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omicron variant in the u.s.. we will be back for abc 7 news at 4:00, world n breaking news as we come on the air -- major developments in the deadly high school shooting in michigan. authorities launching a search for the parent of 15-year-old ethan crumbley after they were charged the involuntary manslaughter, but their attorney claiming they are not on the run and plan to turn themselves in. the prosecutor accusing them of allowing him to access the gun he used to kill four students and ignoring obvious warning signs,. describing disturbing photos and graphic drawings. the teen allegedly writing "the thoughts won't stop, help me." the gun believed to be in his backpack during a meeting with his parents and school officials before being sent back to class. also on this friday night, new cases of the omicron variant now found in at least ten states
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from hawaii to new york. early data suggesting the new variant may be spreading twice as fast as the delta variant in south africa. cdc director dr. rochelle walensky says omicron could be more likely to cause re-infection for those who have already had covid. the delta variant still making up 99.9% of cases in the u.s. dr. anthony fauci saying it's going to take a while for us to know the impact of the new variant. the abc news exclusive interview with alec baldwin, describing to george stephanopoulos how he says the gun fired without him pulling the trigger, killing cinematographer halyna hutchins. the district attorney now responding to the interview. news tonight about a college graduate student stabbed and killed. a tourist wounded, police say, by a knife-wielding suspect here in new york. amid a rash of thefts, police arresting more than a dozen suspects wanted for smash-and-grab robberies in los angeles. why they were all then released from custody. and the 10-year old art
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prodigy standing tall, inspired by the greats, and shaking up the art world. good evening. it's great to have you with us on a busy friday night. i'm whit johnson in for david. several major stories we're following tonight, including the new omicron variant now discovered in at least ten st states. but we begin with a rare move of a michigan prosecutor filing charge of involuntary manslaughter against the parent of a 15-year-old student accuse in the a deadly school shooting. the couple schedule odd to appear at an arraignment today. their whereabouts still unknown. last seen on a zoom call of theirson's arraignment. each charged with four count of involuntary manslaughter. ethan crumbley now charged as an adult on multiple counts, including terrorism and murder.
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the prosecutor revealing chilling allegations, the new deleted instagram post. ethan posting this image of a weapon and the words, just got my new beauty today. the next day, his mother's post, mom and son day, testing out his new xmas present. the gun believed to be in his backpack in a meeting before being sent back to class. abc's trevor ault leads us off in michigan. >> i'm angry as a mother. i'm angry as the prosecutor. >> reporter: tonight, oakland county michigan prosecutor karen mcdonald taking a rare if not unprecedented step, charging the parents of the 15-year-old accused in the oxford high school shooting rampage. >> you are the parents of ethan crumbley, is that correct in. >> yes. >> that is correct. >> reporter: the couple last seen at their son's arraignment charged as an adult.
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due to turn themselves in today. the attorney saying they're not on the run, but their whereabouts unclear. their son charged as an adult. he's pleaded not guilty to 25 counts. >> there were a lot of things that could have been so simple to prevent. >> reporter: today the prosecutor levelling shocking accusations against the parents. alleging on black friday james crumbley brought his son with him to buy that sig sauer. prosecutors referencing these now-deleted instagram posts. one friday from the alleged shooter's account captioned just got my new beauty today. and this post saturday on his mother's account captioned, mom and son day testing out his new xmas present. >> clearly based on the statements of the shooter, the statements of mom, that was his gun. >> reporter: in class monday prosecutors say a teacher reported the suspect searching ammunition on his phone. the school reported they called the parents, but they didn't respond. >> thereafter, jennifer crumbley exchanged text messages about the incident with her son on
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that day, stating quote, lol, i'm not mad at you. you have to learn not to get caught. >> reporter: then, the morning of the shooting, prosecutors say a teacher was alarmed by a picture drawn by the teen that included a gun, a bullet, a person appearing shot and the words "the thoughts won't stop, help me." a bullet with the words "blood everywhere." a laughing emoji and the words, "my life is useless," and "the world is dead." james and jennifer crumbley were then called to the school, told they were required to get their son counselling within 48 hours and the parents resisted taking him home. >> he was returned back to class with his backpack, where we have reason to believe gun -- the gun was stored in the backpack. >> reporter: later that day as the shooting unfolded and word spread, jennifer crumbley texted her son "ethan, don't do it." some 15 minutes later, jason crumbley called 911 saying the gun was missing. he stored it unlocked in his bedroom drawer and he thought his son may be the shooter. >> it's extremely rare for parents to be charged in school
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shootings. are you trying to set a new standard or is the evidence simply overwhelming in this case? >> the facts of this case arso egregious. the notion that a parent could read those words and also know that their son had access to a deadly weapon that they gave him is unconscionable, and i think it's criminal. >> this prosecution is very unusual, if not unprecedented with this set of facts. it is not going to be an easy case for prosecutors to win. >> reporter: and tonight, oxford patients now outraged at these new allegations. >> i don't see how you can't. i don't see how you can't charge a parent. >> trevor ault is back with us. we heard the allegation that the boy had the gun in his backpack during the meeting with teachers and parents and never notified police about his concerning behavior. are prosecutors looking at possible charges for school
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officials? >> reporter: the prosecutor's been tight-lipped about any other potential charges that can be coming. she says the investigation is ongoing. she did say today the suspect should not have been sent back to the class ram on the day of the shooting, but whether that warrants criminal charges is a very different question. whit? >> we are thinking about the families impacted by this tragedy. trevor, thank you. we turn now to another major story we're following this friday night, cases of the new variant, omicron, confirm in the ten states, five more in just the past 24 hours, including nebraska, where cases are linked to a person who travelled to nigeria. early data suggesting the variant may be spreading twice as fast as the delta variant in south africa. omicron's concerning structure, more than 30 mutations on its spike protein, and news tonight on whether omicron is likely to cause reinfection for those who have had covid. here's matt gutman. >> reporter: tonight that fast-moving omicron variant now
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detected in ten states. >> we're actively taking steps to stay ahead of omicron. >> reporter: the latest cases in pennsylvania, maryland and nebraska where an infected traveler recently returned from nigeria, infecting five household members with the variant. >> most of them are on the recovery end and will be back up and running soon. >> reporter: so far, all of the known omicron cases in the u.s. have had mild or moderate symptoms and none required hospitalization. what is driving hospitalizations at the start of the winter surge? the delta variant, comprising 99.9% of u.s. cases. but the cdc director says that could change. >> it may very well be that we start to see more omicron than delta, and we will be following that very carefully. >> reporter: and tonight early data suggests the omicron variant could be spreading twice as fast in south africa than delta. and that omicron could also be more likely to infect people who have already had the virus. what concerns scientists about omicron is the more than 30
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mtations on its spike protein, seen here highlighted in orange and blue and green. that's three times the number of mutations found on the delta spike protein. >> it has some of the mutations that have been shown to increase the transmissibility or the infectiousness of the virus in other variants. >> reporter: it will take weeks to know if omicron is more contagious and more virulent and how the vaccine works against it, but dr. fauci says vaccination remains the best weapon. >> although we haven't proven it yet, there's every reason to believe that if you get vaccinated and boosted, that you would have at least some degree of cross protection, very likely against severe disease, even against the omicron variant. >> let's get right to matt gutman. matt, starting monday we'll see tougher testing rule travelers coming into the u.s. as well. >> reporter: that's right, whit. all international travelers will now have to show proof of a
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negative rapid test 24 hours before departure for the u.s. that's including u.s. citizens. currently there are no testing or vaccine requirements for domestic travel. the president saying today that he is relying on the direction of the experts, and right now they are saying that current measures are sufficient by that's only for now. whit? >> that holiday travel just getting started. matt, thank you. next tonight, the emotional interview with alec baldwin, an abc exclusive detailing the fatal shooting on the movie set, say he was following directions, never pulled the trigger and had no reason to suspect there was a live round in the gun. kaylee hartung tonight asking the prosecutor, does that mean baldwin won't be charged? >> reporter: tonight, new fallout from that exclusive abc news interview with alec baldwin. the actor describing for the first time to george stephanopoulus, the moment he shot halyna hutchins saying he was following her instructions and never pulled
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the trigger. >> she's guiding me through how she wants me to hold the gun for this angle. and i draw the gun out and i find a mark. i take the gun and i start to cock the gun. i'm not gonna pull the trigger. i said, "do you see that?" she goes, "well, just cheat it down and tilt it down a little bit like that." and then i let go of the hammer of the gun, and the gun goes off. i let go of the hammer of the gun, the gun goes off. >> reporter: today the santa fe district attorney, who could prosecute this case, reacting to those games. >> you can see he is devastated by what happened. i think we can all see that he was not expecting that to happen, didn't want that to happen. there's no evidence that this was intentional. this was clearly an accident, but perhaps a criminal accident. just because something is an accident doesn't mean that a criminal act didn't occur. >> reporter: alec baldwin told abc news he doesn't believe he will be criminally charged. is he correct to make that statement this early in the investigation? >> i would not say that. >> reporter: as the fbi examines
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the gun and the live rounds found on set, baldwin insisting he is not responsible for hutchins' death. >> someone put a live bullet in a gun, a bullet that wasn't even supposed to be on the property. >> your emotions are so clearly -- so right there on the surface. you felt shock. you felt anger. you felt sadness. >> yeah. >> do you feel guilt? >> no, no. i feel that there is i -- i feel that -- that someone is responsible for what happened, and i can't say who that is, but i know it's not me. i mean, i honest to god, if i felt that i was responsible, i might have killed myself if i thought i was responsible. and i don't say that lightly. >> kaylee hartung is back with us from albuquerque. kaylee, the district attorney also telling you she's really focused on the ammunition and how it got into the gun. >> reporter: whit, the d.a. tell me the key questions to answer here are how did a live round get loaded into that gun and go
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unnoticed, and why were real bullets mixed among the blanks and dummy rounds? she tells us it could be early spring before the investigation is handed over the her. >> there will be much more of kaylee's interview next friday on a special edition of "20/20," a deep dive into the fatal shooting. now to the graduate student fatally stabbed near campus in new york city. police say the suspect then stabbing an italian tour sbis menacing a third person before being taken into custody. not far from where tessa majors was murdered two years ago. here's erielle reshef. > reporter: tonight, hauntingly familiar tragedy. that terrifying stabbing spree leaving the columbia university community once again grieving one of their own. 10:54 thursday evening, 30-year-old graduate student davide giri walking home from a
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soccer practice near morningside park just steps from campus when authorities say a knife-wielding suspect randomly attacked. >> a male stabbed in the stomach area, guys. >> reporter: giri pronounced dead at the hospital. 15 minutes later, a few blocks south, police say the same suspect stabbed a 27-year-old italian tourist in the torso. then a 30-year-old man menaced in central park. officers responding within minutes, taking a 25-year-old man with a large kitchen knife into custody. the deadly spate of violence coming almost exactly two years after the 2019 murder of barnard college freshmen tessa majors sent shock waves through her campus and made headlines around the world. tonight the columbia university president calling giri's death unspeakably dad and shocking, sending condolences to his family. >> we so deeply feel the pain and injustice.
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>> reporter: the campus gathering to mourn the engineering student, athlete, and friend. the tourist expected to survive. police say the suspect is a gang member with a history out on parole. next, the sheriff's jason immediate pleading not guilty to murder and reckless homicide. goodson returning from the dentist with subway sandwiches for his family. immediate told authorities he saw goodson waving a gun, claiming goodson pointed the gun at him. the autopsy showed goodson was shot five times in the back. his family says he wasn't holding a gun. now to washington. president biden celebrating a drop in unemployment. even as fewer jobs were created than expected last month. employers added 210,000 jobs the fewest monthly toll even at unemployment ticked down to
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4.2%. the president acknowledging americans are still anxious about supply chain issues and covid. but he was speaking in a deep raspy voice. a reporter asking him if he has a cold. >> what i have is a 1 1/2-year-old grandson who has a cold that likes to kiss his pop. >> that would be hunter's son beau. the white house saying he tested negative for covid and others repower story germs. now taking over the counter medicine. when we come back, a wave of smash and grab robberies, more than a dozen suspects arrested and released. and the winter blast set to move across this weekend. [lea] i'm a retired art teacher. [steve] we met online about 10 years ago. as i got older, my hearing was not so good so i got hearing aids. my vision was not as good as it used to be, got a change in prescription. but the thing missing was my memory.
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♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ >> full-tiinally tonight, most children get to tape their art work to the fridge at home, but this 10-year-old get a whole gallery. here's victor oquendo. >> reporter: take a look at these paintings. the details. the colors. the creativity. and while art is in the eye of the beholder, the artist rarely looks like this. >> i wanted to do one on canvas. >> reporter: 10-year-old andres valencia from san diego,
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california. he's been painting since he was 4, more than half his life. how old were you when you did this? >> maybe i was 9. >> reporter: you were 9? so that was last year? >> yeah. >> reporter: you should see my art work when i was 9. during the pandemic, his parents got him large canvases to pass the time during lockdown and andres got to work. you're standing on a step stool because some are taller than you are. >> yeah, it's not too hard if you're on a step stool. >> reporter: not too hard? you're making this look and sound really easy. his paintings selling for thousands. every single painting you see has sold. >> what's this one? >> that one's the observer. >> reporter: the observer? how did you come up with the name the observer? >> he has a lot of eyes. >> reporter: has a lot of eyes. tonight as collectors and artists from all over the world converge in miami for its annual art week, he's the youngest
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artist ever here. >> the paint had to dry to do the shading. >> reporter: part of each sale going to the foundation to support -- supporting teenage entrepreneurship, the arts, and boating safety education. tonight, andres, and his message for all painters young and old. >> no matter what, don't stop. >> reporter: always keep trying. >> incredible. thanks to victor oquendo on that report. he'll have much more tomorrow morning on "good morning america." i'll see through, too. thanks so much for watching. i'm whit johnson. for david and all of us here, good night.
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moving forward finding solutions, this is abc 7 news. she was sort of the soul of san francisco city. all she never lost her sense of wonder for the city. she never lost her sense of love for the city. a life dedicated to public service has come to an end bay area socialite charlotte mallard schultz has died from complications of cancer. good afternoon. i'm kristen z and i'm dan ashley. thank you for joining us. remember? are flooding in this afternoon for schultz, san francisco's chief of protocol for more than several decades and the wife of former secretary of state george schultz abc 7 news. anchor dion limb is here now with more on this. oh, dan, what a remarkable life. it was charlotte schultz passed away today at her stanford home surrounded by her family and friends. he came to san francisco in the 1960s getting right to work as then mayor jack shelley's chief of protocol. essentially the city's official party giver. it's a position she held unpaid for 51 years serving 10 mayors.
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we spoke with abc 7 news contributor phil mateer about her passing moments ago. she came here from texas. she was always had a gritty and earthy side to her but a wonderful sense of style whether it was presidents or popes she managed to handle events like no other so versatile charlotte schultz married former secretary of state george schultz in 1997. it was her third marriage. they were introduced by california senator diane feinstein now the former san francisco mayor issued a statement saying she is heartbroken by the death of the woman. she called her best friend adding quote many of my fondest memories are the times we shared together mayor london breed also called schultz a woman of unparalleled grace adding quote the bright lights of san francisco are forever. finished with the loss of charlotte but her impact legacy and love will live with us for generations and in a statement governor newsom called her an exceptional civic leader
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