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the people driving cars in the wrong direction. >> oh, my god! and, the great made in america christmas. the amazing things you've told us you're doing, and buying, to help create american jobs. >> made in america! good evening. we begin tonight with another shooting, another safe part of american life shattered by violence. a photograph was released today of 22-year-old jake roberts. he worked at a deli outside portland, oregon. police say this is the person who opened fire on holiday shoppers at a mall, firing at families in the food court. he killed two people and then himself. tonight, the shooter's family and his girlfriend are speaking out to abc news, and here's abc's neal karlinsky. >> reporter: chaos amidst the christmas shopping rush.
lines of shoppers, even children, could be seen streaming out with their hands up while a shooter was still inside. a day later, police now say the gunman was 22-year-old jacob tyler roberts, a young man with no history of serious trouble, who they say stole an assault rifle from an acquaintance and set off, alone, on a deadly rampage. >> we do not understand the motive of this attack except to say that there's no apparent relationship between the suspect and his victims. >> reporter: hanna sansburn doesn't understand either. >> the person i knew would have never, ever done anything like this. not in a million years. >> reporter: in an interview with abc news, the shooter's ex-girlfriend told us she has no idea what could have triggered the sudden and brutal attack. >> this is the last thing i would have ever expected. especially from him. he was just too sweet. never mean to anybody.
>> reporter: she says just last week, the guy she knew as fun loving and nonviolent suddenly quit his job at a greek deli and sold all of his belongings, telling her he was leaving portland and moving to hawaii. >> he had his plane ticket, he was ready to go. and then this happened and it just makes me think if hawaii was even in the back of his mind. >> reporter: nothing like the calculated killer police say stormed one of portland's most popular shopping malls, killing 54-year-old hospice nurse cindy ann yuille, who was christmas shopping, and 45-year-old steven forsyth, a father of two who ran a business in the mall. and wounding 15-year-old kristina shevchenko, now in the hospital. columbine, virginia tech, aurora. in each of those rampages, the killer sent signals their lives had gone offcourse. this time, no sign of trouble. this afternoon, the woman who raised roberts released this picture of a once happy little boy.
and asked her friend to read a statement. >> she has no understanding or explanation for her son's behavior. she is very sad and wants everyone to know she is so sorry what jake did and it's so out of his character. >> reporter: police are now running down search warrants on the shooter's home and car, trying to get in his frame of mind. so far, despite everything we know, from friends and family, there is just no good explanation as to what set him off. diane? >> neal karlinsky, our thanks to you. and as we said, we've gone back to track what happened minute by minute at the mall. who fled in terror and how so many managed to survive. and with that, now, is abc's david wright. >> reporter: today, we learned just how cold-blooded the killer was. police say roberts made a beeline from his car in the parking lot through macy's, carrying an ar-15 semi-automatic assault rifle. he wore a ballistics vest packed with ammo and a hockey-style face mask. he entered the mall on the upper level. by the time he got to the food
court, he was already firing, killing cindy ann yuille and steven forsyth. he shot down into the lower level courtyard, too, hitting kristina shevchenko, now in the hospital. then his gun jammed. police say roberts bolted down a flight of stairs, got his rifle working again and killed himself near jcpenney's. >> this was a heartbreaking tragedy by any standard. >> reporter: but today, everyone agreed it was a miracle only two people were killed. experts say in a situation like this, the most important thing is to make yourself less of a target. run away, or find cover, preferably behind something hard. >> the best being a free-standing atm or mailbox. get behind that because those are very hard surfaces. >> reporter: the mall santa dove to the floor. >> i know everybody else ran, well, to me, running is a target. >> reporter: a big red target, in your case. >> right. that was my thought. i said, you know, i'm a real good target. >> reporter: the mall had
an emergency lockdown procedure designed for situations like this. >> from people who survive cases like this, you'll find they reacted quickly. they realized it was an emergency and they reacted. >> reporter: quick reactions that clearly saved lives. david wright, abc news, clackamas, oregon. and now, we turn to the powerful rocket fired by the hidden and hostile nation of north korea. a rocket big enough and with enough range to reach the west coast of the united states. today, abc's martha raddatz studied what this means for the u.s. and what we know about the enigmatic man who is celebrating tonight. >> reporter: north korean newscasters announced the successful launch with ecstasy. so thrilled was this country by the rocket launch, fireworks ripped through the sky. exactly what north korea's new 20-something leader, kim jong-un, needed to prove he is every bit his late father's provocative son. >> the message to the world is
don't mess with me. i not only have the weapons, i have the delivery capability now. >> reporter: there is no question this long-range rocket is a big technological leap and especially frightening, given the country is believed to have nuclear weapons. >> the concern obviously is that this is really another step that would allow them to turn this into an icbm, an intercontinental ballistic missile, that could carry a nuclear weapon any place in the world. >> reporter: but the hard part is the guidance system and making a nuclear weapon small enough to fit atop those missiles. that means years of complicated work before americans would be in harm's way. yet little is known about the intentions of kim jong-un. as a young man, he reportedly loved watching america's michael jordan. since in power, we've seen him on horseback and at an amusing amusement park with his wife, as well as presiding over massive military parades. but kim's youth may be the real
key to working with him. >> he is of another generation, and with social media, there is no question he is aware of changes in the world, and perhaps vulnerabilities for him and regime. >> reporter: but the fact that north korea had a successful launch does put kim in a stronger bargaining position, diane. >> all right, martha raddatz reporting in. thanks so much, martha. and we want to bring you up to date on the latest on the fiscal cliff. still closing in on american families, now 20 days from today. well, today, speaker of the house john boehner said he and president obama still have serious differences and warned republicans not to make any plans for the holidays. they may be hunkering down in washington, negotiating over christmas. and now, abc's barbara walters is back tonight with another exclusive interview. this time, secretary of state hillary clinton. who is about to leave office, after traveling almost a million miles to nearly 100 countries. and everyone asking, does she
still dream of the presidency? barbara is here right now. barbara? >> reporter: and that is the question, diane. as hillary clinton winds down her time as secretary of state, traveling the globe, we sat down together and i asked her that question, that's on everybody's mind. what's next? what most people are asking now about you is, will you consider running for president in 2016? would you just like to make your declaration now? we could conclude this interview. >> well, that would be fascinating, to me, as well as everyone else. you know, i've said i really don't believe that that's something i will do again. i am so grateful i had the experience of doing it before. but you know, i -- i think there are lots of ways to serve, so, i will continue to serve. >> reporter: what would it take to convince you to run? >> you know, that's all hypothetical, because right now, i have no intention of running. >> reporter: we also wondered, after four years at her post as secretary of state, what keeps
her up at night? what worries you the most? >> iran. iran worries me the most. because it's not only the terrible prospect that they might have a nuclear weapon, they're already engaging in terrorism all over the world, directly, through their own agents, using others like hezbollah. >> reporter: what about here? could they attack us here? >> well, remember, they had a plot to murder the saudi ambassador right here in washington. so, when i look at the threat, it's not only this horrible prospect of what would happen to the world if they got a nuclear weapon, but it's what they do every day to try to project their aggressive image and attempt to, you know, influence the world. >> reporter: secretary clinton
says that her dream is to have peace in the middle east. she says there is so much work still to do. and as for what's next, well, she keeps saying she has no idea what she will do, but i have heard from good authority that there is someone who very much wants her to run for the presidency in 2016 -- her husband. >> he is a one-man force in her life, of course. thank you so much, barbara walters. and i want everybody to know that barbara's ten most fascinating people, including secretary of state hillary clinton, will be airing tonight at 9:30 p.m. eastern time, be sure to watch. and still ahead right here on "world news," have you seen cars going fast, but on the wrong side of the road? surprising reasons why drivers are doing this, coming up next. americans believe they should be in charge of their own future.
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>> reporter: it is a frightening sight with tragic consequences -- the wrong way driver. >> oh my god! >> reporter: nearly 400 people die each year from wrong way driving. most from head-on, high speed accidents. in fact, 22% of wrong way crashes are fatal, compared to less than 1% of all other crashes. just last night -- >> i just passed a wrong way driver. >> two cars completely destroyed on the highway. >> reporter: three people in connecticut died when a wrong way driver caused a head-on crash on the same day the national transportation safety board launched a nationwide crackdown. >> and they're completely preventable. >> reporter: who's responsible? 15% involve drivers more than 70 years old. but the real danger is alcohol. 60% of wrong way accidents are caused by drunk drivers, nearly 10% by repeat offenders, which is why the ntsb is recommending that all 50 states require this
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proof that the spirit inside the old movie is still all around us. >> a toast! to my big brother george, the richest man in town. >> the movie, of course, "it's a wonderful life." and a new report out today finds that generosity in american neighborhoods is on the rise. 76% of us say we trust our neighbors and 65% of us report helping a neighbor in need. george bailey would be proud. and, you can probably guess the number in the news today. 12/12/12, today's date. some believe it is the luckiest day of our lifetime. across the globe, there was gridlock at wedding chapels, from malaysia to hong kong to vegas and right here in new york city. by one estimate, 7,500 weddings in one day. there was also a baby bonanza, and here's just one of the babies who managed to arrive at 12:12 a.m. on the rare triple 12 day.
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since we started this journey, 946,565 tweets with those three words, made in america. "world news" viewers, a huge part of that. like samantha. just tweeted me, "did a little christmas shopping today for some friends, and the best part? all of it was #madeinamerica." and she sent me the picture to prove it. and who noticed this conversation? one of the founders of twitter. and we found him in new york, as he was shopping for made in america. he's seen the trend of twitter. and you've seen it? >> oh, yeah. >> reporter: jack dorsey. and without him, we wouldn't be sending those 140 character tweets. he says movements on twitter come in all sizes. >> some grow very, very large and global, and some stay small. >> reporter: but this is not a small one? >> this is not a small one. >> reporter: and he's in, too. shopping at ernest alexander, clothing american made. and the tweet from goodnighties, tweeting me "raising our hands wildly for made in america." wearing their night shirts and pjs -- >> made in america! >> reporter: and there was that
simple tweet about a hoodie. brian tweeting about american giant in san francisco, "usa made clothing, sold out of hoodies. hopefully some new jobs. i bought one. #madeinamerica." >> made in america! >> reporter: very excited. we reached out today, we learned tonight that word is spreading so fast, faster than they can zip up their hoodies. i was able to get my hands on one. back ordered until february. and jack dorsey, the founder of twitter. american pocket square. good enough for him, good enough for me. i bought one, too. >> all right. keep those ideas coming, everyone. and thank you so much for watching tonight. we'll leave you with scenes from another american city celebrating the holidays. from our affiliate, ktvx, abc-4, salt lake city, utah, the tabernacle choir singing with natalie cole. caroling ♪ ♪ caroling caroling ♪ ♪ up and down ♪ christmas bells are ring pg
breaking news from southern california we're live over a college campus ai. s.w.a.t. search has students locked in the lie brairo. >> more breaking news on the health crisis facing the governor. we're live with an update on his cancer diagnosis. >> tonight rising flood waters caused by the pull of the moon. we're live in a neighborhood getting soaked from the ground up. >> and racing through broadway tunnel in san francisco at 100 miles per hour. behind the wheel is someone who should know better. a san francisco cop. >> and that breaking news is happening at a southern california college. the campus is on lock down now. students at cal state fullerton are being told to stay inside and lock the doors to campus buildings and s.w.a.t. teams move through the university, looking forearmed robbery suspects this, is a live picture now. >> police say at least fist people robbed a jewelry store,
then took police on a chase that ended up on the southeast portion of the cal state camp yuchls a high school is on alert tonight. one robbery suspect has been detained. the s.w.a.t. team still looking for four more people. we'll keep you updated on this live, breaking news. good evening, i'm dan ashley. >> we're also following breaking news from sacramento tonight. governor brown says he's fighting cancer. it's a fairly common form among men his age, prostate cancer. abc 7 news nannette miranda is live in sacramento tonight with the latest on the governor's treatment plan. >> well, california's 74-year-old governor is n in excellent health. many experts agree he'll get through this scare just fine. the office describes this diagnosis as localized prostate cancer meaning the tomb jor still contained
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