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tonight, breaking news. the massacre inside an american church. more than 25 killed. families and children among the dead. worshippers in the middle of a sunday service when eyewitnesses say a man walked in and opened fire. >> we all know and we're all prepared to hear names and know every one of them. >> the pastor losing his 14-year-old daughter in the shooting. dozens injured. tonight, the effort to save lives. plus, the investigation into the gunman. and his connection to the church. why he may have chosen a house of worship. and the hunt to track him down. the fbi on the scene as investigators try to figure out
why a tiny church in texas is now the site of the latest mass killing. good evening. i'm tom llamas. we begin with the breaking news, a mass shooting at an american church. a gunman opening fire during a service at the first baptist church in sutherland springs, a tiny town just southeast of san antonio. at least 27 killed, including the pastor's 14-year-old daughter. dozens more injured. many of them airlifted to nearby hospitals. fbi special agents now on the scene. an entire town in shock. as they learn the devastating news. this massacre, now the deadliest church shooting in america, and the fourth deadliest in modern history, behind las vegas, orlando, and virginia tech. we've just learned the president has been briefed several times, both he and the first lady expressing condolences. joining an entire nation asking
why. and law enforcement officials have identified the suspect as devin kelley. we start with marcus moore on the scene. >> reporter: tonight, a tiny texas town, the site of a massacre. the shooting inside a baptist church. first responders descending on the scene. ambulances racing to the first baptist church in sutherland springs, texas. authorities say it started about 11:20 a.m., this morning, when a gunman walked and opened fire. reportedly walked in, starting shooting, then went outside when he was shot and took off. word quickly spreading through the town. a pastor from a neighboring church arriving to help. >> we all are prepared we're going to hear names and we're going to know every one of them. >> there's no words.
there's just, this happens in new york, in big cities. no one is safe. >> reporter: texas rangers securing the scene. the fbi and atf investigating. erica hearn dornandez was one o first on the scene. >> families starting to arrive. two helicopters have just landed. this is an ongoing investigation. >> reporter: 27 dead, including the pastor's 14-year-old daughter. at least two dozen injured. the gunman who opened fire, now dead. >> marcus joins us live. you just reported the shooter is dead. and tonight we're learning police had to track him down. >> reporter: we know tonight police were able to track him down about 20 minutes north of the church here. but tonight, so many questions about why so many people had to
die here tonight. back to you. >> marcus, thank you. and tonight, we're still unclear about a motive. but we're learning more about the alleged gunman. here's pierre thomas. >> reporter: sources identify the suspect as devin kelley, believed to be a man in his 20s or 30s, and a military veteran. we've looked at a facebook page associated with the name. also see a photograph of an assault-style rifle. >> it's highly likely that the shooter is part of the congregation or the community. and the people he was shooting, he probably knew every one of them. >> reporter: the victims had little chance to survive. you can see how small the church is. with virtually no room to move or hide, they would have been easy targets. likely shot at close range. >> no room to escape, the church so small. pierre joins us live. sources telling you authorities
are searching the suspect's home for explosive devices? >> reporter: yes, there's believed to be a search under way. tonight, law enforcement is doing a detailed background check, looking for any ties to international terrorism. so far, sources say no indication of that. >> pierre, thank you. now to the question everyone is asking, why were those worshippers targeted? such a high death toll in a town so small. just a few hundred residents who live there. the carnage, unthinkable. eva pilgrim with more on the victims. >> reporter: tonight, we're learning more about the people inside that small town texas church during the deadly shooting. the first named victim, annabelle pomeroy, the pastor's daughter. the pastor saying he wants the world to know his daughter was one beautiful, special child. the pastor seen in this video from last week wasn't in church.
he was out of town in oklahoma, at the time of the shooting, but is driving home now. telling abc news every one of our close friends is among the dead. you can see in the images from inside the church, this is a small church. two rows of pews, one aisle down the center. families in almost every seat. >> if it can happen here, it can happen anywhere. >> reporter: at least 14 people being treated at hospitals, including a 5-year-old we're told is fighting for his life. tonight, many family members still waiting for any word from their loved ones who were inside. this time, nearby hospitals are still triaging patients. at least one we spoke to had to move at least four people to a different hospital that could handle a higher level of care. >> and so many reports of the children inside the church. eva, thank you. next to the severe weather
threat in the midwest. take a look at the size of the tornado touching down in northeastern indiana. some 25 million americans in the path. stretching from missouri to pennsylvania. rob marciano has more. >> reporter: tonight, severe storms ripping across the midwest, winds over 60 miles per hour in indiana. this super cell growing over bloomington. >> we have a developing wall cloud now. >> reporter: moments later, you can hear the hail beating down on this car. and in jaye county, a widening twister on the ground. >> call 911 and keep driving. >> reporter: a wedge tornado leaving a wedge of destruction in portland, indiana. this semi flipped, homes demolished. the tornado catching this couple in their vehicle. tonight, happy to be alive. >> he said, there he is. we got to get out.
we stopped and ran to the ditch. luckily it was right there. >> reporter: the same storm crossing the border into ohio. tearing through selina. eight people reported injured as night falls and the powerful system marches east. >> the storm is still on the move. let's get right to rob with more. >> still a strong line. heading through ohio. i-70 and i-71, moving towards columbus. slicing through indiana and illinois. three-inch hail in missouri and indiana, and the flash flood watches continue. this is a strong cold front pushing through tonight. >> we'll keep an eye on the storm. rob, thank you. and we head to asia now. president trump kicking off his
trip. president trump saying japan and america have never been closer. but this trip in the growing growing shadow of the russian investigation here at home. jonathan karl, traveling with the president this week. >> reporter: shortly after president trump arrived in japan, he put on a bomber jacket. >> i like this better. you can have my jacket. just -- >> reporter: in a speech to u.s. troops at the american air base near tokyo, he set the tone for a trip where the north korea threat will be issue number one. >> no one, no dictator, no regime, and no nation should underestimate, ever, american resolve. we dominate the sky. we dominate the sea. we dominate the land and space. >> reporter: in a symbol of his tight relationship with japanese
prime minister abe, they met at a golf club, signing hats made for the occasion. donald and shinzo, make alliance even greater. and then a round of golf. but overhanging the trip, troubles for the president's team back home. after indicting former trump campaign chairman paul manafort, special counsel robert mueller begins to question top white house aides later this month. and questions continue to swirl about this campaign meeting, george popadopalos pleading guilty for contacts with russians. >> you're going to see more charges coming. >> reporter: as he departed from washington, president trump said it is hillary clinton who should be investigated. will you fire jeff sessions if
the justice department doesn't take action? >> honestly, they should be looking at the democrats, at podesta and all of that dishonesty. >> reporter: speaking to reporters on air force one, the president rejected statements that china's president is the leader on the rise. excuse me, he said, adding the reason why our stock market is so successful is because of me. i've always been great with money and jobs, that's what i do. >> the president taking all the credit there. jonathan joins us live from tokyo. president trump expected to meet with vladimir putin on this trip? >> reporter: the president says he expects to see putin at a summit meeting both are attending in vietnam. asked by reporters about what he expects, he said he wants putin's help dealing with north korea. >> jonathan, thank you.
now to the explosive details emerging in a new book by donna brazile, the former chair of the democratic national committee. including dramatic revelations about her plan "b" during hillary clinton's famous fainting spell. the book and timing creating a firestorm on both sides of the aisle. here's gloria riviera. >> reporter: tonight, the new stunning revelations. the former head of the dnc threatened to drop hillary clinton from the 2016 democratic ticket. in excerpts from her book, donna brazile said the campaign had taken on the odor of failure, causing her to consider putting joe biden at the top of the ticket. after this video of clinton fainting just two months before election day. >> i was under tremendous pressure after secretary clinton fainted to have a plan "b."
>> reporter: "again and again i thought of joe biden, but thinking of all the women behind hillary, i couldn't make good on the threat to replace her." >> a lot of people saying that it's not the campaign they knew. >> they should take a look inside of what they did last year and then write their own book. >> reporter: more than 100 top clinton aides say they're shocked, and find it troubling brazile would buy into false russian-fueled propaganda about hillary clinton's health. >> she got up, like most of us, got up, and kept fighting. so, that's the hillary clinton i hope people get to know. >> reporter: but clinton's fight allegedly came at bernie sanders' expense, she writes. that the party struck a deal in 2015.
given clinton's campaign vast control over dnc finances. brazile even saying she was made to feel subservient. >> i got sick and tired of people telling me how to spend money. people that tell me to shut up, they told hillary that a couple of months ago. i tell them, go to hell. >> reporter: president trump says it confirms his own accusations the dnc was rigged but brazile says that is not what i said. tom? >> glr gloria riviera, thank you. still ahead, what we're learning about the texas shooter. and a suspect escapes from jail. more allegations against harvey weinstein and kevin spacey. how the son of a famous actor is now involved. and caught on camera. a police officer punches a woman. why she's facing charges tonight. stay with us.
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we want to return now to our top story, the church massacre in texas. the name of the suspected gunman, identified as devin kelley. he opened fire inside the first baptist church in small town of sutherland springs, killing at least 26 people. kell kelley, also dead. here's marcus moore on the scene. >> reporter: as the sun sets in texas, we're learning startling information. a citizen chased the suspect
from the scene and we're learning about the scale of the tragedy. 26 people are dead. the suspect also killed in this. authorities say the victims range in age from just 5 to 72 years old. and we're hearing the suspect used a ruger ar rifle. and some were able to escape the church, but we don't know how many. this is a congregation of about 50 families in mourning. >> this happening in the middle of the church service. we'll be updating the story as we get it and with live reports on our app. our thoughts and prayers tonight for all of those in sutherland springs. especially the families affected. i'm tom llamas in new york. have a great evening. good night.
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