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to be clearing it out for you. >> you're looking at our nbc chopper, the bay bridge, hillary clinton leaving oakland. school, a mall and a shopping center. a gunman opens fire at a high school, a mall and a shopping center. an urgent manhunt. tonight the dramatic capture. hostile takeover as more major republicans say they will never support donald trump, and president obama comes out swinging. running for their lives. the monster inferno caught on camera, devouring a home minutes after a family escapes and watching everything they have burn. nbc news exclusive, bombshell allegations that more people at penn state including joe paterno knew about jerry sandusky decades earlier than previously known. and uncontrollable urges for sex, shopping, binge eating or gambling. a new warning about a well-known prescription drug so many depend on. "nightly news" begins right now.
>> announcer: this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. good evening. police say a deadly trail of violence that put a suburban washington, d.c., area in a state of fear since last night has come to an end. but not before three people were killed and three others were wounded. the multiple shootings outside a school, a mall and a supermarket briefly brought back memories of the d.c. sniper case that terrified the region 14 years ago. but this time police say the suspected killer who was arrested this afternoon is a federal security officer. nbc's pete williams has late details of the still unfolding drama. >> reporter: less than 24 hours after a series of shootings began in suburban washington, police arrested a suspect, a 62-year-old officer with a federal protective service. police say he killed his estranged wife, gladys, last night as she was picking up their children from a school in maryland. authorities
immediately sought public help in capturing him and described his silver rental car with pennsylvania plates. this morning, two more fatal shootings in a nearby maryland county. three people were shot in a parking lot of the parking lot of the first one. a woman was wounded, a man who came to her aid, another man was killed. >> there was gunfire over here, it sounded like two rapid pops. >> reporter: about half an hour later, shots rang out outside a grocery store about nine miles away. a woman was killed in that shooting. parents were notified that 200 schools in the county were locked to outsiders. >> we're placing all mcps schools in a shelter in place due to police activity at montgomery mall and in aspen hill. >> reporter: police say about 1:30 this afternoon they spotted the suspect's car and put him under surveillance at a strip mall across the
street from the second shooting scene. then they swarmed in, boxed him in, even rammed his car, and took him into custody. he did not resist arrest, they say. >> block off the entrance to the shopping center. court documents say she was a harsh disciplinary of her stepchildren. and she also claims he sexually abused the two minor children. prosecutors say he'll appear in court monday to be formally charged with murder. when he was placed on leave from the federal protective service which provides security for government buildings, he surrendered his service weapons, but police say he clearly had his own. lester? >> pete williams in
maryland tonight. thank you. now to the hostile takeover and the growing civil war within the republican party. more big names, including jeb bush, making it known today they do not support donald trump. and won't vote for him. and president obama today coming out swinging, a possible preview of how he plans to attack trump. as the general election heats up. nbc's hallie jackson has the latest. >> reporter: tonight donald trump in dueling battles. the first within his own party. >> donald trump's a con man. i'm not going to support somebody i don't believe is a reliable republican conservative. >> reporter: piling on the anti-trump sentiment, jeb bush, questioning his temperament, quote, he is not a consistent conservative. bush adding he cannot support trump's candidacy. the comments less than 24 hours after speaker paul ryan said he's not ready to back trump yet. >> paul ryan? i don't know what happened. >> reporter: in omaha, unloading on his former rivals. >> but i don't talk about jeb bush. i will not say -- i will not say he's low energy. and i won't talk about lindsay graham, who had like one point -- did you ever see this guy on television? he is nasty. >> reporter: trump trying to prove it's
his party now. gop chair reince priebus working to negotiate a kind of truce next week, planning to meet with ryan and trump together as the presumptive nominee faces a separate fight with the democrats. >> this is not entertainment. this is not a reality show. >> reporter: president obama clearly eager to preview the fight trump will face this fall against not just the democratic nominee, but the administration. john kerry today in rare attack mode. >> we will never come out on top if we accept advice from sound byte salesmen and carnival barkers. >> reporter: sources tell nbc news president obama will begin campaigning in earnest against trump once the democratic race is officially wrapped up, as trump attacks clinton over her family's charitable foundation and her husband's infidelity. tonight the contentious contender facing more protests before he even arrived
at his rally. but trump is still picking up support from top establishment republicans. like today, former texas governor rick perry and reportedly former vice president dick cheney. through it all now, word late tonight trump will testify in a trial about his controversial trump university. the date? november 28th, lester, after the election. >> hallie, thank you. let's bring in our political director, moderator of "meet the press," chuck todd. chuck, there's word tonight that hillary clinton's fund-raising team is targeting gop donors in new york. it's almost stop trump 2.0. what do you make about this and what it says about where we are in this race? >> i think what it says is, this has been a rough 48 hours for donald trump. when he became the presumptive nominee when john kasich dropped out, when you look back at past moments like that, mitt romney, john mccain, george w. bush, there was more euphoria in the party at that moment. there's been nothing but that. and there's a reason
that party unity matters, lester. it's pretty simple, and it's this. the party that's most united wins general elections. period. we can go back to the '60s, and the party that was more united won. the party fighting with each other lost. and right now it's the republicans that are still fighting. >> all right. chuck, much more in all this, sunday morning with you on "meet the press." thanks. there are troubling signs of firefighters losing ground in the battle against a wildfire inferno in canada. massive smoke plumes filled the sky as a convoy carries thousands through a gauntlet of fire that included 100-foot-high flames. nbc's miguel almaguer with more from alberta, canada. >> reporter: firefighters call it the beast. 240,000-acre inferno shifting with the wind. flames moving so quickly, homes are devoured in minutes. security cameras capturing devastation as the homeowners watched it live. now the flames near the evacuated town here. in ft. mcmurray, firefighters found a smoldering wasteland,
15,000 were trapped outside the burn zone. today, a mass evacuation, 500-car convoy moving to safer ground. >> it looks like a war zone. like how you would imagine a nuclear explosion would look, you know. everything's black, everything's burned. burnt cars. >> reporter: with many desperate for gas and water, charlotte roy and her four children at a shelter today. >> i hope we have somewhere to live. >> reporter: plumes can be seen from space, traveling 3,000 miles, all the way to florida. lightning may have sparked this blaze, but multiple factors are fanning it. it's not just the fire
that's a threat, but the fuel. conditions out here are bone dry. they are ripe for disaster. millions of dead trees are making the fire impossible to stop. >> this fire is so immense, and so out of control, what we really need is a drop in the temperatures, and a good soaking. >> reporter: rain is in the forecast. but for thousands, it's too late. homes are gone, and lives will never be the same. with this blaze exploding in size, all across the area, new fires are being sparked across the horizon. they say this blaze could double in size by tomorrow. and consume more communities in the hours ahead. lester? >> boy, the scope of the devastation, just amazing there. miguel, thank you. now to an nbc news exclusive. a shocking new bombshell in the penn state child sex abuse scandal. it follows new allegations found in court documents that the late coach joe paterno was told about accusations against jerry sandusky 35 years before the scandal broke. paterno's family called those allegations, quote, bunk. but nbc news has learned others at penn state, including a number of coaches, knew about sandusky, too, going back decades.
we get more tonight from nbc's stephanie gosk. >> reporter: tonight nbc news is learning that as many as six more assistant football coaches at penn state allegedly saw jerry sandusky engage in inappropriate behavior with children, going back as far as the late '70s. according to multiple sources with direct knowledge of the legal proceedings. raising the possibility that there are more victims than previously thought. sandusky is currently serving 30 to 60 years in prison, for 45 counts of child abuse. incidents that extend to the mid-'90s. during that time, two of the newly revealed coaches worked at penn state, and allegedly witnessed sexual misconduct. both now coach for division 1 football programs. according to nbc sources, one of them was seen by witnesses immediately following the alleged abuse. one witness quoted the coach as saying, you won't believe what i just saw. another witness said the coach looked like a ghost. it's unclear if any of the men reported what
they saw to higher-ups at penn state before the sex abuse scandal erupted in 2011. >> it's always disturbing if people find what they believe to be a serious crime and don't report it to the authorities. in this case, that alone probably would not expose him to criminal liability. >> reporter: nbc reached a lawyer for one of the coaches from the '90s. he denied the claims about his client over the phone. revelations about coaches from the '80s rose as part of an insurance case in which the court was not required to verify the claims. the documents indicate that in '87, assistant coach witnessed inappropriate contact. and another in ' witnessed sexual contact. the allegations come as 72-year-old sandusky was back in court this week seeking a new trial. his lawyers read a statement from him on monday. >> i am an innocent man serving what amounts to a life sentence. people have betrayed, attacked and vilified family, supporters and me. >> reporter: in a
statement tonight, penn state says in part, the university does not speculate publicly, or hypothesize about individual allegations. these are sensitive matters, they say, we want to be respectful of the rights of all individuals involved. lester? >> all right, stephanie, thank you. mixed news on the american economy tonight. the new jobs report shows employers added 160,000 new jobs in april, and the unemployment rate held steady at 5%. but it is the slowest job growth we've seen in seven months. tonight nbc news has gotten rare access inside north korea, for a historic and only i news event. kim jong-un convened his ruling congress for the first time in 36 years. and he used the moment to threaten the world with his nuclear capability. nbc's bill neely has the details inside north korea's capital. >> reporter: a stirring salute to a dictator in a sharp suit.
kim jong-un opened the party congress. it's all about him. when he spoke, they clapped as only the north koreans can. when he voted, they voted with him. he said the nuclear weapon he's building would bring final victory. dangerous words from a leader who's fired multiple missiles in recent months, and tested a hydrogen bomb this year. for him, the u.s. is enemy number one. this congress overshadowed by fears of another provocative nuclear test. north koreans so told me they're proud and loyal. the best leader in the world? >> yes. >> what should americans know about your leader? comrade kim is the best, she said, and a peacemaker. an american jailed by north korea said any word against kim brings prison or death.
>> simply, it's impossible to have anybody who will say, i protest. >> reporter: north korea is still holding two americans in jail, including student otto warmbier. and its leader still holds his finger on the nuclear trigger. under kim jong-un's leadership, north korea has become more isolated, and more dangerous than ever. even his main ally china has lost patience with him. it's not a great way to start his big celebration of power. lester? >> bill neely from north korea. still ahead tonight, compulsive sex, gambling, shopping and more. a new warning about uncontrollable side effects from a widely used prescription drug. and one woman who says it nearly tore her family apart. we'll have her story. also, when the big day is over, what do you do with all the leftover wedding flowers? a heartwarming solution we'll tell you about in our new series, inspiring america.
now to a striking warning about a well-known commonly prescribed drug. the fda now cautioning the active ingredient in abilify, an anti-psychotic drug, also used to treat depression, can cause compulsive urges to have sex, gamble, shop and more. blake mccoy talks to one woman who said the side effects nearly destroyed her family. >> reporter: denise miley seemed to have a
perfect life, a family and good job as a cpa. but battling depression, her drug prescribed a drug called abilify. >> he talked about maybe gaining a little bit of weight. there wasn't any additional side effects that he talked about. >> reporter: abilify is an anti-psychotic, also used in combination with other drugs to treat depression. after several weeks, denise noticed her behavior changing. >> instead of going to work, i would go straight to the casino. i would be there all day. >> reporter: in five months, she had gambled away $156,000. >> i couldn't control it. >> reporter: this week the fda added a new label warning about rare side effects that can include uncontrollable urges to gamble, binge eat, shop and have sex. the drug may be overprescribed, say experts. >> the fda warning about these newly emergent adverse behavioral effects i think will be a wakeup call. >> reporter: the maker said patients should talk to their doctors about its benefits and risks. the company also says the risk of
pathological gambling was already a part of the package insert. and agrees with the fda's warnings about other compulsive behaviors. denise is suing the drugmakers who say her case lacks sufficient evidence. she said had she known abilify caused her behavior, she would have gone off the drug sooner. >> the thing for me is that my kids lived it with me. they're calling me, begging me to come home. and i'm not coming home. >> reporter: the $156,000 loss is staggering. >> can you please spend more time with me? >> reporter: what she put her family through hurts more. blake mccoy, nbc news, minneapolis, minnesota. we're back in a moment with a big announcement from major league baseball. after players spoke up about their fears of the zika virus.
the matchups between the pirates and marlins will instead be played in miami later this month. new developments in the aftermath of the death of prince. today a judge allowed dna testing on the late singer's blood in case anyone else comes forward claiming to be related to him, as a court fight grows over his fortune. the superstar left no known will when he died on april 21st at age 57. the list for the top baby names is out. once again, noah is the top name for boys for the third year in a row, followed by liam, mason, jacob and william. for girls, emma was the most popular name for the second year in a row, followed by olivia, sophia, ava and isabella, according to the social security administration. when we come back, don't just throw those flowers away this wedding season. we found a touching way to give them new life in our new series, inspiring america. next at 6: the final leg of
construction for a new bay bridge bike path. ===jess/vo=== the roadblocks to getting it built. and how close engineers are to the finish line. ===raj/vo=== plus, teaching this dog a new trick. why he's dailing-in on cell phones to cut down on crime behind bars. ===raj/next close=== next. finally tonight, a beautiful way to spread the joy from one of the happiest days in your life. it's the time of year again for wedding bells. but what happens to all the flowers you've picked out after the big day. nbc's morgan radford shows us how they can still brighten someone else's day in our new series, inspiring
america. >> reporter: wedding season means flowers. lots of flowers. $8 billion spent every single year. but after the i dos, trash. >> it is heart-wrenching for me on such a beautiful occasion knowing all these flowers at the end of the night are being tossed. >> reporter: that's where jennifer grove and her team come in. when all the guests have left, the women behind repeat roses collect the discarded flowers, about 150 pounds for an average wedding, and bring them back to their warehouse. >> we're going to put one stem in each of these. >> reporter: for a fee paid by the wedding party, they clean, recut and provide them to facilities, avoiding landfalls and making what was once used new again. >> we collected these from a wedding just a few hours ago. >> now you're going to take them to -- >> these are going to the ronald mcdonald house to the pediatric cancer facility. >> reporter: delivering them to people like 4-year-old charlotte and 8-year-old iana.
>> they're beautiful. >> reporter: iana's family lives in pennsylvania. charlotte's in oregon. but both girls live here, at the ronald mcdonald house for months at a time so they can receive stage four cancer treatment. >> there's nothing else we can do but be here. >> reporter: the flowers, they say, make everything just a little bit easier. >> it just reminds you of springtime, and just happy moments. you kind of forget about what's going on. >> reporter: and can dream of a brighter future. >> she tells us, that they believe, because everything's going to be okay. that's what we do, we believe. >> reporter: while they believe, they stop, and smell the roses. morgan radford, nbc news, new york. >> they certainly brightened my day. if you have a story about an organization or a community that's inspiring america through their work, tell us about it on our facebook page. that's going to do it for us on a friday night. i'm lester holt. for all of us at nbc news, thank you for watching, and good night. i'd make sure the presumptive
nominee for the republican party never gets near the white house. trt: 13 ==jess/take vo== even if i weren't running for president, i would be doing everything i could to make sure that the presumptive nominee of the republican party never gets near the white house. >> right now at 6, taking on trump, hillary clinton stumps in oakland and her night in the bay area is just beginning. i'm jessica aguirre. >> i'm raj mathai. the fight fort swhous in o own -- the white house is in our own backyard. hillary clinton is on the move. the benefit of having a chp
escort along with the secret service, traffic not really an issue even during the height of the friday commute. mrs. clinton in the gray suv leaving the campaign stop in oakland and heading to a fundraiser in san francisco at the messanic on knob hill. we are joined by jodi hernandez who joins us at a school. she is not mincing words. what does she have to say? >> reporter: she seems to take aim and focus donald trump and much of her speech. 1,000 people came to the school here to watch that 25 minute speech. she touched on things that really seem to resonate with her oakland audience. >> you know, we're going to have a terrific campaign in california. we are working hard. >> reporter: hillary clinton told a fired up crowd there has