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from the broadcast center in new york city, i'm demarco morgan. captioning funded by cbs it's friday, february 16th, 2018. this is the "cbs morning news." a south florida community comes together to mourn the lives of 17 people gunned down in a high school shooting massacre. >> all the people here are here because we love each other and every child is our child. every loss is our loss. >> police say the 19-year-old accused shooter has confessed, and we're learning more about the suspect's troubled past.
good morning from the studio 57 newsroom at cbs news headquarters here in new york. good to be with you. i'm anne-marie green. it took just three minutes of gunfire for 17 students at a florida high school to be killed. suspect nikolas cruz told police he tried to escape by blending in with other students, fleeing his attack. this morning he's being held without bail under suicide watch. laura podesta is in in parkland this morning. good morning, laura. >> reporter: good morning, anne-marie. marjory stoneman douglas high school remains closed off and a crime scene for the second day. a nearby middle school is open for students and staff to meet with grief counselors to cope with this terrible tragedy. emotions were raw at the pine trails amphitheater in parkland, florida, where a massive vigil was held your night for wednesday's high school massacre.
at one more point the crowd chanted in unison, no more guns. >> this makes no sense. this is impossible. my girl, my 14-year-old baby. >> reporter: earlier in the day the suspect, 19-year-old nikolas cruz, was brought handcuffed into court. >> you are charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder. >> reporter: cruz was ordered held without bond. the broward county sheriff's office says he confessed to details of the shooting. he had mounting problems and broke through the cracks. >> he is a broken human being. he's on suicide watch. the child is deeply troubled and he has endured significant trauma that stems from the loss of his mother. >> reporter: as more details emerge on how the attack unfolded, there are signs the loss of life as bad as it was could have been worse. a state senator said authorities
told him it appears cruz tried to fire out of the third story windows as the students were fleeing. thankfully the windows made of safety glass did not shatter. and we've recently learned the atf is auditing the gun store where cruz bought the ar-15 rifle he's suspected of using during the shooting. laura podesta, cbs news, parkland, florida. >> laura, thank you so much. we now know the names of the 17 people killed at marjory stoneman douglas high school and we're also learning a little bit about the lives that they led. hena doba is here in new york. >> good morning. they were students, teachers, and coaches. the oldest victim was 49, the youngest were just 14. f stunned families and friends are mourning their deaths and remembering their lives. >> the kids in this community
loved him and adored him. he was one of the greatest people i know. >> assistant football coach aaron feis was killed. he threw himself in front of the students to protect them, a former student, he leave behind a wife and daughter. joaquin oliver from venezuela had just become a us citizen. his friends say he was a unique soul. 14-year-old jamie guttenberg loved to dance and hoped to become an occupational therapist. her family doesn't know how it will cope. >> she's like, i've got to go, dad, bye. i don't always get to say "i love you." i don't remember if i said that to jamie yesterday morning. >> reporter: alyssa alhadeff was a talented soccer player. her mother said all she had to offer the world was love. peter wang, a 15-year-old was last seen holding a door open so others could escape. carmen schentrup was a semifinalist for a national scholarship. alaina petty helped victims of
hurricane ir-marie build. nicholas dworet was a swimmer who had committed to swim for the unieuuniversity of indianap and scott beigel was a teacher who helped students into a locked classroom. >> he will forever be in my heart and forever be my hero because he basically saved my life. >> three adults and 14 teenagers gunned down, all being remembered this morning by family, friends, and a stunning community. funeral services are pending. anne-marie? >> hena doba here in new york. thank you so much, hena. nikolas cruz fell through the cracks, despite being known to local police, school authorities, and mental health officials. police had been called to his house numerous times on different occasions. he had been barred from carrying a backpack to marjory stoneman douglas high school before he was expelled.
two people who knew him knew he had issues. vanessa burton said she met him in middle school and hung out with him a few times. >> he would fantasize about columbine and hitler. he joked about like not being really a clan member, but it's the stuff he was into. >> officials say cruz also left warning signs on social media, posting pictures, posing with knives and guns. in washington, the florida shooting elicited a new round of calls for gun control. so far efforts have gone nowhere. president trump says that he plans to visit parkland. in an address to the nation, he stressed the importance of treating mental health. mola lenghi reports. >> reporter: the u.s. flag was lowered to half-staff at the white house thursday morning in memory of the 17 people killed at a parkland florida high school. >> we are all joined together as one american family, and your suffering is our burden also.
>> reporter: president trump addressed the nation thursday morning, urging kids who feel isolated or alone to reach out to someone. >> if you need help, turn to a teacher, a family member, a local police officer, or a faith leader. answer hate with love. answer cruelty with kindness. >> reporter: and he vowed to take action to make schools safe places. >> we are committed to working with state and local leaders to help secure our schools and tackle the difficult issue of mental health. >> reporter: one issue the president did not talk about in his address was gun control. and some republicans on capitol hill wouldn't talk about the issue either. >> this is not the time to jump to some conclusion not knowing the full facts. we've got a lot more facts we need to know. >> reporter: but florida senator bill nelson said guns like the one used in parkland shouldn't be allowed.
>> this gun is not for hunting. that's for killing. >> reporter: yet new gun control laws aren't likely. >> i wish i had hope. i'm an optimist, but we've got to keep trying. >> reporter: congress did observe a moment of silence thursday out of respect for those killed. mola lenghi, cbs news, the white house. ahead on "cbs this morning," we'll talk to a teacher at marjory stoneman douglas high school whose quick action may have saved dozens of students' lives from the shooting, and we'll hear from one of the students who took shelter in her classroom. on capitol hill this morning there's plenty of finger pointing. as expected, four plans to defeat immigration policy were defeated in the senate. that leaves thousands of children brought to this country known as dreamers to face limbo. president trump annulled the program last year. >> so the immigration demagogues
went again on the left and the right. some major dream act activists opposed the bill because we didn't deal with the parents. >> immigration is also a contentious issue. there are intense feelings on both sides of the aisle. if there was ever a time for presidential leadership, this was it. president trump has failed his test of leadership spectacularly. >> the four separate proposals defeated included one worked out by a group of bipartisan group of senators and one supported by the white house. in a statement the white house blamed democrats for the defeat. today the schumer democrats and the senate again demonstrated they're not serious about daca or homeland security. coming up on the "morning news" now, a mother's outrage. a woman goes on tv with a plea to the president after her daughter is killed in the school shooting.
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twin brothers have been arrested in a bomb-making scheme and a desperate plea from a mother on tv over her daughter. florida's "sun sentinel" report on a gut-wrenching plea to president trump on cnn from a mother of a 14-year-old school shooting victim alyssa alhadeff. >> president trump, you say what can you do? you can stop the guns from getting into these children's hands. >> ail ha deaf played on a local soccer team. last night the parents were seen crying and hugging players and coaches on the soccer field. she will be buried this morning. >> "the new york times" reports two brothers were arrested in new york city in an alleged terror scheme. a former high school teacher and his twin are accused of
stockpiling more than 32 pounds of explosive material in their bronx apartment. the former teacher also allegedly paid students to dismantle fireworks for gunpowder to make bombs. the "washington post" reports republican leaders are considering what steps including possible contempt charges to get steve bannon to answer lawmakers' questions. the former white house chief strategist was subpoenaed to appear before the house intelligence committee yesterday in its investigation of russian meddling in the 2016 election. bannon declined to answer most questions. and the "chicago tribune" reports this season's flu shot is 36% effective overall and only 35% against the common strain. that's because the virus can change faster than any other flu viruses transmitted by humans. still to come, stopping the next school shooting. how a grandmother in washington
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when schoolmates alerted police and in everett, washington, where a grandmother stepped in. john blackstone reports. >> he's required to have restrantr restraints on him at all times. >> reporter: joshua o'connor may have been the next school gunman, but then the grandmother called 911. >> i'm finding journal entries from my grandson, and he's planning to have a mass shooting at one of the high schools. >> cathi o'connor called the police in washington when she discovered this in her grands grandson's journal. i'm preparing myself for a school shooting. i can't wait. my aim has gotten much more accurate. >> it sure couldn't have been an easy thing for her to do, but it sure was the right thing do. >> reporter: the 17-year-old had a semiautomatic rifle hidden in
a guitar case and bomb-making plans at aces high school where he was a student.nei ed to get fatality number i possibly can, he wrote. authorities say the rifle matched one used to rob a convenience store and he writes in his journal how powerful he felt and how scared the female cashier was at him pointing the gun at her. prosecutors believe the robbery was to get money to buy more material for the attack his grandmother prevented. john blackstone, cbs news, washington. wow. still ahead on a fast track, dana jacobson catches up with the speed skater from florida who is set to make history at the winter olympics. on stage.t there i wanted to be clear. i wanted it to last. so i kept on fighting. i found something that worked. and keeps on working. now? they see me. see me. see if cosentyx could make a difference for you- cosentyx is proven to help people with moderate to severe plaque psoriasis... ...find clear skin that can last.
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in the women's slalom, mikaela shiffrin finished fourth. she won a gold medal the day before in the giant slalom, and america's giant nathan chen missed all of his jumps. he finished 17th place heading into the freestyle program. taking a look at the medal count now, germany leads with nine gold medals. norway has won six. the netherlands and the u.s. tie at five. america's speed skater erin jackson makes her olympic debut this weekend in the 5 meter competition. the florida native has been a skating star for years, not just on the ice. dana jacobson is in pyeongchang. dana, good morning. >> good morning. the ice is new for erin jackson, but she shaved a full second off her personal best time to qualify for this team. that's like a lifetime in this her own expectations.
>> i didn't think it would happen this soon. >> reporter: longtime speed skater erin jackson is a surprise member of this olympic team, taking up ice skating just four months ago. >> i still sometimes don't believe it. i don't understand how it could have happened. i know i put in a lot of work, but i still didn't see it coming. >> reporter: a heavily decorated inline speed skater, jackson has been on wheels when she was a kid. when inline skating wasn't enough, she gave roller derby a spin. and when the time was right to go from wheels to ice, she jumped at it. >> what was the most challenging thing? >> the techniques are pretty different. with ice skating you have to dig in. it was frustrating at first because i wasn't that good. >> reporter: bonnie blair is a five-time gold medalist. >> a lot of similarities from being on rollers, for sure, carry over to ice. >> reporter: she says jackson has to work on her technique, but -- >> what erin's got in her back
pocket is how much she has competed over the years to know how to channel those energies, that competitiveness you have to do to take to the starting line. >> reporter: and when jackson does, perhaps the best part for her is her dad will be there thanks to an online fund-raiser and a last-minute bridgestone sponsorship. after all, dad was her first call when she made the olympic team. >> it's not often that you see him get excited. when he answered the phone -- i don't remember his exact words, but it was something like, oh, you went pretty fast, huh? >> reporter: that's jackson's olympic goal, just to be faster. she said it's the same goal she had in the trials, and look what happened. jackson hasn't skated yet. it will be this weekend. she's already made history. she's the first african-american woman to make the u.s. team in long track speed skating. anne-marie, e'll have more tomorrow on "cbs this morning: saturday." >> i can't wait for that.
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our top story this morning, people remembered the 17 killed in the shooting with a vigil last night. police say 19-year-old nikolas cruz confessed to the attack. he told authorities he carried extra ammunition in his backpack. after shooting for three minutes he dropped his rifle and attempted to blend in with the fleeing students. cruz was charged with three counts of premeditated murder and he's being held without bail and is on suicide watch. the fbi got a call about nikolas cruz last year but the bureau didn't have enough information to take action.
jeff peguy looks at that part of the story. >> reporter: about six months before police identified nikolas cruz as the douglas high school gunman -- >> i don't know how many cruzes are on youtube -- >> reporter: ben bennight saw that comment with his name on a youtube channel along with his post. i'm going to be a shooter. immediately he contacted the fbi and an agent came to his home. >> they took a copy of the screen shot, and i guess they initiated an investigation, i don't know. i hope they did. and i didn't hear anything else about it until yesterday when they contacted me to meet again. >> reporter: robert laskey is in charge of the fbi investigation. he said the post was a dead end because it lacked specific information about the time, location, and identity of the person who posted it. >> the fbi also conducted internal database reviews and open source checks. no additional information was found to positively identify the
person who posted this comment. >> reporter: but in 2015 and 2016, cruz had posted pictures of himself on instagram with weapons. >> i could take threats like this by the dozens and send them to quantico every day and say what does this mean? it seldom means much without the background. >> reporter: ron hosko is a former assistant director with the fbi. >> they have to use their sources efficiently, and the volume of this is, frankly, overwhelming. if the fbi -- they do not have enough swimmers to swim in the mountain of social threat. >> reporter: they took down the post last year. the instagram views of cruz armed was taken down. we reached out to youtube, but we still have not heard back. jeff pegues, cbs news, washington. coming up on "cbs this morning," a closer look at the role social media companies can
play in preventing gun violence. we'll talk with "wired" editor in chief nick thompson. and gold medalist red gerard, the youngest snowboarding champion in history, joins us in studio 57. that's the "cbs morning news" for this friday. thanks for watching. i'm anne-marie green. have a great weekend. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com
>> yes! >> it is friday february 16th, 2018. i'm kenny choi. >> i'm michelle griego. >> we made it. >> it was a short week. you were sick for part of it. >> i'll still take it. yeah. [ laughter ] >> gianna, hi! how are you doing? >> don't mind me. i'm messing with my cord right now. [ laughter ] it's going to be nice today. get ready for beautiful weather. if you liked yesterday, today will be slightly warmer. temperatures are going up for the next couple of days. then things will change. spring-like and not as breezy as yesterday and then tomorrow in the 70s for many inland areas. but get ready for blustery cold conditions on sunday. that's when things are going to change and it will stay that way through next week. gianna. good morning. let's take a look at the roadways right now. we are off to a great start on this friday, no delays along
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