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joining us today on this interactive show, getting answers. we will be here every week day at 3:00 on air and tonight, breaking news as we come on the air. a gunman opening fire at a grocery store. the images coming in now. reports of the gunman in the parking lot, then moving inside. opening fire at the store in boulder, colorado. >> the entire building is surrounded. you need to surrender. >> people down in the parking lot. thousands watching this youtube live stream as the events were unfolding. authorities say calls of an armed man with a long gun in the parking lot. the horrific scene inside the store tonight. police swarming the scene, surrounding the building. there are reports of multiple victims. police seen walking a man away in handcuffs. we have late reporting as we come on the air. what we know so far. the coronavirus in the u.s. and the state of emergency in miami. huge crowds violating an 8:00 p.m. sure few. packed streets, police firing pepper balls to disperse the crowd, causing a stampede.
miami with the highest positivity rate of any large metro area in the country. tonight, 21 states reporting covid cases on the rise. the cdc director now with a new warning tonight. two dozen states making the vaccine available now to people 16 and older. and news this evening on a potential fourth vaccine, astrazeneca. dr. jha standing by on that tonight. the first look tonight inside an overcrowded tent facility on the southern border. pictures obtained by a democratic congressman showing migrants, many of them unaccompanied minors, on the floor in cramped pods built to hold 260 people. one of them housing more than 400 boys. the biden administration tonight still refusing to call the situation a crisis. cecilia vega reporting from the border tonight and the bottom line -- what's been changed since the trump administration? what's fueling this? news tonight in the attack on the capitol. one of the suspects charged in the attack of officer brian sicknick ordered to remain
behind bars. and the man who was lead federal prosecutor on where these charges could be headed. will it be sedition for some of the rioters? and what he said about former president trump. tracking a major storm once again from denver to the deep south, bracing for another snowstorm and tornadoes. and the dangerous moments for a father and his 2-year-old daughter inside the elephant enclosure at one of the biggest zoos in the u.s. he faces charges tonight. good eni and it's great to have you with us here as we start a new week together and we begin tonight with the horrific scene playing out late today in boulder, colorado. reports of a gunman in a parking lot of a grocery store, then moving inside. and there are reports at this hour of multiple victims. the first images coming in tonight, the office scene at this grocery store. authorities say there were calls of an armed man with a long gun
in the parking lot. a massive show of force tonight. police swarming the scene, surrounding the building. police could be seen walking a man away in handcuffs. the governor of colorado at this hour saying "our prayers are with our fellow coloradoans in this time of sadness, as we learn more about the extent of the tragedy." abc's kayna whitworth leading us off with the breaking news. >> reporter: tonight, an active shooter bringing terror to this boulder, colorado, supermarket. >> 136, hold all radio traffic. everybody just go. >> looks like we have an active shooter. it's a white male, middle aged, dark hair, beard, black vest, short sleeved shirt. >> reporter: the call coming in around 2:30 p.m. >> he's refusing to leave the premises. >> suspect's armed with a rifle. unknown location inside. i don't think that shield is going to be big enough. >> reporter: law enforcement rushing to the parking lot of the king soopers grocery store. >> suspect in the building, this is the boulder police department. >> reporter: the shooter armed with a rifle beginning his
rampage in the parking lot. then moving inside the store. s.w.a.t. teams and fire responding, raising a ladder to the roof, trying to secure the scene. reports of a shooter armed with a long gun moving inside the store, you can hear the gunfire on the radio traffic. police trying to communicate with the shooter barricaded inside. >> the entire building is surrounded. i need you to surrender now. >> reporter: thousands watching this livestream by zfg vid yog if i as the events were unfolding. at just about 3:30 p.m., police with long guns escorting this man, shirtless, with blood running down his leg. leading him to a stretcher, he appears to be in handcuffs. the ambulance racing away from the scene. >> just a horrific scene unfolding late today. let's get right to kayna whitworth. kayna, i know there's a heavy law enforcement presence at the store. there are reports of injuries. what are we learning?
>> reporter: david, it's still an incredibly active scene there. right now, officers are still working to secure that building. and you could actually see terrified people scrambling to safety while holding hands. also, the university of colorado there in boulder, david, is alerting their students, telling them to avoid the area. david? >> all right, kayna whitworth leading us off with breaking developments. kayna, thank you. and as soon as we get more on this, we will bring it to you at home. but we're going to move on this monday night to the other major news, the coronavirus here in the u.s. and the state of emergency in miami beach. the crowds there defying curfews. police firing pepper balls. miami with the highest positivity rate of any major metro area. and tonight, this number. 21 states now with new cases on the rise again. and the cdc director warning today that we are at a fork in the road, urging caution on the variants now spreading. those young people defying the curfew, the more contagious variants at a very high level in miami. and the race to vaccinate tonight. now 24 states moving to open
eligibility everyone 16 and up. and now a fourth possible vaccine in the pipeline. astrazeneca releasing results of their u.s.-based study, showing it is 79% effective in preventing similar tprevent ing symptomatic infections and 100% effective in preventing hospitalizations. and this key number. more than 82 million people have received at least one dose. 32% of adults in this country. so, what about this newest vaccine? and those concerning reports overseas. the results of this u.s. steady tonight far more promising. dr. jha with us. and abc's victor oquendo from miami now. >> reporter: tonight, a state of emergency in miami beach after a weekend of chaos. >> the city of miami beach is currently under a state of emergency. >> reporter: mostly maskless crowds from out of town packing the famed ocean drive, overwhelming police. >> you are commanded to immediately and peacefully disperse. >> reporter: throngs of young adults defying a new 8:00 curfew.
police then using pepper balls to break up the crowd. some trampled in the stampede. these scenes prompting city leaders to extend the curfew and close causeways into miami beach from thursdays to sundays through mid-april. some are accusing the police of using unnecessary force on a predominantly black crowd. >> i think that the response to crowds of black people doing whatever they're doing always tends to ingender a little bit more aggression and force. >> reporter: but police insist they're targeting unlawful behavior. >> we police behavior. everybody should look forward to coming down here and enjoy that, but just do it within the confines of the rules. that's all we're asking people to do. >> reporter: it comes at a pivotal point. miami is seeing the highest positivity rate of large metro areas in the country at 9%. and cases are rising in 21 states. >> we are at a critical point in this pandemic. a fork in the road, where we, as a country, must decide which path we are going to take.
>> reporter: on average, 2.5 million americans are now getting vaccinated every day, a record 6 million over the weekend, and access expanding by the day. at least 24 states making the vaccine available to residents 16 and older in the weeks leading up to the president's may 1st deadline. >> i'm just so happy to have my shot. i really am. >> reporter: and tonight, promising results from the u.s. trial of a fourth vaccine from astrazeneca. the company reporting the vaccine was 79% effective at preventing symptomatic infection and 100% effective at preventing severe disease and hospitalization. >> data and safety monitoring board identified no specific safety concerns related to the vaccines. >> reporter: after several european countries briefly halted use of the astrazeneca vaccine over concerns about a handful of blood clots, the u.s. trial found no increased risk or serious side effects. >> this is a highly effective vaccine that's easy to use, easy to distribute around the world, and has an important role to play in curtailing the pandemic around the world. >> and so let's get right to
victor oquendo from miami tonight. victor, take us through the possible timeline here. how soon could astrazeneca get emergency use authorization here in the u.s.? >> reporter: david, the company plans on applying within the next two to three weeks, which means they could get the green light from the fda by the end of may. keep in mind, that with three vaccines already authorized, the biden administration promised enough vaccine for all american adults by the end of may, so, this astrazeneca vaccine would be on top of that supply. david? >> all right, vick tor you than you. and with news on the astrazeneca vaccine, we know many of you have questions, so, let's bring in dr. ashish jha. i want to get right to the news on astrazeneca. they released these results from the large clinical trial in theisthe i u.s., 32,000 participants. 79% from preventing symptomatic infections. none of the volunteers had to be
hospitaliz hospitalized. we know this particular vaccine was halted in parts of europe temporarily amid those rare reports of potential blood clots. regulators in europe now saying it is safe. these new findings here in the u.s., do they bolster that? >> yeah, david, thank you for having me on. they do bolster that. it's really good news. these are fantastic results. 80% effective for all age groups, 100% against severe disease. no severe adverse events in the vaccine arm. goto feel really good about this. >> i do wonder looking at the timeline here, they say they could apply for emergency use authorization in the coming weeks, they could be up and running here in the u.s. sometime in may, but we've already got the other three vaccines, president biden has said enough vaccine for all adults by the end of may. and i can't believe i'm asking this, a year into this pandemic, but will we need this fourth vaccine? >> yeah, it's a great question, david. i think the answer is most likely not. we're going so hato have so muc
vaccine by may that i have been pushing for using what we need to here, but we can probably start shipping a lot of these out to the rest of the world. we're going to have plenty of vaccine in the u.s. by may. >> i can't let you go without asking you about those crowds, the images we're reporti iing o tonight. the crowds in miami. but we do have states with cases on the rise. how concerned are you about the new variants still on the move and when we see these images, the fatigue setting in across the u.s.? >> you know, david, i am worried. we have been stuck at 50,000 cases, actually going up a little bit across the country now. we are so close to that time period where anybody who is high risk can get vaccinated, probably three, four weeks away, if we can just hold on for another month, it will get much safer to do these things and i just -- i want people to just hold tight for a very little bit longer. >> all right, important words from dr. jha tonight. doctor, thank you. we're going to turn next here this evening to the worsening scene on our southern border, more than 1,500
unaccompanied minors now in federal custody. hundreds held for ten days or longer. and tonight, a first look inside one of the crowded facilities, this facility here in donna, texas, seen in a photo taken over the weekend and shared by a democratic congressman. journalists have not been allowed in. tonight, the biden administration still refusing to call this a crisis. our martha raddatz asking the new secretary of homeland security, why wasn't there a plan for this coming into this administration? and our cecilia vega tonight, right there on the border. what she witnessed first-hand. she reports now from mcallen, texas, tonight. >> reporter: tonight, a first look inside this severly overcrowded tent facility on the southern border. the biden administration not allowing journalists in, but these pictures taken over the weekend and released by a democratic congressman show migrants, many of them unaccompanied minors, on the floor in cramped pods. pods built to hold no more than 260 people, instead, one housing more than 400 boys.
the white house says they're working as quickly as possible to move these kids into shelters and homes. but the adminsitration still refuses to call the situation a crisis. >> children presenting at our border who are fleeing violence, who are fleeing prosecution, who are fleeing terrible situations is not a crisis. >> reporter: abc news has learned that inside these facilities not meant for kids, more than 800 children have been held more than ten days, more than three times longer than they're legally allowed to be there. along the border, authorities say they've never seen anything like it. i'm out with deputies from hidalgo county, texas. typically they encounter about 30 migrants a day, but now? >> now we're geting 30 within 30 minutes. >> reporter: wow. pieces of their stories left all along these dusty roads. >> little kids jeans, i mean, >> yeah, this is -- >> reporter: a baby's clothes. a 2-year-old, 3-year-old?
and just a few feet away. it's a baby carrier. they take me to a popular arrival spot called el rincon, the corner, right on the edge of the rio grande. undated cell phone video posted ealier this month by congressman cuellar shows rafts filled with migrants. so this is the river. the raft pulls up right here. this is their first foot on u.s. soil. is there anything that's going to stop this? >> i hope there is. i don't know what it is. i don't know what they have to do, but it needs to stop. there's got to be a better way. >> reporter: critics say the white house moved so quickly to overturn trump's hard line immigration policies that they failed to put a plan in place to handle the migrant surge that followed. our martha raddatz pressing homeland security secretary alejandro mayorkas. >> why were you not prepared for this? >> martha, let me be clear. we have seen large numbers of migration in the past. we know how to address it. we have a plan. we are executing on our plan.
and we will succeed. >> reporter: but the reality on the ground? political upheaval, crime, a terrible hurricane season, has migrants hoping the new president will welcome them. abc's marcus moore in southern mexico meeting this father and 3-year-old son. they are 12 days into their journey, walking north all the way from honduras. the dad says he heard president biden is giving opportunities to people like him. he says, "we thank him from the bottom of our hearts." >> so, let's get to cecilia vega, live in texas tonight. and cecilia, when we see the images shared by that democratic congressman of young people packed into that facility, folks at home are going to decide for themselves whether this is a crisis they're looking at. i'm curious, why is the administration so focused on not using the word "crisis," refusing to call it a crisis again today. and president biden now says he will visit the border at some point soon? >> reporter: yeah, david, you know, the president is under fire from all sides on this issue. the situation out here. and yes, he said that he will
visit the border at some point. he didn't give a timeline. the vice president said as much, too. as for why they're not calling this a crisis, the white house is suggesting that what these families are leaving behind in their home countries is the crisis. david, they say these children, the alternative would be to send them back to their home countries alone. they say that is not an option. >> all right, cecilia vega with us from the border tonight. cecilia, thank you. we're going to turn next here to the investigation into the attack on the capitol and news tonight, one of the suspects charged in the attack of officer brian sicknick now ordered to remain behind bars. and the man who was the lead federal prosecutors in this case now suggesting that there could be sedition charges for some of the rioters. and what he said about former president trump. here's our chief justice correspondent pierre thomas tonight. >> reporter: tonight, one of the men charged in the attack on capitol hill police officer brian sicknick ordered to remain in jail, pending trial. george tanios of west virginia is accused of conspiring to assault officers with a toxic chemical.
officer sicknick later died. and today, judge michael illoy declaring, "it's hard for me not to look at this a as anything other than a assault on our nation." this comes a the federal prosecutor who led the investigation into the insurrection said he believes some suspects could be charged with sedition. trying to overthrow the government. >> i personally believe the evidence is trending towards that and probably meets those elements. >> stop the steal! >> reporter: michael sherwin saying evidence shows some rioters were attempting to stop the federal government, in this case congress, from performing an official duty. certifying joe biden's victory over donald trump. as for whether trump himself could be charged -- >> trump was the magnet that brought the people to d.c. on the sixth. now the question is, is he criminally kulpable for everything that happened during the siege, during the breach? we have soccer moms from ohio that were arrested saying, well, i did this because my president said i had to take back our
house. but also, you see in the public record, too, militia members saying, you know what, we did this because trump just talks a big game. he's just all talk, we did what he wouldn't do. >> reporter: he suggested prosecutors are, indeed, looking into the former president's role. >> and pierre, we know 300 people have now been charged tonight. you are also learning that some of them may be seeking plea bargains now? >> reporter: prosecutors could start plea negotiations as early as this week. so, we do expect some of these suspects faced with videos and witnesses placing them at the scene of the crime to plead guilty. david? >> pierre thomas, thank you. when we come back, we're tracking that major storm moving across the country. significant snow and possible tornadoes. and, of course, new reporting on that unfolding scene, the horrific shootings in k colorado tonight. we do consulting, but we also write. [szasz] we take care of ourselves constantly; it's important. we walk three to five times a week, a couple miles at a time.
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well, there is late word tonight on that supermarket shooting in boulder, colorado. police reporting multiple victims at the grocery store in boulder. authorities say the suspect was armed with a long gun. our denver station kmgh on the scene. witnesses inside telling them that they heard multiple gunshots and immediately ran for the exits, some escaping through the back loading dock. authorities could be seen in these images right here leading that man away from the scene. we'll have more tonight on "nightline," in the morning on "gma" and i'll see you tomorrow night. good night.
>> building a better bay area for a safe and secure future, this is abc7 news. we will instantly release and deliver 30 million doses, and in the the the the the the 20 million. >> we are one step closer, fort vexing can soon go before an fda panel for potential emergency use authorization. thank you for joining us i am larry beil. >> and i am kristen sze. today astrazeneca pointed to a 97% efficacy rate. our reporter spoke with two local doctors who lovedwho loved astrazeneca trials in the bay area. >> reporter: in april astrazeneca is planning to file for the fda's emergency authorization. today they got a step closer releasing the preliminary data that shows it is 79%is 79%is 79%
in preventing symptomatic covid- 19. >> i think that really establishes this vaccine out there, with the other vaccines, as extraordinarily effective. >> reporter: ucla's dr. annie buck meyer and susan -- with the san francisco department of public health were involved in the astrazeneca trials. this is a result that excites the doctor. >> it is very good news. >> reporter: the safety and efficacy analysis was based on 32,000 participants in the u.s., peru, and chile. >> it was monitored by a data safety board, and the same dsb that has monitored other studies. that is why there are no concerns about safety. >> reporter: in the uk out about 2 milliomillio 18 reported blood clots in the brain. >> it was an extremely rare event.