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we'll see you again at 6:00. >> we'll see you then. bye-bye. tonight, new charges. the deadly road rage that killed a former nfl star. this evening, the other driver has now been charged. and the sheriff tonight with a blistering message about how his investigators were treated. you will hear from him right here. also breaking, for the first time, images from inside the warehouse in california. our interview with the d.a. on possible criminal charges, and what authorities are now looking at as a possible cause in that inferno. at this hour, the winter weather advisories across several states. the snow and freezing rain moving in. the east coast getting hammered right now. president-elect donald trump and his message to an american giant, boeing. threatening plans that could have paid them and their workers billions for a new air force one. too costly? and america strong.
naomi judd with robin roberts. her personal struggle revealed right here. affecting millions across this country. and how she hopes to help them. good evening on this tuesday night. and we begin this evening with new charges for the driver in that deadly case of road rage. a former nfl star shot and killed. and tonight, those harsh words from the louisiana sheriff, about the kind of hate he says was aimed at his investigators and authorities while they were simply trying to do their jobs. authorities say former nfl star joe mcknight was killed by the other driver, ronald gasser, last seen in handcuffs next to that car right there. abc's eva pilgrim is in new orleans tonight. >> reporter: tonight, ronald gasser, the man behind the trigger in the deadly road rage killing of former nfl player joe mcknight, is behind bars, charged with manslaughter. >> two people engaged in bad behavior that day. >> reporter: the sheriff in jefferson parish today slamming
his critics who had called for gasser's immediate arrest over the weekend. >> if people don't think that we know what we're doing strategically, tough. i don't care. i can put my head on the pillow every night, knowing that we've done the right thing for the right reasons. >> reporter: and he quoted from hate-filled comments on social media. aimed at african-american local officials for supporting the pace of his investigation. >> it's not fair for him to be called you punk [ bleep ] uncle tom [ bleep ]. we saw you sell out to them, you rat [ bleep ] [ bleep ] punk. that's the tone of what we're calling our elected leaders. >> reporter: the sheriff arguing that the four-day wait for an arrest allowed investigators to question gasser for hours, eliminate a lying witness and get other critical witnesses to come forward. the deadly confrontation, he says, wasn't about race, but started when mcknight allegedly
cut gasser off driving on a bridge. gasser then sets out after mcknight. the two drivers tailing each other for miles. in this surveillance video, just a mile from the shooting scene, you can see the two vehicles matching the description of mcknight's silver suv and gasser's blue car speeding through a turn. a mile away, the two stopped at this light, arguing through open windows. police say mcknight boxed in gasser's car, got out and leaned toward his passenger window. >> at some point in time during that verbal altercation, mr. gasser pulls his weapon from between his seat and the console and fires three shots at joe mcknight, killing him. >> and eva joins us live tonight. eva, it's still unclear what that former nfl player might have tried to do? >> reporter: david, no word if mcknight was trying to get in that car. the sheriff says gasser claims he was being threatened, but some witnesses contradict parts
of his story. here in louisiana, the use of deadly force can be justified if someone is trying to get in your car. david? >> eva pilgrim with us from new orleans. eva, thank you. we do have new reporting tonight after that horrific and deadly fire in oakland, california. tonight here, for the first time, video from inside the warehouse, well before that inferno. the burned-out building now a crime scene tonight. investigators weighing charges, even murder. and that new video showing dangling wires, broken plumbing inside. and tonight here, the heartbreaking final text messages from loved ones who were trapped. abc's kayna whitworth in oakland. >> reporter: tonight, for the first time, we're seeing those deplorable living conditions inside the ghost ship warehouse where those 36 people perished. >> it was a hell hole. it was a death trap. >> reporter: shelley mack says she lived in the house for five months. she took this video, showing crumbling walls, endless clutter, and one of those staircases, dimly lit and
difficult to navigate. tonight, investigators telling abc news, the cause is most likely electrical, while authorities consider the most serious charges. are there possible murder charges coming down the line? is that possibility? >> it's on the spectrum of possibilities. >> reporter: but who is responsible? the owner of the building? the city of oakland for missing repeated complaints? or, the so-called landlord, derek almena? >> am i the man who should be held accountable? did i build something that -- with the -- what am i going to say to that? >> reporter: tonight, officials demolishing a wall inside the wearhouse, saying most of the v victims died of smoke inhalation. some trapped in the inferno, sending those text messages to loved ones, saying good-bye. >> we found a lot of victims in the wreckage here that were holding each other and caring for each other, as they waited to die. >> and kayna whitworth with us
live again tonight. and kayna, you've learned that investigators are trying to find clues from some of those cell phones? >> reporter: absolutely, david. so, they just have about 10% of this warehouse left to search and they've recovered several cell phones containing pictures and video from the night of the fire. and that's helping investigators piece together a timeline. david? >> kayna whitworth with us again tonight. kayna, thank you. we stay now in california, and next, the terror threat in los angeles. officials initially calling it specific and imminent. abc's matt gutman with the show of force, all day in los angeles. >> reporter: tonight, one of l.a.'s most famous spots transformed into a tsa security line. that tip warning of an attack on the red line metro stop just yards from universal studios. >> it's scary. >> reporter: the stop bristling with k-9 units and officers in tactical gear. they've been checking trash cans and now they're putting out these barriers, those orange ones, as well, preparing for this metro to open under intense security.
the fbi says it got the tip from a foreign intelligence agency. a male, speaking in english, had called a public safety hotline, say officials, with a specific warning. >> our intelligence was that it was universal city station, and it was today. >> reporter: we accompanied los angeles mayor eric garcetti, riding the subway himself, hoping to calm nerves. >> it wasn't something with massive amounts of people, or coordinated in other places, it was just a single, lone actor type of event. >> let's go live to matt gutman tonight, and matt, the mayor telling you, they had no choice but to take this seriously? >> reporter: that's right, david. the mayor saying that this had two of the three major components of a severe terrorist threat. specificity, here, and timing, today. he say what may have lacked was credibility. david? >> certainly many there welcoming the show of force. matt, thank you. next tonight, to the storms hitting right now. the blizzard and winter weather advisories. a dangerous commute in the east along the i-95 corridor at this hour. meantime, a blizzard, look at
this, blowing through north dakota. this man walking against the wind in downtown grand forks. that arctic air heading east. ginger zee is standing by. but first, abc's alex perez in north dakota tonight. >> reporter: tonight, across the northern plains, treacherous travel. wind gusts up to 64 miles per hour. in morton county, north dakota, where demonstrators have, for weeks, gathered to protest the dakota access pipeline, tribe officials begging them to leave, a 300-mile stretch of interstate 94, closed. >> lot of people spinning around, getting stuck. sort of miserable. >> reporter: visibility so poor, minot, north dakota's airport, entirely shut down. and david, here in bismarck, the big problem is the blowing snow, creating huge drifts like this one. and now, the cold. it will feel like 20 degrees below zero here tonight. david? >> winter is certainly back. alex, thank you. let's get right to chief meteorologist ginger zee, live
with us tonight, timing it all out. hey, ginger. >> reporter: hey there, david. this is one of the storms that we're tracking, this cold rain. actually had some sleet in it earlier. but i'll take you to the maps, where we actually have some ice storm warnings west of us, in parts of the appalachians. parts of new england are going to get in on this snow, as that low pressure system moves through tonight into tomorrow. you're going to find slick roads, especially away from the coast. then, i wanted to focus in on the cold. because so many folks are going to be feeling it, oh, the numbers, though. 5 below, omaha. 2, kansas city. that's thursday morning. the core of the cold air makes it right here, david, by saturday morning. >> ginger zee, our thanks to you again tonight. president-elect donald trump and another thank you rally tonight, this time, in north carolina. mr. trump will be joined by his choice for defense secretary. tweeting this photo with general james "mad dog" mattis. mr. trump also using twitter to blast american giant boeing tonight. abc's tom llamas on the tweet being studied by that company and its workers, the tweet that said "cancel order."
>> reporter: today at trump tower, the golden elevator opening and out walks the president-elect himself. >> good morning. how are you? >> reporter: donald trump, coming down to talk about his latest tweet. "boeing is building a brand new 747 air force one for future presidents, but costs are out of control. more than $4 billion. cancel order!" >> i think it's ridiculous. i think boeing is doing a little bit of a number. >> reporter: no explanation for why he's attacking boeing, but the tweet came about an hour after the company's ceo was quoted criticizing trump's rhetoric on china. during the campaign, trump warned boeing would send jobs there. >> then, all of a sudden, your boeing plant in this area will be gone. and we don't want that to happen. >> reporter: air force one, a super-charged 747, designed to be, essentially, a white house in the sky. our jon karl getting a rare look. the oval office. the situation room. a full command center. >> there's 87 telephones on the airplane. three different networks, top
secret all the way down to nonsecure. >> reporter: but the aircraft is 25 years old, and is quickly becoming obsolete. boeing tapped to build two new planes. but there is no $4 billion deal. the pentagon projects the cost of the planes could exceed $3 billion. and the jets would likely be for trump's successor, not trump himself. the president-elect now routinely tweeting about deals with specific companies. there was carrier. trump announcing the company would stay in indianapolis, quote, "great deal for workers." we later found out that while carrier agreed to preserve 1,100 jobs in indianapolis, it's still moving 600 jobs to mexico. late today, trump tweeting again, claiming credit for another deal, this time, with the japanese bank that owns sprint. >> and he's just agreed to invest $50 billion in the united states and 50,000 jobs. >> reporter: but so far, no details about that deal. or exactly how and when all those jobs would come to the u.s.
>> still waiting for the details on that. tom llamas joins us from a trump rally in north carolina. and tom, it was last night right here, we reported on that suspect with an ar-15, showing up at a family pizza restaurant in washington, d.c. after reading that fake news story online involving hillary clinton. that fake story had been retweeted by a young man working on trump's transition team? and you have word tonight, he's been forced out? >> reporter: david, that young man's name is michael flynn, and he happens to be the son of retired general michael flynn, who is the designated pick from president-elect trump to be national security adviser. now, sources tell me the decision to ask the younger flynn to leave the transition team came all the way from the top, from president-elect trump himself. david? >> tom llamas live from a very noisy rally there in north carolina tonight. tom, our thanks to you again. overseas tonight, and our team inside aleppo this evening. just 24 hours after syria and its ally, russia, rejected a cease-fire for the battle-scarred city of aleppo. syrian forces now moving to take
the city back. tonight, we witness some brave families heading back in, and abc's alex marquardt with many of them, looking to see if they can find toys, prized family possessions they hid before escaping war. >> reporter: once a bustling city of 2 million, aleppo is now a shell. driving in, we see the scars of four years of nonstop war, block after block lying in ruin. you can hear the fighting not too far away, the thuds and the booms. but here, it's just silent. these homes are empty. almost no one around. but slowly, as syrian forces retake eastern aleppo from rebel fighters, some residents are coming back. samir dawalibi left two years ago, and has just returned to find his home like this. the doors and windows blown off, tv and ac stolen off the walls. outside on the street, constant reminders of the war still raging.
do you think it can end soon? >> no. endless. >> reporter: still, ahmad mardinli is bringing his four sons home for the first time in four years. little majed was born in 2012, so, he has only ever known war. we walk to their building and up the stairs. ahmad lifts his boys over the brick wall that he built to keep their home safe. the children sprint inside. their father, climbing a ladder, pulling down the toys he hoped would survive the war. dusty, but loved. a father, now trying to rebuild his home and his boys' lives. "it's a dream," ahmad says. "i'm really not sure if i'm awake or not." alex marquardt, abc news, aleppo. >> alex marquardt and our team reporting in from aleppo tonight. alex, thank you. there is still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this tuesday. we're tracking your money tonight. $125 billion in wasteful
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there are people that, during the fire, text messaged family members so they've shared that with us and it's very sad. a firefighter shared his firsthand experience. also tonight, the abc7 news i team takes a dive into this man's past. abc7 news starts now. >> good evening, and thanks for joining us, i'm ama daetz. >> i'm dan ashley. we're expecting a live update from oakland on the deadly warehouse fire, which claimed 36 lives. half of the victims have been publicly identified. >> the alameda county sheriff is identifying other victims as well as notifying families. >> today, crews broke down part of the walls to make it safer
for the crews doing so much work inside. >> laura anthony joins us live on where the investigation stands now. >> we're expecting a press conference is beginning to stand and we understand barbara lee will be here with oakland mayor. we've been told they're trying to wind down and we have learned more about those frightening moments friday night. >> there are some answers emerging from the fire at the ghostship warehouse, they include cause of death, smoke inhalation, and a possible source, a refrigerator at the back of the building. >> by the time i got the doors open it was just flames starting to