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Two killed, including suspect, in Texas church shooting, suspect in custody after five stabbed at Hanukkah celebration, and massive winter storm brings dangerous conditions and travel woes. Watch “NBC Nightly News With Lester Holt” at 6:30 p.m. ET / 5:30 p.m. CT (or check your local listings).

Breaking news tonight: a shooting in a texas church, the gunman opening fire in the middle of services, the church stover firing back. Two people are dead, including the gunman. The frightening moments captured on the church's livestream, a violent attack at a hanukkah celebration with a knife invading the rabbi's home stabbing five suspect now under arrest, is calling the anti somatic assault an ...
ct of terror. Also breaking striking back. The u. s. launches drone strikes against a robbie bat. Malicious rocket kills an american contractor whiteout conditions shut down highways across parts of the midwest as the massive snow maker barrels east, the search for an september small plane crash that killed five, including a beloved tv sportsreporter. The sports world reacting tonight price shock. Why prescription drugs that combine two cheap? Existing medications are 70 100 times more expensive to get away with it because they can't but nbc news investigation and the startling announcement from a civil rights icon battle for congressman john lewis. This is nbc nightly news with kate snow good evening, i'm peter alexander in for kate tonight. Just days after christmas, a gunman walked into a texas church and opened fire killing a parishioner and critically injuring another that shooting shouting shattering the peace at a sunday service near fort worth the terrifying moments caught on camera, as that service was being live-streamed.

Amid the chaos some church goers quickly jumpinginto action pulling out their own weapons. We get late details tonight from reporter jack highberger with our station kxa s and the warning this video is disturbing. It happened in the middle of church service. This livestream, showing the gunman, approached someone standing at the side. He then pulls out what appears to be a long gun in fires, shooting two people. Another church goer pulls out his own gun and fires back taking down the gunman terrified parishioners dive for cover some fleeing. The church others moving toward the downed gunman, their own guns, drawn the shooting happened at west freeway church of christ in the town of white settlement, texas, just outside of fort worth 9-1-1 callsabout gunshots started to come in just before 10 a. m. tragically, the person shot by The suspect died at a local hospital. As we stated, the suspect is deceased. Governor greg abbott today issued this statement in response. Our hearts go out to the victims and families of those killed and the evil act of violence that occurred.

I am grateful for the church members who acted quickly to take down the shooter and help prevent further loss of life places that worship historically have always been under attack. They'Re easy targets. Multiple law enforcement agencies are now assisting the investigation as police work, to figure out a motive for the deadly attack beginning of the year end of theyear holiday. It'S all very tragic anytime that we suffer loss in our community. It'S not only affects the people that were here today, but it affects the first responders as well and peter tonight. As law enforcement works to figure out a motive, they say this could have been much worse. Had it not been for the heroic actions of that church security team, peter jack, hi berger in texas tonight, jack? Thank you now to our other breaking news. This evening tonight, new york's governor is condemning a vicious attack on a hanukkah celebration as an act of domestic terrorism. The intruder, armed with a large knife, burst into the home of a hasidic rabbi in a newyork city suburb saturday night stabbing and wounding five members of that jewish community nbc's kathy park with the latest for us this evening. Tonight, our first look at 37 year old, grafton thomas, the suspect in the brutal stabbing in muncie new york, now facing five counts of attempted murder. He'S pleaded not guilty to all counts. On saturday night, a hanukkah celebration turned into an evening of horror as a suspect stormed a rabbis home, packed with adults and children reporting serious injuries.

Witnesses say he began stabbing at random, injuring five before running next-door to the synagogue he came in with a big swart knife machete. I don't know what it was. He started to rule togetherhe pulled it out of the older and started building. Officials have not announced a motive, but the brazen crime has shaken this large orthodox jewish community on edge after a spate of anti-semitic attacks in the new york new jersey area, at least the tenth incident in just the last week. It seems like it's open season against jews here in new york city. New york's governor has directed police to increase patrols in orthodox jewish neighborhoods around the state. I consider this an act of domestic terrorism. Let'S call it what it is. These people are domestic terrorists. Just hours ago, the president tweeting, we must all come together to fight, confront and eradicate the evil scourge ofanti-semitism on this final night of hanukkah, a call for peace, while community moves forward with resilience in the wake of darkness and kathy. What more can you tell us about the victims tonight? Well, peter officials are saying all the victims were hasidic men and they were rushed to the hospital with stab wounds. One person is still in critical condition with a skull fracture peter kathy park from that awful story outside new york city tonight.

Kathy. Thank you now to those us airstrikes on a handful of targets in iraq and syria that the pentagon says are tied. The militias backed by iran, those retaliatory strikes, escalating tensions in that region, national security, correspondent courtney, cuvee ishere, with the details. Courtney. What more do we know? Well, peter us f-15s targeted an iranian backed militia today, striking five locations in retaliation for a deadly barrage of rockets. That killed an american last week. In a statement the pentagon said the group cat', a hezbollah, has a strong linkage with iran's kurds force and has repeatedly received lethal aid and other support from iran used to attack us and coalition forces. Us officials say the militia has conducted 11 rocket attacks against coalition bases in iraq in the last two months, the largest last friday, when militants fired more than 30 rockets at a base near kirkuk, killing an american contractor and wounding four us troops. Onsaturday defense secretary mark esper briefed president trump on a us military response which required presidential approval, striking three locations in iraq and two in syria. The u. s. is still assessing whether there were any casualties on the ground, peter courtney, kuby and washington stress for us courtney.

Thank you now to that personal announcement tonight from congressman john lewis, the civil rights leader and longtime democratic lawmaker, releasing a statement saying that he will undergo treatment for stage 4 pancreatic cancer. The 79 year old from georgia says he will fight the disease and he adds that while he may miss a few votes during this period, he hopes to be back on the front lines soon tonight. Justin time for the trip home from the holidays, a series of extremely dangerous winter storms are blasting more than 50 million people with snow and ice high winds and rain, producing a violent mix elsewhere. All of it creating major travel worries on the roads at airports. Morgan chesky has tonight's details. Tonight, his new year travel heats up a winner mess, keeping thousands stuck in 2019 parts of the midwest blasted by snow in north dakota, blizzard, like conditions forced officials to shut down parts of i-94. These pictures taken less than 10 minutes after plows tried to clear roads to the south drivers faced a different dilemma: dangerous winds, blowing cars right off the roads in arkansasall part of a massive winter storm churning across the country. Since christmas eve, the system starting in california and slowly heading east tonight, when a weather alert stretch from the dakotas to maine, impacting more than 24 million people down south at least 27 million more are bracing for severe weather that can bring damaging wind gusts and even Tornadoes and major travel hubs across the country delays are piling up caused by snow and ice at destinations in colorado and idaho, where temperatures didn't drop, some took advantage. The weather in columbus, ohio, so warm and rainy, dedicated kayakers, ran indy and run falls cruising to swollen winter currents. Despite having the heaviest days of holiday travel behindus, the road to 2020 is looking anything but smooth and tonight here in miami flights are on schedule. But across the country, airports are taking extra precautions to keep those runways clear at the current rate. The way the snow and ice is falling.

It can be even tougher to keep things on track. The problem, not the fact that the planes can't fly in the snow, but keeping it off the ground, peter all right. Morgan. Thank you very much tonight, as you just heard, that rough weather is moving east with ice likely to be a major problem in large parts of the country. Nbc meteorologist janessa webb is watching where it's headed tonight janessa peter thisis, an intensifying storm system that has already dropped about a half a foot of snow across the upper midwest right now, the north east, dealing with that wintry mix along with widespread rain. It'S the ice accumulation, that's going to be pretty much widespread across boston to northern new england, where we could see upwards of a quarter inch of ice on top of that 12 to 15 inches, but the back side across the midwest things will start to look a Lot better for your monday now ice will continue to be a problem along with gusty winds, but by tuesday man. This storm system pushes offshore cooler. Temperatures behind the front will be 7 to 20 20with, some better weather peter all right, janessa we'll be watchin thanks. So much overseas now to australia, where tens of thousands are fleeing deadly wildfires that keep growing there. They have been burning for months killing at least nine people and officials now fear thousands of koalas in sydney tonight. New outrage that the famed new year's fireworks show will go on matt bradley has the details. Desperation down under as thousands of australians human and animals seek relief from fast-moving forest fires.

Australian authorities have told tens of thousands to leave their homes evacuated. The entire region of east gippsland and engulfing the country's heavily populated southeast, fanned by drought, high winds, soaring temperatures and thunderstorms asover a hundred fires burn scorching, nearly 20 thousand square miles and killing nine people. Animals taking the brunt of the blaze this koala, seeking out water from a cyclist thousands of koalas, feared dead authorities, worried 30 percent of their population killed in new south wales alone. The latest flashpoint sydney's famous fireworks more than a quarter million people want them. Canceled the money spent given instead to firefighters and farmers, australia's prime minister says the show must go off. I can think of no better time to express to the world just how optimistic and positive we are a country come new year's eve experts expecting already scorching temperatures to hit a new peak. Fireworks are not mattbradley nbc news. We are back now with an update on that plane crash in louisiana that killed five people yesterday with investigators on the scene, the community remains stunned, as friends and family of the victims are mourning their loved ones, including a beloved young tv sports reporter nbc's sam brock Is in lafayette, louise janna was just a just huge billow, a black smoke way up in the sky. Oh my god vivid memories of a fatal plane crash haunting this louisiana town, five people dead and two others still critically injured. Tonight. The ntsb investigation expected to last 12 to 18 months. The wreckage is massively fragmented and charred melted and partially consumed by fire.

Ntsb investigatorshave been combing this entire morning, starting at the post office and going through this field. Now, they're, standing by a large portion of the plane, they're gon na, be deploying drones as well to try to get an aerial perspective from here all the way to the airport, a mile away as investigators search for clues families and 1 news community are just trying To pick up the pieces, well, everyone loves a good family football story: marlina corn, fueled on that flight reported for nbc affiliate wdsu in new orleans, her husband telling nbc news tonight. I can't come up with words. She was my everything she loved so fiercely. Suzette fowler knew the youngest victim walker. Vincent todaywould have been his 16th birthday people think in our community who were loved and cared for and somebody's family just gone it's hard, my god neighbors believe the outcome could have been much worse. If not for the pilot. Do you believe the pilot in this case saved lives? I think he did. I think, there's no doubt about that and sam joins us now, sam you're learning more about why carly was on that plane this evening. What do we know? Yeah peter carly knew gretchen walker's mom for their mutual love of lsu. She was planning on driving to atlanta, but was offered a seat on that plane and accepted a sam. Thank you.

When we comeback here at nbc news investigation house, we common medications with ingredients that sell for just pennies and the cost to be much much more [ music ] now to an nbc news investigation for millions of americans, the high cost of prescription drugs is a major Concern in particular those so-called combination, drugs that rely on ingredients that individually cost just cents, but when combined are sold at shockingly high prices and thompson. Has the story? Perfect, love the art? So let's focus on the art. Suzanne luttig is a freelance photographer in omaha. Nicely done, but she works a second job as a teller because it comes with insurance to afford her acid reflux medicine. A generic version of zigguratthat insurance has saved her a whopping fourteen thousand dollars for a 90-day supply. According to her pharmacy receipt, it was immediate relief. She'S taking what's called a combination, drug zeg rid, is one pill that combines two over-the-counter medications: generic prilosec and sodium bicarbonate, also known as baking soda. I don't understand why, when you have premise act and baking soda and you put those two together, why does it all of a sudden become $ 14,000? I don't get it. They get away with it because they can. They can set drug prices based on what the market will bear. Doctor hana sacks, an internist and medical researcher at mass general hospital says combining two medications into one shouldnot be so expensive. She studied the price difference between brand-name combination, drugs and their generic components.

Take sigrid $ 86 per pill versus 47 cents for the two generic ingredients. V' m ovo, an arthritis pain, reliever $ 30 per pill versus 35 cents for the generics do exes another pain, reliever 20 dollars per pill versus 28 cents. These are small tweaks on existing medications that have been around for decades in some cases and that doctors have known and been using for these purposes. For years, her study found that brand-name combination, drugs, cost medicare close to a billion dollars. Is there any kind of magic to these new combination? Drugs? Magic? No, no, there's no magic way. I thinkabout! It is in a lot of ways we're paying for the repackaging here. What'S more list, prices for some of these combination, drugs have skyrocketed to exis $ 139. For a month's supply eight years ago tops twenty four hundred dollars today, most patients and even doctors have no idea. How do these costs remain? Hidden the classroom made hidden because a physician when they're prescribing may not know exactly how much a drug costs when the patient goes and picks it up at the pharmacy. They only know what the copay is. Suzann mladic's copay, for example, is just $ 24. So if the patient doesn't realize it and the doctor doesn't realize it and yet behind the scenes allof, these price hikes are unfolding.

Another example: the movas list price has gone up ten times over the years, a jump of two thousand percent in the first three months. We also had about thirty four million in revenues. Tim walbert, ceo of horizon therapeutics, which makes vamo veau and do axis declined our request for an interview. The company told us patients don't pay the full list. Price out-of-pocket costs for 98 percent of insured patients is 10 dollars or less and that the company nets less than $ 300 for each prescription, but it adds up. The two drugs have brought in more than 1. 3 billion dollars in eight years. Over that time, wall bert's total compensation, bythe company, which makes several drugs more than 50 million dollars horizon, also says: providing pain, relief and a stomach protected in a single pill is better for patients. I can see the convenience in taking one pill and set it to for some people. The question here is at what cost: if patients are paying so little out-of-pocket, why should they care? Because this is a cost that we all have to pay? This is part of the reason for the rising cost of prescription drugs and the rising cost of healthcare in this country that we all have to care about. The maker of brand-name zegart declined to comment. The maker of the generic version said many factorsgo into the cost of a patient's medication and if you're wondering whether you should take two cheaper generic drugs instead of one expensive combination, drug, that's something you should discuss with your doctor.

That was an thompson reporting they're up. Next, right here, special delivery. We will leave an inspiring child, bring you love and laughter the other kids in need of a smile. There is good news tonight about a little girl with a very big heart, just six years old she's, a cancer survivor who is now bringing love, compassion and plenty of smiles to other kids spending the holidays in the hospital. Rehema ellis has her story. Six hero poppy sally is on a mission todeliver joy, this holiday season, gathering up legos for the patients on the oncology unit at virginia's and nova children's. She knows how it feels to spend holidays and even her birthday in the hospital. Just a year ago, poppy was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia. It literally was the worst thing you could have. You know have happened to you and hear about your child. Legos were the best medicine after chemo treatments. It just was like a very wholesome feel-good thing for her when she just wasn't feeling good, but poppy never lost her spark even when she was sick.

She thought of others, loading a red wagon with donated toys and delivering them to other children. Dandyike. Oh another round of the red wagon yeah after 168 days in the hospital poppy was released. How do you feel now? Okay, very fluffy. Now the so-called former mayor of the 10th floor is back spreading holiday, cheer a simple facebook requests for donated legos brought nearly 400 cents poppy's lego express, delivering joy with the big wagon a big boat and an even bigger smile, rehema ellis nbc news, herndon virginia. How does one sweet little girl good for you poppy that as nbc nightly news for this sunday, i'm peter alexander for all of us here at nbc news? We hope you have a good night: hey nbc news viewers, thanks for checking out our youtubechannel 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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