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cheryl jennings. >> from all of us here, we the breaking news this friday night, the deadly shooting at l.a.x., the passengers running for their lives. >> we have an active shooting in terminal 3. >> the tsa officer shot dead. what was the motive? our late reporting from the scene tonight. and my interview with a passenger, the chilling moment face to face with the gunman. what the passenger said convinced it saved his life. then the other breaking news tonight, the terror takedown, alleged master mind behind attempted plot at new york times square killed tonight. the river rescue, the school bus underwater, their driver injured. what the children did to save their own lives. and our persons of the week tonight, our mascots. we go behind the mask tonight, they put me in a harness, what they make me do over at american arena, not the time to be afraid
of heights. >> one, two, three. good evening on this friday night, diane has the evening off, as we come on the air for the west coast we begin with chaos and panic at l.a.x. in los angeles. a lone gunman pulling a semiautomatic rifle from a bag and opening fire in the middle of morning rush. families in the security line told to run take shelter wherever they could. right here in a bathroom. outside passengers fleeing, bags in tow. it happened here at terminal 3 where jet blue, spirit frontier flights all take off right at the security gate, passengers have been lined up ready to take off shoes and belts, tonight we have the latest developments here, the shooter in custody and right here on the ground, the powerful weapon he used tonight, the fbi confirming his name,
23-year-old paul anthony ciancia, and word this evening his family reportedly had been in touch with authorities beforehand. a note found at the scene reportedly believed to have included anti-government beliefs. among his victims a tsa officer shot and killed. the first tsa officer ever killed in line of duty. these are aerial pictures from our station in los angeles kabc, and this evening one of the nation's busiest airports with a heavy police presence, we have team coverage here on the fast moving investigation. we lead off with david wright. on the scene. >> reporter: panicked rush hour here at the nation's third busiest airport. and a terrifying announcement. >> we have a shooting in terminal 3. >> reporter: at 9:20 a.m. the suspect marched up to the check point in terminal 3, pulled out a high powered rifle and opened fire. >> first shot went out, and i mean, it was a loud bang. >> reporter: nick pugh had shown his id at the terminal 3 screening area. did people panic? >> everybody panicked, everybody
dropped to the ground and crawled across the ground really quickly. >> reporter: eyewitnesses say the gunman appeared to be aiming at tsa officers killing one of them wounding at least three others, for the passengers and workers at l.a.x., pandemonium. those passengers hiding in the bathroom, as everyone ran for the exits. or ducked for cover. >> next thing you know, i looked, i see him shooting down the escalator, i told my wife, when i say three, we ran. >> reporter: police let some passengers out on the tarmac where a search was underway. authorities briefly believed there might be a second gunman. nick pugh ended up in the wrong spot. >> i went out an emergency exit and ran on the tarmac running across tarmac, the cops come to me thinking i'm maybe the guy, hands up, down on the ground, handcuffed, and i was left there on the ground for ten minutes. >> reporter: they thought you were the suspect? >> absolutely. >> reporter: the real gunman inside the terminal having shot his way past the check point. >> suspect got back very far
into a terminal, there's a burger king quite a ways away from the screening station, and he was able to get back there. >> reporter: that's where authorities cornered him and shot him. you can see his gun there on the floor. police have now determined he was acting alone. >> there was additional rounds this gunman had. and the fact that these officers were able to neutralize the threat as they did, there were more than 100 more rounds that could have literally killed everybody in the terminal today. >> reporter: authorities briefly stopped air traffic in and out of l.a.x. outside, they established a wide perimeter around the airport creating gridlock on city streets. arriving and departing passengers had to hoof it with all their luggage. these people now hooving it in with their bags, they have been waiting at the perimeter all day long. now as they get set to reopen some of the terminals, they hope to catch their flights. needless to say, david, it will take a while for things to get
back to normal. >> david wright leading off. thanks to you. you heard from frightened witnesses in david's report some using luggage for cover. one passenger in that security line who found himself staring down the barrel of that gun. what he said he tells me saved his life. leon, david muir in new york. thanks for joining us, first of all, what did you see? >> i heard the gun shots, i was going through the security gate, i saw people hit the ground. and scurrying and tsa agents telling people run toward the gates. i ran down the hallway, the tsa agent with me ran into a store. and i was just cowering in a corner. when i was cowering in the corner a shooter came by, was carrying a rifle, he looked at me, and he said, tsa with a question mark. and i just shook my head, and he kept on going. so i was looking down basically the barrel of the gun. my life went before my eyes. two and a half foot long rifle. i just shook my head and cowered
in the corner. >> that is extraordinary, leon. we're glad you're okay. you mentioned you were picking up your belongings out of the bins? >> right. exactly. you have to take your belt off, your shoes off. it's hard to run with no belt and no shoes. but the tsa people wanted me out of the security area. >> does that mean he made his way through security as well and was inside the terminal? >> yes. yes. absolutely. he must have, when the shots rang out, the tsa agent scattered. meanwhile, i was trying to call my wife and let her know i was okay. >> leon, a harrowing tale, glad you were able to call your wife and tell her you were okay. leon just trying to get home to milwaukee, we hope he's home safe this evening. tonight the fbi confirming the name of the gunman, working to put together a profile now, who he is, what made him snap. and this evening our team learning his family might have reached out to authorities before all of this. abc senior justice correspondent pierre thomas working his sources from washington.
pierre, good evening. >> reporter: david law enforcement tells us police found a note at the scene suggesting the suspect was anti-government, he expected to die in today's confrontation, tonight as you said, we know who he is. police say the suspect apprehended in the shooting is a white male in his 20s, sources say the man had been living in los angeles. but also resided in pennsville, new jersey. tonight the fbi is identifying the man as paul ciancia, age 23. tonight, you can see in this video police converging on his former new jersey home. abc news spoke with the police. while police there cannot confirm that ciancia is the shooter, they offered details on the young man's state of mind. a call came in today to police from a concerned family member. >> their younger child got a text message from paul stating that there was comments in there about his well being, and he wanted to possibly take his own
life. and at that point, paul, his father, called me. and i went over there, and i made phone calls to lapd to get a well being check on him. >> reporter: sources say the note recovered at the scene ended with the letters nwo. which law enforcement believes refers to new world order. at this point the fbi believes he acted alone. they will investigate whether he has any ties to domestic terrorists. david. >> attention turning to those red flags. pierre thomas, thank you. we turn to the victims including the tsa officer shot and killed. those officers facing uncertain danger, consider this tonight. more than 1300 guns have been found at tsa check points this year alone. in the last week, 29 guns discovered, 27 of them loaded. tonight abc's cecilia vega live at the hospital in los angeles. cecilia, good evening. >> reporter: david, good evening. we know tsa officer was a behavioral detection officer one of those officers who studies strange behavior, he's the first
tsa officer ever to be killed in the line of duty. we saw that scene this morning from l.a.x., chaos, another tsa officer running bloodied being escorted to safety by a uniformed police officer with his gun drawn. as for the victims, five rushed to area hospitals. some of them tsa officers, three men being treated here behind me at the emergency room at ucla medical center. one of them doctors tell us with life threatening injuries, in critical condition. david, being treated for a gunshot wound. >> we are all thinking about the victims tonight. cecilia vega reporting in as well. one final note this evening, the ripple effect from today's incident felt around the country. look at this, on the ground, airports around this nation stepping up security in light of the gunman's attack. our team coverage continues with the very latest first thing tomorrow morning right here on good morning america. we turn to other breaking news tonight one of the most wanted men in the world the leader of the taliban in pakistan, a $5 million bounty on his head, now dead.
killed by a u.s. drone. his young looks in stark contrast to his crimes. the alleged master mind to that grisly plot portrayed in the movie zero dark thirty. u.s. officials simply saying, we got him. chief investigative correspondent brian ross tonight. >> reporter: for the cia getting hakimullah mehsud was personal. he was considered a master mind in the attack that killed seven cia officers and an afghan outpost in 2009 as portrayed in the movie zero dark thirty. mehsud gloated over the cia deaths and released a video he made with the suicide bomber used in the attack. >> this was an important strike. it kills the leader of an organization, that is a major threat to the united states. but he will be replaced. >> reporter: only in his mid30s, it was mehsud who led the pakistan taliban to expand its reach to america. the foiled bombing in new york's times square in 2010 was organized by mehsud.
the bomber, faisal shahzad of connecticut trained with mehsud in pakistan and appeared in this video denouncing the u.s. in the last few weeks, mehsud appeared on the bbc, saying he was open to peace talks, but would continue to try to kill americans. the u.s. got him first. some u.s. officials say killing mehsud with the drone attack is the most significant victory against terrorism since the death of osama bin laden. as one of them told my colleague martha raddatz today, it's a good day. >> brian, thank you. we're going to turn to the extreme weather tonight, the havoc from the halloween storm being felt this evening stretching from texas to maine. and those images out of kansas tonight, that school bus overturned in a creek, the school children helping one another until they could be rescued. tonight abc's clayton sandell on how the children got themselves out. >> 911. >> we've got a school bus just went off the bridge. >> reporter: heavy rain in the
area when the bus plunged off the bridge into a fast moving creek. >> as the bus moved and hit the edge of the bridge here, it caused the bus to tip over on to the passenger side. >> reporter: the bus driver injured. so the young students sprang into action. opening an emergency hatch on the bus and getting a lesson in survival. >> i went through the window. and it was a hard time getting everybody out. >> reporter: the water too swift for boats alone. rescuers used ropes to get the kids to safety. >> took a little over an hour to get everybody out. but everybody's safe and it's a good day. >> reporter: the rain in the area part of a massive storm system, that stretches from texas to massachusetts hurtling eastward bringing high winds and leaving a trail of damage. tornadoes reported in arkansas and southern illinois. in austin, texas. yesterday, we saw over a hundred water rescues. you can see they are struggling to get the bus out of the river.
one thing we learned today, all school kids in the state of kansas are required to practice bus evacuation drills. and we're told that in this case, it might have saved lives. david. >> clayton, thanks to you. brave school children, abc meteorologist ginger zee tracking all of this. since this time last night. you say we might be dealing with flurries behind it. >> yes. behind the cold front that did this. let me show you, more than 300 severe weather reports for really much of the nation. you see some of them focused in the northeast and tennessee valley, southern indiana, a lot of wind damage. but behind it, watch this low pressure system, it travels up to the northeast, into canada and behind comes chilly air. not only chilly like detroit in the 40s throughout the weekend but you see snowflakes around the lakes, syracuse, pittsburgh, places like oh buffalo, going to see their first flakes mixing with rain tomorrow night. >> you'll have the latest on gma. ginger, thank you. much more on world news this friday evening, the identity crisis look at this baby
picture, the case that captivated the nation five decades ago. paul fronczak, the child stolen at birth, growing up not knowing who he is. well, tonight abc's barbara walters right here with a major break, her 20/20 investigation. >> world news with bango. >> then later tonight look at the sports mascots we love. what makes them such big stars even off the court? and why they put me in this harness, what they made me do over an american arena, i will never forget this. back in two minutes. [old english accent] i doth declare that thou have brought overmany discounts to thine customers! [old english accent] safe driver, multi-car, paid in full -- a most fulsome bounty indeed, lord jamie. thou cometh and we thy saveth! what are you doing? we doth offer so many discounts, we have some to spare. oh, you have any of those homeowners discounts? here we go. thank you.
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>> paul fronczak does not know his birthplace, his age even his real name. it's a nearly 50-year-old case now reopened by the fbi. >> we'll do everything that we can to follow up to see if that baby is out there. >> this is the first time these dusty case files have seen the light of day in decades. the mystery began in 1964, when baby paul fronczak was kidnapped just hours after being born in a chicago hospital. >> must have been desperate for a baby that she would come and take somebody else's baby away from them. >> over a year later, a child was found abandoned in newark, new jersey. somebody wheels a stroller, puts you here. walks away. >> and never looks back. >> the fronczaks claimed the little boy was their own and took him home to chicago. a year ago a dna test showed he is not the fronczaks' biological child after all.
>> i feel kind of like an impostor i'm using his birth certificate and i want to give it to him and find mine. >> the national center for missing and exploited children created this age progression image. the photographs have resulted in the first solid leads in 50 years, several men have come forward believing they may be the real stolen baby. >> i do believe that there is a chance of me being paul fronczak. >> who is paul fronczak? >> that's what i hope we can find. >> this is really something. barbara is with us now. you can see it in your interviews with them. what has this done to his life? >> well, he's obsessed by finding out who he is. it's made a strain with his family. leave sleeping dogs lie they say. his wife says he's too emotional about it. it's changed every aspect of his life. when you see his story, you'll know why. >> barbara, your investigation uncovers just how many other men are asking the same thing. >> yeah. they say, i'm paul fronczak. no, i'm paul fronczak. this is what we're trying to
answer, what he's trying to answer. who is paul fronczak? >> barbara, thank you. that's the question for everyone at home watching tonight. you've got to see barbara walters' 20/20 investigation stolen at birth tonight at 10:00 eastern right here on abc. when we come back here tonight, the question right now, who is this woman on the red carpet? the halloween costume that everyone is talking about 24 hours later. do you recognize that face? as a business owner, i'm constantly putting out fires. so i deserve a small business credit card with amazing rewards. with the spark cash card from capital one, i get 2% cash back on every purchase, every day. i break my back around here. finally someone's recognizing me with unlimited rewards! meetings start at 11, cindy. [ male announcer ] get the spark business card from capital one. choose 2% cash back or double miles on every purchase, every day. what's in your wallet? i need your timesheets, larry!
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finally tonight, here our persons of the week. our beloved mascots, and this evening we go behind the mask, who are they? and what they did to me to prove those stunts are not easy. >> everybody wants to be around him. everybody wants to take a picture of him. >> who the heck is this guy? >> the mascots that become our heroes, how they feel in that costume. rooty in lebanon high school, pennsylvania. >> it's kind of awkward seeing the cheerleaders, when you're in the rooty suit they greet you with hugs. outside of the suit, like hi. >> then the mascots who refuse to give up the job when they grow up. meet bango. >> bango, he's the lebron james of mascots. >> bango the buck in milwaukee. the fans cheer him on. >> kevin, what's up?
i didn't recognize you like this. meet bango, the married father of five. so this is the office. giving us the mascot exclusive. so this is what you're going to come flying in on. this season the best stunt ever? is this the most daring thing you've done yet? >> i haven't done it yet, so i don't know. >> he'll have 18,700 fans watching. >> how old are you? >> 35. >> don't forget the wife. does she ask you how much longer you'll be the mascot? >> i think she doesn't ask any more. >> from 10 years old he was a mascot in the making now he has the injuries to prove it. >> first injury, separation in my shoulder, i snapped the tip of my pinkie. this ankle has been sprained. >> your wife is a doctor. >> yes. >> that comes in handy. >> very handy. >> here he goes again. suiting up. bango the buck. before practice, the daily parades. one office to the next. to schools, too. it's world news with bango. late for class, we run to kindergarten. how many of you know bango?
how many know his moves? headed back to practice, i've never seen anything like it. everyone knows him. back in the arena, his wife waiting to see this new move. you're the neurologist. >> uh-huh. >> and he's the mascot. >> great combination. >> you can examine his head. >> yeah. >> up in the rafters, he puts on the harness, and he's off. and who's next? one, two, three. whoa. go bucks. and this was my forehead cam. waiting for me at the bottom a high five from his kids. they know their dad is the only one who can pull off this. it is making me sweat all over again. we choose bango the buck and all
mascots making us proud. don't worry, i'll keep my day job. look for behind the mask debuting on hulu. barbara walters and 20/20 later, stolen at birth, her investigation comes tonight. diane sawyer back on monday. i hope to see you for world news this weekend. from all of us here at abc news and for bango the buck, good night. tonight the shootingq/z at . w
airport. good evening. >> the incident at lax left one man dead. the suspect is in critical condition and air traffic snarl add cross the country. sky seven is over lax now. and here is what we know. abc news reports the gunman left a note suggesting he was antigovernment and expected to be killed the man who was killed was with the tsa. six others were
wounded. and hundreds forced to run for safety. access to the airport, blocked the fbi confirmed the suspect's identity this, man, a 23-year-old paul ciancia of los angeles. federal agents questioned his parents in new jersey his father is a business owner. police say, there, rather, tell us the suspect sent his brother a text kath he may have been suicidal. ciancia was shot and wounded in terminal three. we begin with the developments in the abc7 newsroom. >> reporter: let's talk about the bag. inside investigators say they found a hand written note that said he wanted to kill tsa officers and pigs, referring to police. witnesses who saw him handle that rifle say it was obvious