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page parked his s.u.v. in the temple parking lot and walked dgun the lobby armed with a nine millimeter handgun and multiple erips of ammunition. he began shooting the people gathered there. pa reports of gunshots. >> reporter: dispatchers got the first 911 call at 10:25. >> reporter: inside the temple, anyone who could get away barricaded themselves in restrooms and closets, including this woman who hid in a pantry. >> reporter: her father-in-law td been killed. some who were shot banged on the doors of neighbors and pleaded awr help. narinder boparai saw the gunman as she pulled into the temple parking lot. did he say anything? >> no. no. we don't talk to each other.
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>> reporter: police arrived within four minutes of the first emergency call. murpear veteran lieutenant brian murphy was first on the scene. >> i need a ambulance, i cannot see shooter anywhere. d a eporter: murphy was assisting one of the wounded when he was approached by the gunman. >> i have someone walking out ste driveway towards me. >> reporter: murphy was shot at the dreight times, gunfire could be heard on police scanners. >> man with a gun. white t-shirt. dr reporter: another officer eadered page to drop his weapon. instead, he opened fire. the police shot him dead. >> subject down! >> we have one officer shot. >> reporter: despite his wounds, murphy directed fellow officers inside. oak creek police chief john orwards. >> it wasn't minor injuries that he had. he had some pretty severe
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injuries and he was still waving off the officers to go take care pi the other wounded. ti reporter: lieutenant brian murphy is in the hospital in critical condition and, bob, as for the investigation police are now looking at police dashboard video as well as temple surveillance tape of the attack. : schieffer: okay, thank you very much, elaine. in washington, our justice department correspondent bob orr has been trying to get a better handle on just who this shooter was. here is his report. >> reporter: sources say the oub.i. is looking into the music background of wade michael page to determine if hate was the motive behind the sikh temple shooting spree. in a 2010 interview with a white supremacist web site page said th alayed with a number of white power bands, including one called definite hate. page also founded a band named end apathy. n rk potok, who tracks hate groups for the southern poverty law center, calls page a frustrated neo-nazi who had connections to multiple racist leganizations. >> my sense is that we are not
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talking about someone who was on the fringes of the scene but really someone who was in the usick of the white supremacist world and especially music epord. >> reporter: sources say several years ago federal officials came across page's name as they ignducted various investigations but page himself was never a target and no intelligence prcles suggesting page posed any threat. special agent terese carlson is running the temple shooting stvestigation for the f.b.i.. >> we had no reason to believe kn far as i know, no law enforcement had any reason to believe that he was planning or plotting or capable of such violence. >> reporter: page did have a minor police record-- convictions for criminal mischief and arrests for driving under the influence. and he was demoted then discharged from the army in 1998 for being drunk on duty and absent without leave. but whatever led up to sunday's deadly assault apparently ceppened very quickly. sources say page bought the nine millimeter pistol used in the attack from this milwaukee area
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gun shop on july 28 and picked it up on july 30, just a week before the shooting. and whatever the motive, anvestigators strongly believe page acted alone. yet another case of a lone wolf gunman, bob. as achieffer: okay, bob. one of the victims was a leader of the sikh temple, a man who had come to this country with almost nothing and built his own version of the american dream. ben tracy now with that part of the story. >> reporter: sathpaul kalecka and other women were cooking inside the temple's kitchen when the shooting began sunday. ep aboueporter: she was worried about her husband satwant, the 65-year-old president of the d hile. he just started his morning prayers in the other room. or >> reporter: as they huddled in the pantry, she made several p.ick calls to her son amardeep. what did your mom tell you?
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>> there's a gunman firing on us. ayinlater there was another phone call saying "where's everybody? nobody's coming to help us." then the next one was "how's your father doing? where's your father?" click. >> reporter: when he arrived at the temple he found out his lyther was dead. de family says satwant tried to take down the gunman with a ceremonial knife but he was shot twice. od moureporter: today the family mourned the loss of a father and grandfather, a man amardeep says came to the united states in 1982 with just $35. >> he first started in gas stations and he was the guy who wore the turban and beard no matter what in the gas station. >> reporter: satwant eventually started buying and renting property, using the money to build his dream-- this temple for the nearly 400 families in the local sikh community. >> he said "god has a plan for me, i want to build this temple." and he built the temple.
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>> reporter: he put up this tribute to his adopted country in his front yard, a flag that isw flies at half-staff in his tualry. sadly, this was actually a day amis family had been looking forward to for months. they actually planned to break ground on a new home here in the milwaukee area but, bob, the family says those plans are now on hold. >> schieffer: thank you very much, ben. they are sometimes called "seeks" but we were told by preir national organization they prefer to pronounce it "sick." oey are members of the world's fifth-largest religion. there are 25 million of them worldwide. at least 350,000 here in the united states. the religion was founded 500 years ago along the modern-day border of india and pakistan. besides wearing distinctive ale ans, male sikhs do not cut their hair. they consider it a gift from god. ivilng on now to the civil war whityria. sday the white house said bashar al-assad's regime is
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crumbling from within. his prime minister-- on the job just two months-- defected today to jordan. bo the city of homs, assad's warplanes dropped bombs on residential neighborhood. holly williams reporting from the turkey/syria border tells us about the fighting and how it's entered a new phase. >> reporter: the men crouching against the wall are about to be killed by an angry mob. syrian opposition groups said the men who died were members of a family with links to the assad regime. the killers were rebels fighting in an increasingly chaotic conflict. human rights groups and the rebels' own leadership condemned are deaths as summary executions. but in this sprawling refugee camp, we speak to syrians who defended the killings. any of the men here are rebel fighters. "if we had a state, we could cove taken those men to court," said mohammad hajhasan, "but
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we're in the middle of a revolution and they were war criminals." like many others we spoke to, sai said they feel abandoned by the u.s. and europe. "we want a democracy in syria," mohammad told us, "but only if dis within an islamic state." others disagree. this man led protests in syria in the early days. he wants a western-style democracy and claims the uprising is being hijacked by islamic extremists. the west isn't doing enough, he told us, and other countries like saudi arabia are pushing their islamic agenda by giving the rebels financial support. the syrian opposition is divided and there are fears that if and when the assad regime falls there could be continued violence between rival factions. that's one reason why the u.s. and its allies in the west are reluctant when it comes to giving military support to the syrian rebels.
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dre danger is that militant groups will see the drawn-out conflict as an opportunity. internet videos show that foreign fighters-- like these ones from libya-- are already operating inside syria. their presence will only add to the bloodshed as syrians fight for control of their future. holly williams, cbs news, on the turkey/syria border. >> schieffer: syria's neighbors are watching this unfold with great concern. charlie rose sat down with jordan's king abdullah who is worried about how far assad will .o to crush this rebellion. >> reporter: he has said he'll not use chemical weapons against his own people but he is killing his own people anyway. they're massing in aleppo as we speak. would he use, in your judgment, chemical weapons? >> i hope to god that he wouldn't because i think that would be a trip wire for many nations in the international miscunity. qaddafi's miscalculation was the use of his air force against his
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people. now we are seeing the use of helicopters. he's been fairly successful in using that. chemical weapons is something that scares everybody. what scares most of us is the chemical weapons falling into rebel hands, and who are those rebels? and obviously the use of chemical weapons against innocent people. >> schieffer: more of charlie's interview with king abdullah tomorrow on cbs "this morning." this u.s. women's soccer team oes into double overtime in a thrilling match in london. the secretary of state meets an old friend. and a perfect landing. th the story behind the mars mission when the cbs news continues. [ female announcer ] how do you define your moment?
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>> reporter: adam steltzner led the team that came up with many called a crazy idea-- landing a 2,000 pound car-sized rover on mars by lowering it on cables from a jet-propelled platform. lots of things could have gone wrong by nothing did. t-prouchdown confirmed. ed.eers and applause) >> reporter: then that room exploded. >> yeah. >> reporter: there were hugs, high fives, tears. >> yep. >> reporter: an image from the nasa satellite shows the rover dangling from the parachute that slowed its 13,000 mile an hour descent to mars. as we were talking today, steltzner was emailed another picture from mars. >> that's a picture of our heat shield below "curiosity" dropping away toward the martian surface. just came down. that's amazing. >> reporter: in high school, he seemed an unlikely candidate for developing the most complex planetary landing ever.
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>> i passed geometry with an tf+" because the teacher didn't want to see me a third time. >> reporter: you wanted to be in rock music. went from rock music to rocket ships. >> yes, yes, yes. >> reporter: watching the stars one night changed his life and now he has helped change planetary science. >> "curiosity" being on the omrface of mars is something that could only have been done spirhe u.s.a. >> reporter: that pioneering spirit continues? >> absolutely. the ingenuity, the practicality. all of those things wrapped together are what's necessary to do a huge engineering feat like oris. >> reporter: "curiosity" has now started it's science mission, expected to last at least two years. the first color pictures from its high definition cameras shold be received on wednesday. john blackstone, cbs news, pasadena. >> schieffer: hillary clinton landed in familiar company today. the secretary of state visited nelson mandela at his country home in south africa. they first met in 1994 when she
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just as they get one under control, another flares up. at least one person is dead, 121 dings ngs have been destroyed. manuel bojorquez is in oklahoma. alkealked to a homeowner who ryst everything. >> reporter: brandi west was one of dozens who returned to see what was left of her home. >> i mean, i'm more worried about everybody else than i am orrie myself. >> reporter: officials have contained roughly half of the 50 fires that raged through the state. argestrgest was described as a monster fire that devoured arlyly 90 square miles. arson is suspected as the cause son is of the fires but the severe drought is also to blame. tcording to the u.s. drought 0% otor, 100% of oklahoma is in itught, 70% of it is extreme. nationally, more than 60% of the country is in moderate or exceptional drought. three months ago it was less than 40. >> come on! >> reporter: lyle mackey is a farmer in luther, oklahoma. >> it is a tinderbox. i mean, it's... the grass
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crunches under your feet. >> reporter: he says the drought has scorched the grass his cows eat. ce cost of corn to feed them has skyrocketed 25% over last year. he had 30 cows then. this year he can only afford to feed seven. the feeling that you have right now, you're feeling helpless. i well, i'm... i'm frustrated. i mean, it's a fact that without the rain, without the moisture everything's just for naught. >> reporter: and not very far from lyle mackey's farm this is what we encountered. it seems the drought has set the etage for fires, which are literally changing the landscape. and it's early the fire season t're so people are worried, wondering how much worse things can get. bob? ears.
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>> schieffer: thank you very much, manuel. the u.s. women's soccer team played a real nail-biter in london today. now, if you do not want to know what happened, you know, go get under the bed or something and close your eyes and ears. if you do want to know, we're going to tell you. the americans came from behind to beat canada in double overtime 4-3. they play japan on thursday. and it's worth noting american jen suhr took the gold in the pole vault. he's not in london, but this eighth grader is using his athletic skills to do something impressive. etic's next. o something impressive. that's next. david. we've got to cancel. i've got gas.
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baskets to raise money for the third special operators killed when their helicopter was shot down on a night raid in afghanistan, one year ago today. >> they lost someone that i love so much, i think that they need all the support that they can get. >> it started right after the
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crowcrash. >> i shot baskets, over 20,000. >> how long did that take you? >> 50 hours. >> 50 hours? how many days? >> 3. >> you were working 15 hour days? >> yes. >> that might take the fun out basketball? >> it was a sacrifice that i needed to make. >> he raised $50,000 for the families, one of whom, the widow of a lieutenant has grown up in the same neighborhood and came by to thank him personally. >> not just thinking that something that i was doing was something that was helping someone, just living down the road from me, was kind of surprising. >> someone you never knew was there? >> no .. >> last year he shot mid range jumpers and he has grown since then. this labor day he will shoot
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from three-point range and is out to raise $300,000. >> when we first started, i was surprised when anyone at the grocery store gave us $20. out to sea this amount of money coming in, it is amazing. >> it is called operation hawkeye, referring not only to his marksmanship but also to a dog named hawkeye that lay at the foot of the casket of his master, a navy seal. one of those that died. but it is a story about an eighth grader who found a way to serve his country. >> i think that it has taught me that, regardless of where you come from, you can always make a difference in someone else's life. >> he shoots, he scores, big time. david martin, cbs news, virginia. >> that is the news. at for scott pelly and bob schaefer, we will see you here tomorrow.
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>> good evening i am alan martin >> i am dana king. we have an update on a statewide amber alert that we told you about at 5:00. investigators have found the suspect's vehicle at the stone bridge mall in pleasanton. it is the gmc yukon that they believe was used to kidnap a one-year-old girl from lake front south of stockton. there is so far no sign of jacqueline, nor the suspect, her father, jonathan martinez. he is 6 ft. 1 in. and 170 lbs. and was last seen wearing a white t-shirt, blue jeans, and an oakland a's baseball cap. she was last seen wearing yellow and green polka about pajamas. the vehicle that they suspect was used in this child kidnapping has been found at the
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stony ridge mall but there is no sign either of the child or her father who is the suspect in this case. >> hundreds of thousands of california gun owners could be forced to read register their guns, a bay area lawmaker is trying to close what he calls a loophole in california's assault weapon law. he first took action after a cbs 5 report that we aired in may but today, he upped the ante. >> a gunman in the colorado movie massacre fire off most of his shots with an ar-15 semiautomatic rifle. it was a quick load 100 round magazine that he purchased legally. here in california the state's assault weapons laws limit you to attend round magazine with some exceptions. you can own an ar-15, a military-style weapons with only features that california law bans. you can buy legally, as long as it is has what is called a
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bullet but. it allows you to quickly detect a magazine even though under california law detachable magazines in combination with other features, are illegal. but under california regulations, written to enforce the law, the bullet but makes a guns magazine sixth and therefore illegal. because you need a tool, the tip of a bullet, to detach it. >> that assault weapon is in fact part of the ban. >> as a result of our report senator leland yee introduced a bill that banned conversion kits and devices to make the bullet button easier to use. devices like the maggot magnet. these days you do not need a kit, all the major gun manufacturers make these guns with a bullet but in built in so senator leland yee is amending his bill. >> we were saddled ... now with colorado there's a lot of support. >> in the new language the


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