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tonight, one week later, what we've now learned about that horrific school shooting in uvalde. tonight, the children and their calls to 911. the gunman in their classroom. the audio, what appears to be the dispatcher signaling that children in the room are calling for help. it all comes as the funerals now begin one week after 19 children and two teachers were killed. border patrol agents today back at that school one week later. this time, paying their respects. and tonight, abc news obtaining video and audio from outside the school as the attack was still unfolding. children escaping through windows. and what appears to be a 911 dispatcher telling police they are receiving calls from children trapped with the gunman inside their classroom. >> child is advising he is in the room full of victims.
>> what we've now learned tonight. marcus moore standing by in uvalde. also tonight, a small group of democrats and republicans meeting on zoom today in the wake of the shooting. what's on the table now and would it stop a young person turning 18 from buying an ar-15-style rifle the next day, like the suspect in texas? rachel scott with a reality check on the hill tonight. the severe storm threat as we come on the air, from texas to michigan. damaging winds and the potentially dangerous system moving into the northeast tomorrow. ginger zee standing by to time this out. overseas tonight, the fierce battle under way right now. the last key city in one part of the donbas, in luhansk. russian forces gaining ground. the white house pressed, will it send rockets, and if so, how far will they go? ian pannell in ukraine tonight. this evening, the pilots on a flight from jfk airport in new york to rome. did they both fall asleep? air traffic control saying it lost contact for ten minutes. fighter jets about to scramble
what the airline tonight is saying about the captain. the verdict in the first trial brought by the trump administration's special counsel investigating the origins of the trump russia probe. what the jury has decided. pierre thomas standing by. >> the search for two missing women kayaking. their group plunging over a dam in virginia. the 9-year-old girl surviving a rare cougar attack. we have news on her condition. the new study tonight about coffee. anywhere up to 3 1/2 cups a day, and what the study now says. and bts in the house. the white house. and their very important message tonight. good evening and it's great to be back with all of you after the memorial day weekend. and we begin tonight with the shootings in uvalde, texas. it was one week ago we were coming on the air, still unsure just how awful it was, and it only got worse. tonight, as the first of the 19
school children and two teachers are now laid to rest, a clearer picture here of the timeline after police arrived. how long it took. and now what appears to be the dispatcher telling police, we have children calling 911 from inside that classroom with the gunman, pleading for help. the faces of the children lost in a growing memorial outside robb elementary school. we saw children today going into a church there to say good-bye to one of their friends, fourth graders now going to funerals to bid farewell. customs and border patrol officers showing their respects one week later, returning to the scene again. this time, to honor the fallen as the funerals begin. tonight here, a much clearer timeline of that day. how long it took, as i mentioned. the images of first responders helping children to escape through windows. but some being told not to go into that classroom. frantic parenting urging police to go in and get their children. and now audio tonight appearing to be a dispatcher and that warning, we're getting calls
from children trapped in that room. and tonight, the first funeral for 10-year-old amerie jo garza. we remember what her father told me about his little girl. classmates say she was one of the children who tried to call 911 before she was shot and killed. and 10-year-old maite rodriguez also laid to rest tonight. she had dreamed of becoming a marine biologist since kindergarten. abc's marcus moore leading us off from texas tonight on these new developments and what we now know about that day. >> for the families of our children. >> reporter: tonight, one week after the massacre at robb elementary, u.s. customs and border patrol agents paying their respects at the school in honor of the 19 students and two teachers who lost their lives. it comes as investigators piece together each moment of that 77-minute rampage. >> guy with a rifle. >> reporter: law enforcement starting with those grainy images appearing to show the gunman walking right into the school. officials say it was just six minutes after a teacher left a
door propped open. the suspect entering two connected classrooms and locking the doors, firing more than 100 rounds at students and teachers. one of those classrooms seen here in a photo before the shooting posted on facebook. that day, police arriving on the scene two minutes after the gunman got into the building. a few officers grazed by bullets in the hallway. outside, more seen arriving, but the gunfire continues, as frantic parents urge police to save the children. >> you know that there are kids, right? they're little kids. they don't know how to defend themselves. >> reporter: the school district had conducted active shooter training in march, which requires police to confront a suspect. despite that training, state officials say the on-scene commander that day, school district police chief pete arredondo, ordered tactical teams not to enter the classroom, wrongly believing they were no longer dealing with an active shooter, but instead a barricaded subject. >> of course, it was not the right decisi. it was the wrong decision, period. >> reporter: in this new video obtained by abc news, police are seen rescuing children after breaking a window. >> more kids running out. they're breaking windows.
>> reporter: officials say 19 officers were outside the locked classroom when the children inside started calling 911. >> she identified herself and whispered she's in room 112. >> reporter: on that video, you can overhear a dispatcher reporting a student is calling from the classroom. >> you do have a child on the line. room 112. are we able to -- is anybody inside of the building? child is advising he is in the room full of victims -- full of victims at this moment. >> reporter: the girl trying again minutes later. >> eight to nine children. >> at 12:16, she's called back and said there's eight to nine students alive. >> reporter: again, this is 41 minutes after police arrived, but have not gone in. sources tell abc news the carnage ended when the border patrol decided to use a custodian's key to breach the door and kill the gunman.
>> at 12:47, she asked 911 to pease send the police, now. at 12:50, shots are fired, that can be heard over the 911 call. >> reporter: outside the school, the race to find the wounded. what sounds like radio dispatch talking to police.he victims - >> let me see, let me see. are you injured? >> i got shot! >> where? where? >> they shot a kid. >> who shot a kid? >> a girl got shot. a kid. >> reporter: today, grieving family and friends laying the victims to rest. the first funeral for 10-year-old amerie jo garza. classmates telling the family she tried calling 911 before she was killed. the girl scouts posthumously awarding her a bronze cross for risking her life to save others. amerie's father telling david that he will live every day to honor his daughter's memory, showing us that cherished video he carries on this phone of the time they spent fishing together. >> do you know what you're doing? do you know what you're doing? >> no. >> what would you want people to know about your daughter? >> that -- i mean, she was the best person that i know. full of life.
gone too soon. always smiling. very productive. she was her own self. she was her own person. she was a leader. she didn't try to be like anybody. she wanted to do things the way she wanted to do them. and that's -- that's what i admired most about my daughter. she didn't -- she was not a follower. she was a leader. >> reporter: 10-year-old maite rodriguez dreamed of becoming a marine biologist since she was in kindergarten. texas a&m corpus christi is now setting up a scholarship in her honor. her mother ana wants maite and all the victims to be remembered. >> why i want the world to know? because i don't want her just to be another kid. i don't want her just to be another face. i don't want any of those kids to be just another face. each one of them has a story to tell. >> and that is absolutely true. the idea of fourth graders now going to these funerals. marcus moore with us tonight. and marcus, you mentioned there the chief of the school police and this contention that they thought it was over, that they were dealing instead with a suspect now barricaded in a
classroom as one of the reasons for not going in for so long. but i would imagine so many people at home tonight are still asking, wouldn't you still need to get in there to try to save the lives of the children who had already been shot? >> reporter: yeah, david. it is a key question. and it is one of the many that investigators are hoping to answer. they want to know, what did the officers on the scene, what information did they have about the injured children in that classroom and the 18-year-old gunman in real time. and david, as you just touched on, people here in uvalde really want to know, could more have been done sooner to save lives in this school building? >> that remains the essential question. marcus moore tonight, thank you. and from across this country, growing pressure on congress to act on gun violence in our schools and these mass shootings. the senate is in recess, but today, a small bipartisan group of senators did meet over zoom. democrats chris murphy of connecticut and kyrsten sinema of arizona. republicans john cornyn of texas and thom tillis of north carolina. abc's rachel scott live on the hill tonight, and rachel, what's on the table right now?
what are these lawmakers, really from both sides, now potentially discussing? >> reporter: well, david, senate majority leader chuck schumer has given that small group of bipartisan senators one week to try and reach an agreement. they are discussing a range of options, from expanding background checks to red flag laws that would temporarily take away guns from people who are considered dangerous. the majority of americans support these measures, but it will still be an uphill battle to try and get the ten republicans needed in order to get it passed in the senate. still, democrats say they plan to bring those bills to the floor to get every single senator on the record, david. >> but give us a reality check here, rachel, as you always do. if these measures you just mentioned here were to pass, and that's a big if, it would need significant republican support for some sort of red flag law and background checks. would either of those things have stopped an 18-year-old with no record from going into a store one day after turning 18 like this suspect in texas from buying an ar-15-style rifle? >> reporter: right, david. it may not have been enough to stop him.
since the sandy hook massacre, nearly a decade ago, ar-15-style rifles have been used in at least 12 mass shootings. democrats want to ban it outright. republicans say that is a nonstarter and they won't even consider raising the legal age limit required to purchase that style of a weapon, david. >> rachel scott live on the hill for us again tonight. rachel, thank you. our coverage of the uvalde school shooting. and any efforts for gun safety in the wake of so many mass shootings in this country. but we do move onto the other news this tuesday night and this evening, millions of americans are now in the path of severe weather tonight. thunderstorms and damaging winds really from texas all the way up to michigan, and near record heat for the east. then dangerous system moving into the northeast tomorrow. it comes after five reported tornadoes already, just look at the images tonight. damaging straight line winds. these images from western minnesota. and of course, a trail of destruction across much of the upper midwest tonight. chief meteorologist ginger zee tracking it since "gma" this morning, back with us tonight. hi, ginger. >> reporter: hey, david. meteorological summer starts tomorrow, but boy has it felt like it here. bridgeport, connecticut, newark,
new jersey, 98. those places broke records. islip, new york, as well. part of that is fueling the storms that are ongoing. there have just been huge baseball-sized-plus hail in the texas panhandle, breaking out windshields. we're seeing reports of that happening as we speak. the severe weather threat extends tonight all the way up through central illinois and chicago, even west michigan. those watches could extend. including the flash flood watches. then tomorrow, damaging wind possible, syracuse, scranton, back to columbus, ohio, and as we look at the gulf of mexico, tomorrow also begins hurricane season in the atlantic. what was agatha looks like it will cross over the yucatan. we'll be watching what could redevelop as alex in the atlantic by the weekend, david. >> we'll be watching it first thing in the morning. thank you, ginger. we're going to turn to the major development in the war in ukraine. there is a fierce battle under way right now in the last key city still in ukrainian hands in one part of the donbas, in luhansk. russian forces gaining ground there, and the white house pressed today, will it send rockets, and if so, how far will
those rockets, will those weapons reach? our senior foreign correspondent ian pannell from inside ukraine again tonight. >> reporter: tonight, the battle for the donbas raging as russian and ukrainian troops go toe-to-toe in the key city of sievierodonetsk. it's the last city still in ukrainian hands in luhansk, one half of donbas. today, the mayor saying russian troops control half of sievierodonetsk with heavy street fighting. it's thought as many as 13,000 civilians are trapped in the town. the shelling so intense that evacuation missions have stalled. we joined territorial defense forces digging in towards the front line in donbas. there are positions like this dug in all across this region in donbas. the russians now are only a fewn thr anthis area is coming under increasing fire. the ukrainians determined to
hold on, the russians determined to take this land. captain svetlana bogdanova admits they're taking losses, saying, "there are a lot of dead and wounded, but we know what we stand for and more will join our ranks." to help the ukrainians in their fight, the u.s. is likely to send multiple rocket launch systems into the country. president biden has been careful to say the u.s. won't provide them with longer range systems that have the ability to more easily hit targets across the border. >> reporter: david, a may jr. move by the west tonight to further punish russia. the european union announcing a ban on almost 90% of russian oil imports by the end of the year. it could cost russia billions of dollars in lost revenue each month. david? >> ian pannell in kyiv for us. thank you, ian. now to that flight from jfk airport in new york city to rome. we're learning about the two pilots who investigators say fell asleep in the cockpit during that flight. the investigation finding both pilots were sleeping for a time and that air traffic control lost contact with that passenger jet for about ten minutes. fighter jets were about to scramble.
and abc's gio benitez covers aviation for us. >> reporter: tonight, a stunning report. investigators finding two airline pilots were allegedly asleep while their plane was still in the air. it happened 38,000 feet over france on a flight from jfk to rome just last month. the plane, an airbus 330, with as many as 250 passengers onboard. the first officer was on his designated sleeping break, but the captain should've been on full alert. air traffic controllers say they lost contact for about ten minutes. >> this could be a dangerous situation, especially if the two don't wake up in time. >> reporter: it was so concerning, fighter jets were preparing to intercept the plane, but the pilots eventually started responding. ita airways, previously known as alitalia, says the captain claimed the radios stopped working, but investigators found no issues. the airline saying in a statement the captain's behavior "was not consistent with the rules dictated by the company." and david, that plane did make
it safely to rome. meanwhile, ita tells us tonight it has fired the captain for both sleeping on the job and then lying about it. david? >> really unsettling for all those passengers onboard, gio, thank you. in washington tonight, a major defeat for the special counsel named by the trump administration to look into the origins of the russia investigation. a jury today acquitting a lawyer who was connected to the clinton campaign who had been accused of lying to the fbi. here's our chief justice correspondent pierre thomas now. >> reporter: it was the first trial of a case brought by the man hand-picked by president donald trump's attorney to examine the origins of the fbi's investigation into trump's possible ties to russia. but tonight, a washington jury handing special counsel john durham a stinging defeat, acquitting a lawyer with ties to hillary clinton's campaign of charging that he lied to the fbi. >> i told the truth to the fbi and the jury clearly recognized that. >> reporter: federal prosecutors had claimed that just before the 2016 election, the lawyer,
michael sussmann, misled the fbi when he passed along a tip that computers in trump tower were communicating with a russian bank. durham's team insisted sussmann was secretly acting as an operative of the clinton campaign. sussmann, whose tip to the fbi did not pan out, said he was just trying to be a good citizen. >> despite being falsely accused, i'm relieved that justice ultimately prevailed in my case. >> reporter: during the 2016 campaign, trump's public appeals to putin drawing scrutiny. >> russia, if you're listening, i hope you're able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing. >> reporter: still, trump and his supporters insist the russia investigation was a hoax designed to hurt his campaign and his presidency. they've been hoping that durham would uncover some explosive revelations to back that up. three years later, that still has not happened. durham has been investigating the origins of the russia probe for more than three years. we're still awaiting his final report.
today, he said he was disappointed by the jury's verdict, but that he respected their decision. david? >> all right, pierre thomas in washington. thank you. now, to iran tonight. the u.n. watchdog agency reportedly saying iran has amassed enough enriched uranium to make a nuclear weapon, according to a new report by the international atomic energy agency. the biden administration saying they are now more uncomfortable with how close iran is getting to this. when we come back here tonight, the search for the two missing women kayaking. their group plunging over a dam. and the 9-year-old girl surviving a rare cougar attack and we do have news on her condition tonight.
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>> now from abc 7, live breaking news. dan: breaking news in napa where a wild fire has forced evacuations. so far, 200 acres have burned in an area dotted by vineyards. calfire says structures are threatened in the area of old soda springs road. we have been livestreaming for the past 30 minutes on the abc seven bay area app. kristen: and we have spotted an aircraft doing retardant on the flames. calfire says it is 5% contained and it is still an active fire. dan: it is to the north of the city of napa and less than three miles away from the famous silverado resort, to give you a frame of reference. thank you for joining us. meteorologist sandhya patel is tracking the conditions. kristen: clearly the wind is very important. sandhya: as you can see from our
live view, it is a shaky view as the winds are pretty much pushing that fire. we look at the current conditions, 83 degrees, relative humidity is 22%. windows out of the southeast at 15 miles per hour. they will remain gusty the next couple of hours and then it will begin to subside in the overnight hours. hopefully they will make progress by then. as we look at live doppler 7, the fire is getting picked up. you can see it moving towards the napa area. we have a red flag warning in solano county until 8 p.m. due to gusty winds and the community. dan: thanks very much. check this out, the fire shows up on satellite. the national weather service treated this animation. the black dot is the fire. it was captured at 4:00 p.m. just as the fire was starting. liz: now to