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that thanks for joining us. i'm cheryl jennings >> thanks for watching. we appreciate your time and will welcome to "world news." tonight chaos at the mall, new details about the gunman who sent thousands of families running for cover. his final message to his friends and what so many shoppers did right. setting a trap. look at the face of this little girl. we'll tell you how she's helping authorities catch hundreds of suspected criminals. and taming the shark. this man says he can turn killers into almost cuddly pets. is he right? >> are you kidding me? what are you doing! and a good evening to you on this tuesday night. as we come on the air we are learning more about what happened at the giant shopping mall in new jersey when another young man with a weapon walked in and sent people running for
their lives. miraculously, no one was hurt. here it is, the garden state plaza mall, last night teeming with shoppers, tonight the long stretch of shops down the dark road empty, closed down by police, a crime scene. once again we are left asking why. tonight you will hear from the gunman's family and friends. abc's gio benitez starts us off. >> reporter: terror and confusion at one of the nation's biggest malls, just minutes before closing time. 9:19 p.m., shoppers at the garden state plaza mall in paramus, new jersey making their final buys when they saw a figure right out of the movies. >> he was dressed in all black and just walking with a shotgun in his hand. >> reporter: investigators say that man was 20-year-old rich shoop, carrying a gun he stole from his brother. he walked out in front of the nordstrom department store and started firing into the air. chaos as 1,000 shoppers and employees ran for cover. police evacuating hundreds.
>> as soon as i came upstairs the mall security guy was screaming at me to get out. >> reporter: by 10:30, 500 s.w.a.t. team members were going door to door looking for the shooter. it took them six hours to find his body. shoop had shot himself in a secluded part of the massive mall. last night the police descending on the house he shared with his parents. his father seen here with his hands up. today shoop's brother kevin speaking out. >> my brother intended to harm nobody else but himself. he just, sadly, decided to make an act of -- an act of i guess self-indulgence by taking his own life in public. >> reporter: police say shoop was a drug user, heroin and the club drug molly, and now we're learning he may have made a cry for help, texting his best friend's girlfriend just three hours before he went to that mall. >> in so many ways you were perhaps the last person to speak with him. >> yes. and i just really wish that i
would have answered him. i just really do because i really think that maybe this could have gone differently. >> reporter: she read to us a string of bizarre text messages that she said shoop sent her yesterday. >> "i'm either going to go away for a long time, die, or make a run for it. cops have been watching my house for the past four days now. i only have maybe one more day before they come for me." then the last message i got from him was yesterday at 6 and it just said "sorry." >> reporter: friends tell me shoop had been paranoid and quiet for weeks. the problem that some of those friends tell me they just ignored that paranoia. >> so they weren't clear warning signs to family or friends? >> they say so. >> gio benitez reporting live from the scene tonight. thank you, gio. as we know the story has a grim familiarity, a gunman on a rampage in a public place. in just the last seven weeks in this country, four rampages and
three scares which turned out to be less serious. we decided to talk to experts today about what a family should do in a public place if you hear gunshots. abc's alex perez. >> reporter: if you are looking for a crash course in survival, talk to school teacher brian ludner. he survived a shooting rampage at l.a.x. last week. bleeding from a bullet to the leg, he crawled for his life. >> i eventually came to one of those stories, like a duty-free shop that was just off to the left of the terminal. behind the counter in the little store there was a door to like a little storeroom. >> reporter: using a sweatshirt, he tied a tourniquet and waited for help to arrive. >> the feeling of relief after hearing the voices and peeking out and seeing that it was, in fact, police was a -- i can't even describe. >> reporter: law enforcement prepares for moments like these. this scene played out in
california today, repelling into this mall, firing shots while panicked crowds are evacuated. as real as it looks, this was a drill. police trained for this but what can innocent bystanders do to survive like ludner did? >> don't freeze, don't panic. get out. >> reporter: security expert tom kasza who spent 22 years in the secret service says if you can't get out, put something between you and those flying bullets. >> everything that is moveable that is hard that can be used to defend yourself in one way or another, whether it helps you hide, protects you from bullets. >> reporter: sometimes it can be behind an atm, a brick wall or a heavy planter. >> if you see a table like this, this could be somewhere for you to hide? >> take advantage of what is around. >> reporter: hide, lock the gunman out, barricade yourself using whatever is around. remember to turn your phone to silent and text for help and always keep reassessing your options. >> move until you can be safe. if that can't happen, the last
resort is to fight. >> reporter: run, hide, fight. keep these rules in mind and hope you'll never have to use them. alex perez, abc news, chicago. and next tonight we move on. this tuesday is election day in america across this country right now voters making their voices heard, including in two states, virginia and new jersey, where larger-than-life personalities could change the outcome all the way to the white house. here's abc's jeff zeleny. >> reporter: it's shaping up to be a big night for new jersey governor chris christie. the republican is not only trying to win but to win by a land slide in his democratic state, a victory he hopes will blaze a path forward for his party. after his final campaign rally we caught up with him. he's trimmer following lap band surgery in february, seeming more ready than ever for a big run. >> i hear a lot of christie 2015 from people out there. what do you say?
>> i say i got to govern the state. whatever the future brings, it will bring. first things first. >> reporter: but in music, in message, his future is starting now, embracing latino voters and pledging to compromise on spending and other big issues, unlike tea party fire brands rand paul and ted cruz. >> our country brings people together. >> reporter: here in virginia voters also electing a governor, but hillary clinton is stealing the show. terry mcauliffe, a democratic power broker and long time friend of bill and hillary clinton is holding a narrow lead over republican ken cuccinelli. hillary and all of team clinton have mobilized to help mcauliffe win. >> i've been out of politics for a few years now. >> reporter: just as in new jersey, a victory here for the clintons will serve as an early show of force for a machine primed and ready to fight for the white house. jeff zeleny, abc news, arlington, virginia.
we have other post cards, surprising votes across the country on this big day for democracy. in tacoma park maryland, look, 16 years olds voting triumphant, the first town in the nation to lower the voting age to 16. and in minneapolis look who is on the ballot for mayor among 35 candidates, captain jack sparrow. he says that's, in fact, his legal name. more serious ballot initiatives tonight. in houston, texas voters will decide the fate of the iconic astrodome, and last year in colorado legalized pot but this year voters are going to decide whether to tax marijuana. there is another politician making headlines tonight with a jaw dropping admission. the mayor of toronto came forward today to admit he smoked crack cocaine. he faced the cameras and asked that he get to stay and go forward. here's abc's linsey davis. >> reporter: it's the admission heard around the world. >> yes, i have smoked crack
cocaine. >> reporter: for months rob ford, the embattled mayor of troen toe, has been dogged by allegations that he had been caught on tape smoking crack and today the mayor of canada's biggest city came clean. >> am i an addict, no. have i tried it, probably in one of my drunken stupors. >> reporter: hours later he fell on the sword again. >> admitting it was the most difficult and embarrassing thing i have ever had to do. >> reporter: other embarrassing moments caught on tape like this one of what appears to be a tipsy mayor posted on gawker. >> i'm not driving! >> reporter: despite calls for him to step down, ford says he has no plans to resign. >> i love being your mayor. >> reporter: many in toronto love him. his is an ordinary guy image, faults and all, the heavyset mayor slipping off the scale
during a public weigh-in, amidst the scandal out trick or treating with his kids. tonight despite the admission, fun-loving ford just might be able to hang onto his job. linsey davis, abc news, new york. now a political scandal here at home, what is believed to be the largest bribe ever taken by an elected official in america, more than $2 million. today here he is, the former councilman in california who agreed to plead guilty for accepting the payment. prosecutors say he promised to pay off other council members to win support for a multi-million dollar real estate deal. next tonight a stunning idea from an organization trying to fight predators who target children. look at this little girl. look closely at her face. in the span of just ten weeks she has helped identify more than 200 suspects right here in the united states because there is something about her that they failed to guess. here's abc's cecilia vega to tell us.
>> my name is sweetie, i'm 10 years old. >> reporter: this little girl from the philippines single handedly helped identify 1,000 predators from around the world. >> every day i have to sit in front of the webcam. >> reporter: the predators flocked, sometimes hundreds at a time. but they had no idea that what they were seeing was completely fake. >> what they don't know, i'm not real. i'm a computer model made piece by piece to track down these men who do this. >> reporter: she is a virtual girl created by a dutch children's rights group, trying to crack this growing form of child exploitation where men, mostly from wealthy countries, pay to have webcam sex with poor children. this was a high-tech trap. as the predators gave sweetie their names, investigators tracked down their addresses and photos and handed them over to interpol. interpol says criminal
investigations like this should be done by police. in all of the 1,000 alleged pedophiles the group identified, it says 245 of them are from the u.s. >> if nothing is being done about the source of the problem, this phenomenon will only increase further. >> reporter: the fbi estimates more than half a million pedophiles are online everyday. to catch them, federal investigators have set up fake ads on websites. they have even created an app. it is a virtual problem that spans the globe. >> my name is sweetie. >> reporter: but now, there may be a real solution. cecilia vega, abc news, los angeles. and we have more tonight on the frightening airplane emergency for hundreds of passengers after their plane had already landed in montreal. they had to use the escape shoot. a baggage truck next to the jumbo jet suddenly burst into flames. abc's david kerley shows us what happened. >> reporter: an emergency evacuation, slides deploying
passengers leaping to safety. this was no small fire. it was a blaze under the 767 which had just landed. the rubber conveyor belt on a baggage loader erupting in fire. >> we're talking about fire beside a plane. >> reporter: with most of the 250 passengers still on board, the pilot of the royal air maroc flight from casablanca had to make a decision. his call? to order the emergency evacuation. >> people running everywhere. there were like -- we don't know what to do, like lost. >> reporter: some of the seven injured were hurt from jumping down the slides but the majority suffered smoke inhalation. five were taken to the hospital. as remarkable as the pictures are, the damage to the aircraft is apparently not that significant. still, canadian investigators are being sent to montreal to probe the incident. flight lines are dangerous places. still, incidents around parked planes are rather rare, but as this one shows, they can become serious quickly.
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and finally tonight, meet a man who says he can turn a killer shark into an affectionate pet. can he really? abc's matt gutman gambles that he's right. >> reporter: it may be the sum of all human fears. >> incredible. >> reporter: coming face to jaws with a 14-foot tiger shark considered the second deadliest after the great white. >> wow. >> reporter: but we went to the bahamas to meet this man, shark
conservationist jim abernathie who insists these predators are simply misunderstood. >> you think sharks like affection? >> no, i know sharks like affection because they come back for it like a dog or a cat. >> reporter: abernathie calls them his pets, especially a 14 foot wild tiger shark he's named emma. he says he's known her for nine years. wishful thinking? we dive in. 40 feet down it's a blizzard of sharks. >> is that your pet dog? what is that? they keep nibbling at the cameras. another one gobbling the camera i'm holding and then all of a sudden we're surrounded by giant tiger sharks. >> turn around, matt, turn around! three tiger sharks right in the
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