tv CBS Evening News With Norah O Donnell CBS April 12, 2022 3:30pm-4:00pm PDT
>> o'donnell: tonight, the urgent manhunt for the gunman who opened fire on a subway during rush hour, injuring at least 29 people. what we're learning about the suspect who appeared to be wearing a gas mask and construction vest. oments after thedr-e bloody attack. >> people were screaming for medical assistance. it was just a scary moment. >> o'donnell: the new picture of what the suspect left behind-- fireworks and a hatchet. tonight, the growing concern about rising crime in america's cities. plus, our interview with new york city's mayor. inflation surges at fastest pace in more than 40 years. consumer prices up 8.5% in march compared to a year ago. >> if you can break even right now, you're doing good.
>> o'donnell: russian air strikes target eastern ukraine. a defiant vladimir putin says he'll win the war as ukrainian forces claim they were struck with a poisonous substance. severe weather threat. 100 million americans in the path of snow, thunderstorms, hail, and possible tornadoes. abortion outlawed in oklahoma. the governor signs a law making ita felony to perform the procedure. fake agents to be released. tonight, the stunning turn of events as a judge lets two men accused of impersonating federal law enforcement out of jail. and remembering comedian and "aladdin" star gilbert gottfried. this is the "cbs evening news" with norah o'donnell, reporting from the nation's capital. >> o'donnell: good evening, and thank you for joining us on this tuesday night. we have breaking news as we come on the air after a suspect opened fire on a crowded new york city subway car during
morning rush hour. the suspect is still on the loose, but police just located an unoccupied u-haul connected to the shooter. there are a lot of questions tonight, more than 10 hours after the shooter deployed a smoke canister and opened fire on an n train about to enter a brooklyn station. we still don't have a picture of the suspect, but he is described as a heavy-set black male, standing approximately 5 foot five tall. at least 29 people were injured, 10 who were shot, and five listed in stable condition. cell phone video showed chaos and confusion as horrified victims ran from the smoke-filled subway car. heroic new yorkers were seen providing first aid. and president biden tonight praised the first responders and the civilians who didn't hesitate to help their fellow passengers. cbs' mola lenghi is going to start us off from the scene with no information. good evening, mola. >> reporter: well, good evening, norah. new york city is on edge tonight after this horrifying shooting,
and the gunman remains at large and is considered armed and dangerous. authorities are still trying to determine a motive, but, of course, thayinpect. just before 8:30, rush hour rides, or a packed manhattan-bound train wer terrorized after a lone gunman first set off a smoke bomb, then started shooting at random. >> an individual on that train donned what appeared to be a gas mask. he then took a canister out of his bag and opened it. the train at that time began to fill with smoke. he then opened fire, striking multiple people on the subway and in the platform. >> reporter: cell phone video shows horrified riders bolting from the train after it pulled into the station. passengers dragged some victims to safety, while others limped off on their own. confusion reigned. ( shouting ). >> reporter: first responders soon flooded the south brooklyn
neighborhood, treating victims for smoke inhalation and gunshot and shrapnel wounds. >> coming up the stairs a saw a 16-year-old shot in the knee. you could see the bullet. >> people screaming for medical assistance. it was a scary moment. >> reporter: sam carcamo was on a different train when he filmed passengers pouring on to the subway platform looking for help. i imagine you didn't get a look at the suspect. >> no, i didn't see any shooting. i didn't see anyone that was, like, suspicious. i just saw the aftermath of everyone caught in the violence of it, people trying to get away, people hurt. >> reporter: police and f.b.i. investigators scoured the station, looking for a suspect in a green workers' vest. they recovered a tote bag, with a hatchet two gas scansters and a semiautomatic handgun that apparently jammed during thend l undetonated deviced and spent magazines. but they did not find the gunman, and least one security
camera at the scene of the shooting was not working. >> this is not being investigated as an act of terrorism at this time. >> reporter: today, president biden addressed the shooting. >> but we're not letting up on it until we find out and we find the perpetrator. >> reporter: well, in addition to that one security camera that was not work at the time of the attack, police say they are investigating whether any other security cameras at the subway station may not have been functioning. but, again, one potentially critical piece of evidence that has been found just a few miles from here, that u-haul truck with arizona tags that may somehow be connect told the suspect. norah. >> o'donnell: an important development, no doubt. mola lenghi, thank you. federal investigators are on the scene helping with the investigation and the manhunt. a law enforcement official tells cbs news that authorities have thus far not ruled out terrorism as a motive. we get more now from cbs' catherine herridge. >> reporter: tonight, a sweeping law enforcement probe is unfolding rb. sources tell cbs news investigators are canvassing for
videos, eyewitness accounts, building a timeline to map the suspect's every movement. >> i'm not ruling out anything. we're determining what that motive is and we'll find that out as the investigation continues. >> reporter: described as a blackmail, 5'5" and heavy set wearing a hooded sweatshirt under a green construction vest, and wearing a gas mask. investigators are scouring the subway sarfor fingerprints and evidence linking the suspect to the crime. >> this person is dangerous. we're asking individuals to be very vigilant and alert. >> reporter: while terrorism has not been ruled out, sources say investigators are working on a motive and also considering a possible criminal act involving a dispute or a disgruntled or deranged individual. >> this does look like it was more planned out than somebody that just snapped and went on a shooting spree. >> reporter: james galiano is a former senior f.b.i. agent who worked as a crisis management coordinator in new york city. >> the thing here is to disrupt
or dismantle any further plot. the investigation into prosecution, that is secondary right now. right now we want to catch this guy and we want to make sure there are no other plots existing that are attached to it. >> reporter: a homeland security official tells cbs news the secretary iset going regular briefs and closely tracking details to provide full and comprehensive support to the new york probe. norah. >> o'donnell: catherine herridge, thank you. new york city mayor eric adams, who is working from home after testing positive for covid, said estate would not allow new yorkers to be terrorized, even by a single individual. we spoke with the mayor about the investigation, and he vowed that the n.y.p.d. will catch the suspect. is the suspect known to the n.y.p.d.? >> as of this time, we have not made a positive identification. again, we're following a number of leads, and what we don't want to do is put out any misinformation. we want to be thorough in the information we give so that the public can assist us in making makingthis apprehension.
>> o'donnell: so you're saying at this hour, the suspect is still at large, and you believe him to be armed and dangerous. >> yes. we're telling anyone that approaches anyone they believe is suspicious to notify the police department, but at this time, the person is not apprehended. there's no reason for to us believe that he's not still armed. >> o'donnell: why hasn't the n.y.p.d. released a photo of the suspect? >> in cases like these, you know, i was a former transit police officer, and as you know, a former member of the new york city police department, you put out a photo of the suspect that is incorrect, you could create a real crisis in the city. >> o'donnell: do you have a good photo of the suspect? >> all of this is part ongoing investigation. as soon as we get one, we're going to release it to the public. >> o'donnell: can you confirm that there was a malfunction with the camera system? was it just one camera or all the cameras in that subway station? >> no, i can't confirm. i know we were having a problem. we attempted to retrieve whatever video was possible.
>> o'donnell: what concerns you the most, given that this suspect is still on the loose? >> it's larger than this suspect. what concerns me most is what i've been talking about for semonnot we have many rivers that are feeding the sea of violence in our city and cities across america. and it's time for all lawmakers to be on the same page. the overproliferation of guns. we remove 1800 guns off our streets in a little over three months, similar to the gun that was used. it's time for us to get serious about the guns in our city, including those guns. >> o'donnell: more than three million people use the subway every day in new york city. what are you doing to make sure the commuters feel safe? >> well, number one, i'm one of them. i believe our subway system is one of the finest systems in the country, and it's going to play a vital role in our recovery effort. today, immediately, we're going to double down on our patrol strength. if i was not here, recovering
from cov, i ld b o b i think as the mayor, you have to lead from the front. >> o'donnell: that was our interview with new york city mayor eric adams. let's turn now to the economy, with those stung new inflation numbers out today. the laker department's consumer price index rose by 8.5% in march compared to a year ago. ththat is the fastest pace in me than 40 years. gas prices accounted for over half the monthly increase. president biden traveled to iowa today to unveil a new plan to drive down those rising gas prices. and with higher prices on food to gas to rent, inflation impacts everyone, but especially those struggling to make ends meet. cbs' janet shamlian has the real-world impact of rising prices. >> reporter: inflation, slicing into profits at roegels barbecue in houston. brisket has gone up 40 cents a pounds in the last few days. russell roegels orders 2200
pounds a week. hows that inflation impacted your business? >> inflation has impacted everything about our business. i mean, anything from the proteins to the paper goods to the chemicals we use to clean. every single thing that we use has gone up. >> reporter: and those costs get passed along. >> you do have to raise your prices, but you can only go up so much before you price yourself out of the market. they'll look at the menu board and look down, like, "whoa, you went up." i'm like,s, look, we have to. we don't have a choice." >> reporter: there's pain across the board. even with wages rising, the average household is now spending $327 more every month on goods and services. meat prices are up almost 15%. overall food prices nearly 9%. energy prices skyrocketing 32% in the past year. and in just a month, gas prices jumped a whopping 18%. in florida, it cost second-grade teacher kristin auter almost $90 this week to fill her tank. >> which was brutal, but the
groceries is really, really taking a toll. unless teachers get a massively huge pay increase, i can't afford to continue being a teacher. i have to put my family first. >> reporter: russell roegels thought after the pandemic the worst was behind him. times now, he says, are even leaner. >> our choices are go up on pricing, cut our quality, cut our portions, or close the doors. i don't want to do last three. so we have to go up on pricing to survive. >> reporter: a new study finds 75% of small businesses have had to raise prices. these are companies that were already struggling to retain workers, and they now fear inflation could do them in. norah. >> o'donnell: impacting so many. janet shamlian, thank you. let's turn now to the war in ukraine. president biden today described vladimir putin as a dictator wo is committing genocide. that is a term that u.s.
officials have not used until now. ukraine today said it captured a high-level putin crony who escaped from house arrest when the war started. late today, ukraine president volodymyr zelenskyy proposed swapping him for ukranian prisoners held by russia. and tonight, with peace talks at a dead end, russia's invasion force is preparing for new attacks in the east and the south. we get more now from cbs' chris livesay in ukraine. >> reporter: while his troops are retreating from kyiv, a defiant vladimir putin insists he will still win the war. its goals are noble, helping people, saving them from, he says, adding t itie ch aon a,ftness bykeyouldn't beor says ukrainian president volodymyr zelenskyy, warning that civilian torture and death follow every russian boot print with the war entering a new
stage of terror. even scarier acts, he says, are taking place in mariupol. ukrainian forces claim they were struck with a poisonous substance while unconfirmed, the reports are being taken seriously by the u.s. >> this is a real concern. it's a concern that we had from before the aggression started. >> reporter: if confirmed, it adds to a mo3nting list of russian war crimes, one that includes the indiscriminate use of land mines. ukrainian forces are detonating those left in the city of kharkiv, some inside people's homes. "what are they looking for," says nadezhda kanisheva. "there are no military objects here, only chicken coops." russian troops are now streaming into what's become the primary theater of this war, forcing more and more civilians to flee. >> it was like a nightmare, really, because this is really horrible. >> reporter: according to the
u.n., nearly two-thirds of ukraine's children have been displaced, a nightmare, indeed, for the most vulnerable. and this war is not limited to the traditional battlefield. today, ukraine revealed it narrowly dodged the most serious cyberattack since the russian invasion. it targeted ukraine's energy grid and would have caused blackouts for two million people. norah. >> o'donnell: chris livesay in ukraine. thank you. back here at home, more than 100 million people are in the path of a major storm system moving across the middle of the country with threats of thunderstorms, damaging winds, and tornadoes. a severe storm last night dropped hail stones the size of baseballs in northwest arkansas, damaging cars and buildings. for the forecast let's bring in meteorologist mike bettes from our partners at the weather channel. good evening, mike. >> good evening, norah. multiple states under the gun for severe weather once again, showing you a virtual view of
little rock, arkansas, and what conditions will look like later on this evening with damaging wind, hail, tornadoes all possible across arkansas. it won' be the only state threatened. across the south, all the way through the midwest, intense stormed could ray through iowa and the midwest. we do it all again tomorrow. our exclusive image shows the number higher than 7. the higher the number, the higher of the threat, especially across the south that extends all the way to the great lakes. if that weren't enough, the storm system responsible for an epic april blizzard krooz the dacoat'ses. >> o'donnell: that's tough. mike bettes, thank you. still ahead right here on tonight's "cbs evening news," an update in the case of the two fake agents. why a judge says they shouldn't be kept behind bars. and the oklahoma governor signs off on the strictest abortion law in the country.
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.>> o'donnell: on tomorrow's "cbs evening news," we'll have the latest on the investigation into the brooklyn subway shooting and what we're learning about the suspect. and a reminder: if you can't watch us live, don't forget to set your dvr so you can watch us later. that is tonight's "cbs evening news." i'm norah o'donnell in our nation's capital. good night.
>> it was determined that we would not live together peacefully. ms. baker decided to lock me out of the apartment. >> announcer: his former roommate tries to pass the buck... >> my full defense is, i'm not the landlord. >> judge judy: you were the one who put the stuff outside. >> announcer: ...after his possessions get tossed. >> judge judy: the furniture was the stuff that he left. >> he actually left several items, like here's his remote. >> judge judy: this is not show and tell. put that down. >> [ laughs ] >> announcer: "judge judy." you are about to enter the courtroom of you are about to enter the courtroom of judge judith sheindlin. captions paid for by cbs television distribution 24-year-old matthew kerns is suing his former roommate, shelly baker, for the return of his belongings. >> byrd: order! all rise! your honor, this is case number 266 on the calendar in the matter of kerns vs. baker. >> judge judy: thank you. >> byrd: you're welcome, judge. parties have been sworn in.
you may be seated. ma'am, have a seat. >> judge judy: mr. kerns, how long were you and ms. baker roommates? >> approximately six months, your honor. >> judge judy: did you move in to her home? >> no, your honor. >> judge judy: she moved in to yours, or you moved in together? >> the way that it happened, your honor, was i rented a two-bedroom condo with one of my friends at the time. about three months in, it was determined that we could no longer live together. the romate at thimkind ock up his stan toe the full at,e.ble m she came back slightly later and said, "i have a friend --" the friend was ms. shelly baker -- "who needs a place to stay, and if you allow ms. baker to live with you, then you can resume paying the normal rent amount. >> judge judy: why did you need a place to stay? >> i was in between homes. i was actually homeless for about seven da