tv CBS Evening News With Scott Pelley CBS November 1, 2013 5:30pm-6:01pm PDT
>> tonight, the assault at los angeles international airport. >> all you hear is screaming, chaos and then i ducked down. >> a gunman attacks a security checkpoint. >> right when i heard the shots i looked over my shoulder and he was running towards me saying run. >> at least one officer is dead. many people are injured. we now know the identifying the identity of the killer. a terrorist wanted in the murders of seven cia officers appears to have been killed. margaret brennan on how u.s. intelligence found its revenge. has a tiny american drug company found the solution to the scourge of the meth epidemic. jeff glor shows us how it works. and steve hartman on the road. prisoners who met suellen fried leave prison with a new conviction. >> maybe we're not that bad.
captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: good evening, los >> good evening, this is a special western edition. los angeles international airport is one of the busiest in the world. as many as 175,000 passengers pass through the terminals everyday. on this day at mid-morning a man walked into one of those term gnats, took a semiautomatic rifle out of a bag and started shooting. by the time it was over one man was dead, the first t.s.a. officer ever killed in the line of duty. six other people were rushed to a hospital. the suspect is identified as 23-year-old paul ciancia of los angeles who also has roots in new jersey. a note found in his bag may hold a clue to the motive and john miller will have more about that, but first we'll go to
carter evens at l.a.x. >> reporter: stranded passengers are still scattered across the airport. when the shooting started this morning people ran for cover. some hid under ticket counters, others even ran out on to the tarmac and hid under a plane until the shooting stopped. the police calls at 9:20 a.m. in the middle of the morning rush at los angeles international. >> dark blue or black clothing. >> reporter: passengers inside terminal three describe shots and a stampede of terrified people heading toward tkwaors leading to the carmack. >> i didn't see his face. i just saw the gun. and i was terrified. and like everybody else was. we were all just on the ground. >> reporter: the shooting began at a tsa check point. the suspect pulled a semi automatic rifle out of its bag. los angeles police chief. >> he proceeded up into the screening area where tsa screeners are and continued shoo ent past the screeners back into the airport itself.
>> reporter: the gunman shot four tsa officers killing one. he then moved down the long terminal 3 concourse toward the gate area. some passengers who couldn't get out of the terminal packed into restroom stalls guarded by police. >> the suspect got back very far into a terminal. there is a burger king that is quite a ways away from the screening station and he was able to get back there. >> reporter: photos taken by passengers show blown out store windows. we spoke to witness billy bey on the phone, he saw the gunman. >> he was walking and i thought everything was fin and maybe this guy was just looking for his gate now. but then i noticed he had a gun at his side. a large gun. so at that point i got pretty scared. >> reporter: this individual was shooting as he went into the terminal. the officers didn't, i repeat, they didn't hesitate. they went after this individual and they confronted this individual.
and they confronted this individual. >> reporter: these photos were taken moments after police shot the gunman. you can see his rifle on the floor. this man who matches the description of the gunman was wheeled into a los angeles hospital. outside terminal 3 paramedics assisted the wounded i terminal 3 rel remain shut down. f.b.i. agents arrested the shooter at the hospital. his condition is still unclear. investigators say they found 100 more rounds of ammunition here at the scene. enough, they say, to kill everyone. in the area at the time. carter evans, cbs news, los angeles. >> pelley: so, why did this happen? our senior correspondent john miller is with us. he's the former head of counterterrorism for the lapd. john, what have you learned about the suspect? >> reporter: he is paul anthony ciancia. as carter said he's from new jersey but a lot doesn't emerge. what you don't see is the
criminal record. you don't see other violent acts. what you don't see is references to him in the fbi files. yet what you do see today, according to investigators, is he walks into the terminal. he's got the gun in a garment bag. he takes the rifle out, he opens fire, shoots his way through the check point going down a side, coming around the back. he's focused on the tsa agents. inside the bag we are told investigators came up with notes saying that the tsa were facists and pigs, anti-american rantings, anti-tsa rantings and references to the new world order which is another growing conspiracy group that believes the world is going to be taken over by forces and black helicopters and so on. interestingly, scott, today he texted his parents from l.a. to new jersey and said he was going to kill himself today. they called the police. there was a response to his house. apparently they didn't make contact with him but a roommate who didn't know where he was.
so this was something that was roiling in his head today. >> pelley: john, thank you very much. there are big security concerns also in new york city because there will be two million spectators for the marathon which is running this sunday. and after what happened in boston, we asked jim axelrod to have a look at what's being done in new york to keep everyone safe. >> reporter: race organizers are spending twice as much on security this new york city marathon as the last one. the nypd has consulted with 20 members of boston's police department about the marathon bombing there that left three dead and more than 260 wounded. here in new york runners can't ignore what happened in boston. like jennifer beehr, among those picking up the race numbers they won through a lottery. >> when i told my 9-year-old that i had been selected her first response was mom, is there going to be a bomb. >> reporter: had there been any credible threats? >> no, no credible threats concerning the marathon. >> reporter: new york city police commissioner ray kelly
says 2,000 security cameras will provide video surveillance including 100 new mobile cameras purchased after the boston bombing. five choppers will patrol the air. 49 police dogs will be deployed including highly trained canines that can detect explosive materials moving through a crowd. >> people are now streaming in here from all over the country, all over the world. so what can you tell them about the safety of the race on sunday? >> well, i think it will be as safe as it's ever been, it's a long route, 26 miles. we will have resources. >> reporter: in central park where they'll finish the race these preparations are translating into confidence. the only threat facing runners like phil falk and kate pfeffer is exhaustion. >> i haven't her anybody express trepidation or concern about lining up for this race. >> are you to the going to be running more in the middle of the road to avoid the crowds on either side. >> only if that is the most direct route. >> reporter: they will have to
go through security check points anywhere near the finish line and-- the nypd conducted name checks on all 10,000 race volunteers. >> pelley: jim, thanks very much. this may be the biggest day of the cia since the killing of osama bin laden. there are multiple reports tonight that the terrorist responsible for the deaths of 7 cia employees was killed by an american drone in pakistan. hakimullah mesud is head of the pakistani taliban and margaret brennan has more. >> reporter: sources say mesud was killed in northwest pakistan where he lead the pakistani taliban for the last four years and gave haven to al qaeda leaders. believed to be in his mid- thirties mesud was considered one of the most wanted terrorists in the world. the u.s. government had a $5 million bounty on his head. he claimed responsibility for the failed times square bombing
in 2010, and was indicted for the 2009 suicide bombing of a cia outpost in afghanistan that killed 7 americans. in a bbc interview last month mesud said he would continue to target americans. just last week the pakistani prime minister publicly asked president obama to end all u.s. drone strikes. but scott, they clearly remain a very useful counterterror tool. >> pelley: margaret, thanks very much. jeffrey zients is the man overseeing the repair of the federal government's health insurance web site. he said today they are quote on track, end quote, to have it done by the end of the month. our sharyl attkisson broke the news yesterday that nationwide only six policies were purchased the entire first day that the site was on-line. sharyl is back with us tonight with more, sharyl? >> reporter: scott, the obama administration didn't dispute those enrollment numbers reported in government meeting notes. six the first day as you said,
just six. 248 by the end of day two. white house spokesman jay carney said they haven't really-- released enrollment fillings because the numbers have to be checked and accurate and he downplayed expectations. >> let me just tell you now, november 1. we don't expect those numbers to be very high. and we never did. but they're going to be even lower because of the challenges we've had with the web site. >> reporter: angered to learn that figures are compiled daily after being told there weren't any, the republican chair of the house ways and means committee today demanded all enrollment data by 5 p.m. or else that it could be subpoenaed. last word, scott, nothing had been provided. >> pelley: sharyl attkisson in our washington newsroom, thank you sharyl. so why didn't the president know that his signature program was in such trouble? we'll talk to his former chief of staff. a tiny drug company believes that this pill could go a long way towards stocking the meth epidemic. and the storm that swamped texas
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>> reporter: grandmas by their very nature don't want trouble. they're typically more partial to cookies and afghans than thugs and thieves but 81-year- old suellen fried of prairie villeage, kansas, defies that stereotype bringing her sweet, soft touch to this razor wire world. >> i have never had one iota of fear. >> reporter: suellen started coming here to lancing correctional around 1980 for what she thought would be a little volunteer work and ended up committed to these guys. for life. >> she has that grandmother effect on people. she just shows that she cares. >> by her seeing something in us, it cuts the light on or sparked a kindle within us and tells us maybe we're not that bad. >> you take the time to really listen to each other. >> reporter: suellen has helped develop and now runs a program here called reaching out from within. the program basically helps
prisoners work with one another to become kinder, more empathetic people. >> that's what it is about. seeing the side of each of us to pull the problems out. >> reporter: most admit they really need that help. the question is, what is suellen get from being here. >> i am addicted to personal transformations. >> is that possible, with the prison population, half these guys go back into prison after they get out. >> not our guys. >> reporter: what do you mean not your guys. >> over 90% of our people, when they leave prison, do not return. >> reporter: we checked. and she's right. although nationally the recidivism rate is about 50%. for prisoners who regularly attend her meetings, it drops to less than 10%. for that reason reaching out from within has now spread to every prison in kansas. and at least one other state is trying to replicate it, of course the problem there is,
there's no replicating suellen. >> what is most amazing is that you care for them. i look at that group and i see murderers, and robbers, rapists. >> it never occurs to me to look at them that way. i believe that every single human being has an angel and a beast inside of them. and the more we are willing to look at the beast, the more we are willing to hold on to that angel. >> reporter: so says this i the road in lancing, kansas. >> that's just wonderful. >> pelley: t is the "cbs evening news" for tonight. for all of us at cbs news, all around the world, i'm scott pelley. i'll see you sunday on "60 minutes." good night.
your realtime captioner is mrs. linda m. macdonald i was terrified like everybody else was. we were all on the ground. >> travelers running for their lives at l.a.x. and tonight, the ripple effect of today's deadly shooting is being felt at bay area airports. good evening, i'm ken bastida. >> i'm elizabeth cook. this story is still developing at this hour. it was chaos in l.a.x. terminal 3 after gunshots rang out just before 9:30 this morning. panicked travelers scrambled to safety. police say this man, 23-year- old paul ciancia killed a tsa agent and injured others. he was then shot multiple times, then taken to the hospital under police guard. witnesses say he was asking people if they were tsa workers. investigators say he was armed
with an assault rifle. a preliminary review of terror databases and watch lists found no connections to the suspected gunman. officials also say he isn't a text message -- sent a text message to a family member today saying he was going to kill himself. police went to his apartment but he wasn't there. we'll have more from l.a.x. in a few minutes, but first cbs 5 reporter mark kelly is live at sfo where security was beefed up and some flights were canceled. mark. >> reporter: many of these bay area airports are warning passengers tonight check your flight status before heading into the airport tonight or into this weekend. it has been a very hectic day for these passengers. they are facing canceled flights and an increased police presence at many of our airports. the mineta san jose security is tight as tsa tries to cut down on long lines passengers anxious to board planes. some passengers got diverted to san jose after