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mission still being fought today. good evening. and welcome to "world news tonight." and we have come here to memphis, where 50 years ago, this very hour, the reverend dr. martin luther king jr. was killed by an assassin's bullet. as he stood on the balcony of the lorraine hotel. it happened in front of room 306. there have beenolemn tributes all day long. we'll have much more of the tributes later in the broadcast. but we begin right now with new details of that troubling attack at youtube headquarters in california. the gunwoman's strange youtube videos. her visit to a shooting range just before the attack. abc's seen yonior national correspondent matt gutman is on the scene tonight. >> reporter: tonight, investigators revealing nasim aghdam broadcast her motive right on her very target's website. >> i'm being discriminated and filtered on youtube. >> reporter: aghdam racked up
millions of views on her youtube channel with her sometimes bizarre antics. dressing in costumes. exercising. >> go vegan! >> reporter: promoting veganism. dancing next to photos of fruit and farm animals. and ranting that youtube had begun to censor her, limiting her viewers, and therefore her livelihood. claiming she only made 10 cents for more than 300,000 views. >> my old videos that used to get many views have stopped getting views. >> reporter: police say it was apparently motive enough to launch the 39-year-old on a suicide mission. tonight, we learn she disappeared from home in san diego. her family issuing a missing persons report on saturday. police in mountain view, california, finding aghdam three days later sleeping in her car hundreds of miles from home and just 30 miles from youtube's headquarters. >> reporter: what they didnt know, she was packing a .9 millimeter handgun and a vendetta against youtube. the police chief tells us that when the officers told the
family their daughter was fine, they warned the officers that she may have traveled to mountainview because of her grib against youtube. did the family suggest that she would be violent or could be violent? >> there was no information from the family to our officer about any behavior or indication of behavior like that. >> reporter: then, at 12:46, aghdam apparently slipping into this garage, making entry into youtube's campus. >> confirming she is the suspect? >> affirmative, what we were told. >> i saw her. it was a woman and she was firing her gun. and i just said, "shooter" and everybody started running. >> reporter: officers there within two minutes. this one snapping up his rifle and sprinting inside, let in by that employee. but by then, aghdam had already killed herself. outside the family's home today, the shooter's father simply saying he's sorry. >> i'm sorry. i can't believe it. >> reporter: today, police with guns drawn searching a home in san diego connected to aghdam. authorities carrying away bags of clothes from a dumpster.
a neighbor saying it appeared aghdam threw away some of the clothes she wore in these videos just days before her rampage. >> and matt gutman joining us live outside youtube's office in san bruno. authorities searching for clues and pouring over those vid yoes. and telling you, they've learned troubling details of the shooter's past? >> reporter: that's right, tom. federal law enforcement officials tell me they are still involved in this case, because when they delved into her background, they found some red flags. for instance, she got a pilot's license from the faa just two days after 9/11. and some of her online activism also raised concern, but they are telling us tonight, they are nearly certain she was not affiliated with any domestic or foreign terrorist groups. tom? >> matt gutman with those new developments tonight. matt, thank you. next, facebook's privacy scandal. larger than first reported. on a conference call this afternoon, ceo mark zuckerberg with the new number and their plans to protect users private
information. abc's chief business and economics correspondent rebecca jarvis has more. >> reporter: tonight, facebook revealing up to 87 million people, mostly in the u.s., may have had their information improperly shared with political con culting firm cambridge analytica. far more than the 50 million initially suspected. today, ceo mark zuckerberg in a call with reporters acknowledging the company didn't focus enough on preventing abuse. >> we didn't take a broad enough view of what our responsibility is and that was a huge mistake. and it was -- it was my mistake. >> reporter: starting monday, facebook will tell users if their information was shared may have been shared with cambridge analytica, by adding a link at the top of the news feed. the tech titan also announcing several other changes, including restricting access for third party apps and deleting phone and text logs after a year. tom, mark zuckerberg says that 87 million figure is the maximum number of people impacted. cambridge analytica responding tonight that they accessed the
data of no more than 30 million people and deleted it when they were contacted by facebook. tom? >> rebecca jarvis for us tonight. rebecca, thank you. next, a stunning announcement from the white house. national guard troops will head to the border with mexico as soon as tonight. and it comes as sources say special counsel robert mueller told the president's legal team in recent weeks that he was under investigation. here's abc's chief white house correspondent jonathan karl. >> reporter: a day after the president surprised his own top advisers by floating the idea of using the military to secure the border with mexico -- >> we're going to be guarding our border with the military. >> reporter: -- the white house made it official, announcing he is signing the order and the national guard could be on its way as early as tonight. >> we do hope that the deployment begins immediately. >> reporter: the homeland security secretary could not say how many troops or how much it would cost. as for what they'll do, u.s. troops cannot do law enforcement functions such as arresting illegal border crossers. this would be a support role,
such as helping with surveillance. >> it will be strong. it will be as many as is needed to fill the gaps that we have today. that's what i can tell you. so, we'll go through and make sure. >> reporter: just last week, the president also suggested he would use military funds to build his border wall. does the president have the authority to use money that congress appropriated to the department of defense to build the border wall? >> what he meant was there are some lands that the department of defense owns right on the border that are actually areas where we see elicit activity. we're looking into options for the military to build wall on military installations on the border. >> reporter: but pentagon officials tell abc news the u.s. military has no land on the mexican border. the closest is the air force's goldwater practice range in arizona, which is not actually on the border. meanwhile, regarding the special counsel investigation, abc news has confirmed president trump has been informed by robert mueller's team that he is not, at this point, a criminal target
of the investigation. but he is a subject of the investigation, and therefore, mueller wants to interview him. and what was his reaction to learning he is not a subject or that he is not a target of the target of the special investigation, although he is a subject? >> we know what we did and what we didn't do, so none of this comes as much of a surprise. >> all right, jonathan karl joins us now. the president has said he's eager to talk to the special counsel, but that's something that's divided his legal team. jon, where does that stand tonight? >> reporter: well, some of his legal advisers have told him point blank it would be a terrible idea to talk to robert mueller. but as you point out, the president himself has said repeatedly that he is willing, even eager to talk to mueller and would do so under oath. the white house has said nothing, tom, to suggest that that has changed. >> jonathan karl for us tonight. jonathan, thank you. also from the white house tonight, a statement on u.s. policy in syria, after the president said he wanted to pull u.s. troops out, quote, very soon. that statement walking back the president's call, indicating no change in policy and no timeline
for withdrawal. tonight, about 2,000 american troops remain in syria to train and advise in the fight against isis. and the trade conflict heating up between the u.s. and china. the trump administration proposing import taxes on chinese electronics and a machinery products. within hours, china striking back against american soybeans, cars and chemicals. the president's new chief economic adviser, larry kudlow, insisting it is not a trade war, but an opportunity to renegotiate. we turn now to the weather. seven confirmed tornados in the past 24 hours. and tonight, wind and cold alerts for 23 states. this dramatic cloud near columbus, ohio. violent storms damaging hundreds of homes there. and shattering this hangar at houston's airport. when the storm clears out, another blast ofinnd wt.isr te abc's senior meteorologist rob marciano at the weather wall in new york. rob, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, tom. the air behind this current system is cold enough to bring
us lake-enhanced snow showers in the month of april. high wind warnings up until after midnight and freeze warnings across the mid south. look at the numbers in the morning. wind chills from the teens to 20s. certainly cold enough to sustain snow, and another snowmaker that will ride across the great lakes and get into upstate new york by friday morning. another system potentially bringing snow as far as d.c. on saturday. tom? >> even more snow. we'll stay tracking the storms. rob, thank you. across the country today, those tributes to the reverend martin luther king jr., marking one of america's darkest days and finding ways to see hope. abc's steve osunsami is in atlanta tonight. >> reporter: in the powerful words of this preacher from atlanta who changed america, tonight across the country, there are "little black boys and black girls" joining hands "with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers," at the nation's capital, in the south, in the northeast, carrying signs from half a century ago. this group marched 50 miles from
mississippi to memphis today to mark the 50 years since martin luther king was gunned down. >> this symbolizes how we've moved forward. >> reporter: there were long lines and celebrations at the national civil rights museum, what used to be the lorraine motel, where this heartbreaking photo was taken. >> he stood for so much. he stood for all these people, such love. >> reporter: in the heartland today, congressman john lewis, who marched with dr. king, spoke in indianapolis. >> i thank god that he lived. he taught us how to live. he taught us how to stand up. >> reporter: at his gravesite in atlanta, king's youngest daughter spoke out against shootings and police profiling. at a rally, she and the crowd melted a gun. >> america has got to find a way to value life. when you look at the black men being gunned down by law enforcement officers, it's very troubling. >> reporter: her father has a legacy. at the youth rally against gun violence in washington in march, king's 9-year-old granddaughter carried the family's message.
>> i have a dream that enough is enough. >> reporter: the king family says that the words in their father's most famous speech from 1963 mean just as much today. >> i have a dream. that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. i have a dream today. >> still so powerful so many decades later. steve osunsami joining us from atlanta. dr. king's hometown. and we saw you spend time with his daughter today. passionate, obvious, about gun violence. losing her father to gun violence. but she says his mission continues and is much broader? >> reporter: that's right, tom. not just gun violence, but also income equality, poverty and what she says is voter suppression. it's hard to imagine how things would have been different if her father, who is buried directly
behind me, were alive today. tom? >> steve 0 sosunsami, thank you and later in the newscast, we'll hear from the memphis sanitation worker who heard dr. king's last speech and is still on the job for the city today. and there's still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this wednesday. the burning car on the side of the road. the good samaritans trying to rescue the driver trapped by the flames. plus, the new surveillance image just released. the driver seen hours before police say she drove her family over a cliff. and the nfl star who may have prevented a school shooting. the threatening post discovered on his social media account. on his social media account. stay with us. le things can be a big deal. that's why there's otezla. otezla is not an injection or a cream. it's a pill that treats psoriasis differently. with otezla, 75% clearer skin is achievable after just 4 months, ... with reduced redness, thickness, and scaliness of plaques.
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finally tonight, the last speech delivered by dr. martin luther king jr. given the night before he died, famously proclaiming, i've been to the mountaintop. 50 years later, his works echoing across america, and still ringing in the ears of those who first heard them. the night before his assassination, a powerful
prophesy. >> i've seen the promised land. i may not get there with you, but i want you to know tonight that we, as a people, will get to the promised land! >> reporter: dr. martin luther king jr., in memphis to help sanitation workers who were on strike. workers like cleophus smith who marched with dr. king and was there for the mountaintop speech. when you saw him arrive in memphis, what did you think? >> i felt that, you know, that we had hope. >> reporter: the sanitation workers marched with those iconic signs that read "i am a man." we saw those signs today. when you see a little boy with a sign like that -- >> the day will come that that little boy will probably be the next president. >> reporter: the following night, after that famous address, king would be standing on this balcony, outside room 306 at the lorraine hotel. that room, frozen in time to
this day in king's memory. the bed, still partially made. an ashtray with a half smoked cigarette, still placed on the desk. the reverend jesse jackson was there that evening, standing just below. >> i can hear it even now. i asked him, i said, dr. king, do you hear me? dr. king, do you hear me? and he didn't say anything, and i tried to hold his head. bullets -- shots came from that way, not from behind us. >> reporter: now, 50 years later, jackson revealed to me what he wished he had told dr. king that night. >> no matter what, we will not turn back. we will not surrender. >> reporter: five decades later, the message is the same. respect, fairness and equality. demonstrators today told me, it's the fuel and the promise to keep king's legacy alive and keep marching. >> even though he gave his life, and the dream that he had, we are here to fulfill that dream,
carry that dream out. not let the dream die. >> and across the country today, so many carrying that message. "i am a man." signs we saw alongside other ones that read "i am 2018." that dream, still very much alive. thank you so much for watching on a wednesday night. i'm tom llamas. for david and all of us here, i hope to see you right back here tomorrow night. good night. i'm from youtube and not the only one. >> this is not the only one that
raised the officer's concern. >> complaints of discrimination that may have led to a shooting. >> we went to the local gun range yesterday morning prior to visiting youtube. >> the investigation that now spans from san bruno to san diego. >> good afternoon and thank you for joining us. >> here with the latest developments of the shooting on the youtube campus. two of the victims have been released from zuckerberg general hospital. a third man remains in the hospital but his condition remains critical to serious. >> the weapon she used was a 9 millimeter smith and wesson handgun and it was legally registered in her name. >> we have team coverage on the youtube shooting, abc7 news
reporter cornel bernard and dion lind who is live at youtube headquarters. >> finally we're able to get a closer look at the youtube campus today here in san bruno. and we got a tip that there was a staff meeting held inside today while on the outside employees begin to pick up the pieces. signs of activity at youtube wednesday with employees returning to campus to retrieve their vehicles. a far different scene than what happened yesterday. employees wouldn't talk to us as they went to get their personal belongings. a different scene after t after. >> weav