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prisoners, including americans. four people killed, dozens injured. as the midterm elections grow closer, polls for key races tightening. early voting starts in georgia tomorrow. our exclusive interview with republican senate candidate herschel walker. where did that badge he held up in the debate come from? >> is that arresting authority or honorary badge? traffic is back with a vengeance. the new data on when and where it's worse. what you need to know to make your commute less miserable. >> announcer: this is "nbc nightly news" with kate snow. good evening. we're learning more tonight about how police stopped an alleged serial killer before he could strike again. after six murders, residents in stockton, california, were on high alert. and it was that community that helped locate the suspect with tips. a surveillance team started tracking the man, according to the police chief. they have watched his
patterns and early saturday they believed he was about to kill again, so they moved in. a s.w.a.t team dispatched to search the suspect's home for more clues. tonight, families of those lost hoping the arrest means no one else will have to suffer. we begin tonight with maura barrett in stockton, california. >> reporter: tonight, neighbors breathing a sigh of relief after hearing the suspected stockton serial killer had been arrested. >> does it make you feel a little more at ease? >> i'm at ease, yeah. i'm at ease, yes, i am. i wasn't going out by myself. >> reporter: 43-year-old wesley brownley is booked on suspicion of murder and weapons offenses held without bail. when taken into custody, police said he was wearing dark clothing, a dark around his neck, and was carrying a gun. law enforcement says the suspect's pattern of prey started in his car before he stalked his victims on foot. they said he was on a
mission to kill just blocks from where some of the attacks took place. >> he was out hunting. we are sure we stopped another killing. >> reporter: according to public records, brownley has a criminal record across california and arizona. most of the victims were latino men, several of them homeless. but officials say there's no evidence the killings were race based or targeted. >> i was here at work and got a call from my nephew. he told me that paul had been shot multiple times and that he died in the hospital. >> reporter: greta -- is the mother of paul alexander ya, who was killed in july. >> does this bring any closure for you? >> yes and no. i'm just grateful that they were able to save it from happening to another person and another family having to go through what we've gone through. it's just been horrific. >> reporter: police today examining ballistic evidence from this 9 millimeter
hand gun found in the suspect's gun. >> you don't come into our house and bring this kind of reign of terror. >> reporter: the district attorney promising to bring justice for the victims' families who are aching for accountability. >> have police indicated any motive, maura? >> reporter: that's still unclear. the d.a.'s office telling me there's still no official decision yet on charges either, though that ballistic evidence will help determine that. they tell me they expect to get the report back before the suspect is arraigned on tuesday. kate? >> maura barrett, thank you. to iran, we're getting new details about a deadly fire at a notorious prison in tehran that houses political prisoners, including americans. >> reporter: a raging inferno engulfing a notorious prison housing foreign prisoners, including two americans. massive flames lit up the night sky in tehran. outside the constant
ring of gunfire and explosions. the judiciary saying four prisoners died from smoke inhalation, with 61 others injured, blaming thugs for starting the fire. nbc news is unable to independently verify their claim. this man told his lawyer he was safe and had been moved to a secure unit. on saturday, president biden voiced his support of the ongoing protests in iran. >> iran has to end the violence against their own citizens. >> reporter: today iran's president fired back, accusing biden of inciting chaos and destruction. one year ago today, massa amini was arrested. thousands of young americans have taken to the streets in protest, with women largely leading the charge. since the protests began a month ago according to amnesty
but not verified by nbc news, at least 201 protesters have been killed, including 23 minors. yet the protests are showing no signs of slowing. instead they seem to be growing into a broader rebellion. we are just hours away from the start of georgia's early voting for one of the nation's most watched senate races with control of the senate at stake. and tonight we're hearing exclusively from republican candidate herschel walker. josh lederman has the story. >> reporter: barely three weeks out from election day, who will win control of the senate is anyone's guess, as races tighten across the country, including in georgia, where early voting kicks off tomorrow. the senate race there is key to republicans' push to win back the majority. tonight, republican herschel walker speaking exclusively to nbc kristen welker about why he flashed a badge during friday's debate and whether he's pretending to be a police officer. >> and where is this one from? >> this is from my
hometown. this is from johnson county, from the sheriff of johnson county, dhz a legit badge. everyone can make fun. let me finish. if anything happened in this town, i have a right to work with the police getting things done. >> reporter: walker saying he's participated in training and leadership programs with law enforcement for years. >> does that have arresting authority or is it honorary badge? >> it is an honorary badge but they can call me and i have the authority to work with them on things. >> the national sheriff's association said the honorary badge, quote, is for the troph if i case. why make the decision -- >> that is totally not true. >> reporter: the johnson county sheriff confirms to nbc news he gave walker the badge. just one of many races tightening as the race approaches. chuck grassley facing a surprisingly close race, while republican mehmet oz and democrat
john fetterman are running neck and neck. tonight democrats sending in their heavy hitters, president biden and former president barack obama both hitting the campaign trail in the race this week. >> i think it's going to work. >> and josh is with us now. josh, georgia one of the states where former president obama will be hitting the trail, right? >> that's right, kate. he's planning a rally in atlanta along with others in wisconsin and michigan. president biden will be making his own stops in pennsylvania and florida, states that are critical not only in these midterms but also in the presidential race in 2024. kate? >> josh lederman in front of a pink white house for breast cancer awareness. josh, thank you. we'll have more of kristen welker's exclusive interview with herschel walker and what he says about the abortion allegations against him. that's tomorrow on "today" and "nightly news." china's leader today issued a stern warning to the world not to mettle in their internal affairs.
janis mackey frayer was in beijing inside the room when he made the speech. >> reporter: xi jinping is about to take his place in history. such a secure power here for a groundbreaking third term, addressing the congress -- [ speaking non-english ] >> reporter: the ready to withstand high winds, choppy waters, and even dangerous storms, he had warned of tough times ahead. xi mentioned security or safety dozens of times, the biggest applause when he declared taiwan would be part of mainland chi narks even if it means taking by force. a party congress happens only twice in a decade, so there's always a lot of pageantry and rarely surprises. xi's ambitions to build a socialist superpower come at a critical time for china, over ties to russia and relations with the u.s.
>> reporter: here people have been hoping he might ease the stifling zero covid policy. instead, he praised it. just last week, sensors raced to scrub images of a protest banner, a rare sight in beijing that lamented constant lockdowns and said, we want freedom. even to report on the congress -- >> always a covid test. >> reporter: -- meant taking multiple covid tests and spending two days at a quarantine hotel. inside the great hall this week, china's plans will take shape behind firmly closed doors. xi jinping will extend his rule for as long as he chooses, his power uncontested and complete. janis mackey frayer, nbc news, beijing. when we come back, the return of gridlock traffic. but it's now hitting at different times and places. also the newly released video from a shootout caught on ag e-related macular degeneration may lead to severe vision loss. and if you're taking a multivitamin alone,
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experienced gun violence in his life. >> you've had some challenges, right rashad. >> yes. >> reporter: when john moved away, he stayed in touch, helping guide rashad. >> it was a strong relationship. even when he moved, i knew i could strus him. >> they took to calling each other bro ski. >> he started playing running back and excelled immediately in running back. i remembered there was a running back named marcus allen tied to kansas city as well. i said, all right, broski, if you're going to be a running back, study this guy. >> reporter: so of course john was there for the nfl draft. >> he said, i'm going to tampa. i said, i'll be in line. >> reporter: there for his very first bucs game. >> how much pride goes through, john? >> oh, it's the best. it was an honor to be there. it was an honor to be in the huddle with him. and the journey continues. >> reporter: now they swap stories about being dads. >> what would you say to rashad? >> i love you, broski,
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