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tonight, the nursing home horror after hurricane irma. several of the residents have died. the images of the evacuations playing out today. the nursing home using backup generators. no air conditioning in sweltering heat. how did this happen, with a hospital across the street? also breaking tonight, the deadly school shooting. several students hit. entire classrooms huddled together. also developing, a major accident on a u.s. military base. tonight, 15 marines hospitalized after an amphibious assault vehicle catches fire. president trump tonight inviolating chuck schumer and nancy pelosi to the white house. what now is this dinner about? and what republican leaders are saying tonight. and the new controversy involving the treasury secretary and his wife, who posted that image, listing her designer clothes. did they request a government
plane for their honeymoon overseas? good evening and it's great to have you with us here on a wednesday night. and we begin with that horrific headline that emerged today, several days now after hurricane irma hit florida. eight residents of a florida nursing home have died. the center evacuated this morning after an emergency call. three people had been found dead inside. the home using generators no air conditioning in that sweltering heat. everyone else then taken to the hospital today, which was right across the street. several others passing away there. their aging ranging from 71 to 99. of course, the question tonight, how did this happen? and here's abc's chief national correspondent tom llamas on the scene in florida tonight. >> reporter: from the air, a cruel scene. senior citizens still in their beds, rushed to safety. doctors and nurses surrounding them. a life and death situation at this nursing home, the rehabilitation center at
hollywood hills. the first sign of trouble came early this morning. an emergency call about a heart attack. but it soon became clear it was much more serious. >> the facility called and said that incidents were occurring. something's going on in the center, unknown how many patients or their injuries. >> reporter: what came next -- an all-out evacuation. >> the scene was chaotic when i arrived. we had 115 patients that we were trying to evacuate and get to safety. >> reporter: the scope of the tragedy heartbreaking. eight people dead, three at the nursing home and five more later at the hospital. the precise cause to be determined. several others in the e.r. tonight suffering from dehydration, respiratory conditions and heat exhaustion. the nursing home was running on generators since hurricane irma hit. the lights on, but no air conditioning. this is the nursing home right here and there's a large police presence right now. you can see they've set up a command center over there. and one of the first things we noticed when we got here is the heat. it's 90 degrees, but on our weather apps, the "feels like"
is 102 degrees. ellie pina's came to visit her 96-year-old mother here shortly after the hurricane struck. you went inside. how hot did it feel inside? >> it felt like 110, 115 degrees in there. >> reporter: could you see the suffering? >> yes i did. yes i did. >> reporter: she says she called the power company several times and was told they would take care of it. what's also troubling? the nursing home is just yards away from one of the biggest hospitals in the area. >> we're conducting a criminal investigation, not ruling anything out at this time. >> reporter: also also looking into whether some of the windows here would not open. florida's governor says the health department had been in contact with the nursing home over the past three days and told them to call 911 if they had any reason to believe the patients were at risk. and still unclear tonight, when did the first deaths occur? chief, how did this happen? why weren't the patients transferred? >> well, you know, it's a sad state of affairs, you know.
we depend on those people in those facilities to care for our most vulnerable elderly population. >> reporter: and tonight, other nursing homes in south florida now evacuating, after the governor ordered first responders to check everyone in the area. >> this is just so disturbing. tom llamas live tonight from florida. and tom, what are we hearing from managers of the nursing home, especially with the news just reported there, the hospital was right across the street the entire time? >> reporter: well, david, the nursing home tells us tonight they are going to cooperate fully with investigators, but tonight we have looked into the record of this nursing home. they've been cited 11 times by health inspectors in the last three years. and dave, tonight, there are still a lot of questions. >> thinking about all of those families affected tonight. tom, thank you. in the mean time, we turn to the other major news this evening. a deadly shooting at a high school near spokane, washington. the school and that area put on lockdown. students huddling in classrooms when the shots rang out. parents were forced to park down the road from the school, having to run up to a mile just to find out if their children were safe.
tonight, we've learned the shooter is in custody, and there may have been a warning. here's abc's clayton sandell. >> reporter: an active shooter call came in at 10:00 a.m., sending officers racing to this high school. >> we have one hit in the back, one in the arm. >> reporter: going room to room, finding multiple students shot. >> we have one more victim in a classroom. >> a fourth victim in an upstairs classroom. >> reporter: the shooter, a male student, came with multiple guns. one student tried stopping him. >> he entered the school, he proceeded to take his weapons out. he went to his next weapon and a student walked up to him, engaged him, that student was shot. that student did not survive. >> reporter: three other students were then shot and wounded. kids and teachers huddled in locked down classrooms while parents rushed to school in an agonizing wait for news. the shooter is now in custody. >> i'm with the suspect in the vehicle and he is telling me again he is the only shooter.
>> reporter: student michael harper says the suspect recently warned others that something bad was coming. >> he was handing out notes to his friends, and it saw that he was going to do something that might get him killed or in jail. and when i talked to him about it, he said that it was just in case if something stupid happened. >> reporter: he says that information was passed onto school 0 fushts. tonight, police could not confirm that. >> i don't think anybody can make any sense out of this. >> reporter: tonight, hospital officials say the three other teens who were wounded are in stable condition and expected to recover. >> and clayton sandell joining us tonight. you are hearing the school held a security drill there just yesterday? >> reporter: that's right, david. like all schools these dales, this school did practice lockdown drills. the last was was just yesterday. david? >> clayton sandell, thank you. we turn now to the major accident at a u.s. military base, it happened at camp pendleton in california.
15 marines taken to hospitals after a amphibious assault vehicle caught fire. here's abc's david kerley tonight. >> reporter: it was fire, in an assualt vehicle like this, during a training mission, that injured the 15 marines. while it is amphibious, the vehicle was on land when that fire started. the marines were medevaced to hospitals. some are said to have serious burns, but there are no fatalities. recently, marines were using the aav-7 to rescue victims of the flooding from hurricane harvey in houston. this incident comes in a year with several deadly military accidents. 15 ma reens and a sailor died when a kc-130 crashed. three marines claimed in an or prey crash. and the two navy ships, colliding with cargo ships. leaving a total of seventeen sailors dead. training can often be as deadly as war. just last night in texas, a soldier was killed during a training mission. david?
>> david kerley in washington. thank you. tonight, president trump inviting chuck schumer and nancy pelosi to the white house. two democratic leaders, of course. it comes after he brokered a deal with them just last week. abc's mary bruce tonight, on a white house now insisting president trump is a republican. >> reporter: meeting with members of both parties at the white house today, the republican president sounded a lot like a democrat, saying the wealthy may have to pay higher taxes. >> if they have to go higher, they'll go higher, frankly. >> reporter: with his own party struggling to deliver on his agenda, the president has been wooing the other side. in the oval office last week, he struck that government funding deal with chuck schumer and nancy pelosi. tonight, they're back for an intimate dinner with the president. he calls them chuck and nancy now. a friendlier tone that's raising questions about where he really stands. the president has called chuck schumer a clown, pelosi a loser, but now he seems to recognize that he needs them. how does that work, what changed? >> i think it's less about him
needing them but more about the president wanting to work with them and wanting to help move this country forward. >> reporter: does he view schumer and pelosi as equal allies on the hill? >> look, the president is a republican. >> reporter: still, it's clear the white house is enjoying this moment. >> this president has done more for bipartisanship in the last eight days than obama did in eight years. >> so, let's get to mary bruce live from the white house tonight. and mary, just recently, last week, in fact, the president, chuck shoer, nancy pelosi, all seeing eye to eye. that was last week in the oval office. what are republican leaders saying about this dinner tonight? >> reporter: david, many republicans i've talked with were shocked and frustrated by the president's deal with schumer and pelosi. but publicly, republican leaders are putting on a positive spin. asked today if he's afraid the president will go over his head and work with democrats, house speaker paul ryan responded with just one word. nope. david? >> mary bruce, thank you. we turn next, meantime, to a new controversy for president trump's treasury secretary. you might remember the last controversy sparked by this
photo, his wife posted it on instagram, showing the couple stepping off a government plane in which she tagged all of her high end designer labels she was wearing in the photo. well, tonight, there are reports the treasury secretary asked to take a government plane on his overseas honeymoon. here's abc's chief investigative correspondent, brian ross. >> reporter: newly married this past summer, multimillionaire treasury secretary stephen mnuchin form little requested that he and his new wife, louise, regularly seen in designer cloepts with purposes at $10,000 plus, be allowed to travel in style in a government jet on their honeymoon to europe. at an estimated price of $25,000 an hour, it would have cost tax payers several hundred thousand dollars. >> they can't be expecting tax payers to foot the bill for a hollywood lifestyle. >> reporter: and after treasury officials say they raised the issue of how it would look for a man worth at least3 $00 million to travel at tax payerls expense on a personal trip, mnuchin
found another way to get to europe on his own dime. in response to an abc news question about the honeymoon trip, a treasury spokesperson said, the secretary needs access to secure communications, but the secretary's office determined it was unnecessary to use military aircraft when alternatives were found. >> you don't need a giant rulebook of government requirements. you can just say to yourself, this is common sense. it's wrong. >> reporter: but it was just a few weeks after the honeymoon that mnuchin and his wife did fly on a government jet to kentucky on an official trip, where among other events, they viewed the solar eclipse. she famously posted this photo, adding hash tacks for items in her expensive outfit, and this response to critics. "do you think the u.s. government paid for our honeymoon or personal travel? lol. have you given more to the economy than me and my his?" louise is an actress, appearing
in this episode of the cbs show "csi" dressed as marie antoinette, the french royal best knownsaying, "let them eat cake." >> and brian ross live with us tonight. i want to go back to what you reported on the social media comments. did louise actually say, "do you think the u.s. government paid for our honeymoon or personal travel, lol?" >> reporter: yes, david, she did. and she later apologized. now, the inspector general is taking a look at the circumstances surrounding all of the secretary's travel on government aircraft. david? >> our chief investigative correspondent brian ross tonight. we turn next to a traveling incident in new hampshire. the family of an 8-year-old boy who is biracial saying he was taunted by a group of teenagers who then swung him bill a rope around his neck. he was air lifted to a hospital to be treated for his injuries, and abc's steve osunsami tonight. well warn you, this is a difficult story. >> reporter: the boy's mother tonight is furious, that this ever happened to her son, and that new hampshire police, she
says, didn't at first take this seriously. >> the fact that my son was biracial and these boys were of white decent. >> reporter: police say that all the older children allegedly responsible for the wounds to this 8-year-old boy are under 14, and because they're minors, authorities aren't sharing their names. cassandra merlin says her son, who's biracial, was over a friend's house down the street on august 28th, when three older boys started teasing him and calling him racial slurs. she says her son was set up, con vinced by the older boys to wrap the ropes from a tire swing around his neck. that's when she says one of the boys pushed him off a picnic table. >> they continued even after the fact to make comments about white pride, even after the fact that they had hung my son. >> reporter: his 11-year-old sister was there watching and screaming. his family safes he swung back and forth three times before he was able to remove the rope from his neck. people in the town of clairmont rallied to support the boy. the mother says police are trying to reach her tonight to
discuss possible juvenile charges. she says when they interviewed her son, they did so in front of the other kids. david? >> steve osunsami with us tonight. steve, thank you. we turn next here to hillary clinton, breaking her silence on some of the key moments that played out in the presidential campaign. her new book out called "what happened." clinton acknowledging her own mistakes, but also saying today that she would have won, had it not been for james comey intervening in those final days to say he was looking into newly discovered e-mails, only later to say there was nothing there. she's also talking about that third debate, when millions watched as then candidate donald trump seemed to follow her around on stage, something she says she tried to prepare for during debate prep. >> we practiced, the young man who played trump, practiced stalking me. >> really? >> oh, yes. oh, yes. stalking me and saying really nasty things to me. because i wanted to keep my composure. then, though, when i was actually on stage -- >> yeah.
>> it felt so different. >> yeah, yeah. >> and that's when i was thinking, like, okay, what do i do? >> well, we got you something. you can just wear this from now on. >> clinton revealing she did not prepare a concession speech and she felt enormous responsibility before delivering it, saying it was only when she left with her husband, watching supporters on the street, that she then had no words. there is still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this wednesday. the chemical plant fire in this country. the massive blaze erupting. a huge plume of smoke. shorme authorities on the scene. you tthe important new head tonight involving the flu vaccine and possible mischarges. and the security breach at prince george's school. someone trying to break into the school. we'll be right back. go to protect your vehicle? i'm on it.
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abc's chief foreign correspondent terry moran is in london. >> reporter: it was such a heartwarming image. just six days ago prince william and 4-year-old prince george on the first day of school. meeting the head mistress and the principal at thomas's battersea school. so proud of his new royal charge. >> our aim for him as well as for all of our pupils is to provide a safe and secure and a happy environment where he feels supported by a kind and a loving community. >> reporter: but now, the arrest today of a woman in her 40s who gained unlawful access to the school on tuesday afternoon, raising sharp questions. prince george was apparently not present when the incident occurred. he goes only in the mornings. police not releasing the intruder's name, but they're saying the school's security procedures are under review. days before the school opened, this video, posted to facebook by a local resident, showing how she could just walk into the school at night. the doors wide open. the woman intruder remains in custody. her motive unclear.
and prince george? he is expected to return here to school in the morning. david? >> terry moran tonight. terry, thank you. when we come back, the american city celebrating tonight. celebrating the number 21. also ahead here, the massive chemical plant fire. the blaze erupting. a huge flume of smoke. authorities are on the scene tonight. and the important headline involving the flu vaccine, pregnancies and possible miscarriage. we'll be right back.
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we begin with developing news to the north. someone walked into a washington state school and shot at least four people and one person is dead. good afternoon. thank you for joining us. >> we learned a short time ago that the gunman is a student at the school. the shooting happened at a school southeast of spokane in freeman. the student who died reportedly tried stop the gunman. >> the parents say the two were best friends. >> terrifying as a gunman opened fire. >> we have one moreville in the classroom. >> the massive shooting just outside of spokane, washington. authorities confirming one person was killed. three others rushed to the hospital. all expected to survive. >> the shooter may be on the second level. >> the alleged shooter now had custody. authorities responding to the high school around 10:00 a.m.
local time after reports of an active shooter. >> he was carrying a double bag. i think it was black. and he set it down and pulled it out and started shooting. >> law enforcement going room to room and floor to floor, combing the school for the gunman. >> the student walked up to him. engaged him. and that student was shot. that student did not survive. he then fired more rounds down the hallway. >> students sheltering in place. worried parents rushing to the scene. reuniting with children amid panic and disbelief. about 300 students were inside the high school at the time of the shooting. the governor of washington calling it heart breaking. abc news new york. and now to breaking news, a training accident injured 15 marines at camp pendleton. this involved an a