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eagle was seen just hanging out. and with that, that's all for abc7 news at 5:00. i'm dion lim. for anthony and tonight, several developing stories as we come on the air. two american teens at the center of an international murder case. a leaked photo showing one of the teens blindfolded and handcuffed. police saying they have surveillance images and the murder weapon. president trump defending himself from allegations he's a racist. continuing attacks against congressman elijah cummings. and now accusing democrats of playing the race card. life or death decision. the man armed with a massive knife, walking into a police station. cops taken by surprise, drawing their guns. how officers took him down. crash on the lake. the sea plane going down moments after takeoff. the pilot hitting a tree, spiraling into the water. boaters rushing in to the rescue. the deadly nightclub collapse. the floor giving way beneath the crowd. american athletes among the injured.
surviving a shark attack. a surfer on a packed beach, about to jump on his board when a shark bites into his arm. tonight he tells us how he got away. and the 8-year-old girl with the gold glove. the only girl on her baseball team getting some big league attention. and good evening. thanks for joining us on this sunday. i'm tom llamas. and we begin tonight with new developments in the international murder case. two american teenagers charged in connection with the murder of a police officer in rome. authorities say a leaked image shows one of the teens illegally blindfolded. before being interrogated by officers. the teens allegedly confessing to their roles leading to the killing of that officer. hundreds of people lining up to pay their respects in a city where it's rare for an officer
to be killed in the line of duty. investigators say the officer was stabbed eight times in what may have been a drug deal gone wrong. here's ian pannell. >> reporter: tonight, italian police on defense after this leaked photo showing one of the american teens accused of murdering a roman police officer, blindfolded and handcuffed, his head down inside a police station. the image splashed across italian media. the police commissioner calling what happened "illegal" and a "mistake." officials say the image was taken after suspects gabe natale-hjorth and finnegan elder were taken in for questioning, and according to police, confessed to being involved in the incident that led to the fatal stabbing of newlywed officer mario cerciello rega. the police say this all started here in this neighborhood in a drug deal gone bad. they say the two americans allegedly approached a man asking where they could buy drugs. that man led them to a dealer who police say sold them fake cocaine. the two growing angry, allegedly
going back to the scene and stealing the backpack of the man who pointed them to the drug dealer. this surveillance video capturing two men running away after the theft. police say the man called his own phone that was in the stolen bag and spoke to the two americans. he says they offered him an exchange. his bag for a gram of cocaine and 100 euros. but he went to the police instead who set up an undercover operation that ended with the officer stabbed eight times. police say the two men returned to their hotel, not far away, preparing to leave the country when police moved in. both teens allegedly confessing after investigators say they found "overwhelming evidence" in the room, including the supposed murder weapon "cleverly concealed" behind one of the ceiling tiles, and bloody clothing. but at a hearing this weekend, both americans waived their right to speak. a public defender for finnegan elder saying his client wasn't well, and psychologically tried. back in san francisco, some who knew him, shocked. >> i've never seen finnegan do
anything -- anything. he's always been super nice to me. >> reporter: the elder family, releasing a statement saying, "we have not been able to communicate with our son." adding, "as any parents would be, we are deeply concerned." while in italy, hundreds paying respects to an officer killed just weeks after getting married, in a nation not used to violence like this. >> ian, joining us now from the front of the jail where the teens are being held. as italy mourns the death of the officer. some government officials are making it clear what they want to happen to the two americans? >> reporter: that's right. there may be shock and disbelief in america, but here in italy, it's anger and outrage. it's become a huge political issue. it's leading all the news, and the deputy prime minister of italy tweeting, saying they should be giveli with hard labor.tom? >> ian, thank you.
back here at home, president trump tonight defending himself from allegations he's a racist. the president attacking elijah cummings and the city of baltimore. president trump now calling congressman cummings a racist. and after spending the last two weeks attacking four minority congresswomen, the president is claiming democrats are playing the race card. here's tara palmeri. >> reporter: tonight, president trump defending himself after launching a twitter attack on the african-american chairman of the house oversight committee and his majority black district. tweeting, "there is nothing racist in stating plainly what most people already know, that elijah cummings has done a terrible job for the people of his district, and of baltimore itself." after the president called cummings' district, maryland's 7th, "a disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess" where "no human being would want to live," dozens of democrats quickly fired back. >> well, the president is as he usually is, or often is disgusting and racist.
>> a racist president who attacks people because they are african-americans. >> reporter: the president has used the loaded word "infested" before to describe minority members of congress. including earlier this month, when he suggested that four congresswomen of color, all american citizens, "go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came." >> he continues to say things about american cities across this country. i mean, look, our president has a hate agenda. >> reporter: the president's acting chief of staff, defending his boss. >> infested. it sounds like vermin. it sounds subhuman, and these are all six members of congress who are people of color. >> i think you're spending way too much time reading between the lines. does anybody -- >> i'm not reading between the lines. i'm reading the lines. >> reporter: the president, accusing democrats of playing the race card, but he inserted race into the conversation. using the #blacksfortrump2020 while criticizing cummings' "very poor, very dangerous, and very badly run district." >> if i had poverty in my
district like they have in baltimore, i'd get fired, and i think the president is right to raise that. it has absolutely zero to do with race. >> reporter: but nationally, the median household income is just over $60,000. essentially the same as the median household income in maryland's 7th district. and the city of baltimore did not take the president's insults quietly. >> it is completely unacceptable for the president of the united states of america to use his considerable power and global voice to attack a vibrant american city. >> reporter: "the baltimore sun" publishing this scathing editorial with the headline "better to have a few rats than to be one." >> tara joining us now from the white house. the president going after representative cummings personally, saying the congressman himself is a racist? >> reporter: he's tweeted 16 negative messages about cummings, and now he's going after the african-american congressman, calling him a racist without any proof. and it's not the first time he's
used that charge. just last week, he called the four minority congresswomen racists. >> tara, thank you. one more breaking headline involving the trump administration. late today president trump tweeting director of national intelligence dan coats will be stepping down on august 15th. the president says he will nominate john ratcliff of texas to be the next dni. an acting director in expected to be named shortly. we move on the to the deadly night club collapse in south korea. american athletes among the injured. at least 2 killed and 16 hurt when the upper floor gave way. here's marci gonzalez. >> reporter: tonight, members of the u.s. water polo team returning to los angeles after surviving that deadly balcony collapse inside a south korean night club. this video obtained by swimswam.com showing partygoers at coyote ugly trying desperately to lift the
collapsed dance floor, and free people trapped underneath. >> it was a really scary situation and very dangerous. >> reporter: two people were killed, more than a dozen others injured. among them, four members of the u.s. water polo team who were out celebrating the women's win in the world championship. >> the next thing you know, the floor collapsed beneath us on the second floor, and we were suspended 10, 15 feet in the air and sort of fell down. >> reporter: johnny hooper speaking exclusively to abc news after getting stitches in his hand. kaleigh gilchrist, the most seriously hurt, still hospitalized tonight. posting on instagram that surgery for a deep cut to her leg "went well." and tonight, investigators in south korea are looking into whether that balcony was over capacity and constructed without a permit. local media reporting at least one of the club's owners is now being questioned by police. tom? >> marci, thank you. now to the frightening scene in michigan, the small plane crashing. hitting a tree, then nose-diving into the water. here's trevor ault.
>> reporter: tonight, the shocking new video of a small plane crashing into a michigan lake. >> two-passenger plane just crashed in the lake. trying to find the two guys inside. >> reporter: watch as the sea plane takes off from littlefield lake. the pilot, struggling to gain altitude before slamming into a tree. the plane then spiraling and nose-diving into the water. bystanders watching in horror. the pilot and his passenger surviving, helped out of the cockpit by boaters. >> it was very scary. the reaction by everybody in the lake, and the boats that were out was immediate. everybody converged to help out. >> reporter: that passenger in serious condition tonight. tonight, police say there were heavy winds at the time of the crash. the faa and the ntsb are investigating. tom? >> trevor, thank you. next, the police manhunt for a bank thief along the east coast. authorities searching for the so-called pink lady bandit, the fbi giving her the name for the
pink handbag she used in two of the robberies. here's lana zak. >> reporter: tonight, the fbi is asking for your help to find the serial bank robber they've dubbed "the pink lady bandit" for the distinctive rosy purse she's carried in two of her robberies. the fbi says she's been on the move along the eastern seaboard since her first heist on july 20th in carlisle, pennsylvania. then the fbi says on july 23rd, she hit another bank in rehoboth beach, delaware. and then, the very next day, allegedly driving 300 miles to execute her third robbery in ayden, north carolina. here she is entering the bank with her pink purse handing the teller a note. her most recent alleged theft taking place on friday in hamlet, north carolina. >> it's probably good to stay on the move because the less connection you have to a community, at least it increases your odds of not getting caught. >> reporter: her pattern, reminiscent of the so-called "traveling bandit" who hit seven banks in six different states. authorities cracking his case in just under a month. the fbi is offering a reward of $10,000, and though she may
change her look now that she's getting more attention, the statistics are not in her favor, tom. in these type of cases, the fbi has a 70% success rate. >> likely to lose the pink bag now. >> exactly. >> lana, thank you. news about the political crisis in puerto rico. five days before the governor is set to step down from office, the next in line is saying she does not want the job. puerto rico's secretary of state would have been next in succession, but that post is among the many vacated over the chat message scandal. she's asking the governor to appoint a new secretary of state before leaving office. now to the heat wave in the west. temperatures soaring into the triple digits. 36 wildfires burning. the milepost 97 fire covering 11,000 acres in oregon. and a tornado watch is in effect as severe storms target part of the north wets. let's get right to rob marciano
for us tonight. good evening. >> reporter: good evening, tom. at least two tornadoes in minnesota and the watch is up until 9:00 p.m. including minneapolis, st. paul, and much of western wisconsin. you see it on the radar scope. and the front will push through tonight, get through chicago tomorrow morning. could cause problems at the rush hour. tomorrow evening towards detroit, indianapolis, and memphis. the heat, the big story in the west all week long. heat warnings in fresno, palm springs, and phoenix. tomorrow will be another hot day. a fresh fire started just a few moments ago. 60 acres burned east of l.a. and heat there in the east through tuesday. >> rob, thank you. next to the boy making sure everyone was awake during a fire. seven adults and six children escaping the flames. here's zachary kiesch. >> reporter: tonight, dramatic new video showing flames tearing through a home in chicago with more than a dozen people sleeping inside. the only one not sleeping,
little 5-year-old jayden, who just happened to be staying over at his aunt's house. he sprang into action. >> i got mad because auntie's house was on fire. >> reporter: jayden was watching tv when suddenly he smelled smoke. without flinching he told his family, including his two sisters, to get out. >> because i'm smart, and i'm brilliant. >> reporter: jayden, whose favorite super hero is the flash, then running downstairs, telling the neighbors about the fire, helping 13 people escape the flames. were you scared? >> yes, what you think? i was scared. >> he saved everyone. if he hadn't gotten sent to his auntie's house wednesday then he would have never been there to get everyone out of the building. >> reporter: jayden doing what >> yes, i am flash. i can do fast stuff. look. >> reporter: the red cross is providing support to those impacted by the fire while investigators try to determine
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>> reporter: 23-year-old frank o'rourke surviving a shark attack, this bloody puncture wound his battle scar. >> you have all the rows of teeth that kind of just clamped onto my arm. >> reporter: in this video from surfline.com you see o'rourke in the water at jacksonville beach, then a brief struggle. a minute later, o'rourke racing across the beach to get help, still clutching his board. and less than 200 miles up florida's east coast, a black tip shark spotted friday, feeding in the shallow waters of cocoa beach. but these encounters incomparable to what paige winter experienced just last month in north carolina. >> she's in bad shape. i mean, her leg is almost gone. >> reporter: attacked in deep water, her father saved her life by punching the shark on its head. the 17-year-old losing her leg and some of her fingers. >> i'm still paigey, just a little different. i got some pieces of the puzzle missing. >> reporter: scientists say warmer water and better water quality could be increasing the number of dangerous interactions between sharks and humans.
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awards. >> you proud to be as her dad to see how well she's doing. >> reporter: so during a game, her dad was surprised to hear this comment from a parent on an opposing team. >> girls shouldn't play baseball and they should stick to softball. >> reporter: that comment hasn't stopped ashlynn. >> i didn't really care about it. i just kept playing. >> reporter: and this week, ashlynn becoming a viral sensation with more than 4 million views of that video showing her making not one but three diving catches. and catching the attention of her hometown toronto blue jays. this week, ashlynn getting invited to the game. >> it was cool watching batting. they hit it so far. >> reporter: she even got some tips from her favorite player, vladimir guerrero jr. >> vladi said just swing. >> swing hard, right. >> swing hard, yeah. >> reporter: her dream, to play for the national team.
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tonight on abc7 news at 6:00, new details are emerging about the two bay area men held in the stabbing death of a tallian police officer. and a sweltering sunday in the bay area. for some, there was no way to avoid being out in the heat. when we will see a cooloff. and see how a fallen police officer from central valley is going to be honored with. abc7 news at 6:00 starts now. >> now from abc7 live breaking news. >> and right away we start with the that breaking news coming out of the east bay. let's take a live look from our emeryville cam at the bay bridge. you can see practical gridlock. westbound lanes reopened with a half hour ago after a woman was arrested with walking on the bridge. you can see her walking across the lanes in the cell phone video sent to us by a viewer. all westbound lanes were shut
down for about 30 minutes while police worked to bring her to custody. there are still residual backups for commuters heading into the city. new details on the two young men from the bay area accused of killing a police officer in italy. abc news reporter ian pannell live in rome with the latest. >> reporter: italian police on defense after a leaked with photo showing one of the american teens accused of murdering a roman police officer blindfolded and head xwufed with, his head down in the police station, splashed across newspapers. the commissioner calling what's happened illegal and a mistake. officials say the image was taken after the suspects gave na at that timely hjorth and finnegan three confessed with to being involved in the incident that led to the fatal stabbing of officer mario rega. police say it all started during a drug deal gone bad. the two