this is "nightline." >> tonight, sext machine. top hillary clinton made huma abadeen leaving her husband anthony weiner for allegedly sexting again. donald trump accusing them of bad judgment. what this means for her campaign. dwyane wade's cousin gunned down on the streets of chicago while pushing a baby in a stroller. >> i'm frustrated, you should be frustrated, all chicago should be from us chat be frustrated. >> a city under siege from repeat offenders. >> i'm leaving chicago the first chance i get. it's not safe. >> how police are fighting back against growing gun violence. ♪ >> a blank space at the vmas. a night of epic performances and
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lewd pictures of himself on twitter, his wife, the top clinton aide huma abedin, stood by him. tonight, however, abedin has apparently reached her limit. will this latest tabloid story have political implications for her boss? here's abc's david wright. >> reporter: she is the woman behind the nation's most powerful woman. hillary clinton's closest aide huma abedin, seen here leaving a campaign fund-raiser in the hamptons last night. just as the "new york post" was breaking the latest scandal about her husband, anthony weiner, allegedly caught sexting again. this time with his son right there asleep in the bed with him. for wiener, this was the third strike. tonight their marriage is over. after long and painful consideration and work on my marriage, i've made the decision to separate from my husband, abedin said in a statement. >> really? we're talking about anthony wiener's junk again?
>> the gift that keeps on giving. >> this is a personal problem for them? obviously it is. but is it also a political problem for hillary clinton? >> anything personal that unfolds in a campaign becomes a political problem. >> reporter: it's already been a tough month for abedin and the clinton campaign. questions are swirling over the campaign's latest e-mail scandal which has to do not with clinton's e-mails but abedin's. she's under scrutiny for allegedly fast-tracking access to the clinton state kept for big contributors to the clinton foundation. donald trump has seized on the issue. >> it is impossible to figure out where the clinton foundation ends and the state department begins. >> reporter: now it's not only her e-mails drawing trump's attention but her marriage as well. >> she's married to a guy that is uncontrolled and uncontrollable. he's a sick person. and, you know, she has access to classified information. >> is trump out of line, calling
him out on this? >> you could probably say, maybe they shouldn't go there, leave it alone, let her handle it. but for donald trump everything seems fair game. >> reporter: anthony weiner spent the last few years as a stay at home dad. but before all this he was a mawker, a colorful new york democrat with a fiery will. >> the gentleman will sit! >> reporter: that is until he accidentally posted a lewd photograph on his public twitter feed. a congressman caught with his pants down. >> i am not going to permit myself to be distracted by this issue any longer. >> reporter: at first he claimed the account had been hacked. >> it was a hoax, someone sending a picture of a wean over wean are's account. >> reporter: that story didn't hold up for long. days later wiener finally came clean. >> i have made terrible mistakes that have hurt the people i care about the most and i am deeply sorry. i've exchanged messages and photos of an explicit nature with about six women over the
laster there years. >> he said i'm an open book. >> reporter: broussard said she and wiener exchanged a series of increasingly risque photos, including this one, this appears to show the former congressman shirtless, and yes, those are family photos in the background. >> i was like, wow. because i could see the background. anybody can zoom into that. it's not that hard. >> reporter: his house of cards crumbled fast. >> today i'm announcing my resignation from congress. [ cheers ] so my colleagues can get back to work, my neighbors can choose a new representative, and most importantly, that my wife and i can continue to heal from the damage i have caused. >> is sexual addiction a real thing? or is it just an excuse? >> it's not categorized as a disorder as such. but there are many people who feel that they do have a sexual addiction. >> reporter: abedin stood by him. the couple had a newborn and the two of them kept a fairly low
profile as they worked on their marriage. then wiener decided the coast was clear to mount a comeback. >> every day starts right here. >> reporter: he announced his candidacy for mayor of new york. he was leading in the polls. until he got caught in another sexting scandal. the candidate had an alter ego, carlos danger. not exactly a superhero. the whole sordid mess chronicled in a documentary about his comeback campaign. >> today i'm announcing my resignation from congress -- >> wiener. >> reporter: there are cringe-worthy moments. >> can we have the room for a second? >> reporter: the scandal eventually cost him the race and his career. but not his marriage. huma abedin stood by him. >> i love him. i have forgiven him. i believe in him. and as we have said from the beginning, we are moving forward. >> reporter: just like her mentor hillary clinton did back in 1992 as she famously told "60
minutes." >> i'm not sitting here some little woman standing by my man like tammy wynette. i'm sitting here because i love him and i respect him and i honor what he's been through and what we've been through together. >> reporter: patience has its limits for everyone. >> he's toxic. they love huma, seems like. seems like hillary looks at her as she's her daughter. >> reporter: the latest sexting scandal has the same ingredients of the previous two. according to the "new york post" wiener had been texting about massage parlor always he changed the subject. "somebody just climbed into my bed," he reportedly texted. that photo may set the stage for a bitter custody battle. it puts huma abedin in an incredibly tough spot. the "post" says after sending the photo of his son in the bed, wiener momentarily started to panic, referring back to his previous scandals in this exchange, the paper published. oh, i was squared, for half a second i thought i'd posted something. stop looking at my crotch."
"whatever, you did it on purpose," she sent back. could there have been political motivation to this expose? who knows. the "post" did not identify her. >> this can happen to anyone so it's almost a cautionary tale. we all have these self-destructive drives. we just have to work at reining them in so they don't destroy our future possibilities. >> reporter: there but for the grace of god, and some basic good judgment. what happens to him now? does he have any future, can he come back from this? >> no, and it looks like he's lost his column that he had. he's lost his television show that he's had. it looks like any connection he had with power has now been severed by huma separating from him. i don't think he can recover from this. >> reporter: the bigger question now, given the timing, what the fallout might be for huma abedin and her boss. i'm david wright for "nightline" in new york. next, the shocking and rising gun violence in chicago really hits home for nba star
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she was pushing a baby stroller at the time. the case brought renewed attention to the grinding war on chicago's streets. and tonight abc's pierre thomas has the latest on the case and on this epidemic of violence. >> reporter: when dwyane wade, nba superstar, made an appearance on espn's town hall on gun view lens last week, he didn't know just how personal gun violence was about to become for him. >> it's important for all of us to help each other, to go back and say, where did this start, how did this start, let's see how we can change there. >> reporter: little did wade know a day later his own family would become front and center. >> we got a female shot in the head -- >> reporter: his cousin, kiya aldridge, gunned down in chicago, a victim of gunfire, while pushing a baby stroller. the family overwhelmed in grief. >> i was crying, why my baby? >> reporter: an outraged dwyane wade took to social media
tweeting, my cousin was killed today in chicago. another act of senseless gun violence. four kids lost their mom for no reason. unreal. enough is enough. the head of chicago police held a hastily arranged press conference to express his anger about the carnage. >> all chicagoans should be frustrated. >> reporter: 22-year-old darren surrels and 26-year-old darren surrels jr. being held on attempted murder without bond. both convicted felons, one with a past gun offense. so far this year in chicago 429 people have been shot and killed. >> these two offenders are the prime example of the challenge we face here in chicago with repeat gun offenders that don't care who they shoot, don't care whose life they take. >> reporter: we were recently in chicago and got to see firsthand the violence unfold. >> they're saying a couple of people shot, two different locations. >> reporter: we're on chicago's troubled south side riding with
pauley lapointe. >> which shooting is worst, do you know? >> he's what some call a nightcrawler, a video journalist who spends his evenings covering shooting after shooting. >> i'm going to bishop first, it's a hot block. >> reporter: in this neighborhood, seems like every block is hot. >> it's definitely a homicide. >> there's a body. covered up. how many times have you shot a dead victim? >> at least 200 this year. >> 200 this year? >> yeah. >> those are human lives. gone. she thinks she knows who may have been shot. she's calling somebody and they're not answering their phone and she's worried it's someone she knows. >> the cries of chicago at every shooting. >> reporter: even before the cries subside and the body can be removed, another call comes in. >> a lot of people standing around there. >> oh, yeah. it's a hot zone right here.
>> somebody's dead on the street. doesn't look like there are a lot of witnesses. >> it's probably that those witnesses don't want to talk. got to be 2,000 people standing on the other side of the police tape, somebody's not talking. >> meanwhile the music plays on as if nothing happens. ♪ >> there's something just -- not right about the way these people die on the street like this. >> there's lead flying all over america, killing people, and it's something that should be addressed as a major health issue. >> reporter: in fact, the american medical association has recognized this as a public health crisis. they're seeking to overturn 20-year-old legislation preventing the cdc from researching gun violence. we finally stopped filming at 3:00 a.m. saturday morning. but by 11:00 a.m., more gun violence in chicago. four of this woman's family members have just been shot. she asked that we not show her
face, fearing for her safety. >> beating on the back door, open the door. he just falls in and i see all the blood. >> reporter: then her brother's pregnant sister and friend also stumble in, also having been shot. >> i'm leaving chicago the first chance i get. >> you feel like you need to get out of here? >> it's not safe. >> reporter: community activist andrew holmes is here at the scene to help victims. >> hopefully they survive these injuries. >> reporter: but for him it's personal. his daughter, 32-year-old tamara sword, mother of five, was shot dead in indianapolis, caught in the crossfire. >> i worked very hard for many years as an activist to reduce gun violence. and it hits my home deep. my own daughter. >> when you got the word about her, i mean -- how did you even process that? >> it took me through pure hell. pure hell. i just wanted to give up. i didn't want to give a damn about anybody else anymore.
when i'm talking to a family to identify their loved ones, it's like i'm unzipping that bag, looking at her. >> reporter: at chicago pd they're fighting crime with 27,000 security cameras and sophisticated microphones deployed by shot spotter, a california company supplying audio sensors in 90 u.s. cities. we met the superintendent in late june. frustration was building. >> chicago's a city of 2.6 million people. so out of that 2.6 million, that's 1,400 individuals that are really driving most of our gun violence in the city. essentially since january 1st, chicago police department has recovered one illegal gun per hour this year. >> that is hundreds? >> 4,000. >> 4,000? >> roughly 4,000. >> reporter: less than two months later, according to the chicago pd, the number is now a staggering 6,000 guns. >> we recover more guns than l.a. and new york combined. >> reporter: chicago police are trying a new approach. by focusing their efforts on 1,400 people they say have prior
offenses and gang relations. their names compiled on a list. chicago's strategic subject list. >> we say, hey, you want to change your lifestyle, we're willing to help you. but if they don't choose to change their lifestyle, we'll come after them with everything. the sad tragedy of it is a lot of them become victims of gun violence. >> reporter: the men arrested for wade's death were on that list. the death of wade's cousin ironic. he's now returning to his hometown to play for the chicago bulls. wanting to use his celebrity to bring change. but that death underscoring the enormous challenge that he and chicago now face. >> this reprehensible act of violence is the example of why we need to change the way we treat habitual offenders in the city of chicago. when will enough be enough? >> reporter: enough? this is a city where a 9-year-old boy was shot to death by gang baners as retribution. >> put the guns down, please. this is my only baby. >> reporter: where a woman was gunned down a block away from police headquarters as she got
her morning coffee at starbucks. >> a stray bullet piercing nelson's chest -- >> reporter: and now a mother registering her children for school fatally wounded, bullets whizzing by her baby in the stroller. for "nightline," i'm pierre thomas in washington. >> we want to thank pierre thomas for that extraordinary reporting. up next, we switch gears and turn to lighter fare. the vmas. most musicians wouldn't miss the event in their wildest dreams so to speak. so where was taylor swift? i'm claudine and i quit smoking with chantix. smoking's a monkey on my back. it was, it was always controlling your time, your actions, your money. it had me. it had me. i would not be a non-smoker today if it wasn't for chantix. along with support, chantix (varenicline) is proven to help people quit smoking. chantix reduced my urge to smoke some people had changes in behavior, thinking or mood,
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the red carpet sunday night. not nominated for a moon man this year but was there bad blood? ♪ now we got bad blood >> no, turns out she was summoned for jury duty. fellow jurors taking to social media to share their excitement. the judge excused her, leaving a blank space in the juror pool, because of her involvement in an ongoing civil case. the news from the vmas. we want to end with word that the world has lost one of its great comedic talents. gene wilder, star of "blazing saddles," "young frankenstein," perhaps best mown known as willy wonka. ♪ if you want to view paradise ♪ simply look around and view it ♪ >> wilder died at his home on sunday night of complications from alzheimer's. he was 83 years old. we want to thank you for watching abc news tonight. join us for "gma" first thing in