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Hanukkah stabbing suspect charged with federal hate crimes, parishioner who shot gunman speaks out about attack on Texas church, and Rep. John Lewis to undergo treatment for stage 4 pancreatic cancer. Watch “NBC Nightly News With Lester Holt” at 6:30 p.m. ET / 5:30 p.m. CT (or check your local...

Tonight the hanukkah stabbing suspect now charged with federal hate crimes. New clue is what likely motivated the man who allegedly stormed into a rabbis home and wounded five people with a machete and knife. The anti-semitic writings, including nazi references authorities, say they found in his home as new details emerge about how worshippers fought back in texas. The shooter now identified after ...
a deadly attack inside a church. What we know about the gunmen and how his attack unfolded as we speak. To one of the churches, volunteers, security guards who became a hero, i don't feel like a killed and human killed, an evil tens of millions in the path of a dangerous winter storm. The snowsleet wind and ice already affecting a big part of the country. How it could impact your new year's eve and new year's day with the dramatic rise in measles cases, the new ultimatum in one big city, no vaccine, no school, the mystery in the sky. Why are dozens of drones swarming over colorado? This is nbc nightly news with lester holt good evening, i'm peter alexander in for lester tonight we're learning new details about what may have motivated armed men in two separate attacks to invade places of worship over the holidays in texas, the hero who stopped a gunman inside A church is now speaking out about that terrifying confrontation and in new york, federal prosecutorsnow, filing hate crime, charges against the man accused of bursting into a rabbis home and stabbing five people during a hanukkah celebration. Tonight authorities reveal the suspects, anti-semitic messages, and that is where we begin this evening with nbc's kathy park. Tonight, a chilling look at the moment police, say: grafton, thomas armed with the machete, launched his mission to attack a jewish congregation celebrating hanukkah. Today, court documents allege, he said no one is leaving as he charged through a packed rabbis home in a suburb of new york.

Joseph glock used his table to fight off the attack. I saw that he's looking at me as smashed it. In his face hours later, police found thomas inmanhattan in his car smelling of bleach authorities say he had a machete and a knife both had traces of dried blood in his home. The fbi said they found handwritten journals, which included references to hitler and nazi culture as well as drawings of a swastika and a star of david authorities, say his phone show. Thomas had been searching for nearby temples. We'Re gon na have patrols out of community members of different ethnic backgrounds working together to send a message that heat won't be tolerated. Local officials promised increased security amid fears about rising anti-semitism like the deadly attack earlier this month on a jersey city, deli nationwide. There are more than 1,800 anti-semitic incidents. Last year, buttoday thomas's mother and his attorney said he suffers from mental illness. My impression, from speaking with him, is that the five hasidic men injured during the attack, one is still in critical condition and thomas pleaded not guilty to all five counts of attempted murder. His attorney asset is try and undergo a mental health evaluation. Peter kathy park, north of new york city for us tonight, cathy thank you also tonight.

The gunman in the church and the deadly church shooting in fort worth texas, has been identified as we hear for the first time from the hero security guard, who stopped the shooter and likely prevented more violence. Nbc'S blaine alexander is there tonight. It took lessthan six seconds to shatter the peace at west, freeway church of christ, police, say 43 year-old keith, thomas kenan, walked into the sanctuary and sat among the congregation. You see him exchanged words with someone then pulled out a shotgun and fire twice just seconds later. He is fatally shot by armed members of the churches, volunteer security team fired one round. The subject went down jack wilson trains that team here at his home gun range. He says the shooter immediately raised a red flag, the wig fake beard and he kept trying to adjust it. There was concern that you know there was a possible threat from the moment he walked in from the minute he walkedin. Yes, officials are not yet releasing a motive, and tonight we are learning more about those in his path. 67 year old, richard white, a member of the volunteer security team from his grieving family, god placed you where you were needed. You stood up against evil and sacrificed your life and 64 year-old tony wallace, a grandfather serving communion. His daughter says when he was shot, he didn't have to take an innocent life.

My dad was a great man. It comes two years after 26. People were killed at first baptist church in sutherland springs texas soon after members here started their own security team, a controversial concept with some critics, but wilson says he has nodoubt his team saved lives. I don't feel like. I killed a human, i killed an evil and that's that's how i'm coping with the situation and tonight members are starting to gather here at the church for a closed prayer service. This evening, as one member told me peter here, they are family and this is a place of healing peter plane, alexander in texas tonight blaine. Thank you also. Tonight, 26 million people are under winter weather alerts ahead of the new year's holiday as a massive storm moves through the midwest to the northeast, producing dangerous conditions for travelers we get more now from nbc's, stephanie, gosk, snow, sleet and eyes are bad enough, but at awhipping Wind and life quickly comes to a standstill, which is exactly what has happened to millions from the upper midwest to the east coast. In the dakotas, a blizzard sent cars skidding off the roads, forcing officials there to actually shut down parts of the interstate in minnesota. Icy conditions led to a head-on collision between a car and a garbage truck the danger of downed power lines on display just outside of detroit high winds in ohio left tens of thousands without power in some places, gusts surging to 70 miles per hour, while in the Northeast the rain hit freezing temperatures on the ground. Turning to a thick coating of ice combined with the wind tree, branchesand powerlines didn't stand a chance. A driving rain in new york city didn't stop preparations for new year's eve.

The annual test of the time square ball went off without a hitch. I have some good news for the estimated 1. 5 million people who are expected out here in times square for new year's eve. This rain is going to clear out and the temperatures should be above freezing peter stephanie gosk already picked out a prime spot tonight stephanie. Thank you. We want to bring in meteorologist dylan dreyer now dylan. What can we expect as the storm moves east good evening peter? It has been a messy day for so many and the storm system is goingto, try to pull away, but we'll still see the snow continue back through the great lakes, also across central and northern new england. On the backside of it, winds will start to increase a bit, so it is going to be a bit gusty tomorrow and those gusty winds could create some more lake effect snow, especially across the eastern, great lakes. So for your new year's eve day forecast, we are looking for chilly air to work back in across the northern plains, a bit messy in the northwest with mountain snow and some heavier rain, and some lingering snow showers then for midnight on new year's eve. We'Re looking at clear skies in new york city forthe, big ball drop, but does start to cool off a bit in the northern plains and still messy in the northwest peter all right, dylan thanks so much tonight. A round of punishing air strikes is raising the stakes in the standoff between the u. s.

and iran. It comes as president trump ahead of an impeachment trial is facing new questions about the length c was reportedly willing to go to pressure ukraine to carry out his agenda. Nbc'S kristen welker has that story tonight: new video of bombed out weapons storage sites after the united states launched airstrikes against five targets in iraq and syria belonging to an iranian backed militia that has taken aim at american forcespresident trump's been pretty darn patient and he's made Clear at the same time that when americans lives were at risk, we would respond. It comes as president trump is intensifying his battle back at home over impeachment and today new details about the central issue: the president's to withhold military aid to ukraine in exchange for investigations into the 2016 election and the biden's the new york times reporting. The president's demands dated back to june earlier than his july 25th call with the president of ukraine, in which mr. trump asked for those investigations. Chief of staff, mick mulvaney played a key role and the threat sent shockwaves with one white house advisor warning expect congress to becomeunhinged the times, also reports on an oval office meeting in august, where defence secretary mark s / secretary of state, mike pompeo and former national Security adviser john bolton tried but failed to convince the president to release the aide. The white house declined to comment the senate's top democrat chuck schumer, saying it all underscores the need for those officials to testify in a senate trial, peter kristen welker with the president in florida tonight kristen. Thank you. Messages of support are pouring in this evening for the civil rights pioneer in longtime, congressman john lewis, who revealed that he is now battling an aggressive form of cancer, nbc's jeff bennett reports. An outpouring of support tonight, fordemocratic congressman john lewis, an icon who fought on the front lines of the civil rights movement now facing a foe like none before stage four pancreatic cancer. Former president barack obama tweeting.

If there's one thing i love about john lewis, it's his incomparable will to fight. I know he's got a lot more of that left in him. Louis in a statement saying, i have been in some kind of fight for freedom, equality, basic human rights for nearly my entire life. I have never faced a fight quite like the one i have now the 79 year old vowing to fight the disease. With the same tenacity with which he fought for racial equality, joining sit-ins, andfreedom rides challenging jim crow laws, organizing and speaking at the march on washington, alongside the reverend dr. martin luther king jr. , and being brutally beaten by alabama state troopers in 1965, while peacefully demonstrating for Voting rights lewis now serving his 17th term, often called the conscience of congress. The prognosis for his form of cancer is grim, but lewis says he's undeterred, congressman lewis says he'll remain in office and hopes to return to washington continue working as he undergoes treatment peter, and we share our good wishes as well geoff. Thank you just ahead. How the threat of measles is prompting one big city to crack down on families with kids who are not vaccinated, tough newrequirements to go to school about to take effect, also a mystery in the sky, swarms of drones flying in formation in one state. What authorities are now saying stay with us? We are back with a new crackdown to stop this year's record-setting spread of measles starting next week. Seattle students who are not vaccinated cannot go back to school.

We get more from nbc's joe fryer. Schools in seattle are closed. For winter break, except for the one that's open for free vaccines for me at mat, solutions is very important. The school district is hosting free immunization clinics because starting january 8th students without up-to-date vaccination records can't go to class right now. That'S about 2,000 kidsif. A student arrives and they are not up-to-date. They will of course have to be kept out of class. This year saw the most measles cases in the u. s. in 27 years, with nearly 1300 cases in 31 states in washington state two outbreaks prompted lawmakers to remove personal and philosophical exemptions for the mmr vaccine. The goal get more kids immunized. The threat of measles was most recently felt in samoa, where an epidemic left at least 81 dead, mostly children.

Now more american schools are taking action, hoping to stop a preventable disease, joe fryer nbc news and next that mystery in the sky, the swarms of giant drones, lighting up the night and leaving authorities stumpedback. Now, with those strange sightings in the night sky that are unnerving homeowners, mysterious swarms of giant drones flying in formation and no one seems to know why goti schwartz reports tonight, a growing mystery in the night sky over colorado fleets have unidentified drones, reportedly flying in grid Patterns even spotted by law enforcement, i believe drone some residents giving chase. We got close to one and it descended, i swear it got closer to us and then the lights shut off so for this video they shot is the best evidence to emerge. The sightings reported across five counties in colorado as many as 30 drones flying in formation, some with wingspans estimated at 6 feet withthe faa, saying they don't have any concrete information to act on on facebook. Some residents asking. Can we shoot them down if over our property? But authorities warn shooting at them is dangerous and unlawful, and at this point, while the drones may be mysterious, they don't appear malicious ngati schwartz nbc news that insightly news for this monday, i'm peter alexander. We thank you for watching and have a good night. Hey nbc news viewers, thanks for checking out our youtube channel subscribe by clicking on that button down here and click on any of the videos over here to watch. The latest interviews show highlights and digital exclusives thanks for watching.

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