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hope to see you at 6:00. tonight, several developing stories as we come on the air. the deadly attack on an american campus. the suspect targeting victims with a large hunting knife. the images coming in now. also, we have new video tonight. the moment the deadly shooting rampage breaks out. the gunman sitting in a chair at a party opening fire. what he said as he was firing. and what we've now learned about the gunman. the paramedic shot while trying to save a life. >> we've got shots fired. male walking with a rifle. >> authorities using a robot late today to get to that suspect. the deadly tornado outbreak across several states. there are tornado watches tonight in the northeast as we come on. the rescues, the baby and toddler trapped in an overturned car. president trump on north korea's kim jong-un.
the president saying he would, quote, be honored to meet him. and cabin chaos. more than two dozen passengers bloodied and with broken bones when their boeing 777 hits severe turbulence. good evening and it's great to have you with us here on a very busy monday night. we begin with that tragedy on campus, a deadly attack. a student armed with a hunting knife taking aim. the violent attack unfolding at the university of texas, at austin. a young man, 21 years old, targeting multiple victims. the suspect surrounded within minutes. a large knife hanging at his side, but not before he got to several people. apparently at random. abc's clayton sandell leading us off. >> reporter: chaos tonight on a college campus. >> three patients that have been stabbed, one in the neck. >> reporter: the stabbing spree starting just after 1:45. blood spattered on the pavement. >> utpd is pursuing the suspect at this time. >> reporter: police say that suspect calmly walked around this plaza at the university of texas, austin, suddenly attacking people with a large hunting knife.
>> he walked up to this guy that was just within arm's length of me and grabbed him by the shoulder and stabbed him in the back. >> reporter: just two minutes after the violence erupted, officers taking the suspect down. >> let me see your other hand. put it straight out in front of you. do not move or you will be tased. >> reporter: police say the suspect is kendrex white, a student at ut-austin. handcuffed and pinned to a vehicle, the sheath for his large knife seen at his side. he allegedly stabbed four students, one of those victims didn't survive. >> we're going to be stopping cpr due to injuries incompatible to life. >> it breaks my heart that any of our students are touched by tragedy. >> reporter: classes cancelled due to the tragedy. >> police are unclear about a motive? >> reporter: that's right, david. police say that white was interrogated by detectives tonight but he's not saying much. what police will say the suspect apparently had no connection to his victims. david. >> clayton, thank you.
and we do have new images of a moment of a man sitting at a pool party calmly pulls out a gun and starts firting. shooting seven people, killing one of them. taking the time at one point to reload. authorities say as he was doing it he was on the phone with his girlfriend making her listen to what he was doing. abc's senior national correspondent matt gutman on the scene in la jolla. >> reporter: tonight, that first glimpse of a man who terrorized this upscale san diego apartment complex. you can see the shooter, peter selis, feet up on that lounge chair. then casually pointing his gun. seconds later -- a shot. just after 6:00 p.m. sunday, police say selis had emptied at least one full clip at the partygoers around this pool. >> we literally saw people jumping out from the fences and running away like crazy. >> reporter: in the panic, chairs tossed into the water.
blood everywhere. >> we need an ambulance! >> reporter: 6:13 p.m., police arrive on the scene, a police chopper spotting the suspect. >> two to three people down. the suspect is reloading in the pool area. white male, 40. >> reporter: seconds later, officers close in. >> drop the gun! >> reporter: police say selis fires and officers return fire. selis was pronounced dead at the scene, and around him, carnage. and terror. college student kaela wong got trapped in this jacuzzi. >> he said you can either stay and die, or leave. they said, can we at least help our friend? he said no. i said you can either stay and die or leave. >> reporter: one woman was killed. and six others were shot, all of them people of color. but tonight, police say it was not race, but the 49-year-old mechanic's breakup with his girlfriend, that triggered that rampage.
>> selis stayed on the phone, talking to his ex-girlfriend as he continued to fire his weapon. it is apparent that selis wanted his ex-girlfriend to listen in as he carried out his rampage. >> and matt gutman joins us from the scene. at first there was talk this was a hate crime, but police don't believe that was the motive? >> reporter: that's right, david, police are calling this a, quote, spontaneous act of violence. they say there's no indication that race played any role here. they say those victims just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. one bright spot, all of the wound ready expected to recover. david. >> matt gutman in california, thank you, matt. and one more scene and this one from dallas tonight. a paramedic trying to save a life was targeted and shot. tonight, he's in critical condition. he responded to a call to treat a gunshot victim. he came under fire himself. a man with a rifle seen leaving that scene. a citywide manhunt for hours.
authorities sent in a robot and then captured images of the suspect already dead. along with the body of another man. we turn next tonight here to a deadly tornado outbreak across several states. and this evening, there are watches here in the northeast. tornadoes already reported from texas to illinois. at least 17 dead now. this ef-3 with 140-mile-an-hour winds on the ground for 55 miles. abc meteorologist rob marciano in fruitville, texas, tonight. >> reporter: tonight, the system that brought deadly tornadoes to texas, now targeting tens of millions in the east. >> we're outside eustace, texas. >> reporter: just after those tornadoes tore through, tom mitchell discovering this truck overturned in rushing water, and a family of four trapped inside. >> oh, my god! somebody go through the back seat! >> reporter: with tornadic storms still swirling overhead, good samaritans racing against time. >> call 911! get him! >> we've got a baby! call 911! >> reporter: mitchell puts down his phone and starts giving the infant cpr. >> let him breathe, lord! >> please lord. >> let him breath, lord!
>> reporter: tonight, the ocheltree family is recovering, mom emily with a message for their rescuers. >> thank you so much for everything that you did and for helping someone you didn't even know. >> reporter: just a few miles away, a high school prom taking a direct hit. this new, well-built venue nearly flattened by the tornado. the 20 people inside, cramming into a small closet and bathrooms buried underneath that rubble, all survived, with no injuries. >> we're not really new to tornadoes, but one of this magnitude, with a 50-mile swath, is just unbelievable. >> reporter: along with tornadoes, torrential flooding rain. parts of the region getting nearly a foot in the last three days. >> rob marciano with us tonight from texas. rob, we can see the devastating scene there behind you. now the threat moves up to the northeast? >> reporter: it does. the same storms that came through this area making their final charge now across the country. let's look at the radar. it shows you that line plus the weather watches.
from western new york all the way down to raleigh, north carolina. be aware these storms packing 77, 78 mile an hour winds. they'll make their way across i-95 overnight tonight. they'll be offshore by the morning rush. wind behind that and across the heartland, all that flooding the rivers will continue to rise. here in texas, they'll recover from the five tornadoes that hit in the same area within two hours. incredible, david. >> it's a huge line of storms tonight. rob, thanks. we move next to president trump and what he said about north korean leader kim jong-un. even amid rising tensions and the showdown with north korea, the president now saying he, quote, would be honored to meet with the north korean dictator. abc's jon karl pressing the white house today if the president really meant he would be honored. >> reporter: a stark warning today from president trump on the threat posed by north korea to the u.s. troops in the region and beyond. >> nobody's safe. i mean, who's safe? the guy's got nuclear weapons.
we're probably not safe over here. if he gets the long-range missiles we're not safe either. >> reporter: despite his ominous tone, the president said he's open to the idea of meeting with north korean dictator kim jong-un. he tells bloomberg that, under what he called the right circumstances, quote, i would be honored to do it. this person has starved his own people and threatened to destroyed the united states. just last week he put out a video showing the capitol getting destroyed. by north korean fighters. how could he be honored to meet with kim jong-un. >> the president understands the threat that north korea poses and he'll do what ever is necessarily under the right circumstances to protect the country. >> how can that be an honor? >> jon, i guess, because he's still the head of a state. there's a diplomatic piece -- >> reporter: but sean spicer also made it clear the conditions are nowhere near right for a meeting any time soon. not only as kim recently released those videos showing
the destruction of the capitol and u.s. cities. there have been missile tests, preparations for a possible nuclear test and now, the "uss carl vinson" strike group is in the region and on high alert. still, despite the heightened tension, trump is offering some striking praise for the young dictator. >> at a very young age he was able to assume power. lot of people i'm sure tried to take that power away. whether it was his uncle or anybody else. and he was able to do it. so, obviously, he's a pretty smart cookie. >> what did he mean when he called him a pretty smart cookie? >> he assumed power at a young age when his father passed away. and there was a lot of potential threats that could have come his way. he managed to lead the country forward. >> reporter: to guard against the north korean threat, the president is also reaching out and offering kind words to another controversial asian strongman, philippine president, rodrigo duterte.
a man human rights group said have committed crimes against humanity for an anti-drug campaign blamed for 7,000 murders. he once referred to president obama as, quote, the son of a where. "he has a very high approval rating in the philippines," trump told bloomberg. after what the white house called a very friendly call, the president invited duterte to the white house. >> jon karl joins us tonight. the president of the philippines not ready to commit. saying, i'm sorry i'm not sure i can make it to the white house. jon, as you know, trump raising eyebrows with something else he said in another interview. the president speaking about his admiration for president andrew jackson. saying jackson would have been able to prevent the civil war. there were questions about this. let's listen. >> had andrew jackson been a little later you wouldn't have had the civil war. he was really angry that he saw what was happening with regard to the civil war. think about it, why? people don't ask that question,
but why was there the civil war? why could that one not have been worked out? >> jon, some historians are scratching their heads over this. >> well, it's unclear how andrew jackson would have prevented the civil war if he had been alive. he actually died 16 years before the civil war started. on the one hand, he was a strong advocate of the union. on the other hand, he was a southerner and david, he was an unapologetic slave owner. >> jon, thank you. meantime, tonight, the new effort to repeal and replace obamacare. republicans hoping for a new vote this week. among the big questions, even as the president says pre-existing conditions will be covered, will this new plan allow states to opt out of pre-existing coverage or not? abc's mary bruce with a reality check tonight. >> reporter: with house republicans nearing a possible vote on health care, the president insists the gop plan will protect americans with pre-existing conditions. >> pre-existing conditions are in the bill. and i mandated it.
i said, it has to be. >> reporter: it's one of the few obamacare provisions the president said he would keep. >> are you going to make sure that people with pre-conditions are still covered? >> yes, because it happens to be one of the strongest assets. >> reporter: but the bill his party is pushing tonight actually allows states to opt out of the obamacare requirement. preventing insurance companies from discriminating against pre-existing conditions. republicans made the change to win over ultraconservatives. in some states it could allow insurers to charge more -- lots more. according to the ama, the republican plan could effectively make coverage completely unaffordable for people with pre-existing conditions. when pressed about this, the president said there would be additional changes. >> one of the fixes that was discussed pre-existing was optional for the states. >> sure. in one of the fixes. they're changing it and changing it. >> reporter: no word on those changes yet. house republicans have been
optimistic that a vote on the current plan could come this week. >> progress is being made on health care. so, sometimes things take a little longer than we would want. >> it's a winner and everybody will settle down. we'll get it right. >> reporter: but one prominent moderate says the current bill just doesn't cut it. >> the health care law is currently not working. but this health care replacement piece still has serious flaws. >> mary bruce live on capitol hill tonight. mary, house republicans still hoping for a vote this week? >> reporter: well, the white house says they have the votes. david, there's still no votes scheduled here and house republican leaders insist there won't be one until they're sure the bill will pass. and even if it does, it still faces a huge uphill battle in the senate. david. >> you'll be watching, mary, thank you. and we should mentioned tonight that we just landed back in new york late today after traveling to africa, where this evening four countries are on the brink of famine. we witnessed scenes of true devastation, 20 million people now at risk. families and children. we traveled to many remote
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>> reporter: the video is dramatic. passengers bloodied, bruised, some with broken bones. thrown around the aeroflot boeing 777 from moscow to bangok. just look at the mess left behind. 25 hospitalized, four children, including a baby. several passengers undergoing surgeries. the plane slammed midair by something called clear air turbulence. this happens when there's a disturbance between two jet streams and the plane flies in between them. passengers on this flight saying they were hurled onto the ceiling. the pilots unable to give any warning. many were out of their seats when the turbulence hit out of nowhere. >> when you are sitting down, you have your seatbelt on because at any point you could hit this kind of turbulence. >> reporter: and this kind of violent turbulence happens more than you'd think. in the past ten years over american skies, 424 major injuries. and david, you might be wondering, why can't pilots tell whether there's any clear air turbulence ahead? well, there just isn't any radar that can detect it. at least not yet.
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it's an annual march with a message. and this year it's taken a dfferent tone. >> i can show the world what just one does. >> it's straw wars. with both sounds and sights, they made their message heard, hoping it carries from california all the way to the nation's capital. >> may day is traditionally about protecting workers, but now it's evolving, this year thousands marched and rallied with a focus on immigration and the challenges brought on by a new president.
>> we'll begin with abc7's laura amount at san antonio park. >> these marchers have been walking for the better part of two hours. let's show you these folks, they're right behind us here, getting an escort from opd. our estimate about 2,000 or 3,000 people participated. they started at fruitvale village, they have traveled in this heat and it's been quite a accomplishment. it's considered the main event on this may day in oakland, the gathering of several thousand people in the fruitvale district, a community that's particularly concerned about immigration issues. >> because i'm an immigrant and i feel that with this anti-immigration climate in this country, it's pretty scary.