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tonight, on the scene of the halloween horror, reported tornadoes, drivers trapped. buildings destroyed. the husband and father trapped, the fast-rising water surrounding him. recording a message to his family. the storms already turning deadly. and millions facing severe weather tonight. also breaking, american special operations forces will now enter syria. but will there be combat? the race for 2016. and the republican rebellion tonight. suspending an upcoming debate,
tonight, their new demands. the school fireball erupt erupting. and, the stunning amber alert. the 2-year-old abducted. the good samaritan driving right behind, trailing the kidnapper and calling police. the 2-year-old waving to the driver. good evening. we begin tonight with the deadly storms on the move at this hour, at least two reported tornadoes, and the waters rising so quickly, it trapped drivers in their cars in texas. 12 million in the storm zone tonight. a trailer in texas, landing on the roof of a holiday inn. a school bus in san antonio stranded, students rescued. and this driver, trapped in his car, surrounded, he pulls out his phone and starts recording. you can see the rushing river outside his window, he begins a
message for his family. holding on to a tree for hours. and ryan owens leads us off from texas. >> so, it's flooding here. >> reporter: with water flooding the inside of his car, kerry packer he recorded this message. >> i'm floating down some sort of creek in the middle of this weather. i've called 911, they told me to roll down my windows and stay in the car, and hopefully they'll be here soon. >> reporter: they weren't. with the austin man hours from rescue, and his car taking on water, he got creative. from the relative safety of 20 feet up in that tree, we spoke to packer about how the flood waters seemed to come out of nowhere. >> it didn't look like it was a lot of water. >> reporter: tonight, his car submerged, like so much of central texas.
in the last 24 hours between san antonio and austin. the rising water killing at least one driver. four special needs students and stranded near san antonio. as if the rain weren't enough, two reported tornadoes hit the area. damaging storefronts in this and here in floresville, southeast of san antonio. look at this. high winds lifted a trailer onto the storm flattened part of the local high school. but tonight, it's the water threatening to do the most damage. >> i'm hearing a helicopter. >> reporter: one than that will be staying dry, kerry packer. he was finally rescued after five hours. here's a look at the damage to that school. everything is now all the way down here.
through before classes started, or we could be talking a very different story. >> ryan, thanks. let's get right to rob marciano, tracking this. tornado and flood watches into the night. >> yes, both of the items of concern here. flood watches extending through tomorrow for new orleans, tornado watches through this evening. and another line developing west of dallas, stretching across austin. that's the cold front, but until it comes through, that's the danger. and tomorrow, through louisiana, alexandria, through jackson, mississippi, and a decent amount of moisture through the halloween weekend. >> thank you, rob. to the other major headline breaking, the white house announcing for the first time, u.s. ground troops will enter syria to help in the fight
against isis. a reversal for president obama, who has said in the past, there in syria. saying their mission will be to help train local forces. but in iraq, u.s. forces in a deadly fight. one american fighter, a father of four, killed in the line of duty. what could these american face? here's martha raddatz. >> reporter: this is what it can look like when u.s. special operations forces are on the ground fighting isis. just last week, the first hands of the terror group in iraq. and now, the u.s. is sending special operations forces. close to 50 of them to syria house that the number won't increase. predict the future here. >> reporter: putting american troops on the ground in one of
fight against isis, but today the white house downplayed it again and again. >> they do not have a combat mission, train, advise and assist mission. >> reporter: "train, advise and assist" was also the promise made about american troops in iraq. and yet the delta force was still pulled into that deadly firefight last week. and just look how the number of american troops in iraq has climbed since june of 2014. going from 300 to 1,600 and now to more than 3,500 troops. >> and martha is with us now, live from washington. a lot of the veterans' families will be asking, how can we be sure they won't be pulled into combat like in recent days? >> we can't be. even though they say they will
not mean they won't see combat. >> martha, thank you. turning now to the race for 2016. new fallout after the contentious debate. the fireworks paying off, ben carson saying he pulled in $2 million after taking on the media. tonight, the republican party taking action, suspending an upcoming debate. here's jonathan karl. >> reporter: tonight, the republican candidates revolt. >> even in new jersey what >> reporter: fuming over this week's debate on cnbc. >> is this a comic book version of a presidential campaign? >> no, and it's not a very nicely asked question the way you say that. >> the questions asked so far in american people don't trust the media. [ applause ] >> we have $19 trillion in debt, people out of work, we have isis and al qaeda attacking us, and we're talking about fantasy football?
[ cheers and applause ] >> reporter: now the chairman of the republican party is suspending plans for a february debate on cnbc's sister network, nbc. writing, "cnbc's moderators engaged in a series of gotcha questions, petty and mean-spirited in tone, and designed to embarrass our candidates." nbc called it a "disappointing development," pledging to work with republicans to address their concerns. this is not the first time republicans have complained. who could forget donald trump's fury over the way he was treated in the first debate? >> you've called women you don't like fat pigs, dogs, slobs and disgusting animals. >> i've been very nice to you, although i could probably maybe not be based on the way you've treated me. but i wouldn't do that. >> reporter: that debate, of course, on fox news. and the next one will be on fox business. and tonight republicans say it will go on as scheduled. >> and jon is with us here in
word of a big meeting among republicans this weekend. >> they all have demands, more control over the moderators. but this is a summit of enemies. they have different demands. ben carson wants more candidates, trump wants fewer. >> and good luck in the marathon this weekend with the abc team. we turn to other news, a terrifying start to the school day in virginia. five students and a teacher injured when an experiment goes wrong. a fireball erupting. jim avila on the scene in virginia. >> reporter: sirens blaring. a ball of flame sent across the classroom, injuring five
students and the teacher. two of the kids seriously hurt, taken by helicopter to a d.c. burn unit. >> it shot sideways out of the class. >> reporter: this boy was in the lab when he says the teacher was conducting an experiment on an open flame. >> reporter: someone at the end of the hallway was on fire. >> reporter: local police say it's an accident, no wrong doing. it's happened before. just this spring in phoenix, an open flame in science class ignited a five-gallon jug of ethanol. and last fall in reno, nevada, a children's museum fire tornado experiment went awry when methanol exploded in front of watching children.
treated and release, but one remains in fair condition in the hospital. >> jim, thank you. and a scare on an american airlines flight. shortly after takeoff, a passenger storming into first class, ranting about 9/11. the pilot and crew taking swift action. david kerley covers aviation. >> reporter: first two phoenix police officers, then that passenger, wearing a baseball cap with his arms raised, being escorted off an american airlines jet, in this video obtained by tmz. >> it was extremely scary. the entire plane was nervous. >> reporter: it started shortly after the fasten seatbelt sign was turned off. the male passenger walking into first class, reportedly refusing to return to his seat. there, authorities say he begins to make threatening and alarming statements about the government and including a reference to 9/11. >> the poor guy needs help. but he scared the hell out of everybody. >> reporter: passengers and crew intervene, and return the man to his seat. >> we strapped his belt on and that's when the flight attendant
came and brought duct tape. >> reporter: with 153 passengers onboard, the pilot diverts to phoenix. police say the passenger was in his seat with his seat belt on when they boarded the plane to remove him. tonight, no word that the man who flew out of here will face charges. he was taken to a mental facility, is under the treatment of doctors, and under arizona law he can be held for three days. david? >> david, thank you. a major development this evening after the cases of suspected arson involving churches in st. louis this month. fires in seven churches, mostly in black neighborhoods. a suspect is under arrest, charged in two fires. a 35-year-old male, and officials say this does not appear to be a hate crime. new reporting after the manhunt in kentucky and tennessee.
a convicted rapist on the run for a week, killed noefr overnight. alex perez with the thermal imaging they used to catch him. >> reporter: after six days on the run, and shoot-outs with police in two states, authorities finally catch up with convicted criminal floyd ray cook. the first crucial tip, from a resident thursday afternoon, who spotted cook near a wooded area. >> he come up here asking for a ride. we told him no. >> reporter: leading investigators to zero in on an area in rural kentucky. once authorities were able to track cook into the woods here, they used a thermal imaging camera from a chopper up above similar to this one to pinpoint where he was. take a look. you can see the camera shows heat leaving the body. in the dark of night, that camera was the help police >> tonight was kind of the scary moment when you are searching in that's an uneasy feeling. >> reporter: just after midnight, they come face-to-face with cook. >> shots fired, shots fired. >> reporter: police say there was a gunfight.
and david, this is where the firefight with police ended. you can see bullet holes in the many across the area breathing a big sigh of relief. david? >> alex, thank you. now to tennessee, the race to save a 2-year-old girl. an amber alert issued. a driver trailing the kidnapper as the 2-year-old waved to them here's david wright. >> reporter: amber alert. a child abducted from knoxville, tennessee. >> i think i'm behind the amber alert called out this morning. >> reporter: steve adams of murrow county, ohio, is proof the system works. he's two states from quiet way in knoxville, where the little girl went missing. at first not even sure. >> do you want me to, like, creep up and see if i can get the plates? >> reporter: the 911 dispatcher tells him to go for it. >> g6116u. >> it is the license plate number, that is the right one,
sir. black chevy impala for 20 minutes. inside the vehicle, a man matching the description of tyler enix, accused of murdering his ex-wife kimberly and abducting their 2-year-old >> the little girl is waving at me. oh, i see one of your deputies coming. >> reporter: thanks to adams' quick thinking, tyler enix is arrested without incident, >> god put me in the right place at the right time to do the right thing. >> reporter: and little brooklynne? she's now safe. david wright, abc news, new york. up next, the abc news exclusive. leah remini, one-on-one with dan harris about scientology. tonight, a statement from katie holmes right here.
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she says one of the officials essentially tattled on her. church members regularly write knowledge reports on one another for breaking the rules. >> you can assume, if you say . us this report she claims was by katie holmes. just this week, holmes wrote to abc news. she said, i regret having upset leah in the past, and wish her only the best in the future. as for the church, they call here a liar, self-absorbed, rude, and embarrassing. >> and there will be much more
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finally tonight, here, really? taking the puck from the kid? it was last night. the pittsburgh penguins against buffalo sabres in pittsburgh. second period. buffalo's coach with a nice idea. >> look at this. dan bylsma, trying to throw it to that kid up there in the red. look at this, the gentleman grabs it right out and puts it in his pocket, sits down. are you kidding me?
something get that kid in the red vest a puck. >> reporter: the fans watching saying the same thing. >> blysma with a second puck over the glass. there he goes. he's got one. >> reporter: and that's not all. here comes iceburg the penguin. >> look at this! this is an early halloween for this youngster. >> reporter: an instant connection. so, was he scarred at all? trey checked in with us today. >> hey david, it's me, trey. i'm on my way to a hockey tournament in hershey, pennsylvania. i'm gonna score one for you. >> reporter: but don't worry. this penguins fan and his sister aren't skipping halloween. he's a fighter. rocky balboa. he still can't believe iceburg the penguin came to him. >> gives me the jersey and i have a huge smile on my face and i was just -- it's unexplainable. >> reporter: a hug for trey. no trick, pure treat.