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tonight, breaking news on several fronts. what we've just learned about the deadly church shooting in texas. what the gunman did before. and tonight, the stories emerging from inside the church. the suspect shooting into the church, even before he was inside. bullets coming through the walls. families, children on the floor, under the pews. also tonight, the stunning number of missed warning signs. the gunman escaping a mental facility in the past. he threatened military supervisors. he was convicted of domestic violence. tonight, president trump says extreme vetting would not have made a difference. breaking news as we come on the air involving harvey weinstein tonight. what the nypd believes is now coming. also just in, the death of a former baseball star. the plane crash. the state trooper shot on the highway today during athe hunt that followed. and the teacher suspended
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tonight after telling a student, quote, that's how people like you get shot. good evening. and it's great to have you with us here on a tuesday night. and we are just back from texas tonight, where we have learned a chilling new detail. authorities say that gunman was at that very church just days before. the sheriff telling us the pastor had a bad feeling. the gunman beginning his rampage outside the church before he even entered. and tonight, for the first time, we're hearing from survivors inside the church. abc's senior national correspondent matt gutman leading us off from texas. >> reporter: as authorities continue to process the scene at the first baptist church, tonight, we learned that the day of the massacre wasn't devin kelley's first time at the church. officials tell us kelley attended the church's fall festival on halloween, october 31st. and when he came back on sunday, he wore a skeleton mask over his face, blasting off hundreds of rounds in the deadliest shooting in texas history.
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>> there's a dead body right there. >> the wilson county sheriff's office arrived within four minutes. i can tell you, four minutes is a long time during an active shooter situation. >> reporter: for the approximately 50 sure 0 it felt like an eternity. >> aiming at them, shooting them, ta-ta-ta-ta-ta-ta. >> reporter: rosa solis was among those inside for services when the bullets started coming through the windows and the walls. she's now among the wounded stashgtsing to arrive home, weighed down by sounds she can't shake. >> people screaming and people crying. and momma, where are you, momma, the little kids. >> reporter: was anybody trying to get away? was there anywhere to go? >> no. there was nowhere to go. >> reporter: you were all trapped? >> we were trapped inside. >> reporter: there was no mercy, said solis. >> when he started firing the shots, everybody was screaming. everybody -- but when they saw him go in, nobody -- >> reporter: silence. >> nobody said nothing.
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not a word. like i told my sister, you could hear a pin drop int,eal quiet. >> reporter: so, the only sound was the sound of the bullets. >> yeah. him shooting the people. >> reporter: how many times did he said, "you're going to die?" >> one time. "everybody's gonna die." >> reporter: so solis played dead among the dead. as did david brown's mother, shot in the legs. he just kept going back and forth? >> shooting everybody, yes. she laid on the ground the whole time and just saw his boots pacing, walking up and down the aisles. enkeporter: police why sa and that's when neighborhood stephen willeford opened fire on him. >> i'm no hero. i am not. i just wish i could have gotten there faster. just in incredibl teams from inside the church, matt. and stephen there saying he just wishes he got there sooner. he was reunited with the other hero driver, more on that in a moment. but first, matt, you talked with
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the sheriff sdometng s o whohen whe t church just a before? >> reporter: that's right, david. i just got off with the sheriff, and he said the pastor told him he had an instinctive dislike for devin kelley when he met him at that church halloween function. he thought maybe he was dangerous, but then he thought to himself, how do you turn someone away from your own church? it's chilling to think just days later, devin kelley would kill many of the people he met there. david? >> matt gutman leading us off tonight. matt, thank you. next here, to tin vest game. ando san gunman was convi a military ita court. he escaped a mental health facilit facility. and after all that, how was he still able to get those guns? here's abc's senior justice correspondent pierre thomas. >> reporter: in april of 2016, devin kelley walk into this store in san antonio and bought the ruger assault rifle used to
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kill all those parishioners. an fbi background check came back clean. that should have never happened. >> i can tell you what is required and there was nothing in our databases that precluded him from purchasing a firearm. >> reporter: tonight, new details revealing kelley was even more unstable and potentially dangerous than we knew, raising more questions about how he was able to buy multiple guns. newly released police records show kelley escaping from a new mexico mental health facility in june of 2012. the police report noting kelley suffered from "mental disorders," had "been caught sneaking firearms onto holloman air force base" and was "attempting to carry out death threats kelley had made on this military chain of command." the escape came as kelley was facing charges for punching and choking his wife and hitting his infant stepson "on the head and body with a force likely to produce death or grievous bodily harm." that domestic abuse conviction should have been shared by the air force from the fbi, blocking him from buying four guns. >> we've taken responsibility
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and we're going to find out what happened and fix it. >> reporter: the pentagon now reviewing what went wrong and whether other cases are also falling through the cracks. tonight, as investigators dissect every detail of the killer's life, the fbi acknowledging they've yet to unlock kelley's encrypted smartphone. >> i can assure you that we're working very hard to get into the phone. >> reporter: that's the same problem that frustrated the fbi in the san bernardino massacre for weeks. >> pierre thomas with us live again tonight. and pierre, the question concerns many, if he got through the cracks, this suspect, how many others could there be? >> reporter: david, some senators suspect the numbers could be high, and are pushing for specifics. there's worry that many agencies have not been pushing these domestic abuse convictions into the system for gun background checks. david? >> pierre thomas, our thanks to you. president trump, meanwhile, in south korea, overseas, faced now with the worst mass shooting at a church here at home ever. last week, after the deadly truck attack here in new york city, the president within hours calling for extreme vetting.
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he was asked today if extreme vetting on guns would have caught this guy. here's abc's chief white house correspondent jonathan karl, traveling with the president. >> reporter: traveling in asia, the president was asked whether, in light of the texas massacre, he would favor the kind of extreme vetting he wants for immigration for those who want to buy guns. the answer? a definitive no. >> if you did what you're suggesting, there would have been no difference three days ago. and you might not have had that very brave person who happened to have a gun or a rifle in his truck go out and shoot him and hit him and neutralize him. >> reporter: the president insisted tougher background checks could have made the texas church shooting worse. and on the north korea threat, a dramatic change in tone from the president. even expressing hope about talks with north korea, something he recently called a waste of time. >> i really believe that it
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makes sense for north korea to come to the table and to make a deal that's good for the people of north korea and the people of the world. i do see certain movement, yes. but let's see what happens. >> reporter: quite a shift for the president, who not long ago said this. >> they will be met with fire, fury and, frankly, power, the likes of which this world has never seen before. >> reporter: and while he continued to boast about america's military dominance, he acknowledged war would be bad for everyone. >> we have many things happening that we hope -- we hope -- in fact, i'm go a step further, we hope to god we never have to use. >> jonathan karl with us tonight from seoul. and jon, the president in asia, of course, dealing with north korea there, but also the mass shooting here at home. and jon, when it comes to this suspect, despite that domestic violence conviction, that escape from a mental facility, the president insisting that extreme
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vetting would not have worked? >> reporter: yeah, david. you heard him say it, but the bottom line is, there are bipartisan calls in congress to strengthen the background check system, including john cornyn, a prominent republican in the senate, saying he want as new law strengthening the current background check system. david? >> jonathan karl reporting on the president's trip in asia. jon, our thanks to you. and there are also major developments in the russia investigation tonight. a former trump campaign adviser now changing his story in testimony under oath. what he now acknowledges. here's abc's chief investigative correspondent brian ross. >> reporter: tonight, the web of lies, half-truths and memory failure involving russia and the trump campaign is growing larger. the latest thread, carter page, and the disclosure of his congressional testimony about a trip to moscow to give a speech during the campaign. page told me he never talked about the campaign with anyone in the kremlin on the trip.
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did you meet with anybody in the kremlin and discuss the presidential race? >> not one word. >> reporter: not one word. and he said much the same to george stephanopoulos. >> i said hello, briefly, to one individual who was a board member of the new economic school where i gave my speech. >> reporter: but page, under oath, has now admitted that one individual was, in fact, the russian deputy prime minister, arkady dvorkovich. and that page later wrote e-mails to campaign officials about the meeting, promising "incredible insights and outreach" from "senior members of the presidential administration" in moscow. >> those accounts are directly contradictory, so you have to conclude that what he was saying publicly simply wasn't true. >> reporter: the president has denied again and again anyone in his campaign had contact with the russian government. >> no. nobody that i know of. >> so, you're not aware of any contacts during the course of the election? >> look, look. how many times do i have to answer this question?
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>> reporter: but page testified he was in direct contact with at least four senior officials of the trump campaign either before of after the moscow trip. then-senator jeff sessions, and campaign aides corey lewandowski, j.d. gordon and hope hicks, now the white house communications director, travelling with the president this week, seen here at the state dinner in japan. and david, with carter page's admission, we now count at least nine figures in the trump campaign who have met with the russians, including attorney general jeff sessions, donald trump jr., son-in-law jared kushner, campaign chairman paul manafort and campaign adviser george papadopoulos, who has pleaded guilty to lying about it, the first criminal conviction in the russia investigation, david. >> brian ross with us again tonight. brian, thank you. next this evening, it is hard to believe, but it was just one year ago, voters went to the poll, choosing between donald trump and hillary clinton. tonight, two governors races being watched very closely, and here's abc's chief national correspondent tom llamas. >> reporter: tonight, all eyes on virginia. the race may be between republican ed gillespie and the
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lieutenant governor, democrat ralph northam, a test of president trump's influence. many see the virginia election as a bellwether for the midterm elections. the president busy on twitter, tweeting from south korea today, "ralph northam will allow crime to be rampant in virginia. he's weak on crime, weak on our great vets, anti-second amendment." even though northam is veteran who served in desert storm. >> we need healers. and that's a doctor to come in and heal the wounds in this country right now, and not be someone that promotes hatred and bigotry. >> reporter: as for gillespie, who ran the republican national committee, he chose not to appear with the president on the campaign trail. something he didn't want to talk about last night. is there a reason why you didn't campaign with the president? >> thank you so much for being out here today. >> reporter: is there a reason why you didn't campaign with the president? and in new jersey, another big race and the end of the chris christie era. in the race to replace him, the democrat far ahead.
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and today a vintage christie moment. >> the easiest thing in the world is to stand where you stand and stand on the sidelines and critique. >> reporter: classic chris christie. back here in virginia, president trump may not be on the ballot, but early exit polls show he and his policies are having a major impact. more than 30% of voters tell us today, they came out to vote to show opposition to the president. david? >> all right, tom llamas, you'll keep us posted into the night. tom, thank you. we are also following a breaking headline involving harvey weinstein. the nypd believing the d.a. may present evidence to a grand jury. and here's abc's linsey davis. >> reporter: tonight, police sources say the manhattan district attorney plans to present its case against hair vae weinstein to a grand injury. at the center of the case, boardwalk empire actress paz de la huerta, who claims weinstein assaulted her twice in 2010. >> she put forth a credible and detailed narrative to us. we have an actual case here. >> reporter: and now, a scathing
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article published in "the new yorker" with allegations of just how far weinstein went to silence his accusers, reportedly paying spies to investigate their personal lives. >> what this story pulls back the curtain on is a set of tools that i truly did not know were available to the most powerful men in this country when they are bent on stopping allegations against them. >> reporter: contributor ronan farrow alleges that weinstein hired elite security agencies to gain and compile information to discredit his accusers before their allegations were made public. according to the article, two investigators from black cube -- a company run by former israeli intelligence -- approached and became friendly with actress rose mcgowan. one disguising herself as a women's rights advocate, pressing mcgowan for information. but according to farrow, that woman is actually a former officer from the israeli defense forces, who had been secretly recording her conversations and allegedly reporting back to weinstein's team. >> rose mcgowan said, "everybody lied to me."
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she said it was like the movie "gaslight." she said that she was living for a year in a world of funhouse mirrors. >> and linsey is with us now. any comment from harvey weinstein's team? >> reporter: yes, david. his spokesperson says it's fiction to say any individuals were targeted. and as for black cube, they say it's their policy never to discuss clients with any third party, but they say they operate with high moral standards and in full compliance with the law. and the manhattan district attorney saying tonight, they still have not decided definitively. >> keeping it close to the vest. all right, thank you. there is still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this tuesday. breaking now, the former baseball star killed. the deadly plane crash. his plane found in the gulf off florida. details after the break. also, the shootout in at american highway. the state trooper shot and the hunt that followed. and the teacher suspended tonight after telling a student, quote, that's how people like you get shot. you get shot. a lot more news ahead here. ing,s of diabetic nerve pain these feet...
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finally tonight, in texas, a hug seen by the whole community. overnight, a town united. arm and arm at a vigil in sutherland springs. meridith cooper and yvette gonzalez comforting one another. 9-year-old sophia martinez offering a prayer. that hero, stephen willeford, who tried to take down the suspect, meeting up with jonnie langendorff, that driver. they chased the suspect together. a hug amid so much heartbreak. >> mr. willeford, i believe that he's a hero. how could you not love that guy? you know, that guy did what he knew needed to be done. >> reporter: we saw it first-hand. everyone in the town thanking both of them. >> god bless you. >> reporter: johnnie told me, he's no hero. they did what they needed to do. i mean, have you been able to wrap your head around?
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>> it's devastating. it really is. it's a tough blow to anyone -- anyone involved. the whole community -- i mean, these are friends. these are family. >> reporter: and tonight, an update on that 5-year-old boy shot five times, ryland ward. hit in the arm, the leg, the stomach. he's in the hospital in stable condition tonight. his mom and dad by ryland's side. their family's go fund me page now raising more than $63,000 since we first told you about ryland last night. a town pulling for ryland. and all the families whose lives were changed in an instant. we're pulling for ryland and that whole town, too. good night.
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it's the whole county. is affected by this. it will take a long time to heal. >> 26 people dead. 20 others injured. and today, still more questions about exactly what happened in sutherland springs, texas. why and how. thank you for joining us. >> new questions tonight about how 26-year-old devin kelley was able to legally buy his womens despite a history of domestic violence. >> maggie joins us live now from sutherland springs, texas with the very latest. >> as this small town continues to try to wrap their minds around the tragic loss, we're hearing more about the bombshell revelation. they admitted it was their mistake that let the shooter get his guns in the first place. today questions remain as to how devin kelley, did gunman in the texas church massacre, was able to legally buy a gun despite his past criminal convictions of
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extremely violent abuse against his wife and child. charges that led to a court-martial. >> there was nothing that precluded him from purchasing a firearm. >> the air force admitting they never forwarded the information about the conviction to the fbi database. we're now learning if 2012, he escaped from a behavior center and tried to carry out death threats against his military chain of command. >> we have all these questions. how did this slip through the cracks? >> many argue, the political conversation should not focus on the air force but rather on gun control. >> we need common sense gun reform. >> when asked about extreme vetting on, president trump says gun control might have kept the hero from shooting the gunman. >> if he didn't have a gun, instead of having 26 dead, you would have had hundreds more dead. >> as politicians argue, this small town


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