tv Witness History BBC News August 4, 2019 12:30am-1:01am BST
a gunman has attacked a shopping centre in the us city of el paso, in texas, killing at least 19 people. 22 others are being treated in hospital. many are in critical condition. a suspect described as a "white male in his 20s" has been arrested. police in hong kong have fired tear gas as thousands of anti—government protests continue for the ninth consecutive weekend. thousands have also been holding a separate rally supporting the police. police in russia have detained more than 600 people during an unauthorised protest in moscow, against the exclusion of many opposition candidates from upcoming local elections. among those held is an opposition leader lyubov sobol.
three leading telecoms bosses have written to the british prime minister, questioning his ability to deliver a promise to rollout full fibre broadband years ahead of schedule. in an open letter, the heads of three trade bodies say the pledge will require 100% commitment from the government, including further investment in skills, and a reduction in red—tape and taxes. our business correspondent katy austin reports. good internet is now a priority for hotel guests like those in southend. the manager here says the speed and reliability of full fibre broadband have been game changing. we've been able to increase our bandwidth and this is giving the customers a much, much faster and better, much more consistent experience throughout. at the moment, most of the country can get superfast broadband. that's a mixture of fibre and copper technology that results in a download speed of 2a megabits per second or more. full fibre uses fibre—optic cables
to connect the exchange directly to properties, and that results in download speeds of1 gigabyte per second or more. —— gigabit per second. at the moment, only about 7% of the uk can get full fibre. borisjohnson has said there should be full fibre for all by 2025, eight years before the current target. three industry bodies have said the ambition is welcome. but in a letter to number 10, they have said four specific problems need solving first within 12 months. i'm the governor of texas and they wa nt to i'm the governor of texas and they want to let you know. this is breaking news on the elder passlow shooting. on the day that would have been a normal day for someone to leisurely go shopping —— el paso shooting. to turn into one of the most deadly days in the history of texas, lives were taken who should still be with us today. 20 innocent
people from el paso have lost their lives and more than two dozen is more were injured. we, as a state unite in support of these victims and their family members. unite in support of these victims and theirfamily members. we want unite in support of these victims and their family members. we want to do all we can to help them to assist them. we pray that god can be with those whose been harmed in any way, and bind up their wounds. we want to express incredible gratitude for all the law enforcement and the swift response that these so to minimise the loss of life by directly
confronting the shooter, getting him to disarm himself and be able to arrest him. we could not have done this without the effective law enforcement activities of the el paso can police department and the texas rangers, by state, federal, local law enforcement working collaboratively. making sure swift justice would be achieved. and what the city el paso i want to know, and everybody in this community knows, the state of texas provides its full support for this community and their effo rts support for this community and their efforts to rebuild. for the country that i know had been paying a lot of attention to this and asking what they can do, i ask that you keep el paso wins in your prayers. —— el
pasoans. we paso wins in your prayers. —— el pasoa ns. we know paso wins in your prayers. —— el pasoans. we know the power of prayer and the power by using that power. for every son and also, we ask you put your arms around your family members tonight and give them a hug, and let them know how much you love them. as i was talking with members of the texas house of representatives behind me right now earlier today, moments ago. they pointed out to me, so to me a video taken place in this community about how people in this community were standing in lines around buildings to give blood, to provide water, to provide support. and as they pointed out, el paso is defined not by the catastrophe that struck this town. the way el paso is really defined is the way this community comes together and supports each other to
bridge the divide of this catastrophe that's happen today toward the pathway of where el paso would be tomorrow. texas and everybody in this community, we must do one thing today, one thing tomorrow, and each and every day after this. we must unite. and especially, i want to emphasise, the importance of every man and woman, black, brown, white whatever your race may be. now is the time for texans race may be. now is the time for texa ns to race may be. now is the time for texans to come together to support each other, to help these families in need, and to make sure elder passlow is going to be able to take a step forward that it needs to take —— that a step forward that it needs to take -- that el a step forward that it needs to take —— that el paso. i've known for more than two decades, a man who has a passion for el paso and the people
of this town, —— i've known as, and your great mare will speak next. thank you governor, we appreciate your attendance here under these circumstances. this is a tough time for el paso, something none of us would ever have imagined. my condolences and prayers go out to all of el paso as we mourn those who have been impacted by this tragedy. we pray for and mourn those we have lost. we will remember their lives and honour their memories together. 0ur and honour their memories together. our community will not be defined by this senseless, evil act of violence. we will be defined by the unity and compassion we showed in the wake of this tragedy. united, out the wake of this tragedy. united, our community will heal. al passlow
is too strong to be broken by a cowardly act —— el paso, too strong to be broken by a cowardly act like this one. i want to assure the el paso community that we are safe, we are safe. thank you to the el paso police department and our law enforcement partners for their swift response and assistance. i will now turnit response and assistance. i will now turn it over to achieve allen for specifics. thank you, mia. an active shooter call came out this morning to 911 at 10:30am. police response, first officer on the scene was at 10:45am, a first officer on the scene was at 10:45 am, a six first officer on the scene was at 10:45am, a six minute first officer on the scene was at 10:45 am, a six minute response time stop —— called at 10:39am. the shooter we have 20 confirmed fatalities. and we have 26 wounded.
the ages and genders of all these people injured and killed are numerous in the age groups. the situation, needless to say, is a horrific one. the crime scene is being assisted by the fbi, various law enforcement agencies response of the scene, the sheriff's department, dps, border patrol, everyone that carries a badge in this community. needless to say the scene is a horrific one. because of the nature of the situation, the scene will be in play for a long period. unfortunately, the diseased will remain at the scene and saw the scene is processed properly for evidentiary purposes to be gathered
for later prosecution. the state of texas will be the lead agency or entity prosecuting this particular individual. . the fbi will be looking into this along with other authorities but we are also looking at counts of murder for this individual. i'm not going to give you his name right now. he is a 21—year—old white male out of allen, texas. and with that i'll... i'm sorry. turn this over to chief august you know, who will personally respond as well —— augustino. august you know, who will personally respond as well —— augustinolj august you know, who will personally respond as well -- augustino. i want to highlight white our mayor was saying. from the first goal that came through on 911, getting cruise
on the scene within six minutes, we had hundreds of responders, notjust from local, but state and federal, asi from local, but state and federal, as i said. as tragic as it is, luckily we had no first responders injured in today's events. but it does take a toll. i'd ask that the community keep their thoughts and prayers with the families and victims, but the first responders as well. i will handed over to the agent in charge. my name is emerson billy, -- agent in charge. my name is emerson billy, —— bui was up words cannot express howl billy, —— bui was up words cannot express how i feel right now. this community has embraced me with open arms, ishare community has embraced me with open arms, i share the sentiments with everyone at the table as for how we feel with the families and victims today. the fbi, as a federal law agency responsible for this
jurisdiction has come to provide support in the investigation is this murder investigation continues as well as look at other aspects of the investigation that could potentially be looked at from a federal standpoint. the investigation is still early on, the primary concern of course is the victims, making sure they receive the care, the courtesy that they deserve, and as we continue to move through this investigation we will provide updates along with our other partners. we'll take a few questions. it would be best for the fbi to answer that question. would you call this a hate crime? first and foremost, i did not call it a hate crime, i said we're looking at aspects to ensure what potential violations are out there before we can labelany
violations are out there before we can label any type of investigation. we have to ensure the evidence and the precursors are there and they have to be reviewed to make sure that we are executing, moving in the right direction. so at this point in time, we are reviewing the evidence we have collected so far, we are pursuing other leads. we have mobilised additional officers for assistance in that vein and we will conduct investigationsjust assistance in that vein and we will conduct investigations just like we have in other incidents. is this a terrorism investigation? again, no, right now it is a murder investigation. there is potential for a number of different types of violations and we are reviewing all the evidence to make a determination as to what potentially else is out there in addition to the violations that the authorities are pursuing. in that then we will assist them in that effort as they work together with state and local and federal agencies all over the country. we
will keep you updated as the investigation proceeds. right now we have a manifesto from this individual that indicates to some degree he has a nexus to potential hate crime. there i don't mean to step on the fbi's toes there, but we are taking this down the road of a murder investigation with numerous casualties and as i said the state of texas will be a lead prosecuting agency in this. what was the nature of the manifesto? i can't get into specifics on that right now because we have to validate for certainty that this was the manifesto from this individual that we arrested, so with that in play we still have to be aware of the fact that this person is still entitled to a fair process as far as the law, we don't wa nt process as far as the law, we don't want to complicate that by making any statements right now that might be tainting the investigation. were
there any mexican citizens injured or fatalities? we are unable to ascertain that right now simply because hospitals will not release that information to us pacifically. you know what types of were used? those are details we are going to keep under play right now as far as the investigation goes. we have one weapon that was put on social media, i'm sure you're aware of that, which was an i'm sure you're aware of that, which was an ak—47. we don't know if those pictures released in social media where the actual individual weapons, so we don't want to taint the investigation by saying things right now. how could this have happened? what is it about this individual and the firepower he had? would you mind
repeating that? without getting into too many specifics, this individual, the firepower he had... inaudible. the capability of the weapon allowed that and then his intent and then the location of where he chose was a walmart or supermarket, where people are in large numbers there. so if you are firing randomly at people you are firing randomly at people you can cause a lot of damage. inaudible. again? inaudible. no. inaudible. again, the initial information coming in was several suspects. that information was put out to the field. we had misleading information going to different locations as far as supermarkets, costco was low in
the loop —— one location, there was another, everyone was responding to that, social media somewhat employs that. in the final analysis of this the suspect was arrested at son mount and in viscount which is on the west side of the walmart where the west side of the walmart where the initial shooting took place. he was the initial shooting took place. he was arrested by el paso police officers? yes. and i think the governor mentioned he disarmed himself. he surrendered to the approaching officers. i don't know that matter—of—factly, but he arrested two police on being seen. right now we only have the one. there was another scene, was that his vehicle? you are asking for specifics right now. right now that is under investigation. inaudible it feels like it is an increasingly common problem in the united states.
what can we do to prevent this from happening? that is for psychologists, the answer. that is something that is definitely, think, in play, but it is beyond my skill set. if they did prepare for this situation, what did they do? they only caught the end of that. we train for active—duty events all the time. as i've said to my staff into the department, we train for this, not expecting it to happen, but nonetheless we have to prepare for it to happen. and we try to get the community as much involved as we can to participate in these events and know that everyone is understanding what potentially might happen. what are you planning on doing to ensure this does not happen again? this responding to a situation like this to ensure it does not happen again isa to ensure it does not happen again is a replication of what we just
went through during the last legislative session. it was made a year ago when we had the horrific tragedy in the shooting at santa fe high school that led to three days of hearings that are conducted at the capital to get input from people who are educators, who are students, who are educators, who are students, who are educators, who are students, who are victims of shooting crimes as well as experts. now, in all different kinds fields, to help us to be able to strategise the best ways to keep students safe and to prevent incidents like that from happening again. that led to hearings that were conducted by the legislature before the session began and then additional hearings and then legislation that was passed by then legislation that was passed by the state of texas and is now law that includes bill after bill after bill that make sure we are doing more than ever before to keep stu d e nts more than ever before to keep students safe at school. during that time we did not, as far as i know, evaluate for and plan for an
incident like this. that said, i can tell you that, perhaps, the most profound and agreed—upon issue that came out of all those hearings was the need for the state and for society to do a betterjob of dealing with challenging mental health —based issues. we know that's a component to shootings that take place in schools. i think it's a fa ct place in schools. i think it's a fact it probably has a component to every type of shooting that takes ways, including, for example, the shooting that took place in sutherland springs. the bottom line is, mental health is a large contributor to any type of violence or shooting violence. and we passed a lot of legislation and provided funding for the state to better address that challenge. crosstalk.
something that nobody is talking about right now is the hate crimes that appears at this time that appears to be related to immigration... inaudible. can you talk about that and the rhetoric around this entire issue in the last few years? so the question about the manifesto and this emerging narrative that we are seeing throughout our country as to domestic terrorism, which is, and obviously i want to say that we don't know. we have to allow the investigation to continue. my respect the process very much so. but without regard to this particular instance, not speaking about this particular instance, which is still under investigation, but the manifesto narrative is fuelled by h. and it's fuelled by racism and bigotry and division. and it's... i
racism and bigotry and division. and it's. .. i want racism and bigotry and division. and it's... i want to say, the national media is watching. el paso has historically been a very safe community. we have been saved for decades. we will continue to be safe. this is someone who came from outside of our community to do us harm. a community that has shown nothing but generosity and kindness to the least among us. those people arriving at america's front door. and so we will wait to see what happens with this investigation once we have a determination by law enforcement then you will see a lot of us coming together to make some very strong statements, but for now we will let the investigation continue. let mejust we will let the investigation continue. let me just say one thing in closing. to echo what the congressmen said, this person did not come from el paso. it is not what we are about. we are a special community and this would not have happened and from someone from el paso. they can assure you. they want
to thank the governor and other elected officials who have expressed their support here and you may want to know if there are any more updates on this and i will that chief allen close with that. we will do another press conference if we find out anything different that we can expand upon later. they want to thank you all for coming. thank you. that press conference there in el paso, texas wrapping up. getting plenty more details about the shooting. the statistics, the grim statistics now, 20 people confirmed dead and 26 injured. we heard there from the authorities a key message, really, around the idea of unity. greg abbott, governor of texas, that elle paso won't be defined by this catastrophe is the word he used, but by the way people come together. we
must unite, he said ——el paso. let's get the lastest from peter bowes who's in los angeles. peter, what struck you out of that press co nfe re nce peter, what struck you out of that press conference there? well, certainly that statement from the governor which was echoed by the meribel paso, who was also there, saying the community would not be defined by this evil act of violence ——no mayor. there was praise for emergency services and for the local people and how they came together and responded very quickly over what has happened over the next —— last few hours. people were appealing for people to come and give blood. we know that those hospitals have enough blood that they need to treat those people who are injured. the other thing, the really big thing that struck me was that very quickly this is turning into a debate about the motives of the suspect. there
was reference to a manifesto which has been posted online, stressing that it hasn't been absolutely confirmed that the manifesto was written by the suspect but the authorities are certainly looking at it seriously. and a suggestion that this could indeed be a hate crime. again, that has not been confirmed. it has not been treated as a hate crime yet. but the fbi is looking into that possibility. for now the authorities in are leading the investigation. it is a murder investigation. it is a murder investigation. but that door is being pushed partially open. the suggestion that this could be a hate crime and it will be investigated and prosecuted as such. ok, peter, thank you. peter bowes in los angeles. that is just about it from us now. we will have more on these shootings in el paso at the top of
the hour here on bbc world news. i'm lewis vaughan jones. bye—bye. hello. there are more heavy downpours in the forecast, not only for the day ahead but actually for the next few days. not good news for those parts of the uk already so badly affected by flooding. you can see on the satellite picture this area of cloud rotating. ahead of its tribes of cloud bringing showery rain —— stra ps cloud bringing showery rain —— straps of cloud. printing into the eastern side of northern ireland for a time down into wales in the south—west. we take that band of cloud and moisture, some showery rain, and we push it eastwards as the day wears on. and as that moisture works into northern england and scotland it will kick off some hit and miss heavy downpours and
thunderstorms. would be thejuxiao for wales in the south—west, but equally over high ground. many spots here will be dry. east anglia and the south—east phenomena dry through the south—east phenomena dry through the day. although it will be fairly cloudy, temperatures will get up to 25 or 26 with a few glimmers of brightness. for northern england, central and southern england, there isa central and southern england, there is a met office warning that has been issued. some of those hit and miss thunderstorms which could dump 30/40 millimetres of rain in some places in the space ofjust a couple of hours. that could cause further travel disruption. as is the nature with showers, some places will fall between them and stay completely dry. through sunday night into monday another band of showery rain edges into western scotland, north—west england, wales, and the south—west. the showers keep on coming, rotating around that area of low pressure. as we go into monday morning it'll be sitting just about here, just to the north—west of the british isles was of various frontal systems rotating around it, taking showery rain across the country. we
start on monday with a band of cloud and some heavy downpours edging eastwards. much of that weather will clear away to the east through the day. we will be left with some dry conditions, some spells of sunshine. but those sunny conditions could spawn one or two further downpours or thunderstorms, it is likely to stay quite wet across northern scotland. a breezy day on monday, a fresh today as well. we keep that for sophie long tuesday and again there will be some showers and thunderstorms, digne across the northern half of the uk, northern england, northern ireland, scotland, you could see a lot of rain, not as many showers for the south. 18— 22 degrees. the north of the uk bears the brunt of the shovel through the middle of the week. so that it might dry upa middle of the week. so that it might dry up a little bit thursday or friday. a similar story further south, not as many showers, but there will be some. top temperatures of around 24 degrees.
this is bbc news. i'm reged ahmad. our top stories: at least 20 people have been killed after a mass shooting at a shopping mall in texas. 0na day on a day that would have been a normal day for someone to leisurely go shopping — turned into one of the most deadly days in the history of texas. police fire teargas in hong kong — as anti—government protests continue for the ninth consecutive weekend. president erdogan lays the foundation stone for the first new church in turkey in nearly a hundred years.