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. Feast of Beast

    If the thought of other people with guns doesn't scare whacko killers like this, then how come no ever shoots up a police station? Could it be because they know they'd last about 2 seconds? These killers are counting on not being shot themselves (at least until they get a decent body count), that's why they target unsuspecting persons that they assume won't be carrying a gun. Unfortunately, they are usually right. Luby's Cafeteria in Killeen Texas was a perfect example. The law wouldn't allow people to carry concealed there and the shooter knew it. It was massacre.

    September 6, 2011 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Hunter

    Hey "a person of interest", why are you naming only Democrats when you ask "how's that working for you?". No one has unarmed soldiers nor even passed one piece of legislation to restrict guns in any way, even though semi-automatic assault rifles should be outlawed completely and forever!!

    September 6, 2011 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Really People?

    first off my sympathies and prayers go out to the families of the victims.
    but does anyone really think that a man who's going to commit premeditated murder, a crime punishable by death or life in prison, is going to care about some unlawful gun charge? gun control only hurts the law abiding citizens not the criminals.

    September 6, 2011 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  4. JomoDaMusicMan

    OBAMA, u wasted too much time on trying to be too Bi-partisan. Keeping Bush & Chaney's secretary of Defense was just plain & simply foolish. Federal Reserve Chariman Bernecke was also a mistake, he was also appointed by Bush Chaney Administration. Why would any reasonable intelligent person put Saboteurs in their cabinet. MR PREZ, just keep trying to please the people who hate u, like the Palin supporters & Tea Baggers. Then people like me who have always supported you is probably going to Boycott the 2012 elections.

    September 6, 2011 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Christina H

      So you think Obama was the shooter you idiot? Go post your political opinion on an article that cares. This event invokes three deaths and 6 wounded. I'm pretty positive they and their families not thinking "this is obamas fault"... You arrogant child.

      September 6, 2011 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Voice of Reason

      You realize this is an article that involves 0 politics, right? especially not politics on a Federal level

      September 6, 2011 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jackie

      What the heck does this have to do with the article? Are you blaming Obama in some way for what happened?

      September 6, 2011 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Allan

      And what does your random rambling about the president have anything to do with this shooting?

      September 6, 2011 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brad

      So you're going to boycott the elections? I'm sure our officials are shaking in their boots. And for the love of God... check your spelling.

      September 6, 2011 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Matt

    AND HERE IT STARTS terrorists killing Military men on U.S soil.. Lets let them all come over!....

    September 6, 2011 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • seriouslyomg

      You don't know anything about this person! You have no details! So why do you say "come on over"! Jumping the gun a little, eh?

      September 6, 2011 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brad

      Just try to get a grip...

      September 6, 2011 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Dennis

    I'm a gun-owner and It saddens me to see that idiots like that shooter put innocent people in harm, even kill them for no reason AND put a bad image on people like me, who are responsible gun-owners. My prayers go out to the families, to the victims. I'm thankful that no child was hurt. I have to add that in the world of today, we encounter many dangers, some come from Muslim extremists and some from idiots, like this particular person is.

    September 6, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • rick

      i am not a gun owner. however, i have no problem with responsible gun owners. irresponsible ones scare the hell out of me

      September 6, 2011 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Gsus

    I dont like there pancakes anyhow.

    September 6, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • seriouslyomg


      September 6, 2011 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • IloveMuslims

      Next time I go to IHOP I'm going to order pancakes with a side of DUCK!

      September 6, 2011 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Mmmmm

    The shooter did his Bush's bring-it-own-assault in response to Hoffa's comments we gotta get those sons-of-a-beiotches tea party out...

    September 6, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Terry

      Quit living in the past Bush has been out of office for all most three years.

      September 6, 2011 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Robita

    Gun laws... They work. See, if you don't have them every crazy nutcase get's one! Why don't they have this problem in countries with strict gun laws?

    September 6, 2011 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Terry

      They do. It is they use knives, sticks, rope, cars, anything other than guns.

      September 6, 2011 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • In NC

      Oh, you mean like in Norway? A nutjob is a nutjob no matter where they're located.

      September 6, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • ThirtyFiveMike

      You mean, like Norway?

      September 6, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Smokingman

      Those less efficient methods of mass killing....

      September 6, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • rick

      terry: with most ot the items you mention, the assailant has to be close to his or her victim. not so much with guns

      September 6, 2011 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Edward

    We who were born and raised here, are the minority in this sprawling place of new residents, legal and illegal. It's not the same town it used to be. I grieve for those who lost their loved ones because of this misbegotten person..

    September 6, 2011 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  11. LCCatFan

    It's so sad that someone did not have a CCW permit and a full magazine.

    September 6, 2011 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Smokingman

      They could have been the first to go then....

      September 6, 2011 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • cyg

      I know, then we could have double the body count, himself included because you wouldn't know who the original shooter was. More proof why GOP has no business running anything in this country.

      September 6, 2011 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  12. phearis

    THIS JUST IN! GOP and Tea Party Blame Obama!

    September 6, 2011 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Terri

      And the libs blame Bush, Palin and the Tea Party.... or haven't you bothered reading most of the comments? When it comes down to it, the only person to blame is the gunman.

      September 6, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  13. USMC

    Would you like some 9mm rounds with your pancakes and hash browns.

    September 6, 2011 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  14. LuisWu

    Probably a teabagger nut job.

    September 6, 2011 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Smokingman

      Most likely, but the 'liberal' media will cast this idiot as a mentally troubled person of no real political slant.......

      September 6, 2011 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Rob

    "I ordered STUFFED French Toast!!! Now you all have to GO!"

    The fact he shot servicemen is sick. The article doesn't give me enough other information to say more, such as racial motivated (white shoooter, black marines), or religiously motivated(Sgt. Al Heshien and cpl. Il Sharif gunned down by a man with a cross tattooed above his left eye). So, it must've been the food!

    September 6, 2011 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
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