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breaking news as we come on the air tonight. the state of emergency at this hour. multiple tornadoes reported already. the devastating damage. we're on the scene. about to power right up the east coast. 45 million in the path. also breaking, the new surveillance images of the alleged uber gunman. where he was in the hours before the rampage. the race for the white house, and tonight, the showdown in nevada. donald trump lashing out at ted cruz. and what trump said when asked why he's not taking on marco rubio. breaking news on the zika outbreak, right here in the u.s. tonight. authorities now confirming more than a dozen new cases of the disease sexually transmitted. late details coming in now. and the reporter on the field, the "dancing with the stars" favorite, tonight, suing a major hotel. did they allow an alleged stalker to get the room next door to spy on her?
good evening. and it's great to have you with us here on a tuesday night. and we begin with the massive and deadly storm system slamming the south, and about to move right up the east coast. several tornadoes striking already. and a state of emergency declared in multiple states, mississippi, alabama. and from louisiana tonight, these images coming in. a triple water spout there, forming in lake pontchartrain. one of those reported tornadoes in prairieville, louisiana, tearing up this shopping district. that storm then on the move, heading up the coast. heavy rain, wind and right behind it, sleet and snow. several major cities in the path. a dangerous night ahead. and a travel nightmare tomorrow. we are on it all tonight, and abc's linzie janis leads us off from louisiana tonight. linzie? >> reporter: david, we're here in prairieville, where a reported tornado rippled apart this gym. it took off the roof. you can see, this metal beam is all that's left of the side
wall, completely knocked down. this damage, from one of multiple tornadoes reported across the gulf coast. >> oh look, it's going down! >> reporter: funnel clouds trying to touch down near new new orleans. >> a tornado warning in this area. take shelter now. extreme threat. >> reporter: severe weather spawning this massive water spout on lake pontchartrain. >> third one coming off to the side. >> reporter: watch as two more form on the sides. the threat growing throughout the day. now, a particularly dangerous situation. officials in four states telling residents to be on extreme alert for large, long-tracking tornadoes. major damage to downtown businesses in prairieville. incredibly, dozens of people inside this gold's gym, unharmed, as a reported tornado rips through. >> i started screaming, everybody get down, everybody get down, take cover. >> reporter: the entire side of the building sheared off. the storms started in the middle of the night near san antonio,
with golf ball-sized hail. this car getting pummeled. heavy rain bringing accidents. one person injured when this tractor trailer overturned and three cars slammed into it. in houston, this school bus caked with mud after it flipped onto its side, injuring the driver. no kids on board. david, these storms are on the move, they're headed east, and nighttime is the most dangerous time for tornadoes. so, authorities across the gulf region asking people to be on alert. david? >> linzie, thank you. of course, because people then go to bed and you say this is not going to weaken throughout the night. >> reporter: no, the winds top to pot tom bottom in the atmosphere are such that things, if anything, may strengthen. that's going to be extremely dangerous. tornadoes warnings just east of slidell, louisiana, now just east of hattiesburg, stretching into alabama for the first time. tornado watches posted until 10:00 p.m. and again, a particularly dangerous situation, with large tornadoes possible. and this extends into pensacola and points to the east, as we go through the overnight hours. look at the low as it tracks up to the north and east. severe storms across tomorrow in
the dar lie thats. heavy snows on the back side of this from st. louis to chicago to detroit. so, there's a winter come appropriate, as well. >> a mess right through wednesday and thursday. rob, thank you. in the meantime, tonight, we move onto another developing headline. new surveillance images tonight of the alleged uber gunman, in the hours before the rampage. this apparently is the suspect at a gun shop, earlier in the day. the owner says he bought a tactical vest and appeared upbeat. just hours later, police say he targeted victims at random. three different sites, within 12 miles. actually picking up passengers in between the shootings. abc's alex perez with the surveillance. >> reporter: tonight, those new images believed to show uber driver jason dalton inside a gun shop. the store owner says nothing seemed out of the ordinary, and dalton bought a tactical jacket like this one. >> the person that was in here was friendly, talked to us, was smiling, joking around. >> reporter: less than three hours later, the first shooting. investigators say dalton picked up uber fares in between the attacks. >> i've described this as intentional, as deliberate, as cold.
>> reporter: uber confirms the 45-year-old father of two had passed a background check and tonight, new details about this car dealership, where richard smith and his 17-year-old son, tyler, were gunned down. authorities revealing tyler's girlfriend survived by hiding in the backseat of the family car and called 911. and 14-year-old abigail kopf, she was among the victims shot at this cracker barrel restaurant parking lot. four others, including her grandma barb, killed. doctors say the teenager's heart at one point stopped. her family describing that moment they learned she's alive and still fighting. >> actually, she squeezed my hand. it was a miracle on its own. you don't expect it, and all of a sudden, it's there. my daughter is not dead. she is alive and she is fighting for her life. >> reporter: and david, the uber driver has been appointed a public defender. meanwhile, investigators tonight say they are hunting for answers and a motive. david? >> alex perez with us tonight. alex, thank you. next here, to the race for
the white house tonight, and the republican showdown in nevada. tonight, voters will have their say. front-runner donald trump, trying to seal the deal, doubling down in his attacks on senator ted cruz today. but one of his closest challengers, senator marco rubio, wracking up endorsements. trump explaining today why he isn't going after marco rubio, at least not yet. and one more development. one republican candidate saying today, "i don't know if my purpose is to be president." abc's tom llamas in las vegas. >> reporter: donald trump, tonight, saying nevada is no one-night stand. promising a long-term relationship, if caucus-goers pick him over his opponents. >> you'll never see them again, believe me, so that's it. but trump -- i'm going to be with you here all night. all night. >> reporter: trump hoping a win here will choke any hope from rivals like senator ted cruz. >> this guy, ted cruz, is the single biggest liar i have ever dealt with in my life. >> reporter: the gop front-runner, relishing his fight with cruz. >> he is like a little baby.
soft, weak, little baby by comparison. but for lying, he's the best i've ever seen. he's the best. >> reporter: but today, cruz fighting back. >> the truth of the matter is, if donald became president, no one would know what the heck he would do. he doesn't know what the heck he would do. >> reporter: but as he battles cruz, trump refusing to lay a finger on senator marco rubio, who continues to win endorsements from establishment leaders. >> marco rubio is a nice young man. he has not hit me, i'm treating him nicely. when he hits me -- oh, is he going to be hit. and at some point, he may get nasty, in which case, you know, fine. and i hope he does, because it's more fun, right? isn't it more fun? >> reporter: rubio has momentum, but he has yet to win a single state. if you don't win tonight in nevada, what proof do you have, what evidence, what can you show to your supporters that you'll win any state at all? >> you have a very hard core majority of republicans that do not want donald trump as the nominee. and as long as they're being divided up three or four people, it's good for donald. but that's not going to continue. >> reporter: do they need to
drop out then? >> i think voters are going to take care of that, you already saw that. >> reporter: and tonight, one of rubio's rivals, governor john kasich, sounding like a man whose time is running out. >> i don't know if my purpose is to be president. my purpose is to be out here doing what i think i need to be doing, and we'll see where it ends up. >> reporter: kasich's upbeat style, a stark contrast to trump, who recently lit into a protester interrupting his speech. >> he's walking out like big high fives, smiling, laughing, like to punch him in the face, i'll tell you. >> and tom llamas with us live tonight. a big night ahead in nevada, but some candidates, tom, you were telling us, have already left, headed to super tuesday states? >> reporter: that's right, david. senator marco rubio and governor john kasich, both in other states campaigning, focused on next week and super tuesday. david? >> all right, the results overnight and first thing in the morning on "gma." tom, thank you. now, to major developments on the democratic side. just four days until the south carolina primary, and tonight, hillary clinton drawn back into her e-mail controversy. the new question, will top aides
now have to testify? the clinton team's response, coming in right now. and the question for senator bernie sanders tonight, is there still a path? hillary clinton with a nearly 30-point lead in south carolina, and abc's cecilia vega is there. >> reporter: tonight, as hillary clinton hopes for a big win in south carolina, a federal judge delivering a stark reminder to voters about that controversy still hanging over her campaign. the judge ruling clinton's top aides and state department officials should testify under oath about their role in setting up the private e-mail server she used as secretary of state. bernie sanders on the trail today, too, trying for the win he needs to keep his campaign afloat. but when the crowd began to boo at the mention of clinton's name -- >> my opponent, secretary clinton and i have a strong disagreement -- [ booing ] no. no, no, no. >> reporter: sanders wouldn't have it. >> no. i respect secretary clinton, we can have differences.
>> reporter: sanders now setting his sights beyond south carolina, to super tuesday, hoping for wins in colorado, minnesota, massachusetts and his home state, vermont. clinton trying to cash in on her support among minority voters across the south. counting on victories in arkansas, texas, georgia and alabama. >> all right, we'll see. and cecilia live tonight. the clinton team responding to word that clinton aides may now have to testify? >> reporter: david, clinton's campaign manager said right wing attacks are behind this court case. for her part, she is here in this church tonight, making her last-minute pitch to south carolina voters. david? >> cecilia vega with us live again tonight. cecilia, thank you. next, to a major new voice in the battle between apple and the fbi tonight. of course, at issue, whether apple should help the fbi unlock the iphone used by one of the san bernardino attackers. tonight, that tech giant, microsoft founder bill gates now weighing in, saying this isn't about finding a back door into that phone. he says it's an isolated case. again tonight, abc's pierre thomas.
>> reporter: tonight, apple supporters rallied outside the fbi and at apple stores across the country. >> hands off our phones! >> reporter: microsoft founder bill gates was weighing in on apple's fight against the court order to open a san bernardino killer's iphone. >> nobody's talking about a back door, so, that's not the right question. this is a specific case, where the government's asking for access to information. they're not asking for some general thing. they're asking for a particular case. >> reporter: in his interview with "the financial times," gates did not give an opinion on what apple should do, but said this is a debate that needs to be had and resolved. >> the courts will tell them whether to provide the access or not. it's no different than, you know -- should anybody have ever been able to tell the phone company to get information? >> reporter: he seems to be at odds with other giants of the tech industry, who have rushed to back apple. a new pew poll finding 51% of americans believing that apple should unlock that phone.
and 38% that say the company should not. but david, apple has its supporters. a rally here at fbi headquarters is just wrapping up, and they were quite vocal. david? >> pierre thomas live at the fbi tonight. pierre, thank you. and to the white house tonight. president obama today vowing to close the guantanamo bay prison, once and for all, revealing his new plan. but tonight here, we ask, where would those prisoners go? some of them to unspecified locations here in the u.s. here's abc's chief white house correspondent jonathan karl. >> reporter: it holds some of the world's most notorious terrorists, including 9/11 mastermind khalid sheikh mohammed, and abu zubaydah, once al qaeda's chief of operations. in releasing his plan to close guantanamo -- >> keeping this facility open is contrary to our values. it undermines our standing in the world. >> reporter: -- the president is trying to keep one of his first promises as a presidential candidate. >> we will close guantanamo. >> reporter: the white house plan is short on specifics.
of the 91 detainees, about 30 would be transferred to other countries. the rest, brought to unspecified locations in the u.s. >> the yays are 91. >> reporter: congress has already voted to forbid bringing detainees to the u.s. but the white house today didn't rule out the president acting on his own. it's a really simple question. if those barriers remain in place, can you still close that facility, yes or no? >> we are now asking for congress to give it fair consideration. and i'm not going to speculate at this point, if congress refuses to do that. >> reporter: and david, if the president tries to defy congress and close guantanamo on his own, congressional republicans say they are prepared to fight him in court. in fact, they have already hired lawyers to make the case. >> jon karl live at the white house. jon, thank you. and jon, as you know, there was another major development today, in a different battle playing out in washington. the fight over replacing justice antonin scalia at the supreme court. tonight, senate republicans ruling out taking action on anyone president obama might nominate. senate majority leader mitch mcconnell say, quote,
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>> this is so humiliating to her, and it continues. >> reporter: her lawyers telling a nashville jury, michael david barrett called the marriott of vanderbilt university with a strange request. >> i, michael barrett, want a room next to erin andrews. that's my request. >> reporter: and the hotel did nothing to prevent him from finding her room number and subsequently booked him in a room next door, where, according to the lawsuit, he removed and altered the peephole of her room. >> he stands there for 4 1/2 minutes and videos her. >> reporter: barrett later posting the video online. in 2010, he pled guilty to stalking and was sentenced to 30 months in prison. but according to andrews, the incident caused her severe and permanent emotional distress. today in court, the hotel's lawyers arguing barrett's criminal behavior was his responsibility, not theirs. >> he deceived, he connived, he stalked. >> reporter: according to the hotel's lawyers, barrett is expected to testify in this trial. and the trial is expected to
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>> reporter: on the grammy stage, he thanked the folks back home at the bus barn. >> would like to send out a shoutout to the transportation department in wilson county, tennessee. >> reporter: thompson sings bass for the fairfield four, a legendary a capella gospel group. his day job pays him $17 an hour, driving little boys and girls with special needs. the children he serves are now sharing their love, which he says, feels just as nice as his grammy. steve osunsami, abc news, atlanta. ♪ born in bethlehem >> mr. joe sounds great. we'll see him on the bus. and we hope to see you right back here tomorrow night. i'm david muir. from all of us here, have a good evening. good night.
>>. abc7 news is live at one of the many rallies against apple. and this poster went up at a high school. see the journey to change the campus culture. >> talking with the director whose real life story inspired this pixar animation. and a man buys a new iphone, and it is or theed stolen, coming up next, avoiding the latest stolen phone scam. the federal government is stuck on this screen and investigators request for apple to help them crack the code is the reason for rallies around the world today.
>> good evening. i'm dan ashley. >> seven rallies are happening here in northern california including santa rosa and los gatos. >> but the largest rally is expected to be in san francisco. that is where wayne freedman is live. >> this has a name, they call it great encryption debate. at stockton street near market they're estimating 30 people. they have more than 30. the fbi and justice department want apple to open the lock to a private device and there is a principle, they say, a precedent. it's the kind of rally the founders of our bill of rights never imagined. >> it is a law going back to the 18th century in american history they're using as a basis for the law. the law, on the