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tonight, breaking news. the deadly terror attack. new reporting at this hour. more than a dozen dead, and now more than 100 injured. a van jumping the curb, tearing through a crowded tourist spot in barcelona at speeds of 50 miles per hour. families running for cover. tonight, one suspect is dead and now the urgent manhunt for possible accomplices. our correspondent on the scene. president trump under fire. tweeting today against the removal of confederate statues, calling them, quote, beautiful. the severe weather threat at this hour. more than a half dozen twisters already. the system moving east. and the three tropical systems just in tonight. one now a named storm. the possible track that would affect the u.s. the surveillance out tonight of an inmate escaping.
an officer fatally shot. and the couple stealing a car. you can see their excitement when the car suddenly shuts down. the doors lock on their own. they have been caught. good evening, and it's great to have you with us here on a very busy thursday night, and we begin tonight with the horrific scene playing out in barcelona in an historic shopping district where many tourists visit. a driver jumping the curb and his van barrelling through the crowd. children believed to be among the victims tonight. so many images we cannot show here. the death toll, more than a dozen people dead, can the authorities warning that could go higher. more than 100 injured at this hour, and here's the van afterwards. it was going at speeds up to 50 miles per hour. one suspect dead, two in custody, and the urgent manhunt for others. abc's james longman leading us off from barcelona.
[ sirens ] >> reporter: tonight, a trail of in the heart of barcelona. the dead and injured lining the streets. first responders racing to the scene. around 5:30 afternoon local time, police say this white van jumped onto a packed city sidewalk and began mowing down pedestrians. swerving side to side at what witnesses guessed was 50 miles an hour, that speed, bringing chaos and carnage. >> i heard screams of people and when i looked up saw the white van and just knocking people over at high speed. >> reporter: the van careening down this path in red for more than 1,000 feet. before coming to a halt. >> we saw a lot of people running to the right of the restaurant, just running down the road or running from something and saw a couple of people hunched over a body on the floor. >> reporter: at least 13 killed and about 100 injured. crowds running in panic, fleeing this store.
>> come on. come on. just come with me. >> reporter: looking for a safe place to hide. mayhem. parents holding their children tight. crowds streaming down main streets and back alleys. many hiding in cafes. >> somebody was screaming and everybody started to run, and there was screaming from behind, and everybody just ran forward. >> reporter: you can make out the clothes discarded. here's where the truck came plowing down the street. historic las ramblas, popular with tourists -- shut down. shops and resturnats closed as heavily armed police with guns drawn sweep the streets, searching for suspects. police later announcing the arrest of two suspects, including this man who they say rented that white van this week, but said he was not the driver. they say a third suspect was killed. >> and james longman joins us from the point where that van
entered the pedestrian path, and james tonight, isis is claiming responsibility? >> reporter: that's right, david. and just in the last few moments, we have heard the spanish prime minister call this jihadist terrorism. often with these isis attacks, there are other people involved and we have been watching groups of civilians being escorted by police out of here, because police want to make sure there are no other terrorists lying in wait. >> james longman. thank you. as james mentioned, one terror suspect is dead tonight, two in custody, and there is an urgent manhunt for possible accomplices. one of the men in custody, a 28-year-old accused of renting the van used in that attack. tonight, did they have help and is this over? abc's chief investigative correspondent, brian ross. >> reporter: police tonight are calling the 28-year old moroccan-born driss oukabir one of three suspected terrorists whose activities they are right now trying to unravel. authorities say he recently traveled to morocco, arriving
back in spain just last sunday, and then rented the van used in the attack. but police say he was not behind the wheel today. oukabir is now in custody along with a second suspect and authorities say a third man was shot and killed after running a police roadblock. driss oukabir's facebook page shows him as a skinny kid at the beach, listening to rap music. and he recently shared this anti-semitic video in praise of the nazis described as true heroes. the barcelona attack comes straight out of the isis playbook. the terrorist group has urged its followers to carry out similar vehicle attacks, even providing details on the kinds of trucks to use. in nice, france, last year. 86 people killed by a speeding truck on bastille day. in berlin, 11 were killed in a vehicle attack on the christmas markets last year, and in london, 1 the people were killed in two separate attacks this year. on the westminster bridge and then the london bridge.
>> as isis suffers more defeats in iraq and syria, we can only expect to see more attacks. >> reporter: late today, isis took responsibility for the deadly barcelona attack, calling those involved soldiers of the islamic state. >> and brian ross with us here tonight. brian reported there were two suspects in custody. one dead, but authorities still believe the driver could be on the loose? >> yes. they are looking for at least two more people, and in another twist, the authorities believe the man what rented the van, someone stole his license and he is not involved in any way. >> he claims a stolen identity. >> that's right. >> thank you. back at home and police on high alert tonights amid the calls from isis to use vehicles in attacks. authorities in major stips in this country already with precautions in place, and abc's linsey davis is live in "new york times" squarer us. >> reporter: counterterrorism expert. s tell abc news they are on high alert and they are prepared to respond immediately in the event
of a possible copycat. this area knows the dangers all too well, and after all, it was just this past may when a car plowed right through the heart of times square. one of the busiest intersections in the world. that was not terrorism, but the attack could have been much worse had it not been for one of these barriers. the car slammed right into one of those, otherwise, the casualty count could have been much higher. >> linsey davis in times square for us. thank you. president trump this even, condemning the terror attack offering to do whatever is necessary to help. while here it a em ho, there is new fallout after charlottesville. members of iz had own party, one of them saying he has not demonstrated stability or comp ten, calling for, quote, radical changes at the white house. here's abc's senior white house correspondent, cecilia vega tonight. >> reporter: president trump under mounting fire for his leadership in the wake of charlottesville, waiting 48 hours to condemn the white
supremacist groups by name, and then defending some of people who marched with torches. >> you had some very bad people in that group. but you also had people that were fine people on both sides. >> reporter: today, he did not back down, taking to twitter to mourn the loss of confederate statues. "sad to see the history and culture of our great country being ripped apart with the removal of our beautiful statues and monuments. you can't change history, but you can learn from it, so foolish!" >> so, this week it's robert e. lee, i notice that stonewall jackson is coming down. i wonder, is it george washington next week? is it thomas jefferson the week after? you have to ask yourself, where does it stop? >> reporter: it's not the first time president trump has shown affection for confederate generals. in 20 and 13, he lavished praise on robert e. lee. >> in the old days we had generals like patton and robert e. lee. and we had some great ones. general douglass mcarthur grant.
they must be just spinning in their graves when they see what happened. >> reporter: but around the country scenes like this, confederate monuments coming down. in durham, north carolina, protesters tore down one statue. in the dead of night in baltimore, construction crews hauled away four others and now in washington, a debate raging over the future of 12 statues of confederate leaders like jefferson davis on prominent display inside the u.s. capitol. this as the president's words alarm many top republicans. sources close to senate majority leader mitch mcconnell describe him as "very concerned and very upset." mcconnell's office denies that, but in tennessee, republican bob corker delivered a stinging rebuke to the president. >> he also recently has not demonstrated that he understands the character of this nation. >> reporter: corker calling for "radical change" in the trump white house, saying without it, the nation will go through "great peril" telling the president to stop focusing on himself and think about the american people. >> i think our president needs to take stock of the role that he plays in our nation and move
beyond himself. move way beyond himself. >> reporter: and today, the senate's only african-american republican tim scott, echoing that call. >> what we want to see from our president is clarity and moral authority. that moral authority is compromised when tuesday happens. there's no question about that. >> and cecilia vega with us live tonight from bridgewater, new jersey, and cecilia, after a greing number of ceos bailed on the president, pointing to his leadership on charlottesville, two of the president's business councils then disbanded and you have learned of another council shut down? >> reporter: david, this is the president's advisory council on infrastructure. the white house saying today, it will not move forward, and frankly, this is a group that hadn't even really gotten off the ground. you mentioned it. this comes after the leaders from those other big companies like under armour and campbells. potentially another big blow to the president's agenda here. >> cecilia vega with us again tonight.
thank you as always. in the meantime, we move on here to the new pentagon report just out late today about that tragedy at sea. seven american sailors killed when the "uss fitzgerald" collided with a massive cargo ship off the coast of japan. tonight this new report revealing the heroic efforts to save the crew, including the captain they saved after knocking through the door and discovering him hanging off the side of the ship. here's abc's david kerley. >> reporter: the gash in the "uss fitzgerald" doesn't tell the whole story after horror and heroism. tonight's report showing compartments that flooded in seconds. in this birth, two sailors stayed at the bottom of the ladder helping shipmates up as the water was rising. one sailor drew this picture of the escape, water at their shoulders. finally with the water so high, the two final sailors had to climb through the hatch, but they reached down into the dark water and are credited with pulling out the last two
survivors who were completely submerged. seven sailors didn't make it out. the commanding officer in his quarters, took a direct hit in the collision and was trapped. five sailors with sledgehammers, even using their bodies, broke down the door, but they were impeded by deborough, and they found the kmabder hangen onto the outside of the ship because the destroyer's skin had been ripped away. >> and abc's david kerley with us. this report doesn't explain why and how the collision occurred. that comes later, you were telling us, but you have learned who will be punished for this. >> reporter: so far, the entire command team. the commander, the executive officer. relieved of duty tonight, david. nine others will be punished. even though an investigation is going on, the navy says enough serious mistakes were made. >> david kerley with us tonight. thank you chblgt we turn now to the severe weather threat at this hour. millions on alert from michigan to pennsylvania. at least seven tornadoes report in the midwest in the last 24
hours. this twister touching down in lafayet lafayette, minnesota. we're watching the tropical systems in the atlantic. one now a named storm late today, and one possibly affecting the u.s. coastline. let's go to rob marciano, our meteorologist. you're watching here in the u.s. tonight? >> reporter: well, considering what this system did last night, david, folks who live downstream need to be heads up. we'll show you what that is. western new york, western pennsylvania, ohio, kentucky, virginia. there have been trees down with this system as it moves east by tomorrow morning, gets right into new york city for the morning rush. going to get to new england by the evening and the evening rush, big cities get hit again. a one-two punch on that friday, david. >> in the meantime, you're tracking those three tropical systems. it was just late this afternoon, one now a named storm, and the possible tracks that could affect the u.s.? >> reporter: the pattern is full for sure. tropical storm harvey just
named. forecasts to go into the caribbe caribbean, and then central america. watching closely for the u.s., computer models make a run at the u.s. coastline sometime during the middle or later part of next week, something we'll monitor closely. >> rob marciano with us again tonight. thanks, rob. next tonight here, chilling new images of a deadly inmate escape in iowa. prosecutors releasing tape inmates getting the jump on two deputies. here's abc's linzie janis. >> reporter: tonight the newly released surveillance video shows a convicted murderer lunging at an iowa sheriff's deputy, stabbing him in the neck and face with a shank. the prisoner, wesley correa-carmenaty, had unlocked his cuffs and shackles with a key he somehow obtained. now in a race with a second officer to get the gun in the van. correa-carmenaty fatally shooting deputy mark burbridge and firing a bullet into deputy
pat morgan's torso. the convicted killer then slamming the van through the jail's garage door. he then carjacks a vehicle before police chase him down. >> he will not breathe another breath of free air in his life >> reporter: at his sentencing hearing, the escaped prisoner saying he didn't mean to kill deputy burbridge. the officer's children devastated. >> to me he's a monster, a sociopath with no emotion. i'd go as far to even say he's the devil. >> reporter: correa-carmenaty pleaded guilty to 12 counts including murder. he's been sentenced to life in prison. david. >> linzie janis, thank you. there is much more ahead on "world news tonight" this thursday. the major medical headline involving a common allergy. also, the couple stealing the car. you can see their excitement in the video. then the moment the car huts down, the doors lock. they had been caught. also here in new york city, a man threatening to jump and the nypd officers then pulling him to safety. just incredible. and you might have seen this. the first pitch at fenway.
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