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thanks for joining us. we'll see you back here in just about 30 minutes. tonight, the chilling new details about the elementary school massacre in uvalde, texas, including the number of shots fired, raising even more questions about the police that response now under official review, as we learn more about the 77 minutes of horror inside those classrooms. the shooter opening fire on at least six occasions, firing more than 300 rounds as officers stood outside. what we're learning about the commander on the scene. his orders seemingly at odds with the department's own training for active shooter situations. president biden, ahead of his trip to uvalde, calling for change, saying there's "too much violence, too much fear. too much grief." and the heartbreaking stories. the sheriff's deputy responding to the scene, learning his own daughter was among the victims. the girl who dreamed of becoming a star.
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and the boy who was shot, but survived by playing dead. mireya villareal on the ground in uvalde. also breaking tonight, the deadly tragedy unfolding on this memorial day weekend. five people feared dead after two boats collided on a river in georgia. helicopters rushing to the scene, and what we just learned about the search. the growing shortage of baby formula. an estimated 70% of the u.s. supply now out of stock. emergency shipments coming in from as far away as australia. fierce fighting in ukraine. the russians gaining ground in the east. will the u.s. give ukraine longer-range rockets to help stop the russian advance? what we're learning tonight. and for the first time, our team on the ground in odesa, where the russian blockade is creating a food emergency. skyrocketing travel prices as millions head out for the long holiday weekend. but even with everything costing more, why the roads and airports are still seeing heavy traffic. powerful storms hit parts of the country, as the heat and
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fire danger increases in the south and west. rob marciano standing by. the monkeypox outbreak. new cases in more states. and new guidelines on who should get the vaccine. and uvalde strong. how the worst of times has brought out the best in the community. good i'ming. it's great to have you with outside this saturday. i'm whit johnson. we're learning chilling new details about the massacre at the robb elementary school in uvalde, texas, and law enforcement response. authorities now say the shooter discharged 315 rounds, most of them were fired in the first four minutes. but he continued with bursts of gunfire, at least six different times. the gunman in a classroom for 77 minutes during his killing spree before a tactical team entered and then killed him. during that time, parents and
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officers gathered outside. other children and teachers running for their lives. the new information further calling into question the decision of the incident commander to hold back s.w.a.t. teams and officers that had arrived on the scene. 19 children and two of their teachers died. their families demanding answers from authorities as to why they did not move in sooner. tomorrow, president biden and the first lady planning to visit uvalde. abc's myrrarieya villarreal lea us off tonight. >> reporter: tonight, new revelations giving more insight into the massacre. the teenage shooter firing hundreds of rounds in just the first four minutes of entering robb elementary. ultimately shooting 315 bullets. the director of texas' department of public safety admitting responding officers should have breached the classrooms sooner, where the gunman was inside with the children, firing on at least six occasions.
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>> of course, it was not the right decision, it was the wrong decision. period. there's no -- no excuse for that. >> reporter: the timeline of the shooting now more clear. a teacher propping open a school door at 11:27 a.m. that the shooter used to enter. at 11:33, he targets classrooms 111 and 112. two minutes later, seven uvalde police officers are inside the school -- but held back. the investigation now revealing school district police chief pete arredondo, speaking here at a candidates' forum before recently winning a seat on the city council, wrongly believed the situation was no longer an active shooter, but instead a barricaded subject. the district training for this kind of event in march, practicing scenarios and utilizing the state's extensive course manual. the manual advising first responders to not wait, saying, "the best hope that innocent victims have is that officers immediately move into action." adding, "a first responder
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unwilling to place the lives of the innocent above their own safety should consider another career field." >> there were children in that classroom that were at risk, and it was, in fact, still an active shooter situation. >> reporter: starting at 12:03 and continuing for 44 minutes, students dialing 911, begging for help from inside the classrooms. >> at 12:47 she asked 911 to please send the police now. >> reporter: those students fortunate to escape, tumbling from windows at the back of the school, then running for their lives. robb elementary at an awardseremony abt an houberehe shoong noah oroceive an award. a bullet later piercing his back, and exiting out his shoulder. his parents saying he played dead to stay alive, waiting more than an hour for help. >> he saw his teacher get shot and land on top of one of his classmates. i'm not sure who at this point
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for sure, but -- >> the other teacher was shielding the children. >> reporter: the orona family hoping to take noah home next week. concerned about his healing. >> there's counseling and this and that, but how does a 10-year-old -- and he just turned 10 this month -- how does he get past this? >> reporter: 19 children lost their lives. lexi rubio was one of them. her father, an off-duty sheriff's deputy, responding to the school when the call went out. >> i was in the building where it happened. i was in the building. i -- the only things that i saw was from when they opened the door, shot into the classroom, took out the guy. and the rest i don't want to go into. >> reporter: families losing their children, forever bonded through their grief. ♪ tess mata loved to dance and
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had dreams of becoming a tiktok star. her sister faith now pleading for change. >> you can't buy alcohol until you're 21. but an 18-year-old kid can go and buy a rifle at 18? and take away those babies' lives? >> reporter: the president today giving the commencement address at the university of delaware, himself with a roadmap forward. >> there's too much violence. too much fear. too much grief. we must stand stronger. we cannot outlaw tragedy, i know. but we can make america safer. >> marieya villarreal joining from us uvalde, texas. the president and first lady expected to visit uvalde tomorrow. you're getting new information about the investigation and what authorities are trying to learn communications? >> reporter: as of right now, whit, it does look like there wasn't a triggering event that
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led to this particular shooting. but what we don't know is whether or not he deliberately targeted this particular school for a reason. we'll continue to follow this, though. whit? >> mireya, thank you. iron katersky, you've been digging deeper into the active shooter training the officers went to? >> since 2019, whit, every texas school police officer has been made to take this active shooter train course. it is explicit. move in as soon as possible to neutralize the threat, even if that means a single officer acting alone. and here, 19 officers stayed in the hallway even as the gunman kept firing. the texas law enforcement commission said when the dust settles, they're going to take another look at this training course. but the head of the texas rangers was pretty clear. these officers did not follow training they received just two months ago. >> two months ago, that's getting a lot of attention as
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well. aaron, following this shooting in texas, something else you're monitoring across the country, law enforcement agencies warning of other threats now? >> they're worried about copycats. nypd put out a bulletin, it says what happened in uvalde could spur an uptick in copycats. just today, police in northwest washington state arrested a boy for threatening schools in blaine. the kid said it was a prank, but to police everywhere, this is no joke. >> taking it very seriously, airplane, thank you. tune into "this week tomorrow morning." john karl bows one on one with connecticut senator chris murphy about whether the senate has the votes to pass gun reform legislation in the wake of the uvalde school massacre. a deadly boating accident in georgia. as many as five feared dead after two boats collided in a river. what authorities are now saying about the search. here's abc's phil lipof.
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>> i have two unconscious victims, coming to you, possibly a third in the water. >> reporter: memorial day horror unfolding at 10:30 this morning. >> upon arrival multiple patients in the water, multiple patients hurt, multiple patients unaccounted for. >> reporter: coast guard helicopters swooping down, searching for survivors on the wilmington river in chatham county. rescuers using sonar to look for the victims. >> one that's come out of the water, we have eyes on the sec. we're bringing boats in. >> reporter: witnesses tell police the two boats were heading in opposite directions when they collided. tonight authorities saying at least two people are dead, three others still missing. the cause of the crash still being investigated. there were four other people on board those two boats. police tell us they all suffered minor injuries. the recovery mission continues tonight. >> phil lipof, thank you. next tonight, the growing baby formula shortage.
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70% of formula supplies out of stock nationwide. the fda announcing millions more cans of formula will soon be flown to the u.s. from australia and the uk. this as the administration is again invoking the defense production act for a third time to ramp up supply. here's abc's white house correspondent mary alice parks. >> reporter: with store shelves still barren across the country, communities organizing give-aways for baby formula. >> i've had no baby formula for the last two weeks. >> reporter: an estimated 70% of the baby's national supplies out of stock. in dearborn, michigan, friday cars lined up nearly a mile waiting for formula. volunteers struggling to meet the demand as some in line were turned away empty handed. >> i'm overwhelmed at this point. >> reporter: this week the fda announcing it will bring in millions of cans of formula from companies overseas to help address the shortage. among the shipments, at least
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1.25 million cans fromli expect. more than 2 million from kendal nutricare in the uk. the biden administration also invoking the defense protection act for a third time, instructing american companies to boost supply. and on wednesday, the first lady greeting a second emergency shipment of specialized formula, part of "operation ply formula." for families and health officials, more help cannot come soon enough. >> yesterday i got 20 calls from mothers. that was just yesterday. >> marial letters parks joining us now. you mentioned that shipment being flown in outside washington, d.c. days ago. when can americans actually expect to see that formula on store shelves? >> reporter: whit, that shipment included gerber specialty formula, enough for about 1.5 million 8-ounce bottles. those cans were first sent to a distribution center in pennsylvania and are headed out to hospitals, wic programs, and
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retailers. we are told they should be out for delivery as soon as this weekend. >> mary alice, a lot of parents look forward to that, thank you. we turn to the war in ukraine. russia gaining ground in the east, taking control of key areas. but tonight, even more american help could soon be on the way. a u.s. official telling abc news, ukraine's request for a longer-range weapon system may soon be granted. abc's tom sufi burr ridge reporting for the first time from odesa, where that aid can't come soon enough. >> reporter: tonight, a firefight raging around a hotel in eastern ukraine. russian chechnyan forces posting this video as the kremlin gains ground. we can't say exactly when it was shot. the russians now threatening to encircle the key city of seaver donetsk, thousands of ukrainian troops and civilians inside. tonight, a u.s. official telling
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abc news the u.s. will likely supply longer-range rocket systems to ukrainian troops which they hope could help turn the tide in the battle. president zelenskyy tonight saying ukraine will fight for every inch of land taken by putin in the last three months. and with ukrainian troops on high alert in the south, european leaders talking to putin today, urging a cease-fire and an end to russia's blockade of the black sea. abc news gaining rare access inside the grain terminal in the port city of odesa. normally this place would be operating 24/7. grain flowing through here, out towards the ships. but inside here, a sorry sight. just a few handfuls of dusty grain. ukrainian food which is stuck in the ports normally feeds 400 million people around the world. so food prices are soaring. the u.n. calling it a catastrophe. president zelenskyy saying tonight, diplomacy might be the only way that ukraine can get
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back all of its land. but right now, putin isn't talking peace, he's still waging a brutal war here in ukraine. whit? >> tom sufi burrridge in ukraine, thank you. the holiday weekend is here and millions of americans are hitting the roads and skies in spite of skyrocketing travel prices, including fuel hitting a 10-year high. the tsa friday screening more than 2.3 million passengers, nearing prepandemic levels three years ago. as abc's elwyn lopez reports, almost everything you do this memorial day weekend will cost you more. >> reporter: tonight, millions hits the roads and taking to the skies for the memorial day weekend in numbers not seen since before the pandemic. >> people just want to get out and go. >> reporter: the unofficial start to the summer in full swing despite skyrocketing prices. fuel hitting a 10-year high, averaging $4.60 a gallon. >> right now, over $100 to fill up the tank.
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obviously it's in the back of our head how much we're going to spend, but we've got to enjoy life. >> reporter: aaa estimates nearly 35 million are expected to get behind the wheel. airfares also soaring. up a whopping 33% in april from a year ago. calvin furrier says he spent 60% more for his plane ticket to atlanta than the last time he visited. over the past weeks i've been putting aside more money, and i've been looking online every day. hopefully you catch the best flight. >> reporter: on friday, tsa says it screened nearly 2.4 million passengers across the country. this year's inflation also an uninvited guest to the picnic table. with the biggest pound on protein. chicken costing 30 cents more per pound, ground beef over 80 cents. and whit, the vast majority of travelers will be hitting the roads at the top of the busiest this weekend.
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experts say this is a preview of what's to come this summer. >> elwyn, thanks. vice president kamala harris in buffalo today honoring the victims of the racially motivated shooting at a tops supermarket. the vice president paying her respects with the second gentleman at the memorial to the ten people who died two weeks ago in that attack. earlier they attended the funeral service for the oldest victim, 86-year-old ruth whitfield. harris said the tragedies in buffalo, texas, and elsewhere are leading us to a reckoning. >> this is a moment that requires all good people, all god-loving people, to stand and up say, we will not stand for this. enough is enough. >> harris later calling for an assault weapons ban, saying the 200 mass shootings this year alone are an epidemic of hate. there's much more ahead on "world news tonight" this saturday, including the growing fire threat in the southwest. and the surprising cause of new mexico's largest wildfire. with cases of monkeypox on the ride, who's now eligible for
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look at the fire weather alerts and red flag warnings, all of new mexico is in it for several days. 90% of that state is in extreme drought. we're looking at the severe weather that's going to be spawned with this storm across parts of eastern nebraska to minnesota. east of that front is where all the heat is starting to build. 90s and 80s tomorrow. on monday and tuesday into the northeast could be well into the 90s. whit? >> rob, thank you. when we come back on "world news tonight," with cases of monty position on the rise, where new cases are being reported.
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finally tonight, a community's due character is revealed in the most difficult of times. in uvalde, texas, the growing memorials have become gathering places for both tears and strength. residents coming together in the face of unthinkable violence, holding hands, offering comfort. >> anything that i can do for now to try to help out, i'm more than willing to help out. >> today is just a sad day. we wanted to come out here and show the community that we're here, you know. we love them. we're all here together. >> everyone's family here. we all treat each other like family. just endless prayers of support to our community. >> uvalde won't ever be the same. but the healing will take place. >> reporter: a local artist creating a new memorial to the victims. volunteers placing a row of 21 crosses for each of the 19 children and 2 teachers lost. >> i want uvalde to know that the united states, that the
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nation, is standing with them. but not only that but the world is. and the world is praying for them. >> reporter: bus drivers from san antonio school district showing their support, positioning their buses in the shape of a heart, standing together, arm in arm, spelling out in tribute "uvalde." today, president biden during his commencement address at the university of delaware with these words for a country in mourning. >> evil came to that elementary school classroom in texas. to that grocery store in new york. to far too many places where innocents have died. in the face of such destructive forces, we have to stand stronger. we must stand stronger. >> we are thinking about all those families suffering through this tragedy. i'm whit johnson in new york. have a great night. thank you for making we nee
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front lines of the buyers to the our front doors. next on abc 7 news at 6 close to home homeowners in the north bay prepare to take on a more defensive role in fighting wildfires. pro and anti-reco groups get their messages out today as san francisco district attorney chase. abudin tries to save his job weeks before voters decide. and carnival has returned and it'll be unlike any other carnival celebration abc 7 news at 6 starts right now. building a better bay area moving forward finding solutions. this is abc 7 news. neighbors in the north bay are getting defensive about wildfire an event today promoted a take action approach to keeping home
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safe from flames. good evening. thank you for joining us on dionne lim more ferocious wildfire seasons in the bay area are prompting people to take new measures to be fire ready an event today in the north bay took a new approach to dealing with wildfire safety abc 7 news reporter cornell. bernard was at today's wildfire prevention festival cornell. i thought this was so creative. yeah, i thought so too and it's been a big day. a lot of families are leaving here. the event is over. but what happens when a concert meets a wildfire prevention fare you get the ember stop a lot of families are feeling safer because of it. and brought some good vibes during this free concert at marin civic center park, but music is only part of what's happening here is really the number one. cause the ember stomp festival a unique way to remind people that fire


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