tv ABC World News With Diane Sawyer ABC October 4, 2013 6:30pm-7:00pm EDT
good evening on this friday night, diane is on assignment. we do begin with that wild weather across the country tonight starting with what you see right here behind me. this giant swirling storm, tropical storm karen, on a collision course with the gulf coast this evening. a state of emergency in louisiana, alabama, mississippi and florida. evacuations now underway, president obama briefed on the gathering storm, it's not the only trouble spot tonight. look at this. several states out west with an early winter in south dakota, cars abandoned. in wyoming look, the summer patio right there. the furniture buried in snow. in utah tonight, hale. and in nebraska, listen to this. those are thecy renes tonight, the night sky lit up by lightning, as a tornado moves through town. meteorologist ginger zee is in the gulf tracking it all. she begins with the tropical storm moving in.
>> reporter: surf pounding in alabama. storms streaming on shore in louisiana. all ahead of tropical storm karen. now less than a day from making landfall on the gulf coast. >> hide from the wind, and go visit a relative for the weekend. >> reporter: in mississippi, they are putting everything up. and slamming for sandbags outside new orleans. >> better to be safe than sorry. we weren't prepared before. >> reporter: several oil rigs shut down in the gulf. some of those furloughed fema workers back on to help prep for karen. up to ten inches of rain, and five feet of storm surge is only one of the weather headlines tonight. a record setting snowstorm is attacking parts of wyoming, nebraska and south dakota. the rapid city airport is closed. a whiteout, as stretches of i-90 in south dakota shut down. and snow, up to two feet deep, smothering backyards.
like this october monstrosity. tearing at trees and power lines. threatening iowa, minnesota and others along this cold front, with more severe weather. >> ginger zee reporting in from the gulf tonight. clearly, going to be a troubling and challenging scene for the gulf. we'll check in with ginger and that forecast as we continue here. in the meantime, we move on next to washington tonight, word of yet another frightening incident playing out in the nation's capitol. a man set himself on fire on the national mall this afternoon, a witness says he dumped gasoline on his head. and then lit himself on fire. they took off their shirtsz to dowse the flamps. the man has burns on 80% of his body. of course it comes a day after that other harrowing scene in washington. the young mother with her baby in her car who triggered 38 minutes of chaos at the capitol. miriam carey shot dead after a high-speed chase with police.
her baby girl is all right. tonight we learn more about her mental state. family and friends speaking out. and correspondent pierre thomas is reporting. >> reporter: we now know that miriam carey was the woman behind the wheel, toddler in tow who led police on a high speed chase. this man saw her tuesday. >> everything was okay. she went about her business. it's just -- >> reporter: abc news learned carey had a history of mental illness, appeared to intensify after her baby was born in august 2012. it was then her mother tells abc news, she was diagnosed with post partum depression. in december, according to a stamford, connecticut police report, a man described as carey's boyfriend called in expressing concern for the safety of their daughter. then five months old. he said carey was delusional, emotionally disturbed. the boyfriend claimed carey believed she was a prophet, whose home was under 24 hour
surveillance by president obama and national tv networks. she was taken to the hospital at least two other times that month. a report by connecticut authorities describes her as on medication for unknown mental illness. with a family history of schizophrenia. she seemed to stabilize, but something went terribly wrong. and by yesterday, carey was battling police, who killed her firing more than a dozen shots. she was apparently unarmed. but police believed she was a threat. >> what were police thinking at that moment? >> they are thinking, she's about to use this car as a lethal weapon. and so that justifies deadly force to shoot at her. >> reporter: police are searchining through carey's computers looking for any clue to point toward motive. tonight law enforcement tells me they may never discover a sane answer as to why this happened. david. >> pierre tom this our washington bureau. pierre, thank you. tonight reports of a troubled young mother as pierre points out and what role post partum depression might have played,
raising so many questions, so i want to bring in abc's chief medical editor dr. besser. we were talking late today. you are convinced this is something more serious? >> you know, i am. this doesn't sound like post partum depression. if she was hearing voices, was experiencing paranoia and delusions, it sounds like a very, very rare condition called post partum psychosis. that's a medical emergency. the baby can be in danger. the mom has no touch with reality. we need to know more about her medical background to know if that was what was going on. >> in the meantime, rich, this reignited an important conversation in america, about post partum depression, which is far more common. >> yes. this is very important. we need to make it easier to talk about this. one in 2e7b women experience post partum depression as a pediatrician i've seen this frequently. the symptoms are common. there is no enjoyment in the baby or in anything else. there is anxiety something bad could happen to your baby. then there is overwhelming guilt about being a bad mom. if you have this, or you know someone who does, you really want to reach out, because
there's treatment that's available. you don't need to endure this. >> rich besser with us from the west coast. thank you. we move on to that other crisis in washington. the government shutdown now in it's fourth day. president obama, vp biden both getting a sandwich, both pointing out what the owners of that restaurant are doing for furloughed government workers. >> part of the reason we're here, we're starving and the food here is great. the other part of it, though, is that right now, this establishment is providing a 10% discount to all federal workers, who are on furlough. >> tonight the number american families being hit is growing. just as we track down a congressman at the center of a controversial moment with a worker from the park service trying to do her job. here tonight abc senior national correspondent jim avila. >> reporter: from the base of the rockies in colorado springs, home to more federal employees per capita than any other american city, protests and
pushback against the shutdown, that has unemployed 800,000 nationwide. >> i'm basically shut off. my family is not going to get fed. bills not going to get paid. >> reporter: she is a teacher facing a shutdown layoff. and she's scared. and wants to tell her congressman directly. >> i have a family to take care of. and it's real to me. and it's affecting me. it's hard. >> reporter: we took her message to her congressman, tea party supporter from colorado doug lambor. >> that's regrettable. but these are big issues. i don't think the republicans want to give 100% to the democrats, they don't want to give 100% to us. >> reporter: if that's difficult for tracy school and others in her district? >> i regret that. i wish it was not that way. >> reporter: we went to visit another congressman today, you may have seen texas republican randy nugebauer's outburst at a park ranger doing her job at the world war ii memorial.
>> how do you deny them access? >> it's difficult. >> it should be difficult. >> it is difficult. >> park service should be ashamed. >> i'm not ashamed. >> you should be. >> reporter: today the congressman was not so anxious to reflects on that verbal shaming. avoiding comment this morning, but unable to out run news cameras this afternoon. >> is that what you said? you berated a woman who had nothing to do with the shutdown s. there a reason for that? >> i meant no disrespect to the park ranger. >> reporter: and this is just week one. jim avila, abc news, capitol hill. >> just week one as jim points out one of the leaders of the center of the showdown, john boehner sits down with george stephanopoulos and abc news exclusive sunday morning on this week with george. in the meantime, we head out west to oregon, where this evening officials are studying this dash cam video, watch here as a father pulled over by police, his three children in the car. police warned him to stay put.
>> sir, get back in the car for me now. sir, please back in your car for me now. >> he then approaches. opens fire, a deadly shootout, that father later died. that cop recovering this evening. the children unharmed. officials tonight trying to determine what made the father snap. stunning new developments in that other terrifying encounter on a highway, this one right here in new york. that video captured on helmet cam showing the moment an suv is swarmed by bikers, a young family inside. for the first time tonight, we are seeing what happened next. after that camera stopd rolling. tonight police say they have a suspect in the attack as a new eyewitness speaks out. abcs lindsay janis back on the story tonight. >> reporter: imagine this, the rumble of engines, back after bike surrounding your car. that's what alexian lien behind the wheel of that black suv saw. that biker slowing down, before the impact setting off the
harrowing eight minute chase. lien's wife called 911 four times. before this. the final frame of the video. but now, these pictures, which police are using to try and identify the bikers, showing what happened next. on the ground, surrounded by bikers, his terrified wife hanging out of the passenger side door. once the bikers fled, here clutching her child. tonight, police say they are now looking for half a dozen additional bikers, who may have had a role in the assault. the motorcyclists see it differently. one telling abc news what he saw. >> once you put your car in the midld of a bunch of bikes, what is going to happen? on the highway, he started this lane to that lane, speeding up. getting up on the back of the bikes. >> reporter: today attorney gloria allred spoke on behalf of edwin mieses, the biker left paralyzed. >> he was attempting to diffuse the situation.
edwin did not do anything that justified mr. lien's decision to drive his range rover over him. >> reporter: this just in. the man seen in the video briefly opening the driver side door of the suv turned himself into police. charges against him are pending. yet, another twist tonight. police say one of the bikers was an off duty undercover narcotics cop. david, they say he did not intervene, when the assault was happening, for fear of blowing his cover. >> a horrible story all week. lindsey, we appreciate your reporting. alex rodriguez tonight in the headlines. the yankees' star suing major league baseball, he claims they are on a witch hunt trying to force him out of the sport. rodriguez facing a 211 game suspension for his alleged uses of performance enhancing drugs. an image from italy, thousands turning out to see pope francis on his first pilgrimage to the town of the birthplace of pope francis. the pope seen comforting a disabled child, a tribute to st.
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shuttle. her fellow astronaut played by george clooney, and what follows is a harrowing fictional tale, but what so many real life astronauts have prepared for. including this team, may 2 thou 9, the shuttle atlantis, headed to repair the hubble telescope. the same telescope they travel to in the movie. in real life, one of the astronauts, michael massimino. good to see you, mass. >> great to see you. >> who saw the movie and saw himself in it. >> even my tools, we had a cutter tool to cut a wire inside one of the instruments, it's floating behind sandra bullock's head. there's my wire cutter. >> he spent more than 30 hours out there on a ledge. he said the views helped him describe it at home. >> the only sad thing about being an astronaut, david, when you look out the window, you look through your visor, and see the earth, you see the stars, how can i describe this to people? how can i tell my family about
this? >> while bullock's character faces challenges far beyond what he lived through. they did prepare for it remembering what the lead space walker told him. >> he said we lost crews before. and one way we may lose another person is during a space walk. it's dangerous business. >> watching each other's space suits. >> we button each other up, everyone is sealed, everyone is coming home. so we knew, that kind of set the mood. we knew these sorts of things can happen. >> there was a moment in space, mike became known for, trying to fix the telescope, when what was supposed to be a symptle bolt, wouldn't come free. >> i used my bigs power tool, the first two came out fine. the one on the left came out fine. the one on the right wasn't coming off. it was stripped and my heart just sunk, because of my blunder we'll never know if there is life on other planets. this is a pretty bad situation. >> they spent an hour, as he was dangling in space, the team there, and on the ground trying to figure out what to do. finally telling him to grab the handrail on the telescope and pull the whole piece off.
>> a good tug, and just ripped the thing off. >> his crisis averted. tonight as this new fictional crisis plays out, mike remembering the beauty of looking down on his family. you have kids, right? >> i do, yes. >> you can tell if they let the lights on? >> if you're in heaven, this is what heaven must look like. i could not imagine anything more beautiful nan our planet. >> so we choose michael massimino showing up in that suit. diane back on monday. have a great weekend. all the chicken in your grery store
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