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the latest track tonight? >> latest track at 11:00. . tonight, the killer's trail. what he left behind in his home and in his car before carrying out his deadly grudge on live tv. did he believe he could outrun the law and the passionate plea from the father of one of the victims. deadly turn, tropical storm erika has now claimed several lives battering the caribbean with severe floods and mudslides threatening to slam florida as a hurricane. the interview with a federal agent that took down one of two escape peas and a never before look at the manhunt. in or out, we hear from vice president joe biden about whether he's ready to run as new poll numbers show this may be his moment. "nightly news" begins right now.
>> announcer: from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. good evening. what we learned today about the shooter in yesterday's on air murder of two virginia journalist suggests killing himself may not have been part of the immediate plan. what police found in his car plan may have been planning an e will be rate get away. an inside look at the apartment but as the portrait of his troubled life and work history emerges, if anyone knew he was capable of murder in such a brazen and public way. nbc's stephanie gosk reports. >> alison parker and adam ward were part of the family. >> reporter: it was a very different day. >> it was yesterday around this time that we went live to alison parker and photo journalist adam ward. >> reporter: with a moment of silence marking the time her colleagues were
murdered on live tv. and now it looks like the shooter may have been trying to run. according to documents obtained by nbc, the police searched vester lee flanagan's car and found six magazines of ammunition, stamped letters and a wig. >> this kind of act although it is happening more often is so rare that being able to come up with a profile or understanding is quite difficult. >> reporter: flanagan did have a history of angry outbursts at work. >> he would get angry about things he had no reason to be angry about. >> reporter: justin mccloud was a reporter. >> he came to blows with a reporter in a live truck on a story. >> reporter: at a tallahassee station more than a decade later, a similar story. >> he wanted to take it outside and i was stunned. >> reporter: wdbj fired flanagan two years ago and the police were called.
>> on the way out he handed a wooden cross to the news director and said you'll need this. >> reporter: according to court documents, part of the altercation was recorded by adam wart. he lived here and after he was fired from the affiliate co-workers wondered why he stayed. they say he didn't have any family or friends here and they were particularly concerned because this apartment complex is so close to the station. this is video of his one-bedroom apartment provided to nbc news. searched by police, the computer hard drive gone but the refrigerator still covered with photos of himself. alison parker's father says colleagues warned her not to rent an apartment there when she started her job. >> they said this guy is over there and he might have a bone to pick with you. >> reporter: parker met flanagan when she interred at wdbj. flanagan accused her
of making racist comments but a lawsuit filed was thrown out by a judge last year. in the most violent of ways, flanagan made it clear that he never let it go. law enforcement officials tell nbc news that flanagan legally purchased two glock handguns last month in virginia and that there was nothing in his record to disqualify him from making that purchase, including no indication that he was mentally unfit to own those guns. lester? >> all right. stephanie, thank you. the family of victim alison parker is left grasping for a way to carry on without her in their lives. her father, you saw him a moment ago overcome with grief at the loss of his daughter. he's vowing to keep her memory alive and today he made a highly emotional plea when he smoke to nbc news. >> my heart is broken. i can only take sole list in the fact that she was 24, but she lived a great 24. she had the love of her life with chris
hurst and she loved her family so much. [crying] >> and she was loved by everyone. my grief, it's turned to anger because, you know, how many times are we going to see an incident like this happen? you know, new town, charleston, the movie theaters, you name it. it's got to stop. and i'm not going to stop until something happens because i don't want to see another alison tragedy like this again, and i know it's not an exact science, but somebody has got to be able to identify hey, this guy has got some problems. he's got some anger issues. he shouldn't be buying a gun. if there is a hell i hope he's down there enjoying all the benefits. she was our bright shining star this guy extinguished. >> thank you so much for waking up with me. >> i would always watch her stories in the morning, every single day we talked to her. she was a kind soul.
a beautiful soul. i just want to be able to touch her soul now and i can't do it. >> andy parker remembering his daughter alison with us earlier today. let's turn to another major story we're following. the dramatic movements on wall street, a surge continuing for a second day with the dow finishing up nearly 370 points building on yesterday's gain of more than 600 to wipe out the steep losses from earlier this week. cnbc's sue herrera joins us now. sue, are we back on track? >> i think we're certainly on much better footing, lester, for a couple reasons. china stepped in and bought an awful lot of its own stock market. that helped. we got economic news in the growth domestic product. it was much better than expected and crude oil prices stopped plunging so the market felt much, much better about the u.s. economies today and i do think going into this friday trading session we're
a lot better off than we were on monday. back to you. >> sue herrera, thank you. tropical storm erika has taken a deadly turn claiming at least four lives so far as it pummels the caribbean island of dominica. mudslides are to blame for three deaths as erika brings heavy rain and flooding. forecasts continue to show it could soon build into a hurricane with florida in the potential bull's eye. al roker is in new orleans with more for us, al, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, lester. it's been ten years since florida had a land falling hurricane and this could be the one. let's look on the radar right now you can already see rain bands making their way into puerto rico. currently erika is over 175 miles west of guadalupe, 45 mile per hour winds moving west northwest at 15. it will be over puerto rico early tomorrow morning with 50 mile per hour winds and as it makes its way to the west, it will sort of weaken getting wind sheer and once it gets
out past the bahamas it strengths by sunday at 2:0065 miles per hour and hurricane by monday along the eastern florida coast. the cone of uncertainty, the width of this on day four is about 430 miles, by day five it's the width of 510 miles. a wide swath has to be concerned about this and hugs the coast. the rainfall amounts, lester, over the next seven days could be upwards of a foot or more offshore, closer to shore, amounts anywhere from five to seven inches. we'll continue to track this. the path of this storm makes florida and the entire southeastern atlantic coast really susceptible to some sort of landfall over the next several days. we'll talk about this going into the middle of next week, lester. >> al, thanks very much. also in new orleans today, president obama marking the tenth anniversary of hurricane katrina. he toured and praised the resilience of the people. he criticized the government's response to the storm saying it
turned a natural disaster into a man-made one. a decade after katrina, the economy of new orleans is booming but there are still divides along lines of race and income. in the political world tonight, all eyes on vice president joe biden, polls show he's riding a wave of popularity over hillary clinton and we're hearing from biden himself and whether he'll enter the 2016 race, a decision that comes down to family. we get more from nbc's kristen welker. >> reporter: minneapolis is bustling today with democrats here for their big summer meeting but all the buzz is about vice president biden, will he or won't he and should he? >> last week i thought he wasn't. the weekend i thought he was. i'm not sure he is. >> i think he's going to make a decision soon but those of us with hilary are going to stay there. >> what joe biden would bring to the race with authenticity and the ability to connect with voters is something the american people are craving. >> reporter: this comes after biden on a conference call
described his struggle in the wake of his son beau's death. >> if i were to announce to run i have to be able to commit to all of you that i would be able to give it my whole heart and my whole soul and right now both are pretty well banged up. >> reporter: but there are increasing signs democrats may be ready for biden. a new poll shows the vice president's favbility at 48%, nine points higher than the 39% hillary clinton gets. many democrats here are nervous about the clinton e-mail controversy and if clinton goes on the offensive. >> extreme views about women, we expect that from some terrorists groups. we expect that from people who don't want to live in the modern world, but it's a little hard to take coming from republicans. >> reporter: republicans are responding aggressively issuing this statement today, for hillary clinton to akuwait her political opponents to terrorists is a new low for her flailing campaign. watching it all, the
vice president with the knowledge if he shuts the door, he can't reopen it. >> this is what he lives for, you know, if joe biden decides not to run for president, that's the end of this remarkable career that this guy has had. >> reporter: vice president biden met in washington today with richard trunk ahead of the cio and key to any democratic campaign. now biden won't be here in minneapolis tomorrow when four of the declared democratic candidates including clinton address the dnc, lester? >> thank you. authorities made a grim find austria as the crisis reaches the. the bodies of dozens of victims believed to be refugees that fled one horrific situation to die in another. the story from ron al listen. >> reporter: a disturbing discovery, the bodies of 50 men, women and perhaps children abandoned in the back of a truck, the remains too badly
decomposed to get an exact count. today's victims part of a surge of desperate people, hundreds of thousands arriving this year fleeing afghanistan and iraq. >> these are people, mostly refugees who have fled, have fled war and are dying on the highways of central europe. there is something fundamentally wrong with this. >> reporter: it's the worst my grant crisis in europe since world war ii. a flood of humanity arriving from the south through turkey and greece through austria and hungry destine for germany, 800,000 expected there. thousands more trying by sea. the journey claiming for lives. 55 found dead this week, 800 from one boat in april. many syrians fleeing the terror group isis as they told bill neely. >> they come to kill us. women, they -- >> reporter: that's
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now to an nbc news exclusive, a conversation with a man many regard as a hero. a tfederal agent that took down a murder. he sat down with me here in new york city yesterday and in great detail described the hunt, the face-to-face confrontation with the suspect and why he says he had no choice but to shoot and kill richard matt. >> reporter: as a u.s. border patrol agent, he knows how to find people. >> your job out of the academy is to track individuals. if you can't track a human being, you can't do the job of a border patrol agent. >> reporter: voss is a member of vortac, the border patrol's high-powered tactical team stationed in el paso, texas and now nbc news has obtained this exclusive border patrol video showing voss' team chopping into the area of the reported sighting of
richard matt and david sweat during the new york prisoner manhunt. over a three-week search a jittery public would generate scores of tips. >> something dart off into the wood line and we would get called to and respond to. instances where there is hunters in the area, people carrying rifles, anything of that nature. >> reporter: the call that came june 26th of shots fired near a highway seemed at first like another false lead. >> we had to check it out but at that point it did not look like we really had anything to work on until one of the state troopers up to me and said they heard some coughing in the wood line. >> reporter: the team immediately fanned out into the woods along with their fbi counter parts when one of voss' men spotted someone. >> he announced put your hands up. at that point, i break to the right of my team member to get the angle on the situation, and as i was making my way to the right, i could see an individual, the person was laying in what i could prone
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stories able travels. >> reporter: his grandfather was an armature photographer taking pictures at each stop along the way. christian's idea to set out on his own road trip, standing in the very same places his grand parents once stood. so far, he's visited ten states replicated dozens of pictures from new orleans to the oregon coast, new mexico to mississippi using clues from his 101-year-old grandmother's detailed travel journals complete with weather reports. >> up at 6:30. sunshine brights already and a warm day. >> reporter: an added bonus. >> take a look. >> reporter: meeting some of the same people his grandparents encountered like anthony who still works at the famous fisherman's worth in san francisco. flash forward 30 years later. >> you can see myself stand income front of the counter, great memories. >> reporter: christian's travels
are posted online for all to see and perhaps be inspired. >> whether, you know, they remember how america used to be or it causes them to remember loved ones, the core of the project was just kind of a way to honor my grandfather by showcasing his work. >> reporter: proving a picture really can be worth more than a thousand words. rehema ellis, nbc news, pennsylvania. that will do it for us on this thursday night. we'll be reporting from new orleans tomorrow as we mark ten years since hurricane katrina. and tonight, on the weather channel, the special presentation "katrina 2065 kwt". for all of us at nbc news, thank you for watching and good night.
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