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news.com or with our news app. >> am i and i will see you in half an hour. tonight, several breaking stories. the chaos at an american high school. a knife-wielding teenager. the crowd of students. the officer then firing. police at this hour now looking into this video. also tonight, the urgent manhunt right now. two officers shot. one dead, one critical. a college on lockdown. the deadly fires. and just in tonight, the new arson charges. did two teenagers intentionally set the fires? 14 people would die. the dangerous driving at this hour. the winter blast across several states. snow, ice, freezing rain. and now, the arctic blast hitting tonight. and crossing the line? the woman battling breast cancer, and what the tsa asked her to allow. tonight, the tsa responding. and america strong. we're with the american heroes, returning to pearl harbor.
good evening. and it's great to have you with us here on a wednesday night. and we begin with that code red lockdown at an american high school that we learned of late today, after a chaotic and violent scene outside the school library. police are now laser-focused on these images coming in tonight. a student waving a knife. reports he had two of them. students all around, refusing to put it down. many of the students running in fear, and then one of the officers firing. the student did survive. he was rushed to the hospital in reno, nevada. and we begin tonight with abc's clayton sandell. >> reporter: tonight, frightening videos from this reno high school capture a student wildly swinging a large knife in the middle of a crowd of kids. >> back up! >> back up! >> reporter: now, police are calling out to review more videos that may have been shot like this, showing chaos as the student apparently refuses to drop the knife. a school police officer quickly responds and fires one shot.
the suspect, reportedly 16 years old, goes down. the school district confirms he is a student. he is taken to a hospital. the incident, just before noon, may have started as a fight between two students. >> there was two juveniles fighting. one had a knife. he is the one that's down. the other that took off had no weapons. >> reporter: the entire school immediately went into lockdown. >> officers are going classroom to classroom, looking for potential other victims, looking for witnesses to the incident to make sure that the kids are safe. >> reporter: and clayton sandell joins us now. and clayton, the student with that knife now in the hospital. and was anyone else hurt? >> reporter: that's right, david. we know that student was shot once by the officer. rushed to the hospital. tonight, we don't know his condition. but fortunately, no one else was hurt. david? >> all right, clayton sandell leading us off tonight. clayton, thank you. now, to another urgent scene playing out this evening across the state of georgia. a manhunt now going statewide. a reward has just been issued. after two police officers were shot, one dead, one in critical condition.
here's abc's adrienne bankert. >> reporter: tonight, a statewide manhunt for suspected killer, minguell lembrick, accused in the fatal shooting of 25-year-old police officer nicholas smarr. smarr and a second offer responding to a domestic call at this apartment complex in america's georgia wednesday morning. >> gunshots were exchanged, and the two officers were wounded. officer smarr succumbed to his injuries this morning. >> reporter: the other officer, jody smith, severely wounded. lembrick allegedly fled the scene. he is considered armed and dangerous, with a history of violence and charges including kidnapping on his record. >> this is a very dangerous individual. we need to have him off the streets. we want him arrested so that he can face the courts. >> reporter: david, police have locked down georgia southwestern state university, searching for the suspect. the fbi is offering a $20,000 reward for his arrest. david? >> adrienne bankert tonight. adrienne, thanks. next this evening, to a
major new development in those deadly fires in tennessee. prosecutors have now revealed they've arrested two young people. did they intentionally set those fires? 14 people would die. and here's abc's linzie janis. >> reporter: tonight, those two youths facing criminal charges for allegedly starting the fires that killed 14 people in tennessee. >> this morning, two juveniles were taken into custody. >> reporter: the young people are accused of deliberately setting the fires in this area of the great smoky mountains, just before thanksgiving. within days, the blaze exploding to nearby towns, damaging 1,700 buildings. some families waiting for days, only to find out their loved ones were lost. the flames narrowly missing dolly parton's dollywood amusement park. the country legend pledging money for every family, and an upcoming telethon. >> we want to provide a hand up. >> reporter: tonight, prosecutors saying they could ask a judge to try the juvenile arson suspects as adults. >> everything is on the table. >> reporter: david, officials
also say the juvenile suspects could face additional charges on top of aggravated arson. david? >> linzie janis, thank you. next tonight, new reporting on that devastating fire in oakland. investigators have now searched the entire building, saying the fire most likely started on the first floor, trapping most of the 36 victims on the second floor. the conditions inside fueling those flames, exposed wires, propane tanks and a blocked staircase. the question now, who, if anyone, is responsible for this? this image of police officers inside the building in october. they'll be asked what they saw and whether more could have been done at the time. next tonight here, to dangerous driving across this country at this hour. and the arctic chill sweeping in. winter alerts in 16 states right now. traffic at a standstill on highway 36 near boulder. icy conditions shutting it down. north dakota tonight digging out after a blizzard there. check out that doorway. here's abc's alex perez. >> reporter: tonight, from
kansas city to colorado, snow and wind making for a white-knuckle commute. kansas city emergency vehicles responding to multiple accidents on slick roads. while in the northern plains, that 300-mile stretch of interstate 94 finally reopened, that monster blizzard dumped up to 16 inches of snow and the wind created massive drifts. this homeowner in glenburn, north dakota, fighting through the pile of snow blocking the back door. near cannon ball, north dakota, protesters at the dakota pipeline riding out the storm in shelters and a nearby casino. and david, this snow drift almost as high as this second floor balcony. the feel-like temperature, about 20 degrees below zero. frostbite can set in in less than 30 minutes. david? >> all right, be careful to everyone outside. alex, thank you. let's get right to meteorologist rob marciano, tracking it all for us. hey, rob. >> reporter: hey, david. that cold air is diving south quickly. take a look at where it is. the leading edge of the arctic stuff on the doorstep of chicago and st. louis. problem is with this cold air in place, we've got storms coming
in from the pacific. so, tomorrow, a rare low elevation snow event for portland and seattle. could see two to five inches of snow in those cities and they don't do well with that amount of snow. elsewhere, the cold is going to the dangerous, in denver, it will feel like minus 11. by saturday morning, the northeast will see the teens and it will be as cold as 17 and feel like 20 in atlanta, just about everybody getting their first taste of arctic air. david? >> bundle up here in the east. rob, thank you. we turn next to charleston, south carolina, tonight, and the first day of testimony in the trial of dylann roof. the self-described white supremacist, who admits to killing nine african-americans at a bible study. they had invited him to join them. abc's steve osunsami from charleston tonight. >> reporter: in this charleston courthouse, u.s. attorney jay richardson was both emotional and poetic, telling jurors, "the afternoon was hot and muggy." and that parishioners "welcomed a 13th person at bible study", in this basement at mother emanuel ame church. "but little did they know how cold a heart he had.
instead of a bible to study, the defendant chose to bring a .45 caliber pistol." 22-year-old dylann roof barely raised an eye on his boyish face, as prosecutors announced that he confessed to the killings in a two-hour-long video. "the defendant left behind a scene nobody can fathom. a racist retribution for perceived offenses against the white race." nine people died in this house of god. >> yes, sir. >> reporter: at roof's first court appearance, the deeply religious families here spoke passionately about forgiving him. >> i will never be able to hold her again. but i forgive you. >> reporter: today, we heard from a survivor, the mother of 26-year-old tywanza sanders, who says she watched roof execute her son. she says, "he told our son, i have to do this, cause y'all are raping our women and taking over the world." families streamed out of the courtroom in tears, including one of the daughters of ethel lance, who told us after the killings that roof deserves little mercy. >> my sister made a comment, did
she forgive him. however, i'm not at that point. >> reporter: roof's lawyer is telling jurors that roof did it all, and the only reason for this trial is because the government is pushing for death while he's arguing for life in prison. david? >> steve osunsami with us again tonight. steve, thank you. next this evening, to president-elect donald trump, named "time magazine's" person of the year, after what he once said about that magazine. meanwhile, new reporting tonight on mr. trump's newest picks. among them, a woman many will remember from world wrestling entertainment. and who is weighing in on some of his cabinet picks? mr. trump indicated today, president obama himself. so, what's the white house saying? here's abc's tom llamas. >> reporter: today, "time magazine" naming donald trump its man of the year. >> it's a great honor. it means a lot. especially me growing up reading "time magazine" and, you know, it's a very important magazine. >> reporter: trump once declared "time" would, quote, "soon be dead," dismissing its list of the most influential people as "a joke and a stunt."
"time" drubing the choice as the person who has the greatest influence, for better or worse, on the events of the year. trump on the cover, dubbed the president of the divided states of america. the president-elect confident he and his new cabinet will change that. today, retired general john kelly confirming he's been picked to be secretary of homeland security. kelly is a four-star marine general and a gold star father. his son, first lieutenant robert kelly, killed in combat in afghanistan. kelly becomes the third retired general in the trump administration so far. just last night, the president-elect standing with his nominee for the department of defense, general james "mad dog" mattis. >> mad dog plays no games, right? >> reporter: today, a very different type of nominee. trump nominating wwe co-founder linda mcmahon to lead the small business administration. the president-elect himself once wrestled mcmahon's husband on television. >> donald trump taking down
vince mcmahon! >> reporter: and as trump assembles his cabinet, he says president obama is weighing in. >> i have asked him what he would think of this one and that one. i take his recommendations very seriously, and there are some people that i will be appoint, and in one case, have appointed, where he thought very highly of that person, yes. >> reporter: a striking statement, considering trump called the president "an incompetent leader with disastrous judgment" and "the worst president in u.s. history." the white house won't say what advice president obama is giving his successor, but did say this. >> the kinds of people that president-elect trump has chosen appear to have, in many cases, different priorities, different styles. and in some cases, starkly different bank accounts. >> reporter: and tonight, first lady michelle obama speaking out about election night. she campaigned so hard for
hillary clinton. >> i went to bed. >> yes, she did. >> you know, once you do what you can do, you know, then you rest easy. it's -- it's in the hands of the american people. >> and tom llamas is with us tonight, because the president-elect seemed to be softening his stance on undocumented immigrants brought here as children, the so-called dreamers. >> reporter: david, i have the comments right here. president-elect trump saying, "we're going to work something out that's going to make people happy and proud." he went on to say, "they've worked here, some are good students, and some have wonderful jobs." and david, you're right. this is a new and softer tone for younger, undocumented immigrants that we didn't hear from mr. trump on the campaign trail. >> all right. great to have you here in person instead of in front of trump tower. >> reporter: food good to be here. >> tom llamas tonight. we stay on the president-elect now, and washington, d.c.'s new luxury hotel, trump international. raising questions tonight. critics fearing foreign governments are holding events there to curry favor with the president-elect. abc's chief investigative correspondent brian ross, questioning officials from bahrain, right there in the lobby, asking, is that true? >> reporter: just down the
street from the white house, the president-elect's new luxury hotel seems to be the new in-spot, the place for fortunate foreign governments and special interests to show loyalty to donald trump. today, the kingdom of bahrain rented out the presidential ballroom, at an estimated cost, around $100,000, to celebrate its national holiday. so, we showed up to ask why here? last year, different hotel, is this because mr. trump is the president-elect? >> i have no comments. >> reporter: the wealthy kingdom of bahrain certainly has good reason to court the incoming trump administration. its human rights record has been harshly criticized. accused of torture, even threats of rape and other violence against political opponents. outside today, as bahrain diplomats left, they still weren't talking. you don't want to say anything at all? and security men blocked our cameras. trump is so proud of his washington hotel, he interrupted his campaign to officially open it. and now says the hotel will
become even more valuable now that he will be in the white house. last night, it was a benefit for a conservative group with a special guest, the vice president-elect. and next week, the government of azerbaijan has rented rooms to throw a holiday party. >> a lot of governments around the world that depend on a strong relationship to the united states trying to figure out in a trump administration what is it going to take to curry favor? >> brian ross with us tonight from washington. right there in front of trump international. and brian, president-elect trump has promised to cut ties with his business when he takes office. we're going to hear from him on this in the coming days? >> reporter: that's right. sometime next week, david. he said he's leaving his business to focus fully on running the country. but of course, as long as he continues to own his company, every dollar of profit this hotel makes goes into his pocket, david. >> brian ross tonight. brian, thank you. overseas tonight, from pakistan, a fiery plane crash leaving no survivors. the small plane slamming into a hillside after losing contact with the tower.
officials say 48 people were onboard. indonesia rocked by a powerful earthquake. the 6.6 quake killing nearly 100 people. crews racing to find survivors under fallen buildings tonight. there is still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this wednesday. the american hero hospitalized. we have new reporting on john glenn at this hour. also, the controversial tsa pat-down. why one woman, suffering from breast cancer, says an officer went too far. and tonight, how the tsa is now responding. the suspicious package that had an american highway shut down today. the bomb squad called in. traffic at a standstill. and america strong tonight. the youngest generation, right there, those young faces, honoring the greatest generation. 75 years later, returning to pearl harbor, and we're right there with them tonight.
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here tonight. it is a hero's welcome. >> hello! >> reporter: america's youngest generation, honoring its greatest. ♪ and the rockets red glare >> reporter: among them, stu hedley. >> give me five. >> reporter: at 95, his story of surviving pearl harbor -- >> this is the fourth grade. >> reporter: -- still capturing young minds. >> planes were diving from every area. >> reporter: a scrappy is 20-year-old seaman, stu was planning for a picnic with his girlfriend that day. instead, hundreds of japanese fighter planes swarmed the skies, clobbering eight battleships. >> and we heard, "bam!" and there went the "arizona," exploding. >> reporter: stu was aboard the "uss west virginia." >> you see the battleship "west virginia," hit and on fire. >> they blew the hatch off, right down by my feet. >> reporter: he dove to safety through an inferno of burning oil on the surface of water. >> hottest breath of air i ever breathed in my life. >> reporter: more than 2,000 of his comrades died that december 7th. stu went on to defend his country through 13 more battles.
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worked at prestige music group. >> also, the oldest victim, wolfgang rener lived in oakland. investigators identified 29 victims. laura anthony is live tonight with the latest information. laura? >> reporter: oakland city officials talked about the greater oversight of cases like this not just cracking down on violations but to improve conditions that might not be safe. >> this has been a devastating tragedy but would be another if did not learn lessons. >> five days after a deadly fire gutted a warehouse, oakland mayor announced a creation of a national task force. >> creating a task force of national fire safety experts