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tonight, breaking news. tonight, as we come on the air in the west, several breaking stories. the deadly van attack. authorities say at least nine dead. more than a dozen injured. as a driver plows into pedestrians in toronto. then, the suspect pointing at police. the standoff. the takedown. we'll go to toronto. also breaking at this hour, what we have just learned about president george h.w. bush, who just laid his wife of 73 years to rest. we do have news of his condition just coming in. also breaking, the urgent manhunt after a killing spree at a waffle house. the phone call today, the tip that led police to the woods, and tonight, news of the arrest, you'll see the pictures. president trump, the twitter storm involving north korea. what the white house is now saying tonight. and breaking news late today on his pick for secretary of state. and from london tonight, it's a boy.
the newest member of the royal family revealed. and the other member who turned around to the cameras and melted hearts. good evening, and it's great to start another week with you. and we begin tonight with that horrific attack today in downtown toronto. a driver barrelling down a crowded street in a van and appearing to aim for pedestrians. that van coming to a halt on a sidewalk, but not until after so many had been struck and killed. a trail of the injured along the street, too, more than a dozen hurt. then, the confrontation between the driver and police. playing out in broad daylight. tonight, that suspect is now in custody, his identity just released. and abc's tom llamas leads us off from toronto tonight. >> reporter: tonight, the race to save lives after the deadly van attack. nine dead and more than a dozen wounded after a driver in this white van jumped the curb, plowing through pedestrians on a major street in toronto. >> vehicle, personal injury,
intersection of yonge street and finch avenue. >> reporter: it was lunchtime, just before 1:30 p.m. the van driving 16 blocks, nearly a mile and a half, ramming into people again and again. >> he just went on the sidewalk, he just started hitting everybody, man. he hit every single person on the sidewalk. anybody in his way, he would hit. the bus stop, everything all shattered. there was a lady in there that i saw. i just stopped and i looked and i went after it again and all i see is just crumbling up, one by one. >> reporter: eyewitnesses describing a scene of pure panic. >> everyone started running and screaming and he hit this one lady and she went flying. and he hit another lady -- i didn't see, because i was running at that point -- but you could hear them, like, dropping. >> reporter: police finally cornering the van. investigators are now scouring the video of the standoff that came next. the driver pulling an object from his pocket, pointing it at an officer, staring him down with this warning. >> i have a gun in my pocket. >> i don't care. get down.
>> i have a gun in my pocket. >> reporter: and as police try to reason with him, the driver with a plea. >> shoot me in the head. >> reporter: that didn't happen. the officer took him down, handcuffing him on the pavement. officers taking him into custody. with this unfolding, swarms of first responders racing to the scene, finding multiple victims already being triaged by good samaritans. >> there was four bodies on the ground. police and ambulance hadn't arrived yet, but people were trying to revive them. >> reporter: a grim scene. victims lying all over the street. bodies covered with orange tarps. shoes left abandoned in the middle of the street. the injured, loaded onto stretchers and raced to nearby hospitals. >> this is going to be a long investigation, with multiple witnesses. we have a lot of surveillance cameras. >> reporter: tonight, police still searching for a motive behind the mayhem. >> so, let's get right to tom llamas, with us live tonight from toronto. and tom, authorities believe that this was deliberate, they're now calling it an attack? >> reporter: that's right, canadian officials are calling this a horrific attack, david.
and we've just confirmed the name of the suspect allegedly behind the wheel, 25-year-old alek minassian. but as we have said so far, we do not know his motive. there were so many victims in this case because, david, it happened in a very busy area of toronto. but also in front of so many eyewitnesses and surveillance cameras, now all part of the investigation. david? >> pouring through the video at this hour. tom llamas leading us off tonight. tom, our thanks to you. there's also heightened alert right here at home tonight. the nypd saying they've deployed more counterterror officers on the streets of new york city late today. abc's chief justice correspondent pierre thomas live with us tonight from washington. and pierre, what have you learned from your sources about the suspect? >> reporter: david, our sources say alec minassian is from the toronto area, and while they believe this was an intentional act, they're sorting out if this was terrorism. these kind of vehicle attacks have become the preferred method among terrorists around the world. more than 100 people have been killed, and more than 500 injured in these kinds of attacks since 2016. that's why you're seeing cities put more and more barriers up to try to protect pedestrians.
david? >> just a horrific scene north of the border. pierre thomas, our thanks to you, as well. meantime tonight, an arrest and a takedown after that killing spree at a tennessee waffle house. armed officers and a massive manhunt playing out today, going door-to-door, searching the wids. and then the tip leading them to the suspect. and tonight, we learned that they had taken weapons away from him before. abc's erielle reshef is on the scene in tennessee for us. >> reporter: tonight, one of the most sought-after suspects in the country captured. a phone tip leading police to 29-year-old travis reinking in a wooded area behind his home. >> detective williams drew down on the suspect. the suspect proned out. he told him to get on the ground, he got on the ground immediately. >> reporter: reinking led away in handcuffs. police say he was found with a backpack and a silver semiautomatic handgun with ammunition. nearly 36 hours of terror for the town of antioch, tennessee. hundreds of police and heavily armed s.w.a.t. units going door-to-door in a desperate search. neighbors fearful the killer was in their own backyard.
>> there's too many places to hide around here. >> reporter: 3:23 a.m. sunday. police say reinking got out of his truck wearing nothing but a green jacket, wielding this ar-15 assault rifle. first, fatally shooting two people outside the waffle house, before killing two more inside. >> someone is shot, units respond. >> reporter: witnesses say reinking stopped to reload. that's when james shaw jr. leapt into action, wrestling the gun away, stopping the carnage. >> i'm not a hero. i'm just a regular person. and i think -- >> reporter: tonight, growing questions over the number of reinking's alarming run-ins with the law. this video released today. a dangerous pursuit of a stolen bmw from last tuesday. police now saying it was reinking behind the wheel. >> the vehicle was recovered from reinking's apartment complex. but i would hasten to add that they had no idea who the man was. >> reporter: reinking had at
least five other known incidents with various law enforcement. in july 2017, he was arrested by the secret service for trespassing in a restricted area near the white house. his four firearms turned over to his father, who police say later gave them all back to his son, including the rifle he's accused of using to gun down his victims. how concerned are you that travis reinking was able to slip through the cracks? >> we were able to effectively neutralize what we felt was the threat at the time, by ensuring that he did not have the ability to purchase or own weapons. >> so many warning signs. erielle reshef live from the scene. we heard the fbi tell you there that they say they did what they could to take away the suspect's guns, but that his father allegedly gave them back. now you've learned that father may face charges? >> reporter: that's right, david. officials say it is against federal law to transfer a gun to someone who is knowingly prohibited from owning one. federal authorities now looking into the actions of reinking's father. david? >> erielle reshef tonight. erielle, thank you.
next tonight, president trump and the first lady preparing for their first official state visit. french president emmanuel macron and his wife arriving this afternoon for a two-day visit to washington. but amid the pageantry, tough questions for the white house tonight, amid a twitter storm from the president on north korea. that planned face-to-face meeting, and high expectations. here's abc's chief white house correspondent jonathan karl. >> reporter: a warm welcome for french president macron. the first foreign leader to get an official state visit in the trump white house. >> congratulations, great job. >> reporter: macron, who gave the president an epic handshake in brussels last year, is as close to president trump as any foreign leader. but much of the president's focus right now is on the upcoming planned meeting with a sworn enemy, kim jong-un. >> hopefully, that meeting will be a great success, and we're looking forward to it. >> reporter: over the weekend, the president pushed back on critics who have questioned the wisdom of agreeing to meet with the north korean dictator
without getting much in return. "wow, we haven't given up anything," the president tweeted. "and they have agreed to denuclearization -- so great for the world -- site closure, and no more testing." north korea has suspended missile testing and announced plans to shut down a nuclear test facility, but there has been no agreement yet on giving up their nuclear weapons. sarah, on north korea, is the president willing to accept anything short of complete denuclearization before lifting any sanctions? >> certainly the goal is denuclearization of the peninsula, and we're going to continue the maximum pressure campaign that has been ongoing to north korea until we see concrete actions taken towards complete and total denuclearization. >> so, let's get to jon karl, with us live tonight from the white house. and jon, mike pompeo, the president's pick for secretary of state, as we know, recently met with kim jong-un in north korea. they kept that under wraps for days.
there was a major headline today on mike pompeo himself. >> reporter: david, just minutes ago, the senate foreign relations committee approved the nomination of mike pompeo to be secretary of state by the narrowest of margins, just a single vote. it had looked like the committee would reject the pompeo nomination, but republican rand paul, after the personal intervention of president trump, switched his vote from no to yes. that now paves the way for pompeo to be confirmed by the full senate later this week. david? >> the president getting rand paul involved and onboard. jon karl live tonight. jon, thank you. meantime, speculation growing in the investigation of the president's personal attorney, michael cohen, after the sweeping raids by the fbi. prosecutors say they are now focusing on cohen's personal business dealings. "the new york times" reporting cohen could flip. the president reacting to that report, and tonight, what we've learned right here. here's abc's kyra phillips. >> reporter: tonight, mounting questions about whether the man known for his pledge of loyalty -- >> i will do anything to protect
mr. trump. >> reporter: -- could flip on his most famous client. the president's long-time personal attorney, michael cohen, is under criminal investigation. the feds seized evidence from his home, office and hotel. including documents related to alleged hush money payments to protect donald trump's image. "the new york times" reporting cohen, now under intense pressure, could turn on the president, prompting the president to tweet that's not like cohen, saying, "most people will flip if the government lets them out of trouble, even if it means lying or making up stories. sorry, i don't see michael doing that despite the horrible witch hunt." >> reporter: but legal experts say cohen could ultimately face jail time. >> this is an epic battle for the soul and cooperation of michael cohen. and prosecutors have enormous weapons at their disposal. >> reporter: the president also tweeting about a potential pardon of someone else, which left some people to speculate he was trying to send a message to cohen. tonight, the white house saying
they're not ruling out a presidential pardon. >> the president open to a pardon for michael cohen? >> ah, i don't think that we're going to talk about hypotheticals that don't exist right now. >> reporter: when pressed later -- >> it's hard to close a door on something that hasn't taken place. >> and so let's get to kyra phillips, with us from washington tonight. and kyra, of course, a lot of speculation over what michael cohen might or might not do, as this investigation intensifies. >> reporter: david, tonight, a source close to cohen telling abc news michael cohen will never flip, calling it pure speculation, as cohen continues to be tried in the court of public opinion. but if cohen ever faces jail time, his deep access to trump's personal and financial dealings may lead prosecutors to offer him a deal he just can't refuse. david? >> kyra phillips with us again tonight. to the major weather concern at this hour, as we head into the evening. heavy rain and flood watches moving across the east. five confirmed tornadoes across the gulf in the past 24 hours. this one in ft. walton beach, florida. and the moment the twister blew through.
just incredible pictures from over the weekend. parts of savannah, georgia, are now under water. that rain moving up the east coast tonight. and meteorologist rob marciano tracking it all, as always, for us. hey, rob. >> reporter: hi, david. we've had a couple of tornado warnings across metro atlanta the last couple of hours. so, we know the threat's there, but no widespread tornado watch boxes out. there is a large, sprawling system. multi layers. slow-moving, as well. we're going to see heavy rain, that will get up into the ohio river valley, as well. then eventually into jersey and new york city. but not really into tomorrow night into wednesday morning. substantial rains across the northeast. one to two inches here. potentially three to four inches from charlotte to roanoke, so, potential for flooding there, early tonight in through tomorrow afternoon. >> all right, rob marciano with us tonight. rob, thanks, as always. and from london tonight, a more welcome headline than the bad weather here. the newest member of the royal family, prince william and dutch duchess kate and their new baby boy. take a look. kate with her new son, and right beside her, that photograph of diana, a lot of comparisons today, given the color of the clothes and holding the baby.
that was harry, by the way. and look at this from today. big sister charlotte coming to meet her little brother. charlotte turning around, though, to give the crowd an extra wave. stealing their hearts. abc's james longman from london. >> reporter: wrapped up tight, take a look at britain's newest prince. a third child welcomed today by catherine and her husband prince william. the duchess was admitted to the private wing of st. mary's hospital in london at 6:00 a.m. this morning, going into labor right on her due date. and news of the birth came soon after, a little boy. so the official sign outside buckingham palace read, "born five hours later, weighing eight pounds and seven ounces." the anticipation huge here, the world press waiting for news of that little baby boy. prince william leaving to collect george and charlotte. crowds treated to a royal wave from the young princess. and then after climbing those stairs, another look back and one more wave. this new prince will be fifth in line to the british throne,
ahead of prince harry, but he won't leapfrog his older sister charlotte, now that the rules of succession have changed. a younger brother no longer jumps in front of an older sister. as william put his new son in the car for the short drive home, the dad of three revealing what's on his mind. >> very happy. thrice worry now. >> reporter: no name just yet for the youngest royal. james, arthur and phillip all possibilities. >> and james longman joining us now from outside kensington palace. james, the world met the new royal baby today, but as you pointed out there, not by name, at least not yet. how long do we usually wait? >> reporter: well, it did take a couple of days when charlotte was named, and they might, of course, like to run it past the queen. we are all waiting to hear very soon, we hope. david? >> yes, i gather the queen will learn before us. james longman, our thanks to you tonight. and back here at home, one travel headline. southwest airlines tonight plagued by delays and cancellations. the majority of them related to those aircraft inspections. the airline says it began inspections of the older engines
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ten people dead. >> chaos. we have been abandoned by the city of oakland. >> residents of one neighborhood say the city is doing nothing about a homeless encampment on a sidewalk. also, court rules on who owns the copyright on these famous monkey selfies. sure you got footballs and seat cushions and then there is this. where we need your help tonight finding the other half of this epic collection. that breaking news is in canada tonight where we are getting our first look at the moments police confronted a driver who plowed over a dozen of people. good evening, i am dan ashley. >> and i am ama daetz. the death toll is now ten.
>> officers able to keep their cool. police able to detain the man without firing shots. >> directly related to the department's high caliber training. their officers are taught to use as little force as possible in any given situation. >> ctv reporter has the latest development. >> reporter: rampage through the city of tor ronto. >> they did their very best and continue to do their best. and the police work in all of this is really just begun. >> all i see is this guy, he is going 70, 80 clicks. hitting people one by one. it was a nightmare. >> reporter: the