CARSON CITY, NV - On September 6th, Carson City was shocked by automatic gunfire at the South Carson City IHOP restaurant. The incident left 4 victims dead, 7 injured, and a dead gunman at the scene. The Sheriff's Office is now releasing information pertaining to the weapons possessed by the shooter, Eduardo Sencion, at the time of the shooting.
Sencion was found with an apparent fatal self inflicted gunshot wound to the head. Near his body was a .38 caliber revolver pistol and an assault rifle. Inside the vehicle, an additional pistol and semi-automatic assault rifle were located. The weapons were seized by Sheriff's Deputies and ATF agents at the scene.
The assault weapon has been identified as a Norinco Mak 90. The Mak 90 is a Chinese made modified version of the Russian made AK-47. It is manufactured as a semi-automatic sport rifle. It fires 7.62mm or 5.56mm ammunition. In this case, 7.62mm ammunition was used and approximately 60 rounds were fired. In addition to the weapon, Investigators recovered 16 magazines, 1 empty, associated with the weapon at the scene. Each magazine had a 30-round capacity.
Investigators have determined that the weapon was last sold by a private party in California to an unknown buyer over 5 years ago. The weapon was apparently later altered to function as an automatic weapon. The alteration was described by ATF as professionally gunsmithed by and unknown person. The possession of this weapon in its manufactored state is not prohibited by Nevada State Law.
Also located in Sencion's vehicle was a Romarm AK-47 semi-automatic rifle and Glock handgun. All of these weapons were in manufacturer condition.
The Carson City Sheriff's Office is continuing to investigate the source of weapon alterations and the identities of those who owned the weapon previous to Sencion. The Nevada Revised Statutes says that the private sale of weapons and seller of weapons are permitted, but not required, to perform background checks on the purchaser. Failure of a seller to perform a background check does not give rise to a civil or criminal cause of action.
Speculation regarding Sension's mental health history and ability to obtain weapons have no current bearing on the investigation.
Carson City Sheriff's and ATF agents continue to investigate the IHOP Shooting. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Carson City Sheriff's Office, Detective Division, at 887-2500.
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