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tonight, breaking news as we come on the air in the west. news of yet another mass shooting coming in, at a hospital in tulsa. the images just coming in now. authorities racing to the scene. reports of multiple victims, including fatalities tonight. authorities say police going room to room to secure the hospital. we have the very latest coming in now. also tonight, the authorities in texas changing the story again in uvalde, revising their account involving the teacher and that door left open. authorities had first said it had been left open because a teacher had gone to get a phone. what they're saying now, as the community pays its respects to a hero teacher, irma garcia and her husband who died of a heart attack just two days later. marcus moore in texas. as breaking late today, the jury awarding more than $10
million to johnny depp in the explosive case against his ex-wife. the former couple accusing each other of physical and verbal abuse. but what the jury did decide in heard's favor. her reaction tonight, and what johnny depp is now saying. the damaging storms hitting tonight from texas all the way up to the northeast. what several major cities along the east coast will face tomorrow. and tonight, florida now facing the first tropical threat of the new hurricane season. rob marciano timing this all out. the abc n b kbc news exclus tonight. robin roberts in kyiv, one-on-one with the first lady of ukraine. tonight, several breaking headlines as we come on the air. verdict late today in the johnny
depp/amber heard defamation treasury secretary janet yellen saying she was wrong on inflation and that she didn't fully understand the risks. the mountain lion discovered in a school classroom, the scare. and elon musk making news tonight, ordering tesla employees to trreturn in person on the eve of the big celebration in the uk, 70 years on the throne, what's just been released tonight of the queen. and good evening as we come on the air here in the west tonight. and we do begin with breaking news. yet another mass shooting in this country. authorities tonight calling this one a catastrophic scene, a mass shooting at a hospital in tulsa, oklahoma, multiple people shot and authorities say there are fatalities. the images coming in now. there were reports of an active
shooter for a time at the building at st. francis hospital in tulsa. law enforcement from several agencies rushing in. authorities sweeping the hospital, floor by floor, room by room. abc's will carr tonight with what we know so far. >> reporter: the calls coming in around 5:00 p.m. central first reporting a man with a rifle. then an active shooter inside st. francis hospital in tulsa. >> shooting at the natalie b building. >> reporter: one call coming from someone during a virtual appointment with a doctor inside the hospital. >> advise she was on a video chat with a doctor on the second floor, he told her to call the police, there had been a shooting. >> reporter: officers armed with long guns racing to the scene. finding multiple victims, tr describing the scene inside as catastrophic. >> we do have four people who were shot and killed. one died after leaving the scene to try to get medical aid and one of those four is going to be
our suspect. >> some of them couldn't walk very well, but they were just kind of wobbling and stumbling. >> reporter: those officers clearing the five-story medical complex floor by floor, room by room. terrified friends and family of patients racing to the scene, anxious for word on their loved ones. >> scary. >> it's scary. >> what's going on with the world these days? >> reporter: david, there were reports the shooter may have been targeting a specific doctor inside that medical facility. tonight, we've learned president biden has been briefed and is monitoring the situation. david? >> all right, will carr leading us off on just the horrific scene unfolding yet again tonight in this country, this time in tulsa. and this all comes, of course, after the mass shooting at buffalo, at that supermarket, and that uvalde, texas, at robb elementary school. tonight here from texas, yet another change in the police account of what happened there. state police now correcting their state after saying it was a teacher who propped open the door, allowing the gunman to get inside. now they say the door was shut,
but it failed to lock. tonight, we hear from the school police chief who made that call not to go in. and two more funerals in uvalde today. 10-year-old jose manuel flores jr. laid to rest. he wanted to be a police officer. and later, at that same church, a funeral for that hero teacher, irma garcia and her husband joe, who died of a heart attack just two days after his wife of 25 years was killed. they left behind four children. abc's marcus moore in uvalde tonight. >> reporter: tonight, the uvalde school police chief pete arredondo, who allegedly made the call for officers to wait outside those classrooms for more than an hour, tonight saying he is, in fact, talking with state investigators. this after the texas department of public safety said that though local police are cooperating with their probe, arredondo has not responded to requests for a followup interview for days. arredondo tracked down today by cnn. >> we've been in contact with dps every day, just so you all know. >> they say you're not cooperating. >> i've been on the phone with them every day.
>> reporter: state investigators say arredondo told officers to wait in that school hallway for more than an hour before they entered the classrooms where the killer had opened fire on 19 innocent children and their teachers. >> of course it was not the right decision. it was the wrong decision, period. >> reporter: the school's police chief has yet to come meant on that assessment. today again refusing to provide any new information. >> we're not going to release anything. we have -- we have people in our community being buried, so we're going to be respectful. we're going to be -- >> i just want your reaction to the director saying that you were responsible for the decision. >> right. we're going to be -- >> -- to go into that room. how do you explain yourself to the parents? >> we're going to be respectful to the family. >> i understand that. but you have an opportunity to explain yourself to the parents. >> just so you know, we are going to -- we're going to do that eventually, obviously. >> reporter: it comes as authorities, once again, revise the details of what happened that dreadful day. initially, they said the gunman entered the school through a door a teacher had left propped open with a rock. >> that back door was propped open. it wasn't supposed to be propped open. it was supposed to be locked. >> reporter: it took an appeal from the teacher's lawyer to correct the record.
police now acknowledging she did pull the door shut after all, but it didn't automatically lock as it was supposed to. none of this, of course, will relieve the pain of the families now burying their loved ones. today, the funeral for 10-year-old jose manuel flores jr., who reportedly wanted to be a police officer when he grew up. hours earlier, at that same church, pallbearers carrying a casket at the funeral of teacher irma garcia and her husband joe. she was killed in her own classroom, trying to shield her students from a hail of bullets. her grieving husband suffering a fatal heart attack just days later. david, we are told that many of the children who survived last week's shooting do not ever want to go back into that building and district officials have said no students will return to the school next year. in the meantime, the governor has instructed all schools in the state to review their emergency plans and assess their needs and provide a progress report by the fall. david? >> all right, marcus moore in texas tonight. marcus, thank you. to the other major headline late today, the verdict in the johnny depp/amber heard defamation trial.
a seven-person jury siding with johnny depp in the trial against his ex-wife that's made global headlines for weeks. at issue, whether his ex-wife amber heard defamed him when she wrote about being a victim of abuse. the jury awarding depp more than $10 million in damages. the couple married in 2015, the case involved an op-ed article amber heard wrote in 2018 domestic abuse without mentioning depp by name. depp had argued it defamed him, that it hurt his career. the jury agreed when they reached their verdict today. but what the jury also decided in favor of amber heard. tonight, she said this is a step back for women, that she's heartbroken. depp saying, "the jury gave me my life back." kenneth moton outside the courthouse in fairfax, virginia. >> reporter: tonight, that dramatic courtroom moment. a virginia jury awarding actor johnny depp more than $10 million in damages against his ex-wife amber heard. >> do you find that mr. depp has
proven by clear and convincing evidence that ms. heard acted with actual malice? answer, yes. >> reporter: dueling defamation lawsuits. depp suing for $50 million, claiming heard damaged his career when she penned a 2018 "washington post" op-ed. depp wasn't named in the article. heard countersuing for $100 million. the jury's verdict, a major win for depp, who was absent from court, performing in london. his team said he had a previously scheduled work commitment. but inside the courtroom, heard sat stoically. the jury awarded her $2 million in damages, siding with her claim that depp's former attorney defamed her when he called her allegations a hoax. >> do you find ms. heard has proven all the elements of defamation? answer, yes. >> reporter: during the six-week trial, a litany of lurid details coming out in court. both heard and depp taking the stand, accusing the other of abuse. >> there was the physical abuse, which was a constant. >> reporter: depp denying he ever hit heard. >> never did i, myself, reach
the point of striking ms. heard in any way. >> reporter: heard accusing depp of physical and sexual abuse. >> my head was bashing against the back of the bar and i couldn't breathe. i've never been so scared in my life. >> reporter: depp's attorneys using audio they said showed heard admitting to starting a fight. >> i'm sorry i hit you like this, but i did not punch you. i did not [ bleep ] deck you. i [ bleep ] was hitting you. >> reporter: heard's attorneys showing video she secretly recorded of depp becoming violent in his kitchen, breaking his own cabinets and berating heard. >> did something happen to you this morning? i don't think so. >> reporter: tonight, heard calling the verdict a setback, saying, "it sets back the clock to a time when a woman who spoke up and spoke out could be publicly shamed and humiliated. it sets back the idea that violence against women is to be
taken seriously." you're not surprised by the verdict? >> no. no. just because of, you know, what's been happening recently as far as women's rights in the nation. >> reporter: but outside the courthouse, cheers when the jury ruled in depp's favor. what does this verdict say to you? >> it says that men can speak up too. >> reporter: depp posting to instagram, saying, "the jury gave me my life back. i am truly humbled." >> reporter: david, bottom line, with the more than $10 million awarded to johnny depp, $2 million to heard, she still owes him a little more than $8 million in damages. no word yet if she plans to appeal. david? >> all right, kenneth moton. kenneth, thank you. now, to the damaging storms hitting from texas all the way up into the northeast. what several cities in the northeast will face tomorrow. and tonight, florida now facing the first strop call threat of this new hurricane season. senior meteorologist rob marciano tracking it all for us tonight. hey, rob. >> reporter: hi, david. we'll start with the severe storm, 70-mile-per-hour winds just outside of cleveland. damage in that city and detroit.
this is a big front. take a look. it's from the canadian border where we have now a severe thunderstorm watch out until 10:00 all the way down to the mexican border, in between a flood watch. tomorrow, the bulls eye is going to be in the mid-atlantic, looks like d.c. will be under it. damaging winds, large hail. and today, the first day of hurricane season, we do have that disturbance in the gulf of mexico. 80% chance of seeing this develop into something. either way, friday and saturday, heavy rain coming into florida. floridians on guard on this first day of the atlantic hurricane season. david? >> here we go for sure. rob marciano. thank you, rob. we're going to turn now to the war in ukraine tonight, and to the abc news exclusive here. robin roberts inside kyiv, one-on-one with the first lady of ukraine. the interview comes as president biden has now decided to provide the ukrainians with what he calls more advanced rocket systems that will enable them to more precisely strike key targets on the battlefield, as fighting againt the russians
rages on in the east. russia tonight saying the u.s. is adding fuel to the fire. this major development comes as robin interviewed the first lady olena zelenska at the presidential compound in kyiv, about the war, the toll on her family, and the families of ukraine. i spoke with robin from kyiv just a short time after she sat down with ukraine's first lady. and obin, it's great to have you with us here tonight from kyiv. i know your exclusive interview comes at a key moment here with the ukrainians locked in this battle with russia, particularly in the eastern part of their country right now. this was wide-ranging. you were telling us how forthcoming the first lady was, not only caring for her family, looking out for all the families of ukraine, but she was also fully aware of president biden's decision on these rocket systems? >> reporter: oh, david, good evening. she was fully aware of that and many aspects of the war. the first lady really wanted to get a message out that the people here in ukraine, they are defiant, and that she wants the world to know that, though you see things here in kyiv pretty much back to normal, that is not the case in the eastern part of tis country. and that's especially what she wanted to talk about with me. just today, president biden
assured that more sophisticated, more accurate military equipment is on its way. >> i hope so. >> reporter: he also said, this war is a moral issue. and he said he is not going to pressure the ukrainian government to concede any territory. but as you know, there have been others who have said that that is the way to get a peace agreement, to concede some of the territories, especially in the eastern region. how do you feel about that?
>> robin with the first lady of ukraine. and robin, you were also telling me that she talked repeatedly about the toll not only on her own children, but on all of the children of ukraine. >> reporter: david, i cannot emphasize enough how many times she brought that up during the interview. the more than 200 children, more than 200 that have been killed since the start of the war. and you could tell that that was something that was really weighing on her and something that she very much wants the public to keep in mind and knowing that this war is far from over. >> the first lady wanted to keep this war on the minds of everyone around the world. and robin roberts with her exclusive tonight, with the first lady of ukraine. robin, thank you. and stay safe. safe trip home. >> reporter: thank you, david. >> and of course we should note
that robin will have much more of her exclusive interview with the first lady of ukraine tomorrow morning right here on "good morning america." in the meantime, back here at home, to the economy and gas prices. several states now with gas prices at more than $5 a gallon. in fact, the average price now nationwide a record $4.70. gas prices usually peak by mid may but experts say they don't see prices coming down. treasury secretary janet yelling saying she was wrong on inflation and that she didn't fully understand the risks. and it wasn't just the treasury secretary making news today with her words. president biden late today making news with what he said on the baby formula crisis. president biden today meeting with ceos of several formula companies. the president asking if they knew the shortage, the problems would be so immediate. they said yes, they did know. the president saying they knew, but i didn't. then, of course, the immediate questions afterward. should the president have known sooner, but what he said late
today. >> ceos just tell you they understood it would have a very big impact? >> they did, but i didn't. i became aware of this problem sometime after april, in early april, about how intense it was. and so, we did everything in our power from that point on and that's all i can tell you right now. >> so, mary bruce, the focus today was supposed to be this major shipment coming from overseas, additional formula coming to the united states, which was supposed to be good news, but then immediately shifted when the president said that after what the ceos revealed today. >> reporter: and david, the white house is really struggling to explain this tonight. moments after those remarks, the white house press secretary was grilled about this and insists the white house responded immediately from day one, right after this february shutdown of that factory. but she could not explain why the president himself was not alerted at the time, especially since these executives say they knew instantly that this was really going to be a very big problem. now, the white house press
secretary does say that it's not uncommon for the administration to respond to issues without the president's direct involvement, but david, when i pressed and asked directly whether the white house would have responded differentlpresident known sooner, she couldn't say. e y david had?th >> all right, mary bruce at the white house. thank you, mary. there's also news on the covid vaccine tonight for the youngest children in this country. the fda now confirming late today they have received pfizer's completed application for a three-dose vaccine for children from 6 months to 5 years. we know the fda advisory board is now set to meet on june 15th to discuss pfizer and moderna's vaccines for the youngest of children. the cdc would also have to sign off, but if all goes well, that vaccine could be available by the end of june, we'll see. when we come back here tonight, late word this evening on that search for those two missing women, the kayakers in virginia, what authorities have revealed late today. and then elon musk's message to tesla employees, ordering them back to work in person, and then to the complainers, what his message was today. for adults with generalized myasthenia gravis who are positive for acetylcholine receptor antibodies,
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before we go tonight, on the eve of queen elizabeth's platinum jubilee celebration, 70 years on the throne, the palace just releasing this new portrait. she won't be in the official parade, but she will appear in the palace balcony tomorrow. the royal family will later join her for a flyover by the royal air force. amy and t.j. there for "gma" in the morning and for us tomorrow night. i'll see you tomorrow night, as well. good night.
>> that breaking news is in oklahoma where a government has killed four people at a medical complex. this happened in tulsa at the st. francis hospital campus. first responders say they were up to 10 people injured. police say they found the government carrying a long rifle and pistol on the second floor of the building. he is now dead. investigators say he took his own life after the attack but also officers moved in quickly, ready to end the threat. >> there was a three-minute response. i don't know how long the call took to come in but it appears as though the whole thing was a four minute time span. >> officers are going room by room, we will bring you breaking news. with that we say good evening. i am liz kreutz. >> i am dan ashley.
now to our wildfire is -- risk. this is smoke as seen from one of pg&e's nearby wildfire cameras. the highway burned near 47 and arnold drive. no word on how it started. >> and neighboring napa county. they were able to return home today. the so-called old fire is just over 20% contained and it broke out yesterday afternoon and grew to more than 570 acres, burning very close to the 2017 atlas fire area. >> whether it is a key part of this. >> as you take a look here, it is gusty near the old fire right now out of the southeast near 15 miles per hour.
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