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"world news tonight" with david muir is coming up next. i'm kristen sze. for drew tuma, michael finney, all of us at tonight, as we come on the air in the west, we have new reporting in that deadly shooting rampage in california. 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. saying, no human being could want to live there. 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
window, 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 that 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. several of them rushed to the hospital. and the missile launcher discovered by the tsa at an american airport. and good evening as we come on the air with the west. it is great to start another week with all of you at home. but we do begin tonight with new reporting after that deadly shooting rampage. terrified families running for cover at a food festival in northern california.
a band onstage 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 from gilroy, california, tonight. >> 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. many, at first, believing those pops were fireworks exploding. but then realizing they were under attack. >> what [ bleep ] is going on? oh, they're shooting. >> reporter: victims rushed to 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 that gun legally just three weeks ago. >> and all of a sudden, these shots range out. about 20 of them. immediately, 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. and today, officers always also searched this home once linked to the shooter. authorities are parked outside of the suspect's father's how 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're also, as you reported, 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 rodent-infested mess. the president says cummings is the racist. abc's kyra phillips at the white house. >> reporter: maryland's republican governor denouncing president trump for smearing a baltimore congressional district as a, quote, "disgusting rat and "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 also 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 like vermin. 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 his 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 on congressman cummings are not racist. what's the congressman saying about this tonight? >> reporter: well, david, congressman cummings tweet eing, "mr. president, 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, quote, "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 had said that the homeowner had opened the front door, pointed a gun at the deputy. but tonight, what the body cam shows. and here's linsey davis.god, ca 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 me, man. >> you were in my house! >> reporter: the officer arrived at the greenville county home after receiving a call of a panic alarm. in an initial report, 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 provides medical assistance to the victim until the ems arrived. the homeowner has since 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. linsey, 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 fatally 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 honor mario cerciello rega in the same church where he married just a month ago. and tonight, new details of how the crime allegedly 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, near the hotel, 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-hjorth, 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 to a year for the pair to be formally charged. the judge indicating bail unlikely to be approved because the pair are considered to be a flight risk, adding that the
americans had shown an absence of self-control and were highly dangerous. david? >> ian pannell with us tonight. ian, thank you. next tonight, to the manhunt north of the border tonight. two teens wanted for an alleged killing spree. includ includesing that american woman and her boyfriend. 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 kam mcleod and 18-year-old bryer schmegelsky, it would be the first confirmed sighting in days. the fugitive teens caught on camera at a store 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 suspe suspects.
>> reporter: the pair have already been charged with the murder of college professor leonard dyck and are wanted for killing american chynna deese and her australian boyfriend lucas fowler. there are reports that the pair was stopped last week at a routine checkpoint, but the constables apparently 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, known as the shark attack capital of the world, and 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 on jacksonville beach. 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 teeth, 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 national 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 is raising
"serious questions about whether the white house is willing to place the potential profits of the president's friends above the national security 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 say could have benefited barrack financially. the deal has not gone 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 live in washington tonight. and mary, the white house refused to cooperate with this investigation? >> reporter: well, david, the committee combed through 60,000 pages of documents, emails and text messages, some from whistleblowers inside the trump administration, but the white house did not cooperate. now, as for barrack, tonight, his spokesman is defending his integrity, but he is notably not denying these incidents. david? >> mary bruce, who covers the hill for us every night. mary, 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 an afghan soldier opened fire inside a military camp 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 stretchers. in fact, several of them rushed to the hospital. the tragic discovery today. the body of a toddler left in a van outside a daycare 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...
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we turn next tonight to the urgent search for the suspect known as the pink lady bandit. the woman wanted for robbing four banks in three states. she was seen on surveillance carrying a pink purse, and tonight, they say she's been caught.eporter: this is the mom the charlotte fbi moved in, arresting the woman they believe is the so-called pink lady bandit. tonight, she's in custody facing multiple charges. the fbi says 35-year-old circe baez robbed four banks.
and she got the nickname, they say, for the distinctive pink purse she carried in at least two of her robberies. investigators say the pink lady started her robbery spree on july 20th at a bank in carlisle, pennsylvania. three days later, hitting another one in rehoboth beach, delaware. the very next day, 300 miles away, another robbery in ayden, north carolina. here, you see her in the bank with that pink purse, handing the teller a note. >> if you rob a bank and you use a particular approach, a particular disguise, et cetera, you may well keep doing it, because it works. >> reporter: her most recent holdup allegedly taking place friday. police picking her up at that charlotte hotel sunday, along with an alleged accomplice. david, both baez and that alleged accomplice are being held on $4 million bond each. david? >> eva, thank you. when we come back, that building collapse, the top floor coming down. several workers rushed to the hospital. and it was difficult to watch that 9-year-old attacked
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finally tonight here, america strong. the grandmothers who just checked something off their bucket list. this is beverly mylek from toledo, ohio. a grandmother of five. a great-grandmother of five, too. and listen to what the woman behind the counter tells her at the tecumseh skydive in jackson, michigan. >> you're going to jump 14,000 feet today! >> 14,000? >> yep. >> reporter: 14,000 feet. but don't worry -- this is on her bucket list. and her friend, fellow grandmother brenda sutton, is diving, too. >> not 20 seconds. 60 seconds. >> what? >> free fall. >> no, no. >> yes. >> reporter: they suit up. >> is this big enough? >> yes. >> reporter: brenda getting ready, too. >> i'm kind of nervous. does it show? >> it's probably better that you are nervous. >> reporter: webb weiman is the founder of my jump!, an organization to help seniors achieve what's left on their bucket list. >> everyone likes to dream big and this is huge. >> reporter: suited up, brenda
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♪ ♪ people are running. they are scared. >> active shooter. active shooter. evacuate! >> 24 hours later, some clear c of the chaos. three innocent victims killed. more than a dozen wounded and a community left reeling. >> motive is important. i think everyone wants to know why. >> they do. good evening. thank you for joining us. i'm ama daetz. >> i'm dan ashley live in gilroy, a community coming to terms what p happened litteerally 24 s and 24 minutes ago. we'll learn information, i'm standing just behind the gilroy police department in a park where several hundred people gathered that's getting ready to get underway. those killed and wounded in the
shooting, there will be candles to help people deal with their grief. this is a very close community and the garlic festival, which is a three day festival that draws 100,000 people year, world famous in its 41st year this year brings together 4,000 volunteers every year from this community to help stage this event. it's very much the pride of people in gilroy. this tragedy not only cost lives but it also cost a little bit of a sense of innocence of this community and family friendly event. a vigil and royceoyce -- roycos scheduled. we have live team coverage. a lot of information from our team of reporters help you make sense of the tragedy as we try to piece together the circumstances and events that led up to and after this terrible tragedy. we'll begin with the very latest from police at the local, state