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welcome to "world news tonight." terror scare at a major world airport. an armed man tries to use a soldier as his shield before the french military shoot and kill him. air traffic suspended, thousand evacuate the terminals. tonight, the suspect's chilling final words. trump versus germany. how president trump called out one of our biggest allies today. the diplomatic hangover after yesterday's controversial white house meeting. teacher abduct student? a high school teacher said to be on the run after taking off with one his teenage students. the nationwide manhunt tonight. facebook live shooting. the violent and deadly confrontation with police streaming live on facebook. plus, amazing rescues.
deadly mudslides. people, children and animals getting out any way they can. the incredible images coming in. and good evening. thanks for joining us on this saturday. i'm tom llamas. and we begin tonight with that deadly chaos at one of europe's busiest airports. french military opening fire on this man, killing him. they say he tackled a female soldier, then tried to seize an assault rifle from her and then took that soldier as a shield. before authorities took him out. at least 3,000 travelers evacuated from orly airport. hundreds trapped on incoming flights. investigators say this man, a 39-year-old, a suspected islamic terrorist, had been on their radar. tonight, what police found at his home, plus his chilling last words. abc's lama hasan starts us off from that paris airport. >> reporter: tonight, a city on edge. the chaotic scene unfolding at
orly airport in paris. heavily armed special forces and emergency vehicles responding to the attack. 8:30 a.m., a man yelled "i'm here to die for allah" before assaulting a female soldier. violently trying to grab her weapon and use her as a shield. when she broke free of his grasp, two fellow officers opened fire, killing him. his lifeless body seen on this airport surveillance image. this eyewitness said, "we saw people running and heard a boom. people were looking to exit the terminal. this happened really quickly." the airport immediately going into lockdown. flights diverted, more than 3,000 people forced to evacuate. pictures showing travelers walking on the highway. the bomb squad sweeping the airport for explosives. none were found. >> french security forces were quite well prepared, they appeared to be well trained and acted very quickly and professionally. >> reporter: two hours before the chaos erupted at the airport, the suspect allegedly
shot an officer with a pellet gun and stole a car. investigators searched his home and say they found a machete, money and cocaine. police confirm the man is 39-year-old french-born ziyed ben belgacem, known to intelligence services as a radicalized muslim. just released from prison in november. last month, a similar attack occurred at the louvre. the country already under its highest alert level after several terror attacks, including last july's deadly truck attack in nice. >> lama joins us live from outside that paris airport. lama, you mentioned in your story, france is on its highest terror alert level. what's the mood like out on the streets? >> reporter: well, people here are still coming to terms with yet another attack on french soil. and tonight, tom, the flights here at orly airport have resumed. but make no mistake. with 10,000 army officers patrolling the streets in france every day, this is a country under a continuing state of emergency. tom? >> a heightened sense of alert.
no doubt. all right, lama, thank you. now to the nationwide man hunt here at home in a possible abduction case. a teacher accused of kidnapping one of his teenage students. the amber alert so disturbing to many parents and educators. abc's eva pilgrim has the latest on this developing story. >> reporter: tonight, the frantic search for that missing tennessee teen and her former teacher. authorities saying the student is in imminent danger. the teacher's own wife, going before cameras, with a desperate plea. >> let me speak directly to my husband. tad, this is not you. >> reporter: authorities say 50-year-old tad cummins was a health science teacher at 15-year-old elizabeth thomas' high school. tonight, cummins accused of having an inappropriate relationship with the teen. now, one of tennessee's ten most wanted. authorities extending the amber alert nationwide. the teen missing since monday. >> we have no idea where these
individuals could be right now. this is a dire situation for this young girl. >> reporter: investigators say around 7:30 a.m. monday, a friend dropped thomas off at a shoney's in columbia, tennessee. shortly after, security video shows cummins filling up his silver nissan rogue suv at a nearby shell gas station. hours later, thomas is considered missing. detectives say monday afternoon the pair were tracked in decatur, alabama. since then, their trail has gone cold. >> please do the right thing and turn yourself into the police and bring beth home. >> reporter: authorities say cummins is carrying two handguns and warned the two may have changed their appearance since they were last seen. tom? >> eva pilgrim for us tonight. eva, thank you so much. next, to that deadly confrontation between police and apparently unarmed man, all of it streaming live on facebook. here's abc's adrienne bankert. >> reporter: tonight, posted on facebook, sheriff's deputies shooting a man as he streams
video live from his suv. the scene playing out in memphis, tennessee. you can hear rodney hess repeatedly ask for superior officers. >> i would like the higher commands. i would like the higher commands to come out. >> reporter: at least one deputy firing through the windshield. hess airlifted to a hospital where he later died. it's one of two live posts. the first showing the 36-year-old getting in and out of his vehicle. standing in an off-ramp as drivers dodge him. one offering assistance. >> you have someone coming to help you? >> no, i'm good. i'll be okay. >> reporter: hess then parks in the middle of the road, blocking traffic. deputies arriving. >> i ain't going to jail for nothing. >> reporter: in a statement, investigators say hess was acting erratic, and refusing officer commands, allegedly using his vehicle to try to strike deputies. footage not captured on hess' feed. people who say they are the man's relatives, asking witnesses to come forward. >> we just pray that justice
will be served. >> reporter: investigators saying the use of force was justified. in speaking with family's spokesperson, they will not confirm whether hess had a history of mental illness. tom? >> adrienne, thank you. let's turn now to politics. president trump firing off a new tweet this morning in the aftermath of that one-on-one meeting with germany's leader in the oval office. the president now in mar-a-lago. abc's david wright is in west palm beach. >> reporter: clearly unhappy with the coverage of his first meeting with german chancellor angela merkel, president trump took to twitter to set the record straight. "despite what you've heard from the fake news, i had a great meeting," he tweeted. "nevertheless, germany owes vast sums of money to nato and the united states must be paid more for the powerful and very expensive defense it provides to germany." the issue did come up yesterday, and merkel committed to increase
germany's defense spending. trump applauded that. >> i want to thank the chancellor for her leadership in supporting nato. >> reporter: a german reporter also asked trump about his twitter rants. >> from time to time, tweets that you regret? >> very seldom. >> very seldom. so, you never -- >> very seldom. >> reporter: today, the president is in palm beach with his family. vice president mike pence is also in florida, pushing the republican health care plan. >> and we're going to continue to work with members of congress to improve this bill. >> reporter: about 22 republican congress members have yet to sign on, which could doom the bill. iowa senator joni ernst got booed at a townhall. >> the affordable care act as it is right now is unsustainable. >> reporter: but plenty of voters don't like the plan proposed to replace it. what's your biggest concern? >> my biggest concern is lack of affordability.
>> we've had six, seven years to develop something and have not done it. >> control cost. make it affordable, so that the average family can -- can be covered. >> david wright speaking with voters there in south florida. and david joins us live now. david, the white house also preparing for the fbi director to speak publicly about trump's wiretapping allegations for the first time. >> reporter: that's right, james comey is set to appear monday in front of the house intelligence committee. it's going to be a blockbuster. the two big issues that lawmakers want answers on, number one, those wiretapping claims, and number two, whether there's any proof about collusion between the trump campaign and the russians. tom? >> all eyes on that hearing next week. all right, david, thank you so much. and this note. another recent possible security breach at the white house. press secretary sean spicer tweeting someone jumped the bike rack on pennsylvania avenue, but did not make it onto the grounds.
the incident come s a week after a man penetrated the fence, roaming white house grounds for 60 minutes. abc news has learned that the alleged suspect was detected hours outside the breach. let's head overseas now to beijing, where secretary of state rex tillerson is wrapping up his first trip to asia, representing the u.s. tillerson arrived in china for face to face talks on north korea's nuclear program and other matters as well. he responded to a question from own our bob woodruff who has this report from there tonight. >> reporter: today, in beijing, secretary of state rex tillerson continued to sound the alarm bell about north korea's nuclear capabilities after raising the possibility of a pre-emptive military strike. exactly where is the red line on this? what would cause this to happen, do you think? >> we share a common view and a sense that tensions on the peninsula are quite high right now, and that things have reached a rather dangerous level. >> reporter: tillerson added he was committed to preventing conflict, as he met with the
chinese foreign minister, who urged the u.s. to stay cool headed, and a day after the former exxon mobil ceo visited one of the most heavily militarized borders in the world, snapping a photo of the concrete block that separates north and south korea, as well as offering that dire warning. >> let me be very clear. the policy of strategic patience has ended. all options are on the table. >> reporter: north korea has held two series of ballistic missile tests since president trump took office. those missiles not yet capable of reaching the u.s., but they are a threat to the region, including more than 80,000 u.s. troops stationed in south korea and japan. later today, secretary tillerson will be meeting with china's president xi jinping. a lot of things to talk about, but north korea is certainly at the top of the list. tom? >> an important meeting. no doubt. bob, thanks so much. and more on secretary tillerson's trip to asia tomorrow on abc's "this week." plus, george goes one-on-one with health and human services secretary tom price.
and rand paul about the gop health care plan. turning now to the weather and many still trying to dig out from that pre-spring snowstorm that blanketed the northeast. and you don't see this every day, a delta flight stuck in a snow bank at new york's laguardia airport. take a look at that. now, from the taxiway to the highway, and this big rig sidelined in toledo. the effects of that major storm. a familiar face joining us with the forecast tonight, sam champion, in for rob marciano. welcome, sam. >> reporter: nice to see you, tom. tonight's storm, a lot less potent than the last one. we watch tonight as we wind up the radar here. you can see we get a little flurry and sprinkle. watch happens in nantucket tomorrow. this storm goes offshore and winds up and really dumps on nantucket. most people will get a little flurry or sprinkle overnight tonight. some tough winds there. big deal is that spring air does move south. now, i can't promise it for the mid-atlantic or northeast, but by the time we get to tuesday, atlanta, you're looking at about 80 degrees. >> springlike in the south. all right, sam, thanks so much.
now to peru and those tragic mudslides. the death toll rising there, following intense rains that have left thousands homeless. but some heroic rescues giving many hope. here's abc's marci gonzalez. >> reporter: in the fast-moving, muddy water and piles of dangerous debris -- a woman, almost washed away. as she tries to free herself, her hair seemingly gets stuck. before she finally pulls herself to safety. one of many lives narrowly spared from peru's raging flooding and mudslides. that officials say have killed more than 70 people so far this year and left more than 70,000 people homeless. tonight, as intense downpours overwhelm towns and send rivers pouring over their banks, desperate rescues are under way. near the normally dry capital city of lima, dozens of people crowd onto rooftops above washed-out streets. ziplines being used to bring families and pets over fast-rising water. others are forming human chains
to get to dry ground. tonight, half of the country is declared a state of emergency. officials say this is the worst flooding in peru in nearly two decades, with much more rain still expected. tom? >> marci, thank you. and we have some breaking news just in. rock and roll pioneer chuck berry has died. ♪ ♪ playing guitar just like he was ringing a bell ♪ ♪ go johnny go >> the rock and roll legend found dead in his home near st. louis. berry was one of the first artists inducted into the rock and roll hall of fame. known for "roll over beethoven" and "johnny b good." a major inspiration of so many rock musicians. chuck berry was 90 years old. there's much more ahead on "world news tonight" this saturday. the new scam. con artists posing as your bank and how they trick you into handing over your personal information. plus, the scary scene at a famous european tourist site.
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