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tomorrow. >> more on the fire tonight at 6:00. ability project ) which tracks homicides natuspect in t deadly maryland newspaper shooting in court charged with five counts of murder. how police say he carried out his shotgun rampage barricading a door to prevent escape. >> the fella was there to kill as many people as he could kill. >> the grudge that may have motivated him. and the journalists gunned down doing their jobs. one victim killed on his wife's birthday. >> he's my best friend. i don't know how to move forward. >> also, the harrowing stories of survival. feeling the heat, dangerous hot weather for over 120 million, wildfires out of control, mass evacuations, homes in flames. when will president trump
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make his supreme court pick? late word on the adline he just set for the big nouncement. danger this fourth of july, one family's warning to parents. plus, is lebron leaving cleveland again? thrill of a lifetime for a young fan, a viral game of catch with a super star. >> announcer: this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. it appears tonight the mass killing of reporters and staff at a maryland newspaper may be linked to a grudge over a story reported by that paper years ago. authorities say the man who was the subject of the story entered the offices of the capital yesterday and carried a shotgun, blocked the doors and opened fire on the trapped staff killing five people. the massacre comes on a year that has already seen dozens of journalists murdered around the world. tonight, pete williams with new
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details on the attack. >> reporter: police say jarrod ramos blasted his way into the building armed with a 12-gauge pump action shotgun after first barricading the backdoor exit. anthony messenger in his first month as an intern hid under his desk, terrified when that door wouldn't open. >> i don't know how he locked it but i felt like a fish to a barrel. he's here to do harm and this is a calculated plan. at that point, i thought i would die. >> reporter: after five were fatally shot, police closed in ng under a desk but hours after arresting him they had no idea who he was. he said almost nothing so they used the state's recognition to identify him leading to a search of his apartment where they he planned the attack well in advance. >> i'll say this, the fellow was there to kill as many as he could kill. >> reporter: ramos was no stranger to the newspaper. he had been raging about it for seven years ever since a story
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accurately described his 2011 conviction for stalking. harassing a woman he knew in high school calling her vulgar names online and trying to get her fired when she stopped responding to him. the newspaper said she live in fear for her safety for months. the woman said he will be your next mass shooter. her lawyer says ramos was the most evil person he's ever seen in a courtroom. >> he was obsessive about people that he considered to have wronged him. he didn't just not like, he didn't argue with, he wanted to destroy whoever he figured had wronged him. >> reporter: ramos sued the newspaper for defamation but lost when the courts ruled the stories were accurate and began posting threats against the capital gazette, the paper claimed to police who concluded there wasn't enough evidence to arrest him but the publisher said the paper staff considered him dangerous. >> he had a photo taken of him,
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made sure the front desk was aware he could come in at any moment and my staff was aware of what he looked like. >> reporter: in court today, ramos was charged with five counts of first degree murder and ordered held without bail. ramos bought the gun a year ago and he was convicted of stalking at that point but it was a mom and under maryland and federal law, it did not disqualify him from buying a gun. lester? >> thank you, pete. we're learning about the victims, journalists killed while doing their jobs. tonight, we're hearing from friends and family. here is nbc's catie beck. >> have a great day. be safe. you know, i love you. >> reporter: thursday was maria hiaasen's birthday. she was waiting for her husband rob to come home before opening the gift he left before work. >> there it was on the dining room table, the birthday gift that i, i didn't open yet. i read the card last night but i can't quite bring myself to open the gift.
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>> as assistant editor, rob was a mentor to young writers. he was one of five killed in the capital gazette newsroom. >> he was part poet, this gentle giant of mine, of ours, a great journalist don't be mistaken. but he understood the great humanity that is this mess of a world. >> reporter: still this morning, like always, the capital waited at the foot of annapolis driveways, the small staff banding together to put out its own bad news. honoring those who never made it home. like reporter wendi winters, an active volunteer in the community. >> i don't think there is anyone who ever met wendi, even if it was for a short interview that didn't feel like they were their friend. >> reporter: veteran journalist gerald fischman at the paper for 26 years, known as a walking encyclopedia, meticulous about getting things right. john mcnamara gave 20
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years to the paper. a jack of all trades whose true passion was covering sports and rebecca smith, a recent hire in the sales department but valued on the team already. 34 years old and engaged to be married. the whole annapolis has close ties to the newspaper. >> we loved it. it was hometown. it was the basics. it was community journalism. >> reporter: one of the oldest papers in the country binding together the small nautical community together. >> he's my best friend. i don't know how to move forward without him. >> reporter: moving forward will take some time for this grieving community. they are going to begin that process tonight at a vigil for the victims that will be held here at 7:00. lester? >> some heartfelt tributes from the victims' families, thank you. president trump addressed the "capital gazette" newspaper
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today, putting aside the usual contempt to offer a message of support. >> this attack shocked the conscience of our nation and filled our hearts with grief. journalists like all americans, should be free from the fear of being violently attacked while doing their job. >> the president there speaking out from the white house today. tonight more than 100 million of us are getting hit with brutally hot temperatures, a sizzling heatwave stretches from the midwest to the east and extreme heat fueling wildfires in the west that are exploding out of control, burning homes and forcing mass evacuations. nbc meteorologist dylan dreyer is tracking it for us, who is in the thick of it now? >> reporter: good evening, lester. most of the country will see temperatures that are very much above average. currently 120 million people are under some sort of heat watch, heat advisory or heat warning
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and it's not just the warm temperatures, it's the exceptional humidity. tomorrow to put this into perspective, 240 million people will have that feels like temperature above 90. 88 million people will be feeling like it's above 100 degrees. high temperatures from the midwest to the great lakes to the northeast, southeast, wrapping around down south will be in the mid-90s on saturday feeling like 100 to 110 and sunday more of the same and as we go into next week, temperatures will be staying well above average with your feels like temperature around 100 to 110 through at least the fourth of july. this is a long haul sort of event. you want to stay hydrated and check on the elderly and remember it's hot for pets, too, and stay indoors whenever you
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can because it will be brutal for a very long time. lester? >> we've been warned. dylan dreyer tonight, thanks. there is late word from president trump tonight he plans to announce his nominee for the supreme court in less than two weeks. the president will spend part of this weekend talking with key senate republicans about candidates for the job. as nbc's peter alexander reports, the president also spoke about one of the most divisive issues faced by the court and the country. >> reporter: president trump tonight on air force one revealing he'll announce the supreme court pick in ten days. five nominees on that short list he says including two women. the countdown is on and mr. trump may meet with a couple candidates this weekend at his bedminster new jersey estate. expected to call key senators, for now a listening role that will help define the legacy. president trump saying he won't ask the nominee before hand about same-sex marriage or on another hot button issue abortion or whether they would overturn roe v wade. >> i'm putting conservative people on. >> reporter: asked if he wants the court to overturn it. >> it will happen automatically in my opinion because i'm putting pro-life justices on the court. >> reporter: the president
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tipping his hand on his timeline. >> we have great choices and it will be done over the next 12 to 14 days. >> reporter: the white house not commenting on this apparent prank call speaking with comedian john melendez. the alleged call raising security questions, how a prankster could get in touch with the president. also tonight, about his one on one summit with vladimir putin next month, the president says he will bring up russia's interference in the 2016 election one day after repeating putin's argument he had nothing to do with it, lester. >> peter alexander at the white house for us tonight, thank you. now to our continuing series, one in five kids at risk about children and mental health. as children are diagnosed with serious problems, there is a growing crisis in this country's hospitals. there is not enough beds to accommodate those who need to be hospitalized. cynthia mcfadden has
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been looking into this. >> reporter: emily nevel was 7 years old and wise beyond her years. >> i like school a lot. >> reporter: what do you like? >> i like seeing people's faces and seeing people's smiles a lot. >> reporter: yeah. >> and i just love it. >> reporter: she has a cool 13-year-old sister mckenzie. their parents donald and suzanne are lawyers. while everything may look just right on the outside, the family is bravely coping with some pretty big stuff. >> my brother can't actually speak. he has that kind of autism. >> reporter: 12-year-old jake has a sweet disposition. but also suffers from disruptive mood disregulation disorder, which can result in terrifying, violent outbursts. the episode so frightening that don and suzanne made the girls go to their rooms and lock their doors. finally things got so bad, don
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called the police. >> it was shameful to have to call that i couldn't handle my own son, that wasn't doing enough for him and everyone was going to see that. >> reporter: they ended up in the emergency room and came face-to-face with a growing crisis. parents struggling to get psychiatric care for their children. how long did jake stay in the emergency department? >> 11 days in a room that's -- it's not designed for anybody to be there long-term, not just on the floor. >> if we took him home, he comes off the list so we had to keep him in the e.r. >> reporter: the list is the list of kids waiting for an inpatient psychiatric bed. the crisis is nationwide with nearly a 40% increase in psychiatric visits to emergency rooms. nbc news spoke to 55 hospitals in these states. one in kansas said they turned away 2,000 kids last year alone. all said during the school year they were completely overwhelmed and didn't have enough beds.
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>> it's the same trends we're seeing here. >> reporter: dr. claudia moreno is head of the children's hospital in connecticut. she says they are seeing 1600 kids a year for psychiatric issues. on a bad night, it can be nine or ten. >> the youngest i've seen is probably a 10-year-old. >> reporter: who tells you he or she doesn't want to live. it would be very scary to let them walk out the door. >> it would be and we wouldn't let that happen. >> reporter: and yet, there isn't always a bed to put them in. >> correct. >> reporter: some nights, stretchers line the hall with kids waiting to be admitted. which brings us back to jake. who after a year and a half of repeated e.r. visits is finally living in a residential facility where he can go to school. >> i like it. >> but he's 12 now so somebody hugging and kissing him. >> reporter: you're his mom. but he's safe.
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>> he's safe and the girls are safe. >> he seems happy. >> yeah. >> the connecticut hospital where jake stayed told us that they once had a child who waited an astounding 40 days until an inpatient bed was available and they are seeking solutions but there are no simple answers. one thing nearly everybody seems to agree on that until insurance pays for consistently and fully for child psychiatric beds, they will remain scarce. >> your heart has to go out. the parents are going through this anguish and try to get help and it's not there. >> it's really a crisis right in front of us that we have to take a hard look at. >> cynthia mcfadden, thank you for that report. if you're a cable customer of comcast, chances are you noticed an interruption this afternoon. comcast, which is the parent company of nbc reported a nationwide outage affecting some of its internet, video and voice customers. the problem was caused by two
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separate fiber cuts at the network providers and services are now being restored to homes and businesses. we're going to take a short break here, still ahead, a wildly popular fixture of the backyard and patio but there is a new warning tonight about the dangers of fire pits. also, the wild scene at a walmart. why did a man smash his pickup truck through the store causing half a million dollars in damage?
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we're back now with a safety alert as we get ready for our fourth of july bacebryard fire pits are getting more and more popular, you see their use a lot in the summertime but the number of children who have suffered serious burns from fire pits has always risen dramatically. nbc's tom costello has one family's warning. >> reporter: it happened at a camp ground with friends, the kids were gorging on s'mores
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when a 6-year-old lost his balanced and tumbled backwards in the open fire pit. his parents looked away for just a minute. >> i hear him scream and turn around and he's rolling through the fire pit and i ran and i grabbed his arm and yanked him up out of there. >> and then he just started screaming i'm dying. >> reporter: he was saying i'm dying? >> he was screaming i'm dying. >> reporter: jackson's scan was already peeling away. >> i was afraid. i didn't know what to do. >> reporter: rushed to john hopkins hospital in baltimore, jackson spent eight days in the burn unit. >> he had burns to about 10% of his body and they were all over in spots. they were bad. some were full thickness, meaning the skin was burned all the way through. >> reporter: jackson's story is not unusual. in 2008, there was 1900 injuries associated with backyard heaters or fire pits. by last year, that had skyrocketed to nearly 5300. a quarter of the patients under the age of 5.
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>> don't stand so close to the fire. >> reporter: many burned the next day when the abandoned coals are still hot. >> i tell parents to be vigil with your children. they are curious. >> reporter: jackson was lucky a year later his most visible scar is near the collarbone. >> three seconds was enough time to completely change our lives. >> reporter: three seconds and a scar he will carry for life. tom costello, nbc news, maryland. there is more ahead for us tonight, still ahead, news about basketball super star lebron james and important health news about the dangers in something we all do for hours every day.
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caught on surveillance video in texas, a pickup truck smashing into a walmart plowing through the isles causing an estimated half a million dollars
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in damage. police say the 19-year-old driver was trying to return over his girlfriend after an argument. she was not hurt but he was arrested. we already know about the dangers of sitting too much at work but now scientists from the american cancer society say that sitting at least six hours a day during leisure time could lead to a 20% higher risk of death compared to people that spend at least three hours. that was linked to 14 diseases. is lebron james about to take his talent away from clev uestricted free agent declining a guaranteed 35 million for another season with the cavaliers. now we can go wherever he wants though he could decide to stay in cleveland. lebron led the caves to a championship title in 2016. when we come back, it was the game of a lifetime for a young fan thanks to a baseball
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super star that went above and beyond. concord neighborhood -
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forcing crews to take drastic actions to save homes. plus, we investigate the
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suspect in an old murder mystery at stanford. what we uncovered about other unsolved murders in his area. next. the news at six starts right finally tonight, our friday night above and beyond segment for one young baseball fan, it was perhaps the ultimate game of catch. the kind of thing every kid dreams of with just a small gesture, a new york yankee super star going above and beyond. >> aaron! >> it just may have been the biggest hit at the week. happening between innings right there in the outfield, 10-year-old james payne wearing aaron judge's 99 and that game of catch with the yankee star. >> gold glove. >> even impressing the announcers. >> revel every second of this
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and i love the kid's arm. >> and it wasn't just one toss. >> i was just enjoying it. >> the stunning moment still sinking in. >> i didn't realize until the day after that like how amazing it was. >> back home on long island, james played shortstop for his little league baseball team wearing 99. >> this is from my little league from 2018. >> great job you did out there. >> father and son hitting the road for yankees games when they can and as luck would have it, monday's game in philadelphia came just after school let out. summer and a lot more. him the happiest kid in the world, thank you. >> the kid looks stunned. riteeatory of the week. we appreciate you spending part of your evening with us. that is nightly news for this friday night. i'm lester holt. for all of us at nbc news, thank you for watching and good night. thanks for joining .
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i )m janelle wang. and i )m garvin thomas. raj a the news at 6:00 starts right now. good friday evening. thanks for joining us. >> we are following breaking news out of the east bay. a brush fire burning in concord right now. you are looking at a live picture from nbc bay area's skyranger. the fire broke out a little more than two hours ago. we have been tracking it on air and online. mandatory evacuations right now as the wildfire is threatening . you can see in the picture how close it is to homes. >> the fire started about a couple of hours ago. three small fires.
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they con ververged into one lar fire. the focus has been on protecting a couple of neighborhoods in the concord walnut creek area. joining us is robert marshal. thank you for joining us. give us an update. it looks like you are making significant progress. we hear it's 50% contained? >> that's correct. we estimate the containment at 50%. we're at about 185 acres. four alarms plus two additional strike teams. >> you are asking for crews just to help with structure protection or to help just get full containment and control? >> at this point, it's to get full containment and control. the fire is still burning in a couple of areas. although, the bulk of the fire is now within the containment lines. we still have a few helicopters here. we have a couple of

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