tv CBS Evening News With Norah O Donnell CBS May 16, 2022 6:30pm-7:00pm PDT
>> o'donnell: tonight, we're here in buffalo, new york in front of the tops supermarket where ten people were killed in what's been called one to have the deadliest racist massacres in u.s. history. as police revealed today, the suspected gunman visited this store two months before the rampage to plot his attack. terror in a grocery store. the f.b.i. and police pick up evidence as they try to learn more about why an 18-year-old, in full tactical gear, opened fire in a predominantly black area of buffalo. tonight, police uncovering new clues, over 500 pages of hate- filled plans, including what's bing called a march recon trip, and his goal to kill three dozen people at more than just this store. we have all the new details tonight. and the city in mourning.
vigils, prayers, our interview with a survivor. america's deadly weekend. the church shooting in california, and the man being hailed as a hero. baby formula shortage, our exclusive interview with the president of one of the largest baby formula companies in the u.s. and what he says his company is doing to ease the nationwide shortage. tonight's other top headlines, severe storms. tens of millions of americans in the path of dangerous weather. russia's latest defeat. and tonight we end with a prayer for peace and justice. this is the "cbs evening news" with norah o'donnell, reporting from buffalo new york. ♪ ♪ ♪ re >> o'donnell: good evening and
thank you for joining us for a special edition of the "cbs evening news." we're here in buffalo, new york, where we're learning new details about what happened inside this supermarket behind me, and we have new reporting tonight about what led up to saturday's deadly shooting. new tonight, authorities tell cbs news the suspect made multiple visits to the store ahead of his rampage. he called this grocery store "attack site number one," and he had plans to continue his shooting spree at two other places here in the city of buffalo. we're also learning tonight the suspected gunman taunted federal police online months ago. well, tonight, this is a community in mourning -- ten people were killed, three injured, eleven of them were black. those who are killed range in age from 32 to 86 and included a retired police officer, a substitute teacher and a grandmother of six. tomorrow, president biden will come to buffalo to grieve with this community. and it was a deadly weekend here in america -- the united states has seen 202 mass shootings so far this year, four of them happened on sunday.
we spoke earlier with buffalo's police commissioner joseph gramaglia, who'sbeen with the department for 25 years. when you learn that people like this suspect and others are learning this hate and sharing this hate online, hat do you want done? >> i don't know how you stop a lone person who just gets so embedded in this material that develops such hate for somebody. i don't know what you do with that kind of a person. it's absolutely pure evil. >> o'donnell: cbs news' jericka duncan is here to start us off. good evening. i know you have been here all weekend. >> reporter: yeah, to think about what you said at the top here, it wasn't just tops. he was looking to do damage in other places. the sheer number of people alone, ten is enough, but to know more people could have died is unfathomable. >> i kept hearing him closer and closer. >> reporter: tops cashier keyshanti atkinson says she was at work when the shooter opened fire.
she ran to a back conference room with co-workers and barricaded the door with a table. so you were saying be quiet. >> yes, so he wouldn't hear us. >> reporter: on saturday afternoon, police say 18-year- old payton gendron dressed in >> reporter: on saturday afternoon, police say 18-year- old payton gendron dressed in military-style camouflage and armed with a semi-automatic rifle, shot four people in the parking lot. he walked inside where he encountered a 55-year-old police retired lieutenant, aaron salter. >> he actually was able to shoot the assailant twice but had on a bulletproof vest and he lost his life in the process. >> reporter: the gunman shot a total of 13 people, killing ten. investigators say he had plans to go to another store after the rampage, but he was arrested. police also say he drove more than 200 miles from his home in
conklin, new york, to kill as many black people as he could. gendron pleaded not guilty to a charge of first degree murder. a cbs news source says the shooter described himself as a white supremacist online, even scouted out the supermarket in early march and visited the day before the shooting. >> seeing the video in my head, picturing her dropping to the ground over and over -- >> reporter: tramane bryce said he saw the video of his 32-year- old girlfriend roberta drury gunned down. >> i'm hurt. i won't see my baby no more. i'm hurt. >> reporter: drury was the youngest of the ten people killed. the oldest was 86-year-old ruth whitfield. >> we're mad! >> reporter: an emotional garnell whitfield says his mom stopped to buy groceries after visiting his father at a nearby nursing home. >> and what i love the most about my mom is how she loved us, how she loved her family,
unconditionally. >> reporter: 20-year-old tops employee zaire goodman suffered a gunshot wound to the neck. he did not want to appear on camera, but did want to share his story: what's the emotion you're feeling now? >> discomfort, sadness, maybe a bit of regret. >> reporter: regret? why? >> why, out of all the people that the three people that were spared, i was one of them. >> o'donnell: and jericka joins us again. jericka, i know you worked in buffalo for years. how is this community doing? >> reporter: they're trying their best to pull people together, they're offering counseling. they're coming together, as we've seen outside this tops, to help people in need of food. you know, this was a supermarket in the community that they worked over ten years to bring it in. the council, it took them six years, but the community had been complaining, and it's been here almost 20.
so you have that aspect. i just got off the phone with the mayor, and he talked about the children, the children who are confused, they're upset, they don't know what to make of this and said this is the time to let them know and remind them that love conquers hate. >> o'donnell: jericka duncan, thank you for all your reporting this weekend and today. today, employees of the supermarket met to get counseling at a local library. among them was harris stanfield, a cashier who was standing near her daughter. i understand you met with some of your co-workers. how are you doing? >> okay. it's about seeing each other, touching each other, for everyone who is there. >> o'donnell: tell me where your were saturday afternoon. >> i was at register 6 in the front end. i just finished cashing out a customer. >> o'donnell: and you hear gunshots. then what happens next? >> then we all paused. everyone in the front and
customer, associate, everyone alike paused. no one moved. and then we heard some more. we saw the security guard backing up and responding to the threat, so we knew that we were being hit, and we ran. >> o'donnell: and where did you run to? >> at first i didn't know where i was running. i got knocked to the side by a customer. >> o'donnell: where was your daughter? >> in the front. and i didn't know till i got to the back because i didn't look back. >> o'donnell: you must have been in sheer panic. >> i definitely was. i started yelling, "where's my baby, has anyone seen my baby, mia? do you know where she is, did you see her?" they were, like, "quiet, quiet, he's coming." because you could hear the shots getting closer. i had to calm down and regroup. >> o'donnell: how well did you know the officer who was the security guard. >> they kept saying it was aaron. i said that can't be him, he's usually not even here saturday afternoon. that's why i was so surprised it
was him. >> o'donnell: what was he like? >> he was a very nice person. he was very good at his job, very good. anytime we'd ask for help or felt there was a threat, he'd come and stay and show his presence which is what we need to feel safe at work. >> o'donnell: how are you feeling about the fact this 18- year-old targeted a store where you worked? >> i think it's horrible. i think it's horrible. i don't like to give my energy to things that -- these kinds of agendas, so i don't talk about that part as much as i talk about how we're going to keep moving forward from this.k about how we're going to kee we don't appreciate anyone coming into our community. he doesn't even live here, you know -- coming into our community, thinking he's going to stop us from being resilient, and he's just not going to get to do that, not here.
>> o'donnell: our interview with mrs. stanfield. and this just in, local authorities are investigating copycat threats made to other businesses here in buffalo. at least one arrest. late this afternoon the f.b.i. director chris wray called the shootings at the top "racially motivated violent extremism," this as we're learning more about the suspect's extensive online radicalization. jeff pegues. >> reporter: tonight the 28- year-old's online radicalization is becoming clear. the authorities are combing through a series of online posts in which he allegedly called the tops supermarket "attack area one" and said he was indoctrinated by racist propaganda he saw on extremist web sites during the covid lockdown. last year f.b.i. director christopher wray called such individuals the greatest terrorist threat in the country. >> because they act alone and move quickly from radicalization to action, often using easily obainable weapons against soft targets.
>> reporter: months before saturday's shooting, the f.b.i. had been funneling more of its resources to domestic terrorism cases which have more than doubled from about a thousand to around 2,700 investigations. while white supremacist propaganda has surged online, on the air waves and in print, according to the anti-defamation league, in 2021, hateful propaganda appeared in every state except hawaii with the highest levels reported in pennsylvania, virginia and texas. oren segal who tracks extreme activity for the a.d.l. say white supremacists have been recruiting by calling for a concept called the great replacement. >> you will not replace us! >> the concept being white people, whether white europeans or americans, are being replaced by immigrants, muslims, people coming from africa and arab countries.
>> reporter: it is a concept taking root in american politics. wyoming representative liz cheney today harshly criticized her fellow republicans for what she said is enabling racist ideology in their ranks. and these racist tirades are a common thread among mass shootings. from 2018 in pittsburgh to 2019 and now in gulf and now in buffalo. even now the a.d.l. says like minded people aren't condemning the suspect's actions. just the opposite. >> they learn from one another and prepare their social media at the same time that they're preparing their weapons. >> reporter: the investigation into the gunman who was in a cell here behind me continues. the f.b.i. is examining online postings that details close calls. one a speeding ticket he received during a reconnaissance mission. norah.
>> o'donnell: jeff pegues with all the new details. thank you. let's turn now to another mass shooting in america. over the weekend a gunman opened fire on a taiwanese congregation. 68 year old david chew is a chinese immigrant motivated by his hatred of taiwan. we learned the name of man killed california dr. john cheng is being hailed as a hero who was killed while trying to help others. and now to the baby formula shortage. the f.d.a. and abbott have come to an agreement to take steps to reopen a baby formula plant in michigan, closed since february. new formula could hit store shelves after about eight weeks. weeks away. we spoke exclusively with the second largest producers of
formula in the u.s. patrick sly, president of global nutrition at reckitt, is the maker of enfamil. parents are desperate. what is your company going to ramp up supply? >> for many months we increased production by more than 30% and are feeding more than 200,000 more babies a month than we were before. we're working closely with the administration and the f.d.a. to try to accelerate additional production and bring on a new facility. also, to secure additional raw materials that we need for our formulas to increase our production. >> o'donnell: your company makes enfamil, a very popular brand. what kind of ingredients are you having trouble getting because of supply chain issues? >> our products are almost pharmaceutical-grade products, and there are dozens and dozens of ingredients that go into our products. one example would be one of the oils that goes into our products
was impacted by what's going on in ukraine. as much as we want to increase the production, we know that we're taking care of a very vulnerable population, and safety is absolutely paramount. >> o'donnell: i think a lot of people are wondering how could this happen in america? >> it shouldn't happen in america. it shouldn't happen anywhere else for that matter, and i can assure you we won't rest, our teams won't rest until we get every baby in this country the formula that they need. >> o'donnell: the cost of baby formula is skyrocketing, up double digits in just the past double digits in just year. is your company profiting from the low supply? >> there are some unscrupulous people online that are profiteering from this. we are very disappointed to see that. i know the administration is taking that very seriously. >> o'donnell: does that mean your company is not raising prices?
>> we have not raised prices since the recall, absolutely not. >> o'donnell: i'm a mother of three kids. i know you're a father. i'm sure you hear about it from people in your neighborhood, in your community. people are really scared and worried. what advice do you have for parents? >> i certainly understand how they feel as a father of four and the stress they must be under. they can go on enfamil.com, we have a formula finder that can help them identify places to find our products and where it's available. they may not be able to find the exact format or size that they normally use the product. for example, they may not be able to find powder, and they may need to look at a liquid version, but i can assure them the nutrition in different formats is the same. i would also suggest that they talk to their baby's doctor. many times, the baby's doctor will have samples that can tide them over till product is available at a retail store. that's what i'm telling my
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america, a community rocked by senseless violence. what started as a typical saturday for buffalo, turned into a nightmare -- shoppers trying to get their bread, their milk, strawberries for a favorite shortcake dessert, their lives shattered by someone with hate in his heart. but as one resident in this community said, "we can't match his late, love must prevail." there's one story we've heard that is chilling -- 72-year-old katherine massey wrote a letter that appeared in the local paper here almost exactly a year ago, calling on the federal government to address gun violence in this country. on saturday, she became a victim herself, one of the ten killed and three injured. a local bishop had some poignant words here. he said, "we pray for guidance, pray for peace, pray for unity, but most of all, god, we pray justice be done." from buffalo, new york, i'm norah o'donnell. good night. captioning sponsored by cbs
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