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your time. oh, my goodness, look how beautiful that is. tonight, the school shooting. a 12-year-old girl with the gun. the fear and panic inside this middle school. the 12-year-old allegedly opening fire in a classroom. a boy and girl both hit. police swarming the school in california. also developing tonight, the white house now says president trump has read the secret memo and is now prepared to declassify it, allowing for its release, despite a very rare and urgent appeal from his own hand-picked fbi director, who says he has grave concerns. the deadly flu. tonight, the newest victims. a 5-year-old, a 15-year-old. and tonight, the 911 call with another boy struggling to breathe. they could not save him. and the new study just out about the flu vaccine. how effective is it? the mayor standing before the cameras. what she admits. >> i know that god will forgive
me, but that nashville doesn't have to. the fire on the passenger plane. authorities pointing to a phone charger. and tomorrow morning's commute. it could be a dangerous one in the northeast. and plummeting temperatures right behind it. rob marciano is standing by. good evening. and it's great to have you with us here on a thursday night. and we begin with those terrifying moments inside a california middle school. students under lockdown, a 12-year-old girl with a gun. at least two students, a boy and a girl shot, rushed to the hospital. the scene from above tonight as police walk students out of the classroom, one at a time, then patting them down. worried parents waiting for their children to be released. tonight, that 12-year-old is in custody, and abc's david kerley leads us off from the scene. >> reporter: disbelief tonight after police search for a shooter at a los angeles middle school -- >> just coming out there. >> reporter: -- and say that it may have been a 12-year-old girl firing the weapon.
at least two students shot. a 15-year-old boy hit in the head. >> we also had a 15-year-old female that suffered a gunshot wound to the wrist, and we're placing in fair condition. >> as a parent, this is everyone's worst case nightmare. worst case scenario and a nightmare for all of us. >> reporter: it was the beginning of the school day -- >> per fd, gunshots were heard on location. it's castro middle school. >> reporter: -- when the shots rang out in the mixed-age classroom. police were taking no chances, patting down several students, taking only the girl into custody. >> right now, the person of interest is 12 years old. >> reporter: three others suffered minor injuries in the chaos after the shooting, as parents anxiously awaited news about their students. >> you're watching the news, but then you don't think it's going to happen in the school that your family goes to, so, it's just sad. >> reporter: the middle school remained in session on that lockdown until this afternoon, when parents arrived to take their children home after this traumatic day. parents and los angeles school leaders asking tonight, why?
>> the reality is, as a community, we have to examine what would make a child want to come to school with a gun? >> and david kerley with us live tonight from california. david, any word on the motive, and the boy and girl who were shot, they're expected to be okay? >> reporter: the good news, david, the boy hit just grazed in the temple. the girl shot in the wrist. both expected to make a full recovery. so far, the police have no moti motive. david? >> david kerley leading us off. we turn next to the showdown over that classified memo written by house republicans, and believed to be critical of the fbi. president trump's hand-picked fbi director, in a rare and public move, asking the white house not to release it. the fbi citing grave concerns. but president trump has now read it and is now expected to clear it for release. here's abc's chief white house correspondent jonathan karl. >> reporter: president trump today ignored questions about that controversial republican memo the fbi does not want released. mr. president, what about the fbi director's grave concerns? don't you trust him? white house officials tell abc
news that tomorrow, the president will likely authorize the release of the memo, which sources say suggests the fbi showed political bias against him. even before reading it, he made it clear, he wants it made public. >> let's release the memo. >> oh yeah, don't worry. 100%. >> reporter: that puts the president squarely at odds with fbi director christopher wray, the man he hand-picked to lead the bureau after he fired james comey. yesterday, the fbi took the extraordinary step of issuing a statement opposing the memo's release, citing, quote, "grave concerns" about its accuracy. tonight, the fbi agents association thanked wray for his support. today, one top republican said the bureau's warning should be heeded. republican senator john thune told reporters, "we need to pay careful attention to what our folks who protect us have to say about how this bears on our national security." the memo was written by
republicans on the house intelligence committee, chaired by california congressman devin nunes, a close ally of president trump who served on the transition team. sources briefed on the memo tell abc news it accuses the justice department of acting inappropriately when it sought a surveillance warrant in october 2016 for former a trump campaign adviser suspected of being a russian agent. >> the point was to make it misleading. the point was to selectedly declassify information so that it would support a narrative favorable to the president. >> reporter: speaker of the house paul ryan said today releasing the memo is about transparency, not defending the president or attacking his investigators. >> this memo is not an indictment of the fbi, of the department of justice. it does not impugn the mueller investigation or the deputy attorney general. >> speaker ryan just today. jon karl with us live tonight from the white house. and jon, the fbi strongly against the release of this memo, as you reported there.
the president fired his first fbi director, james comey, and there are now questions about whether the fbi director, christopher wray, who the president picked to replace him, could resign over this. >> reporter: there have been concerns about this, but i'm told, david, that in none of wray's conversations with the white house has he threatened to resign. he is not expected to do so. but he is winning praise for standing up to the president from the former fbi director, james comey, who just tweeted this extraordinary tweet, "all should appreciate the fbi for speaking up. i wish more of our leaders would, but take heart. american history shows that in the long run, weasels and liars never hold the field so long as good people stand up." so, that is james comey praising the fbi for standing up to the president. >> all right, jon karl live at the white house for us. jon, thank you. there are also new questions tonight about a member of the president's inner circle. communications director hope hicks. did she play a role in the misleading statement about that trump tower meeting between donald trump jr. and that
russian lawyer, among others? promising dirt on hillary clinton, but the explanation at first was something very different. here's abc's chief justice correspondent pierre thomas tonight. >> reporter: she's the white house communications director often seen at the president's side. >> hope, say a couple of words. >> reporter: tonight, hope hicks is under increasing scrutiny. did she try to help mislead the public about that infamous trump tower meeting with don jr. and a group of russians? at issue, that first controversial statement released by don jr., saying it was primarily to discuss, quote, "the adoption of russian children." but days later, e-mails to don jr. revealed something far different. don jr. had agreed to meet the russians after he was promised dirt on hillary clinton. the e-mails said the dirt was high-level, sensitive information from, quote, "russia and its government's support for mr. trump." president trump tried to downplay the meeting. >> my son is a wonderful young man. he took a meeting with a russian
lawyer, not a government lawyer, but a russian lawyer. >> reporter: that first misleading explanation was written on this air force one flight, the president and hope hicks helping to craft it as they returned from overseas. some critics asking, why did the president step in at all? >> the president weighed in, as any father would, based on the limited information that he had. >> reporter: and tonight, abc news has learned the spokesman for president trump's legal team at the time, mark corallo, was concerned about the statement's misleading nature. less than two weeks later, he resigned. a source close to corallo describes a conference call with corallo, president trump and hope hicks just one day after the misleading statement was released. on that call, corallo alleges that hicks said of those e-mails with russians promising dirt on hillary clinton, quote, "only a few people have them. they will never get out." and corallo responded, "this is washington. everything gets out." as abc news first reported earlier this week, the special
counsel has now contacted corallo for an interview, as robert mueller investigates whether there was obstruction of justice. >> so, let's get to pierre thomas with us live tonight in washington. and pierre, what are we hearing from hope hicks? >> reporter: david, an attorney for hicks denies corallo's account, saying the idea she ever suggested e-mails would be concealed is completely false. david? >> pierre thomas live in washington for us again tonight. we move on now, and to the deadly flu epidemic. a new report from canada, just out tonight, finding that the flu vaccine this year is just 10% to 20% effective at preventing infection in canada. it comes as we learn of the deaths of several more children here in the u.s. and the desperate 911 call, trying to save the life of a 12-year-old boy. abc's steve osunsami at the cdc in atlanta tonight. >> what's the emergency? >> he is not breathing. >> he is not breathing, okay. >> reporter: this is the call for help in west palm beach, florida, for this seventh grader, 12-year-old dylan winnick. >> she's going to need to do cpr on the child. i'm going to give her
instructions, okay? >> reporter: he first started showing flu-like symptoms just 48 hours before this phone call. >> he's not coming back. he's not resuscitating. >> reporter: the medical examiner says that early test results show the boy died of influenza b, which isn't even the strain that has doctors most alarmed this year. in georgia alone, at least 37 people have died from the flu, including this 15-year-old whose family says she didn't get the flu shot, and this 5-year-old, whose parents are heartbroken. >> it was a shock to me. it was a shock. >> reporter: in the u.s., the cdc says the flu shot is roughly 30% effective against this year's predominant strain. but tonight, canadian health officials say that figure could be as low as 10% to 20% in canada. officials here at the cdc are updating their numbers tomorrow and we expect they'll address the vaccine's effectiveness. david? >> steve, thank you. we do have one more question on the flu tonight, dr. jen ashton is here. and you heard steve mention there, jen, that the cdc is going to address the
effectiveness of the flu vaccine again tomorrow. but in the meantime, as steve reported, canada saying about 30% effective this year. but you have pointed out over and over again that if you get the flu shot and then still get the flu, it still helps. >> reporter: exactly. and whether it's 10% or 30% effective, it can help reduce the severity of symptoms and serious complications like pneumonia, icu admission, even death. so, 10% to 30% reduction in risk is better than 0%. and we have to remember, flu season goes through april, that's why the cdc is still urging people to get the vaccine. >> all right, several more weeks of this. jen, thanks to you tonight. and we turn next to what could be a dangerous commute in the morning, especially here in the northeast. a new round of winter weather. a wind-driven blanket of snow falling on minneapolis, as a million people visit for this weekend's super bowl. look at that. that front now moving east along the i-95 corridor from d.c. to new england. it could get messy in the morning. let's get right to rob marciano, live with us tonight. hey, rob. >> reporter: hey, david. the rain now falling here in new york, with that front you spoke of. it is going to change over to snow eventually, and it's doing that right now in parts of kentucky, where some of the
heaviest snow may fall, getting into the hills of west virginia. but watch this front progress. rain to snow after midnight, d.c. to new york to boston. quick pulse could give one to three inches in spots. most it should be over by the morning rush, but it will be messy, as you mentioned. single digits, the below zero wind chills during the day tomorrow. that is bitterly cold stuff. and then, another system coming in, strong enough to probably bring up some warmer air, mostly rain for i-95, but another messy commute, i think, on monday morning. david? >> rob marciano with us tonight. rob, thank you. we turn now to a staggering new number. more than 250 women have now come forward to say former gymnastics team doctor larry nassar sexually abused them. and among them, a young woman who came forward to police in 2004. they did not believe her. tonight, they are now apologizing. here's abc's linsey davis. >> reporter: brianne randall-gay was unwavering as she faced larry nassar in court. >> mr. nassar's abuse went on for too long because nobody was listening to us. >> reporter: sharing how at 17 years old, she went to police back in 2004 when the former msu
doctor sexually abused her under the guise of medical treatment. >> the police questioned you, and you had the audacity to tell them i had misunderstood this treatment, because i was not comfortable with my body. how dare you? >> reporter: today, finally, after 14 years, officials from meridian township, michigan, offered her a public apology. >> on behalf of the community, our police department, to you brianne, we failed you. we let you down. >> reporter: at the time, nassar told police he used a legitimate medical technique, showed them medical journals, even a powerpoint presentation. but police never consulted an outside medical expert or told msu and closed the case. >> we are sorry that we were manipulated and deceived. >> reporter: today, brianne listened in by video conference, saying she first got a private
apology weeks ago. >> i immediately broke down as they apologized. this was a phone call i had been waiting almost 14 years for. >> reporter: brianne says she's now focused on making systematic changes to protect victims of sexual abuse, and she'll be partnering with that police station to do so. david? >> linsey, thank you. there is still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this thursday. the scandal and the admission from the mayor. standing before the cameras, her personal admission, saying, i know that god will forgive me, but that nashville doesn't have to. what she admits to do doing. the alleged police beating. the deputy seen punching and kicking a man during an arrest. they need your help tonight. and the fire onboard a crowded passenger plane. authorities blaming a phone charger. images coming from that plane when we come back.
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admission of wrongdoing from nashville's mayor, megan barry. >> i had a consensual relationship with a member of my security detail, and i am deeply sorry for that. and i am embarrassed and i am sad. i know that -- that god will forgive me, but that nashville doesn't have to. >> reporter: the mayor adding this -- >> i made a serious mistake, but this is not a tragedy. this is a mistake. >> reporter: the head of her security detail, sergeant rob forrest, retiring not long before she stood before those cameras. >> can you say when it ended? >> yes, it's over. >> can you say when? >> yes, it's over. >> when did it end? >> it's over. >> how did it end? >> it ended with saying, "it's over." >> reporter: the mayor, a democrat was pressed about her affair with a subordinate in light of the "me, too" movement.
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finally tonight here, america strong. the super bowl surprise for one beloved bus driver. gary kelmer has been a bus driver for the mt. laurel school district in new jersey for 26 years. almost to his last stop of the day, he has no idea what was just down the street. the town waiting with a super surprise. for the bus driver known for decades simply as mr. gary. >> he's my favorite bus driver. and he's very, very nice. >> reporter: mr. gary spending time with so many families and their kids, fishing, his passion, the kids on that bus and his philadelphia eagles on the field. so, when his favorite team finally made it to the super bowl, those parents got an idea. starting a go fund me page to send mr. gary and his wife to the super bowl. $5,000 in just five days. lining up at mr. gary's last stop of the day. >> mr. gary! mr. gary!
>> reporter: stepping off the bus in his eagles gear. >> oh, boy, oh, boy, oh, boy. i don't know what to say! >> reporter: he didn't know what to say, and that was before he even knew what the surprise was. >> we are sending you to the super bowl. >> reporter: the bus driver with his own team cheering him on. >> hi, david, this is mr. gary. >> reporter: mr. gary sending us this message tonight. >> just wanted to say hello and looking forward to going to the super bowl in minneapolis. >> reporter: the whole town tonight rooting for mr. gary and his philadelphia eagles. ♪ fly eagles fly s >> tis a special dream come true. >> way to go, mr. gary. and thank you for watching here on a thursday night. i'm david muir. i hope to see you right back here tomorrow to finish the no rain and warm winter. are we headed for another
drought? tonight we're live with the evidence that says yes and no. rammed the officer. >> rammed and dragged on that motorcycle like a rag doll. two bay area officers injured today in incidents with eerie similarities, and one major difference. the battery charger catches fire on board a plane, raising important questions about the risks of our electronic devices. i'm michael finney, ahead you'll see the frightening video. remember this? the sight of dry lakes and cracked ground could return to california this year. but some say the situation is not that dire. thanks for joining us, i'm kristin zee in for ama daetz. >> i'm dan ashley. for the first time in months, three california counties fall into the severe drought category, shown on this map in orange. >> and today's snow survey found
the sierra snowpack at 14% of average while statewide it's 27% of average. >> david louie is live with a look at the big picture and a glimpse of what we can expect this year. >> there's no question people have been enjoying a string of warm and sunny days, heading out to trails and parks like this one. but there is concern that ha significant dry spell could imperil our water supply. however, the water district says it's a bit early to use word drought. the reservoir's owned and operated bit valley water district. they're primed to capture runoff. but stretches of sun and warm temperatures have some people wondering about another drought. a trodrought means there's a wa supply shortage. >> we don't have a water shortage because of the good work our commuty