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>> and that's going to do it for us. >> i'm dan ashley, we tonight, two deadly school shootings in just one day. a student gunman opening fire in arizona, photographed holding guns before. one student killed, several others shot and wounded. the other deadly shooting in texas. the university on lockdown. meantime, the president in oregon, after the campus massacre there. the protesters, even a family of one of the victims saying you're not welcome here. the chaos on capitol hill. tonight, what really happened. the congressman telling lawmakers he had the votes to be speaker. two hours later, shocking everyone. does anyone want the job? the urgent warning in south carolina. they warned this would happen. the waters now quickly rising long after the rain. and now more rain coming tonight. and, house hunting? tonight, the homeowners facing 20 years in prison after selling
their home, without revealing something crucial about it. good evening, we begin with the ten hours of terror on two different campuses this friday. just more than a week after the massacre in oregon. now, this. at northern arizona university. one more student dead, three shot, injured. the gunman seen here. photographed with the gun on instagram. and at texas southern university, one dead, another injured. the school on lockdown for a %-p the loose tonight. late details coming in from both scenes. ryan owens leading us off. >> reporter: at northern arizona university in flagstaff -- >> four people. possibly shot. we have four victims. >> reporter: a late-night confrontation turning violent. >> at least three people down. >> reporter: police say
this freshman, 18-year-old steven jones, shot dead this delta chi fraternity member, colin brew. three of his frat brothers, also injured. police responding to the scene at 1:20 a.m. this morning. taking jones into custody while the other three students, rushed to the hospital. police say all suffered multiple gunshot wounds. police say the fight broke out at a parking lot party outside the campus' greek dorm. students consoling one another at an overnight press conference. >> we awake this morning to a terrible tragedy at our flagstaff campus. our thoughts are with the victims and their families and our entire lumberjack family. >> reporter: students still in shock. >> nobody could have guessed this would have happened. >> people said, you need to be safe and get indoors. >> reporter: ten hours later, another deadly shooting. this time, in a parking lot by a
student housing complex at texas southern university in houston. one killed, another injured and rushed to the hospital. the campus on lockdown much of the day. authorities in texas say the two suspects they have in custody are not believed to be students at the college. another suspect, still thought to be on the run. >> ryan, thank you. and the campus shootings, the backdrop of president obama's visit to oregon. to console families of the victims of the terrible college shooting just last week. the president meeting with families of the dead and wounded. but at least one family did not go to see him. in fact, hundreds protesting the president's stance on gun control. just as we learn he's exploring the use of executive authority to close gun loopholes. here's neal karlinsky.
>> reporter: in oregon today, the president found himself in hostile territory. during a visit he said was all about consoling victims. >> i've got very strong feelings about this because when you talk to these families, you're reminded that this could be happening to your child. >> reporter: gun rights supporters, many of them openly armed, gathered by the hundreds. angry that obama made a gun control plea to the nation just hours after the incident here. >> if people are allowed to protect themselves, then maybe there would be less chaos. >> reporter: one of the victims told us from her wheelchair, if a student was armed, lives could have been saved. her father went so far as to say, he would refuse to meet with the president. >> i am in disagreement with his policies on gun control, and therefore, we will not be attending the visit. >> reporter: but the president did have supporters. >> i think you should respect
your president, regardless of whether you voted for him or not. >> reporter: the president's visit here was private. no photo ops with victims. he said he was here to console, not politicize. david? >> neal in oregon for us, thank you. and next to a stunning 24 hours in washington. chaos on capitol hill today, still no idea who will be the next speaker of the house, and if anyone truly wants the job. hours after kevin mccarthy saying he had the votes, then abruptly pulling out of the race. and who is emerging as the leading possible speaker? he's been on the national stage before. and jonathan karl with new reporting on what led to that bombshell exit. >> reporter: john boehner arrived at work today still the speaker of the house, and still unsure who will replace him or when. >> morning, mr. speaker. >> good morning. >> how are we feeling today? >> just great. >> reporter: the corridors of power, now corridors of confusion. house republicans met today to figure out what's next. >> do you want the job? >> no. >> does anybody? >> we will find out.
>> reporter: mostly the place is still in shock over what happened yesterday. virtually everybody thought kevin mccarthy would be the next speaker, including mccarthy himself. >> we're gonna get the votes. we're gonna win. >> reporter: two hours later, he was out. >> i think i shocked some of you, huh? >> reporter: nobody saw it coming. but in the final hours, a series of tough meetings with house republicans, some confronted mccarthy over his clumsy comments on the benghazi committee. while the conservatives who forced boehner out said they opposed mccarthy too. he just didn't have the votes. today, he was back on the job, not speaker, but not going anywhere either. still a top republican leader. >> are you going to resign today? >> no. >> reporter: now mccarthy is talking up paul ryan, the budget hawk and former v.p. candidate already seen as an intellectual leader of house republicans, as the best suited for the top job. ryan said again today, he's not running. >> i've got nothing new to say. >> reporter: but some republicans are practically begging him to change his mind, and think he just might.
>> jon karl with us live again tonight. paul ryan, headed home to wisconsin to talk this over with his family? >> he is. and while he's still a no, many see him as not only the top contender for the job, but the only real option. and among those encouraging him to run today, calling paul ryan was his old running mate, mitt romney. >> thank you, jon. next to the urgent warnings in south carolina. they warned this would happen, and now it has. a week after the rain stopped, the flood waters in some places just now rising, and quickly. and a nervous eye on 84 dams at the breaking point. 17 dams already failing. and a growing health emergency, too, recommending tetanus shots. and with more rain in the forecast in the next 24 hours. phillip mena in south carolina. >> reporter: tonight, a new round of devastation on south carolina's coast. sheriffs, the national guard, and the governor urging thousands to evacuate.
>> if they knock on your door, we need you to leave. >> reporter: sabrina johnson heeded the warnings. we went back with her to her georgetown county home. >> we never would have believed it. i still don't. i'm here and i still don't believe that this happened. >> reporter: the current so swift, the water so filthy, the only safe way to cross the street is by boat. this 15-year-old shuttling residents from one side of a flooded neighborhood to the other, and delivering supplies. the carolinas are reeling. at least 19 dead and 84 dams barely holding on. back in georgetown, the davis family is staying put. the river hasn't hit their house yet. they only moved in to this neighborhood five days ago. >> compared to everybody else, our home is dry. so, we -- it hurts to say it, but we're good. >> reporter: david, from this rooftop, you can really see the power of all of this water and that is why people here are so worried tonight.
this flooding is expected to last for weeks. and with more rain in the forecast, this water could rise even higher. david? >> phillip, thank you. and rob, we were saying all week long it's coming. even after the rain. and just back from the carolinas, and more rain on the way. >> yes, the same system hitting new york tonight is hitting south carolina tomorrow. baltimore, philadelphia seeing some stuff as far as wind damage is concerned. that watch expiring in the next couple of hours. the tail end to nashville. and watch this wave develop right over south carolina. heavy rain expected tomorrow. moving on on sunday. we could see two inches or more over the flood zone. so, a very swollen and fragile river system. once we get through the weekend, looks like a drier time. but we have to get through sunday. >> rob, thanks. next to the race for 2016. joe biden and the big question looming. will he or won't he run? the vice president in delaware, huddling with his family this weekend.
and the emotional ad produced by a draft biden group has been pulled. but we've learned his aides have met with democrat party officials on the rules for a possible run. here's cecelia vega. >> reporter: tonight, joe biden behind the security barrier and inside his delaware home, weighing the political decision of a lifetime. sources close to the vice president telling abc news biden believes he has about one week to make up his mind. this week, biden joking about his political future. >> if i don't move, i'll be demoted to secretary of state or something like that. that's a joke. that's a joke. >> reporter: but behind the scenes, sources say his aides had a very serious meeting with democratic party leaders to discuss critical rules and fast approaching ballot deadlines. what it would take to launch a campaign. >> things can change in a heartbeat. >> reporter: and now the emotional ad about the 1972 car crash that killed biden's first wife and their daughter, paid
for by a group of supporters urging him to run. it was supposed to air next week, but that has changed. former obama advisor, david axelrod, called it "tasteless" and "exploitive." and biden himself didn't want the ad to run. >> and he's expected to be in delaware through monday and then the big democratic debate on tuesday. >> the big debate. hillary clinton will be on the stage, joe biden will not. we're hearing he will push this decision past that debate, probably to the end of next week. but the longer he waits, the tougher it will be to get on the state ballot. >> thank you. now to an outrage involving your money tonight. half a billion dollars in u.s. taxpayer money. supposed to train thousands of moderate rebels to fight isis in syria. tonight, the pentagon admitting its problem is a failure. martha raddatz, i want to show
everyone at home the math. $300 million contracted out so far. but only 80 rebels believed to be trained and fighting. that's about $3.75 million a fighter. and you were telling us, the pentagon is going to continue the program, just evolve it a bit? >> they certainly will. the new plan for the $500 million program is this. instead of training rebel units, rebel leaders will be taught battlefield skills, and then join up with their units already in syria. the units will be given ammo, and if they prove their worth, they will get bigger and better weapons. but two things are clear, it will take a long time, and there's no guarantees it will succeed either. david? >> and very costly already. martha, thank you. next to bill cosby, under fire tonight. and this case could be much different. testifying under oath in a sexual battery case.
after some 50 women have come forward to accuse him. a number of them appearing on this magazine cover. but someone not this picture, 15 years old, when she says the star molested her decades ago. and because she was a minor then, the outcome could be different this time. abc's linsey davis. >> reporter: bill cosby on the hot seat today. facing tough questions under oath as a civil lawsuit filed against him in california moves forward. >> she's here because she believes it's important -- >> reporter: judith huth, seen here when she came forward in december, accuses the comedian of childhood sexual abuse at the playboy mansion back in 1974 when she was just 15. her attorney, gloria allred, represents more than 20 of the more than 50 women who've come forward accusing cosby of sexual assault, drugging, or rape. cosby's lawyer calls the suit "a meritless and unsupported 40-year-old claim." that was only filed after huth demanded a quarter of a million dollars to keep quiet. while his attorneys have always
denied the allegations against him, the now 78-year-old, long known as america's favorite dad, continues to refuse to answer press questions about the accusations. >> i have never seen anything like this. >> reporter: a judge has ordered today's deposition transcript and videotape recording to remain sealed until december, pending further arguments. david? >> thank you. and there's still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this friday. the homeowners that could face up to 20 years in prison. after selling their home without revealing a crucial problem with it. the warning tonight for house hunters. our question for you at home, does that couple deserve prison time for the secret this family will reveal right here? and word of a shark attack off of a popular american vacation destination. the condition of that patient. and later, the couple in the kayak, out to study the
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finally tonight here, our persons of the week. the couple, the high school sweethearts that tonight take us into the wild. so remote, it would take five days to get to the nearest city. but it was the only way to get this close to the elephants. >> we've lived in the wild in botswana for 30 years. >> reporter: it's been a labor of love for two people, who fell in love in high school. high school sweethearts? >> yeah, that's right. that is right. >> reporter: their latest journey, "soul of the elephant," took two years to document. you were five days from the nearest town. was there fear? >> that's what we love the most. >> that's the sweet spot. >> we can't live life thinking about the dangers and the fear, because then we wouldn't be enjoying it. >> reporter: how do you remain calm and tranquil when one of the elephants is charging you? you call it hypnotic. i'd call it something else, but --
>> we're very aware, when an elephant is posturing, they're going to get us. >> reporter: and your defense is confidence. >> yeah, and sometimes we even get it right. >> reporter: they have a brain five times the size of ours. these are very sensitive creatures. >> you can see the, that there's thought going on behind their eyes. >> reporter: this mother and her newborn, learning how to walk almost immediately for survival in the wild. and watch as they caress a sun-bleached skull with their trunks. >> they have empathy, a language, caring. >> reporter: derek and beverly sleeping in a tent. >> it's fantastic out there, if you make it through the night. >> reporter: but even with the laughter, they remind us of the numbers. they point out, when they were children, there were 5 million
elephants in africa. >> and today, there are probably about 420,000 left. >> reporter: with their film, with their efforts, going to china to tell people how elephants are killed for ivory, they believe the change is happening. >> i think we can win this battle. >> so, we choose derek and beverly. their extraordinary film debuts on pbs next week. thank you for watching tonight. i'm david muir. i hope to see you a bit later for "20/20". and right back here monday night. >>. this is truly a whoduit. the search for answers. police say three people are accused of killing two random strangers in the bay area. what experts are saying about the possible motive. a threat against mosques nationwide. how bay area muslims are turning
it into a positive. and technology on ships. the newest technology on display for fleet week. robbery is now confirmed to be the motive in two bay area killings. police connected the death of a yoga instructor and a tourist in san francisco to the same suspected killers. good evening, i'm dan ashley. >> i'm ama daetz. the detectives are three young drifters living off the grid. our team coverage includes abc7 news reporter melanie woodrow but we begin with vic lee, live at san francisco police headquarters, vic? >> reporter: ama, audrey kerry arrived from her home in canada. she came here for the first solo
backpacking trip. sadly, pleas say she became the victim of a crime of opportunity. now, police, first believed she died from blunt force trauma. today, they said she was shot to death. the adventurus 23-year-old wanted to see the west coast. >> taking in the sights what young people should be doing. exploring, having fun. >> reporter: she'd been in the bay area a week. she may have attended the blue grass festival. her body was discovered the next day. police found trauma and she'd been shot in the head. the commander tony chaplain is the head of investigations. >> we believe robbery was a motive. >> reporter: two days before the sad discovery, the owner of a gun reported his weapon had been stolen from his car. >> the vehicle is unlocked. he has a weapon in the vehicle in a lock box