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los angeles distribution and broadcasting, inc. tonight, the deadly gun battle right outside new york city. two gunmen opening fire. innocent bystanders caught in the crossfire. trapped in a store, police and s.w.a.t. teams out in force. officers on the rooftops tonight. an officer is dead, a father of five. three people in the store killed. police rushing to get bystanders, children out of harm's way. the other major news tonight, the democrats revealing formal articles of impeachment against president trump. they allege abuse of power and obstruction of congress. president trump responding tonight and how soon could the president be impeached? tonight, the horror, that devastating volcano eruption and we now hear from an american couple on their honeymoon who
survived. now calling home to the u.s., both badly burned. one unable to even hold the cell phone. the plane disappearing from radar, vanishing without a trace. 38 people onboard. and what we've learned tonight. the major storm moving into the northeast. heavy snow and rain for tomorrow morning's commute. driving and frying in major cities will be affected. ginger timing it out. after that deadly attack at that u.s. navy base in pensacola, the gunman, a saudi national, tonight, more than 300 saudi flight students at u.s. navy bases halted from flying. martha raddatz standing by. and the incredible story of survival tonight. the father and his twin 4-year-old girls crashing down a 100-foot ravine. the 4-year-olds unbuckling themselves from their child seats on their own, crawling through shattered glass and up that ravine to get help. good evening and it's great to have you with us here on a tuesday night. and we begin tonight with that
deadly gun battle right outside new york city, killing a police officer and three innocent civilians trapped inside a store during the gun fight. the two suspects, the gunmen, are also dead tonight. s.w.a.t. teams and heavily armed vehicles rushing to the scene in jersey city, new jersey. police moving through the streets. the attackers holed up in that supermarket. clearing the way for some of those bystanders outside to get out of harm's way. some 30,000 children on lockdown for a time inside dozens of nearby schools, and tonight, that city already mourning that officer, a father of five. abc's adrienne bankert leads us off from the scene tonight. >> reporter: tonight, a terrifying deadly shootout on the streets of new jersey. heavily-armed s.w.a.t. teams racing through the streets with guns drawn, two suspects unleashing a barrage of gunfire on officers. >> every time any approach is attempted or anyone comes out of cover, he opens fire. >> reporter: the gunmen
barricading themselves in the jersey city supermarket, hostages trapped inside. innocent bystanders caught in the intense crossfire. thousands of rounds exchanged. [ gun fire ] >> so we looked and we saw these cops running from the gunfire and we heard more, pop, pop, we heard, like, automatic weapons. heard like automatic weapons. >> reporter: the neighborhood turning into a war zone. one officer shot in the shoulder. three hostages were killed in the store and another officer was also killed. he was a father of five. 46 schools in the area were put on lockdown. 30,000 kids taking cover in classrooms. >> then i heard gunfire, boom, boom, boom, and after that, we just put our hands over our head. >> reporter: the first shots rang out at 12:30 p.m. early reports indicate that blitz suspect the shooting started as a drug deal gone bad. the suspects fleeing to that supermarket. >> oh, oh, oh. >> at this point, we have an
officer down. we don't know how he was down. a lot of officers here out in the open. >> reporter: the shootout lasted hours. a police helicopter and drone were seen overhead. officers scrambling on top of a roof to try to neutralize. s.w.a.t. teams rescuing this woman. witnesses say she'd been trapped inside her car in the middle of the firefight. then moments later, several more running for cover with their hands in the air. the shooters killed inside the store after a neighborhood was under siege for more than four hours. tonight, the lockout just lifted. children looking to reunite with their parents, shaken by the horrifying day. >> scary, nerve-wracking. read to leave. i can't do it no more. >> adrienne bankert with us live on the scene tonight. and police now believe the suspects stole a u-haul at some point and the bomb squad is now investigating? >> reporter: yes, david. a team is actually looking into whether that vehicle contained a possible incendiary device.
that believe that truck is part of the crime scene. we do have some good news for you tonight. that officer shot in the shoulder has already been released from the hospital. david? >> all right, adrienne bankert leading us off tonight. adrienne, thank you. the other major news tonight, that historic next step in the impeachment showdown. democrats putting forward two articles of impeachment. they allege abuse of power and obstruction of congress. house speaker nancy pelosi setting a solemn tone today, saying president trump left them no choice, saying their oath of office requires them to impeach. the president calling it political madness, saying he did nothing wrong. but the democrats say the president abused his powers to on stain an improper personal political benefit, detrailing the nation. so, how soon could he be impeached? abc's terry moran tonight up on the hill. >> reporter: a fateful step -- under speaker nancy pelosi's watchful eye, house democrats declare they will impeach president trump. >> the house committee on the judiciary is introducing two
articles of impeachment charging the president of the united states, donald j. trump, with committing high crimes and misdemeanors. >> reporter: the two articles -- those are the charges against the president -- abuse of power in his dealings with ukraine and obstruction of congress. on abuse of power, the charge that donald trump "ignored and injured the interests of the nation." and "betrayed the nation by abusing his high office to enlist a foreign power in corrupting democratic elections." on obstruction of congress, the charge that trump, "without lawful cause or excuse," rejected every subpoena or request for evidence, the article declaring, "in the history of the republic, no president has ever ordered the complete defiance of an impeachment inquiry." >> no one, not even the president, is above the law. >> reporter: democrats are moving fast, some say too fast. their answer to that today was stark. >> the argument, why don't you just wait, amounts to this --
why don't you just let him cheat in one more election? why not let him cheat just one more time? >> reporter: the articles of impeachment concluding -- "president trump has demonstrated that he will remain a threat to the constitution if allowed to remain in office." >> we would be delinquent in honoring our oath of office if we did not impeach him for not honoring his oath of office. >> reporter: republican leaders backing trump to the hilt. >> it is not difficult to defend this president, but it is very difficult to defend this congress on what they have done and history will not be kind to them. >> reporter: so i asked him, does he defend the president's phone call with president zelensky of ukraine, asking zelensky to investigate joe b e biden and hunter biden? do you agree with the president that that call was perfect? that's what we want presidents to do? >> they just entered two articles and your question about is it perfect? no, the question is, is it impeachable? the answer is absolutely no. >> reporter: late today, the
president speaking out. >> we did nothing wrong. there was absolutelyothing done wrong. i think it's a disgrace that people can make impeachment out of nothing. >> so, let's get to terry moran, live up on the hill tonight. and the house now on track to impeach president trump by the end of next week. they had said they wanted to do this before christmas. senate majority leader mitch mcconnell on the senate side, of course, already looking ahead to the senate trial. >> reporter: he is, david. mitch mcconnell says, first, no trial in the senate this year, that will take place in january. he says it will work like this, they'll first be opening arguments from representatives from the house of representatives andhe white house lawyers, facing off over the charges. at that point, mcconnell says, the senate could vote and end it. he is looking for a limited and orderly process. the white house, president trump, seems to want a show, a much longer process. we'll see who gets the upper hand here. david? >> all right, terry moran, thank you. and, of course, all of this playing out today as president trump took aim at his own hand-picked fbi director. just 24 hours after fbi director
christopher wray told abc news there was no deep state, no spying on the trump campaign, a notion backed up by the inspector general, finding no ant anti-trump bias in the russia investigation. the president was not happy with either of them. here's abc's chief white house correspondent jonathan karl tonight. >> reporter: president trump took aim at fbi director christopher wray just 24 hours after wray spoke with abc's pierre thomas. >> do you have any evidence that the fbi targeted the trump campaign unfairly? >> i don't. >> reporter: wray was reacting to the internal justice department investigation that criticized actions of lower level fbi officials, but concluded the probe of russia and the trump campaign was launched properly and without political bias. "i don't know what report current director of the fbi christopher wray was reading," the president tweeted, "but it sure wasn't the one given to me." wray also rejected another frequent claim by the president and his allies. >> is the fbi -- was it part of
some deep state? >> well, i think that's the kind of label that is a disservice to the 37,000 men and women who work at the fbi. >> reporter: the interview clearly didn't please the president, who tweeted, "with that kind of attitude, he will never be able to fix the fbi." it all comes on a day president trump welcomed russian foreign minister sergey lavrov to the white house, tweeting out this picture from the oval office saying election meddling was among the many issues they discussed. and secretary of state mike pompeo said he delivered his own warning to lavrov. >> i was clear, it's unacceptable and i made our expectations of russia clear. >> so, let's bring in jonathan karl, live at the white house tonight. and jon, you're learning more about that conversation between president trump and the russian foreign minister? >> reporter: david, the white house has put out an official statement about that meeting, saying, quote, president trump warned against any russian attempts to interfere in united
states elections. but just a short while ago, lavrov himself spoke to reporters here in washington and was asked directly about the white house statement and lavrov said this, quote, we haven't even actually discussed elections. so, two very different interpretations about what happened in that meeting. >> conflicting reports tonight. jon karl, thank you. and next, the deadly volcano eruption in new zealand. new reporting tonight. eight americans known to be on the island at the time. tourists speeding away from the smoke and ash. at least six dead from this. and among the injured, an american couple, they were there on their honeymoon. and tonight, right here, you will hear the husband's call to family back home. both of them burned badly. the new husband could not even hold the cell phone. and tonight, questions about how tourists were allowed on that island when the volcano risk was so high. abc's marcus moore now on the scene in new zealand for us. >> reporter: tonight, with the death toll from monday's volcano eruption rising, hope is fading
that survivors will be found. >> we got to get out of here! >> reporter: 47 people, including nine americans, were on whakaari voel kay know monday when it erupted, ash soaring 12,000 feet into the air. some forced to jump into the sea. father and daughter geoff and lillani hopkins used their tour boat to rescue as many as they could. >> we had 23 on the boat that we had. and five of those are now deceased. >> reporter: lauren and matthew urey from richmond, virginia, were on their honeymoon. matthew's mother sharing the voicemail she says her son left her with "inside edition." >> this isn't a joke. the volcano actually erupted while we were on the island. lauren and i got pretty badly burned, so, we're at the hospital in new zealand. my hands are burned so i can't use my phone. >> reporter: and that is white island in the distance, about 30 miles off of the shoreline here, and more than a day after that deadly eruption, steam is still rising into the air. according to officials, americans are among the eight still missing on the eye land. but police say a flyover monday
showed, quote, no signs of life. a makeshift memorial is growing tonight. >> to those who have lost or are missing family and friends, we share in your grief and sorrow and we are devastated. >> reporter: and david, police here in new zealand have launched an investigation. and the alert level was raised just a few weeks before the eruption, but officials said it was safe to go there on the volcano, but police say it is possible that criminal charges could be filed at some point. david? >> all right, marcus moore reporting in from new zealand. and from south america tonight, the search for any possible survivors after a military cargo plane disappeared on its way to about character ka. 38 people were onboard the c-130 like this one here on a three-hour flight over open water from chile. officials fear it crashed right into the icy waters. the military is now using ships, planes and sat lieds to help in their search. back here at home tonight, after that deadly rampage at the naval air station in pensacola by a member of the royal saudi
air force, the pentagon tonight is reviewing the vetting procedure for foreign military units here in the u.s. and they are no longer allowing 300 saudi flight training students here in the u.s. to fly. at least for now. and here's abc's martha raddatz. >> reporter: the 303 saudi flight students, now grounded, are spread between three florida naval bases. pensacola, the scene of the deadly shooting, nearby whiting field and mayport naval air station. among the more than 800 saudi military in the u.s. who will now be restricted to only classroom instruction. all part of the pentagon's formal review of vetting processes for the training program. this action follows new revelations about the saudi officer responsible for the shootings. the fbi retracing that officer's final days, including a sight-seeing trip to new york. sources tell abc news that back in pensacola, he showed friends videos of mass shootings and
posted an anti-american rant on twitter right before he killed three sailors and wounded eight others on the base. the defense secretary says he wants the review done in the next ten days. the saudi defense attache was at the pensacola base today, but it could be some time before those saudi pilots are back in the air. david? >> martha raddatz, thank you. and one more note from washington tonight, within an hour of unveiling those impeachment articles, speaker nancy pelosi announced an agreement with president trump on that revised trade deal with mexico and canada, the usmca, as its called, calling ate victory for american workers. majority leader mitch mcconnell in the senate saying the senate will not take it up until after the impeachment trial in january. there is still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this tuesday. the incredible story of survival tonight. the father and his twin 4-year-old girls crashing down a 100-foot ravine. what those 4-year-old twins did on their own. you won't believe it. remembering a famous singer tonight with hits in the '80s and '90s and her long -time
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a good samaritan stopping, comforting them and dialing 911. >> they're so brave. one woke up in the middle of the night having some nightmares. >> reporter: the family now hopes they can preserve corey's memory. >> we're going to keep corey alive for the little girls because i'm afraid they're going to forget him. >> reporter: david, police tell mel that father died on impact, but he had put both of those girls into booster seats and buckled them up. a major reason that both of them escaped, largely unscathed. david? >> all right, matt, thank you. when we come back here tonight, the major storm in the northeast tonight into tomorrow. ginger standing by to time it out. and remembering a well-known singer after her long battle. because there are options. like an "unjection™". xeljanz xr, a once-daily pill for adults with moderate to severe ra for whom methotrexate did not work well enough. xeljanz xr can reduce pain, swelling and further joint damage, even without methotrexate. xeljanz can lower your ability to fight infections like tb;
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letters and my puzzle board. i mean, i hear him but i don't really pay that much attention. don't tell anybody that. no, i was petrified. terrified. but i did it. >> reporter: and her first spin of the wheel? just listen. >> that wheel is heavy. >> reporter: vanna thought she landed on bankruptcy. >> oh no, my first spin, look at that. >> reporter: but she was okay. >> oh no, i'm looking at the wrong arrow! how do you do this show? >> reporter: vanna, back again tonight. pat sajak, on the mend and back after the holidays. >> those three weeks without him was very hard. i really missed him. so i -- i just can't imagine doing this show without him, you know? and i hope he feels the same with me. >> our thanks to t.j. and we hope for a speedy recovery for pat sajak. pat sajak. and ...6, 7, 8 pat sajak. and ♪ ♪
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we had an explosion of sewage. i'm not joking. through the toilet. >> more sewage problems in san francisco. another family forced out of their home because of the heavy rain. >> the latest problem is in the sunny side neighborhood north of city college of san francisco. we spoke to a homeowner who says this issue keeps getting worse with every rainstorm. >> it does. the family is spread across san francisco. for the last three days they sleptd at friends and family homes and hoping to get back to hair house before christmas. >> this was the moment the family feared the most. >> first thing i thought of. i have to go check