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tonight, the deadly shooting rampage. the gunman opening fire at a food festival. families running for cover. three people killed, among them, a 6-year-old boy, whose family tonight says he was a happy, loving boy. what we've just learned about the 19-year-old gunman, armed with an assault-style rifle. his social media posts including what authorities now describe as white supremacist messaging. president trump tonight defending himself against allegations of racism after attacking congressman elijah cummings and calling a baltimore district a, quote, disgusting rat and rodent-infested mess. what's behind this. republican reaction just in. the homeowner shot multiple times, and what the body cam now shows. the deputy shooting through the win doe, and what the sheriff's office originally said. two american teens linked to
the murder of a police officer in rome. one teen now claiming self-defense. what we've learned from italy tonight. north of the border this evening, one town on lockdown. families told to stay indoors in the hunt for two teens wanted after an alleged killing spree that included an american woman and her boyfriend. tonight, the new shark attack just reported after two attacks already on the east coast. the building collapse today. the top floor giving way. several workers rescued on stretchers. and the missile launcher discovered by the tsa at an american airport. good evening and it's great to start at week with all of you at home. and we do begin tonight with new reporting after that deadly shooting rampage. terrified families running for cover in northern virginia. a band on stage when the shooting started. panicked people trying to seek cover, hiding wherever they could. more than a dozen people were injured and when it was over, three people were killed, including this little boy,
6-year-old stephen romero. the 19-year-old gunman was armed with an assault-style rifle. he cut through a fence to get past security and metal detectors. tonight, police are now looking at his social media posts. some of them, including what authorities describe as white supremacist messaging. abc's will carr leads us off tonight from gilroy, california. >> reporter: in a split second, a festival packed with families turned into a terrifying nightmare. families running for their lives with shots flying through the air. poerfiwos exodg.undeingn? those , th're sh.or>>r: vtimsushe safety. >> she got shot. >> reporter: some of those shot thrown into the back of pickup trucks. authorities say the gunman, 19-year-old santino william
legan, wearing camo, evaded the tight security checkpoints and metal detectors by cutting through a fence. sneaking onto the festival grounds then unloading on attendees with an assault-style rifle. investigators believe the suspect purchased legally just three weeks ago. >> all of a sudden, the shots rang out, about 20 of them. it was like an automatic rifle, eight or ten after that. >> reporter: the shooting left more than a dozen injured, and three victims dead, including 6-year-old stephen romero. tonight, his family in mourning. >> really happy boy. really loving boy. >> reporter: also killed, 25-year-old trevor irby and 13-year-old keyla salazar. according to police, first responders exchanged gunfire with the suspect less than 60 seconds after he fired his first shot. ultimately shooting and killing him. >> despite the fact that they were outgunned with their handguns against a rifle, those three officers were able to fatally wound that suspect. >> reporter: heavily-armed officers then combed the area
for a potential second suspect. >> authorities are parked in the street outside of the suspect's father's house right now. on the inside, the atf is trying to zero in on the motive. tonight, authorities say the suspect's family is cooperating. meanwhile, authorities tell abc news they're looking into white supremacist messaging the shooter posted on his instagram page and a post criticizing the festival minutes before he opened fire. >> so, let's get to will carr with us live tonight from the scene. i know, will, authorities are still there on the festival grounds. they are also looking closely at the gunman's social media posts. and now the weapon they believe was purchased legally just weeks ago? >> reporter: david, investigators believe the suspect bought that gun in nevada on july 9th. they're now trying to figure out if it was illegal to bring the gun here to california. at the same time, at least a half dozen victims remain in the hospital tonight. david? >> will carr leading us off tonight from california. will, thank you. and now, to president trump tonight, defending himself against allegations of racism, after a torrent of tweets
criticizing congressman elijah cummings and his baltimore district, describing it as a rat and roe december-infested mess. the president says cummings is the racist. abc's kyra phillips at the white house. >> reporter: tonight, maryland's republican governor denouncing president trump for smearing a baltimore congressional district as a, quote, "disgusting rat rodent-infested messing," saying "no human being would want to live there." >> the comments are just outrageous and inappropriate. >> reporter: the president's comments were aimed at congressman elijah cummings after the veteran lawmaker took the head of the department of homeland security to task over conditions in migrant detention centers. >> what does that mean when a child is sitting in their own feces? can't take a shower? come on, man. what's that about? >> reporter: cummings is the fifth congressperson of color that the president has targeted this month alone.
in one racist tweet, he suggested four congresswomen "go back" to the countries they came from, even though all of them are citizens, and three were born in the united states. he's used the phrase "crime-infested" to describe the congressional district of civil rights icon john lewis. acting chief of staff mick mulvaney grilled by chris wallace of fox news. >> infested. it sounds sub-human. and these are all six members of congress who are people of color. >> i think you're spending way too much time reading between the lines. does anybody -- >> i'm not reading between the lines. i'm reading the lines. >> reporter: the president doubling down today, as part of a strategy to energize hz base of white, rural voters before the election. he's taking aim at a new target. the reverend al sharpton. the two men have been friendly before. but when sharpton tweeted he was heading to baltimore, the president blasted him as a "con
man" who "hates whites and cops." . >> he has a particular venom for blacks and people of color. he doesn't refer to any of his other opponents or critics as infested. he never said that their districts or their states are places that no human being wants to live. >> and kyra phillips with us live from the white house tonight. and kyra, president trump insists his attacks are now racist. what's the congressman saying tonight? >> reporter: congressman cummings tweeting "i go home to my district daily. each morning, i wake up and go and fight for my neighbors." his hometown paper, david, less diplomatic. "the baltimore sun" writing better to have a few rats than to be one. david? >> kyra, thank you. we turn next to the body camera appearing to tell a different story tonight. a sheriff's deputy responding to an alarm at a home, shooting the homeowner multiple times. the sheriff's report said the homeowner opened the front door, pointed a gun at the deputy.
but tonight, what the body cam shows, and here's linsey davis. >> oh, my god, call the cops, please. >> i am the cops! >> reporter: a dramatic scene caught on a deputy's body camera as this south carolina homeowner pleads for help after being shot by the deputy. >> just [ bleep ] do it, man. >> you pointed a gun at yy ho >> reporter: the officer arrived at the home after receiving a call of a panic alarm. the sheriff's office said the homeowner opened the door and pointed a gun at him, but that's not what we see. there's motion inside the house. the deputy then fires. >> get the ambulance here, man, i'm going to [ bleep ] die. >> they're coming. >> reporter: the deputy then providing medical assistance until the ems arrived. the homeowner has been released from the hospital and is now recovering. >> you came to my house at 12:00 at night, i'm sleeping. i got to protect my house. >> reporter: and david, that sheriff's deputy is now on paid administrative leave, as multiple investigations are now under way to determine if he
acted lawfully. david? >> linsey davis tonight, thank you. we turn next here to rome, and the explosive case involving two american teens and the murder of a police officer there. those two teens from san francisco remain jailed in italy after allegedly fatality stabbing the officer. tonight, one teen now reportedly claiming self-defense. abc's ian pannell is in italy tonight. >> reporter: tonight, a police officer stabbed to death in italy, allegedly by two american teenagers on vacation, now laid to rest. thousands turning out to honour mario cerciello rega in the same church where he married just a month ago. and tonight, new details of how the crime allege gli unfolded. police say 18-year-old gabe natale-hjorth and 19-year-old finnegan elder from california confessed to stealing a backpack in a drug deal gone bad. when the teens allegedly demanded money and drugs for its return, the owner phoned the police.
"someone stole my bag," he tells police. "i called these guys and they asked for a money ransom." police say this is the pair seen here running from the scene after they stole the bag. later, at the lhotel, two plainclothes officers arrived and identified themselves. that's when a fight broke out and elder allegedly stabbed cerciello rega 11 times. later, trying to claim it was in self-defense. natale-hjort, seen here blindfolded after his arrest, police later calling that a mistake. tonight, elder's family says they'll soon head to rome, adding their hearts go out to the family and friends of the dead officer. david, it could now take up for to a year for the pair to be formally charged. the judge indicating bail unlikely to be approved as the pair considered a flight risk saying the americans had a absence of she control and were highly dangerous. david? >> ian, thank you. next tonight, to the manhunt
north of the border tonight. two teens wanted for an alleged killing spree. tonight, a town is on lockdown after reports the teens might have been spotted. here's abc's clayton sandell. >> reporter: tonight, a warning to stay inside and lock the door in yet another remote canadian town, as police and even the canadian air force step up a week-long search for two teens wanted for murder. >> two males matching the description of the wanted suspects were seen in york landing, manitoba. >> reporter: if it is 19-year-old came mcleod and 18-year-old bryer schmegelsky, it would be the first confirmed sighting in days. the fugitive teens caught on camera last week in saskatchewan province. >> our officers on the ground have not made contact with the individuals. and so, we are not yet in a position to confirm that these are the wanted suspects. >> reporter: the pair have already been charged with the murder of college professor
leonard dyc and wanted for killing american chynna deese and her australian boyfriend lucas fowler. there are reports that the pair was stopped last week, but the constables didn't know the teens were wanted, and the car they were in had not been reported stolen, so, they were let go. david? >> major questions about that. all right, clayton, thank you. late today, we learned of yet another shark attack off the east coast, after two already over the weekend. it happened off florida, but there remains concern tonight all the way up to massachusetts. here's abc's victor oquendo. >> reporter: for the second time in as many days, a shark attack in new smyrna beach, florida. lifeguards say an 18-year-old surfer was bitten on the hand monday afternoon, marking the sixth bite this year in volusia county, which is known as the shark attack capital of the world, living up to its name. 49-year-old william angell bitten in the thigh while boogie boarding there saturday. he was treated on scene. the danger lurking along florida's coast just an hour earlier about 100 miles away. surfline.com, capturing the
moment 23-year-old frank o'rourke struggled to stay above water as what was believed to be a black tip shark latched onto his arm. o'rourke later seen bolting across the beach for help, still clutching his board. >> you have all the rows of teeth that kind of just clamped onto my arm. >> reporter: david, according to national geographic, it's estimated anyone who has swam in new smyrna beach has been within ten feet of a shark. thankfully, all three recent victims are expected to be okay. david? >> all right, victor oquendo tonight, thank you. on the hill tonight, a new congressional report just out raising serious questions about the white house, some of the president's friends and one-time associates, and possible conflicts. were profits more important than narnl security? that's the question being posed by this new congressional report, and here's abc's mary bruce tonight. >> reporter: tonight, a new congressional report raising serious questions about whether the white house is willing to place the potential profits of the president's friends above the national securitile of the american people.
the report zeros in on a number of trump's close associates, including his long-time friend tom barrack, who ran trump's inaugural committee. they say barrack pushed the white house to sign off on deal with saudi arabia to build dozens of power plants. a deal democrats said could have benefited barrack financially. the deal never went through. but barrack was still instrumental in crafting the president's saudi policy. in 2016, right before trump was set to deliver this campaign speech on energy -- >> we'll work with our gulf allies to develop a positive energy relationship as part of our anti-terrorism strategy. >> reporter: the report says barrack ran the speech by a business associate in the united arab emirates with connections to saudi leaders, who later sent it back with edits. trump's campaign chairman paul manafort emailing back that the speech "has the language you want." today's report, the work of the house oversight committee, led by congressman elijah cummings, who the president has been attacking on twitter. >> so, let's get to mary bruce
in washington tonight. and mary, the white house refused to cooperate with this investigation? >> reporter: well, david, the committee comed through 60,000 pages of documents, emails and text messages, some from whistleblowers inside the administration. but the white house did not cooperate. as for barrack, tonight, his spokesman is defending his integrity, but not denying the incidents. david? >> mary bruce, thank you. and from afghanistan tonight, two u.s. paratroopers out of ft. bragg have been killed in an apparent insider attack. an afghan security source reports that after afghan soldier opened fire in kandahar province. the americans, from the 82nd airborne, have not yet been identified tonight. it does come, though, as secretary of state mike pompeo said just today that president trump directed a reduction of troops in afghanistan before the 2020 election. there is still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this monday. the bank robber wanted from pennsylvania to delaware to north carolina, news tonight she's been caught and where. also ahead tonight, the
building collapse today. the top floor giving way. several workers rescued on scratchers. in fact, several of them rushed to the hospital. the tragic discovery today. the body of a toddler left in a van outside a day care center. police are on the scene tonight. and this was alarming, too, the missile launcher discovered by the tsa at an american airport. a lot more news ahead here on a monday night. bill's back needed a afvacation from his vacation. an amusement park... so he stepped on the dr. scholl's kiosk. it recommends our best custom fit orthotic
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ingt a garlic festival? >> people ran for cover after shots were fired sunday at the gilroy garlic festival. three people were killed by a gunman. >> a grandmother lost a 6-year-old grandson, was in the hands of her daughter.>> so sad. governor gavin newsom getting emotional after he met with survivors of the shooting. good afternoon. thanks for joining us. i'll larry beil >> and i'm ama daetz. here's what we know so far. the three people killed were 6-year-old steven romero, 13-year-old kayla salazar, and trevor erby who was in his 20s. police identified the suspect at 19-year-old santi no ligan. >> he used a ak-47 style rifle legally purchased in nevada. there's no confirmation that anybody else fired shots. officers engaged the suspect
within a minute, killing him. >> and we have more information on those who were killed. we did tell you those names a moment ago. that 6-year-old, steven romero. you see our colleague dan ashley, he is actually live in gilroy right now because he's field anchoring for us as we get the latest information as of what's coming out about the suspect and those vic timtz. >> yeah. let's check and see if dan is set at this point. they were getting organized and ready -- no? all right. we'll keep going with what we have here now and, again, such a tragedy when you talk about especially the young people involved. we mentioned steven romero and kayla salazar as well as 25-year-old trevor irby. irby was from new york. he graduated from cuca college in 2017 where he was employed. gilroy's police chief had a hard time today when he was talking about the victims.