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happening now in america this morning, a bombshell in the el paso shooting investigation. word that the suspect's mother called police weeks before the attack concerned about her son. what she said. plus, an abc news exclusive. >> you would do it again? >> yeah. >> the bouncer who saved dozens of lives inside that bar in dayton tells us what he did to stop the carnage and what he saw in the shooter's eyes. historic immigration raids. new details overnight about where hundreds of undocumented workers have been arrested and the concern now, who is taking care of their children? victoria's secret under fire. why more than 100 fashion models are fighting back demanding the company do more to fight abuse
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and harassment. the company's response. plus, a hollywood actor known for always playing the villain plays the hero. how he helped rescue a baby from this crash. on the run. the zebras that led police on a wild chase. and outnumbered. the unusual problem in this town. no boys have been born here in nearly a decade. now the race is on to explain why. good thursday morning, everyone. i'm janai norman. >> and i'm gio benitez in for kenneth moton. we begin now with a new development in the el paso massacre. the suspect's mother has now revealed she contacted police weeks before the shooting. >> a family attorney says she was worried her son wasn't mature enough to own a highpresident trump traveled toh
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cities reeling from the mass shootings. he was met by hundreds of protesters and took aim at his political rivals. >> abc's mona kosar abdi is here now with the new details. mona, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, gio and good morning to you, janai. president trump says his visits were warm and welcome then attacked local lawmakers who he says mischaracterized his trip. president trump's calls for unity and healing overshadowed by his polarizing visit to console two grieving communities. president trump and first lady melania first landing in dayton and releasing this image there greeting staff thanking first responders and consoling victims. >> all over the world they're talking about the job you've done as police, as law enforcement, as first responders. >> reporter: but outside the hospital doors, hundreds lining the streets -- [ chanting ] a similar scene as air force one touched down to el paso.
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his words for sparking violence. >> a lot of this, all this anger he has promoted across the nation, and he needs to stop. >> reporter: authorities say the suspected shooter, 21-year-old patrick crusius, targeted mexicans in particular. inside the el paso walmart. crusius stated it's a response to the hispanic invasion of texas mirroring trump's language a few months ago. trump defending his words. >> i think my rhetoric is -- it brings people together. >> reporter: we're also learning that crusius' mother called police weeks before the shooting concerned about her condition -- son owning an ak-type firearm. lawyers say she was transferred to a public safety officer who stated her son was legally allowed to purchase the weapon. they said the call was informational, not a safety concern. today an ohio school board is the da's school record. classmates say he was someone suspended from high school for compiling a rape and kill list.
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the district so far has refused to release those records citing privacy law, janai and gio. >> mona, we will be watching to see what the district decides. thanks for joining us this morning. in the aftermath of the massacre, the trump campaign is defending ads it posted highlighting the word invasion. the ads warned of an invasion of migrants at the border. a white nationalist screed believed to be written by the gunman rails against a so-called hispanic invasion of texas. but the campaign's communications director said, quote, democrats and the media are trying to make it impossible to oppose illegal immigration without being called racist. we're now hearing from the bouncer who saved dozens of lives inside a bar in dayton as the shooter approached. jeremy ganger put his life on the line trying to get as many people into that bar as possible. he says he was willing to die as he stood at the door. >> did you look at him? >> yeah, i looked at him right in the face.
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he had a dead stare. i would have died before that guy came in. no way was i going to let again anybody get hurt. i was going to try to stand my ground the best i could. the next thing i know he's being shot by the officer. >> he says he would do it all again. he spent three days in the hospital for shrapnel wounds and he says he's planning to go back to work because if he doesn't, he says the shooter wins. breaking overnight, four people are dead after a stabbing rampage across orange county, california. authorities say the suspect who is now in custody carried out the stabbings and robberies over a two-hour period. police say he had no apparent connection to the victims. authorities have not provided a motive. and a developing story from tennessee where a possible killer is on the run. curtis watson escaped from the west tennessee state penitentiary area yesterday. he's described as extremely dangerous. after he vanished, the body of a prison employee was found in her home on the grounds. watson is considered a person of interest in her death. now to the tennessee woman who has a lot to celebrate after
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she became a one-woman movement. activists, celebrities and human rights organizations all rallied around her cause after she was sentenced to life in prison as a juvenile. this morning, cyyntoia brown is enjoying her first full day of freedom exactly 15 years after her arrest in 2004. >> because of her extraordinary record of rehabilitation, that she was a candidate for executive clemency. >> reporter: brown now 31 was sentenced to life in prison for killing a man when she was 16. prosecutors at the time said she shot a man she was trying to rob but her lawyers claimed it was self-defense and she was being forced into sex trafficking. >> when i was 16, i did a horrible thing. and i have carried that with me this whole time. what i did was horrible. there's nothing to say to justify -- you can't justify it. you can't. you know, i killed johnny allen. he's gone. >> reporter: former tennessee
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governor bill haslam commuted her sentence on his last day in office. >> i do think we made the right decision, but we tried to make it kind of absent all the nice. >> reporter: her case garnered national attention for years drawing support from high-profile celebrities including rihanna and kim kardashian-west. this morning, kardashian tweeting, yes and lebron james adding cyntoia brown welcome home. while in prison brown earned two college degree answer mentored other young offenders and wrote a memoir "free cyntoia" and even got married behind bars. >> this is a story of redemption. that's what you want out of your prison. >> reporter: brown first released a statement saying while first giving honor to god, i look forward to using my experiences to help other women and girls suffering abuse and exploitation. and brown is requesting privacy before granting any interviews. her book is being released in
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october. janai. former illinois governor rod blagojevich may soon get out of prison. president trump told reporters last night that he is seriously considering commuting the corruption sentence of the former "celebrity apprentice" contestant. blagojevich has served 7 of his 14-year sentence. well time now for a look at your weather for this thursday morning. this tornado touched down in springfield, new jersey. video shows how hard it was to drive in the area with debris there flying around. the storm also flooded roads across the philadelphia area and as far north as connecticut where several people had to be rescued. airport delays were up to five hours long. lightning was a concern around norfolk, virginia, where a church was hit but no major damage. today's temperatures, hot across the south, cooler in the midwest. look at great falls, montana, a high of 94.
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coming up, the growing concern about a link between e-cigarettes and seizures. but first the largest immigration raid of its kind in u.s. history. details on where hundreds of undocumented immigrants have been arrested. plus, olympic star simone biles' emotional new interview. why she says she still cannot trt mnti. >>anhoywood moar who is used ain pl aer a r crash l. stick around.
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we're back with this rescue of a 6-year-old boy. look there, he was about to fall from the fifth floor of that building when those men rushed in to save him. the boy had been locked inside a bathroom and tried to crawl down the drainpipes of the building
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in chechnya. thankfully he's okay. >> unbelievable video right there. new details now about a major immigration raid. n reed across ocumented mississippi. they were rounded up at food processing plants. it's being called the largest immigration sweep in one state in u.s. history. managers of those plants could also be facing some charges. now, the raids have left some young children without parents. community leaders housed some of the children at shelters overnight. the fda is investigating nearly 130 cases of people suffering seizures after using e-cigarettes. the agency says it's received 46 dozens of new reports of people, especially young adults, suffering seizures after vaping. users also reported fainting or tremors but doctors have not yet established a clear pattern or cause. >> the amount of accumulated nicotine in the bloodstream saturating the brain and making the brain irritable and
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potentially leading to seizures is something that can occur with vaping devices that would not be typical with other forms of smoking. >> the fda says it's unclear whether e-cigarettes caused the seizures. they also note the cases occurred over a ten-year period. big changes are coming to pizza hut. the chain is planning to close about 500 restaurants and re-open them for carry out and delivery only as the company puts more emphasis on take-out instead of dining in. well, an actor known for playing bad guys turned into a real-life hero in l.a. danny trejo helped save a special needs child from this rollover crash. the boy and his grandmother were trapped after another car ran a red light and hit their vehicle. trejo crawled into the wreck and helped free the little boy. >> he was panicked, and i said, okay, we have to use our superpowers, and so he screamed superpowers, and we started like yelling superpowers, and i
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said, do this. macho. macho, and so we got kind of like a bond, i guess. >> wow. trejo is best known for the character machete he's played in several films. he said everything good in his life has been a result of helping others. good to keep in mind. >> i love that. all right. well, coming up right here, some zebras send police on a wild chase. but first the group of famous models taking on victoria's secret demanding the company fight sexual misconduct and harassment. and later, the big news about tv's biggest awards show. stick around. g news about tv's biggest awards show. stick around. chantix is proven to help you quit. with chantix you can keep smoking at first and ease into quitting. chantix reduces the urge so when the day arrives, you'll be more ready to kiss cigarettes goodbye. when you try to quit smoking, with or without chantix, you may have nicotine withdrawal symptoms. stop chantix and get help right away if you have changes in behavior or thinking,
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the heat is adding to concerns about rapid ice melting. >> wow. >> yeah. all right, we turn now to new trouble for victoria's secret. more than 100 models are demanding that the company do more to fight sexual abuse and harassment. >> and it comes as leslie wexner, the head of victoria's secret's parent company, speaks about his relationship with disgraced financier jeffrey epstein. this morning, dozens of supermodels are walking the walk in a movement that now has victoria's secret under the microscope. more than 100 models and time's up supporters including supermodel christie turlington-burns and former victoria's secret angel doutzen their name to an open letter sent to the ceo asking the company to take action to protect its models against sexual misconduct and sarah ziff says because how they're hired and fired at will, speaking up
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could be a major career risk. >> a lot of times our agencies are trying to make the brand happy. we're disposable. you know, we come and go. it makes us that much more vulnerable and makes you feel like you can be replaced, so you don't want to speak up. >> reporter: the open letter follows allegations of sexual misconduct by several industry photographers and allegations that leslie wexner, the head of the parent company knew that financier jeffrey epstein, who is accused of exploiting and abusing dozens of minor girls, would try to pass himself off as a victoria's secret talent scout allegedly using his friendship with wexner to get close to young women. in a letter obtained overnight by abc news, wexner responded, i have spent time reflecting and searching for answers as to how this could have happened. my heart goes out to each person who has suffered unthinkable pain, and i pray for their healing. >> in the face of all these very serious allegations, we felt that we couldn't just sit silently and not say anything. >> reporter: victoria's secret telling abc news, we are always concerned about the welfare of
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our models and want to continue to have dialogue with the model alliance and others to accomplish meaningful progress in the industry. and, meanwhile, wexner continues to distance himself from epstein saying that epstein misappropriated vast sums of money from him. all right, janai, u.s. olympic champion simone biles is blasting usa gymnastics in a new interview claiming she still cannot trust the organization in the wake of the larry nassar sex abuse scandal. biles revealed last year that she was one of dr. nassar's victims. she says she is still traumatized and says there is no manual for healing from the scars of abuse. the gold medalist says she's reminded every day of that abuse and spoke wednesday as she began pursuing her sixth championship title. >> it's hard coming here for an organization and having had them fail us so many times, and we had won gold. we've done everything that they
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asked us for even when we didn't want to, and they couldn't do one damn job. you had one job. you literally had one job and you didn't protect us and it's really sad. it's just hard and we try to work through it, but it'll take some time. i'm strong. i'll get through it. but it's hard. >> she is strong. biles says that she is in therapy to try to heal. nassar was given a life sentence after pleading guilty to multiple sex crimes. well, turning to texas now, it wasn't your average police chase outside san antonio. officers were after a pair of zebras. you see the stripes there. they apparently crossed a river and went galloping through one neighborhood. one of them was caught. that other zebra is still on the loose. if you see a zebra this morning, give police a call. >> and they can be rough. zebras can be rough. it's on the loose. be careful. up next in "the pulse," the town with an unusual problem. unusual? no boys. also ahead, one of the most famous tourist sites in the world portrayed in so many movies is now off-limits.
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just don't sit down. so much for when in rome. next right here to the town with an unusual problem, no boys. >> do we mind? a village in poland hasn't seen a male birth in nearly a decade. even the volunteer fire department is staffed by mostly women. who run the world. the problem is so bad the mayor is offering a reward to the couple who has the first boy. >> more experts are now trying to figure out an explanation and whether environmental conditions play a role. >> really is fascinating. >> absolutely. next to this year's emmy awards stealing a page from the oscars and going without a host. >> the producer of the ceremony says a host and their opening number would take away from time to salute the nominees and the oscars fared well without a host. and you may have heard about of the new plan to bring back "home alone." >> disney's new streaming service is planning to reboot the classic franchise from the '90s and macaulay culkin who is now 38 had this response posting this picture eating junk
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fremont 60. 62 in san jose. brentwood 65 degrees. let's see where we end up this afternoon. below average once again. look at the 80s inland. even 77 in san jose, 70 in oakland and about 64 in san francisco. we'll see a whole lot more sunshine, but those breezes are going the keep us cooler than average. we'll talk about how much longer coming up in the foreca forecast. >> there was an earlier crash in the east bay direction, but so far the ride to the bay bridge is problem free. here is a live shot of the san mateo bridge. looks like they turned the camera around -- moved it a little. traffic is flowing well across the san mateo bridge in both directions. as we check out the usual slow ride on 580 westbound, it is looking great right now. green tracy to dublin, only 30 minutes. no delays on westbound 4 as you
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make your way i understand concord or 101 southbound into san francisco. abc 7 news is committed to building a better bay area, focusing on an issue that affects us all, housing. >> the governor is supporting a bill that would cap rent increases across the state. abc 7 news reporter amy hollyfield. >> those who live you in new buildings or built in the last ten years, don't get excited. this would not apply to you or most single family home that are for rent. for older buildings, this plan would limit rent increases. the governor has offered his support of the bill. the plan is to keep rent from going up more than 7% each year. he says a rent cap bill in california is long overdue. the proposed law would prevent landlords from evicting renters without a reason. ideas similar to this had failed
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at the ballot box and the legislature. interest groups like the apartment association that represents landlords opposes the idea. but this bill aims to try again. now it has the boost of the governor's support. live in dublin, amy hollyfield, abc 7 news. we've been reporting on the bay area housing crisis and looking for solutions for the last week. go to and click on the image for housing crisis. it's 4:30 if you're just joining us. good morning. here is a look at weather and traffic, hi, mike. >> hi everybody. here is a look at the winds. look how fast they are. the sea breeze cranking up overnight. 32 in fairfield. it's brought in or introduced dryer air and overturned the atmosphere a little bit and that's why we're not seeing as much cloud cover.
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