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tonight, breaking news as we come on the air. the dramatic takedown a short time ago, after the terror attack near the christmas market. s.w.a.t. teams moving in quickly late today, surrounding the suspect and killing him. we're on the scene tonight. in new york city, the stunning images. the explosive backdraft. >> oh, my god! >> more than 200 firefighters on the scene. we're also tracking the major storm moving across the country. the accidents on highways already. and now, the east bracing for a friday travel nightmare. rob marciano standing by with the new track. police racing to a school today, tipped off. an armed traenger was on his way to that school, too. they arrive at the same time. the boy shoots his way in, and what happened next. hundreds of fake bomb threats called into schools, hospitals and businesses across the country.
what the fbi is now saying tonight. president trump tonight, the new interview. what he's now saying about michael cohen, after he was sentenced to three years in federal prison. and the judge on fox news, and what he said about the president of the united states committing a felony. the military jet crashing in the waters of honolulu. the pilot ejecting. you'll see the moment, then floating in the water. the rare bear attack. the mother dragged away from her home. she is in critical condition. and the human heart found on a flight over the u.s. they had to turn the plane around. good evening. and it's great to have you with us here on a thursday night. several dropping stories as we come on the air. we're going to begin tonight with the dramatic takedown late today, after that deadly terror attack near a famous christmas market in france. s.w.a.t. teams just a short time where the suspect was last seen. more than 700 heavily armed officers and soldiers involved in the hunt.
they used a helicopter overhead to pinpoint the suspect. then, the break. the suspect found on this street, where he opened fire. police firing back, killing him. abc's senior foreign correspondent ian pannell is on the scene tonight. >> reporter: tonight, gunfire here in strasbourg, as police moved in on the prime suspect in the christmas market terror attack. three police officers approached a man matching the description of 29-year-old cherif cherif who was thought to be hiding in his own neighborhood. as they approached him, the suspect turned his gun on officers. they returned fire and killed him. tonight, police investigators o this car. also tonight, celebration in the same neighborhood. >> now, the city and life can keep going on in strasbourg. >> reporter: it comes just over 48 hours after chekatt opened fire near that famous christmas market, killing three people, wounding a dozen.
some seriously. >> [ bleep ]! >> reporter: this man, with his girlfriend, just steps away from the gunman that night. >> it's terrifying, and the sho shooter continued to shoot. >> ian pannell is live tonight from the scene of that takedown, and french police say this was a case of homegrown terror, and ian, tonight, do they believe he acted alone? >> reporter: yeah, good question, david. the french interior minister saying they don't believe there were any accomplices, however, they are keeping an open mind. as you can see behind me, the investigation continues. meanwhile, the mayor of strasbourg thanking the police for their work, saying people can go back to normal. however, as that famous christmas market reopens, it will be a new more nallty and >> ian pannell, thank you. back here at home tonight, and to the dramatic video of a fire here in new york city, sweeping through an entire city block. then suddenly, a massive
backdraft. flames, smoke exploding from the front of the building, knocking firefighters right off their feet. 12 people were injured, seven of them firefighters. and abc's linsey davis is on the scene there tonight. >> reporter: the fire broke out in a storefront in queens, new york, around 2:15 a.m., quickly growing to five alarms, engulfing the block. firefighters fighting flames on the roof, attempting to pry open a front door when suddenly -- a powerful explosion, engulfing multiple firefighters in clouds of smoke, sending them scrambling for safety. watch again. >> oh, my god! >> reporter: the blast injuring seven firefighters and five civilians. >> we're suspecting a backdraft type of situation. a smoke explosion which caused the structure to collapse. >> reporter: the result, six bu old, gutted tonight. >> i was outside and i couldn't breathe, i had to go. >> major fire here going on, guys.
>> reporter: one witness says he saw three firefighters on the ground after they were blown out of a basement. six families from a neighboring building had to be evacuated, now displaced from their homes just before christmas. >> all right, so, let's get to linsey davis, live from the scene of that fire in queens. and linsey, still no word on a cause of this fire? >> reporter: that's right, david. still no word on a cause just yet. as far as the injuries, they are all reported to be minor, with the exception of one civilian, who was seriously injured with fractu fractures, but it is expected to survive. and that thick, charred smell still all throughout the air here, david. >> it was incredible scene today. linsey, thank you. next tonight, to the major storm moving across the country. snow, fierce winds and dangerous rain for drivers tomorrow. it will affect travel on the roads and in the air. in salt lake city, more than 250 crashes already. drivers deeming with treacherous roads in san francisfrisco, col. the storm moving into the northeast friday and the weekend. meteorologist rob marciano with
the latest track for us tonight. hey, rob. >> reporter: hi, david. this storm now expanding its reach, going to go over partal of the country that does not need anymore rain. here it is, jet stream digging down in the south. tapping moisture from the gulf of mexico. seeing heavy rain right now from biloxi, all the way up through st. louis, back around tulsa, even winter precipitation just to the west of ft. worth. flood watches posted for the east coast. let's time it out. heavy rain, georgia in the morning. car lie olinas in the afternoon. getting over north carolina, virginia, where there's still snow from this week's storm. heavy rain getting into d.c. and new york. might stall here over the weekend, leading for a messy weekend in the northeast. david? >> rob marciano tonight. thank you. a real scare at a middle school in indiana today. police racing to a school after they were tipped off an armed teenager was on his way to the school, too. they arrived at the same time. the boy then shot his way into the school, and there was an exchange of gunfire before the student took his own life. here's abc's alex perez.
>> reporter: the panic and chaos unfolding at this indiana middle school at about 8:00 this morning, when a 14-year-old boy with a gun. >> rescue and all medics, need you to stage in the area. we have school shooting, dennis middle school. >> reporter: investigators say they got a tip, placed dennis middle school in richmond, indiana, on lockdown, and had police on the way when the gunman arrived. >> they confronted him. he shot out the glass to the door, entered the school. officers pursued. >> reporter: those officers shooting at the suspect, who fired back before taking his own life. emotional and in shock, parents reuniting with their children. >> i'm very relieved i have my daughter back. >> reporter: authorities tonight searching the gunman's home and crediting that phone tip with saving lives. >> had they not made that call, there is no doubt in my mind that we would be having a much different conversation right now. >> all right, alex perez with us
tonight. and alex, you're learning more about the 14-year-old? >> reporter: david, investigators have not released any details on a possible motive, but say the gunman was not a student at the school. those investigators tonight repeatedly thanking whoever called police to warn them about what was about to happen. david? >> absolutely. alex perez tonight. thank you, alex. we're going to turn next here to the wave of fake bomb threats on schools and businesses across the country today. the unsubstantiated threats sent in e-mails demanding ransom or a bomb would be set off. the nypd and other agencies quickly determining the threats were not credible, they believe, but they were forced to track down the claims just in case in these cases, and, of course, it set off real alarm. let's get right to pierre thomas now, and pierre, we know federal authorities are now involved in this? >> reporter: yes, david, the fbi investigating this wave of fake bomb threats, prompting scenes like this across the country. dozens of office offis and scho
evacuated. law enforcement officials describing the threats as not credible, calling them crude attempts at disruption and to extort money. these are very frustrating to law enforcement officials. they are responsible and they say they face felony charges and up to five years in prison if they catch the people. david? >> they cause alarm and take time from law enforcement around the country. pierre thomas, our thanks to you. president trump firing balk tonight after his former fixer and personal attorney michael cohen was sentenced to prison. president trump now saying he never directed cohen to break the law, and that cohen, a lawyer, was supposed to know the law. here's abc's chief white house correspondent jonathan karl. >> reporter: the president today is pushing back against his former lawyer and fixer, michael cohen, who says then-candidate donald trump directed him to make illegal hush money payments to women during the campaign. >> i never directed him to do anything wrong. whatever he did, he did on his own. >> reporter: but it's not just coh cohen.
the publisher or "the national enquirer," long-time trump friend david pecker, told federal prosecutors he, too, worked with trump and cohen to suppress stories of women who had alleged affairs. president trump's story about the hush payments has changed over time. first, he told the american people he knew nothing. >> did you know about the $130,000 payment to stormy daniels? >> no, no. >> reporter: then, he said he only knew after the fact. >> did you know about the payments? >> later on, i knew. later on. >> reporter: now, he calls the payment to porn star stormy daniels a "simple private transaction" and it's michael cohen's fault if he broke any laws. >> it's a lawyer. they're supposed to do the right thing. that's why you pay them a lot of money. >> reporter: but on fox news, the normally trump friendly former judge andrew napolitano said prosecutors have evidence the president of the united states has committed a felony and that trump can't put all the
blame on his former lawyer. >> the felony is paying michael cohen to commit a felony. it's pretty basic. somebody hires you, a hires b to shoot someone. a is as liable as if he had pulled the trigger. you pay someone to commit a crime, they commit the crime, you are liable. criminally liable. >> so, let's get to jon karl, live at the white house tonight. and jon, president trump has said he is not concerned. do we have any idea if his legal team is concerned about the possibility that he could be indicted? >> reporter: david, the president's legal team is confidence that the justice department agrees with them that a sitting president cannot be indicted. as for whether or not they are concerned that he could face indictment after he leaves office, his legal team is much more concerned about things right here and now than something that far off, david. >> all right, jon karl live at the white house tonight. jon, thank you. and just moments ago, george stephanopoulos sitting down for an interview with michael cohen. that interview airs tomorrow morning, right here on "good
morning america." in the meantime tonight, new details about that russian woman we have reported on here before, maria butina. she was in court today, pleading guilty to conspiring to act as a russian agent here in the u.s., and now agreeing to cooperate with u.s. prosecutors in any investigation here. so, why was she really here? abc's kyra phillips again tonight. >> reporter: tonight, maria butina pleading guilty to conspiracy, admitting she was sent here by russia to build back channel connections with prominent american conservatives as part of a covert influence operation. butina, a russian gun rights activist, says her boyfriend, gop operative paul erickson, introduced her to top officials in the nra. >> in russia, i'm founder and now i'm the board member of the right to bear arms. >> reporter: she also says she even brought powerful former nra leaders to moscow to meet with top russian officials. she told a russian contact with close ties to the kremlin, "we
will put pressure on them quietly later." she also met prominent republican politiciapoliticiansn asking donald trump a question in 2016. >> do you want to continue the politics of sanctions? >> i know putin, and i'll tell you what, we get along with putin. >> reporter: butina told moscow she had laid the groundwork for an unofficial channel of communication with the next u.s. administration. but tonight, she has flipped, pledging to cooperate with the justice department. >> so, now she has flipped, pledging to cooperate. kyra phillips with us from washington. what about the american republican operative who introduced butina to the nra members. is he in legal jeopardy now? >> reporter: he could be, david, for sure. he's reportedly under investigation, but his lawyers saying tonight, paul erickson has never done anything to hurt our country and never would. david? >> kyra phillips with us again tonight. thank you, kyra. we have learned tonight that an american college student was fatal lly stabbed in the
netherlands. the minnesota native studying abroad died in the attack inside her apartment. a 23-year-old dutchman living in the same building was arrested for the killing 60 miles away. authorities tonight have now revealed a motive. next here tonight, the dramatic scene off a crowded tourist beach in hawaii. a military jet crashing into the waters off honolulu. the pilot ejecting just in time. you can see it there. people watching it. the pie lot surviving, but tonight, he's recovering from serious injuries, and abc's martha raddatz has the images. >> reporter: it was just off honolulu's waikiki beach, beach, a 1950s era fighter jet rapidly lost altitude. the pilot, 47-year-old navy veteran matt pothier, ejecting just before the single-engine jet hit the water. tourists watching aghast from a nearby boat, then rushing to the rescue. >> i was seeing if he was okay and if anything was hurting. and then, he was like,st taned
guard exercise. the former navy f-18 pilot was flying as a civilian contract pilot. the military often hires contractors to simulate enemy fighters in these exercises. >> martha hraddatz with us tonight. what do we know about the pilot's condition tonight? >> reporter: he's scheduled to have surgery for non-life threatening injuries, but he is in great spirits, and the family thankful no one else was injured. david? >> that is good news. martha, thank you. next tonight, to the joyful scene in clear creek, west virginia, after the rescue from that abandoned coal mine. three people were reunited with their families overnight after nearly five days with no food, only mine water to drink. they allegedly went in looking for copper thsees with regrets.st lesson i've ever learned in my life, this is a life-changing experience for me. >> definitely. >> authorities say they could now face criminal charges. those charges have not been
filed. there is still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this thursday. the rare bear attack. the mother dragged from outside her home. she is in critical condition tonight. the urgent effort now under way to try to find the bear. the human heart found on a flight over the u.s. they had to turn the jet around as it was flying across the country. and the new space race tonight. virgin galactic flying their own astronauts right to the edge of space. are u.s. tourists next? next? hopes you drive safely. but allstate actually helps you drive safely... with drivewise. it lets you know when you go too fast... ...and brake too hard. with feedback to help you drive safer. giving you the power to actually lower your cost. unfortunately, it can't do anything about that. now that you know the truth... are you in good hands?
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>> reporter: her 3-year-old chihuahua going after the bear, potentially saving her life. melinda lebarron was severely injured, ending up with a head injury, broken bones and deep wounds. her family setting up a go fund me page. >> we're looking into the circumstances of how it occurred, why it occurred, and trying to identify the particular bear. >> reporter: the dog's barking perhaps mimicking the advice experts tell humans -- to use an assertive voice and make loud noises if confronted by a bear. authorities are still searching for that bear. and david, one of the problems in finding this bear is that there's no snow on the ground, so, authorities can't see the bear's tracks. meanwhile, that woman is in critical condition right now. david? >> all right, gio, thank you. when we come back, the discovery on a southwest flight over the u.s. a human heart left in the cargo hold. they had to turn the passenger jet around. also, the faulty brinks ermping out to grab it, then causing a number of accidents in doing so. and there's news tonight about janet jackson, stevie nicks and others you'll surely
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finally tonight here, america strong. the 9-year-old girl and the mom who just saved recess for many. zoe harrison, born with serb ral pal sill in michigan. her parents wanted a normal life for her. but when it came time to go outside for recess, zoe told them it took too long to bundle up in her whilechair. >> i couldn't, like, play. >> reporter: because by the time she was bundled up, recess was nearly over. so, her mom got to work. designing a special coat, combining two coats into one. >> we just simply unzip it and flip it open and she's good to go. >> she's like, let's try this on and i'm like, what the heck is that? >> reporter: what it was was a solution. >> there you go. >> reporter: tonight, that video has been viewed nearly 12 million times.
zoe goes to recess, and her parents went looking for a patent. now making those coats for others, and tonight, telling us they're on back order. >> i'm very thankful for my mom. >> reporter: and for that coat now being worn on playgrounds around the world. incredible idea. those coats are called x-ability. we thank them and you for watching on a thursday night. i'm david muir. i'll see you tomorrow. good night. test. test. live, where you live, this is abc 7 news.
>> it's an image we have seen a lot of today. police blocking off streets, buildings being evacuated, all because of e-mails containing a bomb threat and a demand. good afternoon. thank you for joining us. >> report after report of bomb threats had police scrambling all over today. started this morning and still hasn't stopped. there threats wr received by businesses and organizations all over the country. we have highlighted the states where the threats were reported. stretched from coast to coast, even into canada. >> several bay area organizations or businesses received the threats, including us here at abc 7. this e-mail was sent to a seven on your side mailbox, demanding bitcoins as payment in exchange for not detonated an explosive device. the fbi determined these threats were not credible. >> eric thomas live outside san francisco police headquarters with the latest on the bay area investigation. eric. >> and sfpd wrapped up a news
conference about a half hour ago. you may still see officers out finishing up their investigation into the bomb threats. in the city, more than a dozen businesses and entities got the e-mails. so far, no bombs found. one of the most disruptive were in the richmond district, the san francisco credit union got one of the e-mail threats and evacuated. the buildings around it evacuated. that included about 500 people in the jewish community center across the street at 3200 california. some were in the pool, were pulled out, giving a bathrobe, and sent out. about three blocks of california street were blocked off as police searched for an explosive device and found none. >> earlier, we received an e-mail communication at the credit union from an individual or entity who was notifying us they had planted an explosive device on site, and they were demanding payment. >> part of our investigation will be determine if the bomb threats received and reported in san francisco are related to those bomb threats received around the