CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - A man with a rifle opened fire at an
IHOP restaurant in Nevada's capital on Tuesday, killing two
National Guard members, another person and himself in a hail of
gunfire during the morning breakfast hour, authorities and
Six people were wounded in the attack. The suspect, who hasn't
been identified, apparently acted alone and died at a hospital in
Reno, officials said. Authorities weren't saying whether the attack
targeted the Guard members, who were meeting at the restaurant in a
strip mall on Carson City's main street.
One of the Guard members killed was a man; the other was a
woman, authorities said.
Witnesses said the gunman pulled up in a blue minivan around 9
a.m. and shot a man on a motorcycle, then walked inside the
restaurant and started shooting. He then walked outside and fires
shots at a barbecue restaurant and an H&R Block in the strip mall,
and a casino across the street.
"I don't know what's happening to my city," Fran Hunter, who
works at a Sierra Le Bone, a pet shop just north of the IHOP, told
the Reno Gazette-Journal. "This happens in L.A. or Las Vegas but
The state Capitol and Supreme Court buildings were locked down
for about 40 minutes, and extra security measures were put in place
at state and military buildings in northern Nevada, but the
shooting appeared to be an isolated incident, said Carson City
Sheriff Kenny Furlong.
"There were concerns at the onset, so we took certain steps to
ensure we had the capability to embrace an even larger
circumstance," Furlong said. "At this point in time it appears to
be isolated to this parking lot."
Local and state police and FBI agents descended on the scene,
and yellow police tape surrounded the parking lot at the
restaurant, which is near a Kohl's department store.
"As you know when you have people in uniform who are randomly
targeted for whatever reason this may have been, it is a safety
precaution we take very seriously," said Nevada Highway Patrol
Trooper Chuck Allen.
Renown Regional Medicare Center spokesman Dan Davis told The
Associated Press four victims of the shooting were being treated at
the hospital in Reno, but he said he could not discuss their
condition or provide any other information.
Kurt Althof, public relations manager for Care Flight, told the
Gazette-Journal three victims had been taken to the hospital by
helicopter and that two were in critical condition.
Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., released a statement expressing
condolences to the victims' families.
"I'm deeply saddened by this senseless act and extend my
sympathies to those afflicted this morning," Reid said. "I
applaud the first responders for their professionalism, and my
thoughts are with the victims and their families during this
Rep. Joe Heck, R-Nev., posted on Twitter that his heart and
prayers go out to the victims' friends and families. And state Sen.
Ben Kieckhefer tweeted: "My God be with the families of those hurt
and killed in the senseless violence today in Carson City."