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all is as a result of gunfire and it's a total of 15, including the suspect, or the alleged suspect, and 14 others. one of those 14 is deceased. one is critical. >> this morning police are searching for a motive in a mass shooting in toronto. late details ahead. new details involving the alleged killer in the trader joe's hostage standoff, including the store manager gunned down in the chaos. president trump warning ton chief. is streaming you? information you should be aware
of. geteadyr way. and which famous chef's husband just won the world famous ernest hemingway look alike contest. "early today" starts right now. good morning. i'm phillip mena. >> good to be with you, i'm frances rivera. breaking news overnight out of toronto, chaos after a gunman opened fire in a busy downtown area of toronto. one woman was killed and 13 more were injured, including a young girl under 10 years old, who's in critical condition. the gunman stormed this popular neighborhood of greek town about 10:00 p.m. with many people out and about in the area full of restaurants and shops. the gunman was pronounced dead at the scene following an exchange with police. with no clear motive at the time, police are pleading with the public for any tips and information. they have not ruled out terrorism. back in the u.s., one person was killed and another injured when a gunman opened fire at a mormon church in nevada.
more than 50 people were inside at the time. the suspect then walked home, where he surrendered to police. police believe he targeted one person, not the church. for the first time we're hearing from the 70-year-old woman who says she was one of the hostages held captive during the deadly three-hour standoff in an l.a. trader joe's store. police are continuing to investigate what prompted the gunman to shoot his own grandmother before holding dozens hostage at a grocery store. officials say atkins is now being held on $2 million bond and faces possible murder charges. nbc's steve paterson tells us more. >> frances, that trader joe's behind me remains closed as workers come to grips with the horror of what happened this weekend. meanwhile, a 70-year-old woman who claims to be the first hostage relet, for the first ti what happened inside during the crisis. >> this is the suspect here. >> reporter: this man at the
v.nter of the dramatic standoff police identifying him as 28-year-old gene atkins, arrested on suspicion of murder. killed in the chaos, 27-year-old trader joe's employee. her brother tweeting, i'm sad to say she didn't make it. my baby sister, my world. >> i heard a couple gunshots close to my head. >> reporter: because of her age, terry said she was the first hostage released. >> said i'm going to shoot these people one by one and so i just sat there, you know, with my palms facing up. home.atkins shooting his own grandmother multiple times, then pulling another woman into his car. icehollywood's inn led pol on a chase through hollywood, crashing into a pole outside the store, then taking aim in a gun battle with officers. >> an officer needs help. >> reporter: shot in the arm and out of options, atkins fled into the store. as many as 50 people inside.
>> my 100 miles an hour. >> reporter: with tactical teams on the ground, guns drre during an hours-long standoff. >> here's the rescue of the kids. >> reporter: negotiating the release of several hostages, rushing young children to safety in their arms. >> looks like they used a ladder to get out. >> reporter: some escaping through a second-story window. heroics from trader joe's employee using a ladder to save coworkers. >> heard screaming and gunfire. just knew i needed to find a way out. >> reporter: the suspect surrendering without a fight, terrified hostages reunited with their loved ones. and over the weekend, trader joe's releasing a statement calling the events of saturday's standoff the single saddest day in the company's history. meanwhile, the suspect's grandmother, a woman in her 70s, remains in the hospital after undergoingurgery. duck boatissoi last week. one of the deadliest u.s.
tourist aen years. the coast guard plans to lift the capsized boat from the bottom of table rock lake later this morning, as federal investigators scramble to find out why the boat went down thursday during a powerful storm, killing 17 onboard. all patients treated for injuries have now been released from the hospital, but the community continues to mourn the victims and one man now says he called out design flaws that may have turned the boat into a death trap. we have the latest now from maya rodriguez. >> reporter: in a place that prides itself on family fun, branson, missouri, is facing its pain st >> it's all we talk about. it's how sad and how everybody's hurting for these people thatmu. >> reporter: a 17 lives lost here on thursday. when a duck boat capsized and sank on table rock lake during a severe storm. >> my wife and i, we won't allow us or our children to get on those ducks right now.
>> reporter: steven paul is a st. louis-area inspector. last year the current owners of the ride the ducks company hired him to inspect the vessels as they prepared to buy the business. in his report, he says he warned them that design flaws made the boats more susceptible to sinking and harder to escape in an emergency. >> one issue is the canopy on the ducks, as well as the curtains that come down the sides, when the curtains are down, there's no way for the people to escape. it becomes a people catcher. >> reporter: the owner of the duck boat company insists safety is their number one priority. now investigators are hoping surveillance video recovered from the boat will shed more light into what happened. >> we have some fairly sophisticated means to dry them out, retrieve the data that's on there, before we have a chance to see what's on the video. >> reporter: clues in the search for answers as loved ones seek to understand what what they we through in those last few minutes, it is horrific. guard said salvage operations are set to begin today at 9:00 a.m. to
bring the boat back up from the bottom of the lake. it will then be taken to a secure facility for investigators. phillip? >> maya, thank you. president trump is firing back at iran this morning after a stark warning from that country's leader, hassan rouhani, telling the u.s., war with iran is the mother of all wars. the president responded with a blistering attack, "never, ever threaten the united states again or you'll suffer consequences, the likes few throughout history have suffered before. we're no longer a country that will stand for your words of violence and death. be cautious." the back and forth capping a turbulent weekend for the president, which saw him double down on his defense of his meeting with vladimir putin and launch of new claims the fbi spied on his 2016 campaign. nbc white house correspondent kelly o'donnell has therelivings helsinki handshake. i had a great meeting with putin. but a new poll casts doubt.
in "the washington post"/abc survey, 50% responded they disapprove of the president's handling of the putin meeting. 33% approve. echoing harsh criticism from democrats. >> i certainly think he's acting like someone who's compromised. >> reporter: but the president seized on newly released documents, previously top secret, t a victory that's in dispute. looking more and more like the trump campaign for president was illegally spied upon. not so fast, says republican marco rubio. >> i wouldn't consider that spying on a campaign. >> reporter: at issue, carter page, one of the trump campaign'sei vi explain why investigators sought ongoing surveillance of page, who the fbi by the russian government. page pushed back. >> i've never been an agent of the foreign power in any stretch of the imagination.
>> reporter: when pressed, page said he likely did discuss u.s. sanctions in russia in 2016. >> it's a major economic issue, and so, you know, there may have been a loose conversation. >> reporter: lindsey graham said the president's anger is justified. >> the carter page warrant is whether or not the trump campaign colluded with the russians. i haven't seen any evidence of it. >> reporter: two years after that court-approved wiretap surveillance, carter page has not been charged with any crime. this week the president's former campaign chairman goes on trial in the first of two criminal cases beginning, kelly, thank y. dangerous rainfall is prompting some flood watches up and down the east coast, as the southwest struggle to stay cool. the sizzling 100-degree temperatures sparking widespread heat advisories while several clusters of thunderstorms are dumping rain in d.c. now they are creeping up into the northeast. >> here's bill karins, who tells us when to put umbrellas away.
might be awhile, right, bill? >> yeah, soggy, stagnant pattern. the heavy rain this morning from virginia to the nation's capital, washington, d.c., picked up five inches of rain over the weekend. you get another five inches this week. that's an incredible amount of es are up from hurricane or philadelphia to washington, .c., raleigh, cksonville, 24 million people from the heat advisories in louisiana, all the way to portland, oregon, an excessive heat warning central southern california, las vegas. very warm, if not hot and the triple digit heat continues today. yesterday was 108 in dallas. today, 103. big cool down. that's a loo there it is, palm
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