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tonight, several developing stories as we come on. the monster storm. flash flood rescues. a mother and her child trapped inside their vehicle. other vehicles going underwater. from florida straight through new england, the highway wrecks. and the trucker sideswiping a state trooper, then taking off. the major takedown. the suspect accused of fatally shooting a california police officer. authorities saying he was in the country illegally. president trump weighing in. tonight, how they tracked him down. several others arrested. and the emotional moment the officer's brother thanked police. the president's threat, saying he'll close the southern border if democrats don't give him billions for his wall. as questions mount about the treatment of children in border patrol custody. inside the massacre. disturbing new timeline details
and images from the parkland shooting. and new questions about the response. hotel confrontation. the moment caught on camera. a white hotel security guard calls the police on a black hotel guest who was sitting in the lobby. out of the blue. the electrical show that captivated millions. the night sky glowing above new york city. what exactly happened? and good evening. it's great to have you with us on this final friday of the year. i'm tom llamas, in for david. we begin with the monster storm slamming the east, from florida all the way to maine. police responding to accidents on icy highways throughout new england. take a look at this. and a driver plunging into deep water in hendersonville, north carolina. escaping out of the back of the sinking suv. he'sioenitez. here are the images coming in right now. >> reporter: tonight, that storm
carving a path of destruction across the country taking aim at the east coast. multiple tractor trailers crumpled on icy interstate 89 in new hampshire. shutting down the highway. >> this is the big problem spot for the state right now. >> reporter: dozens of accidents near boston, cars flying off embankments. an oil truck on its side in fitchburg. it was hard just to walk around. >> oh, my god. >> reporter: this truck, submerged. rvs floating away near ashville, north carolina. rescuers pulling a woman and her baby to safety from their pickup truck. more than 18 inches of snow in parts of minnesota. in st. paul, this police cruiser stops to help motorists. it's struck by a semi, which left the scene. in kansas, one person killed in a wreck on interstate 70. debbie huff, among so many travelers stranded by the blizzard. >> zero visibility. when they said zero visibility, they meant it.
>> reporter: you can see how foggy it is at jfk. 7,000 flights have been delayed across this country. more than 500 flights cancelled, and the numbers are growing by the minute. >> so many dealing with dangerous weather right now. we want to go out to rob marciano. where is the storm headed? >> reporter: the final push of the christmas week storm, with the heaviest rain on the eastern seaboard. let's look at the radar. it's strongest in the deep south, including the gulf coast. atlanta, finally through with the rain. four inches in the area. flood alerts remain up because the rivers still have to drain all the water. meanwhile, a blizzard for new mexico, winds ripping through the canyons there. this storm will mess with the midwest over the weekend and cause rain again across the northeast, just in time for new year's eve. tom? >> rob, thank you.
we'll stay tracking all the storms. now, tonight's other big headline. a suspected cop killer in newman, california. police arresting the suspect nearly 200 miles from the scene. authorities say he had been living in the u.s. illegally and was trying to escape back to mexico. during an emotional news conference, authorities revealing new details. the officer was shot and killed right after a traffic stop on christmas. the case gaining national attention, reaching all the way to the white house. here's will carr. >> reporter: tonight, an accused cop killer taken into custody after allegedly shattering the officer's family forever. >> there's a lot of people out there that misses him, and a lot of law enforcement people that i don't know who worked days and nights to make this happen. i'd like to thank you from the bottom of my heart. >> reporter: corporal ronil singh's brother breaking down after kern county authorities announced the arrest of gustavo perez arriaga, a reported gang member from
mexico. he's accused of killing corporal singh an hour after christmas, after he was pulled over for a suspected dui. >> i can tell you we were never more than a step behind this guy. >> reporter: according to sheriff adam christianson, arriaga was trying to sneak back into mexico when he was captured. the sheriff today mincing no words, saying corporal singh may still be alive if it wasn't for sanctuary policies he says handcuffed law enforcement. >> the first time he was arrested for dui, he should have been turned over to i.c.e. for deporting. if he's in the country illegally, committing crimes, it's simple. >> reporter: president trump weighing in, tweeting, "time to get tough on border security. build the wall!" >> i was waiting for this to happen. >> reporter: tonight, singh's family, many who traveled from fiji to mourn, thankful that the alleged gunman is now behind bars. >> will, the accused cop killer not the only person arrested today. police say he had help evading
capture? >> reporter: that's right, five others behind bars tonight, including the suspect's brother, all accused of trying to help him get away. tonight, the suspect is in the jail behind me. when the suspect was taken into custody, he was placed into corporal singh's handcuffs. >> will, thank you. the case drawing new attention to the battle along the border. president trump's new ultimatum, threatening the close the southern border unless he receives funding for the wall. he now plans to remain at the white house through new year's. in a trip kept under wraps, secretary neilsen traveling to the border in el paso today. after a second child dies in u.s. custody. here's tara palmeri. >> reporter: tonight, president trump raising the stakes in the battle over the border. tweeting, "we will be forced to close the southern border entirely if the obstructionist democrats do not give us the money to finish the wall." incoming acting chief of staff mick mulvaney saying democrats
should take the president's threat seriously. >> all options are on the table. listen, it's the only way to get the democrats' attention. there's not a single democrat talking to the president of the united states about this deal. >> reporter: but democratic leader nancy pelosi says democrats won't fund the president's, quote, "immoral, ineffective, and expensive wall." president trump also threatening to cut aid to three central american countries, tweeting, quote, "honduras, guatemala, and el salvador are doing nothing" about the surge of migrants. while washington is deadlocked, in border cities like el paso, texas, there is a growing crisis. just this week, a migrant child detained there later died, the second child to die in u.s. custody this month. and now, more than 1,600 migrants have been released from facilities there that officials say are overcrowded. homeland security secretary kirstjen nielsen on the ground in el paso today, touring some of those immigration facilities, visits that were closed to the press. >> tara, the president is not backing down.
the democrats are not giving in. >> reporter: tom, there is still no deal on the table. in fact, neither side is even speaking to each other at this point. in the meantime, 42,000 active duty coast guard members will not be paid. museums will close, and hundreds of thousands of federal workers will start the new year in limbo. >> tara, thank you. news about the high school massacre in parkland, florida. a new report highlighting major mistakes. a safety commission expected to criticize the school for its response. that's as the danger unfolded on campus. here's kenneth moton. >> reporter: tonight, these chilling images of nikolas cruz just before his deadly assault on stoneman douglas high school. this video showing a freshman walking past the 19-year-old as he pulled out an assault rifle. it's all part of a comprehensive report on the deadliest high
school shooting in u.s. history, 17 students and staff killed. >> if we can't protect our children in schools, then who can we protect? >> reporter: that state commission highlighting security failures including routinely unlocked doors and gates allowing cruz to get inside. >> that door was unlocked and unstaffed and, that, we say, that is a security failure. >> reporter: no p.a. system to warn staff and students seen here that day crammed into a hallway. inadequate outside video cameras, one of them capturing that school resource officer taking cover outside instead of confronting cruz. the report also saying a campus security monitor also didn't call a code red after he saw cruz with a rifle bag. that commission will release its recommendations to the florida governor next week. tom? >> kenneth, thank you. and now to the scare lighting up new york city's skyline. a blue light filling the sky, workers blaming a fault at a substation.
knocking out pow eastern causing chaos for hundreds at laguardia. the eerie scene had everyone wondering what happened. here's erielle reshef. >> reporter: this supernatural looking glow lighting up the night sky over new york. >> it's not supposed to look like that. >> reporter: that mysterious blue-green haze sparking chaos and confusion across the city. >> you looked in the sky and it was bright blue. >> reporter: all of it triggered by this explosion at a power plant in queens. >> that's the electrical power plant. >> you felt it in your chest, these explosions. >> reporter: the fire knocking out power, and temporarily shutting down part of laguardia airport at the height of the holiday rush. >> the lights went out and they were, like, everyone run. >> reporter: air traffic control running on emergency backup, runway lights blown. >> be advised, the approach lights are out of service at this time. >> reporter: more than a dozen flights diverted, another 100 delayed. tom, no one was hurt in the explosion. tonight, the thick blue haze replaced by fog. officials calling this a major electrical failure. the root cause still under
investigation. tom? >> erielle, thank you. next to the humanitarian crisis we've been covering for more than two years now. the mass exodus from venezuela. its economy in ruins. families facing severe shortages of food and medicine. it's estimated, nearly 3 million people fleeing. overwhelming neighboring countries. and with venezuela so vulnerable, russia is moving in. here's matt gutman. he reported extensively on the crisis with the families risking everything to escape. >> reporter: these are the first russian bombers landing in venezuela, capable of carrying nuclear weapons. the russians moving in with venezuela vulnerable, and in economic collapse. those bombers arriving as we witness the exodus on the ground. desperate families filling this bridge to colombia. many of these people used to be solidly middle class, not all of them, but what is most stunning about the mass exodus from venezuela right now is that they
used to have so much. it's all gone now. we were there as the economy spiraled out control two years ago. witnessing a country imploding. crippling shortages of food and medicine. the danger in the streets. that's when we first met a elementary school teacher, vanessa posada, and her husband adolfo, barely surviving. the parents would alternate which night they would eat so that their little boy could eat instead. two years later, we find that teacher. she now says the pay is so little, she must join that exodus as well to find work to support the family. she and her husband realize she has a better chance to find work. she will soon be like so many mothers we saw crossing the
bridge to this border town in colombia. at cucuta's general hospital, we meet marly, and she shows us the picture of her little boy smiling, in better times. this is is her little boy now, in a hospital bed, struggling to eat. so many families cannot afford the next meal. and tonight, a startling number. by one estimate, in 2017, the average venezuelan citizen lost around 24 pounds. and what the doctors tell us here is that even though he looks malnourished, this is actually a sign of a boy coming back to life. it's hard to imagine that when this boy came here he was about 9 pounds, and now he's about 13 pounds. he is slowly getting better. and she knows what comes next. a return to venezuela, where there is no work, and an economy leaving families with no hope. she's got to go back. she has her son and her mom.
and her family. so, when he gets better, they're going to go back. with no promise tonight that life back home will be any better. we just heard from that teacher, vanessa. after spending christmas with her family, she's now en route to chile, uncertain if she'll find work. as inflation in venezuela is expected to top 10 million percent in 2019. tom? >> matt, thank you. there's still much more ahead. the deadly tour bus attack overseas. several killed when a bomb explodes. the mounting outrage after a white hotel security guard calls the police on a black hotel guest, using his phone in the lobby. you'll see the video. and the manhunt expanding after a suspect escapes san quentin prison, and is caught on camera carjacking a vehicle. stay with us.
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next tonight, outrage mounti next tonight, outrage mounting after a white hotel security guard in oregon called police on a black man who he clamed was loitering in the lobby. he was a guest, on the phone with his mother. here's clayton sandell. >> i was racially profiled. >> reporter: jermaine massey says he was targeted simply for being black. >> he's calling the cops on me because i'm taking a phone call at the doubletree hotel. >> reporter: portland doubletree by hilton security guard earl meyers telling massey, who works for amazon, he's loitering even though he's a registered hotel guest. >> portland police will be here in a minute. >> thank you. call them. i'm waiting. >> okay. >> they're coming, why? why are they coming? >> to escort you off the property. >> because why? and i'm staying here. >> not anymore. >> reporter: tonight, the hotel says, "we sincerely apologize to mr. massey for his treatment this past weekend," calling it "unacceptable and contrary to our values." the incident echoes recent infamous cases of white people
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family. >> justice for the family who lost a loved one, a community that is in mourning and colleagues who are outraged. tonight, live team coverage on the arrest of a suspect in the death of a newman police officer. plus, the continued search for an escaped inmate from san quentin who has been gone 48 hours. >> i just think, wow. see the million dollar view with a billionaire. salesforce ceo marc benioff. come along with me for a guided tour. live where you live. this is "abc 7 news". i am pleased and very proud of the fact that the suspect is in custody. >> the capture of a suspected cop killer. emotions overwhelmed the family of newman police corporal ronil singh. >> i was waiting for this to happen. >> as the jti process gets under way, a symbolic ju symbolic gesture by those in
blew. >> officer singh's handcuffs were brought down and they're on that guy. >> i'm ama daetz. thank you for joining us. >> i'm dan ashley. we got the news we have been waiting on for two days. >> he is not coming back, there's a lot of people out there that miss him. >> the standislaus county police say this is a picture of the sus speblt. it was posted to facebook by a family friend of corporal singh who got it from a law enforcement source. >> the suspect is gustavo perez arriaga and five alleged accomplices also have been arrested. these are pictures of two of them. arriaga's brother, adrian virgen and a co-worker, erik ra erik razo quiroz, all of these are in the country illegally. a fact that didn't escape the sheriff. >> if he wasn't here, he