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people the images just coming in and what we're learning. also, the uvalde school police chief under investigation breaking the sence what he says about claims that he stopped cooperating with state investigators. the stunning verdict in the johnny depp/amber heard trial. blockbuster trial involving johnny depp and amber heard. the jury finding the actress defamed her ex-husband in a 2018 op-ed on domestic abuse awarding him $15 million in damages and giving her 2 million for her countersuit. how both stars are reacting tonight. the baby formula shortage and the striking acknowledgement from president biden today that he didn't grasp how bad the crisis was until it was too late. the breakthrough treatment for one of the deadliest forms of cancer on the eve of the queen's jubilee, the concerns that she may have to scale back the role in the celebration. this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. good evening just breaking tonight, police in tulsa, oklahoma, are
investigating a series of shootings at a medical building near a hospital several people are dead and the gunman said to be armed with a rifle is also dead according to police. police responding to a call late this afternoon about shooter in a building near st. francis hospital. >> shots fired we see blood on the ground >> reporter: tonight, chaos in tulsa five people are dead including shooter after police say a man with a rifle entered a medical facility south of downtown. >> i need them now >> reporter: authorities say the gunman went to the second floor but it's too early to know why he chose that location police confirming the shooter's death. >> they have confirmed that the shooter has been taken down and they are actively sweeping it. every room, every floor of every building on the campus to make sure that there's nobody else and everybody will be safe to go home to their loved ones >> reporter: the fbi and atf on the scene while details come in. friends and family huddle outside
awaiting any news of their loved ones. >> i was at work and he messaged me there's an active shooter, shots have been fired and that was all so i responded i was like are you serious? are you okay i got the three dots to show he was messaging back and then it stopped so i never got a response so obviously, you know, i freaked out. one person on the job knew what was going on and i ran out the door and called 911. >> we are getting new information. authorities now believe the shooter died of a self inflicted gunshot wound and the suspect was a 35 to 40-year-old black male armed with a long gun rifle and handgun. police say they arrived on the screen three minutes after the first shots an made contact with the victims and the suspect just five minutes later. authorities sa they're accounting for the injuries white house confirms president biden is briefed and keeping a close eye on the situation. savannah this fresh tragedy
coming as the funerals are held for the 19 students and 2 teachers killed in uvalde last week this as there's growing questions about the investigation with the school police chief who led the investigatio to the mass sheeting today speaking publicly for the first time in a week morgan chesky is there. >> reporter: tonight newly obtained video shows the moments th attack unfolded. a group of armed officers rushing into the school and terrified children running out. this as mixed messages raise new questions about the shooting texas dps says police chief peter arredondo hasn't responded to texas rangers for a follow-up interview. but this morning he told cnn otherwise >> i have been on the phone with them every day. >> they're saying you're not cooperating. two seconds. >> just so you know we've been talking to them every day >> reporter: his first public comments in nearly a week after authorities say he ordered officers to wait instead of immediately charging the classroom with the gunman inside. texas law enforcement union strongly urging members to cooperate
fully after a great deal of false and misleading information, some from the very highest levels of government and law enforcement. the uvalde mayor confirmed arredondo was among several people privately sworn in to city council last night he says he cancelled a public meeting out of respect for grieving families ♪ as the city turns to remembering those lost, a huge community turnout to honor teacher irma garcia and her high school sweetheart joe who now leave behind four children and friends of jose flores jr. showing up in white for a final good-bye >> i can't imagine what the parents are feeling right now. >> my heart hurts for them >> reporter: the uvalde superintendent says plans will be made for students at other campuses this upcoming fall and made a promise to parents saying not a teacher or student will ever set foot inside robb elementary again. savannah >> morgan, thank you now to the other big story. the verdict is i in the celebrity court case that captivated the nation
the salacious he said/she said of johnny depp and amber heard. two world famous hollywood actors airing the lurid accusations against each other over six weeks in virginia courtroom cameras trained on every moment viewers worldwide hanging on every word. tonight the jury decision that gave a major victory to johnny depp awarded some damages to amber heard raises questions about domestic abuse, free speech and the me to movement miguel almaguer leads us off from the courthouse >> reporter: tonight stunning but mixed verdict delivered an overwhelming win for johnny depp. >> do you find that mr. depp has proven all the elements of defamation answer, yes. >> reporter: the jury siding with the actor, awarding him $15 million, agreeing he was defamed by ex-wife amber heard's "washington post" op-ed. >> do you find that mr. depp has proven by clear and convincing evidence that miss heard acted with
actual malice? answer, yes. >> reporter: while depp supporters celebrated outside the courthouse, inside the unidentified jury of seven deliberated for 13 hours finding both sides defamed each other, also awarding heard $2 million after one of depp's attorneys called her accusations of domestic abuse a hoax. heard and her team making no comment as they left court, releasing a blistering statement. "i am heartbroken that the mountain of evidence still was not enough to stand up to the disproportionate power, influence, and sway of my ex-husband. i am even more disappointed with what this verdict means for other women. it is a setback. depp who was not in court today but said to be watching from the uk writing he had always been seeking the truth. the six-week trial every bit the hollywood drama. >> we decided to have lines of cocaine and whiskey for breakfast.
>> reporter: a sordid, salacious, and scandalous affair, a star studded but toxic marriage that turned volatile when fueled by drugs and alcohol, a catalyst for claims of mental, verbal, and physical abuse but the jury never believed any of heard's accusations of abuse. >> i don't know how many times he hit me over and over and over again. >> reporter: with heard and depp both taking the stand for five days, lobbing accusations and denying they were the aggressor. >> nor have i ever struck any woman in my life. >> reporter: the most private details of their marriage became public fodder, alleged photos of a comatose depp after a bender, a bruised heard after a fight, and trashed hotel rooms and homes with threatening text messages and audio recordings all entered as evidence. >> but you're fine i did not hurt you, i did not punch you.
i was hitting you. >> yes or no >> reporter: as the case and its billions of views went viral, captivating a global audience, even making a mockery of the allegations, depp online and outside the trial seemed to win in the court of public opinion as he was cheered and heard was jeered but tonight the real jury has rendered its decision, a case where there may be no true winner after a starring role in a trial neither actor wanted >> miguel joins us from the courthouse. as mentioned depp was awarded $15 million in damages but won't get the full amount >> reporter: yeah. that's right, savannah here in the state of virginia there's a cap on punitive damages. instead of the jury awarded $15 million he will get $10.4 million. heard can still appeal this case and many legal experts believe she will do just that. savannah >> miguel almaguer leading us off, thank you. the case was watched closely by those who have experienced domestic abuse and their advocates.
what could today's verdict mean for the world? anne thompson with that part of the story. >> reporter: the world watched as the jury found johnny depp and amber heard were both defamed, but there is no question who the panel sided with >> amber heard was not a good witness and juries react to that. >> reporter: women's rights attorney nancy erika smith calls the verdict reasoned while a defeat for one woman she says it is not a defeat for all women. some say this verdict marks the end of the me too movement. do you agree >> not at all. i think me too is here to stay. i don't think women should be afraid we have to tolerate the harassment and abuse we tolerated for centuries. >> reporter: depp and heard are two privileged celebrities with high-powered legal and pr teams unlike most cases with accusations of domestic abuse is there anything typical about this case >> no, there's nothing typical about this case, thank god.
this is not your typical sexual harassment case where you have incredible disparities of power amber heard is not somebody without agency, power, and money. >> reporter: but heard is someone who said she was a victim of abuse, and experts say that will still resonate with those of lesser means >> i'm not certain it will stop someone from seeking support or safety i am certain that it will give them one more thing to think about before they speak up >> the idea you could face a defamation lawsuit for just sharing your own experience in public is a huge infringement upon survivors' rights to free speech. that's my primary concern about this case >> reporter: an experience this jury did not believe. anne thompson, nbc news. >> i want to turn to danny cevallos the verdict really makes clear the jury did not buy one word
of amber heard's testimony, rejecting abuse allegations outright it is all the more striking because of the way the law is set up here. >> that's right. if the jury believed amber heard was the victim of abuse once and not necessarily physical abuse, but any kind of abuse, even once, they could have found her not credible on certain issues, could have found some evidence not compelling one instance of abuse and she should have gotten a defense verdict. that means by implication they rejected all her testimony, all her evidence, and johnny depp's road was even harder because of the supreme court case law on public figures like these two plaintiffs and counter plaintiff. they have to show much more, they have to show actual malice, knowledge of the statement is false or reckless disregard of its falsity. >> the bar is high and the jury said he crossed it. danny, thank you very much the desperate search for baby formula. president biden today announcing new overseas shipments are on the way and for the first time acknowledged he didn't become aware of the depth of the problem until well after it began. jo ling kent has details.
>> reporter: president biden acknowledging he didn't know about the formula crisis for two months, following closure of the critical abbott manufacturing plant in michigan. >> i became aware of this problem sometime in early april how intense it was. >> reporter: moments earlier in his meeting with top manufacturers -- >> we knew from the very beginning this would be a serious event. >> we could foresee it would create tremendous shortage. >> did the ceos just tell you the understood it would have a big impact? >> they did, but i didn't. >> reporter: fda officials were alerted to potential problems at the plant in october when an abbott whistle-blower sent fda officials this 34 page document alleging lax practices includin regulatory violations were consistently overlooked the fda did not send a team to investigate until january 31st abbott shut down the plant on february 15th
and issued a voluntary recall two days later. that same day, the fda put out a warning to parents. now president biden says he didn't become aware until april, but the president not publicly commenting on the crisis until may 13th when he faced bipartisan criticism for a slow response. >> there's nothing more urgent. >> reporter: late today the white hous press secretary saying administration officials were working on the problem for weeks before the president says he was briefed. >> we did everything that we can from the moment we learned about the recall i would have to talk to him about the april date >> reporter: in that meeting with major manufacturers, abbott was noticeably absent. a senior administration official telling nbc news the company at the center of this crisis was not invited. abbott is currently cooperating with the fda to reopen its shuttered plant in sturgis, michigan, set for this weekend this comes after president biden announced new emergency formula flights from the united kingdom and australia. expected to hit shelves later this
month. it can't come soon enough for parents like mom celeste donahue in northern california she has driven to oregon to find formula she needs for her ten month old baby boy. >> bottom line is we can't do this. there should be formula on the shelves in the store. >> reporter: jo ling kent, nbc news in 60 seconds, the new warnings on the economy. one ceo saying we may be headed into an economic hurricane as gas prices hit yet another record record.
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