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tonight, abc news obtaining video of the final moments in that nationwide manhunt. the police chase in evansville, indiana. the capital murder suspect and the former corrections officer who authorities say then shot herself. off the road, across a field. tonight, what was found in that car. casey white, 6'9", saying they planned a shootout with police before crashing. and what about vicky white? what they could hear her say before she fired the gun. also tonight, the american economy. president biden declaring inflation as his number one priority. gas prices hitting an all-time high and how the president explained these rising prices. republicans pouncing. mary bruce at the white house. the growing health concern tonight for parents and their children.
news on this deadly hepatitis outbreak spreading across the u.s. at least 27 states now. what they're seeing, what they're saying about covid and a different virus, and what parents should look for. the war in ukraine hand what the director of national intelligencening. ian pannell in ukraine tonight. here at home, the medical emergency involving a pilot. one of the passengers calling air traffic control, saying, i don't know how to land this. >> my pilot has gone incoherent, i have no idea how to fly the airplane. >> you will hear how they got through this. the verdict tonight in the sex assault trial against celebrity chef mario batali. what the judge decided. the chilling attempted kidnapping in massachusetts. surveillance showing a young mother fighting for her life. there is also news tonight on the three americans who died in the bahamas and the wife in the hospital. and later tonight, america strong. the graduation speech you will not forget.
good evening and it's great to have you with us here on a very busy tuesday night. and we begin tonight with new video obtained by abc news of the final moments of that nationwide manhunt. involving a capital murder suspect and that former correctioner officer. we now know how that 11-day search that spanned several states ended. the two in a cadillac filled with weapons. the chase and the crash in evansville, indiana. authorities say the officer then taking her own life. the murder suspect now telling police they were planning a shootout until they crashed. those exclusive new images of the chase from the streets of evansville, across a lawn, right through a parking lot. officers' vehicles close behind there. the murder suspect casey white, 6'9", pulled from the flipped car. authorities say the former corrections officer vicky white shot herself to death before police could get to the car. this, of course, all began with their exit from that jail. the officer escorting casey white to a court appointment that never existed. tonight here, the weapons, the wigs, and the tens of thousands of dollars found inside that car. here's abc's alex perez.
>> reporter: tonight, exclusive new images of that dramatic chase. the capital murder suspect and his accomplice, a former corrections officer, in this cadillac. surveillance video showing the race through evansville, a fleet of law enforcement vehicles in hot pursuit. the pair, authorities say, armed with this arsenal of guns. police eventually t-boning the car, causing it to flip into a ditch. >> and we later found out had they not done that, the fugitive was going to engage in a shootout with law enforcement. >> crashed out, still inside the vehicle. we could hear her on the line saying she had her finger on the trigger. female is still armed. >> reporter: as they closed in, authorities say vicky white shot herself, later dying at the hospital. casey white in a white undershirt and dark sunglasses, swarmed, surrendering, handcuffed. the 6'9" 38-year-old back in custody.
he's in custody now. is he cooperating? was he interviewed? what's happening now? >> yeah, he was pretty talkative to our investigators. and they had a lengthy interview with him. i spoke to the sheriff from alabama and our hope is to return him to their state as quick as possible. >> reporter: also in that car, wigs police say vicky used to disguise herself, and thousands of dollars in cash, believed to be part of the $90,000 she withdrew leading up to the escape. >> they had about $29,000 leftover. >> reporter: authorities believe the couple may have been staying here in the evansville area for about a week, but it wasn't until they got a tip that they were staying at this hotel only about a mile from the sheriff's office that they were able to crack the case. the 11-day nationwide manhunt started april 29th, nearly 300 miles away in florence, alabama, where authorities say the corrections officer lied to get casey into her patrol car and help him escape prison. ditching that vehicle for this ford edge, later abandoned in tennessee. on may 3rd, security cameras capturing casey at this
evansville car wash, dumping this pickup police say vicky bought. authorities now investigating how they ended up in that cadillac where they were finally apprehended. >> all right, alex perez live tonight in evansville, indiana. and alex, of course, so many unanswered questions here. among them, why vicky white, a 17-year veteran, would set off on this journey that ended with her life. are they absolutely sure she was the one that fired the gun that took her life? and have we heard anything from our family or friends that said before this all happened that she was committed to her job and everything seemed normal? >> reporter: well, david, once the autopsy report is released, we'll have an official cause of death, but by all accounts, vicky white is described as an exemplary employee, even as a mother figure to some of her younger coworkers. many who knew her tonight are still trying to figure out why she would do something like this. david? >> all right, alex perez leading us off from evansville. thank you, alex. we turn now to the economy tonight and gas prices now at an all-time high in this country.
tonight, president biden declaring this inflation is now his top domestic priority. a gallon of gas now $4.37. the president coming before cameras today, his explanation for why this is happening, pointing to the pandemic, the global supply crisis, the war in ukraine. republicans with their own explanation. and feeling it all are americans who are faced with these prices from the gas station to the grocery store. here's mary bruce. >> reporter: tonight, with gas prices hitting an all-time high, americans like flor torres of silver spring, maryland, are having to change up their lives. >> i used to fill up for, like, $45, but now days, that gives me maybe like a half a tank. >> reporter: the mother of two who works two jobs is now picking up extra shifts just to cover the higher cost of gas. >> sometimes you got to do what you got to do. >> reporter: president biden today tried to convince americans he understands what they're going through. >> i want every american to know that i'm taking inflation very seriously and it's my top domestic priority.
>> reporter: the president blames the pandemic and the war in ukraine. he's already tapped into the oil reserve, releasing a million barrels a day. but it hasn't been enough to bring down costs. now with the midterms just six months away, biden is trying to turn the table on republicans with a new line of attack, going after what he's calling the "ultra-maga." >> my plan attacks inflation and grows the economy by lowering costs for working families, giving workers well deserved raises, reducing the deficit by historic levels, making big corporations and the very wealthiest americans pay their fair share. the other path is the ultra-maga plan. >> reporter: the president insisting republicans would raise taxes on families making less than $100,000 a year. but republicans argue that heading into november, biden owns this. >> this is solely the democrats, they own this, and we're going
to make sure they own it going into these elections. >> all right, our senior white house correspondent mary bruce. and mary, we know the president and this white house have pointed to the pandemic, global supply issues, the war in ukraine making supply issues even worse, but republicans also know, bottom line here, every president is judged by the economy they preside over and how they handle it. >> reporter: david, no question. the economy is going to be top of mind for voters in november. and that is why from here on out, the president, we're told, is going to be arguing that if republicans take control of congress, he says average americans will suffer. now, this all comes as tomorrow we could see prices jump again as the latest inflation numbers come out. and david, today the president conceded he does not know when prices are finally going to come back down. david? >> mary bruce at the white house. thank you, mary. now to the growing health concern for parents and children across this country. and a new health alert involving this from the cdc tonight about hepatitis in children. at least 109 cases now of that rare form of hepatitis, a liver disease. at least five children have died here in the u.s. authorities say there is no link to covid vaccines. many of these children are too
young even to get the vaccine. but what they do want to know is if there are any children who have had covid before. and there's another virus they're looking at, too. abc's erielle reshef tonight on what to look for. >> reporter: tonight, the cdc with a new health alert, now urging parents to look for signs of that mysterious hepatitis outbreak in children. concerns growing as cases of the rare but acute liver illness pop up around the globe. >> what's especially concerning about this increase in cases is that, for the most part, these children have been otherwise healthy. >> reporter: the world health organization now investigating at least 418 potential cases in at least 33 countries. so far, the illness accounting for five deaths in the u.s., and affecting more than 100 children across at least 27 states. tonight, massachusetts and hawaii now reporting their first cases. researchers saying they've found no link to any specific geographic area or exposure to common foods, animals, travel, or toxins. but health officials today
saying 70% of patients also tested positive for adenovirus, a common respiratory and gastrointestinal illness. tonight, the cdc again recommending parents to be on the lookout for any concerning symptoms that could be tied to a potential case. >> you can get yellowing of the skin, yellowing of the whites of the eyes, darkening of the urine. those are the symptoms that the liver is likely involved. >> reporter: experts say there is no connection to the covid vaccine. in fact, the median age of children with these severe cases of hepatitis was 2 years old. but what scientists are looking at is whether any of these children may have had covid in the past. and david, the symptoms can be similar to other illnesses. the cdc recommending parents look out for fever, fatigue, nausea, yellowing of the skin or eyes, and be sure your kids are up to date on their hepatitis vaccines, which are given from birth to 2. david? >> all right, erielle reshef tonight. thank you, erielle. now to the war in ukraine.
and tonight, what the director of national intelligence in this country said today about what vladimir putin could be planning. and in testimony before congress today, we learned how many russian generals have died since this war began. our senior foreign correspondent ian pannell from inside ukraine again tonight. >> reporter: tonight, the director of national intelligence with a new warning about the war in ukraine. >> we assess president putin is preparing for prolonged conflict in ukraine, during which he still intends to achieve goals beyond the donbas. >> reporter: the director also warning putin may raise the nuclear threat higher with a large scale exercise if the u.s. continues to supply weapons to ukraine. putin's war has major problems here in the northeast. russian troops forced to retreat around ukraine's second-largest city kharkiv, leaving a trail of destruction. the ukrainian military releasing this drone footage, which they say shows a russian tank being destroyed outside kharkiv. the ukrainian military now saying they've liberated more than 30 villages in this region, and that some russian troops have even been withdrawn back
across the border. the russian retreat leaving not just devastation in its wake, but evidence of war crimes. we're out with war crimes prosecutors who are basically investigating in mala rogan, which means small horn. it's a local village that was occupied by the russians just a few weeks ago. natasha and her husband were here throughout the occupation. she says she saw the troops loot and terrorize the local population, committing terrible crimes. "there are cases of rape," she says. "they killed a man, shaved a woman's head and cut her wth a knife." the countryside is full of similar dark tales and the debris of russia's war. olexandr filchakov, the head of kharkiv regional prosecutor's office, is leading the war crimes investigation. he says american weapons and intelligence have been invaluable here. "as for the intelligence," he says, "many of our military and law enforcement victories are thanks to the data provided by america."
>> you speak of that u.s. intelligence, ian pannell, again from kharkiv tonight in eastern ukraine, and ian, we learned today, the u.s. confirming the number of russian generals believed to have been killed since this war began? >> reporter: yeah, that's right, the defense intelligence agency director, their assessment is that eight to ten russian generals have been killed. that's what he said today. the ukrainians have an even higher number than that, but it really speaks to the woeful battlefield tactics of the russians and of course is damaging both for their capabilities and, of course, for their morale. david? >> ian pannell, our thanks to you again tonght. back here at home now and to the medical emergency involving a pilot, the passenger calling air traffic control, saying, "i don't know how to land this plane." what followed is quite something. and here's abc's victor oquendo from florida. >> reporter: this chilling call to air traffic control over west palm beach coming just after noon. >> i've got a serious situation here. my pilot has gone incoherent. i have no idea how to fly the
airplane. >> reporter: two people onboard the 12-seat single-engine cessna, coming from the bahamas. the pilot suffering some kind of medical emergency. >> 333 lima delta, roger, what's your position? >> i have no idea. i see the coast of florida in front of me, and i have no idea. >> reporter: sources tell abc news the controller involved happens to be a certified flight instructor with cessna experience. >> number three lima delta, no problem. just continue to stay wings level and maintain 5,000 and follow the coast. we're going to try to find you here on the radar. >> reporter: first, they had to track the plane down, then the hard part. >> i have no idea how to stop the airplane. >> reporter: our affiliate wpbf getting this exclusive video of the plane landing safely. >> did you say the passengers landed the airplane? >> that's correct. >> oh, my gosh. great job. >> no flying experience. >> the person on the airplane who had no experience listened very carefully and obviously followed instructions with great calm. that's what made the difference. >> reporter: and david, the pilot was transported to the hospital.
no update on their condition. the faa is investigating. david? >> victor oquendo. that's quite something, as i said. thank you, victor. late today, a verdict in the sexual misconduct trial involving celebrity chef mario batali. a judge finding him not guilty. what the judge said. and here's stephanie ramos. >> i'm going to find the defendant not guilty. >> reporter: he was facing more than two years behind bars, but tonight, celebrity chef mario batali acquitted of sexually assaulting a woman in a boston bar. his accuser, natali tene, testifying batali groped her after she asked for a selfie in 2017. >> there was touching of my breasts, touching of my rear end, touching of my sensitive feminine areas, in between my legs, touching all over my face, his lips on the side of my face, his tongue in my ear. >> reporter: today, judge james stanton acknowledging batali behaved badly. >> it's an understatement to say
that mr. batali did not cover himself in glory on the night in question. >> reporter: but on the stand, tene was confronted with text messages in which a friend advised her to "play up the story" to collect money from batali, and she replied, "of course." tene also admitted texting her friend she could "hopefully" get $10,000 for photos. >> $10,000 is just an arbitrary number to me. i really honestly thought that's how this all worked, i thought that celebrities, when they get in trouble, that's just how it works. >> reporter: but for the judge, that wasn't enough. >> complaining witness has significant credibility issues. they support the defendant's contention that her motive was financial gain. >> reporter: batali still faces a civil suit over this same incident. this accusation is one of several made against him from at least four women, which sunk his career at the height of the me too movement. david? >> stephanie ramos tonight. stephanie, thank you. tonight, elon musk says he would allow former president trump back on twitter if musk
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toddler underscores the urgency of an issue that is being recognized nationally for the first time. and there may be a local solution. tonight, team coverage under threat of fentanyl and the damage it has done to bay area families. >> this shop in the tenderloin has been serving as a front for a fencing operation. tonight, details on the undercover investigation led by attorney general's office that has led to an arrest. sandhya: i immediately sandhya patel. thunderstorms are firing up. i will let you know how long they are sticking around, coming up. announcer: building a better bay area. moving forward, finding solutions. this is abc 7 news. >> there is an overwhelming acceptance from the area that we are done with dead kids. ama: we are done. a simple statement, not that easy. thank you for joining us, i am ama daetz. dan: and i am dan ashley. the first time ever, america is
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