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winning track record. >> a police officer sharing his story why he went back to work after shooting that killed a rookie officer and devastated a community. >> i like this job and i wasn't letting something like this stop me from doing it. >> news 4 at 11:00 starts now. . >> good evening sources close to james comey say he never saw it coming. the former fbi director fired today the white house says over his handling of the clinton e-mail scandal. >> democrats on the hill are sounding alarm and calling for a special prosecutor to investigate ties between russia and the trump campaign. >> the fbi is leading an investigation into that relationship and president trump's critics say it is convenient that he is firing a leader of that agency. but in a letter to comey tonight president trump said he was acting on the advice of his attorney general jeff sess
>> shomari stone starts our team coverage with that story. >> good evening. just a few weeks ago rob rosen stein was u.s. attorney for the state of maryland. tonight we are learning he was influential in the recommendation for president trump to fire fbi director james comey. in a three page letter to attorney general jeff sessions deputy attorney general says it is the president's decision whether to fire the fbi director but then lays out reasons to let go of james comey. he says quote i cannot defend the director's handling of the conclusion of the investigation of secretary clinton's e-mails and i do not understand his refusal to accept the nearly universal judgment that he was mistaken. the news 4 i-team spoke to him in april as he prepared to leave the job as attorney for state of maryland. >> i have
justice employee for 27 years. most of that time i spent here and it has been rewarding. it is rewarding because of two things. number one mission of being able to do the right thing, promote public safety. >> reporter: his letter goes on to say the director was wrong to assert the attorney general's authority on july 5 and announced his conclusion that the case should be closed without prosecution. it is not the function of the director to make such an announcement. he went on to cite criticism of comey. the letter ends with the way the director handled the conclusion of the e-mail investigation was wrong. as a result the fbi is -- until he has a director who understands the gravity of the mistake and pledges never to repeat them. >> congressional sources say that congressional leaders in maryland are seeking a meeting with
rosenstein to see if they can sit down and discuss how they feel about the firing. we reached out and he was unavailable to comment. i'm shomari stone, news 4. >> perhaps just as dramatic as today's news was how he learned about it. this was something else. chris chris lawrence is at our live desk with more details. >> right now james comey is on a flight to d.c. he wasn't in town to get the letter from president trump which takes all of five sentences to say you are fired. comey left los angeles and we learned he was speaking to agents when he saw the news on tv. initially comey thought it was a joke until a couple of aides said you're done. he had to cancel a key note speech at an fbi recruiting event and got on
back to d.c. >> it's pretty outrageous. >> virginia senator had no idea this was coming. some republicans are pointing out comey's mistakes and reminding us the fbi director serves at the pleasure of the president. democrats are comparing trump administration to president richard nixon. maryland senator says it has a foul stinch. tim cane tweeted firing comey shows how threatened they are over russian investigation and multiple have accused president trump creating a crisis of confidence at doj. >> i have lost a lot of faith in the justice department to be able to carry out a law. i believe we need a special prosecutor. i'm going to be looking closely at who the president nominates. >> some of the president's own party are raising questions about the move. one house republican called the letter to comey bizarre and says he is loo f
establish an independent commission on russia. only two fbi directors have ever been fired, james comey was the second. the first was let go under president bill clinton back in 1993. william sessions was in charge of the fbi. he was a reagan appointee but fired after a justice department report accused him of charging the government for personal trips and other items. while only two fbi directors have been fired in our history it is important to note that the fbi has only had 18 directors. with james comey out andrew mccabe is acting fbi director. he was recently the assistant agent in charge of the d.c. field office of the fbi. he was part of the investigation into associates of former d.c. mayor vincent gray. he has been criticized for his connections to
governor. we have a lot more coverage of today's big story in our nbc washington app including a look back at how we got here. search comey timeline. now to a story you will see only on news 4 tonight as law enforcement agencies across the country prepare to honor fallen officers next week. a focus tonight on assisting those who survive a traumatic injury. tonight we hear for the first time from one of two police officers who survived that ambush style shooting in february that claimed the life of rookie police officer. officer jesse spoke publicly about it for the first time tonight with jackie bensen. >> reporter: his name
forever. how do you survive something like what happened that night? >> i wanted to do this for a long time. i like this job. i wasn't letting something like this stop me from doing it. >> reporter: his youthful look makes him seem younger than 33. he talked about how his life changed february 27, 2016. his eyes carry a weight that is much older. >> she was part of the police family. >> reporter: he is talking about officer ashley gwynden. an army sergeant opened fire on them. it was her first day on the job. they survived their injuries surrounded by support from agency, families and d.c. area law enforcement community. >> and i'm so thankful for people who want to help
very important. >> reporter: he is back on the job. he works teaching new officers about the dangers of the street. he says he never not for one minute regrets his choice to become aven with all that i hav been through and all of that i still think it's a good career even in the way things are today in our society. it's tougher job than probably we have ever been but i think it is rewarding career. i think there is a lot to be done. >> reporter: we mentioned that help. the capital area law enforcement fund raises money to help officers who survive traumatic line of duty injuries. they are having a golf tournament next week and looking for people to take part and
donate. you can find out more by downloading our app. >> new at 11:00, it's been a violent couple of hours in the district. we now know there have been three shootings today. >> police tell us there are seven victims in total. the latest just before 10:00. three men were shot here near intersection of benning road. all three were conscious and breathing when police arrived. earlier tonight three boys were shot in northeast happened just before 6:00 near a basketball court on franklin street near lincoln road. all we know is that all three of the boys are going to survive and that police are looking for an all black vehicle. this afternoon a young man died in a shooting in southwest washington. new tonight we have learned his name was demonta thompson. police tell us someone shot him here near the corner of martin luther boulevard. former
clinton bort s is a wanted man after he failed to show up in court. court records show back in january police cited him for driving with a suspended license. his license was suspended in florida for the same thing, failure to appear in court. he was a contributor to red skin show time. those worried about health effects of a planned cell phone tower at a high school in prince georges county don't have to worry anymore. according to the school milestone communications with drew the proposal for a cell phone tower al eleanor roosevelt high school after prince georges county schools ceo kevin maxwell complained to the company that it lacked transparency in the process. who sells the most women lottery tickets? does that mean you should change where
metro's on time report card is in. the grades are not good but which lines are the worst at getting you to your destination on time? grounded, taking away all electronics. 56 degrees out there. a very cool night tonight. many of you waking up to temperatures in the 40s. now it's not the temperatures we are talking about but the rainfall.
this. metro had on time rate of only 45% in march. not much better on the yellow line. just 53% meaning it was basically a coin flip whether you reach your destination on time. metro tells us it is aiming to have all lines with an on time rate of at least 75%. it blames safe tracker fares for the delays. track work won't slow you down. metro tells us it is canceling repairs just for the night. the caps and nats both have home games tomorrow. you have to play to win. if you play the lottery you are always looking for a wayne to improve your chances. is there such a thing as lottery luck? we crunch the numbers to find the luckiest lottery retailers in virginia. >> reporter:
win big. >> that's a $3 million smile. >> reporter: scratch it off. draw some numbers. either way we all want to be winners. some have seen more jackpot winners than others. we dug through five years of data only looking at people winning $100,000 or more. 711s had the most repeat winners of any chain in virginia. it is also the biggest seller of lottery tickets. the biggest prize, 217 million from powerball. 30 stores across the state sold three or mour big ticket winners since june of 2011. a dozen stores are in northern virginia
and this grocery store had four big prize winners each. lottery spokesperson. any stores can be lucky. >> reporter: says the stores that cash the most winning tickets often just sell more tickets than other places. he still knows lotto players are always looking for a perceived edge. they are going to see a trend whether it is part of the game or not. >> statistically when you look at the odds every ticket at every store has exactly the same probability of winning. >> if you would like to see a list of stores that sold the most winners in northern virginia go to our nbc washington app and search lucky lottery. >> i'm searching right now. >> a loaf of bread and a lottery
>>. >> what is the strategy? >> there is none. >> what is the strategy for the cold tonight? >> the second guy came today and fixed it right up. it is a cool night tonight. temperatures are going to fall well below average. it is not nearly as cold as last night. we got down to 36 in dulles. that was a record. 56 degrees right now. winds out of the south at 7 miles per hour. looking at mostly clear skies and it is a full moon out there right now if you walk outside you'll see it. 47 in martinsburg. we are already on the cool side. i don't expect numbers to drop that much more tonight. it will be a cool start at the bus stop. 52 degrees inside the beltway. you need the jacket even cooler. 63 by noon. we might make 70 tomorrow
cloud cover across the area. nothing on the radar. this is all ground clutter. there is nothing here. we have clear skies. nothing going on. that boundary remains there. this is keeping it warm. 88 in st. louis. 85 in atlanta. near 80 in lexington, kentucky. we need the air to move this way. we are trapped and have been. we are going to continue to stay trapped with cooler air across parts of the northeast and great lakes. warm air stays towards the west. the pattern locked in place much cooler temperatures and more rain late week. i have shown you this pattern for about a week and said it could last another week. 72 degrees tomorrow. it's a nice day. sun and clouds and warmer. temperatures will be closer to average. average high of 74. i think we stay just below that. we go right back below average.
65 on thursday with shower activity coming on friday. high temperature of 55. thursday dry. showers on friday. not too heavy. i think we will be okay. it's friday night into saturday. saturday really just a mess of a day. 59 degrees. rain likely. heaviest rain early most likely before the noon hour and breezy and chilly. we can see winds of 20 to 30 miles per hour on saturday. that's just a nasty saturday. sunday mother's day a lot going on here. we have the big bike event going on downtown. 73 degrees. rather windy on sunday and nationals game. that as well will be rather windy. not bad for mother's day. 60s all next week. look what happens late next week. we may get into the warmer air that we long for. and i do think that the pattern will change just in time for memorial day. that is something to look forward to, too. >> change in the right
straight heat in game two tonight. fans treated to freezing fall. always fun to see how it splits up the fans. matt scherzer on the hill. bottom five man on scherzer gets harding swipging to end the inning. 11 strikeouts. took a no-hitter into the sixth. lots of ups and downs. on the pinch hit with two on and straight away center. the nats take a 4-1 lead. bullpen problem back within one. up with a man on and takes the pass. hustling around to score. two score in the ninth and head to extras. caleb joseph at the dibs. lines
gets thrown out at the plate. so we play on. very next inning the bases loaded. ready for this one to end blinded into left. adam jones scores easily. the orioles walk off winners. game three at nats park tomorrow night but baseball just a part of what will be possibly one of the most meaningful sports nights in town. cap tomatoitals trying to beat penguins. how do you balance all three at once? >> going to have a sports fan with what they like the most. see which one you want to watch. they have opportunity to close out at home. that's what we are looking forward to doing. >> i don't think i can have myself on the floor during the game. i am excited about them
the series. i'm sure they feel the same way about us. it creates great excitement for the fans in the area. >> the highest stakes of all tomorrow's games the capitals and penguins, best two words in sports game seven. not easy for the caps who have won two straight after going down three games to one. lots of caps fans nervous because of ghosts of playoffs past. knows pittsburgh is going to bring it. just like both game sevens he coached in washington the caps will, too. >> the penguins are going to come out with their best game and we have to too. we have been since i have been in washington we have had two game sevens and play both of them. i liked our game. looking forward to it. should be fun. >> should be fun he says. game seven. covering caps.
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