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on this saturday night, trail of terror. isis sends a message calling the shooters martyrs and tonight an emerging portrait of the female suspect. plus, what we now know about where the killers got their arsenal of weapons. the new chicago police documents that contradict what was seen on the dash cam video of a police officer fatally shooting a teenager. a new risk factor doctors say should not be ignored. and for the ageing. when these students moved into a retirement community and joined the elderly, it was music to their ears.
"nightly news" begins now. good evening. tonight, we begin with a nation increasingly on edge as details slowly emerge about the san bernardino shooters and the weapons they used to carry out their vicious attack. in an online radio broadcast today isis praises the two shooters and this comes as the president is ramping up his language saying the act was an act of terror. we have it all covered and we begin in redland, california. >> reporter: in this bedroom community outside los angeles, neighbors tell nbc news siyed farook and tashfeen malick appeared normal. today the group isis praised the attack, calling the couple
martyrs, but there's no evidence that the attack was directed by a militant group. malik was born in pakista pakistan. she spent time in the punjab province in her early years and later went to university there which was a hotbed for recruiting. there was no signs she was involved with radical islamic groups. some say u.s. officials are right to ask if she radicalized her husband. >> i think tashfeen malik selected a clean candidate to be her cohort in terrorism. in duos, we have a primary actor who manipulates a more vulnerable subservient person. >> reporter: malik married farook after meeting in saudi arabia. he was born in chicago. a college graduate with a good paying job
as a restaurant inspector in san bernardino. friends say there was no way he was the master mind. >> this is something political because this brother, he couldn't have done that. >> reporter: the shooters' home where they raised a 6-month-old daughter was a bomb making factory. killed by police in the shootout, their deadly plot ending in the hands of er doctors. >> this is something i'll never forget. i'll never be able to fully conceive how those patients' families were affected. >> reporter: the 14 dead are mothers fathmothers, fathers, sons, and daughters. johnson shielded her saying three words, i got you. tonight, her life a tribute to his in a massacre where there
are still so many questions. they knew very little about the couple. >> thank you for that report. president obama met with his national security team today for a briefing on the shooting investigation. officials say there's no solid evidence tying this attack to any specific terror group. our justice correspondent pete williams is following this angle. pete, good evening. >> kristin, good evening. the white house says the president was told today they found no indication that the couple was part of an organized group or terror cell. james comey says several factors suggest they were radicalized. among them their extensive preparations, the way they built their bombs, and the pledge of support for isis that malik posted before the shooting. no sign at this point that the couple was in direct contact with
anyone from any terror group. investigators hope they'll discover the couple's motives on the computers and cell phones they left behind, but the couple damaged those devices before the shooting. while the lab at washington is working overtime to recover that data, that work is slow going. >> pete williams from our washington newsroom. thank you, pete. we are learning more tonight about the four guns used in the massacre and where they came from. it turns out two of those guns, the assault rifles, were purchased by a friend of syed farook. >> reporter: the attack on the holiday party didn't take long. roughly 75 rounds in just a matter of minutes. overnight, law enforcement searched a house belonging to a friend of syed farook who they believe originally purchased the two assault rifles during the rampage. one bought in 2011 and the other in 2012. authorities say they do not consider him a suspect in the mass shooting, but they
want to know when the guns were transferred to the couple. >> it's an urban tactical weapon. >> reporter: the ar-15s have been used in some of the deadliest shootings in history. 2012 in aurora, colorado, james holmes used it to kill 12 people at a late night movie. less than six months later, adam lanza used a rifle called the bushmaster to kill 20 children and 6 adults at sandy hook elementary. assault rifles like these are relatively light and easy to use. >> could i potentially learn how to use this gun in an afternoon? >> you can potentially learn how to use this gun in two minutes. >> reporter: the couple tried to alter one rifle to make it fully automatic, but their attempts failed. the law in the state of california says a magazine can only hold ten rounds, but the shooters had magazines
that could hold 30 and they had them taped together. when magazine finished, all they needed to do was flip it and use the next one. federal investigators took security video and financial records from this gun range. the couple may not have needed much practice. law enforcement officials tell nbc news the man who originally bought the gun has not been able to tell them how or when they ended up in the couple's hands. they say he's been too emotionally distraught to give them that level of detail. >> just a fascinating look at assault rifles. we have a program note now. chuck todd will have much more on the san bernardino shootings tomorrow on "meet the press." as we told you earlier, president obama spoke out again today about this week's shootings and so did some of the presidential candidates. the massacre is having a pronounced impact on the rhetoric of the
campaign with new warnings by the candidate about the terror threat. among those weighing in today was donald trump. we were with him today in iowa. >> reporter: addressing the tragedy in san bernardino today, president obama came as close as he's ever come to using the wor words radical islamic terror. the president cautioning we need to know all the facts before laying the blame on global terror networks was panned by the republican hopefuls, who accused him of backing away from an all out assault on isis. >> radical islamic terrorists, it's what it is. this is a war. we're in a war. >> reporter: his poll numbers rising, donald trump is leading the way, positioning himself as the toughest on terror. >> this [ bleep ] is not going to happen anymore. >> reporter: the billionaire arguing for racial profiling
and bringing back waterboarding. trump even taking it a step further to target the families of suspected terrorists. the heated rhetoric not exclusive to the frontrunner. >> we're seeing the evil of radical islamic terrorism here at home, murdering innocent people. >> this is the world we now live in. he was born in the united states. he was a u.s. citizen. >> reporter: republican voters say they are afraid and as of now the man most say they want protected them is donald trump. >> you're not going to be scared anymore. they're going to be scared. you're not going to be scared. >> reporter: republican voters say regardless of who they're going to vote for they do believe donald trump is the most qualified candidate when it comes to foreign
policy and isis despite his inexperience. one more note on all of this. for the first time since 1920, "the new york times" ran an editorial today. it calls for greater regulation of guns in this country following the string of recent mass shootings. > a bystander recorded the confrontati confrontation. we want to warn you --
>> i know there are videos out there in the media. if you slow those videos down carefully, you will see that the weapon is raised at the moment in which the shot takes place. >> reporter: while the fbi is investigating the attempted bank robbery, the shooting in the city of miami beach is being investigated by separate police agents. it's a new policy here. at outgrowth of the 2011 shooting. once the independent investigation is completed, it will sent to the miami-dade state attorney, who will make the financial decisi final decision. and there is a new chapter tonight in that controversial police shooting of a teenager in chicago more than a year ago. you'll recall the police released dash cam video of the shooting just last week. then they released surveillance tape from a burger king with an
80-minute gap. now they have released seemingly contradictory police reports from the officers who watched the shooting. >> reporter: in hundreds of pages of official and handwritten police statements a startling different picture of the shooting that took the life of 17-year-old laquan mcdonald. in police reports released by the state late friday officer jason van dyke, who has been charged with first-degree murder, and five other officers seemed to directly contradict the dash cam video last week. when mcdonald's got to within 12 to 15 feet of the officers, he swung the knife toward the officers in an aggressive manner. the officers are called the victims. the 17-year-old the offender. while the video shows the teen lying on the ground shot 16 times, officers reported mcdonald continued moving on the ground, attempting to get up while still armed with
the knife. the report also introduces a possible defense for van dyke, who has pleaded not guilty. a previously issued chicago police department bulletin warning of a weapon, which was a knife, but which actually was capable of firing a bullet. today, there were new calls for protest and resignations following the ousted summ eed superintendent -- garry mccarthy. >> reporter: chicago pd says the justice department is now investigating the officers who made those statements in a tale of two stories that has left a city
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>> reporter: it would have been easy for san bernardino to call off this year's ymca christmas parade, to silence the bands and pack away the costumes, to tell kids who practiced for months to stay home. yes, that would have been easy, but this town needed something else. >> i think it needs a parade more than ever. a good blue collar town like san bernardino is going to stand up and fight. >> reporter: about 1500 people, mostly kids, are marching in the parade. organizers questioned whether to cancel it, but decided last night to go forward. as a precaution, they doubled the police presence. peace of mind for many like patty cruz. >> it's really sad right now. >> reporter: her granddaughter works at the inland regional center. the scene of
wednesday's mass shooting. >> she made it out okay. >> reporter: still what happened paralyzed this community. >> what do you think it will take to get life back to normal here? >> time. i think just time. no matter what life goes on and you cannot be afraid to live your life. >> reporter: san bernardino is slowly starting to heal and for patty cruz's family, today is part of that process. >> this is for them. we need to bring them out and let them know we're going to be okay. >> reporter: a wounded yet resilient town fighting fear with joy. incredible resilien resilience. that is "nightly news" for this saturday. for all of us here at nbc news, thanks for watching and good night.
jay gruden, joe barry. hi, everybody and welcome to the redskins coaches show with jay gruden presented by harris teeter. this is coach jay gruden of course and that is chris cooley. coming up on the show tonight the redskins host the cowboys on monday night football, we will take a detailed look at the game, chris and the coach with the video breakdown. monday night football, your team has won five straight at home. how did you practice this week? is this team ready? this is a huge game for you guys. >> it's a big game. the team i