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breaking news tonight, new clues as police search for answers in the shooting rampage at a california food festival, videos showing the moments of terror as shots rang out, family scrambling for safety. among the three people killed a 13-year-old girl and a 6-year-old boy >> still can't believe that he's dead he's only 6 years old, you know. >> police swarming the shooter's home removing bags of evidence tonight the disturbing trail he left on social media and the hunt for his motive. another young child dying in a hot vehicle left in a van -old twins in are just days 1-ye president trump escalating war of words taking new aim at the city of baltimore and a top lawmaker after a series of attacks democrats condemned as racist
two shark attacks at beaches 100 miles apart, one caught on camera, a surfer struggling as a shark bites his arm. how you can stay safe in the water. and hey siri, who else is listening? an anonymous whistle blower sounding the alarm about apple and eavesdroppers. >> announcer: this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt good evening we learn today that two of the three people killed at a mass shooting at a california food festival are children and that the attacker was a 19-year-old tonight police are examining his social media posting some with racial overtones as they search for a motive in addition to the dead, a dozen were injured in yesterday's attack in gilroy that sent families fleeing in panic and police leaping into action we have it all covered tonight and miguel almaguer leads us off in gilroy. what's the latest there? >> reporter: good evening, the park behind me where the
festival took place remains a crime scene. just this morning this entire area was on lockdown as police were looking for a possible accomplice they never found one the suspect is dead and now they may never know why he opened fire the band was playing their final song when gunfire began. chaos and carnage at the gilroy garlic festival. the teenage gunman unloading round after round as families ran for their lives. >> he just brought his gun up and started spraying out rounds all around >> reporter: killing three people and wounding a dozen more witnesses say the suspect shot at random spraying the crowd with some 60 shots from an ak-47 style rifle. >> he was just shooting. if we would have screamed, he could have turned and shot us. >> reporter: within a minute, three officers arrived killing the suspect now identified as santino legan, the 19-year-old wearing tactical gear. he bypassed security by cutting through a fence, never uttering a word, say witnesses, as he
reloaded halfway through the shooting >> had your officers not acted quicker, would there have been more bloodshed >> there absolutely would have been more bloodshed. >> are we going to be able to drive out of here? >> reporter: during the scramble to escape, some were trampled as the critically wounded were rushed to local hospitals. among the dead 13-year-old kayla salazar, 25-year-old trevor urby who studied biology, and 6-year-old stephen romero. his mother and grandmother also wounded by gunfire his father at home when he got the news >> he was more of a friend to me than a son who i will miss forever. >> reporter: after early reports of a second possible gunman, a massive man hunt was launched. but the overnight dragnet came to a close with no arrest. >> any time a life is lost, it's a tragedy. but when it's young people, it's even worse
>> reporter: not releasing a motive, police are puzzled by the gunman why would the teenager open fire a killing spree that took three lives including a little boy who was gunned down while celebrating at a festival with his family miguel almaguer, nbc news, gilroy, california >> i'm gadi schwartz in gilroy where today bags of evidence were seized along with a tactical rifle case pulled from the family home of 19-year-old santino william legan less than a mile from where he opened fire on a crowd of people >> our preimminent and principle concern at this point is motivation, ideological leanings, was he affiliated with anyone or any group? >> reporter: in a post from his now deleted instagram profile, the shooter mentioning a book advong dominance through violence also posting a photo of the garlic festival saying come get
wasted on overpriced expletive to avoid security and metal detectors, the suspect found a back way into the festivals. authorities say the shooter knew security would be tight. this is the creek that runs in between the shooter's home and the garlic festival on the other side investigators say he cut through a fence wearing camouflage those who saw him open fire describe him as early subdued. >> he looked calm as could be. he didn't look like he was nervous or anything about what he was doing >> reporter: investigators say the ak-47 style weapon was bought last month legally in nevada. authorities tried hardening security by bag searchest serit fences like this one and the concert in nevada where 58 people were killed as soft targets, public spaces where thousands gather and perimeters are difficult to secure. >> folks running events around the country will look at this and say can we do anything at the end of the day you have thousands of people coming in
and it's a challenge >> reporter: now more questions whether any public gathering is safe now many people in this community asking how to increase security hoping for the garlic festival to come back next year as it's been here in this community for 40 years now and vowing not to let fear win lester >> gadi schwartz there, thank you. more breaking news another child has died inside a hot car. the young victim left in a van outside a florida daycare just days after 1-year-old twins died in new york after being left all day, their father now charged with criminally neglect homicide blaine alexander has more. >> reporter: tonight it happened again, yet another child left inside a hot car a 2-year-old died after being left inside a van at this daycare in oakland park, florida. >> 2-year-old male not conscious, not breathing,
possibly left in the van all day. >> the 24th child to die in a hot car this year. today's incident comes as a new york father faces charges for the deaths of his 1-year-old twins. 39-year-old juan rodriguez sobs during his first court appearance he says when he went to work he forgot his children were in the car. they had been inside for eight hours. the medical examiner says the temperature inside was 108 degrees. today the twin's mother called it a horrific accident and defended her husband he is a good person and a great father i know he will never forgive himself for this mistake experts say it can happen to any parent >> always look in the backseat before they lock up their car and leave a reminder in the backseat, something that you don't get through the day without looking at, your phone, your wallet, your purse. >> reporter: another tragic reminder look before you lock. blaine alexander, nbc news and breaking tonight out of afghanistan, two u.s. service members were killed in
an apparent insider attack in kandahar when a member of the afghan security forces opened fire on them two u.s. military officials said the shooter was injured and is now in the custody of afghan forces the taliban claim responsibility at the white house, president trump met with religious leaders today after taking new aim at baltimore, the city's black congressman and reverend al sharpton hallie jackson is at the white house tonight. >> reporter: the president touting by tweet a private meeting with inner city pastors today after his public attacks on the city of baltimore, calling it a disgusting rat and rodent infested mess and blasting the congressman who represents part of the city, elijah cummings. one attendee was asked whether he thinks the president was racist >> i find that hard to believe when you consider the things that have been done for the black community. >> do you believe today was an attempt at damage control by president trump? >> congressman cummings slammed
the homeland security secretary over conditions at the border. >> what does that mean when a child is sitting in their own feces, can't take a shower come on, man >> reporter: now in a series of at least 20 tweets, the president is attacking not just the african-american lawmaker and the majority african-american city, but the african-american civil rights activist al sharpton who criticized the remarks describing sharpton as a con man and a troublemaker >> i make trouble every time racists and bigots move around in any way, shape or form, including the president. >> reporter: the president's defenders insist he's not racially motivated but fighting back against a congressional antagonist on the campaign trail, candidate trump looked for support from urban communities of color promising to help. >> what do you have to lose? >> reporter: today, some in baltimore suggest he hasn't stepped up nbc's rehema ellis is there. >> what do you think about the
president's tweet? >> i think it was idiotic. i think it was hurtful i think it was bigoted >> i think he is a racist. not only his tweets, but i think he has some issues as it relates to diversity >> and hallie joins us there had to be a lot of emotion today as the president signed the 9/11 first responders bill this was the end of a very hard fought and emotional battle. >> reporter: you're right lester it means those first responders will never have to ask for money again from the victim's compensation fund. it will now be paid for permanently. the senate passed a bill last week nearly unanimously last week >> thank you next tonight the major power shift in the u.s. intelligence community. president trump has nominated a top supporter to replace dan coats and oversee the nation's 17 intelligence agencies, traditionally a nonpolitical job.
let's get more from nbc's andrea mitchell >> reporter: texas congressman john radcliff, a staunch trump loyalist, only last week he seemed to be auditioning for the intelligence job by attacking robert mueller >> donald trump is not above the law, he's not. but he shouldn't be below the law. >> reporter: he claims he put ter errorists in prison. there's no record of the former attorney prosecuting a terrorist case a former small town mayor, he nevered managed anything as large as the 17 intelligence agencies, and he's embraced the president's theories about the russia probe >> it appears there were crimes committed during the obama administration >> dan coats came to me and others and said they think it's russia i have president putin, he just said it's not russia >> reporter: three days later t just invited vladimir putin to the white house. >> say that again.
>> vladimir putin -- >> did i hear you? >> yeah, yeah. >> okay. that's going to be special >> reporter: confirmation for radcliff could be tough tonight the republican intelligence chairman ignored the president's decision to bypass coats' respected deputy sue gordon saying for now they will work with her lester >> andrea mitchell, thank you, andrea tonight two american teens from california are behind bars in italy under investigation for the murder of an undercover police officer after what police are calling a drug deal gone wrong. nbc's richard engel has the latest >> reporter: tonight 19-year-old finnegan lee elder and 18-year-old gabriel hjorth are in this italian jail and according to police, elder has confessed to stabbing an italian police officer at his funeral today, the 35-year-old officer, mario rega was hailed as a hero his memorial held in the same
church where he was married just six weeks ago. police say the american teens were trying to score cocaine when a dealer sold them crushed aspirin. when they figured it out, they stole a backpack from one of the dealer's associates and commanded 100 euros and cocaine to give it back. officer rega was one of two undercover cops sent to respond. after he identified himself, officers say rega was stabbed 11 times and the suspects took off running. italian media aired this footage believed to show the suspects. it has not been verified by nbc news, but tonight officers are apologizing for this image of the teen blind folded before questioning. they say that was a mistake. nbc's sarah harmon is in rome. >> both of the teens are being held here. there is real outrage here in this country, the interior minister saying the focus should not be on that photo, but on the
officer that was killed. >> reporter: elders family said they continue to gather facts on the case and their hearts go out to the family and friends of officer rega tonight police say they found the murder weapon hidden in the teen's hotel room, and that they were ready to leave, bags packed, when they were arrested. beach goers are on high alert after two separate shark attacks along the coastline. gabe gutierrez is at jacksonville beach with more on how to protect yourself. >> reporter: tonight pro surfer franklin o'rourke is recovering after the scare of his life. >> i never felt force like that from any animal or anything in my life. i was in shock >> reporter: this video shows him and other surfers in the waters off jacksonville struggling with what he thinks is a black tip shark >> i've never seen one that close and that kind of aggression it was coming at me. i was scared for sure.
he had a really high energy level. >> reporter: lieutenant eli phillips was one of the first responders at the scene. >> he didn't realize what was happening while he was getting bit by it. afterwards he was like wow, i just got bit by a shark. >> reporter: a hundred miles down the coast a boogie boarder was also bit by a shark. he wasn't hurt badly either. and coco beach and daytona beach, other sightings swim in groups, don't wear shiny jewelry, and if you find yourself being attacked fight back back in jacksonville, o'rourke says the scare won't keep him from the water >> i'm still living. i'm still here >> reporter: o'rourke knows how lucky he is. he says right after the attack on these waters, he went right out and he bought a lottery ticket he figured if he can survive a close encounter with a shark, the odds might be in his favor >> you're in the right place, the beach. a new warning of what siri hears and what apple might be using with your conversations. another terrifying bison attack at a national park.
back now with new privacy concerns about apple if you've ever said "hey siri" and even if you haven't your most confidential conversations might not be so private after all. jolene kent explains >> reporter: tonight apple is defending siri and its popular voice assistant on iphone, ipad, and apple watch faces new criticism. an anonymous whistle blower told "the guardian" newspaper that human contractors can sometimes listen to what siri hears. among the chatter, confidential medical conversations, drug according to the whistle blower. nbc news has not confirmed the story, but apple did not deny the allegation, telling us it uses the recordings to make siri work better, adding only a very small random subset, less than 1% of daily siri utterances, are used to improve siri and
dictation. but with 15 billion siri commands made every month, ten of millions could be listened to apple responded saying siri recordings are not attached to your apple user name or other identifying information, adding that all reviewers are under the obligation to adhere to apple's strict confidentiality requirement. apple frequently touts that it prioritizes privacy. >> privacy to us is a human right. >> these technologies are really reliant on human review and continual sort of process to make the technology better >> repteit's only trying to imp technology to opt out, turn siri off. in settings tap siri and search and turn both of these toggles off. lester >> all right, jolene, thanks coming up next, the second bison attack at a national park in just days next tonight the second
just a few days in our national parks. steve patterson has tips to stay safe on your visitonig bison strike again, a tourist snapping shots of two bulorso dakota thee roosevelt national park. but moments later a 17-year-old visitor to the park saturday was gored and tossed in the air. we spoke to the teen by phone in the hospital >> he came up behind me, and he got his horn, slashed it through my leg, and then threw me up with his head about six feet into the air >> reporter: the teen said he was a safe distance away when suddenly one charged >> i didn't do anything to aggravate him. it was all by chance >> reporter: the incident follows another attack in yellow stone national park last week. an 11-year-old girl was catapulted in the air by a bison. last month, a black bear was euthanized after biting a
woman's thigh in a tent. park officials are warning visitors about getting too close to wild life >> they can turn on a dime and they can run 30 mile-an-hour you can't outrun a bison >> reporter: thankful the teen is expected to recover >> i'm so thankful i'm still alive. >> reporter: it's a stark reminder, around wild life, be aware and stay back. steve patterson, nbc news. meghan markle just added another job title to her list of accomplishments.
>> reporter: she's one of the most written about women in the world, often criticized. tonight these are her words, let's shine light in a world filled with seemingly daily darkness the influential british vogue september issue, a role she reveals she asked for. her editorial choices unashamedly political, advocating for inclusivity, spotlighting 15 female change makers like jacinda ardern who guided her nation through the worst mass shooting in its history. >> i think there's a solution. and it ultimately is coming back to the humanity that we all share. >> reporter: and pregnant be baby archie, meghan interviewing michelle obama i'm so excited for you and harry, imagining meghan and michelle chatting over lunch,
mrs. obama supporting another woman as meghan puts it as she speaks out unlike any royal before her keir simmons, nbc news, london >> and that edition will be available online this friday that's "nightly news." i'm lester holt. i first saw it and i tried to pull him in. >> any time a life is lost, it's a tragedy. when it's young people, it's even worse. >> he was only 6. >> there were thousands of people there. it could have gone so much worse so fast. a lot of shock, a lot of anger, and a lot of fear, but also tonight a lot of prayers. we continue our coverage of the mass shootings here in gilroy.
the news at 6:00 starts right now. thanks for joining us here at gilroy right next to the garlic festival. we are here in our studios. tonight we've identified all three victims that were killed. they include a 13-year-old girl, a little 6-year-old boy and a man in his 20s from new york state. >> we've confirmed the identity of the gunman, 19-year-old santino legan. he used an assault rifle to kill three and wound 12 others before police shot and killed him. this morning our cameras were at leg legan's family home where investigators brought out bags of evidence an officers have a search warrant for his car. they say he drove from his home and parked it in the neighborhood next to the festival. >> we are joined live from city hall. a vigil is about to begin there