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. Isis

    So sorry for the families !!!!!!!!!!

    All you people who write insensitive comments SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF YOURSELVES !!!!!!!! Shame on you !!!!!! You're no better than the sick person who did this, but without a gun. I pity our poor depraved Planet.

    September 6, 2011 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Tammy

    Now, explain it to me again.... The shooter was targeting the military members who were in uniform, or was he just randomly shooting? Years ago, when my dad was in the Marines, they were forbidden to wear their BDU's or other military uniform off installation and while off duty, now military members where their uniforms every where, maybe the military should go back to not allowing them to wear their uniforms off post, that way if this was a shooting targeted specifically at the military members, no one else can target our men and women in uniform?

    September 6, 2011 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  3. jp

    What the hell is wrong with you?

    September 6, 2011 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  4. kid

    Remember the guy that shot up Fort hood, or the guy who had a bomb in time square..who was that other guy that was'nt white...oh yeah media never talks about that...what a joke

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

    Maybe it was Hoffa's comment?

    September 6, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  6. PaulD

    @kl & Ioue- Moronic and inflammatory comments like yours make me realize that a civil in this country is inevitable. As an NRA supporter, I'm looking foward to it.

    September 6, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  7. HandfulOfPeter

    "if you wanna live to see tomorrow, you better start fryin em eggs a liitle bit better then what you been fryin em. Im tired of eatin sloppy slimy eggs."

    September 6, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Lou H

    All the more proof that Life threatening trouble can come anywhere, Anytime. Therefore, get a concealed
    carry permit, get good training, practice often, and never leave home without your gun. As for me, I would
    prefer to be a winner instead of a victim.

    September 6, 2011 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • MasterBlaster

      There wouldnt be a story if some other ccw person stopped him. Not for CNN anyway.

      September 6, 2011 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Holdupaminute

      So having a CCW makes you a "winner"?

      September 6, 2011 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Colossus

      even with a conceal weapon, the aggressor might attack you by surprise then what???

      September 6, 2011 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Guester

      Guns for protection would be a great idea.. if it worked.

      September 6, 2011 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Not All Docs Play Golf

      Geez...sounds like your former teachers didn't get any performance bonuses.

      September 6, 2011 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • ana

      And also when liberal fools disagree with your opinion or Obama is not doing enough about economy then lose control of your mind and shoot randomly with your gun in a random restaurant or dems rep/senetor meeting and kill innocent people.

      September 6, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  9. howard

    it was bushes fault...again...right!!!...he was the best damn pres since Regan..morons

    September 6, 2011 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      Irony, a guy who can spell "Reagan" and can't figure out the usage of the possessive "Bush's" calling people morons... lol.

      September 6, 2011 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Right

      Right. I don't like those Reagan morons either... like those that can't spell "Reagan".

      September 6, 2011 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chuck in Jasper,Ga

      Bush best President since Reagan? Only to an idiot.

      September 6, 2011 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  10. MasterBlaster

    An intruder was in the living room. Medina fired three shots. The intruder grunted loudly and ran out the door, collapsed and died. Police say the man had an extensive criminal record and was a suspect in other burglaries. (The Item, Sumter, S.C. 05/28/11). Another weekly story that you will never hear on CNN. CNN is biased, so what do you expect to hear from them?

    September 6, 2011 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  11. lk

    Maybe some compassion for the innocent victims of a shooter could be expressed here? Think a moment about how you would react if you got the phone call informing you your loved one/friend was gunned down today.

    September 6, 2011 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      On this blog? The average age is 16 and IQ about the same. Don't hold your breathe.

      September 6, 2011 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  12. show_us

    and yet you say the Tea Party are Terrorist?!?

    September 6, 2011 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Stacy

    "The Lone Gunman" The government's newest terrorist "boogeyman". This just really looks like a type of False Flag operation! Reinforcing the fear of terrorists and demonizing guns! Keep watching this story carefully, its just a little fishy!

    September 6, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  14. tom

    you are a fool!!

    September 6, 2011 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  15. sam

    You forgot to add 'fcking idiot' to your list.

    September 6, 2011 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
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