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nightly news. >> lester holt continues the coverage. see you at 6:00. thanks for joining us. >> bye. a eight people are dead, a dozen more injured as a truck barrels through the bike lane in the shadow of the world trade center. >> this was an act of terror and a particularly cowardly act of terror. >> the driver plowing over pedestrians and bicyclists right outside a school. >> it happened so quick. i don't really know what happened. i just saw a dude with two guns and four shots went off and we all started running. >> police say it appears to have been an intentional act. the suspected attacker shot an taken down by police. law enforcement sources say he was
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screaming allah after the crash. it could be the deadliest terror attack in new york city since 9/11. we have all it covered. good evening to our viewers in the west. it's the kind of attack law enforcement have feared and expected. using tactic that's all too common around the world. a truck as a deadly weapon. what the mayor is calling an act of terror. a driver speeding down a bike path using a truck to barrel over everything and everyone in its way. at least eight people are dead. over a dozen more injured on this halloween night as parents and children head out trick or treating authorities are on high alert as we heard from new york's governor a short time ago. >> the new terrorist tactic, which they've called for publicly,
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are these lone wolves who commit an act of terror. we're not going to let them win. >> we have it all covered tonight including details just coming in on this suspected attacker. let's begin with nbc's kristen dahlgen. >> reporter: bodies and mangled bicircles strewn across new york today. more than eight dead. intentionally hitting pedestrians and sierk sierk cyclists. >> reporter: this video posted to sn snapchat purports to show this man running with something in his hand. >> i saw this dude with two guns. he was running around. he was getting chased. all of a sudden four shots went off and we
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all just started running this way. >> reporter: she was shot by an on duty patrol officer and taken into custody. the suspect is being treated at a local hospital. >> this was an act of terror and a particularly cowardly act of terror aimed at innocent sieve ycivilians. >> reporter: the nypd focusing on heavy security for tonight's halloween parade now investigating this as an act of terror. the driver screamed allah akbar. they describe the suspect as a 29-year-old man of middle eastern appearance. >> we will be more vigilant. more police everywhere. you'll see them in the airport, in the opportunities. it's not because there's any evidence of any ongoing threat or any additional threat. >> reporter: the suspect's vehicle, a rental truck like so
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many other recent incidents traveled several blocks before stopping in the shadow of the world trade center. the hero officer who stopped the carnage credited with preve preventing more lives from being lost. as we see all the lights and police presence still out here tonight, we're also seeing kids and adults walking by in their costumes. new york's famed halloween parade will go on tonight. authorities say there will be an increased police presence here and around the city tonight, lester. >> thank you. there's late word this evening on the name of the suspect. nbc news justice correspondent pete williams is following that and has the latest. pete. >> he's a 29-year-old immigrant. lawful permanent resident who came here seven years ago. several officials say his name is saopiv. he was carrying a driver's license's with an address in
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tampa, florida. he had minor brushes with the law. back then gave an address of patterson, new jersey. investigators are working to trace his movements in new york. they have the truck rental record. they will be interviewing family and friends. was he in touch with terror groups directly or was he simply inspired. lester. >> thanks. my colleague is in lower manhattan near the scene. what are you hearing tonight in. >> we talked to people and they are just in shock. this is halloween. it happened when kids were starting to get out. it's an elementary school where this scene ended. also a community college. i spoke to a young woman studying in the
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library this afternoon when she heard shots ring out. take a listen. >> i ran over and i saw this truck that was smashed. i saw dead bodies on the floor and i saw bikes all across the highway and i'm hearing in my ear a shooter. i'm trying to process am i safe? is he found in is my school this danger? am i in danger? it's all these rush of emotions that were happening that i didn't know. it was uncertainty is what was the problem. i'm seeing actual dead people right there in front of me with bikes all across the highway. i've never seen that. >> reporter: there was so much uncertainty and so much panic. in fact, i live in this neighborhood, lester. i was just about to take my kids kid trick or treating when i heard from my preschool that
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the kids were in lockdown. i have a friend whose son is in that elementary school. heard the gunshots and just started running. running toward home nap was the scene that was repeated over and over again. this is an area that would have normally been full of life at this hour. full of kids in costume, full of businesses open their doors. it bears repeating, this is just in the shadow of the world trade center. i look up and i can see the new building right there. this is a city and a neighborhood very much trying to process all that has happened today. >> you know that bieng pa -- bike path well. seems like it wouldn't give folks much room to get out of the way. >> reporter: not at all. you know the bike path is separate. there's a bit of space between this highway, the west side highway and then bike path. according to one witness i spoke to, the truck was traveling at a pretty high rate of speed. he guessed 40, 50
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miles an hour. there's some barricades but it was clearly no match for a driver when he was intent on doing such violence. >> thanks. bill bratton is the former commissioner of the nypd. how hard is it to prevent something like this? we noted there's blocks around various high profile areas. what more can they do? >> reality is you can't. you cannot barricades every walkway. central park has thousands of people at any given time. it's fortunate more people were not injured in this incident. there's major school there that was getting out a few minutes after this event occurr occurred. come down a few minutes later it could have been more tragic. new york has done a good job over the years since 9/11 but in the last 13 months two major attacks. the bombing after
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jimmy o' neil took over for me as commissioner and the attack today. the attack within sight of the world trade center. >> the commissioner noting today that if not for the action of that one police officer to shoot the suspect, there might have been more carnage. thank you very much. halli, jackson is hallie jackson is at the white house. what are you hearing? >> reporter: the president is receiving ongoing updates about what is happening in manhattan including a couple of tweets. the president writing nyc looks like another attack by a sick and deranged person. adding not in the usa. the president is calling this is terrorist attack. he is seeming to link it to isis writing in a second tweet here. we must not allow isis to return or enter our country after defeating them in the middle east and elsewhere. enough. we should note the
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first lady has been in new york city today. she was there for previously scheduled meetings. she has tweeted her thoughts and prayers as has the president. trump tower with the family's apartment is is only about four miles from the bike path where this happened. an attack like this is troubling for any president but for this president it hits particularly close to home. lester. >> hallie jackson at the white house. thank you. today's attack is the latest in which an attacker has used car or truck to mow down people on sidewalks or walkways in cities around the world. isis and al qaeda have called on followers to use vehicles to kill innocent civilians in sudden and dramatic attacks. as we said, there are very hard for law enforcement to prevent. let's get more on that from tom costello. >> reporter: it's a growing terror tactic that's been used around the world with devastating results. july 2016, a truck on the board walk in
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nice, france plowed through crowds of people on holiday. similar tactics used on london bridge last may, eight dead. another five killed in march. around the world attacks in barcelona, stockholm, berlin and in the u.s. last year at ohio state university, 11 injured. for years isis and al qaeda have called for just this type of low tech attack using cars and trucks to mow down and kill as many people as possible. >> these small scale attacks using tools not even weapons but tools that are widely available make suppressing truly impossible. >> reporter: in new york last may it wasn't a terror attack but a deranged suspect on drugs who killed a woman and injured 22 after driving through a crowd in time square. nypd commissioner told lester earlier this year the threat from trucks is top of mind for the nypd critical response command using city trucks to wall off large public
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gatherings including thanksgiving. >> we had a ring of trucks around the whole route to make sure there's no unauthorized vehicles on the route. fourth of july is always a challenge. >> reporter: after isis called for targeting new york's thanksgiving parade last year, police visited 148 truck rental facilities telling them to be aware of any suspicious persons who might try to rent a truck. fien tonight they are tightening security at the halloween parade and the world series game in l.a. the dilemma, anyone can rent a truck and follow the isis play book for a lone wolf vehicle attack. lester. >> thank you. we'll take a turn to the new fall out from special counsel robert mueller investigation. president trump taking to social media to slam a former campaign aidee who pleaded guilty to misleading the fbi calling him liar. we get more from
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kristen welker. >> reporter: the guilty plea is providing fresh insight into robert mule muler's investigation. one of the prosecutor's described it as on ongoing investigation of which this case is a small part. he admitted lying to the fbi by saying he wasn't a trump campaign volunteer when he met with russians who drbragged they could deliver dirt on hillary clinton. one of those questioned just last week according to sources with direct knowledge was same clovis. a trump campaign aidewho aprooifed of the request to go to russia. clovis lawyer said he would never approve of that. president trump ignored shouted questions but called his former advisor a low level volunteer and proven liar.
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>> the guy was -- he was the coffee boy. >> he was not a person involved with the day-to-day operations of the campaign. >> reporter: the president's chief of staff acknowledging the probe is taking a toll. >> it is very districting to the president as it would be to any citizen to be investigating for something. >> reporter: there's discord about the path forward. the president's legal team urging him to stay the course and keep cooperating with robert mueller even as steve bannon is advising the president to fight back very hard against mueller. on capitol hill bipartisan calls for the investigation to proceeds unincup bkucunincumbe. >> i've had full fate in bob mueller from the beginning. >> reporter: late today the federal counsel told the judge paul manafort who has been charged with 12 counts of money
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laundering poses a serious flight risk and will be closely monitored in home confinement. lester. >> still ahead, tightens of tech on the hot seat before congress. what they reveal today about the russian efforts to influence the election on facebook, twitter and google. new fall out from sexual misconduct allegations against kevin spacey. what netflix announced today about the future of his hit show.
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we're back now with three giants from the tech world grilled today on capitol hill. executives from goog google, facebook and twitter testified about russians to influence the 2016 elections on their platform. >> reporter: tonight russia's interference in your facebook feed revealed. >> let me start with a political ad from facebook. >> reporter: ads posted in the lead up to the 2016 presidential election. >> those ads sought to sow discord and amplify racial and social divisions among american voters. >> reporter: one ad placed by a russian group calling itself heart of texas falsely claimed that hillary clinton has a 69% disapproval rate among veterans. another invited minors for trump to rally in pennsylvania a month
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before election day. these ads shared and liked by facebook users were among the 3,000 targeted at american voters by russian groups. facebook says eventually 11.4 million people saw them. >> this ad is nothing short of the russian government directly interfering in our elections, lying to american citizen, duping folks who believe they are joining and supporting a group that's about veterans. >> reporter: these ads are separate from the 80,000 fake russia linked posts that were shown to up to 126 million americans in the two years before the election. >> they've won in terms of just creating chaos in our u.s. institutions amongst political parties and social groups. >> reporter: tomorrow the tech executives will continue testifying about how the russians took advantage of their platforms and how they plan to stop it. nbc news, washington. coming up, scary moment for a daytime talk show host that played out on live tv.
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fallout from sexual misconduct allegations against actor kevin spacey. netflix has announced that production on the final season of spacey's hit show "house of cards" is now suspended indefinitely and spacey will no longer be honored with 2017 emmy founder's award. actor anthony rapp said spacey made unwanted sexual advances to him when he was just 14. spacey apologized but says he didn't remember the incident. scare today on live television for viewers watching "the wendy williams show". williams was introducing segment, speech became slurred and she collapsed on stage. show quickly went to commercial. she was back after the break. telling viewers it wasn't a stunt. overheated in statue of liberty halloween costume but all right and went with the show. we're glad she's okay. which candy are trick or treaters hoping to score most? most popular is reese's peanut
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butter cups, snickers and twix. but least loved? circus peanuts, candy corn or wax coke bottles, not most popular house on the street. candy corn getting no respect. up next, how halloween was saved for hundreds of children, inspiring america is next. >> announcer: "nbc nightly news" is brought to you by allstate, are you in good hands? attack in new york city.
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what the fbi just told us about "safety" here in the bay area. and the discovery on the front seat. plus, chaos on a san francisco hill - the runaway dump truck, next. right now at 6:terror in finally, it's the night kids wait for all year. in houston, where over 60,000 people are displaced by hurricane harvey, still living in hotel rooms, volunteers are making sure that kids impacted by the storm still get happy halloween. katie beck with inspiring america report. >> reporter: costumes are the heart of halloween. >> as soon as we walked in, saw the dog costume, that's going to be it. >> reporter: moments more precious for houston mom ashley pearson after her family's home was completely destroyed by hurricane harvey. >> it was more or less
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the shock that it's gone. >> my goodness. >> reporter: facing a true night mare. >> hits you more and more every day. >> reporter: halloween last thing on their mind until two locals had an idea. >> we decided, why not start collecting halloween costumes? >> reporter: michelle and becky opened a pop-up shop nearby, costumes free of charge for those who lost everything. >> collected an given out over 1,000 costumes. >> reporter: witches, bats and all things in between, classic costumes making life seem a little less frightening. >> you establish a routine, then you have to figure it out all over again. >> reporter: as they rebuild, trying to preserve traditions for their kids. two-year-old rachel is ready for halloween at grandparents' house this year wearing a free costume and smile that's priceless. katie beck, houston. we appreciate you spending part of your evening with us. that's "nightly news"
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for this tuesday night. i'm lester holt, for all of us, thank you for watching and good night. i hear one of the young girls say something along the lines of he has a gun. >> right now at 6:00 terror in tribeca. a driver idlibly runs down cyclists along a scenic path. tonight new information on the driver and the note he left behind in the truck he used to kill. the news at 6:00 starts right now. good evening and thanks for joining us. i'm jessica aguirre. >> and i'm raj mathai. we have been following the breaking news throughout the afternoon appear let's start with the suspect. we obtained this mugshot here of
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29-year-old sayfullo saipov from a prior arrest by the missouri highway patrol. police say he drove a rented truck from home depot on to a popular manhattan bike path. eight people are dead thus far nearly a dozen more seriously injured. >> happening in lower manhattan the tribeway ka neighborhood blocks away from the 911 memorial process. we have a team of reporters with the latest. we begin with janell wang and let's talk about the note left behind in the truck. >> jessica and raj we learned the note said the suspect did it for isis. the truck and the crime scene cordoned off at this hour after the driving rampage. we want to know you the nighttime video of the scene. there is the home depot rented truck the front mangled. there is a lot of evidence to chekt at this hour. the crime scene, about 15 blocks police say the 29-year-old sayfullo

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