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the tragedy once ain putting the spotlight on abortion rights.. dangerous weather. the ice, the flooding, the snow making travel treacherous this holiday weekend when millions are on the move. > work in progress. one city's innovative program that offers the homeless a way to earn their way back to a more dignifyied life. how two brothers facing a challenge found their withrhythm in one of the most well-known college bands in the country. good evening. we are l lrning m mh more tonight about the deadly shooting rampage in colorado springs, colorado. today new details emerged about the suspect, although his unclear.
survivors began to tell their stories and president obama reacted to the shshting saying the country has to do something about what we called the easy accessibility of weapons of war getting into the hands of people who have no business wielding them. we have two reports tonight and w w begin in colorado springs. >> reporter: police say this is the man behind the bloodshed, a federal official telling nbcc news rorort dear appears to be mentally disturbed but is talking to investigators. >> attention all units. attedtion all units. >> reporter: when officers arrived at planned parenthood in colorado springs, they faced a steady relentless volley of gunfire. said to be armed with a high-powered rifle,e, dear unloaded round after round into a packed shopping area on a busy black friday. hundreds scramblfd for cover. witnesses say dear
>> there was a guy behind me with blood splatter all over him. >> reporter: the standoff was just beginning. some 45 people were inside planned parenthood when dear entered the lobby. >> he had a gun that was big and he was just shooting. >> reporter: ketanya craion was separated from her boyfriend, running into a back room where she hunkered down with three women. > you could hear just gunshots. from there, the bullets went through the wall. you could see it. you could s-ell it and see the gun powder. >> reporter: we now know police tapped into security cameras in the clinic, watching the gunman live as he carriedut his assault. >> people in remote roomcould be extra ted ed -- extricated from the building. >> reporter: polole say robert dear
suddenly surrendered but still offered no motive. police were in the crosshairs for five hours. five officers were hospitalized. officer garrett swasey lost his life. two civilians also killed. this morning the bodies of the three victims were removed. somber salute to the fallen. collective tears for the e ctims. >> i'm heartbroken that we are in this situation again and again and again. and i cry out with you and ask why. >> reporter: tonight, there are still no answers. craion is still waiting for her boyfriend. only shock, heartbreak, and for three families unspeakable pain. law enforcement sources say when
robert dear was t ten into custody he began ranting about president obama, abortions, and baby parts. toght the names of civilians who were gunned down in the parking lot behind me have not yet been releas. there's a long history of protest and violence aimed at planned parenthood. planned parenthood has also become an intense political issue. >> reporter: whihi investigators search for a motive in the colorado shootings,s, the violence comes as planned parenthood has recently been under the microscope. >> the planned parenthood community is resolute. >> reporter: heated rhetoric around abortion is encouraging violence. >> the extremist rhetoric thaha we hear from so many anti-women's health organizations and their targeting of planned parenthood can sometimes lead to these circumstances. >> reporter: those
acts of violence are relatively rare between 1997 and 2012 there have been 76 attacks on abortion providers. in 2013, a man used an axe to damage a clinic in indiana. george tiller, a doctor who performed late-term abortions, was shot to deathth in his church. organization became the center of a pitched political battle. videos were released by an anti-abortion activivi group makingg it seem that planned parenthood was selling fetal tissue for profof. >> the outrageous videos are offensive and categorically untrue. >eporter: it fueled republicans efforts to try to defund the organization which also provides reproductive services
and cancer screenings. the attttpt was unsuccessful. >> these planned parenthood videos are horrifying. >> they don't mind having big government interfere with a a woman'ssight to choose. >> there's a long history of violence against planned parenthood clinics. if i turns out to be an example of that, it falls v vy much in line with what history of violence. >> reporter: all the democratic presidential candidates have expressed their condolenees to the victims, reiteratiti their supuprt for planned parenthood. ted cruz and john kasich said they're praying for the families. the only two republican candidates to weigh in soo far. donald trump's campaign stopped today in florida. the republican frontrunner was pushing back after being criticized for comments earlier this week in which he appeared to mock "the new york times" reporter with a disability. today trump attempted
to clarify what he sa. >> i don't mock people. i don't mock people that have problems. i don't mock people that have problems, believe me. >> we turn too chuck todd. chuck, goooo to see you. >> good evening, jose. >> from the day he announced his presidency, is something like this going to have long-term repercussions for him? >> it depends on what his goal is. his long-term suppters, it doesn't have percussions. when he speaks facts or sentences that are totally untrue, they are sentiments that people gravitatingng towards trump want to believe is true. that's why none of this has stuck to him as far as him losing support. the question is what about long term. the way he's been going about talking
about and misrepresenting facts, i think he's hurting his ability to grow support, to win over republicans that are not yet withhhim,n thinking i can trust this guy to be the party. >> what about for the gop? at some point you're going to see more and more republicans gettinggore and more nervous that trump is defining the republican party in a terribly negative way, especially if it looks divisive with different groups of people whether it's women, whether it's muslims. i think it's that that has more party leaders concerned by the day. >> donald trump and ben carson will be chuck todd's guests tomorrow on "meet the press." today in the northern part of the country militants fired rockets into a u.n. peacekeeping base. two u.n. soldiers and a civilian contractor qere killed.
wounded. though it is unclear who was behind the attack, northern mali has been targeted by islamic terrorists. pope francisis brought his message of peace and hope to uganda today. most of the population is christian. >> reporter: there was no containing their excitement. the crowd in a frenzy as popop francis ararved for his first mass in uganda. each with their own expectation. >> i want him tg talkk about peace. >> help us fight corruption. >> reporter: pope francis comes to uganda as a pilgrim to honor the memory of christian martyrs, whose lives of faith and sacrifice in the 19th century he hopes today.
the pope was visibly moved a a the site where some of the martyrs were tortured in part because they refused the king's sexual advances. while francis has s sd the martyrs lived in dangerous time, he made no direct mention homosexuality. it's done nothing to diminish the vie branbrancy of the ugandan church. as francis toured the packed airfield in the popemobile, he heard from a young man who was kidnapped and tortured by a rebel group and a young man who is hiv positive. francis told the crowd to turn their bad experiences into hope and assured them in life great miracles can be performed. tomorrow the pope goes to the central african
republic torn by a bloody conflict between c cistians and muslims. a country that is looking for one of those miracles, peace. the southern city of luxor where scientific testing has been going on in the tomb of king tut. one of them may may contain the nefertiti. >> reportete across the plains, pounding rain, heavy snow and thick ice. >> it's all ice. >> reporter: in oklahoma roads frozen over, causing dozens of accidents.s. drivers stranded in the cold. high temperatures today 10 to 30 degrees
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streets, picking up thoseen need and offering them a chance to make money on a different stage. >> i don't know too many people when you tell them they're going to pay cash that'll turn you down. reporter: it takes oj only 20 minutes to fill his van most mornings. before long these men and women are put t work, cleaning u u a blighted side offhe city. they call it the better way beautify program. >> i like to do honest work >> reporter: attitudes like thattre why albuquerque launched the idea. mayor richard barry was inspired after seeing a homeless man holding aign that said wililwork. >> we're giving them that dignity of work and we're making our city more beautiful. >> reporter: albuquerque has about 1200 homeless people, including jerry ford. >> it's an opportunity for me. >> reporter: remember that empty street corner? this is where he'd be standing today.
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finally tonight the jaguars of southern university baton rouge, louisiana, play their final football game o o the season today. among those marching in the school's band, two brothers with an ire inspiring story. it was music that helped them find their voices. >> reporter: the southern university marching band known throughout the land as the humananute box. >> often imitated. never duplicated. not even a copy machine to recreate it. 230 members. we practice four to five hours a day five days a week, so that's 20 hours we put in. and we're full-time students. >> reporter: among them josiah and
michael frank. ey've been siblings in a band before, but known quite like the frank brothers. >> he didn't talk. the only thing micah would say is ma. josiah had no language until about three, but talking, he would scream. disabled, diagnosed with autism. what her sons didn't get in school, she made sure they got at home, tirelessly dicated to seeing them succeed.d. >> mommyoves band. let's try it. >> reporter: music would be the key that opened the world to these young men. both picked up instruments i i their early ens. now they're in college. they're in the band. they're their director had his doubts. >> i said he'll probably quit by the end of the week. when i saw tm i i action and t ty were catching on faster than some of the other students. >> reporter: but it's not been easy.
>> so sometimes i've felt alone. like solilide. and i just tend to roam to other places that just have me in it and just focus on what brings me joy, which happens to be music. >> reporter: it's music and their mom that is carrying them through. >> she's basically a whole life support basicacay. >> an angel in disguise. >> reporter: putting that much more soul into the human jute box. and that's nbc "nightly news" for this saturday. for all of us here at
good night. stealing from several local stores -- is back in custody. and -- how to protect your car frfr winter roads and rust. plus -- we hear the dramatic details of the victim involved in this week's deadly shooting in colorado springs. thanks for joining us tonight. welcome to the kk-w-l news at six i'm macleod hageman. in colorado springs -- a gunman stormed into a planned parenthood building -- shooting three people duringga standoff that lasted nearly ffve hours. police were able to take the man into custody -- and nine others are now recovering from their injuries. at this point -- police are trying to learn more about the shooterrs the tragic incident. "and i saw a man crawling to