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tonight, the midair scare. severe turbulence. the images coming in now. passengers jolted, belongings thrown across the cabin. the emergency landing that followed. several onboard hurt. also tonight, the abc news exclusive. actor jussie smollett in his first interview with our robin roberts, on the alleged hate crime attack, and tonight, for the first time, he reacts to that surveillance image put out by chicago police. what he says about that image. the tragedy here in new york city. two nypd detectives racing to the scene and then shot by friendly fire when other officers arrive. a veteran detective is killed, another in the hospital tonight. will he sign it? president trump and what he said today on the deal from democrat and republican ne gauche yale or thes. deal or no deal? with another shutdown now looming. the former u.s. air force
counterintelligence specialist now accused of turning on the u.s. spying for iran. what she allegedly revealed about american agents and missions. the fire onboard a passenger plane in the overhead bin. what has authorities so concerned tonight? the cruise ship scare. the dangerous wind guls just as american passengers were getting ready with that ship pulling into port. and the extremely rare sight tonight. the photographer in kenya, and what he captured on camera. the first time in 100 years? good evening. and it's great to have you with us here on a very busy wednesday night. and we're going to begin tonight with that midair scare for passengers onboard a flight from southern california to seattle, when they hitanding in reno, nevada. that turbulence triggering chaos in the cabin. you can see the images coming in tonight, belongings thrown.
the cafood cart there. abc's will carr leading us off. >> reporter: tonight, violent turbulence rocking this delta flight, toppling drink carts, sending belongings flying and jurying passengers. compass flight 5763 took off from john wayne airport in orange county, california. it was en route to seattle when the turbulence hit, forcing the plane to divert to reno. 59 passengers and four crew on board, the pilot calling the emergency. >> we are an emergency aircraft, numerous injuries. we do not have the number of how many injuries. my understanding is that we have two flight attendants who may be incapacitated with several passengers. >> reporter: with passengers hurt, the tower alerting first responders. >> fire two, he's going to be landing on runway 16r, and they hit severe turbulence. they don't know if there's any damage to the aircraft. they also said there's multiple injuries. so they need medical personnel standing by. >> reporter: emergency crews racing to the plane on the tarmac. >> engine 21, mutual aid request to airport fire to assist with
multiple patients from an emergency landing due to some in-flight turbulence. >> reporter: at least three passengers and one flight attendant injured. >> some terrifying moments on that flight. will with us live tonight. and i know, will, they are looking into the weather as a possible factor in this? >> reporter: that's right, david. storms have been battering the west coast today. there was a high wind warning close to that flight, and in reno, with the mountains, you can get that violent turbulence, up to 30,000 feet in the air. it can happen so quickly that pilots can't even see it coming unless they talk to other flights. david? >> we're going to have more on the storms a bit later here. ar will, thank you. next tonight, jussie smollett in his first interview with our robin roberts. answering questions about that alleged hate crime, the attack he says he endured in chicago. and tonight, smollett talks for the first time about that surveillance image put out by chicago police, with two possible persons of interest. abc's alex perez from chicago.
>> reporter: tonight, actor jussie smollett speaking out in an exclusive interview with robin roberts. for the first time, revealing what he saw in that grainy surveillance image of two people police say were spotted nearby around the time of the attack. >> the police have gone through a lot of video and they were able to capture an image of two people of interest. have you seen that image? and do you believe they could possibly be the attackers? >> i do. >> reporter: what is it about their -- their size or what -- why do you feel that they could possibly be? >> because i -- i was there. i mean, that -- for me, when that was released, i was like, okay, we're getting somewhere. you know what i'm saying? so -- yeah. i don't -- i don't have any doubt in my mind that that's them. never did. >> reporter: the star of the show "empire" told chicago police he was walking back to his downtown apartment when the
men assaulted him, battering him in the face, yelling racial and homophobic slurs and putting a noose around his neck. investigators calling it a possible hate crime. >> he is a victim, and we treat him like a victim. he's been very cooperative. >> reporter: the actor and his manager told police they were on the phone during the attack. and while smollett wouldn't turn over his phone to police, this week, he gave investigators a partial copy of his phone records. but chicago police say they are "limited and heavily redacted" adding they need additional information "to corroborate the investigative timeline." smollett says he did it to protect "the privacy of personal contacts." as for those who doubt he is telling the truth. >> i'm pissed off. >> what is it that has you so angry? is it the attackers? >> it's the attackers but it's also the attacks. it's like, you know, at first, it was a thing of, like, listen, if i tell the truth, then that's
it, because it's the truth. then it became a thing of, like, oh, how can you doubt that? like, how do you not believe that? it's the truth. and then, it became a thing of like, oh, it's not necessarily that you don't believe that this is the truth, you don't even want to see the truth. >> and jussie smollett with our robin roberts. and alex joins us now from chicago. i know, alex, police are still working with smollett on the investigation? >> reporter: david, they are. investigators want to talk to him again about the phone records. his representatives say he is working with police to verify him. now, he has a lot more to say in that interview with robin. he answers in detail a lot of those questions people have about what happened that night. david? >> alex, thank you. alex mentioned all of those questions from robin, and you can see much more of her exclusive interview, it's tomorrow morning right here on "good morning america." but we move on tonight, and to the tragedy right here in new york city.
two nypd detectives racing to a suspected armed robbery, then other officers arriving and those detectives were then shot by friendly fire. plain-clothed detective brian similar monson did not survive. look at this image. nypd officers standing in the rain as his body was taken away, paying tribute. here's abc's eva pilgrim tonight on how this all happened. >> reporter: the dispatch call for an armed robbery at this mobile phone store came just after 6:00 p.m. >> male black, all black clothing. about 5'10", 51'11". the perp took two employees to the back of the store. >> reporter: detective brian simonsen and sergeant matthew gorman, first on the scene, additional police converging moments later. >> shots fired! shots fired! >> shots fired, central. he's in the store, he's going to the back. >> be advised, i'm shot. >> reporter: police firing more than 40 shots, wounding the suspect, who police say was carrying a fake gun. but caught in the police crossfire, two of their own. sargeant gorman, hit in the thigh.
detective simonson, killed. >> make no mistake about it, friendly fire aside, it's because of the actions of the suspect that detective simonsen is dead. >> reporter: officers from all over the city saluting their fallen colleague. the detective was just two weeks shy of 19 years with the force. >> i ask that every new yorker keep brian's family and the members of the 102nd and every new york cop in their prayers. >> reporter: the suspect, 27-year-old christoper ransom, is a career criminal, police say. they are investigating if he is the man seen here robbing another cell phone store last month. >> so, let's get to eva, with us live tonight from the scene. a very difficult dale for the nypd and this city, and eva, we know that friendly fire cases like this one are really extremely rare here in new york step, despite the size and scope of this police force. >> reporter: that's right, david. there are more than 36,000 uniformed officers in the nypd. these types of cases are
extremely rare. the last time this happened was nearly ten years ago. david? >> eva pilgrim tonight. eva, thank you. next this evening, the former air force intelligence specialist, who defected to iran against the u.s. now, she's been charged espionage. monica witt worked for the air force and then as a contractor. she's now tonight accused of betraying the u.s. and her former colleagues. did she reveal missions, did she reveal officers' names? here's abc's chief global affairs correspondent martha raddatz tonight. >> reporter: it is an extraordinary espionage indictment. monica witt, a former air force counterintelligence specialist, not only charged with spying, but defecting to iran. the texas native accused of revealing highly classified pentagon programs, that the fbi said today "could cause serious damage to national security." in addition, according to the indictment, witt identified former colleagues to iranian intelligence. >> she blew the cover of her counterintelligence colleagues
and put them in mortal danger. >> reporter: the fbi said her motive was "ideological," texting a contact, saying, "i am endeavoring to put the training i received to good use instead of evil." later texting that, "i just may go public with a program and do like snowden." a smiley face at the end. >> let's get to martha raddatz, with us live tonight. and martha, you have learned that the fbi warned witt that the iranians might try to recruit her during her trips to iran? >> reporter: they had, david, and she said she told them she would refuse to provide information about her work. a statement that the fbi now says was a lie, but of course, it will be nearly impossible to try this case, david, since she remains in iran. david? >> martha raddatz tonight. martha, thank you. now, to president trump, and what he said today on the deal from democrat and republican ne goesh yeah or thes when it comes to his and ins for a border wall. will the president sign it with now another shutdown looming?
abc's cecilia vega asking the president today, is he now willing to accept less for the wall than what congress had offered him before the first shutdown? >> reporter: president trump signaling today he could soon sign a compromise bill to keep the government open. >> we haven't gotten it yet. we'll be getting it, we'll be looking for landmines, because you could have that, you know. it's been known to happen before to people. i don't want to see a shutdown. a shutdown would be a terrible thing. >> reporter: lawmakers are scrambling to finalize legislation that gives more than $1.3 billion for a stretch of barrier along the southern border. that's hundreds of millions less than what the president rejected in december, triggering the longest shutdown in history. so today, i asked him -- mr. president, are you willing to take less money this time than what was on the table just a few months ago? >> actually, it will be, regardless of what i do, you know, we already have, as you know, a lot of money. we are building existing wall with existing funds.
>> reporter: despite what the president says, no new wall has actually been built yet. and while the compromise would pay for 55 miles of steel barriers like these, it does not cover the concrete wall the president campaigned on. many of the president's conservative allies are slamming the deal. today, house speaker nancy pelosi was asked if it's a win for her party. >> well, it's not a question of win. it's a win for the american people. it's a compromise. >> reporter: the president's options now? declaring a national emergency and using money already set aside for the pentagon, treasury department and disaster relief programs, moves that are sure to be challenged in court. >> with the wall, they want to be stingy. but we have options that most people don't really understand. >> all right, so, let's get to cecilia vega. and cecilia, there is word tonight, you were telling us about a possible holdup on this bill, and it involves to give back pay to government contractors.
we know government workers have now been paid for that lost time, but contractors are still waiting? >> reporter: yeah, david. and sources tell us that the president could reject this deal if bay pack is included, because the administration believes this really could become an expensive and logistical mess. they don't know exactly how many contract workers were impacted. we're talking about people like security guards and janitors, people who really help keep this government running, david. >> cecilia vega on this again tonight. next this evening, a new storm pummeling the west at this hour. you see that turbulence at the top of the news tonight, likely weather related. this storm system will then mooufl east, effecting the midwest and possibly the northeast by the weekend. let's get right to meteorologist rob marciano with us live again tonight. and rob, the west is really getting socked. >> reporter: yeah, david. and, you know, this storm is in part driven by the storm that slammed hawaii on sunday. so, there is a prop call connection, which means a lot of rain. so much, we call it an atmospheric river. waves of deep moisture slamming into california. we've had two inches in san francisco. i think we could see over six
inches around san diego. high wind warnings up, as well. and snow levels are way up, arnold 9,000 feet. but they will come down tomorrow afternoon and then we're going to have a risk for avalanche across the sierra, the rockies. and by friday and saturday in through st. louis, making a run at the mid-atlantic over the weekend. david? >> rob with us again tonight. thank you, rob. overseas tonight, we have been reporting here on the final push against isis territory in syria, amid talk from the president that he wants u.s. troops out of syria. tonight, isis is pushing back, releasing new video of their assault on those u.s.-backed kurdish troops. abc's james longman tonight with the images. he's inside syria again for us. >> reporter: the so-called isis caliphate may be dying, but its fighters are clinging on tonight. their propaganda shows them hitting their targets. but their celebrations sound desperate, as they struggle to hold onto the town of
the last isis-held village in war-ravaged syria. as they battle with u.s. backed forces, proof of the isis nightmare becomes ever clearer. sadiq escaped two months ago from the towns now on the front line. "under isis, we had no food, no medicine," he says. his wife and children close to starvation. 6-month-old twins samira and mohammad, children born in the caliphate. their mother says she was eating grass to survive, producing no milk. "i had to choose," she says, "die of hunger or risk death in escape." president trump wants u.s. troops to leave syria. but if they do, many we met are wondering, will the nightmare return? with the so-called caliphate on its last legs, people here in refugee camps like this will be hoping they can go home. but what will they go home to? this may be the end of the battle with isis for now, but it's not the end of the organization. david? >> all right, james longman and our team inside syria tonight. james, thank you. there is news tonight involving the catholic church here in the u.s. diocese in two more states
releasing lists of clergy members, quote, credibly accused of sexually abusing young people. the five diocese in new jersey, naming 188 priests and deacons, none currently active. 100 are deceased. virginia's two diocese naming 58 clergy, none active. they are the latest in the national wave of churches to reckon with sexual abuse. there is still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this wednesday. the recall involving america's most popular pickup truck. we'll have more for you. also, look at this. the fire onboard a passenger jet. this is right in the overhead bin. we've reported on this concern so often. and why authorities are concerned yet again tonight. also, the cruise ship scare and the dangerous wind gust, just as american passengers were getting ready there, that ship was pulling into port. more on that. and look at this tonight. the extremely rare sight. the photographer in kenya, what he captured on camera, and some believe this is the first time in 100 years. a lot more news ahead tonight.
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next on abc 7 news at 4:00, this storm causing some big problems around the bay area. some areas are just washed away and ot finally tonight, america strong. and proof you can always count on your teacher, even when you move onto the next grade. that's 7-year-old cameron and his teacher from last year, mrs. sutherland. he's now in second grade and had
no idea he would need mrs mrs. sutherland again. she was driving home when she spotted cameron on his bike on a busy road, highway 25. she sensed he needed help. >> came on, what are you doing? honey, you're in the road, there's heavy traffic. where are you going? >> reporter: cameron told mrs. sutherland there was something wrong with his father back home. >> my dad got sick, and i went to get help at the neighbors' and neither of the neighbors were home, so, i got on my bike and tried to go to my grandma's. >> reporter: his father is diabetic. he was unconscious and on the floor. and from her car, they called 911. cameron tried at home, but he didn't know the passcode to his father's smartphone. >> she told me that she was going to call 911 for my dad. >> reporter: paramedics arrived and helped cameron's dad. he's okay tonight. but at that school, the principle explaining why every parent, every adult, should
remind children how to call 911 even with a locked phone, posting this message on their facebook page. >> a lesson we're taking here at our school is to show every one of our students, if you have an emergency, here's how you get that emergency call. >> reporter: a powerful lesson at allen woodside elementary school in greenville county, south carolina. and tonight, the south greenville fire department surprising cameron with a new bike. and back in class, the lesson, who inspires you? and here's what cameron said. >> who is someone that inspires you? >> you. >> me? why me? >> because you helped me with my dad. >> so smart for the school to post this on their facebook page to e are mind us all, and beier just glad cameron's dad is okay. good night.
it is a soggy mess from one end of the bay to the other. washed away hillsides, flooded roads. strong winds caused problems too, knocking down strees trees, including a 60-footer. look at the size of that tree. a driver didn't see a sinkhole under a couple of feet of water. took a tow truck to get him out and that car. good afternoon, hope you're dry. thanks for joining us. i'm larry beil. >> i'm kristen sze. let's get a live look at mt. tamalpais camera. not too dry there. the rain is still coming down. this is a live look from the exploratorium camera in san francisco. gray skies. some places getting a bit of a break. >> looks all right now. >> we have reporters all over. wayne freedman is live in sonoma county, eeyand in san franci let's start with spencer christian and see what's
happening outside. >> as kristen pointed out, we're in a little bit of a break. here's a look at live doppler 7. things are calmer than they have been throughout much of the day. but we have more rain on the way and concerns about flooding. the napa river near st. helena expected to crest above flood stage tomorrow and flooding along the riverbanks. also the napa river expected to crest above flood stage tomorrow morning. in the south bay, the guadalupe river north of the alma den expressway expecting flooding between 6:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. the storm ranks 3 on the storm impact scale. a strong storm through tomorrow morning. we expect an additional half inch to inch of rain on top of what we've had. winds will continue to be gusty. this evening, 7:30, we'll see a new surge of stormy weather