Carson City Shooting
September 6, 2011 by USA Post
Carson City Shooting, A man with a rifle shot an entire group of five uniformed National Guardsmen IHOP breakfast in Nevada on Tuesday, killing two people and another person in a hail of bullets, authorities and witnesses.
The suspect also shot himself and died later in hospital. Six people were injured in the attack.
Authorities were not saying if the gunman targeted members of the Guard. However, the spokesman for the Nevada National Guard in April Conway said there is no evidence that had any connection with the Guard.
Conway did not know why the five Guard members had met at the IHOP in a shopping mall in the main street of the city of Carson. However, he said the restaurant is about four kilometers from the headquarters complex of the Guard.
The two guardsmen were killed one man and one woman.
The authorities were initially concerned about the violence more generally. They blocked the Capitol and Supreme Court buildings for about 40 minutes, and put more security in place at government and military buildings in northern Nevada.
“It was feared at first, so we took steps to make sure we had the ability to take an even bigger event,” said Carson City Sheriff Kenny Furlong. “At this moment seems to be isolated to this parking lot.”
Witnesses said the gunman stopped a blue van around 9 am and shot a man on a motorcycle, then walked into the restaurant and started shooting. He then returned and fired shots from the outside a barbecue restaurant and a block of HR & the mall, and into a casino on the street.
“I do not know what is happening to my city,” said Fran Hunter, who works at the pet store Sierra Le Bone north of the IHOP, the Reno Gazette-Journal. “This happens in Los Angeles or Las Vegas, but not here.”
Furlong said officers received a call about firearms and responded within minutes. He said the suspect was wounded and lying in the parking lot when they arrived at the scene.
Furlong added to the person who was shot in the motorcycle also was alive when officers arrived and was taken to a hospital.
Local and state police and FBI agents descended on the stage, and yellow tape surrounded the parking lot at the restaurant, which is near Kohl’s department store. A body lay on the floor in place, covered with a white sheet with the exception of the feet, which were tan boots.
“As you know, when you have people in uniform that are targeted at random for some reason this may have been, this is a security measure we take very seriously,” said Nevada Highway Patrol Trooper Chuck Allen.
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