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thanks for joining us. i'm cheryl jennings. >> i don't think that's in the warrantee. for all of us here, we appreciate breaking developments tonight. new details on the gunman in the deadly campus shooting. what authorities have now discovered inside his home. also, the hero. the young father that charged right toward him. and what the gunman reportedly asked his victims right before he shot them. also breaking, the search for a missing ship. many americans onboard. a ship trapped in the waters of hurricane joaquin. the other major storm locked in place up and down the east coast, 14 inches of rain in some places. authorities warn even without the hurricane, this storm could be historic and life-threatening. the explosion, this time in a condo high-rise. multiple injuries. and the warning tonight. and, the voice of an angel. the young american who stunned millions this week. can you guess our person of the week?
good evening, we have two major stories unfolding tonight. a missing ship trapped in hurricane waters. and a massive rainstorm trapped over the east coast. but first, major new developments. what authorities have discovered about that gunman after a deadly campus massacre. ten minutes of terror as the gunman opened fire in roseburg, oregon. ten dead. including the gunman. several injured. the sheriff's office saying they are investigating a possible religious motive. saying he asked victims about their religion before firing. and the arsenal discovered in the gunman's home. we begin with matt gutman, in oregon. >> reporter: ten minutes of terror. >> active shooter. >> reporter: and the rampage
that seemed to last an eternity. >> somebody is outside one of the doors. >> reporter: authorities reporting that chris harper mercer brought an arsenal to the quiet community college on the river. moments earlier, he entered a writing class. and the sheriff's office confirming they're investigating whether the attack was religiously motivated. relatives of witnesses saying they asked about their religion before shooting. >> i looked out, saw people running. that's when i knew we had to get out. >> reporter: tonight, authorities identifying all nine victims who did not survive. nine others wounded. how complicated was it when your officers arrived? >> it was very chaotic. a lot of students running from the building. rooms in lockdown. >> we do have one female that has been shot at this time. >> reporter: more than 2,000 other students sheltering in place. >> it was horrifying.
being locked in there, not knowing if my friends were okay. i, of course, was bawling my eyes out. >> reporter: within six minutes of the call, roseburg police officers arrive. >> exchanging shots with him. he's in a classroom on the, going to be the southeast side of the hall. >> reporter: finally, they corner him. >> code 4. the suspect is down. >> reporter: so, they saved lives? >> in my mind, i'm convinced, they probably saved dozens of lives, yes. >> reporter: once the gun smoke had cleared, the atf confirmed the gunman carried six guns, owning seven more. a flak jacket and extra ammunition, also at the scene. >> it had steel plates. along with five magazines. and additional ammunition was at his apartment. >> reporter: and today, a shattered community. amonged the dead, these students. also, the son of a local
firefighter and their 67-year-old teacher. tonight, this moment of thanks to first responders, turning into a communal embrace. >> and matt gutman is with us from oregon. and you're reporting that authorities are investigating that report that he asked about their religion before firing? >> reporter: that's right. about 200 investigators are on the case. the family of one survivor said their child was specific ly targeted because they were christian. and another telling us that he asked them about god in order to tell them they'd be closer to their maker. either way, horrifically cold-blooded. and the gunman lasted only a month in the military. authorities searched his home, questioning his mother. bomb-sniffing dogs at the scene. and what he wrote online about mass shooters that came before him. here's neal karlinsky. >> reporter: before chris harper mercer was an alleged mass
murderer, he was a failed soldier. lasting just a single month in basic training in 2008. but discharged for failing to meet the minimum standards. this is his apartment, about two miles from the school. behind it, these beautiful hills. a tennis court, a playground. this is the view he would have woken to before allegedly going on that rampage. an officer could be seen questioning his mother, who also lives here. mercer's father confirming his son is the one. >> obviously, it's been a devastating day for me and my family. shock. shocked, is all i can say. >> reporter: a neighbor tells us she saw him getting rid of his belongings one day before the shootings. >> i saw him putting two baskets of clothes in front of the dumpster. i think he set his clothes out because he knew he wasn't coming home. >> reporter: sources tell abc news he gave papers and a thumb drive to someone at the school.
loaded with what's described as hate-filled writings. his online history shows he was also fascinated with other mass shooters. saying, smeems like the more people you kill, you're increasingly in the limelight. police have been coming in and out all day long. finding seven more guns. but still no word on a motive. david? >> thank you. and tonight, amid the horror, the story of one of the heroes. a young father, an army veteran, charging the gunman, saving lives, telling others to get out. he was shot seven times, but survived it. we talked with him from his hospital room tonight. amy robach with that part of the story tonight. >> reporter: tonight, 30-year-old chris mintz, recovering from surgery and seven gunshot wounds, recognized for heroism in those moments of horror. >> he was telling people to run. grabbing people, telling them you just have to go. >> reporter: his classmate describing how he ran straight into danger. >> he actually ran back towards the building where the shooting
was. and he ran back into the building and i don't know what happened to him. >> reporter: this image capturing him as he arrived at the local hospital. his family in north carolina, relieved that he's recovering, recounting his ordeal. >> tries to block the door to keep the gunman from coming in. gets shot three times, hits the floor. looks up at the gunman and says it's my son's birthday today. gets shot two more times. >> reporter: both of mintz's legs were broken during the shooting. >> he's going to have to learn to walk again, but he walked away with his life. >> reporter: in a conversation with abc news from the hospital, he said, i just hope everyone else is okay. i'm just worried about everyone else. >> just an incredible story. and amy, a gofundme campaign was set up for chris hours ago? >> it's incredible, it has already raised hundreds of thousands of dollars. it is one of the most successful campaigns in that site's history. we've been watching the number.
it continues to grow rapidly by the minute, speaking to all the support for this hometown hero. >> thank you, amy. and we move on to the other breaking headline, the extreme weather. two major systems. hurricane joaquin, and the search under way for a missing ship. many americans onboard. a report on that in a moment. but separate from this hurricane, there's also a major storm system locked over much of the east coast. authorities say potentially life-threatening. 14 inches of rain in some places, 15 million from florida to maine under flood alert. new jersey, south carolina, a treacherous friday commute. and abc's rob marciano is in virginia beach tonight. >> reporter: tonight, the east coast, saturated. >> it is unbelievable out here right now. >> reporter: winds churning up white caps on the jersey shore. in virginia beach --
relentless waves pushing water on the shore. with 50 million in the path. states of emergency from new jersey to the carolinas. >> this will be a historic rainfall event that we have never seen before. >> reporter: in north carolina, mandatory evacuations of the barrier islands. >> we're just packing up and leaving. taking clothes and going south. >> reporter: homes and businesses boarded up. sand dunes stacked high. sandbags, everywhere. the last 24 hours, winds. gusting over 40 miles per hour. sending trees crashing down on cars near charlotte, north carolina, turning them into scrap metal. at least two are dead in the carolinas. overnight, cars submerged. this road collapsing under the weight of floodwaters. one man escaped his pickup truck after falling in, clinging to a tree for 45 minutes before being rescued. and as the flooding rains push inland, the water comes up fast. all this rain plus the tidal surge making many roads like this one nearly impassable.
virginia state police responding to 74 crashes by midday. >> and rob is with us live tonight. you were telling us, the same weather dynamic helping to keep the hurricane at bay is locking the system in place that's bringing all the rain this weekend. >> reporter: it's been in place for a couple of weeks. bringing persistent waves and wind to this area. technically, it's called a rex block, or a high over low block. you have the "h" over the "l." and hurricane joaquin will play a big role, too. watch the computer models work the storm, bringing this storm into south carolina. through tomorrow, and sunday, the same spot being hit over and over again. wind and coastal flooding, but the big issue is heavy rain. flood watches in place. some areas could get over a foot of rain more with the system. joaquin will not hit the east coast. but some of the deep tropical moisture will feed in. so that's why we're worried about potential flooding this weekend.
>> so, take this rain seriously. rob, thank you. and joaquin, being held off the east coast, but still wreaking havoc in the atlantic. at this hour images coming in from the all-out search for a missing cargo ship. traveling from florida to san juan. 33 onboard. the last known contact, a distress call 36 hours ago now. the coast guard battling 20-foot waves to try to find them. gio benitez with the story. >> reporter: the u.s. coast guard hovering over choppy waters in the bahamas. trying to locate this american cargo ship, the el faro. as strong winds rocked the island nation with 130-mile-per-hour winds from hurricane joaquin. >> this vessel's disabled basically right near the eye of hurricane joaquin. >> reporter: with 33 people onboard, 28 of them american, the el faro was heading from jacksonville, florida, to san juan, puerto rico, when the ship sent a distress notification that the 735-foot-long vessel had lost propulsion and was
listing at 15 degrees. this, just hours after the u.s. coast guard staged a dramatic nighttime rescue of 12 people 51 miles north of haiti. >> survivor halfway up! >> reporter: tonight, the hope for the same kind of rescue for those 33 people aboard the el faro. >> this is what we train to do. we're going to go and try and save lives. >> reporter: that crew has not been heard from since thursday morning. braving conditions worse than what we're feeling tonight in new jersey. david? >> gio benitez with us tonight. thank you. we turn to the race for 2016. amid this college massacre, the firestorm engulfing jeb bush after comments he made late today. talking about mass shootings and america's reaction in times of crisis. but bush is standing his ground. jonathan karl on what was said. >> reporter: jeb bush said more government action is not government action is not
necessarily the answer to crises like mass shootings. >> these tragedies that happen yesterday. it's heartbreaking to see these things. but this is the broader question of rulemaking. i resist the notion, and i had this challenge as governor. stuff happens, there's always a crisis. and the impulse is always to do something. and doing something isn't necessarily the right thing to do. >> reporter: and president obama took issue to that. how would you react to governor bush? >> i don't think i have to react to that one. i think the american people should hear that and make their own judgments, based on the fact that every couple of months, we have a mass shooting. and they can decide whether we should consider that stuff happening. >> reporter: but bush said he said he was referring to the drive to act after a crisis. >> it wasn't a mistake. would you explain to me what i said wrong? >> reporter: you said stuff happens. >> things happen all the time. things, is that better?
there was no connection to the oregon issue at all if you go back and listen to it. >> reporter: donald trump told george stephanopoulos today, he doesn't see the need for any new gun laws. >> this isn't guns. this is about mental illness. and politically correct, we're going to solve the problem. there will be no problem. et cetera. et cetera. you're always going to have difficulties, no matter how tight you run it. >> reporter: democrats have jumped all over jeb bush's comments, but as he points out, he was referring to how politicians respond to crises. not directly to the situation in oregon. and just minutes ago, he tweeted out that liberal dems have distorted my words in the wake of tragedy. it's wrong. >> thank you. >> and you can see all of george's interview with trump sunday on "this week." still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this friday. the consumer alert. how not to be fooled when shopping when there's a sign that says there's a sale.
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coming up. the father of a young boy with autism is upset after seeing surveillance video he hopes will put a school bus controversy to rest. >> the world is robbed of a beautiful young woman. >> nine lives cut short. we're learning about the students, staff, and rescue crew gunned down in a community college in oregon. good evening. >> as you know, the shooting happened yesterday morning at roseburg community college. authorities read the names of the nine victims. the youngest, 18 years old, the oldest, 67. >> that was larry levine, shot while teaching a writing class. he. >>
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