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answering your questions. see you back here at 4:00. tonight, the major new developments after the deadly christmas parade tragedy in wisconsin. a man driving right into the parade. tonight, police identifying the suspect behind the wheel and horrifying new images emerging of the red suv speeding through the parade, right into a marching band. at least five people killed, more than 40 injured. six children in critical condition tonight. the police chief emotional today, reading the names of the victims. ages 52 to 81. and what we've learned tonight about the man behind the wheel. this evening, the news on covid and boosters in this country. the long lines. and not everyone having an easy time finding a booster. with covid cases on the rise just as we head into thanksgiving, what you need to know tonight. the thanksgiving getaway now
under way. millions already on the road tonight. more than 50 million americans expected to drive or fly this week. the highest gas prices in years and the weather. temperatures plunging tonight. the big chill from the great lakes to the east coast. and what to expect thanksgiving day. closing arguments tonight in the ahmaud arbery case. the prosecutor telling the jury three white men killed arbery, quote, because he was a black man running down the street. the defense claiming they were trying to make a citizen's arrest. the crackdown tonight. authorities concerned over smash and grab robberies in this country. the images of thieves swarming stores in the san francisco bay area. stealing from nordstrom. up to 100 people emptying other high end stores. new video and new questions tonight involving tennis star peng shuai. what is it about the video that has many not convinced?>>tonighn to black friday and major deals online already tonight. we'll go down the list here.
and america strong tonight. the young teen you met right here friday night and what they've now done. this gets even better. good evening and it's great to start another week with all of you at home. and we begin tonight with the new reporting here, the horrific new details now emerging after that christmas parade tragedy in wisconsin. a driver speeding right down the parade route there, right into people in that parade, killing five. at least 48 injured, including 1 children. many of them in critical condition tonight. this evening, that driver is now in custody, facing five counts of intentional homicide. we're going to be careful here with these difficult new images now emerging tonight. at first, it looks like any other parade, but then you see the suv coming into the frame there, swerving around the marching band and continuing right through. children all along the route. the driver narrowly missing that
little girl in pink there on the left. this overhead view tonight, the suv about to hit several marchers and keep going, obviously, we have frozen the video there. al of this so difficult to look at. and the families watching the parade route in shock. parents clutching their children, people looking for loved ones. the police cars then arriving, the empty street when it was all over. you can see the police tape there, lawn chairs and bags simply left behind. tonight, daryl brooks has been identified as the driver. police say he might have been leaving the sce of a domesti evious arrest.ez leads us off tonight from waukesha. >> reporter: tonight, horrifying new images showing that suv swerving through the crowd in waukesha, wisconsin, ramming into members of a marching band at the christmas parade. >> oh, my gosh! >> get out of the way! >> a maroon ford escape just blew by while heading into the parade route.
>> reporter: from holiday smiles to indescribable fear, these images from above showing entire families, children and participants like the dancing grannies, desperately trying but unable to escape the vehicle's path. >> there's like seven injured that way! there's so many down there! >> reporter: matthew rude was with his two girls, ages 2 and 5. seconds before the incident, they wanted some of the candy being handed out. >> she said, "daddy, can i go get that piece of candy?" and i said, "no, honey, you stay by m." don't go past this line, okay? and there's a reason why i said that, okay? and not even a minute later, that's exactly where the suv drove by. >> i can't find her! >> reporter: person after person mowed down. five people killed. at least 48 injured, including 18 children. six still in critical condition. >> there was just, like, so many bodies in the road, and then i saw them start to pick them up and they were little kids. >> reporter: terrified, many screaming for loved ones.
>> lisa! >> reporter: for more than a third of a mile down main street, that vehicle slamming into people. dan scheniderman's record shop is on the parade route. about 60 people ran in to seek refuge. he helped perform first aid on some of the injured. >> i literally saw roughly ten people bounce off that car. and you could hear thud, thud, thud, thud as he drove through that. and you could hear it, which is a sound i'll never forget. >> reporter: authorities tonight identifying the driver of that suv as 39-year-old darrell brooks, arrested and charged with five counts of first degree intentional homicide. officials say just back on november 2nd, brooks was accused of using what appears to be the same vehicle to run over the mother of his child. investigators believe before the parade incident, he was fleeing
another crime scene, possibly a domestic disturbance. police say he was not being pursued when he rammed the parade barricades and unleashed havoc. >> i want to identify the victims that we know of at this time. and i say this with great sorrow. >> reporter: the police chief emotional as he identified the victims and described those who helped. >> minutes after the incident occurred, i responded to the scene. and what i saw out of chaos and tragedy was heroism. >> reporter: tonight, authorities identifying those tragically killed. four women and one man, ages 52 to 81. among them, tammy durand. her husband tonight telling abc news, "her memory will bring joy to all who knew her." and david, it might be hard to make out, but you can see, there are hundreds of people behind me here for this vigil tonight. authorities say they do not believe this is a case of
terrorism, but they are closely reviewing the suspect's criminal record including that case earlier this month where he was accused of using a car to run over the mother of his child. he's due in court tomorrow afternoon. david? >> just an awful scene and all of this right before the holiday. alex perez leading us off tonight. alex, thank you. and as we mark this thanksgiving week tonight, millions are now lining up for those booster shots. the cdc giving final approval for boosters for all adults in this country, 18 and older now. the cdc saying 3 million americans got their boosters in just the past three days, but not everyone is having an easy time finding one. here's abc's stephanie ramos tonight. >> reporter: with thanksgiving just days away, americans now racing to get a booster shot. >> being able to see my family and not worry about getting them sick. >> reporter: since that green light from the cdc, 3 million booster shots have gone into arms over the last three days. >> boosting people's overall protection against covid-19 disease and death was important to do now.
>> reporter: but it took awhile for some to find a shot, like new york city teacher peggy rodriguez. did that concern you that you may not have as much protection as you're going to work as you did a few months earlier? >> absolutely. just being more around vulnerable populations like young children. i wanted to get that as soon as possible. various pharmacies to figure out which ones were going to have it, it was really frustrating. >> reporter: it comes as millions of americans fly for the thanksgiving weekend. but administration officials insist there will be no impact to holiday travel, after reporting 93% of tsa workers are have either gotten the vaccine or asked for an exemption. overall, 90% of the nation's 3.5 million federal workers have gotten at least one shot. and tonight, david, reporting an increase in covid cases among children. for instance, in massachusetts, the highest infection rate per capita is among 5 to
9-year-olds. david? >> stephanie, thank you. and we turn next this evening to closing arguments in the ahmaud arbery case. the prosecutor telling the jury three white men killed arbery, quote, because he was a black man running down the street. the defense claiming they were trying to make a citizen's arrest. here's abc's steve osunsami. >> reporter: one of the first things the prosecutor drove home as she began her closing arguments today is the issue of color really mattered. >> and they made their decision to attack ahmaud arbery in their driveways because he was a black man running down the street. >> reporter: she said it was three on one, with their guns and pickup trucks, versus an unarmed young black man who wasn't even carrying a cell phone or a wallet. >> if you are the initial unjustified aggressor, you don't get to claim self-defense. >> reporter: defense lawyers told jurors that this killing was self-defense because when they look at this same disturbing cell phone video from that sunny february day nearly two years ago, they see the
victim trying to overpower their client and take his gun. >> and so he's done what he thinks the law allows him to do, which is to try to de-escalate that approach by showing force. showing force necessary to prevent travis himself or his father from getting beaten and possibly killed. >> reporter: travis mcmichael, who fired the fatal shots, his father gregory mcmichael, who was also armed that day, and their neighbor william "roddie" bryan, who police say joined the chase and recorded the video, have all pleaded not guilty. they're hoping that they've convinced jurors that they were making a citizen's arrest under then georgia law. but prosecutors told jurors that the law requires the men to have immediate knowledge of something that ahmaud arbery did wrong, and none of them saw him steal anything at the neighborhood construction site. prosecutors continue the second part of their closing arguments tomorrow morning. then the judge will give the jury instructions and then the
jury will deliberate. the judge has moved the deliberation room to an interior room in the courthouse directly behind me because he is concerned about jurors hearing the sounds of demonstrators through the windows. david? >> all right, steve osunsami on this case again tonight. steve, thank you. tonight, a florida judge has officially exonerated four black men falsely accused of rape more than 70 years ago. the men known as the groveland four were accused of raping a 17-year-old white woman in 1949. but the state has now determined evidence was falsified. two were fatally shot, the other two were sentenced to life in prison. all four men have now passed away. a monument was unveiled in their memory last year. and tonight, from haiti, two of the 17 americans being held, all members of a missionary group, kidnapped more than a month ago, are now free tonight. ohio-based christian aid ministries confirming they are safe and in good spirits, but not sharing the names or details of their release. authorities say one of haiti's
most notorious gangs kidnapped them. and you'll remember they demanded $17 million in ransom almost immediately. tonight, the state department saying the u.s. is, quote, deeply engaged in freeing the remaining 15. back in this country tonight, the crackdown, authorities growing increasingly concerned after a wave of what they call smash and grab robberies. groups of people swarming stores, nordstrom and other high end stores and making off with thousands of dollars worth of goods. abc's kaylee hartung with the images tonight. >> reporter: tonight, a rash of smash and grab thefts targeting retailers around the country, just as the holiday shopping season picks up. in california, the bay area suddenly seeing mobs of people ambushing stores. >> a lot of them are going in there, grabbing as much merchandise as they can, and me assltg employeesthe weend, before t mercndise inanto
>> probably saw 50 to 80 people in ski masks, crow bars, weapons. >> reporter: and in san francisco, more than $1 million in merchandise was stolen after as many as 100 people rushed several stores, including this louis vuitton. >> look, i have no sympathy, no empathy whatsoever, people smashing and grabbing, stealing people's items, creating havoc and terror on our streets. >> reporter: tonight, the governor lashing out at the recent spate of crimes. >> we want real accountability, we want people prosecuted, and we want people to feel safe. >> reporter: and david, as we head into the holiday season, governor newsome says shoppers across california should expect to see an increased police presence around shopping centers. david? >> kaylee hartung tonight. kaylee, thank you. we turn now to thanksgiving travel tonight. millions have already started their trips. tonight, aaa expecting nearly 50 million people to drive for the holiday. they'll be facing those gas prices and more than 5.5 million people expected to fly. the biggest flying days, they say, wednesday and sunday, no
surprise. our weather team continuing to follow the thanksgiving week forecast. temperatures plunging tonight. the big cre kes to the east nea from coast to coast and then a milder forecast for the thanksgiving day in the northeast and much of the country and that's welcome news. of course, so much tension on the day after thanksgiving, black friday. turns out many of the deals are already up online tonight. abc's erielle reshef goes down the list. >> reporter: tonight, the clock is counting down to black friday, but the deals are already up for grabs. at target, this kitchenaid stand mixer normally goes for $430, but now, it's $220. this apple watch, which normally retails for $280, is on sale at best buy for $220. and at kohls, this roomba vacuum, originally $375, now on sale for $190, plus an additional 15% off at checkout. experts predict consumers will spend about $998 on average on
gifts this year, about 13% more than last year. >> big box retailers are all ready and set for supply chain issues. small mom and pop retailers, not so much. >> reporter: but unlike years past, experts say holding out for better deals isn't always the best move. >> the demand is going to increase for product as we get closer to the holiday. so when there's short supply of product and demand increases, the price increases. >> reporter: and david, more and more big box retailers are giving their employees the day off on thanksgiving. target announcing today it will close for the holiday, joining trader joe's, aldi and walmart. david? >> here it comes. erielle, thank you. ander with turn now to our continuing abc news special report on the climate crisis. tonight, our team inside the amazon rain forest, under a triple threat. and what's now been left behind. abc's matt gutman from peru. >> reporter: from the air, they may look like rivers of gold, but on the ground, they are
wastelands left by gold mining in the heart of the amazon. everything you see around me is part of what's called la pampa. until just a couple of years ago, all of this was virgin rainforest. but hundreds of gold miners were granted concessions here, turning this into a vast desert that goes on for mile after mile. we traveled here to survey these gold mines with paul rosolie, a conservationist who co-founded jungle keepers. what we saw was apocalyptic. we're in the heart of what should be the pristine amazon, and right over our shoulders is a sandstorm. that is just mind boggling. the western amazon is said to be the most biodiverse spot on the planet. but a trio of scourges is killing the amazon -- gold mining, logging, and slashing and burning for agriculture. these kinds of burns are what are causing 10% to 15% of all the co2 in the atmosphere, right? >> that's right. almost a fifth of human carbon emissions are coming from this. all we have to do is not burn down forests.
>> reporter: the men who set the fires telling us they had to burn this part of the forest to create farmland in order to feed their families. but those trees are the linchpins of the amazon's biodiversity. i'm standing about 130 feet up in the canopy of an ironwood tree. now this is one of the keystone species of the entire amazon rain forest. and everything that you see in front of you right now is protected by the jungle keepers, but that is just a drop in the vast ocean of green that is the amazon. but rosolie says there is still hope. >> it's not too late. we're at the point now where we still have a chance to protect all these species. that's why we need to focus on it so much right now, because this is the last decade that we're going to have that chance. >> reporter: david, there is plenty that folks can do from their own home to try to stop the kind of deforestation you're seeing right behind me, like practicing responsible consumerism. and that means knowing where the things you buy come from and helping organizations you trust doing the good work on the ground. david? >> really good advice, matt,
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finally tonight here, i heard from so many of you after our persons of the week friday night. well tonight, what that young teen did after we said good night. tonight, the california school for the deaf riverside, the cubs, proving yet again they are america strong. just one game away now from doing something their school has never done before in its 68-year history. winning the football state championship in their division. they are undefeated and after friday night's report, they won again, now 12-0. the players, the coaches, are all deaf, winning against teams u met them just hours before their semifinals. they signed their "hello, david." running back eno signing this. "deaf people can do anything. we're not the stereotype that's out there."
we were there friday after the news. their family, their classmates, all signing to them from the stands, the big game. and the messages we saw. "we believe in you," "you got this." and that running back, eno, scoring a touchdown. yard ward, he told us, "we do the best that we can. we do it regardless of being deaf. deaf communities, this is for you guys." and coach keith adams, who you met here, too, we watched as he signed the plays on the field. after the game, telling us, "we st arut we't like everyone else. we can play." right here tonight, coach adams and his players at the championship luncheon, sending this postgame message. christian jimenez signing, "we can't explain, it's amazing. we feel so inspired. we feel so honored. but it's not finished yet." one more game. we're already proud. i' building a better
area moving forward finding solutions. this is abc 7 news. still kind of sad to see that you know, it happened friday night took it upon themselves to rush into a store and create havoc clearly not fearing that anything would happen to them unacceptable. period full stop to see is the fullest extent of the law exercise. more than a million dollars irs merchandise stolen as dozens of people swarm multiple. was across the bay area. good afternoon. i'm kristen z and i'm dan ashley. thank you for joining us. it was just something to see wasn't it today. we're digging deeply into these weekend robberies and devoting the bulk of our reporting and research to this topic as part of our focus on building a better bay area because a better bay area is a bay area where we can all shop safely without being concerned about criminals storming the store.
this weekend's organized thefts were in these five bay area cities over the weekend, san francisco. friday saturday and sunday walnut creek, saturday, hayward, saturday and san jose sunday in each case thieves broke into the stores grabbing what they could and then in many of these cases got away before police could respond all in a matter of minutes police say they won't put up with it residents are rattled retailers want action. steps like these affect more than just the retailers. they affect your quality of life. we have team coverage today with crews at the hot spots across the bay area abc 7 insider film meteor had a one-on-one conversation with san francisco. police. chief bill scott and 7 on your side's michael. finney will have a look at what you could face if you inadvertently buy some of these goods. all right. now it all began friday when a large mob of people ran into the louis vuitton store in san francisco's union square. they also hit a burberry, bloomingdale. yves saint laurent stealing more than a million dollars in