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>> number seven, memorial day traffic is at its worst tomorrow. kerry for that. te good morning, america. for our viewers in the west, a small city devastated, our nation in shock again. the question this wednesday, can we find the will to make this stop? grade school massacre in texas. 21 killed, 19 children, 2 teachers at the hands of a teen gunman. in our nation's second deadliest school shooting ever. the latest in the surge of mass shootings, the powerful speech on the senate floor. >> what are we doing? why are you here? >> strong reaction 400 miles away in dallas. >> when are we going to do something? >> and an emotional president biden. >> i am sick and tired of it. we have to act. >> calling out lawmakers who
block gun control measures. our team is on the scene in uvalde, texas, this morning. breaking overnight, the critical primary election results for the candidates backed by former president trump. "operation fly formula," more help for parents set to arrive as three of the nation's top makers of baby formula and government regulators get ready to testify on capitol hill. wnba star brittney griner detained for 97 days in russia. >> at this point i don't even know who i'm getting back when she comes back. >> why her wife cherelle griner waited until now to speak about brittney's imprisonment. >> she had spent quite a bit of time in russia playing for the team. what was her experience prior to this? >> the fight to bring b.g. home. don't miss the life-changing moment. two sisters born in china and adopted by families in different countries, meet for the first time in person, live right here on "gma."
and we do say good morning, america, on this very, very difficult morning. a small texas city is in shock. our nation is reliving this nightmare nearly a decade after those young students at sandy hook were killed. >> the elementary school there in uvalde, texas, is now the scene of the second deadliest school shooting in our nation's history. 19 children and 2 teachers were killed. president biden has ordered all flags on federal grounds to fly at half-staff. >> the victims, litt children, third and fourth grade. gunned down just ahead of summer agg k. that our schools are not safe. more than 40 school shootings in just the last year, hundreds of thousands of american children have been subjected to gun violence since columbine. all of it etched in our collective memory -- parkland, sandy hook and now uvalde.
amy robach starts us off from that shattered city. good morning, amy. >> reporter: george, good morning. it is with an extremely heavy heart that i find myself standing once again in front of the scene of a deadly mass school shooting. uvalde is a small town, 16,000 people. the children at robb elementary school started their day yesterday like millions of other children all over this country. so excited about the last week of school and the start of summer vacation. by 11:32 that all changed. this morning, the devastating new details after a gunman opened fire here at robb elementary school in uvalde, texas. >> respond to south grove and mill street to establish a perimeter. >> reporter: 19 students and 2 teachers killed. >> my heart was broken today for
my small community and we need your prayers. >> reporter: before entering the school, gunman 18-year-old salvador ramos, a student at uvalde high school, shot his grandmother at her residence. she is now in critical condition. >> we were the first to hear the gun. we were right behind the house. >> reporter: shortly after he crashed his car outside the school premises where he engaged with law enforcement. then at 11:32 a.m. central time the suspect wearing body armor, abandoned his vehicle and entered the school where second, third and fourth graders were in the middle of the school day. the gunman opening fire as soon as he stepped on school grounds. students reportedly scrambling out of windows to escape. >> we just heard all kind of gunshots flying off like nonstop like constantly gunshots and on the -- we were on the ground scared for our lives. >> reporter: this fourth grader telling abc news about the moments when the gunfire started
firing shots at his classroom. >> when he sees our teacher and students he starts shooting at the window and wall and all smoke is in the room. >> reporter: authorities confirming the suspect was armed with an ar-15-style rifle. sources telling abc news all the victims at this school died in the same location inside the school. officers arrive on the scene and begin exchanging gunfire with the shooter while some parents rush toward the scene in desperation. >> hey, it's okay. we're right here. go inside. go inside. >> reporter: two officers injured but sustaining nonlife-threatening injuries. the gunman fatally shot by police. a community now grieving as families mourn the lives of those lost. and in an address to the nation, president biden offering any and all assistance. >> i had hoped when i became president i would not have to do this again, another massacre. how many scores of little children who witnessed what happened, see their friends die
as if they're on a battlefield for god's sake? they'll live with this the rest of their lives. >> reporter: after the shooting there was chaos. there was so much heart break. officials were able to usher some of the relatives and the friend and gather them at the town's convention center were officials had the unimaginable task of taking dna samples to aid in the victim identification. robin? >> all right, amy, we'll be back in just a bit. we'll learn more about the victims this morning, including those 19 elemntary school children who were murdered. mireya villarreal is at uvalde memorial hospital where some of the victims are being treated this morning. good morning, mireya. >> reporter: robin, it was a heart breaking situation to witness and to be a part of yesterday. definitely a very long day. it was chaotic and exhausting for the parents and first responders involved in this situation. we saw it on their faces throughout the day.
initially 13 patients came here to the uvalde hospital. three of them were in such critical condition, their injuries so severe they had to be taken to a hospital in san antonio to get treatment. in total four people ended up there. this morning, we're learning more about the lives suddenly taken inside that school. fourth grade special education teacher teacher eva mireles taught with the uvalde school district for 17 years before losing her life tuesday. she leaves behind a family, including a daughter. gabby was a former student of hers. >> ms. mireles, that kind of teaching, that hands-on, doing whatever she could do to help gabby -- i mean, that's the kind of thing she did every day. >> reporter: families rushing to the scene minutes after the shooting. one dad unable to find his daughter, asking us if we knew where the funeral home was. >> pretty sad.
really sad. i don't know what this world is coming to. >> reporter: this grandfather waited all day at the school to find out if his granddaughter would make it home alive. >> i just took a little time to go to the hospital and see if we could find out anything there and nothing. >> reporter: late last night he learned his grand daughter was among the students killed. so was 10-year-old javier lopez. according to his cousin, xavier's mom was at an awards ceremony a few hours prior to the shooting, not knowing this would be her final moments with her son. xavier's grandmother speaking on the phone with abc news. >> it's just so hard. you send your kids to school and thinking they're going to make it back home and then they aren't. >> reporter: amerie jo garza who just turned 10 two weeks ago now confirmed to be among the victims. her father saying my little love is flying high with the angels
above. please don't take a second for granted. hug your family. tell them you love them. the student victims believed to be in third and fourth grade. law enforcement sources telling abc news a number of them are children of customs and border patrol agents. we spoke with border patrol sector chief jason owens whose colleague was hit with gunfire while engaging the suspect directly but is expected to survive. >> in the worst of times you also get to see the very best in people and that's what i have seen time and time again in these communities around south texas. >> reporter: so just to clarify, four total patients were taken to san antonio, to university hospital. we understand two are still in critical condition as of right now. two are in good condition. we spoke with a lot of parents yesterday. it was heart breaking to see the pain and suffering in their faces, the disbelief that this could happen in their town, in uvalde, texas. this morning we saw a shift change at the hospital, and it's the same look we saw from a lot
of workers going inside to continue their jobs. >> definitely could see that, mireya. thank you. let's get more about the investigation including new details about the gunman and the safe security measures in the uvalde school district. our chief national correspondent matt gutman is outside the gunman's home. good morning, matt. >> reporter: hey, good morning, michael. that rampage began in that house just behind me. the suspect allegedly shooting his grandmother first. now law enforcement officials tell me that the suspect purchased both of those ar style rifles two days before the shooting legally. the investigation now focusing on whether he had accomplices and whether it was preplanned in any way and how the suspect slipped through all the guardrails in place in this community meant to stop an attack just like this. this morning, authorities telling abc news the shooter legally purchased two ar variant long guns within a week of his 18th birthday. >> what happened in uvalde is a horrific tragedy that cannot be
tolerated in the state of texas. >> reporter: his classmates at uvalde high school telling abc news the suspect was known for fighting and threatening classmates. nathan romo who witnessed part of the shooting had once been friends with him. what did you do to prompt him to say i'll kill you? >> nothing. well, i used to be his friend but i told him like i wasn't going to be his friend no more because he was being weird. not only me, but a lot of other people. >> reporter: several others saying the suspect rarely went to school, and when he did, he sometimes frightened students. >> he had scars on his face and i remember somebody asking him like what happened, are you okay because he showed up to school with them and he just straight out told them, you know, with a smile, i did it myself because i like how it looks. >> reporter: vasquez worked with him at a restaurant. now investigators working to determine how and when the gun man assembled his arsenal which included ar-15s, body armor and
numerous magazines. >> what we do know when he made entry into the school and he was shooting children and adults, and teachers, we did have several police officers that made entry and actually were met with gunfire by the suspect. >> reporter: authorities saying he shot his grandmother before that school part of a district with robust security measures in place including lockdown protocol, threat assessment teams and a digital program to monitor social media threats. but the shooter allegedly leaving a trail of disturbing social media posts hinting at an attack. investigators now pouring over the gunman's accounts where he reportedly sent videos and photos of guns to other users, even images of animal abuse. as recently as tuesday morning an instagram account believed to be connected to the shooter sending a photo of a gun laying on a bed to another user. law enforcement also reviewing screen shots of messages the suspect allegedly sent a different instagram user tagging them in an image of firearms.
then the day before the shooting the gunman also reportedly saying on the platform, wait till tomorrow. now, a community searching for answers. i just spoke with the suspect's grandfather who said he had no idea his grandson had those guns in the house. the grandfather saying he's a felon and it's illegal for him to have them in the house. he also wonders who took him to purchase that weapons and where he practiced with them. robin? >> many of us are wondering that, all right, matt, thank you. as we heard, president biden made impassioned remarks about the massacre expressing outrage at lawmakers who are blocking gun control measures that he believes would save lives. >> these kinds of mass shootings never happen with the kind of frequency they happen in america. why? why are we willing to live with this carnage? why do we keep letting this happen? where in god's name is our backbone?
to have the courage to stand up to the lobbyists. >> for more we bring in cecilia vega. good morning, cecilia. >> reporter: hi, robin. good morning to you. so president biden, listen to this, he had barely been on the ground for a little over an hour after that asia trip before he had to make this address to the nation, and on top of that, this is the second time he has had to deliver one of these in just the span of a week. you saw a president last night who was grieving and you saw a president who was extremely angry. he has been talking about gun control for decades. in fact, as vice president he was put in charge of the white house response to gun control efforts in the wake of that sandy hook massacre, and, yet, here we are. there has been little meaningful action on gun control taken by capitol hill in congress in this city in nearly 30 years. the president has taken executive action on guns but even he concedes there's not much more he can do on that front. so he's calling on congress to act. he's saying, robin, something
has to change. you and i know this, we've covered so many of these, it's the same plea we hear time and time again after one of these incidents. >> where do things actually stand, cecilia, with lawmakers right now? >> reporter: yeah, so the senate could take a vote on background checks at some point but democrats, they don't have the votes on that one. we always say this. gun control remains stalled on capitol hill. robin, there's frustration on both sides this morning. just listen to the senator from connecticut who is from the state where that horrible sandy hook massacre occurred. listen to him on the senate floor yesterday. >> what are we doing? what are we doing? just days after a shooter walked into a grocery store to gun down african american patrons, we have another sandy hook on our hands. what are we doing? there were more mass shootings than days in the year.
our kids are living in fear. every single time they set foot in the classroom they think they're going to be next. what are we doing? >> reporter: so then there's the flip side. the texas senator ted cruz just hours after these 19 children and their teacher were murdered at school blaming the media, blaming democrats for politicizing the issue saying in times like these, they try to restrict the constitutional rights of law abiding citizens. so, robin, when you ask where do things stand in this city, i'll tell you where they stand. they stand in exactly the same place they have stood for decades with these lawmakers facing this question when will enough actually be enough? is it 19 dead kids this time? is that enough? >> that's the question. cecilia, thank you. there's got to be some common ground that can be found. >> you would think. well, there's common ground among the american people. 80% of the american people support effective background checks on these gun purchases. no question about that.
let's get more context from our chief justice correspondent pierre thomas. pierre, as we have been saying, an absolute surge in mass shootings over the last couple of years. >> reporter: that's right, george. right now we're in the midst of a surge of mass shootings where four or more people are killed or injured in an incident and also active shooter scenarios where a gunman arrives in a populated area and begins firing. think about this, last year according to the fbi there were 60 active shooter incidents. that's nearly four times as many as there were in 2013. as far as mass shootings, we've seen a spike tied to the pandemic. in 2019 there were 417 mass shootings. by last year the number had jumped to 693. something dangerous is happening and the numbers tell the story. and with hundreds of millions of guns already out there, there's no real reason to believe this will get any better any time soon unless something changes where we can identify these killers before they act. >> identifying them is one thing but as president biden talked about, it's hard to avoid the conclusion the big difference
between here and just about everywhere else is the wide availability of powerful guns. >> reporter: you're absolutely right, but every law enforcement official i've spoken to in the last 24 hours says we've got to do a better job of identifying these shooters before they kill. time and time again we see signals missed. the shooters have said something to family or friends or posted to bow-up investlaw eornd theres by polic on theal this morning, my interview with the wife of brittney griner, the wnba star being held in russia, cherelle griner revealing why she's speaking out now and the effort to bring her wife home. but first, good morning, ginger. >> good morning to y'all. there is something we can do today to prepare and keep ourselves safe. that is know that there will be significant flash flooding in tennessee, memphis, and down along the gulf coast. let's get a check now a little closer to home. >> here's your ar
forecast. another warm to hot date reaching 94. 75 in the city, 94 santa rosa, and 98 in antioch. a lot of sunshine, but onshore flow will return. the marine layer is back. it will help the cools off. we will have cooler weather. thursday. warm to hot today, and sharply cooler tomorrow. back to reality through friday, and a holiday weekend is looking nice. expect really appreciate you joining us charge morning. we'll be right back.
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there is rob there is robb elementary school, uvalde, texas, yesterday morning a place to learn and grow. now the site of the second deadliest mass shooting, school shooting in american history. 19 children, 2 teachers gunned down. the nation asking this morning what can we do to stop this? also right now, north korea launching three ballistic missiles off its east coast. according to south korea's military. it's the 17th missile test this year, and comes as president biden wrapped up his trip to the region where he met with south korea and japan, and vowed to take steps to deter the growing threat from north korea. officials say an iraqi citizen living in ohio charged with aiding and abetting a plot to murder former president george w. bush.
shihab ahmed shihab was arrested and claimed to be affiliated with isis. officials say he came here in 2020, and filed a claim for asylum. there's a new alert about the covid treatment paxlovid. the cdc warns health care providers patients treated with the anti-viral may experience rebounding symptoms after initially feeling better. we'll ha your interview with brittney griner's wife. >> yes. yesterday after the program, i flew to their home in phoenix. her wife has been detained in russia since mid february. she has been praying for her safe return and has been pretty quiet until now trying to avoid possibly making the situation worse or jeopardize brittney's safety. but after the u.s. reclassified her as wrongfully detained, that changed things, so cherelle griner decided to speak about it now. >> the first week i laid on this couch and cried my eyeballs out. i was numb.
i couldn't move and i said, you got to get up now. >> reporter: this morning, the wife of brittney griner, cherelle -- >> this one is just me and b.g. >> reporter: -- opening up on her detainment in russia and the fight to bring her home. >> how did you first hear the news and what was your initial reaction? >> so i first heard the news through brittney. babe, wake up. they have me this this room. i don't know what's going on. i text back who are they and what room? she's like the customs people. they just grabbed me when i was going through and they have me in this room. she sent me a me they're about to take my phone. don't text anymore. i'm just, like, call me when you can. so that was it. >> how long did it take for to you have communicate with her again after that? >> we're at what, 96 days, and
the phone call never came. >> but you have been able to communicate through letters? >> sporadically here and there. i'm grateful for even that. >> reporter: on february 17th, video released by russian authorities appears to show griner going through airport security near moscow and an employee removing a package from the 31-year-old athlete's bag. russian state media reporting vape cartridges containing hashish oil were found, an offense punishable by up to ten years in prison. >> i know that you want to speak with president biden. >> absolutely. i just keep hearing that he has the power. she's a political pawn. so if they're holding her because they want you to do something, then i want you to do it. >> and i know that secretary blinken has reached out to you and communicated to you that top priority. do you feel that's the case? >> i don't know. i was grateful for the call. he says she's top priority, but i want to see it and i feel like
to see it would be me seeing b.g. on u.s. soil. at this point i don't even know who i'm getting back when she comes back. >> reporter: griner is not the only american detained overseas. marine trevor reed recently freed in a prison swap seen in this video on russian state tv. another marine, paul whelan, has been in russian custody since 2018. >> even though they're separate people, separate roles, no connection besides what they're going through in russia, i obviously want him back too because you don't want anybody to be there going through what they're going through. >> she had spent quite a bit of time in russia playing for the team there. what was her experience like prior to this? >> honestly, great. you know you are a g.o.a.t. if you can actually play in russia on the team b.g. plays for. they treat them like superstars. >> has she ever -- brittney ever
expressed anything to you about that, about the pay inequity, with the wnba, and having to play overseas? >> absolutely. bg would wholeheartedly love to not go overseas. she has only had one thanksgiving in the states in nine years since she's been pro, and she misses all that stuff, just because, you know, she can't make enough in the wnba to sustain her life. >> has it been comforting to see all the wnba courts with b.g. 42? >> yes, but i think more specifically it comforts b.g., lets her know she's not forgotten and, like -- obviously, you know, when you're sitting over there in that country and they haven't come to your rescue yet, i know it makes her feel good because she doesn't want to be forgotten. >> she makes me go camping.
>> reporter: the imprisoned griner even sending a bouquet of roses before our interview. >> she had her attorneys call lindsay her agent and bring me roses for today because she knew it would be a lot. >> reporter: through heartfelt letters her presence has been felt amidst the pain. >> how are you holding up during this time? >> i'm okay because you have to be technically. you know, she wrote me one letter, babe, i know you want to go down right now but don't just yet because every day you wake up and the fact that you're still in that reality, it is a reason for you to lose faith and to not have hope in all of the above. it gives you so much reason to go down and i won't go down until she's back. i just won't. i can't. i can't. every single day matters for me to be sound, for me to be alert and attentive to make sure she comes back, you know, but it's hard. it's hard. >> cherelle says she's communicated with the families of both paul whelan and paul reed and both families have been -- they understand what
she's going through. she said especially trevor reed's family said, speak out. you have to get into -- >> this is not an interview she was eager to do. >> not at all. that's why she got the roses because her wife knew she didn't want to do this and also because it's russia and being delicate in what can be said and not said but said hearing from the reed family and hearing from the whelan family and really helping her understand what needs to be done to bring b.g. home. >> we know that brittney missed a major milestone for cherelle, her graduation. she graduated from law school. >> she graduated from the university of north carolina law school, and she said she never imagined she'd have her legal pad with her wife's name on it and she does and she knows what questions to ask. you saw in the interview when brittney said that. i'm in this room, she said, they have me. she said what room and who has you? she never thought she had to use her law degree in this regard. you can see much more on "nightline."
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election day was, does an endorsement from donald trump mean an automatic victory? and the answer here in georgia at least appears to be no. >> what a great night to be a georgian, everybody. >> reporter: it's the biggest miss for the former president this election season. a victory for egovernor brian kemp in georgia. donald trump had placed a political bull's-eye on his back after he refused to get in the way of the 2020 election results where joe biden won calling kemp a sellout. but it didn't work. [ crowd chanting ] kemp beat trump's pick, former senator david perdue in a landslide setting up a blockbuster general election rematch against stacey abrams who narrowly lost to kemp in 2018. >> i've always tried to deliver. that's what i'll do as the next governor of georgia. >> reporter: in the most eqntia determine how r the psident came up short again.
brad raffensperger defeated jody hice who said he would have done things differently when he was secretary of state. brad raffensperger is famous for flat out finding trump the votes he needed to win georgia, votes that did not exist. and in the republican senate primary heisman trophy winner and controversial candidate herschel walker easily won his ticket to represent the gop against sitting senator raphael warnock. >> georgia, are you ready? are you ready to take that seat? >> reporter: this will be a historic showdown between two black men that could tip the balance of power in washington. democrats want to hold onto their razor-thin majority. and the u.s. senate race in alabama, congressman mo brooks was able to make it to a runoff despite losing the support of the former president. he will now face katie britt, the former chief of staff for the retiring senator, and in texas, george p. bush, the nephew and grandson of
presidents was unable to win his seat or win the seat he was trying for, for attorney general despite breaking from his family and aligning himself with the former president. >> breaking with his entire family including his father who ran against former president trump. steve, what was most surprising in georgia is not necessarily that governor kemp won but the margin of victory. >> reporter: it was an early night for governor kemp. his people were celebrating early and, you know, that was something that the polls were suggesting and it really sort of tells the story about the president's influence, not just in georgia politics, but in republican party politics. i think that last night a lot of republicans were breathing easier concerned that, you know, they were going to have to answer to every beck and call of the former president. that doesn't appear to be the case this morning. >> steve osunsami, thanks very much. coming up, we'll have much more on the texas school shooting including the strong reaction from an nba coach. coa.
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expressed passionately the anger and the frustration that so many people across this country are feeling. he did all of this in his pregame press conference, take a look. >> now we have children murdered at school. when are we going to do something? i'm tired. i'm so tired of getting up here and offering condolences to the devastated families that are out there. i'm so tired of -- excuse me. i'm sorry. i'm tired of the moments of silence. enough. i'm fed up. i've had enough. we're going to play the game tonight but i want every person here, every person listening to this to think about your own child or grandchild or mother or father, sister, brother. how would you feel if this happened to you today? we can't get numb to this.
>> reporter: coach kerr just so eloquently put into words what so many people across this country are feeling. it's like a gut punch to our stomach once again. yes, those are our children in those schools. and so kerr is -- asked, implored lawmakers to take action finally once and for all, guys. >> he's spoken out so many times and his family was a victim of gun violence. father was a prominent academic killed in the middle east, assassinated. he's not been afraid to speak out. >> he has not. amy said we can't become numb. oh, you know, when you got the news yesterday and it was just like, oh, another school shooting. no. no. >> we were talking before, this is something that most people believe is easy to address. >> other than lawmakers, most people, but the lawmakers for whatever reason -- >> most people want certain things that lawmakers can't seem to pass and agree on. >> that's true. we'll be right back. now, there's skyrizi.
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>> 19 children and 2 teachers were killed at robb elementary school. it is now our country's second deadliest school shooting ever. >> comes a decade after the young students at sandy hook were killed, parkland in between, the school shooting nearly every week and look at that front panel of "the connecticut post." enough is enough. hundreds of thousands of american children have been subjected to gun violence since columbine and we want to go to amy robach outside that school in uvalde. good morning, amy. >> reporter: good morning, george. here as the sun rises in uvalde, i can't stop thinking about those parents who are waking up this morning without their children. it is beyond heartbreaking. this is a city of about 16,000 people just west of san antonio and it's the kind of place where everyone knows each other and the students here at robb elementary, they were coming in to the last week of school. they were excited for summer. this was supposed to be a
special time for them but it was all ripped away at 11:32 a.m. this morning, the devastating new details after a gunman opened fire here at robb elementary school in uvalde, texas. >> respond to south grove and mill street to establish a perimeter. >> reporter: 19 students and 2 teachers killed. >> my heart was broken today for our small community and we will need your prayers to get us through this. >> reporter: before entering the school 18-year-old salvador ramos a student at uvalde high school shot his grandmother at her residence. she is know in critical condition. >> we were the first ones to hear the gun. we are right behind her house. >> reporter: shortly after the suspect crashed his car outside the school premises where he engaged with law enforcement. then at 11:32 a.m. central time, the suspect wearing body armor abandoned his vehicle and entered the school where second, third and fourth graders were in the middle of the school day.
the gunman opening fire as soon as he stepped on school grounds. students reportedly scrambling out of windows to escape. >> we just heard all kinds of gunshots flying off like nonstop like constantly gunshots and we were scared on the ground fearing for our lives. >> reporter: fourth grader jordan telling abc news about the moments when the gunman began firing shots at his classroom. >> when he sees the students and our teacher that's when he starts shooting at the window. >> reporter: authorities confirming the suspect was armed with an ar-15 style rifle. sources telling abc news all the victims died in the same location inside the school. officers arrive on the scene and begin exchanging gunfire with the shooter while some parents rush toward the scene in dsperation. >> hey, it's okay. we're right here. go inside. go inside. >> reporter: in an address to the nation president biden offering any and all assistance. >> i had hoped when i became president i would not have to do this again, another massacre.
how many scores of little children who witnessed what happened see their friends die as if they're in a battlefield for god's sake? they'll live with it the rest of their lives. >> reporter: now the gunman was fatally shot by police. two officers were injured but they sustained nonlife-threatening injuries and while parents here are dealing with burying their children right now and literally waiting for dna results to identify their children, our country has to figure out how we keep our kids safe in their classrooms. robin, we have learned unfortunately time and time again it is truly a matter of life or death. >> we have, amy. as we also heard president biden expressing outrage at lawmakers who are blocking gun control measures that he believes would save lives. we'll go back to our chief white house correspondent cecilia vega. good morning, again, cecilia. >> reporter: robin, good morning again. this is the second time that president biden has had to address the nation in the wake of one of these mass shootings
in just the span of the week. you said it. he was grieving. he was also extremely angry. he's been talking about gun control for decades in his career. as vice president he was put in charge from the white house in response to that massacre at sandy hook. but, look, there's been very little meaningful legislation on gun reform in 30 years. president biden since taking office has taken action on guns, executive action but even he concedes there is little more he can theig question, where do things stand? agn ter one of events and time happen stalled on capitol hill. the senate could at some point vote to take up background checks but democrats don't have the votes for that. they also don't have the votes for an assault weapons ban that biden is reigniting calls for. the public polling has been consistent on this, americans want to see some reforms on gun controls but when it comes to the lawmakers, responsible for delivering on that, michael, so
far even in the wake of 19 dead children and their teacher killed in that school yesterday at this point as of this morning anyway, it doesn't seem like much is poised to change. >> hopefully they will give the people what they want, cecilia. thank you. let's go back to pierre thomas with more on the big picture on gun violence here in america. pierre, over the past few years, mass shootings have been surging. >> reporter: michael, good morning. right now i'm sure a lot of people at home are wondering if we're seeing something different in society as it relates to mass shootings where four or more are killed or injured in an incident and active shooter scenarios where a gunman shows up at a populated area and begins firing. the answer is a resounding yes. last year there were 60 active shooter incidents. that's nearly four times as many as there were in 2013 and as far as mass shootings we've seen a spike tied to the pandemic. in 2019 there were 417 mass shootings. by last year the number jumped to 693. these are incredible increases
happening in a relatively short period of time. police i'm talking to say we've got to do something about keeping guns, especially assault rifles, out of the hands of these mass shooters and we've got to do a better job of identifying these shooters before they kill. time and time again we see signals missed. the shooters have said something to family or friends or posted something of concern on social media. it's a daunting task because let me be cear, there are hundreds of millions of guns already in circulation and every year millions more are sold. >> and, pierre, what's the role of social media here? >> reporter: this is raising a question of how well the social media companies are paying attention to what's being published on their platforms. but it's all complicated involving questions of free speech. the critical issue is when does free speech morph into clear indications of impending violence and we all have an obligation to reach out to authorities if someone seems to be headed toward an act of >> thank y, pierre. inurgma
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>> reporter: hey, good morning. yeah, yesterday was a very chaotic situation. sources telling me there were victims being taken to this hospital right here with minor injuries because all of the ambulances were taken up. they were actually riding in just regular vehicles that were around and people were responding to them. we know initially 13 people were taken to the uvalde hospital. four of them, three children in critical condition. they had to be taken to a san antonio hospital which is about an hour away to get treatment. this morning, the world remembering those lost in that horrific fatal shooting. fourth grade teacher eva mireles, a mom to daughter adelyn, taught for 17 years before losing her life. she loved running, hiking and biking. audrey garcia's daughter gabby was a former student of hers. >> doing whatever she could do to help gabby, i mean, that's the kind of thing she did every day. >> reporter: one of the 19 children killed, amerie jo garza
who turned 10 two weeks ago, angel telling abc news my little love is now flying high with the angels above. the family of fourth grader xavier lopez sharing the news of his passing. his mom had attended his end of the year awards ceremony tuesday not knowing that would be the last time she'd see him. his grandmother speaking on the phone to abc news. >> it's just so hard. you send your kids to school and thinking they're going to make it back home. then they're not. >> reporter: more than a dozen others injured including two police officers shot while responding, but expected to survive. customs and border patrol chief jason owens says a colleague was hit with gunfire while engaging the suspect but is doing well. >> in the worst of times you also get to see the very best in people. >> reporter: so at last check four people taken to san antonio for treatment. two in critical condition and two in good condition.
just a few minutes ago there was a shift change right here at this hospital in uvalde. we're still seeing a lot of somber faces, but we also spoke to a couple people and they say there has been an outpouring of love and support from around the world coming in ways of food and drink, also gift packages for the people that are here working here working through this right now and they say this is absolutely what they need to get through this together. >> so many people trying to lift people up. mireya, i'll take it. thank you so much. we're joined now live by pastor doug swimmer of the potters house, a nondenominational church there in uvalde. and, pastor, i know that you spent yesterday with some of the victims' family members. you say it was your hardest day as a pastor. can't even begin to imagine, sir. what did you tell them? >> i just -- first thing i did was my wife told me she goes, you need to go down to the hospital and i made my way down
there and it was -- i walked in and announced myself as a pastor and we got to pray with everybody there in the waiting area, but it's been very difficult for me as a pastor to see our community in this tragic time, but i know that one thing that is going to help us through is god's grace and god's love. >> and how, sir, i believe -- i hear you. but, you know, there's so many -- their faith is shaken right now. their faith is just so shaken and what do you say to them that feel that way? >> well, there's always going to be tragic in life but i know
that one thing that we as texans understand is that god is still god and he is able to heal. he is able to bring comfort in times of distress and when you this manner, what the world needs and what our community needs is a light that shines in the darkness and that's who we are as uvaldians. we're uvalde strong but also as a community, we're here to let everyone know that we feel your prayers and we are thankful and we will get through this because we're uvalde strong. >> you are standing strong. can you tell us a little bit more about your tight-knit community? it seems like it's the kind of place that pretty much everybody knows everybody. >> yes, we -- i've worked with these families, i worked at a
nursing home here as a physical therapy tech for awhile. i got to meet a lot of the families, took care of their grandmothers, took care of their mothers, took care of their grandfathers and, you know, so we see them at walmart. we see them at the football games here so we see each other practically, you know, every day in the community and we're very close. you know, we are very proud community and i just want to give my condolences to the family, all those that have helped us in this community, the dps officers, the counties, surrounding counties that have
come in that have helped us. we are grateful and we're thankful and this community is going to pull together and we will get through this. >> well, we are sending you our love and condolences as well, pastor swimmer. thank you for taking the time to be with us this morning. please take care. michael? >> thank you. >> all right, thank you, robin. the tragedy in texas, it has touched the nation deeply. many feeling pain for those families in uvalde, many are also feeling anxiety and fear including children who are about to the same age as the victims. psychiatrist, dr. janet taylor joins us from sarasota, florida. good morning, dr. taylor. thank you so much for joining u. this conversation that we've been having this morning, it happens all too often. how do we comfort and support our children when something so terrible happens, because our kids have had to face a lot? >> you're right, michael. it is awful and our kids are coming through covid and racial reckoning but what we can do as parents are to limit their exposure to screens and to social media and ask them how they are doing while encouraging
them to speak up. and lastly it's really important that we remind them how they are safe within our own households and as importantly remind them what they need to do when they feel unsafe, where the feeling is, what they can say and who they can come to and as parents and as adults and caregivers we want our children if they're feeling unsafe to come to us and talk to us. >> all of those are important points. what are some signs that a child could be struggling in the wake of this horrific event? >> as parents we know our children and their behaviors, if you have younger children and they get more clingy or want to sleep in bed with you, pay attention and cuddle them as they need it. our older kids may become more isolated or feel like they have to solve things by themselves. continue to check in with your children no matter what their ages are. >> and these incidents, dr. taylor, they not only rock the parents and children but rock all of us.
what can we all do to handle these tragedies? >> well, they certainly do rock us. we're all going through something. so remember our resilience. our bodies and brains are meant for us to make -- help us make it through traumatic times. we bend but don't break. identify your strengths and if you need help don't be afraid to talk to someone. talk to a psychiatrist or social worker or talk to your pastor or friend but get the help you need. >> communicate and express your feelings. i know ginger has a question for you. >> yeah, i mean this morning like so many parents and grandparents that are watching us right now, i have two young boys that are meant to walk into their schools in just minutes. it's taking all of me to not drive up there and not let them go in. my question, dr. taylor, what are we meant to do? what are we supposed to do today, tomorrow, next week and what's the right thing to do? >> no, i completely understand. i have four adult daughters and every day i think about their
own safety. so i certainly understand what it's like as a parent about to send your children to school but it's important to understand that we can share how we are feeling with our children and acknowledge our own fears saying, you know, something really bad happened. i'm feeling this way. how are you feeling? and also as parents we can huddle. you know, as the pastor said, we can really practice a shared compassion and together become lights in the darkness to fight for the safety of our children in school and out of school recognizing that we have to work towards one humanity and that happens one to many. so use the love and concern we're feeling and we need to change this america. >> dr. janet taylor, thank you so much for your words of advice. >> how are you doing? >> i am shaking. i went to bed sobbing. i woke up crying and feeling a lot of fear. i think that anyone can relate
and we>> here's your accuweather forecast. another warm to hot date reaching 94. 75 in the city, 94 santa rosa, and 98 in antioch. a lot of sunshine, but onshore flow will return. the marine layer is back. it will help the cools off. we will have cooler weather. thursday. warm to hot today, and sharply cooler tomorrow. back to reality through friday, and a holiday weekend is looking nice. expect switching gears now we'll turn to bruce willis. it has been almost three months since his family announced the actor would be stepping away from his career after being diagnosed with aphasia. well, now his wife is sharing a new video of him and zohreen shah has the story. >> reporter: this morning, the world seeing bruce willis for the first time since his family announced he would be stepping away from acting. willis playing basketball in this rare video posted by his
wife emma heming willis and writing, i see you, beedub. >> we'll get together. have a few laughs. >> reporter: on march 30th, the action superstar's five daughters, wife and ex-wife demi moore announcing the 67-year-old was diagnosed with aphasia which impacts the ability to communicate. patients can lose some ability to speak or to understand or both. nearly 180,000 americans are diagnosed every year and treatment for aphasia depends on the underlying cause and there is no cure. >> the primary cause of aphasia is a stroke, but you also can get aphasia from a brain tumor if it's located in the language part of the brain. it can affect both how well you comprehend what is being said as well as your ability to express your thoughts. it also can affect reading and writing abilities. >> reporter: after the
announcement willis' fans and fellow actors all rallying around the superstar sending support and his family offering glimpses of him in photos like this one posted just six weeks ago, but now fans getting a glimpse of him in action seeming in good spirits as he catches a pass and shoots a basket. as for willis' wife, in a recent interview on self-care she says she put her family's needs above her own which does not make her a hero. she says it's important to find one thing every day that makes you feel good and then build from there. lara. >> indeed, it is. zohreen, thank you so much. coming up relief in sight for parents who have been scrambling during the baby formula shortage. we'll be back in just a moment.
>> building a better bay area, moving forward, finding solutions. this is abc 7 news. >> good morning. let's get to jobina for a look at traffic. jobina: thank you, good morning. we are following a crash on the bay bridge in the eastbound direction. eastbound 80 before you get to treasure island. have a lane blocked that may schlep -- that may slow you down. it is in the counter commute. if you are traveling in the commute direction, albany to the maze will be around 40 minutes. fremont to san jose, 23 minutes. highway 1012 cupertino, a slight slowdown. kumasi: thank you. drew tuma has y
and a lot of sunshine. we are warming fast. another warm to hot day later this afternoon. kumasi: we will have another update in 30 minutes. ♪ ♪ back now with the latest on the baby formula shortage. relief is on the way for parents. the second shipment from "operation fly formula" is set to arrive in the u.s. this afternoon. erielle reshef is here now with details and a little bit of good news. >> yes, this is some welcome news for families this morning. after easing import restrictions, the fda is planning to bring in 2 million cans of infant formula from the uk by the beginning of june.
but some of the details are still unclear like the size of those cans, how many infants can be sustained by that amount and for how long? later today that second shipment from europe will land at dulles airport outside of washington, d.c., part of the biden administration's "operation fly formula." it will contain 114 pallets of nestle gerber formula enough for roughly 1 million eight-ounce bottles. the first lady and surgeon general expected to be on hand when it arrives. it comes as government regulators are set to testify on capitol hill today. abbott, the largest u.s. manufacturer says they plan to have more formula available at the end of june than it did in january before that voluntary recall to shut down its plant in sturgis, michigan. that facility now expected to restart production on june 4th. bottom line here, if all goes as planned, families should start to see some restocked shelves by mid-june but the head of the fda saying it will be gradual. a lot of uncertainty and unknowns. >> step in the right direction. thanks, erielle. >> can't get here fast enough. good to have you here, erielle. now to the new alert about the covid treatment paxlovid. the cdc warning health care providers that patients treated
with the antiviral may experience rebounding symptoms after initially feeling better. whit johnson has those details for us. good morning, whit. >> reporter: robin, good morning. we've been reporting on these so-called covid rebound cases in recent weeks, but now the cdc is issuing a health alert telling doctors to be on the lookout. paxlovid is taken as a course of antiviral pills and has become an effective tool at reducing the risk of severe illness and hospitalization and continues to be recommended for early stage treatment for people considered high risk. now, the rebound health officials are watching is described as a recurrence in covid symptoms or a new positive test after the patient has tested negative. it generally occurs between two and eight days after initial recovery. the cdc says most people who experience the rebound have had mild illness and so far no reports of severe disease. officials also point out that a recurrence of symptoms could happen in some people regardless of whether they were treated
with paxlovid or their vaccination status and there is no evidence currently that additional treatment with the pills or other therapies are needed following a rebound. so the cdc is telling doctors again to be on the lookout and asking patients that if this happens to them, to reisolate for five days and wear a mask for ten days after the return of those symptoms. guys? >> all right, whit, thanks. we turn to holiday travel. sky high gas prices aren't sowing down americans. a record number expected to travel by road and air this memorial day weekend. our transportation corresponden airport. good morning, gio. >> reporter: hey, george, good morning. that exodus begins tomorrow. americans have limb desire to stay put after a two-year pandemic, in fact, travel numbers may surpass 2019 levels. this morning, from the roads to the skies, the unofficial start of the summer this weekend could
be the busiest ever. more than 12.4 million people are expected to fly between tomorrow and memorial day monday. >> it really does feel like the beginning of travel palooza. airports are full. airlines are full. hotels are full. rental cars are hard to come by. >> reporter: the busiest airports -- atlanta, los angeles, dallas, denver and new york's jfk. on the roads nearly 40 million people will travel 50 miles or more from home even as gas prices soar. the national average at $4.59 a gallon. the worst times to travel, thursday and friday afternoon. >> you only get so many summers in your lifetime and we've already missed two. we do not intend to miss a third. >> reporter: hotel and rental car deals may be tough to come by if you can even find a car but believe it or not there are some airfare deals. >> right now as we speak there are still flights over memorial day weekend from new york city down to miami for 353 round trip. myrtle beach, 303 round trip or new york to denver for 314 round trip.
>> reporter: your best bet southern beachy destinations. and all experts tell us that people are staying longer at their destinations than ever before spending more money. in fact, stays are now almost twice as long. guys? >> a lot of pent-up demand. gio, thanks very much. coming up, two sisters adopted to different families when they were just little girls. girls. ♪♪ ♪♪ let play unwind your mind. ikea.
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ve ♪ welcome back to "gma" with a very special story. imagine finding out you had a sibling you never knew existed. well, that's what happened to sisters hannah and limia. they are backstage right now about to meet in person for the first time live right here in times square but first here's their story. it's a discovery no one knew was possible. two sisters born in china both adopted into two different countries never knowing the other existed until now. 20-year-old hannah raleigh, adopted a 13 months old to a family in chicago. she had no information about her biological family but always had a feeling there was someone else out there.
>> when i was little i had this idea i always had an older sibling and i always wanted one. >> reporter: she took a 23 and me dna test in december 2020 and a month later -- >> that's when i found my sister. i was really surprised. i was like, oh, no, i have a sister. what do i do? all the thoughts were going through my head at once and kind of panicked but i sent her a message and surprisingly enough 20 minutes later she responded to me. >> the first sentence was like, hi, apparently we're like biological sisters and i was like, oh, wait a minute. >> reporter: 25-year-old limia ravart who was also adopted from china, growing up in canada. after taking her dna test she forgot about it when she had no close matches. >> i couldn't sleep all night after the email. >> reporter: for the past year the two video chatting weekly, making up for lost time. their parents thrilled. i was ecstatic for her. she was so over the top happy that she had found somebody. [ speaking foreign language ] >> reporter: and realizing they
are more similar than they ever imagined. >> first we look alike. >> we have the same kind of fashion sense. >> we're really close to our families. >> even the food that we like is pretty similar. our go to like midnight snack isn't like ice cream, it's popcorn or chips. >> we do have the same kind of taste in men, if i can say that. >> it's definitely a once in a lifetime thing to meet my sister. >> same taste in men. right now, we need this this morning. this is really special and we are so grateful to be part of it. hannah, limia, are you ready to come out and meet each other in person for the first time? come on. you ready? >> here they go. >> let's do it. come on out. >> come on out. [ cheers and applause ] ♪
>> hi. i'm so happy to see you. are we the same height? >> are we? >> sit down. come have a seat. >> how are you ladies? >> we're fine. >> limia, so what is it like to meet for the first time? >> i'm very excited. it's been a year that we want to see each other, that we like know each other but with travel restrictions and pandemic it was hard. i'm from montreal. she's from the u.s. >> the border was closed for some time. >> yeah. >> it was definitely difficult. >> we're glad to be here today live. a special occasion. >> we needed this today. hannah, you were the first one to reach out to your sister. were you nervous? >> i was extremely nervous. i had no clue if she would reach back out to me and surprisingly she did even though i messaged her at like midnight. she messaged me back at 1:00 a.m. i was surprised. very nervous. >> i bet.
>> what are the specs for the young men? what's the idea? >> i'm sorry, the what, the men? >> taste in men. >> oh, taste in men? [ laughter ] >> yeah. so i don't know. it's weird like we saw the pictures of our boyfriends and they look kind of alike. they do like the same thing. like they're soccer fans. >> both soccer fans, actually rival teams. >> yes. [ laughter ] >> nice. >> they definitely are very similar in personality too. we both study the same thing. >> wow. >> yeah. >> so because you've been able to communicate for the last year or so as you said. how did a friendship become sisterhood? how did that grow? >> it was really weird at first because it's kind of like getting to know a stranger even
though she's related to me. it was definitely wild. we started out with like favorite colors. >> we had so much thing to like, yeah -- >> boyfriends. >> discover from our past stories and everything. so we had so much to talk about. >> yeah, for sure. >> and your families have been very supportive. >> yes. our families are very supportive of us. they were extremely happy when we told them about our sister. yeah, they didn't have any worries or complaints really. they were really supportive. they wanted us to meet for sure. >> my fiance was a part of already discovering each other. so he's been always there for me. always been there when we're speaking through social media and especially now. so i guess should be happy that i say a little hi. >> yeah. >> so we want you guys -- what are some of the things you'll do together in the future? have you talked about that? >> next month she will come to montreal for the first time
i'm going to like show the montreal city and we're going to have a matching tattoo. we discussed that. >> yeah. >> so it's going to be a bit of urgency to travel back and forth between montreal and the u.s. now that -- >> we can. >> maybe we can help you out. >> we want you to have a chance to spend more time together so we have a surprise for you. we will send you on a vacation to the five-star madison square ga island resort. you'll have the island inclusive experience for a fabulous
four-night stay in paradise. you two can connect and hang out with each other. >> thank you so much. >> sisters. >> wasn't expecting that. >> good. >> enjoy it. >> thank you for allowing us to share this with you. >> now to ginger. >> such a great smile. thank y'all so much. the national hurricane center has put out the forecast for this season. above average. no surprise because above average water temperatures, many -- one of the many things going on. if this verifies it'll be the seven season in a row we've been above average. 14 to 21. i'm sorry for storms named. then the average is 7 but we expect 6 to 10 for hurricane numbers and major, three to six, that means cat 3 or above. >> i am abc 7 news meteorologist with your warm. dake, and temperatures above. a lot of sunshine. accuweather sharp tomorrow coming back to reality tomorrow at holiday weekend will be nicee coming up, bec coming up, becky worley checking out a feature in personalized workouts.
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♪ back now with the science of you and how personalized health and exercise are tackling a new ♪ back now with the science of you and how personalized health and exercise are tackling a new metric, how well you recover. becky worley has been trying a couple of recovery trackers. beck, how is it going? >> reporter: good morning, lara. good morning. yeah, you're right. we think of fitness trackers we all wear as nudges to get us in gear, right? but sometimes a bigger emphasis on rest and recovery could actually make you healthier. wearable devices track exercise, steps and calories and they advise the same goals every day. but there's a new type of tracker on the market. touted by professional athletes like carissa moore and patrick mahomes that sets daily different activity goals based on recovery after exercise. >> the big idea is that get better performance out of yourself if you know how well
you're sleeping, you know, how recovered your body is from a day of hard exertion. >> reporter: the whoop band and aura ring are the biggest players in this space, and they both create daily reports about the length of your sleep and its quality. i contact the companies to send me complimentary products and try them for a few weeks. the first thing i realize, i was majorly overestimating the quantity of sleep i got. i thought i was getting in excess of eight hours but in reality it was more like seven hours. and then i start to notice another pattern. wearing the whoop while on vacation i go paddleboarding and surfing almost every day two
hours on the water is way more than i normally work out and whoop says, hold on, you're going way past your limits which could mean i'm not recovering. professor am athletes realize when you continue to go hard even though your body hasn't recovered that's when injury happens. >> if you think of fitness as a stool the legs, training, nutrition and recovery. but for a long time the training and the nutrition were really the ones that got paid the most attention to in the sports world. >> reporter: he says you have athletes who used to brag about how much weight they lifted now bragging about how much sleep they get like roger federer famously quoted saying that he spends 12 hours a day in bed, but as i test these devices it's not just my sleep deficit i start to notice. makers of the oura and whoop track heart rate variability. >> your heart needs to be able to change heart rate and has to be able to do it quickly so variability in fact, is a sign of good heart health. >> reporter: the most accurate way to measure heart rate variability is an electrocardiogram found in a hospital or doctor's office. while these fitness trackers are not intended to diagnose illness, they can give you a sense of changes over time for some of these basic metrics. and on nights when i drink alcohol, the apps say it impacts sleep quality too. rem sleep and deep sleep
decrease when i have even one drink. oh, man. so while these devices have changed some of my habits dr. bot says all the things i'm trying to improve are common sense medical advice. >> having that information might be useful, but for the average person it's one of those things that's fun, neat to have but not really critical to have. >> reporter: now, it's always a good idea to review any fitness tracker information with your doctor but i've become so much more aware of rest and recovery and the experts we talked with say, yes, sleep is the most important factor but active recovery is important too so foam rolling, stretching, yoga, massage all count and, lara, those all sound pretty good to me. >> they really do. all of this. i'm also very into this. i want to know from you, you showed us two types of devices. what makes one different from the other? how do you choose which to go with? >> reporter: well, for me the oura ring has become a part of my daily life.
i'm not an extreme athlete. whoop is probably more suited to those folks who are like training for a marathon, cyclists. but oura is easy to wear, gives me great sleep data and that changed some of my habits. a not so obvious example, i've noticed most of my rem sleep, that brain restoring sleep cycle comes in the morning. so if i wake up restless, say 5:00 a.m., i fight hard to get back to sleep and grab an hour, hour and a half more and hopefully some more rem cycles. >> so interesting. what about the apple watch? a lot wear it. can that track sleep and recovery as well? yeah, it can track when you went to bed, when you woke up, your heart rate and respiratory rate but doesn't give a readout about rem sleep or deep sleep or doesn't tell you a recovery score but what it can do to nudge to you commit to a more consistent bedtime. that's something that experts that we've spoken with say is an absolute key to establish, you know, those healthy sleep
>> building a better bay area. moving forward, finding solutions. this is abc 7 news. kumasi: good morning. here is jobina with traffic. jobina: we are going to get right to sky 7, flying overhead. this is the result of a police pursuit. according to the chp, right at the panoramic highway intersection with highway one, traffic is being diverted. two injuries were reported. drew: temperatures are taking off quickly. already 70 in oakland, near 80 in santa rosa. we are in store for another if not hot day. here is a live look showing you mainly clear skies. a lot of sunshine on the way, temperatures very fast -- warming very fast into the afternoon. the coast is comfortable in the 60's. away from the coast we are in
the 80's and 90's. jobina: now it is time for live with kelly and ryan. we will be back for midday live. >> announcer: it's "live with kelly and ryan!" today, one of our favorite tv doctors, joe from "grey's anatomy," camilla luddington. and from the hit series, "stranger things," gaten matarazzo. plus, we will announce the winner of "live's american idol encore." all next on "live!" [cheers and applause] and now, here are kelly ripa and ryan seacrest! ♪ ♪ [cheers and applause] >> kelly: thank you. >> ryan: come on n. >> kelly: thank you. good morning. it's wednesday, may 25th, 2022.