December 26th, 2008
12:34 PM ET

The Buzz: Santa Shooter

Penny Manis
AC360 Senior Producer

For those of you celebrating Christmas, we at AC360 hope you had a great one yesterday.

This year brought one of the most challenging holiday shopping seasons in decades for retailers. A weak economy is to blame of course, and the weather didn't help. Retailers want some help from the Federal Govt next year, and they aren't the only ones. Tom Foreman and Joe Johns will tell us more tonight.

We’ll have the latest from Los Angeles on the unbelievable so-called “Santa shooter.” A man showed up to a Christmas Eve party dressed in a Santa Claus outfit and proceeded to walk through the home shooting off 2 semi-automatic handguns and starting a fire.

People were jumping out of windows on both floors trying to escape. This sounds like a scene from a bad horror flick but unfortunately it happened in real life. Police will hold a press conference and David Mattingly will have this report.

Today is the 4 year anniversary of the devastating 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami that killed more than 223,000 people and struck multiple countries. Victims were honored in Asia where folks burned candles, prayed and shared meals on beaches from Indonesia to India.

For many, this was a time of reflection on life and progress in rebuilding homes wiped out by the killer waves. Anderson at the time had flown out there to cover this story, we’ll offer a glimpse back at the dramatic scenes he witnessed.

Pakistan troops have reportedly moved to the Indian border amid fears of an Indian ground incursion. Pakistan has been on high alert ever since the terrorist attacks in Mumbai last month, in anticipation of a possible conflict with India, because India believes that the 10 men who carried out the attacks were trained at a terror camp in the Pakistan-controlled part of Kashmir.

The US has been in close contact with both sides since the Mumbai attacks to try to avoid Pakistan-Indian tensions. Nic Robertson and Peter Bergen will have more on this story.

And let’s not forget our President-Elect-he is in Hawaii, and our Ed Henry follows his moves. There are worse assignments during a holiday week than reporting from Hawaii so even if P-E Obama doesn’t make news tonight, we may still have to do a live shot with Ed if only to get a background scene of that sun and beach so he can make us all jealous and we can live vicariously through him.

All the above and more tonight, see u then!

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soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. Ratna, New York, NY

    Dear Penny Manis,

    This season's theme is based on the dominoe effect:
    The economy and the war!

    India and Pakistan have an ancient-old enemyship of a number of centuries. Terrorism is a step further within that enemyship and what has sparked this: US an UK involvement in the Middle-Eastern war.

    December 26, 2008 at 7:48 pm |
  2. Heather,ca

    I still dont know what can make two people in similiar situations handle them differently. The man who in the Santa outfit could not possibly be the only one in his situation. Others perhaps because of genetics handle the same situation differently. What was so bad that he had kill people and take his own life. I just wonder if he ever thought about the consequences or about another way to deal with it all.

    All I can say is Ed Henry is one lucky guy. Of course its his duty to report from the sandy beach. Rough life.

    December 26, 2008 at 5:00 pm |
  3. Max

    How miserable do you have to be to shoot a SANTA????

    December 26, 2008 at 2:06 pm |
  4. Annie Kate

    It was hard to find many "merry" messages this year but I enjoyed Christmas with my family. None of us are sure of whether we'll have a job after the first of the year or what the new year may bring, but we'll get through it one day at a time. This year for Christmas we all contributed to our favorite charities for our main "Xmas present" and then just got small things for our stockings. It was interesting to hear who had contributed to what charities and it was a lot easier and a lot less to clean up after the traditional gathering around the tree and opening presents. Hope everyone had a good Christmas and hope we all have a better New Year.

    December 26, 2008 at 1:53 pm |
  5. Mr. Britt

    i hope its pretty damn hot where this animal is right now!

    December 26, 2008 at 1:14 pm |
  6. Betty Ann, Nacogdoches,TX

    Hi Penny!
    What a bunch of depressing holiday news! What a year too! I attended mass on Christmas Eve night. You could tell that the monsignor was distressed. More people laid off. More hungry mouths to feed. More children thinking they were bad because Santa did not show up. I could go on and on but you get the pic.
    Well, I knew the pastor was struggling for a hopeful message. The best he could do was to tell us that the commercialization of Christmas helped the economy this year. Hmmm. I know the world is in bad shape now.
    On a lighter note, I saw Marley and Me yesterday. GREAT movie but take a box or case of tissues with you.
    If all else fails we know our four legged friends love us no matter what. right?
    Now that is comfort!
    Thanks for working the day after Christmas!
    XO's and tail wags

    December 26, 2008 at 1:03 pm |
  7. justme

    what a way to celebrate xmass

    December 26, 2008 at 1:02 pm |