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i'm contessa brewer. that's all for this edition of "caught on camera." a good time can turn ugly in a hurry. >> i looked up, and i see a tv coming out the window. >> thousands of people, no way out. >> panic in a chicago nightclub packed to four times capacity. >> they started running down the stairs. and somebody fell, and then somebody fell on top of them. a soccer game goes from
confrontation to total chaos. >> we hear 2 dead, 4 dead, 10 dead, 16 dead. >> and what happens next is a shock even to the players. >> he said, i'm telling you now we are going to play this football match. >> a concert lets out, and the crowd is trapped in a suffocating crush. >> i thought that they must be dying. >> it was absolute chaos. it was very much your worst nightmare. >> "caught on camera: crowd control." streams of people enter a popular chicago nightclub. what happens inside sends them all running for the exit. >> the fear that pervaded the whole place was overriding emotion. it was panic.
it was panic turning to fear. >> february 17th, 2003. the e2 nightclub, located one floor above the epitome restaurant in chicago's south loop, hopes to attract a large turnout with a special deejay performance. by 2:00 a.m., the club's security cameras are rolling as nearly 1,200 people pack inside. at the time, robert r. egan is the assistant state's attorney for cook county. >> the capacity for the club was just over 240 people. they had over four times that. frankly, they were wall to wall. it was literally jammed. >> suddenly, outside of the view of the cameras, a fight breaks out, and a security guard discharges a can of pepper spray. >> the crowd reacted not knowing what this was. somebody yelled out, "poison gas."
it happened a year after 9/11 happened. there was a lot of fear just naturally out there. and people said, let's get out of here. >> people inside the club begin to run for the stairwell leading down to the front door. >> it was a very tall, steep stairwell. it was not a stairwell that was built to code, and it really was not suitable for the use that it was put to. and they started running down the stairs. and somebody fell, and then somebody fell on top of them, and somebody fell on top of them. and the next thing you know, people were literally stacked 10, 12 feet high. >> you look at a scenario where your life is under threat, where you're looking for a means to escape, do you choose the door you came in by, the route that you know, or door number two? >> keith still is a professor in england and specializes in crowd dynamics.
>> it's a marked emergency exit. but i don't know if it's open. i don't know where it goes. so my perception of risk is go out the way i came in. it's a safer route. and that's why we find in emergency situations, people revert to what they think they believe to be the lesser risk. >> people stuck in the crush are desperately reaching for relief. local freelance videographer kent hurslic is part of the first camera crew to arrive, capturing the only video of the scene. >> there were people that were stuck in the doorway, and they could not get out. they just became so interlocked that they couldn't pull the people out. they were going to pull a limb off if you were going to try and pull somebody out of there. >> firefighters must enter through the back of the club to access people piled up along the stairwell leading to the front door.
>> they had to stand on the pile. they had to stand on people and take one person at a time off the pile and pull them into safety. they were in cardiac arrest. they were technically dead, and they worked on them and resuscitated them and got a heartbeat and brought them back to life. >> it takes time for all the rescue workers to get there. unfortunately, these people didn't have any time. they were being asphyxiated from all the pressure that was up against them. they had minutes, not tens of minutes. >> despite the efforts of rescue workers, 21 people die and more than 50 are injured. the club owner, managers and event promoter are charged with involuntary manslaughter. the owner's case is dismissed, and the rest are found not guilty. the owner and manager filed a lawsuit against the city of chicago for malicious
prosecution on a related charge. the city denied the claim, and the case was dismissed. nearly two decades earlier, fear grips another crowd, and frenzied soccer fans are crushed against a concrete retaining wall. may 29th, 1985, nearly 60,000 supporters fill belgium's heysel stadium for the european cup final, pitting england's liverpool against the italian team juventus. emotions are running high as two of the world's most successful soccer teams face off. liverpool fan rogan taylor is watching on television from his home in england. >> i have a young family, three daughters. all crazy liverpool fans, of course. comes with the territory. and we are awaiting this match. we've got some bubbly in the fridge.
we're expecting a great game. >> at the stadium, liverpool fan chris roland is just arriving, but before the game even starts, the festive mood of the day begins to unravel. >> there is no crowd control at all. there are no stewards. there are no police. there's a few turnstyle operators, but they're just waving you through. nothing. absolutely nothing. people couldn't believe their eyes. it's suddenly packed to the rafters. and it really was a recipe for disaster. >> the opposing fans, typically seated at opposite sides of the stadium and separated by barriers, are instead placed side by side. at the time, english fans have a reputation for hooliganism and violent behavior at matches. >> to police, about 17,000 people in total, they had five
police and a dog, and there was a piece of chicken wire fencing sort of chest high separating the two sets of supporters. you don't mix them and not separate them, but there they were, completely unseparated. >> with nothing substantial to keep the sides apart, tensions begin to rise. >> insults are passed back and forth. there's a little bit of wire shaking goes on. eventually, somebody pulls the wire down and a couple of fights start. as soon as small fights start, the vast bulk of the crowd, particularly the italian crowd in this case, begin to retreat and fight. many of them are desperate to get out of there. >> panicked italian fans tear across the terraces, but there is no escape. the rushing crowd is forced
against the concrete wall. >> we're all set in the dressing room. we're all slowly starting to get ready. and then we heard like a distant sort of thud, almost like a rumble, and we kind of thought, oh, what's that? never thought anything of it. then about five minutes later, one of the officials who was with liverpool came in and said, look, guys, we think the wall's collapsed. coming up, pandemonium in the stands. >> the people came in and said, there's loads of people dead, just like that. there's loads of people dead. >> and a shocking decision to control the chaos. >> they're afraid of the consequences. the only way is to play the game. >> when "caught on camera: crowd control" continues. boys?
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fans sparks a frenzy. italian fans trying to escape aggressive liverpool fans are trapped against a concrete wall with nowhere left to run. crowd safety expert keith still knows the dangerous pressure that can build inside a crush of people. >> these are not unusual forces, because it's the combined mass and speed, the momentum, the energy within the crowd that creates the combined force. it's not how much i can push against the wall. it's how much everybody pushing against me. now, unfortunately, whenever steel and stone meets flesh and bone, there can only be one winner. >> like much of heysel stadium, the wall is in disrepair from years of neglect. the force of the fans against the already weakened structure creates a perfect storm. liverpool fan chris roland is entering the stadium. >> as we were making our way
towards the turnstiles, we actually heard the wall break. and then we saw lots of what appeared to be italian supporters climbing over a wall. they looked crazed, to be honest, charging down the banks toward us. that's what they were trying to do to escape the trouble. and in doing so, it brought a wall down. >> frantic italian fans are trampling each other as they try to escape danger. the ground is covered with the injured and the dead. >> and we hear that there's 2 dead, 4 dead, 10 dead, 16 dead. we're going, oh, my godfathers. and of course, people would be getting more and more worried if they had family there. what's happened to them? where are they? you can imagine, no mobile phones. couldn't give them a call.
>> while paramedics tend to the injured that have been brought outside, the chaos continues inside the stadium. >> suddenly, there were hundreds of italian supporters charging down the running track towards us. as it turned out, those italian fans had heard what had happened at the other end and appeared to be sort of charging around for some revenge. >> even though roland has heard the wall collapse, like many fans across the stadium, he's unaware of just how serious the situation is. >> absolutely no idea whatsoever at the time, just that there were a lot of people on the pitch and something had obviously happened in that far right-hand corner from where we were standing. no one knows why this is happening. no one knows why there's a delay. no one knows why the italian fans are agitated. >> more police arrive to attempt to gain control of the stadium. meanwhile, the teams begin to wonder if they'll still be expected to play. >> the people on the liverpool staff came in and said, there's loads of people dead. just like that.
there's loads of people dead. the belgian chief of police for brussels came into the dressing room with all sorts of other police in riot gear. he said, we're still searching beneath the rubble. there are people dying. there are people going to the hospital. he said, but i've been to see juventus. he said, i am telling you now, we are going to play this football match. and i'm pretty sure one of our players just went, why? what's the point? people dead. people dying. why are we playing football? and the chief of police said because i've decided that if we don't, there could be even more problems. >> they're afraid of the consequences of announcing that we have a lot of dead people who -- here. we're not going to do this. please go home quietly. they don't think that's going to happen. they think the only way is to play the game. >> but the team is not on board with the police chief's decision. >> there's a general consensus by the players saying, we shouldn't be playing football. we should so not be playing
football. but the coach said, look, you know, we have to be guided by the police. >> as night falls, the fans are now subdued in the terraces. more than an hour passed the scheduled kickoff time, the teams get ready to play. >> we had actually almost forgotten at this point that there might actually be a game of football. and the teams came out. said, good lord, there's going to be a match. right, okay. nobody seems to be even slightly enthusiastic about the prospect. certainly not in our end. there was no even polite applause, nothing. it was like you're out walking the dog in the forest. absolutely no reaction whatsoever. no players were talking to each other, no players were looking at each other. and i think literally everybody was just looking at the floor, totally numb. >> just a short time into the game, laurenson is taken off. >> but when the game started, i only lasted 80 seconds because i
got injured, and i dislocated my shoulder. i started to cry. it was a mixture of emotion. it was then the realization of the massive problems that there had been in the game. >> as the game continues, a sense of unease dominates play that is apparent even to those like rogan taylor watching from home. >> there's a tackle close to the penalty area, but not quite in it. the referee gives a penalty to the italian team. i'm already thinking, he doesn't want extra time. he wants to get this game over. >> the italian team takes the penalty shot. they score the only goal in the game, winning the european cup. but it's a hollow victory. the chaos of the day has left 39 juventus fans crushed to death and 600 people injured. because of the role of their fans in the violence, english clubs are banned from european
competition for five years. >> none of our people were dead, but something had died for us, too, that night. for those young lads who didn't really have much going for them but who could put on a liverpool shirt and think, we're the best in the world. suddenly, we're the worst in the world. these are the fans who killed people. that for the city was a trauma of considerable significance. >> 14 liverpool supporters are convicted of involuntary manslaughter and sentenced to three years in prison. the belgian police captain is found guilty of criminal negligence for his handling of security and is given a six-month sentence. for many, the years have not softened the painful memory of that dark day at heysel.
>> i went back to heysel to play, and i looked before the game to where i thought that the wall was, and there was absolutely nothing there. but that was spooky. that was very, very spooky. you kind of thought, oh, my goodness, all those years ago. coming up -- too many people, too little space. a terrifying combination on a bridge in cambodia. >> people who were in the middle started fainting from lack of oxygen, the whole crowd just went down like that. and later -- a stampede is triggered at a popular raid. when "caught on camera: crowd control" continues. y you are surrounded, like a guppy in a shark tank. it just feels like, car salesmen want to sell whatever car is best for them, not best for me.
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just seems to go out of control. >> nbc news correspondent ian williams is a veteran reporter in the region. >> different countries have different ways of working. cambodia is a special case. it's a very small country. it's also a very poor country, and a lot of the systems that are in place in cambodia, whether it's law enforcement, the health system and crowd control systems are pretty basic. >> every year nearly 2 million people flood cambodia's capital city, phnom penh, for the water festival, which marks the end of the rainy season. on the final night of the 2010 festival, a concert lets out and crowds begin to converge on a newly constructed suspension bridge. it's the only pedestrian walkway connecting the mainland to diamond island. freelance journalist robert carmichael and his friend, daravuth sang, a cambodian american lawyer, live in phnom penh.
>> this island that was an entertainment center that was newly opened. there were people on the island who wanted to leave and go home, and there were people who were on the mainland who wanted to get on the island to come and have a good time. >> it had gotten tighter and tighter and tighter, and there was no outlet. >> people started leaving the island, and they got caught in the middle. >> a massive crush of people forms on the bridge. each person desperately reaching for pockets of air and the cooling relief of water in the stifling heat. >> it's like a boa constrictor. you can breathe out, so your lungs would collapse, but you can't breathe back in. you've got no space to breathe back in. it only takes 30 seconds to lose consciousness. >> as people in the middle start fainting from lack of oxygen, the whole crowd went down like that. >> cambodian native and "associated press" photographer hang sinif gets word of the perilous situation and heads to the bridge to take pictures, but
he is not prepared for what he is about to see. >> they asked and tried to call, please give me water. i'm thirsty, or please help me. and i really shocked. the people under, i really thought they must be dying. >> rescue workers desperately try to dislodge people one by one from the crush. it is pinning them down with incredible combined forces. >> think of it like dominos. and as you start to knock them over, they gain momentum, but it's the momentum of the entire mass. it only takes five people pushing against one to break a rib, collapse a lung or smash a child's head. >> governments said there could be 8,000 people in the tangled mess on the bridge. they had to start at either end and untangle people, pull them out one by one. >> trying to free up vital room on the bridge, many decide to
take their chances in the tonle sap river. >> these young men and women who were willing to jump off of a bridge that they didn't know the depths to, and a lot of whom didn't even know how to swim, just to make room for other people to have a better chance at catching their breath. i thought that was pretty extraordinary. >> as the minutes pass, panicked faces begin to look exhausted as the rescue workers and journalists gather around them. >> i try to apologize to all of the victims. this is the way of my journalism. i must do it. i take this picture. so, my camera just hang up like that, and click. after that, just move a little bit to see how to help people
and lift people from the pile. after that, i just asked somebody, why, what has happened? nobody can answer that. >> after hearing rumors of what is happening, journalist carmichael races to the scene to file a report. by the time he and his friend, daravuth arrive, survivors and the dead have nearly all been removed by rescue workers. >> we were on the bridge, dar is shooting some video and taking some images to help me out. there were just hundreds and hundreds of personal possessions lying on this bridge. then down the other side, they hadn't yet cleared, and there were dozens of people lying dead. >> hospitals stretched far beyond their limits scrambled to receive and treat the injured. >> we saw the scene of the hospital, chaotic scenes of the hospital, people desperately looking for friends and relatives, the corridors packed with the injured. the hospitals were overwhelmed.
>> despite the efforts of rescue workers, 347 people are killed and hundreds are injured. >> the overwhelming cause of death, according to the hospital authorities, were people suffocating in the sheer crush or broken bones and people having their bodies crushed in the crowds, or in some cases, throwing themselves into the river and drowning. >> while the number of casualties is staggering, it could have been higher if it weren't for those who jumped from the bridge. >> one of the survivors was told by some of the older people, listen, you youngsters have got to jump off the bridge into the river because we need to free up space. and he was at the time holding a woman's child and he gave the child back to the woman and he jumped. and, so, him and his friends survived, and of course, a lot of people didn't. >> the light of the next day shines on an eerily quiet scene, a stark contrast from the chaos
of the night before. >> one of the most striking images of that night were the sheer numbers of shoes just spread all over the bridge, all over the banks, and it was -- it left you wondering, where are those people now? >> the nation unites to support the survivors and mourn those lost. >> the national government came to pay their respects at the site, and the prime minister was crying. and i don't think that's something anyone's seen. >> the prime minister himself described this as the worst tragedy for cambodia since the murderous khmer rouge regime, in which millions of people died. i mean, this country is no stranger to tragedy. >> one year later, the bridge is demolished, even though it's less than two years old. there's no structural damage, but it's deemed too painful a reminder. a memorial is constructed to honor those lost. >> i think one of the key things
which even the government admitted was that the ability, the crowd control ability wasn't there, that the policing was very poor, that they would need to have better systems in place. >> one of the worst things about it is that most people were young, just young kids out for an evening. and you know, people live difficult lives here, and this water festival is a time of celebration, a time to have a good time and to let go, and for it to end like that, i think that affected a lot of people. coming up -- out-of-control college students turn a city upside down. >> i looked up and i see a tv coming out the window. >> when "caught on camera: crowd control" continues. hey! have an awesome vacation everyone!
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all-nighter of drinking in albany, new york. by nearly 7:00 a.m., house parties spill out into the street, as part of a celebration known as kegs and eggs, as students eagerly await the city's st. patrick's day parade. >> they caught us little bit by surprise with the thousands of young people that were involved. it was upsetting to see what was going on, and we'd never experienced that. >> everybody's on every inch of the street, on every inch of the sidewalk and all the porches. they're completely wasted. it's like a sea of just green sort of mayhem. >> the crowd is whipping itself into a frenzy, and then things take a destructive turn. >> i was walking at one point and i remember hearing "charge." and i looked up, and i see a tv coming out the window. okay, fantastic. so, now it's raining appliances.
>> there's people that live on balconies or taking microwaves and throwing them into the street or taking couches, pushing them out there, taking beer bottles, just anything they can get their hands on that they don't care about. everybody's just completely belligerent. >> we won't go! we won't go! >> at what point does somebody turn around, look in their kitchen and go, i'm going to throw everything in here out the window? when somebody's gotten to that point, it can only go downhill from there. once things started getting really crazy, we moved on, because we wanted no part of that. >> after destroying property from inside the houses, the crowd turns its attention outside. >> at some point, somebody yelled, you know, "flip that car," which started a chant of "flip that car." >> flip that car! flip that car! flip that car! >> and they decided to move that maxima into the middle of the street and then just started going to town on it. when they're not able to tip it over, started jumping on the roof, throwing stuff against the windshield, kicking out windows. it only takes one person with a
bad idea to start something like that. >> the criminal element will use that to their advantage just to create mayhem. imitators of mayhem follow on. reactionaries may get caught up on it. if people are throwing stones then, you tend to have this sort of reaction, well, if they can do it, i can do it. if they're getting away with it, i can get away with it. it's criminal behavior, but when you're caught within the crowd, it does tend to become part of the culture of the moment. >> as a group tries to flip a large van, police arrive on the scene and attempt to put a cap on the chaos. >> we got a lot of calls about very loud parties and our police were deployed. and by then, the kids were out in the street and they're going from house to house. >> students are capturing all of the action on video using their cell phone cameras. >> anybody who had a smartphone was like, i can't believe this is happening, i have to get it on video. and they'd upload them to facebook or youtube right away.
and i got back to my room, and i was able to watch what happened an hour ago. >> videos intended for the students' entertainment quickly become incriminating evidence against some of them. >> the police took video stills off the youtube videos, made a little photo array so the police are walking through the neighborhood handing them out to students, trying to get them to match names to faces. >> we had good video on it. people, when something happens like that, they're going to film it, and people have to understand that we are going to identify you. we identified youngsters that were violating or breaking the law, and we arrested them. >> the videos go viral, gaining attention online and in the news media. >> i talked to a lot of seniors that were graduating and maybe never lived in that neighborhood, and now they're getting their degree that they worked hard for four years has now got this stain of the kegs and eggs incident on it. >> after a chaotic day, there are a number of arrests and many are convicted on multiple charges.
two people receive jail time. the rest get probation, fines or community service. the city, in cooperation with the local colleges, is doing whatever it can to prevent anything like this from ever happening again, including a clever, new placement for a school vacation. >> suny albany pushed their spring break back by a week so it ran on the same week of st. patrick's day to sort of get the kids out of there so that they wouldn't be around for the st. patrick's day parade. >> last thing i want to do is arrest college students that are here. as far as i'm concerned, the message is strong. we're not going to tolerate it. coming up -- >> back up! >> concertgoers in los angeles rush the gates. >> stop now! the party will be stopped. >> when "caught on camera: crowd control" continues. how much protein does your dog food have?
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june 26th, 2010. the electric daisy carnival, considered a large-scale raid, it kicking off its second day in the los angeles coliseum featuring a lineup of electronic artists and carnival rides. freelance photojournalist dan krause is photographing the event near the stage. >> it's almost like a woodstock kind of thing but just way newer with new technology, and it's the new youth culture. >> you see a lot of, like, people in different costumes. sometimes they're, like, really creative or sometimes they're just like regular bathing suits and bikinis. >> as the rides are in motion and music is under way, fans are finding their places throughout the stadium. chris cox is a music producer and deejay sitting in the vip section.
>> they stopped letting people downstairs because they wanted to start filling in the bleachers. >> and they all wanted to get down into the field, which was packed with people. and there are only a few access points where people could get through. and then so many people just started pushing, and you know, it just kept getting more dense and tighter and everybody's getting more squished. so, people just started climbing over the fences. >> almost imperceptibly, an orderly situation takes a dangerous shift. a local news chopper captures it all from the air. >> people in the crowd that i was standing with was saying, "bum rush the gates." >> that's when i picked up my camera because when i saw the thing start happening, i started shooting it. >> within seconds, the crowd breaches the barriers and rushes over the tops of tents that cover concession stands on the main floor. >> stop now! >> i was just blown away by it.
people were, like, literally like falling over each other, getting crushed and trampled. >> i saw this girl. she slipped off one of the tents. her bone popped out of her leg. >> a massive build-up of people forms at one of the gates and is captured on cell phone video by a concert-goer. >> a lot of people were getting crushed because it was either you run or you just stop. and a lot of people got stepped on and a lot of people got, like, trampled over. >> i'm sure a lot of people were scared about getting lost under a mass of people. there wasn't really much that anyone could do to stop it. ♪ >> people are pulled from the force of the crush and injuries are assessed. >> back, back! hey, hey -- >> as event organizers attempt to gain control of the situation. >> all of a sudden, they cut the music and started, like, you
know, yelling at the crowd, telling everyone to behave themselves and grow up. >> stop now. the party will be stopped. these people who came here in the name of love and light. >> the rapper, lil jon, happened to be on stage, and he just grabs the microphone, and it was absolutely hysterical. >> okay, mother [ bleep ]! you need to [ bleep ] stop! >> and then the crowd just swept up and everyone just started laughing about it. and then it just completely defused this thing that could have gotten really out of hand. >> more than 100 people are injured and taken to hospitals for treatment. despite the powerful force of the stampede, no one is killed. after the 2010 incident, the electric daisy carnival is moved out of los angeles to las vegas. but fans of the event remain firm that it is not a danger to attend. >> i think it gave the festival a pretty bad rap for really a
lot of people behaving themselves pretty well. it's really a small percentage of people that were caught up in that. >> my mom saw it after i came back. she was like, you're never going again. but i ended up going three years afterwards. i'm going this year as well. so, it's something that you have to be, like, okay, you have to know what you're getting yourself into and you have to be smart about what you're doing. coming up -- the crowd goes wild. >> we just all grabbed him and squeezed him and put him on our shoulders. >> fans storm the court at a one-of-a-kind high school basketball game. >> it was a dream come true. the crowd just erupted. it was like lava came out of a volcano. and the whole place just went nuts. >> when "caught on camera: crowd control" continues. i have a wandering eye. i mean, come on. national gives me the control to choose any car in the aisle i want. i could choose you... or i could choose her if i like her more.
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but what happens next sends an emotionally charged crowd rushing onto the court. >> it was a dream come true. the crowd just erupted. it was like lava came out a volcano. the coach went and sat down. there were tears in his eyes. and the place went nuts. >> jason mcelwain lives in rochester, new york, not far from the high school he attends from 2002 to 2006 as a special education student. >> i had to work hard to get their respect. basketball teaches you life lessons of things are not always going to go your way in life. >> as a student, it's basketball tryouts that never seem to go jason's way. as his father david mcelwain sees first hand. >> he practiced and so forth. when he was a sophomore in high school, he was only about 100
pounds, about 5'6". so he got cut. that's when the jv coach came up with the idea of him being the team manager. >> basically getting water for the team, encouraging guys on the court. and being enthusiastic. >> i can always see he's excited in his white shirt and tie. his shirt would be out in the first quarter. he would be yelling and screaming. what i didn't really realize is that everyone had seen that, too. >> jason's dedication inspires players like ricky wallace and varsity coach jim johnson to set a plan into motion. >> we had already brainstormed it. let's get this league built for this kid so he can have a substantial amount of time to get in. >> we had talked during the season. i couldn't promise him he was going to get in the game but i'd have a uniform for him for senior night. >> he works so hard in practice. that was the least we could do, is to push for him to get in the game.
>> february 15th, 2006, excitement is building for greece athena's last game of the season. >> his teacher is one of those in the crowd. >> he was very excited that there was a game that night. and that there was a chance that he was going to be table to get in for the first time. in the back of my mind i was just thinking, oh my goodness, i hope the coach lets him in. >> many fans are shooting amateur video. >> they have signed, j-mac signs. they had pictures of his face on little paint sticks. it sent a chill down your back. >> but near the end of the second half, the clock is ticking down, and jason, number 52, is still on the the bench. >> the crowd throughout the game, because they would periodically start chanting, we want j-mac.
just in case i had forgotten. >> with only four minutes left and the lead built, the coach finally does what everyone in the crowd has been hoping for. >> i started hearing the chants again pretty loud. i was mulling in my mind when is the best time to put him in. so when i looked up at the clock and saw just over four minutes. i said, the time is right. he's going to have enough time to get a chance to score a basket. i stood up and i pointed to him, and he just bounced right up. >> i was like, oh, my gosh. he's in. we were all up on our feet. the whole gym was on their feet at that point. the kids all stood up and gave him a standing ovation. they put all those placards in his face. i got so overwhelmed with emotion i sat down on the bench and tears were rolling down my face. it's really something i will never forget. >> a nervous excitement grips the crowd.
>> half of me was so happy. the other side is i hope he doesn't make a fool of himself. i didn't want him to go in and be overwhelmed or make him scared. i didn't want him to be laughed at or anything. >> i know you're not supposed to pray in a public school. i was praying, dear god, please help him score one basket. >> jason takes his first shot. it's an air ball. >> usually in a high school gym, player shoots an air ball, you hear chants from the crowd. i didn't hear anything. it was like an aw. i think everybody was pulling so hard for him to score a basket. >> he takes his second shot. another miss. it was like, oh, you can do it. really trying to give him good vibes that you can do it. >> i'm very nervous. i don't want anyone to take the ball from him. i don't want him to lose it. i don't want it to get stolen.
every second i'm just like don't do this, don't do that. >> jason sets up for another three pointer. >> all the coaches are praying to god that we're going to win. >> and the third one's the charm. >> the place just exploded. it was pure bedlam. >> everybody was up on their feet, and we were all just so excited. and i thought, finally. >> but jason isn't done yet. what happens next is something no one in the crowd could have expected. the shots from the three-point line keep coming. >> and he just went crazy. turned into michael jordan. he started making shot after shot. one after another after another. >> it went from excitement to hysteria. everybody was just beside themselves. >> everyone was just going crazy because no one knew he was
capable of this. >> i was in a zone. i was hot as a whistle. i never shot like that in my life. >> you look at me, you can see me on the bench. the whole time i'm jumping up and down. i can't believe it. >> just seconds before the buzzer is about to go off, jason sets up for one last shot. >> jason's teammates threw it right to jason. the crowd is in all anticipation and he pulls up from three or four feet behind the three-point arc. i'm thinking, oh my god, jason, don't shoot from there. that's too far. >> but he makes it. jason scored a total of 20 points in four minutes. when the buzzer sounds, the crowd bursts onto the court. >> we just ran over to him as fast as we could after the game. we just all grabbed him and squeezed him and put him on our shoulders. >> to see a young man see his dream come true.
there's no better feeling than that. >> jason's fan base quickly expands into a much wider audience thanks to those amateur videos. >> received a lot of letters from the white house. meeting president bush. getting to meet magic johnson. went to the final four that year. >> jason leaves greece athena high school as a student in 2006 but in 2009 returns to his alma mater, this time as an assistant coach. no one would deny it's a triumph jason has earned. >> it feels great to get back to the game that i always loved. >> nice shot. final seconds. >> now everyone is saying an autistic kid can do this. being autistic is not bad. if he can achieve this, it's nothing to run from. it's nothing to be afraid of who you are. i feel like he inspired probably millions of people. >> do whatever you put your mind to. you can achieve anything you want.
just don't give up. terrifying, dangerous, explosive situations. split-second dilemmas. a house on fire. >> flames came through that window. >> a car out of control. >> i knew i was probably going to die. >> a downed sightseeing plane. an abduction in broad daylight. >> it looked like she was fighting for her life. >> witnesses must decide whether to intervene at their own risk. >> i got to think quick before this guy kills someone.