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tonight, breaking news. tense moments on the campaign trail. the secret service rushes the stage at a hillary clinton rally. as donald trump tonight stands by his words aimed at, quote, second amendment people, that they could do something. and late today, this image. a man climbing trump tower. police watching. also tonight, the police officer who discharged a round during a practice drill, killing a wife, a retired librarian. the news conference late today. severe weather at this hour. a tornado just confirmed here in the northeast. and the flood worries tonight across the south. the webcam warning. parents who thought they were protecting their twin daughters, strangers then hacking into that camera. gold rush. michael phelps, and that moment with his rye value. the zstory behind it. and the mystery solved tonight.
good evening. and as we come on the air tonight, several breaking stories on the campaign trail. and a bizarre scene playing out right now. let's go to live pictures from midtown manhattan, right here in new york. a drama playing out at trump tower here in new york city for quite some time now. a climber scaling the 58-story tower. there are reports police have removed two windows, in fact, you can see the windows they removed there. that's the 21 communicate with the climber right there, who obviously has made it to the 19th or 20th floor there. what happens next is the question. he had been climbing the tower using what appears to be giant suction cups, just above fifth avenue here in new york city, causing quite a secene here in the local stations and for people, pedestrians down below. gio benitez is on the scene.
is one of the most bizarre stories. you can see him there on the 20th floor. he still has that backpack on, and that's what's concerned so many people. what's inside the backpack? why is he scaling up this tower? they just don't know yet, right now, but they do say that they believe he's a stuntman, in fact, they say he's clearly a stuntman but, they don't know what he's doing or if he is dangerous right now. let's look at some of the pictures from earlier today. >> reporter: tonight, mystery over why this man climbed trump starting around 4:00 p.m. these photos taken from inside the tower. wearing a backpack and using giant suction cups, he scaled the building from floor to floor, avoiding capture. >> you see the guy climbing. you see the police, they said, mattresses, inflatable so, if he falls, they can catch him. >> we want to go back to the pictures now. you're looking live at trump tower in midtown manhattan.
officers are reaching out to him. he, too, is still there on the ladder. it is unclear, obviously, what they are saying to this man, but they have been watching him all often. they are going to pull him in through that window? >> reporter: that's what it looks like. looks like they are trying to do that. the trump organization is also saying tonight this man performed a ridiculous and dangerous stunt. there's damage to the building. he caused unnecessary deployment of new york's finest to protect his safety. that coming from the trump sure -- they don't want to say anything that's going to make this man fall. they want to keep him safe. again, they don't know why he's done this. >> and as we're looking at the live pictures now, you can see that the suction cups that we were talking about, he's pulled back out and he's actually put on the window adjacent to where the new york city police officers are standing inside that window. the question now is, what is he going to do, is he going to crawl into that window? is he going to listen to what i would assume would be there, you
building, and to come in safely, after the scene he's caused over fifth avenue here in new york. gio, how many people are gathered down there on the scene watching this play out? >> reporter: right now, across four different blocks here, david, we're seeing hundreds of people. i mean, you can just imagine, fifth avenue, one of the major tourist destinations here in new york city. and this is just in so many ways just shut down. look, they just grabbed him, david. >> and they just pulled him in through that window. can you see h l window on what we believe to be the 21st floor of the trump tower here in new york. they had opened that window for precisely that reason, to communicate with whoever this climber is, and to try to get him out of harm's way and back into that building. certainly, the questions to follow. gio benitez on the scene for us. that scene playing out at trump tower this afternoon. we will, in the meantime, go to the campaign trail. donald trump, far from trump tower today, hundreds of miles away, in fact, in virginia.
controversy caused by his remarks about hillary clinton and his comments to, quote, second amendment people. here's abc's tom llamas. >> reporter: tonight, donald trump still feeling the heat after this comment on the campaign trail that some interpreted to be a threat to hillary clinton. >> hillary wants to abolish, essentially abolish, the second amendment. if she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks. people, maybe there, i don't know. >> reporter: trump seeming to blame the press for the backlash over that comment. >> because they can take a little story, that isn't a story and make it into a big deal, happen so much. we have to protect our second amendment, which is under siege. remember that. remember that. it's under siege. >> reporter: prominent trump supporters say he was joking, not inciting violence. trump himself explains it this way -- >> what we're talk about is political power, there is
tremendous. and you know look at the power they have in terms of votes, and that's what i was referring to, obviously. >> reporter: trump refuting a cnn report that the secret service had reached out to his campaign to discuss his comment, tweeting, "no such meeting or conversation ever happened. a made-up story but low ratings cnn." but even speaker paul ryan, who endorsed trump, telling supporters this after his primary win last n >> it's simple to prey on people's fears. that stuff sells, but it doesn't stick. >> reporter: in a scathing op-ed in "the new york times," columnist thomas friedman writing that quote, "trump knows what he is doing, and it is so dangerous in today's world." writing about lone wolves, he writes, "they hear the signal in the noise." even joe scarborough writing in "the washington post," quote, a
republican party few options but to act decisively and get this political train wreck off the tracks before something terrible happens. >> and tom llamas with us live tonight, and tom, the nra standing firmly behind donald trump, particularly in the form of a major new ad bought? >> reporter: david, this is the largest single ad buy in favor of trump. it's a $3 million ad buy, and in that commercial, which will run on broadcast and cable and on the internet, they make the argume a hypocrite for living with 30 years of armed guards protecting her while trying to restrict gun rights. david? >> tom llamas, thank you. meantime, hillary clinton campaigning in iowa, and in the hours after these headlines, a scare for her today, as the secret service rushed the stage. abc's cecilia vega on that part of the story tonight. >> reporter: the secret service rushing in as hillary clinton spoke in iowa today. officers tackling an animal
clinton didn't flinch. >> superpower of the 21st century. >> reporter: officers dragging the protester out. >> and some people get a little carried away. have you noticed that? >> reporter: the scene comes just 24 hours after trump made those controversial comments about the second amendment. >> although the second amendment people, maybe there is, i don't know. >> reporter: but tonight, clinton has some fighting words of her own. >> words matter, my friends. >> reporter: clinton now s her opponent is inciting violence. >> and if you are running to be president, or you are president of the united states, words can have tremendous consequences. yesterday, we witnessed the latest in a long line of casual comments from donald trump that crossed the line. >> reporter: also tonight, more e-mail troubles. the state department releasing dozens of previously unreleased exchanges, raising questions
favors. in one, a foundation official directs clinton aide huma abedin to connect a top foundation donor with the u.s. ambassador to lebanon, writing, "this is very important." today, the clinton campaign saying, "hillary clinton never took action as secretary of state because of donations to the clinton foundation." but trump says the e-mails exposed pay for play connections. >> answering new questions about those e-mails, and cecilia with us live, as well in the meantime, cecilia, the clinton campaign aims to keep moving forward, by reaching out to republicans. >> reporter: republicans and independents, david. and they are now venturing into some republican strongholds like arizona and georgia. states previously off-limits to a lot of democrats. they are hoping to tap into some of this discontent with donald trump, david. >> cecilia vega, thank you. next this evening, a tragic accident taking the life of a 73-year-old retired librarian. the police chief calling it,
part in a police department xhupty outreach workshop was randomly chosen to play a victim in the exercise. she was then shot accidentally and killed by an officer who didn't know that one of his bullets was live. abc's phillip mena is in florida tonight. >> we are mourning and missing mary, as she was a vital member of our community. >> reporter: at a citizen training session at the punta g gorda, florida, police station, 73-year-old mary knowlton was chosen at random from 35 participants to participate in a shoot, don't shoot, drill, designed to show how police make when she was mistakenly struck with a live round. >> suddenly there were three loud gunshots. she went down onto the ground. >> reporter: knowlton, a retired librarian originally from minnesota, was there with her
he forgives the officer, and she would, too. >> she really supported the police. that's why they went there last night, just to show their support. >> reporter: the chief of police, who was also there when it happened, said real weapons had been used before. >> as the chief of police, will you allow a real weapon to be used again at a citizens academy like this? >> the answer is absolutely not. >> reporter: abc news has learned that the officer involved the lee cole. cole was controversial traffic stop late last year. his canine taking down a cyc cyclist. cole was cleared by the department, but that cyclist is suing the department, and the lawsuit is pending. officer cole has been placed on administrative leave. and the florida department of law enforcement is investigating. david? >> phillip, thank you. and from baltimore this evening, the police are propsing reforms after a scathing report, now in from the justice department. the report was launched after
that city. the justice department finding the police engaged in a pattern of unlawful behavior, including overaggressive tactics and the targeting of african-americans in the city's poorest neighborhoods. in other news tonight, and next to rio here, and the absolute gold rush for team usa. michael phelps winning two more gold medals, his personal total now more than 189 countries and all of olympic history. katie wilede gold. and the american women gymnastics team winning by an historic margin. look at the standings so far. american athletes still ahead in the medal count. and with phelps and those gymnasts slated for more competition, there is more gold to come, we hope. abc's matt gutman in rio tonight. >> reporter: not bad for a guy who retired a couple years back. michael phelps now out of retirement, chugging his way to a third gold of these games.
medal after a particularly personal race. facing off against his south african rival, chad le clos, who beat him in the 2012 london games. le clos glancing at he phelps in the next lane. the night not yet over. phelps then hitting the pool for the men's relay, alongside ryan lochte. before diving in, one of his swim caps breaks. the swimmers wearing two to the top cap is made out of silicon to cut through the water. phelps, as the anchor, was so spent after the win, he could bare ly pull himself out of the pool. a few years ago, phelps grinned for a picture alongside this little blond girl. but last night, that girl is the 19-year-old woman, katie ledecky with her third gold. earlier in the week, the swimmer 0 deliberating her competition, breaking her own world record
seconds behind in her wake. per events ranging from the 200 to the 1,500 freestyle. is that like, being, you know, a great marathoner and being usain bolt at the same time? >> exactly. >> she crushes it every time. >> reporter: but it wasn't all celebratory in the pool. olympic officials now in damage control over this. green algae growing in the water. look at the difference between monday's competition and tuesday's. the international swimming federation confirmg water tanks ran out of some of the chemicals used in the water treatment process. the women's gymnastics team, a high wire act. the final five, as they call themselves, launching themselves aloft, as if wearing sequined jet packs. sigh lomone biles leading all s. she was beaming when they got gold. david, to put the women's dominance into context, gymnastics is often won or lost by hundredths of a point.
full points. analysts tell us that's like winning the super bowl by 12 touchdowns. david? >> matt gutman with frus rio again tonight. thanks, matt. and there is still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this wednesday. we remember a broadcasting great tonight. one of our colleagues. and a parent's night many mare. the camera set up to keep their children safe. their twins. then, what they realize. someone had hacked into that camera in their own home it was being watched on the internet. we'll be right back. n that dress. who hugs a friend. who is done with treatments that don't give you clearer skin. be the you who controls your psoriasis with stelara? just 4 doses a year after 2 starter doses. stelara? may lower your ability to fight infections and may increase your risk of infections and cancer. some serious infections require hospitalization. before treatment, get tested for tuberculosis. before starting stelara? tell your doctor if you think you have an infection or have symptoms such as: fever, sweats, chills, muscle aches or cough.
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live view of her daughters' every move. >> we have security cameras to protect them and i feel like i failed because i'm not protecting them. they're in my house. >> reporter: the images were found on live stream viewer by another mother, more than 2,000 miles away in oregon, who saw the footage and immediately posted it on a houston moms facebook page. >> people are watching my kids in their home, dressing, sleeping, playing. worth nightmare. >> reporter: all over the internet, unsuspecting people caught on live cameras, walking their dogs, monitors. >> if the system is connected to the internet, then it's vulnerable to attack. and most of these systems have not been designed to be secure, so, they offer multiple opportunities for somebody that knows what they're doing to break into them. >> reporter: jennifer says she changed her wifi password, but thinks hackers accessed the camera through a video game her kids were playing. kayna whitworth, abc news, los angeles. >> kayna, thank you. when we come back here tonight, a mob arrest. a former mafia boss in court tonight. why he was pulled out of witness
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