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♪ what did we learn on the show tonight, craig? ♪ [meow] [laughter] craig: we always show that zombie whenever there are zombies on the show. right, geoff? geoff: yeah. yeah. craig: it is a thing we do. i have to say in a break with tradition, i thought tonight's show was actually pretty beep good. [applause] geoff: yeah. craig: how about that? [laughter] geoff: shows are better when you're angry. you're real angry. craig: no, i don't think that is what it is. geoff: well, what is it? craig: stop asking me questions. [laughter] geoff: what the hell, man
of today's murder/suicide. but first we begin with gary nurenberg who is following some breaking news. he joins us now with the latest on what is apparently the violent end of an intense manhunt for christopher dorner, the former l.a. cop accused of murdering police officers for revenge. gary? >> reporter: leslie, the end of this manhunt started with a home invasion by this rogue former cop on the run. seen later by fish and game rangers who try to stop him, get their car sprayed with gunfire as dorner runs into the woods and then into the house. a big gun fight. two sheriff's deputies hit, one of them dies. a standoff, tear gas fired into the house which then catches fire. a body found in the burned-out rubble, dorner now presumed dead. the owners of this truck described a man matching dorner's spot who stole it from them in the mountains east of l.a. when he was spotted by
officers, he repeatedly fired at them. >> he crashed the car and then took off into the forest. >> reporter: and into this house, which was soon surrounded by police. local cbs reporter cutter evans was 100 yards away listening to the extended firefight. [ guns firing ] >> reporter: two deputies were shot. >> one of our deputies was injured. he's being treated here at low loma linda. >> reporter: police fired tear gas into the cabin which caught fire and burned as firefighters kept people away from the ammunition exploding inside. >> it is falling apart. i can see the studs in the walls, the framing in between the flames, so we're looking at a destruction of this building at this point. and we didn't hear anything coming from inside that
building other than the ammunition inside exploding. we didn't hear any screaming, we didn't hear any yelling, but we did hear that one gunshot early on when this fire had just started. and again, the speculation around here was that that shot may have been a self-inflicted gunshot where the person inside was firing. that is the speculation among deputies here. of course, no one knows for sure. >> reporter: we do know for sure the body was found in the rubble. it is presumed to be dorner. the a.l. times reported that the s.w.a.t. team broke windows, put tear gas through the windows, got on a loudspeaker urging him to get out. they then brought in vehicles to tear down the house one wall by another as the fire engulfed it. we're learning details now, leslie. captain ed clark, former of the montgomery county police whoadvises agencies nationwide will be joining us in the second block to discuss police
tactics. >> it was an awful end but at least there is an end to it all. gary, thank you. tonight, grief stricken students and staff members gathered at the university of maryland. they held a memorial for the victims of the murder suicide that touched their community. kenny joins us live from the campus. >> reporter: this happened off campus but the shock waves are being felt throughout the maryland community. here at this chapel there was prayer for all three students involved, including the shooter, tonight. ♪ you're not alone >> reporter: there was song, prayer and remembrance. >> we hope that in this gathering, you may find some comfort and support. >> reporter: meanwhile, those with heavy hearts sit in the pews trying to make sense of the horror they've been left to deal with. >> it hurt me deeply. i would never imagine him angering anyone or anything like that to provoke something of this magnitude. >> reporter: outside the chapel, evan, a student and friend of stephen rane recalls
hearing the gunshots that led to the early morning terror in college park. >> it wasn't like a rapid fire. it was more sporadic shooting, maybe five shots. >> reporter: he then connected the dots and realized one of the dead students was his friend. >> when i found out it was stephen that was gone, it was terrible to find out. >> reporter: they didn't mention anyone by name at the memorial but included the dead shooter in their thoughts. the most emotional moment came from the president as he described the pain felt within the university of maryland community. >> our grief so intense. >> reporter: no doubt they stand in some bear allegiance to get through this brutal reality together. >> tonight, each of us seeks to ease our pain. how can we make sense of an act so utterly senseless, especially when it comes from one of our own?
>> reporter: investigators have not released the identity of that third student involved tonight. all we know is that he is a 22- year-old undergrad student at a local hospital being treated for gunshot wounds. he is expected to survive. as for university officials, they say they'll offer counseling to any student who needs it. we're live in college park, ken molestina, wusa 9. >> kenny, thank you. president obama stepped before a bitterly divided congress tonight making a new case for an agenda he says will create jobs and help the middle class and hoping that his newly won political momentum can shatter the partisan gridlock. derek mcginty is live from the u.s. capital where the president wrapped up the first state of the union of his second term. >> reporter: when the president made that walk down the aisles, the traditional walk down the aisle in the house of representatives, his pockets were literally bulging with all that political capital. tonight was an elaborate spending list of how he would like to have it spent. >> we can say with renewed
confidence that the state of our union is stronger. [ applause ] >> reporter: but the state of the union's economy and the middle class, the president acknowledged, could use some serious help. >> our economy is adding jobs, but too many people still can't find full-time employment. corporate profits have skyrocketed to all time highs, but for more than a decade, wages and incomes have barely budged. >> reporter: step one, the president said, fix the budget, avoid the sequester, reform indictments, but fairly. >> we -- reform entitlements, but fairly. >> we can't ask senior citizens to shoulder it and the middle class while asking nothing from the wealthiest and most powerful. [ applause ] >> we won't grow the middle class simply by shifting the cost of health care on the families already struggling or by forcing communities to lay off more teachers and more cops and more firefighters.
>> reporter: and the president also revealed the broad outlines of a comprehensive tax reform plan he says will create jobs and cut the deficit. >> the american people deserve a tax code that helps small businesses spend less time filling out complicated forms and more time expanding and hiring, a tax code that ensuresbillers can't pay a lower rate than the hardworking secretaries. >> reporter: he called on raising the minimum wage to $9 and challenged them to stop -- >> let's agree right here, right now to keep the people's government open and pay our bills on time. and always uphold the full faith and credit of the united states of america. [ applause ] >> reporter: well, the president may have said let's agree right here and now, but when he spouted that line. i noted the democrats clapped and speaker boehner and the republicans, most of them, sat
on their hands. as for the issue of gun control the president said, look, i know a lot of you won't be able to vote with me on this, but how about bringing it you'll to a vote, have an up and down vote. it wouldn't be the state of the union if he didn't have the reaction from the congress members who were in the audience on both sides of the aisle. >> the president spent so little time talking about the economic mess we're in, specific goals about getting the sequester delayed. instead spent all the time on gun control and climate change. i was surprised. >> i think he laid out very clearly the sequester approach across the board is not the smart approach. the smart approach is to look at the facts and make cuts where we can but not cut core programs central to our economy turning around. >> i'm concerned about how this affects our department of defense civilian employees, the furloughs they face, the reduction in salary they face, the families of our men and women who serve that have
deployments cancel. >> i'm hopeful we can work together with our republican colleagues to avoid the sequester. it's not going to be hard to do. it just requires the will. >> reporter: sadly, if you listen to all the members we talk to tonight, how you felt about this really did seem to depend on which side of the aisle you sat. republicans said it was more of the same, failed policy. democrats thought it was uplifting and wonderful. it doesn't give you a lot of hope that the gridlock is about to end any time soon. >> derek, thank you. we'll get back to more state of the union coverage. first, the l.a. police department is holding a press conference to talk about the breaking developments. let's listen in. [ speaking spanish) >> what police have said is
they found a charred body inside that california mountain cab inthat they believe -- cabin that they believe is the body of christopher dorner. if we get more information we'll go right back to that. right now we want to go back to the state of the union, because we want to know how you think the president did tonight. we wanted to know what our neighbors thought, so we invited some of them to the station for a focus group tonight. and debra alfarone watched the address with them. so deb, what did they thin ? >> reporter: leslie, we had a diverse group. some are working government jobs. some unemployed. dads, moms, resent grads -- recent grads. everyone is affected. everyone who came to watch had an opinion. >> the president of the united states. thank you. >> tell me your name. >> reporter: wusa 9 invited 16 people to watch and react to tonight's state of the union, from defense contractors to small business owners to union bosses to a vet and college
grad they listened intently making notes, then we gave them the mike. >> i think it's great he's going to try to work with the republicans, but boehner can't control his party. >> i think the most inspirational part was when he talked about the children, newtown, the whole issue about gun control. i think that needed to get resolved. >> i think it was important he shifted back to the economy. but like many probably here, my concern is with the 113th congress, with the trickle down politics and with sequester just weeks away, if nothing's done, which we get gridlock again and another lame duck congress, nothing's done, we stand to lose up to a million jobs. that will affect all of us in this room. >> i agree that there is this big divide, but he's still trying at all costs to eliminate that. >> good speech for you? >> very much so. >> i was more struck by what i didn't hear. >> what was that? >> i didn't hear what the
president is going to do to facilitate a deal that will avoid sequestration. >> and the biggest applause came when president obama said this. quote, the greatest nation on earth cannot conduct its business by drifting from one manufactured crisis to the next. we thank everyone who came in tonight to watch the address and react with us. leslie? >> all right, thank you, debra. florida senator delivered the puck's party response to the president's speech. here's some of it. >> as you heard tonight, his solution to virtually every problem we face is for washington to tax more, borrow more and spend more. this idea that our problems were caused by a government that was too small, it's just not true. in fact, the major cause of our recent downturn was the housing crisis created by reckless government policies. and the idea that more taxes and more government spending is the best way to help hardworking middle class taxpayers, that's an old idea
that's failed every time it's been tried. more government isn't going to help you get ahead. it's going to hold you back. >> we put the entire transcript of tonight's state of the union address on our website. just go to wusa9.com, and we've also got a photo gallery there from tonight. so today was absolutely gorgeous. tomorrow's going to be a tad different. >> a little different, yeah. 59 today. some snow tomorrow, but not a huge problem. i want to show you where the rain is. roanoke to knoxville to raleigh. that's where the storm is coming from and where it will head. it's going to be a southern storm that will move off the carolina coast. the problem is we don't have a lot of cold air. temperatures are still well above freezing, even north and west of town. still 41 in leesburg. 42 downtown. 37 in gaithersburg. i'm not buying that 30 in frederick. i suppose it's possible, but 35 in hagerstown and 34 all the way out in cumberland. so no one, very few folks will
get below freezing tonight. so the storm is certainly not worthy -- scale of one to ten, we'll give it a one. because any time you have a little bit of snow falling toward the evening, toward rush hour, it's not a good combination. but the roads will not be snow- covered. it will just be wet. mostly cloudy to start. temperatures 34 to 32. we'll come back and show youaccumulations and where the best chance to see covering on the ground or perhaps a few roads in a minute. tonight, we watched as the massive manhunt for former police officer christopher dorner came to an end. in just a little bit, we're going to talk to a former montgomery county police captain about the strategies used to bring the terror to a close. and up next, for the first time, we're going to hear from the mother of a little boy in alabama who was held hostage for near
>> for the first time we're hearing from the mother of an alabama boy who was snatched off his school bus and held hostage in a bunker for a week. little ethan gillman was rescued last monday. the fbi stormed the bunker and grabbed him and killed his captor, jimmy lee dykes. his mother tells dr. phil she noticed changes in her son since he returned. >> i know that he is having a very hard time sleeping soundly. he slings his arms and tosses and turns, and he's cried out a few times. >> tune in to dr. phil tomorrow where you will hear more from ethan's mom. she talks about what the ordeal was like for her. that's tomorrow right here on wusa 9 at 4:00. we want to talk more now, though, about the violent end to the california manhunt for christopher dorner with the
retired captain from the montgomery county police department who's consulting company helps law enforcement agencies nationwide. gary nurenberg is here with captain ed clark. gar ? >> captain clark, commander of the s.w.a.t. team in monday gulf of mexico ri county. at 11:06 tonight a -- montgomery county. >> anybody who quoted the l.a. p.d. as saying a body was found is dead wrong. a fire is still going, they said. they haven't entered the cabin. he denies the reports attributed to police by news agencies earlier tonight. captain clark, let me have you put our viewers in the mind of incident commanders at that scene. you've got a heavily armed, well-trained former cop with a 50 caliber semiautomatic and a pension for killing. what do you do? >> gary, officer safety is paramount in that situation. those men of the s.w.a.t. team are highly trained. they practice their tactics every day. they had a game plan, and they executed that plan in a tactical sense. they were looking for a
teleconference ti cal advantage -- tactical advantage when they came to the residence in an effort to have the individual come out on their own and surrender. >> at one point the l.a. times reported they broke a window and had a loudspeaker and said give yourself up before they tossed in the tear gas. apparently he didn't respond. any chance he was going to talk? >> i think we look at the history of this individual, probably not. he knew their tactics. he was a former l.a. police officer. may have been a cat and mouse game. but he was in control in this situation. >> you've got a big log cabin in the woods, a lot of woods. you put tear gas in, isn't it a guarantee the thing will burn to the ground? >> not necessarily. again, they're having to use that tactical advantage to make sure they can make a safe approach in an effort to make an entry and then retrieve the individual. >> what about the climate? saw a lot of snow on the ground. did that have any impact at all on their decision to actually go in and try to get this guy? >> gary, could have, because we know in the mountains if it's very, very cold, those men out there can only stand for a
certain period of time. they may have wanted to go in while the weather was still reasonable and they had daylight. they were looking for the best tactical advantage they could. the individual may have thought they would wait and make it a protracted situation but they seized the opportunity to moverapidly. >> captain clark, thank you very much. >> you're welcome. i'll toss it to topper who is talking about a little bit of snow. >> a little is the operative word there. just a little. conversational, especially d.c. south and east. a live look outside. our michael & son weather cam. fittingly we are showing you the capitol. here's the temp, only 42 right now. dew point 30. not a dry or cold air mass. winds out of the northeast at 7. they'll say east/northeasterly right on through the night. here's the system. it is kicking up snow in arkansas. this is arkansas back into oklahoma, but for the most part it's rain through kentucky and tennessee. if you look closely you'll see a little bit of mixed precipitation in the mountains
of north carolina. it will eventually move south of us. it's a good track, get off the north carolina coast and scoot offshore pretty quickly. high clouds are moving in, but remember, we will be dry in the morning. it's a dry morning commute and a wet evening commute. notice i didn't say snow- covered roads for the evening. just a wet commute. the rain will turn to a mix of snow by evening. but temperatures will be above 32 through 7:00. even well north and west of town. the best chance for falling snow will be between 6:00 and 10:00 p.m., primarily north and west. we'll keep it a trace to two inches. i think it will be closer to a trace to one inch. here's what we think will happen. maybe 9/10ths up in frederick. we've been doing this all winter, instead of talking about inches, talking about tenths of inches. certainly we'll see an inch or two west of the divide. there are advisories out for garrett county and down toward much of west virginia on the other side of the divide. tonight we're looking at clear skies early, then breezy and just chilly.
clouds come in late. by morning, mostly cloudy. light rain possible, 30s and 40s. by afternoon, rain. it will either turn to or mix with snow by evening. winds turn northeastly at 10:00. highs 40 to 45. when the precip starts to fall, temperatures will begin to drop back into the upper 30s. so we'll get a little colder once we skip to the late afternoon hours. it is going to be a 9 weather alert yellow tomorrow. mix to rain or snow, 44. notice the low tomorrow night downtown, still above freezing. great on thursday. nice recovery, 50. and sunshine on friday, temperatures in the mid-50s. colder over the weekend. arctic air rolls in. we'll keep the chance for snow showers on saturday and sunday. mild again monday and tuesday. wusa 9 continues after this.
they haven't won back to back games all season. coming off their biggest win yet, a 5-0 stomping of florida, they had something to work with tonight. a rematch. this time the caps visiting the panthers. this time the caps down two goals in the third, but they turn up the heat. eric scores off the deflection and less than three minutes later, alex -- all tied up. in overtime, didn't take long. 30 seconds in, troy gets a nice pass and gets his own rebound. three goals in 5 1/2 minutes. caps win back to back games for the first time this season. on the hardwood, virginia hosting virginia tech, and the nation's leading scorer, eric green. the cavaliers held green to just one point in the first half thanks to some nice 3's at the end of the night with 22. once again he could only do so much. the hokies allowed joe harris
to score 26 points. 73-55. nationals pitchers and catchers made their way to there were today. tomorrow they begin their spring training workouts. this is one of the most anticipated seasons. today the attention was all on gio gonzalez. he spoke publicly for the first time since being linked to a clinic that reportedly supplies performance enhancing drugs. he vehemently denied using p.e.d.'s. he said his father was once a patient at that clinic. and as i said the workouts start tomorrow. we will be there in the area starting tomorrow night. we will bring you all the news and stories from the nats spring home. before we let you go, a big happy birthday to rg3. it's his 23rd birthday. >> he doesn't look a day over 23. >> he's a baby. >> he is a baby. the best gift he could give all of us is to ge