate joel greenberg paid for sex after using web sites to locate potential partners. greenberg was indicted last year on sex trafficking charges. gaetz's congressional office said "matt gaetz has never paid for sex, matt gaetz has never been on any such web sites whatsoever." >> categorical denials are all about a political career right now. >> reporter: scott fredericksen is a former federal prosecutor. >> prosecutors don't pay a lot of attention to that. they pay attention to, do they have the witnesses to support their allegations. >> reporter: "the new york times" spoke to people familiar with the sexual encounters and two said the drug ecstasy was involved. gaetz recently became engaged. as news worsened for him this week, radio silence from fellow republicans. gaetz has not been charged of a crime. at this stage, he is a subject, not the target, of this wide
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