August 4th, 2009
09:47 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 08/04/09

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We're just getting word of a deadly shooting at a health club near Pittsburgh. There are reports of several deaths. We'll have the breaking details for you tonight on AC360°. Plus, coming home. Two Americans freed from a North Korean prison with help from former President Bill Clinton.

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soundoff (173 Responses)
  1. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Wow!! That is so scary for people get out way of their harm..... Whew!

    August 4, 2009 at 10:52 pm |
  2. Sabrina In Los Angeles

    This gym shooting is just crazy.

    What is driving people to do things like this?

    It is like the movie "Falling Down"

    August 4, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  3. Kenny Martin

    Noe of these murderers (Manson gang) should ever be released. Speaking as a victim from murder they should never walk the streets again. The ones that they murdered will never walk again. And further more I will boycott any films that John Water will ever make.

    August 4, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  4. Heather - Spokane, WA

    I have no sympathy for the Manson family. Im sorry that one has terminal cancer but they all need to stay in

    August 4, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  5. Dulcie - Denver

    Sorry, Mr. Waters, I don't think any one of the Manson family murderers should ever be released.

    I understand that some of them have been rehabilitated, but it doesn't cut any ice with me. It was a horrible, horrible crime and scarred an entire of generation.

    August 4, 2009 at 10:48 pm |
  6. yvette

    Bravo to Clinton for bringing the woman home!

    August 4, 2009 at 10:48 pm |
  7. R. Jones

    Release Van Houten when you release slaughtered Sharon Tate, her unborn baby, and all the victims from their graves.
    –R. Jones, Houston, TX

    August 4, 2009 at 10:47 pm |
  8. Jerry

    Oh geez, I hate hearing that ugly Manson story.
    Poor Sharon Tate.
    Didnt some heiress die along with her?

    August 4, 2009 at 10:46 pm |
  9. Minou, New York City

    My God, Manson is a creep!

    August 4, 2009 at 10:46 pm |
  10. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    The Manson Family should never get out.

    August 4, 2009 at 10:45 pm |
  11. Sharon Hastings

    Leslie Van Houten needs to remain in prison. If she takes full responsibility then she accepts the full weight of the law and accepts the consequences of the loss of lives taken. I'm sure she is not the only incarcertaed person who has discovered she is really a nice person.

    August 4, 2009 at 10:45 pm |
  12. Patty

    Until these victims can walk away from their graves, the Manson killers should remain in jail.

    August 4, 2009 at 10:44 pm |
  13. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    @Erica. local reporters in the Boston area have said that privately Barrett's fellow cops are very negative about him.

    August 4, 2009 at 10:44 pm |
  14. LisaL - Canada

    i don't quite understand how a person could actually WANT another person dead. and to experience pleasure out of that sensation? i have a HUGE problem with that. but what comes around goes around – you get what you give.

    August 4, 2009 at 10:44 pm |
  15. Angela - Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

    NONE of the Manson killers should be freed... come on! I've read the book twice, saw the movie, and I just can't even imagine how it was on REAL life! This shouldn't been even call "murder" but a massacre

    August 4, 2009 at 10:44 pm |
  16. Fay - California

    I don't believe anyone connected to the horrific murders committed by Manson and his followers should ever be released from prison. It's an insult to the family's of the victims.

    August 4, 2009 at 10:43 pm |
  17. Ann

    Leslie, Patricia, Susan, Tex and Charlie should be shown the same exact mercy they afforded their victims....none. Eight lives were brutally ended...including an unborn child. Sorry Leslie...no mercy, no pity.

    August 4, 2009 at 10:43 pm |
  18. Justin P

    Lori – Local stations in Pgh (KDKA I believe) are reporting that the motive may be a domestic dispute. It seems as though he targeted the dance class.

    August 4, 2009 at 10:43 pm |
  19. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    Why does Barrett lose his job for racial comments and not Gates?

    August 4, 2009 at 10:43 pm |
  20. Jasmine - Spokane, WA (Spokandyland)

    anyone associated with Manson...scares me

    August 4, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
  21. ericacnn

    @Jean-Michel – he told me he read the email before hitting send. his atty admits the word choice was poor. not enough for many people.

    interestingly, i also asked him what his fellow officers had to say – he says nearly all support him, believe he is a good cop, not a racist and an asset to the police force

    August 4, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
  22. Saveena, Pennsylvania

    Are you really serious? Did that cop just claimed to be the victim on the Gates case? Appalling indeed!!!

    August 4, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
  23. Deb

    If there was anyone who could get those two women pardoned, it would be President Clinton. What a great story, we should all be proud.

    August 4, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
  24. Lori

    One of the Manson victims was a pregnant woman who I believe was near her due date. Anyone who could participate in killings has a serious character flaw. People never change.

    August 4, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  25. Isabel, Brazil

    How can someone hate the humanity so much?
    That is something unhealthy.

    August 4, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  26. Gary Chandler in Canada

    I would AGREE with the cop losing his job, for using bad language, if Gates and Obama lost their jobs for using bad and STUPID language!!!

    August 4, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  27. starr formerly known as vincent

    David Gergen: Again right on point. VP Al Gore did keep a low profile as their boss and should also be congratulated for a job well done.

    August 4, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  28. Debra (pensacola, fl)

    Very good interview with Mr Barrett. You showed your tough side.

    August 4, 2009 at 10:40 pm |
  29. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    @Gary, I agree. Gates should be investigated for his racial comments. But don't hold your breath.

    August 4, 2009 at 10:40 pm |
  30. Jerry

    Whats worse jungle monkey or the N word?
    I guess money and fame and power make a difference!
    I think that cop behaved horribly, but this is a "class" issue!
    He is being targeted for a different standard!
    I say discipline him and cut his pay for 2 weeks and make him do community work but to fire him from his livelihood is excessive!!!

    August 4, 2009 at 10:40 pm |
  31. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Hellooo David Gergen,
    I agree with your comment blog! You are exactly right! 🙂

    August 4, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  32. An

    Hi Anderson.

    Hi Bloggers.

    Hi Anderson, I wish you a safe day off so please take care because when I see a lots of things get in at a times, these are a chalenges things! I only wish you are safe at the at least level os safety only!


    August 4, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  33. wsb - Bethesda, MD

    Wish I had tuned in sooner. Great to see Erica Hill heading up the show! Watching this interview you are conducting with the Boston police officer & his attorney. That's gotta be one of those moments when you just want to say "Come on, are you serious?" – good job keeping it professional though.

    August 4, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  34. Jean-Michel

    Officer Justin Barrett should have thought twice before sending that angry email. He should have clicked on "Save Draft" instead of the "Send" button. Others will learn from his mistake. I am sure he wished he did send that email.

    August 4, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  35. Patty

    Barrett should be fired. He is a racist. We don't need his in law enforcement and shouldn't tolerate it. Kudo's to Mayor Tom Menino
    and the Police Superintendant

    August 4, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  36. Lori

    Does anyone know what the motive for the shooting is?

    August 4, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  37. Carmella

    Erica, that was a very good question. The attorney should refrain from reciting the words written in the e-mail.

    You can choose the choice but you can't choose the consequences. He chose to send the e-mail and his employer chose to let him go. That was the consequence. His employer has a code of conduct and policy, like any other employer you work for. You agree to follow the policy if you don't your employer has the right to let you go.

    August 4, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  38. Sharon Hastings

    You go Erica. I can't believe the policeman and his attorney agreed to come on TV (again) and embarrass themselves.

    August 4, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  39. Tom

    That was great job with the boston cop interview

    August 4, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  40. David, Indiana

    Isabel, you're right, it's nice to see a happy ending, the news is hard day in and day out, though there are always flickers of hopeful stories. And yes, Euna Lee must be overwhelmed to be one her way to see her children.

    Happy Birthday to Helen Thomas and President Obama. That was kind of cool to see that today during the White House press briefing.

    August 4, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  41. Gary Chandler in Canada

    How come Harvard didn't suspend Gates for his rude and insultive comments? Because he has a campus hamburger named after him?
    Why does Gates and Obama get away 'Scott free' for being racist, while Barrett pays the price?

    August 4, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  42. Fay - California

    Erica's doing a fantastic job asking the tough questions in this interview with Barrett.

    August 4, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  43. Joe Terrogano

    Wait, didn't Mr. Barrett apologize on TV about this? Why apologize if you did nothing wrong? That comment was not O.K., period! He is a public servant, not a painter or lawyer.

    August 4, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  44. starr formerly known as vincent

    How is "jungle monkey" NOT be considered "racist"!

    The language in that email could not be read any other way than offensive, ugly, inflammatory, etc.

    The policeman showed very bad judgement in this case! I agree that his continued participation as an active member of the police force would be harmful to all other officers he serves with.

    Go Erica, go. Your interview with the Atty and policeman was excellent!

    August 4, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  45. Sabrina In Los Angeles

    Thank you Erica....Keep his feet to the fire.

    He has to be held to a higher standard if he is in a position over people.

    August 4, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  46. Minou, New York City

    @ David Gergen: so true! Al Gore has done so much, but he doesn't seem to care about getting the credit. So humble! Makes me admire and like him even more!

    August 4, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  47. Lori

    Being a cop is a tough job. Not sure why Justin Barrett had to get involved in the Gates issue. Why does he get a hearing before being fired.

    August 4, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  48. Dulcie - Denver

    That cop needs to lose his job. There's no excuse for that kind of hate speech.

    What a joke. Using epithets like 'jungle monkey' is patently racist and should not be tolerated.

    August 4, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  49. Sabrina In Los Angeles

    I don't know what he meant by his comments were not about Gates but his actions....how do you separate that when it is obviously derogatory?

    August 4, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  50. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    There's a law that prevents private citizens, even ex-Presidents, from negotiating on the part of the US. So either Clinton broke the law, or this was an officially sponsored trip.

    August 4, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
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