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david muir" is coming up next. i'm kristen sze. >> i'm dan ashley. for all of us, we'll see you tonight, breaking ee you developments in the child and the gorilla. what the cincinnati police have just now revealed. after that 3-year-old boy falls, the gorilla then shot and killed. investigators now say they are reviewing the actions of the parents. also breaking tonight, the deadly rampage. police talking just a short time ago, after the young army sergeant opens fire. multiple victims. they now say 212 rounds. donald trump's promise of millions for veterans. was it kept? tonight, he makes his case and then takes aim with the cameras rolling. the school bus scare, crashing down a 30-foot embankment. the children trapped. >> the bus just crashed into a house. and caught in the act. what three women say they witnessed in a suburban american restaurant. tonight, what this man is accused of doing to his date. authorities are now asking for
the public's help. good evening. and we begin tonight with the breaking developments, the decision by cincinnati police to look at the parents after their little boy fell into the gorilla exhibit at the cincinnati zoo. authorities now reviewing the parents' actions, in their words, in the moments before the boy fell. so many people across this country have already studied the images. the 3-year-old boy who climbed up over a three-foot barrier and then fell into the enclosure. you can see the endangered 400-pound silverback gorilla lifts him up and then drags him away. after ten minutes with the boy inside that exhibit, zoo workers say they had no other choice but to kill the gorilla to save the boy. abc's alex perez is in cincinnati. >> reporter: after those heart-racing images, tonight, cincinnati police confirm they are investigating whether the 3-year-old boy's family properly supervised him in the moments before he fell into the gorilla
exhibit. the boy's mother can be heard screaming as the horrifying ordeal unfolded. >> mommy loves you! i'm right here! >> reporter: the first call came in at 3:52 p.m. saturday. >> a child has fallen into the gorilla cage. >> reporter: authorities say the child climbed over the three-foot barrier, plunging 15 feet into the moat. the 450-pound gorilla cornering the boy. at one point, the little boy moves away from the gorilla, but is then pulled back towards him. he later props him up from behind and eventually dragging him all the way to the other side of the cage. at 4:01, after ten agonizing minutes, the zoo's emergency response team makes the decision to shoot and kill the gorilla. officials say a tranquilizer dart would have taken too long. the boy rescued two minutes after that shot was fired at 4:03. >> the last option is something that we train for on a regular basis. we don't ever want to have to use this, but deadly force is what ended this situation.
>> reporter: a similar incident at an illinois zoo in 1996 saw a very different outcome. a gorilla cradling this 3-year-old after falling in. the zoo believing the gorilla was trying to protect him. in the cincinnati case, the zoo felt the boy was at risk. renowned wildlife expert jack hanna saying tonight, he stands by the zoo's decision. >> i'll tell you right now, i'll bet my life right now, if i had to, that that child would not be here today. >> reporter: tonight, animal activist groups slamming the zoo. >> the physical barriers at the cincinnati zoo are not adequate to keep people out of the enclosures. >> reporter: our cameras today capturing crews making changes to the barriers at the gorilla exhibit. and david, the most recent federal inspection here at the zoo was less than two months ago. the zoo and those barriers passed without any citations. david? >> alex perez leading us off from cincinnati. there are also major developments tonight after authorities say a young veteran went on a deadly shooting rampage in houston. late today, police revealing that the young army sergeant
fired more than 200 rounds, killing one person, wounding six others before being taken down by police. and we're now hearing from the gunman's father and his step-mother. abc's linsey davis on what the family says it saw and heard from their own son beforehand. >> reporter: tonight, police say it appears 25-year-old dionisio garza iii, the young army veteran they say was behind that deadly rampage, was in the throes of a mental health crisis. >> his family indicated that he wasn't feeling right, and he left to come here to hang out with his friends and try to find work here. >> reporter: the shooting spree began sunday, at 10:15 a.m., when the gunman shot and killed a customer at this auto shop, leaving the gas station in front in flames. he fired 212 rounds, even taking aim at a police helicopter, hitting it several times. >> get in your house! >> reporter: two officers were wounded, four others shot.
investigators now say they blew up this bag left at the scene, with bullets, ear plugs and papers inside, including his military discharge papers and birth certificate. garza was honorably discharged from the army two years ago. his father, a missionary, tells a local station that his son had ptsd and "snapped." he describes a downward spiral in recent weeks, saying his son was consumed with "conspiracies that the dollar was collapsing and the world was about to end." his step-mother tells us, after two tours in afghanistan, he was never the same. >> i think he was haunted by everything that he saw there and he experienced there. and i think it changes you. >> reporter: police say he drove from california to texas and arrived on saturday. he was killed by a sniper within one hour of the shooting. david? >> linsey davis with us tonight. linsey, thank you. we turn now to the race for the white house, and that promise from donald trump. trump saying just a few months ago that he raised $6 million for veterans. today at a news conference, he was asked, did he raise that much?
did he exaggerate? trump then lashed out, arguing he's getting punished for doing a good thing, and it grew very tense. and when trump was asked, is this what the white house will be like if he's elected, he had an answer. here's abc's tom llamas. >> reporter: in an extraordinary news conference today, donald trump defending himself, and unloading on reporters for questioning just how much money he raised for veterans groups. >> i sent people checks of a lot of money, and instead of being, like, thank you very much, mr. trump, or, trump did a good job, everyone is say, who got it? who got it? who got it? and you make me look very bad. >> reporter: in january, trump claimed he raised $6 million at this iowa event, including a million from his own pocket. >> we just cracked $6 million, right? $6 million! >> reporter: but trump's campaign manager recently suggested the total amount raised was closer to $4.5 million. and trump's own million dollar contribution? it was only made last week. mr. trump, writing a million dollar check is incredibly
generous. but the night of that iowa fundraiser, you said you had raised $6 million. clearly you had not. your critics say you tend to exaggerate, you have a problem with the truth. is this a prime example? >> no, i raised almost $6 million. some of it didn't come through, but more money is coming through than didn't come through. the number probably is going to be, when we finish it, probably going to be over the $6 million. >> reporter: but that question seemed to strike a nerve, because three minutes later, trump lashed out. >> i'm not looking for credit. but what i don't want is, when i raise millions of dollars, have people say, like this sleazy guy right over here, from abc, he's a sleaze in my book. >> reporter: why am i a sleaze? >> you're a sleaze because you know the facts and you know the facts well. >> reporter: because i ask fair questions? for months, trump would not reveal the full list of veterans groups who received money. he claims he was vetting them. and today, he read a long list of those he says got checks. >> project for patriots, $100,000. >> reporter: abc news reached
out to all 41 groups, and spoke with most of them. some told us they received the money months ago, but others say they only got it last week, as trump was facing mounting questions about those donations. trump's exchanges with reporters today, among the most contentious we've seen. >> you think i'm going to change? i'm not changing. >> reporter: he says the trump you see is the trump you'll get. >> is this what it's going to be like covering you if you're president? >> yeah, it is. >> we're going to have this kind of confrontation in the press room? >> yeah, it is going to be like this. >> and tom llamas with us live tonight from trump tower. and tom, a lot of talk over the holiday weekend, as well, after a tweet from a well-known conservative who predicted someone else would launch an independent run in this race for president. tonight we have a name? >> reporter: david, the editor of the weekly standard, bill kris toll said there would be an impressive candidate with a strong team. tonight, we know the name being discussed the david french. he's a constitutional lawyer, a writer for the national review and an iraq war veteran. not exactly a household name. his wife is an author who has co-written books with sarah and
bristol palin. david? >> tom llamas on this campaign every step of the way. tom, thanks. hillary clinton, meanwhile, wasting no time, pouncing on donald trump's promise to veterans. but here's the question for clinton tonight -- can she afford to lose california to bernie sanders, who is drawing huge crowds? the math is on her side, regardless. after all, clinton herself knows what it's like to win california and not the nomination. here's abc's jonathan karl on the campaign trail. >> reporter: hillary clinton today blasted donald trump, calling his fund-raiser for veterans a stunt. >> he's bragged for months about raising $6 million for veterans and donating a million dollars himself. but it took a reporter to shame him into actually making his contribution and getting the money to veterans. >> reporter: clinton is fighting a two-front war. out in california, bernie sanders is riding a wave of momentum. sanders is drawing huge crowds. today, in santa cruz.
>> and if we win here in the largest state in our country, we're going to go marching into the democratic convention with incredible momentum and we will march out with the democratic nomination. >> reporter: the reality? sanders could win in california, but has very little chance of actually winning the nomination. clinton has built up a huge delegate lead. today, jerry brown, california's popular governor, endorsed clinton in a letter saying, quote, clinton's lead is insurmountable. a point echoed by california's senior senator, a clinton supporter, who suggested to me, it's time for sanders to pack it in. >> he ought to be able to read the signposts as well as anybody else. and if he did that, he would know that it's all but over. >> reporter: it's a total reversal of eight years ago, when hillary clinton scored a big victory in the california primary, and we all know what
happened then. >> jon karl with us live tonight. jon, we saw the delegate math. you reported on it there. hillary clinton can win the nomination without california. but listen, the clinton camp knows that this would send her, ultimately, limping into the convention, would it not? >> reporter: symbolically, it would be a huge blow to lose the largest state in the union. that's why the clinton campaign has just announced, she will go on a five-day campaign swing throughout california, beginning on thursday. they are spending money, too. she may not need the delegates, david, but she sure doesn't want to end her primary campaign by losing in california. >> all right, john karl with us live tonight, as well. jon, thank you. we turn to other news tonight, and to the deadly storms in the south, and the warning tonight that there is more severe weather coming, and a lot of it this week. already record rain and devastating flooding. look at this image outside houston today. horses trapped outside the front porch of this home. it was surrounded by water, they had no choice. in the heartland, meanwhile, a tornado seen tearing across colorado in the last 24 hours.
that's right there near the nebraska border. 13 million americans bracing for severe storms from texas to arkansas. ginger standing by. but first, abc's phillip mena in richmond, texas, tonight. >> reporter: in texas, the rivers are rising and the records are falling. >> this is at a critical stage here, because this water is just about out of its banks. >> reporter: we toured the devastated neighborhoods in richmond. residents helplessly watching floodwaters creep to their doorsteps. how bad is it right now? >> real bad. i was here last night, i haven't slept all night. >> reporter: in booth, they're packing up and moving out. >> my husband came home at 5:00 this morning and said, "get out of bed, get your clothes and let's get out of here." >> reporter: the town of thompsons cut off. the main road in now a river. i'm about two miles away from where the banks of the brazos river should be. instead, it's right here. the river is cresting today at nearly 54 feet, the highest levels in more than 20 years. the floodwaters infested with fire ants, water moccasins and debris.
families trying to save livestock. horses in simonton -- >> there they are, all ten of them. >> reporter: -- sheltering on this home's front porch. parts of texas, seeing their wettest may on record. up to 20 inches of rain in the past week alone. now, at least seven dead, including an austin woman who drowned while tubing monday evening. david, it's not raining here now. that's the good news. but the bad news is, more rain is coming later this week. david? >> all right, really thinking about the families in texas who have not had a break and not going to get one this week, either. >> reporter: not at all. rounds of storms. we can take you straight to the map, everybody. because we just got word that just south of ft. worth, texas, there are cars stranded. so, high water pooling up with these slow-moving storms that you see on the radar at this hour. you take a place like austin, where they are already saturated. they've had their wettest may on record. that's why we've got a flash flood watch in place from the mexican border, all the way up through southeastern oklahoma, for the next couple of days.
it going to last through thursday morning at least. that upper level low going to slow move into the weekend, four to five inches sandwiched between austin and dallas. >> all right, tracking this right through the week. ginger, thank you. in the meantime tonight, we move to the school bus scare in charlotte, north carolina. more than a dozen middle school children and their driver hurt when the bus tumbled 30 feet down an embankment right there, then crashing into a house. abc's david kerley with the desperate 911 calls for help. >> reporter: down a 30-foot embankment with nearly two dozen onboard, it was a house and a tree that stopped this school bus. >> somebody help! >> charlotte police. do you need police, fire or medic? >> i need an ambulance. i need 911. the bus is wrecked! the bus is wrecked! >> reporter: that frantic call this morning as students crawled out of the crumpled charlotte, north carolina, bus. >> some people jumped out the window, some people jumped out the exit. >> reporter: and a stunned homeowner wondering exactly what had happened. >> i need police, medic. a school bus just went careening into my house. >> do you know if any kids are on the bus? >> no. i just heard the crash. i'm getting dressed right now to
go outside, because i hear them yelling. >> reporter: tonight, 12 of the students taken 0 the hospital have been released. bus driver, who was trapped for a time, still in the hospital, along with one of the students, both in good condition. the driver of the school bus has been suspended with pay, which is normal, as the investigation is conducted. the news for the homeowner, not so good. he is homeless tonight. the authorities have condemned his house because of all the damage, david. >> all right, david kerley. but good news, everyone on the bus okay. thanks to you. and there is still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this tuesday. what three women say they witnessed at a suburban american restaurant. those women taking action, and tonight, authorities say they rescued another woman who had no idea what her date had done. tonight, police now asking for the public's help and what he's been charged with. also tonight, the tragedy involving this swimming champ, devoted to saving lives. authorities asking what happened while he was taking a test to be a lifeguard. and then, tonight, this video coming in. arnold schwarzenegger, also known as the terminator, but what he ends up saying as this
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allegedly confirmed their suspicions. the police arresting 24-year-old michael hsu in the restaurant and confiscating the woman's drink as evidence. those friends sharing their story on facebook to warn other women. >> i am completely filled with gratitude that we were able to see it, to tell someone about it and to help another woman out. >> reporter: hsu pleaded not guilty to the charges. if convicted, he faces up to six years in prison. the police are now asking the public's help in finding any other witness or more possible victims. david? >> lauren lyster with us tonight. lauren, thanks. when we come back on a tuesday night, arnold schwarzenegger, we thought he was the terminator. so, what happened when an elephant charged him? that video coming up. and then, the pictures just in. a frightening scene on this flight from houston to newark. the panels suddenly coming down, the creami iceiling crave cavin. the passengers onboard, when we come back.
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