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this is the view news live from berlin at least 11 people are dead after a shooting near frankfurt here in germany this is spec and gunman has been found dead in his home new details are emerging about a possible motive reports indicate the suspect may have been a rightwing extremist federal prosecutors say they're now taking charge we'll have the very latest on the ground from our correspondent at the scene with analysis as well here in the studio.
i'm brian thomas good to have you with us today we start with breaking news here in germany at least 11 people are dead after shootings in the city of how now that's near frankfurt. 9 people were shot dead 2 who could barres 5 others were seriously wounded police say the suspected gunman was found dead at his home in germany's billed newspaper is reporting that the suspect left a video and a statement in which he expressed extreme right views and admits to carrying out the shootings. ok let's take a listen now to what witnesses and residents have been saying. about 10 pm i came downstairs with my 2 small children. my parents live just around the corner. 2 men were waiting outside. and i
think this attack was delayed 6 or 7 minutes because i walked past with my children . my kids and i were in good spirits. i live 100 meters from here and when i went up stairs i heard 567 shots that's what i saw and. my friends uncle was shot here behind us at the kiosk and we came here to express our sympathy. to survive on the one hand you feel a bit powerless and on the other hand i don't want to call it fear but it's something like that that you have to be afraid to go out on to go to a bar. also good. let's get the very latest now do you have used political correspondent hans broad here in the studio on the ground and how now we have
a reporter rebecca stout meyer good day to both of you rebecca what's the situation where you are right now. well currently the scene behind me has calmed down and cleared out much more so than than it was but there are still investigations still ongoing this is still very much an active crime scene behind me there's there's still evidence marked out on the ground police have have blocked off the road it's been blocked off practically since the shooting started last night at 10 o'clock the scene that you see behind me is the site of the 1st shooting it's a it's a bar and where the where the where the gunman 1st 1st fired before moving on to the 2nd she said our location ok we're getting some live images there as as we speak right back that we have 11 individuals dead right now including the shooter 5 people are wounded there in serious condition what other details of what he's been
releasing. police have not released any information on the victims other than the number of people who had been killed. we like you said we do know that there are 9 people who were killed in the in the shootings the 2 she said barres themselves to other bodies were found one of the suspected gunman and and another body was also found in the same apartment where the suspected gunman's body was found separately and that was that was discovered after following ben the following a large manhunt and search for for the suspect so that brings the total up to 11 but so far police have not been releasing any information they're still following following leads and they're still trying to trying to gather as much information before they before they release it to us what i do know however is that many of the
families and members of the community. were still here overnight have still been coming out have been have have been peeking through the tape have been trying to get information from officers on the ground and the officers are also doing their best but there's just unfortunately not a lot that they're able to say publicly or to people who aren't necessarily immediate family so it's been a really difficult situation ok for the people in this community there must be a lot of concern what have they been saying to you about about some of their fears about what's happened over right where you are. well there are they're shocked they're there they're shocked that this happened you see a lot of family is there there are there are kids poking their heads through the windows looking out on this at this blocked off crime scene you know there this is an area where we're stuck where many families live i wouldn't talk to one of
which played in the clip previously said that he and his children narrowly escaped the shooting last night they were just minutes away they barely got to their door just around the block and inside by the time they heard the shots ring out. so it's an air of a profound sadness and. and honestly just shock ok what can you tell us about the shisha bar where these shootings took place right behind you there are no. you hope so so the one behind me here and ha no this this one is located in downtown honolulu the site of the 1st shooting police have not given us details exactly just yet on exactly how the shootings were carried out or the parameters around it up from based on eyewitness statements it sounded like the gunman opened fire outside of this she shop are here
before getting in a car fleeing going to and driving across the city to another she said bar and then also according to local media then just either forcing his way into that césar bar or indiscriminately firing out in front of it the exact the exact timeline of what happened will will hopefully be made more clear later when the police release more information. let's talk about the motivation the possible motivation here as we heard from rebecca police are not really releasing a lot of details german media has issued some reports about right extremist potential motivation is i think the most clear indication we have that there is some sort of ideological background to this is the fact that the federal prosecutor has taken in hand these investigations that means that.
there is a suspected motive against the german states involved in this and from all the information that we have and all we can fairly safely assume that the motive is a right wing motorist a motive an extreme right wing motive have also been fairly detailed reports by now about the. written statements of the perpetrator of the probable perpetrator left behind and also he published a video on you tube just a few days ago which is very noble at the moment in which she explains seems to explain some of. it's motivation that's been quoted from by various media outlets and it seems to involve especially an anti immigrant stance a kind of irrational fear that immigration in germany in some way in some sense threatens society so that appears to be the background to these events ok
now police are operating on a video and a letter that they have do we know when or if they might be released when we could have access to these kind of documents how does this usually work in this kind of investigation we must assume that the police are several hours ahead of us in this investigation. all happened late last night and during the night the police in fact rate at the home of the alleged perpetrator where they found his body and apparently the body of his mother and at that stage they must have also found these documents and this video and even doing the night already the federal prosecutor took over the investigation so they will be several hours ahead of us they will be following leads for instance to see whether or not other people were involved in preparing this crime in aiding and abetting the perp perpetrator we don't know that but the usual method is that the authorities are very very careful about
releasing information there take a long time before they confirm things and release information only if they themselves particularly clear and our search and that these facts are in fact true at the same time they are obviously trying to not. possible other people involved in these crimes so they are not releasing much information about what direction the investigations are taking at the moment ok we're going to bring in a security expert counter terrorism adviser as well as name is young some p.r. he's a job. ending us from frankfurt right now his company's based here in berlin he happens to be in frankfurt right now young son pierre thanks for being with us today. can you tell us. what are your initial thoughts about the investigation so far well as your your colleague mentioned obvious it's there are hours ahead of us it
seems to be going a lot faster than in previous cases what we've seen in the house and enough. case in other far right. extremist attacks of the last couple of years to we're seeing. better resources they seem to be much quicker on top of the situation based on earlier cases so that's already a good sign the fact indeed that the general. state prosecutor in the national prosecutor in germany has already taken over the case last night is already an indication of how fast this investigation has been going ok now before we went to air we had time to talk a little bit and you said you have some information about the letter and about the video of the alleged perpetrator can you tell us what you know about the documentation. well it's very much in line with what's been said
with christ church another. while it's a letters and statements have been made to link to far right terrorist acts over the last 18 months or so and again mentions there's a star a strong focus on the notion of great replacement the this is a doctrine or mentality within far right circles that has been. is about 40 years old and has become very prominent around 2011 and that's very that's fueled a lot of theories a lot of the motivations behind the attacks of course to gain even more prominence in germany after 2015 and we're seeing the fact that the influx of refuge influx in 2015 was seen as a sign of his conspiracy of the great replacement to respond to replace people in their own countries with migrants. and this is seems again to be the deed to framework and under which this attack took place what about the preparation
necessary for this level of attack 11 people dead 9 of course in the she should bars was this a lone wolf or based on your experience your analysis what do you think. well we're similarly dealing with a lone actor not necessarily a lone wolf but a long doctor so the same way that we've seen again in christchurch in complexity a couple years ago in holland however to support is digital now. and whether or not it's going to be interesting to find out just the extent of the suspect's network online what type of support you know what which websites to be consulted we already know about the you tube video posted of a few days ago so we know he's very active online. what do his followers say because you have followers all these elements show that in the end the support that he received whether it be moral logistical possibly financial we know that with the
price search they he received money from from austria that support being digital that he did not act alone per se and this is a situation terms of the sophistication if he already had access to weapons. planning it's not that big that means he only needs to prepare a statement find his targets and fire away so that the preparation to these types of attacks remember you know why they're so so successful it's important to point out for viewers this this is speculative right now we're still waiting for police confirmation on this where we're proceeding along the lines of what we're getting from security experts and what we're moving on with the german media information there. this does come as there have been in the past few weeks a number of raids on extreme rice right wing militia groups can you fit those 2
pieces together for us this and the militia raids by police authorities. it's certainly a great concern we've seen over the past year and numerous groups forming whether they be what south groups or smaller militia types of the 5th face or the defense framed organization that aim to defend germany against invaders do something against migrants and what's seen as in appropriate politics and more and more the group of these groups have been popping up and last week over the weekend actually there was one of these groups who had planned a large scale attack in germany was targeting high profile politicians journalists mosques and so. today or last night's attack. will let likely fits into that general set of mindset that is unfortunately fueling a lot of these groups whether or not that person was affiliates affiliated to one
of those that impossible to say at this point in time however there is a brother mindset brother network at play a tendency in which we're seeing both the small militias as well as long actors acting on their turning thought into action young some p.r. stern expert and counterterrorism advisor thanks so much for now for bringing us up to date on some years ots there thank you. more what has been some of the political response so far to this the mare of course of who has sent his condolences to the families. yes there have been responses from the mayor and also from the government spokesman that's the central government here and. also from various politicians especially from the region of frankfurt and tom all about the response so far has simply been to express solidarity with the victims and their families to give them their support and the political assessment of what has happened there
has not yet been reflected in their reactions and that has to do with the fact that in fact we don't know with absolute certainty yet what the political backgrounds of those was. open attentions and government spokesmen the people on the ground the. local m.p. and so i've been very careful not to allude to any political motive at this stage ok we are waiting for confirmation on any political motive that is important to point out right now on sobrante thanks much you too rebecca as well and on i will be following this story very closely as more details come in we're going to brief you now some of the other stories making news today 2 former passengers of a cruise ship in japan have died after contracting the coronavirus of the desk of the day after passengers started to leave the diamond princess after testing negative for the virus not showing symptoms during a 14 day quarantine. thousands of women have rallied
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president trump has named his country's ambassador to germany richard grinnell to be the acting director of national intelligence grills a staunch supporter of the president's policies his new position puts him in charge of the nation's 17 spy agencies but critics say he has no intelligence gathering the spirits as acting director would not have to be confirmed by the senate. let's get more on this now with washington correspondent of a solid good morning you all over what's behind the president's move to name now as the acting director of these powerful spying agencies. well run that's a key position in the white house and you really can consider this move to be something like a reward for richard grinnell's duty in berlin as the ambassador to germany of the united states you know critics have seen him a something like president trump's agate tater in berlin but he certainly also was a very polarizing figure he was isolated in berlin as well you know
diplomatically as well as the german government but then at the same time president trump praised him over and over again for his job and particularly because of how he interpreted his position there is a better he wasn't really acting like a diplomat he essentially tried to tell the german the german government there what to do criticizing the threatening at times whenever essentially the german policy was not in president trumps interests and so we even had some critical voices here today from democratic lawmakers who said that 3 that's elevating trump's lapdog as one lawmaker said and that shows that the republicans care more about loyalty than national security obviously tackling the fact that richard grenell has no experience in intelligence spots on the other hand for trump he's a loyalist and someone he can really count on and we'll be back shortly with all of
her to talk about a major debate the us democratic party holds its 9th presidential debate wednesday night with the top 6 candidates facing off on stage is the bar for nomination to take on president trump in this year's election the former mayor of new york city billionaire michael bloomberg appeared his 1st debate after rising sharply in the polls can even came just days before voters in the state of nevada go to the polls in the 3rd contests of the democratic party's primary season. well bloomberg came under sharp attack from his rivals here's how he defended his bid for the nomination and i'm a philanthropist who didn't inherit his money but made his money and i'm spending money to get rid of donald trump the worst president we have ever had and if i can get their act on it will be a great contribution to america and to my ok michael bloomberg there throwing down the gauntlet how does he do in his 1st presidential debate he's quite an
unusual candidate and that money he spend in his ad some $300000000.00 more than all the other candidates is all his own money so he doesn't except that he do nations in he's not planning to accept donations in the future so the democratic national committee had to change the rules for him to be allowed to the debate tonight and he will certainly attacked for that and criticized by all the other contenders century that were arguing that bloomberg is trying to buy the election he was criticized there for his wealth for on release tax returns also for how his company treated women and it was his 1st debate and you could really tell that he was lacking experience on the on the on the debate stage but on the other hand his ads seem to work and he's currently the 3rd strongest candidate right after bernie sanders and joe biden ok bernie sanders joe biden what were some of the take for
you from the debate in light of these other candidates the 5 other challengers. right well it was a very fiery debate more fiery than recent debates perhaps and that is also because it's just a few days until the nevada caucus and super tuesday is around the corner that certainly it water shed moment because some of the most populous us states will vote on the democratic candidate and interesting bernie sanders who is currently the leader in polls was not necessarily the person most at tact you're on the stage 2 everyone else was rather focusing on groom bergen in addition the candidates took on each other like amy colbert shahr against good to judge elizabeth warren had a strong performance but the real winner perhaps your 3 today was bernie sanders who was really able to sell his progressive ideas and nobody was really hindering him ok all over thanks much for that from washington turkish president richard
tired barito want to struggling to launch a military operation and serious problems if russian backed syrian troops continue to attack rebels in the area the fighting has displaced hundreds of thousands of people triggered a humanitarian crisis russia is warning turkey not to attack syrian forces but turkish troops are already massing for a possible assault. on the move syrian refugees fleeing as strikes and artillery fire and it live and aleppo province says an estimated 1000000 people are trying to escape advancing syrian government forces backed by the russian military . taki which support some rebel groups is alarmed by the number of people moving toward its country tekkie already hosts more than 3 and a half 1000000 syrian refugees and says it can't handle any more. i don't know where i'm going i just want to get on the road stay under an olive tree what am i
supposed to do we're more supposed to go. there or. not to turkey if turkish president ratchet type ad one has his way in the tech capital ankara he said it's just a matter of time until turkey intervenes that is your proof the other thing we are no making our last warnings unfortunately we have not been able to reach the desired result so far during our talks in turkey in russia and in the field meanwhile russia tried to tone down the rhetoric defending syrian government forces you it says are being targeted by taki he sticks to the stool that really the syrian armed forces respond to these unacceptable provocations confirming that the hearings and the initial agreements on the lip including cease fire agreements and we support them and. with. a country still deep in
war people here desperately looking for refuge meanwhile a startling contrast domestic flights of started up again to aleppo for the 1st time in 8 years just like back in peace times a sign of normality only it's anything but. desperate migrants making a dangerous crossing an all too familiar scene in the mediterranean sea w. has been getting a close look at a rescue operation to help migrant vessels in distress one of our reporters is with the ocean viking off the libyan coast the rescue ship is on its 3rd mission within just 48 hours it's taken aboard more than 90 migrants some of them inference and small children there are now $300.00 migrants roughly on that ship and though they're lucky to be alive they do face an uncertain future. our correspondent near
drugstore sent us some of his impressions of the rescue missions he's witnessed onboard the vessel well the latest rescue mission was really tough the weather conditions were challenging we had strong winds sent to now 3 metre high waves when we approached the rubber boat we saw that was severely overcrowded. people with the 21 the women and 28 miners we had 3 women who are pregnant and the driver of the fast rescue boat. where i was. he did i think that just traveled good variable job because it's pretty high. to balance this as best so that the refugees become over from their boat. it must be a dangerous situation because if you hit the boat off the refugees their boat can break and that if they're refugees that have felt fell out of the water so the rescue
operation occurred. an oil platform and there was also other ships present but no one did anything we have to make sure that somebody is taking care of those refugees the doctors are taking care of them and i think the medics are also reporting in i think this is a new information the medics are reporting having seen wounds from violence related injuries that patients reported having been sustained during their time in libya so this is another proof that you know those people who left libya that they had no other possibility to to do anything else that there was nothing else that's what do they think that they could do. sorge there also in the news today at least 85 people have been rescued from a building in me in maher's commercial yang story building in chinatown area to
these apartments and several stores it was ablaze for a number of hours safety standards are considered low in the city's downtown after years of under investment. u.s. rapper pop smoke has been shot dead during an apparent robbery of his los angeles home 2 men wearing masks are reported to have fired multiple shots during the incident early wednesday morning the rapper regarded by many as a rising star was pronounced dead at hospital a short time later. he has unveiled its strategy for regulating controversy artificial intelligence technology in the 27 member states european commission president on the line is calling for strict oversight of the sector saying ai must comply with people's privacy rights. prince harry and his wife megan are to carry out their final duties as active
royals in late february and march that according to british media their decision to step down means they will no longer have an office at buckingham palace as of april the 1st. let's get back to that breaking news story we're covering for you at this hour at least 11 people are dead after shootings near frankfurt here in germany it acts occurred to shisha bars in the town of hanau another 5 people are seriously wounded police say the body of the suspected gunman was later found dead at his home along with out of his mother germany's build newspaper is reporting that the suspect left a video and a statement in which he expressed far right views and admitted to carrying out the shootings police have not confirmed this report as yet federal prosecutors have taken charge of this investigation.