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tonight, breaking news as we come on the air. reports of a collision. a u.s. navy destroyer colliding with a vessel off japan. the first pictures coming in. and the condition of u.s. sailors. there is also word the u.s. destroyer is now taking on water. also tonight, the verdict, the outrage at this hour. the police officer who fatally shot philando castile during a traffic stop, the aftermath on facebook live, is acquitted on manslaughter charges. was there a list? a source now telling abc news the gunman had a list of names when he showed up to that baseball field. as new surveillance now emerges of the moments the gunfire erupted. president trump tonight, his own tweet about firing james comey. has the president now confirmed
he's under investigation for obstruction of justice? and, two major cases tonight. bill cosby, why the judge was outraged in court today. what the jury has now asked for. and, she was a teenager when authorities say she texted her boyfriend, encouraging him to take his own life. tonight, the verdict is in. good evening. it's great to have you with us on a friday night. a u.s. navy destroyer colliding off the coast of japan. medevacs are being sent in. the first images coming in. the deck of the uss fitzgerald, mangled after a crash with a container ship. the u.s. navy is now requesting help from the japanese and reports the ship is now taking on water. we begin with matt gutman. >> reporter: tonight, the u.s.
navy confirming casualties aboard the uss fitzgerald. a helicopter filming the destroyer's battered midsection, as the navy says it limps to port at a crawl of three knots an hour. those red hoses appearing to dump water overboard. >> the video that we're seeing shows that this ship is clearly in danger. it's taking on water, it's low in the water line. >> reporter: the seventh fleet, saying the collision happened in open water 56 nautical miles southwest of its base in yokosuka, japan. the navy says its destroyer, built to counter ballistic missiles, was hit by the acx crystal, a container ship well over two football fields long, and the larger of the two ships. >> both ships are supposed to get out of each other's way but in general the larger ship would have the right of way. the larger the ship, the harder it is to steer, though. >> matt, what do we know about the condition of the sailors and the concern about the ship
taking on water? >> reporter: right now, the u.s. navy is saying there are no fatalities. but they're still working to confirm there are no overboard sailors. and the japanese coast guard helping out. david? >> thank you. we're also following a breaking headline out of minnesota tonight. a verdict in a case that caused national outrage. a police officer acquitted on all charges in the shooting death of a black man after a traffic stop. the aftermath screamed by his girlfriend on facebook. eva pilgrim on the verdict, and the reaction now pouring in. >> reporter: tonight, a family outraged after a minnesota jury acquitted the officer who fatally shot philando castile moments before this infamous video was live streamed on facebook by his girlfriend. >> he's licensed to carry.
he was trying to get out his i.d. and his wallet out of his pocket and he let the officer know that he was, he had a firearm and he was reaching for his wallet, and the officer just shot him in his arm. >> reporter: the st. anthony police officer holding that gun, then 29-year-old jeronimo yanez. castile's girlfriend calmly recording as her 4-year-old daughter reassured her from backseat. >> it's okay, i'm right here with you. >> reporter: castile there in the driver's seat, fatally wounded. those images last summer sparking violent protest. prosecutors charging yanez with second degree manslaughter. at trial arguing the officer panicked and lost control. >> i told him not to reach for it! i told him to get his hand off of it. >> reporter: yanez said he pulled castile over that night believing he matched the description of a robbery suspect. >> the driver looks more like one of our suspects because of a
wide-set nose. >> reporter: castile's family says he was racially profiled. at trial, defense attorneys argued yanez fired because he thought castile was reaching for his gun. tonight castile's says they've been denied justice. >> my son loved this city and this city killed my son. >> eva, you're learning the officer will not be returning to the police force? >> reporter: that's right. the city says it's no longer in the public's best interest for yanez to return as a police officer. they're negotiating a voluntary separation agreement. david? >> eva, thank you. we turn next to new reporting tonight after the shooting this week. lawmakers targeted on the ballfield not far from the nation's capital. tonight, sources tell abc news the gunman had a list of republicans in his pocket. here's david kerley.
>> reporter: tonight, new images of the shooting as abc news has confirmed from two sources that the shooter had a list of republican congressional members in his pocket. that, as another frightening view from the coffee shop across the street from the field, of the horrific shooting. look to the right. a stray bullet, blowing out a car window along the street. then, watch this, those two capitol hill police officers, jump out of their black suv gathering at the back, as a bullet hits the ground near their feet. the officers move into position to engage the shooter, as bystanders run to safety. out on the field, louisiana congressman steve scalise, lies near second base, hit by a bullet. hit in his hip. once the shooter is down he's evacuated, but still tonight he is in critical condition from that round, which damaged his organs and bones. >> when he arrived, he was in
critical condition with imminent risk of death. >> and david, you learned there was about a dozen names on the shooter's list? >> reporter: one source tells us there were about a dozen congressional names on the list. and two nights after the shooting, and behind me, you may be able to see fbi agents measuring the distance between some of the parts of the crime scene. >> david, our thanks to you. and president trump, did he confirm in a tweet that he's now being investigated for obstruction of justice? what he wrote, and how the white house is explaining it. here's cecilia vega tonight. >> reporter: on camera today, president trump, mum and on message. >> mr. president, are you under investigation by the fbi? >> reporter: but on twitter, a presidential rant turned into a stunning admission, the president publicly acknowledging
for the first time that he is indeed under investigation. he wrote, "i am being investigated for firing the fbi director by the man who told me to fire the fbi director! witch hunt." despite those blunt words, a source close to the president's legal team claims he was not actually confirming the investigation, just referring to the "washington post's" report that it is happening. as for the man leading that so-called witch hunt, the president apparently talking about rod rosenstein, the deputy attorney general who appointed special counsel robert mueller to oversee the probe. before that, rosenstein wrote a memo deeply critical of former fbi director james comey. >> highly respected. very good guy. very smart guy. the democrats like him, the republicans like him. he made a recommendation but regardless of recommendation, i was going to fire comey. >> reporter: the investigation could now be looking into whether that decision amounts to obstruction of justice. rosenstein said he's standing by mueller's probe.
>> director mueller is going to have the full independence he needs to conduct this investigation appropriately. >> reporter: today's early morning trump tweets came just hours after rosenstein released a vaguely worded statement, complaining about anonymous leaks, but not specifying which leaks. saying, "americans should exercise caution before accepting as true any stories attributed to anonymous officials." but today democrats say they fear trump could fire rosenstein and mueller, too. california senator diane feinstein writing, "the message the president is sending through his tweets is that he believes the rule of law doesn't apply to him." >> cecilia, you reported president trump appears to be targeting rosenstein. and you're hearing that rosenstein may be recusing himself from the russian
investigation? >> reporter: yes, and we're also just learning that on this day where the president seemed to confirmed the investigation, he's added another high-powered lawyer to his team. john dowd, who has respected john mccain and other high-profile people. and bill cosby's trial, the judge furious, and with the jury deadlocked, they've now asked for the definition of reasonable doubt. here's linsey davis. >> reporter: late today, bill cosby fans rallied outside the courthouse. but inside a fiery exchange after almost a week of deliberations in the comedian's sexual assault trial. stemming from this moment last night when cosby's spokesman called on the judge to declare a mistrial.
>> if they don't have a verdict by now, just say this is a deadlock. >> reporter: today the judge angrily reprimanded cosby's defense, without the jury present. but added, if the jury comes back deadlocked again "i intend to act," meaning a mistrial. >> reporter: but after nearly 50 hours of deliberations, still no unanimous verdict. >> how common is it though that a jury changes their mind, they come back with a different decision. >> i have seen cases where despite that jurors have come back and said we are deadlocked. they then change, they talk and they reach a verdict, but it doesn't happen all the time. >> reporter: so far today the jury has asked for phone logs of calls between cosby and his accuser andrea constand. along with cosby's deposition from 2005 where he talked about obtaining quaaludes to give to other women prior to sexual encounters. though he never admits to doing so without their knowledge. the jury also asked to hear the definition of reasonable doubt.
>> how long do we expect the judge to give the jury before declaring a mistrial? >> reporter: well, david, during a heated exchange, the judge told the defense attorney, i'll let the jury go as long as it needs. this means into saturday if need be. the jury is sequestered, 300 miles away from home. but they certainly aren't rushing to judgment. >> thank you. and we turn to a landmark case. a young woman on trial for text messages, encouraging her boyfriend to commit suicide. michelle carter, standing to hear the verdict from the judge who decided her case. the words that he said matters the most, when the boyfriend had second thoughts, she texted him to get back into his truck. here's debra roberts. >> reporter: michelle carter, overwhelmed by emotion today as the judge delivers her fate. >> this court having reviewed the evidence and applied the
law thereto now finds you guilty. >> reporter: guilty of involuntary manslaughter. her weapon, text messages encouraging her boyfriend, conrad roy, to kill himself. >> there are no winners here today. two families have been torn apart and will be affected by this for years to come. >> reporter: in 2014, carter sent roy thousands of texts leading up to his suicide by carbon monoxide poisoning in his own truck. when he had second thoughts, texting, "i'm freaking out again, i'm overthinking." carter responds, "i thought you wanted to do this, the time is right and you're ready, you just need to do it." and in a key moment for the judge, when roy has second thoughts and leaves his truck, carter strongly urges him to return. >> it was the defendant who ordered him back in, then listened for 20 minutes as he cried in pain. >> reporter: the defense argued that carter struggled with her own mental illness. >> even if somebody supports another individual in a suicide, it doesn't create a homicide. >> reporter: carter faces up to
20 years in prison. she's free on bail for the next six weeks, but no texting and no social media. david? >> debra, thank you. we turn next to the severe weather. more than 55 million americans at risk through sunday. the system out of the plains. and tonight, stretching across the northeast. let's get right to rob marciano in boston. hey, rob. >> reporter: hey, david. pockets of stormy weather across the country. and in the midwest, watch boxes are up. down the mississippi as well. damaging wind, from kansas city to chicago. sunday, cincinnati to upstate new york in play. and the heat in the west, ramping up through thursday. in boston, 55 tall ships will
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>> announcer: now live from abc7 news live breaking news. >> rescuers are now pulling a man to safety from baker beach. he's been there since 2:30 this afternoon, at least he was. fire fighters took 45 minutes to prepare their lines to now be able to bring the man up. they reached him just a short time ago. the man was stranded on the rock face near battery crosby. he does not appear to be injured. good afternoon, i'm kristen sze in for alma daetz. >> and i'm larry beil. on to our top story today. a 4 alarm fire in san francisco gutting a single story warehouse forces fire fighters to order neighbors to stay indoors. that fire broke out around 1:00 this afternoon on donner avenue in hunters point. >> abc7 news reporter wayne freedman is there live and he joins us now with the latest. wayne? >> reporter: good afternoon, kristen. i just spoke with the fire department. it is now a 3-alarm fire, not a 4. they called it up. look over my shoulder. you can see what it was like earlier today. they stopped pouring water on it. it is a 5,000 square foot
one-story warehouse that caught fire. a little bit before 1:00, they say. the shelter in place does remain in effect. they call it precautionary. witnesses tell us this thing began not quietly, but with a loud bang. >> like a big ba-boom. >> just a explosion like a cherry bomb. >> reporter: followed by a fire that burned long and hot in an old wooden warehouse and force the san francisco fire department to order a shelter in place down wind, according to fire chief joe ann hayes white. >> the concern is that there might be some toxic air. >> reporter: neighbors described what was a foundry the last three decades, the owner has manufactured miniature cable car bells. there was no one inside when the fire broke out which is fortunate because fire fighters did not have to go inside. the structure had been crammed full. >> i saw a lot of equipment. it's loaded in there, yeah. >>