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screaming in terror. the charges the driver faces tonight. our nbc news exclusive, the incredible medical breakthrough a 2-year-old suffering from a rare brain tumor. the surgery he so sperately ned never performed on a patient so young before inside the amazing virtual reality technology doctors used to save his life and hope will save many more. the big change for instagram, why the social media giant is hiding some users' likes. could the move help boost kids' mental health? those who serve, the veteran turned college football player proving it's never too late to make your dreams come true. >> announcer: this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. good evening, everyone we can't even call it the new normal anymore and sadly today, it happened again, this time in santa clarita, california, where police say a 16-year-old student opened fire on his classmates just as the school day was starting the shooter hitting at least five students before turning the gun on himself at least two are dead, three others are
wounded. other students hiding and barricading themselves inside before evacuating in a practiced and familiar ritual of mass school shootings. miguel almaguer is there tonight. >> reporter: just as the school day began in santa clarita, erupted at saugus high school >> we need all units to respond. >> reporter: police and paramedics swarming campus as students raced to safety under the cover of heavily armed officers. >> i will never forget the look of kids' faces running out and looking behind them fearing for their lives. >> reporter: the first shot fired at 7:38 a.m. >> all of a sudden we hear boom, boom, boom. >> reporter: authorities say surveillance video shows the suspect pulling the handgun from his backpack in the court yard and then firing on five fellow students before shooting himself in the head >> we heard multiple
shots in order we kind of like -- we didn't really say anything to react. we just kind of ran towards the s hill and escaped as fast as possible. >> reporter: before the victims could be rushed to the hospital, the campus broke into chaos. >> i couldn't believe something like this would happen at our school >> reporter: teresa called her mom as shots were fired. >> i heard a shot in the background, just a bunch of kids were screaming, there is a shooter, there is a shooter. run, run, run. >> reporter: with a stream of students calling and texting their parents for help tonight two teenagers are dead, and three are wounded. the shooter, who turned 16 today, remains in grave condition. police found his weapon at the crime scene. >> it's a .45 caliber semiautomatic pistol, which had no more rounds in it, no more bullets in it. >> reporter: with investigators swarming his home not far from school, police are now scouring his digital footprint for a motive. >> i didn't expect to see that across the street from me. >> reporter: with two crime scenes, the
suspect's home and his school, tonight many are gathering at the hospital. >> i held a bleeding child today in my classroom. >> reporter: choir teacher katy holt helped triage the wounded. >> i don't think there is any sort of training that can prepare you for this. >> reporter: tonight this high school in southern california, home to the latest school shooting, lives lost in a place where students should always be safe. tonight not far from the crime scene, four teenagers remain hospitalized including the suspect who is said to be in grave condition. meantime investigators are scouring the gunman's social media account. account after the new shooting, that remains part of the investigation. lester >> miguel, thank you investigat our pete williams has more on the investigation. pete, what do we know? >> the fbi is combing through the suspect's
social media, checking his internet searches. so far officials say no idea of motive, but nothing to indicthis was inspia terror group investigators tonight say the suspect is 16-year-old nathaniel berhow they're talking to his girlfriend, searching his house. groups that track these attacks now count 30 intentional shootings so far this year in the nation's schools and on college campuses that caused injuries or deaths the secret service says school shootings typically end quickly so schools cannot depend on first responders to stop them that was true today. the first deputies got there in two minutes, and it was already over lester >> pete, thank you. tonight, house speaker nancy pelosi delivered her own forceful take in the first public testimony in the house impeachment investigation as democrats switched to new language to describe their accusations. peter alexander has more. >> reporter: 24 hours after that first public impeachment hearing, house speaker nancy pelosi is calling testimony from
two career diplomats devastating and leveling this new charge against the president. >> what the president admitted to and said it's perfect, i said it's perfectly wrong it's bribery. >> reporter: democrats recasting their case in plain english phone call betweense president trump and ukraine's leader where the president asked for investigations of the bidens and the 2016 election. pelosi using the term bribery that's mentioned in the constitution as an impeachable offense. >> the bribe is to grant or withhold military assistance in return for a public statement of a fake investigation into the elections. that's bribery. >> reporter: republicans emphasize the aid was eventually delivered without ukraine launching the investigations president trump requested. tonight, house democrats are also preparing for closed door testimony from diplomat bill taylor's aide who says he overheard the president in july on a
cell phone call with ambassador gordon sondland. >> a member of my staff could hear president trump on the phone asking ambassador sondland about investigations >> reporter: the president says he does not recall the conversation and his aides dismissing it. >> in a real court of law we wouldn't refer to something as evidence, someone on my staff recalled overhearing a conversation between someone else and the president where they think they heard the president use the word investigations. >> reporter: democrats say that call ties president trump to the pressure campaign on ukraine. tomorrow lawmakers will hear from the former u.s. ambassador to that country. lester >> peter alexander at the white house, thank you. join us for coverage of the hearings tomorrow at 9:00 a.m. on nbc there is an urgent manhunt for a missing marine accused of murder authorities so concerned they closed down schools in roanoke, virginia. gabe gutierrez is there.
>> reporter: tonight search teams are combing parts of roanoke, virginia, near where 22-year-old michael brown was last spotted. >> a very dynamic situation because at this particular point in time, we do not know where mr. brown may be. >> reporter: police say he's likely on foot armed and dangerous after killing his mother's boyfriend on saturday. he was believed to be driving this town car but somehow ended up in this rv which investigators are now searching. public schools were closed and this neighborhood was asked to shelter in place. >> he could be anywhere i hope they catch him soon. >> reporter: brown is listed as awol from the marines. investigators say the combat engineer deserted his post at camp lejeune in north carolina last month and made his way to franklin county, virginia police say he's an experienced outdoorsman and could survive in the woods >> with his military training, he pushes the threshold a little higher of the concern. >> reporter: his friends, through an attorney, are pleading for him to surrender >> michael, please
turn yourself in we're here for you. >> reporter: today the shelter in place order was lifted after the search turned up nothing. federal authorities are offering a $10,000 reward for any help leading to an arrest lester >> gabe, thanks. in chicago police are searching for a shooter who killed a young nurse just after he finished his shift at the hospital. here is ron mott. >> he was my biggest inspiration. he was everybody's role model. >> reporter: frank aguilar's family in stunned disbelief. >> he always took the time to help everybody out. he never thought about himself. >> reporter: the 32-year-old nurse, the first college graduate in his family, was shot in the chest shortly after leaving work still in his scrubs walking to his sister's home to do laundry. >> we heard the gunshots he dialled 911 himself. >> reporter: his family says he performed first aid until help arrived. >> he was the only one to make it out of all of us. everybody was proud of him.
>> reporter: the shooting happened six blocks away from where a 7-year-oldl shot trick-or-treating on halloween she survived and the 15-year-old was arrested police say aguilar may have been a victim of mistaken identity. >> come forward and admit your wrongs because, you know what he probably would have been the one saving you instead of him being on the table. >> reporter: a nurse committed to helping save lives unable to save his own ron mott, nbc news, chicago. overseas tonight, hong kong is bracing for more violence after the standoff between anti-government protesters and riot police has escalated to new heights nbc's richard engel with the story and a warning. some of the images are disturbing >> reporter: students at a hong kong university were barricading themselves on campus, digging up the streets to slow down riot police to ir calls fr democratic reforms and more independence from china. this once gleaming city is descending
into chaotic violence. after six months, discipline is breaking with protesters and police, both losing control. this police officer turned his motorcycle around and plowed into a crowd. police said the officer had been attacked with a hammer another policeman accosted, shot a demonstrator at close range. while protesters have beaten up those who oppose them. here dousing a heckler before lighting him on fire. >> you cannot fight for democracy by terrorizing the puppet. >> reporter: tonight, china's president seems in no mood to negotiate. he's come out strongly in favor of hong kong's leader and this situation could boil over. >> richard, thank you. there is a new challenger in the 2020 democratic primary race former massachusetts governor deval patrick officially announcing his candidacy days after word that former new york
city mayor michael bloomberg is preparing for a run of his own. patrick's announcement comes after the deadline to qualify for next week's debatepatrick is joining an
already large field of candidates among them is julian castro, who is speaking out tonight about something democratic voters told us is a big concern. the bite taxes take out of their paychecks. castro talks to harry smith about what matters. >> reporter: we're at the home of former housing secretary julian castro showing him what one democratic voter had to say about taxes. >> i'm being penalized because i'm single, i have no children and i own no property. what they are taking from me for taxes is absurd. >> reporter: does that have a ring of truth to you >> for the last 40 years that we've expected more and more from the middle class and from the working poor and less and less from very wealthy corporations and people at the
very top. >> reporter: how much money do you want to raise by raising taxes for the rich >> well, to begin with, if we repeal thewell ove
over the next decade i've proposed a wealth inequality tax that would apply to people with assets in excess of $40 million. >> reporter: castro would not tax owned wealth in total. rather, he proposes a tax for the richest americans on things like stocks and bonds, as they increase in value. but if i work that hard to make that money, i think a lot of people feel like i would be able to keep that money. >> you are going to keep some of it. i celebrate people's success. at the same time, i think we need a fair tax system that actually allows for us to make sure that other people can also reach their dreams. >> reporter: balance, that's what julian castro says he'd bring to the u.s. tax code harry smith, nbc news, san antonio. now an nbc news exclusive. an incredible medical breakthrough, the life of a little boy saved with cutting edge here's nbc's ayman mohyeldin.
>> reporter: at 2 years old ari ellman was like most toddlers, a boy so full of life his parents called him lion but then sudden changes, low energy, vomiting and unexplained seizures. >> we were like this is not just a virus. >> reporter: tests confirmed their worst fears, a rare and life threatening tumor growing deep at the base of ari's brain. desperate to save their son, the ellmans turned to hospitals around the country searching for a treatment. >> how do you start to even wrap your head around what's next >> reporter: their best option was also the most risky ari needed special surgery to remove the tumor but at just 2 years old, his doctors say it had never been performed on a patient so young. >> actually, most people thought it was not possible. >> reporter: but dr. fernandez miranda and the team at stanford university had a groundbreaking approach to do the seemingly impossible, they wanted to go through
ari's nose, a so-called endoscopic skull based surgery, to reach and remove the tumor. to get there, they first had to come here, stanford's virtual reality center, where ari's brain and tumor were precisely mapped out surgeons spent hours practicing in a virtual o.r. and on a 3d printed replica of ari's skull. >> if you go one millimeter beyond and you're not careful, you can hit the carotid artery and get a major bleeder. >> reporter: on surgery day, the stakes and tensions were high. >> i'm bawling i can't handle it. it's too much. >> reporter: for 16 hours doctors removed the tumor piece by piece. now months after the high stakes operation the young lion the ellmans once feared they would lose, has come roaring back to life giving other families hope that the impossible is now possible. ayman mohyeldin, nbc news, palo alto, california
up next the outrage in oregon after a school bus driver veered off a road and crashed while allegedly under the influence. here is steve patterson. >> reporter: tonight a routine ride to school ends with panicked screams of children as their bus slammed into a ditch. authorities say the driver was under the influence, but not drunk. >> i'm so sorry. i am so sorry. >> reporter: 20-year-old driver jonathan gates was transporting ten children near portland early wednesday morning. a nearby camera catches the bus drifting and suddenly veering off the road plowing into a trench. >> the school bus in a ditch. there are students onboard. >> reporter: inside, children ages 10 to 16
violently thrown into the aisle, shaken, but thankfully unharmed. >> we're very, very grateful all the kids are okay. resting gates at the scene. now charged with reckless endangerment and driving under the influence. gates employer has put him on administrativ leave telling nbc news he started driving less than a week ago the company requires a pre-employment drug and alcohol test gates is facing criminal charges for a terrifying ride that could have ended in tragedy. steve patterson, nbc news >> all right up next for us tonight, instagram's bold experiment, what it means for kids.
>> people checking likes is an obsession and that's precisely why instagram is hiding them from some users a test driven by mental health concerns kate snow with our series, one in five kids at risk. >> reporter: is everyone on instagram? >> yeah. >> reporter: in the world of instagram as these high school students know well, users post a photo and everybody can see how
many people like the post are you looking to see whether people like it are you worried about that >> that's the premise of instagram. >> reporter: when we spoke a couple years ago, liam shared he used to spend money to get more likes >> i remember back in fifth grade i would buy them to make myself look popular. it was horrible. >> reporter: now instagram is testing a new system worldwide a small percentage of users will no longer be able to see the number of likes on >> the big idea is to try to make instagram feel less pressurized. so you can spend a little less time worrying how many likes you have a>> them takinge likes will bgo take away the likes, what's the point of using it instagram heard concerns from but its ceo has been clear. >> we'll make decisions that hurt the business if they are good for people's well being and health. >> reporter: a message a lot of parents will like kate snow, nbc news,
finally, the veteran football player who's become an inspiration. catie beck has tonight's "those who serve. >> reporter: josh griffin is a senior in college. a senior in many ways. are there moments you really recognize that age gap like oh my gosh, i'm 33 and these kids are 18? >> every second. every second catch you later, bro. >> reporter: griffin's calling to learn came after one to serve his country. 13 years in the army, seeing combat in afghanistan and iraq. >> i really am speechless when i think about the military and my family, my brothers and sisters there. >> reporter: griffin walked off the battle field and onto the football field at colorado state university
at 33, the oldest player on any major college team this year they call you pops. >> yeah, yeah, that's the nicer way of saying it, yeah. >> reporter: football director tom ehlers recalls th veteran humbly asking for a chance to play. >> once you meet him, it's hard not to be impressed. >> reporter: griffin's teammates agree. >> the way he was definitely pushes me. >> reporter: griffin says his next mission could be law school, the military, even public office. >> i hope that someone is sitting on the couch can, you know, see what i'm doing and realize that as long as you have air in your lungs, you have opportunity. >> reporter: proof a life of service has no age limit. catie beck, nbc news, fort collins, colorado. >> a guy we'll want to keep a good eye out for. that's "nightly news" for this thursday. i'm lester holt. for all of us at nbc news thank you for watching and good night.
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