Three dead, six wounded in shooting at Carson City IHOP
September 6th, 2011
04:18 PM ET

Three dead, six wounded in shooting at Carson City IHOP

[Updated at 4:18 p.m.]

[Updated at 4:18 p.m.] Five of the nine people who were shot Tuesday were members of the National Guard, a spokesperson told CNN affiliate KRNV. Two were killed and the other three are being treated in area hospitals.

[Updated at 2:18 p.m.] At least two of the victims killed at a shooting in a Carson City, Nevada, IHOP restaurant were military members who were wearing their uniforms, Chuck Allen with the Nevada Highway Patrol said Tuesday.

Police were still looking into the shooter's possible motive, Allen said, but officials were taking precautions in case military personnel were specifically targeted.

"When you have people in uniform randomly targeted ... we take that seriously," Allen said.

Heightened security measures are in effect in military bases in northern Nevada, affiliate KRNV reported, citing a National Guard spokesperson. The restaurant is located about three miles from Nevada National Guard headquarters, so it would not be unusual for service members to be eating there, the spokesperson added.

[Updated at 2:10 p.m.] Three people were killed and six others were wounded Tuesday in a shooting at a Carson City, Nevada, IHOP restaurant, police said.

Those six victims did not include the shooter, who police said turned a gun on himself.

It "appears its going to be difficult for him to survive," Ken Furlong with the Carson City's Sheriff's Office said about the gunman.

"He was still breathing," he added.

Furlong said that currently the situation appears to be contained to the one strip mall.

"Right now it appears as though there was one shooter," Furlong said. "There does not appear to be safety concerns outside of this area."

Furlong confirmed reports that a semi-automatic weapon was used during the shooting. Some of the victims "appeared to be military folks," he said.

Officials are still investigating any possible motive.

[Updated at 1:48 p.m.] One person has been confirmed dead after a shooting at a an IHOP in Carson City, Nevada, police have told The Reno Gazette-Journal.

Lt. Rob Van Diest of the Reno Police Department also told the paper that eight people have been transported to the hospital.

[Posted at 1:46 p.m.] Seven people were shot after a man walked up to an IHOP in Carson City, Nevada, and shot a man on a motorcycle before walking inside the restaurant and opening fire, The Reno Gazette-Journal is reporting.

The owner of a store in the same shopping mall told the newspaper that he saw a man wearing a red shirt and black shorts pull up to the store in his blue minivan, take out a rifle and shoot a man on a motorcycle. The man then walked into the IHOP and began firing, the owner, Ralph Swagler, told the Gazette-Journal.

After shooting inside the IHOP, Swagler told the paper that the shooter then turned his gun to his store and began firing. He then pointed toward an H&R Block in the same mall and shot again.

CNN affiliate KNRV reports it is being told other nearby businesses are on lockdown.

Nevada Highway Patrol Northern Command spokesman Chuck Allen told CNN his agency is assisting the Carson City Sheriff’s office at the scene but offered no more details

CNN affiliate KOLO said there were reports that the shooter was "taken down," but officials could not confirm that detail.

KOLO reported that at least two women and a man were airlifted from the location. At least one other victim was taken to a hospital by ambulance.

Witnesses report hearing a semi-automatic weapon

soundoff (762 Responses)
  1. kaka

    blame it on video games!

    September 6, 2011 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • AffiliatedByNature

      blame it on video games? i think you should be shot!

      September 6, 2011 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Mmmmm

    What can you expect from Nevada: The Henhouse State? It's the wild, wild west...

    September 6, 2011 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike in Montana

      You want the wild, wild west., then come to the great state of Montana. You can still today, carry a gun in plain view on your person in the state of Montana. There is NO law that says, you cannot carry a firearm in public and in plain view, except for a state or federal government building. It's still the old wild west or as we call it.., "Cowboy western law.." in the state of Montana. The fine is so low for carrying a firearm in a state of federal building in Montana, that it is somewhat ridiculous. Mike in Montana

      September 6, 2011 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Richard

    The narcissistic "hippy generation," no accountability, no morals, mental defectives treated as "citizens" instead of being lock-up in asylums like they once were, new age teachers, "do your own thing." All the idiot mantras and crap that has contributed to a culture of "me first, or no one!" where you can't just kill yourself if you have problems, you have to take them with you because "they" are responsible for your lot in life. Where is Darwin when you need him? I know, thwarted by socialist policies...

    September 6, 2011 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      You have combined different generations. Pick one, and BTW, the "hippy (hippie) generation" is in their 50-60's now.

      September 6, 2011 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • seriouslyomg

      you don't know anything about the shooter or his motive so why don't you keep your b.s. rhetoric down to a dull roar until there are some actual facts being published. thanks.

      September 6, 2011 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kevin

      Richard, I'm sorry, but you're just an idiot. Funny you would talk about mental cases, seeing as how you obviously are one.

      September 6, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Richard

      Just to clarify; by hippy generation I was actually referring to the children of the rotten, degenerate generation we now see committing these acts. Most of these lunatics are in their late 30's to early 40's, which makes them the "spawn" of that worthless group.

      September 6, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Don


      Did you just come from a tea party express brainwashing session or what?

      September 6, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • vtrweasel

      LMAO "Damn Nevada hippys" Come on man, have you every been to Carson City?

      September 6, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • sam

      Do you yell at kids to get off your lawn?

      September 6, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      jim is right. i'm an ex-hippy in my 50s, drive an acura mdx and watch football on my wide screen. why you dissing hippies anyways? we were all into make love, not war... no real hippy would waste an ihop. pass the joint..... (sounds like you need it)

      September 6, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  4. jimpa

    When will we ever grow up, evolve and learn about guns in this country. Semi-automatic assualt rifle!?...
    The 2nd Amendment is a national public health crisis. 30k deaths / yr. Ridiculous! Amend it to exclude all military style weapons and handguns. What would Jesus do? Require more folks to pack more heat?! jimpa Denver

    September 6, 2011 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Doomguy

      Hey Jimpa – Ask the people of Syria how that is working out for them.

      September 6, 2011 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • duke5343

      YOU must be kidding- the 2nd ammendment is for your / our freedoms – GUNS dont kill people- PEOPLE KILL PEOPLE and if they dont have a gun it will be a knief, bat or other. YOU are playing hte blame GAME when the person is sick it comes from drugs, booze or abuse as a child but a GUN did not cause this situation

      September 6, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • seriouslyomg

      Amen! How many more would have been wounded in England recently if the rioters and cops had guns. We need to be saved from ourselves because we all fall short – unfortunately, it's the ones who need to learn this lesson most that keep pushing to keep dangerous guns on our streets.

      September 6, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • American Man

      Yeah okay, go ahead and trust your "Government" while I and many others will not. I've even been told by police officers you're nuts if you don't carry. The Government is NOT our nanny or protector. It is up to US, WE THE PEOPLE to defend our sovereignty and integrity as a nation. Our Founding Fathers would be rolling over in their graves if they heard what you think.

      September 6, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • JohnyWalker

      Hey jimpa you are not only an idiot, but a fear mongering anti-gun nut. Do the world a favor and jump off a bridge!

      September 6, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sean

      Do a little reading on China bud.. they have stabbings of dozens of people at a time. Yea the gun is the issue…

      September 6, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • earth2loons

      Evolve? 2nd Amendment? False cause reasoning. – spoken like a true liberal.

      September 6, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Richard

      You are one of the nitwit liberals who ban certain guns because they look or their names sound scary. A nutcase with a pump shotgun loaded with buckshot will will kill far more people than someone with a semi-auto (doesn't matter if they are a regular or assault rifle, the effect is the same, because they aren't full auto, which are illegal) rifle because it takes no skill to use one when it can spray a deadly pattern almost like a machine gun.

      September 6, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Huh?

      By that logic we should remove all cars from the roads. Many more automobile accidents cause deaths than gun violence. In fact, drunk drivers kill more people every year (about 10,000 more). Please come up with a better argument to bash the 2nd Amendment with.

      September 6, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • chuck

      How do you know Jesus wasn't like david koresh? Jesus mirrors other gods in history, only he is younger historically.

      The only thing that keeps the government from tyranny, is gun ownership. Don't forget that, like you did the men and women who died for not only that; but the freedom for you to say that. What you say is borderline treason.

      September 6, 2011 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andy

      I agree with Jimpa. Military-style weapons are not commonly used for self-protection (You're really going to carry around an AK-47 in case someone tries to mug you?). Even those handguns that can pierce bulletproof vests shouldn't be sold to the public.
      Doomguy, please ask the people of Mexico and pretty much all South America how this is working out for them. hint: It's not.

      September 6, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  5. D

    @ DaveM: " if nobody had a gun, no one would get shot." It is hard to argue with a hypothetical especially because that will never happen. Tell that to the unarmed Mexicans who have stricter gun laws but are far less safe. The causes of crime are not availability of firearms and criminals will always be able to buy firearms—they have the will and the money. Would more people carrying reduce crime? The data suggests that states with more liberal firearms laws and more carrying do have less crime, but they are also less populated. If we could just ban people, crime would end. Further restricting firearms won't do it—it hasn't in Mexico.

    September 6, 2011 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  6. pandi

    When I was in the military, we were discouraged from wearing uniform in public places such as these, especially our fatigues. Now I see military personnel all over in their uniforms.

    September 6, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  7. JohnyWalker

    Why do the anit-gun nuts always seem to jump on incidents of crazy individuals using a gun as a means to spew their hate. Yet when someone defends themselves with one and prevents their family from being chopped to pieces we hear nothing.

    Even funnier if you look at the greater picture your chances of being killed in a shooting like this are slim to none. On the other hand your chance of being killed by other daily activities such as driving are much, much higher. The driving tests are a joke, they allow kids to drive at 16 which is ridiculous, idiots going slow in the fast lane on their phones, hit and runs, half blind elderly people, the list goes on yet not much is done...

    I can only relate to peoples fear of guns to how people tend to fear what they don't understand. Just like some groups are racist, anti-gay, etc...the anti-gun crowd are just as bad!!!

    September 6, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • seriouslyomg

      If this man didn't have a gun these people would not have been shot. Guns are for cowards. I'd much rather he went in wielding a knife or trying to punch people with his fist – at least then those people could have run, stayed at a safe distance, or fought back. Without guns this wouldn't have happened. Period.

      September 6, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • American Man

      You're on CNN. They wouldn't dare report about someone defending their home or person using a firearm and succeeding leading to a happy ending. Just look up the woman who defended her home with a "pink gun..." Not a single mention, anywhere on CNN.

      September 6, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Carry Permit Holder Tim

      Amen Johnnie. No one would walk into a gun show and open fire. No one walks into a police dept. and starts firing. It's heavily armed with people who know how to use the guns they are carring. LEGALLY. Chances are this nut job did not have a carry permit either. Just a CRIMINAL all around. I like Ihop and I carry.....legally.

      September 6, 2011 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sean

      He could have just as easily chained the doors and set the place on fire, built a bomb out of house hold cleaning supplies or crashed into the place with his van. Lets see you fight back or run from that… moron.

      September 6, 2011 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  8. susan

    MENTAL ILLNESS...we need funding to take care of this type of problem! Bring back state run mental hospitals. Stop letting the penal system handle the mentally Ill. THIS IS NOT A GUN ISSUE!!

    September 6, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sarah

      So that would make it..."Guns don't kill people, crazy people with guns kill people?"

      September 6, 2011 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  9. a person of interest

    Arm the criminals, unarm the soldiers. How is that working out for you Feinstein? Pilosi? Obama? WHERE ARE YOU?

    Everything is about poliitics these days...blame left ....blame right blame Bush ...Blame Obama....BS!!!! .....Blame the Got Damn parents for raising an insecure inhumane thoughtless piece of crap!!!!...BTW for you gun lovers it's vey rare you hear that someone killed a burgular protecting their home or family because they had a gun....But you do hear, that their gun was stolen, or shot themselves cleaning it or shot someone by someonr in a hunting accident...Don't blame it on the media cause Fox News doesn't even tell those stories either....."Guns don't kill people, stupid people with guns kill people"!

    September 6, 2011 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • DaveO

      Don't be an idiot. What the he!! does Obama have to do with it? Since he took office, I haven't heard 1 word about changing your 2nd amendment rights. You're a fool.

      September 6, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • JB!

      You don't shoot someone while cleaning your gun. At that point the gun is disassembled and cannot fire. If you have a loaded gun, safety off, finger on the trigger, then you are not cleaning a gun you are shooting a gun. If you have an AD (accidental discharge) you need to re-learn muzzle and trigger discipline and gun safety. OR you shouldn't have a gun to begin with

      September 6, 2011 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Meow play nice

    I bet those cops were having a syrup drinking contest.

    September 6, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm


      September 6, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  11. msD86

    In Detroit at iHop they do a weapon check at first I thought it was crazy but maybe they should do it nationwide.

    September 6, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • TODAY

      Why only iHOP?

      September 6, 2011 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Sarah

    Ahhhhh.... semi-automatic weapons. If the NRA could just convince everyone to carry them, then we'd all be, well, never mind.

    September 6, 2011 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jeff

    Yes, this is not a gun issue. And it's not about the military or politics.

    This is about the rampant and ever-increasing condition of mental illness, and the fact that society has completely turned its back on this issue.

    There are tens of thousands of insane lunatics who are left to wander the streets, sleep and deficate in alleys, and eat out of trash bins.

    As a society, we are merely inviting this kind of tragedy.

    September 6, 2011 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • seriouslyomg

      Careful, it almost looks like you're suggesting getting these people help ... which would suggest that people who don't work (for example: people with mental illness who are prone to psychotic breaks) should have access to mental health treatment ... but they don't work ... so we'd have to have a national health care system put in place ... so that these people don't kill others. Huh, look at that, I think we just made a case for National Health Care.

      September 6, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Bob Boise

    Time to deport all Muslims.

    September 6, 2011 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • I da ho

      Boise, why stop there? Why not white men over 5'9"? Why not girls with big ears? Christians with hangnails...? Would you like to be first?

      September 6, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  15. paul

    Actually, the shooter was a right-wing nut who was afraid he would lose his gun.He is just another crazed tea-bagger, stoked on too much tea and rheteric...

    September 6, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
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