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women treated to brumpnch. happy mother's day to all of them and all the mom the out there. >> yes. >> for us here at nbc 10, the news continues now with lester holt. flr tonight, deadly rampage horror. a gunman opens fire at a high school, a mall and a shopping center. an urgent manhunt. tonight the dramatic capture. republicans say they will never support donald trump, and president obama comes out swinging. running for their lives. the monster inferno caught on camera, devouring a home minutes after a family escapes and watching everything they have burn. nbc news exclusive, bombshell allegations that more people at penn state including joe paterno knew about jerry sandusky decades earlier than previously known. and uncontrollable urges. a new warning about a well-known prescription drug so many depend on. "nightly news" begins
right now. >> announcer: this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. good evening. police say a deadly trail of violence that put a suburban washington, d.c., area in fear since last night has come to an end. but not before three people were killed and three others were wounded. the moult pl shootings outside a school, a mall and a supermarket briefly brought back memories of the d.c. sniper case that terrified the region 14 years ago. but this time police say the suspected killer who was arrested this afternoon is a federal security officer. nbc's pete williams has late details of the still unfolding drama. >> reporter: less than 24 hours after a series of shootings began in suburban washington, police arrested a suspect, a 62-year-old officer with a federal protective service. police say he killed his estranged wife, gladys, last night as she was picking up their children from a
school in maryland. authorities immediately sought public help in cap turlg him and described his silver rental california car with pennsylvania plates. shootings at a shopping mall, three people were shot in the parking lot of the first one. a woman was wounded, sos wa a man who came to her aid, another man was killed. >> there was gunfire over here, it sounded like two rapid pops. >> reporter: about half an hour later, shots rang out outside a grocery store about nine miles away. a woman was killed in that shooting. parents were notified that 200 schools in the county were locked to outsiders. >> we're placing all mcps schools in a shelter in place due to police activity at montgomery mall and in aspen hill. >> reporter: police say about 1:30 this afternoon they spotted the suspect's car and put him under surveillance at a strip mall across the street from the second shooting scene. then they swarmed in, boxed him in, even rammed his car, and
took him into custody. he did not resist arrest, they say. >> block off the entrance to the shopping center. >> when the individual walked back to his car, the plain clothes officers were able to take him into custody without incident. >> reporter: federal officials say he was placed on leave in march after his wife got a restraining order. court documents say she claimed he was a harsh disciplinarian of his children, his stepchildren, and sexually abused the two minor children. prosecutors say he'll appear in court monday to be formally charged with murder. when he was placed on leave from the federal protective service which provides security for government buildings, he surrendered his service weapons, but police say he clearly had his own. >> thank you. now to the hostile takeover and the growing civil war within the republican party. more big names, including jeb bush, making it known today they do not support donald trump. and won't vote for him.
and president obama today coming out swinging, a possible preview of how he plans to attack trump. as the general election heats up. nbc's hallie jackson has the latest. >> reporter: tonight donald trump in dueling battles. the first within his own party. >> donald trump's a con man. i'm not going to support somebody i don't believe is a reliable republican conservative. >> reporter: piling on the anti-trump sentiment, jeb bush, questioning his temperament, quote, he is not a consistent conservative. bush adding he cannot support trump's candidacy. the comments less than 24 hours after speaker paul ryan said he's not ready to back trump yet. >> paul ryan? i don't know what happened. >> reporter: in omaha, unloading on his former rivals. >> but i don't talk about jeb bush. i will not say -- i will not say he's low energy. and i won't talk about lindsay graham, who had like one point -- did you ever see this
guy on television? he is nasty. >> reporter: trump trying to prove it's his party now. gop chair reince priebus working to negotiate a kind of truce next week, planning to meet with ryan and trump together as the presumptive nominee faces a separate fight with the democrats. >> this is not entertainment. this is not a reality show. >> reporter: president obama clearly eager to preview the fight trump will face this fall against not just the democratic nominee, but the administration. john kerry today in rare attack mode. >> we will never come out on top if we accept advice from sound byte salesmen and carnival barkers. >> reporter: sources tell nbc news president obama will begin campaigning in earnest against trump once the democratic race is officially wrapped up, as trump attacks clinton over her family's charitable foundation and her husband's infidelity. tonight the contentious contender facing more protests before he even arrived at his rally.
but trump is still picking up support from top establishment republicans. like today, former texas governor rick perry and reportedly former vice president dick cheney. through it all now, word late tonight trump will testify in a trial about his controversial trump university. the date? november 28th, lester, after the election. >> hallie, thank you. let's bring in our political director, moderator of "meet the press," chuck todd. hillary clinton's fund-raising team is targeting gop donors in new york. what do you make about this and what it says about where we are in this race? >> i think what it says is, this has been a rough 48 hours for donald trump. when he became the presumptive nominee when john kasich dropped out, when you look back at past moments like that, mitt romney, john mccain, george w. bush, there was more euphoria in the party at that moment. there's been nothing but that. and there's a reason that party unity matters, lester. it's pretty simple,
and it's this. the party that's most united wins general elections. period. we can go back to the '60s, and the party that was more united won. the party fighting with each other lost. and right now it's the republicans that are still fighting. >> all right. chuck, much more in all this, sunday morning with you on "meet the press." thanks. there are troubling signs of firefighters losing ground in the battle against a wildfire inferno in canada. massive smoke plumes filled the sky as a convoy carries thousands through a gauntlet of fire that included 100-foot-high flames. nbc's miguel almaguer with more from alberta, canada. >> reporter: firefighters call it the beast. 240,000-acre inferno shifting with the wind. flames moving so quickly, homes are devoured in minutes. security cameras capturing devastation as the homeowners watched it live. now the flames near the evacuated town
here. in ft. mcmurray, firefighters found a smoldering wasteland, 15,000 were trapped outside the burn zone. today, a mass evacuation, 500-car convoy moving to safer ground. >> it looks like a war zone. how you would imagine a nuclear explosion would look, you know. everything's black, everything's burned. burnt cars. >> reporter: with many desperate for gas and water, charlotte roy and her four children at a shelter today. >> i hope we have somewhere to live. >> reporter: plumes can be seen from space. traveling 3,000 miles, all the way to florida. lightning may have sparked this blaze, but multiple factors are fanning it. it's not just the fire that's a threat, but the fuel. conditions out here are bone dry. they are ripe for disaster. millions of dead trees are making the fire impossible to stop. >> this fire is so
immense, and so out of control, what we really need is a drop in the temperatures, and a good soaking. >> reporter: rain is in the forecast. but for thousands, it's too late. homes are gone, and lives will never be the same. with this blaze exploding in size, all across the area, new fires are being sparked across the horizon. they say this blaze could double in size by tomorrow. and consume more communities in the hours ahead. lester? >> boy, the scope of the devastation, just amazing there. miguel, thank you. now to an nbc news exclusive. a shocking new bombshell in the penn state child sex abuse scandal. that joe paterno was told about accusations about jerry sandusky 35 years before the scandal broke. paterno's family called those allegations, quote, bunk. but nbc news has learned others at penn state, including a number of coaches, knew about sandusky, too, going back
decades. we get more tonight from nbc's stephanie gosk. >> reporter: tonight nbc news is learning that as many as six more assistant football coaches at penn state allegedly saw jerry sandusky engage in inappropriate behavior with children, going back as far as the late '70s. according to multiple sources with direct knowledge of the legal proceedings. raising the possibility that there are more victims than previously thought. sandusky is currently serving 30 to 60 years in prison, for 45 counts of child abuse. incidents that extend to the mid-'90s. during that time, two of the newly revealed coaches worked at penn state, and allegedly witnessed sexual misconduct. both now coach for division 1 football programs. according to nbc sources, one of them was seen by witnesses immediately following the alleged abuse. one witness quoted the coach as saying, you won't believe what i just saw. another witness said the coach looked like a ghost. it's unclear if any of
the men reported what they saw to higher-ups at penn state before the sex abuse scandal erupted in 2011. >> it's always disturbing if people find what they believe to be a serious crime and don't report it to the authorities. in this case, that alone probably would not expose him to criminal liability. >> reporter: nbc reached a lawyer for one of the coaches from the '90s. he denied the claims about his client over the phone. revelations about coaches from the '80s rose as part of an insurance case in which the court was not required to verify the claims. the documents indicate that in '87, assistant coach witnessed inappropriate contact. and another in '88 witnessed sexual contact. the allegations come as 72-year-old sandusky was back in court this week seeking a new trial. his lawyers read a statement from him on monday. >> i am an innocent man serving what amounts to a life sentence. people have betrayed,
attacked and vilified family, supporters and me. >> reporter: in a statement tonight, penn state says in part, the university does not speculate publicly, or hypothesize about individual allegations. these are sensitive matters, they say, we want to be respectful of the rights of all individuals involved. lester? >> all right, stephanie, thank you. mixed news on the american economy tonight. the new jobs report shows employers added 160,000 new jobs in april, and the unemployment rate held steady at 5%. but it is the slowest job growth we've seen in seven months. tonight nbc news has gotten rare access inside north korea, for a historic and only i news event. kim jong-un convened his ruling congress for the first time in 36 years. and he used the moment to threaten the world with his nuclear capability. nbc's bill neely has the details inside north korea's capital.
>> reporter: a stirring salute to a dictator in a sharp suit. kim jong-un opened the party congress. when he spoke, they clapped as only the north koreans can. when he voted, they voted with him. he said the nuclear weapon he's building would bring final victory. dangerous words from a leader who's fired multiple missiles in recent months, and tested a hydrogen bomb this year. for him, the u.s. is enemy number one. this congress overshadowed by fears of another provocative nuclear test. north koreans so told me they're proud and loyal. the best leader in the world? >> yes. >> reporter: comrade kim is the best, she said, and a peace maker. an american jailed by
north korea said any word against kim brings prison or death. >> simply, it's impossible to have anybody who will say, i protest. >> reporter: north korea is still holding two americans in jail, including student otto warmbier. and its leader still holds his finger on the nuclear trigger. under kim jong-un's leadership, north korea has become more isolated, and more dangerous than ever. even his main ally china has lost patience with him. it's not a great way to start his big celebration of power. lester? >> bill neely from north korea. still ahead tonight, compulsive sex, gambling, shopping and more. a new warning about uncontrollable side effects from a widely used prescription drug. and one woman who says it nearly tore her family apart. we'll have her story. also, when the big day is over, what do you do with all the leftover wedding flowers? a heartwarming solution we'll tell
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>> reporter: denise miley seemed to have a perfect life, a family and good job as a cpa. but battling depression, her drug prescribed a drug called avilify. >> he talked about maybe gaining a little bit of weight. there wasn't any additional side effects that he talked about. >> reporter: abillify is an anti-psychotic, also used in combination with other drugs to treat depression. after several weeks, denise noticed her behavior changing. >> instead of going to work, i would go straight to the casino. i would be there all day. >> reporter: in five months, she had gambled away $156,000. >> i couldn't control it. >> reporter: this week the fda added a new label warning about rare side effects that can include uncontrollable urges to gamble, binge eat, shop and have sex. the drug may be overprescribed, say experts. >> the fda warning about these newly emergent behavior effects i think will be a wakeup call. >> reporter: the maker
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still brighten someone else's day in our new series, inspiring america. >> reporter: wedding season means flowers. lots of flowers. $8 billion spent every single year. but after the i dos, trash. >> it's heart-wrenching for me on such a beautiful occasion knowing all these flowers at the end of the night are being tossed. >> reporter: that's where jennifer grove and her team come in. the women behind repeat roses collect the discarded flowers, about 150 pounds for an average wedding, and bring them back to their warehouse. >> we're going to put one stem in each of these. >> reporter: for a fee paid by the wedding party, they clean, recut and provide them to facilities, avoiding landfalls and making what was once used new again. >> you're going to take them now to -- >> these today are going to the ronald mcdonald house to the pediatric cancer facility. >> reporter:
delivering them to people like 4-year-old charlotte and 8-year-old iana. >> they're beautiful. >> reporter: iana's family lives in pennsylvania. charlotte's in oregon. but both girls live here, at the ronald mcdonald house for months at a time so they can receive stage four cancer treatment. >> there's nothing else we can do but be here. >> reporter: the flowers, they say, make everything just a little bit easier. >> it just reminds you of springtime, and just happy moments. you kind of forget about what's going on. >> reporter: and can dream of a brighter future. >> she tells us, that they believe, because everything's going to be okay. that's what we do, we believe. >> reporter: while they believe, they stop, and smell the roses. morgan radford, nbc news, new york. >> they certainly brightened my day. if you have a story about an organization or a community that's inspiring america through their work, tell us about it on our facebook page. that's going to do it for us on a friday night. i'm lester holt. for all of us at nbc
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