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tonight the videotape, first images of a charlotte man's deadly encounter with officers. >> don't shoot him. >> his wife capturing the dramatic scene on cell phone, raising new questions about what may be on the ground near his body. final countdown. donald trump and hillary clinton gearing up in very different ways for their first debate, just three days away now. trump today getting a late endorsement from former rival ted cruz. dangerous extremes. a dramatic rescue caught on camera. pounding rain, rivers overflowing, cars submerged, a train derailed by flash floods, and a tornado carrying a home right off its foundation. and gift card scam. the new way thieves can steal your money and how to out-smart them at their own game. "nightly news" begins right now. from nbc news world
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headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. good evening, i'm savannah guthrie, in for lester. tonight the world is getting its first glimpse into the tense and chaotic moments that unfolded in charlotte, north carolina, this week, and set off three consecutive nights of sometimes violent protests. police shot and killed a man they claim was holding a gun and failed to respond to commands. his wife tells a different story, and as it turns out, was shooting cell phone video of the incident as it happened. video that nbc has now obtained, as official police footage of the incident still isn't public at the police chief's command. we start with our gabe gutierrez and a warning, the video you're about to see is graphic and disturbing. >> don't shoot him. don't shoot him. >> reporter: tonight, new cell phone video recorded by keith scott's wife rakeyia, and obtained by nbc news, for the
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first time shows the moments before the 43-year-old was fatally shot. >> don't shoot him. he has no weapon. he has no weapon. don't shoot him. [ bleep ] don't shoot him. don't shoot him. he didn't do anything. >> reporter: scott's wife, pleading to officers as police yell this order 12 times. >> drop the gun! drop the gun! >> he doesn't have a gun. he has a tbi. he's not going to do anything to you guys. he just took his medicine. >> reporter: rakeyia referring to a traumatic brain injury the family lawyer said scott suffered in a motorcycle accident last year. she asked her husband to get out of the car. >> keith, don't let them break the window. come on out the car. >> drop the gun! >> keith, don't do it. >> drop the gun! >> keith, get out the car. keith! keith, don't you do it! >> reporter: a man who appears to be scott is standing outside
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the vehicle moments later. >> keith, don't you do it! >> reporter: from the beginning, police have said scott refused orders and he posed an imminent threat. earlier in the encounter, rakeyia shouted -- >> keith, don't you do it. don't you do it. >> reporter: her attorney said there are several possibilities for why she said that. >> she could be referring to law enforcement, don't shoot him. but in talking with her, why she said that, she was wanting him to stand still. >> did you shoot him! did you shoot him! did you shoot him! he better not be [ bleep ] dead. >> reporter: scott's wife continues to record as officers begin tending to him. >> i know that much, much, he better not be dead. >> reporter: when scott is first seen on the ground, there's nothing next to him. moments later, something passed between the officers falls before what appears to be gloves are dropped on the ground and then picked up. >> ain't nobody touch nobody. they all good.
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i know he better live. i know he better live. >> reporter: on wednesday, police sources speaking to nbc affiliate wcnc confirmed this witness photo taken sometime after the shooting, shows a gun at scott's feet. but his family and some witnesses insist he was unarmed. >> that's okay. did y'all call the police? i mean, did y'all call the ambulance? >> reporter: for three straight nights, protesters have taken to the streets of charlotte, demanding the release of police dash cam and body camera video of scott's death. >> it's not that i want to hide anything. it's, i want to be more thoughtful and deliberate in delivering the whole story. >> reporter: scott's family viewed those videos privately last night for the first time, but local officials have refused to release them publicly, calling the videos ambiguous. >> i do believe the video should be released. the question is on the timing. >> reporter: the officer who police say pulled the trigger, identified as brentley vinson, is now on paid leave. today state investigators took over the case. >> i know he better live.
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i know he better live. >> reporter: but this newly released cell phone video raising more questions and fueling more anger in a community where emotions are still raw. >> i feel like the city is scared. the city is scared. >> reporter: city officials are declining to comment on this cell phone video, referring all questions to the state bureau of investigation. that agency is also declining to comment on the video. the cell phone video, but it says it will not release the body cam footage or the dash cam footage, at least not yet. this city remains under a state of emergency. savannah? >> gabe gutierrez, in charlotte, thank you. let's bring in msnbc chief legal correspondent ari melber. there's a legal standard for when police use of deadly force is justified. does the new video shed any light on that central question? >> savannah, officers are always under a test of what a reasonable police officer would perceive to be a risk of imminent bodily harm or death posed by the suspect.
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this graphic new video does not show the exact moment of the shooting on tape. but the crucial 50 seconds leading up to it. there's positive news in there for officers, because it shows them asking repeatedly, over ten times, for mr. scott to drop what they believed was a weapon on him. still the video raises other questions about the procedure at the scene, how evidence was secured, all questions that won't really fully be answered until the police release their own videos, which so far they're declining to do. savannah? >> ari melber, thank you. the charlotte shooting having an impact on the presidential race. hillary clinton now planning to visit the city this sunday. donald trump meanwhile got a surprise endorsement late today from his former rival ted cruz. this just three days out from the first presidential debate as nbc's andrea mitchell tells us now, the candidates are preparing in very different ways. >> reporter: tonight, hillary clinton and donald trump preparing in dramatically different ways.
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both candidates huddling with advisers today. >> my advice i have for him, since he's been my friend for 28 years, to be himself. >> reporter: each studying videos of the other debating. with clinton holding mock debates looking for ways to get trump to lose his cool. >> don't worry about it, little marco. i've given my answer, lyin' ted. >> reporter: trump, the natural showman, more laid back, no formal rehearsals, but getting tips from old friend roger ailes, a debate pro. and watching clinton's body language and verbal ticks in speeches like this one. >> why aren't i 50 points ahead, you might ask? i need your help to get donald trump's record out to everybody. >> reporter: trump's biggest challenge, restraining himself for 90 minutes. >> crooked hillary. crooked hillary clinton. >> reporter: ridiculing clinton without looking like a bully. >> they say she's been practicing for the debate. some people think she's slipping. >> you're going to hear donald trump doing a lot of trash-talking, but hillary say tough person.
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>> reporter: eric trump today. >> she's nice and respectful. he can be incredible charming as well. >> reporter: clinton's biggest challenge, anticipating which trump will show up. nasty or nice. her risk if she fact-checks him too much. >> hold on, wait a minute. >> reporter: it could feed into what polls call her likability problems. political coaches who have coached past nominees. >> she's got to come out of this debate, first of all, showing people her heart, her humor. >> if donald trump presents himself as a calm, rational leader, that will throw hillary clinton off her game more than anything else. >> tonight both sides playing mind games, the clinton team blasting a 19-page list of what they call trump's debunked lies. trump world saying they have psychological profiles of clinton and claiming she still gets defensive when asked about those e-mails. savannah? >> just three days away, thank you. and the first presidential debate moderated by our own lester holt will air live here
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on nbc monday at 9:00 eastern, 6:00 pacific. states of emergency are in effect tonight in parts of the midwest where 48 hours of relentless rain triggered deadly floods. the national guard is now being called in to help, while out west, tornadoes have struck hard. we get details now from nbc's gadi schwartz. >> reporter: across the country, weather systems so powerful that rain-heavy wind gusts swept sideways. in utah -- >> look at that! >> reporter: -- dark storm clouds brought out onlookers with cameras. >> there goes the transformer. >> oh, my gosh! >> reporter: a small twister damages homes. this one knocked clean off its foundation and cracking its roof in half. while men in chest-high water build up walls with sandbags. in the midwest, monster rain total. parts of wisconsin and iowa seeing over a half a foot of rain in 48 hours. in minnesota, a whopping 13 inches in some areas. rivers overflowing in towns across those states. a dock with a boat swept into a dam.
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a train derailment spilling fuel into the mississippi. the damaging flood waters killing at least two men in wisconsin. and the death toll from these storms may have been even higher if not for quick acting minneapolis police officers. >> yeah, we're going to try to yank them up. >> reporter: their body cameras capturing a rescue. of a man being swept away from a flood channel. >> my partner was hanging on to me so i wouldn't be swept over the edge. >> reporter: a reminder of the dangers of torrential downpours that can threaten lives with each storm. >> there it goes. >> reporter: gadi schwartz, nbc news. there are new questions tonight in the new york and new jersey bombings after a report surfaced claiming that the suspect's father did indeed warn the fbi that his son was a possible threat. we get details now from nbc's miguel almaguer. >> reporter: the father of bombing suspect ahmad rahami leaving his family home today, questioned again by the fbi, after "the new york times" reports he warned them two years
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ago his son was interested in terror groups, which the fbi strongly deny. this as investigators visit the college where rahami took classes in wiring and electronics, where he could have learned to build triggers for bombs. detectives still can't find the bomb factory where the suspect assembled four devices. rahami was shot in linden, new jersey. could this be the neighborhood where the bombs were made? >> we're in the very early stages of the investigation. we are literally learning new things hour by hour. >> reporter: investigators have tracked rahami's family car traveling into new york city the night of the bombing. but they're also exploring the possibility that he may have taken the train. tonight, a case wide open. new questions and few answers. miguel almaguer, nbc news, new york. there is late word from washington tonight that president obama has, as promised, vetoed a controversial bill that would have allowed 9/11 families to sue saudi
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arabia on the grounds it had a role in the worst terror attack in american history. what happens next, an emotional showdown with congress, which could serve the president his first ever veto override. nbc's pete williams now with the details. >> reporter: for 15 years, kathie owens of long island has been looking for answers and accountability. her husband peter was one of 2,977, who died in the 9/11 hijackings. she's among the family members who persuaded congress to change federal law so they can sue saudi arabia in an american courtroom. >> the people who financed 9/11 have still been not brought to justice. they're walking around free as birds, conducting business as usual. >> reporter: the family say saudi arabia gave financial and logistical aid to al qaeda, or at the very least turned a blind eye when money from saudi-financed charities ended up supporting terrorism. but the 9/11 commission found no evidence that senior saudi
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officials funded al qaeda or the hijackers, all but four of them from saudi arabia. late today, president obama vetoed the bill, echoing concerns from current and past u.s. officials that allowing private lawsuits against foreign countries would open the door t private lawsuits against foreign countries would open the door to lawsuits anywhere in the world against the u.s. troops or diplomats. >> we have more people in more countries than any other country in the world. so we really have the most to lose by interfering with the concept of sovereign immunity. >> reporter: with strong bipartisan support, it's virtually certain congress will for the first time override a veto by president obama and make the bill law. pete williams, nbc news, at the capital. we go overseas now where a ceasefire in the war-ravaged city of aleppo was not only short-lived, but deadly attacks are now escalating there and some say even worse. we get the harrowing details tonight from nbc's bill neely. >> reporter: fire from the sky.
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phosphorus bombs falling on the rebel half of aleppo. dozens die in a fire storm that continues tonight. >> i can tell you that today it was the heaviest bombing ever in aleppo city in all of the neighborhoods. this is another air strike. >> reporter: russian and syrian warplanes are making a city of rubble. rescue vehicles destroyed. hundreds injured. hospitals overwhelmed. since the ceasefire ended monday, rebel areas have been pounded. today in the rubble, a 5-year-old freed by a rescuer's bare hands. then, trapped again as a warplane prepared to strike. but she made it. her parents and four siblings were killed in a blitz without mercy. and tonight without end. bill neely, nbc news.
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and still ahead for us tonight, are you holding on to a gift card with money left to spend? a warning about the new way thieves could be draining your last dollar from that precious plastic. and later, the hack attack on a royal relative. pippa middleton's private photos stolen.
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a lot of us love to give and receive gift cards. americans will spend at least $100 billion on them this year, but buyer and receiver beware.
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nbc jo ling kent on the new ways thieves are stealing from your gift card while it's still in your pocket. >> reporter: it's supposed to be the gift that keeps on giving. >> like a bonus, what can we do next? how do we want to fix up our house? >> reporter: jay stanton got an unpleasant surprise when he tried to redeem a gift card from home depot. he had been using the $500 card throughout the year and thought he had $271 left. but when he recently tried to make a purchase, the balance was zero. >> i was very confused. i just used it one week before. how could be it worth zero? i didn't understand. >> reporter: stanton is a victim of a new form of digital theft, gift card draining. home depot said someone else cashed in his balance. >> they didn't know where it was. they just said it's somewhere across the country. >> reporter: security analysts say gift card draining is becoming common, because it's fast and easy to steal a card off the shelf. >> they scratch off the bar code, get the number. they then take these, which are
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zebra stickers, peel it off, place it back over the gift card, they go back to the store, back on the rack, they have the number, they're now waiting for the card to be activated. >> reporter: experts say the safest place to buy a gift card is directly from a retailer, ideally with the gift cards stored behind the counter. when nbc reached out to home depot, the company responded immediately. >> the home depot car for $261 to replace the amount that was taken from your card. >> reporter: a quick fix for stanton but a growing problem for all shoppers. jo ling kent, nbc news, mine hill, new jersey. we're back in a moment with new details on the rocket disaster mystery that was all caught on camera.
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tonight, we are finally getting answers about the mysterious cause of that rocket disaster earlier this month. initial findings from spacex point to a breach in the helium system on a liquid oxygen tank,
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leading to the falcon 9 rocket exploding on the launch pad. the blast destroyed an expensive facebook satellite, but thankfully nobody was hurt. it is official, a mega merger has just created the largest hotel chain in the world. today marriott international completed its $13 billion acquisition of starwood hotels. that would put 30 hotel companies including sheraton, courtyard, westin, ritz-carlton, and many, many more under one big roof. and a famous relative of britain's royals appears to be the victim of a hack attack tonight. pippa middleton's icloud account was reportedly breached. thousands of photos featuring her and members of the royal family stolen. british newspapers report the hackers are putting the images up for sale. when we come back, how one community is laying out the welcome mat for families who have children with autism. ===take vo=== the problem that
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with autism and their families. our anne thompson takes us there in tonight's "making a difference" report. [ laughter ] >> reporter: these are the kinds of moments that fill vacation albums -- >> hold him like that. >> okay. >> reporter: -- but are not always possible for families of autistic children as mom becky large knows. >> kids have meltdowns, but that's the exception not the rule. for us it's more the rule. >> reporter: to avoid the outbursts and stares that come from the overstimulation that comes from the sights and sounds from many vacation spots, becky started the autism network -- >> it's time for understanding. >> reporter: -- signing up local businesses in myrtle beach, south carolina, to welcome families with kids with autism, like her youngest son harley. starting with a designated quiet room at the airport. >> when you're in an airport or an airplane and there's nowhere to flee and you are in the crosshairs of everybody around you and their judgment, it is wicked and horrible.
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>> reporter: at hamburger joe's in surfside beach, that means having a staff trained on behavior and communication issues. >> the more i listened to her whole idea, the more i thought, this is really right on the money. >> reporter: at ripley's aquarium, becky makes sure light -- >> we can bring up the lighting levels in here. >> reporter: -- and sounds aren't overwhelming. >> i can walk through and make all these changes probably in seven or eight minutes, easily. >> reporter: pens and notepaper are removed at the holiday inn surfside. >> we are to the point where we have families around this world that feel imprisoned and not welcomed. and i had the impact and the power to be able to make that change. >> it's not rocket science. i say just lead with love. >> reporter: setting an example for the nation. >> i'm getting a blue crab. >> reporter: getting a chance to pose for picture-perfect memories. anne thompson, nbc news, myrtle beach, south carolina. >> and that will do it for us on a friday night. i'm savannah guthrie in for lester. for all of us at nbc news, thank you for watching, have a great weekend, and goodnight. a sense of relief in san jose
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suspected ce aest two armed robbers. ==raj/2-shot== the news at 6 starts no thanks for joini us. i'm raj mathai. ==jess/2-shot== and i'm jessica aguirre. point - often beat and pistol whipped. thanks for yoin joining us. i'm raj mathai. >> street vendors terrorized. two men, robert honda broke the story this afternoon. and robert, i understand you have new information about the case. >> reporter: that's right. police say even though they is there two brothers, they believe responsible for a series of
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armed robberies, police say they still believe there are more victims out there. this street vendor in east san jose runs a popular business. he's relieved to hear police arrested two men for at least 13 armed robberies, targeting mainly ice cream and food vendors. customers were also relieved. >> you never know when that's go sto ing to happen and then i'm actually involved in what's going on. so, of course makes you afraid. >> reporter: police arrested lopez and his brother for armed robbery that took place between july 30th and september 16th this year in the east san jose area where they lived. some incidents turned violent. >> one involved a victim being pistol-whip would a gun. there

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