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hall on the bay area's housing crisis right now till 7:00 p.m. send us your questions on twitter, instagram or facebook tagging them with the #better bay area. tonight, the tragedy on the kennedy compound. the kennedy granddaughter found unresponsive at the family home. the family devastated. grandmother ethel kennedy and what she is saying tonight. what her granddaughter saoirse kennedy hill talked openly about before. also, an nypd judge now recommending the firing of an officer accused of using a choke hold in the death of eric garner. what will the police commissioner now do? and what we learned tonight. >> china shooting back tonight saying, we're not afraid to fight, as president trump escalates the trade war and the items you'll pay more for. the officer at routine spot. the officer holding on for his
life right on a busy atlanta highway. the homeowner buried alive in a gas explosion. you'll hear the 911 call he made from his watch, explaining where he was trapped under the rubble. the wife who suspected her husband was trying to kill her. she installed cameras. and what she discovered tonight. the outrage tonight, he's only been sentenced to weekends in jail. on this flight to newark, a bat flying through the cabin. a passenger in the bathroom. you can see the flight attendant running. and the alarming number of sharks spotted right at the peak of vacation season. good evening, great to have you with us on a busy friday. we begin with the newest tragedy for the kennedy family. we have new reporting on the death of saoirse kennedy hill. the granddaughterer of
robert f. kennedy and ethel kennedy. she was found unconscious at her grandmother's home and she was rushed to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead. she had written and trying to raise awareness for others. tonight, the kennedy family is gathering. they are heart broken and what ethel kennedy is now saying. more from hyannisport, massachusetts. >> reporter: tonight, heartbreak on the kennedy compound as family members grieve the loss of 22-year-old saoirse kennedy hill, the granddaughter of ethel and robert f. kennedy. >> possible o.d. >> authorities responding to emergency calls about a possible drug overdose around 2:30 thursday afternoon, at the storied six-acre family estate in hyannisport, massachusetts, the same home where her grandmother lives. >> bring that ambulance closer to the front door. >> reporter: finding the boston college student unresponsive, rushing her to the hospital where she later was pronounced dead. today, 91-year-old ethel kennedy seen entering the property in a golf cart. the kennedy family saying in a
statement, our hearts are shattered by the loss of our beloved saoirse. her life was filled with hope, promise and love. grandmother ethel adding, the world is a little less beautiful today. saoirse wrote openly about her long battle with depression in a student newspaper three years ago, describing bouts of deep sadness. she was the only child of paul hill and courtney kennedy hill. her death marking the latest chapter in a tragic family legacy, including the assassinations of her grandfather and president john f. kennedy. loved ones remembering her on social media. uncle rfk jr. calling her a fearless adventurer who inspired curiosity. maria shriver saying, "she left a gaping hole in the lives of all of those who loved her." >> the kennedy family has dealt with so much. and whit johnson is live in hyannisport, on the story since it broke last night here. and what authorities are investigating now, the circumstances surrounding her death and you have news about the autopsy tonight? >> reporter: that's right. the autopsy was performed today
but the medical examiner is awaiting toxicology results to determine the exact cause and manner of her death. tonight, saoirse's family is remembering her as a passionate volunteer with a generous spirit. david? >> whit johnson. thanks to you tonight. a major headline in new york city tonight. an nypd judge is now recommending the firing of an officer accused in the choking death of eric garner. the video of the incident caused a national firestorm. you can hear garner saying, i can't breathe at least 11 times before falling unconscious. as you remember, he later died. tonight, it's now up to the police commissioner here in new york whether the officer will be fired. here is abc's stephanie ramos. >> reporter: this is the video that helped galvanize the black lives matter movement. nypd officer daniel pantaleo and eric garner wrestling to the ground after he was stopped for allegedly selling cigarettes on the street. >> i can't breathe. i can't breathe. >> reporter: garner screaming those words "i can't breathe" 11 times moments before he stops moving.
he later dies. tonight, five years later, a judge ruling that officer pantaleo's actions and that chokehold were reckless, recommending that he should be fire >> we've been waiting for five years for someone to say that he did something wrong, and they finally made that decision today. >> reporter: the judge ruling that seven-second chokehold violated department policy. >> today, we finally saw a step towards justice and accountability. >> reporter: the decision coming weeks after the doj declined to press federal charges against pantaleo. the police union slamming today's decision, warning it should give every officer pause. >> when someone calls 911 and dispatchers call you, and there's a circumstance when you have to put your hands on someone, call your sergeant first. because you will not have the backing of the city. >> stephanie ramos is live outside new york city police headquarters tonight.
the decision by the police commissioner on whether to fire the officer, stephanie, could take weeks? >> reporter: that is exactly right. he was suspended today but the police union is warning the commissioner he will lose his department if he removes the officer from the force. if he doesn't, the city is bracing for protests. tonight, the commissioner is refusing to comment until that decision is made. david? >> you can hear the protests behind you. stephanie, thank you. there was another story today involving the police and the dangers they face during routine stops every day. the images tonight coming from atlanta. the officer at a traffic stop when the driver takes off on a busy atlanta highway. the officer holding on for his life. we want to let you know, he does survive this. here's abc's marcus moore now. >> reporter: this dash cam video captures the dramatic incident unfolding during what started as a normal traffic stop for dunwoody police officer nathan daley. watch as the driver puts the puts the car into gear, racing off towards the highway. officer daley, hanging on for his life. >> he's taking off on us. he's taking off on us. >> reporter: the officer still
clinching the side of the car, even as it hits that grey suv, the car pulling onto atlanta's busy i-285. then as the suspect swerves towards traffic, he hits another vehicle with officer daley stuck in the middle. the officer bouncing off the ground. >> officer down. officer down. 1080. 1080. >> reporter: moments later, police say, that driver would try to run, but was quickly arrested. miraculously, officer daley, the terrifying ordeal and had this message for his community. >> i will bounce back ten times stronger, little nick-nack, little nick-nack. i love you guys. thank you so much for your support. >> reporter: david, that driver who was initially pulled over for violating the hands free law now faces ten charges, including aggravated assault on a police officer and aggravated battery. david? >> unbelievable pictures, marcus, thank you. a major about face involving president trump and his choice to become the next director of national intelligence. he picked a texas republican congressman john ratcliffe
just ten days ago after his forceful hearing with robert mueller. so what happened? here's abc's kyra phillips at the white house. >> reporter: congressman john ratcliffe didn't even a make it as week as president trump's choice for director of national intelligence before the president pulled the plug. >> i asked him, i said, "do you want to go through this for two or three months or would you want me to maybe do something else?" and he thought about it. i said, "it's going to be rough." >> reporter: ratcliffe's nomination, embattled from the start. the president picked him just four days after the congressman lashed into robert mueller. >> donald trump is not above the law. he's not, but he damn sure shouldn't be below the law. >> reporter: democrats called ratcliffe partisan and unqualified. >> the president is more interested in getting a loyalist than someone who will speak truth to power. >> reporter: republicans grew concerned as ratcliffe's resume came under scrutiny. abc news reporting the congressman falsely claimed to have prosecuted and convicted people funneling money to
terrorists. >> republicans did express concern about ratcliffe's experience, was that a deciding factor? >> no, i'll tell you what, i think he would have had very good support. i think he would have done fine, but it would have been a long, hard slog. >> reporter: president trump has withdrawn at least 38 nominees requiring senate confirmation, including his picks for defense secretary, labor secretary, v.a. secretary and u.n. ambassador. today he defended the vetting process. >> the vetting process for the white house is very good. you're part of the vetting process. you know? i give out a name to the press, and they vet for me. we save a lot of money that way. >> kyra phillips live with us from the white house. president trump telling you he has a new short list for the director of national intelligence. right there he hinted at it. he says the vetting process, he believes will be easier? >> reporter: that's right. the president acknowledged to me when it comes to national intelligence, ratcliffe wasn't
in that world that much. the president also telling me he is now considering three very well known people for the job and that the vetting process won't be an issue because they are already within the intel community. david. >> thank you. in the meantime, the call to impeach the president is gaining ground. more that half of all the democrats back impeachment. that is 118 of the 235 democrats. tonight house speaker nancy pelosi putting out a statement making the same argument to stay the course, to legislate, investigate and litigate. adding the president will be accountable. the house caucus will lose a republican. an ex-cia under cover officer says he wasn't to work. he was one of four to condemn president trump's tweets targeting four democratic congress women of color. president trump's escalated trade war with china. the dow down more than 70 points in just the past five days, and
tonight, china saying they are not afraid of a fight. but american consumers could pay the price. a higher one in fact on some very common items. here's abc's chief business correspondent rebecca jarvis tonight. >> reporter: tonight, the cost of those tariffs set to take effect next month, and china promising to retaliate. smartphones, furniture, toys, and clothes coming from china to the u.s. subject to a new 10% tax, paid to u.s. customs by u.s. businesses when the goods enter our country. while most companies believe something should be done to level the playing field, many warning customers will bear the burden. footwear officially one of the hardest hit categories, with 70% of all shoes sold in the u.s. coming from china. $150 running sneakers could spike to nearly $190. iphones manufactured in china could see prices rise $100 if apple decides to pass the cost to consumers.
and these prices would rise if businesses choose to pass the cost to consumers but that's going to be a tough sell with corporate america saving about $100 billion a year because of tax cuts. either way, it hits bottom line. which is what is rattling investors, david. >> rebecca, thank you on a friday night. in other news here tonight, the trump administration has formally withdrawn from an arms control treaty with russia. the landmark cold war era treaty signed by ronald reagan and soviet leader mikhail gorbachev in 1987. the u.s. blames russia. says they violated the treaty. russia denies the claim. there is now reporting on the deadly rampage at a food festival in california. newly released 911 calls. now reveal the chaos, the panic as the shots rang out. and something else about the gunman and how he died. here is will carr. >> reporter: tonight the authorities say the gilroy garlic festival gunman took his own life. we're seeing and hearing the raw
emotion that poured out just seconds after the shooter attacked a packed festival. after surviving the las vegas massacre, alicia olive once again found herself in the middle of another mass shooting. >> this is not happening again. what's going on, what's going on? >> reporter: also in the chaos, a nurse calls 911. with bullets flying and her own safety at risk, that nurse stopped to help an injured man. >> i'm a nurse. he got braised in the right hip, and he has a gunshot wound to the right leg. >> okay. >> reporter: that injured man was nick mcfarland. >> i want to thank the nurse that was there at the festival that helped me. she gave me a tourniquet and stopped the bleeding. >> reporter: that appreciation mixed with sadness and strength thursday night as hundreds showed up to a downtown vigil. >> there were a lot of angels that day. >> reporter: tonight authorities tell us they do not believe the shooter was targeting anyone specifically. as for that motive at this point it's unclear why he shot and
killed three people and injured so many more. david. >> will carr on the story all week. will, thank you. next, the case making national headlines. the wife who suspected her husband was trying to kill her. she installed cameras and what she discovered. tonight, the new outrage over the sentence. here's abc's clayton sandell now. >> reporter: tonight, outrage over the punishment given to brian kozlowski, seen here spiking his wife's coffee with sleeping pills. kozlowski's now ex-wife says she installed cameras after the strange brew made her so drowsy she nearly crashed her car. >> this was not a case of poisoning. i believe this was attempted murder. >> reporter: brian kozlowski admits he regrettably placed over-the-counter sleeping aids in the coffee. he says he did it to make her too tired to "run around all night," claiming she was cheating. he says he's now seeing a psychotherapist for treatment. >> he does have a sense of remorse. >> reporter: that apparent remorse was enough to convince judge anthony viviano to sentence kozlowski to just 60 days in jail, and he can serve
that time on weekends. his attorney says it's fair. >> the sentence took all of those factors into consideration. >> reporter: but prosecutors say he should have gotten 15 years. >> this is not the kind of case you cut a break to. this is the kind of case where you hammer somebody. >> reporter: judge vivano is not commenting on the sentence. prosecutors say they will appeal. david. the rapper asap rocky. on his way home from sweden tonight. he and two members of his entourage were arrested for a street fight. on video and obtained by tmz. he claim he acted in self-defense. a verdict is expected st th. president trump game his support in the effort to free the artist. we are also following images coming in from san diego tonight. a cliff collapse killed one person and injured two others. two patients have been transported to local hospitals.
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finally, our persons of the week. the bride and groom and what they asked for. kelli davis and matt cameron got engaged one year ago. kelli is a first grade teacher in tampa. she is crazy about matt and crazy about her students. and so when they started planning their wedding, she had an idea. instead of wedding gifts, bring something for the students who don't have the basics. >> i call my class my family. >> definitely proud of her, and it doesn't surprise me at all that she came up with this idea. >> reporter: no gift registry. instead, they personalized each invitation, with a child at the bottom. this one, a boy in the 4th grade. and the response at the wedding was overwhelming. >> it was kind of a no brainer. being a teacher, i know that a lot of kids come with nothing to school. >> reporter: so many new backpacks, clothes, supplies.
they'll be given to students at booker t. washington elementary when they start up in a couple of weeks. and that couple, when the community heard what they did, they told us today, even people who weren't invited to the wedding are now pitching in. >> school supplies have been donated to our doorstep. businesses have reached out to donate backpacks to local schools. >> when we first had this idea, we could've never imagined it would've taken on a life of its own. >> reporter: but it has. kelli and matt, starting a new life together by helping young lives too. so we choose kelli and matt cameron and all of their students. i'm david muir. good night.
bay area suspects, italian victim. the sympathies in this case are not so clear cut. tonight, we'll meet the local women sending more than thoughts and prayers overseas. >> the graffiti is here but the suspect is in jail in a case police say was made to look like a hate crime. that story coming up. now or later, the neighbors from across the street called to say you lost your house. we've all lost our houses. >> rebuilding after the north bay wildfires and building a better bay area at the same time. >> now, news to build a better bay area from abc 7. >> good evening, i'm ama daetz. >> i'm larry beil in for dan because he's hosting the town hall. >> that's right. here is a live look at the discussion which is underway right now with a half dozen local housing experts. we are streaming this all online
on with your website abc7news.com and we do welcome your questions. you can ask on any social media platform. town hall started at 4:00 and will last until 7:00 tonight, another hour. >> to the latest developments on the case of two bay area teenagers accused of killing an italian police officer. >> we're hearing for the first time from the the teens firksnn eld therer th confessed to the crime. sean elder arrived and walked through the airport. >> elder visited his son in jail on thursday and to see finnegan. we are working with finn's attorneys to establish the facts and we hope they have video footage to show what happened. >> finn