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tonight, breaking news. president trump's personal physician under fire. the president picking him to run the v.a., but tonight, allegations of misconduct against the president's nominee, ronny jackson. what he's accused of doing. we have new reporting. also breaking tonight, the deadly van attack, and now, the discovery. what we've learned about the man accused of running down pedestrians with a van. the deadly attack at the waffle house. and tonight, the stunning find inside the suspect's home. federal authorities say they took away his weapons before, but what they've now discovered. there is word coming in tonight on former president george h.w. bush, in the hospital just days after he said good-bye to his beloved barbara. what we've now learned. up close and personal at the white house today. the president and the dandruff moment. what he said to french president emmanuel macron. their exchange on iran.
and the president earlier calling kim jong-un honorable. the wife and mother sucked out of that plane, pulled back in, but not surviving. tonight, her husband sitting down with our martha raddatz. and we do have breaking news, word coming in right now, reports of officers shot in dallas. details on the active scene at this hour. good evening. and it's great to have you with us here on a very busy tuesday night. we begin with the breaking news from dallas. the dallas police department confirming a short time ago that two police officers and one civilian have been shot at a home depot. police say a major incident under way and the department tweeting moments ago that those officers have been critically wounded, adding, please pray for our families. let's get right to abc's chief justice correspondent pierre thomas following late developments from washington. pierre? >> reporter: david, it's an extremely dangerous situation. two officers critically shot. we also are being told that a civilian has been injured.
and our station wfaa is reporting that this is an ongoing and very dangerous situation. david, as far as we know, the home depot was heavily crowded with people in that store. law enforcement officials are responding. we're being told that the atf is responding to the scene, as well. again, more details will be coming in, david, a very dangerous situation. two officers critically shot, civilian injured in an ongoing situation at a home depot in north dallas. >> all right, pierre thomas, you'll stay on this throughout the news cast. pierre, thank you. and now, to the other developing story as we come on tonight, major new scrutiny for president trump's personal physician, who became his nominee for secretary of veterans affairs, ronny jackson, the current white house doctor. he was set to be questioned tomorrow. tonight, that's now been put on hold. amid serious allegations. tonight, what he's accused of, and there is word coming in late today that the president has now met with him, and the president telling him, he will fight for him. here's abc's mary bruce. >> reporter: dogged by allegations of professional
misconduct, tonight, the president's pick to lead the v.a. under intense scrutiny. is there any truth to these allegations? will you withdraw your nomination? admiral ronny jackson's confirmation hearing now on hold, as the senate reviews allegations he created a hostile work environment, and as white house physician, improperly dispensed medication, specifically the sleep aid ambien. the top democrat on the committee says jackson is also accused of being repeatedly drunk on duty when traveling with the president, though he didn't provide any evidence. on capitol hill today, jackson insisted he's eager to answer the committee's questions. >> i'm looking forward to re-scheduling the hearing and getting the process moving. >> reporter: just moments later, the president asked what he knows. >> well, i haven't heard of the particular allegations. but i will tell you, he's one of the finest people that i have met. i would definitely stand behind him. he's a fine man. >> reporter: the president blamed partisan politics. but then, added this nudge -- suggesting, why bother moving forward?
>> i wouldn't do it. what does he need it for? to be abused by a bunch of politicians? i really don't think personally he should do it, but it's totally his -- i would stand behind him. totally his decision. >> reporter: even before these new allegations, there were questions about whether jackson, the president's personal physician, is up to the task of leading the government's second-largest agency. >> i know there's an experience problem. >> reporter: but the president and jackson have hit it off. just three months ago, jackson offered this glowing review of trump's health. >> i told the president that if he had healthier diet over the last 20 years, he might live to be 200 years old. i don't know. i mean, he -- he has incredible -- he has incredible genes. >> reporter: even then, jackson discussed prescribing sleep aides for long trips. >> i recommend that everyone on the plane take a sleep aid at certain times. >> reporter: tonight, even some republicans say they need more time to review jackson's nomination. >> i think the proper thing to do is not to reach any conclusions. >> reporter: but critics say the white house failed to do its due diligence. >> it is really frustrating to
me that this administration continues to not vet or sloppily send over a nominee that leaves us having to really vet them and look at serious questions. >> reporter: so, the white house failed to properly vet him? >> apparently, yes. >> let's get to mary bruce. and mary, you're learning that ronny jackson met with president trump late today. what have you heard? >> reporter: he did, david. and the white house tells us today that despite what the president said today publicly, tonight, the president is planning to fight back. a senior official tells me that jackson is getting rail roaded and that his record is impeccable. david, the white house says that jackson has a clean bill of health here and that he has no plans to withdraw his nomination. david? >> mary bruce following the developments on the hill. mary, thank you. we turn next here to the deadly van attack in toronto. the driver appearing to intentionally strike victims on the sidewalks and the streets there. the crime scene nearly a mile and a half long. and tonight, what investigators are now learning about the driver's possible motive.
abc's chief national correspondent tom llamas in toronto again tonight. >> reporter: the chilling new video, a van turned killing machine, barrelling down the toronto sidewalk, plowing into pedestrians. and tonight, as investigators scour the scene, a troubling portrait emerging of the man behind the wheel -- 25-year-old alek minassian. >> the accused is alleged to have posted a cryptic message on facebook, minutes before he began driving the rented van. >> reporter: that message including these words -- "all hail supreme gentleman elliott rodger!" rodger killed six people in a 2014 rampage near santa barbara. he recorded selfie videos lashing out at women. can you at least say if the suspect was frustrated with his relationships with women? >> again, because that's part of the evidence that's going to be part of our investigation. >> reporter: police say the injured victims were predominantly women, ranging from their 20s to their 80s. vasiola biboli almost became one of them herself. you were walking on the street, and your friend literally had to pull you out of the way of the
van? >> i just remember just being pulled away into the direction and then he accelerated and hit the lady and all i can envision is that vivid image of the lady being on top of his hood and then being thrown to the ground. and then he ran over her as he plowed to the crowd. >> reporter: minassian now charged with ten counts of murder and 13 counts of attempted murder. outside court, his father, emotional. he didn't say much, but the look on his face said it all. you were crying in court, sir. can you tell us what you're feeling right now, please? >> i'm sorry. >> reporter: and tonight, we're learning more about the traffic officer who stopped the rampage, constable kenny lam. during that standoff, minassian saying he had a gun, making threatening gestures. >> i have a gun in my pocket. >> i don't care. get down. >> i have a gun in my pocket. >> reporter: but constable lam, a 12-year veteran of the police force, managed to bring minassian down and cuff him without firing a single shot. >> and tom llamas with us again tonight from toronto. you were in court today when the
suspect was charged, and you're learning he did a short stint in the canadian military? >> reporter: that's right, david. we've just learned tonight that minassian was in the canadian military last year for only six days during troop recruitment training, but then he quit. today, we did see him in court. he walked in with a white jail ju jumpsuit, sat there stonefaced. the only emotion in that courtroom came from his father. i saw him wiping away tears as his son was led away. david? >> tom llamas with us again tonight. thank you, tom. and there are also new developments tonight after the deadly shooting spree at a waffle house in tennessee. tonight, travis reinking is in custody, facing four murder counts now. a judge revoking his $2 million bail. federal authorities said they had taken away his weapons before, but tonight, a search warrant now revealing a powerful arsenal inside his home. more than 1,000 rounds of ammunition, a rifle, two scopes and a laptop that may have been wiped clean. the suspect's father now under federal investigation amid questions about whether he broke the law by giving guns possibly back to his son.
next, to the white house tonight, and several moments up close and personal today making headlines around the globe. president trump and the president of france, and their interactions. the trump administration's first state visit, the official welcome at the white house. with a 21-gun salute and full military display. the two presidents, and what they said today about iran, what president trump said about kim jong-un, calling him honorable. here's abc's chief white house correspondent jonathan karl. >> reporter: as soon as the french president and his wife arrived at the white house this morning, the macrons and the trumps seemed determined to show the world how much they like each other. so comfortable together, this happened -- >> we do have a very special relationship. in fact, i'll get that little piece of dandruff off. little piece. we have to make him perfect. he is perfect. >> reporter: chumminess aside, president macron came with an agenda. he wants the u.s. to stay in the iran nuclear deal. are you willing to consider staying in the iran deal?
>> we're going to be talking about it. we'll see. >> reporter: for all its flaws, the iran deal has shut down, at least for now, the iranian nuclear program. but the iranians say they'll restart their nuclear program if the deal -- >> we'll find out. you'll find out about that. >> reporter: but are you concerned about that? >> won't be so easy for them to restart. they're not going to be restarting anything. they're restart it, they'll have big problems. bigger than they ever had before. >> reporter: later, at a joint press conference that featured another over the top handshake, macron urged the president to stay in the iran nuclear deal, while negotiating another deal to limit iran's missile program and support for terrorism. >> we raised very new issues and very lieu solutions tonight. >> reporter: trump didn't show his cards, but he did repeat his warning to iran. >> i will say, if iran threatens us in any way, they will pay a price like few countries have ever paid. >> reporter: the president's harsh words for iran stood in stark contrast to his praise for north korea's dictator kim jong-un.
over the past year, he's called kim a madman running a cruel regime. but today, looking ahead to their planned meeting -- >> kim jong-un was -- he really has been very open and i think very honorable from everything we're seeing. >> reporter: nice words aside, the president declared he will insist on complete denuclearization. >> it means they get rid of their nukes. very simple. they get rid of their nukes and >> so, let's get to jon karl, live at the white house. big night at the white house, jon, this evening. we saw all that warmth on display between president trump and emmanuel macron. the two first couples walking together on the white house lawn. the president is hosting them tonight at a state dinner? >> reporter: it's going to be inmi intimate. just 13 tables of ten. they'll be eating on the clinton china. and the guests here include lud
rupert murdoch and apple ceo tim cook, who brought, as his guest, the former obama epa director, lisa jackson. >> jon, one other headline from the white house tonight, the president's personal attorney, as you know, michael cohen, under increasing scrutiny, his home, office, raided by the fbi. "the new york times" speculated that cohen could flip. a source close to cohen telling abc news that would never happen. jon asked, would the president consider a pardon. here's what the president said today. >> reporter: what about michael cohen? are you considering a pardon for michael cohen? no? >> stupid question. >> stupid question, jon. the president clearly not happy with your question there. >> reporter: not happy, david. and not answering. but the question of a possible pardon for michael cohen is a central one here right now. and the white house has not ruled it out. >> just to be clear, he said it was stupid, not me. thank you, jon, as always. >> you got it. we turn next to the economy
and to the stock market tonight. stocks down for a fifth day in a row. investors on edge today over possible inflation, rising interest rates and those gas prices inching up. we'll continue to follow it. we turn next here to former president george h.w. bush, in the hospital tonight, just days after saying farewell to his beloved barbara. abc's matt gutman from houston with what we've learned tonight. >> reporter: the president falling ill barely a day after his wife barbara's funeral. that infection spreading to his blood. what's called sepsis can be fatal. on friday, the elder president bush gamely greeted hundreds of mourners. the next day, his wife's funeral. the 41st president wheeled down the aisle towards his wife's waiting casket by the 43rd president, his son george w. bush. even taking this picture with three other presidents. his other son, jeb, describing his parents' undying love. >> he held my mom's hand all day long yesterday, and i called him and he said, "i'm kind of a cry
baby right now, i'm not feeling very good." >> reporter: a parkinson's-type disease has kept the president bound to a wheelchair. but that didn't stop him from sky diving on his 90th birthday, rewarded afterwards with this peck on the lips from his worried wife. though full of vitality, famously throwing out first pitches at baseball games, the elder bush was twice admitted to the hospital for pneumonia last year. always cared for by his wife, barbara. >> and so let's get to matt gutman, live from houston tonight. and matt, obviously, so many tonight talking about that marriage of 73 years, and the impact her loss could be having on his health, as well. >> reporter: could be a huge impact, david. now, we spoke to president bush's representatives tonight, they say that he is responding to this aggressive treatment to that sepsis by his doctors, but there is one ailment they simply cannot treat, that is the so-called broken heart syndrome. this is the first crisis in president bush's entire adult life that he is dealing with
without his beloved barbara by his side. david? >> so true, matt. but he's proven over and over again what a fighter he is, and we know you'll stay there on the scene for us. matt, thank you. and there is still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this tuesday. the f-16 crash. the images coming in. the fighter plane going down, and we have news on the pie lot's condition tonight. also, the wife and mother sucked out of that plane, pulled back in, but not surviving. well, tonight, her husband, sitting down with our martha raddatz. and that skaf told collapse today, two workers dangling high above the ground. and the firefighter and her very daring rescue. a lot more news ahead. but why go back there, when you can stay home with neulasta onpro? strong chemo can put you at risk of serious infection. neulasta helps reduce infection risk by boosting your white blood cell count, which strengthens your immune system. in a key study, neulasta reduced the risk of infection from 17% to 1%, a 94% decrease. applied the day of chemo,
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the mother of two, the first person to die in an accident on a u.s. airline in nearly ten years. tonight, for the first time, her husband, michael, telling us how he got the news. >> the chaplain at the hospital called. he's like, "i need to have the doctor talk to you." and then before the doctor could call, i was able to click on a news site. and i saw one passenger was brought to the hospital, i'm like, she can't be injured that bad, she's just in the hospital. but i can get out there and i can hold her hand and love on her. and then two minutes later, i got a call from the doctor who said, "we're sorry, we tried everything we could, but she couldn't make it." >> reporter: despite wearing her seatbelt, riordan was partially sucked out of this window. passengers pulling her back inside. >> i immediately thought of the kids, and how do you tell your kids their mom was gone? i just held their little hands and took a knee and i said, "mommy's not going to come home, guys." >> reporter: on sunday, hundreds
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a house in the east bay looking for a man who say they robbed a neighbor at gunpoint inside their home. good afternoon abthank you for joining us. i'm ama daetz. >> larry beal beil with the warriors. s in a story unfolding over the last couple hours in livermore. >> we have seen a heavy police presence by coronado way and wagner drive where police say the suspect was holed up the last three hours. >> abc 7 news reporter alyssa harrington at the scene where the armed standoff ended minutes ago. >> ama, larry police believe the suspect was hiding in the atick and didn't come out until they sent k nines inside. they saw the suspect went in there and robbed his neighbor at gunpoint. sky 7 video shows the suspect being taken away in handcuffs. police say the suspect entered the house on wagner drive this morning and held up the person inside but they won't tell us what he took from the home.
he ran back to his house on coronado to hide. police s.w.a.t. teams and negotiators tried to get the subrogate out for hours thp they evacuated neighbors transporting them in armored vehicle pps they used to your tear gas and drones and a robert inside. s.w.a.t. teams with a k 679 entered the house and found the suspect. >> the s.w.a.t. team came up in their vehicle and escorted him in the s.w.a.t. team and took him off to a excluded location which i don't know right now. but i know they are safe at a residence nearby. >> heard from told that the suspect is somebody known to the neighborhood, that they have had problems with him before breaking into cars and things of that nature. the suspect was not hurt. no officers were hurt. there is still a large scale investigation so people are being asked to avoid the area. live in livermore, alyssa harrin