tv ABC World News Tonight With David Muir ABC April 17, 2019 3:30pm-4:00pm PDT
tonight, several developing stories as we come on the air. the scare. more than 100 schools closed today, including columbine. the student who traveled several states, wanted, described as armed and extremely dangerous. and then, the discovery in theed woos. the major storm hitting the middle of the country tonight, then headed east, right through good friday and passover. bracing for possible tornadoes, high winds, blinding rain and hail. rob marciano times it out tonight. the rescue operation under way right now. the diver who did not come up at a tennessee cave. he is one of the heroes who helped save those boys in the thai cave. the new headline tonight involving the mueller report, set to be released in just hours. what they're now doing tomorrow morning. disturbing images emerging tonight. two teenagers arrested for
allegedly beating a man with autism. one of the suspects, the son of a former mayor. the freshman student who reportedly went into cardiac arrest after a possible hazing incident has now died in the hospital. was it forced exercise? the new video tonight, the aerials from over notre dame cathedral, and now we learn those famous towers were minutes away from possible collapse. the horrific tour bus crash. the images coming in tonight, veering over the edge. more than two dozen killed. and that close call on the runway at new york's jfk. the wing clipped while taking off, and now, it turns out, it was far worse. what we've now learned. good evening and it's great to have you with us here on a wednesday night. and we begin with the real scare for parents and their children in colorado today. more than 100 schools were shut down. parents forced to keep their children home as authorities searched for a high school student from florida described
as armed and extremely dangerous. a bulletin going out warning she was infatuated with the massacre at columbincolumbine. today, that hunt leading authorities west of denver, where they found her dead in the woods, before authorities could get to her. they believe she took her own life, and abc's clayton sandell leads us off from colorado. >> reporter: tonight, investigate trying to piece together how an alleged threat from one high school senior took an entire community hostage, closed more than 100 schools and kept half a million kids home. >> we all felt safe, and now we don't. >> reporter: an intense 36-hour manhunt for 18-year-old sol pais. police say she was obsessed with the colum columbine massacre. it began with a tip she had flown from miami to denver on monday, immediately stopping at this gun store to buy a shotgun and ammunition. >> she did not seem nervous at all. she seemed normal. >> reporter: a rideshare driver
told police he dropped pais in the mountains west of denver monday. that is where search teams found her today. >> she appeared to have died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. >> reporter: police today justified those school closures, saying that shotgun purchase, the trip to colorado on a one-way ticket, and her columbine infatuate make her a credible threat. >> we've been combing all manner of her social media and obtain, again, comments, statements, things that would lend credence to the fact that she was a potential concern. >> reporten orheenpa wan student, friends are shocked. >> she was really smart. she was a smart girl. >> reporter: columbine has long inspired copycats and potential copycats, a legacy this community never wanted. >> we are not a tourist attraction. and we are not a place for you to come and gain inspiration. >> and clayton sandell joins us live outside columbine tonight. and you really feel for that community, clayton, with the 20th anniversary just days away. and for the parents who had to te side today what they should share about their young kids about what's transpired the last 24 hours. but we know these students are
expected to return to school tomorrow? >> reporter: that's right, david. all the kids that stayed home today will be back here at columbine and classes around denver tomorrow, but they will notice more security and more police. also, a memorial service is planned for that 20th anniversary, it will go on as planned this saturday. david? >> clayton sandell leading us off tonight. clayton, thank you. we are alsoollowing ajostii of this country and hitting east. hitting on good friday and passover. tonight, this just in. a funnel cloud seen over sever through the holiday. senior meteorologist rob mars yap know is tracking it all for us. hey, rob. >> reporter: hi, david. severe weather watches extended into kansas city. here it is on the radar scope, where a lot of action across the texas panhandle, where those or the nee dtornadoes dropped. tell you what, eastern texas tonight, you're going to see some big-time him a. get the car in the garage if you
can. storm, the system in the south. steals some moisture from the gulf of mexico. greater risk of tornadoes. you have to keep a heads up. friday, tampa to baltimore, with the greatest risk of severe storms across the carolinas. a slow-moving system, david, so, we're looking at at least three days of rough weather. david? >> rob, thank you. there is a december pras rescue operation under way at this hour for a diver missing after a cave dive in tennessee. and we learned late today that he is one of the heroes who helped save those boys in that cave in thailand. tonight, specialized teams are correspondent matt gutman. >> reporter: beneath this pool of water in tennessee's hill country, tonight, that desperate cave rescue is getting under way for a diver trapped inside. the british diver went missing around 3:00 p.m. tuesday. his fellow divers spent hours trying to locate him. >> and they had to dive, back under that tree is the opening of the cave, and it's a very narrow opening.
>> reporter: by around 1:00 a.m. today, they gave up, calling 911. >> there was a group of about five that went in to explore this cave when they came back out, they were missing this one individual. >> reporter: abc news has learned the diver was a member of an elite team that rescued the soccer team from the thai cave last summer. fighting powerful currents, they pulled 12 boys and their coach from a spot in the cave two miles in. but officials say this dive is far shorter. a little longer than a football field, but has passages that are just three feet wide, and the water is cold, only 55 degrees. vem gr gentlemen in the cave isa he's just sitting in there waiting for us to come in and get him. >> reporter: an air pocket like that could buy the diver and rescuers precious time. >> we do know that there's sufficient air in that bell to survive for an extended period of time, greater than 24 hours. >> let's hope he is in there, waiting to be rescued. matt gutman joins us live
tonight. we know this is a highly technical rescue operation. and you learned tonight they are calling in experts from across the country? >> reporter: that's right, david. and that's because there aren't that many people in the world capable of pulling off a specialized rescue like this, who have this kind of experience. now, they hope to be able to get to that missing diver tonight. their biggest concerns are not only lack of air, but also hypothermia. david? >> all right, matt gutman, who will stay on this through the night. matt, thank you. we are now just hours away from the redacted version of the mueller report being released, expected to be released tomorrow morning. the a.g. revealing late today he will now hold a press conference in the morning. and president trump saying there will be, quote, very strong things to come out. so, has he seen it? has he been briefed on it? abc's chief white house correspondent jonathan karl and what he's learned. >> reporter: attorney general william barr says he and deputy a.g. rod rosenstein will hold a press conference tomorrow, as the justice department releases a redacted version of the long-awaited mueller report.
barr has already declared robert mueller found no evidence the president and his campaign colluded with russia. but on obstruction of justice, quotes mueller's words, "while this report does not conclude that the president committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him." >> he also has a fuller explanation of that in the report that i'll be making available. >> reporter: barr himself has determined there was no obstruction. and in a radio interview, the president sounded unconcerned about tomorrow's revelations. >> you'll see a lot of very strong things come out tomorrow. >> that really peaked our interested today. jon karl live at the white house tonight. jon, you broke the news that the white house and the justice department have discussed the special counsel's findings. but the president predicted there very strong things to come, in his words. so, how much does he know, what are your sources telling you tonight? >> reporter: david, as we first reported, the white house legal team has been breached, but i'm
told, in broad brush strokes, not a lot of great detail on the actual details of the report. david, i am told from senior staff here that they plan to be reading the actual report just as we are after it is released tomorrow. >> we'll be following it first thing in the morning. we'll be watching, jon, thank you. in the meantime, the white house also likely monitoring reports involving north korea tonight. north korean media reporting that kim jong-un has supervised the testing of a new type of tactical guided weapon. the first public weapons test since those meetings with president trump last year. those tactical weapons are generally short-range. authorities say they are not likely to threaten the united states. next tonight, to calls for prosecutors to press charges after disturbing cell phone videos emerged. two teens beating a boy with autism. one of the suspects is the son of a former mayor there in southern california. and here's abc's adrienne bankert. >> oh, my god! >> reporter: tonight, outrage after a california district
attorney says detectives need to investigation investigate further this video showing an autistic man being repeatedly punched and kicked. in the video, you can see one of the young men back away before kicking the victim, who lay motionless. the video shows another one of the attackers going through the victim's pockets. two 18-year-olds were arrested in the case, 18-year-old korey streeter and declan bell wilson, whose father was mayor of rolling hills at the time. both have since been released, but police say they believe the suspects were involved in the attack. and tonight, declan bell wilson's father telling abc news -- "i was as surprised as anyone else when i found out about the arrest of my son. we are cooperating with law enforcement." david, no charges have been filed in this case. police are asking the public to contact them if they have any information. kaifd david? >> adrienne, thank you. we're going to turn now to the death tonight of a young college student, a freshman in buffalo. the 18-year-old was rushed to the hospital from a fraternity
there, reportedly in cardiac arrest. well, days later, he has now died. was this hazing? was that student forced into extreme exercise? here's abc's linsey davis. >> reporter: tonight, an investigation into a possible hazing death at the is university of buffalo. >> off main street on the front lawn, cardiac arrest. >> reporter: the president of the school announcing the passing 18-year-old sebastian serafin-bazan, who had been in critical condition and on life support for several days. buffalo police say they received a 911 call late thursday night from the sigma pi fraternity house. neighbors claim they saw several young men carry out a body of a man who appeared to be unconscious. >> we saw paramedics working on him, chestcompressions, giving him oxygen. >> reporter: according to "the buffalo news," serafin-bazan had recently been treated for a respiratory ailment and went into cardiac arrest during possible hazing which included forced exercises. all greek life activities at the university are currently suspended until further notice. and police are still awaiting
autopsy results, including a toxicology report, and they are also interviewing witnesses, david. >> linsey davis tonight. linsey, thank you. and from paris tonight, we have new video of the damage at notre dame cathedral. ineometely gonebove there. the view into the cathedral from the air, those two famous towers still standing. but now we have learned authorities feared they were just minutes from collapsing. and abc's james longman from paris again tonight. >> reporter: new images tonight of notre dame revealing the scope of destruction. s to collapsed, a hole in france's heart. as teams today doused the building, fresh worry the remaining wood and lead above was weakened by the fire and all that water used to fight it. the head of france's construction federation telling us the same materials that once held this building together could now bring it all down. french officials say notre dame
was just 15 to 30 minutes away from total collapse. and tonight, we're hearing from father fournier, the hero firefighter chaplain who rushed in to save the relics, as the church's spire fell. he says his team broke into the area holding the famed crown of thorns, believed to have been worn by jesus. they found a staffer with the code to quickly unlock its container so they could rush the relic to safety. across france today, the sound of solidarity, churches ringing their bells for their mother church who no longer can. >> and james lodgeman joins us live tonight from outside the cathedral. and james, we know so far, about a billion dollars has been raised to restore notre dame? >> reporter: yes, that's right, but they're probably going to need another billion to complete the work. president macron wants this done in five years, but experts say it's probably going to take twice as long to rebuild. and david, there is such interest in this church that the
hunchback of notre dame has now shot up to the top of the best-seller list here in france. david? >> incredible and not terribly surprising. james longman, thank you for reporting from paris again tonight. in the meantime, back here at home and to this country, and to newly released images tonight of the deadly warehouse shooting in aurora, illinois. five people killed. authorities revealing the moment police confront the gunman, who then opens fire on them. here's abc's alex perez. >> reporter: tonight, our first look at the harrowing moments when authorities come face-to-face with an armed gunman who had already killed five people. the shooter in a white shirt seen pacing back and forth inside a foyer. as officers attempt to approach, the cold-blooded killer opens fire. officers scrambling for cover. >> aurora has an active shooter situation. one officer is reported down at this time, active shots being fired. ua reporter: the nerve-wracking playing out for more than 90 minutes. the gunman later identified as 45-year-old gary martin, a disgruntled employee who was about to get fired. martin appears to be waiting for
officers to ambush them. he repeatedly pulls the trigger. officers outside firing back. s.w.a.t. teams in armed vehicles eventually storm the building, with shields and long guns in hands. police enter the building. the gunman killed in a shootout with officers. david, investigators say the gunman fired 64 rounds at those arriving officers. five of those officers were injured, but thankfully, survived. david? >> alex perez tonight. alex, thank you. the trump administration is imposing new policies towards cuba tonight. and tough new sanctions against venezuela and vick rag what. the administration is reimposing limits on the amount of money cuban-americans can send to relatives in cuba and order ordr restrictions on travel. and federal authorities tout what they say is their biggest effort yet against the opioid epidemic gripping this nation. prosecutors saying today that in recent months they've charged 60
medical professionals, including 31 doctors, accused of providing more than 350,000 illegal iptio cash or for sex. most of the arrests in about la that, a region hit especially hard by the epidemic. there is still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this wednesday. that close call on the runway at new york's jfk. the wing clipped while taking off, and now it turns out it was far worse than what we thought. also, the horrific tour bus crash. more than two dozen killed tonight. and the new message just in this evening from alex trebek, as he wraps up the 35th season of "jeopardy!" what he's now saying about his health and the next season. next season. a lot more news ahead tonight. i have heart disease, watch what i eat, take statins, but still struggle to lower my ldl bad cholesterol. which means a heart attack or stroke. could strike without warning, pulling me away from everything that matters most. (siren) because with high bad cholesterol, my risk of a heart attack or stroke is real.
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of this american airlines jet, dented by hitting a light on takeoff, also hit the runway pavement at jfk. potentially disasterous, horrifying for passengers. >> we felt the plane book pretty hard to the left. everyone just kind of held on really tight. >> reporter: just off the ground, the a-321 jet, headed for los angeles with 110 onboard, banks severely to the left, the pilot reports, and asks to return to jfk. >> uncontrolled bank, 45 degrees to the left. we had an uncommanded roll to the left as we rotated. >> what the pilot is saying here is the airplane roll eed itselfo the left and dragged the wing tip. i can't tell you how unprecedented that is and also incredibly dangerous. >> reporter: tonight, a week after the incident, the ntsb assigned a team of six to investigate. american airlines says its investigation is continuing in and it is cooperating with federal authorities. one of the passengers tells us in those terrifying seconds, she was thinking the worst of the worst. david? >> all right, david, thank you. when we come back here, the
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and to a different kind of modern family. tonight, along the mississippi river, near fulton, illinois, an extremely rare sight. three adult bald eagles, two male, named valor i and valor i, baby duty. co-parenting three eaglets who had just hatched with the world watching. every moment of this livestream
run by the stewards of the upper mississippi river refuge. here in early march, each taking turns keeping the eggs warm. one flying away, the other studying the eggs. the eggs hatching. the proud parents taking turns feeding their young. watch on the right, one parent feeding a baby, while the other flies in with a fish. that nest is ten feet deep, six feet across. the eaglets will likely leave the nest in two months. here they are, just days old. then last week. and here they are just today. wow. they'll soon be off to college. thanks for watching here on a wednesday night. i'm david muir. i hope to see you right back here tomorrow night. good night.
one of the most intense break-ins i've ever seen. >> targeted by thieves. >> there are a lot of crazy things that happen. >> it all started with a truck slamming into a store. all that's left now is smashed glass with pricey handbags and shoes. >> it's crazy. i never would have expected to see that. >> it happened this morning in union square. here's the latest on the investigation. >> reporter: earlier this morning, this has been an all-day clean-up. you can see the crews still here working the remove and clean up all the panes of glass shattered overnight. so far police have not released the description. workers and success any
a pane of iividual at about 4: in the morning, tried on back into the store front three times and was successful on the third instance. >> reporter: karen flood, the director, says several of the cameras captured multiple angles of the heist. >> anywhere between five and eight cameras tell the story of what that. >> they have seen and given to investigators who aren't sharing it yet. >> it is an investigation. if and when we need help from the community, we will release video when we need to. >> reporter: flood says this is not the first time it happened. they are considering hiring someone to monitor the 350 cameras overnight. >> we can't be everywhere all the time. it is brazen criminal activity. >> reporter: employees like the security guard