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♪ ♪ ♪ captioning sponsored by cbs ♪ ♪ ♪ captioning sponsored by cs >> dickerson: breaking news: tragedy in texas. an elementary school shooting leaves at least 18 students and a teacher dead. even more injured. tonight, the latest details. a gunman opens fire on second, third, and fourth graders. the horrifying latest about what happened inside a school in uvalde, texas. plus, the investigation. the f.b.i., a.t.f. on the scene, trying to piece it all together. tonight, what we're learning about yet another mass shooting in america. anguish in the nation's capital: the senator who represented sandy hook elementary school, where 20 kids were killed, his desperate pleas.
>> but i'm here on this floor to beg, work with us to find a way to pass laws that make this less likely. >> dickerson: plus, president biden set to address the country. biden address the country. that and tonight's other top headlines. ♪ ♪ ♪ this is the "cbs evening news" with norah o'donnell, reporting from the nation's capital. ♪ ♪ ♪ >> dickerson: good evening, and thank you for joining us. i'm john dickerson, in for norah. tonight; another mass shooting in america, this time at an elementary school, where at least 18 children and a teacher were killed. on the brink of summer vacation, lives in the small town of uvalde, texas, have changed forever. this is the deadliest school shooting since the stoneman douglas high school shooting in
parkland, florida, in 2018. texas governor greg abbott said the gunman entered the school with a handgun and possibly a rifle and was likely shot by a responding officer. police said the shooting happened at 11:32 a.m. local time at robb elementary school in south texas. cbs news can confirm the suspect not only had a handgun but also an assault rifle. witnesses describe a chaotic we have a whole lot to get to tonight and anayeli ruiz our houston affiliate khou stars us off. >> reporter: good evening, john. that's right, cbs news did confirm the gunman did have a handgun and assault rifle. witnesses describe a chaotic scene today, even reports of parents rushing to the classroom to pull their kids out of the windows. police say just before noon a
gunman walked into robb elementary school in uvalde, texas and started shooting. >> the shooter was salvador ramos an 18-year-old male who resided in uvalde. it's believed he abandoned his vehicle and entered into the robb elementary school in uvalde with a handgun and may also have had a rifle. >> reporter: the texas department of public safety says at least 18 children and one adult was killed. the gunman was a senior at a nearby high school and may have killed his grandmother before entering the schl.oofourth grad. >> reporter: within minutes, heavily armed police rushed to the scene and confronted the shooter. >> the shooter, he is -- he himself is deceased. >> reporter: 13 children were transported to the hospital for treatment. witnesses say frantic parents rushed to the school. jesse rodrigues says his ten-year-old daughter is
missing. >> she's not here. i'll look all night if i have to. i have to find her. >> reporter: two victims, a child and adult were flown to san antonio hospital. cbs news learned multiple border patrol agents responded. one cpa agent was shot in the head and is in a medical hospital receiving treatment and remains in stable condition. >> we want to keep all the families in your prayers. we need to respect the privacy of the family. >> reporter: this shooting a little over a week after a mass shooting in a buffalo supermarket. police in you wouldy say the motive is unknown and the investigation ongoing. >> the suspect acted alone during this heinous crime. >> reporter: well, this is the last week of school here. the last day was actually supposed to be on thursday, but now school officials are telling us school is canceled for the rest of the year.
john. >> dickerson: ruiz for us in uvalde, texas, thank you. the president's address to the nation in the aftermath of today's tragic events, the second time in less than two weeks the president spoke about a mass shooting in america. cbs's nikki battiste is at the white house. nikole, the first thing we could hear was an audible sigh. >> reporter: that's right, john. president biden was emotional with first lady jill biden by his side as he expressed the horror and frustration at the tragedy, saying it's time to turn our pain into action. >> as a nation, we ask when in god's name are we going to do what we all know in our gut needs to be done? i am sick and tired of it. we have to act. and don't tell me we can't have an impact on this carnage.
>> reporter: the president's remarks come about an hour after he returned from an overseas trip to asia. while he was aboard air force one, he called texas governor greg abbott and offered any and all assistance to deal with this horrific shooting. flags at the white house have been lowered to half staff. john. >> dickerson: nikki battiste at the white house. t >> dickerson: nikole killion, thank you. today's deadly mass shooting is just the latest in what has sadly become a common occurrence in the united states. it's a crisis and trajectory detailed earlier this week in a newly released f.b.i. report. cbs' scott macfarlane has been speaking with justice department officials this week. >> reporter: even before the horrors of uvalde, texas, in buffalo just 10 days ago, the arrows were pointing in an alarming direction. 61 active shooter incidents in 2021. that's twice as many as in 2017. and it's even a spike from just the year before. the shooting incidents took place in 30 states last year-- six in california and five each
in georgia and texas. the total number shot: 243, including 103 killed. >> our heart is breaking for these families. every ounce of love and thoughts and prayers we can send, we are sending. but i'm here on this floor to beg, to literally get down on my hands and knees and beg my colleagues. find a path forward here. work with us to find a way to pass laws that make this less likely. >> reporter: when it comes to shootings in schools, the group every town for gun safety, which formed after the sandy hook tragedy in 2012, reports in 2022, there were at least 77 overall incidents of gunfire on school grounds. and before today, 14 deaths in or near schools this year, a total that more than doubled this afternoon.
the f.b.i. director christopher wray is set to testify tomorrow before the u.s. senate. he was already expected to be asked about the federal response to mass shootings and to gun crimes in america. john. >> dickerson: brutal tally. thank you, scott. we turn now to, and let's take a breath, we turn now to today's other top stories. the f.b.i. says it has foiled an isis plot to assassinate former president george w. bush. the justice department has charged an iraqi citizen living in ohio with aiding and abetting the plot by planning to smuggle four isis operatives into the country to kill the former president. catherine herridge has more. >> reporter: prosecutors say the plan to kill mr. bush was an isis-inspired plot in retaliation for the u.s. invasion of iraq, which the former president ordered. according to a search warrant obtained by cbs news, shihab ahmed shihab, accompanied by an f.b.i. informant, recently traveled to president bush's
home in dallas, texas, and took two passes by the front access gate to record videos. they did the same outside the george w. bush institute, also in dallas. shihab allegedly planned to send the videos for of to former iraqi security experts for advice on how to kill president bush. an informant shows shihab shishimarin while the f.b.i. was watching, an f.b.i. informant even showed shihab possible weapons and a border patrol uniform to possibly use in the attack. >> the threat from international terrorism is alive and well. isis has not gone away. these types of threats are very real. >> reporter: prosecutors say shihab, who claimed to have connections at the highest levels of isis wanted to kill mr. bush because he broke up the country with many iraqis dying. shihab, who is living in columbus, ohio, was being investigated for smuggling people across the mexican border and into the united states. at some point, court papers say he wanted to bring four iraqi operatives in to support the assassination, men who should be
prepared to die. ohio senator rob portman: >> and they were going to choose to come across the mexican border because that was the easier way to get access to our country. we've got to deal with this issue. >> reporter: and the court ecords allege an iraqi general who supported u.s. operations was the suspect's second target. separately, a spokesman for president bush says he has all the confidence in the world in the secret service, law enforcement, and intelligence communities. john. >> dickerson: catherine herridge, great reporting. thank you. now to the election and primary day as voters in five states head to the polls. today's races are not just about the candidates but also about how much sway former president donald trump still holds over the republican party. that's especially true in georgia, where cbs' ed o'keefe is watching the results. >> reporter: voters turned out today across the state of georgia. the most high-profile race, the republican primary for governor, painting the current officeholder, brian kemp, against former senator david perdue, who is backed by former president donald trump.
kemp got out-of-state support of his own from former vice president mike pence, who is openly defying his former boss. >> and when you say yes to governor brian kemp tomorrow, you will send a deafening message all across america that the republican party is the party of the future. >> reporter: trump called into a rally for perdue. >> get out and vote for david perdue. you will not be disappointed. >> reporter: the former president still fuming over geo0 election. kemp's refusal to change the results of georgia's 2020 election. >> brian kemp is a turncoat he's a coward and a completeand total disaster. >> reporter: kemp's defiance of trump upset some voters we spoke to. >> i will not vote for brian kemp under any circumstances. >> reporter: but impresses others. >> we want a strong conservative leader here for georgia and brian kemp is the best person for that. >> reporter: perdue has repeatedly touted trump's lies about a stolen election and slumps in the polls. he slammed likely gubernatorial candidate stacey abrams for criticizing georgia's poor ranking and maternal mortality
and incarceration rates. >> she said just this weekend it's the worst state in the country in which to live. she's not from here. my inclination is to say, if you don't like it, go back to where you came from. >> reporter: today, abrams who has lived in the state since high school, responded. >> i have listened to republicans for the last six months attack me, but they've done nothing to attack the challenges facing georgia. >> reporter: one of former president trump's preferred candidates who is expected to win tonight is herschel walker. the college and n.f.l. star is expected to end up at an expensive contest with a fight for senate control against democratic senator raphael warnock. john. >> dickerson: ed o'keefe in atlanta, thanks, ed. now to the ongoing baby formula now to the election and primary
now to the ongoing baby formula shortage. a second air force cargo plane loaded with formula from germany is expected to arrive in virginia tomorrow and will be greeted by first lady jill biden and the surgeon general. here's cbs' meg oliver. >> reporter: all eyes are on this nestle distribution center near allentown, pennsylvania, where the second emergency shipment of baby formula will be psent after arriving at washington dulles airport. 114 pallets of hypoallergenic formula for infants will be sorted for delivery to hospitals, families in need, and retailers nationwide, as soon as this weekend. in an effort to get them there faster, the federal government has waived drive time requirements for truckers transporting vital baby formula ingredients and packaging. meantime, the fed's slow response to safety concerns at the country's largest formula- making plant is coming under fire. the first bacterial infection possibly linked to abbott's formula was reported in september. a whistleblower report followed in october. but the f.d.a. did not inspect the company's michigan plant until january 31. abbott voluntarily shut it down in february. health and human services secretary xavier becerra says
the f.d.a.'s authority is limited. >> it is crazy to believe that in the 21st century, we don't have the authority to really get the industry, a very consolidated industry to tell us what things are looking like inside. if they're not policing themselves we have to do more to make sure we're doing the right thing for parents. we need that supply. >> reporter: parents, like heather hughes, the leesburg, virginia. her 11-year-old daughter, reagan, suffers from two rare gastrointestinal diseases and depends on a special formula to keep her alive. >> the government didn't take action until may. how does that sit with you? >> i am disappointed. they're just, like, too bad, too sad. and they didn't do anything about it. >> reporter: trucks will start rolling into this distribution center about four hours after the plane lands in dulles tomorrow. this latest shipment is the
equalivent of about a million eight- ounce bottles of formula. john. there is breaking news from the korean peninsula. u.s. and south korea say north korea fired three ballistic missiles today. they have conducted at least three other missile tests this year, one that of delivering a nuclear warhead to the continental united states. the war in ukraine has been ranging for three months now, and today, a cbs news crew came dangerously close to the fighting. here is cbs' imtiaz tyab. >> reporter: it's only a handful of farm houses and fields, but russia has been targeting this village ruthlessly. major serhii i had and his soldiers have been defending it for weeks, but have recently changed tactics. this is now an offensive. you're targeting russian forces. >> we are targeting every day,
because exactly, we need to do this. >> reporter: you have to do this. >> yeah, we have to do this, must. >> reporter: the russian forces aren't backing down. we just had some incoming russian shelling. we're just on our way to find a shelter in this farmhouse. ( explosion ) we can hear, they're still firing. on the way, we're forced to duck under a tree. ( explosion ) down you go. >> reporter: there is serious ( explosion ) incoming from the russian side. this was an area they occupied up until six weeks ago. and they really want it back. ( explosion ) getting closer. >> reporter: a russian drone is circling above. it's now or never. so we sprint to a nearby root cellar that ukrainian forces have been using for weeks. ( explosion ) the shell strikes are now just 50 yards away. with us, is oksana kozyrenko.
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>> dickerson: we end tonight where we started the broadcast: at least 14 children and one at least 18 children and one teacher are dead following an elementary school shooting in south texas. thursday was supposed to be the final day of school in uvalde. and is there a more wonderful time than those last days of school when you were a child and you can almost taste summer on your tongue? the possibility stretches out with days of ice cream at the lake and trips to see faraway relatives. relatives who are now making emergncy plans to travel in the opposite direction. instead of celebrating school's end, now families have had their whole world end, and the community will forever mark time as before today and after. it's a tragedy that should stop us all, but we know it won't stop. there will be another tragedy and another and the pins on america's map of
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