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breaking news tonight. the deadly explosion in the u.s., now ruled a criminal act. >> get out of here! please, get out of here. >> 15 people killed in the plant explosion. dozens of homes destroyed. and tonight, authorities now ruling it was intentional. the new reward just issued. the deadly knife attack at an american mall. the man crashing into a store, slashing victims at random. tonight, inside the moments of terror and the heroic off-duty officer. major new developments after this moment. the car pulled over, the chase on foot. the deadly shots. tonight, history made involving that former officer. donald trump and his taxes. will he release them before the election? what he's saying now about the audit and what voters will see and when. and breaking developments tonight involving prince.
what investigators have just taken. and the face revealed. who is the mystery doctor? g good evening. and we begin tonight with that deadly disaster, the explosion here in the u.s. that took the lives of 15 and destroyed dozens of homes. tonight, authorities have now revealed it was, in fact, a criminal act. it began with a fire at a fertilizer plant in west texas. and the massive explosion that followed, registering as strong as a magnitude 2.1 earthquake. so many lives lost on that night. hundreds, in fact, were injured. but this evening, three years and 400 interviews later, what authorities have just revealed, as they now issue a major reward for help. abc's phillip mena is in texas. >> reporter: we remember that father in the car with his daughter -- >> you okay? >> yeah, i can't hear. >> reporter: the explosion. the fear.
>> please, get out of here. >> oh, my god. >> reporter: the blast, the smoke seen from all over town. families sheltering one another. cowering behind cars. roofs collapsed. the top floor of this apartment complex torn off. >> oh, my god. people's houses are on fire. >> reporter: homes, neighborhoods on fire. rescue teams racing in to help. >> oh, my god. >> reporter: 15 killed. hundreds injured. and tonight, federal and state investigators say the fire that triggered the deadly explosion at a fertilizer plant in west texas was intentionally set. >> the fire has been ruled as incendiary. this means this fire was a criminal act. >> reporter: authorities telling us, the hunt is on tonight for the perpetrator or person tray torps that took the lives or so many. >> we want the community to know that we haven't forgotten about those 12 first responders and the three other individuals living their lives. so, we owe it to them to go where this investigation leads us. >> reporter: lee years later,
the town is still recovering. the community, the school here, coming back to life. and driving through neighborhoods today, we saw street after street rebuilt. vy talbot, happy to be home. you moved back? >> yes, yeah. >> and phillip mena with us from west texas. and you can see there behind you, phillip, no sign of that plant that once stood right there. any leads tonight after those 400 interviews? >> reporter: well, that's right, david. this empty lot behind me is all that is left from the blast. authorities telling me tonight, they are following leads, but so far, no arrests, and no suspects. and tonight, a $52,000 reward is being offered. david? >> phillip mena, thank you. we are also learning much more this evening about that deadly rampage inside an american mall. the suspect ramming his stolen car right through the door of that department store and then slashing victims at random. some did not survive. and tonight, we hear from shoppers inside, as this all
unfolded. as we also learn of an off-duty officer who jumped in. abc's gio benitez is in massachusetts. >> reporter: this mall, now a crime scene. 28-year-old arthur darosa checked himself into a hospital monday night. his sister told police he had been acting in a disturbed manner. but was released the next morning. he left his child's soccer program. shortly after, crashing his car. then, police say, he entered a random house where he stabbed 80-year-old patricia slavin and her daughter kathleen. they were taken to the hospital, where patricia later died. at 6:40 p.m., darosa allegedly drove that crashed car here to the galleria mall, slamming into the front of macy's. assaulting at least three women before running to the bertucci's restaurant. >> he was slashing people. >> reporter: stabbing a waitress. 56-year-old george heath tried to stop the attack. the suspect allegedly stabbing heath. >> i lost a good man.
>> reporter: off-duty sf's deputy james kreeld fired a single bullet. the deputy, being called a hero tonight. and dave, behind me, you can see that boarded up entrance from the car crashed. meanwhile, we've learned tonight that the waitress who survived is pregnant. she's in serious condition right now, david. >> gio benitez from massachusetts tonight. thanks, gio. a major new development this evening in the case that captured national attention. federal charges have been filed against michael slager, after the shooting death of walter scott in south carolina in this field. slager shooting scott eight times. tonight, an historic move from the federal government against the officer. abc's steve osunsami was in the charleston courtroom as the indictment was read. >> reporter: 34-year-old michael slager is now the first. the first former police officer from one of the many racially charged police shootings, to face federal charges. >> registration and insurance card? >> reporter: it all started with
this traffic stop and a broken tail light a little over a year ago. >> no registration in there, no insurance? >> no, he has all that stuff. >> reporter: 50-year-old walter scott, worried about child support issues decided to run. and here's where the federal grand jury says slager went too far. handcuffed and shackled in court today, he heard the three charges, including allegedly lying to investigators before this video, first revealed by abc news, told a different story. the most serious charge means life in federal prison if he's convicted. deprivation of civil rights under the color of law accuses him of abusing his authority as a law enforcement officer, by using unreasonable force. slager is pleading not guilty, saying it was self-defense. outside court, walter scott's mother wept for her son. >> i thank god for justice, and i claim it and i stand on the word. >> reporter: slager is home tonight, wearing a gps tracking device, and using the same half a million dollar bond from his state murder case. for now, that trial is still scheduled for october. david?
>> thank you, steve. next, to new developments after the deadly attack on a planned parenthood clinic in colorado. tonight, a judge ruling that the gunman, robert deer, is mentally incompetent to stand trial. deer has confessed to killing three people at the clinic last november, claiming he was a, quote, warrior for the babies. deer will be sent to a psychiatric hospital. now, to the growing firestorm over donald trump and his tax returns. he has not released them. trump saying he is being audited, and that his taxes will be made public when the audit is complete. tonight, what if that's not until after the election? and, we ask, does an audit prevent a candidate from revealing their taxes? abc's tom llamas on what we've just learned. >> reporter: donald trump loves to boast about his fortune. >> i'm worth over $10 billion, and i don't say that bragging, folks. i have tremendous cash flow. i'm really rich. i'll show you that in a second. >> reporter: but so far, he's refusing to prove it. and tonight, the associated press reporting trump says he may not release his tax returns
until after the election, adding, quote, there's nothing to learn from them. but just three days ago, trump signaled he wanted those returns out from november. >> you don't learn much from tax returns. but i would love to give the tax returns. >> reporter: now, trump could be the first major presidential candidate in 40 years to refuse to release the information. tonight, hillary clinton asking, what is trump hiding? >> my husband and i have released 33 years of tax returns. so, you got to ask yourself, why doesn't he want to release them? yeah, well, we're going to find out. >> reporter: trump has waffled on releasing his returns for months. in february, tweeting this image, "signing a recent tax return. isn't this ridiculous?" that same month, this explanation. >> i will absolutely give my return, but i'm being audited now, for two or three years, so, i can't do it, until the audit is finished, obviously. >> reporter: he's not the first candidate reluctant to disclose their returns. in 2012, david asking mitt
romney why he wouldn't reveal his taxes. >> can we clear this up by asking you a simple yes or no question? was there ever any year when you paid lower than 13.9%? >> i haven't calculated that. i'm happy to go back and look. >> reporter: romney ultimately did release his tax returns well before election day. and tonight, he's slamming trump for not doing the same, calling it "disqualifying," adding "there's only one logical explanation. there is a bombshell in them." >> and tom llamas with us live tonight. is there anything in federal law that prevents trump from releasing his tax returns s if he's being audited by the irs? >> reporter: david, we reached out to tax experts and they tell us, regardless of the audit, there is no law preventing trump from releasing his tax returns. this is his choice. david? >> tom llamas with us tonight. thanks, tom. next, to a dangerous night ahead for millions. tornado warnings in effect. severe storms from texas all the
way up through the carolinas. a flash flood emergency near nashville, tennessee, creating chaos. and tonight, the national weather service now declaring that this monster tornado right here in oklahoma was an ef-4. abc's alex perez on what that means about its size, and the speed of those winds, as they now fear more coming tonight. >> reporter: blinding rain and howling winds making for a dangerous commute in st. louis. a tree falling onto three homes. >> extensive amount of damage has been caused. >> reporter: firefighters onscene. earlier, high water and debris trapping families northeast of nashville. >> praying, doing a lot of praying. and it worked. the good lord brought us through it. >> reporter: it's the same system that dropped this tornado in mayfield, kentucky. >> there it is. look at that house, it's gone. >> this is where my house was. >> reporter: today, we met brittany jackson. that's her home, now wrapped around that tree.
>> i was hysterical when i seen it. all i could do is cry and say, my house is gone. >> reporter: and tonight -- >> oh, no. >> reporter: the national weather service says that massive tornado in wynnewood, oklahoma, was an ef-4, with winds up to 175 miles an hour. by far, the strongest tornado of the year. and david, here's a closer look at what's left of brittany jackson's home. the steel frame bent like a wire around this tree. tonight, officials telling us the tornado here, a powerful even f-3, 140-mile-per-hour winds. david? >> all right, alex, thank you. overseas tonight, and our martha raddatz has just touched down in iraq, in baghdad, three separate car bombs spreading terror and taking lives. isis tonight claiming responsibility. and here are the images. we learned membersle of several bridal parties were among the victims. the violence in iraq, just as more american troops are sent to the region, even closer to the front lines against isis, and
martha and her team are there. >> reporter: the most violent day in baghdad this year began with an isis car bomb. ripping apart this market, killing 63. reportedly among them, brides and grooms getting ready for their weddings. two more car bombs exploded in other parts of the city, taking at least 93 lives in total and wounding hundreds. and as the danger increases here, more american troops are heading into harm's way. about 200 additional troops are soon to be deployed as advisers to the iraqi army, but they will be closer to the front lines than ever. just last week, adviser and navy s.e.a.l. charles keating iv was killed in a fire fight with isis. the third american combat loss since the u.s. forces returned to iraq. despite the recent violence, the u.s. says the iraqi military has retaken momentum from isis.
>> as the enemy loses more and more terrain, they resort to some of these desperate acts. >> and martha joins us now from baghdad. as you reported there, more american troops are now headed into harm's way and the fight against isis there. so, is eye us losing ground and getting more desperate? >> reporter: david, isis has lost significant amounts of territory, but they still hold mosul. and there's very little change the iraqis and americans can take it back by the end of this year. so, that will be on the shoulders of our next president. david? >> all right, martha raddatz just touching down in iraq. martha, thank you. meantime, back home and the new details in fight against isis here. james comey revealing today, the agency is tracking nearly 800 isis-related cases right here in the u.s., than the number continues to go up. but comey also said that isis is attracting fewer terror recruits from this country to iraq and to syria. we turn next here tonight to your money, and anyone who pays
property taxes, taxes for your local school district will want to weigh in on this one. in one community in texas, a heated debate tonight, after moving forward, spending $63 million for a high school football stadium. $63 million. here's abc's matt gutman. >> reporter: high school football is big -- >> clear eyes, full hearts, can't lose. >> can't lose! >> reporter: stadiums are getting even bigger. the town of mckinney, texas, just voted to build this giant 12,000-seat stadium. the price tag, colossal. nearly $63 million. the decision, not without controversy. >> please vote no. >> reporter: critics say taxpayers should not be pumping this much money into high school football. >> we've got a perfectly fine stadium. >> reporter: but the school district is hinting at what you might call texas stadium inflation. pointing to behemoths like the ones in cady and allen, texas. both priced at about $60
million. the school district assures us it will be a multipurpose facility, david, and besides, they say, they want their kids to get the same opportunities as the kids get at the other schools. david? >> matt gutman tonight. matt, thank you. and tweet us from home, let us know what you think. in the meantime, there's still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this wednesday. new details coming in now about what authorities have just taken. also, there are new clues about prince's final days, uncovers in a search warrant. and this face, revealed tonight. who is the mystery doctor? also, the massive crane collapse in new york city. and tonight, the new headline involving that investigation. and, is this the future of travel? 400 miles per hour in two seconds. well, this was the test today, in an american desert. and what happened. right after the break.
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