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tonight, the new arrests. authorities say three new threats of mass shootings. authorities sweeping in and arrest this teenager who they say made threats to shoot up his school, allegedly saying, "i will vow to bring my father's m-15 to class." also tonight, two other threats. what we know. also tonight, the search for this man who police say showed up on a college campus and killed a former administrator. what they found under the victim's car. the bag and what was inside. the severe weather threa right now. three tornadoes just confirmed. the storms moving from the midwest to the east coast at this hour and rob has the track. the massive search right now for two firefighters lost at sea. what authorities have found. president trump tonight asked about a possible recession because of his trade war with
china. the president suggesting a two-month recession could be the result of a much-needed trade war. meantime, the race for 2020 and what joe biden's wife, the american father accused of killing a hotel worker, he says he was defending his family. returning to that caribbean island to face manslaughter charges tonight. he says he would do it again. the outrage. a room full of teenagers appearing to give the nazi salute. major questions about the school's response. and your health tonight. new guidelines for gene testing when it comes to breast cancer and ovarian cancer. good evening and it's great to have you with us here on a very busy tuesday night. and we begin tonight with the disturbing new headline, after el paso and dayton, tonight, news of three new threats. three new arrests. authorities say these threats of mass shootings in three separate states. police in florida hand cupping
this 15-year-old boy with his mother by his side. he is accused of ta. these new arrests come on the heels of three other threats. at least a half dozen in the last week. the fbi warning about a rise in domestic terror and possible copycat shooters, and authorities believe this is proof of that. abc's victor oquendo leads us off. >> reporter: you're watching police body cam video of a 15-year-old florida boy, who's face has been blurred, being arrested in front of his mother by two officers for allegedly threatening to shoot up his school. authorities reading that threat allowed oud to the teen and his father. >> i vow to bring my father's m-15 -- >> he didn't do anything wrong. he's still a little boy and he's not one of the crazy people out there doing stuff. >> reporter: tonight, police releasing the 15-year-old's mug shot, which we've blurred. his comment was reported to the fbi. a written threat is a second-degree felony in florida. across the country, police say they've potentially thwarted
several mass shooting threats. in indianapolis, 38-year-old truck driver thomas matthew mcvicker was arrested. authorities say they stopped him less than a week before he planned on attacking a church in memphis. in the criminal complaint, police saying mcvicker said, "i was thinking about shooting a church up, but i'm afraid how it will affect my family in the flesh after i'm gone." and in seattle, 35-year-old eric lin was arrested for allegedly writing on facebook that he would "kill all hispa c hispanics in miami and other places." these three arrests make at least six mass shooting threats in the last few days. including 20-year-old james reardon from ohio, who police say threatened to shoot up a jewish community center. and posted this disturbing video on his instagram. and this dramatic police body cam video. >> do you have any weapons we need to know about? >> reporter: capturing the moment florida officials arrested tristan wix in daytona beach, after he allegedly texted his girlfriend his intenses to shoot as many as he could, writing, "a good 100 kills would be nice." >> victor oquendo with us live tonight. and victor, authorities on high
alert in the wake of these recent mass shootings across the country. and do we know any motives in any of these cases yet? >> reporter: well, david, while we know the fbi warned of potential copycats, no motives have been revealed in any of these six cases. authorities questioning them all tonight and they continue to urge the public to be on the lookout. david? >> victor, thank you. and now to the urgent manhunt in california at this hour. a suspect wanted for the stabbing death of a former administrator at cal state fullert fullerton. surveillance swing theusct ght there, drunng om the scene parking lot. and what police found under the victim's car. the suspect's backpack and what they found inside. abc's adrienne bankert from california tonight. >> reporter: tonight, police rereesing this surveillance video of who they say is a killer on the loose. the first images of the suspect in a violent homicide on the cal state fullerton campus. authorities say this video shows the suspect running from the parking lot where 57-year-old steven chan, a retired college administrator who was working as
a consultant on campus, was found on monday, bleeding to death from multiple stab wounds. police tonight releasing this sketch of the suspect, an asian man in his mid-20s with black hair, wearing dark clothing. he was seen driving off in this black newer model bmw. officers using bloodhounds to scour the scene. >> this was a targeted killing, sadly. we believe that the suspect came here specifically with the intent to harm the victim. >> reporter: police also say they found a backpack underneath >> inside the backpack was an incendiary device. also found inside the backpack were middle items that one would potentially use to kidnap somebody. >> reporter: those items reportedly including zip ties and wigs. and david, police say that they believe the killer has cuts and lacerations to his own hands. investigators say that anyone connected to the victim right now is considered a possible suspect. david? >> adrienne bankert reporting in. adrienne, thank you. now, to the severe storm
threat at this hour. damaging winds, hail and possible tornadoes from nebraska all the way to the east coast. in fact, three confirmed tornadoes damaging homes in iowa, including one touching down in lacona. they confirmed these twisters just a short time ago. downed power lines catching fir, these images from new jersey. those storms moving into the east tonight and the northeast tomorrow. so, let's get right to meteorologist rob marciano, of course, as always, tracking it all for us. hey, rob. >> reporter: hi, david. another active night of summer storms. several frontal boundaries sparking this heat and humidity. ch out on radarcope ere. of closer to the warm front here in the northeast where the zone for potentially damaging storms from philly to new york, through much if not all of new england. dangerous lightning, as well. david? >> rob, thank you. next this evening, the at oe
coast of onbod just one of the dozen boats searching. the man vanished while fishing, and some of their equipment has now been recovered. abc's steve osunsami is in florida tonight. >> reporter: more than 200 volunteers in 75 boats are out in the atlantic ocean tonight, looking for any trace of the missing firefighters. many of the searchers are firefighters themselves, some from the same firehouse in jacksonville, florida, where brian mcclue nee was a six-year veteran. >> he'd be out here searching for anybody who was missing, as well. >> reporter: mccluney and his friend justin walker went fishing friday, and are last seen here in this image from a security camera. you're holding hope? >> absolutely. absolutely. this is a rescue mission. >> reporter: walker's wife is seen here today getting on a search plane. >> i need toe up there, ke i'm . >> reporter: the search area is beyond massive. the two men left from port canaveral, hours south of jacksonville. authorities are now searching as
far as a 100 miles north of this area and another 70 miles east into the ocean. on monday, a volunteer found this tackle bag that belongs to one of the missing firefighters, but it was more than 100 miles from where the men went missing. stephanie mccluney hopes that her husband put the bag in the water on purpose, like a breadcrumb to his location. >> he strategically took out heavy items. he only had things that he knew we could identify. >> reporter: there's a bit of talk here about a debris field, but authorities here say they can't too much stock into that, because there's plenty of trash in the ocean. they do say they have recovered the cover of a cooler that might belong to the two men. david? >> all right, steve osunsami in jacksonville. thank you, steve. now, to president trump tonight, who today was asked art china. the president conceding e ining quote, two-month recession, in his words, could be the result of what he describes as a much-needed trade war. the president contradicting his own aides who said there was not
a payroll tax cut in the works, but what the president said today when asked. here's abc's cecilia vega tonight. >> reporter: president trump today defending his trade war with china, saying it's worth it even if it hurts the economy. >> whether it's good for our is. try or bad for our country i am doing this whether it's good or bad for your statement about, oh, will we fall into a recession for two months, okay? the fact is, somebody had to take china on. and the smart people say thank you very much and the dumb people have no idea. >> reporter: the president standing his ground despite growing concern his trade war could help bring on a recession. a new says the president's 10% tariff on chinese goods could cost american families an additional $1,000 each year. the white house now trying to tamp down economic fears during a re-election campaign, but their messaging far from consistent. this morning, aides insisted a
payroll tax cut is not on the table. >> is that payroll tax cut being considered? >> it's not being considered at this time. >> reporter: but just hours later -- >> payroll tax is something that we think about and a lot of people would like to see that and that very much affects the workers of our country and we have a lot of workers. >> reporter: still, the president insists there will not be a tax cut any time soon. he's promised tax cuts before for the middle class, ahead of last year's midterms, only to abandon the idea after election day. >> let's get right to cecilia vega. there was a lot of news out of the white house today, as you know. president trump also making headlines with new attacks tonight against omar and talib. as you know, he said this. >> where's the democratic party gone? where have they gone where they're defending these two people over the state of israel?
and i think any jewish people that vote for a democrat -- ah, i think it shows either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty. >> cecilia, made immediate headlines. >> reporter: it certainly did, particularly from some of the largest and most prominent jewish organizations. the head of the anti-defamation league says it's time to stop using jews as political footballs. and david, tonight, from the american jewish committee, their ca they're calling these comments, quote, divisive, disrespectful and unwelcome. >> e so celia, thank you. and the new headline tonight in the race for 2020. joe biden's wife, dr. jill biden, and what she said about her husband, even if he's not your favorite candidate. that that should not be the deciding factor, according to '. eporen wit t appeal to voters. >> you may like another candidate better, but you have to look at who is going to win. >> reporter: her pitch, even if you're not with joe biden on
every issue, you should support him anyway if you want to beat trump. >> you know, your candidate might be better on, i don't know, health care than joe is, but you've got to look at who is going to win this election. and maybe you have to swallow a little bit and say, okay, i personally like so and so better, but your bottom line has to be that we have to beat trump. >> reporter: in iowa today, the former vice president asked about his wife's comments. >> she was making the case, you should pick the person you think could win, because none of our issues will matter if donald trump wins. that was the point she was making. >> reporter: it's also the point he's making in his first campaign ad. >> we have to beat donald trump and all the polls agree joe biden is the strongest democrat to do the job. >> mary, any reaction tonight from the other democratic candidates? >> reporter: well, david, no response directly to jill biden's come pents, but biden's opponents say they can beat trump, too. they argue that voters don't have to make this choice, that they can follow their principles
and still defeat the president. david? >> mary bruce live in washington. thank you, mary. now, to major developments in the jeffrey epstein case. three more victims suing his estate. and two say it happened while he waest a during work reas acelet. he>> reporter: tonight, three n accusers are taking aim at the estate of jeffrey epstein, including two women who claim they were coerced into sex with epstein during his work release back in 2009. the alleged incidents took place at his office and his home while epstein was even wearing an ankle monitor. >> he was having office visitors, some who were flown to him from new york and continuing to engage in similar conduct literally while he was in quote unquote jail. >> reporter: one accuser claims she was 17 when she was first groomed by epstein in new york back in 2007, during the same time he was under federal investigation for alleged sex crimes against more than
30 minor girls. it comes as we're learning new details about epstein's will, signed just two days before his suicide. his estate valued at nearly $578 million, including $56 million in cash and $18 million in planes, cars and boats. the value of his collection of artwork and antiques still subject to appraisal. epstein's sole surviving relative is his brother mark. we know that epstein set up a trust, we just don't know who the beneficiaries are. but we do know that many of these alleged victims were seeking justice and now they won't get a criminal trial against epstein. by filing some of these lawsuits, their attorneys are going after those assets, david. >> linsey davis with us again tonight. thank you. now, to a high school in california under fire tonight, just before the start of the new school year. disturbing new video appearing to show teenagers giving a nazi salute. the garden grove school district says it happened last november at an off-campus banquet. the school telling abc news tonight it became aware of the video months later and, quote,
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silence. he says he would do it again. here's eva pilgrim. >> reporter: tonight, the connecticut dad accused manslaughter after killing a hotel worker at a five-star caribbean resort, breaking his silence. >> it's been a living nightmare. >> reporter: scott hapgood was vacationing with his wife and three kids in anguilla in april when he says kenny mitchel came to the door in uniform claiming he needed to fix a sink. but happgood says mitchel pulled a knife on him and demanded money, claiming mitchel then stabbed and bit him during a struggle. hapgood's daughters ran for help. officials say mitchel died of positional asphyxia and blunt force injuries. >> it was a terrifying incident. i know that i and my family were victims, and i know that the truth will come out. >> reporter: a toxicology report obtained by abc news shows mitchel had a blood alcohol level more than twice the u.s. legal limit, and had cocaine and marijuana in his system. abc news has not independently
verified the report, and authorities in anguilla would not confirm the results. david, hapgood says he acted in self-defense, protecting his family, something he says he'd do again if he had to. david? >> all right, eva, thank you. when we come back, new guidelines for gene testing when it comes to breast cancer and ovarian cancer. also tonight, the middle school teacher murdered just two weeks into the school year. and elton john furious tonight. he was a close friend of princess diana and what he's now saying about prince harris and duchess megan. the index is next. so i use my freedom unlimited card. even when i'm spending, i'm earning 1.5% cash back on everything i buy. earning on my favorite soup... got it. earning on that eclair. don't touch it. don't touch it yet. let me get the big one. nope. this one? nope. this one? no. let me get them all. i'm gonna get them all. it's just the basics. can you double bag this right here? earn 1.5% cash back on everything you buy with freedom unlimited. can you also tell me what it is?
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right there with of his belove teacher at cane bay high school in charleston, south carolina. eddie hall in his black sweatshirt. they were performing "hair spray." so much to be thankful for, including his new wife, jessica. after the honeymoon, his biggest test yet. >> two days later they told me i was in kidney failure, 15%, and needed a transplant. >> reporter: he needed a kidney transplant and fast. anonymous donor was found and eddie went in for surgery. >> doing all right, eddie? >> yes, ma'am. >> all right. >> reporter: in that hospital room, along with eddie's wife, so many of his students. >> i don't want him to ever go without knowing that we love him. >> reporter: they were there for him and hours later, mr. hall's surgeons told his wife and his students it was a success. >> thank you. thank you so much. >> reporter: it was definitely worth that group hug. >> get in here! everyone get in here! >> reporter: tonight, he is back at school, ready for another
year. >> it's night and day. i feel fine. >> he's running circles around me. i'm exhausted. >> reporter: but the story didn't end there. eddie wanted to meet that donor, to thank her in person and she came to his school. >> hi! >> hi! >> it's so nice to meet you. >> reporter: she is dr. stacy lee and she traveled all the way from montana. >> it's no nice to meet you. >> it's so nice to meet you. >> how are you feeling? >> great. >> how do you feel? >> i feel really good. >> reporter: and that donor with a message. >> you realize there are good things, too, and i really wanted to be apart of something so beautiful and soed goo. >> reporter: and tonight, that drama teacher grateful. >> great to see mr. hall back at school and that doctor, that donor who traveled all the way from montana. i'm david muir. good night.
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