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law enforcement says a good samaritan shot kelley when kelley emerged from the church to make his get away in his car but kelley drove into a ditch and died either from that shooting or that he ended it with a self inflicted wound. sharrie williams is live in sutherland springs tonight. walter perez is standing by at a church in bucks county. sharrie let's go to you first. what's the situation as you find it in that tiny rural and devastated community? >> reporter: well, jim in the community this size, where there's only a few hundred people who live here, it didn't take us long to get a lay of the land. the church where those deadly shootings happened is only feet away on this side of me. on the other side of me is the main thorofare a highway 87 that runs through this community. as for the people here and speaking with them today, the residents this is already a quiet place, a place that was already deeply rural. the people i find today talking to them even more reserved, even more solemn
after their lives were changed just over 30 hours ago. and for the first time today, we are hearing from the pastor and his wife who lead this small but impactful church. sharrie pomeroy tells us that she was in florida when she got heard her church was that under attack. >> our church was not comprised of members or parishioners, we are a very close family. >> reporter: sharrie pomeroy is very much center of the first baptist church family. she's the wife of the pastor and cares for all who enter the church doors. >> we ate together. we laughed together. we cried together. and we worshiped together. >> reporter: with 26 innocent people murdered in the massacre, much of their church is gone. among the lives stripped away is 14-year-old annabelle. she's the daughter of sharrie and pastor frank pomeroy. >> we don't want to overshadow the other lives lost yesterday. we lost more than belle yesterday. and one thing that gives me a
sliver of encouragement is the fact that belle was surrounded yesterday by her church family that she loved fiercely. >> lean on the lord rather than your own understanding. i don't understand. but i know my god does. >> reporter: and even in their darkest hour they are still relying on their faith. i spoke to a volunteer firefighter who works in this community. he mentioned to me of helping on that fateful morning that the shooting happened and was there to help the families. i spoke to another resident who simply just had nothing to say, holding back emotions. we've been on the ground a few hours still talking with people here, hearing more of the stories of how it all unfolded and i also had a chance to speak with a member of sheriff's department. they tell us there will be another update coming this evening, jim. we'll be here on the ground talking with the residents here to hear more of how they
are fairing after this horrific tragedy. we're live in sutherland springs, texas, sharrie williams, channel6 "action news." >> sharrie, thank you so much. let's switch live to "action news" reporter walter perez at the calvary chapel of central bucks county in chalfont. walter, there is no doubt the pastors and rabbis and imams are taking yet another look at how to secure their houses of worship from violent attack. >> reporter: jim, it's sad to say but, yes, security has become a major issue at houses of worship across the country and officials here at calvary chapel say they are ahead of the curve. the massacre at sutherland springs, texas, once again raises a disturbing and uniquely modern concern in america, security at churches, synagogues and mosques. there have been an estimated 92 violent acts at houses of worship across the u.s. this year alone. and calvary chapel of central bucks in chalfont is among the
growing numbers of churches taking this issue very seriously. >> i have somebody watching the month and tours at all time. i have positions out in the parking lot, positions here in the sanctuary and i have that people walking constantly. >> reporter: he's a former police officer and current chief of security at the church. he says his detail includes armed personnel. >> we have a select few of high caliber guys that are trained by the state of pennsylvania act 235 in the use of weapons. >> reporter: senior pastor john hessler says as a minister, he struggled with the idea of establishing a security team for his church. but that all changed five years ago. >> sandy hook 2012. that's when i sat down with dave outland and some of the other men and said, look, we need to upgrade whatever we're doing in terms of observation to some sort of security. >> reporter: pastor hessler says he accepts the fact that there is no realistic way of
fully guarding a church in a free society against such attacks. but he says doing nothing would be irresponsible and potentially dangerous. >> i became a pastor in 1999 and without any intent -- any thought that i would ever have to think someone who would come into church with a gun but that's where we are. >> reporter: and so the church officials here say the struggle they continue to face is striking that balance between being welcoming and being secure. reporting live from chalfont, walter perez channel6 "action news": jim. >> thank you walter. david muir of course will anchor world news tonight live from texas and we look for continuing coverage next at 6:30 right after "action news." you can also find extended coverage of the texas church shooting at 6abc.com including the very latest on the investigation and a slideshow honoring the memory of the victims. >> ♪ now to a developing story out of radnor township,
delaware county. philip barr has resigned from the board of commissioners. officials in radnor are holding a news conference shortly to announce they have received ahr's resignation. ahr was arrested on child pornography charges last month. he's free on bail. police in west chester have a driver in custody tonight. they say he struck two west chester university students this morning. "action news" reporter vernon odom is live at the chester county d.a.'s office in west chester. vern, what do you have on this? >> reporter: good evening, jim. police do have their suspect well in hand tonight. she remains hospitalized as the d.a. decides just what to charges should be. it is apparently all the result of a mental health issue. university police and the chester county d.a. are investigating the hit-and-run event that left 11 chester university student hospitalized tonight. she's now listed in stable condition. the other victim was treated and released.
it happened around 9:00 this morning on new road as the two south campus students waited for a bus to drive them to the main campus less than 2 miles away. they were standing at this bus stop. the driver fled the scene. >> we are concerned about the safety and wellness of all of our students. as you know, the students were struck and we had an emt on scene as quickly as possible, transported the students to the hospital. >> reporter: the suspect police say was locked up on high street on the main campus moments later after they reportedly hit another university student. the suspect was taken to the hospital where she remains tonight after toxicology testing. it is now believed she was mentally impaired and off of her medicine. students who catch the bus here daily tell me that while today's accident is a random incident, the road is nevertheless dangerous. >> a lot of people don't stop there. >> reporter: cars. >> yeah, to let us cars, it's the benches. >> on north campus it's
heavily enforced but down here it's a lot looser and a lot more freer and that's dangerous in itself. >> reporter: jim, the lone hospitalized victim tonight is listed in stable condition at this very hour. the other two have been treated and released today. live in west chester, i'm vernon odom, channel6 "action news". jim. >> ♪ >> thank you, vernon. of course tomorrow is election day. there are several key races to track. one of the biggest contests, the race for new jersey governor. democrat phil murphy and republican kim guadagno are both vying to succeed governor chris christie. they spent the day drumming up support in north jersey. democrat larry krasner and republican beth are vying for the spot vacated by seth williams. camden atlantic city and allentown are all electing mayors. "action news" will have complete coverage of all these
local races and you will fine the results here on the air and on 6abc.com. coming up on "action news" tonight, philadelphia city council takes up the issue of squatters. right now they have the rights and they are a push to give the upper hand back to the homeowners. and thanother win. the plan moving forward to stay atop the nfl. >> despite a lot of cloud cover some showers. 70 degrees today but much cooler air is moving in behind a cold front and then by the weekend, a taste of winter. i'll explain in the accuweather 7-day forecast. >> those stories and much more when "action ne continues. >> ♪
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tonight in south jersey. pedestrian has beene30 i struck by a ve killed. this happened right in the vicinity of the piston diner. there's nothing to indicate this is a hit-and-run but as you can see there are many emergency vehicles on the scene. one dead in the area of the piston diner on route 130 in deptford. they have been called unscrupulous renters illegal trespassers and criminals. today philadelphia city council took on a problem of squatters, different ways to crack downon people who illegally occupy homes they don't own. "action news" investigative reporter wendy saltzman first looked at this issue back in august and wendy what happened here today. >> reporter: jim we've heard story after story of people's homes being held hostage by
it can take months even a yearo. the problem so widespread and al taubenberger held hearings today to try to figure out what can be done. >> the sale sign is cut down lockbox cut off. >> reporter: for 30 years they owned this home. now they say they're the most recent victims targeted by squatters. >> i think they're criminals. i think they should be out. >> reporter: "action news" first investigated in august when matthew wyckoff discovered a squatter in his home. >> this is day 10 and i haven't -- >> reporter: they told their stories to the city's housing committee today. >> i'm not a statistic. i experienced imagine use i didp at my house with a it. >> reporter: but the issue councilman al taubenberger and david oh is the laws protecting the people who are illegally occupying homes. >> there's no penalty and in fact, they get to live well,
they get to live free, they're not responsible for any damage. >> reporter: do you feel any sympathy for the owners of the home? >> yes, i do. we both were victimsism the g in the mcgee's home spoke with "action news" on the condition show her face. she says she paid money to a landlord to rent this home. >> i've paid $2,400 to rent a home for me and my children to be in. not to be called as a squatter. >> 150 days in now still there today. >> reporter: councilman wants tougher laws to give police the ability to swiftly illegally occupy without going through a lengthy process. home and takesks your door i possession of it, it suld be resolved as quickly as possible. i mean, really quickly. >> reporter: oh's bill did not make it out of committee today. councilman al taubenberger is following up with the district attorney's office to draft legislation to protect
homeowners and curb what he says is th growing crime spree if philadelphia. the squatters living in the mcgee's home will be required to leave by december 3rd. jim. >> thank you so much wendy. fifth graders in new castle county are getting a lesson in math technology and engineering courtesy of these drones. pleasantville elementary schoolteacher lisa mims won eight of the drones as part of a contstby parrot education. she said she would never be able to afford them for her students. she says her students have had a great time programming them and getting them to fly. joseph, i'm steve. how are you? nice to meet you sir. nice to meet you. how's it going man? the yankees? come on. [ laughing ] look at the smiles and the hard work that the people here are doing. it's like making mini sandwiches. they're no different than anyone else.
they just want a job. they want respect and they want dignity. this is a nice place. yeah. he plays basketball with lauren. steve called, fairly frantic. you know, he had a premature baby and i think he had just been given the diagnosis that she had down syndrome. lauren brought out the best in me. she made me a different person. deep down in his heart he feels for people who are disadvantaged. lauren's a light in everybody eye. she's the spark that has started the fire. the goal is to keep places like this open so all people, regardless of disability, have an opportunity for employment. see, i love you. i love you guys too. you know that. yeah.
>> most of the eagles players now starting a vacation and boy did they deserve it given how they played. >> they've been incredible, jim. sundays are certainly fun around here these days. they have the best record in all of football. they are the best team in all of football. yet, they are not acting like it. eagles remain humble and hungry following yesterday's 51-23 drubbing of denver. jaimejaime apody has more.
>> 51 to 23 and it wasn't that close. >> reporter: nobody saw it coming yet here we are. the eagles hit the bye week with eight wins in their first nine games. >> obviously we're happy. going into the bye being eight and one, it doesn't happen many times in general to be a success but just having a start like this, obviously sets us up for where we want to go. >> reporter: where they want to go of course is the super bowl. this is the fifth time in franchise history the eagles jumped out to a eight and one start. they've made the super bowl or championship game the previous four times. chris long has been there. he knows what this means. >> it means we're here and we kind of control our destiny. i think it's a good place to be but it's a lot of football left and just having gotten into november now this is when games get bigger and bigger. >> reporter: now the birds head their separate ways for a much deserved week off. there's some concern that the bye might halt momentum. here's what pederson's message was to his team before they left. >> get away from it, clear
their mind, you know, understand that we've -- yeah, we've started something special and we want to make sure that we finish it the right way. >> reporter: in south philadelphia, jaime apody, channel6 "action news". >> perhaps following the eagles lead the sixers are streaking too. they have won four straight games. they're under the .500 mark for the first time in nearly four seasons. the sixers practiced this morning in camden. tomorrow they'll visit utah part of a five game west coast swing. jj redick explains what the team's goals are for this road trip. >> we need to get greedy trite to get as many wins as possible its a tough road trip and we're still learning. i think we've made a lot of improvement. if you look at where we were nine games ago when we started in washington to where we are now i think we've made a lot of improvement so hopefully at the end of this trip, we can say, you know, we continue to take steps forward.
>> to the ice the flyers are enjoying a few days off at least from playing games. they'll be in action thursday night against the chicago blackhawks. this morning the team skated in voorhees. reset might not be a bad thing. the floors flyers have lost five of their last search games. the break also helps in the injury department, get some of those guys nicked up back on the ice. >> all right, ducis. coming up, cecily tynan with the accuweather forecast when we continue in just a moment. after 8 years of chris christie, is kim guadagno the change new jersey really needs? guadagno is christie's hand-picked successor.
says she's "proud to be part of the christie administration." guadagno was chris christie's right hand as our schools came under attack, critical services were underfunded, and our credit rating was downgraded...11 times. from the bridge to the beach, we've seen it all, and we've had enough. kim guadagno isn't the change we need.
>> it was 70's today. but things are changing pretty dramatically. let's head over to the "action news" weather center. this is a live shot at dillworth park. the rothman ice rink will be opening on friday and the timing is perfect because it will feel like winter by friday. and even tonight temperatures are definitely stepping down. we have a cold front moving through. it's still 67 degrees in philadelphia. it's 65 in pomona but already down to 52 degrees in allentown and reading 56. the winds are picking up as the colder air is rushing in and the evening planner showing by 10 o'clock, low 50, by midnight, dropping into the 40's and tomorrow morning it is going to be a chilly morning. satellite and radar showing this cold front is pretty much moving through dry. lots of dark clouds and a sprinkle or two but it really doesn't have much moisture at all but what this front will do is stall to the south tomorrow and there's a ripple of energy that will ride along it and that will bring us wet
weather later in the day. tonight though clearing skies after an evening sprinkle. temperatures dropping sharply. 42 in philadelphia, wilmington 40 degrees. future tracker showing tomorrow for election day, if you want to head to the polls do it early. 7 o'clock in the morning, good amount of sunshine but then as we head through the day, that low pressure is closer. first the clouds roll in pie by 1 o'clock, showers near dover and by later in the afternoon, the evening hours we do have a steady rain but notice most of the activity is really south of philadelphia. it's a pretty quick hit of rain. by 11:30 it's out of here. so, what you get really depends on your location. lehigh valley to the northwest suburbs not getting much at all. some scattered light showers,. philadelphia the i-95 corridor light rain, again, late tomorrow afternoon, tomorrow evening. not much there, about a quarter to three-quarters but central delaware and
southeastern new jersey, this is the area that could get a pretty steady soaking about three-quarters of an inch of rain to an inch of rain. behind this system temperatures are really stepping down as we head through the week. so the exclusive accuweather 7-day forecast, again we have a couple hours of sunshine early. then the clouds roll in. it will be chilly. 20 degrees colder than today. so, you'll want to wear a jacket tomorrow. the high 50 degrees. that rain moving in in the afternoon and evening hours and again, most of the activity south of philadelphia. on wednesday still on the cool side. we'll see clouds breaking for some sunshine, a high of 53. thursday temperatures jump a little bit. 56 degrees ahead of our next cold front. it's partly sunny. that front will move through thursday night overnight and behind it we have a taste of winter. friday when the rothman ice rink opens up dress with your winter coat. look at that. the high 44 degrees. overnight low 27 degrees. that means that we had a hard
freeze coming. philadelphia we haven't even had a frost but we'll have a freeze by saturday morning. on saturday, despite loads of sunshine for veterans day, the high only 43 degrees. sunday it clouds up, 52 degrees and monday, cloudy with rain possible, still on the cool side, 54 degrees. every single day for the next week, temperatures will be below average. that hasn't happened in a long time. >> it's retched is what it is. hat you can get. >> i know. >> you're prepared now. >> abc world news tonight is next. david muir is next. "action news" continues at 10:00 on phl17 with brian taff sharrie williams adam joseph and ducis rodgers. join us as 11:00 on cannel6. a disciplined doctor and his office have made a as claim about a estsays may sa lives. here's saltzman with a preview.
>> reporter: how would you like to detect cancer before you have a symptom. or breast diase yearconventionau think that it's potentially false advertising. this doctor preaches he has to . >> sign me up. >> reporter: after listening to the hype this patient dished out nearly $10,000. but the state of the art test failed to detect stage twoer in. >> i absolutely think it could have cost me my life. >> reporter: we reveal why he was disciplined in the past. could it save lives? the powerful warning you need hear tonight at 11:00. >> for ducis rodgers cecily tynan the entire "action news" team, i'm jim gardner. we hope you'll join us for "action news" at 11:00. >> ♪
tonight, we're on the scene of the deadly church shooting right heren texas. the chilling details just now emerging. authorities reviewing video from inside the church, saying the gunman quote, came there to kill everybody in their building, period. 26 people dead. the victims, fro just 18 months old to 77 years old. eight members of one family among the dead. authorities revealing the gunma assault rifle. the fbi tonight with a possible motive, threatening text messages to a family member. the phone call to his father tr. and his discharge from the military, his violent past. also tonight, the heroes who jumped in to help. our interview with johnnie langendorff, who was driving the pickup truck chasing the suspect down the road. tonight, the fbi has just given him his phone back, and