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that's time we have for this edition of abc 7 news at 5:00. i'm dion lim. for all of us here, thank you so tonight, the horror in houston. the massive crowd of 50,000 people erupting into deadly chaos. eight people killed, dozens more injured at the astroworld festival. fans surging toward the stage when rapper travis scott began. concertgoers overcome with fear, pushed to the ground by the crowd. some people trampled. others crushed against each other while standing, hardly able to breathe. those killed ranging in age from 14 to 27 years old. several still hospitalized. what we're learning tonight about the victims and the criminal investigation. also in the news tonight, the victory lap for democrats after that $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill passed the house with bipartisan support. now awaiting president biden's signature.
what it took to get it across the finish line and what challenges lie ahead for the fractured party. the justice department defending the biden administration's vaccine mandate for all businesses with 100 employees or more. this, after it was blocked by a federal appeals court questioning its constitutionality. and tonight, federal officials promising to ramp up the vaccination effort for kids. the new numbers just in, nearly 300,000 children 5 to 11 years old already receiving their first shots. a brazen assassination attempt against iraq's prime minister. armed drones targeting his residence. seven of his security guards wounded. tonight, what we're learning as tensions mount in the region. a heating bill warning. how fuel shortages could affect your heating bill this winter. home.he climate crisis here at - our linsey davis in southeast alaska, where the logging industry wants to create jobs. but could protecting these trees help mitigate climate change? and "america strong."
the new york city marathon back after a pandemic pause and one of its runners staging his own comeback. good evening. it's great to have you with us on a busy sunday night. i'm whit johnson. we begin with the heartbreaking concert tragedy in houston. and the desperate hunt for answers. authorities launching a criminal investigation to find out what went wrong at the astroworld music festival. an estimated 50,000 people there. the crowd pushing forward during a performance by travis scott. one survivor describing how he was pushed off his feet. eight people confirmed to have died. the youngest only 14, the oldest, 27. dozens of others rushed to the hospital. travis scott stopping the performance and calling for aid,
later issuing a statement saying he's devastated. pledging to help those impacted. and a growing makeshift memorial appearing at a gate to remember the victims. marcus moore leads us off from houston. >> reporter: these horrific images capturing the first night of a two-day concert descending into chaos, leaving at least eight people dead and dozens hurt. >> somebody help jump in real quick. >> reporter: authorities in houston tonight, trying to figure out how it happened. >> it looks like folks are coming out of the crowd complaining of difficulty breathing, crushing injuries. seems like the crowd is compressing from what i can tell. >> reporter: officials say there were nearly 50,000 at friday's astroworld festival, headlined by founder and rapper travis scott. when the crowd began to surge toward the front of the stage, pushing fans to the ground and crushing others at the outdoor venue. >> stop the show! stop the show! >> reporter: at one point, the crowd chanting "stop the show" as an injured person lay on the ground. it was 23-year-old arturo
sanchez's third travis scott concert. sanchez was hospitalized after he fell to the ground and sffered a heart attack. >> usually, like, whenever someone falls in that crowd, like, you help them up. but in this case, like, i was on the floor, like, screaming for help and trying to reach for people's hands so they could see me and no one would see me. >> reporter: tonight, at least 13 people remain in the hospital, including a 10-year-old. those who lost their lives ranging in age from 14 to 27 years old. tonight, the family of danish baig saying the 27-year-old was trampled to death trying to save a relative. memorial high school confirming the death of ninth-grader john hilgert. as we learn the identities of more victims -- 16-year-old high school junior brianna rodriguez, franco patino, 21, a senior at the university of dayton, southern illinois university junior jacob jurinek, and 21-year-old axel acosta of washington state. a criminal investigation now under way as authorities pour over videos from the concert. >> there are a lot of unanswered -- a lot of unanswered questions.
and over the next several days, several weeks, could be even longer. we'll take an in-depth look at everything that took place. >> reporter: nearly 1,300 private security guards and houston police officers were on site friday night. authorities said some fans breached a vip section earlier in the day. police quickly gained control. but around 9:30 p.m., calls began pouring in about the horror unfolding during scott's set. police say the show was stopped within 40 minutes of the first reports. concertgoer giorgia rose says the barricades appeared to be no match for the crowds. >> our barricade even started to break and the security had to come over to us and, like, start strapping the rails. and they were even, like, holding it, like, the whole concert because the metal had literally started to break. >> reporter: video capturing an ambulance making its way through the crowd. this apple music livestream shows scott pausing his performance after noticing a fan in need of help. >> we need some help. somebody passed out right here. somebody passed out right here. hold on. don't touch him. don't touch him.
everybody just back up. >> reporter: police are also investigating a report of a security guard who felt a prick in his neck as he tried to restrain a person at the concert. authorities say he fell unconscious and needed to be revived with narcan. festival organizer live nation canceling saturday's concert. and overnight, scott taking to instagram live. >> my fans really mean the world to me. and i always just really want to leave them with a positive experience. and any time i can make out, you know, anything that's going on, you know, i, you know, i stop the show. >> reporter: officials say it isn't the first time crowd control issues have come up at astroworld. in 2019, barricades were breached. that incident leading to stronger fencing, more robust barricades, and an increased security presence at this year's event. and in 2017, scott was charged with inciting a riot and disorderly conduct after he allegedly encouraged fans to rush the stage at an event in arkansas. several people were hurt, including law enforcement. scott reportedly pleaded guilty to a lesser charge in that case. >> so many questions about how
this could have happened. marcus, they're facing at least one lawsuit after the deadly surge friday night? >> reporter: yes, a law firm that says it's representing one of the people who was trampled says they're asking authorities to lock down the scene. perhaps a foreshadow of what is to come as families begin to grieve. >> marcus, thank you. and now to the pandemic, and the legal battle over vaccine mandates. tonight, the administration firing back after an appeals court blocks the requirement. questioning its constitutionality. and a major milestone here in new york city. phil lipof reports. >> reporter: tonight, new york city looking more like it did pre-pandemic. the world's largest marathon back after a two-year delay. >> our whole mantra has been welcome back. let's run this city. let's be back, let's come together. >> reporter: 30,000 runners
required to show proof of vaccination or a negative test before the race. and tonight, the white house not backing down as the justice department vowing to defend the biden administration's vaccine mandate for all businesses with 100 employees or more after a federal appeals court blocked it this weekend, questioning its constitutionality. >> it's good for people's health and for the economy. that's why these requirements make so much sense. >> reporter: federal officials aso promising to ramp up the vaccination effort for children ages 5 through 11 this week. starting monday, new york city opening pop-up vaccination sites at all public schools where kids in that age group can get the shot. in chicago, mayor lori lightfoot is closing schools friday so parents can have time to vaccinate their kids if they choose to. >> it's nice to feel that our kids can now be a bit safer. >> reporter: and while a kaiser study shows two-thirds of parents are still hesitant to get their children in that age group vaccinated, the first numbers are in. nearly 300,000 kids under 12 received pfizer's child vaccine since it was authorized.
and even at this hour, runners continue to cross the finish line in central park. one final note. tomorrow, the u.s. plans to lift all travel restrictions on foreign nationals if they can prove they're vaccinated. that means that tomorrow, at airports across this country, people will be reunited with family, friends, loved ones they haven't seen in more than a year and a half. >> another positive development. phil, thank you. president biden getting ready to sign that massive bipartisan infrastructure bill. desk.easure finally reaching hi- the president calling it a monumental step forward. but progressive and moderate democrats are still at odds over the next phase of president biden's agenda. kenneth moton is at the white house. >> reporter: after months of infighting and election day defeats, democrats for the moment celebrating. >> the resolution is adopted. >> reporter: with the help of 13 republicans, house democrats passing that $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill friday night. >> all the talk about the
elections and what do they mean, they want us to deliver. they want us to deliver. democrats, they want us to deliver. last night we proved we can. >> reporter: the bipartisan bill, expected to be signed into law by president biden the week of november 15th, provides new investments in transportation, roads and bridges, railroads, and public transit. and upgrades to the nation's utilities, broadband, the power grid, and water infrastructure. >> it is the first time in 50 years, 50 years, we have made this kind of investment. >> reporter: but six progressives, including alexandria ocasio-cortez, ilhan omar, and cori bush voting against the bill, upset it wasn't tied to the social spending bill. democrats still fighting an intraparty battle over that $1.75 trillion plan to fund universal preschool, child care, home health care for the elderly, and efforts to combat climate change. >> kenneth moton, back with us at the white house now.
democrats are promising a vote on the second portion of the president's plan. but some are waiting for a more accurate price tag. >> reporter: whit, moderate house democrats want more information from the congressional budget office about where the funds will come from before they sign on to any agreement. progressives say they were promised a vote no later than the week of november 15th. whit? >> kenneth, thank you. we turn now to iraq, and president biden condemning the assassination attempt on the country's prime minister. he was not hurt, but seven security guards were reportedly wounded in a brazen drone attack. here's julia macfarlane. >> reporter: tonight, baghdad on edge after a brazen assassination attempt. the iraqi prime minister unharmed, and defiant. addressing the nation, describing the attempt on his life as a "cowardly attack." officials say three explosive-laden drones targeted the prime minister's residence in baghdad's heavily fortified
green zone. two shot down by security forces. one reached the building. footage showing the back of an suv blown apart, and severe dmage to the building. seven guards injured. so far, no group claiming responsibility. security forces now on high alert. this attack came just 48 hours after violent clashes in baghdad between government forces and supporters of political parties backed by iran. tonight, president biden condemned the attack, calling it terrorism. saying the u.s. stands firmly with the iraqi government and its people. whit? >> julia, thank you. we're following your money tonight. the soaring price of fuel is already hitting pocketbooks. now the energy secretary is warning it's only going to get worse. here's deirdre bolton. >> reporter: tonight, the new warning that heating bills will soar this winter for millions of americans. >> it will be more expensive this year than last year. >> reporter: energy secretary jennifer granholm pointing to
fuel shortages. >> the oil and gas companies are not flipping the switch as quickly as the demand requires. >> reporter: federal energy officials predicting significant cost increases. winter heating bills for homes using natural gas, almost half of the u.s., could be 30% higher this year. nearly 50% higher for those in the midwest. for homeowners and business owners, the worry is intense. >> i run a small business out of my house and i also work full-time remote. so the cost of any bill going up is alarming. >> reporter: rising energy demand, supply chain problems, and a slightly colder winter forecast are all to blame. drivers feeling the pinch as well. the gas price average, $3.42 per gallon, 60% higher than last year. whit? >> deirdre, thank you.
next tonight, in scotland, former president obama set to address the climate summit as the conference enters its second week. outside the conference, massive protests there, tens of thousands demanding more drastic action from delegates. similar protests held around the globe as well. and now a look at the climate crisis right here at home. linsey davis recently traveled to southeast alaska, where a battle is brewing over the future of the crown jewel of american forests. loggers on one side, and environmentalists and indigenous leaders on the other. as linsey davis reports, the fate of those trees could have an impact on all of us. >> reporter: if you listen closely, you can hear just how ving, breathing, teeming with life. the tongass is known as the crown jewel of american forests, sprawling across nearly 17 million acres of land.
covering more than 80% of southeast alaska. but it's also at the center of a contentious debate here -- should alaska protect these sacred trees to help mitigate climate change or expand the logging industry and the local economy? the tongass is the last national forest that still allows large-scale clear cut logging of ancient growth trees. logger eric nichols says they have access to only a small portion of the forest and argues that cutting down more trees will help alaskans more than it would harm the environment. >> where's your amazon boxes going to come from? american consumer still wants this stuff. we're producing it here. it's good jobs for the u.s. people. good jobs for alaskans. >> reporter: but these trees and this soil mean more than jobs to the tlingit, just one of the indigenous tribes who have lived in the tongass for centuries. >> even the pine needles it has is full of life. >> reporter: tlingit conservationist wanda culp is her ancestors. >> this land is in our dna. our dna is on this land.
you can't separate us. and yet that's what they're trying to do. >> reporter: the debate goes well beyond the alaskan wilderness and what happens here could impact us all. tongass is critical to the planet, responsible for removing nearly 8% of our country's carbon emissions. conservation advocate meredith trainor argues the loggers here can't see the forest for the trees. because she says these trees create what's called a "carbon sink." >> with these big trees, with these old forests, they're able to store carbon. so it's not in the atmosphere. it's kind of like a bank that protects us from those impacts. >> reporter: she says logging these ancient trees will only exacerbate climate change. >> we just shouldn't be doing it anymore at this point in time. >> reporter: for any reason? >> for any reason. >> our thanks to linsey for that report. still ahead on "world news tonight," a toddler killed by a stray bullet while asleep in his car seat.
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finally tonight, "america strong." how a cancer survivor was inspired to run the new york city marathon. as the new york city marathon made its return after a pandemic pause -- >> ready to go. >> reporter: 36-year-old burke miller was ready for a comeback of his own. the father of three from baltimore cheered on by his family. but just getting to this race was a struggle ten months in the making, following extensive surgery to treat his second bout with testicular cancer. >> because it was covid, couldn't have any of my family
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dion: tonight on abc 7 news at 6:00, a crime that has left the bay area heartbroken and grief stricken, a toddler's life taken by a stray bullet. tonight, a plea from the child's parents. and illustrating the enormity of the pandemic. the city remembers those who passed away from covid-19. and a big tribute for harvey milk. the former san francisco supervisor received a military honor. abc 7 news at 6:00 starts right now. >> building a better bay area, moving forward, finding solutions. this is abc 7 news. >> i have little ones and it's just so sad. dion: an undeniably senseless and emotional crime, a young life cut short, caught in the crossfire of a freeway shooting.
now the search is on for the people behind the wheel and the gun that claimed the life of a child. with that, we say thank you for joining us. i'm dion lim. developing news tonight about that shooting. it happened yesterday afternoon in oakland when two people inside two cars exchanged gunfire. abc 7 news reporter cornell barnard says investigators are searching for suspects in this tragedy. >> it's just so devastating, so sad. cornell: shock and disbelief over the sudden death of a fremont toddler, jasper wu. his family's neighbor was stunned to hear the news. >> i can't believe it. i see the family always in the front of the house with the little kids. cornell: relatives say the 23 month old was asleep in his car seat, riding and his mother's white lexus in oakland when the car was struck by gunfire saturday afternoon. >> reporting a shooting on the freeway. >> there's a child that's