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present and coming to terms with it not an abstract discussion, but the daily business of life. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com a desperate search happening too late. this morning, new details about a southern california killing spree. what a 22-year-old wrote about his motives and what his parents tried to do to stop him, this as we find out more about the victims. it makes him sick. defense secretary chuck hagel talking to cnn about the scandal at the va. he's calling for change, but not at the time, despite many calls for eric shinseki to resign. and then, a hail mary from hope francis, putting himself in the middle of a political battle that has lasted centuries, calling for a palestinian state and offering help negotiate a deal himself. can he solve what countless
others could not? good morning, everyone. great to see you this morning. welcome to "early start." i'm john berman. >> i'm christine romans. it is monday, may 26th, memorial day and 5:00 a.m. in the east. glad to see you this morning. let's begin in southern california, where there are new developments as investigators try to piece together what led this 22-year-old to go on a deadly rampage around santa barbara, killing six people and wounding more than a dozen before turning the gun on himself. now, a friend of elliott rogers' family tells cnn rogers' parents went on a desperate hunt for their son just as he was opening fire, seemingly at random. he had just sent his 137-page manifesto to his parents by e-mail detailing his problems with women and how often he felt slighted. his mother found his video on youtube, calling for retribution, but they couldn't find him in time. it was already too late. police now believe rogers had been working on his plan for months. officers had visited him weeks ago after a relative grew
concerned about his welfare, but police say rodger came across as polite. in the manifesto, he writes if police had searched his room, they would have found his guns and it would have been all over. >> mr. rodger was, although deeply disturbed, he was able to put on a front, as it were, and convince them, and obviously, convince a lot of other people that he didn't have problems that were so severe that it would require some fairly extreme intervention by mental health professionals. >> the six victims were all uc santa barbara students, inclu including hong, wang and chen. hong and chen were rodger's roommates. it's unclear if wang was a roommate or visiting. veronika weiss was a water polo athlete, described as always smiling. katie cooper was with weiss when she was gunned down and studying
archaeology and history. and chris martinez's father called him a really great kid whose death left the family lost and broken. his former roommate said martinez would drop whatever he was doing to help others. classes are canceled through tomorrow, when the university will hold a memorial service. >> just so sad, so sad. >> awful, awful weekend. all right, breaking overnight, a huge landslide in rural colorado has left three people missing. it happened in mesa county in the far western part of the state, not far from the utah border. the slide is about four miles long, two miles wide, more than 250 feet deep. it's not clear just what was in the path of this thing. there's only limited cell phone service in the area, and it likely won't be until daylight when police get a full sense of the destruction from that landslide. >> we're hearing this morning from chuck hagel, the defense secretary speaking out with jake tapper about the scandal at the va. with more calls for secretary
shinseki to resign or be fired, the defense secretary is making clear it's not time for that action yet. >> makes me sick to my stomach, because it is a clear responsibility we have, as a country, as a people, to take care of these men and women and their families who sacrifice so much. i know systems are imperfect. i mean, i get that. but when you've got what we do know -- and you're right, we do need to get the facts. let's see exactly what happened, why it happened, how it happened. then we've got to fix it. then we have to fix it. >> that's a point that house veterans affairs committee chair jeff miller echoes. he told candy crowley on "state of the union" that something needs to change at the va, but firing the leader may not be the answer, he says. >> this is much larger than the secretary of the department of veterans affairs. >> like what? >> well, you've got an entrenched bureaucracy that exists that is not held
accountable, that is shooting for goals, goals that are not helping the veteran. the person that's supposed to be served is not the bureaucrat, it's the veteran. >> this week, secretary shinseki is expected to deliver the preliminary results of a va investigation into claims that some veterans died while waiting for care and allegations that some facilities used secret lists to keep their wait times off the book. you can see jake's entire interview with chuck hagel this afternoon on "the lead" at 4:00 p.m. eastern right here on cnn. all right, this morning the va secretary and president obama expected to visit arlington national cemetery, where the president will lay a wreath at the tomb of the unknowns to mark memorial day, this a day after an unexpected trip to afghanistan, where the president saw the status of the withdrawal there firsthand, but he's promising troops will remain, even if in a limited role. white house correspondent michelle kosinski has more for us. >> reporter: well, the president didn't mention the va hospital scandal by name, but he did seem to touch on it when he emphasized to troops americans'
sacred obligation, as he put it, to take care of wounded warriors. also, the president mentioned that this is really a pivotal time for u.s. involvement in afghanistan as well as foreign policy. he did mention that he hopes for a bilateral security agreement, and both of the presidential candidates in afghanistan who were involved in a runoff election right now have mentioned that they are amenable to it, something that would keep a limited u.s. presence in afghanistan. and as the president put it, would preserve the gains made there by u.s. troops. >> everybody knows afghanistan's still a very dangerous place. insurgents still launch cowardly attacks against innocent civilians. but just look at the progress that you've made possible. afghans reclaiming their communities and more girls returning to school, dramatic improvements in public health and life expectancy and literacy. that's your legacy. >> reporter: back to you. >> all right. >> our thanks to michelle kosinski at the white house. happening right now, pope francis is in jerusalem, the final stop on his trip to the
holy land, a day after the leader of the world's catholics firmly inserted himself into the middle east peace process, visiting bethlehem. the pope called on israel and the palestinians to meet with him personally at his vatican apartment for a sort of summit that could help them find common ground. vatican correspondent delia gallagher is live in jerusalem. you know, delia, this is just a three-day trip, but so much symbolism, so many historic moments already. what kind of impact is the pope having there at this moment in your eyes? >> reporter: john, i think this has been so far, as you say, a trip full of resonance. of course, it really couldn't be otherwise in the holy land for the pope. just this morning he met with muslim leaders, he met with jewish leaders, a very poignant moment at the yad vashem memorial, the holocaust memorial here in jerusalem, where the pope also met with six survivors
of the holocaust. and in a break from protocol, the pope kissed their hands, a gesture of humility. and we've said he's the pope of gestures, and that's certainly one of the moments that i think will be remembered from this trip. before that, he was at the western wall, where he left a handwritten note in the wall. that is a tradition. and spent some time in prayer. and before that, very nearby to that western wall is the al aqsa mosque, which is an important place for muslims, and the pope took off his shoes and entered that mosque. so, there are many moments which we could refer to, certainly, the invitation, as you mentioned, to come to the vatican for what the pope is calling a day of prayer for peace. of course, that is a way to get these two parties into the same room without having to say that it's political in any way. but for the pope, of course, prayer can accomplish a lot. john? >> the world's still buzzing over that invitation with the israeli president, shimon peres
and palestinian leader mahmoud abbas. they will be going to the vatican. we'll see what results that has at this point. delia gallagher, thank you so much. a huge wildfire is expanding in alaska, the blaze on the kenai peninsula has grown to more than 218 square miles, churning through -- look at that -- churning through dry brush. >> oh, wow. >> high winds really fueling this thing. the fire has now forced more than 1,000 structures to be evacuated. fire crews have as far away as montana have been brought in to help with this fight. luckily, so far, no reports of damage or injuries from this blaze, but smoke can be seen as far north as anchorage, some 60 miles away. >> wow. in arizona, crews making progress in their fight against a huge fire near sedona. the slide fire is now 25% contained after consuming more than 14,000 acres. some of that's the result of back fires to burn out dry tinder fueling the blaze. authorities lifted a pre-evacuation order for nearly 3,000 residents nearby. >> it's early in the season,
right? >> very early. >> we're talking about all these fires so early in the season. let's talk about the memorial day forecast. jennifer gray that's. good morning. >> good morning to you two. we need the rain in new mexico. unfortunately, it's going to be a little bit to the east, so we're going to see a trouble spot maybe in texas for your memorial day. we could see the possibility of large hail and damaging winds as we go through the next couple of hours, into the afternoon. that's when we're really going to start to see that, not quite advancing, but i'll give you the memorial day forecast anyway. we are going to see possible storms in texas. we're going to see that rain continuing. we could see a lot of it, anywhere from 3 to 5 inches possibly as we go through today into tomorrow. could possibly see some showers in the southeast. the place to be, guys, is going to be the northeast. temperatures are going to be in the mid-to-upper 80s. we're going to see a lot of sunshine, also in denver it is going to be very nice with temperatures in the mid-70s. feeling very nice on this memorial day. >> good for them.
>> 80s? >> exactly. sounds great, i know. >> perfect. >> we're so shell-shocked the last six months. >> exactly. 80s? what's the number with the 8 at the beginning? >> jennifer, thanks. let's get an "early start" ayour money. u.s. stock markets are closed right now. i can tell you right now how the dow will close. when it resumes trading tomorrow, the s&p will likely start at a record level just over 1900, that's right, at levels never seen before. so much for that spring sell-off. the nasdaq is up 1.7% so far this month. the dow has been going higher again, too. why? earnings season is nearly over. most companies doing well, the majority of s&p 500 firms have beaten expectations, partly because expectations were so low because of the harsh winter, but we'll take it, right? among the companies we have yet to hear from, costco. its earnings come out on thursday. one of the bellwethers. earnings could point towards americans opening their pockets a bit more or sticking only to buying what they absolutely need. so, we'll watch that. >> that's how i deal with expectations. i set them very, very, very low for myself, like impossibly low,
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breaking overnight, gunmen have shut down a key airport in eastern ukraine after storming the terminal in donetsk, this a day after that country chose a candy tycoon as its next president, but many in the eastern part of that nation did not take part in the election. armed militants made it impossible. they closed down a lot of the polling stations there. senior international correspondent nick paton walsh is live in donetsk this morning. nick, give me a sense of the latest there, if this fresh round of violence will derail whatever progress they may have been, you know, enjoying heading out of these elections. >> reporter: well, certainly, the airport was always considered by local officials here in donetsk to be something they couldn't let fall into separatist hands, but that is what happened. about 3:00 this morning, they moved in, and by 7:00, flights were suspended. that's still the case. the separatists demanding the army pull away, the army staying in position. so, we have a dangerous narrative on the ground here of
increased tension between the separatists and ukrainian authorities, but at the same time, the billionaire, poroshenko, new president of ukraine, just gave a press conference where he sounded very open to the idea of talking to those separatists who he said don't have blood on their hands, basically aren't involved in serious crimes. they could also get amnesty, too, at the same time. he thinks talking to vladimir putin in moscow could be a useful and fruitful discussion, and at the same time, the rush foreign minister has just said, too, that he thinks direct talks between kiev and moscow are entirely possible. so, diplomacy has never potentially looked so positive, if it actually happens, between moscow, who washington say are backing the separatists here in full, who are seen differently on the ground as a real tension rising, and that airport being seized, great uncertainty as to whether the men with guns here on the streets, those separatist merchants are answering to anybody or pursuing a separate agenda. that's what we have to see in the days ahead.
>> it will be interesting to see the government response to that. nick paton walsh in ukraine, thanks very much. meanwhile, egyptians are heading to the polls today. the first round of a two-day presidential election which many observers expect to be a route with overwhelming support going to retired army chief abdel fatah al sisi, who steps down in march to run. his opponent finished third in the 2012 election that brought down now-deposed president mohamed morsi, that brought morsi to power. but with the muslim brotherhood party banned, critics are calling the election ill ejimt. results are expected in june. police in belgium on the hunt for a killer, releasing via of a man they say opened fire with an ak-47, killing four people at a jewish museum in brussels. security stepped up at jewish sites across the country. the victims have been identified as an israeli couple visiting from tel aviv, a french citizen and a worker at the museum. happening today, track star oscar pistorius heading to a psychiatric hospital in pretoria for an assessment.
his mental health now key to his murder trial. a judge decided his actions may have been affected by an anxiety disorder when he shot and killed his girlfriend, reeva steenkamp. he'll spend seven hours a day at the hospital for up to 30 days. >> out-patient treatment. >> right. >> come and go as he pleases, in a way. a political different system. >> a little different treatment, yeah. >> interesting. the king of thailand has now endorsed a military coup that seized power after months of turmoil and deadly clashes in bangkok. the blessing of the king, who is widely revered across that nation, could ease tensions there. and cnn has learned that the former prime minister has been freed from military custody. the army is expected to name an interim prime minister and a legislative council there. sweep rejected. the thunder battle back from two games down, picking up a win against the spurs. >> joe carter has all the playoff action in the "bleacher report," next. if you have moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis, like me, and you're talking to your rheumatologist about a biologic... this is humira.
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offensively. he made his first four shots, scored 15 points on the night, but more importantly, it was his defense that completely discombobulated the spurs' offense. he grabbed seven rebounds, had four blocked shots and had an endless amount of energy. even the league's mvp, kevin durant, was impressed with how well ibaka played in his first game back. >> i gained so much more respect for serge for laying it all on the line for us, put his body out there and sacrificing his health, you know, for the betterment of the team. overnight hockey in new york last night. martin st. louis scored the game-winner for the rangers. a top-shelf beauty, if you will, guys. the blue shirts beat the canadiens 3-2, so new york can now close out the series in advance to the stanley cup finals tuesday night. if they win, it would be their first trip back to 20 years. let's talk a little baseball. the dodgers' josh beckett threw the first no-hitter of the 2014
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disturbing, new details in a killing spree. police reveal they came so close to stopping a rampage that left six people and the gunman dead. now cnn is learning his parents were trying to stop it, too. we're finding out more about the victims this morning. so, he still supports his fellow secretary. chuck hagel telling cnn it's not time to force the va secretary, eric shinseki, from his job, but
hagel says he is angry about allegations that veterans may have died while waiting for care. as the nation pauses to mark memorial day, the new reality for troops in afghanistan. thousands may remain there for years to come, despite the u.s. withdrawal. we'll tell you what the president said during his trip to bagram. welcome back to "early start." i'm christine romans. >> and i'm john berman. 30 minutes after the hour. thanks for being with us. happy memorial day. we're learning more about the desperate moments just after police say 22-year-old elliot rodger began his killing spree, stabbing three people to death at his apartment and then opening fire near the campus of uc santa barbara, leaving three more dead and more than a dozen wounded before finally turning the gun on himself. a family friend tells cnn that rodger's parents received his 137-page manifesto by e-mail just as he was driving the streets with a gun. they saw his disturbing youtube video and then tried in vain to find him.
it was too late. police now believe rodger had been working on his plan for months. an officer had visited him just weeks ago after a relative became concerned about his mental health, but police, they visited and then they left, because they said that elliot rodger seemed to be doing okay. in his manifester, rodger writes, if police had searched his room, they would have found his guns and his whole plan, it would have been all over. >> mr. rodger was, although deeply disturbed, he was able to put on a front, as it were, and convince them, and obviously, convince a lot of other people that he didn't have problems that were so severe that it would require some fairly extreme intervention by mental health professionals. >> we're now learning more about the victims. among them, chen yuan hung and weng and chen.
they were his roommates and it's unclear whether wang was a roommate or visiting the room. veronika weiss was a water polo athlete and always smiling. katie cooper was with her when gunned down, also a tri-delta member, studying art history and archaeology. and choking back tears, christopher martinez's father called him a really great kid. his former roommate said martinez would drop whatever he was doing to help others. classes at uc santa barbara are canceled through tomorrow, when the university will hold a memorial service. and the town, the university, the whole -- i mean, the whole, everyone's just totally broken up by b this. >> rallying around each other. no community wants to be defined by something like this. however, it's certainly a time to remember what happened. 32 minutes after the hour. breaking overnight, three people are missing this morning in western colorado, not far from the utah border after a four-mile-long landslide there. authorities say the slide is two miles wide and more than 250 feet deep, and it's not clear just what is now buried under this landslide.
showing limited cell phone service in that area, and it likely won't be until daylight when police can get a better sense of what actually happened there. he says it makes him sick. defense secretary chuck hagel speaking out about the scandal at the va and telling cnn's jake tapper, whatever's happening there needs to be fixed. but despite calls for va secretary eric shinseki to resign or be fired, hagel says he doesn't support that step yet. >> are you appalled when you see these stories? >> it makes me sick to my stomach, because it is a clear responsibility we have as a country, as a people, to take care of these men and women and their families who sacrificed so much. i know systems are imperfect. i mean, i get that. but when you've got what we do know -- and you're right, we do need to get the facts. let's see exactly what happened, why it happened, how it happened. then we've got to fix it. then we have to fix it. >> house veteran affairs
committee chair jeff miller also among those not yet calling for shinseki to be fired. he told candy crowley on "state of the union" it's a culture problem, not necessarily an issue with top leadership. >> this is much larger than the secretary of the department of veterans affairs. >> like what? >> well, you've got an entrenched burke self that exists out there that is not held accountable, that is shooting for goals, goals that are not helping the veteran. the person that's supposed to be served is not the bureaucrat, it's the veteran. >> shinseki this week is expected to bring president obama the preliminary results of a va investigation into the allegations that some facilities used secret lists to keep wait times off the books, sometimes with deadly results. you can see jake's entire interview with chuck hagel this afternoon on "the lead," 4:00 p.m. eastern here on cnn. it is memorial day, such an important day to remember and honor those who have served. and president obama, along with the va secretary, are set to mark the holiday at arlington national cemetery. the president will lay a wreath at the tomb of the unknowns and deliver a speech on the importance of this day.
he spent part of the weekend seeing our fighting men and women firsthand. the president was in afghanistan on an unannounced trip, talking up an ongoing relationship that could keep troops on the ground there for years. here's white house correspondent michelle kosinski. >> reporter: well, the president didn't mention the va hospital scandal by name, but he did seem to touch on it when he emphasized to troops americans' sacred obligation, as he put it, to take care of wounded warriors. and also, the president mentioned that this is really a pivotal time for u.s. involvement in afghanistan as well as foreign policy. he did mention that he hopes for a bilateral security agreement, and both of the presidential candidates in afghanistan who are involved in a runoff election right now have mentioned that they are amenable to it, something that would keep a limited u.s. presence in afghanistan. and as the president put it, would preserve the gains made there by u.s. troops. >> everybody knows afghanistan's still a very dangerous place.
insurgents still launch cowardly attacks against innocent civilians. but just look at the progress that you've made possible. afghans reclaiming their communities and more girls returning to school, dramatic improvements in public health and life expectancy and literacy. that's your legacy. >> reporter: back to you. >> all right, michelle kosinski for us at the white house. this morning, pope francis is in jerusalem wrapping up an eventful visit to the holh holy and meeting with prime minister benjamin netanyahu, a day after the pontiff called the palestinian territories the state of palestine. but he also called on israel and the palestinians to meet with him personally to meet personally at the vatican, at his vatican apartment for a peace summit. vatican correspondent delia gallagher live in jerusalem. delia, what is the pope up to right now? >> reporter: christine, the pope is currently meeting with israeli president shimon peres. he has just called him a wise and good man.
this is a morning for meetings with jewish leaders and israeli leaders. earlier, he was at the yad vashem holocaust memorial, where he met with six survivors of the holocaust. he spent some time with them. he kissed their hands and listened to some very moving testimony about some letters and diaries of holocaust victims. earlier, he was also at the wailing wall, another very important place for the jewish people. he spent some time in prayer there, left a handwriting note at the wall. he met with chief rabbis of jerusalem and he condemned anti-semitism. so, his message this morning very much to the jewish people and to the israeli leaders. as you said, he will shortly be meeting with prime minister netanyahu. >> and injecting himself right there into the peace process, the middle east peace process. the significance of that?
>> reporter: well, it was a surpri surprise, the invitation to come to the vatican for a day of prayer, the pope called it. so, he's not labelling it a peace initiative as such or a political initiative, that is. it certainly would be a peaceful initiati initiative, a day of prayer where the two parties could at least be in the same room. they're not currently speaking, so that was the pope's way to extend his hand to both parties in this very difficult, conflicted region. >> delia gallagher for us this morning in jerusalem. thank you, delia. 38 minutes after the hour. in alaska this morning, fire crews desperately trying to slow down a fast-growing blaze on the kenai peninsula. it's now burned 218 square miles, fueled in part by dry brush and high winds. more than 1,000 structures had to be evacuated. so far, there are no reports of damage or injuries from this blaze, but you can see smoke there, the fire. it can be seen as far north as
anchorage, some 60 miles away. more success in arizona, where a huge fire near sedona is now 25% contained. the slide fire has burned through more than 14,000 acres. it grew in part because crews set their own fires to dry up the tinder before the main blaze could. authorities plan today to lift a pre-evacuation order for more than 3,000 residents nearby. what will the weather hold today for this memorial day? jennifer gray has that. good morning, jennifer. >> good morning to you guys. we are going to see a little bit of rain in texas. that's going to be the trouble spot as we go through memorial day. we could see the possibility of severe weather. we're talking about damaging winds, large hail, and even the possibility of an isolated tornado. that's going to stretch from del rio, san angelo all the way up to abilene. lubbock is also included in that. a lot of rain is headed your way. we've already had a lot, and we could see an additional 2 to 4 inches of rain rkrain, isolateds
up to 5 inches. so we're talking about a lot of rain around san angelo and also on the outskirts of midland. let's talk about good news, because the northeast, after the winter we've had, you deserve a good holiday weekend. temperatures are going to be in the 80s across most of the northeast. a lot of folks will be heading to the beaches. 88 in washington, d.c. that is mighty toasty. we're going to see temperatures starting out at 70 in new york. and as we go through the afternoon, temperatures will be right around 84 degrees and then dropping off later this evening. the place to be, though, guys, denver. temperatures right around 70 degrees and sunshine. >> they've had awful weather there for a while. they had, like, the hail, golf ball, tennis ball, you know, baseball-sized hail for days and days. so, denver finally gets a break. that's nice to see. jennifer gray, thank you very much. >> thanks, jennifer. let's get an "early start" on your money. stock markets in this country are closed for the holiday, but asian markets are higher overnight, thanks in part to a big rally on wall street. the s&p finished the week at a record high. look at that!
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a feeling sometimes on the ground that they're all on to themselves. that's certainly the case this morning at donetsk airport, a key part of the infrastructure that the pro-kiev governor, his aides said was never going to fall into separatist hands. well, at 3:00 this morning, armed men burst in. at 7:00, flights were suspended, we're told by an airport spokesperson. that's still the same situation now, and concerns, too, because separatists have declared what they would call martial law here. that's not really changed daily life on the ground, but as part of their rhetoric, suggest they will push ukrainian troops out of this area. at the same time, this is where it gets complicated. pet rapport sche petro poroshenko wants to go to moscow in early june to meet with president putin and says he can amnesty separatists if they're not guilty of crimes and says, too, he simply can't associate with terrorists, as he refers to the militants here running around with guns. we have a window for resolution, but on the ground, people are
moving towards tension. that's the fear. where do we go in the days ahead and who's really controlling these gunmen? christine? >> you talk about the president-elect, a billionaire, a chocolate tycoon, someone who's already been speaking about cleaning up corruption in the country, strengthening the court system. you know, he'd like the country to look attractive to investors and to the outside world, but his first order of business really are these separatists. >> reporter: absolutely. nothing can really move forward in this country until they've decided what happens to donetsk and luhansk and the separatists' self-declared new governments who have put themselves in power through an illegitimate referendum. that needs to be resolved. also, the ukrainian army needs to be "reborn." they simply don't have the force to the ground to equip these militants. that's the question, too. and i get a feeling he thinks time is on his side. let the separatists fail to brick in government here, let them falter and see, perhaps, local people just get angry at
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week. stock markets in the u.s. are closed for memorial day, but overnight, asian shares were higher, in part because of the good news from friday in the u.s. the s&p 500 set a new record, topping 1900 for the very first time. big story this morning, complying with obamacare's rules just got a little tougher for some companies. the law makes larger firms responsible for offering health care to their employees, and some companies thought it would be just cheaper and easier to just give their workers cash to go buy their own plans on those health care exchanges. think again. the irs has now ruled that's an illegal work-around. a lot of big companies are doing this. and any company that does it could be fined up to $100 a day. could be fined up to $100 a day. "new day" starts right now. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com these things are going to continue until somebody does something! >> breaking overnight, all six of the santa barbara shooter's victims identified, all six college students.
we hear the powerful words of a father who lost his son, telling cnn why he's not just sad but so very angry. frantic search. new details on the killer's parents and their desperate attempt to get to him before he did the unthinkable. this as we learn more about his troubled past. the peacemaker. pope francis in the middle east this morning, throwing himself into the middle of the peace process. can he do what others could not? your "new day" starts right now. good morning and welcome to "new day." it is monday, may 26th, 6:00 in the east. chris and kate are off today. john berman is here. we begin with devastating details e emerging about the gunman behind the deadly rampage in california. in his own words, elliot rogers
spelled out his rage in a manifesto, women. he says troubles with girls sent his life into a tail spin that e ended with the shootings. 13 people were injured before rogers took his own life. we're learning more about those victims. we have the story covered for you from all angles. let's start with sara. >> reporter: this community wants the world to concentrate on the victims and not the shooter. and the sheriff released the names of the three victims. there were six in moment, three more victims. he released the names of all of those victims were stabbed to death in the suspect's apartment. >> shots fired, shots fired. >> reporter: all six victims have not but identified. rogers roommates