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tonight, authorities now bracing for a possible second disaster. all eyes now on several dams ready to burst. the death toll rising in the carolinas after the president declares a disaster. and tonight, authorities say these next 36 hours are the most crucial. the mystery at sea. and this evening, the urgent search now for the black box, after the new discoveries today. those 28 americans on board and what crew members said before on facebook. the second air scare in 24 hours. this time, the co-pilot falling unconscious in the cockpit. we now learn why, just a day after another pilot died mid-flight. ben carson and what he said today about the school massacre. when asked if a gunman points the gun at you and asks your religion, he answered, "i wouldn't just stand there and let him shoot me." and the record fees you're
now paying at the atm. tonight, what we didn't know. the one way to get the bank to pay you back. good evening. and as we come on the air tonight, there is real concern about the potential for a second disaster. they're already dealing with deadly and historic flooding. several dams now on the brink, ready to burst. many already have. and the images tonight of the towns simply decimated. the death toll rising. at least 17 now dead in the carolinas. 11 dams breached already. 18 will be monitored throughout the night. tens of thousands without water, without power. this woman going door to door by boat, checking on neighbors. an elderly woman carried to safety. roads collapsing. more than 400 roadways now closed. and this evening, the focus on those dams and the damage that could come, if they give way. abc's alex perez is in south carolina. >> reporter: in south carolina tonight, all eyes on at least 18
dams that could burst under pressure. >> the next 36 to 48 hours is going to be volatile, so, what we'll tell you is, don't let the sunshine fool you. >> reporter: thousand-pound sandbags at the ready. they'll be dropped by these national guard chinook helicopters to stabilize this canal. in columbia, this is what we saw on burwell lane, water lapping at the roofs of homes. tonight, a flood of volunteers. robert wise finally back at his house, which was underwater. what's it like to come back and see your neighborhood in shambles like this? >> it's just overwhelming. there's no way to describe it. >> reporter: 11 trillion gallons of water. enough to fill more than 130,000 rose bowls. it's making already swollen rivers overflow long after the rain is gone. at least 17 are dead in these floods. and as many as 40,000 people still have no water. >> and i have three children at home. we don't have anything to even flush toilets or take showers. >> reporter: tonight, long lines for free bottles of water from the national guard.
and tonight, david, on the ground here, this is what we are seeing. the inside of so many homes ending up on the front lawn, now headed to the garbage. that boat on the front porch there actually carried by the storm, belongs to a neighbor that lives about half a mile away. experts say the damage here could easily top $1 billion. david? >> just incredible, the pictures. alex perez leading us off. alex, thank you. let's get right to meteorologist rob marciano, also in south carolina. because, rob, governor nikki haley today saying, don't let the sunshine fool you. that the next 48 hours could bring more flooding because waters are still rising? >> reporter: yeah, much of that water, david, that fell in the upstate has to come down the river system into the low country. and the water certainly is rising. several major rivers are going to continue to rise and be a major, if not record-breaking flood stage, including the ashley river which i'm standing next to. it comes down through charleston. so, we'll be watching that very, very carefully. out west, i do want to mention this. in the southwest, we have flash flood warnings right now in
phoenix and those watches expanded into parts of western texas. but here in the low country of south carolina, david, we are anxiously watching the water come up. >> all right, rob marciano on the scene again for us tonight. rob, thank you. in the meantime tonight, we turn to the urgent search for the black box, after that ship went down after heading right into hurricane joaquin. 28 americans on board. federal investigators now on the scene. some of the faces tonight of those lost at sea. we're now learning what some of them had written on facebook about traveling through storms before. as their families this evening now demand answers. why did that captain head into a hurricane? the search area dramatically shrinking now, and this evening, the new discoveries. what they could reveal. and abc's linzie janis from florida tonight. >> reporter: tonight, the coast guard says its narrowing in on the search zone, recovering that new debris from the el faro, including this container door. but so far, no new signs of the ship's missing crew members. the ntsb today on a mission,
too, launching a team of investigators to jacksonville. >> the purpose is to find out exactly what happened as accurately as possible. >> reporter: but the most crucial piece of the puzzle likely under 15,000 feet of water. >> we'll be looking at the voyage data recorder. that will be of utmost importance. >> reporter: and tonight, we're learning more about the el faro's crew and its captain, michael davidson, who routinely make the trip from jacksonville to san juan, puerto rico. he was used to navigating dangerous storms. just six weeks ago, crew member roosevelt "bootsy" clark, now among the missing, posting these photos with the message, "ship went through tropical storm ericka. big shoutout to the captain." and just weeks later, "no rough weather can stop us from getting the cargo here." clark's cousin telling us, families of the crew are angry they were in that hurricane. >> why did they send them out there, knowing it was some type of storm? >> reporter: she says she's not ready to give up hope. ♪ i once was lost >> reporter: and overnight,
prayers at this vigil for two crew members who grew up on the same street in rockland, maine. 34-year-old danielle randolph and 23-year-old dylan meklin. david, the families are gathering here at this sea farer's union, once again tonight, for an update from the ship's owners. they want answers. but they're still clinging to hope. david? >> linzie, thank you again tonight. in the meantime, to yet another medical emergency in the cockpit. this time, during a flight from houston to san francisco. the second emergency in 24 hours. last night, we reported on that pilot who died mid-flight, the co-pilot landing the plane in syracuse. well, tonight here, the new case. a united co-pilot losing consciousness. the other pilot landing the plane, the emergency teams ready to help. and we now know what caused this latest case. abc's david kerley tonight. >> reporter: for the second day in a row -- >> we have the airport in sight, united 1614. >> reporter: -- a jetliner with only one of the pilots at the controls. the united co-pilot had a seizure in flight, announced by the captain, according to a
passenger. the co-pilot, as you can see, regained consciousness and walked down the stairs himself, during the emergency stop in albuquerque. yesterday, a different story. american airlines captain mike johnston, just 57, died while in the air. he'd had a double bypass nearly a decade ago, and his family in utah has been told it was likely a heart attack taking the pilot who loved to fly. >> watching those big jets and looked up and said, i'm going to fly me one of them some day. >> reporter: these incidents, especially involving the death of a pilot, are rare. only eight others like this in the past 20 years. those statistics only reinforce how unusual it is to have an incapacitated pilot two days in a row. david? >> david kerley covers aviation for us. david, thank you. now, to the race for 2016 and the new headline involving dr. ben carson. and what he said about guns. he was asked about the school massacre in oregon and what he would do if a gunman pointed a gun at him and asked him his religion.
abc's cecilia vega with how he answered that question. >> reporter: today, this is what ben carson says he would have done. had he come face to face with the gunman in that oregon classroom. >> dr. carson, if a gunman walks up and puts a gun at you and says, what religion are you? that is the ultimate test of your faith. >> i'm glad you asked that question. because not only would i probably not cooperate with him, i would not just stand there and let him shoot me. i would say, hey guys, everybody attack him. he may shoot me but he can't get us all. >> reporter: carson didn't end there. the gop candidate also bashing president obama's plan to visit with victims, saying, if he were elected, he would not go. >> i would probably have so many things on my agenda that i'd go to the next one. >> reporter: this all comes after the retired neurosurgeon wrote on facebook, "i never saw a body with bullet holes that was more devastating than taking the right to arm ourselves away." and today, suggesting some kindergarten teachers should be
armed. and defending himself on "the view." >> you said that you'd be very comfortable if kindergarten teachers had guns in the classroom. why do you think that's a good idea? >> not all kindergarten teachers, i said people who are trained, and understand all the implications. and, you obviously are not just going to have a weapon sitting on a kindergarten teacher's desk. >> reporter: the republican candidates all speaking out against gun control since last week's shooting. but in iowa today, hillary clinton making the case for tougher laws. >> we have to act against those people who should not have guns in the first place. >> reporter: and ben carson accusing hillary clinton and president obama of playing politics with these mass shootings, but david, tonight, it is ben carson who is making headlines on that very topic. david? >> cecilia vega in iowa on the campaign trail. cecilia, thank you. meantime tonight, a chilling new portrait emerging of the oregon shooter, in his own words. what he reportedly said about not having a girlfriend and about being lonely. abc's neal karlinsky on what he
wrote. >> reporter: tonight, inside the manifesto of alleged community college shooter chris harper mercer. law enforcement sources reportedly say in writings he left behind, he says, "other people think i'm crazy, but i'm not. i'm the sane one." witnesses tell abc news he seemed to think by killing his victims, he was freeing them. >> he thinks the earth is evil and he didn't want us to suffer on earth, mike like maybe he was suffering? >> reporter: his mother reportedly told investigators he was struggling with mental health issues. he also reportedly complains in his writings about not having a girlfriend. the complaints are reminiscent of another horrible mass shooting, in santa barbara, california. the alleged killer there left videos in his wake. >> my life is so lonely and mundane. >> reporter: experts say mass killers are often people who feel isolated and frustrated with their lives. >> they gravitate towards some grievance and come to the conclusion at some point that the only way to respond to their
grievance is by killing as many people as possible. >> reporter: the challenge for law enforcement, identifying the risk before it's too late. neal karlinsky, abc news, seattle. >> neal, thank you. from washington tonight, an admission. the top commander of u.s. and allied forces calling that bombing, that u.s. air strike on a hospital run by doctors without borders, a mistake. 22 people killed, including doctors, nurses and patients. in addition, he told a senate panel he's now recommending the white house keep more than the 1,000 american troops slated to remain in afghanistan beyond 2016. we turn now to a question being asked by american authorities after so many videos and images of isis. u.s. counterterrorism officials asking, why are isis fighters driving so many similar trucks and where are they getting them from? look at these images. isis fighters riding in toyota pickups and toyota land cruisers. authorities now asking the automaker, can they help officials figure out why isis has so many toyotas?
abc's chief investigative correspondent brian ross looking for answers tonight. >> reporter: the toyota hilux pickup is one tough truck. as the bbc auto show "top gear" demonstrated. >> here it is! >> reporter: seemingly indestructible. which has made the toyota hilux a truck of choice in war zones around the world, including by isis. their propaganda videos show convoys made up mostly of toyota hilux pickups and land cruisers. and now, abc news has learned that a u.s. treasury counterterrorism unit is asking toyota to help them determine how so many of its trucks, both newer and older models, have ended up in the hands of isis. >> there are too many for it to be just stolen. >> reporter: former american diplomat mark wallace, who now runs the counter extremism project, says he suspects isis supporters are buying many of
the trucks from toyota dealerships and then turning them over to the terror group. >> we believe that sales are being diverted from these dealerships in order to support isis. i think it's a concern to the united states government and our allies. >> reporter: the iraqi ambassador to the united states says isis has hundreds of brand new toyotas in its fleet. >> how could they get these four wheel drives, they have hundreds of them. where are they coming from? >> reporter: toyota says it does not know how isis is getting its vehicles, and that it is impossible to control indirect, or black market, sales. but no one from toyota would agree to appear in our report, and when we went to last month's big toyota dealer meeting in las vegas, hotel security officials flashed lights into our camera lens and ordered us to stop taping or else. >> if you could just walk right out this way. >> and brian with us now. we just went to make this clear. toyota says it doesn't know how isis is getting its hands on these trucks. >> reporter: that's right. in a statement to abc news, toyota says it is not aware of any of its dealerships violating
the company policy not to sell to terrorist groups. all of this, david, is a part of a broad u.s. effort from the treasury department to keep isis from using its huge supply of cash to equip and resupply its terrorist army. >> brian ross and your team, thank you. we turn to other news tonight, and to a new case under investigation after another death on the high school football field. this time, in washington state. a young player dying days after a hit on the field. it was just two weeks ago, we reported on the death of that star quarterback from new jersey who died hours after walking off the field. abc's clayton sandell with the warning and this new case. >> reporter: kenney bui's family and friends say the 17-year-old died doing what he loved, playing football. >> he was just like always smiling and happy. he was a good person. >> reporter: bui, a senior, passed away monday. he was hurt during a tackle friday night in washington state. he's the fourth high school football player to die in just the last month. roughly 1.1 million kids play
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