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Guyana Incident #496689

NBC Evening News for Sunday, Nov 19, 1978
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(Studio) Shooting deaths of United States Congman. and 3 American newsmen in Guyana jungles as they prepared to leave with unhappy members of religious sect noted. Guyana government's dispatch of troops to area reported Those gunned down said to be United States Representative Leo Ryan, NBC newsmen Don Harris and Bob Brown, "San Francisco Examiner" photographer Gregory Robinson and Peoples Temple member Patricia Parks. Temple's original headquarters in San Francisco mentioned. Ryan's investigation of sect because of reports Americans were being held in Guyana against their wills stated; other reports of mistreatment of sect members described. Film of airport ambush shown; film said to have been flown out of Guyana and sent via satellite from Puerto Rico. Anchor narrates incidents in film, just prior to ambush at Port Kaituma airstrip. Is noted that NBC news field product Robert Flick was present but escaped. Flick's flight to San Juan, P.R., after leaving ambush scene reported Satellite interview with Flick mentioned. Slow motion film of shooting shown; Flick interview shown. [FLICK - describes ambush, include deaths of Ryan, Harris and Brown; mentions Steve Sung. Says there was nothing to this point indicating sect members were capable of this type of violence. Describes his escape. Asked Guyanese soldiers at other end of runway to help; says they couldn't.] Flick's other experiences after shooting stopped detailed. Among wounded are reported to be American, diplomat Richard Dwyer, Ryan legislature aid Jacqueline Speier and NBC News technician Steven Sung. Reports that attys. Mark Lane and Charles Garry were missing mentioned; later reports said to state attys. are safe. Evacuation of dead and wounded to Washington, DC described. State Department comments about contact with US mission in Georgetown, Guyana, and with Guyana officials stated.
REPORTER: Jessica Savitch

(DC) State Department spokesperson Tom Reston's refusal to confirm reports of mass suicide among Peoples Temple members noted; his report that Guyanese police haven't reached area stated. [RESTON - gives Guyanese officials' report that Peoples Temple members in Georgetown have killed fellow members and committed suicide. Claim of man, alleging to have escaped temple and commune, that about 200 there have committed suicide reported Notes possibility that temple members in US, mostly California, may begin to take own lives.] Other details about situation in Guyana, local probe of events and United States extradition agreement with Guyana given.

(Studio) President Carter's comments about Ryan given, as well as those from NBC pres. Lester M. Crystal about slain newsmen.
REPORTER: Jessica Savitch

Kur, Bob;
Savitch, Jessica

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