tv First Look MSNBC September 17, 2013 2:00am-2:31am PDT
it did not used to be this way. but more and more, this is part of how we live now. now it's time for "the last word" with lawrence o'donnell. . good tuesday morning. right now on "first look" -- it happened again, another mass shooting, 12 victims dead as washington and the nation mourn another horrific scene. the shooter, aaron alexis is among the dead. why did he do it. torrential rains and devastating floods continue to wreak havoc in colorado and new mexico. good morning. the nation is reeling from yet another deadly mass shooting, this time inside the nation's navy yard more than a mile from the capital. officials late monday revealed the alleged shooter had legitimate access to the navy yard. a shelter in place is lifted.
>> we feel comfortable that we have exhausted all needs to eliminate the possible last suspect. we feel comfortable that we have the single and sole person responsible for the loss of life. >> we will have more on that suspect, aaron alexis, in just a moment. this incident joins the shootings in fort hood, texas and aurora, colorado in size and death toll. jim miklaszewski has more. >> reporter: morning rush hour in the nation's capitol pierced by the wail of sirens. 8:15, the first reports that a gunman is on a shooting rampage at the navy yard. >> we have a report on the fourth floor, a male with a shotgun, multiple shots fired. >> patricia ward was in line at the cafeteria when the first gunshots rang out.
>> three gunshots. and then seconds later more. >> for sean carroll it was surreal. >> i was running and i heard gunshots. holy cow. it could have been way above me. i wasn't stopping to think what was going on. >> reporter: eyewitnesss report that the shooter took a position on the fourth floor overlooking a massive atrium. he opened fire on the breakfast crowd and at others on a third floor balcony area. witnesses report the gunman confronted a man and shot him at point blank range. most victims didn't see the attacker. a man walking right next to this
navy commander was suddenly cut down by gunfire. >> saying there is a shooter in your building. i heard two more shots. one hit him. he was shot in the head. >> reporter: 12 people were killed in the shooting spree. the gunman identified as a former navy reservist, aaron alexis, was also killed in a shootout with authorities. >> the response by uniform police officers was absolutely nothing short of heroic. >> reporter: the chaos paralyzed the city. nearby schools were locked down, highways shut down, the capitol closed and the nationals game postponed. medevac helicopters air lifted the wounded to the hospital. as the navy yard's employees streamed out of the complex many colleagues were helping each other to safety. at the white house president obama paid tribute to the fallen. >> they are patriots and they
know the dangers of serving abroad. today they faced the violence that they wouldn't have expected here at home. >> of the 12 victims, seven are identified at this hour. officials are trying to notify the families of the five other. d.c.'s mayor says the victims range in age from 46 to 73. a number of the victims were civilian employees and contractors. none were known to be active duty military personnel. among the eight injured three were shot including a police officer. they are expected to survive. this morning we are learning more about the accused gunman, aaron alexis. tracy potts is in washington with the latest on that. what can you tell us about alexis? >> reporter: he was a military
veteran, a navy petty officer, and also a reservist. he was a contractor and that's how he got legitimate access to the navy yard. he moved to this area about four months ago. they searched his car and his hotel trying to get more clues into what his activities were. and the fbi is reaching out to the public trying to figure out who he contacted, what he was thinking about, what he was talking about in these last weeks and months. we also know that on at least two occasions, he had run in-s with the law over guns in texas when he apparently shot his gun in an apartment building, it went through to another apartment. police talked to him about that. in washington state, nine years ago when he was accused of shooting the tires of a contractor who was in the parking lot of his building. so this is an individual, his family says he may have been suffering from ptsd, obviously concerns that he was very
disturbed prior to what happened here yesterday. >> tracie potts live in washington. thanks. turning now to colorado and the unpress tecedented flooding west. rescuers are hoping to get into the towns cut off by the rising waters. leanne gregg joins us live from boulder, colorado. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. the death toll has risen now eight people confirmed dead. the rivers and streams are still swollen. this is 4 mile creek. later today, the helicopter search will tip for those who are stranded in the mountainous areas. yesterday they made great progress. more than a step helicopters up in the air. most of the day when those afternoon showers did not develop. 12,000 people have been evacuated so far from ground and air rescues. 17 counties across colorado are flooded. more than 30 bridges have been
destroyed along with more than 100 miles of roads. and those numbers are rough. they're expected to increase. so is the fatality number. officials say when they are able to get inside the areas that have been flooded, they plan to look in the buildings, houses and ravines and they do expect those numbers to increase. the unaccounted number has diminished. now about 650 people. that number will likely go down as people are able to get cell service, power and can contact family members. again, more progress expected this week in that massive search in the western mountains. back to you. >> leanne gregg in colorado. thanks so much. now time for your first look at this morning's dish of scrambled politics. in light of the navy yard shoot willing, the senate has postponed a hearing on the so-called stand your ground laws. trayvon martin's mother sybrina fulton was scheduled to testify. new york city has a mayor's race on its hands at least. bill thompson conceded the
democratic primary to bill blaz i don't. he now faces joe lhota. the daly family dynasty is coming to an end in illinois. at least for now. former white house chief of staff bill daley is ending his campaign for governor. he says he didn't get a sense of the enormity of running for office up he got in it. senator mike enzi is hitting hard at liz cheney. he says cheney's opposition to a military strike in syria is a flip-flop. he says i try to stay a bit who are consistent than that. former secretary of homeland security john aetna poeith jane soon be living large. california has leased a home for her, its price nearly $10,000 a month. that's about $3,000 less than the current leader. well, he has spoken. on monday pope francis
encouraged the faithful to be politically active. his holiness says good citizens could not be uninterested in politics. and starting today, you can get your hands on a dozen luxury items once owned by jesse jackson jr.. among other things, the marshall service is auctioning off fur coats and caping as well as music memorabilia featuring the late great michael jackson. and that's your morning's dish of scrambled politics. turning back now to those torrential downpours that caused flooding across the region, some areas have broken records receiving nearly 10 inches of rainfall in the past week. officials say one person has been killed. and in southern mexico, tropical storms manuel and ingrid are responsible for at least 40 deaths in the forced evacuations of tens of thousands. for more on the national forecast, i'm joined by bill karins. when will the rain let up? >> not today. take a look at the satellite picture. it looks more impressive now
than yesterday. central mexico is just getting -- this is the mountainous areas, too. floor flooding, mudslides. as far as the lower 48, it's a cold morning in new england. temperatures down to 36 in burlington, vermont. so bundle the kids up. especially northern new england and northern portions of the great lakes. the rest of the country relatively quiet. we have light rain and showers near kansas city and spring field and tulsa this morning and also it will rain pretty good in south florida as we go throughout the day with showers and maybe a this morning. new england does recover nicely after a cold start. a nice beautiful finish with plenty of sunshine. so compared to what we dealt with in colorado, we'll take this. >> thanks so much, bill. well, on a much lighter note, gaming thrill seekers rejoice. "rolling stone" magazine says grand theft auto 5 will blow your mind. it costs $130 million to create. it has 240 licensed songs and
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the salvage is far from over. the gifers have to look for the bodies of the two missing experts and fix the hull before being towed away. but that won't happen before next spring. >> that time lapsed video is remarkable. thanks so much. now for your first look at business. we turn on smade see in a knowd general motors is working on an electric car. gm won't say when the car will be readily available. and never too early to think about holiday shopping. they predict they will rise less than in recent years as consumers remain cautious. the rush may start earlier. there are six fewer shopping days between thanksgiving and christmas. back to you. >> i don't even want to start thinking about holiday shopping yet. thanks so much.
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alabama at number one after their win over texas a and m. we have oregon, clemson, ohio state. then neb falls out raska falls completely. amazing putting heading into the home stretch. takes home $1.4 million. let's talk baseball. it went to the dogs. white sox in minnesota held the bark at the park in chicago. the special doggy ticket so popular they sold out and the pooches were happy especially that guy right there's thing cheese fries. >> isn't everybody happy eating cheese fries? >> i am. >> exactly. thanks so much. well, turning now to more serious topics, it's time for our first look at politics with kevin cirilli who joins us from washington. good morning. >> good morning. thank you for having me. >> so i want to start with the president's response to the shooting that we saw on monday.
he spoke briefly but then launched into a political attack on the republicans. was that a mistake? >> 11 times he referenced republicans in his economic speech yesterday. and i think many people were left wondering where was the consoler in chief. the person that we saw following the newtown tragedy. so he did acknowledge the events that were unfolding in washington yesterday, the horrific tragedy. but i think a lot of people were still wondering where was that consoler in chief. >> you mentioned the newtown shooting and in the wake of that tragedy, the nra responded by saying that the collusion to these kinds of things was having armed guards, a good guy with a gun. but in this case, there were plenty of good guys with guns around but it didn't stop it. does this control gun control advocates with a new political open something. >> given all the budget battles around the corner, i'm not sure there is an opening here. but senator dianne feinstein
yesterday, a key democrat during the last gun control debate following the newtown connecticut shooting, did say and renew her calls for gun control reform, but not many other politicians at least yet have followed suit. >> and turning to congressional democrat it, early this week larry summers withdrew from consideration as fed reserve chair because he can't have support from senate democrats. that's the second time in as many weeks that obama's own party has turned on him. the other being unauthorized military force in syria. so has the president lost his mojo here with his own party? >> possibly. five of the 12 democrats on the senate banking committee all indicated quietly that they would have opposed laterry summers. there was intense pressure coming from progressives that they would have opposed his nomination. so i think the president is in a tough spot not only with republicans but also his own party. >> kevin, thanks so much for
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the point is america's economy is back. the dow is reaching record highs. the housing market is rebounding. the auto industry exists. and even young people are finding good jobs in construction. >> miley cyrus. yet again the butt of jokes. we're here with first buzz. so richard, bribing kids? >> start of the school year.
k so the question is do you bribe your kids to get good grades? there was a "wall street journal" article discussing that very issue. and they're looking at so do you give them $5 if they get an a, maybe $4 for a b? >> is it a bribe or a reward? >> this which way which way do ? >> i say no because their job is school so they're expected to do well. >> if your kid is getting straight as, no money. but if the kid is struggling, you have to come up with something, right? >> the father that has the kid that the mother wrote this article said it's about developing value for good grades and if you start associating value with money, that's not good if. >> i agree with that. you want the incentive to be feeling good about what you're learning, about about accomplishing something. >> if i give and you million bucks to go take a physics class, you won't do it? >> research shows praise works the best. >> and if you have more than one kid, you get into problems with siblings.
so the guy is destroying his car? >> you buy $160,000 bmw and it doesn't work. you go to the dealer, they don't have lemon laws, this is in germany, so this is what he did to it at it a $160,000. >> is the insurance company going to pay with that some. >> he says he's done with it. >> that's an m-6. >> that's a wealthy man if you can smash your car up. >> and angry, too. >> an expensive therapy session. there is a video going make the rounds viral that is getting a lot of attention making people very emotional. it's not in english. it's a commercial for a cell phone company in thailand. it has gotten over 3 million views on youtube. basically a little boy gets caught stealing. a man shows compassion, pays for the items he's accused of stealing and 30 year later when this man is dying, the boy who
is now grown pays his medical bills. it's really sweet. it even melted my cold heart. this it t is "first look". "way too early" starts right now. he didn't come out of his room much. he played a lot of the online games where there was shooting all the time and we would joke with him about that sometimes because we were like, well, his computer screen was like life like, it was big. wow, you know, you're shooting people a lot, you knonoknow and would joke about that. >> there is something evil in our society that we as americans have to work to try and eradicate. there is something wrong here when we have these multiple shootings, these multiple injuries. there is something wrong.
the only thing that i can stay is we have to work together to get rid of it. i'd like you to put my trauma center out of business. i really would. i would like to not be an expert on gunshots. >> this morning we are learning more about aaron alexis and the shooting at the washington naval yard. we'll put it all together for you and look at what's next in the investigation. also in colorado, the numbers are getting worse. and hopefully today the news flow will get better out of bowl boulder. >> and cool time lapsed video of the entire process that cost about $800 million. this is "way too early". good morning, everybody. a little later we will actually bring and you compilation of eyewitness accounts