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tonight, breaking news as we come on the air. authorities at this hour on the scene of a shooting on the street of washington, d.c. at least two adults and a child shot and wounded. evacuations at nearby schools as first responders rush to the scene. the fbi and secret service officers now helping police search for possible suspects. late details just coming in. overseas tonight, a russian commander suggesting a potential new war plan to seize full control of eastern and southern ukraine. a u.s. defense official warning ukraine is at a critical turning points a russian forces intensify attacks in the eastern donbas region. a hospital struck by russian shelling. civilians blocked from trying to evacuate the area. ukraine believes elite russian units are now streaming into the
east. a new warning tonight from ukraine's president zelenskyy claiming the russian invasion is only the beginning for europe. james longman in ukraine tonight. bombshell recording of house minority leader kevin mccarthy in the days following the january 6th riot at the capitol. mac considerthy saying former president trump bearing responsibility for the attack, also saying he would urge him to resign. mcconsiderthy denied saying it, but then the audio made public by "the new york times." congressman marjorie taylor greene on the stand, fighting to keep her name on the november ballot in georgia. could she be barred from her alleged role in the capitol riot? mask reversals adding to confusion in the country. philadelphia doing an about face, lifting the rule. los angeles county dropping the mandate on public transit, then reinstating it. the extreme fire danger in the west. more than a dozen large
wildfires burning across several states. the new storm threat tonight from california to minnesota. wind gusts up to 80 miles per hour driving the flames. rob marciano tracking it all. and on this earth day, a rare journey inside the amazon jungle and the mission to discover new species on the so-called islands in the sky. good evening. it's great to have you with us on a busy friday night. i'll whit johnson in for david tonight. several developing stories as we come on the air, but we begin with that breaking news for our nation's capital. an active shooter situation in washington, d.c. authorities responding, telling people to shelter in place. and we're now getting word about several injured. the violence playing out in northwest washington, in an area surrounded by schools. officers helping people in harm's way get to safety. you can see them runs across the street.
te fbi and secret service officers helping d.c. police search for possible suspects now. details are just coming in and abc's kenneth moton leads us off in washington, d.c. tonight. >> reporter: rapid gunfire erupting in this washington, d.c., neighborhood around 3:20 this afternoon. police swarming the area surrounded by schools and government embassies as s.w.a.t. teams move from building to building to search for an active shooter. >> bro, they got the s.w.a.t. >> reporter: this video appears to show police bringing an injured woman to safety. police say at least three people were shot, including a child. >> somebody was shot. e mother telli our affiliate wjla her daughter was evacuating when the glass bridge she was crossing exploded. >> it was raining glass so bad.
she says she has injuries on her arm. she said she even got glass in her mouth. she has a cut in her mouth. but she was with another student who was crossing the bridge. and she said he's a sixth grader and the sixth grader was hit in the arm bleeding profusely and so sienna had to use her jacket on the girl to keep it from bleeding, holding pressure on the girl's arm. >> reporter: helping d.c. police with this investigation. authorities still asking people in this area to continue sheltering in place as they search for the shooter. whit? >> kenneth moton with the late breaking details thank you. moving to the war in ukraine. a pentagon official calling the next few we will be right backs a turning point. new revelations about russia's new war plan, a top russian commander saying the aim goes far beyond taking the eastern donbas region, but to control all of southern ukraine, and possibl to the
west. vladimir putin declared victory in mariupol, but the u.s. calls that disinformation, yet the si is destroyed. you can see the new images revealing the destruction and brutality of the russian assault. we're also back in bucha tonight after russian forces left. bodies filling up refrigerated trucks. residents lining up, hoping to find their missing lovlovesed o. here's abc's james longman in ukraine again tonight.ed ones. here's abc's james longman in ukraine again tonight.d ones. here's abc's james longman in ukraine again tonight. >> reporter: tonight, russia ramping up its assault on eastern ukraine. another attack on a hospital, this one in the donbas region ablaze. videos circulating online showing flames tearing through the building. on the ground and in the air, the kremlin turning its fury on the east. ukraine says elite russian units are now moving in. and tonight, a revealing insight into moscow's possible ambitions. a senior russian commander for the first time saying the goal is to not only seize control of
the eastern donbass region but take full control of southern ukraine. that could include as far as the key port city of odesa and maybe even a pro-russian area of ukraine's neighbor, moldova. given russian difficulties on the battlefield so far, this may be beyond their scope. the pentagon tonight saying it's not clear if this is the official russian war plan. >> we're not going to be able to get inside mr. putin's head perfectly and know exactly what his long-term objectives are or even his medium-term objectives. >> reporter: in mariupol, new video showing the ongoing fight. the last battalion of ukrainian resistance now surrounded by russian forces, about a thousand ukrainian fighters and civilians holed up in this massive steel plant. the russians saying they won't storm it, but will not allow any supplies inside. these new satellite images showing a second mass grey outside mariupol. officials say hundreds of murdered civilians may be buried there. a reminder of the horrors in
bucha. ground there today. police there filling up refrigerated trucks with dead bodies. residents lining up in the rain hoping to identify their loved ones. the u.n. tonight saying human rights officers documented the unlawful killings of 50 civilians in bucha, many executed. in total verifying more than 5,200 civilian casualties, nearly 2,400 killed, but the official toll likely much greater. a top u.n. official describing it as a horror story of violations perpetrated against civilians. we saw for ourselves the disturbing scene in this basement where five men appeared to have been executed. i'm looking at one, two, three, four, five bodies in this tiny room where ukrainians say people have been tortured. hands tied behind their backs. marcus today with the investigators. >> sometimes we also found signs of torture on bodies. >> and so the people who were shot in the head were executed? >> yes. it's a kind of execution. >> is it possible that there are
more mass graves that you are p? >> yes, i think that more -- we will find more. >> reporter: and in this monastery close to russia's new eastern front, a priest prepares. his only defense -- faith. how do you feel being so close to war? [ speaking foreign language ] "it's nonstop," he says. "the bangs, the explosions. the shells come from this side, and that side." all he can do is pray. >> team there praying, holding on to hope. james longman joining us from dnipro. a senior u.s. defense official says the next few weeks could mark a turning point in this war, and you're learning the next batch of the u.s. military aid could arrive as soon as this weekend. >> reporter: that's right, whit. the first of u.s. artillery pieces should start arriving sunday or monday, and the u.s. believe it's the heavy weaponry that needs to get here soon before russia makes its move to swallow up large part of the country. of course destabilizing ukraine for years. president zelenskyy had an address in which he said he
thinks russia has every intention of invading other countries. >> james, thanks to you. next the bombshell reporting that house republican leader kevin mccarthy told colleagues in the day after the capitol riot that president trump, quote, bears responsibilities for his words and actions and that he would urge him to resign. mccarthy strongly denied those remarks, but then "the new york times" posted the audio recordings. here's abc's chief washington correspondent jonathan karl. >> reporter: when "the new york times" reported kevin mccarthy was so outraged by trump's behavior on january 6th he wanted him to resign, mccarthy flatly denied it, calling the report totally false and wrong. but now the reporters have presented proof, mccarthy's own voice, here talk at trump on a call with republican leaders four days after the attack on the capitol. >> i have had it with this guy. what he did is unacceptable.
nobody can defend that and nobody should defend it. >> reporter: a day later, mccarthy said this in a call with house republicans. >> let me be clear to all of you, and i have been very clear to the president. he bears responsibilities for his words and actions. no if, ands or butts. i asked him today, does he bear responsibility for what happened, does he feel bad about what happened? he told he he does have responsibility and he needed to acknowledge that. >> reporter: the tape is from "new york times" reporters jonathan martin and alex burns, back. thaup upcoming become "this will not pass". when they reported mccarthy told republicans he planned to call trump and tell him to resign, the republican spokesman said, quote, he never called him to resign.
>> what i think i'm going to do is i'm going to call him -- this is what i think. we know it will pass the house. i think there's a chance it will pass the senate even when he's gone. and i think there's a lot of different ramifications for that. now, i haven't had a discussion with the dems that if he did resign would it not happen. now, this is one personal fear i have. i do not want to get in any conversations about pence pardoning. again, the only discussion i would have with him is that i think this will pass, and it would be my recommendation it should be done. >> reporter: mccarthy's harsh words about trump would soon be a distant memory. three weeks after january 6th, he visited the former president in mar-a-lago. >> jonathan karl joining us not
studio. you're also learning mccarthy spent the day doing damage control. >> he spoke to republican house members, calling them saying he talked to trump last night, that trump is not mad at him. and whit, by all indications, that seems to be true. in fact, trump sees the fact that so many republicans critical of him on january 6th have now come to be so completely supportive of him as a sign of his grip on the party. but make no mistake. kevin mccarthy has to operate knowing that at any moment, trump could turn on him just like that. >> we'll see how this plays out in the coming weeks. thanks again, jon. we also want to point this out today. there's more fallout from the capitol riot georgia, marjorie taylor greene was on the stand today, the first sitting lawmaker to testify under oath about the events on january 6th. a group of voters suing to disqualify her from running for re-election around a clause in the 14th amendment, claiming greene aided insurrection by
promoting voter fraud myths and coordinating with protesters. green repeatedly cited her rights and said she couldn't recall detail of her action or social media posts. the judge will issue a ruling and then the georgia secretary of state will decide. turning to the pandemic and the latest whiplash over masks. two major cities reversing course. here's erielle reshef. >> reporter: tonight, a reversal on mask mandates from coast to coast. just days after philadelphia ordered masks back on indoors because of surging covid cases, the city today with that about-face, now lifting the requirement as covid numbers start to improve. >> with hospitalizations coming down, we feel comfortable saying, you know, this is not a free-for-all, take off your masks, this is a "we're going to strongly recommend this rather than require it." >> reporter: the move leaving many confused. >> can you wear it? are you supposed to wear it? someone needs to make a
decision, masks or no masks? >> reporter: and in los angeles, exactly the opposite. >> yeah, you need to wear them again. >> reporter: after dropping the mask mandate on public transit on tuesday, los angeles once again reinstating it at airports and on buses, trains and taxis. >> get it together, make sure it's clear messaging for everyone across the board. >> reporter: l.a. health officials say they'll follow the experts at the cdc who recommend masks during travel despite that ruling from a florida judge. >> for a court to come in and interfere in that is really unfortunate. it's unfortunate because it's against public health principles, number one. and number two, is because that's no place for the courts to do that. >> reporter: dr. fauci out with news about when we might see kids under the age of 5 eligible for the covid vaccine. he says regulators are debating whether to authorize the moderna and pfizer vaccine at the same time, which means we could see the fda sign off in june. whit? >> a lot of parents waiting for that news. thank you. the pandemic, inflation, and
now the war in ukraine adding to another big hit in the stock market. the dow having its worst day since 2020 and ending its fourth straight week with losses, closing down 981 points or 2.8%. investors reacting as the federal reserve signals a .5 point interest rate increase next month. next, the extreme fire danger in the southwest. a dozen fires burning out of control, and tonight a new major storm fuelling the flames with wind gusts up to 80 miles per hour. abc's kaylee hartung in f flagstaff tonight. >> reporter: tonight, new fires breaking out near colorado springs. firefighters on the ground trying to beat back the flames in those howling winds. >> you see the gentleman actually running? that gives you a sense of what it feels like in this neighborhood right now it's pretty chaotic. >> reporter: conditions across the west ripe for what the national weather service is calling extreme catastrophic fire weather as more than a dozen are already burning across the southwest. arizona's tunnel fire charring more than 32 square miles.
>> this was taken at 12:25 p.m. you can see 12:28, that's three minutes later. >> there was nothing you guys could have done. >> no. >> no, it happened so fast. >> reporter: heather and lance mckay getting their newborn and toddler out of the house just moments before it went up in flames. >> it was chaos to just get in the car and leave as fast as you can. >> reporter: their home one of at least 30 destroyed near flagstaff. whit, there's a storm moving through the area right now. we're got hail and some rain on and off, but it is not enough to have a. a pact on this fire that's just 3% contained. evacuation orders will remain in effect throughout the weekend. whit? >> kaylee, thank you. from the fire conditions to dangerous weather for millions tonight. let's goat rob marciano. dire warning s from the nationa weather service tonight. >> reporter: yeah, extreme fire, weather expanding across new ximend a dynamic system. only going to strengthen
tonight. here are the alerts. 18 alerts from california all the way up through minnesota.pb. the wind's going to be the biggest player. not the mention the severe weather threat. you can see 50 to 75 miles per hour winds. fire could be explosive. this thing moves to the east. storms, fire tonight with damaging hail. moving to the big cities like minneapolis and kansas city tomorrow with a tornado threat as well. whit? >> rob, thank you. in florida tonight, the governor signed a new law stripping walt disney world park of its self-governing status. ron desantis approved it after a controversial law that critics call don't say gay law. could mean responsibility for services such as firefighters and waist removal would transfer from disney to local communities along with a billion dollars of debt. it would take effect in june of next year. disney is the parent company of abc news. when we come back, the major
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deep in the amazon jungle. >> this is what the view looks like ahead. >> tepuis are sort of islands in the sky. this expedition is the first expedition to attempt to see whether there are unique flora and fauna growing on those walls. >> we saw the wall from the trail, and we started planning where we could climb. >> getting to the wall is actually incredibly complicated. >> watch out for holes. >> reporter: already making new discoveries, bruce means searching near the jungle camp. >> this entire area is full of undiscovered species. that little frog right there, i've never seen anything like it. so here we get another new species.
[ laughter ] it's so cool. >> reporter: expedition leader mark synnott, alex hannold of "free solo" fame, and fuco pisani climb the wall. >> fuco and i at the belay here. fuco is belaying, mark, who, let's see. can we see him below here? oh, yeah, there he is. he's still climbing up out of the crazy clouds. >> now it's going to get interesting from the biology perspective, because i'm going to be looking for frogs. >> reporter: an extraordinary journey to those islands in the sky. >> i think if people know about this place and how magical it is, they'll protect it. >> incredible. explorer of the last tepui now streaming on disney plus, a division of abc news parent company. i'm whit johnson in new york. have a g
♪ announcer: building a better bay area, moving forward, finding solutions, this is abc7 news. ♪ larry: hundreds of people marched through san francisco, their message. liz: san jose police reopened an investigation into a victim who died 11 years ago after the crash. larry: the victim was 15 years old and the driver never caught. our reported spoke with the victim's mother. >> she was a beautiful, young, loving, funny woman, just becoming a woman, kind. reporter: january 8, 2011, police say a car drove to the intersection, hitting the woman. she was in a marked crosswalk. she was in a coma and was
quadriplegic. she died tuesday. her mother now coping with her death. >> there is a part of you that feels like you cannot take a breath, and another part where you feel like she is free. reporter: it marks the 28th traffic death in san jose. her death this week also changes the nature of the investigation. >> the initial investigation was for a hit-and-run. this is now being or manslaughter. in addition to the hit and run, so that expands the powers of the investigation. that is why we are reopening the case. reporter: this video was the only video released at the time. the vehicle was a gray or silver sedan. police say the technology 11 years ago was not what it is now , but hope to uncover more. >> we ho