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tonight, the deadly shooting caught on camera. two police officers shot. the armed suspect killed. and confusion over who fired first. what the new video reveals. the chemical weapon at the airport. authorities now believe it was a vx nerve agent, the deadliest in the world, used to kill kim jong-un's brother. how did two young women pull this off? the video here. and one of them violently ill, moments after. the deadly storms hitting right now. millions in the path, from the midwest to the northeast. blizzard conditions, just as the weekend begins. president trump takes aim at the fbi, saying the fbi is totally unable to stop the national security leakers. adding, they can't even find them within the fbi itself. and, the amber alert across six states. and the race to find a 6-year-old girl, 300 miles away.
good evening. it's great to have you with us on a very busy friday night. we begin with a deadly police shooting. the suspect shot and killed. tonight, there's video of the scene as it unfolded. one officer seen falling to the ground. they're trying to figure out if there was friendly fire. pierre thomas is on the scene tonight in washington. >> reporter: disturbing video shows police swarming over the suspect at the end of a dramatic foot chase. as shots ring out. it's not clear what triggered the gunfire or who shot first since the officers are in such close quarters, struggling with the suspect. but four shots can clearly be heard on the video. at least one apparently striking
this officer, who can be seen falling forward to the ground. both officers were wounded. the suspect later died of his wounds at a d.c. hospital. police say they recovered a handgun and are investigating whether the suspect fired his weapon and is responsible for wounding the officers. they're also investigating the possibility of friendly fire. >> we recovered a weapon from the suspect, and we believe that was fired. and we believe one of our officers discharged his weapon. >> reporter: so you don't know who shot first? >> that's what we're investigating. >> reporter: both officers will survive their wounds but the encounter shows the daily dangers officers increasingly face. in 2016, 64 officers were killed by gunfire, up 56% compared to the previous year. 21 of those officers were killed by ambush, a 163% spike over 2015. much of the violence against police now caught on tape.
is it your feeling that suspects are much more willing to combat police? >> it appears that way. >> pierre, the officers had body cams. will the recordings be released? >> reporter: police are reviewing the video and the mayor will decide whether to release it. david? >> pierre, thank you. tonight, we're learning more about the chemical agent used in the middle of a busy airport. authorities believe the world's deadliest toxin was used to kill kim jong-un's brother, the vx nerve agent.
it's colorless, odorless, and one woman became violently ill moments after. here's terry moran. >> reporter: the bizarre assassination at kuala lumpur's busy airport, now classified as a terrifying weapon of mass desctriction attack after malaysia's police chief revealed today the stunning toxicology results. >> it is the vx nerve agent, which is a chemical weapon. >> it's one of the most lethal creations that man has ever come up with. >> reporter: vx is odorless and tasteless. a tiny amount will trigger uncontrollable muscle contractions, causing first confusion, drowsiness and nausea before leading to death or paralysis. and it killed kim jong-nam, half-brother of north korean leader kim jong-un in minutes. just after he saunters into the airport, a woman lunges at him from behind, rubs his face for an instant, and moves quickly away. another woman was also involved. kim immediately reports to
airport authorities, gestures to his face, and soon collapses. experts say the assassins were risking their own lives by handling the vx so openly. >> that they held a rag over his face and rubbed it in, that individual is putting themselves massively in harm's way. >> reporter: both women survived, though one was vomiting after the attack. the airport now being decontaminated. vx can last for days. the brazen assassination, the latest in kim jong-un's bloody reign, taking out his estranged half-brother, a possible rival. and his regime, estimated to have up to 5,000 tons of chemical weapons. >> now that investigators know what killed him, will they be able to trace the source? >> reporter: there's a very good chance of that. teams of chemical weapon investigators will look at the
swabs from his eyes and may get a chance to see where it came from. this may be a real window on the north korean capabilities. >> thank you. back here at home. severe storms hitting at this hour, the system moving from the midwest to northeast. weather alerts up from iowa all the way to the east coast. alex perez from indiana. >> reporter: tonight, treacherous driving in the midwest. whiteout conditions on the move, heading east. in southern minnesota, tractor trailers overturning. people pushing cars. authorities urging residents to stay off the roads. >> today would be a good day just to stay home. and if you do travel make sure you plan ahead. >> reporter: more than a foot of snow now on the ground in rochester. this, as nearly 30 million are at risk for damaging winds and tornadoes.
up to quarter-sized hail already in indiana, all from a system that claimed at least four lives in separate crashes in utah. and in idaho, this chain reaction crash involving two school buses on a snow-covered road. nearly 60 fifth-graders on board, one student taken to the hospital. and david, here in indiana and parts of the ohio valley, they are bracing for a long night of powerful storms and even the possibility of tornadoes. david? >> alex, thank you. let's get right to rob marciano with a track of the storm. >> reporter: the storm is bumping into some big-time heat, so a volatile situation. ohio, michigan, very rare to get thunderstorms this far north. and meanwhile, the backside of the blizzard still going. the snow will wind down tonight, show showers into chicago. and look at the rain and thunder
along i-95. the cold front does come through, and it does get cold. temperatures will feel like the teens come sunday, so we hope the east enjoys today's warmth. >> thank you. and president trump taking aim at the fbi. amid new questions about what the white house asked for from the fbi involving investigations into possible contact with the russians. here's jonathan karl. >> reporter: today, president trump basked in the glow of a friendly crowd. >> i love this place. love you people. >> reporter: then he slammed his own top law enforcement agency for failing to stop what he called illegal leaks. "they can't even find the leakers within the fbi itself," the president tweeted. "classified information is being given to media that could have a devastating effect on u.s. find now."
the president is especially outraged at a "new york times" story quoting officials alleging repeated contacts between the trump campaign and russian intelligence. over the weekend, chief of staff reince priebus said the story was nonsense. >> i've talked to the fbi. i know what they're saying. >> reporter: now, the president is furious about new reports priebus pressured the fbi to knock the story down. such pressure could violate longstanding policy prohibiting white house interference in ongoing investigations. >> i'm against the people that make up stories and make up sources. they shouldn't be allowed to use sources unless they use somebody's name. >> reporter: but ironically, the white house itself today organized a briefing for reporters on the story and insisted that officials be quoted anonymously. one top white house official at the briefing, who insisted his name not be used, said there was no pressure on the fbi.
in fact, the official said, fbi director james comey dismissed the "new york times" report into the russian connection as, quote, "total garbage." director comey was at the white house just last month, praised by the president. >> he's become more famous than me. >> reporter: but when chief of staff priebus asked comey if the fbi would publicly dispute the "new york times" story, the fbi director said he could not do that. none of this seemed to matter to the crowd at cpac, the largest annual gathering of conservative activists. trump skipped it last year. this year, a triumphant return. how is this cpac different from previous cpacs? >> i mean, just the buzz and excitement, and we're winning. we're in the white house. i mean, it's just exciting. >> reporter: this hasn't always been trump's crowd, but it sure was today. >> the core conviction of our movement is that we are a nation
that put and will put its own citizens first. >> all: usa! usa! usa! >> and jon with us live from the white house tonight. we understand there was a press briefing today, but only some news organizations were allowed in? >> reporter: some of the largest news organizations in the country, denied access to the briefing. while smaller conservative outlets were allowed in. it's highly unusual to exclude major news organizations that cover this building every day. what the white house said, is that they wanted to do a smaller, more intimate briefing because the president was giving a major speech today. this meeting was held in sean spicer's office, a smaller area.
>> thank you. and hillary clinton, the dnc releasing a new video of hillary clinton, attending the inauguration. here's a clip of what she's said. >> being your candidate was the honor of a lifetime. nearly 66 million votes are fueling grass roots energy and activism. and everywhere, people are marching, protesting, tweeting, speaking out and working for an america that's hopeful, inclusive, and big-hearted. so, keep fighting. and keep the faith. and i'll be right there with you, every step of the way. >> hillary clinton in a new video posted today. the dnc votes on a new party chair tomorrow. and the suspected gunman,
allegedly targeting two indian engineers. killing one, injuring the other. we're hearing from a third customer or witness, wounded trying to stop the gunman. here's linzie janis. >> reporter: tonight, the new details on the deadly shooting at this kansas sports bar. now being investigated as a possible hate crime. >> i've got two down. one with a gun shot wound to the chest and one down with a wound to the hip. >> reporter: an eyewitness says just before 7:15 p.m. wednesday night, adam purinton harassed two men, reportedly shouting, "get out of my country." kbfr before allegedly opening fire. police arresting him at this applebee's 80 miles away. two of the victims, immigrants from india. srinivas kuchibhotla died of his injuries, and alok madasani, tonight, is recovering. >> i thought i heard nine shots. i guess i miscounted. >> reporter: ian grillot leapt into action, and was shot after
he thought the gunman ran out of bullets. >> i was just doing what anyone should have done for another human being. it's not about where he was from or his ethnicity. we're all humans. >> reporter: david;, the widow of the man who was killed said she was worried about shootings in the country,by he said good things happen in this country. and the 6-year-old girl taken. the urgent effort to get to her. and the teacher who vanished more than a decade ago. now, a former student at that school facing murder charges. and "america strong," the dog free after 15 years, changed. a new owner tonight. look at the smile, and what she's now giving to that dog.
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the space program. >> reporter: and the emotional piledriver, "manchester by the sea." >> do you want to be his guardian? >> he doesn't want to be my guardian. >> we're trying to lose some kids at this point. >> reporter: though supporting actress is known as a volatile category, viola davis remains the odds-on favorite in "fences." >> i gave 18 years of my life standing in the same spot as you. >> reporter: dev patel in "lion" poses a possible challenge in supporting actor, but it's long felt like mahershala ali's moment to shine. "moonlight" becomes him. >> at some point you got to decide for yourself who you gonna be. can't let nobody make that decision for you. >> i don't see why. >> reporter: who is poised to win a packed best actress category? emma stone powers "la la land" with her incandescent longing. ♪ >> i just heard you play. and i want to -- >> reporter: as a performer, casey affleck proves himself to be the master of big, troublesome emotions rendered in small, telling moments. >> you don't understand, there's nothing there. >> that's not true. >> reporter: but
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