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captioning sponsored by cbs ♪ ♪ ♪ >> o'donnell: tonight: president biden gets emotional while visiting buffalo, as we learn new details about the shooter's plan to attack a predominantly black elementary school. and the call on americans to reject the lie of the rhetoric. >> we cannot remain silent. >> o'donnell: plus, the very latest in the investigation, and the other targets the suspected gunman considered, including hasidic jewish communities in new jersey. election day in america. the biggest primary night so far. and all eyes are on the trump factor. does the former president still control the republican party?
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baby formula crisis: two children with special medical needs hospitalized amid the shortage. the new details tonight. plus the major manufacturer airlifting in supplies. breaking news: covid boosters authorized for kids. all the details parents need to know. and one million covid deaths, and the hundreds of thousands of children who lost a parent in the pandemic. tonight's other top headlines: the drug smuggling tunnel found on the southern border stretching the length of almost six football fields. 400 u.f.o. encounters the pentagon's newly declassified intelligence. plus the memorial day weekend travel forecast you're going to want to hear. and finally tonight, one woman's run for the record books. her inspirational story from cancer survivor to marathoner. ♪ ♪ ♪ this is the "cbs evening news" with norah o'donnell, reporting
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tonight from new york. ♪ ♪ ♪ >> o'donnell: good evening, to our viewers in the west, and thank you for joining us on this tuesday night from new york. we're going to begin tonight with the disturbing new details in the investigation of that buffalo supermarket massacre. cbs news has learned that the suspect was considering other targets, including elementary schools, churches, and hasidic jewish communities in new jersey. the suspected shooter remains behind bars tonight, and president biden traveled to buffalo, new york, today, to meet with grieving families, offering them comfort and support. the president and first lady placed flowers at a growing memorial near the tops supermarket. and in a speech, president biden issued an impassioned plea calling on americans to reject hate. and those who pedal and promote the racist conspiracy known as replacement theory. there is a lot of news to get to tonight in the investigation, but cbs' jericka duncan is going to start us off. good evening, jericka. >> reporter: good evening, norah. as i stand here right now, there are vigils happening to my left and to my right, right outside of the supermarket where that massacre occurred.
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you know, earlier today, president biden told about 70 family members of those who lost loved ones that democracy was in danger. he said that hate and fear had been fed too much energy. but he also ended on this positive note. he said that hate will not prevail. >> white supremacy is a poison. it's a poison. ( applause ) >> reporter: today, president biden called saturday's massacre an act of domestic terrorism. speaking to a community in pain, he condemned the racism that drove a gunman to target black people at a buffalo supermarket, killing 10 and wounding three others. >> we need to say as clearly and forcefully as we can that the ideology of white supremacy has no place in america. >> reporter: the president spoke about each victim. >> andre o'neil, 53, went to buy his three-year-old son a birthday cake. >> reporter: he later hugged the three-year-old after speaking
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with some of the families to listen and console, bringing comfort to vyonne elliot and his daughter, lynda. >> my uncle's story and what happened wasn't just kicked under a rug like it meant nothing because it meant a lot. >> reporter: do you think things will get better moving orward? >> it will take time. like you said, ain't nothing going to change overnight no one. we all need to change, like i said, come together to make that change. >> reporter: this morning, the president and first lady visited the site of the shooting where they placed flowers at a growing memorial. based on his online postings, the shooter appeared to go inside tops grocery store multiple times on march 8 and again the day before the rampage, monitoring the busiest times of day at the store. this photo shows two of the three weapons the accused gunman brought to the attack. it was covered with writings which included a racial slur and the phrase, "white lives matter." eight-year-old londin thomas was at the store with her parents when the shooting started. she hid with her father inside a
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milk cooler until they were rescued by police. >> i was really scared. like, i was scared for my mom. >> reporter: but 65-year-old celestine chaney did not escape. she was shopping for ingredients to make a strawberry shortcake with her sister joann daniels. they were about to exit the store when they heard gunshots. >> people running in. they were running in, and they-- i guess they ran over her. so i reached down to try to pick her up. and she said, "go ahead, go ahead, i'm coming. i'm coming." >> reporter: chaney was a mother, grandmother, and cancer survivor. her life is now a reminder to her sister to live. >> i thought she was behind me. but she wasn't. so... she saved my life because i was going to stay there with her. >> o'donnell: oh, my goodness, jericka. i know you spoke with family members of the victims after they met with the president.
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today. what did they tell you? >> reporter: they said that they needed that. they know that the president's visit doesn't bring their loved ones back, but it helps. and you know the president even leaned in on his own experience with loss, telling the crowd that there will come a day when a memory of their loved one brings about a smile instead of a tear. norah. >> o'donnell: jericka duncan, thank you so much for your reporting. we want to turn now to the investigation as federal authorities are combing through hundreds of pages of the suspect's writings in the months and days prior to the attack. cbs news has learned that some of the writings include other possible targets, such as elementary schools, churches, and hasidic jewish communities. the postings also provide a detailed timeline of the shooter's planning. we get more now from cbs' jeff pegues. >> reporter: f.b.i. agents continue scouring the tops grocery store, piecing together the shooter's movements during the attack. they are also poring over writings the suspect kept online. cbs news has reviewed the
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postings, which sources believe to be authentic. the writings run over 600 pages and indicate that he was radicalized and starting planning five months ago. in january, the suspect identified the rifle he wanted to purchase. he was able to buy it legally, despite undergoing a mental health evaluation after making disturbing comments at school about murder and suicide. >> he fell through the cracks but he should have been put on a-- on the nics and flagged not to be able to purchase a gun. >> reporter: in february of this year, three months before the attack, he first mentioned the tops grocery store writing, "damn, that is looking good." he called tops "attack area one" and cited two other possible targets. according to the suspect's posts, he drove to buffalo on march 8 to look for targets, got a speeding ticket, and even sketched diagrams of the tops grocery store.
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katherine schweit, a former f.b.i. agent who investigated mass shooters, says they are nearly impossible to find online. >> the internet is as big as the grains of sand on the ocean beaches. how do we collect that? what do we do with it? >> reporter: the writings were found on discord, a chat room host where users create groups for certain interest. >> discord chat rooms are private and encrypted which means your friends group, your interaction circle is unique to you. discord other and people cannot simply scan and see the content in that chat room. >> reporter: sources say that law enforcement did not know about the writings before the shootings, and they need tips from the public to go searching. >> unless the american people get their head out of the sand and find a way to be aware of their children, their neighbors, and their coworkers, we're never going to solve this problem. >> reporter: in those writings online, the suspect wondered why the f.b.i. wasn't on to him.
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that was about two weeks before the shooting. the suspect's alleged writings speak to motive and will play a role in potential hate crime charges. norah. >> o'donnell: jeff pegues with all those new details, thank you. turning now to sunday's shooting at a taiwanese church in california. the suspect made his first court appearance today. prosecutors say 68-year-old david chew of lives was motivate david chew of las vegas was motivate by his hatred of taiwan when he opened fire. investigators say chew chained the church's doors shut and then used super glue to disabling the locks before starting his rampage. we're also getting our first look inside the church as parishioners fought back and detained the suspect preventing an outcome that could likely have been much worse. all right, in a victory, russia appears to have secured mariupol today. ukraine called on its soldiers there to stop fighting. more than 250 soldiers, some
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severely wounded, have been evacuated to russian-held territory. ukraine hopes to get them back in a prisoner exchange. all right, turning now to politics. it's primary day in five states today. voters headed to the polls in pennsylvania, north carolina, kentucky, idaho, and oregon. ras and whether former president trump's endorsement will help a celebrity doctor turn political candidate. >> reporter: voters headed to the polls early here in pennsylvania, a key battleground state. the main event is the republican senate primary election where, in the final days, the three top contenders have been locked in a tight race. celebrity doctor mehmet oz won trump's backing but faces competition from businessman and former george w. bush administration official david mccormick. and from conservative commentator kathy barnette, who
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has surged in recent days. oz remains confident. >> the good news is i'm leading in the race. >> reporter: but barnett has won support with her anti- establishment message. did former president trump pick the wrong person in this race? >> absolutely. he is-- he is-- he is not jesus. so he gets to be wrong. and on this, he's wrong. >> reporter: barnette has also faced scrutiny about past statements that were anti-muslim and homophobic. some voters say they won't listen to trump, even if he remains their favorite. >> i love president trump. he did a lot of great things for the country. but sometimes former president trump just doesn't pick the correct people to surround himself with. >> reporter: many pennsylvania democrats have been rallying around the front-runner for their senate nomination,
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lieutenant governor john fedderman, who suffered a stroke last week and is receiving a pacemaker today. in north carolina, another trump-endorsed candidate, first- term congressman madison cawthorn, is under fire following a string of controversies from clashes with colleagues to brushes with the law, including bringing a loaded gun to an airport. party leaders are closely watching the philadelphia suburbs, knowing the dynamics here are often a bellwether of the political drift in this state now and ahead of 2024. norah. >> o'donnell: robert costa, thank you. now to the impact of the nationwide baby formula shortage. we're learning for the first time about children hospitalized because they were unable to get a specific formula. two kids, one a toddler the other a preschooler, have special medical needs and rely on a formula made by abbott. they were treated with i.v. liquids at a hospital in memphis.
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one child was discharged today and the other remains hospitalized. and nestle announced it's stepping up its shipments of gerber formula flying it in from its plants in switzerland and the netherlands. they will import two brands for babies intolerant to cow's milk protein. in more medical news, the f.d.a. authorized pfizer's covid-19 booster shot for 5-11-year-olds. the c.d.c.'s scientific advisers are scheduled to meet on thursday to decide whether to formally recommend those children get booster shots. if the advisers agree, boosters for elementary-aged kids could start as early as friday. well, the pandemic has had a profound impact on america's children. as we mark the once-unthinkable milestone of one million covid deaths, it's estimated more than 200,000 kids in the u.s. have lost a parent or caregiver to the virus, leaving them vulnerable.
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we get more now from cbs' manuel bojorquez. >> reporter: as an emergency medical technician near miami, 23-year-old kenia penalba comforts her patients but was powerless to do the same for her own stepfather, rudolpho, when he was hospitalized with covid last august. >> he had to get intubated and as soon as he was intubated his organs started failing and we were told he had a day or so left to live. i had to say good-bye on facetime because they wouldn't allow visitors due to the pandemic. >> what's worse, her mother, ivis, was sick with the virus, too. >> she died two days after. >> penalba was left to care for her 13-year-old brother, lazaro, and 90-year-old grandmother paulina. >> i never expected to lose them. they were my best friends. i was like this with my parents. so, obviously, that's the hardest part. i never thought i'd have to live without them. so that was my low, realizing that they're gone. >> as soon as i heard my mom
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died, i just, it broke my heart in a million pieces. >> reporter: lazaro is now among the more than 214,000 children in the u.s. who have lost a parent or primary caregiver to covid-19. experts say the loss of a parent can be linked to an increased risk of substance abuse, dropping out of school, depression, and suicide. penalba has become the head of the how farred, managing a full- time job, giving insulin shots to her grandmother, and ensuring lazaro stays on top of his homework. >> did you shuffle them? >> i can't really go on a vacation or anything like that. and that hurts me, i guess. but ultimately, they matter the most to me. so i don't mind sacrificing those things. >> reporter: and it's appreciated. >> she is exactly just like my mom. >> reporter: she's like your mom? >> yes. >> reporter: i mean, that's the important thing is to have each other, right? >> exactly. >> reporter: manuel bojorquez, cbs news, florida city, florida. >> o'donnell: we are thinking of all those families.
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and still ahead on tonight's "cbs evening news," a tunnel found under the u.s.-mexico border, and the massive amount of cocaine, meth, and heroin found inside. and congress gets serious about u.f.o.s. what's being said and what can't be explained.
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tonight fire crews are battling a brushfire near the historic griffith observatory. the fire is being fueled by the severe drought and windy conditions. all right, six people are under arrest tonight after u.s. authorities discovered a drug tunnel between san diego and tijuana. the tunnel, the length of six football fields and six stories below ground, has rail tracks, ventilation, and electricity. law enforcement seized more than 1,700 pounds of cocaine as the u.s. attorney said there's no more light at the end of this narco tunnel. u.f.o.s are unexplained, it's true, and they are real. that was the word today from the head of a congressional subcommittee looking into unexplained aerial phenomena. the hearing was spurred on by several mysterious videos like this, taken by u.s. military pilots. well, the committee stressed the matter is a national security issue and that u.f.o.s could be the product of foreign adversaries. okay, memorial day, the start,
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unofficial start of summer, is right around the corner, and a.a.. warns a lot of people will travel. nearly 35 million drivers are expected to hit the road. air travel is expected to jump 25% over last year. thursday will be the busiest. all right, coming up next, one woman's journey from cancer patient to world record holder. i'm on a mission to talk to people about getting screened for colon cancer, and hear their reasons why. i screen for my son. i'm his biggest fan. if you're 45 or older at average risk, you have screening options, like cologuard. cologuard is noninvasive and finds 92% of colon cancers. it's not for those at high risk.
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>> o'donnell: when a phoenix woman decided to live a life without limits, she gave herself a huge personal challenge-- a run for the record books. cbs' mark strassmann has her inspirational story. >> reporter: marathoners typically run on two legs and grit. jacky hunt broersma does it on one. >> i didn't want to be an amputee. i was like this is not my life. i'm just going to be normal. >> reporter: 20 years ago, at age 26, the south african native got bone cancer, a tumor near her left ankle. >> within three weeks i went
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from cancer diagnosis to having my leg amputated and i was like, no, i'm going to fight this. >> reporter: from the beginning your mind said this will not limit me. >> i was very stubborn. ( laughs ) still am. >> reporter: but you need beyond stubborn to run marathon after marathon day after day, jackie's journey this year, in all, 104 marathons in 104 days. she raised almost $200,000, enough to buy running blades like hers for 50 para-athletes. people are going to look at you and go, "are you raze?" and go, "are you crazy?" >> i had to, like, convince myself, yes, this is crazy, but you can do it. >> reporter: so your messages we're all capable of so much more? >> yes, that's exactly my message. you go and try something hard, something personal to you. >> 102 marathons in 102 days. >> reporter: jacky hunt broersma challenged herself and stuck to it for the long run. mark strassmann, cbs news, phoenix. >> o'donnell: i am in awe.
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