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tonight,nside the 77 minutes of terror at robb elememtary school i uvalde, texas. abc news obtainingng newew audi. >> c cld is advising he is in 2 room full off victims. >> a 911 dispatcher telling police on the scene there's a child on the p pne trapped witi the gunmnman and the classroom full of victims. abc news obtaining video of officering frantically breaking windows to get children out of other now reviewing law enforcement's response to the shoototot as th community prepariri for the firsrs off 21 funerals. and tonight, an update on the conditions of those who survived, beinggreated in hospitals.s. marcus moooo in uvalal. 24ours afterer his visit to robb elementary, president biden returning to the white housend
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pressed on the g greform debate. theeresident saying he can't do it alone,hoping, quote, rational republicans will helpp what we're now learnrnrn about bipapaisan talksnder way over the holiday weekend. he dangerous tornado threat. reports just coming in o tornadoes on the grorod in minnesota. watches in effect across several states. possible strong, long track twisters, dadaging winds and large hail.. and tracking the firststst hurre of t t seasoso in the easasrn pacific. ginger zee stataing by. badeather and air traffic control issues canceling more than1,000 flights over the memorial day weekend. ononof the busieie travel weekends in more than two years. overseas tonight, r rsian and ukrainian forces battling block by block for control of a key city innhe easternrn donbas region. thousands of civilians f fced to nene about a french journrnist killed. and presidentid ben n owukrarae
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for long r rge rocket systems capable of hitting targets in russia. > the world's most famouou painting attacked. the mona lisa vandalized at the louvre. and from arlingtgt national cemetery, across the u.s., the nation paying its respepes to lives for this ho good evening. it's great to have you with us on this memorial day holiday. i'm whihi johnson, in n r padav. we begin tonight withhew elementary school shooting in uvaldede texaxa abc news obtaining new video a a dio raising more queststnsns abououtttorror unfolding inside the s sool for 77 mimites. and why y thorities s iteded for so l long before taking out t t gunman. memorials growingorhe 19 children and twowo teachchs sho and killed in their classroom. flowers, notes, crosses, and now
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picturur of the v victims place outside the skul.. members of the community coming p py a a payay their resescts to the livivlost. the chaos and fear during the attack. children escaping t tough windows. a 911 dispatcher apparently heard telling police a child is on the phone in the room with e guguan while officers held the e w enforcement response to now under e extrem the justice deparartment condndting a full review. and on this m morial day, the tight-knkn community grievevg unimaginable loss, now attending wakes andnd p pparing for 211 funerals. abc's marcus moore in uvalde, leading us off. >eporter: tonight, we're e seeing m me of those frantic moments s tside robb elementary, ininew video obtbtby abc nene. >> guy with a rifle. >> reporter: police rescuing window, thenen p p pngnghem ouou >> somebody jumped out the wiwiwi. >> oh, the kids. ey're getting the kids out. reporter: a camera a pturing what sounds like a dispatcher
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lling officers a studede is lling from the classroom. >> you do have a child on the line. room 112. are we able to -- is abody inside of the buildiding? child is advising he is in the room full of victims. fufu of victims at this s ment.. >>. >> reporter: an abc news analysis of the videoeo shows tt call at 12:1:1 >> again at 12:16 p.m., she's called back and saididhere's eight to nine studentstsalive. >> repororr: and for the first time, you can see where the gunmnm crashed that truck, just steps from the school, befororhe jumped the fence and, police say, unloadedede5 rounds. >> i heaea over the radio they found an ar-15 and 30 mamazines. >> reporter: f f 77 minutes, the shooter terrorized students and staff inside, , king 21 innocent lives.s. texas officials say the school strict pololole chief wrongly b but instead a barricaded ooter,
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subjbject, and had ordered tactical teams not to enter the classroom. whwhe the e ildren kept desperately y y llllg 911 for help. >> of courseseit was not the decision, period.t was the wrong >> reporter: sources telling abc ws the carnage only ending when federal agentsts decided t the gunman.dian's key and kill offduty deputy sheriff felix rubio says when he reached his daughter's school, he saw the team outside her classroom. >> once i see them open the door and open fire, i just -- my heart dropped. >> reporter: the rubios lost their 10-year-old daughter, lexi. felix recalling that moment when they sat down with our maria elena salinas. >> i didn't see my baby come out, walking or carried. i didn't see her come out. >> reporter: tonight, the department of justice launching a review of the police response, as families and friends in this shattered community come together to pay their respects to the victims being laid to rest. amerie jo garza had just turned 10.
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survivors say she was one of those students who tried calling 911 before she was shot. maite rodriguez loved animals and dreamed of becoming a marine biologist. her mother saying she was her very best friend. and teacher irma garcia whose husband passed away just two days later of a heart attack. the family saying he "died of a broken heart and losing the love of his life." today, many here are vowing to fight for tougher gun restrictions. state senator roland gutierrez calls this shooting a turning point. >> i'm going to keep demanding change because these families, every one of them has told me, make sure that my child didn't die in vain. >> reporter: 11-year-old alina wants to see change, too. she lost her friend, jacklyn. >> if we want them to heal, we need new rules cause if we don't, it's going to be the same and it's going to happen again and again. >> those words from a young girl. marcus moore joining us now from that growing memorial in uvalde. marcus, you're getting new information on the school district police chief who was
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supposed to be sworn in tomorrow as a member of the city council and you also have an update on the survivors in the hospital? >> reporter: whit, that's right. the mayor announcing that city council meeting will not take place. also, we haven't heard from the police chief and whit, right now, there are still five survivors of this shooting in the hospital, including a 10-year-old girl who we are told is in serious condition and the gunman's very own grandmother who is in fair condition in the hospital. whit? >> all right, marcus, thank you. president biden back at the white house tonight, 24 hours after his visit to uvalde. he was pressed on the reignited debate on gun reform. some bipartisan talks under way. the president hoping, that, quotes rational republicans will help democrats move forward on new legislation. on the table, red flag laws and background checks. here's abc's white house correspondent mary alice. >> reporter: president biden tonight frustrated alongside a grieving nation. do you feel more motivated to get acting on guns now?
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>> well, i've been pretty motivated all along. you know, the folks -- the folks who were victimized there, their families, they spent three hours and 40 minutes with me. and the pain is palpable. and i think a lot of it is unnecessary. so, i'm going to continue to push. and we'll see how this works. >> reporter: visiting families in uvalde, the president facing er if fervent calls for action. not only for empathy, but for action. >> do something. >> reporter: calling for the president to do something, president biden promising "we will." back in washington, the president calling on congress, saying he's hopeful, quote, rational republicans are at the negotiating table. >> i think there's a realization on their part that it can't continue like this. i can't dictate this stuff. i can do the things i've done and any executive action i can take, i'll continue to take.
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but i can't outlaw a weapon. >> reporter: making one of his clearest calls for reform. >> i know that it makes no sense to be able to purchase something that can fire up to 300 rounds. >> reporter: a bipartisan working group taking part in "serious negotiations" throughout the weekend. >> there are more republicans interested in talking about finding a path forward this time than i have ever seen, since sandy hook. and while, in the end, i may end up being heartbroken, i am at the table in a more significant way right now with republicans and democrats than ever before. >> reporter: on the table, red flag laws, mental health resources, more funding for school security, and expanded back grground checks. an overwhelming 89% of americans in our abc poll supporting universal background checks. some republicans ready to change the age limit for purchasing all firearms, too. >> i think that raising the age of gun purchase to 21 is a no-brainer. >> mary alice parks with us now
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from capitol hill. mary alice, we know the bipartisan talks are under way, and there is a timeline lawmakers are working with. >> reporter: yeah, whit. president biden said this weekend, while consoling families, he did not engage in those negotiations, but the senators from both sides of the aisle that are leading that working group said that talks did continue over the holiday. they have a zoom call scheduled for tomorrow. they have just over a week to report back any progress. and they don't want to lose momentum. democratic senator chris murphy said this time, failure can't be an option. whit? >> mary alice, thank you. next here tonight, the dangerous tornado threat in the midwest at this hour. weather alerts across several states. late today, reports of multiple tornadoes touching down in western minnesota. the system moving its way east. let's get right to abc's chief meteorologist ginger zee. ginger, where are the biggest threats right now? >> reporter: whit, the particularly dangerous sit situation, the pds tornado watch in minnesota, is the one we've got our eye on, but that has now watch has, through iowa, into
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missouri and that includes t to topeka, kansas. keep an eye tonight. a lot of people are outdoors, so, if you know someone that is in the area, please call them, give them a heads up, because the ingredients are there to not just have spin, but long track tornadoes are possible, meaning they can stay on the ground for a long time, torturing people and, of course, the ground. now, you look at the flash flood watch, that's up parts of easte south dakota. and that same front, it's going to keep impacting folks from michigan, the whole lower peninsula, right through chicago, back to childress, texas. whit? >> ginger, thank you. and the severe weather partly to blame for more than 1,000 canceled flights over what's become one of the busiest holiday travel weekends in more than two years. more people flying, more people driving despite record high gas prices and inflation. here's abc's transportation correspondent gee owe benitez. >> reporter: tonight, after packing the beaches -- >> i think we have record number crowds and we're happy to set the tone for the summer on a pg.
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>> reporter: millions are packing the highways home, paying more even more at the pump than when they left. the national average not nearly $4.62 a gallon. >> we're going to be traveling no matter what. >> reporter: and this unofficial start of summer saw airports packed like they haven't been in years. >> feels pretty good, you know. i mean, everybody's ready to get back to normal. more passengers than last memorial day. the roughly 2 million a day passing through tsa checkpoints, paying 45% more on average for a ticket than last year. but higher prices don't stop cancellations. since friday, we've seen more than 2,500 flights canceled into and out of the u.s. delta seeing the most, blaming weather and air traffic control, vendor staffing, and increased covid case rates. the faa reporting staffing shortages at its air traffic control center in jacksonville, one of the busiest in the nation, saying in a statement weather was a factor, but "staffing has been a challenge."
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and whit, it's going to be a very busy summer. in fact, airlines are already cutting back on flights, hoping to have extra crew members on-hand just in case of cancellations. whit? >> gio, thank you. overseas now, fierce fighting tonight for control of ukraine's eastern donbas region. russian and ukrainian forces battling for control of a key city, 90% of the buildings there report dlid damaged or destroyed. and what president biden is now saying about whether the u.s. would supply ukraine with long rain instructs capable of hitting russian targets on the other side of the border. abc's tom burrigde in ukraine. >> reporter: tonight, russian soldiers touring freshly taken territory and showing the utter destruction their offensive is bringing to eastern ukraine. the video airing on kremlin-friendly tv, showing hellish scenes inside the city of severodonetsk, the focus of the russian advance. more fierce fighting nearby in
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lysychansk. ukrainian police going door-to-door, warning civilians to leave. katarina saying, "no one should go through this. it's terrifying." today, president biden saying u with long range rocket systems powerful enough to strike across the border. >> we're not going to send to ukraine rocket systems that can strike into russia. >> reporter: but a u.s. official telling abc news that the ukrainians might still get rocket systems with greater reach than the u.s. howitzers now on the battlefield. an announcement could come this week. frederick leclerc-imhoff was 32. france's foreign minister calling it a crime. shocking drone footage emerging from the russian-occupied portal of mariupol. mass graves stretching on. ukrainian officials releasing the video. and european leaders meeting today with still no sign that russia will let food exports leave ukrainian ports.
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the eu's top diplomat saying putin's latest weapon is wheat. ukrainian fields feeding much of the world. this is a sunflower. ukraine produces around half of the world's sunflower oil. and with exports stuck in this country, we're already seeing shortages elsewhere. for farmer kees huizinga, desperate times. >> especially for the common year. if you don't open the ports soon, our crops out here, we can't export them. >> reporter: well, the european union has just announced its members have agreed to ban two-thirds of all imports of russian oil. but they've fallen short of their original aim, that was a complete ban of russian oil. russian energy, of course, funding putin's war here in ukraine. whit? >> tom, thank you. back here at homing, president biden leading the country in memorial day tributes to american's fallen heroes. the president laying a wreath at the tomb of the unknown soldier
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making friends again, billy? i like to keep my enemies close. guys, excuse me. i didn't quite get that. i'm hard of hearing. ♪♪ oh hey, don't forget about the tense music too. would you say tense? i'd say suspenseful. aren't they the same thing? can we move on guys, please? alexa, turn on the subtitles. and dim the lights. ok, dimming the lights. ♪ finally tonight, on this memorial day, the moving images.
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people across the country honhonor ing america's fallen >> i'm a vietnam veteran. this is a special day to remember those that pai s ♪ >> grieving and recognizing those that have went before us to defend our country that are no longer here. >> this day, to me, is sorrow, to me. because i know some people on that wall over there, and i think about being in vietnam -- that could have been me. >> today, we remember and we reaffirm, freedom is worth the sacrifice. today, we renew our sacred vow.
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it's a simple vow. to remember. to remember. memorial day is always a day where pain and pride are mixed together. >> please take a moment to reflect on the true meaning of this holiday. and we express our gratitude to all of the military families across this country. thank you for your courage and sacrifice. i'm whit johnson in new york. for david and all of us here, have a great night.
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>> building a better bay area, moving forward, finding solutions. this is abc7news. >> the sacrifice they made so that our nation might indoor, strong, free and united. >> remembering those who made the ultimate sacrifice serving their country. honoring the fallen on this memorial day. thank you for joining us. dion: as millions of americans had home after the long memorial day weekend, officials are warning this could lead to a covid search. cases are up 21% and asked -- last two weeks. >> one and five covid survivors could develop long-term covid. if you need paxlovid, you could get it delivered to your home. a san francisco-based company is partnering to deliver a testing
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kit and the pills. dion: an infectious disease specialist joined me today. she talked about the spike in covid cases but says there is still reason to have hope. >> unfortunately, it has to do with a very difficult variant. we have to remember where we were last year at this time. our cases are high, but hospitalization is staying low. that is immunity. high rates of acts and is asian -- vaccination. [indiscernible] >> the bay area facing another surge of the pandemic, has the highest covid infection rates in ca