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captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: good evening, los angeles international airport is one of the busiest in the world, as many as 175,000 passengers pass through its terminals every day. on this day at midmorning a man walked into one of those terminals, took a semi aubling rifle out of a bag and started shooting am by the time it was over one man was dead, the first tsa officer ever killed in the line of duty. six other people were rushed to a hospital. at least one of them is in critical condition. the suspect is identified as 23-year-old paul ciancia of los angeles who has roots in new jersey. he is wounded and in custody. a note found in his bag may hold the clues to a motive. john miller will have more about that but first carter evans is at lax for us this evening. carter?
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>> reporter: scott, terminal 3 is still shut down. many of the roads in and out of lax are closed. and stranded passengers are scattered all over the airport as the investigation continues. the police calls began at 9:20 a.m. in the middle of the morning rush at los angeles international. >> black blue or dark clothing. >> reporter: passengers inside terminal 3 describe shots and then a stampede of terrified people heading toward doors leading out to the tarmac. >> 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 auction rifle out of its bag. los angeles police chief. >> he pred up into the screening area where tsa screeners are and continued shooting and went past the screeners back into the airport itself. >> reporter: the gunman shot four tsa officers killing
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one. he then moved down the long term nal 3 concourse toward the gate area. some passengers who couldn't get out of the terminal packed into rest room 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 stationment and he was able to get back there. >> reporter: photos taken by passengers show blown out store window os. we spoke to witness billy beehr on the phone, he saw the gunman. >> he was walkingment 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. >> reporter: these photos were taken moments after police shot the gunman. you can see his rifle on the floor.
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this man who matches the description of the gunman was wheel mood a los angeles hospital. outside terminal 3 paramedics assisted the wounded including this tsa officer who appeared to be unconscious. many passengers described a moment of disbelief when they first heard the shots. people locked themselves in airline offices. they scrambled for cover under airline ticket counters and scott, one couple told us they ran for an exit door on to the tarmac and hid under a plane. >> pelley: carter, thank you very much. 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? >> 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
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terminal. he's got the gun in a garment bag. he takes the rifle out o 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 am 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
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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 was'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 2 of-- 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.
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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
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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 o 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: who is to-- 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 30s 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.
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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
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really-- released enrollment fillings because the numbers have to be checked and accurate and he downplayed expectations. >> let me just tell you now, november 1st. 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 blew into the east. when the "cbs evening news" continues. when i first got shingles it started on my back.
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from 2011 to 2012 when it was reported that german chancellor's phone was being listened into by the nsa the white house said the president didn't know about that. now that we've seen all the testing of the affordable care act computer system that crashed before october 1st, the white house says the president didn't know any of that was happening. how does the president not know about these things? >> there is so much information that comes into the white house. and it seems as this continues to role out that very few people knew, if anyone knew the breadth of this challenge. and so, so why would you to the bring it to the president? well, if the white house staff really didn't know how bad it was, and my sense is that's probably the case, then you wouldn't say to the president, oh, we think this is screwed up. >> pelley: what pont does the president say this is the most important thing my
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>> pelley: the storm that damped a foot of rain in texas moved east with a furry overnight. a tornado tore through a barn in dayton, ohio. in buffalo, new york, trees and power lines came crashing down on cars. thousands of people lost power. 60 mile an hour winds churned up the waves on lake erie. few illegal drugs have destroyed as many lives as methamphetamine. 12 million americans have used it. nearly 5% of the population. it's often made from cold medicine in makeshift labs. police have tried everything to stop it but now a small drug company believes it has a solution and it's putting 45 million coupons in the sunday papers to sell its product. jeff glor has a look. >> jeff: for nearly 20 years missouri has been in the middle of the country's methamphetamine epidemic. and so has sergeant jason grellner, commander of the franklin county narcotics
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unit. >> i'm way tired of doing this. my people are tired of doing this. this isn't manpower intensive t eats budget. >> he believes a new pill called zephrex-d could be the answer. >> if a product like this is the on one available, meth labs go away. >> go away, the end. >> jeff: users and dealers make meth using the sinus medicine pseudohe fed recent and a combination of household chemicals that often explode. in recent years new laws have limited the number of pills a person can buy. but the problem hasn't gone away. >> it's gotten very, very portable. it's gotten very, very small but still very, very dangerous. meth will bes have always been a fire and explosion hazard but not like we very seen in the last few years. >> jeff: in 2012 there were more than 11,000 illegal meth labs seized in the u.s. >> you're a patent attorney who is waging a meth war. >> yes. >> jeff: into that epidemic stepped linda lewis, a lawyer representing highland pharmaceuticals, a 14 person
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operation just outside st. louis. >> i looked at what i was seeing in my neighborhood and my community and i thought if a local business could help the community here. >> highland pharmaceuticals began making pills for pets. but lewis was convinced technology that evolved from that could be applied to pseudohe fed recent t worked because of its pastey consistency zephrex-d can't be ground into powder, the first step in making meth. and the suedeauepedrhin would cost too much to convert. >> no matter which which you try to convert it into methamphetamine is not a voyable solution for meth kansas cities. >> you sound like a pharmaceutical salesman when you say that, you know that. >> i am a salesman for ending meth labs and i will go about it anyway i can. >> jeff: grellner says that tinny highland pharmaceuticals has succeed at something that major drug manufacturers say can't be done, macking a meth-proof
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drug that works. as of this month, zephrex-d is available in 15,000 stores nationwide. jeff glor, cbs news, franklin county, missouri. >> pelley: in rushville, illinois, folks who like their doctor will not be able to keep him but that has nothing to do with the new health law. dr. russell donor who is now 88 has been looking after the people of rushville since 1955, charging just $5 for an office visit. dean reynolds who introduced us to the doctor last year tells us he retired today. another octogenarian who is also in the healing business shows no sign of retire-- retiring, steve hartman with another "on the road" next. >> tonight's "on the road" segment is sponsored by aleve, two pills, all day segment is sponsored by aleve, two pills, all day strong, all day long. she's agreed to give it up. that's today? [ male announcer ] we'll be with her all day to see how it goes.
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>> pelley: we end the week with one tough grandma, she's done a lot of time in prison to make sure that other folks don't. steve hartman met her "on the road" >> 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
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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.
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>> 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 guy goes back into prison after they get out. >> not our guys. >> reporter: what dow 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 sul ep-- suellen. >> what is most amazing is that you care for them. i look at that group and i see murderers, and robbers, rapists.
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>> 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 guardian angel who is determined to exercise-- exorcise the beast out of inmates as old a grandma can. >> thank you so much. >> reporter: steve hartman, on the road in lancing, kansas. >> that's just wonderful. >> pelley: and that is the "cbs evening news" for tonight. for all of us at cbs news, all around the world, i'm scotts pelley. i'll see you sunday on "60 minutes." good night.
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