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welcome to "world news tonight." the deadly tornado outbreak. at least four dead as a powerful line of storms strikes millions. homes flattened, cars tossed and mangled. neighborhoods ripped apart. and tonight, the growing flood threat. some communities now under water. breaking with the nra? will president trump go where the nra will not, on age restrictions for weapons like the ar-15, and banning bump stocks? as congress comes back, is now the moment for action? the emotional return.
parents and students back at stoneman douglas high school for the first time. this, as pressure on the sheriff mounts. the governor of florida now ordering an investigation into the police response. family fights back. a crook with a shotgun robbing a family-run store. the mother and daughter not backing down, grabbing their own guns. tonight, how they stopped a one-man crime spree. and the major update tonight on that flu-killing drug that works in just one day. where patients may soon be getting it. and good evening. thanks for joining us on this sunday. i'm tom llamas. we begin with a deadly tornado outbreak. caught on camera in kentucky, one of at least nine confirmed twisters touching down
overnight. rooftops ripped from homes. trees uprooted. tonight, the rainfall triggering flood warnings. marcus moore gets us started from the storm zone in tennessee. >> reporter: a tornado outbreak in america's heartland. nine twisters touching down, some of them in the dead of night. >> the metal from the barn took off, and the windows busted out. >> reporter: watch how quickly a twister can spin into a destructive force. severe weather now being blamed for at least four deaths. daylight revealing a 750-mile stretch of damage from kentucky to dallas. this, in clarksville, tennessee. cars destroyed, roofs torn off, debris scattered throughout entire neighborhoods. the ef-2 tornado packing winds up to 120 miles per hour, leaving a gaping hole in steven coleman's house. the roof from this house? >> yes. came across and knocked down those walls. >> reporter: his wife, home alone when the twister barreled
through. >> the house started shaking and she said it was like two to three freight trains coming through. >> reporter: parts of arkansas getting over 12 inches of rain overnight, with winds up to 70 miles per hour. this is some of the damage these violent winds left here in kaizer. look at this, this is actually part of a roof that peeled away when the storm blew through, now debris is strewn about. tammy mccarn had only minutes to take shelter. >> we heard a really loud noise and it almost sounded like the roof was coming off of our house. >> reporter: the cooper family hid in their bathtub. >> not enough time to be scared, just time enough to run to the bathroom. >> reporter: the same storm system flooding parts of indiana and swallowing cars in missouri and prompting more than 100 water rescues in kentucky overnight. >> some rescue operations still under way tonight. marcus, joining us live from tennessee. destruction everywhere you look.
but amazingly, everyone survived in that neighborhood? >> reporter: that's right. it may be hard for some to believe, when you see the destruction. what else is remarkable is the army of volunteers we've seen helping clear the debris in the neighborhood. and this is a neighborhood made of mostly veterans or service members stationed at ft. campbell, not far away. >> marcus, thank you. next tonight, the gun debate raging across the country in the wake of the florida school massacre. pressure is mounting for the white house to take action. so far, the nra, unwilling to budge. stephanie ramos is in washington. >> reporter: tonight, president
trump and the national rifle association, the closest of allies. at odds about what to do in the wake of the deadly florida high school massacre. >> it doesn't seem to make sense that you have to wait until you're 21 years old to get a pistol, but to get a gun like this maniac used in the school, you get that at 18. i mean, that doesn't make sense, and frankly i explained that to the nra. >> reporter: but the nra is pushing back against any calls to raise the age limit to buy an ar-15 semiautomatic rifle like the one used in florida and many other deadly mass shootings. >> let me just -- the position is, you do not want to raise the age? >> that's what the nra came out and said. that's correct. >> reporter: another point of contention, banning bump stocks like the one used in the deadly las vegas concert rampage that killed 58 people. the president repeating in a phone interview he supports the ban. but tonight nra spokeswoman dana loesch, clear on the group's opposition to that proposal. >> the nra doesn't back any ban. >> reporter: one proposal they
have seen eye to eye on, secu securing schools. the president calling for some teachers to be armed. >> if we would have had some teachers, you wouldn't have this prop. >> reporter: but this teacher who survived the florida shooting speaking out against that proposal. >> i would definitely say not. >> reporter: over weekend the weekend, a dozen countries severed their relationship with the organization. president trump insisted -- when lawmakers return tomorrow, they have no immediate plans to vote on any gun legislation. >> stephanie, thank you. as the debate continues in washington, students in florida are returning to stoneman
douglas high school. many still shaken after the massacre nearly two weeks ago. this coming as pressure builds on local law enforcement to explain their actions. here's kenneth moton. >> reporter: tonight, a sea of strength and support, thousands of students and parents making their way back into the halls of stoneman douglas high school. with classes set to resume their concern security. >> i'm sending him back on wednesday with no progression on gun control or school safety. so he's going in to the same situation, nothing is different. >> reporter: did you ever think you would have to look for emergency exits in your high school? >> no.
>> reporter: parkland trying to move forward as the demand for answers intensifies. 74 gop state lawmakers sending a letter to florida governor rick scott urging him to suspend broward county sheriff scott israel who is also a democrat and his department for "ignoring repeated warning signs" about the suspected shooter nikolas cruz. today at the governor's request the state's department of law enforcement launching an investigation into the shooting response. >> i can only take responsibility for what i knew about. >> reporter: before the rampage, his deputies responded to 18 calls related to cruz. >> two of them we're not sure if our deputies did everything they could have or should have. >> reporter: the sheriff also investigating reports from nearby coral springs police officers who also responded to the school that several deputies were waiting instead of rushing in during the shooting. the school's resource officer scot peterson, allegedly seen on video taking cover, has already resigned. >> our investigation to this point shows that during this horrific attack there was only one law enforcement person period and that was former deputy scot peterson. >> peterson, the school resource
officer who has since resigned. kenneth, students are expected to return to class on wednesday? >> reporter: that's right. students will have a half-day, because this week is all about providing emotional support. but building 12, where the massacre happened, will never be used again, and the school will likely build a memorial park for the 17 killed. >> thank you. and president trump now slamming the newly declassified democratic memo on the russia probe that rebuts the gop document released weeks ago. coming as the russia investigation enters a critical new week. here's david wright. >> reporter: tonight, the debate over the newly declassified memo on the russia probe, written by the ranking democrat on the house intelligence committee adam schiff, has descended to schoolyard taunts.
>> he's a bad guy. but certainly the memo was a nothing. >> reporter: president trump not just calling fox news. but misquoting the network, too. on twitter, the president attributes this quote to fox news. "congressman schiff omitted and distorted key facts." but listen closely to what the fox news reporter actually says. trump's tweet omits key words and distorts the meaning. trump called schiff a total phony. today schiff shot back a taunt of his own, "wait a minute, mr. president. am i a phony, or sleazy, a monster or little? surely you know the key to a good playground nickname is consistency. i thought you were supposed to be good at this." schiff's memo is a point-by-point rebuttal of a republican memo released weeks ago. that document, written by congressman devin nunes, accuses the department of justice of basing their requests for a wiretap on a trump campaign
associate on the unverified dossier compiled by former british spy christopher steele, and paid for by the clinton campaign. >> to have a secret court that gets abused like this is totally unacceptable. >> reporter: but the schiff memo insists, "doj provided additional information obtained through multiple independent sources that corroborated steele's reporting." now, look right below that assertion. whatever that corroborating evidence might have been is now blacked out. redacted for national security. >> i'm not surprised that the white house didn't like it and tried to bury it because it reveals evidence that goes to the issue of collusion. >> reporter: tonight, the president and first lady host a ball at the white house for the nation's governors. they're in town for their annual meeting. tomorrow, a business session with the governors.
among the topics they're going to discuss, guns. >> thank you. next tonight, the armed robbery in tulsa, oklahoma. a mother and daughter grabbing their own guns to turn the tables on the alleged serial crook. here's marci gonzalez. >> reporter: gratitude at this intense showdown with an accused armed robber. the mother and daughter confronted by this man carrying a shotgun. tina ring says her reaction was instinctual. >> the next thing i know, i have my gun, and i shoot him. and i shoot him again. >> reporter: the alleged robber shot in the leg, yet relentless. wrestling the gun away, pistol whipping her. her daughter grabbing the gun and shooting him at point-blank
range. >>iv they run out and call 911. >> she saved my life. >> you saved my life. >> reporter: their actions helping officers track down a suspect police say they've been searching for for weeks. >> i feel outstanding that he can no longer go out and hurt or harm anyone. >> reporter: we're told the suspect is still being treated. charges have still not been filed. >> thank you. and a major update tonight on the flu-killing drug that works in just one day. where patients may soon be getting it. fed up with phone scammers? coming up, the new app that fights back for you. and the out of control car, crashing right into the family's nursery. why the mother and her baby walked out of the room momenting
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started going to their piggy banks. >> bringing in their allowance, searching through the sofa cushions for change, looking in the car. >> reporter: and so successful were they that the other day, when max came by school to help give young jake a police department award for sounding the alarm, max himself got the surprise of the day. a check that actually deserves to be called a giant. >> it's unbelievable. >> reporter: because it seems that's what these kids' hearts are. giant. john donvan, abc news. >> the community has now raised another $5,000 for max. so, tonight we salute jack for being "america strong." thank you for watching. "gma" first thing in the morning. david muir will be right back here tomorrow night. i'm tom llamas in new york. have a great evening. good night.
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