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cameras. i'm contessa brewer. that's all for this edition of "caught on camera." a good time can turn ugly in a hurry. >> i looked up, and i see a tv coming out the window. >> thousands of people. no way out. panic in a chicago nightclub packed to four times capacity. >> they started running down the stairs. and somebody fell, and then somebody fell on top of them. >> a soccer game goes from
confrontation to total chaos. >> we had 10 dead, 16 dead. >> what happens then is a shock even to the players. >> he said i'm telling you now we're going to play this football match. >> a concert lets out, and the crowd is trapped in a suffocating crush. >> i thought that they must be dying. >> there was absolute chaos. it was very much your worst nightmare. "caught on camera -- crowd control." streams of people enter a popular chicago nightclub. what happens inside sends them all running for the exit. >> the fear that pervaded the whole place was the overriding emotion. it was panic.
it was panic turning to fear. >> february 17th, 2003, the e2 nightclub located one four above the epitome restaurant in chicago's south loop hopes to attract a large turnout with a special deejay performance. by 2:00 a.m. the club security cameras are rolling as nearly 1,200 people pack inside. at the time, robert r. egan is the assistant state's attorney for cook county. >> the capacity for the club was just over 240 people. they had more than four times that. frankly, they were wall to wall. it was literally jammed. >> suddenly, outside of the view of the cameras, a fight breaks out and a security guard discharges a can of pepper spray. >> the crowd reacted, not knowing what this was. somebody yelled out, poison gas. it happened a year after 9/11
happened. there was a lot of fear just naturally out there. and people said, let's get out of here. >> people inside the club begin to run for the stairwell leading down to the front door. >> it was a very tall, steep stairwell. it was not a stairwell that was built to code, and it really was not suitable for the use that it was put to. and they started running down the stairs. and somebody fell, and then somebody fell on top of them, and somebody fell on top of them. and the next thing you know, people were literally stacked 10, 12 feet high. >> we look at a scenario where your life is under threat, where you're looking for means of escape. do you choose the door you came in by, the route that you know, or door number two? >> keith still is a professor in england and specializes in crowd dynamics.
>> it's a marked emergency exit. but i don't know if it's open. i don't know writ goes. so my perception of risk is go out the way i came in, it's a safer route. that's why we find in emergency situations people revert to what they think they believe to be the lesser risk. >> people stuck in the crush are desperately reaching for relief. local freelance videographer ken herslick is part of the first camera crew to arrive, capturing the only video of the scene. >> there were people that were stuck in the doorway, and they could not get out. they just became so interlocked that they couldn't pull the people out. you were going to pull a limb off if you were going to pull somebody out of there. >> firefighter must enter through the back of the club to access people piled up along the stairwell leading to the front door.
>> they had to stand on the pile. they had to stand on people and take one person at a time off the pile and pull them in to safety. they were in cardiac arrest. they were technically dead, and they worked on them and resuscitated them and got a heartbeat and brought them back to life. it takes time for the rescue workers to get there. unfortunately, these people didn't have any time. they were being asphyxiated from all the pressure that was up against them. they had minutes. not tens of minutes. >> despite the efforts of rescue workers, 21 people die and more than 50 injured. the club owner, managers and event promoter are charged with involuntary manslaughter. the the owner's case is dismissed and the rest are found not guilty. the owner and manager filed a lawsuit against the city of chicago for malicious prosecution on a related charge.
the city denied the claim, and the case was dismissed. nearly two decades earlier, fear grips another crowd and frenzied soccer fans are crushed against a concrete retaining wall. may 29th, 1985. nearly 60,000 supporters fill belgium's heysel stadium for the european cup final pitting england's liverpool against the italian team juventus. emotions are running high as two of the world's most successful soccer teams face off. liverpool fan rogan taylor is watching on television from his home in england. >> i have a young family, three daughters. all crazy liverpool fans. of course. comes with the territory. and we are awaiting this match. we've got some bubble ne the fridge. we're expecting a great game.
>> at the stadium, liverpool fan chris roland is just arriving, but before the game even starts, the festive mood of the day begins to unravel. >> there is no crowd control at all. there are no stewards. there are no police. there are no -- well, there were a few turnstile operators but they're just waving you through. nothing. absolutely nothing. people couldn't believe their eyes. it's suddenly packed to the rafters. it really was a recipe for disaster. >> the opposing fans, typically seated at opposite sides of the stadium and separated by barriers, are instead placed side by side. at the time, english fans have a reputation for hooliganism and violent behavior at matches. >> to police about 17,000 people
in total, there are five police and a dog. and there was a piece of chicken wire fencing sort of chest high separating the two sets of supporters. you don't mix them and not separate them. but there they were completely unseparated. >> with nothing substantial to keep the sides apart, tensions begin to rise. >> insults are passed back and forth. there's a little bit of wire shaking goes on. eventually somebody pulls the wire down. and a couple of fights start. as soon as small fights start, the vast bulk of the crowd, particularly the italian crowd in this case, begin to retreat. in fact, many of them are desperate to get out of there. >> panicked italian fans tear across the terraces, but there is no escape. the rushing crowd is forced
against the concrete wall. >> we're all set in the dretsing room. we're all starting slowly to get ready. then we heard a distant kind of thud, almost like a rumble. we thought, oh, what's that? never thought anything of it. then about five minutes later one of the officials who was with liverpool came in and said, look, guys, we think the wall's collapsed. coming up -- pandemonium in the stands. >> the people came in and said, there's loads of people dead. just like that. there's loads of people dead. >> and a shocking decision to control the chaos. >> they're afraid of the consequences. they think the only way is to play the game. hey kevin...still eating chalk for heartburn?
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fans sparks a frenzy. italian fans trying to escape aggressive liverpool fans are trapped against a concrete wall with nowhere left to run. crowd safety expert keith still knows the dangerous pressure that can build inside a crush of people. >> these are not unusual forces because it's combined mass and speed, the momentum, the energy within the crowd that creates the combined force. it's not just how much i can push against the wall, it's how everybody pushing against me. unfortunately, whenever steel and stone meets flesh and bone, there can only be one winner. >> like much of heysel stadium, the wall is in disrepair from years of neglect. the force of the fans against the already weakened structure creates a perfect storm. liv liverpool fan chris roland is entering the stadium.
>> as we were making our way towards the turnstiles, we actually heard the wall break. we saw what appeared to be a lot of ilgtsdzian supporters, clambering over a wall. they looked crazed to me almost charging down the bank towards us. that's what they were trying to do to escape the trouble. and in doing so, they brought a wall down. >> frantic italian fans are trampling each other as they try to escape danger. the ground is covered with the injured and the dead. >> we her that there's two dead, four dead, ten dead, 16 dead. we're going, oh, my god. and of course, people would be getting more and more worried if they had family there. what's happened to them? where are they? no mobile phones. couldn't give them a call.
>> while paramedics tend to the injured that have been brought outside, the chaos continues inside the stadium. >> certainly there were hundreds of italian supporters charging down the running track towards us. as it turns out, those italian fans heard what happened at the other end and appeared to be charging around for some revenge. >> even though roland has heard the wall collapse, like many fans across the stadium, he's unaware of just how serious the situation is. >> absolutely no idea whatever, just that there were people on the pitch and some around the corner from where we were standing. no one knows why this is happening. no one knows why there's a delay, no one knows why the italian fans are age a at a timed. >> more police arrive to attempt to gain control of the stadium. meanwhile, the teams begin to wonder if they'll still be expected to play. >> the people on the liverpool staff came in and said there's loads of people dead.
just like that, there's loads of people dead. the belgian chief of police for brussels came into the dressing room with all sorts of police in riot gear, we're still searching under the rubble, there are people dying, people gone to the hospital. but i've been to see juventus. i'm telling you, now, we're going to play this football match. i'm pretty sure one of our players went, why? what's the point? people dead, why are we playing football? and the chief of police said, i've decided that if we don't, there could be even more problems. >> they're afraid of the consequences of announcing, we've got a lot of dead people here, we're not going to do this. please go home quietly. they don't think that's going to happen. they think the only way is to play the game. >> but the team is not on board with the police chief's decision. >> there was a general consensus by the players saying we shouldn't be playing football. we should so not be playing
football, but the coach said, look, we have to be guided by the police. >> as night falls, the fans are now subdued in the terraces, more than an hour past the scheduled kickoff time, the teams get ready to play. >> we'd actually almost forgotten by this point that there might actually be a game of football. and the teams came out. there was going to be a match. right. okay. nobody seemed in the slightest bit enthusiastic about the prospect. certainly not in our end. >> there was no even polite applause. there was nothing. it was like you're out walking your dog in the forest. absolutely no reaction whatsoever. no players were talking to each other, no players were looking at each other. i think literally everybody was just looking at the floor totally numb. >> just a short time into the game, laurentson is taken off. >> when the game started, i only lasted eight seconds because i got injured.
and i dislocated my shoulder. i started to cry. it was a mixture of emotion because then the realization of the massive problems that there had been in the game. >> as the game continues, a sense of unease dominates play that is apparent even to those like rogan taylor watching from home. >> there's a tackle close to the penalty area but not quite in it. the referee gives a penalty to the italian team. i'm already thinking, he doesn't want extra time. he wants to get this game over. >> the italian team takes the penalty shot. they score the only goal in the game, winning the european cup. but it is a hollow victory. the chaos of the day has left 39 juventus fans crushed to death and 600 people injured. because of the role of their fans and the violence, english clubs are banned from european
competition for five years. >> none of our people were dead, but something had died for us, too, that night. for those young lugs who didn't really have very much going for them but could put on a shirt and think we're the best in the world. suddenly we're the worst in the world. these are the fans who kill people. that for the city was a trauma of considerable significance. >> 14 liverpool supporters are convicted of involuntary manslaughter and sentenced to three years in prison. the belgian police captain is found guilty of criminal negligence for his handling of security and is given a six-month sentence. for many, the years have not softened the painful memory of
that dark day at heysel. >> i went back to heysel to play, and i looked before the game to where i thought that the wall was, and there was absolutely nothing there, but that was spooky. that was very, very spooky. you kind of thought, oh, my goodness, all those years ago. coming up -- too many people, too little space. a terrifying combination on a bridge in cambodia. >> people in the middle start fainting, the whole crowd just went down like that. and later, a stampede is triggered at a popular rave. copd makes it hard to breathe...
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>> nbc news correspondent ian williams is a veteran reporter in the region. >> different countries have different ways of working. cambodia is a special case. it's a very small country. it's also a very poor country. and a lot of the systems that are in place in cambodia, whether it's law enforcement, the health system and crowd control systems, are pretty basic. >> every year nearly 2 million people flood cambodia's capital city phnom penh for the water festival, which marks the end of the rainy season. on the final night of the 2010 festival, a concert lets out and crowds begin to converge on a newly constructed suspension bridge. it's the only pedestrian walkway connecting the mainland to diamond island. freelance journalist robert carmichael and his friend, a cambodian american lawyer, live in phnom penh. >> this island that was an entertainment center that was
newly opened, there were people on the island who wanted to leave and go home. there were people on the mainland who wanted to get on the island to come and have a good time. >> it had gotten tighter and tighter and tighter and there was no outlet. >> people started leaving the island and got caught in the middle. >> a massive crush of people forms on the bridge. each person desperately reaching for pockets of air and the cooling relief of water in the stifling heat. >> it's like a boa constrictor you can breathe out so your lungs would collapse, but you can't breathe back in. there's no space to breathe back in. only takes 60 seconds to lose consciousness. >> as people in the middle faint from lack of oxygen, the whole crowd went down like that. >> cambodian native and associated press photographer hank sinik gets word of the perilous situation and heads to
the bridge to take pictures, but he's not prepared for what he's about to see. >> they call out, please get me water, i'm thirsty. of please help me. and i really -- i'm really shocked. who is under, i thought they must be dying. >> rescue workers desperately try to dislodge people one by one from the crush. it is pinning them down with incredible combined forces. >> think of it like dominoes. as you start to knock them over, they gain momentum, but it's the momentum of the entire mass. it only takes five people pushing against one to break a rib or smash a child's head. >> they said there were as many as 8,000 people in that tangled mass of people. they had to start at either end and untangle people, pull them out one at a time. >> trying to free up vital room on the bridge, many decide to
take their chances in the river. >> these young men and women who were willing to jump off a bridge that they didn't know the depths to. and a lot of whom didn't even know how to swim. just to make room for other people to have a better chance at catching their breath. i thought that was pretty extraordinary. >> as the minutes pass, panicked faces begin to look exhausted as rescue workers and journalists gather around them. >> i tried to apologize to all the victims. this is the way of my journalism. i must do it. i take this picture. so my camera, i just hang up like that and click. just move a little bit to see how they have people and release people from the pile.
after that, i just asked somebody there, why? what has happened? nobody can answer that. >> after hearing rumors of what is happening, journalist carmichael races to the scene to file a report. by the time he and his friend arrive, survivors and the dead have nearly all been removed by rescue workers. >> we're on the bridge. he's shooting some video and taking some images to help me out. there were hundreds and hundreds of personal possessions lying on this bridge. then down the other side, they hadn't yet cleared and there were dozens of people lying dead. >> hospitals stretched far beyond their limits scramble to receive and treat the injured. >> we saw the scene at the hospital. kay ot can scenes at the hospital. people looking desperately for friends and relatives. the hospitals were overwhelmed.
>> despite the efforts of rescue workers, 347 people are killed and hundreds are injured. >> the overwhelming cause of death according to hospital authorities were people suffocating in the sheer crush or broken bones. people having their bodies crushed in the crowds or in some cases throwing themselves into the river and drowning. >> while the number of casualties is staggering, it could have been higher if it weren't for those who jumped from the bridge. >> one of the survivors is told by some of the older people, you youngster, you have to jump off of the bridge into the river. because we need the space. he was at the time holding a woman's child. he gave the child back to the woman, and he jumped. so him and his friends survived. and of course, a lot of people didn't. >> the light of the next day shines on an eerily silent
scene. >> one of the most striking images was the sheer number of shoes to spread all over the bridge, all over the banks. it left you wondering where are those people now. >> the nation unites to support the survivors and mourn those lost. >> the national government came to pay their respects at the site. and the prime minister was crying. and that is something that i don't think anyone has seen. >> the prime minister himself described this as the worst tragedy for cambodia since the murderous xher rouge regime where many died. this country is no stranger to tragedy. >> one year later the bridge is demolished. even though it's less than two years old. there's no structural damage, but it's deemed too painful a reminder. a memorial is constructed to honor those lost. >> i think one of the key things
which even the government admitted was that the ability -- the crowd control ability wasn't there, that the policing was very poor, that they would need to have better systems in place. >> one of the worst thins about it is that most people were young. just young kids out for an evening and people live difficult lives here. and this water festival is a time of celebration, a time to have a good time and to let go. for it to end like that, it affected a lot of people. coming up -- out of control college students turn a city upside down. >> i looked up, and i see a tv coming out the window. hey kevin...still eating chalk for heartburn? yeah... try new alka seltzer fruit chews. they work fast on heartburn and taste awesome. these are good. told ya! i'm feeling better already. [ male announcer ] new alka seltzer fruits chews.
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all-nighter of drinking in albany, new york. by nearly 7:00 a.m. house parties spill out on to the street as a celebration known as kegs and eggs, as students eagerly await the city's st. patrick's day parade. >> they caught us a little bit by surprise with the thousands of young people that were involved. it was upsetting to see what was going on. and we had never experienced that. >> everybody is on every inch of the street, on every inch of the sidewalk and on all the porches. they're completely wasted. it's like a sea of just green sort of mayhem. >> the crowd is whipping itself into a frenzy. and then things take a destructive turn. >> i was walking at one point i remember hearing "charge," and i look up and i see a tv coming out the window. okay. fantastic. now it's raining appliances.
>> people living on the balance cones are taking microwaves and throwing them into the street. or taking couches, pushing them out there. beer bottles, anything they can get their hands on that they don't care about. >> everybody is completely belligerent. >> at what point does somebody turn around, look around in their kitchen and go, i'm going to throw everything in here out the window? when somebody gets to that point it can only go downhill. once things starting getting really crazy, we moved on. we wanted no part of that. >> after destroying property from inside the houses, the crowd turns their attention outside. >> at some point somebody yelled "flip that car." which then started the chant "flip that car." >> flip that car, flip that car. >> then they decided to move that into the middle of the street. and started going to town on it. >> when they're not able to tip it over, they start jumping on the roof, throwing stuff against the windshield. kicking out windows. >> it only takes one person with
a bad idea to start something like that. >> the criminal element will use that their advantage just to create mayhem. imitators will follow on, reaction aers may get caught up on it. if people are throwing stones, then you tend to have the sort of reaction, if they can do it, i can do it. if they're getting away with it, i can get away with it. it's criminal behavior. but when you're caught within the crowd, it does tend to become part of the culture of the moment. >> as a group tries to flip a large van, police arrive on the scene and attempt to put a cap on the chaos. >> we got a lot of calls about very loud parties. and our police were deployed. by then the kids were on the street going from house to house. >> students are capturing all the action on video using their cell phone cameras. >> anybody who had a smartphone, i can't believe this is happening. i have to get it on video. they would upload them to facebook or youtube right away. i got back to my room and was able to watch what happened an
hour ago. >> videos intended for the students' entertainment quickly becomes evidence against them. >> the police took videos off the youtube video and make a photo array. so the police are walking through the neighborhood handing them out to students trying to get them to match names to faces. >> we had good video on it. people, when something happens like that, they're going to film it. people have to understand we're going to identify you and identify youngsters that were violating, breaking the law and we arrest them. >> the videos go viral gaining attention online and in the news media. >> i talked to the seniors that were graduating and never lived in that neighborhood and now their degree ta they worked hard for four years now has the stain of kegs and eggs incident on it. >> after a chaotic day, there are a number of arrests and many are convicted on multiple charges. two people receive jail time.
the rest get probation, fines or community service. the city n, in cooperation with the local colleges, is doing whatever it can to prevent anything like this from ever happening again including a clever new placement for a school vacation. >> suny albany pushed their graduation back a week so kids wouldn't be around there. >> the last thing i want to do is arrest college students every year. as far as i'm concerned, the message is strong. we're not going to tolerate it. coming up -- concert goers in los angeles rush the gates. >> stop now! the party will be stopped. [ brent ] this guy's a pro, herbie. [ herbie ] there's no doubt about it brent, a real gate keeper. here's kevin, the new boyfriend. lamb to the slaughter. that's right brent. mom's baked cookies but he'll be lucky to make it inside. and here's the play.
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the electric daisy carnival, considered a large scale rave, is kicking off its second day in the los angeles coliseum featuring a lineup of electronic artists and carnival rides. freelance photojournalist dan crouse is photographing the event near the stage. >> almost like a woodstock kind of thing, but way newer with newer technology, and it's the new youth culture. >> you see a lot of people in different costumes. sometimes they're like really creative. sometimes they're just bathing suits and bikinis. >> as the rides are in motion and music is under way, fans are finding their places in the stadium. >> chris cox is a music producer
and deejay sitting in the vip section. >> they stop letting people downstairs because they wanted to fill in the bleachers. >> and they all wanted to get down on to the field which was packed with people. and there were only a few access points where people could get through. and then so many people just started pushing and, you know, it just kept getting more dense and tighter and everyone was getting more squished. so people just started climbing over the fences. >> almost imperceptibly, an orderly situation takes a dangerous shift. a local news chopper captures it all from the air. >> people in the crowd that i was standing with were saying bum rush the gates. >> that's when i picked up my camera. when i saw the thing started happening, i started shooting it. >> within seconds, the crowd breaches the barriers and rushes over the tops of tents that cover concession stands on the main floor. >> stop now! >> i was blown away by it.
people were like literally like falling over each other getting crushed and trampled. >> i saw this girl, she slipped off of one of the tents. her bone popped out of her leg. >> a massive buildup of people forms at one of the gates and is captured on cell phone video by a concert goer. >> a lot of people were getting crushed because it was either you run or you just stop. a lot of people were stepped on and a lot of people were trampled over. >> i'm sure a lot of people were scared about getting lost under a mass of people. there wasn't really much that anyone could do to stop it. >> people are pulled from the force of the crush and injuries are assessed. >> get back, back. hey, hey. >> as event organizers attempt to gain control of the situation. >> all the sudden they cut the music and started like yelling at the crowd and telling everyone to behave themselves and grow up. >> stop now!
the party will be stopped. for all these people who came here in the name of love and light. >> the rapper lil john happened to be on the stage. he just grabs the microphone. it was absolutely hysterical. >> okay mother [ bleep ]. you need to [ bleep ] stop! and then the crowd just swept up and everyone started laughing about it. and then it just completely defused this thing that could have gotten really out of hand. >> more than 100 people are injured and taken to hospitals for treatment. despite the powerful force of the stampede, no one is killed. after the 2010 incident the electric daisy carnival is moved out of los angeles to las vegas. but fans of the event remain firm that it is not a danger to attend. >> i think it gave the festival a pretty bad rap for really a
lot of people behaving themselves pretty well. it's really a small percentage of people caught up in that. >> my mom saw it after i came back. she's like, you're never going again. but i end up going three years afterwards. i'm going this year also. it's something that you have to be like okay, you have know what you're getting yourself into and you have to be smart about what you're doing. coming up -- the crowd goes wild. >> we all grabbed him and squeezed him and put him on our shoulders. >> fans storm the court at a one of a kind high school basketball game. >> it was a dream come true. the crowd just erupted. like lava came out of a volcano. the whole place just went nuts. hey kevin...still eating chalk for heartburn?
what happens next sends an emotionally charged crowd rushing onto the court. >> it was a dream come true. the crowd just erupted. it was like lava came out of a volcano. the coach went and sat down. there were tears in his eyes. and the whole place just went nuts. >> jason better known as jay-mack lives in rochester, new york. the high school he attends from 2002 to 2006 as a special education student. >>ly to work hard to get their respect. basketball teaches you life lessons of things are not always going to go your way in life. >> as a student, it's basketball tryouts that never seem to go jay some's way, as his father david sees first hand. >> he practiced. but when he was a sophomore in high school he was only about a
hundred pounds, 5'6". that's when the jv coach came up with the idea maybe he could be the team manager. >> encouraging the guys who were on the court. >> i can always see how he's excited. in his white shirt and tie. his shirt would be out in the first quarter and he'd be yelling and screaming. what i didn't really realize is that everybody else had kind of seen that too. >> jason's dedication inspires players like ricky wallace and the varsity coach to set a plan into motion. >> we had already brainstormed this, let's get this built for this kid. >> we had talked during the season that i couldn't promise him that he was going to get in the game, but i was going to have a uniform for senior night. >> he worked so hard in practice. that was the least that we could do, was to push to get him in the game.
>> february 15, 2006. excitement is building for the last game of the season. jason's teacher is one of many in the crowd. >> he was very excited that there was a night that night and there was a chance that he was going to be able to get in for the first time. and i kept thinking oh, my goodness, i hope the coach lets him in. >> fans filled the bleacher. many of them are shooting amateur video as the game gets under way. >> they had signs, jay-mac signs and pictures of his face on little paint sticks and so forth. so that was, sent a chill down your back, you know. >> but near the end of the second half, the clock is ticking down and jason, number 52 is still on the bench. >> the crowd periodically would
start chanting we want j-mac. >> with only four minutes left and a lead built, the coach finally does what everyone in the crowd has been hoping for. >> i started hearing the chants again pretty loud. and i was just kind of mulling in my mind, when is the best time to put him in. so when i looked up at the clock and i saw there was just over four minutes, i said you know what, the time's right. he's going to have enough time where he could score a basket. and i stood up appointed to him and he just bounced right up. >> it was like oh, my gosh, he's in. we were all up on our feet. the whole gym was up on their feet. >> they put all his placards with his face. tears were rolling down my face. it was really something i'll never forget. >> a nervous excitement grips the crowd. >> half of me was just pure so happy for this kid. he finally got a shot. and honestly, the other side of
myself was oh, i hope he doesn't make a fool of himself. i didn't want him to be overwhelmed or make him scared. i didn't want him to be a laughed at or anything. >> i know you're not supposed to pray in the school. but i was praying, dear god, help him make one basket. >> jason takes his first shot. it's an air balance. >> usually you hear chants air ball. i didn't hear anything. it was like an ah. i think everyone was pulling so hard for him to score a basket. >> he takes a second shot. another miss. >> it was like oh. you can do it. and just, you know, really trying to give him good vibes that you can do it. >> i'm very nervous. i don't want anyone to take the ball from him, get it stolen. i'm so nervous. i'm like don't do this. don't do that. >> jason sets up for another 3
pointer. >> all the coaches are praying to god would go in. >> and the third one's the charm. >> the place just exploded. it just was pure bedlam. >> everybody was up on their feet. and we were just all so excited. and i thought finally. >> but jason isn't done yet. what happens next is something no one in the crowd could have expected. the shots from the three-point line keep coming. >> he just went crazy. turned into michael jordan. he started making shot after shot. >> one after another after another. >> it went from excitement to hysteria. everybody was, i mean, just beside themselves. >> everyone was going crazy,
because no one knew he was capable of this. >> i was in a zone. and i was hot as a pistol. i'd never shot like that in my entire life. you could see me on the bench. the whole time that he's on the floor i'm jumping up and down i can't brief it. >> just seconds before the buzzer is about to go off, jason sets up for one last shot. >> jason's teammates threw it right to jay sofrnlt the crowd's in all anticipation and he pulls up from three or four feet behind the three point arc and i'm thinking don't shoot from there. it's too far. >> but he makes it. jason has scored a total of 20 points in four minutes. when the buzzer sounds, the crowd bursts onto the court. >> we ran over to him as fast as we could after the game and we grabbed him and squeezed him and put him on our shoulders. >> to see a young man see his dream come true, there's no
better feeling than that. >> jason's fan base quickly expands to a wider audience. >> received a lot of letters from the white house, getting to meet president bush, magic johnson. going to the final four that year. >> jason leaves the high school as a student in 2006, but in 2009 returns to his alma mater, this time as an assistant coach. no one would dough my it's a triumph jason has earned. >> it feels great to give back to the game i always loved. >> i shot in the final seconds on february 15, 2006. >> now everyone's like wow, the kid can do this, being autistic is not bad. if he can achieve this, it's nothing to run from, it's nothing to be afraid of who you r and i thought he inspired probably millions of people. >> whatever you put your mind