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of gun fire. the shooter threat was neutralized. >> y reporter: more than 20 victims and at least 13 dead as well as the 20- beyeary:ld shooter. on campus, students posting about the chaos. one writing, "stu ents are running everywhere. holy god." another, "i feel so sick, i can't stop shaking. this is unreal." over the phone, witnesses describe what they saw. >> i heard multiple gun shots and people screaming, he's shooting. get out of there. >> reporter: this afternoon oregon's governor kate brown said their priority is the victims. >> it's still too early to know all of the facts. i am joined by my fellow oregonians and americans at this tragedy at umpqua community nullege. >> reporter: local and state federal investigators worked to clear the campus. >> this is a huge stock to the entire community to have this level of crime and incident occur in our college or school system.
>> reporter: police searching cars and interviewing students, checking bags before everyone was bussed to safety. community this college massacre felt deep lie by everyone from first responders. >> we are all absolutely devastated. my granddaughter attends there. by the grace of god, she was home sick >> reporter: to reporters covering the tragedy. >> this is the largest ssacre in regon state history and it's just awful. >> reporter: clearly, an emotional day for everyone involved. at this point all we have is the shooter is a 20-year-old male. he's not been identified. school is closed until monday as this investigation continues. lester? >> gadi schwartz in our los angeles newsroom. thank you. our colleague from msnbc has reached the scene in roseberg. what are you seeing in here? >> reporter: good evening, lester. i'm about as close as anybody will get to umpqua community college right now the intersection of
highway 99 here at douglas county. umpqua is about a mile from the road up here. the only people coming in and out of what would be a beautiful community is law enforcement and they have started to let a couple of residents through. i spoke to a state trooper. i asked him if he had seen anything like this in his life. he said not to this extent. the fbi, the douglas county sheriff, many other law enforcement agencies are here. it's only a matter of time before we see what happens a mile up the road. >> jacob soboroff, thank you. sadly shootings in american communities are more common. there have been 142 incidents which a gun was fired on a school campus in this country since the massacre in newtown in december of 2012. this is the fourth shood ng on a college campus just since the start of this school year in august. we get details from our justice correspondent pete wi lliams. >> reporter: the scene unfolding in oregon has become all too familiar.
another mass shooting again on a school campus. it's actually the 41st school shooting just this year. with gun fire on campuses nationwide in big cities and like today, small communities. until today, sh those shootings claimed the lives of nine people as before, calls for more gun control or better mental health outreach that brought only minor changes. >> we are going to line up on two different sides. gun control and mental health and w d up wringing our hands one more time while we bury our dead. >>ry reporter: one thing that changed is the nature of the police response, much more active instead of waiting for heavily-arme s.w.a.t. teams to arrive. police in roseburg developed plans after a high school shooting nine years ago. the community college made its own plan in response. the fbi will soon distribute this movie-style video to the nation's police with lessons learned from other mass shootings on how to direct what is typically a massive law enforcement
the danger evacuator lockdown potential victims and keep ambulances and other resources moving to help those injured. president obama's comments reflect his frustration with the issue of gun control, but his administration has yet to come up with an idea acceptable to congress. the shooting may also cause some states to revisit the controversial issue of guns on campus. in oregon, for example, students with the proper permits are allowed to carry concealed weapons. >> pete williams tonight, thank you. another major story, a massive hurricane churning in the atlantic. joaquin is now an extremely dangerous category 4. the sheer size of this system can be seen from space as it lashes the bahamas with brutal winds and storm surge, and whether it makes landfall in the u.s. or turns out to sea, it will wreak havoc up and down the eastern seaboard, potentially historic flooding. there is a state of emergency in five states and this storm will hit on top of another storm already dumping torrential
rain, triggering flash floods from north to south. in a moment, we'll get the latest forecast from al roek ir. first to nbc's gabe gutierrez in north carolina's outer banks as the east coast prepares gabe? >> reporter: good evening. nearly all of north carolina is under a flood watch. the surf is picking up here. so is the wind. this is an area that is used to big storms. but this could be a one-two punch. an already-drenched east coast now bracing for historic rain and wind that will drag on for days. hearts of south carolina slammed with five inches of rain, fast rising water flooding roads and submerging cars. one person killed. another rescued when this road washed away, causing a massive sinkhole. all this because of something called a rex block, a weather pattern with a high pressure front below a low pressure front locking it in place, dumping large amounts of rain in the low pressure.
heavy downpours will begin in the carolinas and part of the mid atlantic tonight and last at least three days. the heavy surf already eroding beaches is expected to bring fierce rip currents and extreme rain. >> i cannot stress enough that we are talking about the real possibility of deadly flooding. >> reporter: this afternoon about 1,000 visitors were evacuated from an island on the outer banks. all this erosion happened within the past week or so? >> the loss of the dune happened within the last two weeks. >> reporter: kitty hawk mayor gary perry is used to big storms but preparing for the worst. >> we're just doing the best we can to manage and getied for it. we'll deal with the aftermath. >> reporter: north carolina, south carolina, virginia, maryland and new jersey, all under a state of emergency. much of the east coast bracing for two rounds of torrential rain, even if joaquin doesn't make landfall as a hurricane. the national guard here is on alert and local emergency management officials
here in north carolina plan to meet tomorrow morning to decide whether to issue more mandatory evacuations. lester? >> gabe gutierrez tonight, thank you. to the north of there, an area devastated by superstorm sandy three years ago and still recovering, they are taking no chances tonight as they brace for high water. in parts of the jersey shore, the flooding has already started. that's why we find nbc's ron allen. >> reporter: good evening, lester. you're looking at miles and miles of defense and preparation. this is a huge sand berm some 10 to 12 feet tall. it's taken several days to build. here to protect these towns along the jersey shore from any storm surge. towns devastated by sandy three years ago, that this time around are not taking any chances. that is surplus military equipment bought since superstorm sandy creating a huge barrier of protection just in case. stretching for miles along the jersey shore. how high is that berm
going to be over there? >> anywhere from 8 to 10 feet high. >> reporter: the devastation from sandy remains fresh. homes damaged or destroyed, boardwalks torn up, infence flooding. jsh everybody is scared. you don't know. if we don't get ready, it's going to hit us hard again. >> reporter: now preparing for the worst. governor christie declaring a state of emergency. >> there will be people when they start to hear this news will feel an enormous amount of stress. >> reporter: in belmar, they pumped much of the water out of the biggest lake in towns, creating a flas for flood waters to go. they reenforced and built a new boardwalk, the supports doug 25 feet deep. some-year-old hanna doherty raised $5,000 selling colored sea shells to help her town rebuild. are you prepared yourself? >> i think we are, yes. i think belmar is a town that is prepared. >> reporter: here in jersey, they are expecting several days of heavy rain and coastal flooding. even before any impact
a one-two punch that they hope they're ready for. lester? >> ron allen. al roker at the weather map. what are you seeing right now? >> we see a storm that looks like it's going to be moving more out to sea. currently, a dangerous category 4 storm, 70 miles south of bahamas. 130 mile-an-hour winds, still move slowly southwest at 6 miles per hour. if you notice the path, it's slowly been drifting ice with each successive run. when you put into effect you look at the american model and the european model, those are even further east. now the national hurricane center model is coming into agreement with that. when we look at the timeline, friday, major hurricane still category 4. the rain increases over the mid atlantic states. dangerous surf along the south eastern coast. saturday, torrential rain in the mid atlantic states. southeast, beach erosion. cape cod to myrtle beach and coastal flooding. sunday morning, major flooding across the
southeast wisi that rainfall 10 to 20 inches of rain in three days. coastal wind gusts 55 miles per hour. power outages, flooding a problem. sunday evening, hurricane center remains offshore. strong winds from maine to the carolinas still dangerous surf for coastal areas and monday, rain ends in the mid atlantic states. high surf, rip currents for the mid atlantic states. even though no landfall, still we have to worry about major effects. >> al roker, thanks very much. much more tonight, our nbc news investigation, cities and towns left hanging by the feds who refused to answer our questions about potential health risks from artificial turf. parents taking matters into their own hands to protect their kids. this bale of hay cannot be controlled. when a wildfire raged through elkhorn ranch, the sudden loss of pasture became a serious problem for a family business. faced with horses that needed feeding and a texas drought that sent hay prices soaring, the owners had to act fast. thankfully, mary miller banks
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tonight, more of our investigation into the most common artificial turf that millions of american kids play on made of ground-up tires. last night we told you about parents' fears it might possibly cause cancer, and the federal government's failure to give any kind of guidance on whether this turf is dangerous or safe. it's leaving it up to local communities to decide. the result is confusion, concern, and we met a family who is pulling their kids out of sports all together. stephanie gosk has our report. >> reporter: john and laura pulled their boys from local sports. they would rather their kids not play at all than play on turf
truck tires. fairfax county outside washington, d.c., has more than 80 crumb rubber fields. this is some of the only public grass. >> right now, what we are seeing is our kids are the guinea pigs. they are going to tell whether it's safe or not. we are not willing to let our kids be those guinea pigs. >> reporter: last year they watched our report on turf. they heard soccer coach amy griffin ask the question, is crumb rubber turf causing cancer? the coach started keeping track of goal keepers with cancer. her list grew from 54 to 63 there are no scientific studies linking turf and cancer, but they worry those tiny black dots may be to blame. crumb rubber is made from the same chemicals found in tires, some known carcinogens. >> we have tire dumps for our kids to play on. >> reporter: they started a petition to ban crumb rubber. 2,000 parents signed
rejected the proposal, after their extensive review of peer review studies that concluded the fields do not pose a serious health concern. a quick ferry ride away is montgomery county. also a d.c. suburb, basically the same demographic with few concerned parents. their solution is completely different. this is a turf field made not with tires but with cork and coconut husks. on average, $40,000 more expensive than crumb rub ir. montgomery county is using this alternative from now on. judge, our residents let us know this made them nervous so we took it seriously and we don't want our parents nervous if we can avoid that. >> reporter: since our story aired last year, at least 50 cities and towns in 17 states have been debating whether to tear up crumb rubber fields or install new ones. the epa says this is a state and local
decision, leaving officials on their own to sift through dozens of studies. >> how is montgomery county going to assess the scientific data? we look to the federal government to give us guidance. in the absence of that, all we know is it created a lot of anxiety. >> reporter: the epa and consumer product safety commission won't say crumb rubber is safe or dangerous. and both refuse multiple requests for interviews. we tracked down the epa administrator. is crumb rubber turf safe for our children to play on? >> i have nothing to say right now. >> reporter: results of the federal government's science is a patch work of local decisions, which the dams say is not the way to resolve an issue that affects children's health. >> the sad thing is people think, and this is what i hear, someone is looking out for us, right? they are putting them in all over the place so it must be okay. the reality is no one really is. >> reporter: we called the federal agencies again today. they told us it is limited in what it can do without more money
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police. he has yet to be identified. >> also we continue to monitor that massive category 4 hurricane churning in the atlantic. punch that could trigger catastrophic flooding on the eastern seaboard. we'll be updating the latest forecast throughout the evening on nbcnews.com and "today." that's going to do it for us on this busy thursday night. i'm lester holt. for all of us at nbc watching and good night. -are you happy with your bathroom? i wasn't. until i learned about bath fitter. bath fitter puts a new bathtub right over your old one. isn't that amazing? bath fitter will measure, custom-make and install right over your existing tub. and only bath fitter
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the coroner confirming pills and a note addressed to jim were found near her body. daily mail.com reporting that in her final days white had been taking an intensive survival scientology course. the loss a tragic ending to carrey's latest relationship. the two splitting shortly after the photos were taken. >> is there anyone special in your life at the moment? >> the notoriously private actor with mario in 2010. no. i'm having a good time. >> he had found and lost love before. jim wed lauren holly in 1996 but year. after a highly publicized romance with renee zellweger he started dating jenny mccarthy in 2006. they split in 2010. in video, jenny met by photographers at l.a.x. >> did you get in touch with him at all? >> prayers. >> prayers. that's beautiful.