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joining us. see you again at 6:00. 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. a potential persons of interest. 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 negotiators. 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 gusts 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 hit severe turbulence, forcing an emergency landing in reno, nevada. that turbulence triggering chaos in the cabin. you can see the images coming in tonight, belongings thrown. the food cart there. several people onboard injured
tonight. abc's will carr leading us off. >> reporter: tonight, violent turbulence rocking this delta flight, toppling drink carts, sending belongings flying and injuring passengers. delta compass flight 5763 took off from john wayne airport in orange county, california. the plane was en route to seattle when passengers experienced that terrifying turbulence. the plane forced to divert to reno. with 59 passengers and four crew onboard, 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 1-6 right, 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 those storms a bit later here. in the meantime, will, thank you. next tonight, to an abc news exclusive. "empire" star 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. >> 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 those phone records. his representative says he is working with police to verify them. 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 with jussie smollett, 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-clothes detective brian simonsen did not survive. a veteran on the force. 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", 5'11". 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. shots fired. >> he's in the store, he's going to the back. >> be advised, i'm shot. >> reporter: officers 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. sergeant gorman, hit in the thigh. detective simonsen killed.
>> it's because of the actions of the suspect that detective simonsen is dead. >> reporter: detective brian simonsen 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 precinct and every new york city 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 pilgrim, with us live tonight from the scene. a very difficult day 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 city, 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.
and 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 all 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, she's with us live from our washington bureau tonight. and martha, you have learned that the fbi had 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 negotiators when it comes to his demanding 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're 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. she's live at the white house tonight. and cecilia, there's also word tonight, you were telling us about a possible holdup on this bill to keep the government open, and it involves whether to provide back pay for thousands of government contractors who also lost a month of wages during the shutdown. 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 back pay is included, because the administration believes this really could become a very expensive and logistical mess. they tonight even know exactly how many contract workers were impacted by that 35-day shutdown. but david, 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 saw that turbulence at the top of the news tonight, likely weather related. this storm system will then move 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 tropical connection, which means a lot of rain. so much, we call it an atmospheric river. waves of deep moisture slamming into california. we've already 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, they're around 9,000 feet, exacerbating the threat for flooding.
but they will come down tomorrow afternoon and then we're going to have a risk for avalanche across the sierras, the bitteroots, the wasatches, 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 baghouz, 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? >> james longman and our team in syria tonight. james, thank you. there is news tonight involving the catholic church 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 deceased. and virginia's two diocese naming 58 clergy, none of them active, 13 deceased. that's close to 250 priests in all. they're the latest in the national wave of catholic chu 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. ♪ at walgreens, we want you, to keep doing you...
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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. sutherland again. she was driving home from work when she spotted cameron on his by cycle near a busy road,
highway 25. she sensed he needed help. >> cameron, what are you doing? honey, you're in the road, there's heavy traffic. you know, 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 had 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 principal 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 are 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 ellen 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 somebody that inspires you? >> you. >> me? why me? no way. >> because you helped me with my dad. >> so smart for the school to post this on their facebook page to remind us all, and we're just glad cameron's dad is okay. good night. live doppler 7 shows us what remains of today's level 3
strong storm. don't let this fool you because more rain is on the way. as the rain continues to fall, the likelihood of flooding increases. i'll show you where we have flood warnings in effect right now. even though two-thirds of california is still in drought, there can be took place of a good thing. tonight we're checking on reservoirs where they're already letting water out. >> announcer: live where you live. this is abc 7 news. ah, the rain may be letting up for the moment but this storm is not over yet. good evening, thank you for joining us. i'm dan ashley. >> i'm kristen sze. the entire bay area has been impacted by this storm which ranks 3 on the abc 7 news storm impact scale. >> that's a live look at san jose in the left side of your screen. in the middle, san francisco international airport where flights have been delayed and canceled all day long. >> the north bay got hit the hardest, that's san rafael on
the right side. new in from petaluma, stoney point is underwater, the road has been closed. >> and the golf course in livermore, water hazards were a feature on the greens today. >> and this tree came crashing into a home in los gatos, it covered nearly the entire roof. viewer andrew davis sent us the video and says despite how it looks, there was no serious damage to the home. >> the storm has knocked out power to 8,000 we'll take you all around our community. >> let's begin with abc 7 news weather anchor spencer christian. >> here's a look at le