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>> so far the effort has raised more than $250,000. >> "world news tonight, breaking news. the bombshell inside the courtroom. the south carolina jury, and what they revealed a short time ago, after a police officer shoots and kills an unarmed black man in the back as he ran away from the scene. what happened inside that jury room. new reporting in the deadly california inferno. at least three dozen trapped and killed. and, new details right here tonight. what the stairwell inside was made of. how so many were instantly trapped. the punishment. tonight, the father who left his boy to die in a hot car. what the judge says to the father in that courtroom. and you'll hear it. the shooting in the family pizza restaurant. the shooter with an ar-15, suddenly firing. authorities now say he came after reading a fake story news story involving the election. and, the nfl star. the deadly road rage. what we've now learned about the
man who was freed. and the new surveillance video just out. good evening on this monday night. breaking news, as we come on the air in the west tonight. in california, authorities say they're considering charges, manslaught manslaughter, perhaps even murder in the warehouse fire in oakland, california. by the time firefighters arrived, there was little they could do. we've learned about the exits, what the stairs were made of. neal karlinsky leads us off. >> reporter: tonight, the death toll rising. investigators searching for the cause of the deadliest fire in oakland history.
the warehouse engulfed in flames, packed with a late night party at this converted artists' colony known as the "ghost ship." >> like seeing everything, like this orange wall of fire, it was -- i don't know, it felt like seeing a monster. >> reporter: firefighters just a block away, there within three minutes, were already too late. firefighters tell abc news they believe it started on the first floor, in back. but the building was a tinder box. only two exits in all 10,000 square feet, people living in mobile homes inside the first floor. most of the victims were on the second floor for a concert. tonight, new images showing the rickety staircase made of wood pallets leading to the front door. leaving almost no way out. >> you couldn't have any more than two people on the staircase. it would have fallen down. it was not only dangerous, but it was disgusting. >> reporter: officials now conducting a criminal
investigation, amidst mounting evidence this place fell through the cracks. it had a long history of violations, including people living there illegally. the controversial alleged founder of the ghost ship under a microscope. speaking to abc station, kgo. >> they were my children, my friends, my family, my loves, my future. what else do i have to say? >> reporter: tonight, the long list of these 36 lost, a heartbreaking montage of lives cut short. we found this woman in agony, waiting to hear about a loved one. >> please, can you just call any of us if you're around, something happened, we don't care. we just want to know if you're alive or not. >> neal joins us live from the scene. that horrible fire. and that woman has now received word? >> reporter: david, that's right. tragically, she is believed to be among the dead, although she hasn't been officially identified. and we should note, the d.a. came out a few moments ago to say there is a potential
criminal case, ranging from involuntary manslaughter to murder. depending on what they find. if they find anything. possible criminal negligence up to something intentional. they're looking into it. >> neal, thank you. now to the south carolina courtroom, in the case of the former police officer, michael slager. a mistrial declared after the shooting death of walter scott, running from the officer. >> the court, therefore, must declare a mistrial in this case. >> reporter: this former police officer, seen in this disturbing cell phone video shooting a black man in the back as he was running away, will go home tonight to the loving arms of his family. the mistrial means he will remain out on bond, but under house arrest. >> until my family can see justice, no, there is no forgiveness. >> reporter: for the family of walter scott, and for black americans who thought that video of the killing would bring
justice, they feel the system has failed them again. they're already looking forward to a retrial, promised tonight by prosecutors. >> it's not over. y'all hear me, it's not over! till god says, it's over. >> reporter: at least two of the jurors, both of them white women, were in tears as the black foreman delivered the news. >> the statistics say that the next jury will look a lot like you. >> reporter: most of the nearly all-white jury looked like they were in disbelief. but there was one who refused to make eye contact with the judge, the lawyers, or the family of walter scott. >> something got to him. i'm sure we'll quickly hear from the rest of the jurors who disagreed with him. >> reporter: a handful of people who came to watch stormed out of the courtroom in disgust. to so many, the crime was clear. slager fired eight shots, and when he fired his first bullet, scott was already 18 feet away. on the witness stand, he explained that he and scott fought before they were seen in the recording.
he says at one point, scott got ahold of his taser, and says in his mind at the time, scott was a threat. >> i fired until the threat was stopped, like i'm trained to do. >> reporter: jurors could have picked between manslaughter and murder, and couldn't agree on either. >> and steve joins us live. what kind of timeline are we looking at for a new trial? >> reporter: slager first has a federal trial next year. prosecutors in this case say they plan to work with the federal court, but they absolutely plan to retry this case. as far as protests, there weren't violent protests here when walter scott was killed, and his family is begging the streets for that same patience. david? >> steve, thank you. and from georgia tonight, the punishment for the father convicted on leaving his son in a hot car to die.
here's linsey davis. >> reporter: as justin ross harris learned his fate today, he stood emotionless, sentenced by a judge who didn't mince any words. >> callously walked away and left that child in a hot car, in june, in georgia, in the summer, to swelter and die. >> reporter: harris, sentenced to life without parole, plus 32 years for the death of his 22-month-old son, cooper, who died after being left inside his father's hot suv for more than seven hours. while he was sexting with other women. the prosecution argued that harris intentionally killed his son because he wanted to live a child-free life. his ex-wife, cooper's mother, testified she believes it's an accident. >> did ross love this little boy? >> yes, he did very much. >> reporter: harris' attorneys argued that minutes after he was seen here getting breakfast with cooper, he simply forgot to drop the boy off at day care on his way to work. the judge said she reflected on what harris said after his
arrest, that he hoped to be an advocate so that people would never do this again to their children. >> i would say, perhaps not in the way that you intended, that you in fact have accomplished that goal. >> reporter: harris' lawyers now plan to take his appeal to the georgia supreme court. david? >> linsey, thank you. next tonight, a terrifying moment. authorities say a man opening fire after police say he showed up at a family pizza joint after reading a fake news story. edgar welch saying he was there to investigate a story from the internet, that a child abuse ring was being operated there. but the story was completely untrue. here's pierre thomas. >> reporter: police descended on the family-friendly pizzeria after frantic calls about a man inside with an assault rifle. >> one of the hosts runs up and was like, "did you see that guy? he had a big gun." >> reporter: authorities say the suspect seen here on facebook aimed the rifle at an employee,
later firing three shots. after 45 minutes, 28-year-old edgar welch was talked out of the restaurant by police and arrested yesterday afternoon. police say welch drove six hours from salisbury, north carolina, to self-investigate a conspiracy known online as pizzagate. it's an utterly false story about child abuse here at this restaurant, linking the names of hillary clinton, her campaign manager john podesta, and the owner, an egregious and deliberate lie. the owner says he and his employees have been besieged by death threats since the fake news story spread on social media before the election. >> what happened today demonstrates that promoting false and reckless conspiracy theories do come with consequences. >> reporter: one study found that during the election, fake news stories could outperform real ones. with millions reading them. david, authorities say the gunman surrendered when he realized no children were being harmed here. but the shooting shows how a fake news story can lead to a real, life-threatening situation. david? >> pierre, thank you.
next to president-elect trump, and some new contenders for secretary of state. the list growing. as mr. trump defends his call with taiwan on twitter and takes aim once again at his portrayal on "saturday night live." jonathan karl at trump tower tonight. >> reporter: apparently, mitt romney didn't close the deal over that dinner with donald trump. the list of contenders for secretary of state growing. and as many as nine contenders now, including john huntsman. he was president obama's ambassador to china, and even called on trump to drop out of the presidential race after that "access hollywood" tape came out. >> hello. how are you? >> reporter: now, he's praising trump, and defending that controversial call with taiwan. >> president trump is going to enter the scene, understanding you need leverage and a sense of power in the relationship with china. >> reporter: already, trump has caused a stir on the world stage.
ruffling china's feathers by talking to the president of taiwan, something no u.s. president has done in more than four decades. and trump has held many other calls with foreign leaders, but none with state department experts who could brief him on diplomacy. the current secretary of state all but begging him to hear them out. >> i would recommend it, but obviously it hasn't happened. >> reporter: trump tweeting, did china ask us if it was okay to devalue their currency? making it hard for our companies to compete? i don't think so. but that's not all he is tweeting about. the president-elect couldn't resist hitting "snl." >> i just retweeted the best tweet. >> reporter: trump's response, just tried watching "saturday night live." unwatchable, totally biased, unfunny and the baldwin impersonation just can't get any worse. sad. all this after the president-elect told "60 minutes," he planned to tweet
less. >> i'm going to do very restrained. if i use it at all. i'm going to do very restrained. >> and jon, the president-elect also had a meeting with al gore? >> reporter: yeah, who would have thought? al gore at trump tower. he came out saying it was an extremely interesting conversation. and a sincere search for common ground. the president-elect also named ben carson as his secretary of housing and urban development. nominated him for that role. this is the first of trump's rivals and the first african-american to be nominated. >> jon, thank you. we move next to the extreme weather at this hour. a tornado watch and more flash flooding. as much of the rest of the country braces for an arctic plunge. ginger zee is with us. ginger? >> reporter: let's go straight to the threat. the tornado watch on the map. alabama, parts of georgia and the panhandle of florida, all seeing tornado action, or at
least the threat of. as the storm moves, the warm front will bring beneficial rains to the drought area that had wildfires. as it moves into the cold air, some slick roads for pennsylvania by tomorrow night and for western new york as well. a quick look at the cold shot of air and blizzard warnings that come with it. single digits in chicago, teens into texas. >> ginger zee, thank you. in the meantime, overseas, the u.n. calling for a cease fire in aleppo in syria. russia and china defeating it. as syrian government forces move forward, our team inside aleppo and what they've witnessed already. alex marquardt is there. >> reporter: tonight, no break in the fighting gripping the besieged city of aleppo. russia now blocking a u.n. resolution calling for a week long cease-fire.
syrian forces have already taken back two-thirds of the rebel-controlled area. today, we made our way into syria's largest city. this is what greets you as soon as you enter aleppo. a scene of incredible devastation. plumes of thick smoke, and the sound of heavy fighting. the small arms fire, the loud booms. this is just a few hundred yards away. drone footage reveals just what's become of aleppo. now the epicenter of the syrian crisis. images like this one drawing global attention. 5-year-old omran daqneesh, dazed, moments after his home was bombed. 30,000 have now fled the area where the rebels are staging their last stand, gathering in refugee centers. hands reaching out for food. but tens of thousands of civilians remain in the heart of the fiercest fighting. tonight, you can hear the sounds of the battle raging not too far away. the war has been going on for almost six years.
this fight in aleppo could seal an eventual victory for the assad regime. >> alex, thanks. there is still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this monday. the deadly sink hole. look at this. two cars completely swallowed. one driver killed. what authorities are saying caused this collapse. the nfl star killed in a road rage dispute. the shooter freed for now. tonight, new surveillance that has just been released. and the "made in america" christmas is back. again this year, we're asking for your one thing. and already one viewer's idea coming to life. is it sitting in your living room right now? we'll be right back.
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the great "made in america" christmas is back. the countdown is on until christmas, the most wonderful time of the year. and it's the question we've asked for years now. will anything under the tree be "made in america"? at the famous plaza hotel in new york, the doorman has seen more shopping bags pass by than people carrying them. how much of it is american-made? >> i see most of them, made in china. >> reporter: the viewers, always a step ahead. >> "world news tonight"? >> reporter: elaine from michigan, look where she's sitting. says it all. and we went to find it. a la-z-boy. right off the line in america. >> good morning, david. >> reporter: how are you?
we need a chair to watch the news. >> there you go. >> reporter: it was 1927, two cousins starting a furniture business in michigan. their idea, a chair that reclines. they called it the la-z-boy. 90 years later, factories in five states, 7,500 workers, 8,000 pieces of furniture a day. how many people see this sign and comment on it? >> they know perhaps their neighbors and friends were involved in making the product. it makes a difference. >> reporter: the steel from tennessee and alabama. the springs, indiana and north carolina. the foam, mississippi, and the wood and plywood, louisiana and kentucky. and jose, testing the chairs. there's brandy, 19 years. >> i think people are surprised we're still made in the united states. >> people say, oh, really? that's built in the united states? >> reporter: while back at the store -- how important do you think "made in america" is for people coming in here? >> extremely important.
>> reporter: i just need the tv now. >> you can watch your own re-runs, right? >> reporter: the re-run we're proud of? the "made in america" christmas that's back. for years now, asking just one thing. send us your idea next. >> we're in a lot of homes in america. >> reporter: watching the news. >> hopefully they're watching "world news tonight." >> made in america! >> tweet me your ideas. i'm david muir. i'll see you right back here tomorrow night. good night.
the grim task goes on. firefighters continue to search for victims in oakland's fire. >> i remember going up the staircase and not feeling safe at all. >> tonight ashg woman that knows the building that burned and the landlord. >> and one of the possible cause that's could be found across the bay area. >> reporter: the work continues to find victims and those responsible. >> two dozen families are going to start a new life. for them this, is day one. >> and new questions about what went on inside of this warehouse. >> we'll leave no stone unturned. >> tonight, abc7 news is searching for answers as the
story continues to unravel. but first, where you live... >> this doesn't make sense. man, it doesn't. >> a community begins to heal tonight. by saying good night. >> i'm ama daetz. >> dan ashley is live at the scene of the tragic fire, dan? >> reporter: the scene is developing and changing with every hour. families are still learning whether their loved ones are alive or dead and the reason. the cause of the fire remains largely an unanswered question at this point. the number killed in this tragedy is at 36. te number may still inch this is being handled as