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muslims targeted. a van barreling through a group leaving a mosque, the suspect under arrest and new details from witnesses on the scene in a live report. the search for answers following a deadly crash at sea. a u.s. navy destroyer and a cargo ship collide. overnight we're learning the victims' identities as the investigations get under way. severe storms moving east. flash flooding advisory already posted. where the threat is this morning and the extreme heat in the west reaching 120 degrees in major cities. and he's not dlg, not protesting either. we'll show you the unusual punishment for a teen accused of stealing from his boss.
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we do say good morning to everyone on this monday. we are leading off yet again with breaking news from london. this time a group of muslim worshippers targeted. >> a crowd was leaving when a van drove up on the sidewalk hitting several people. at least one person died at the scene. several others injured. witnesses say the driver did it on purpose. and police just moments ago said it's being treated as a terrorist attack. >> several hours after the attack you can see the live images here. several investigators who are still there on the scene. the van that was part of that incident you see it right there, the center of the screen with the back door open gives you a sense of how large that vehicle was as it plowed into those worshippers. abc's molly hunter has just been back from that scene and joins us now from the bureau. molly, good morning to you. >> reporter: kendis, diane, good morning. that's right. police have called this a terrorist attack and said it was
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attack against london and should stand against extremists. overnight another chaotic scene in london. >> it was -- i can't even describe how it was. i was just running around. >> reporter: police descending on a mosque after a vehicle ran over nearly a dozen people and witnesses say it turned down a one-way street and accelerated plow nothing a crowd of worshippers who were just leaving evening prayers. with just one week left in the holy month of ramadan. >> basically drove on the pavement coming straight toward all the muslims. >> reporter: here's the police cordon. we can't go further but it's just behind there, that white van turned on to a one-way street before plowing through people in front of a mosque. this man says it was a deliberate act and the man under arrest was targeting muslims. >> at the beginning it was all muslims. >> reporter: and these dramatic moments. bystanders wrestling the subject from the van holding him down until police arrived. 48 years old and eyewitnesses describe him at a white man with an english accent. >> whatever happened it was done
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in a very vindictive way. it wasn't an accident. it wasn't that the person was drunk and the car -- the van went out of control. >> reporter: this is being treated as a terrorist attack and the counterterrorism command is investigating. >> reporter: the mayor of london calling it a horrific terrorist attack. it comes just weeks after a van veered into pedestrians on the london bridge setting off vehicle and knife attacks that killed eight people and wounded many more. three muslim extremists who carried out that attack were killed at the time by police. this community is totally in shock. now every single eyewitness we spoke to said without a doubt this attack was a terrorist attack. now we left the scene about an hour ago and the anger there still palpable. diane, kendis. >> molly, those same eyewitnesses told you they saw more than one person in that van. they updated that and what are they saying. >> reporter: almost every
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eyewitness we spoke with for the last few hours said they saw three people in that van or truck now that we've seen aerial photos of that van. its really huge as you mentioned. but everyone said they saw three people in that truck. a driver who we've seen video of that arrest and then two people who bailed sometime during that attack. investigators said initially that was a key line of inquiry because, of course, they had heard the same thing after speaking with more witnesses. they're now saying they actually do not believe that anyone else was in that truck. >> good to hear at the very least they think they have the person responsible for this in custody. no doubt they'll try to find out more information. that's molly hunter live from london. molly, thanks. moving on now and overnight the navy identified seven american sailors hit by a massive cargo ship. most of those killed were only in their 20s. >> this morning we're hearing about the terrifying moments that followed that crash.
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abc's janai norman with the latest. >> reporter: terrifying moments for sailors aboard the "uss fitzgerald," left with a mangled midsection. the destroyer t-boned in the middle of the night immediately flooding the cramped compartment for more than 100 slept. >> the damage is mostly underneath the water line and it's a large gash and near the keel of the ship and so the water flow was tremendous. so there wasn't a lot of time in those spaces that were open to the sea. >> reporter: multiple maritime trackers so the acx crystal making a giant u-turn 25 minutes before colliding with the "uss fitzgerald." the 30,000-ton container ship's bulbous head smashed right into the crew's living quarters leaving just minutes for the crew to escape, save the 9,000-ton ship and themselves. >> they had to fight the ship to keep it above the surface. so it was traumatic. >> reporter: the navy called off the search for survivors and announced divers found the
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bodies of the seven missing sailors though unclear whether they were killed by the impact of the crash or downed in the flooding. the search for those answers and more are only just beginning. >> we're going to cooperate with all the stakeholders in this, especially the japanese, but we will get those answers. >> reporter: and after multiple requests from abc news no response from the cargo ship's owner about that sharp u-turn just minutes before the crash but they say they are cooperating with the investigation. kendis and diane. >> yeah, some strange moments in japan there. janai, thank you. for the first time a u.s. fighter jet has shot down a syrian warplane apparently killing the lone pilot on board. the pentagon confirmed the attack saying it happened after the syrian jet bombed u.s.-backed forces battling isis. the coalition says it's not looking to fight the syrian regime or russia, but it is vowing to defend its forces from any threat. now, this all comes the same day that iran launched missiles at isis targets inside syria as
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well. >> back at home a look now at your weather. the latest radar images show a line of storms stretching up the mississippi and ohio river valleys moving towards the east coast where flooding rains are expected today. that weather front pummeled the midwest over the weekend with torrential rains triggering flash floods. 70-mile-an-hour winds downing tree and hail shattering car windshields. meantime, a dangerous heat wave is sizzling the southwest. phoenix could reach a record tomorrow of 122 degrees. still ahead, find out where it could soon be illegal to sell a phone to anyone under 13. and the mixed messages from the white house as president trump under investigation. the president and his lawyer saying two completely different things. the new video of a tsunami
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leaders. this as the president's legal team struggles to clarify his tweet that declared he's under investigation. abc's david wright has more. >> reporter: the president back from camp david is girding himself for another week of battle. his tweet defiant, the make america great again agenda is doing very well despite the distraction of the witch hunt, he insisted. but on the sunday shows, that so-called distraction took center stage. the president's lawyer making the rounds was at pains to correct the record about a presidential tweet that appeared to confirm he's facing an obstruction of justice investigation after his decision to fire fbi director james comey. >> the president is not and has not been under investigation. >> how do you know. >> because we've received no notice of investigation. >> reporter: and yet trump's own tweet would seem to suggest otherwise. quote, i'm being investigated for firing the fbi director by the man who told me to fire the
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fbi director, witch hunt. trump's lawyer appeared to be unable to clear up the confusion. >> now he's being investigated by the department of justice. >> you've now said he is being investigated after saying that you didn't -- >> no, he's not -- >> you just said that he's being investigated. >> i do not appreciate you putting words in my mouth when i've been crystal clear that the president is not and has not been under investigation. i don't think i could be any clearer than that. >> you don't know that he's not under investigation, again, sir. >> i cannot read -- you're right, chris, i can't read the mind of the special prosecutor. >> reporter: david wright, abc news. voters go to the polls in the most expensive congressional race in history tomorrow. republican karen handel and democrat jon ossoff are battling for the seat in georgia's 6th district. more than $50 million has been spent in the special election. the district has gone republican since 1979. 140,000 ballots have been cast in early voting.
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>> hey, buddy. >> wouldn't be my buddy. curious black bear got a friendly welcome from a sheriff's deputy outside of ocala, florida. deputy remington caught him on video and opened the door to his cruiser to greet his new furry friend before the bear took off. >> didn't want to go for a ride. now for a look at morning road conditions. driving wet from the upper midwest down to the southeast and gulf coast with flooding conditions in the northeast. flying airport delays possible in new york, boston, washington, detroit, atlanta, you see the rest. it's going to be very, very busy. two separate incidents involving the deadly mix of water and electricity have killed a 19-year-old man in ohio
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and an 11-year-old girl in new jersey. >> it happened where you might not expect to find that danger of electrocution. abc's steve osunsami has more. >> reporter: a devastated new jersey family is planning a funeral this morning for their 11-year-old daughter who was electrocuted in their backyard. >> female electrocuted unconscious, breathing. >> reporter: police say 11-year-old kayla matos and her friends were playing with an inflatab inflatable. electricity from the lift went soaring through the children and into the water. the day before, a similar heartbreaking tragedy. this time in ohio. a 19-year-old was electrocuted after he jumped in the water to save his dad and his dog. it's called electric shock drowning usually caused by a short in the wiring of a charging line for a power source at a dock, marina or boat. steve osunsami, abc news, atlanta. >> experts say you should
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inspect the electrical equipment at docks and marinas at least once a year and we'll take a closer look at them in swimming pools coming up on "good morning america." overseas the government of portugal called for three days of mourning. the out-of-control wildfires there have killed at least 62 people. many of those victims were burned inside their cars. alive. as they tried to flee. nearly 600 square miles of forest have been destroyed. scorching weather along with tinder dry conditions and strong gusty winds are fanning the flames there in that country. horrible images. and this morning we're seeing some of the damage from a tsunami that hit western greenland. the flooding triggered by a magnitude 4.0 earthquake over the weekend. 40 were evacuated from a small village. four have been reported missing. reports say nine people were injured and 11 buildings there were damaged. the dash camera of a vehicle in utah captured a man's
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near-miss with a wrong way driver. the truck was going the wrong way and had already hit several other vehicles. thankfully the man whose camera caught the incident was able to avoid a direct hit. the driver then abandoned his truck. police later found the suspect at home. now time for sports. >> the highlights from our guys at espn. good morning, america. good morning, utica. john buccigross, john anderson. brooks koepka is not a father but has won and his son won the u.s. open. >> do you overlap or interlock. >> i'm an interlocking. erin hills. brooks koepka started 1 back when he rolled that one in, lo and behold had won by four. final round 67 to win his first major championship. ties rory mci will row lowest score in relation to par at the national open. seventh straight. first time winner.
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gets that nifty trophy and the gold medal that's got the picture of jack nicklaus on it. from the central time zone to mountain time zone in denver, bottom of the night, rockies trail 5-4. two on, get out. three coming in. nolan nolan arinado wins the game and only five guys had ever done that. complete it with a walkoff homer. rockies win, 7-3. might want an umbrella in utica today. a little chance of rain around noontime. >> you heard it from john. it must be true. good morning, america. >> thanks, fellas. up next in "the pulse," why an airline gave someone free air travel for life. and picketing for forgiveness. the unusual punishment for a teen who admits to stealing from his boss. on our facebook page right now, beyonce and jay z welcoming twins. see the big baby news on atmfans.com.
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>> good morning, everyone, i'm matt o'donnell, 4:27 a.m., monday, june 19. coming up on "action news," developing, london's mayor called this late he -- latest attack outside mosque a terror attack. jury selections begin this morning in the district attorney seth williams corruption trial. we'll have more on that and "action news" is next. southwest. 118 degrees in phoenix today. now let's get more details about this morning's incident in
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london. >> a man in custody after driving a truck into a crowd of people near a mosque. abc's molly hunter has been following the details ever since this took place early in morning. what do we know now. >> reporter: good morning, new details trickling out all the time and heard from police again so what we do know just after midnight this 48-year-old man drove his white truck down a one-way street plow nothing a group of pedestrians. these pedestrians actually worshippers coming out of prayers at a nearby mosque. we know that ten people were injured. at least one person died. now, police are calling this a terrorist attack. and every eyewitness we spoke with, everyone said this was deliberate. this attack was on purpose and this attack was a terrorist attack. now, mayor sadiq khan called this deliberate but police are trying to figure out why this 48-year-old did this and how he did it. kendis and diane, three other things i want to draw your attention to. police are calling it a van. it's not really a van. it's a truck. a big vehicle when you see
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aerial photos just released. the other thing they're talking about, there are no other suspects. now, the eyewitnesses we spoke with overnight all spoke about three people being in that car. this he talked about the driver, the 48-year-old and two other people bailing at some point during that attack. police now saying that while that was a key part of their immediate inquiry, they're no longer looking for anyone else in that attack. and then finally, i just came back from that scene as you mentioned. this morning, the anger is still palpable. people are absolutely shocked by what happened. diane and kendis. >> completely understandable there and the police commissioner there in london is saying that two of those who were injured, molly, have life-threatening injuries. we appreciate your report all morning long, molly. >> that will be an active investigation going on and we will continue to monitor it for you as the day goes on coming up on "good morning america." right now that's what's making news in america this morning. >> have a good monday.
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>> good morning everyone, 4:30 a.m., monday, june 19. tam is off, jeanette reyes joins us. >> here's what we're following today, a developing story a driver rams into a worshipers stranding outside a mosque in london. an incident in south jersey >> looking out for storms later today, let's turn to david murphy and karen rogers good morning. >> reporter: all right, guys we're off to a warm and muggy start across the region. we have issues coming up this afternoon and evening. a floo

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