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tonight, trapped in the middle. the deadly shootout. nine dead 18 injured. the fbi now called in. rival bikers and a bloody battle in a busy restaurant. tonight, video during the chaos. the emergency landing late today. 300 passengers. mechanical trouble. and the other flight. the computer expert who says he got control of the cockpit through the in-flight entertainment system. the fiery crash. the marine killed. there were already serious concerns about that aircraft. the cuban boy made famous in that tug of war. federal marshalls storming in. tonight here you will meet elian gonzalez at 21. his new message now for those marshalls. and the mystery fire not far from the vice president's home. tonight, the voicemails. the family calling from inside. you'll hear those calls. the fbi wants your help.
good evening. and it's great to have you with us here on a monday night. and we begin with fast-moving developments out of texas. stunning new details from that deadly shootout in waco. dramatic images of the aftermath. customers trapped inside as rival motorcycle gangs outside a bustling restaurant. nine dead 18 injured, more than 150 charged tonight. the fbi now on the case this evening. and tonight, those innocent bystanders inside. some hiding in a freezer until it was safe to come out. abc's phillip mena on the ground in texas for us tonight. >> reporter: tonight, this dramatic video. innocent bystanders watching a biker brawl unfold. >> in my nearly 35 years of law enforcement experience, that this is the most violent and most gruesome scene that i have dealt with. >> reporter: sunday morning, hundreds of bikers from five gangs, including the notorious banditos, scimitars and
cossacks, descend on waco. heading to this busy shopping plaza, and the twin peaks restaurant. which advertises bike nights posting on facebook "ladies and gentlemen, start your engines." 11:00 a.m. twin peaks opens for business. about an hour later in the restroom, a fight breaks out. the brawl spilling into the parking lot. the bikers using brass knuckles, knives, chains, clubs and guns. >> i just got a call from a passerby, they were going by twin peaks, thought they heard a gunshot, looked over and saw lot of people running. >> reporter: people hiding in nearby restaurants watch as 22 officers rush into action. >> it was really really scary. they said people outside the doors had guns. i crawled back toward the freezers with a lot of the waitresses. parents, carrying their children to safety. >> reporter: police and bikers exchanging gun fire. nine gang members killed, 18 injured. 170 arrested cops lining them up
curb and loading them into buses and squad cars. the fbi has called outlaw biker groups a "serious national domestic threat." and tonight, waco police tell abc news they are still on guard. >> are you worried at all about possible retaliation? >> that's certainly something we're aware of. >> reporter: david, tactical units and investigators out here tonight collecting evidence. as for the restaurant police say they were warned not to host this gathering and, tonight, this location is now shut down for good. david? >> phillip mena for us on the scene in texas. phillip, thank you. now, to that deadly crash in hawaii. an osprey on a routine training mission, and then that hard landing. one marine killed. an aircraft that flies like a plane and lands like a helicopter but there have been serious questions about this aircraft before. some had even nicknamed it the widow maker. here's abc's clayton sandell. >> reporter: it was supposed to be a routine training flight. but as this marine mv-22 osprey kicks up a dust cloud yesterday
in hawaii it suddenly makes a hard landing, erupting in flames. >> dude look how black that smoke is now. >> reporter: 22 marines based at camp pendleton in california were on board. one was killed. 21 were taken to hospitals. one is still in critical conditions. >> it's tragic and our condolences go to the families and to the loved ones of the victim. >> reporter: the osprey is an aviation hybrid. part helicopter for takeoff and landing, transforming into an airplane, for high speed cruising. it's a complicated machine with a troubled history. during early test flights, a series of osprey crashes killed 30 people. earning it a nickname. the widow maker. >> osprey is not as good as most helicopters could conduct a mission and it's not as good also most airplanes would be able to conduct a mission. >> reporter: today, the marines told us the modern osprey is reliable and safe and has proven itself remarkably in combat since 2007. for now, the military says there will be no change to ospery
flights while they investigate why this one went down. clayton sandell, abc news denver. >> clayton, thank you. there are major new developments tonight in that tragedy on the tracks. the amtrak train jumping the rails, speeding up as it approached that curve. we take you back to that map tonight, from boston to washington, d.c. traveled by 11.6 million passengers every year. it is back up and running this evening. and tonight what the fbi is now saying about that dent in the train's windshield. they appear to be ruling out the idea that something was fired at the train. which now leaves go main theories. and here tonight, abc's david kerley. >> reporter: less than seven days after the deadly derailment amtrak trains rolled through philadelphia. commuters back in the cars. so, you're back on the train. any concerns? >> no, not at all. >> reporter: even though amtrak has restored service as we now ride through that curve where the derailment happened, investigators are still asking why was that train traveling so fast that jumped the rails here? tonight, new developments.
the fbi today inspected the engine with that partially shattered win shield and says it was not hit by a bullet. the ntsb will determine if something else hit the train but there are no radio recordings supporting the story that amtrak 188 was struck by something. we do know that the train was traveling at more than 100 miles an hour and the brakes were engaged as it reached a 50 50-mile-an-hour corner resulting in the derailment. but what caused that increase in speed? investigators are looking at the pocket of a mechanical failure or a manual increase of the throttle before that slow corner. possible human error. an ongoing investigation as trains return to service. david kerley abc news, philadelphia. >> david, thank you. and a white-knuckle moment at l.a.x. ah ha hawaiian airlines flight forced to make an emergency landing, turning back after reporting mechanical issues concerns about a fuel leak. the pilots dumping fuel to land safely. firefighters on the runway as it touched down.
the third emergency landing by a hawaiian airlines jet in just one month. the investigation into what happened late today still on going tonight. we turn now to that stunning allegation from a respected computer expert. he claims he seized control of a passenger jet in midair from his passenger seat. hacking the in-flight entertainment system he says controlling the cockpit for a moment. raising serious questions, is that even possible? now, the fbi is on the case tonight, and here's abc's mara schiavocampo. >> reporter: tonight, a potential new threat to air travel. chris roberts, chief reer is etcher for a cyber security firm, templing the fbi in newly released documents, he was able to temporarily take control of a flight while on board. claiming he got in through the in-flight entertainment system and overwrote code causing the plane to move sideways. roberts also claiming he infiltrated in-flight entertainment systems approximately 15 to 20 times. federal officials tell abc news his claims are extremely unlikely. but the fbi has seized roberts'
computers and is investigateingvestigating. >> anything that has to do with software anything that has to do with electronics is hackable. >> reporter: including ships, trains even cars. a security resr.earcher using his laptop to override the driver. >> whoa! >> reporter: roberts has not been charged and in a statement say ulg, my only interest has been to improve aircraft security. mara schiavocampo, abc news, new york. >> mara thank you. now, to the deadly weather. 41 reported tornadoes, including this one right here. this is from elmer, oklahoma. now declared an ef-2. flash flood watches across the plains. these images out of texas. black hawk helicopters air lifting families to safety. ginger zee is standing by with the track, but first the stunning new images coming in right now. >> reporter: deadly flash flooding across the deep south.
in ruston, louisiana, flood waters sweeping away a vehicle and killing a young boy. four to seven inches of rain sending landsliding in mississippi, immobilizing this school bus full of children. >> i knew something was up when the bus was driving, i heard it slumped over and then the wheels got stuck and everybody was panicking. >> reporter: instead of a steady stream of traffic, a steady stream. all this dangerous water, after a weekend of severe storms. almost 300 severe storm reports including this violent tornado in oklahoma. and in texas, rescuers utilizing a drone to get a line to that stranded family. the national guard pulling them out. >> that drone did the trick. ginger with us tonight with the track. >> reporter: so many colors showing up on the map tonight. we have to get straight to it. winter weather advisories 10 to 20 inches in parts of the rockies. that's snow by the way. and then we talk about rain from wichita, kansas to wichita
falls, texas. severe thunderstorm watch tonight including the potential for hail in west texas. it's really the rain we've seen do all the damage has killed people and has the potential to in the coming days. almost a half foot possible especially in central and northern texas. parts of oklahoma city. on track to see their wettest month yet. ever on record. and then here's this. waking up tomorrow it's been snowing in the northern plains and it will feel like winter. >> a real desliding line. ginger, thank you. we turn overseas tonight, and to iraq. new images coming in at this hour. that victory for isis. seizing ramadi 60 miles west of baghdad. haunting images tonight, showing the iraqi forces on those trucks and on the run. and in the city of mosul, isis throwing a victory parade. abc's chief foreign correspondent terry moran reporting in. >> reporter: today, a jihadi parade. isis celebrating one of its biggest victories yet. its conquering of the city of ramadi.
isis releasing a gloating new video, showing their victorious fighters strolling the deserted streets, past a destroyed humvee and through an empty hospital hoitsing their black flag. the city is theirs. this weekend, iraqi troops truckload after truckload of them fleeing the isis advance. the fall of ramadi is another major defeat for iraq's shaky army and for the united states. the capital of iraq's largest province the scene of major fighting after the 2003 u.s.-led invasion hundreds of american troops gave their lives to keep this city out of the hands of extremists. today, in washington, administration officials acknowledged this is a setback, but said the u.s. will help iraq take ramadi back. but the administration has been painting far too rosy a picture of how this war is going for far too long. david? >> terry moran reporting in tonight. thank you. and back here at home this evening, the loss of an extreme sports legend. dean potter, there he is soaring, and in that case landing safely. tonight, we are learning more here about the tragic accident that cost him his life.
here's abc's neal karlinsky. >> reporter: he was once called "the man who can fly" for his daring and illegal wingsuit jumps. and dean potter seen here told us he knew exactly how dangerous it could be. >> i wonder if it's healthy what i do. you're obsessed on this thing that might kill you. >> reporter: potter and fallow base jumper graham hunt were killed leaping from a 7,500-foot cliff. their parachutes apparently never deployed. potter was an intense but gentle soul who never went anywhere without his beloved dog whisper. do you think about death? >> i'm forced to think about my mortality. i don't want to die until i'm an old, old man. i absolutely don't want to die falling. but somehow i have even a deeper draw within me to keep going towards my fears. >> reporter: neal karlinsky, abc
news, seattle. >> neal thank you. we turn now to an abc news exclusive tonight. the little boy who made national headlines, 15 years ago. elian gonzalez crying as federal marshalls stormed his home caught in a symbol of strained relations between the u.s. and cuba at the time. now, 21 years old, and with a new message tonight for those marshalls and for his family back here in america. he spoke exclusively to our jim avila. >> reporter: in cuba, he is known simply as "the child." they still call you el nino, si? >> si. >> reporter: elian gonzalez, now 21 years old and for the first time, describing that day 15 years ago, when federal marshals stormed into his miami family's home to forcibly return him to his father and cuba. "when i saw a person with a weapon i got scared," he said. "i didn't understand what they wanted with me." but then this marshal took him in her arms and whispers, "we
are friend of your dad. we are going to take you with your dad." then he tells us he was relieved. elian, in our exclusive interview, his first as an adult shot for abc by a cuban photographer who has worked with him before says he wants to thank those marshals and come to america to do it. >> i say thank you for the love they give me. >> reporter: elian still supports fidel castro who has routinely visited him since his return. with his classmates. at his birthday. and national events. pictures of castro line elian's modest home. and he tells us he wants to mend fences with his miami relatives with one condition. he says "i'm willing to forgive them, as long as they acknowledge they made a mistake." we reach md out to elian's family here in miami, they refused comment on elian's offer of reconciliation. but the fisherman who saved elian told us today, he would love to see him again and he deserves an apology.
>> jim avila, thank you. there is still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this monday. the mansion fire mystery near the vice president's house. and new evidence tonight, the voicemails. you will hear them coming up right after the break. the house in flames the family inside. that phone call to 911. the fbi wants your help tonight with this new image. also this evening, a school bus scare. the 7-year-old girl dragged by her backpack and the driver in tread car who is about to save the day. and then listen to this tonight. have you ever run into this with your morning coffee? the starbucks barista who appears to lose her cool with this customer. you'll see how this ends as we continue on a monday night. i've tried laxatives but my symptoms keep returning. my constipation feels like a heavy weight that keeps coming back. vo: linzess can help. once-daily linzess treats adults with ibs with constipation or chronic constipation. linzess is thought to help calm pain-sensing nerves and accelerate bowel movements.
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next tonight here the mansion fire mystery in washington. new clues in the deaths of that family and their housekeeper, not far from the vice president's home. new tonight, the man caught on surveillance. and the voicemail from inside the home. investigators want to know if they can hear something in the voices. here's abc's ryan smith. >> reporter: tonight, police on the hunt for this person of
interest in the deadly washington, d.c., fire that claimed the lives of wealthy businessman savvas savopoulous his wife amy and two others believed to be their son and housekeeper. that person, they say, may have been driving this -- the family's blue porsche, that was eventually found torched. police not saying whether someone was in the house with the family at the time of the fire but making one thing clear. this was no accident. >> there were injuries discovered appear to be blunt force or sharp object injuries. >> reporter: hours before the fire, savapolous, leaving this voicemail for one of his employees, telling them not to come to work at their house the next day. >> i hope you get this message, amy is in bed sick tonight and she was sick this afternoon. >> reporter: a source close to the family saying that his voice sounded tense, like something was wrong. and at 9:56 the next morning, a text message. this time from savopoulus's
wife reading, "i am making sure you do not come in today." three hours before the house goes up in flames. police not commenting on whether the phone call and text messages could have been coerced. david? >> ryan smith in washington. ryan thank you. when we come back here on a monday night, the big change that could be coming to the nfl when it comes to those extra points. also the fiery crash on the track today. the indy car driver rushed to the hospital. we've got new details coming in. and the meltdown at starbucks going viral. have you ever seen anything like this simply ordering your coffee?
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finally tonight here, don draper, reflecting on his life. "mad men" saying good-bye. a spoiler alert if you haven't watched yet. but tonight here the famous fair wells. it all began eight years adoe. don draper, those notes on a napkin. a young pell guy, joan. and those looks. the realities of the workplace in 1960. >> good morning, mr. draper. >> reporter: "mad men" had arrived. and last night, it was time to say good-bye. >> birdie. >> reporter: don and betty draper and that final call. >> i know. >> reporter: an indelible farewell for a show with a cult following. >> look i know how tough it is for you to say good-bye so i'll say it. >> reporter: the most watched good-bye, "mash," with 105 watching spelled out in the sand. >> i treasure you people. >> reporter: and the trademark
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