America's Newsroom   7/29/19  | FOX News Today July 29, 2019

America's Newsroom 7/29/19 | FOX News Today July 29, 2019



this morning stunning video of chaos at a California festival after a gunman opens fire when the shooting was over three people are dead including a six-year-old boy plus the shooter police searching for a possible second suspect tough story to begin the week hope you had a good weekend I'm Bill Hemmer live here in New York City as we begin a new and Sandra good morning to you good morning good morning everyone I'm Sandra Smith gunshots ringing out at the Gilroy Garlic Festival an event known to draw more than a hundred thousand people to the city police say the gunmen got around security by cutting through a fence and began firing at random it just started popping off like fireworks it sounded like firecrackers then there was a point of silence and then there was another reload to seem like a reload and we heard 30 more rounds semi-automatic yeah he had a rifle he had along officers were in that area and engaged the suspect in less than a minute we have one suspect we know that is down we have some witnesses reporting that there may have been a second suspect but we don't know if that suspect was engaged in any shooting or whether they may have been in some sort of a support role 6:00 a.m. in California the sun's coming up on a new day there and a tough one that is Claudia Callan live in Gilroy for the latest from there Claudia oh good morning bill police are searching for a motive as well as for a possible second suspect after a day of fun and food turned into an afternoon of panic and bloodshed thousands of people including many many families with kids were enjoying the last few hours of the famous garlic festival here when the happy scene turned into absolute chaos witnesses say a man with a rifle opened fire stopped to reload and then fired again some say they heard as many as 50 shots and thought at first it was fireworks people took cover under music stages and behind food tents others ran for their lives and say it was like a stampede witnesses say the shooter was a tall young man who wore camouflage and fired into the crowd at random the police chief says the suspect managed to get around the security screeners and metal detectors at the entrance by breaking through a perimeter fence and sneaking in that way Gilroy police are always a heavy presence at this annual three-day event and when the gunman opened fire officers engaged him in less than a minute fatally shooting him the crime scene has remained active overnight as investigators followed up on reports that the shooter had someone with him but that person's role is unclear and there has been no description as for the gunman's weapon police will only say it was some kind of rifle the head of the Garlic Festival expressed his heartbreak at seeing such a beloved and family-friendly event become the site of the nation's latest mass shooting we have seen this event in this way this day is just one of the most tragic and sad things that I've ever had to see and we all feel so upset for those that are impacted friends families neighbors it's just a horrible thing to experience and we couldn't feel worse he and city leaders will now have to take a really hard look at security surrounding this annual three-day event no doubt there will be questions about whether more could have been done to prevent this tragedy but bill the priority right now this morning finding that second possible suspect and we hope to get more information from police at a briefing in just about four hours so we will bring it to you when we get it thanks Claudia Cowan on that Gilroy killer meanwhile Canadian authorities could be closing in on two teenagers wanted in the murders of an American woman her Australian boyfriend and another man police zeroing in on a remote area after a possible sighting of the suspects Dan Springer is live with the latest details on all of this dan good morning good morning Sandra this manhunt started more than a week ago in the trail had gone fairly cold the last confirmed sighting was in Gillam Manitoba seven days ago but then yesterday two men matching the description of the suspects were seen rummaging through a dump site in York Lanny Manitoba that's about 120 miles west of Gilliam where the suspects burned a car they had stolen Canadian police and the military are looking for 19 year-old Ken MacLeod and 18 year-old Breyer Miguel ski both of Vancouver Island they're accused of murdering a botanist from the University of British Columbia and a couple traveling across Canada in two separate killings 24-year old China DS of Charlotte North Carolina was with her Australian boyfriend they were last seen at a gas station in northern BC the suspects were caught on camera in a store in the remote town of Gillam Manitoba but that was seven days ago the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the Canadian military converged on Gilliam and it's been an all-out search for the pair ever since with police going door-to-door canvassing 250 homes and scouring the area using military aircraft they are searching in some of the most unforgiving terrain in canada the thought was they were still around Gilliam because there had been no more vehicles reported stolen but then came the sighting Sunday in York Landing the father of one of the suspects says his son was fascinated by Nazi memorabilia and is likely on a suicide mission Mota's we're gonna shoot first and ask questions please leader basically he's gonna be dead today or tomorrow so far the search for the teens has spanned more than 3,000 miles sandra dan springer in seattle covering that for us thanks look I was in Congress for six years if I had poverty in my district like they have in Baltimore if I had crime in my district like they have in Chicago if I have homelessness in my district like they have in San Francisco and I spent all of my time in Washington DC chasing down this mother investigation that's bizarre impeachment crusade I'd get fired and I think if the president is right to raise that it has absolutely zero to do with race well now to the heat on this the White House defending the criticism of Democratic congressman Elijah Cummings Democrats calling the president racist after he said Cummings district which includes more than half the city of Baltimore was an infested mess the president firing back in part on Twitter here's one of them there's nothing racist and stating plainly what most people already know that Elijah Cummings has done a terrible job for the people of his district and of Baltimore itself Dems always play the race card when they are unable to win with facts shame that was just one of the tweets Byron Newark has analysis Byron how you doing good morning to you in order to go there's been so much back and forth over the weekend start in the beginning with the heavy criticism of conditions at the border from the congressman Byron well a common feature of all of the president's feuds is they usually begin with somebody criticizing the president and that's certainly what representative Cummings has done not only on the issue of Russia but on the issue of the border he did a very very strong criticism of conditions that the border blame the president for them and it really wasn't a surprise the president then said well hey hey representative Cummings maybe you should pay more attention to your own district saying that Baltimore was a quote disgusting rat and rodent infested mess that immediately set off the firestorm a number of Democrats and people in the press saying that the president was a racist for saying this it is a fact that the Baltimore does have a terrible violence problem it's a homicide rate is the highest of 309 artists 3:09 largest American cities here's your poverty level 2017 22 percent national levels around 12 percent so now people are going back to the record right now Byron and part of that record reflects on Bernie Sanders comments and he has offered over the past couple of years here's one of them from Sanders anyone who took the walk that we talked we took around this neighborhood would not think you're in a wealthy nation you would think that you were in a third world country what we're talking about is a community in which half of the people don't have jobs buildings that are uninhabitable that was 2015 I think he tweeted later on that just one more comment on this bar and as to where you think it's going to get a few more things for you well an article in The New York Times in March of this year noted a number of things about Baltimore very similar to what the president said so that this argument is dug in now the defenders are going to defend the attackers are gonna attack and it's not going in okay John Radcliffe is a Republican from Texas got a pretty good record on the law he will be the next head of DNI National Intelligence it makes sense when you think about how he has been at the leading edge of investigating the investigators Byron yeah Ratcliffe is a former US Attorney from Texas and there very few members of the House who have actually read all of the secret and classified documents that have to do with the Trump Russia investigation that had been made available to Congress and Ratcliffe is one of them he's widely considered to be kind of the expert on a lot of these issues and clearly that's the direction the president wants to go in choosing a next head of national intelligence okay more to come on that I believe the 15th of August is Dan coats his last job a day on the job they're quickly on the Democrats this week it's a big week two prime-time debates in the meantime you've got more than a hundred House Democrats are now favored impeachment who's got the most on the line do you think this week well well those the Democrats with the least support they're going to be twenty people in this two-part debate just like where there were in the first one but the next debate is in September in Houston gonna have different standards to get in you've got to have two percent support in a number of polls right now if you take the RealClearPolitics national average of polls only six democrats are at two percent or higher there's going to be a ton of Democrats who are making their last appearance in a debate this week question is will there be kind of Hail Mary strategies is a number of candidates in the lower part of the field try to somehow moulton to the time think and some of them go for it then absolutely and they go after Joe Biden or maybe just the 11th candidate will go after the tenth candidate I know I don't know but it's likely to be pretty contentious Thank You Byron nice to see in a Monday hey make it a great week okay talk to it later Tuesday and Wednesday neither debates a lot of them on stage Sandra a lot of them who worked to shot right here I mean they could put hammer and Smith up there what do you but so far these debates have shown to change the course of the race for Democrats that this could be a game-changing week we'll see all right meanwhile the conservative Journal is brutally beaten by an ephah activist now speaking out on a push to label the group a terrorist organization this will provide a framework for local authorities and especially federal authorities to start investigating this criminal cartel for the street thugs that they are and he knows sounding off just moments ago as President Trump calls out the radical group dr. bill Bennett is on deck bottom of the hour on that more also big day at the White House you're gonna see it live next hour President Trump about to give 9/11 first responders lifetime help Kenny SPECT is one of those responders he worked at the World Trade Center site he'll be at the White House today his message for the president in a moment live next he cry you know Excel you can never repay all that the 9/11 community has done for our country but we can stop penalizing them these families deserve better and I'm really I'm hopeful that today begins the process of being able to heal without the burden of having to advocate there's gonna be a lot more in this next hour Jon Stewart they're reacting after the Senate approved that 9/11 victim compensation fund did it overwhelmingly so after the house did prior moments from now that bill hits the desk of the president he will sign it approving billions of dollars in health care for ailing first responders he'll be surrounded by a number of them today one of them is a New York City firefighter Kenny spec and Kenny good morning to you and thank you for going to go stop and by our program before you had no died what does today mean for you Kenny well it's a culmination of a lot of a lot of years of a very difficult battle as we wrap this up I want to go on the record and thank my team the feel-good foundation the team leaders we took on this battle 15 years ago and after today a lot of us won't see each other anymore some of us will keep in touch and others of us we're going to move on with our lives we had a solid team and I appreciate you having me on today so that I could just publicly thank them for all the work that they did to get this done I was made whole years ago I received my compensation but it was important for me to stay in this battle to make sure that the members of the New York City Fire Department and other first responders who were penalized for being diagnosed later in life that they received they received their payments as well and they were made whole you have this thread that will keep you together though whether or not you're together physically connected with each other you'll always be connected because of the events of 18 years ago how is your health Kenny I'm alright and you know Billy I I really don't want to make this about me today I think that we saw the testimony of Lou Alvarez and how that really moved the ball forward Lou's not with us anymore I'm going to go to the White House today for ray Pfeiffer I'm going to go to the White House today for Louie Alvarez captain Vinny Ungaro for so many so many other people that are too numerous to name that war on our team really early on bill and they're no longer with us anymore they decided to work with us to help us get this done and I'm just going to show up on their behalf today what are you going to tell the president if you get the opportunity Kenny what were you what will be your message to him that I appreciate his support for first responders throughout the nation I hope that we could use today as a stepping-stone perhaps to seeing to it that our nation's warriors are the soldiers who were put in harm's way maybe we can do something now now that we've seen that we can assist September 11th first responders we can move this forward now you know we have a big homeless problem in this country with veterans we have the burn pit where forward-operating areas these veterans are are coming back with cancers sustained by their proximity to the burn pit and I would just like to let him know that we appreciate his support and we look forward to possibly making this something that leads us into a direction where we could really move the ball forward as it relates to now we're yeah we'll be looking for you next hour just one more comment here could you imagine 18 years ago that we would still be fighting this war today Kenny probably not I mean honestly no I guess on September 11th I died I didn't look past 18 minutes to be honest with you I didn't know what the eight next 18 minutes held in store for me 18 years later I'm proud of what we've done I'll always look back on it and and maybe even kindly to be honest with you it was a tough battle I've made great friends and and I've met some great people so in the end I'm real happy with the way things went listen today is for you and all the others will be looking for you next hour okay thanks for thanks I'm sure on your Street Kenny Kenny thanks for coming on Suffolk County two American teenagers accused of brutally murdering a police officer overseas now this shocking photo of their rest is sparking an internal investigation a live report from Italy coming up also 22 years behind bars Matthew Charles now getting a second matthew charles writing about this in his New York Post op-ed published Saturday how America needs to follow up on the first-step Act and Matthew joins us now Matthew good morning and welcome back to America's newsroom it's always great to followup with you I'm honest and I'm glad to be here 22 years you spent behind bars you were released in January how is your life been since then since then it's been a rollercoaster for good I've been able to have some people support me help me over some of the barriers that I have FAC face myself as far as a reentry but otherwise it's gone okay now you want to make sure others get that second chance that you've been able to have how can we do that and and how do we follow up on the first step back that that you benefited from I would say we benefit from it by fully implementing first step back as well as taking some logical effective steps now that people are being released because once you come out and get back into society that shouldn't be a barrier to housing or employment but yet they are so I know that you're calling on business leaders you're calling on members of Congress to act and and further do good to get those that are those that are in prison some for years and if not decades out of prison so how do you do that what are you asking them to do Matthew well the fair chance act is the bill that's actually being proposed that will allow federal agencies as well as contractors to be able to not deny a person because of their criminal history but as far as being able to get others out just to implement the implementation of the first step back it allows people to receive goodtime credits and earn goodtime credits and the goodtime credits is just the fifth for days as opposed to 47 days per year which actually was from my perspective was a incorrect analysis on the Bureau of Prisons they were actually computing it but now that the 54 days is being given and a person is able to get that additional seven days that they thought they were automatically getting in the 85% so just simple common-sense legislation like that gotcha and in some of those numbers that have shown up since the first step back went into place since these are numbers since July as of July 19th 3100 federal inmates have been released as a result of the first-step Act nearly 1700 have had their prison sentences reduced under this act a thousand inmates have been released that were drug offenders also weapons related charges some were sex offenders but once they get out what happens then we know that housing is an issue and finding employment can be an issue how do you tackle that challenge Matthew I would say by society welcoming them back because 95% of the people that are incarcerated will be released and the fact that you've stated over 3100 people have been released since the signing of the passage of the first step back it just shows that these people are coming back out into society and we want them to be productive members of society and in order to do that and reduce recidivism they had to have access to employment and housing and what the fair chance Act does it allows them not only to help I wouldn't necessarily call it a level playing field or just as the bill states a fair chance at getting employed based on the qualifications that they hold to perform whatever job of Duty it is very important aspect to all of us and it affected you personally Matthew when you were released from prison after 22 years in January you were turned down for housing yes I was I was turned down for housing as well as denied employment at the job that I had held for the 2-year period that I was out so it just goes to show that the barriers exists that shouldn't exist because one thing that I think anybody should have a right to and that is to work so that they can feed themselves and their families I think another important aspect to your piece Matthew to wrap this up you say I'm not a politician I'm not a Republican I'm not a Democrat or anything in-between what I am is a believer in second chances I know however you've given a lot of credit to President Trump for his leadership on all of this great to have you here this morning Matthew Charles we'd love to follow up with you thanks for coming back to America's newsroom okay thanks brand-new video into our newsroom out of Iran's rogue regime showing their version of events when Iran captured that British ship we'll get a live report on the status of that coming up plus conservative journalist Andy no speaking out after he was brutally attacked at that and Tifa rally as president Trump now considers branding the anti-fascists and Network a terror organization dr. bill Bennett is on back on deck and he will join us straight ahead on that Plus this oh well I don't know about tell you one thing I know what this skipper is not happy with that that's one way to do it I mean that ball is out of here yeah did you see what happened there straight out the center field let's tell you why in a moment for Trevor Bauer and his man this morning stunning video of chaos at a California festival after a gunman opens fire [Applause] when the shooting was over three people are dead including a six-year-old boy plus the shooter police searching for a possible second suspect tough story to begin the week hope you had a good weekend I'm Bill Hemmer live here in New York City as we begin anew and Sandra good morning to you good morning pal good morning everyone I'm Sandra Smith gunshots ringing out at the Gilroy Garlic Festival an event known to draw more than a hundred thousand people to the city police say the gunmen got around security by cutting through a fence and began firing at random it just started popping off like fireworks it sounded like firecrackers then there was a point of silence and then there was another reload to seem like a reload and we heard 30 more rounds we had a semi-automatic like yeah he had a rifle he had along officers were in that area and engaged the suspect in less than a minute we have one suspect we know that is down we have some witnesses reporting that there may have been a second suspect but we don't know if that suspect was engaged in any shooting or whether they may have been in some sort of a support role 6:00 a.m. in California the sun's coming up on a new day there and a tough one that is Claudia Callan live in Gilroy for the latest from there Claudia oh good morning bill police are searching for a motive as well as for a possible second suspect after a day of fun and food turned into an afternoon of panic and bloodshed thousands of people including many many families with kids were enjoying the last few hours of the famous garlic festival here when the happy scene turned into absolute chaos witnesses say a man with a rifle opened fire stopped to reload and then fired again some say they heard as many as 50 shots and thought at first it was fireworks people took cover under music stages and behind food tents others ran for their lives and say it was like a stampede witnesses say the shooter was a tall young man who wore camouflage and fired into the crowd at random the police chief says the suspect managed to get around the security screeners and metal detectors at the entrance by breaking through a perimeter fence and sneaking in that way Gilroy police are always a heavy presence at this annual three-day event and when the gunman opened fire officers engaged him in less than a minute fatally shooting him the crime scene has remained active overnight as investigators followed up on reports that the shooter had someone with him but that person's role is unclear and there has been no description as for the gunman's weapon police will only say it was some kind of rifle the head of the Garlic Festival expressed his heartbreak at seeing such a beloved and family-friendly event become the site of the nation's latest mass shooting you have seen this event in this way this day is just one of the most tragic and sad things that I've ever had to see and we all feel so except for those that are impacted friends families neighbors it's just a horrible thing to experience and we couldn't feel worse he and city leaders will now have to take a really hard look at security surrounding this annual three-day event no doubt there will be questions about whether more could have been done to prevent this tragedy but bill the priority right now this morning finding that second possible suspect and we hope to get more information from police at a briefing in just about four hours so we will bring it to you when we get it thanks Claudia Cowan on that Gilroy killer meanwhile Canadian authorities could be closing in on two teenagers wanted in the murders of an American woman her Australian boyfriend and another man police zeroing in on a remote area after a possible sighting of the suspects Dan Springer is live with the latest details on all of this dan good morning good morning Sandra this manhunt started more than a week ago in the trail had gone fairly cold the last confirmed sighting was in Gillam Manitoba seven days ago but then yesterday two men matching the description of the suspects were seen rummaging through a dump site in York Lanny Manitoba that's about 120 miles west of Gilliam where the suspects burned a car they had stolen Canadian police and the military are looking for 19 year-old cam McCloud and 18-year old briar Sh'ma kelskiy both of Vancouver Island they're accused of murdering a botanist from the University of British Columbia and a couple traveling across Canada in two separate killings 24-year old China DS of Charlotte North Carolina was with her Australian boyfriend they were last seen at a gas station in northern BC the suspects were caught on camera in a store in the remote town of Gillam Manitoba but that was seven days ago the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the Canadian military converged on Gilliam and it's been an all-out search for the pair ever since with police going door-to-door canvassing 250 homes and scouring the area using military aircraft they are searching in some of the most unforgiving terrain and Canada the thought was they were still around Gilliam because there had been no more vehicles reported stolen but then came the sighting Sunday in York Landing the father of one of the suspects says his son was fascinated by a Nazi memorabilia and is likely on a suicide mission Mounties are gonna shoot first and ask questions later basically he's gonna be dead today or tomorrow so far the search for the teens has spanned more than 3,000 miles Sandra Dan Springer in Seattle covering that for us Thanks look I was in Congress for six years if I had poverty in my district like they have in Baltimore if I had crime in my district like they have in Chicago if I have homelessness in my district like they have in San Francisco and I spent all of my time in Washington DC chasing down this mother investigation that's bizarre impeachment crusade I'd get fired and I think if the president is right to raise that it has absolutely zero to do with race well now to the heat on this the White House defending the criticism of Democratic congressman Elijah Cummings Democrats calling the president racist after he said Cummings district which includes more than half a city of Baltimore was an infested mess the president firing back in part on Twitter here's one of them there's nothing racist and stating plainly what most people already know that Elijah Cummings has done a terrible job for the people of his district and of Baltimore itself Dems always play the race card when they are unable to win with facts shame that was just one of the tweets Byron York has analysis Byron how you doing good morning to you there's been so much back and forth over the weekend started in the beginning with the heavy criticism of conditions of the border from the congressman Byron well a common feature of all of the president's feuds is they usually begin with somebody criticizing the president and that's certainly what representative Cummings has done not only on the issue of Russia but on the issue of the border he did a very very strong criticism of conditions that the border blame the president for them and it really wasn't a surprise the president then said well hey hey representative Cummings maybe you should pay more attention to your own district saying that Baltimore was a quote disgusting rat and rodent infested mess that immediately set off the firestorm a number of Democrats and people in the press saying that the president was a racist for saying this it is a fact that the Baltimore does have a terrible violence problem it's a homicide rate is the highest of Briony artists 3:09 largest American cities here's your poverty level 2017 22 percent national levels around 12 percent so now people are going back to the record right now Byron and part of that record reflects on Bernie Sanders comments and he has offered over the past couple of years here's one of them from Sanders anyone who took the walk that we talked we took around this neighborhood would not think you're in a wealthy nation you would think that you were in a third world country what we're talking about is a community in which half of the people don't have jobs that was 2015 I think you treated later on that just one more comment on this Byron as to where you think it's going to get a few more things for you well an article in The New York Times in March of this year noted a number of things about Baltimore very similar to what the president said so that this argument is dug in now the defenders are going to defend the attackers are gonna attack and it's not going in okay John Radcliffe is a Republican from Texas got a pretty good record on the law he will be the next head of DNI National Intelligence it makes sense when you think about how he has been at the leading edge of investigating the investigators Byron yeah Radcliffe is a former US Attorney from Texas and there very few members of the House who have actually read all of the secret and classified documents that have to do with the Trump Russia investigation that had been made available to Congress and Ratcliffe is one of them he's widely considered to be kind of the expert on a lot of these issues and clearly that's the direction the president wants to go in choosing a next head of national intelligence okay more to come on that I believe the 15th of August is Dan coats his last job a day on the job there quickly on the Democrats this week is a big week two prime-time debates in the meantime you've got more than a hundred House Democrats are now favored impeachment who's got the most on the line do you think this week well well those the Democrats with the least support they're going to be 20 people in this to our debate just like where there were in the first one but the next debate is in September in Houston gonna have different standards to get in you've got to have two percent support in a number of polls right now if you take the RealClearPolitics national average of polls only six democrats are at two percent or higher there's going to be a ton of Democrats who are making their last appearance in a debate this week question is will there be kind of Hail Mary strategies as a number of candidates in the lower part of the field try to somehow Moulton don't think and some of them go for it then absolutely and they go after Joe Biden or maybe just the 11th candidate will go after the tenth candidate I know I don't know but it's likely to be pretty contentious thank you buy her a nice to see in a Monday make it a great week okay talk to it later Tuesday and Wednesday and other debates a lot of them on stage Sandra a lot of them who worked to shot right here I mean they could put hammer and Smith up there what do you wrote but so far these debates have shown to change the course of the race for Democrats that this could be a game-changing week we'll see alright meanwhile the conservative Journal is brutally beaten by an ephah activist now speaking out on a push to label the group a terrorist organization this will provide a framework for local authorities and especially federal authorities to start investigating this criminal cartel for the street thugs that they are andino sounding off just moments ago as President Trump calls out the radical group dr. bill Bennett is on deck bottom of the hour on that and more also a big day at the White House you're gonna see it live next hour President Trump about to give 9/11 first responders lifetime help Kenny SPECT is one of those responders he worked at the World Trade Center site he'll be at the White House today his message for the president in a moment live next we're gonna wake sail you can never repay all that the 9/11 community has done for our country but we can stop penalizing them these families deserve better and I'm really I'm hopeful that today begins the process of being able to heal without the burden of having to advocate there's gonna be a lot more in this next hour Jon Stewart they're reacting up and Senate approved that 9/11 victim compensation fund did it overwhelmingly so after the house did prior moments from now that bill hits the desk of the president he will sign it approving billions of dollars in health care for ailing first responders he'll be surrounded by a number of them today one of them is the New York City firefighter can't expect and Kenny good morning to you and thank you for long ago stopping by our program before you had no died what does today mean for you Kenny well it's a culmination of a lot of a lot of years of a very difficult battle

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