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tonight, dangerous weather across the country. the twister in alabama. a bride and groom running for cover. the lightning strike sending one person to the hospital. this, as deadly rip currents and flooding strike the east, with dangerous heat in the west. panic at trader joe's. dozens held hostage. shoppers running for their lives. the questions tonight about how the store manager was killed. also, federal investigators zeroing in on the captain of that doomed tour boat. what he allegedly told passengers about the life vests. plus, the haunting souvenir photo shot just before this family boarded that boat. spy games. russia now demanding the release of maria butina, the young woman accused of being an agent of the kremlin. and, backseat betrayal.
the uber driver live streaming his riders without their consent. the company calling it troubling. tonight, did he break the law? and good evening. thanks for joining us on this sunday. i'm tom llamas. and we begin with the severe weather from coast to coast. the tornado outbreak moving out of the midwest and into the south. the latest in central alabama. an ef-0. winds of 85 miles per hour. the lightning strike in wisconsin, knocking a woman out who may have been on her phone at the time. you can see the phone shattered there. and flooding rain up the east coast. the weekend washout here in wildwood, new jersey. rob marciano starts us off. >> reporter: tonight, more severe weather rattling the u.s. now, over 500 reports of damaging wind and hail this weekend. with millions from florida to alabama still under the gun. >> we've got to go. >> reporter: storm clouds
swallowing daylight over alabama saturday, as an ef-0 tornado descends. watch this funnel spinning dangerously close to homes in lee county. as storm sirens warn the area's 30,000 residents to get inside. among them, members of this wedding party. winds up to 85 miles per hour wreaking havoc on this mobile home park. this, one of 36 tornadoes in just 5 days. >> a good bit of damage. thankfully, no one was hurt. >> reporter: on the east coast, flooding rains. with another round on the way. this road in new jersey resembling a river. just outside of d.c., emergency crews rescuing four passengers from this swamped car. the extreme weather turning deadly in north carolina. three people drowning yesterday at different beaches after being swept up in rip currents. and in wisconsin, this video captures the moment lightning struck a 22-year-old woman, possibly on her cell phone, knocking her unconscious at a music festival.
bystanders rushing to her side. the woman recovering tonight. >> her phone was completely shattered. she was just laying on her stomach, completely unresponsive. >> incredible she's able to survive. rob, the week ahead is going to be rough for so many across the country. >> reporter: indeed, tom. including new york, with on and off heavy rain all afternoon. but severe weather across northern and central florida. a watch until 8:00 p.m., some power lines and tree limbs down. and maryland, more rain. the low over kentucky, deep moisture to the east. several more round of this stuff for the next several days. and 2 to 4 inches through tuesday. the heat continues in texas. up and over 100, close to 110 in dallas and austin. temperatures in the southwest, up to 120.
so, a lot of heat for much of the west starting tonight. >> rob, thank you. next to that frightening scene at trader joe's in los angeles. a car chase ending at that crowded supermarket. a suspect rushing in, taking hostages. s.w.a.t. teams aiming their weapons. some of the hostages running for their lives. others trapped with the suspect for hours. the store manager killed, possibly caught in the crossfire. marci gonzalez is at the scene. >> reporter: tonight, police piecing together the chaos. ending in a deadly standoff in this busy los angeles trader joe's. the woman killed, identified as the store manager. police still not saying if she was shot by the suspect or caught in the crossfire. investigators say gene atkins began his violent rampage around 1:30 saturday afternoon, shooting his grandmother, mary elizabeth madison, seven times in her home. >> i think the cause of the shooting pretty much had something to do with the girlfriend. the grandmother didn't want the
girlfriend over at the house. >> reporter: police say one of atkins' bullets grazed that girlfriend in the head before he forced her into his grandmother's car and took off, firing at officers as they followed. the vehicle, crashing around 3:30 p.m. ten miles away, outside of the supermarket, where the gun battle with police continued. >> it was a pretty hefty gun. he turned it around and shot at the cops. >> reporter: the suspect, shot in the arm, rushing into the packed store. customers, and employees, desperately running out of back doors. others, using a ladder to climb through this window. >> i just went into survival mode and was just trying to think of the best way to get myself out. >> reporter: as many as 50 others could not escape, held hostage inside the store. did he threaten to harm more of the hostages and did he make any demands? >> he made a series of demands. at all times, our hostage negotiators believed they had established a good rapport with him. >> reporter: a steady stream of terrified people let out, hands raised. and after three tense hours, the final six, walking out with
atkins as he surrendered. the police chief says it appears the manager was coming out of this store when she was killed. her brother tweeting that she was loved immensely. tom? >> marci, thank you. next we turn to the deadly tour boat accident. the sunken duck boat will be raised from the bottom of table rock lake in missouri tomorrow. investigators zeroing in on the captain, and what he allegedly told passengers about the life vests. it comes as we see this haunting family photo for the first time, taken just before they boarded the boat. only two would survive. here's marcus moore. >> reporter: tonight, the ntsb preparing to examine data taken from that doomed boat's recorder, found 80 feet below the surface. investigators hoping it may reveal what happened in the final moments before it capsized, killing 17. >> we think it will show what
the actions were of the captain, what he tried to do to maneuver the vessel, as well as any instructions he might have given to the passengers. >> reporter: survivor tia coleman is seen here in this family photo taken just before her three small children, her husband, and five other relatives died. tonight, she claims the captain told them they wouldn't need their life jackets. >> he said, above you are your life jackets. there's three sizes. he said, i'm going to show you where they are but you won't need them. so, no need to worry. so, we didn't grab them. >> reporter: coleman believes her family might still be alive if they had worn them. >> i felt like if i was able to get a life jacket, i could've saved my babies. because they could've at least floated to the top and somebody could've grabbed them. and i wasn't able to do that. >> reporter: the allegations coming as officials are also reviewing videos like these,
taken by passengers on a duck boat nearby that returned to shore safely. >> those poor people. >> reporter: on thursday, the ntsb says table rock lake had six-foot swells and near hurricane-force winds when that boat sank. >> marcus, as you mentioned, the weather clearly played a role in the accident. but this tragedy is now being treated as a criminal investigation? >> reporter: that's right. at least until they can rule out the possibility that a crime occurred here. investigators have already interviewed the boat's captain, and we have word crews will be pulling the boat out of the water tomorrow. >> marcus, thank you. next, we turn to politics and the tension with russia over the arrest of a young alleged spy. moscow is demanding the u.s. release maria butina. and we're learning she may have had the financial support of a
russian billionaire. here's stephanie ramos. >> reporter: tonight, the russian foreign minister calling the arrest of maria butina unacceptable. she's the 29-year-old russian gun rights activist accused of being a kremlin agent. in a phone call with secretary of state mike pompeo, sergey lavrov complaining about the actions of u.s. law enforcement, saying the charges against butina are fabricated. but u.s. prosecutors accuse her of going to extreme measures to infiltrate the american political system, even offering sex in exchange for a position in one special interest organization. butina, according to sources, getting her direction from one of vladimir putin's allies, alexander torshin. the two seen here at the national prayer breakfast. prosecutors believe she was trying to advance the interests of the russia federation. even getting close enough to then-candidate donald trump to ask this question. >> do you want to continue the politics of sanctions? >> i believe that i would get along very nicely with putin.
>> reporter: butina, through an attorney, denies the charges against her, calling the allegations overblown. and tonight, abc news learning she may have also had the financial support of a russian billionaire. a source familiar with testimony butina provided to a senate intelligence committee last spring, telling abc news she identified konstantin nikolaev as a source of financial support. and that alleged support from the billionaire with investments in u.s. energy and tech companies, part of a network of wealthy russian oligarchs that led federal prosecutors to believe she was an extreme flight risk, leading to her arrest. the charges are not part of robert mueller's russia investigation. but officials say it's evidence of how broad and deep russian infiltration efforts have gone in the u.s. >> stephanie, thank you. next, we turn to the
document dump going public. releasing more than 400 pages of its request to conduct surveillance on carter page. the agency claiming the russian government was actively trying to recruit him. here's david wright. >> reporter: the fbi documents, bluntly call then-trump campaign foreign policy adviser carter page "an agent of a foreign power," with ties to "russian intelligence officers." and accuse page of "collaborating and conspiring with the russian government." those allegations, part of a 400-page wiretap application. from the early stages of the fbi's russia investigation, released under the freedom of information act. much of the material heavily redacted. there's even a 2013 letter where page describes himself as, quote, "an informal adviser to the staff of the kremlin." >> i sat in on some meetings, but to call me an adviser, i
think, is way over the top. >> reporter: today, page denied he was ever a russian spy. >> i've never been an agent of a foreign power in any -- by any stretch of the imagination. >> reporter: the president, without evidence, insists the documents vindicate his claim that the russia probe is a partisan witch hunt. tweeting, "looking more and more like the trump campaign for president was illegally being spied upon for the political gain of crooked hillary clinton." but a new abc news/"washington post" poll suggests voters have their doubts. roughly 50% disapprove of trump's handling of last week's summit with vladimir putin. the poll shows republicans are more inclined than democrats to give trump the benefit of the doubt. >> president putin, he just said it's not russia. i will say this. i don't see any reason why it would be. >> reporter: no doubt trump's own mixed messaging hasn't helped.
>> the sentence should have been, i don't see any reason why it wouldn't be russia. >> these are serious matters and i think there's no ignoring the fact that, for whatever reason, this president acts like he's compromised. >> reporter: tonight, aboard air force one, trump fired off an angry tweet blaming president obama for russian meddling. demanding to know why obama didn't give the trump campaign a heads-up. and as the affidavit makes clear, the obama administration suspected that some members of the campaign were complicit. tom? >> david, thank you. we head to texas, for an update on the murder mystery. the doctor gunned down riding his bicycle to work. tonight, we're getting a first glimpse of the suspect. here's erielle reshef. >> reporter: tonight, the mystery deepening in the death of a prominent houston cardiologist as police release the first sketch of the man they believe pulled the trigger.
dr. mark hausknecht, who once treated former president george h.w. bush, was riding his bike to work friday when an assailant approached and suddenly opened fire. >> the suspect was on a bicycle as well. drove past, rode past the doctor, turned and fired two shots. >> reporter: the gunman, wearing a tan baseball cap, sunglasses, grey jacket and khaki shorts, riding off as witnesses flagged down a nearby ambulance. the 65-year-old physician, rushed to the same hospital complex where he worked for more than four decades, and later died. his wife calling her husband's death "senseless." doctors who practiced with hausknecht grief-stricken and in shock. >> when you have a partner in a practice, it's like you're family. having someone taken so suddenly it's like having a member of the family ripped away from you. >> reporter: tonight, police say the hunt for a cold-blooded killer continues. tom, dr. hausknecht treated thousands of patients in the houston area. police have not released a
possible motive for his murder. >> erielle, thank you. and there's much more ahead on "world news tonight" this sunday. fire on the tracks, was it arson? plus, passengers livestreamed without their knowledge. how the driver was doing this. and the police chase taking a deadly turn. the horrible accident, and now the manhunt. [music playing] across the country, we walk. carrying flowers that signify why we want to end alzheimer's disease. but what if, one day, there was a white flower for alzheimer's first survivor? what if there were millions of them? join us for the alzheimer's association walk to end alzheimer's. register today at alz.org/walk.
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>> hi, baby. >> hi, mama. >> reporter: that's aria, who stars in the video. and her teddy bear who she calls "daddy bear." daddy bear, a reminder of her real father, gone for nearly nine months serving overseas in germany. >> you love daddy bear? >> yes, i miss him. >> you miss daddy? how much do you love your daddy? >> this tall. >> reporter: with the song "come home" from one republic, the video picks up with the day specialist campos is set to return. aria making him a sign, "hand over my daddy," dancing before his arrival, waiting, and then mom sees the bus carrying back our troops. that's when the tears start. and then this moment. look at all those children running to see their parents. then aria and mom start to make their way, when suddenly they see him and start to run. this magical moment seen by more than 3 million people. and you can see why. >> aria got a little bit emotional and we were both -- we
didn't really know what to feel, because it was just so many emotions at once. >> as soon i saw them, it was just unreal. it was an experience worth waiting for. >> reporter: mom's idea to make the video to help aria get through those tough times without dad, inspired by all those powerful videos of service members reuniting with their families. >> i just came up with the idea to make the video for herself. that way she could watch it and love it as much as those videos that she watched. >> on my ipad. >> reporter: and besides her ipad and facebook, the moment also lives on in each of them. deep in their hearts, where it's touched all of us. we thank the campos family for sharing that story and that video. we thank you for watching. i'm tom llamas in new york. "gma" first thing in the morning. david muir right back here tomorrow night. have a great evening. good night.
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