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tonight, breaking news. the deadly rampage inside an american work place. a fired employee, an army vet, returning to work and shooting co-workers, authorities say cig singling them out. we're on scene, london terror. holding the door as the men with machetes try to push it open. what we learned about the attackers. the young father with a baby born just last week. the president's tweets, taking aim at the london mayor, our correspondent asking the white house today, why is he picking a fight with london's mayor right after a terror attack? the trial begins. bill cosby and the tv daughter who walked him in today. and the medical emergency behind the wheel. the husband in the next car over and what he does.
good evening. it's great to have you with us on and month night two developing stories. new images from inside the london attack and attackers but first, the horror playing out in this country. an army vet returning to the place he once worked just after his former workers showed up for work. abc's steve osunsami is on the scene, in orlando, leading us off tonight. >> reporter: sheriff deputies are calling what happened in this local business an execution. >> i don't want to make it too gruesome, but most of the victims were shot in the head. some where shot multiple times. >> reporter: they make awnings here for rvs and campers, and just as workers were starting their day, police say 45-year-old john neumann stormed through the back of the building with a semi-automatic pistol in his hand, knives in his pocket and revenge on his mind. he was fired here in april, and police say he was singling out
his former managers and other victims, gunning them down one by one. >> caller heard multiple gunshots. shooters still on the scene. >> reporter: 46-year-old kevin lawson is just one of the five people who won't be going home tonight. eight others, who made it out alive, are seen here sharing tears with family members shortly after the shooting. this woman was waiting to find her sister. >> she saw one on the floor is all she said, and she kept saying, "my boss is dead." >> reporter: neumann was a troubled man, a veteran who police say arrested for beating someone at this very same business three years ago. charges were not filed. witnesses say he turned his gun on himself when he heard the sound of police sirens. >> steve with us live tonight from orlando. both the atf and the fbi responding the shootings today. >> yes, david, they were here today. earlier concerns that this was terror related. right now, there's a large police presence outside this
man's home. they're hoping they can find some explanation as to why he came here shooting. david? >> steve osunsami, thank you we also have new images this evening from inside the terror attack in london. a clearer portrait of what happened there. people running for their lives. three attackers using that van to plow into pedestrians. and this new surveillance video tonight, showing a restaurant manager holding the door there on the left, as the attackers are pushing from the outside, armed with their knives trying to get inside. abc's chief foreign correspondent terry moran from london tonight. >> reporter: the traumatic moments of terror up close. watch as this restaurant manager hustles inside. they close the front windows. one woman pierce out, see the attackers, turns and runs. watch. you can see the attackers approach, trying to enter, a terrifying tug of war begins as the manager guards the doorway
and forces the door shut justs as one of the attackers tries to get in. the attacker pushes. patrons peeking outside to see if all is clear. then this -- >> i'm trying to keep myself safe. >> reporter: the photographer caught outside, as the police opened fire on attackers. people fleeing the scene. those moments coming during the 18 minutes of terror that seemed an eternity. at 9:58 p.m., the attack begins, that van runs off the london bridge. at the south end of the bridge, three men with long knives get out and start slashing people. at 10:08 p.m. police are called to the scene. at 10:16 all three suspects are dead.
their phony suicide vests failing to keep police at bay. 50 shots fired by 8 officers. today the people of london walked back to work on that very bridge as a show of force and new barricades protecting the sidewalks on several bridges. we're learning more about the victims. 30-year-old canadian chrissy archibald. her family releasing a statement urging people to volunteer at a homeless shelter. london mourned them all today. mayor sadiq khan, first muslim elected to the position, hurling defiance at the terrorists. >> i say this, you do not commit these disgusting acts in my name. >> reporter: many here expressing the wound this whole city has suffered.
>> it's not just the victims. it's everybody else. it's the whole community. >> reporter: british prime minister theresa may saying this. >> we can't go on like this, enough is enough. >> terry, prime minister may was pressed today asked if these three terror attacks in the last three months were in fact related? >> reporter: and david, she said they are not linked by a common network but they are bound together by what she called a single, evil ideology of islamist extremism. >> david. >> terry moran live in london. terry, thank you. as you know, new video of the attackers before the attack, a broadcast that included one of the three attackers. he's seen in a tv documentary expressing his extremist views. how did british authorities take their eyes off of him?
and we learned he had a newborn. his wife delivering in recent days. here's abc's brian ross. >> reporter: authorities tell abc news tonight that the attackers, seen in this video in the midst of their terror rampage, were led by a man known to police for years as a potential threat. >> we always ask ourselves should we have known and could this have been prevented. >> reporter: it was just last year that butt was featured in a documentary aired on the british channel 4 about a group that openly campaigns for strict sharia law, here praying before the black flag of islam and then getting into a confrontation with police. of the some 3,000 people authorities considered active threats, this group is among the most extreme. >> the members of this network which number probably around in the hundreds are on the more dangerous end of the spectrum. >> reporter: a second attacker was identified as rachid redouane, of libyan or
moroccan descent, who the police both men come from this east end neighborhood in london, where police arrested at least neighbors said butt, the father of a toddler and a newborn, of pakistani descent, held a backyard barbecue last week in his apartment's garden area that some now say seemed like a farewell gathering. others told abc news the police never responded when they called to report the threats butt was making against non-muslims. >> in the name of allah, we believe, i'm even ready, if i have to, even to kill my own mother if she comes against allah. >> reporter: authorities tonight say the three men had been waiting for several months to carry out their attack. and that their decision to act was triggered by this message posted by isis just hours earlier, urging followers to attack during ramadan with vehicles, guns and knives. >> that's the question, were they responding to that message? isis has claimed responsibility for the attack. brian with us now, do
investigators believe they were inspired by isis. >> we know the leader of the london group is now in syria, playing a prominent role with isis. >> all right, brian ross and your team will stay on it meanwhile president trump sparking controversy with his twitter storm after the london attack, blasting london's mayor. tonight, our chief white house correspondent jonathan karl asking the white house, why pick a fight with london's mayor right after a terror attack there. >> reporter: the white house today is defending the president's tweets attacking the mayor of london. why is the president picking the fight with the mayor of london right after his city was hit by a terrorist attack? >> i don't see that the president is picking a fight with the mayor of london at all. >> reporter: but less than 24 hours after the attack, the president tweeted, "at least 7 dead and 48 wounded in terror attack and mayor of london says there is 'no reason to be alarmed!'" and just this morning, the president accused the mayor of offering a "pathetic excuse" for his words.
in fact, the president took london mayor sadiq khan out of context. here's what he actually said. >> londoners will see an increased police presence today and over the course of the next few days, no reason to be alarmed. one of things the police and all of us need to do to make sure we are as safe as we possibly can be. >> reporter: the mayor also warned the threat level remains severe. >> severe means an attack across the country is still highly likely, and so we have all got to be vigilant. >> the president directly misrepresented what the mayor of london said. >> i don't think that's actually true. i think that the media wants to spin it that way. but i think that the mayor was no reason to be alarmed with a attack on his season. >> look, i think the point is, there is a reason to be alarmed. >> reporter: and today, this from the mayor. >> i really don't have time to respond to trump, to tweets from donald trump. we aren't going to let anyone, whether it's donald trump or anybody else to divide our communities. >> reporter: the president is also using the attack to reignite the debate over his
travel ban, now tied up in the courts tweeting this morning -- "the justice dept. should have stayed with the original travel ban, not the watered down, politically correct version they submitted to supreme court." but he is criticizing his own justice department, and a so-called watered-down travel ban that he himself signed. >> jon live at the white house. asking the president to stop tweeting. >> george conway is a respected conservative lawyer. he's also a supporter of the president. he's pleading with president to stop tweeting. david. >> married to white house counselor kellyanne conway. congress back to work after a break with that major showdown looming. former fbi director james comey set to testify thursday with the
meetings with president trump and the memos he kept. will president trump try to stop him, invoking executive privilege. tonight, we have ans on on that from the white house and abc's mary bruce on the hill. >> reporter: tonight, that blockbuster testimony from the fired fbi director is moving forward. the white house now says definitely president trump won't try to block him. >> president trump will not assert executive privilege regarding james comey's scheduled testimony. >> reporter: sources close to comey say he's angry after being fired with no warning. on thursday, he'll get to tell his side of the story. front and center will be his private conversations with the president. he's preparing to answer questions about those memos he wrote detailing their encounters. what's your one key question for him? >> we've seen these reports that are been attributed to comey. and the questions are going to be about whether that's how it happened. no one has heard from him directly. >> reporter: lawmakers are eager to know, did president trump ask comey to pledge his loyalty? did the president pressure comey to drop his investigation into fired national security adviser
michael flynn? and did comey tell the president he wasn't under investigation, as trump claims? hanging over the hearing, the biggest question of all. is there any evidence of collusion between the trump team and the russians? >> there's a lot of smoke. we have no smoking gun at this point. but there is a lot of smoke. >> so let's get to mary bruce. the committee has requested those memos as you reported there, mary. lot of questions about whether or not the public will ever see them. >> david, lawmakers remain hopeful but no clear answer yet on when we might see those memos. lawmakers are confident that comey will be discussing those private conversations with the president. >> mary, thank you. and to let everyone at home know, abc news will carry direct comey's testimony live at 10:00 a.m. eastern on abc. after president trump's decision to pull out of the
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