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karina: t tonight, the abc news exclusive. for the first time, the teacher in that uvalde elementary school who survived. revealing what happened in that classroom. the teacher shot in the arm and back, describing the gunman. the interview with our amy robach. the teacher hearing the gunshots first in the hallway, telling the children to pretend they were asleep under their desks. the teacher saying the students could hear officers in the hallway. a child pleading with the officers to help them. there were 11 children in his classroom -- none survived. the amy robach interview and matt gutman in texas. tonight, a suspect in custody at this hour after a mass shooting in philadelphia. another mass shooting in chattanooga. the deadliest weekend from shootings this year in this country. and tonight, the news coming in from capitol hill on those bipartisan efforts on gun
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safety. rachel scott with late reporting. the war in ukraine tonight. and vladimir putin's new warning to the u.s. james longman in ukraine. tonight, just days now before the live prime time hearing on the january 6th attack. tonight, the leader of the proud boys and four top lieutenants charged by the justice department with seditious conspiracy for allegedly organizing and leading the news on the retired judge k killed. tonight, the results now in after that major vote on british prime minister boris johnson's future. news on the baby formula shortage here at home. a major development. movement now in the right direction. the worlding, of course, celebrating 70 years, of course, of the queen, and now the story behind the queen and paddington bear. bon jovi tonight remembering a key member of his band. and america strong. the brave veterans and what they told me as we mark the 78th
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anniversary of d-day. good evening and it's great to start another week with all of you at home. and we begin tonight with the abc news exclusive. for the first time, we hear from a teacher in one of those two classrooms in that uvalde elementary school. the teacher who survived the horror, telling our amy robach the moment he saw the gunman, how he told the children in his classroom to get under their desks, to pretend they were asleep. and the child he heard pleading with the police that they could hear in the hallway to help them. mr. reyes was the teacher in room 111. the children asking him what is that they hear? law enforcement gathering outside. some in the hallways. that child asking police to help them. and, of course, we know of at least two children from those two rooms calling 911, telling dispatchers to send help.
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there were 11 students in his classroom alone. none of them survived. and today, 9-year-old ellie garcia was laid to rest. she would have just turned 10. this account tonight is harrowing, it is difficult, and once again, it is a portrait of what those children were going through as they called for help. tonight here, the amy robach interview and our matt gutman leading us off from texas. >> guy with a rifle! >> reporter: tonight, for the first time, we're hearing chilling details from a teacher who was wounded but survived the carnage in room 111, one those two adjacent classrooms at robb ele elementary. arnulfo reyes was watching a movie with 11 of his students when shots rang out, bullets hitting the building. he spoke with our amy robach. >> the kids started asking out loud, mr. reyes, who is going on? and i said, "i don't know what's going on, but let's go ahead and get under the table. get under the table and act like you're asleep." as they were doing that and i
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was gathering them under the table and told them to act like they were going to sleep is about the time when i turned around and saw him standing there. >> reporter: almost immediately, the gunman opening fire. two bullets hit reyes, one through his arm and lung. another bullet in his back. he couldn't move. the shoot ore then turning that long gun on the students. they hear officers outside the classroom. reyes says he heard a child in the next classroom pleading for police to help. by then, he thinks officers had retreated down the hallway. >> one of the students from the next door classroom was saying, "officer, we're in here. we're in here." but they had already left. and then -- he got up from behind my desk and he walked over there and he shot over there again. >> reporter: the gunman going back into room 112 firing more shots.
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the teacher says he heard officers again, telling the gunman through the door they want him to come out, to talk, that they don't want to hurt a minute later, silence, until border patrol finally breached the door. while the horror was unfolding, parents were outside begging for 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: and at least two students from those connected classrooms were calling 911. >> is anybody inside of the building? child is advising he is in the room full of victims. full of victims at this moment. >> eight to nine children. >> reporter: when it was over, 11 of reyes' students were dead. and today, another victim laid to rest, 9-year-old eliahna "ellie" garcia. >> she was very happy and very outgoing and loved to dance and sing and play sports. she was big into family. enjoyed being with the family. >> the funerals continue tonight. and matt joins now, reporting
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from the scene again for us this evening. and matt, this interview, the teacher talking with amy, so powerful. obviously hearing about that child who was pleading with police that they could hear on the other side of the wall to help them. we also heard from this teacher something we reported before here, that police hat one point tried to talk to the shooter? >> reporter: another survivor, david, just 10 years old, told us she heard law enforcement come down the hallway, maybe up to the door, and ask the shooter to come out, to put down his weapon, but that he refused and that teacher telling us always that he had to play dead for 77 minutes. there were long periods of silence, ultimately punctuated by law enforcement bursting into that classroom and shooting dead that gunman. david? >> all right, matt gutman leading us off here tonight, thank you. and tomorrow morning on "good morning america," much more from that teacher. his message to the police officers outside that classroom door and to the parents of his students. amy's full interview on "gma," it's part of our reporting all day long tomorrow across all of
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our broadcasts and platforms. a closer look at guns in america. and tomorrow night here, our report on "world news tonight" on ar-15-style weapons and how many states can you get them at just the age of 18 as authorities say that texas shooter did, the day after he turned 18, buying his weapon. and the debate, of course, why not raise the age from 18 to 21? this weekend, by the way, was the deadliest weekend in the u.s. from shootings this year alone. more than a dozen mass shootings this weekend in which four or more people were shot. at least 17 people were killed 69 wounded this weekend alone. a suspect in custody tonight after a mass shooting in philadelphia. three people dead, nearly a dozen shot and wounded. and in chat knew ga, three people killed, 14 wounded. tonight, there is new from capitol hill. will law makers do anything this time? tonight, the senator who says there could be news, movement on this, by this week. rachel scott on the hill. >> reporter: terror on the streets of philadelphia this weekend.
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crowds racing to escape gunfire three killed, 11 others shot and wounded. and tonight, late word a suspect is under arrest. part of a spasm of gun violence across the country. more than a dozen mass shootings this weekend alone. >> multiple shots fired, multiple vehicles fleeing the scene. >> reporter: in chattanooga, tennessee, 14 shot, three killed after authorities say multiple shooters opened fire at a nightclub early sunday. back in washington, growing momentum on capitol hill to reach a deal on gun reform. will you reach a deal by the end of the week? >> my goal is to reach an agreement by the end of the week. we've got more republicans and democrats sitting together than ever before, since sandy hook. what we're talking about is substantial. it will save lives. while i'm certainly prepared to fail, i'm more hopeful for success than ever before. >> reporter: a bipartisan group of senators is under pressure to reach a compromise by the end of week. on the table, strengthening
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background checks, incentives for states to enact red flag laws, funding for school security, and mental health. and president biden hoping lawmakers would go even further and bring back the assault weapons ban. or at the very least, rage the purchasing age from 18 to 21, which has the support of many democrats, including senator joe manchin. >> we know two things that would have stopped this, if the age was 21 and also if there was red flag laws. >> reporter: but the vast majority of republicans say that's a nonstarter. would you support that? >> not likely. >> reporter: tonight, republican senator john cornyn, that texas senator on the scene the day after the shooting in uvalde, calling for targeted reform. >> i will not settle on inadequate or down right harmful legislation for the sake of doing something. we can agree something needs to be done, but what that something is is much harder to achieve. and to targeted reforms, i think, is the way to get to where we need to go. >> reporter: new york governor kathy hochul today signed a slew
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of gun control bills into law, including a ban on sales of semiautomatic rifles to anyone under the age of 21. that type of law might have stopped the 18-year-old suspects in both the buffalo and uvalde mass shootings from legally purchasing ar-15-style rifles. >> well, that point you make, rachel, is the source of so much debate there in washington. and as you just reported, in new york state today, gun safety reform, these were the images, new york's governor signing bills into law, including, as you heard the report there, raising the age to purchase assault rifles from 18 to 21. and rachel, i guess the question is, as this country waits and watches, will lawmakers in washington, what will they do, if anything, is there any movement in the meantime from other states, other than new york state tonight? >> reporter: well, david, some states are not waiting for congress to act. the democratic governors in new jersey and delaware are urging their state lawmakers rais legal limit tomiauto fr 2
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but i can tell you on a federal level, i talked to many republicans today who told me they are just not onboard with that. as for these bipartisan discussions, i'm told that group of senators will be meeting again tonight in hopes of striking a deal, david. >> i know you're going to stay on this all week for us, rachel, thank you. overseas tonight, and to the war in ukraine. vladimir putin issuing a new warning to the u.s. after the u.s. and uk promised new rocket systems to ukraine that can strike targets 50 miles away. abc's james longman in ukraine tonight. >> reporter: tonight, britain joining the u.s. in sending new medium-range weapons systems to ukraine. vladimir putin warning that if even longer-range missiles are shipped from the west, moscow will retaliate by hitting targets, quote, that we have not yet struck. kyiv targeted just hours after that threat was broadcast, the first strike on the capital in weeks. and ukraine claiming a significant shift in the east, saying they've mounted a successful counterattack near
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severodonetsk. russia pushed to the eastern outskirts of the city, but the battle is raging. the fight here is so fierce because it's the last major city not under russian occupation in this part of the donbas, and so strategically important for ukraine that president zelenskyy made a risky visit to front line troops there to thank them for their service and sacrifice. the u.s., david, is intensifying its efforts to punish vladimir putin and his supporters. u.s. prosecutors are now moving to seize two planes thought to belong to powerful russian of hi jar roman abrom vich, one said to be worth $350 million. david? >> james, thank you. in the meantime, back here at home tonight, and to the new and chilling details after authorities say a retired wisconsin judge was targeted and killed. abc news has now learned the alleged gunman had once appeared in the judge's courtroom. and authorities now say the suspect had a hut list in his car, including several other public figures. here's abc's alex perez tonight.
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>> reporter: tonight, we're learning more about the link between a retired wisconsin judge and his alleged killer. >> this is such a horrific crime. this is a targeted attack on a public official, a judge. >> reporter: the state's attorney general saying the man suspected of killing judge john roemer in his home early friday morning, targeted multiple people, including the judge. >> this act appears to be related to the judicial process. >> reporter: an abc news review of wisconsin court records found in 2005, 56-yearold douglas uhde pleaded no contest to armed burglary. judge roemer sentenced him to six years in state prison. uhde now in critical condition, after allegedly turning the gun on himself. others reportedly on his hit list, michigan governor gretchen witmer, sor mitch mcconnell and wisconsin governor tony everers. >> it makes me ill that -- to be
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targeted like that. it makes me frankly sick to my stomach. >> reporter: today, the wisconsin attorney general calling for more protection for judges and public officials. a cause taken up by u.s. district court judge esther salas of new jersey whose son was killed and husband shot when a man targeted her posed as a delivery man to gain access to her home. >> enough is enough. >> reporter: and david, in all, authorities say there were 13 people on his hit list. the motive remains under investigation, but officials do not believe there is an active ongoing threat. david? >> alex, thank you. tonight, we are just days now from the live prime time hearing before the nation on the january 6th attack. that's thursday night. the committee expected to begin to reveal their findings to the country. and tonight, separately, from the justice department now, five members of the far right group
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the proud boys have now been indicted for sedition. pierre thomas now is in washington. and i know these men were facing conspiracy charges? >> reporter: yes, david, but now the leader 0 oof the proud boyse being accused of sedition, plotting to violently overthrowing the government in an effort to keep former president donald trump in office by any means necessary. in the days and weeking leading up to 2 january 6th attack, the fbi says the proud boys were recently planning how to attack and occupy the capitol and other buildings in washington. and authorities say perhaps no act symbolizing the violent conspiracy better than the man allegedly smashing a window at the u.s. capitol, allowing that man to get inside. the fbi claims the proud boys helpeding night the violence that overran the police. david? >> all right, pierre thomas in washington. pierre, thank you and abc news will carry the first prime time hearing from the house select
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committee live on thursday night. the investigation revealed before the american people. that's 8:00 p.m. eastern thursday night here on abc. more news this evening and from london tonight, boris johnson surviving that no confidence vote, barely, from members of his own party. johnson was booed as he arrived for the queen's jubilee service after a series of scandals, including revelations that he partied with his staff while the rest of the country was in lockdown. johnson still calling it a cown vincing result, in his words, and saying it is time for the country to move on. when we come back on this busy monday night, news this evening on the baby formula shortage across the u.s. this is a major development, there is movement tonight. and on the 78th anniversary of d-day, the brave veterans, and we always remember what they told me.
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heroes. the roses at sunrise. we have stayed in touch with the american heroes we journeyed with three years ago. world war ii veterans going back to normandy 75 years later. the strangers walking up to them to say thank you. onofrio zicari originally from geneva, new york was so moved. >> sir, thank you for your service. >> thank you. thank you. >> this whole beach, whole section, as far as the eye could see was just men coming ashore, coming ashore, unbelievable. >> reporter: tonight, nono and his family sharing new family photos. holding his great-grandson dylan on his 1st birthday. telling us he hopes everyone "stays healthy and reaches my age." 75 years later, just being back here -- >> oh, this is stunning. this is beautiful. >> and of course we remember harold himmelsbach, and that letter to his mom. >> dear mom. i suppose i should begin by telling you i'm
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somewhere in france. >> reporter: you were being careful because it was your mom. and the sensors. >> right, my mom you know? mothers are sensitive too, pause. >> reporter: harold and his family sharing with us the letters of gratitude he now receives from families, from children, all over the world. and jack claiborne, from dyersburg, tennessee. a gunner on that day. there was the stranger who handed him flowers. what do they say to you when they gave you the flowers? >> thank you. thank you. >> tonight, jack telling us, "i just hope that they never forget this. it meant so much to so many people. i hope that we don't get in another war. i'd be too old to go, but if i had to, i could." thank you for your service. >> thank you. appreciate you. >> and you know, that nonprofit group that helped the veterans return already planning to return for the 80th anniversary. and jack telling us, by the way, he plans to go with them. i don't doubt it. good night. announcer: building a better bay
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area -- moving forward, finding solutions. this is abc 7 news. >> had to walk down over 20 flights. we don't really have much at all. >> in nightmare from the residence of one apartment building and it's not over yet. >> and they are not about to give up. parents are fighting to keep a school from closing. >> thank you for joining us. >> in the south bay, san jose police are searching for a man who killed a safe way employee at a store. it happened sunday morning in the willow glen neighborhood at a store on hamilton avenue. police are turning to the public to help solve this unthinkable crime. ryan curry is in san jose where people are still in shock over what happened. >> a boarded up window and a candle outside is what you see at the safe way. just after 3:00, an employee got into an altercation with the man
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inside the store who pulled out a gun and shot the worker. he died at the store and the gunman left before officers arrived. >> we want to make sure we can pull any and all video footage. the human component were much more important. people who were present should come forward. >> the officer outside works to turn people away. since it happened in the middle of the night, there were not many witnesses. >> only two people knew why this homicide happened. the other one is not in custody. >> anyone going to the safe way should be met with signs like this one, saying they are sorry safe way is closed people say they didn't learn about it until we told them. >> i figure pipes burst or something happened. some kind of shortage.