Moving Forward After Tragedy

By: Denise Wong Email
By: Denise Wong Email
People in Carson City gather for a fundraiser to help victims of last month

Courtesy John Davidson

Carson City, NV - The windows on the front of the Carson City IHOP were broken when a gunman opened fire inside the restaurant last month. Saturday morning, workers could be seen inside and outside of the restaurant on South Carson Street - putting in new windows. An IHOP spokesperson told KOLO 8 News Now that the restaurant is scheduled to reopen before the holidays, however she would not give an exact date.

On this same weekend, members of the community came together to help out those who survived the shooting rampage.

At Gold's Gym on North Carson Street, people showed up for a fundraiser. The owners of the gym wanted to do something to raise money for people who are battling medical bills and other costs - after surviving the shooting tragedy. At the gym on Saturday, folks dined on BBQ from Firkin and Fox as they participated in a raffle. There was a bouncy house and a dunk tank - that Carson City's mayor volunteered to get into.

"There's just so many people that were hit by that tragedy," Julie Stargardter, who own Gold's Gym said. She wanted to use her business to help out the community she loves being a part of.

"It amazes me," said Stargardter. "The support and how everybody has just come together and done what they need to do to help the community kind of get back together from what happened."

Stargardter did not have a goal in terms of how much money she wanted to raise in the weekend fundraiser. She said anything would help. Stargardter said one-hundred percent of the proceeds from the fundraiser were going to be deposited in an account that the Carson Tahoe Regional Hospital had set up called the IHEAL Community Fund.

It was on September 6, 32-year-old Eduardo Sencion started shooting inside the IHOP, gunning down 11 innocent people before taking his own life. Four people, including three Nevada National Guard members, were killed in the incident. The Carson City Sheriff's Office later revealed the Sencion was a diagnosed schizophrenic.


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