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Mall Shooting Suspect Left Note; Dolphins Suspend Incognito; Election Day 2013; Ron Burgundy: Car Salesman; Jack Del Rio Names Interim Coach

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POPPY HARLOW, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Some important things to note: he left a note behind at his home. Police did not describe exactly what was in it but said they led them to believe that he was here to commit suicide.

I can also tell you that it was a family member of Shoop, the shooter, who called police after hearing about this on the news, saying they believe the shooter could be their relative. I will also tell you it does not appear, police say, that he suffered from mental illness, but they do say that he was a drug user, that that may have led to this in one way or another.

One very critical thing is that police say he had the opportunity to shoot other people but did not. He only killed himself -- Michaela.

MICHAELA PEREIRA, CNN ANCHOR: Could have been a very, very different scene there in New Jersey. Thank you so much for that report, Poppy. We'll get back to you with more details as they emerge.

Another incident to tell you about a school in Denver. Police say two teens believed to be armed, broke into a school late Monday night. They have now been taken into custody following intense and hours long stand-off. The pair were apparently carrying rifles and backpacks.

The son of a professor is at the center of a three-hour lockdown at Central Connecticut State University. Police say this man, 21-year- old David Kiam (ph), was arrested Monday after he was seen working around campus with a sword or possibly a handgun. His father, who is a professor at the school, says his son was at a Halloween party the night before and was still dressed in his ninja costume.

Diplomats from Russia, the United States and the United Nations meeting in Geneva today to lay the ground work for the international conference on Syria later this month. Today's meeting comes as the humanitarian situation in the civil war torn nation continues to deteriorate rapidly. The U.N. estimates that more than 9 million people, or about 40 percent of the population, are suffering and need of assistance.

Well, it turns out it's not so lonely out in space after all. Cal Berkeley astronomers say our Milky Way galaxy is actually crowded with tens of billions of Earth-like planets orbiting around distant stars much like our sun, and their temperatures may be just right to inhabit life. These findings are based on a flood of data provided by the Kepler telescope over the last several years, quite a development. And gives food to thought for those people who believe there's life out there.

CHRIS CUOMO, CNN ANCHOR: Where are you on it? Life?

PEREIRA: There has to be. How could we be so self-absorbed to think we're the only ones here? We're not that great.

KATE BOLDUAN, CNN ANCHOR: I can't top that.

CUOMO: I agree. New details this morning on an alleged case of bullying in the NFL. We've been telling you about this, the Miami Dolphins.

We know they suspended a player accused of harassing a teammate who later left the team himself. Now, there are some voicemails and texts adding to the mix.

CNN's John Zarrella is in Miami Gardens, Florida, with the latest.

Good morning, John.

JOHN ZARRELLA, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Good morning, Chris. You know, the last time the Miami Dolphins played here at Sun Life Stadium was Halloween night. And on that night, Jonathan Martin did not play in the game. He was not with the team. And Richie Incognito only played briefly before he was injured. Now, both men are at the center of a bullying scandal that is rocking the Dolphins organization.


ZARRELLA (voice-over): This is Miami Dolphin Richie Incognito from a team promo.

RICHIE INCOGNITO, MIAMI DOLPHIN: On the field, players have called me overly aggressive.

ZARRELLA: Now, it may be that Incognito was not only overly aggressive on the field but off the field as well, leading to his indefinite suspension. The NFL is launching an investigation into the Dolphin's workplace environment, and whether Incognito bullied another player Jonathan Martin so badly that Martin left the team.

According to ESPN and, this is the text of a voicemail sent from Incognito to Martin. Quote, "Hey, wassup, you half blank piece of blank. I saw you on Twitter. You've been training 10 weeks. I'll blank in your blank mouth. I'm going to slap your real mother across the face. Blank you. You're still a rookie. I'll kill you."

The text has come out a week after an incident in the Dolphins lunch room involving Martin and other offensive linemen. Martin left and hasn't been back.

At a press conference, Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin said he spoke several times over several days with Martin following the incident. JOE PHILBIN, MIAMI DOLPHINS HEAD COACH: In all of my discussions with Jonathan and members of his family, at no time were there any accusations or allegations of misconduct by any members of this team or this organization.

ZARRELLA: But Sunday, a Martin representative contacted Philbin and the Dolphins with concerns over what Philbin called "player conduct". That led to Incognito's suspension. Calls to Incognito, Martin, and their representatives haven't been returned.

As the HBO "Hard Knocks" video of the New York Jets shows, hazing seems part of the writ of passage for NFL rookies. Dolphin players insist theirs is a locker room with a healthy, not hurtful dose of fun, not hazing.

WILL DAVIS, MIAMI DOLPHINS ROOKIE: I've always thought the guys here are great. And since I've here, and I'm here telling my family like, I came to a good team. I don't know how it is around the league. But I said, man, I got lucky with this team, I got to sign.

MIKE WALLACE, MIAMI DOLPHIN: Towards him as a person, I got a lot of respect for Richie. I love playing with Richie. I wish he was here right now.

ZARRELLA: Neither Incognito or Martin are with the team and it's unclear when or if either will be back.


ZARRELLA: Now, in 2012, Richie Incognito was voted by sporting news the second dirtiest player in the NFL, and there are tweets out there attributed to Incognito where he is demanding that his name be cleared -- Chris, Kate.

BOLDUAN: All right, John, thanks so much. Regardless, a mess for the Dolphins organization right now.

Coming up next on NEW DAY, Election Day 2013. Voters are heading to polls to choose governors in New Jersey and Virginia. Also on the ballot, a wide range of local issues including succession in Colorado. What?

John King will be here to talk about it in our political gut check.

CUOMO: Prediction: it won't happen.

And did you love "Anchorman"? Of course you did. Would it make you want to buy a car? Of course, it would. Ron Burgundy has turned pitchman and it's working. Christine Romans is here to take us through the numbers.


BOLDUAN: Welcome back to NEW DAY.

It's time now for the political gut check in the morning. It's decision day for some very important races for governor in New Jersey and Virginia. But what will these races tell us about midterms and the presidential elections right around the corner?

CNN's chief national correspondent John King is here to break it all down for us.

It's not the media, John, that is taking one event and making it something bigger. Everyone's making something big about these governor's races. I want to talk about why they are so important.

First in New Jersey, Chris Christie's expected to win. What does his re -- what is his message in his re-election, the beginning of a presidential bid?

JOHN KING, CNN CHIEF NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: We should always be careful, Kate, and good morning. And let's get the voters vote.

But if you look at the polls, if Chris Christie doesn't win and doesn't win big, there's going to be a lot of pollsters in New Jersey looking for work tomorrow.

So, what do you look for? You look for his numbers among African- Americans. You look for his numbers among Latinos. You look for his numbers in the suburbs among college-educated women.

Chris Christie wants to wake up tomorrow morning and be able to look at the Republican Party and say, 'We got our butts kicked in 2008 and in 2012 at the presidential level because Barack Obama was able to win these voters. Look at me. I'm a stronger national candidate. You might have some questions about me, but I'm a guy who can get to 270 electoral votes.' John McCain couldn't do it, Mitt Romney couldn't do it. Chris Christie wants to make a case with his win tonight that he can reach across -- broaden his base, if you will, much like George W. Bush did when he made his case to the Republicans back in 2000.

BOLDUAN: So then in Virginia, a bit of a closer race we'll be watching for the governor's mansion. What is the message in the Virginia governor's race? Is it a referendum on the Tea Party as Democrats will argue? Or is it a referendum on Obamacare as Republicans say?

KING: It depends on who wins in part, but it will be both -- in many ways, it's both. Ken Cuccinelli is the Republican candidate for governor. He's the attorney general. He's one of the attorneys general who sued to block Obamacare.

So in that way, he made it a referendum. That has been his defining moment as attorney general. So that is no doubt part of the race.

He's also a Tea Party darling. And the government shutdown, remember, Kate, from your days here, you go into northern Virginia and a little deeper into Virginia, the government is big -- the defense industry, technology, government related industry, show the shutdown which was part of the Tea Party message has been a huge issue in that race. But let's also remember, Ken Cuccinelli is to the right on social issues, abortion and gay rights. And the Democratic candidate Terry McAuliffe has also played that up, not a traditional Tea Party message on the social issues.

What's most at stake in Virginia is really demographics. Both parties will argue the results as they decide helps them on a national stage. But this is largely about the changing population in the state of Virginia, once reliably red state, now a very purple state. Democrats think it's moving blue because of the growth in Latino population, the young people, and the suburban population here in Washington, D.C. suburbs.

BOLDUAN: But every state is different. But if would look at them together and how the results are expected, Chris Christie, seen as a more moderate Republican in New Jersey winning and Ken Cuccinelli, a more conservative Republican losing in Virginia, is there a message right there?

KING: Chris Christie will try to say yes, if that's what plays out. Remember, you always judge elections by the times in which they happen. These two gubernatorial elections in two very different but potentially critical states.

If the Republicans could put New Jersey back in play on the presidential level, that changes everything, because if New Jersey is in play, then it's safe to assume Pennsylvania is in play. If Pennsylvania is in play, it's safe to assume Ohio is in play. That's a conversation the Republicans have not had at the presidential level in quite some time.

So what Chris Christie wants to say is look at these very different states, look what I did, look what happened in Virginia, a state that used to be part of what we called growing up the Republican Electoral College lock. Now that Electoral College map leans towards the Democrats.

So Chris Christie wants to make a case, look, Republican Party, you want to settle this civil war, you want to win the next national election, you need to be more like me, less like Ken Cuccinelli. That will be his argument. Let's see if he can sell it on the national stage.

I've got to get your take on what's going on in Colorado on the ballot. Some counties getting together saying, they're asking if they should secede from the state. I assume that we can say it's not likely to happen. What is going on here, the fact that it's on the ballot?

KING: It's not going to happen, but again, this is a product of shifting populations. Colorado has changed so much. It's growing in the last 10, 15, 20 years.

What these rural counties are saying is, hey, Denver, stop for getting about us. They think the state policies are shaped to deal with the city of Denver, the people in the Denver suburbs, the people in the larger urban, suburban and ex-urban areas, and these rural communities up near Kansas, way up near Wyoming, they say they get the shaft when it comes to transportation policy, when it comes to energy policy, when it comes to state resources.

So, they're sending a message to the governor with be don't forget us. Will it secede? No. But watch what happens there. There are areas where you find frustrations when you move away from the big urban areas, out to the much less populated, more remote counties.

So, if this catches fire, even if it loses, watch this play out across the West and the prairie states.

BOLDUAN: And even if it's a close vote in one county, that still sends a pretty loud message to Denver, right?

KING: And Governor John Hickenlooper, a Democrat, someone himself looking at national office, potentially, he has said the one message here he might need to listen a little better.

BOLDUAN: John, great to see you. Thank you.

KING: Thank you.


CUOMO: Coming up on NEW DAY, you know he has a strong mustache and he loves his scotch, but does Ron Burgundy know cars? It looks like the anchor man is turning into the ultimate pitch man. Is there proof his commercials are actually driving sales?

PEREIRA: And at home, I hope you're not afraid of heights, because we are going to show you a race car on top of one of the world's tallest hotels doing doughnuts. It's our "Must-See Moment," next.


PEREIRA: It's a NEW DAY. And it is NEW DAY you're watching. Welcome back. It is "Money Time." He may love scotch, his apartment may smell of rich mahogany, but those are not Ron Burgundy's only desirable traits. So now, apparently, he can also pitch a car big time. Thanks in part to commercials like this, Chrysler saw an 11 percent jump in sales. Take a look.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: You know, a lot of people will tell you about the Dodge Durango's available HEMI V8 engine and 360 horsepower. But I'm the only one with the guts to tell you about this glove box. It comfortably fits two turkey sandwiches or 70 packs of gum. Say what?


PEREIRA: Christine Romans is here to talk about this. Look, it had me taking a second look at these commercials. He's on some 70 ads, so far, hasn't he?

CHRISTINE ROMANS, CNN CHIEF BUSINESS CORRESPONDENT: And he's throwing gum out of the glove box --


ROMANS: It's really crazy. But this is the ultimate product placement, isn't it? There's a new movie coming out December 20th, "Anchorman 2." These are Durangos that he is, I guess, for free, pitching as part of the whole roll-out of the film. And, Chrysler is seeing sales rise. Chrysler is seeing interest rise in the Dodge Durango in part because of the web traffic that's being driven by this ad and a bunch of different ads like this.

Sales of the Durango in October up 59 percent. Now, this is a redesigned Durango. So it's got a third row seat. It's got the new kind of features. So there's interest in it overall. Car company -- car market coming back a little bit, but no doubt, no doubt this advertising campaign is playing into it.

BOLDUAN: Do you know how much of an impact is playing into it?

ROMANS: You know, Ram is still the number one selling Dodge truck, but when you look at the numbers for the Durango, you can see interest in -- 59 percent increase year-over-year in sales of the Durango. And it's the shopping around that the company can watch, too. They can see the interest in the ad and then can see how much people are asking about and talking about the Dodge Durango. So it's so interesting to me that he's sort of the face of this truck now, this remodeled truck --

CUOMO: It's counterintuitive because he's a buffoon, but what can point to us to why he would be effective?

ROMANS: You know, he is effective, I think, because you look at the age of someone who likes that film, right? And maybe, they need a third row seat for their little people that are getting bigger and they want this kind of a truck that they want - so it's -- the kind of --



PEREIRA: Is there evidence that comedy helps commercials? Because I don't fast forward through them now, because when -- I want to watch them. Is there evidence that it's boosting sales at all?

ROMANS: I think consumers are very, very smart now and they're exposed to so many different things. The thing about Will Ferrell that I find fascinating, he's been doing some of these. He taped these old Milwaukee commercials for free. He just did them because he likes the, you know, the genre and he wanted to do some crazy stuff. I mean, this is --

PEREIRA: Did he do the Chrysler ones for free, too?

ROMANS: No, he did this one. The Durango ones he did for free, but that's part of the whole package. (CROSSTALK)

CUOMO: But it's all part of the package. It's all brand extension for him. It's very smart. You know, he's investing a little bit with the free ones but then the brands want it. They see it. He's smart. He's a smart guy.

ROMANS: I'm going to watch and see if the sales continue. I mean, if it's -- there's also very low incentives for this particular -- I mean, you can get this thing no money down very low, you know? So there' very good attention. So everything came together and with the publicity around -- and then -- he gets the publicity for his new film.


BOLDUAN: The moral of the story is we need to tape beer commercials.


PEREIRA: OK. On to our "Must-See Moment" --


PEREIRA: I want to show you a spectacular stunt at the spectacular --


PEREIRA (voice-over): -- seven-star Burj Al Arab Hotel in Dubai. Check it out. They're celebrating some big recent win. The Infinity Red Bull racing hoisting up one of its Formula One cars high atop one of the world's most unique locations, let the driver have it. We're talking high in the air, 60 stories high on a helipad that's only 78 feet wide.

The driver, David Coulthard, he does a bunch of doughnuts. They're actually called death defying doughnuts as they call them. Can't imagine why. He's just inches, feet from the edge. Well, feet really. But doesn't matter. Inches, feet, when you're that high in the air, zoiks (ph) is what I say.


CUOMO: That Burj Dubai that -- the tower is so high that the helipad is like halfway up. It's so high. And when you're on the top, you look down at buildings half the height of the Empire State Building.


BOLDUAN: -- because you're above the --


CUOMO: That's right. It's so high that the helicopters fly below you because it's too high.

PEREIRA (on-camera): Just even getting that Formula One car up there is a feat in itself. I know.

CUOMO: It's high. That's the point. Take it any way you want.

Coming up on NEW DAY, we are watching two developing stories. An armed gunman dead in New Jersey after opening fire at a mall. And in Denver, there are teens now in custody after a tense standoff with police. That's a developing story. We'll take you to it.


CUOMO: Aaron Rodgers, one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL, had an injury, didn't look that bad at first, non-throwing arm. Now, they're saying he may be out for a long time, maybe the rest of the season. Let's bring in Joe Carter, this morning's "Bleacher Report." What are we thinking about this?

JOE CARTER, BLEACHER REPORT: This is big, Chris. I mean, obviously, Aaron Rodgers is their star. He's their identity. He's the centerpiece of the team, so without him, the Packers are a totally different team. Now, if you didn't see the injury, it happened just 2 1/2 minutes into the game. You see, Shea McClellin drives Rodgers left shoulder right into the ground. So he hurts his non-throwing shoulder on this play.

The Packers and fantasy team owners across the country are waiting for doctors to determine the exact severity of this injury. But Rodgers hasn't missed a game due to injury in three years. So, without their starter, the Packers would lose last night to the bears, 27-20.

The Denver Broncos head coach, John Fox, is recovering this morning after successful heart surgery on Monday. Now, originally, Fox told the Broncos at the start of the season that he had a heart condition and the original plan was for Fox to have an operation once the season was over. But obviously, that changed this weekend. So, while Fox is out, Jack Del Rio, the Broncos' defensive coordinator is in. He's taking over the head coaching duties, in the meantime.

And trending this morning on, you got to see this video. Kentucky Freshman Jay Jone (ph) sinks a stunning 30-foot no- look behind the back shot, but it's for the wrong team. It goes in the wrong basketball. Great hustle, though. No doubt, it's great hustle. And then, Kentucky fans appreciate his hustle.

Even his coach said, hey, I laughed out the shot. It was great. But guys, this was an exhibition game. So, that's why nobody really cared. But wow, great effort, great shot, great video. That's your "Bleacher Report" update. Guys, back to you.

BOLDUAN: Talk about a buzz kill.

CUOMO: It wasn't even a shot. He was just trying to save the ball, Joe. Don't throw him under the bus like that, poor kid.


CUOMO: One of the worst things that can happen in basketball. BOLDUAN: Not for the real.

CUOMO: When I started in basketball, one of my first games, I stole a pass, went to the wrong basket, tried to make the lay-up, missed, got it back, missed again.

BOLDUAN: Two shots.

CUOMO: My mother left.


BOLDUAN: For good reason, but we still love you.



BOLDUAN: All right. Joe, thanks so much. He's like I'm out of here.

All right. We're now at the top of the hour which means it's time for your top news.

CUOMO: Missed twice.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Boom! And then another boom and then glass everywhere.

CUOMO: Breaking news. A terrifying scene overnight. A gunman opening fire at a popular New Jersey mall. He is now dead as shoppers and workers are finally allowed to leave.

BOLDUAN: Decision day. Important elections across the country. The national implications are huge. Is this the last stop for Chris Christie before a run for the White House?

PEREIRA: Speaking out. Michelle Knight held in captivity by the Cleveland kidnaper for many, many years, finally talking about what happened inside that house of horrors. You'll want to hear her gripping story.

CUOMO: Your NEW DAY starts right now.

ANNOUNCER: This is NEW DAY with Chris Cuomo, Kate Bolduan, and Michaela Pereira.


CUOMO: Good morning. Welcome back to NEW DAY. It is Tuesday, November 5th, seven o'clock in the east, and we do have breaking news. The all-night manhunt for a gunman who fired shots at a New Jersey shopping mall is over. The 20-year-old suspect was found dead overnight in a rear area of the mall, apparently, from a self- inflicted gunshot wound. The shooting triggering panic, just before closing. And then, a massive police response.