Transcript for This day in history: March 1, 1993
There has been no break in the standoff at a fortified compound near Waco Texas the leader of a religious cult and other armed members of his group remain inside the compound. They are surrounded by hundreds of police and federal agents now six people died yesterday in an exchange of gunfire between the two sides agreed on a cease fire. ABC's Tom Foreman is in Waco. Lawmen plotted all day in the rain for a way to end the standoff with seventy members of the religious group holed up inside the compound. They convinced the leader of the group David garage to release several children and they surrounded the property with armed men. But there has been a stalemate since the gun battle that left four agents and two group members dead even though per rush phoned a Dallas radio station to say he too was wounded by the gunfire. Like OK. I've been elevated to bestow vacated of April or pelvic bone as well buy back. Crushed took control of the group the Branch Davidians in the late eighties the group began in 1934. In California. And generally peaceful members believed in the imminent end of the world and the second coming of Christ. When crush took over the group became his personal cult that's shown in this Australian TV interview last year. North Korea me. They can come upon a god. The and they became violent in 1987 a struggle for leadership at the Waco compound turn to gunfire. Garage who changed his name from Vernon Howell. Was charged with attempted murder along with seven of his followers they were not convicted but former members were already warning. The davidians could be very dangerous. Because. Then have gotten the people prawn to a age where. Die it will pain him. To. We realized what. Critics are asking how could a federal agency planned for months for this kind of armed assaults and have it turn into such a disaster. Tom Foreman ABC news Waco Texas.
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