tv ABC World News Tonight With David Muir ABC August 6, 2019 3:30pm-4:00pm PDT
tonight, several developing stories as we come on the air. we have new reporting tonight, what we now know about the gunman in dayton. what the fbi revealed late today. and we hear from his one-time girlfriend. his fascination with mass murder. in el paso tonight, what we've learned there, as well. what police now say the gunman first did when he arrived there in el paso end after that 600-mile trip from the dallas area. how he ended up in that walmart. president trump set to visit both cities tomorrow. and tonight, the unease among many in el paso, after his most recent trip there, his rhetoric about immigrants, they say, and now many say he wants to comfort them. the other major news tonight, the devastating home explosion. emergency teams are on the scene at this hour. severe storms as we come on the air tonight. the possible tornado, the damaging winds and hail. and this system now moving east.
ginger standing by to time it out. the terrifying scene at a famous museum a 6-year-old boy thrown over a railing, plunging 100 feet and surviving. outrage over this image tonight. police officers on horseback in texas leading an african-american man in handc f handcuffs. the shark attack right off the east coast and luckily the boat with nurses onboard right nearby. and tonight, remembering nobel lawyer rat toni morrison. her gifts, her words and how she lifted so many. good evening and it's great to have you with us here on a tuesday night. of course, we have just back from el paso tonight, and we're following several stories as we come on. first, to dayton, ohio, tonight. late today what the fbi revealed there, saying the shooter might have been motivated by violent id yol. s. the chaos and terror inside that
bar. and tonight, right here, the new clues revealed about the gunman, as we hear from a former girlfriend who said herself there were red flags. what he was fascinated with. abc's eva pilgrim leads us off from dayton tonight. >> reporter: tonight, stories from heroism from inside the dayton bar where the gunman's rampage ended. dylan arnold was about to leave when the shooter rushed the door. he says the bouncer, seen here crouched by the door, saved lives. you can see him here alerting staff as the shooter rushes toward the bar. >> if he wasn't there, and especially if the officers weren't there, i mean, i know i'd be gone, one of the first gone. >> reporter: as authorities search for a motive, the fbi now investigating evidence they say shows connor betts was exploring violent id yojs. >> he had expressed a desire to commit a mass shooting. >> reporter: just this past may, adelia johnson, who says she was dating betts, broke it off,
after what she calls several red flags. >> he talked about mass shootings and world tragedies like i talk about television shows. >> reporter: abc news has else learned of a now deleted twitter account believed to be linked to betts, describing himself as a an any may fan, a methead and a leftist. in less than 30 seconds, dozens were hurt. nine people killed. 25-year-old nick hummer spent the summer working with cancer patients. he'd just been offered his dream job. >> he's going to leave a big hole in our organization, for sure. i think he's left a hole in our hearts. >> do something! >> reporter: ohio's governor who was drowned out by a crowd in e ke shooting, now says he's calling for legislation requiring background checks for nearly all gun sales and other reforms. >> we must do something. and that is exactly what we are going to do. >> and eva pilgrim joins us live from dayton, ohio. and the fbi revealing today they
have evidence now that the gunman was interested in violent ideologies, and they're asking now for the public's help? >> reporter: that's right, david. the gunman is investigating if this shooter had any help. they want to talk to anyone who might have known that he was interested in mass shootings. now, if you had video of this shooting, the fbi would like for you to submit that on their website. david? >> it does seem like there were so many red flags here. eva pilgrim leading us off. thank you. and in el paso tonight, the gunman who killed 22 people at that walmart, tonight, we're learning how he ended up in that store, after that 600-mile ride from the dallas area. here's abc's marcus moore. >> go, go, go! come on! >> reporter: tonight, chilling new details emerging from the chaos of that walmart massacre. authorities saying 21-year-old suspect patrick crusius showing no remorse in the slayings of 22 innocent people. >> he appears to be in a state of shock and confusion. >> reporter: police say you can see him here in surveillance
with a rifle in his hand. during an interrogation, crusius allegedly telling police he got lost after his ten-hour drive from allen, texas, to el paso. >> as soon as he got here, he was lost in a neighborhood. after that, he found his way to the walmart because, as we understand, he was hungry. >> reporter: police believe he it a then cased the store and was satisfied there were enough mexicans shopping. he went to his car to arm himself and returned to carry out the rampage. >> run, run. >> reporter: and the sheer force of the gunfire stunned even the most experienced trauma teams. at the del sol medical center, david spoke with the lead trauma surgeon about the injuries. >> this reminded you of what you saw in iraq and afghanistan. >> very much so, yes. >> reporter: what did you see? >> it was amazing, the number of patients who had injuries inside their abdomen and the amount of soft tissue injury was very apparent, looking at people, who had injuries to their arms and
legs. much more reminiscent of a war-type injury than something i typically see in the civilian sector. >> reporter: took you right back in. >> it did. >> reporter: addressed the community, after telling david he cannot stop seeing the moment his nephew was shot and killed. >> you were trying to get your nephew and you in there, and when you couldn't, you turned and the gunman was there? >> yes, sir. >> were you able to say anything to your nephew in that moment? >> no. i wish i could. i wish i could have done something. >> reporter: tonight, emotions still raw. a growing memorial in this tight-knit community finding comfort in each other. >> i just never thought it would
happen to us. it's going to take time for all of us, you know, to pull through, to get through this. >> we are thinking about everyone in el paso and in dayton tonight. and marcus joins us from the scene. and at the initial hearing, we know the suspect was informed he's being charged with capital murder, but federal prosecutors are expected to have their own charges? >> reporter: yeah, david. those prosecutors are already treating this as an act of domestic terrorism. and tonight, are seriously considering charging crusius with federal hate crime and other charges. david? >> all right, marcus, thank you. president trump will visit dayton and el paso tomorrow to meet with first responders, law enforcement and some of the victims of the terrible shootings, but in those communities, there is unease from some who believe the words of comfort fight the rhetoric that came before. kyra phillips is at the white house. >> reporter: on the eve of the president's visit to el paso, many people in that community uneasy about his return. president trump held a rally
talking about undocumented immigrants, the border wall, even with el paso being one of the safest major cities in america. >> open borders are dangerous and immoral. >> reporter: the president has also used the word invasion. a word authorities say the suspect used in his own writings posted right before the massacre. >> i was badly criticized for using the word invasion. it's an invasion. it is an invasion, you know that. >> reporter: now many people in el paso find it unsettling that the president is coming back. this time, to provide comfort. >> why would he want to come? that would be my first -- i know he's our president, but he has promoted a lot of this, all this anger. >> reporter: democratic candidates includes beto o'rourke, the former congressman from el paso, have pointed to the president's rhetoric. >> people in el paso by and large do not want to see him here, understand that he is part of the problem, part of how we
got to this point. >> reporter: president trump condemning white supremacy in the wake of the mass shootings. >> our nation must condemn racism, bigotry and white supremacy. >> reporter: he also pointed to mental health, video games and the internet. dayton's mayor preparing for the president's visit to her community, too. >> mentioned, like, gun issues one time. i think, youarshe issue of gunss been -- i don't know if he knows what he believes, frankly. >> reporter: and the republican mayor of el paso tonight saying this won't be a political visit, but that he will defend his city. >> i will continue to challenge any harmful and inaccurate statements made about el paso. >> kyra phillips with us live at the white house tonight. i know there's a growing call from many in this country for the administration and really for congress to do more on gun control in the wake of these two massacres, but tonight, still no plans to call back the house or the senate? what are you hearing? >> reporter: well, david, with both the house and senate in
recess, senate minority leader chuck schumer and republican congressman peter king held a joint press conference today, saying gun control should not be a political issue here. and that congress should come back to pass universal background checks. senate majority leader mitch mcconnell, who holds the power now, asked members to come up with solutions to, quote, protect our communities without infringing on rights. david? >> kyra phillips at the white house tonight. and one more note on these mass shootings. the fbi has revealed tonight it is now investigating that deadly shooting at the gilroy food festival in california, as well, as an act of domestic terrorism. investigators say santino william legan has a target list, including religious institutions, courthouses and both major political parties. the 19-year-old ope wi falies killi three people before taking his own life. we turn now to the other news this tuesday night. severe storms in the plains moving into the midwest and
heading east tonight. a possible tornado in iowa. this time lapse showing the rotating storm. bringing heavy rain and flooded streets. and damaging hail the size of tennis balls. this is from watertown, minnesota. of course, the northeast also bracing for storms. chief meteorologist ginger zee tracking it all for us tonight. hey, ginger. >> reporter: hey, david. we've just seen a report come in of a 72-mile-per-hour wind gust in bismarck, north dakota, but the storms now there have a severe thunderstorm watch. paducah, kentucky, evansville, indiana, all find themselves tonight with that watch. now, the strong storms are going to move east along that cold front and if you are along the i-95 corridor, if you're in maryland or delaware, new jersey, even eastern pennsylvania, you're going to want to watch out tomorrow afternoon and evening for the potential for damaging winds. david? >> ginger zee with us tonight. thank you, ginger. there was another powerful home explosion today. this explosion destroying a home in the detroit area. damaging others nearby. and first responders have rushed to the scene tonight.
abc's alex perez now with the images coming in now from detroit. >> reporter: investigators in detroit tonight on the scene of this massive blast. >> fl's a dwelling that possibly exploded from a gas leak. >> reporter: the home exploding at about 1:30 this afternoon. >> just like, boom. and then the flames just started flying up in the air. >> reporter: two houses next door damaged. >> it was loud enough to shake the whole block. >> reporter: there have been a string of recent natural gas explosions rocking residential areas. in kentucky last week, this blast rocketing flames 300 feet in the air, killing one person. and in north carolina last month, one woman was killed in this explosion. her husband, who was trapped in the wreckage, rescued after using his apple watch to call 911. back in detroit tonight, wreckage, say luckily it appears no one was killed. david, investigators tonight now working to figure out what
exactly caused that explosion. david? >> alex, thank you. and next, the shocking imanswer of an arrest in galveston, texas, tonight, sparking outrage. i shows the suspect being walked through the street, a rope linking his handcuffs to two officers mounted on horses. the police chief is now apologizing tonight, saying the officers showed poor judgment. here's steve osunsami. >> reporter: this is the disturbing photo that's all over the internet that galveston police are trying to explain tonight. the picture was taken saturday as police on horseback were arresting 43-year-old donald neely. his family says he has a history of mental illness and lives on the streets. >> i can't imagine what they were thinking to say, we're going to use this today. >> reporter: now, there's video, too. he is, indeed, being led down the middle of the street by a rope and the many critics tonight say the scene looks straight out of the 1800s. >> you don't do any -- you don't even do a dog that way. >> reporter: all of this started after a call from the galveston park board on the second floor of this building. they say neely was trespassing
and wearing this strange welding mask. in a statement, the police chief says he must apologize to mr. neely for this unnecessary embarrassment. i believe our officers showed poor judgment and could have waited for a transport unit. police say he was being led to a staging area. neely's daughters tonight say he is off the streets and home with them. david? >> all right, steve 0 sosunsami. thank you. and we are remembering toni morrison tonight. a master storyteller and lyrical writer whose crown cans of black american experience including "beloved" and "song of solomon" spoke to all americans. they earned her every major american award and they earned her a place in american life. toni morrison was born chloe wofford in ohio, 1932. the daughter of a steelworker and a singer. once our "person of the week," she told us the memories of her hometown in the midwest inspired her writings. >> even when i'm writing about stories that take place in the
west indies or in new york city, the matrix for my imagination, you know end the sort of wellspring out of which all of this comes, all of that comes out of ohio. >> reporter: an honor student in high school, she attended howard university, where she got the nickname toni. she became a book editor. there were few black women at the time in publishing. a divorced single mom of two boys, she'd work on her novels at their kitchen table after they went to bed. >> it came out of being a hungry reader and not finding some things in the libraries and in the book stores that i wanted to read. there was an incredible silence, a kind of void, the perceptions, the experience of african-americans, and particularly, african-american women. >> reporter: in 1987, she published "beloved." later turning it into a movie, starring oprah winfrey. >> why you leave me? >> beloved, i wasn't never going
to leave you. never. >> reporter: and it was winfrey who helped make toni morrison a household name. >> she reached into the depths of pain and shows us through pain all the myriad ways we can come to love. >> reporter: in 1993, she became the first black woman to receive the nobel literature prize. and in 2012, president obama awarded her a presidential medal of freedom. the nation's highest civilian honor. and asked once about writing, about life -- >> the pinnacle for me as a writer is really the writing, the next book, doing it better and better, every time out. >> you know, toni morrison was often asked how she wanted to be remembered, and she once said, as an honest, trustworthy person, not for all of her achievements. she later said, i was talking about how i wanted to be remembered by my family, which was most important to her. there is much more ahead here on "world news tonight"
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to build a better area. >> investigators have uncovered a list of organizations on digital media that may have been potential targeted of violence. >> authorities say the gun plan had that target list of religious institutions, political groups, federal buildings and courthouses. now a domestic terrorism investigation has been open. good afternoon. i'm ama daetz. >> official also released several other details including that the gunman fired about 39 rounds. the three victims who died were struck by his gun, not friendly fire by police. he was carrying a lot more ammunition. today his family issued its first statement since the sinc shooti shooting. >> chriss win is live in gilroy with the latest. >> reporter: officials tell us that the gunman did not leave behind a man testo but they're
looking into whether anyone else had advance knowledge of his plan to attack at the gilroy garlic festival. a community left with even more questions following a deadly attack on a beloved festival. many asking how and why. >> the shooter was exploring violent ideologies. >> the fbi announcing that it has now opened a domestic terrorism investigation into the tragedy that claimed the live of three people saying it remains unclear whether the shooter settled on an ideology. >> we brought in significant fbi resources from around the country to do this as thoroughly as we can. >> a search of the shooter's digital media by the fbi and gilroy police uncovered potential targets from violence across the country. >> religious institutions, federal buildings, courthouses, political organizations from both major political parties. and the gilroy garlic festival. >> this afternoon, the