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we do have a change to the morning lineup tomorrow. sunday today will air at 5:00 a.m. and then meet the press at 6:00 a.m. followed by today in the bay at 7:00 a.m. nightly news is coming up next. tonight, growing outrage in uvalde, texas, as we learn more about the delayed police response to the deadly school shooting the police chief blamed for the inaction now identify. new details about how the border patrol defied his orders to finally act and enter the classroom. plus, these photos of uvalde police holding a school shooter drill just months ago. why weren't proper procedures followed? while today, the town pauses to remember those lives lost boiling point. protests outside the nra convention and across the country this activist dragged away, after confronting senator ted cruz at a restaurant today, the president
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and vice president vow to act on gun control. russia's major advancement in ukraine. what vladimir putin said in calls with key western leaders. allegations of widespread price gouging, as the baby formula shortage gets even worse what parents can do to fight back new rental car warning, as the summer travel season kicks off, you may have a confirmed reservation, but they may notave your car >> just had no cs.s. and they just clearly overbooked and on this memorial day weekend, the man turning veterans' houses into homes. >> announcer: this is "nbc nightly news" with jose diaz-balart. >> good evening. i'm kristen welker in for jose as the memorial day weekend get underway, the anger is growing as we learn new details about what happened inside robb elementary school. while law enforcement waited nearly an hour to move in on the shooter who claimed 21 lives. we now know the name
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of the police chief who gave the order to wait and we learned that he and his department participated in active shooter drills just months ago so many asking tonight why? the children inside were doing what they were trained to do, hiding and calling 911. why didn't the police follow their training? there are also moving memorials today. grief-stricken families united in song and president biden is set to meet with survivors and relatives there tomorrow we have it all covered tonight, beginning with morgan chesky in uvalde >> reporter: tonight, in uvalde, grief and growing anger over how school police handled the response during a gunman's horrific acts inside robb elementary >> no one mentioned the fact that there was this 45-minute to an hour hold of either the chief of police or the school district, while there were still shots being fired. >> reporter: nbc news now identifying that chief of police for the school district as peter arredondo, who told federal agents to not engage the gunman, saying the situation had shifted from an
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active shooter to being barricaded inside a classroom investigators now say by 12:03 p.m. tuesday, half an hour after the shooting began, as many as 19 officers were inside the school by 12:15, a border patrol tactical team also in place. sources say federal agents waited 30 minutes before overruling arredondo's guidance and at 12:50, opened the classroom using a janitor's key to kill the gunman >> i just like looked out the window and i see this guy with a gun, walking up. and i just told my class, get on the ground, get on the ground, get to the corner >> reporter: teacher nicoliniining oing of had jus started a movie for students >> i just heard shots and kept praying, god, please don't let him come in this room. and for some reason, he didn't. >> reporter: during that 47-minute window of time, authorities say 911 calls from students kept coming in the kids doing exactly as teachers
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instructed, going silent, finding places to hide and then whispered pleas for help to 911 dispatchers. with 21 crosses now filling the town square, support pouring in from some who have been there before >> this will mark you the rest of your life. it never goes away >> right >> reporter: michelle williams and lauren bond both survived columbine 23 years ago. the two friends traveling to uvalde to try to help and heal >> we talked -- to a lot of parents, even yesterday, who are upset. and the anger is justified. we get that. but just be careful that it doesn't take root and make you bitter >> reporter: tonight, as this tight-knit texas town mourns, tributes and promises to those no longer here >> just excruciating new details. and morgan joins us live outside of robb elementary morgan, we're learning more about that police chief who made the call to wait instead of engaging the shooter immediately. what more can you tell us >> reporter: kristen,
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we know that arredondo is a uvalde native and he's served in this role as chief of police for the school district since 2020. in fact, he was just elected to uvalde city council and as of right now, is supposed to be sworn in this upcoming week. kristen? >> morgan chesky, starting our coverage tonight. well, we are also learning more tonight about just how prepared school district police in uvalde were to combat an active shooter on campus we now know teams did recently go through training, but with that devastating delay, many are wondering why they didn't stick to the playbook sam brock digs deeper. >> reporter: just two months prior to horror in uvalde, the school's police department posted on facebook about the active shooter training it received at a local high school to prepare as best as possible for any situation that may arise. now, questions tonight about whether they fold it. >> there has to be an independent investigation as to what occurred. >> reporter: in fact, the school district
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police chief, peter arredondo, who official say delayed 19 officers from rushing in during the deadly rampage, recently completed an eight-hour training course on active shooters himself in december, according to state records. >> what is the most egregious mistake in your opinion >> we should have done whatever it takes to beat down walls, to beat down that door, whatever we needed to do because at a minimum, that may have drawn the attackers' attention away from those children >> reporter: the texas commission on law enforcement produced a response playbook for school peace officers in the wake of parkland and santa fe. it notes the priority of life scale is number one, innocence. number two, first responders, with a mandate to stop the killing. and an officer's first priority is to move in and confront the attacker the document later says, a first responder unwilling to place the lives of the innocent above their own safety should consider another career field frank deangelis was
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the principal at columbine during a tragedy that changed a country's lens on school shootings and the guidance in these situations >> the number one lesson learned was, instead of securing the perimeter, single officers need to go in >> reporter: deangelis says he cannot comment on what officers should have done here, as the public demands more information about what happened and why. >> everyone asking that question. and sam, you looked into school officer training how exactly is it regulated? >> reporter: so here in texas, kristen, it is a requirement for any peace officer who wants a job or takes a job at an independent school district or assignment to complete that course within six months kristen? >> sam brock, thank you. also in texas, the national rifle association's annual meeting is underway with protesters gathering outside the convention hall and across the country, calling for new gun control measures garrett hake reports from houston
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>> reporter: in houston today, the nra's national convention becoming a lightning rod for gun safety advocates, with protesters demonstrating from south florida to chicago. speaking at graduation ceremony this morning, president biden also calling for change >> we cannot outlaw tragedy. i know but we can make america safer. his vice president, previewing tomorrow's trip >> the president is going to go tomorrow, to texas, and be with the families who have lost their babies at a school >> reporter: the national debate over guns even spilling into an upscale sushi restaurant, where activists from the group indivisible houston confronted texas senator drted cruz over his opposition to stricter gun laws. >> you can make it harder for people to get guns in this country. you know that. no, you know that. >> reporter: on stage at the annual nra convention friday, cruz hewing to the group's traditional position, opposing any new gun legislation. >> we know that
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keeping guns away from citizens who follow the law does very little to keep them away from criminals who ignore the law >> reporter: a position advocated on behalf of the nra's roughly 5 million members. they're part of a small but vocal minority opposing measures like mandatory background checks, which new polling shows 88% of americans support. how does the gun lobby exert its influence? it starts by raiding candidates and lawmakers. >> the nra's ratings are a very effective shorthand way for conservative candidates and incumbents to signal to their supporters that they have not wavered from the conservative, libertarian gun rates line >> reporter: the group then spends heavily to support the top performers and attack their opponents. its super pac spending some $20 million in 2020, with ads like this >> defend your freedom. defeat biden/harris. >> politics looming large over all of it
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and garrett joins us now from outside the nra meeting in houston. so garrett, is there any sign back in washington of compromise on gun legislation? we know lawmakers are talking about this >> reporter: yeah, kristen. there is a bipartisan group of senators working to see if there is anything that they can agree on on this issue and now we're learning that buffalo's republican congressman said he would be open to some stronger gun laws, but there is still a lot of work to be done on this issue. kristen? >> we know you'll continue to watch it garrett hake, thank you. the rise in school shootings has forced schools across the country to prepare their teachers and students for the unthinkable. that fear of a possible attack and those now routine active shooting drills it's all taking a toll on children and parents. rahema ellis reports >> reporter: they're called the lockdown generation millions of america's children taught to prepare for scenes like this in uvalde. >> they've been doing it since preschool >> reporter: stacy feely posted this on facebook when chandler
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was only three years old. >> she said she was practicing for a lockdown drill and what you would do if you were stuck in the bathroom my heart sank. >> and you felt something about your daughter's sense of innocence at that time >> i really thought that, okay, this is a very fast way of growing up >> reporter: some schools began holding lockdown drills in the wake of columbine 23 years ago. today, more than 95% of public schools conduct them >> locks, lights, out of sight >> reporter: at van dine elementary school in santa cruz, lockdown drills happen four times a year, something veteran fifth grade teacher elizabeth olivia wasn't expecting >> no. never in my wildest imagination. >> it takes your breath away. >> our children should not have to have this fear >> reporter: but is all of this preparation doing more harm than good a recent study showed
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lockdown drills led to increased rates of depression, stress, and anxiety for students of all ages >> it is very anxiety-provoking. it can make a child feel hopeless, scared to go to school. >> reporter: but 10-year-old owen keeble believes the drills at his school in beaver creek, ohio, would prepare him for the worst. >> we would usually just hide by our cubbies and put the stopper in the door. >> that sounds like a good plan. >> yeah. we have to do that i've been doing that since kindergarten >> still, his mother worries about how owen reacted to the shooting in uvalde >> he wanted to be brave and said, if a shooter came into my classroom, i would pick up my desk and throw it at him. and in that moment, i wasn't quite sure how to feel. >> reporter: in maryland, sean flame says his 8-year-old daughter amelia is frightened by what happened in texas. >> she leslept with my
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wife and i in our bed, which she hasn't done in years >> reporter: but she's still putting on a brave front. >> she's like, don't worry, daddy, i know all the safest places to hide. >> reporter: parents hope their children do know where to hide, but pray they never have to. rehaima ellis, nbc news up next, a deadly boat crash and now the search for survivors plus, the new warning about price gouging as the baby formula shortage grows even worse.
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we are back now with news from overseas and russia's new attacks on ukraine. this video shows what appears to be a missile attack on a solar power plant in the eastern kharkiv region meanwhile today, the
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kremlin said that the russian president vladimir putin spoke with the leaders of france and germany, telling them that he was open to resuming negotiations with ukraine. u.s. officials tell nbc news they take note of putin's comments, but are skeptical, given the ongoing attacks. memorial day weekend is just underway and already a tragedy on the water to tell you about. two people died after two boats collided on the wilmington river near savannah, georgia, this morning. and a search underway for at least three others who are missing. we have new information tonight about that critical baby formula shortage. the figurears e staggering 70% of supplies are out of stock nationwide now there's a new warning for desperate parents about price gouging. emilie ikeda reports >> reporter: with record levels of baby formula running dry nationwide, tonight, a crackdown on what officials are calling unconscionable costs wisconsin's governor issuing an emergency order prohibiting price gouging, as new york's attorney
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general threatened several dozen retailers with legal consequences for overcharging her office reporting this 20-ounce can of formula went for 30% more than usual in erie county. and a 32-ounce bottle jumped 50% in cost in the bronx. even steeper price hikes seen across online platforms >> have you noticed price gouging? >> oh, yes >> reporter: a one-two punch for mother of twin girls, samantha collins. >> imagine going and buying, you know, a little mcdonald's cheeseburger for $25, you know most people would be like, oh, no, i'm going to skip that well, a lot of people don't have that option when it comes to baby formula now. >> reporter: consumer watchdogs say there is no federal law prohibiting price gouging. and while some platforms do have policies banning the practice, they're often not well enforced what should consumers do >> you should screen shot it, save your receipt, and then you should refer it to the local authorities. >> reporter: the out of stock rate reaching new highs last week, at a staggering 70%
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across the country, exceeding 80% in these eight states vanessa vosa's desperation for specialized formula drove her to order from germany >> could you have ever imagined being in this position >> never in my wildest dreams did i think, i'm going to have to go to the store and not find anything. >> reporter: help has taken flight with millions of more bottles set to come from abroad. but widespread relief, officials warn, is still weeks away ' emilie ikeda, nbc news, new york still ahead, a summer travel warning for anyone trying to rent a car why a reservation is no guarantee what you need to know before you book.
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the busy summer travel season is now underway, and that means more people are renting cars, but many trips are turning into travel nightmares, as customers learn their reservations aren't getting them a set of wheels kathy park explains why. >> reporter: the only thing standing between the lipshires and their daughter's college graduation this month was a massive line at the atlanta airport for their car rental >> what did they tell you, exactly >> there's hundreds of people waiting for cars and they are basically yelling, if you don't have a reservation, go ahead and just leave >> reporter: except jean and tony lipshire said they had a prepaid reservation, booked in advance with thrifty. >> thrifty just had no cars it was like the "seinfeld" episode
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>> do you have my reser reservation? >> yes, we do. unfortunately, we ran out of cars. >> that's really the most important part of the reservation. the holding. >> reporter: in a statement, thrifty says we apologize for mr. lipshire's experience and have offered a full refund. but it's not just thrifty, there's a nationwide rental car shortage what's driving it? with pandemic restrictions lifting, more americans are now traveling again for business and leisure and then there are the supply chain problems. >> everyone was hoping by now that we would be able to get all the parts needed to strengthen the automotive market, but unfortunately, the supply chain issues are ongoing. >> reporter: the american car rental association adds, companies are still trying to restock the inventory they sold off during the height of the pandemic, when almost no one was traveling. >> if somebody doesn't return the car on time or perhaps it's damaged and has to be taken out of the service fleet, there is not the flexibility or the extra cars to meet existing demand >> reporter: abby and
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his family were visiting tampa earlier this year. they had a reservation at avis, but there were no more cars. >> i don't understand why rental car companies are renting cars that they don't have >> reporter: how would you rate your experience from 1 to 10 >> a minus 4 >> reporter: we reached out to avis, who said in part, they had a particularly high demand for vehicles that day. to avoid car rental roadblocks, experts say travelers should consider renting in an off-site location, away from the airport. join the company's loyalty program, and exploring alternatives, like car sharing services for the lipshires, they ultimately got to their daughter's graduation, hours later, on a shuttle van. >> the range of emotions in that period of time was completely a roller coaster. >> reporter: a dream weekend for the whole family, that started off with a travel nightmare. kathy park, nbc news >> good to see they made it together
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well, when we come back, one man's moving mission to make homes for heroes
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there is good news tonight on this memorial day weekend about helping our nation's heroes. and one california man giving those who served all the comforts of home and a bright future. >> all right, guys >> reporter: inside this massive warehouse
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south of san francisco, john helan is on a mission. >> go ahead and get the coffee table >> reporter: the professional mover pulling from his donated collection of furniture to help make comfortable homes for those who served, but are now struggling >> this is so great! thank you, again thank you! oh, my god >> reporter: since 2018, he's furnished more than 500 houses and apartments >> this is my way of serving our country, is helping these veterans >> come on down. the house is right >> reporter: this week, john made a special delivery to navy veteran esperanza fletcher and her kids. >> oh, this is nice. >> reporter: providing what they need to feel safe and settled, after living in a shelter for two years. >> we care from the heart. from the heart so it's very rare to find people like that. he said, children deserve to have exactly what they want so i want to help you out. >> reporter: john's
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devotion to veterans is inspired by his father, frank, who served in the air force. >> go ahead and take this out, guys >> reporter: but his own call to action came during his recovery from addiction, finding pum purpose and meaning through faith. >> they asked people in the church if they wanted to help with their veterans ministry i kind of signed if you were a veteran and i was hooked >> reporter: for army veteran roy santos, john's gifts are a chance for a fresh start. with a couch, kitchenware -- >> dishes are up there. it's a full set. >> reporter: and a table, this space is now a point of pride >> so my rule is, i don't take a piece of furniture unless i would use it in my own home you want to give them something that they feel proud to own and have and use >> reporter: and transforming a living space into a better life >> i always feel
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lonely inside, and today, it's gone i feel full. >> reporter: i love you, man >> i love you, bro thank you for your service. >> reporter: that is paying it forward on this memorial day weekend. and john hopes to eventually expand his organization nationwide that's n"nbc nightly news" for this saturday i'll see you back here tomorrow night i'm kristen welker thank you for watching have a good night. . right now at 6:00, develop in the south bay, a garbage fire, sending up smoke visible for miles. what we're learning about the firefight. also california's latest covid case coming from inside
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the governor's mansion. yes, when the governor tested positive and who may have been exposed. plus -- >>. >> covid cases on the rise again. it is a sign we are moving forward. a popular festival making a move to san francisco. we'll take you there. good evening. it's a breezy one, right? a live look at san rafael, winds starting to pick up in the bay area. this is a look at a fire that broke out at 9:00 this morning just north of bay point. last hour, though, crews were able to get things contained and putting out the hot spot. rob, wind, here it is again. >> wind in any direction, given how dry things are, causes issues with fire. right now north wind at 15, although the humidity not all that bad because technically it is a strong

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