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i'm kristen sze. >> i'm dan ashley. for all of us in new zealand.s in the deadly terror attack. a gunman opening fire killing more than 40 at one mosque and then going to a second one and opening fire there too. tonight what we're learning about the suspect, and what president trump said moments ago making news tonight. our correspondent asking does he see white nationalism as a rising threat? new zealand's prime minister responding tonight. here at home, the alarming panic at the mall, the evacuations amid reports of a man with a gun. smoke seen coming from the mall. what authorities said moments a short time ago. the developing headline tonight in the crash of that boeing jet. for the first time what the pilot said not long before the crash. the panic in his voice. the warning tonight involving a u.s. nuclear power plant because of that deadly
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storm that stranded drivers and brought tornados. that storm now in the east and rob is here. the new headline in the cheating scandal. actress felicity huffman and her husband william h. macy seen heading into court late today. and tonight, the famous names including phil mickelson and what they're now saying. the major development in the mob hit in new york city. the surveillance and what it shows. how the suspect got that reputed mob boss to come out of his home. and the new message tonight from alex trebek. good evening. it's great to have you with us on this friday night. we begin with the horrific terror attack that unfolded in new zealand over night. not one, but two mosques in christchurch were targeted. the countries worst mass shooting ever. they were in prayer. the mosques are just three miles
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apart. the victims whoa did get out covered in blood, they were rushed to the hospital. the gunman who wrote of white nationalism was armed with at least two semi-automatic weapons and two rifles. many of the survivors barely escaping, scaling walls to get through windows. police racing to the scene. offices chasing down the suspect who was dressed in army fatigues. tonight what we just learned about the gunman and what our correspondent just asked president trump. does he see white nationalism as a rising threat around the world? his response and new zealand's prime minster now responding to that. will carr is on the scene for us in new zealand tonight. >> reporter: tonight, chaos and shock. unimaginable horror after a deadly anti-muslim terror attack on two separate mosques in new zealand. witnsetonighdehe ipers dead, or teorn e firsshs rang >> rorter:itnees say a ackoors s
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a helmet and bulletproof vest, entered the al noor mosque in the city of christchurch. he then ruthlessly opened fire during a packed friday prayer service. ramzan ali who had blood splattered on his shirt said he hid when the gunman walked in and he was the last to escape alive. >> i laid down on that bench. if i get out -- i'm just keeping my fingers crossed. i'm alive. the blood is splashing on me. i'm thinking oh, my god. oh, my god. what's going to happen to me now? >> reporter: a video surfaced appearing to show the suspect live streaming his vicious attack in graphic detail, a video we will not show here. the gunman moves from room to room, firing his automatic weapon for some six minutes, killing at least 41 men, women,
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and children in the first mosque. terrified worshippers tried to scale the walls to escape. >> i saw some people had blood on their body and some people were limping. on the floor, the bullet shells -- so many, hundreds. >> reporter: the video then appears to show the gunman continuing his rampage, driving to his next target -- the linwood mosque, three miles away. seven more victims were murdered as armed police swarm the scene, running, guns drawn. in this video, posted on social media, a police vehicle seen having just rammed this car off the road. two officers, guns pointed towards the vehicle. moments later, the officers making an arrest. police say one suspect, a man in his late 20s, originally from australia, has been arrested and charged with murder. >> two explosive devices attached to the suspect's vehicles have now been found and they have been disarmed. >> reporter: meanwhile, two other armed suspects have been taken into custody, their association at this hour
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is unknown. this as a rambling hate-filled message that was posted online around the time of the attack, purported to be written by the suspect. in it, praising norwegian mass murderer anders behring, and american dylann roof, who killed nine people in the charleston church attack in 2015, saying he had been planning this attack for two years. he also writes about president donald trump as a renewed symbol of white identity. the president, meanwhile, has sent his condolences and spoken with new zealand's prime minister. >> i told the prime minister that the united states is with them all the way, 100%. whatever they need, we will be there. >> reporter: tonight, new zealand is mourning. the country has never seen a major terror attack before. so many of the victims refugees escaping terror and war elsewhere. >> they have chosen to make new zealand their home. it is their home. they are us. the person who has perpetuated this violence against us is not. >> will carr reporting in from the scene in new zealand tonight. we can see one of the makeshift
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memorials up all over the city. will, have authorities said whether or not they're certain this threat is entirely over? >> reporter: david, tonight authorities here have not definitively said that the threat is over. they're still on high alert. they're asking for residents to stay indoors in their homes. they're asking for mosques across the country to stay closed at least temporarily. >> will, thank you. >> as i mentioned at the top tonight, the president was asked about the threat of white nationalism around the world just a short time ago. let's bring in terry moran. it was terry who asked the question. the president's answer made immediate global headlines. let's listen. e whte do you alism as a risg re nd the w?>> d't really. i think it's a small group of people that have very, very ook at what hacase. i don't know enough about it yet. they're just learning about the person and the people involved.
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but it's certainly a terrible thing, a terrible thing. >> let's bring in terry tonight. new zealand's prime minister is responding to what the president said. even the fbi here at home has been quite clear on this. >> reporter: no question, david. the prime minister responded. she made clear she disagrees with president trump. the fbi, counterterrorism experts, law enforcement around the world, they would disagree too. the fbi says that hate crimes rose 17% in this country in 2017. they also say counterterrorism experts, that extremist related killings, 70% of them were committed by members of the far right or white supremacists in the united states. over the last decade.igsnth re . >> terry, thank you. meantime with this global headline, the mass shooting we're llowing, you
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emergency calls began in los angeles today. there was panic at a shopping mall amid reports of a man with a gun. the mall evacuated. smoke could be seen coming from the mall. marci gonzalez on the scene where authorities are reassuring the public. >> reporter: tonight, panic at the mall after reports of a man inside with a gun. >> century city mall, additional caller is currently locked inside. customer came in saying unknown person has a gun. people running and screaming inside the mall. >> reporter: worried shoppers and employees seen running from the scene as a massive police contingency converges on the mall. >> i had barely clocked into work and i saw my coworkers rubbing. he said drop everything and run. >> reporter: inside police with guns drawn. >> suspect was last seen inside the amazon bookstore.oricious pn book store. smoke seen billowing from the mall. surrounding streets and beverly hills high school locked down as a precaution. the school sending an automated message to concerned parents. >> we have just spoken with the chief of police and the lapd is currently responding to a
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possible man with a gun reported westfield century city mall. >> reporter: david you c people outside of the mall waiting for police to continue searching inside. the lapd said there are no reports of shots fired and so far, no reports of any injuries. david? >> marci, thank you. we'll turn to the crash of the boeing jet. for the first time news on what the pilot said before the crash. the radio messages indicating the captain was struggling with the plane immediately after takeoff. panic in his voice. abc's david kerley with what we now learned tonight. >> reporter: the ethiopian airlines 737 max 8 that left this crater had trouble at take off, the captain reported. drama that unfolded minutes later with the wild up and down movements of the jet. the "new york times" reporting the captain, in a panicky voice calls out "break, br. request vector for landing." but the jetliner with 157 on board, traveling at 430 miles an hour, crashes three minutes
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later.ay an aviation source saying it could be monday before anything is made public. on the ground, investigators are interested in the tail section of the jet, the horizontal stabilizer which controls nose up and down movement, specifically the jack screw, which moves that part. a source says it was found in a nose down position. with the 370 jetliners towed and parked around the world, american airlines alone canceled 85 flights today as boeing has stopped delivery of the maxes. tonight the question remains --o the lion air crash less than five months ago? that crash in indonesia connected to a new safety feature which nosed down the aircraft, a feature few pilots knew about and heatedly complained to boeing about in a meeting. >> after the lion air tragedy, we learned that there was equipment on our aircraft that we were not aware of. it wasn't even on our books. >> wasn't in their books. that was alarming when we heard that. david kerley live with us from
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reagan airport. david, we know after the lion air crash the faa issued a directive about that automated system. you reported on that. we understand a software update is coming. that still hasn't happened yet? >> reporter: so far no. boeing says its working on the software enhancement and it will be available in the next couple of weeks or the coming weeks as they put it. the faa says likely the end of this month, david. >> david, thank you. we move on to a first for president trump tonight. we watched this play out in the oval office late this afternoon. the president signing his first veto since taking office, overh declaration of a national emergency at the southern border. the president says it is his, quote, duty to veto it. newly installed attorney general william barr standing off to his side. nancy pelosi scheduling an override vote for march 26th. congress may not have the support to overturn it.
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something else president trump said today of the russia investigation -- there should be no mueller report. it comes 24 hours after the house voted overwhelmingly, democrats and republicans, in favor of making the mueller report public for americans to read. will they be able to? mary bruce on the hill tonight. >> reporter: less than 24 hours after nearly all house republicans joined house democrats to send an overwhelming message -- make the mueller report public, the president responded tweeting the special investigator should never have been appointed and there should be no mueller report. after nearly two years of investigation, lawmakers say the american people deserve to see the results. the taxpayers paid millions for this information and they should get to see all of it and not just the assessment of one person. >> reporter: the measure was killed in the senate by one of the president's top allies, senator lindsey graham. what gets made public is up to the new attorney general and he promised transparency.
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>> i am going to make as much information available as i can consistent with the rules and regulations that are part of the special counsel regulations. >> mary bruce, live on the hill. mary i want the get back to that image -- attorney general william barr right there with the president in the oval office when he sign that had veto. the president standing up to congress on the emergency declaration. as you reported the house sending a message on the mueller report saying this should be made public. it was democrats and republicans that said this. william barr has promised transparency when it comes to the mueller report. >> reporter: david, the attorney general told congress he will be as transparent as he can be. despite what the president said today, a majority of americans, according to a recent poll, 81% said they want to see the special counsel's findings. david? >> mary bruce with us on a friday night. mary, ythank you. the bomb cyclone that tore across about half the country this week. still on the move tonight. we saw traffic paralyzed on the highway in colorado. the system spawning a dozen
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reported tornadoes in several states, including lovelaceville, kentucky. buildings on highway 12 in nebraska. thousands of sandbags have been placed around a nuclear power plant in brownville threatened by flooding. we continue to watch that situation. we are joined by meteorologist rob marciano and the track of this thing as it continues to move. hey, rob. >> hi, david. so many rivers in flood stage including one near the reactor. wisconsin, iowa, nebraska, minnesota and south dakota. many rivers continue to rise. we could see this in northern new york and northern new england because it's been so warm. 70s in albany new york and philly today. the cold front could spawn some storms once it passes through. it will be cooler and quieter for the rest of the weekend. david? >> thank you, rob. new fallout tonight involving two famous names linked to the college cheating scandal.
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felicity huffman back at the courthouse today. we have the images. more famous names including phil mickelson and joe montana. they say they worked with that college counselor now in trouble, but were not part of the fraud. here's abc's kayna whitworth. >> do you guys have regrets? >> reporter: felicity huffman and her husband william h. macy spotted today in federal court. the actress keeping a low profile, taking down her social media accounts. she once played the mom scheming in this episode of "desperate housewives." >> a generous donation will ensure our kids beat 'em out. >> how generous? >> $15,000. >> reporter: but in real life huffman is facing criminal charges for spending $15,000 so her daughter could cheat on the s.a.t.s. actress lori loughlin and her husband accused of paying $500,000 in bribes to get them their daughters into usc. last year olivia giannulli joked about not really attending high school classes. >> i'm also literally never at school. >> reporter: but she is now a college freshman who is facing fierce backlash in the wake of the scandal. corporate partners sephora and
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tresemme cutting business ties with the social medial influencer. >> highlight palette. sephora collection. >> reporter: meanwhile mom lori losing all her work with the hallmark network and netflix. and we're now learning of more famous families who worked with that the alleged mastermind and college counselor. but are not accused of any wrong doing -- sports stars joe montana and phil mickelson insisting they never participated in any fraud. the three-time masters champion saying he's shocked, adding we're not part of the fraud. our kids would disown us if we ever tried to interfere. david, the ringleader in all this saying he's worked with 750 families. and now several elite prep schools have been subpoenaed in connection with this admissions scandal. dav david? >> kayna, thanks for your reporting. north korea threatening to break off talks with the u.s. and resume nuclear testing. the regime said it's upset president trump and kim jong-un couldn't reach an agreement during last month's summit.
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finally tonight, the messages of support from all over the world. new zealand, we are with you. >> reporter: here in the u.s., an interfaith service held in solidarity at a mosque in philadelphia. the hugs, strangers embracing. in london tonight a vigil at the new zealand war memorial. and they are united against hate at the new zealand house in london. christians handing out tulips, a small gesture at we're united. in new zealand tonight, a stadium silent, their arms around one another as that nation mourns with prayers and messages from all over the world. another week of heavy news. we thank you for choosing us. i hope to see you back here on monday. good night. clearly what has happened here is an extraordinary and unprecedented act of violence. >> dozens are dead after a
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terror attack on mosques in new zealand. tonight bay area mosques are on high alert. >> more bay area ties to the uc cheating scandal. live where you live. this is abc7 news. >> some people had blood on their body and some people were limping. >> realized something terrible was happening. dozens are dead after a terror attack in new zealand. >> he posted against nonwhites and immigrants and live streamed the attack. in the last 20 minutes we've learned more about how he got his weapons. good evening. thank you for joining us.killed. dozens more were injured.
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they have not found the suspect but say he's an stalian man. >> he used five guns in the shooting. more arrests are possible. today council on american islamic relations condemned the attack and urged muslims not to shy away from worship out of fearful. >> do not be afraid. do not abandon your mosques. >> and law enforcement is on high alert including in the bay area. >> the abc news reporter is live from the islamic center of walnut creek with extra security steps there. >> we found out that local police departments have stepped up patrols near mosques. we found some some of the

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