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anchoring our coverage from los angeles. >> see you back at 6:00. have a great holiday weekend. breaking news tonight. hospital shooting rampage. horrifying moments when a doctor dressed in a lab coat opens fire inside his former workplace. several people shot including fellow doctors. freeway crash landing caught on camera. a plane plunges onto a major interstate on this busy holiday weekend. firing back. the msnbc hosts targeted in a crude tweet storm by president trump respond suggesting the white house threatened tabloid blackmail. tonight the president's reaction. road rage manhunt. a recent high school graduate gunned down at the wheel. the other driver still at large. tonight the victim's family speaks out. and venus' crash lawsuit. new troubles for the tennis superstar after a fatal accident.
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"nightly news" begins right now. good evening to los angeles. to our viewers in the west thank you for being with outside this busy news day. we start with a terrifying drama at a new york city hospital late this afternoon. a doctor and former hospital employee sent staff, patients and visitors scrambling in panic as he opened fire with a rifle, shooting several people, even setting a fire in the high-rise building. tonight one victim, a fellow doctor, is confirmed to be dead, six others have been wounded, most of them seriously. the rampage sent police searching room to room, floor to floor discovering the shooter himself dead. nbc's stephanie gosk is in the bronx tonight with the latest. >> the suspect being reported as a person with a long gun. >> reporter: just before 3:00
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p.m., chaos amid reports of a shooting at bronx lebanon hospital about 1 1/2 miles from yankee stadium. a massive police and firefighting response. emergency crews rushed to the scene. the hospital put on lockdown. >> they have a confirmed active shooter. shots fired at the location. >> reporter: emergency responders inside and on the roof going room to room looking for a suspect reportedly wearing a white doctor's coat and carrying a long gun an ar-15, a semiautomatic weapon like this. >> an update on the shooter. a male black with a white doctor's coat on. >> reporter: reports of smoke coming from the 16th floor. officials say the suspect tried to start a fire, but that the sprinkler system doused it. terrified staff and patients scramble to hide or get out of the building. >> scary. i thought i could be like what happened in orlando, killed in the bathroom. >> what did she have to say? >> she said there's somebody in the hospital shooting people and
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they ran to a room and barricaded themselves. her and her employees. >> reporter: an hour after the shooting started they filed out, hands on their heads. the suspect, 45-year-old henry bellow, a former employee of the hospital, dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. >> this was not an act of terrorism. it is an isolated incident. appears to be a workplace-related matter. >> reporter: the shooting took place at the top of the hospital on the 16th and 17th floor. police say dr. bello tried to set that fire in front of the nurse's station. they also tell us that bello resigned from his job in 2015. we looked up his medical license in the state of new york. it's expired. lester? >> stephanie gosk in new york tonight. thank you, stephanie. here in southern california a jaw-dropping sight when a small plane crashed onto one of the country's busiest freeways. the two people on board were rushed to the hospital after the fiery impact which shut down the
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highway and impacted airline schedules on this busy july fourth travel weekend. nbc's miguel almaguer has more. >> 297, i lost my right engine. >> reporter: the pilot declared an emergency when one witness captured the cessna 310 on video returning to john wayne international airport as the plane suddenly crashed onto the 12-lane freeway. >> 297, mayday, mayday! >> reporter: commuters driving past a fireball. the mangled wreckage scattered across the 405, one of the busiest freeways in the nation. >> it hit the median, then hit the ground and just a loud bang. >> reporter: the faa says the private plane had just departed john wayne when the pilot reported trouble. it happened at 9:35 a.m., with two aboard the cessna airborne for one minute, traveling two miles before plummeting onto the road. blackstone hamilton's car was struck. >> saw flames all around us. thought at first it was just a
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big rig that had hit us and essentially just try to regain control of my vehicle. >> reporter: the pilot and passenger injured, pulled from the fiery wreckage and rushed to nearby hospitals. >> it could have been very catastrophic. we're very lucky that the only injuries that we had were the two individuals in the plane. >> we've got two patients, both were ejected, both are alive. >> reporter: tonight investigators say it was drivers that were nearly hit who were the first to rush in and help. the airport and freeway have now reopened. this is a major thoroughfare connecting los angeles and san diego that was shut down for some time as millions hit the road. a holiday traffic nightmare as the investigation below us continues. lester? >> miguel almaguer over southern california tonight. now to the growing war of words between president trump and msnbc's joe scarborough and mika brzezinski after the president targeted them yesterday with tweets many found crude and unbecoming a
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president, the anchor pair fired back today accusing the white house of threatening them with a tabloid story. nbc's white house correspondent kristen welker has more on that and how the president reacted. >> reporter: this morning msnbc's mika brzezinski hitting back at president trump 24 hours after he personally attacked her on twitter. >> my family brought me up really tough, but i am very concerned as to what this once again reveals about the president of the united states. it's strange. >> reporter: a war of words, and now a new accusation. joe scarborough claiming three white house officials said they could stop a negative story from running in "the national enquirer" if the hosts scaled back their ongoing criticism of the president. >> and they said, if you call the president up and you apologize for your coverage, then he will pick up the phone and basically spike this story. >> they were calling my children.
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they were calling close friends. >> you're talking about "the national enquirer." >> reporter: that prompting the president to tweet, it was the other way around. he called me to stop a "national enquirer" article. i said no. tonight the "enquirer" saying, at no time did we threaten either joe or mika or their children in connection with our reporting on the story. we have no knowledge of any discussions between the white house and joe and mika about our story and absolutely no involvement in those discussions. in analysis by nbc news of back issues for the past several years during his campaign and his presidency found many pro-trump headlines and stories and few critical of mr. trump. the "enquirer" helped him launch his presidential campaign in 2015 by writing articles billed as being written by mr. trump himself. now more bipartisan calls for the president to apologize for his twitter attack. the white house tonight defiant. >> i endorse, as the first lady has said, him firing back when he's being mercilessly attacked. >> he's creating so much chaos that it's completely overtaking
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any message of the week on healthcare, on visitors from foreign leaders, that the chaos is swirling and nothing is getting done in washington. >> reporter: one of the agenda items overshadowed today, the president's meeting with his south korean counterpart coming a day after the white house announced new sanctions aimed at north korea. the president declaring the era of strategic patience with north korea is over. lester? >> kristen welker at the white house, thanks. election officials in several states pushed back hard today against a request by president trump's voter fraud commission for detailed personal information about voters in every state. nbc's peter alexander has more on this controversy. >> reporter: tonight growing backlash against a sweeping request from president trump's commission investigating alleged voter fraud. >> this is an outrageous attempt by this administration to suppress voters, to disenfranchise voters. >> reporter: that outrage following this letter asking all 50 states to provide their voter data, names, addresses, dates of birth, party affiliations and
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even in some cases the last four digits of social security numbers. >> will rhode island comply with this request? >> no. first of all, i think this is an alarming request. i don't know where it's coming from. >> reporter: from mississippi's republican secretary of state, my reply would be they can go jump in the gulf of mexico and mississippi is a great state to launch from. the request comes from the commission's vice chair, kansas secretary of state kris kobach. >> my question to them is what are you afraid of? all of this is publicly available information. we're going to analyze it and present that information to public. >> reporter: the white house today calling criticism of the commission a political stunt. the administration's move is months in the making. after losing the popular vote to hillary clinton, president trump has alleged, without proof, that 3 million to 5 million people voted illegally. >> the commission does not exist to prove or disprove anything the president said in january. >> reporter: voting rights advocates question the entire process. >> not only should voters be skeptical of the results, but
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they should be extremely, you know, circumspect about the collection of this data and how it's going to be handled. >> reporter: peter alexander, nbc news, the white house. in pennsylvania, the manhunt is on for the gunman police say killed an 18-year-old recent high school graduate in a deadly case of suspected road rage. tonight the victim's family is speaking out to us about their tragic loss. here's nbc's morgan radford. >> reporter: tonight an intense manhunt under way for a man who police say shot and killed bianca roberson, an 18-year-old who had just graduated from high school. >> she had a heart of gold. she had a heart of gold. and this person that took her took so much out of this world. >> reporter: michelle roberson says her daughter was driving home from a college shopping spree wednesday evening when a two-lane highway merged into one. that's when police say a man in a red chevy pickup truck, seen here in surveillance video, became enraged. >> the man in the red pickup
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truck shot her directly in the head. >> reporter: roberson died instantly, her car careening off the side of the road. >> one female operator not responding. they're now saying she's not breathing. >> reporter: police are now searching for the driver believed to be a white male with light-colored hair in his 30s. >> we want that person to be found and brought to justice for our daughter. >> reporter: fatal road rage accidents have increased ten-fold since 2004. while 80% of motorists say they've experienced significant anger behind the wheel. in california this month, a motorcyclist kicks a car moments before it bursts into flames leaving an innocent truck driver lucky to escape with his life. repeated acts of violence that have police on edge. >> that man who fired the shot, turn yourself in now. >> reporter: and the robersons mourning again. >> i'm broken to the core of my soul. >> reporter: their son died from a heart attack behind the wheel in 2013. >> sometimes i feel like what's the use of living? my kids are gone.
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but i know i have to move on for them. i know that's what they would want. >> reporter: morgan radford, nbc news, westchester, pennsylvania. there's sad news tonight from san antonio where one of two police officers shot in a shoot-out has died. the san antonio police department said officer miguel moreno died of his injuries this morning. moreno and his partner were approaching two men in a car when one of the suspects opened fire. one of the officers managed to shoot that suspect who later died in the hospital. overseas, iraqi forces backed by american advisers are close to recapturing the biggest city held by isis. mosul was seized by isis militants three years ago, and the offensive to drive them out has gone on for eight months. our chief foreign correspondent richard engel is on the front lines. >> reporter: iraqi forces have tonight squeezed isis' hold on the key city of mosul, down to a few remaining blocks, with a lot of help from american troops.
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>> what you see right there is coalition air strikes. >> reporter: those black plumes of smoke are air strikes? >> yeah, without a doubt. >> reporter: colonel patrick work commands most of the 1600 american advisers helping to fight isis, also known as daesh, in mosul. do you know how many isis fighters? >> no, in fact, i'm not sure it really matters. because the daesh fighters in there will fight to death. >> reporter: we went to see the front line in mosul's old city. it's a moonscape and dangerous terrain with narrow alleys perfect for isis ambushes, which is why u.s. troops have been striking this area so hard. you can see how powerful some of the american air strikes were. this is a crater. it must be 20, 30 feet deep. it appears that was the target. you can see in the garage there's an armored vehicle, an improvised vehicle, it's actually a car bomb built by isis. caught in this war zone are thousands of families now free from isis' reign of terror, its draconian laws and public beheadings.
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this man saying he was reborn, thanking everyone he saw, even us. three years ago isis leader abu bakr al baghdadi announced the start of his so-called caliphate in a mosque here. last week isis blew it up. today iraqi forces raised their flag on the spot. >> this is the final days of the caliphate in mosul. >> reporter: what does that mean for the war against isis? >> this is a catastrophic setback for isis. he can't claim glory and getting defeated by the iraqi security forces in mosul. >> reporter: just a few more blocks to go, but they could prove to be the hardest yet. richard engel, nbc news, mosul. still ahead, the new battle off the court for superstar venus williams. why one man's family says she's to blame for his death. also "titanic" treasures. an exclusive look at never-before-seen artifacts saved from the world's most famous shipwreck. stay with us.
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we're back now with the new
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legal battle facing tennis superstar venus williams. she's been named in a lawsuit by the family of a man who recently died after a car crash involving williams. and according to the police report, williams was at fault. here's nbc's tammy leitner. >> reporter: just days out from wimbledon one of tennis' biggest stars is at the center of a deadly accident investigation. >> vehicle accident north lake boulevard. >> reporter: police say venus williams caused this fatal crash june 9th near her home in palm beach gardens, florida. williams' attorney says she had a green light and was only going about five miles an hour when she got stuck in the middle of the intersection because of traffic. the light changed and that's when the accident happened. linda barson and her husband jerome were out running errands for an upcoming family cruise when, according to a newly released police report, linda says an suv cut in front of her and she was unable to avoid crashing into williams. jerome was taken to the hospital
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with head injuries. the 78-year-old died two weeks later. >> this was the love of her life. >> reporter: linda barson's attorney has filed a lawsuit against the tennis star. >> i think what mrs. barson and the family is looking for is for ms. williams to be able to step forward and accept responsibility. >> reporter: according to the police report, williams was at fault for violating the right of way. in a statement, williams' attorney called the crash an unfortunate accident and said venus expresses her deepest condolences to the family who lost a loved one. she was not issued any tickets at the time of the accident and police say there was no evidence williams was under the influence of drugs or alcohol. the tennis star still plans to compete at wimbledon. tammy leitner, nbc news, palm beach gardens. up next, the guest appearance that brought down the house.
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it's a disaster story that may forever intrigue and captivate, and now more than a century after the "titanic" made
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its first and last voyage, a trove of never-before-seen artifacts salvaged from the wreckage are up for auction. nbc's kerry sanders takes us into the vault for an exclusive look. >> reporter: the "titanic's" gems. >> this is a beautiful three-diamond ring. >> reporter: twisted chandeliers. >> that happened during the sinking. >> reporter: post cards. >> in the land where the wine flows free. >> reporter: and remarkably well-preserved clothes that belonged to englishman william henry allen. he was emigrating to the united states. >> i would call him a man on the move. >> reporter: more than 5,500 artifacts salvaged from the deep. it's shocking to me that these still work. everything now for sale because the company that owns it all is in bankruptcy. people would say let me buy one piece, but it's not for sale that way? >> no, that's not the idea. i mean, this is not about treasure hunting. this is about a collection of artifacts that are meant to stay together. >> reporter: more than 1500 passengers and crew members
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drowned in the frigid north atlantic after hitting an iceberg in 1912. asking price for all the treasures, including future salvage rights, more than $200 million. who might buy? public court records identify one interested party that includes robert ballard, the oceanographer who first pinpointed where the "titanic" sank. and james cameron, whose film "titanic" is one of the most profitable movies ever. >> "titanic's" just begun to give up her secrets. >> reporter: kerry sanders, nbc news. it was the picture of the day during an outdoor concert in turkey by the normally very serious vienna chamber orchestra. all of a sudden an unexpected guest performer, as a stray yellow lab walked onto the stage and took its place alongside the performers. the audience loved it, so did the musicians, and the dog felt right at home settling down and stealing the show. when we come back, we'll take you to a place where they're beating the heat of summer with an endless winter. of killing the other.
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===jess vo=== next at 6, a grieving father talks exclusively to nbc bay area news. ===raj/vo=== plus, why critics say the new san jose bart station will turn their neighborhood into a danger zone. ===next close=== next. as we head into the fourth of july weekend, who says you need a beach for summer fun? here in california thousands will flock to the slopes of mammoth mountain where record high snowfall this winter means ski season never really ended. nbc's gadi schwartz takes us there. >> reporter: it's a rare sight to see a snow cat in the summer. >> a big winter like this, they get a lot of chances. >> reporter: rarer still to see santa hats and hawaiian shirts on the slopes. but this is no ordinary season. while heat waves break records across the west, here on california's mammoth mountain -- how much snow are we talking about right here?
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>> probably about six or seven feet. >> reporter: six or seven feet that we're on right now in the middle of the summer? >> in the middle of the summer. >> reporter: this is the elusive endless winter. >> 80 degrees! >> reporter: and it happens to be warm enough to work on your tan. >> burning up. >> reporter: what's it like out here today? you've got, what, you've got nothing under here? >> yeah, superwarm. still amazing. it just hurts when you fall a little bit. >> reporter: and if you do fall, no ice pack necessary. >> just ice it. >> reporter: a little lower on the mountain -- >> we were skiing one day and kayaking the next and fishing. it's been beautiful. >> reporter: all that snow means a rapid meltoff and words of caution from the sheriff. >> some of it looks like it's really mellow water, but it's moving fast underneath. and we really want people to be cautious and aware of their circumstances. >> reporter: but on the slopes, that special kind of summer where you can soak up the sun and soak up the snow. >> woo! >> reporter: gadi schwartz, nbc
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news, mammoth mountain, california. >> can you believe it? we appreciate you spending part of your evening with us. that is "nightly news" for this friday night. i'm lester holt. for all of us at nbc news, thank you for watching and good night from los angeles.everyone. a ne homels rating now at 6:00 business is booming in the south bay, but not for everyone. a new look at the homeless population. which includes an increase of homeless children. the news at 6:00 starts now. thanks for being with us on this friday. i am raj mathai. >> and i am jessica aguirre. this story is new at 6:00 tonight. the number of homeless youth. look at these numbers.
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overall homeless population rose 13%. and the overall jumped to over 3500. advocates say more needs to be do done. >> reporter: recently san jose decided they will be warning those who feed the homeless at the park. >> thank you. i appreciate that very much. >> reporter: one recipient says the rising number of homeless shows it can happen to anyone. >> if you get laid off, it doesn't surprise me at all. >> reporter: they hope the bigger homeless population will lead agencies to look for solutions. >> the number

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