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this morning, celebrations in the streets of libya as a violent dictator meets a violent end. good morning, everybody. thanks for being with us. i'm mara tellez. >> i'm jon kelley. this morning, moammar gadhafi, one of the longest serving dictators in the world is now dead, killed in his hometown after months in hiding. >> the news confirmed by libya's prime minister is changing the landscape of the country and impacting politics throughout the world. we are waiting for a special report any minute from the nation's capital, but first, nbc bay area's steve handles it man is live in washington, d.c. this morning with the latest on the capture and death of gadhafi. >> marla, and jon. good day to you. here in washington, any moment now, president obama will come out into the rose garden at the white house, no doubt to not only confirm that the u.s. government now officially is saying that moammar gadhafi is dead, but to comment on it because in the view of many
worldwide, the dictator is gone because of what barack obama did, and there's satisfaction here in washington today because a limited u.s. role, a limited u.s. military role seems to have come to a satisfactory conclusion. if the cell phone video is graphic, but it's shaky and for hours, u.s. officials were scrambling to verify what libyan rebels claimed, that moammar gadhafi is dead. but no one denied it. after 41 years in power, the murderous reign of the man many called a deranged dictator was already over. but this looks like closure and relief. gadhafi gone. >> he was going to stick it out and die a martyr. and it seems to me like he got his wish. >> reporter: libyans celebrated, many had joined the rebels to overthrow the leader they once loved, then grew to fear and hate. but they needed help and they got it from the u.s.
>> we did go in and supported a rebellion against gadhafi. it's a good thing he's gone. we ought to be careful about the lessons learned. >> reporter: one lesson is, air power alone can work. in attacks ordered by president obama, nato warplanes pounded gadhafi forces. in late spring as the u.s. role dwindled to the use of drones, italy france and others kept up the air attacks but gadhafi, facing war crimes charges and accusations of mass murder refused to give up or get out even after the capital tripoli fell. he was holed up in the town of sirte. rebels say warplanes attacked a con voile near sirte today and according to some reports, that is how and where moammar gadhafi was caught and killed. >> marla and jon, the future of libya is a big question mark.
there's no question tonight, millions in the arab be world and the middle east are thankful for the u.s. intervention. so far as we know, no americans have lost their lives. back to you. >> steve, clearly a seismic shift we are with the death of gadhafi. how do you perceive the best and worst case scenario here? >> best case is, libya actually grows a democracy. it's pro-u.s. that all over the middle east, people remember and get it that it was barack obama who overthrew this dictator and that it ripples out and that the folks in syria who are engaged in their own rebellion, in bahrain don't say to the u.s. in a negative way, how come you helped the libyans and you're not helping us, which leads to more downsides. what if libya never unifies? there's no democracy? part of it gets taken over by radical islamic elements that might support and shelter and harbor al qaeda. people forget quickly it was brx who helped bring down one of the most hated arab dictators.
it's a big margin between best and worst. nobody knows where we're headed. >> talk about extremes. steve handelsman live in washington, d.c. we are waiting for a special report to take place at the white house. this could happen any minute. you can see right on the rose garden here, the podium as we wait for president obama to address the nation in regards to the fall, the death of moammar gadhafi. >> we'll get to that as soon as it happens. right now this morning, much closer to home, a disgruntled security guard on the run after a shooting spree is now under arrest. >> investigators are trying to piece together the moments that led to this moment he allegedly pulled trigger. >> detectives say doran long junior got into a shoot-out with his supervisor in the richmond office. >> this after the suspect fired bullets. >> here is brian williams. >> good day from new york and in just a moment from washington, as well. moammar gadhafi who led libya
for 42 years is dead. and we're about to hear from the president of the united states in the rose garden. we'll keep an eye on that scene as the president exits the oval office, makes his way to the podium. before we do that, our choef foreign correspondent richard engel just back from yet another trip to the region. what does this death mean? put it in perspective? >> it gives libya a chance to start over. they don't have to keep looking for gadhafi. the fighting phase of the libyan revolution can be over. and it sends a message around the region. mubarak is gone, he's on trial. syria's regime is on its back foot. now gadhafi after 42 years is dead. >> this piece of videotape, there are several, but this one is circulating around the world today. this shows moammar gadhafi not in great shape but alive and in custody. at one point loaded on to and
kind of being dragged behind annan loaded from a pickup truck while people screamed if he everishly around him and brandished at least one automatic handgun as you saw there. various stories about where he was found, a drainage pipe, an industrial park. but now we're about to hear from the president of the united states at the white house. >> good afternoon, everybody. today the government of libya announced the death of moammar gadhafi. this marks the end of a long and painful chapter for the people of libya who now have the opportunity to determine their own destiny in a new and democratic libya. for four decades, the gadhafi regime ruled the libyan people with an iron fist. basic human rights were denied, innocent civilians were detained, beaten, and killed. and libya's wealth was squandered. the enormous potential of the
libyan people was held back and terror was used as a political weapon. today, we can definitively say that the gadhafi regime has come to an end. the last major regime strongholds have fallen. the new government is consolidating the control over the country. and one of the world's longest serving dictators is no more. one year ago, the notion of a free libya seemed impossible. but then the libyan people rose up and depended their rights. and when gadhafi and his forces started going city to city, town by town to brutalize men, women and children, the world refused to stand idly by. faced with the potential of mass atrocities and a call for help from the libyan people, the united states and our friends and allies stopped gadhafi's forces in their tracks. a coalition that included the
united states, nato and arab nations persevered through the summer to protect libyan civilians. and emeanwhile, the courageous libyan people fought for their own people and broke the back of the regime. so this is a mo memt to us day in the history of libya. the dark shadow of tyranny has been lifted and with this enormous promise, the libyan people now have a great responsibility. to build an inclusive and tolerant and democratic libya that stands as the ultimate rebuke to gadhafi's dictatorship. we look forward to the announcement of the country's liberation, the quick formation of an interim government, and a stable transition to libya's first free and their elections and we call on our libyan friends to continue to work with the international community to secure dangerous materials and to respect the human rights of all libyans, including those who
have been detained. we're under no illusions. libya will travel a long and winding road to full democracy. there will be difficult days ahead. but the united states together with the international community, is committed to the libyan people. you have won your revolution. and now we will be a partner as you forge a future that provides dignity, freedom, and opportunity. for the region, today's events prove once more that the rule of an iron fist inevitably comes to an end. across the arab world, citizens have stood up to claim their rights. youth are delivering a powerful rebuke to dictatorship and those leader who's try to deny their dignity will not succeed. for us here in the united states, we are reminded today of all those americans that we lost at the hands of gadhafi's terror. their families and friends are
in our thoughts and in our prayers. we recall their bright smiles, their extraordinary lives and their tragic deaths. we know that nothing can close the wound of their loss, but we stand together as one nation by their side. for nearly eight months, many americans have provided extraordinary service in support of our everts to protect the libyan people. and to provide them with a chance to determine their own destiny. our skilled diplomats have helped to lead an unprecedented global response. our brave pilots have flown in libya's skies. our sailers have provided support off libya's shores and our leadership at nato has helped guide our coalition. without putting a single u.s. service member on the ground, we achieved our objectives. and our nato mission will soon come to an end. this comes at a time when we see
the strength of american leadership across the world. we've taken out al qaeda leaders and we've put them on the path to defeat. we're winding down the war in iraq and have begun a transition in afghanistan. and now working in libya with friends and allies, we've demonstrated what collective action can achieve in the 21st century. of course, above all today belongs to the people of libya. this is a moment for them to remember all those who suffered and were lost under gadhafi and look forward to the promise of a new day. and i know the american people wish the people of libya the very best in what will be a challenging but hopeful days, weeks, months and years ahead. thank you very much. >> the president from the rose garden, and among those in attendance there are chief white house correspondent chuck todd.
while we get chuck stood up and turned around to take a question, chuck this really happened more or less the way the president wanted it. there was pressure to go all in and go in suddenly and with overwhelming force, but they really tempered by the other two wars we're fighting really wanted it this way, did they not. >> they did and remember military leaders wanted it this way because they felt as if they were already stretched pretty thin. financially, just on the military side, according to an administration official through september 30th, the military part of this campaign cost the american people a little over a billion dollars with a "b" and when all is said and done they estimate this whole thing will have cost a little less than $2 billion, about 1.5, 1.6. we've already heard vice president biden today in new hampshire for a political event to file the papers for re-election for president obama on the primary ballot up there
today use that talking point about the cost. and the fact that not a single life was lost to do this as a way to say this is how we said we'd conduct foreign policy and this is how we're doing it and that it's succeeding. >> chuck todd at the white house. let's check in with libya. adrian, i understand what few ak-47 rounds they have left, they're firing into the air sporadically. >> yes, that's right. good afternoon, brian. you just missed a beautiful fireworks display behind us here. there's a lot of celebration here on the streets. sick hear children just beneath the rooftop of the building you're standing on shouting god is great. earlier today we saw lots of women as well on the streets, an unusual site in libya. >> adrian, we'll be collecting back in with you tonight for nbc nightly news. the scene in misrata brings us back to our studios in new york. our chief foreign correspondent,
richard engel. we were talking in the minutes before the special report. of all the nations we've seen fall or teeter this past season, you went through the list, here's libya with fewer people than new york city. but property the size of alaska and really an wash in oil. you were saying you would be very surprised if it didn't rebound, recover and get going faster than all of them. >> they also have a thousand miles of coastline on the mediterranean and don't really have great religious divisions within the country. now that the fighting phase is over, they need to stop being rebels. it's time to put the berets away and to take these big guns out of their vehicles and to start forming a political dialogue within the country. much better off than egypt. egypt is an enormous country, 90 million people living on the banks of the nile with large sections living in poverty. that's much more of a difficult circumstance than libya. 6 million people.
that's the entire population of libya. >> soap you think the glass is half full for them? >> i think they have a lot of opportunities as the president was saying in that speech. they have been given a tremendous opportunity, a tremendous chance. >> we heard the president of the united states from the rose garden. channeling lennon and mccartney saying it's a long and winding road faced now by libya. he also said this, the gadhafi regime has come to an end, one of the world's longest serving dictator is no more. that is the story of this day. moammar gadhafi is dead. and a new future now begins for the nation of libya. thank you for being with us. on behalf of all of my colleagues and a reminder, on going coverage throughout the day on msnbc. we'll have complete coverage tonight when we join you for "nbc nightly news." i'm brian williams, nbc news, new york. >> brian williams, thank you
very much. president obama addressing the entire nation speaking about the death of moammar gadhafi. a historic day for libya, hoping to move them one step closer to democracy. we'll, of course, have the complete updates and anything else progressing on that story on nbc bay area today. o nd onl nbcbayarea.com. california should be proud.
we've done a good job. but even if you were born today, you'd still grow up in a world where tobacco kills more people... than aids, drugs, alcohol, murder and car crashes... combined. we have a lot more work to do. welcome back, everyone. this morning, a disgruntled security guard on the run after an overnight shooting spree in richmond is now under arrest. >> the christie smith joins us in concord with the latest. >> reporter: good morning to you, marla. this entire neighborhood is shook up here in concord. some of them actually saw what happened. i just spoke with the family who lives in this home where someone fired about 40 rounds late last night. they didn't want to go on camera, but they all point to one man, the car out here is shot up, but the bedroom where a 12-year-old was sleeping, there are bullets in the bedroom wall. they just showed meed a bullet
in the mattress. everyone here is okay, but what a day. police believe this shooting spree then moved on top richmond. >> gunfire like army gunfire, you know, like real gunfire. i mean, you know, just on and on and on. >> melissa harris was inside when she heard the shots before 10:00 last night. >> the little girl was pretty shook up because the bullets went past her head and the mom was in there sleeping. dad was out here, he was really shocked. >> that someone shot into a home on richmond avenue and concord last night. police say neighbor doran long fired more than two dozen rounds. neighbors say he would always get upset about the small stuff. >> something about the gutters and the grass and the music. >> by 10:30, richmond police say it heated up even more that the security guard at his job at apartments and fired at his supervisor who was seated at the office.
there are reports he may have been suspended. >> when officers arrived they located one security guard who was suffering from a gunshot wound inside the office. they also located two additional security officers who told them that they had been in a gun fight with another security officer. >> he took off and police got information that he might be headed to el dorado county and after a short chase, long was arrested there this morning. a relief to those who say they sure wouldn't want him to come back. >> he can go way out there to shoot up kressley park. see my face. i'm shocked. >> and this is the garage door. you can see all the bullet holes there. they let us take a quick look inside. i can tell you some of them ripped right through the wall where the family was playing cards. they say everyone just kind of dived on the floor. again, when this happened, there was a 12-year-old and a 9-year-old home at the time. everyone is okay here and that supervisor is expected to
survive, as well. jon and marla, back to you. >> christie, thank you so much. >> time now to get a check on your weather. that will means christina loren is going to take it fro here. >> such a contrast between inland cities, your temperatures there versus right at the coast. you saw the sun beating down on christie in concord. we've got a full deck of clouds still situated over the city n scsacidanano or t f san francisco and for the most part over the north bay keeping your temperatures cool at this hour. only 54 right now inay novato. 59 degrees in napa. 62 in san jose. the good news is, we are starting to get sunshine. the clouds are breaking apart. our second half of the day will be comfortable. inland we see the 70s. by this weekend, we're talking about temperatures in the mid to upper 80s inland. that means the upper 70s right at the coast. so beautiful beach days ahead. then we're shifting our focus to the potential for very dry fire weather. high pressure sets up drives winds offshore, monday tuesday
>> this morning a wild scene out on the interstate. thousands of chickens are dead and dozens more being treated at an animal farm after the truck carrying them jackknifed out on the interstate. you can see workers is right here scrambling to save the surviving chickens. that's on interstate 80 in vacaville. more than 2500 chickens were being hauled when the driver somehow lost control and spilled the hall, killing almost all of the birds.
the interstate did reopen at around 8:00 this morning. san francisco's special victims unit officially goes noose action today. the unit will handle the city's most sensitive crimes including elderly, child abuse and sex crimes. various crime units and groups are joining forces to deal with domestic violence. svu will also handle cases on human trafficking, stalking and missing persons. >> medical help is on the way this morning for the occupy protesters in san francisco. members of the group national nurses united will lend support by the putting a first aid station in justin herman plaza manned by registered nurses who will perform basic first aid. san francisco will be the third city to get medical aid support from the national nurses united. first aid stations already on the site at the occupy wall street and occupy los angeles camps. >> if i'm not mistaken, the coolest day of the week so far. meteorologist christina loren,
this is why you do weather and i don't. >> i couldn't anchor like you. we're looking pretty good right now. zil a decent amount of cloud cover hugging the coast. outside our studios in san jose, i just looked out, it's still partly cloudy out there. the sun is on its way. going to warm us up to 77 degrees later on today. 67, that's it for you today in san francisco. you'll jump up about 10 degrees between today and what's to come on sunday. gorgeous beach weather. make the outdoor plans now. >> looking good. if you've been into a drugstore lately, you can get a greeting card for just about anything these days. hope you feel better, we miss you and the thank cards. >> but how about this one, sorry you got laid off from yrou job. >> oh. >> hallmark is rolling out a line of greeting cards for people who get laid off. this one reads losing your job does not define you. and then of course, there are the funny ones like this one
with a cat. >> that' a good-looking cat, by the way. >> he's grumpy. it says is there anywhere i could hack up a hairball like say on a former employer's head? i like it. the cards are available online and in stores. hallmark says they're selling quite well. >> yeah, i can imagine. >> yeah, i absolutely believe it. >> the only thing they could top themselves with is attach a cat that could cough the fur ball up on your boss's head. >> a lawsuit would follow that one. >> i don't know, cat is the friendly, maybe the boss wouldn't mind so much. make the employee feel a lot better. >> i doubt that. i'm not going to argue with you. >> i'm looking for some way to help people out. >> thank you so much for being with us. join us tonight at 5:00, 6:00 and 11:00. >> all day long at nbcbayarea.com. go out and have yourself a safe and a great day.