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have a great night. the stunning exit in washington tonight. just hours after making his case to be the next speaker of the house, the abrupt change. majority leader kevin mccarthy, suddenly shocking everyone. telling reporters he's dropping out. what happened? the american hero attacked. he was one of three americans who stopped that terror attack on a train overseas. then honored by the president. now, stabbed multiple times in his hometown. the new surveillance video right here. and the hunt for the attackers at this hour. what we rarely see. the other view. the police officer's body cam. the officer shot, but he survives. you'll see what happens next. the governor of south carolina warning homeowners to get out. the rivers rising.
they're now watching 70 dams tonight. and this question for you -- how much is it now costing every day you wait before buying that holiday ticket home? good evening. we begin tonight with that bombshell exit. tonight, much of washington still stunned by what played out today. the battle for the next speak her of the house, and the man that wanted the job. just this morning saying he had the votes. and then kevin mccarthy appearing a couple of hours later, saying he's dropping out of the race for speaker. what suddenly changed? here's jonathan karl. >> reporter: this morning, kevin mccarthy seemed on top of the world, saying he had the votes to be speaker of the
house. >> we're going to win. >> reporter: but less than 2 1/2 hours later, shocked republicans came out of a private meeting. mccarthy told them he's bowing out, and they were practically speechless. >> nobody knows anything at this point. >> kevin said he's not running. >> i just learned this like you all did. >> reporter: by the time mccarthy himself emerged, swarmed by cameras, he seemed more relieved than defeated. >> i think i shocked some of you, huh? the one thing i found in talking to everybody, if we are going to unite and be strong, we need a new face to help do that. >> reporter: mccarthy's rise was meteoric. when john boehner shocked the world two weeks ago by saying he would step down, forced out by conservatives, mccarthy seemed a sure bet to replace him. what happened? for one, this. what mccarthy said the benghazi committee accomplished. >> everybody thought hillary clinton was unbeatable, right? but we put together a benghazi special committee. a select committee. what are her numbers today? her numbers are dropping. >> reporter: republicans had long insisted the benghazi investigation was not political. mccarthy handed hillary clinton a perfect way to fight back.
>> look at the situation they chose to exploit. to go after me for political reasons, the death of four americans in benghazi. >> and jon is with us live. many wondering what john boehner might be thinking tonight. >> indeed, the very conservatives that forced out boehner have done so to mccarthy. now, that may mean that boehner may remain speaker of the house much longer than he intended. because nobody has the votes to replace him. >> thanks. and the manhunt under way for the alleged attackers going after an american hero.
tackled a would be terrorist on a train to paris. kayna whitworth with the video now released and the footage under way. >> reporter: he appears to be stabbed from behind. first responders finding him with multiple wounds to the torso. >> it's believed to be related to a night club incident. we know it's not related to what occurred in france two months ago. >> reporter: in france, he stopped a gunman during their european vacation. >> he seemed like he was ready to fight to the end. so, so were we.
>> reporter: his friend tweeting, everybody send prayers out to the stone family today. and his family thanking everyone for the outpouring of love and support. david? >> kayna, thank you. now to the race for 2016. and a new round of controversial comments made by ben carson. after comments about the oregon school massacre and guns. this time, asked about what he had written before about the holocaust. saying that if germany had not had such tight gun controls, it here's tom llamas. >> reporter: tonight pro-gun stance to another level. writing in his new book that the holocaust would have been less >> but just to clarify, if there had been no gun control laws in europe at that time, would slaughtered? >> i think the likelihood of his goals would have been
greatly diminished if the people had been armed. >> reporter: the anti-defamation league calling carson's comments historically inaccurate. carson, outspoken against gun control since last week's massacre at an oregon community college. writing on facebook, "i never saw a body with bullet holes that was more devastating than taking the right to arm ourselves away." and repeatedly insisting he would have rushed the shooter if put in a similar situation. >> i would not just stand there and let him shoot me. i would say, hey guys, everybody attack him. he may shoot me but he can't get us all. >> reporter: but now carson revealing what he did when he was once confronted by a gunman in a fast food restaurant. he did not rush the shooter. >> a guy comes up, puts the gun to my ribs. and i just said, i believe that you want the guy behind the counter. >> oh, so you just redirected him? >> i redirected him. >> reporter: today, carson asked about that on cnn. >> that sounds counter to what you're recommending right now. >> that's a completely different situation.
a joint to rob it, not somebody who is sequentially killing people. >> you didn't know he was just going to rob the joint. he potentially could have killed you. >> i did know that. >> reporter: but carson, in second place, getting some support today from frontrunner donald trump. >> he made a statement, essentially, if there were some maniac over there shooting people. he'd charge them. they said, oh, that's terrible, disrespectful. i didn't see it that way. >> and tom llamas with us live. amid all the controversy, he appeared to receive a show of support from rupert murdoch? >> yes, i have it here. terrific. what about a black president that can provide -- both men charming. the other man, of course, president obama.
and we should mention that dr. ben carson will be on "good morning america" first thing tomorrow morning. and a tense night ahead in south carolina. dams on the brink, 14 breached, and 70 being monitored. governor nicki haley warning, the sun is out, but the water is rising and we need to get you out. alex perez in south carolina again this evening. >> reporter: tonight, south carolina's coastal communities on edge. urged to evacuate. >> this water is moving in quickly. >> reporter: rivers cresting to record levels. at least 19 dead in the carolinas, as more incredible stories of survival emerge. clara gannt, and her grandson, surviving by clinging to a red cross. she was on her way to church, biblical floods raging all around. across the state, all eyes on 70 dams. 14 have already failed. reinforcements under way after a
dike breach at the fragile columbia canal, crucial to the water supply of 375,000 residents. these pictures showing the canal before and after. with cleanup now under way, worries about how homeowners fema recommends taking pictures of your damaged property to help with claims. but standard policies don't cover floods, and a lot of people here who lost everything don't have flood insurance. for many, the only option now, to apply for federal disaster assistance. a loan from the government to rebuild. david? >> alex, thank you. we turn now to stunning new video from a police body cam. police in cleveland heading up this staircase, coming face to face with an armed man. ordering him to put down the gun. the officer is shot.
what that camera captured next. >> reporter: tonight, police body cameras showing the harrowing moments. six officers respond to a domestic violence call. >> oh, god. >> i've been hit. >> reporter: an officer shot by 64-year-old theodore johnson. but watch as that same cop, unhurt, still tries to reason with johnson. >> put the gun down. >> go ahead and shoot me. >> no, we're not going to shoot you, guy. >> why don't do you what i ask, mister? >> i know you shot me, but i'm not going to shoot you. >> reporter: when johnson raises his gun, the officers shoot. killing him. after an investigation, that body camera video cleared them. cases like these have sent sales of police body cameras surging. taser, the number one maker, has sold to more than 3,500 law enforcement agencies. >> this is going to become a common piece of equipment for law enforcement, and really the question will be not if you have them. is, "why don't you have them?" >> reporter: the lapd is now by far the nation's biggest police department to issue them
last week, we joined the lapd on patrol, wearing the same body camera they do. like them, filming every interaction with the public. the race to a shooting. and the controversial stop and frisk. those moments, the source of so many complaints. the hope that those cameras can protect the public. and police. matt gutman, abc news, new york. >> thank you. and overseas, the massive escalation by russia. they say targeting isis. and some of them accidentally crash-landing in iran. troubling images, appearing to show children being rushed from the scene after the strikes. here's martha raddatz. >> reporter: it was an impressive display of firepower. that volley of 26 cruise missiles headed to syria. but we now know four of them never made it, crashing into
but those russian airstrikes they claim are targeting isis have been devastating. a syrian aid group says these young children have nothing to do with isis. the u.s., says russia, is targeting rebel forces opposing the dictator bashar al assad. today, u.s. defense secretary ash carter predicted russia will face the consequences for its growing involvement in syria. >> we've seen increasingly unprofessional behavior from russian forces. and i also expect that in coming days, the russians will begin to suffer casualties in syria. >> reporter: david, russia's involvement poses a danger to the u.s. as well. those cruise missiles and airstrikes are launched without warning, meaning u.s. pilots have to do their best to stay out of the way. david? >> martha, thank you. and we have new developments
the u.s. air strike on the hospital run by doctors without borders. we know that at least 22 doctors, nurses and patients confirmed dead. now, 30 still missing. and the head of doctors without borders demanding an independent investigation. and back home to cleveland, a call to action after an unspeakable tragedy. tonight, this image of a tiny casket. bringing a veteran police chief to the brink of tears. pierre thomas with the 911 calls, the effort to save the baby. one of the callers, her grandmother. >> reporter: aavielle wakefield, just 5 months old, was sitting in her car seat riding with family in cleveland when the shots rang out. >> i need the police. i need an ambulance. somebody is shooting at our car, and they shot the baby. >> reporter: the family frantically dialing 911. >> see if she's breathing. no! no!
lord. they shot the baby. the baby's dead. >> i picked her up and she was gasping for her life. it just hurts. >> reporter: aavielle, born april 12, fatally shot in the crossfire of unknown thugs october 1st. even the police chief left in tears. >> it's tough. this should not be happening in our city. >> reporter: she was the third child under age 6 fatally shot in cleveland in roughly a month. the city's murder rate jumping 27% above last year. major cities like baltimore, houston, washington, d.c., and dallas. all experiencing double-digit spikes in homicide this year. much of it blamed on the surge in the number of violent gangs in this country. gangs, often involved in turf wars. sometimes killing innocents.
innocents like 5-month-old aavielle. david? >> thank you. and major developments in the volkswagen scandal. tonight, the american ceo grilled on capitol hill. volkswagen saying they're considering compensating owners, but not saying they will buy back the diesel cars. up next, with the holidays approaching, how much more will it cost to wait to buy tickets? and speaking of planes, look at the video that came in today. this is the landing they did not tell the community they had
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