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deadly the urgent efforts under way to keep people safe. plus, how the scorching weather might drivup food prices all while europe faces heat like never before, forcing an airforce base to shut down. the heat wave expected to last all week al roker is here. the growing outrage in uvalde, speaking to families about the report finding systemic failures that officers failed to prioritize saving the lives of innocent victims over their own safety how an armed shopper at an indiana mall took down an active shooter and why he is credited with saving lives though he broke mall rules we'll take you inside a trauma center at the heart of a gun violence surge as they fight to save lives. what they wish would change plus, why some car owners are facing sticker shock from monthly bills to the tune of a thousand dollars in "the price you pay. >> announcer: this is "nbc nightly news"
with lester holt good evening americans feeling the heat tonight in ways and places they maybe never have where they live as high temperature records are expected to fall across much of the country. it is where we begin tonight. 38 million people across 20 states from california to the mississippi river right now living under heat alerts. record highs in the forecast today from cheyenne, wyoming where the forecast high is 99 to dallas/ft. worth airport which could reach 109. between now and wednesday nearly three dozen new record highs could be set the heat wave working its way to the east tonight, leaving the most vulnerable in its path at considerable risk experts are warning it is not summer as usual but rather another global gut check moment from a changing climate just as we face new obstacles in dealing with it. we'll get to that and the forecast from our team standing by in just a moment. let's start with miguel almaguer. >> reporter:
shattering records and threatening lives. tonight this is the brutal broil baking tens of millions >> it's sweltering and what's the worst is there is no air moving >> reporter: the blistering heat wave turning much of the nation into an oven. 141 million people experiencing temperatures above 90 degrees. 51 million sweltering in triple digits >> i make sure to bring water, take breaks. >> reporter: setting records across much of the country, today heat alerts for at least 20 states from california to mississippi. salt lake city tying their all time high sunday 107 degrees. memphis, houston, and san antonio having their hottest summers on record. >> without a doubt it is it is a life and death situation. >> reporter: dallas hitting 106 where michael steed, suffering from chronic health problems and living on a fixed income, could face a deadly summer >> i don't have
central air. it would have me at over 100 degrees inside of the house. >> reporter: in fresno, california where it will be triple digits all week the fire department is responding to dozens of calls for heat exhaustion how quickly can this weather turn deadly? >> it could be depending on your age within a half hour. >> reporter: in scottsdale, a ring camera captured a delivery driver collapsing in the heat record temperatures and historic drought also forcing cash strapped cattle ranchers to sell their herds, which will inevitably drive up beef prices later this year >> out of grass, out of water, nobody is making any hay >> reporter: with drought also crippling europe, the uk is poised to be hotter than 99% of the planet, up to 30 degrees above average, forcing the closures of airport runways, crumbling in the summer weather tonight our nation already feeling the heat with the hottest
weeks still to come. >> miguel, central california is no stranger to hot temperatures what is happening there in fresno is pretty unusual. >> reporter: that's right. central california is going to have one of its hottest summers on record here in fresno it is expected to be 104 degrees later today. the triple digits will likely stick around for weeks. lester >> all right thanks for joining us. al roker is keeping a close eye on the heat wave and the severe storms >> unfortunately we have 36 million people from the dakotas, 38 million, from the dakotas to texas, heat warnings, advisories, and watches. for tomorrow, 108. that's what it will feel like in wichita 111 in dallas. 110 little rock. 107 baton rouge. not much relief in sight as we go into the end of the week with temperatures in the 90s in new york, washington, nashville, and st. louis and it is going to last like that right on into next week. and for our friends in the uk and parts of europe, we're talking 102 in leone, 105 in paris. london 101
their all time record 102, july 25th, 2019 here in the northeast, strong storms pushing in airport delays from boston down to washington as this system pushes through. 19 million people at risk for severe weather from portland all the way down to roanoke. >> al, thank you this severe weather is certainly underscoring the increasing role of climate change and the challenges america faces in trying to combat it. anne thompson has that story. >> reporter: as the nation swelters through the heat wave, any immediate climate action is on the ropes after two stinging defeats. democratic senator joe manchin from west virginia today defending his decision to block president biden's climate legislation, including tax incentives for wind and solar power and electric vehicles. manchin says it calls for spending that will send inflation even higher >> i haven't walked away from anything and inflation is my greatest concern. >> reporter: add to that the supreme court limiting the epa's ability to regulate
carbon emissions from power plants the second largest source of gases driving climate change what do those two developments do to president biden's climate agenda >> they are major setbacks. >> reporter: biden hopes to cut u.s. greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030 polls show a majority of americans, 65%, are worried about global warming. but only 1% of voters say climate change is the top issue facing the country. among voters under 30, that number rises only to 3%. climate change always seems to be the issue we can put off until tomorrow are we at the point we can no longer put off acting on climate change >> we absolutely should not be putting off action on climate change 30 years ago it was a problem for the future it is a problem for now, now >> reporter: president biden is promising executive action but climate activists believe without congress acting to
speed up wind and solar installations and electric vehicle purchases, it won't be enough lester >> all right, anne thank you. tonight new details and previously unseen body cam footage revealing more about the failed response to the uvalde, texas school shooting that claimed ocent lives. sam brock has the latest >> reporter: the clearest picture yet of catastrophe minutes after entering the school, officers retreating under fire. then a plea from one responder grazed by a bullet to confront the gunman again in the precious early minutes. >> we have to get in there. >> reporter: the newly released body cam footage offering a glimpse into the chaos and lack of organization. >> we're having a problem getting into the room because it's locked. >> reporter: at one point school police chief pete arredondo heard pleading with the shooter who had already unleashed more than a hundred rounds. >> sir, let me know -- if there's any kids in there or anything? this could be peaceful
>> reporter: a new, preliminary report into the emergency response finding 376 officers arrived more than half state and federal agents trained in responding to mass shootings. the authors concluding egregiously poor decision making saying the officers, quote, failed to prioritize saving the lives of innocent victims over their own safety >> i'm the father of three. sadly, i've dealt with mass shootings before. why did this happen to us we're here today to provide some of those answers in uvalde. >> reporter: but no breakdown of the failed response will be enough for these families >> don't forget about these kids every day. their names. not people they're babies >> reporter: 11 children died in room 111. miraculously, 11 survived in room 112 including gilbert. how is your son doing right now? >> not good. he looks okay, but you can tell he has changed. >> children aren't
supposed to have this. grown men that go to war can't deal with ptsd and now a little kid has to deal with it. >> reporter: crossed communication, wi-fi that didn't work properly and information about 911 calls some officers learned about on scene. >> the victims, a child called 911. >> reporter: that knowledge did not prompt a change in approach >> i knew something was wrong. >> reporter: this man was shot in his arm and back >> i remember a lot of things just the shooting, him shooting me first and then shooting the kids. >> reporter: it took 77 minutes for the help to arrive every one of his students was killed. >> i didn't hear any trying to open the door or anything. >> reporter: you did not hear any efforts to try to open the door while you were bleeding potentially to death inside of the classroom. >> no. >> sam, as we learn more and more about this i think we all get back to the same question if they had responded
quickly, moved in on that classroom, would lives have been saved? is anyone really dealing with that question >> reporter: the report does address it specifically, lester, and says it is plausible that some of the victims could have survived if help had just arrived sooner. right now some families are before the school board for about a 45-minute space in what is expected to be emotionally charged as they hold up signs with their kids' faces on it and calls for accountability >> thank you. at an indiana shopping mall three people were killed and two injured before a man being called a good samaritan with a gun brought down the shooter. here's maggie vespa with that. >> police! how many people are in there? >> reporter: another american mass shooting with a rare twist. after authorities near indianapolis say a good samaritan, armed with a handgun, shot the gunman and ended the chaos. >> many more people would have died last night if not for a responsible, armed citizen. >> reporter: investigators tonight naming the good samaritan as elijah
dicken, a 22-year-old indiana man who is declining to speak publicly they say the good samaritan was legally carrying a hand gun at the greenwood park mall with his girlfriend when around 5:00 p.m. sunday the 20-year-old gunman entered the food court armed with two semiautomatic rifles and a handgun. investigators say he first went to the restroom and stayed for an hour, stashing his phone in a toilet, then emerged and started firing >> we heard loud gunshots. >> reporter: they say the gunman killed three including victor gomez and injured two, among them a 12-year-old girl >> seeing somebody laying on the ground and i grabbed my kids and we ran. >> reporter: authorities say the armed bystander confronted and killed the shooter immediately, a rare outcome amid this kind of carnage researchers who study active shooter events tracked 464 attacks between 2000 and 2021. in 73 cases a bystander stopped the shooter. mostly by subduing them physically. the number of times a bystander shot the shooter?
24. >> this young man acted within seconds, stopping the shooter and saving countless lives. >> reporter: no word on the gunman's motive in this case but authorities said his family told them he had recently left his job and been evicted his family declined to comment. lester >> maggie vespa tonight thank you for that. former top trump adviser steve bannon's trial for contempt of congress for refusing to testify before the january 6th committee is beginning with jury selection now under way. pete williams reports. >> reporter: from the moment the charges were filed, steve bannon vowed to turn the case into an attack on the january 6th committee, the democrats, and the biden administration >> i'm telling you right now. this is going to be the misdemeanor from hell for merrick garland, nancy pelosi, and joe biden. >> reporter: he has been maintaining the defiance on his podcast but in court his legal defenses have withered away he is charged with contempt of congress for refusing to obey a subpoena from the committee for documents and
testimony. he insists he couldn't comply, saying a lawyer for former president trump directed him not to, citing executive privilege. the judge, carl nichols, a trump appointee, tossed out that defense saying it is not at all clear that mr. trump's lawyer ever told him not to cooperate with the committee. the judge ruled bannon cannot argue he was following advice of lawyers or that justice department policies against subpoenaing administration officials applied to him. bannon has been barred from calling members of congress as witnesses. the judge says that is irrelevant to whether he failed to honor the subpoena >> bannon is pretty well out of defenses at this point and really all of the posturing we're seeing is setting up an appeal down the road after he is convicted. it is not really about a trial defense. >> reporter: bannon has ignored a hint from the judge to consider pleading guilty about all he has left is claiming he was confused about the subpoena deadline. if he is convicted he could face up to
turning to our series "crime and consequences" looking at the toll violence is taking on communities. our cameras inside one baltimore trauma center as they scramble to save the lives of shooting victims. gabe gutierrez reports. >> reporter: from philadelphia where in the middle of the afternoon a black suv rolls up and gunmen start opening fire, to atlanta where five people were shot including a 13-year-old. it was another deadly weekend of gun violence in this country. in baltimore at least five people dead in nine weekend shootings. it's a busy time here. we got rare access saturday inside the r. adams shock trauma center at the university of maryland is the gun violence
problem getting worse? >> compared to years past i think definitely yes a shift without some sort of gunshot wound or violent injury is a rare night. >> reporter: dr. tom scalia runs the world renowned center. how frustrating is it to see gunshot victims over and over and over again? >> this is completely unnecessary injury in a civilized society, it doesn't have to happen >> reporter: just after midnight -- we've just gotten word a gunshot victim is about to be brought here the medical teams are gathering around this trauma bay the beeping we're hearing, what is it? >> it's an alarm on the monitor going off because there is no heart beat >> reporter: it is agonizing as the seconds tick by. it's been about 20 minutes and there are still about two dozen medical professionals hovering over the
trauma bay trying to keep that patient hanging on you can almost sense some of them are holding their breath a chaplain looks on. the beeping does not end. a life does. this didn't have to happen. >> that is correct this did not have to happen but it sure as hell did, didn't it >> reporter: does this ever get any easier? >> no it doesn't get easier it gets worse. this is just freaking nuts this is one night in one city in the richest country in the world. how can this make any sense? >> reporter: and his shift was not even over baltimore this year is on pace to have its most homicides in history. >> they are true heroes in all this thank you, gabe. we'll be back in a moment with the price you pay. why car owners are shelling out more and more the unexpected costs you should know about.
in tonight's "price you pay" not just the cost of cars is on the rise but the monthly car payments as well this is what you need to know before you buy. >> reporter: if you are on the search for a new car, buckle up for sticker shock. for the first time ever the average price paid tops $48,000, nearly 13% increase from last year according to industry reports. >> i want it today i don't want to wait a year
>> reporter: if you are hoping to ease the pain at the gas pump with an electric vehicle like john campbell, expect an even bumpier road. >> the sales person said to me that the price was about $7,500 above the sticker price that i would be expected to pay. he actually said that was a great deal >> reporter: dealer mark ups driven by high demand and low availability as companies are still reeling from supply chain slowdown >> remember some auto makers stopped producing cars so they could make medical equipment, that kind of stuff, or because they didn't want to over stock it is going to take more time than ever to catch up >> reporter: more drivers than ever are spending at least $1,000 on monthly car payments which will go up even more if the fed raises interest rates again. >> now you're paying more in interest and paying more for the car. so you're kind of getting a double whammy. >> reporter: experts say consider vehicles in lesser demand like sedans or hatchbacks and look for dealerships outside your area. to swerve around the industry road blocks one silver lining?
kristen dahlgren with tonight's inspiring america. >> reporter: when carson pickett took the field for the u.s. women's national soccer team -- >> it was incredible honestly a dream come true. >> reporter: it wasn't just her dream on that field >> i think that was one of the coolest moments of my life, just realizing that there are so many people just like me and looking up to me and i can maybe show them the way. >> reporter: born without her left hand and forearm pickett recently became the first player with a limb difference to play for the national team not there because she is different but just like every player out there, the best of the best >> it was an incredible moment just to take it all in and realize where i was, playing for the best team in the world and starting for the best team in the world. >> reporter: it is not the first time pickett has inspired in 2019, this moment with then 1-year-old joseph tid went viral >> i remember having a jacket on and i pulled my arm out of the jacket and he started beaming. he was smiling and he was laughing and i was
like oh, my gosh i can't believe he realizes we are the same >> reporter: joseph, also born with a limb difference, is now 4 >> i did it! and following in her athletic foot steps. >> i would just say, follow your dreams i say it all the time. my dad has told me a million times, never let anyone turn your sky into a ceiling >> reporter: words to live by as she helped the u.s. team to a 2-0 win over colombia, while showing fans around the world what defying limits can look like. kristen dahlgren, nbc news >> that's "nightly news" for this monday. thank you for watching i'm lester holt. please take care of yourself and each other. good night
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