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welcome to "world news tonight." outrage in chicago. two brothers charged with gunning down the cousin of an nba superstar. one just released from jail, still wearing an ankle monitoring bracelet. tonight, the emotional plea from the city's top cop. >> when will enough be enough? pilots arrested just moments before takeoff. accused of being too drunk to fly. plus, investigators on the scene of that emergency landing for a southwest flight. a piece of the engine ripped right off. the charter bus crash that left a fire chief dead. the mangled wreckage. and now, the shocking discovery about who was behind the wheel of that bus. the desperate call to 911. and the frustrated dispatcher on
what did -- ugh. >> tonight, why the dispatcher is on leave for that call. and the growing outrage over a star quarterback's refusal to stand for the national anthem. why some fans are burning his jersey. good evening. thank you for joining us on this sunday. tom is off tonight. i'm cecilia vega. and we begin with the shooting that has outraged a city and a nation. men in the murder of an nba superstar's cousin. nykea aldridge, cousin of dwyane wade. she was caught in gang crossfire. the suspects, two repeat offenders. one released just two weeks ago, the other convicted of gun violence in the past. tonight, the outrage is at a fever pitch. the city's top cop saying enough
a gun epidemic. 6,000 illegal guns collected this year. that's one gun every hour of 2016. eva pilgrim starts us off from chicago tonight. >> reporter: tonight, an emotional plea from chicago's top cop, after arresting two brothers accused of gunning down the cousin of nba superstar dwyane wade. >> she was just another mother who wanted her children to get an education just like any good parent would. >> reporter: 32-year-old nykea aldridge, a mother of four, had just finished registering her kids for school friday. in a stroller on chicago's south side when she was killed, hit by a bullet meant for someone else. >> when will enough be enough? >> reporter: the police superintendent, visibly angry. derren sorrels, confessing to police he's the gunman. his brother, also armed. both brothers with criminal backgrounds. both documented gang members and both out on parole.
bracelet at the time of the shooting. what do you think has to be done to make this gun violence stop? >> the answer is clear to me, it's clear, crystal clear -- the gun offenders that choose to do this time and time again, we have to hold them accountable. we need to put them in jail and keep them there. >> reporter: her death shining a spotlight on a growing problem in chicago, where murders are up a staggering 48%. tonight, nykea's family asking why. >> i was angry. i was really, i was mad. i didn't understand why. >> why my baby? >> reporter: but now focusing on the children she left behind. nykea's mother now planning to raise her four children. as for the investigation, it's not over. investigators still searching for the gun used in this murder. cecilia? >> eva, thank you. next tonight, a pair of air
two united airlines pilots arrested after being suspected of being too drunk to fly. this, as investigators searching for clues in that southwest flight that was forced to have an emergency landing in florida. part of its engine ripped off 40,000 feet in the air. here's alex marquardt. >> reporter: tonight, a pair of air scares on u.s. airlines. two american pilots taken into custody saturday morning fly their boeing 757 under the influence of alcohol. the united airlines pilots, 45 and 35 years old, were allegedly over the legal limit as they prepared to take off from glasgow airport to newark on saturday. >> this 12 hours bottle to throttle may not be sufficient. to make sure that the crew is still physically and mentally capacitate.
141 passengers at 9:00 a.m., when the police made the arrest. a more senior pilot was reportedly not arrested. the plane finally taking off at 7:15 p.m., confused passengers left in the dark. >> i'm really, really happy that somebody had the strength to report that they were concerned about whether or not the pilot was drunk. >> reporter: the faa has protocols in place to randomly test pilots for drugs and alcohol. >> the faa does t looking for people who might be drunk on the job. >> reporter: this comes after a southwest flight was forced to make an emergency landing this weekend after an engine exploded. >> disengaged. affected engine confirmed. >> reporter: passenger photos showed a big piece of one of the engines missing. oxygen masks dropping from the ceiling. the airline called it a "mechanical issue." and no one on board was hurt.
if it had punctured the interior cabin, we'd be dead. >> reporter: as for the pilots arrested in scotland, they have been suspended by united airlines and are expected to appear in court tomorrow. if charged and convicted, they could face up to two years in prison or a fine, maybe both. cecilia? >> alex, thank you. next to a deadly charter bus crash on a louisiana interstate. this is the mangled wreckage, the bus slammed into the scene of another crash. sending first responders over a guardrail. a beloved fire chief involved in the crash. dozens of passengers injured. and tonight, troubling details about the driver of that bus. here's marci gonzalez. >> reporter: tonight, police in louisiana investigating why an unlicensed, undocumented driver was behind the wheel of a packed bus when it crashed. setting off a horrific chain reaction. >> we need some help out here quick. >> reporter: officials already responding to an accident on the rain-slicked road, just before 7:00 this morning, when the bus filled with people police believe were undocumented
to help with flood recovery slammed into the scene. hitting several cars and three firefighters. >> send us some more help. we have some firefighters struck. >> reporter: sending those first responders over the side of interstate 10's guard rail into the water below. >> get another ladder. we got another fireman who needs to be pulled up. >> reporter: one of them, district fire chief spencer chauvin, declared dead at the hospital. a passenger in this red camry, demolished by the bus, also killed. more than 40 other people injured, including five who had to be airlifted to trauma centers. louisiana state police say the driver of the bus, denis yasmir amaya rodriguez, did not have a driver's license, and was in this country illegally. tonight, charges pending against him and police questioning the owners of christina's transportation, the company that owns the bus. and we tried several times to reach that company for comment, but their phone was disconnected.
>> marci, thank you. and next, to a break in the case of two nuns murdered. police say rodney earl sanders confessed to fatally stabbing the two women in their home last week. police are still investigating the motive. tonight, a wake is being held to remember the two sisters who also worked as nurses in their small mississippi town. and tonight, to the race for the white house. on what has been a signature issue for donald trump. tonight, he and his team having to defend his position after a week of shifting language on illegal immigration. trump's campaign now out today, trying to explain his stand. he still wants the wall, but everything else, a little bit murkier. david wright on the trail for us once again. >> we are going to build a great wall in the border. >> reporter: this weekend, trump blamed the media for suggesting he's softening his hardline approach. on illegal immigration. >> all the media wants to talk about is the 11 million people that are here illegally.
criminals. >> on day one, i am going to begin swiftly removing criminal illegal immigrants from this country. >> he is not talking about a deportation force, but he is talking about being fair and humane. >> reporter: trump appears to be backing away from some of the harshest measures he proposed during the primaries. >> you're going to have a deportation force. and you're going to do it humanely. >> you cannot deport 11 million people. >> reporter: heated questions over that part of the plan led trump to eject univision's jorge ramos from a press conf a right to ask a question. don't touch me, sir. don't touch me, sir. >> reporter: today, governor chris christie insisted there's no flip-flop. >> this is a guy who's been very consistent on no amnesty, no legalization, for folks who have been coming to the country illegally. >> reporter: but trump supporters do see a difference. what do you make of the change in tone that we've heard this week on the immigration issue? >> i think it's very positive. jeb bush had the same tone, i was a very strong jeb bush supporter.
to that position and i applaud him for that. >> reporter: do you think he's going to win votes with this new approach or lose them? >> probably win votes. >> i would agree. i would agree. >> reporter: the tricky part for trump will be selling a policy change to hardliners. last week he cancelled what was billed to be a major speech on the immigration issue. no new date given. cecilia? >> david, thank you. next to some severe weather hitting in north dakota, video capturing one of two reported tornadoes. in the tropics, we're also tracking the first bands of a slow-moving storm. hitting the florida keys, heavy rain and flooding in some neighborhoods, and much more to come. i want to bring in rob marciano. where is this headed next? >> we've been watching this all week. the rains heading for florida.
also rains around houston. we expect this to get into the gulf of mexico. and the forecast for t.d. 9 is for it to become a tropical storm, but very low confidence on the track and intensity of this, and we'll keep you posted. this tropical depression, maybe skirting north carolina on tuesday or wednesday. not the highest confidence in this forecast, too. so, two storms to watch very closely. >> thanks, rob. and next to growing outrage for a judge already under fire for the sentencing decision in the stanford swimmer sex assault case. now he's facing new questions about another case, also involving a promising young athlete accused of attacking women. lauren lyster has more. >> reporter: tonight, another sentence by judge aaron persky under the microscope. the year before he handed stanford's brock turner six months in jail, persky heard the case of a college football player for another school
the judge agreed to delay ikaika gunderson's sentencing a year, and reduce his felony charge if he went to counseling so he could play. >> a felony conviction would have automatically disqualified him from going to university of hawaii and obviously compromised his entire future. >> reporter: gunderson didn't have to check in with a probation officer. >> that was highly unusual and probably improper for this judge. >> reporter: court documents show gunderson ended up dropping out of school and quit counseling. since then, at least one more arrest for misdemeanor assault. judge persky not commenting tonight. but he's decided to only handle civil cases now. critics say that's not enough. >> we're going to have to go forward with the recall in order to ensure that he is no longer a judge. >> reporter: as for gunderson, he did end up serving jail time for beating his ex-girlfriend. he's due in court this week on that other arrest. meanwhile, brock turner is expected to be released from jail friday, after serving half of his six-month sentence.
we want to turn to a call for help that ended with a dispatcher on leave after she had trouble understanding the call. her frustration took over. here's devin dwyer. >> 911, what's the address? >> reporter: tonight, a veteran 911 operator in waterbury, connecticut, is off the job, after what city officials call astonishing, unprofessional behavior. >> 7-0? >> number 70. >> 70 is 7-0. that's what 70 is. seven and a zero. >> reporter: a chinese food report his passenger, 59-year-old helena vargas, shot during a robbery. >> is she breathing? >> i don't know. >> reporter: over nearly four minutes, the operator, nicole scarino, grows increasingly agitated. >> where are the people that did this? >> what are they looking like? >> where are they? >> reporter: so frustrated, she's heard audibly sighing. >> what did he look like? what did -- oh. >> reporter: the caller pleads
>> they're on the way, but i need information from you. >> reporter: she seems to struggle with the caller's accent. repeatedly asking for information. >> they fled in a nissan, dark blue? >> blue? >> i don't care what you're driving. >> reporter: police quickly apprehended the suspects, but vargas later died. the police chief tells us that the hanin affect first responders, and the conduct here is under formal review. cecilia? >> devin, thank you. when we come back, are you missing mail? a federal sweep finds tens of millions of packages, and you won't believe where. and the protest on and off the field over an nfl superstar's controversial stand. and back to earth? scientists returning from an out of this world mission that
next tonight, the debate over a star quarterback's refusal to stand during the national anthem. videos of fans burning his jersey are going viral. late today, colin kaepernick is saying he will continue to sit in protest. here's adrian bankert. >> reporter: 49ers quarterback colin kaepernick's act of protest setting off a firestorm tonight. that's kaepernick, sitting alone friday, as the national anthem played before a preseason game. tonight, kaepernick is saying he will continue to sit in protest of what he calls systemic racism. >> this isn't something that should be hidden.
this is something that i think can bring everybody closer. >> reporter: some outraged fans burning his jersey. the star spangled banner playing in the background. accusing the kaepernick of disrespecting the armed forces. other nfl players speaking out, like giants star victor cruz. >> the flag is the flag. you gotta respect the flag and you gotta stand up with your teammates. it's bigger than just you, in my opinion. >> reporter: and the baltimore ravens' keenan reynolds, who deferred military service for the nfl. >> i'm so humbled for those that came before me, giving their lives so i can play on the field. that was his right going to do what he has to do. >> reporter: 49ers coach chip kelly saying the 28-year-old will face no repercussions. >> it's not my right to tell him not to do something. that's his right as a citizen. >> reporter: the 49ers' head coach is saying that while he won't discourage players from expressing their opinions, but with all of the response, he will have a conversation with the team this week. cecilia? coming up, the winners of the little league world series. some big celebrations tonight
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finally tonight, the son of a fallen officer has his first day of school. his dad not there, but his entire police family was. here's john donvan. >> reporter: the first day of preschool for a 4-year-old named jackson. with pictures. >> you should stand up on that in front of everybody. oh, yeah, that's good. >> reporter: with his mom's encouragement. but also something else. owing to the fact that his dad's not there. that's because justin scherlen, an amarillo cop, was in an auto collision several months back. for a while it looked liked he'd pull through, but in the end he did not. he died two weeks ago. which led to this moment in the
>> today has been a very emotional day. >> reporter: when his dad's other family, his police family, made sure to be there for the jackson's big sendoff. >> he was shocked when we first pulled up and he saw everybody and he was so excited. >> reporter: and jackson's face, when he realized all this was for him, and done out of love for his dad. >> he was always pitching in to lend a hand. offering to do something for you, even this last year when he was in such pain and not able to even walk on his own sometimes. first day of school. >> see ya. see ya, bud. >> reporter: to know he's got a line of blue in his dad's place by his side and at his back. >> gotta start learning first thing, day one. >> reporter: john donvan, abc news. >> thank you for watching. i'm cecilia vega.
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