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tonight, several developing stories as we come on. the deadly stabbing sprees. four killed, two more wounded. victims apparently targeted at random. and in another attack, a man stabbing and slashing two them. what police around the country are saying tonight. also, have you seen this man? the escaped inmate suspected of killing a high-ranking prison employee before busting out. officials warning he's extremely dangerous and he could be anywhere. the sweeping i.c.e. raids. hundreds of undocumented immigrants taken into custody. the images of children whose parents were taken away. some in tears. what the head of homeland security said after our reporter showed him those images. the backyard plane crash. a family killed when their small plane slammed right into a
neighborhood, clipping a shed before going down. the danger in the air. the fired flight attendant charged for allegedly being drunk on the job, seen slumped in a chair, reportedly disoriented and confused. the new images of that tornado striking. the severe weather threat right now. a round of powerful storms pushing east from the great lakes. plus, the growing fire danger. and america strong. the incredible moment at the airport in dallas. an entire terminal looking on in silence. what was on that plane that one pilot spent his whole life searching for? and good evening. it's great to have you with us on this thursday night. i'm tom llamas, in for david. and we start tonight with a dangerous and deadly incident across the country. in orange county, california, a man on a deadly rampage, killing four, injuring two, robbing several locations.
police finally catching up with him. still wondering what drove him to these apparent random acts of violence. while in pittsburgh, another stabbing. two women wounded, one of them did not survive. abc's kaylee hartung starts us off. >> reporter: tonight, police say this man, 33-year-old zachary castenada, murdered four people in a vicious crime spree. >> last night, the communities of garden grove and santa ana were preyed upon by violent individual who had no remoers or care for the safety of anyone other than himself. >> reporter: according to police, castenada's rampage starting wednesday afternoon in orange county, california, with a robbery at this apartment complex where he lives. minutes later, burglarizing this bakery. the suspect then returning, police say, to his apartment complex, stabbing two men who confronted him, killing them both. then two more armed burglaries, stabbing a female employee at an insurance company multiple times. next, allegedly attacked a man
pumping gas. seven minutes later, killing a third man outside a subway restaurant. and then a fourth man, a security guard, inside this 7-eleven, where the suspect was arrested. >> the flags behind me are for half staff, that's for the needless violence that's happened across the united states. >> reporter: less than 24 hours later, pittsburgh, the scene of another random, fatal stabbing. a woman at a bus stop killed, police say, by a suspect who then stabbed another woman walking by. the man quickly taken into custody. >> and kay lee hartung joins us now live. what are bliss saying about the motives here, and any word on the condition of the other victims? >> reporter: well, tom, police say they're questioning both men. their motives, though, still unclear. the man arrested in california, authorities say, he's a known gang member. he's been convicted of drug and gun offenses in the past. and tom, the three people who were injured between these two incidents, they're all expected to survive. tom? >> kaylee hartung for us. thank you. new images of the escaped
inmate in tennessee, suspected of murder and considered, quote, extremely dangerous. authorities releasing several mug shots of curtis ray watson to show how his appearance may have changed. watson may have killed a high-ranking prison employee before his escape. and tonight, state officials with this chilling warning that he could be anywhere right now. here's abc's victor oquendo. >> reporter: tonight, an all-out manhunt for an escaped prisoner who, authorities allege, is now a murderer. their stark warning -- >> this individual has been missing for a day. we don't know where he is and he could be anywhere. >> reporter: curtis ray watson, who's six years into a 15-year sentence for aggravated kidnapping and has a previous conviction for child abuse, escaped wednesday from a tennessee prison north of memphis. but first, officials say, he killed 64-year-old corrections administrator debra johnson. >> she was very personable and she was very respected with the inmate population. >> reporter: fbi agents on the ground here outside the penitentiary. take a look above. they are even using a drone to
try to track down v watson. officials say he escaped riding a tractor he was using for work detail, driving it two miles. they released photos of his tattoos, clothes he was wearing, and several mugshots to show him clean shaven and with a beard. >> if you sight this individual, do not approach him. he is extremely dangerous. >> reporter: police taking to c. >> you be careful. >> i will. >> reporter: neighbors on edge. >> we have all the doors shut, me and my daughter in here, we're safe and sound in here. >> reporter: not moving? >> not moving at all. >> reporter: tom, residents are being asked to check surveillance cameras on their property and make sure any weapons they own have not been stolen. tom? >> victor, thank you. next, we turn to the youngest faces of the nation's immigration crisis. after sweeping raids of undocumented immigrants in mississippi, children coming home after their first day back at school learning one of their parents was among the hundreds detained. tonight, what the head of homeland security said when our
reporter showed him those faces. here's abc's will carr. >> reporter: tonight, some families in anguish after the largest single state immigration crackdown ever by oois ice i.c.e. agents. >> please, let him free. >> reporter: children msissippi first day of school, heartbroken after learning a parent was one of the 680 rounded up. >> i need my dad. my dad did not do nothing. he's not a criminal. >> reporter: agents raided multiple food processing plants wednesday. tonight, in an exclusive interview, we asked the acting secretary of homeland security about that raid. what would you say to that little girl? >> obviously, the impact and enforcement of law can be devastating for families. what i would say is that i.c.e. is going to go through a case by case process. if he needs that parent for care tonight, they're probably already released. >> reporter: kevin mcali unanimous tells us 40% of those detailed yesterday in that raid
have been released, with parents getting top priority. all this, as 5,000 migrants remain in facilities across the country. tonight, homeland security allowing our cameras for the first time inside a holding center in yuma, arizona, built after a massive spike in families crossing the border. >> our border stations are really police stations. they're not equipped for handling humanitarian issues. that's why we built temporary facilities like this. >> reporter: we witnessed many lying on mats and covers in silver mylar blankets. they have air conditioning, clean showers, plenty of food and medical staff on-site 24/7. the images are a contrast to a damning july inspector general report that showed jam-packed conditions inside five centers in texas, faces pressed against the glass. the report called one facility a ticking time bomb. can you guarantee that all migrants in detention centers are in human conditions right now? >> so, that is a daily focus of everybody in our entire chain of command. >> reporter: he claims there are now similar sites to this yuma facility elsewhere, which
authorities say have significantly eased the pressure on detention centers. >> and will carr joins us live now. the homeland security chief telling you tonight that the numbers of migrants crossing the border is down? >> reporter: that's right, tom. he tells me there's been a significant drop here in yuma and in el paso, but he says we're still beyond crisis level and that congress needs to step up. tom? >> all right, will, thank you so much. next tonight, new reporting about the mass murder in el paso. lawyers for the gunman's mother say she called police just before the attack, concerned that her son owned an ak-style weapon and that was a missed chance to head off some of the bloodshed. also tonight, the hospital confirms none of the victims being treated there were willing or meeting to meet the president when he visited. abc's marcus moore is in el paso. >> reporter: tonight, abc news learning that weeks before that devastating massacre, the suspect's mother called allen, texas, police, concerned that her 21-year-old son owned an ak-style rifle. the family attorneys telling abc news, she didn't leave her
name or her son's, but police allegedly told her that patrick crusius was legally allowed to own such a weapon and that there was nothing they could do. tonight, allen police saying they are unaware of any reports substantiating that call. the revelation coming as new video captures the chaos that followed a violent rampage at this el paso walmart. much of the video is too graphic to show, but there are moving moments of courage amidst the carnage. >> just stay still. just stay still. >> reporter: you can hear the voices of those trying to comfort a man who is badly hurt. 22 people were killed, 27 others wounded in the alleged, hate-filled attack. president trump visiting the border city wednesday, but none of the eight injured being treated at one hospital agreed to meet with him. the hospital spokesman telling abc news some of the victims did not want to meet with the president. some wanted no visitors at all. and tom, the first funerals have already begun. and when you drive through this city, all around, you see signs that read "el paso strong."
this was already a tight-knit community and it seems this attack has only made that bond even stronger. tom? >> marcus moore for us tonight. marcus, thank you. next tonight, the race for 2020 running through iowa tonight. democratic candidates are flocking to iowa and the state fair, with just six months inle the first in the nation caucuses. front-runner joe biden showing up on the fair's opening day, asked plot-out, is the president a white supremacist. how he answered, and what some of the other condition candidat saying tonight. abc's mary bruce is at the fair. >> reporter: joe biden today smiling and taking selfies at the iowa state fair. >> joe! joe! >> reporter: the early front-runner taking photos with his fans, eating ice cream and using his harshest language yet to take on the president, as some of his virals have flat-out labeling him a white supremacist.
do you believe the president is a white supremacist? >> i believe everything the president has said and has done encourages white supremacists. and i'm not sure there's much of a distinction. as a matter of fact, it may be even worse. >> reporter: several of biden's opponents have gone even further. >> is the president a white supremacist? >> he is. he has also made that very clear. >> reporter: in an interview with "the new york times," elizabeth warren reportedly responding "yes" when asked if she thinks president trump is a white supremacist. today in iowa, warren doubled down. >> he can't have it both ways. he can't keep trying to stir this up, give aid and comfort, be embraced by the white supremacists and then say "oh, but not me." no, he's responsible. >> reporter: after the hate-filled massacre in el paso, trump has insisted his rhetoric is not to blame. >> i don't think my rhetoric has at all. i think my rhetoric is very -- it brings people together. >> reporter: and he's trying to turn the tables,
insisting democrats are the ones who are racist, tweeting, "the democrats new weapon is actually their old weapon, one which they never cease to use when they are down or run out of facts. racism. they are truly disgusting."
>> and mary bruce joins us now from inside the iowa state fair. mary, vice president biden not mincing words with you today, making it very clear he thinks the president is encouraging white supremacists. >> reporter: well, tom, biden told me point-blank that whether the president is or is not a white supremacist, he believes that everything trump does speaks to them, and biden saying the president is too afraid to take them on now. tom? >> mary bruce on the campaign trail for us tonight. mary, thank you. a new round of severe storms is sweeping out of the ohio valley, heading east tonight. it comes after yesterday's first round, new images of that confirmed tornado in springfield, new jersey. flooding rains in connecticut causing high water rescues overnight. abc's chief meteorologist ginger zee on the damage from those storms. >> back up, back up. >> reporter: that is the terrifying sound of people inside a car in springfield, new jersey, backing away from that confirmed ef-0 tornado packing 70 mile per hour winds, shredding power lines.
near philadelphia, gusts up to 60 miles per hour slamming huge trees to the ground. torrential rain swamped highways and streets near philly. this woman rescued after her car was inundated. first responders in high water vehicles rescuing stranded drivers overnight near hartford, connecticut, too. firefighters guiding and carrying them out of that waist-deep water. the storms packed with dangerous lightning, stretching all the way from the mid-atlantic to south carolina. >> all right, ginger zee joining us now from the george washington bridge. ginger, how long will these storms still be a threat? >> reporter: yeah, through tonight, really, tom. i'm seeing the tops of thunderstorms there in the distance. there's a severe thunderstorm warning just 20 miles away from us, to our north. that stretches up through springfield, massachusetts, into vermont. that's all the yellow boxes there. and what the yellow boxes mean, you could see 60-pl 60-plus-mile-per-hour winds that easily take down trees and power lines. that's for tonight. then it fizzles out. and we have to focus in on the
heat. georgia, alabama and florida, back to dallas, which will feel like 109 today. it's been a long stretch under this ridge of high pressure. you're squeezing it with an offshore low and making for really bad fire conditions from nevada through idaho, up into washington state. tom? >> monitor those potential fires out west. ginger, thank you. next, the deadly plane crash in eastern pennsylvania. the small plane coming down in a neighborhood early this morning, landing in the trees. you see it there behind a home. debris spread across a number of properties. a couple and their daughter were onboard. none of them survived. here's abc's diane macedo. >> reporter: tonight, witnesses say that plane skidded through backyards and clipped trees as it slammed into this residential neighborhood outside of philadelphia. the single engine plane taking out this shed, barely missing the surrounding homes. >> i heard it because our bedroom is right in the front, and i heard it go over the house. >> reporter: officials say the beechcraft took off from philadel
6:00 a.m., but went down minutes later, kinling all three people onboard. a couple and their 19-year-old daughter. >> i don't know what the pilot was thinking or what he was doing, but it's a miracle that no homes were struck. >> reporter: the faa says on average there are about three small aircraft crashes a day in the u.s. the crash similar to one in march, when a twin-engine piper aircraft slammed into an ohio neighborhood, killing the pilot. back here in pennsylvania, the ntsb is still on the scene, trying to uncover what caused this crash. one big mystery, there's no record of any distress calls from that plane. tom? >> such a mystery. all right, diane, thank you. an ominous new report from the united nations about the threat to the world's food supply. more than 100 scientists warn that soil is being lost between 10 and 100 times faster than it is forming, and that climate change, including flooding and drought, is speeding up the loss. but they say there is hope if change comes quickly, including forest, wasting less food and persuading more people to shift from meat-based to plant-based
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having trouble balancing and not getting up during the flight, seeming to pass out. passengers fastening her seat belt for her. >> she was zigzagging up and down the aisle. >> reporter: when the plane landed in south bend, indiana, officers boarded. march started crying and when asked which city she was in, said chicago. when she finally took a breathalyzer, her level was .2, five times over the legal limit for flight attendants. >> in the aviation industry, safety comes first and we always take swift action to correct when there's something that's unsafe. >> reporter: that swift action came from wisconsin air, which was operating the flight for united, saying that the flight attendant is no longer employed by the airline. tonight, she is also facing a misdemeanor charge. tom? >> david kerley for us tonight. david, thank you. when we come back, the medical alert. the new study about coffee and headaches. what researchers have just found. and you may know him as a villain on the big screen, tonight, why danny trejo is a hero in real life. the child he saved. about my family history. went to ancestry, i put in the names of my grandparents first.
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finally tonight, we get to see so many amazing moments here, but few like this one. it stopped an entire airport terminal and they only new halfstory. 52 years ago, like so many of his generation, roy knight jr. said goodbye to his family. leaving garner, texas, to fly combat missions in vietnam, colonel knight would not come back, killed in action. this past february, decades later, his remains were recovered in laos. and today, on this southwest flight, colonel knight came home. the moment stopping an entire terminal at dallas love field. everyone stopping to watch, absolute and pay their respect.
for the pilot of that southwest jet, this would be the most important flight of his life. flying had always been his dream. ever since he saw his father take off 52 years ago. has it hit you yet? this was no ordinary dignified transfer. that pilot is captain brian knight, son of colonel roy knight. he was 5 years old when his dad left for war -- now he's a man. wearing that lanyard with those immortal words for our pows and mias that rings so true tonight -- you are not forgotten. and tonight, as always, we thank all of our veterans and their families. thank you for watching. i'm tom llamas in new york. i hope to see you right back here tomorrow. good night. now from abc7, live breaking
news. >> that breaking news is taking place along the shore of clear lake. a wildfire is burning in steep terrain. this is happening near kelseyville. >> that will fire broke out here soda bay road and golf drive. officials ordered people in that area to evacuate for their own safety. there are about 650 homes in that area. these are live pictures that we've been showing you from sky 7. cal fire reports the fire so far has charred about ten acres. firefighters also say the flames are burning in an area covered with a lot of vegetation. no word at this point if any structures have been burned. >> you can see how thick the trees are there. an have center is now open at kelseyville high school, lake county supervisor rob brown joins us live on the phone now. can you hear us:00? >> i can. good afternoon. >> what can you tell us about the situation in that area now? >> i just received an update from cal fire locally that the
separate fires near each one, one is seven to ten achers and seems to be not contained but it's in the an area where they're not as concerned about it escaping as they were an hour or two ago. they're keeping it to a minimum of ten acres currently. as long as the winds don't pick up and become a hazard in itself, they should be able to have something under control here in the next couple hours. we're hoping. there's an additional fire that started about a mile or so down the road. it's about two acres and that's one of the fires that -- one of the reasons they decided to do the evacuation in the rivera west community. there's only one way out of that community. that's obviously a concern we have anytime there's a fire such as this in this area. >> we're showing live pictures from sky 7 and you can see a lot of smoke coming from the hillside. there are also