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making news in america. right now on "america this morning," brazen attack. the former prime minister of japan, an influential leader and american ally, is shot in broad daylight during a speech rushed to the hospital. officials saying his heart had stopped. the gunman using what appeared to be a homemade firearm. global reaction pouring in right now. the latest from tokyo. is the u.s. economy already in a recession? the new clues and the concerning news about corporate layoffs. controversy at the irs. growing questions about whether the agency targeted former fbi officials seen as enemies of former president trump. the new investigation. the new policy in texas. the governor now ordering state
troopers to apprehend migrants and send them back to the border. plus, the passenger plane that flew for hours with a massive hole in its side. and later the homeowner -- >> i'm going to open this, and you just scurry right out there. >> -- versus the chipmunk. good friday morning, everyone. i'm mona kosar abdi. >> i'm andrea fujii in for andrew. we begin with breaking news. japanese broadcaster nhk is reporting that former prime minister shinzo abe has died after being shot in broad daylight during a campaign speech. >> the shocking attack happening in japan, a nation with virtually no gun violence. abe's death was announced moments ago on national tv in japan. >> the gunman was taken into custody as authorities try to determine a motive. this morning, shinzo abe, the
former prime minister of japan, shot in broad daylight in western japan. around 11:30 a.m. local time, abe was giving a campaign speech near a train station in the city of nara when a male assailant reportedly shot him from behind with what appeared to be a homemade firearm. witnesses reported hearing two shots at least. [ speaking foreign language ] in this video abe can be seen giving a speech. a plume of smoke can be seen from behind the former prime minister. >> translator: after the second shot, we could see the gunpowder and a lot of white smoke. after the second shot, mr. abe collapsed, and people were applying cpr. >> reporter: abe clutched his bloodied chest as he collapsed on the street. security guards and bystanders running to his side. abe then rushed to the hospital in a helicopter.
video shows security tackling the suspected gunman. officials identifying him as a 41-year-old. witnesses saying he made no attempt to flee. >> translator: he was wearing a gray t-shirt and khaki-colored pants, and he was out of energy. he was not running away. he wasn't attempting to run away. he was just standing there. >> reporter: the 67-year-old abe was the longest serving prime minister in japan's history. he resigned in 2020 citing health reasons, but he remained an influential figure in japanese politics. the attack comes as a shock in a country that has some of the strictest gun laws in the world. the country with a population of more than 127 million rarely experiences more than ten deaths per year from gun violence. david sanger, who covered japan for "the new york times" tweeted, in my six years in japan, the only shootings i covered involved yakuza, arguing over territory. for political assassinations you have to go back to the 1930s.
>> our thoughts, our prayers are with him, with his family, with the people of japan. this is a very, very sad moment. again, japanese broadcaster nhk reports shinzo abe has died. moments ago we spoke with abc's anthony trotter in tokyo about just how shaken people in japan are following this attack. >> reporter: shootings are almost unheard of. guns are highly restricted here. this type of crime is very rare. i can't say i actually remember covering any kind of gun violence like this. now, there's been bombs, of course. there's been poisonings. there's been knife attacks, things of that nature but as far as guns go, they're almost nonexistent here. >> we'll bring you more information about the attack on shinzo abe throughout the morning here on abc. we turn now to the july 4th parade shooting near chicago. the first victims will be laid
to rest today as we learn more about the survivors and the troubled past of the suspect's family. this morning, newly revealed police reports show several disturbing incidents involving the suspected highland park parade shooter and his family. a report from april 2019 saying the suspect attempted to commit suicide by machete. less than six months later, police were called to the home again after the suspect threatened to kill everyone in the household. the suspect turning over multiple weapons including a 24-inch samurai sword. police submitting this document declaring the suspect a clear and present danger, but the suspect's father, who sponsored his son's gun permit, tells abc news he wasn't aware of the suicide attempt and believes the threat against his family was not genuine. >> making threats to the family, i think it was taken out of context where it's like just a child's outburst, whatever he was upset about. >> reporter: officials have also released this arrest card for the suspect's mother from 2002.
the alleged offense, endangering the life or health of a child. police not elaborating. ♪ a candlelight vigil was held last night in highland park for the seven victims of monday's rampage. funeral services for three of them are scheduled today. >> we have each other. we will lean on each other. we will lift each other up. >> reporter: we're now learning more about one of the youngest survivors of the massacre, 8-year-old cooper roberts, who is in critical condition on a ventilator. his family attends the july 4th parade each year. >> cooper was shot in the chest, and he suffered significant injuries including a severed spinal cord. >> reporter: doctors fear cooper may be permanently paralyzed. his twin brother luke and his mother julie were also shot, his mom waking up in a different hospital quickly requested to be discharged when she heard about cooper's condition.
>> quite frankly, she probably she could be at n's side. ard, >> as fohe says his s raised wi quote, good morals. he says he does not regret sponsoring the gun permit but says the system needs to be overhauled. turning to the economy, the labor department releases the monthly jobs report today, and it's expected to show a slowdown in hiring. analysts are expecting about 250,000 jobs were added in june compared to nearly 400,000 in may, and companies are planning more layoffs. new data shows the number of planned layoffs rose 57% in the last month. now to the surprise guilty plea from wnba star brittney griner. she's admitting to bringing cannabis oil into russia but says it was unintentional. the question now is, will the guilty plea help her get home faster? abc's em nguyen has more on griner's legal strategy. em, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, mona. griner pleaded guilty in a courtroom outside moscow.
she had been held in russia for 141 days. she entered court yesterday handcuffed and holding a photo of her wife. she said she had no intention of breaking the law by bringing hashish oil through a russian airport. she said she was in a rush and experts say griner's guilty plea could be part of a wider strategy to get a lesser sentence and possibly set up a prisoner swap with the russians. >> by pleading guilty, she potentially does receive a lesser sentence. whether it is a severe sentence nevertheless is unclear. that will be at the discretion of the judge. the only way to get to a potential prisoner swap, and that's still uncertain, the only way to get to that stage would be to have her properly convicted in a russian court. >> if convicted, griner faces up to ten years in prison.
the white house says her guilty plea will not have any impact on efforts to free her. meanwhile, the family of paul whelan, an american held in russia since 2018, is speaking out. whelan's brother says he has mixed feelings about griner's case, and whelan's family says they never got a call from the president like brittney griner's wife did this week, mona. >> em, thank you. texas governor greg abbott has authorized a controversial new immigration policy. it's ordering state troopers and the national guard to apprehend migrants who entered the country illegally and send them back to the border. the move sets the stage for abbott to clash again with the federal government, which is responsible for immigration enforcement. border crossings are near the highest levels in about two decades, and abbott blames the biden administration for fueling the problem. derek chauvin, the former minneapolis police officer who murdered george floyd, has been sentenced to another 21 years in prison for violating floyd's civil rights. chauvin will serve the time concurrently with the 22-year
sentence he's serving for murder and manslaughter. time now for a look at your friday weather. a truly shocking moment in mississippi. a woman narrowly missed being hit by lightning during a storm earlier this week. luckily she was not hurt. and checking the radar, it is clear across most of the country, but severe storms are expected later today from cincinnati to louisville and from tennessee to the carolinas. the northern rockies could also see heavy winds and hail. checking today's high temperatures, upper 70s and 80s in the northeast and the northwest and much more extreme heat for much of the south. coming up, paying tribute to actor james caan. but first, controversy at the irs. did the agency target critics of former president trump? the new investigation. and a passenger plane flies 14 hours with a massive hole in
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back now with a view from inside a plane making an emergency landing. the single engine plane came down on this highway in western north carolina. the pilot says the engine failed. he landed safely after dodging traffic and power lines. incredible images of a passenger jet in australia. the emirates plane managed to fly 14 hours from dubai to brisbane with a large hole in its side. the gash was caused by an exploding tire. one expert calls the incident a one in a million case. now to the controversy at the irs. did the agency knowingly target former fbi officials for lengthy and rare audits? those former fbi officials were frequent targets of former president trump's criticism.
now an irs watchdog is taking a closer look. here's abc's rhiannon nally. >> this morning new calls for the head of the irs to be fired after "the new york times" reported that former top fbi officials james comey and andrew mccabe, well-known foes of former president trump, were subject to invasive irs audits. mccabe telling cnn -- >> i don't know if jim and i were targeted. but there are a lot of facts that point in that direction. >> reporter: comey was the former fbi director and mccabe was his deputy. both drew trump's ire. he attacked them frequently, calling for their prosecutions, even accusing them of treason. >> we were both targeted and basically run out of our jobs by that kind of pressure and harassment. >> reporter: several thousand people are selected for these rare audits out of more than 150 million people who file their taxes each year. both audits were under irs
commissioner charles red ig's leadership. redig was appointed by trump. >> the odds that the two of us would be selected for something that is supposedly a random program are really incalculable. >> reporter: the irs says the commissioner has now personally asked for a review of the audits. an irs spokesperson says any suggestion that comey and mccabe were targeted would be ludicrous and untrue. but democratic congressman bill pascrell, a long-time critic of the commissioner, says the irs auditing trump's enemies is a titanic scandal. this isn't the first time the irs is accused of going after political opponents. back in 2013 under president obama the acting commissioner was fired over accusations the irs was targeting conservative groups. mona? andrea? >> rhiannon, thank you. coming up, a historic move made in the nfl. but first, we celebrate hollywood icon james kan. [acoustic soul music throughout]
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morning for an american original. actor james caan. his career spanning six decades. will ganss takes a look back. >> reporter: he's the man behind misery. >> i don't want to -- >> reporter: the crew from "elf." >> we should call security. >> good idea. i like to whisper too. >> reporter: -- says james caan went by a different name. >> jimmy the dream. >> jimmy the dream. >> when anyone says to you what was james caan like to work with i want immediately to come into your head jimmy the dream? he was a dream. >> reporter: born in new york city in 1940, his father, a butcher who escaped nazi germany, james caan got his start on the small screen in 1961 in an episode of "naked city." >> we said we would get you a doctor, didn't we? what do you want to carry on like that for? >> reporter: his career would go on for six decades. requestfrom "brian's song" to "thief." >> he puts you in a box. >> reporter: caan starring
alongside the likes of john wayne in "el dorado." >> in sunshine and in shadow. had journeyed long singing a song. in search of el dorado. >> reporter: and barbra streisand in "funny lady." barbra sharing this photo on social media on thursday, writing "i'm so sorry to hear about jimmy. he was so talented." but caan's most famous role? sonny corleone in "the godfather." >> what'd he say? >> what did he say? bad beep, bada boop he wants to send michael to hear the proposition. and he promises the deal is so good we can't refuse. >> reporter: co-star al pa chien a&e saying "jimmy was my fictional brother and my lifelong friend. it's hard to believe that he won't be in the world anymore because he was so alive and daring." james caan was 82. his final film was last year's rom-com "queen bees." he's survived by four sons and a
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prime minister of japan assassinated. shinzo abe dead after an attack in broad daylight. the suspect taken down. >> violent and repeat offenders will no longer be allowed to victimize our city without consequence. >> a ceremony for the new district attorney. what we know about the pick, brooks jenkins. >> bullets fly again on a freeway close to the same place as another reason shooting. what the governor's office is doing to combat this issue. >> good morning. it is friday, july 8. >> we start with meteorologist drew tuma. drew: we will find warmer weather as the weekend gets underway. live doppler 7 is showing you limited fog. the marine layer is not as big as it has been the past couple of mornings. temperature-wise we are seeing 40's on the board in north bay
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