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nice case away from everyone. >> at that price welcome to "world news tonight." we start with america on alert. vigilance across the nation. tight security at a sporting events following reports of a terrorist threat. this flight forced to divert, all of this as holiday travel kicks off. in the line of fire. the american rock band detailing the moment terrorists took over their paris concert. as the hunt is on for the eighth attacker, bringing a european capital to a standstill. blast of winter. heavy snow batters the middle of the country. dangerous roads, 1,000 flights cancelled. snow filling football stadiums. your thanksgiving travel forecast coming up. point blank. the medical student recovering tonight after stepping in to save a woman. her attacker shooting him in the stomach, then aiming for his head.
police now naming a suspect. and, record breaker. the retired navy s.e.a.l. and his death-defying flight. why he's going the distance for his fellow veterans. this is abc "world news tonight." thanks for joining us on this sunday. i'm tom llamas. we begin with the heightened sense of vigilance at home tonight. around the country, special precautions at weekend sporting events. a professional wrestling event ? atlanta ramping up security after receiving information about being the possible target of a terrorist attack. a predawn drill simulating an active shooter scenario. what to do what a suicide vest is involved. air travel is on edge, as well. a flight forced to land after authorities became suspicious of three passengers all of this as millions get ready to travel. nbc's ron claiborne from laguardia airport tonight. >> reporter: tonight, americans on edge, heading into some of the busiest travel days of the year.
this southwest airlines plane diverted today because three passengers were behaving suspiciously. >> when someone says you're making an emergency landing, you're going to be nervous. >> reporter: the flight headed to los angeles. those passengers causing concern taken off the plane and questioned and later allowed to reboard a different flight. in atlanta, law enforcement saying they received investigation about a threat against a professional wrestling event tonight. the fbi said it had no specific or credible information about any such attack adding it takes all threats seriously. the goal of a terrorist attack is to injure and kill as many people as possible. terrorist groups are always looking for those targets that are softer, that have lots of people, but are difficult to secure. >> reporter: in new york city, hundreds of responders taking part in an exercise. a terrorist in a suicide vest now added to the scenario in response to those paris attacks. today, president obama vowing that fear of being targeted by terrorists will not become the
new normal. >> they can't beat us on the battlefield, so they try to terrorize into being afraid. as president, i will not let that happen. >> reporter: here at laguardia and other airports around the country, many travelers will be seeing a much heavier presence not just during the thanksgiving holiday this week, but for weeks and probably months to come. tom? >> adding to an already stressful time for travelers. >> ron, thank you. tonight, the center of europe's terror crisis is brussels, belgium. the city virtually shut down. the threat considered serious and imminent. it is also the home of this man, the suspected eighth paris attacker. tonight, the hunt for him is on. abc chief global affairs correspondent martha raddatz in brussels, tonight. >> reporter: tonight in brussels, in the heart of the city, the police and military blocking off the streets.
brusquely moving pedestrians and warning journalists to stay back after an unknown threat was reported. >> if we start shooting you are in the crossfire. >> reporter: it appeared to be a false alarm, but it is no wonder the police are on edge. again tomorrow, this city will be on lockdown. subways shuttered, schools closed, shopping malls, restaurants, all potential targets in what belgian officials fear is an imminent, mass casualty attack by multiple assailants in multiple locations. the paris scenario. the u.s. embassy urging american citizens to shelter in place. the search tonight focussed on salah abdeslam. believed to be on this surveillance video obtained by the daily mail shooting at one of the restaurants in paris. authorities say he drove to belgium, passing unnoticed through three security checks. the lawyer for his companions telling abc news he may have been wearing a suicide belt. abdeslam's brother saying in
interviews today that the family thought salah was going on a ski trip when he disappeared prior to the attacks. now he is hoping he ends up in jail rather than dead. outside that brother's home today, in a neighborhood that has sent more than any other here to fight and train syria, this 15-year-old told me there are some people in the neighborhood who are terrorists, but that doesn't mean that everyone is. >> until police find abdeslam and the other men they believe are stalking the city preparing for an attack, brussels will remain on high alert, reassessing the security threat every day taking no chances, tom. >> and those signs of high alert right behind you. martha, thank you. and in paris, people are still gathering outside that concert hall where some 90 people were killed in the attacks. this photo of the american rock band onstage just before the terror began. tonight for the first time they're speaking out about what they saw in the harrowing moments that followed.
abc's lama hassan is reporting from paris tonight. >> reporter: breaking their silence for the first time, the american rock band the eagle of death metal describe what happened while performing that night. >> several people hid in our dressing room, and the killers were able to get in, and killed every one of them, except for a kid who was hiding under my leather jacket. >> reporter: about 30 minutes this was the bone-chilling moment the band knew something was wrong. [ shots fired ] you can hear the gunfire ringing out, the attackers storming in. the drummer crouching down. in the upcoming exclusive interview with vice news, lead singer jesse hughes describes the courage their fans showed. >> so many were killed is because so many people wouldn't leave their friends. >> reporter: the band managed to escape on foot. but among the dead was their merchandise manager nick alexander. his girlfriend polina buckily remembering him at a vigil. >> he's the best man that ever lived. >> reporter: tonight, outside
the bataclan concert hall, the scene of that horrific massacre. you can still see people coming here to pay their respects nine days after those attacks. tom? lama hassan from paris tonight. thank you. terror also striking the west african country of mali in the past few days. tonight, soldiers standing guard outside the hotel where the gunmen attacked. at least 19 people died including one american. a mother from maryland who was there to help out that country. tonight, we'll hear from two americans that narrowly escaped. alex marquardt is in mali tonight. >> reporter: it was eight and a half hours of terror. >> i just knew i was dead. >> reporter: you had resigned yourself to the fact that you were dead? >> yeah, basically. >> reporter: the assault started at 7:00 a.m. as state department contractor terry kemp stood outside the radisson blu hotel. he fled back inside, diving under a dining table. >> they never looked. they were shooting, the shells were hitting me. they never looked. i don't know why.
>> reporter: after the attackers set the room on fire and left, kemp crawled through the smoke to the american rescuers and safety. >> i heard a spray of definitely gunfire. >> reporter: kathie fazekas was up in her room. she immediately barricaded the door and called for help. was there ever a point you thought, we're not going to get out of here? >> when the gunfire was going down the hallway, i e-mailed my husband a second time. he's in atlanta. and i said i love you. if this doesn't turn out right i love you and let people know. >> reporter: of the around 20 americans inside, one was killed. aid worker anita datar from maryland, in mali on a project for usaid. this attack has been claimed by an al qaeda linked group based in north africa. mali's defense minister would not confirm the claim, but said whoever is behind it is part of the growing wave of terror being seen around the world. tom? >> alex, thank you. following that string of attacks, terror is now a top concern in the race for president. and a new poll out tonight shows
donald trump holding a firm lead. ben carson behind him, marco rubio, ted cruz and jeb bush. and tonight the front-runner with strong words on torture and how he says some american muslims reacted after 9/11. abc's devin dwyer from washington tonight. >> reporter: tonight donald trump is turning up the tough talk about terrorists and drawing cheers. >> we've got to chop off that head like they're chopping off the heads of our people. >> reporter: just take a look at who republican voters trust most to handle terrorism, in our new abc news/washington post poll. trump topping the list by far. >> so you'd bring back waterboarding? >> i would bring it back, yes. i think waterboarding is peanuts compared to what they'd do to us. >> reporter: trump reopening a debate about interrogation and torture and stirring up new controversy over this claim about 9/11. >> i watched when the world trade center came tumbling down, and i watched in jersey city, new jersey, where thousands and
thousands of people were cheering as that building was coming down. >> you know, the police say that didn't happen and all those rumors have been on the internet for some time. did you misspeak yesterday? >> it did happen. i saw it. >> you saw that with your own eyes? >> while some around the world cheered after the 9/11 attacks, there are no known evidence of crowds in new jersey coming out to celebrate. trumps said he wants a database to track syrian refugees. >> get them out of here! >> tensions are running high. on saturday in alabama, this black lives matter protester claims he was beaten and subjected to racial slurs after heckling trump. >> maybe he should have been roughed up because it was absolutely disgusting what he was doing. >> trump leads dr. ben carson by ten points in the primary poll. the fourth straight month he's held the lead, and in iowa, the critical voting state where carson has been ahead, early signs that trump may be closing in.
tom? is devin dwyer now, thank you. and to the weather tonight. parts of illinois getting some of their biggest november snow totals on record. take a look at that. dangerous for travel as well. near bloomington, this jackknifed semi. and nothing moving at airports, cancellations at o'hare. rippling across the country. philip mena is in bearington, illinois tonight. >> reporter: a blast of winter, across the midwest this weekend. blinding snow and icy roads. >> i don't think i've gone faster than 15 miles an hour. >> i've seen a few people in ditches. >> from south dakota to michigan, more than a hundred accidents. near bloomington, illinois, wind gusts reducing visibility to near zero. challenge by air a challenge, too. more than 1,000 flights canceled at chicago airports. o'hare setting up cots for nearly 900 passengers stranded overnight. some suburbs getting as much as 16 inches of snow.
chicago's snowiest november in more than 100 years. the storm, snapping trees and power lines. jolting some residents out of bed. >> the power line went into the street. it was crazy. j joo. >> reporter: we met ted shoveling his driveway. >> were you prepared for so much snow? >> it's a bit of a shock coming from the warm weather that we had so no, not really. >> reporter: stadium workers in iowa also scrambling and before the iowa-purdue game. back here in chicago, it's only gotten colder since the storm. that created huge snow piles like this one. but the good news, tom, it is expected to warm up just in time for thanksgiving. >> it will help you get out of there. thanks so much. abc senior meteorologist rob marciano is here. that's really early for a snow storm in chicago. but you're tracking another storm? >> here's the next storm coming in. to the pacific northwest, wind, rain, snow, and cold air. watch as it moves south of portland and seattle.
by early tuesday morning those snow levels really drop low maybe 500 to 1,000 feet and it might get down to the valley floor there and pressing lower to san francisco. we had record highs across los angeles and that will be the end of that because this big trough will dig into the west. the east coast for big travel on wednesday looks to be pretty good, but everything will be out west so if you're traveling through south lake, through denver, san francisco and los angeles. if you're traveling over the mountain passes it could be treacherous, tom. >> thank you. we want to go back to chicago, in the middle of the snowstorm a fire broke out in one of the most famous skyscrapers. the hancock center. firefighters going floor by floor evacuating residents. five people were slightly injured. still ahead on "world news tonight." the search for a dangerous shooter. the chilling video as a suspect opens fire on a medical student trying to rescue a woman
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the woman disashppears from fra. she is alone with her alleged attacker when gold, who is a fourth-year medical student at tulane university, drives by the scene. gold brakes, backs up and gets out to help. his hands up, gold pleas with the man, who has a gun on him and is demanding cash. the aspiring doctor is shot in the stomach. >> perp is a black male, grey hoodie. >> reporter: the suspect tries to shoot gold repeatedly, aiming at his head, but he fails and takes off in this suv. an anonymous bystander saw it all. >> i saw the guy with the gun shoot the guy in the stomach. i saw him stand over him and attempt to shoot him. the woman gold saved got away and is recovering. in a statement to abc news gold's family thanks everyone for their conditioned concern saying peter's condition is improving. a friend and classmate describes him as a great guy who "always has your back." apparently true, whether he
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finally tonight, afraid of heights? the daredevil behind me, taking a leap, breaking records while managing not to break any bones. he's a retired navy s.e.a.l., pushing the limits again to help his fellow veterans. here's john donvan. >> reporter: you're watching a man on a mission. andy stumpf, a highly decorated former navy seal, now battling in the air. he's wearing a wingsuit. he's a world class skydiver and instructor. climbing now to more than 36,000 feet. too high to breathe on his own. as he prepares to jump he makes the mistake of poking his head out. and suddenly the wind grabs him, spinning him around. >> i knew i was in for a wild ride. >> reporter: he could have passed out. even died, but managed to regain control. >> after i got out of the spin, the flight itself was visually breathtaking. >> reporter: he surpassed the world record for absolute distance in a wingsuit, more than 18 1/4 miles. the best part, he's doing it to raise money. his goal, $1 million for the navy s.e.a.l. foundation.
it's for the ones who do not make it back. >> i couldn't imagine making the sacrifices that i've already made and then at the end of the day not having him to come back to. >> reporter: despite being seriously wounded, andy did make it back to his wife, his three kids. but lots of his friends didn't. >> it was a huge help to know that there are people and organizations back here at home that are willing to step in, in case something happens to you. >> reporter: stumpf served ten tours of duty in afghanistan and iraq. now he says his fight is to help those still fighting to protect our country. john donvan, abc news, washington. >> we thank andy for his service. we thank john for that story. "gma" first thing in the morning, david muir will be back here tonight night. i'm tom llamas in new york. have a great evening. good night.
next at 6:00, scares in the air. a woman from the bay area describes a flying headache cause bed passengers accused of behaving badly. >> sneak peek of what high speed rail would look like in california. >> we're coming off a mild week but now tracking big changes including wet weather and a winter chill. >> fans are watching the warriors chase history. the record they're going every. abc7 news at 6:00 starts right now. breaking news in berkeley. a two-alarm fire has been reported in an apartment building four blocks south of the cal campus. we want to show you a photo taken bay witness who shared it with us. the fire broke out at 5:30 and
evacuations are underway. we're working to bring you more information during the newscast and through twitter as well. connect with us at abc7 news bay area. >> we'll take a live look at san francisco international airport. that's where people are on edge during the busy thanksgiving travel time, after two scares in the air. the first one happened on a singapore airlines flight from sfo last night. someone reported a bomb threat. one passenger september us these photos of the passenger going through an additional security check and baggage screening. nothing found. passengers were delayed two hours after they landed. >> the other square involved a southwest airlines flying from indianapolis to lax. had to be diverted to kansas city because of suspicious behavior by some of the passengers. cornell bernard spoke with a woman from san francisco who was flying home for thanksgiving on that flight. joining us now life from sfo with the story.