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♪ welcome to our views on public television in america and around the world. we start with news out of germany where three gunmen are in the lives after shooting in a shopping mall that has left at least eight people dead and many injured. police have described the shooting as a rampage. police are telling people to stay indoors as the hunt and 10 is. james robin has our coverage. footage: this phone shows the moment a group of people run into gunfire on the streets of munich. [shots] around the shopping center, there was panic as people try to find some way to safety. armed police and special forces pull it in, but from the roof of this carpark, you can see what
appears to be a gunmen as shooting continues. what we are seeing here is ambulances, firemen and police, deserted.rea is the streets are now no cars just on the sides of the streets or they are blocked. people are running around. reporter: witnesses told police there were three gunmen armed of what appeared to be long barreled guns, possibly rifles. police quickly called this a terror attack. the dead bodies of several victims were found covered with -- covered as rapidly as possible. hospitals called in to staff to prepare for the possibility of large numbers of wounded. a german police spokesman said
security forces were treating this as terrorism. >> if someone walks into a shopping center with a long firearm, and considering what happened over the past few weeks in europe, it is justified to operate under this worst possible assumption, and is good we did so. we think there are up to three perpetrators. there are conflicting reports, but three perpetrators are on the run. all public transport in munich, a city of 4.1 million people, has been shut down. police are urging residents to stay indoors. at another shopping center, there were fears they might also he under attack. >> people came screaming inside the mall. sore was shooting outside, the security closed the door of this small and ask everybody to go upstairs on the fifth floor.
so this is where i am right now with about 150 other folks. we are asked not to leave the building. reporter: tonight, a state of emergency was declared across munich. the interior minister, in the ,ir on his way to an event woodhead home. president obama gave his first reaction. president obama: we don't know what is happening there, but obviously our hearts go out to those who may have been injured. it is still an active situation, and germany is one of our closest allies, so we are going to pledge all of the support that they may need in dealing with these circumstances. reporter: tonight, germany is in shock. the latest pictures show armed police inside of the shopping mall, unsure if the government may still be there. -- gunmen may still be there. it is blamed on jihadists.
it is also falling suspicion on far right extremists. this latest attack is not in doubt. a short time ago, i spoke to andrew plant at munich airport and asked him what he knew. >> we are at the airport. there is a lot of confusion, people coming here just to get back to their homes but tells -- told they cannot get the normal buses because the city center is closed and normal routes are not available. the latest as we understand it here, eyewitnesses are saying there were three men with guns. there are reports one of those has died. they have mentioned it. also potentially two men on the run. in the last 20 minutes or so, austrian police have been dropping in to help german colleagues. they are 50 miles away from the germany-austria border.
the last 10 minutes or so, they are beefing up border security, so a fear here this will be a manhunt for a very wide area. that is what they have to deal with. potentially two gunmen are being looked for over a much wider area that just munich. >> that was andrew plant reporting. we go live to berlin. damien mcginnis is there. germany's prime minister has been speaking. what has he had to say about the possible motive here? damien: it is very important not to jump to conclusions, because andrew said, the situation is so confused and so clear. we have this sudden and she miss attack, which was -- extremist runningwhich was people
in packs. they have not found the perpetrators, so cannot say what -- government officials have been saying they asked not to jump to conclusions and wait until the police have finished their investigation. the real event is not even finished, because they don't know if there is still danger on the street. what is going to happen next is that in berlin, the government is calling a crisis meeting. the ministers going together, the interior minister was on his way to america on holiday. soon as he lands on new york, his plan was all around -- will turn around. there are similar crisis talks in munich, run by the government there. all the available manpower as far as security is now heading to munich. this situation is far from clear. there is lots of fear and
uncertainty. police are saying don't go on the streets. residents are asked to stay at home, or in the restaurants or bars all. the famous beer halls in munich have been locked in, effectively. if there are perpetrators on the run, because as we now know, police are looking for up to three perpetrators. one of them might be dead. but the situation is still very is lotsflux, and there of uncertainty and fear about what might happen next. anchor: just briefly, germany is such a peaceful, secure country usually. how are people reacting to this unfolding manhunt? damien: there is a lot of uncertainty mainly because we don't know what the reason for the shooting was.
are, of course, fears this is another extremist attack carried out by the so-called islamic state. that was the case with the attack on monday. that is germany's worst fear, because we have had lots of very major brutal attacks in france over the past year. the fear of her, since then has going to happen here. on monday, the worry is about what this attack is. until we find the perpetrators, we will not know what the danger is of that shooting. but there is definitely fear and worry right now about what is going on in munich. anchor: thank you for joining us. use, am joined by shamus deputy director for the program on extremism at george washington university. over, andt completely there are contradictory clues. what do you make of that?
>> that is normal. it takes a while for information to play out. university, they killed 77 people. there are other signs like in france that point to homegrown terrorism. anchor: meanwhile, munich is a city in lockdown. what is the challenge for intelligence agencies as they try to look for more people who may be on the loose? seamus: they are locking down the city to do two things. it is a crime scene. you have together information and make sure there is no other perpetrators you have to be worried about. they are sweeping out the city. in a similar way to the boston marathon bombing a few years back in massachusetts. happened in attack a shopping mall, a classic public place were people were gathering on a friday night. in nice, we saw people watching fireworks. they were attacked. how can governments keep people safe when these attacks are so
common? seamus: that is a difficult thing when you look at these attacks. it is so-called soft targets. places where you cannot have law enforcement and other activities to stop these. we have seen some targets be the places that terrorist groups and other issues groups have focused on -- extremist groups have focused on. terrorists understand that if they attack there, they will shut the system of the public. -- shock the system of the public. anchor: the public, the only way to prevent it is prevailing's. what do you say? seamus: there will be a balance of security and free speech. this is the very difficult issue in the free sify -- society we have to deal with. the result of the ramification of more information, we have to weed through that ansi which we can access.
that to seehrough which we can access. anchor: this intelligence agency is structured. seamus: there is a bifurcation of law enforcement. you have vertical and horizontal. the local provinces and the federal government and federal police. it is difficult. it is not like other places in europe. it is similar to the u.s. with many different localities. anchor: germany's government has prevented a number of attacks recently. does it surprise you? seamus: they have been under attack for a month and a year yesterday. we've seen a number of attacks in the last year alone. you mentioned the acts attack monday. attack monday. they are forward leaning on these things. anchor: germany's prime minister says they have absorbed more
than one million refugees. how do they prevent a backlash in the wake of something like this, whoever is responsible? seamus: it will be a difficult dynamic, and it will come from top-down leadership and how merkel says the town. the question is reciprocal radicalization. does one far extreme fear the other far extreme? does it for you to the far right narrative and vice versa? how does that go with the german population? anchor: these kinds of attacks like we are seeing, are they the future? seamus: i think so. al qaeda and other groups are interested in complex attacks, but you are seeing more of this small-scale thing. it is the combination of radicalization and short acts. anchor: tonight, donald trump has responded to the attacks in germany, saying the rise of terrorism threatens the life of an organized people and must
stop. speechbig things in his to the republican national convention last night in cleveland. he made his pitch why he deserves to win the white house in november. we have this report. donald trump: i humbly and gratefully accept your nomination for the presidency of the united states. reporter: who would have bet on those words being spoken by this man? and what nationalistic fervor there was. donald trump: usa, usa. reporter: he paints a dark picture of the state of america, and talks about a time when crime was rampant. donald trump: i have a message to every last person threatening the piece on our streets and the safety of our police. when i take the oath of office next year, i will restore law
and order to our country. reporter: how he would bring this transformation, never tells how. he talked about similar miracles with the u.s. economy. donald trump: i am going to bring back our jobs to ohio and pennsylvania and new york and michigan and all of america. the world stage, america would play a much smaller role. he would pursue americanism, not globalism, and he touted the flames of foreign policy failure at hillary clinton. donald trump: the world is far less safe than when obama made the decision to put hillary clinton in charge of america's foreign-policy. [lock her up] reporter: lock her up, they cried. he said he would give people a voice. that he does not speak to
everyone. there are many others who find this populist message frightening. she was taken away. it is time to uplift the crowd and the friendlier refrain -- donald trump: we will make america safe again. and we will make america great again. god bless you, and good night. i love you. >> if people were feeling deflated before the speech, and it has been a chaotic convention, they are not now. few people can welcome crowds like donald trump. he is running cleveland tonight. now he has 3.5 months to convince the country. the race has started in earnest. a leader likeme donald trump stepped up and fixes this country. >> and what about you? >> he brings awesomeness back to the united states since reagan.
>> i thought he was fantastic. i thought he did a great job. reporter: those who already love him loved it last night. but to win, he needs to broaden his support significantly, and that is no small task. ways, the lines in the republican national convention read like a screenplay, with plagiarism and charges of a former rival come to take a stand. mitt romney's top strategist in 2012 has a new fictional novel entitled, it is nothing to fear. i spoke about the state of the republican party and the convention with him. it is not exactly a secret you are no found a donald trump. -- no fan of donald trump. would you have invented the drama of this convention? entire trump fantasy is too much. if you tried to write to it, it would be considered the aunt the
pale. here is -- beyond the pale. what if the candidate attacked the pope? it is too much. no one is going to -- he is the pope. but donald did attack the pokemon of the most religious states in the country -- did attack the pope, and one of the most religious states in the country, south carolina. i don't think this catches up with him. anchor: you surprised by the way he cast himself as the only person who can save america from impending doom? >> it is out of american tradition. the 1930's, america resisted, unlike many places, the turn to totalitarianism. trump is running as a strong man . we have never had this before. i think it is a miscalculation, because most americans don't consider crime of problem. it is not in the top 10 issues.
anchor: coming out of the convention, one of the other main themes was hillary clinton and the visceral dislike of her. how does the party unify? >> i don't think the party does unify. there is a trump party and the republican party. i don't know what they have in common. it is a huge crisis for the party. and i don't know where to go. -- where it will go. trumbull crash and burn, which there is overwhelming data to indicate he will. if you look at 2012, after they went through this process -- anchor: and throughout the reform. >> they did the opposite. anchor: say trump was right, and there is real unease about economic crisis, social change, and he wins the white house. what do do do then? -- what do they do then? there is athink
republican party. a different party would emerge. these are personal issues, he is very distant from what republicans have been for. he wants to get out of nato. he kisses up to putin. thee are all things republican party has been the exact opposite of. let's say he loses and the indicators are pointing out he is going to. what does it mean for the party that he got behind him, however much it did or did not in the first place >>? it depends on their attitude. if it is, we have to learn from this like any mistake, if you learn from it, you adjust. that can be a positive. but there has been this myth about elements of the publican party -- republican party that only if you were angry enough or yelled loud enough you could get these lost white voters. here are two data points.
ronald reagan in 1980 got 50% of the white vote and one is sleeping landslide. mitt romney got 15% -- 59% and lost. that country, as it was where you could win just with white voters, does not exist anymore. anchor: thank you for joining us. staying with the u.s. presidential election, we have a guessing game. who will take the white house in november? if you are looking for a hint, you might want to visit ottawa county, ohio. picked thethere have winner since 1964. we are going to see who they leave for now. >> in 1964, johnston. in 1968, etc.. 1972, nixon. 1992, clinton, 1996, clinton. 2008, obama. 2012, obama.
county is in turmoil in terms of how they think the best way to grow economically will be. it is a very unique cycle. there is a shiny, new, different kind of candidate on the scene. >> i voted for obama. i believed in what he had to say. i kind of feel bad about that now. the country has been run by politicians too long. it is time to put a different man in office. >> i think he says how we feel. he does not sugarcoat it. it is what it is. that is how most of us feel around here. >> forget having to say the right thing all the time. let's just be truthful. mood ofe described the the voters as very upset with washington. there was a lot of promises, but no jobs created.
we are looking for somebody that can actually do that. >> what concerns me is that many democrats in ohio and in our county voted republican in the primary. here isg to keep jobs the most difficult, you know, challenging. keeping people here is even more of a challenge, because you want to go where there is jobs. whoever is selling the best economic outlook. in the past i would say, having the same president over the past two cycles, democratic for sure. but people are fed up with government in general and the way things are running and overall politics. >> i do think that it is simply a concern for their futures and the desire to see something different. i cannot imagine we are going to vote for the next president out of a place of fear. and i hope ottawa county will
continue their street, -- streak , and we can talk about this in another four years how we kept the dream alive here. anchor: the feelings of the voters there in ottawa county, ohio. they have picked the president pretty much successfully every election, so you have got to listen to them. a reminder of top stories. breaking news out of germany. three gunmen are on the loose in munich after a shooting at a shopping mall which has left at least eight dead. the shooting is described as a rampage. people are told to stay indoors. german officials say they cannot rule out it is linked to terrorism, but cannot confirm it either. they are investigating. that brings today's forecast to a close. you can find more on the website . to reach me and the bbc team, go to twitter.
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captioning sponsored by newshour productions, llc >> woodruff: good evening. i'm judy woodruff. on the newshour tonight, the political spotlight shifts to the democrats, and hilary clinton's pick for vice president. after donald trump pledges to bring law and order to a nation he sees afflicted by crime and violence. then, the desperate journey of women and children on the seas off the libyan coast, risking it all for a better life. they are all crying, the kids are screaming, they're babies. and the women seem quite in shock. >> woodruff: and, mark shields and david brooks analyze american politics, with one convention down and one to go. all that and more, on tonight's pbs newshour.