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>> i'm tonight from washington, the horrifying moment. new video of the gunfire on the ball field. members of congress, the intended targets. the images now emerging the moment when gun shots began. the gunman allegedly asking be beforehand, are they republicans? democrats? then opening fire on lawmakers and staff congressman steve scalise is in critical condition, among five people shot. two wounded capitol hill police officers taking down the gunman. president trump addressing the nation. tonight, what we have learned about the gunman. the 66-year-old building inspector, a husband and bernie sanders supporter. his rage on social media about the president. also breaking tonight, the deadly shooting rampage at u.p.s. an employee opening fire after showing up for work. and the horrifying scene in london.
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the high-rise apartment building up in flames. the death toll rising tonight. the mother who dropped her baby nearly ten stories to safety. >> announcer: this is a special edition of "world news tonight" with david muir, reporting tonight from washington. and good evening on this wednesday night. we're back at the capitol in washington tonight, because of that awful scene that played out this morning. as lawmakers were practicing for an annual tradition, the congressional baseball game, when a gunman opened fire. it was not long before the gunman allegedly asked, are they democrats or republicans? he was told they were republicans. five people were hit, including congressman steve scalise, a member of the house leadership. tonight, he's in critical condition. after trying to crawl across the field to safety. authorities now say james hodgkinson was the attacker, the husband and home inspector from illinois. who had strong political views.
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tonight, that gunman is now dead, taken down by two capitol hill police officers. and we begin here with abc's david kerley at the scene not far from here, in alexandria, virginia. >> reporter: batting practice -- shattered by shots fired, large caliber, 50 or more witnesses say, as this man ducks for cover. but this team includes 20 members of congress. >> hey, is that guy okay out there? is he okay? >> you can see several people crowding around a player on the field. >> there's also a victim down in the baseball field. >> reporter: that victim, congressman steve scalise, shot in the hip, medevaced off the field. he's in critical condition tonight, his family heading to visit him. it was his capitol police detail, two agents, who returned fire. the shooter, 66-year-old james hodgkinson, an unemployed illinois man who had reportedly,
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been in the washington area for a couple months. the members of congress were preparing for the annual congressional charity baseball game. two members left before the shooting and were approached by the gunman. >> there was an individual, middle-aged, caucasian male that asked us, you know, "hey, you know, is that republicans? democrats? you know, what?" we were, like, "republicans." and he kind of turned and went towards the field. >> reporter: just after 7:00 a.m., hodgkinson opens fire through a fence near the third base dugout. the number three man in house leadership, scalise, from louisiana, is playing second base and is hit by a bullet. >> we need medics. we've got a suspect shooting. >> reporter: members of congress forced to flee. senator rand paul ducking behind a tree, as others are still on field. >> i said do you want to try to get out and all of a sudden, he was up and he was over the 20-foot fence in about two seconds, and i never seen anybody climb a fence that fast in my life. >> reporter: others run to the first base dugout, as the
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shooter is on the move. this representative joe barton was there with his two sons. >> everybody was looking out for him. >> reporter: scalise's security detail also along that first baseline. a gun battle with a suspect from behind an suv, according to witnesses. both officers are injured. >> i thought we're all going to have to run out of the dugout, but soon after that they took him down. >> reporter: within minutes, local police joining in the gun battle. the gunman is down at 7:14 a.m. and dies later. >> he was very calm. he was just walking and shooting as if it was just like he was practicing. >> reporter: in all, four shot. congressman scalise, a capitol police officer, a staffer and a lob lobbyist. two others injured. the gun battle was not confined to the field, car windows, and businesses, the local ymca, windows shattered by bullets. owen britton was walking out of that "y." >> he was crouched behind a wooden structure.
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>> reporter: two dozen atf agents and fbi teams descended on the scene, gathering evidence. as we see the evidence, a baseball glove left behind, of the panic in the ball park. >> and david kerley joins us live tonight from that baseball field in alexandria. david, we just saw authorities there on the scene. there's still a heavy presence at this hour? >> reporter: yes, david, we just saw five agents crisscrossing the outfield looking for bullets that were lodged in the field here. also, the fbi has issued a poster tonight looking for more informrmation about the assaila who they say was living in a white van in this area for the past couple of months. david. >> david kerley leading us off tonight. david, thank you. and as you heard david mentioned just a short time before we came on the air, the fbi putting out this bulletin. they want to know more about the gunman. how he got his weapons and who bought them. he was from illinois. he was a bernie sanders supporter and he didn't hide his strong political views on social
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media, particularly when it came to president trump. here's abc's senior justice correspondent pierre thomas tonight. >> reporter: police today racing to the home of james hodgkinson in a desperate search for clues about the would-be mass murderer, killed in a shootout with police. trying to find a motive for a man who had strident political beliefs, but who no one knew would explode into a barrage of gunfire. in the 66-year-old's hometown in southwestern illinois, shock. >> i mean, he was in a few fights and stuff like that, but nothing that would demonstrate violence as far as what he did. >> reporter: tonight, the fbi focused on these posts portraying a deep hatred for republicans, even calling president trump a "traitor." "trump has destroyed our democracy. it's time to destroy trump and co." and he posted a cartoon critical of congressman steve scalise, who he allegedly shot today. he joined anti-republican facebook groups, including one dubbed "terminate the republican
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party." his now-removed facebook page showing his ardent support of bernie sanders, the vermont senator confirming today hodgkinson volunteered for the campaign. >> i have just been informed that the alleged shooter at the republican baseball practice this morning is someone who apparently volunteered on my presidential campaign. i am sickened by this despicable act. >> reporter: he had no love for hillary clinton either, posting -- "a nomination for hillary equals a win for trump." but there were run-ins with the law, a history of petty violations, and hints that violence could be coming. in april 2006, police responded to a domestic incident in which hodgkinson was accused of striking a woman and hitting a neighbor in the face with a shotgun, but the misdemeanor charges were later dropped. then, just two months ago, police were called to his illinois home after neighbors complained about dozens of shots being fired. >> i said i'm going to call the sheriff and report him. i said he's not stopping.
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>> reporter: he was only given a warning. but his life was apparently starting to unravel. his wife told us today he left for alexandria, virginia, two months ago. without work, the building inspector was allegedly living out of a gym bag. >> he believe the shooter had been living out of his vehicle. >> reporter: he would stop by this bar, about eight blocks for the shooting site. >> i just remember him being extremely quiet, didn't really make eye contact. and then would be staring, you know, when i was looking away or looking out the window a lot. >> let's get to pierre thomas, and we know this is still a very active investigation. fbi agents as we saw earlier on that baseball field late today. authorities are coming through his records and contacts to make sure he in fact acted alone? >> david, they want to know who he's been talking to, what he's been reading, where he's traveled. at this point they believe he acted alone. but they want to be absolutely certain. nothing will be left to chance. david.
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>> pierre thomas, thank you. many lawmakers diving into the dugout on that baseball field. others trying to get to congressman scalise, who had begun to crawl further into the outfield after being shot. i spoke with congressman chuck fleischman from tennessee. he believes the gunman walked right past him with the guns. >> reporter: you suddenly heard the gunshots. >> i heard one single, loud pop. i didn't realize at first it was a gunshot. very shortly thereafter, there was a barrage of shots. it was sickening, it was saddening and there were a lot of shots. easily 30 to 50, maybe more. >> reporter: and obviously, everybody was at the ball field today. there's really little place to turn, except for the dugout, which is where you dove? >> we hit the ground. i found out later sadly that apparently the shooter actually came around and must have come right past us because we were lying by the fence. so i was very fortunate not to have been shot.
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i did end up in the dugout and that's where i got injured and other people got injured. >> reporter: because so many people simply dove in? >> just dove in. one of our members broke his ankle diving in just to get out of the barrage of gunfire. but the capitol police did a tremendous job. i want the american people to know that, but for the fact that the capitol police who returned fire and protected us, there would have been a lot more people severely injured. >> reporter: and they fought back even though they were wounded. >> that's correct. >> reporter: incredible thing. the congressman who was on the field, congressman scalise. he was trying to crawl out further out on the field to find some sort of safety from the gunman. >> yes, very sad. we had other people shot there, one other young man got shot in the chest he's had surgery, i believe two surgeries. when i got in the dugout i saw another gentleman who had been shot in the leg. it's just a very, very sad day. >> a sad day indeed. congressman fleischmann with us just moments ago. the shooting sending shock waves through the capitol right here behind me. we saw security tighter than ever here today. tourists kept away for a time.
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and in the hallways and in meeting rooms today, members of congress asking, has the rhetoric gone too far? where are we now as a nation? abc's mary bruce also here on capitol hill. >> reporter: congressman steve scalise was looking forward to the big game. >> i couldn't even make my high school team. but, you know, kind of bloomed later in life. >> reporter: the louisiana lawmaker, a proud ragin' cajuns fan, calling his wife before heading into surgery. also hit, zack barth, a congressional aide from texas. posting that he was in the hospital but "okay." and lobbyist matt mika, one of the team's coaches, shot in the chest. tonight in critical condition. and those two heroic officers, crystal griner, shot in the ankle. and david bailey, a nine-year veteran of the capitol police, suffering minor injuries. both there to protect scalise, but protecting so many more. >> scalise gets a security because he's in leadership. had scalise not been there i think it would have been a massacre today because there would have been no way to defend yourself. >> reporter: congressman rodney davis of illinois, the team's catcher, was at bat when shots rang out. we show him the shooter's photo.
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>> it makes me nauseous to find out he may be from my home state. >> reporter: and today moments of unity. that image in the dugout, the democratic team praying for the republican colleagues, and in the halls of congress. >> an attack on one of us is an attack on all of us. [ applause ] >> mary, both you and i heard that often today. that so many here on capitol hill do believe we have reached a breaking point with the rhetoric in this country. you've learned that the congressional baseball game will go on tomorrow? >> david, that show of unity will extend to the baseball diamond tomorrow night. democrats and republicans feel it sends a strong message that americans will not back down to fear. one republican who was at that field today saying, they all agree they need to play ball. david. >> mary bruce just behind us at the capitol. mary, thank you. president trump speaking to the nation, acknowledging the deep divide, the differences. but urging calm today.
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i want to bring in cecilia vega. this was a bit of a test of sorts for this president after a shooting like this. here's what he said. >> we may have our differences, but we do well in times like these to remember that everyone who serves in our nation's capital is here because above all they love our country. we can all agree that we are blessed to be americans. that our children deserve to grow up in a nation of safety and peace. >> and cecilia, you heard from those lawmakers in the report just beforehand here on the hill. one who told me that we have in fact reached that breaking point, that americans have to come together despite their political views, is the white house aware of that in the message from the president today? >> they certainly are and in this call of unity is stretching from the white house down to capitol hill and frankly, both sides of the aisle. these calls for tone-down
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rhetoric, for a more civil discourse. the question right now is, this is coming at time of deep division in the country. >> cecilia, as the president deals with tone, he's also dealing with a new headline breaking late today, just as we came on. "the washington post" now reporting that robert mueller, the special counsel, could be investigating the president for possible obstruction of justice? >> this report says that essentially the president trump is now part of this investigation personally, that they're looking into possible obstruction of justice. former fbi director james comey just recently testified that he had told the president he was not personally under investigation, that was under his tenure. we did just get a statement from the president's legal team, they called this a leak that's outrages you, inexcusable and illegal. >> cecilia vega with us from the white house, thank you. we do move on to other news here this evening. the other developing headline, a deadly workplace rampage in san francisco. a u.p.s. employee opening fire
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on fellow drivers. before they set out on their deliveries. and here, tonight, is abc's kayna whitworth. >> reporter: the call came in at 8:55 a.m. >> possible active shooter. the suspect is an employee. >> reporter: a u.p.s. employee dressed for work, opening fire at the morning drivers meeting, killing his co-workers. >> it was pop pop pop, about seven shots. and then he fired at least five to six more outside. >> i have two people shot. cpr in progress. i need two ambulances here now. >> reporter: employees rushed to safety. area residents ordered to shelter in place, one snapping this photo of workers on the roof, hands in the air. >> they were escaping to get away from the gunman. >> reporter: police closing in with armored vehicles as they searched for the suspect, and secure the building. david, five workers were shot three were killed, before the gunman took his own life, david? >> a difficult night for the news, kayna. there's still much more ahead on "world news tonight"
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this wednesday -- the new alert of a police nationwide manhunt for two dangerous fugitives. the escaped prisoners accused of killing two guards. what authorities have now revealed this evening. also, much more on that high-rise apartment building up in flames. the death toll rising and we have learned of the mother who dropped her baby nearly ten stories to safety. then, the passenger plane in this country, cancelling its flight just moments before takeoff, jet fuel pouring from the wing. passengers, of course, wondering what was going on. we'll be right back. (burke) at farmers, we've seen almost everything, so we know how to cover almost anything. even a coupe soup. [woman] so beautiful. [man] beautiful just like you. [woman] oh, why thank you. [burke] and we covered it, november sixth, two-thousand-nine. talk to farmers. we know a thing or two because we've seen a thing or two. ♪ we are farmers. bum-pa-dum, bum-bum-bum-bum ♪
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some seen dropping down makeshift ropes, fastened from bedsheets, desperately attempting escape. >> this guy's sending a rope! >> reporter: others resorting to this -- >> a lady appeared at the window, and from what she was saying, i'm about to throw my baby, please catch the baby. >> reporter: the baby survived a nearly ten-story fall, caught by a bystander. there are serious questions being raised tonight about why the fire spread so rapidly and whether the fire alarms were working properly. police say there are 12 victims so far. residents are complaining that their prior warnings about the building's safety were ignored. tonight, fire crews have scoured the building, but at this point it will be to look for bodies. authorities said it's likely the death toll will keep rising. david. >> james longman from london, thank you. when we come back here -- that scare on a passenger plane at a newark airport. and the nationwide manhunt for two dangerous fugitives. what police discovered late today.
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finally tonight here, the capitol police, two officers wounded themselves but saving so many. the two capitol hill police officers saving so many lives. >> they had pistols. he had a rifle. that's not a fair fight. both of them were wounded. >> reporter: and it was those two officers, speaker of the house paul ryan singled out. >> without these two heroes, agent bailey and agent griner, many lives would have been lost. >> reporter: is there something larger here about rhetoric in this country and how polarized this country has become. >> what's sad today is the polarization between the two parties. i'm a conservative republican. i believe if my values.
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but that's not all of america. just because people think a different way politically is not a reason to disavow them. we're all americans. we all love this country. and i hope that out of this tragedy we can actually bring together some unity, some common ground. >> reporter: tomorrow night here the game will go on. staffers who work for congressman scalise telling us today, he always wore louisiana state gear to every practice and every game. tomorrow night, both republicans and democrats will be wearing lsu baseball shirts as a salute to him. we'll be looking for those lsu shirts tomorrow. i'll see you tomorrow night. good night.
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all right, a u.p.s. worker in san francisco kills three colleagues and shatters the lives of many more. >> a loved one talks about the final moments he spent with his cousin this morning. >> and we're learning more tonight about the shooter's history. >> a night of mourning gets under way in our nation's capital after a shooting ambush during a congressional baseball practice. i want him back, i want him back. >> the pain of loss. that deadly shooting in san francisco. four people are dead including a gunman who opened fire at a u.p.s. facility. and across the country tonight, a different tragedy. [ gunshots ]
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>> after that shooting this morning at a congressional baseball practice in virginia, shaken legislators try to move forward. >> i literally dove into that dugout. it would be like diving into a swimming pool with no water. it seemed like it went forever. they saved all of us out there. >> both sides of the aisle tonight with a message of unity. we have just learned that president trump is visiting congressman scalise. > the u.p.s. shooting happened at the u.p.s. facility. >> the i team has identified the shooter as u.p.s. employee jimmy lamb of


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