November 15th, 2013
09:40 AM ET

New Video of Shooter at New Jersey Mall

New surveillance video obtained by WNBC  appears to show the gunman who opened fire inside a New Jersey mall calm and determined as he walked through the building dressed in black and carrying a rifle. CNN's Jason Carroll reports.

A total of five cameras in the Westfield Garden State Plaza mall captured 20-year-old Richard Shoop prowling the mall around closing time on November 4 before he took his own life.

Shoop's brother, Kevin, called authorities after hearing about the shooting and said he thought Shoop might be the gunman, Molinelli said. Police did not confirm the shooter's identity until they found his body.

"We're not sure exactly what caused him to do this, and we're all devastated," Kevin Shoop told reporters.

"My brother intended to harm nobody else but himself. He just, sadly, decided to make ... an act of self-indulgence by taking his own life publicly. And it's a tragedy to us all," he said.

At the time, Eddie Kahmann, who works inside the mall, told CNN he heard 6 or 7 gunshots around 9:20 p.m. ET.

"There was just people running like crazy, so I quickly just closed my doors, ran to the back, turned off all the lights, music and everything, just to stay hidden," he said.

Allie Cozic, another mall employee, said she saw "someone dressed in all black, carrying a large gun, walk past our store."

She said she heard loud bangs about 10 minutes before her store was set to close for the night.

"It was just chaos. Everyone was just kind of running to wherever they could," Cozic said.

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November 15th, 2013
09:21 AM ET

National Assoc. of Insurance Commissioners: "Pleased and Surprised" at Unanimity in Concern Over One Year Fix

Jim Donelon, Louisiana Insurance Commissioner and President of National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC), told “New Day” Anchor Chris Cuomo that he was “pleased and surprised at the unanimity across the board in concern” about the timing of the President’s one year fix to the Affordable Care Act that will allow people to keep their insurance policies that no longer meet minimum standards. Donelon confirmed that he “disagrees” with Obamacare and is concerned with how the one year fix will affect the solvency of small insurance companies.

“The problem is you can’t change the rules at the last minute when the game’s about to start. And the rules have given benefits to lots of policyholders – guarantee issue, caps on coverage for older policyholders,” Donelon said. “It threatens the solvency of the system and it threatens to spike the cost to policyholders across the board. So, each state will have to make that determination for themselves. But at the NAIC level, we had two calls yesterday in the aftermath of the President’s announcement. And I was pleased and surprised at the unanimity that I found across the board in concern over what the President is proposing.”

“I disagree with the law. That’s a fact. I have many concerns about it,” he added.

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November 15th, 2013
07:37 AM ET

Blind Man and Guide Dog Kicked Off Plane; Passengers Follow in Support

Usually airline passengers side with flight attendants when it comes to safety, but in the case of a US Airways flight Wednesday night, passengers rallied around a blind man and his guide dog and disembarked en masse, CNN's John Berman reports.

All 35 passengers on US Airways Flight 4384 walked off the plane after Albert Rizzi, a blind man from Long Island, and his dog, Doxy, were escorted off the flight after a heated exchange between Rizzi and a flight attendant about where his dog was placed, according to Rizzi. Although he was first to arrive on the tarmac for the flight from Philadelphia International Airport to MacArthur Airport on Long Island, Rizzi said he and his dog were the last to be seated on the small plane. He was seated in the middle of the back row looking onto the aisle with no seat in front of him for Doxy to lay under.

Shortly after boarding, Rizzi said a flight attendant told him the dog would need to go under a seat for safety reasons.

Several passengers in Rizzi's row offered to have the dog lay under their seats, and he was placed under the seat of the woman to his left, according to Rizzi.

The plane was then delayed nearly two hours. While the plane was sitting on the runway, Doxy got up to reposition himself a few times, ending up under Rizzi's seat against the back of the plane, Rizzi said.

The flight attendant asked Rizzi to control his dog and keep him underneath his neighbor's seat, according to Rizzi. After a heated exchange between Rizzi and the flight attendant, the pilot announced the plane would be returning to the gate, Rizzi said.

Rizzi and his dog were then escorted off the plane by airport security, according to Rizzi. After Rizzi and Doxy were removed from the plane, passengers demanded that the flight attendant be removed from the plane and Rizzi let back on, said passenger Kurt Budke. He said that all 35 passengers banded together in support of Rizzi, and after realizing the passengers would not budge, the pilot announced the flight was canceled.

If the flight attendant had tried to make alternate accommodations for Rizzi, Budke believes that the situation could have been avoided completely.

"US Airways is sorry for the inconvenience, and we are looking into the situation to see if it was handled properly," US Airways spokeswoman Liz Landau said Thursday. She added that the pilot and the flight crew elected to return to the gate due to the safety concerns caused by the actions of the dog and said Rizzi was verbally abusive to the flight attendant.

Landau said that the pilot and flight crew didn't feel that it was safe to operate the flight after seeing how upset the customers were at the incident and said that the pilot asked everyone to disembark once it reached the gate, CNN's John Berman reports. US Airways then provided free buses from the Philadelphia airport to the Long Island airport, Landau said.

"This became the most wonderful experience, out of the most horrible experience. I found that humanity does exist, and people can do the right thing," Rizzi said, referring to the actions of his fellow passengers. Rizzi said he has not been contacted by US Airways since the incident and is considering legal action. "They picked the wrong guy to mess with," Rizzi said. He is active in the blind community and sits on the disability advisory board for Suffolk County, where he resides.

Rizzi became blind eight years ago after surviving meningitis and has had Doxy for seven years. Rizzi said Doxy is short for Doxology, meaning "praise to God" and "a new beginning." When they were matched seven years ago, Doxy was just beginning his service as a guide dog and Rizzi was just beginning his life as a blind man.

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November 15th, 2013
07:37 AM ET

Sinkhole in Florida Swallows Up House, Threatens Others

Michael Dupre, his wife and his daughter made it out of their Dunedin, Florida, house after noticing its screened-in room plunging into a pit in the ground.

His wedding ring did not.

As the family stood outside early Thursday, a firefighter buckled herself up, smashed a window, then snatched the ring from a desk in Dupre's office.

"And a few minutes later, the whole thing collapsed back down there," he said.

Sinkholes like this one in Dunedin, a city of about 35,000 people just north of Clearwater, are hardly rarities in Florida. Hundreds pop up in the Sunshine State each year, like the one in August that gobbled a condo building in the town of Clermont, CNN's John Zarrella reports.

Dupre not only knew of the dangers, but he also was doing something about them. After spotting "a few little hairline cracks," he contacted his insurance company and, after a lot of back-and-forth about what to do, had workers come to his western Florida house over the last few days to start stabilizing the ground.

"We were actually planning ..., when the whole repair was done, to put a pool in the backyard," he said, noting he'd already gotten estimates. "That (hope) is over.

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