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night, the suspect in the 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. l > the fella was there to k 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. t >> he's my b friend. i don't know how to move forward. >> also, the harrowing stors 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 make
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his supreme court pick late word on the deadline he just set for the big announcement. hi>> the backyard dangerfourth of july, one family's warning to parents. plus, is lebron leaving cleveland again? thrill of a lifetime for a young am fan, a virale of catch with a super star. >> announcer: this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. good evening and thank you for joining us. it appears tonight the mass killing of reporters and staff at a maryland newspaper may be linked to a grudge over a stor reported by that paper years ago. authorities say the man who was the subject of the story entered the officethof capital gazette newspaper in annapolis yesterday and cried shotgun, blocked the doors and opened fire on the trapped staff killing five people. the massacre comes on a year that ha already seen dozens of journalists murdered around the world. tonight, pete williams with new details on the attack. >> reporter: police
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say jarrod ramos blasted his way into the ilding armed with a 12-gauge pump action shotgun after first barricading the backdoor exit. anthony messenger in his first as an intern hid under his desk, terrified when that doorouldn't open. w >> i don't khe 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 closein d found ramos hiding 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 facial recognition to identify him leading to a search of his apartment where they found signs he planned the attack well in advance. >> i'll say this, the ow 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 accurately
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described his 2011 conviction for stalking. harassing a woman he kn in high school calling her vulgar names online and trying to get her fired when she stopped respondi to him. the newspaper said she live in fear for s.her safety for mon 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. hee didn't just not likeidn't argue with, he wanted to destroy whoever he figured had wronged him. >> reporter: ramos er sued the newspor defamation but lost when the courts ruled the stories were accurate and began posting threats against the capital gazette, the paper claimed to police whnc ded 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, made sure the front desk was aware he could come in at any moment
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t nd my staff was aware of w 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, love you. >> reporter: thursday was maria hiaasen's birthday. she was waiting for her husband roto me 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. >> as assistant editor, rob was a
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s.entor to young writ 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 aorld. >> 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.ri ho those who never made it home. like reporter wendi winters, an active volunteer in the commity. >> i don't think there is anyone who ever met wendi, even if it was foa 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
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getting things right. johnma mc gave 20 years to the paper. a jack of all trades whose true passion was covering sports and recca smith, a recent hire in the sales department but valued on the team already. 34 yrs old and engaged to be married. the whole annapolis has close ties to the wspaper. >> we loved it. it was hometown. it was the basics. it was community jourlism. f >> reporter: one 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 forwahout him. >> reporter: moving forward will take someti for this grieving community. they are going to begin that process the victims that will be held here at 7:00. lester? >> some heartfelt tributes frothe ctims' families, thank you. president trump at addressed the
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"capital gazette" newspaper today,ddressed the "l gazette" newspaper today, putting aside the usual contempt to support. ssage of >> this attack shocked the conscience of our nation and filled our hearts with grief. ke journalists ll americans, should be free from the fear of being violently attacked while doing their jo>> he 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 dreys tracking it for us, who is in the thick of itow? reporter: good evening, lester. most of the country will see temperatures that are very much ove average. currently 120 million people are under some sort of heat watch, at dvisory or heat
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warning 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 milon 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 bin the mid-90s on saturday feeling like 100 to 110 and sunday more of exhe same and as we go intoweek, temperatures will be staying well above average with your fe s like temperature around 100 to 110 ro h 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 can because it will be brutal for a very long time. lester? >> we've been warned. dylan dreyer tonight, thanks. there is late word tonight he plans to announce his nominee for the supreme court wo less than weeks.
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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 onresident also spoke abouof 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.co thtdown is on and mr. trump may meet with a couple candidates this weekend at his bedminster newersey estate. expected to call key senators, for now a listening role that will help define the lecy. esident trump saying he won't ask the nominee before hand about same-sex no marriage or oner hot button issue abortion or whether they would overturn roe v wade. >> i'm putng conservative people on.
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>> 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 s president tipping 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 th median john melendez. the alleged call raising security questions, how a touch with the get in president. also tonight, about s his one on omit 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 ha 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
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problems, there is a growing crisis in this country's hoitals. there is not enough beds to accommodate those who need to be hospitalized. cynthia mcfadden has this. ooking into >> reporter: emily nevel was 7 years old and wise beyond her years. >> iike school a lot. >> reporter: what do you like? >> i like seeing people's faces and seeing peoe'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 actual speak. he has that kind of autism. >> reporter: 12-year-old jake has a sweet disposition. but also suffers from disrupti mood disregulation disorder, which can result in terrifying, violent outbursts. the episode so htening that don and suzanne made the girls go to their rooms and lock their doors. finally thingsot so bad, don called the police. >> it was shameful to
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have to call that i couldn't handle my own son, that wasn't doing enough for him and was going to see that. >> reporter: they ended in the emergency room and came face-to-face with 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 h 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 hospitals in these states. one in kansas said they turned away 2,000 kids last year alone. olll said during the schoear they were completely overwhelmed and didn't have enough beds.
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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 tr year for psych issues. on a bad night, it can nine or ten. >> the youngest i've seen is probably a 10-year- >> reporter: who tells you he or she doesn't want to live. it would be very scary to let them walk out the door. >>t would be and we wouldn't let that happen. nd >> reporter:et, there isn't always a bed to put them in. >> correct. >> reporter: some nights, stretchersne he hall with kids waiting to be admitted. which brings us back to jake. who after a year a a half of repeated e.r. visits is finally living in si dential facility where he can go sc ol. >> i like it. >> reporter: but he's 12 now so sobody hugging and kissing him.
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>> reporter: you're his mom. but he's safe. >> he's safe and the girls are safe. >> he seems happy. >> yeah. >> the connecticut tospital where jake stayd 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 consistend fully for child psychiatric beds, they will remain >> 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 fron u 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
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hiparents looked away for just a minute. >> i hear him scream and turn around and he's rolling through and i grabbed his arm and yanked him up out of there. >> and then he just started screaming i'm dying. >> reporter: he was i'm dying. saying i'm dying?sang i'm dyin? >> 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 spo. they were bad. some were full thickness, meaning the skin was burned all the way through. orter: 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
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of 5. >> don't stand so close to the fire. >> reporter: many burned the next daen the abandoned coals are still hot. >> i tl 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 co letely change our lives. >> reporter: three s and a scar he will carry for life. tom costello, nb c news, maryland. theres more ahead for us tonight, still ahead, news about baetball super star lebron james and important health news about the dangers in something we all do for hours every day. something for hours every day. ♪ if you have moderate to severe plaque psoriasis, little things can be a big deal. that's why there's otezla. otezla is not an injection or a cream. it's a pill that treats psoriasis differently. with otezla, 75% clearer skin is achievable after just 4 months, ...
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our friday night above and beyond finally tonight, our friday night above and beyo segment for one young baseball fan, it was perhaps the ultimate game of catch. the kind of thing y 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 ballpark this week. riappening between inningt there in the outfield, 10-year-old james payne wearing his favorite jersey, aar judge's 99 and that game of catch with the yankee super star. >> gold glove. >> even impressing the
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announcers. >> revel every second of this and i love the kid's arm. us>> and it wasn't 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 shortstohis 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 gas when they can and as luck would have it, monday's game in philadelphia came just after school let out. aaron judge making one kid's summer and a lot more. >> just in fourth row, you made him the happiest kid in the world, thank you. >> the kid looks stunned. please, thme one more. that's awesome. >> might be my favorite story of the week. we appreciate you spending part of your evening with us. i thnightly news for this friday night. i'm lester holt. for all of us at nbc news, thank you for tching and good night. night. i'm lester holt. for all of us atbc news, thank you for watching and good night.
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