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. dang656

    That is scary my school is like 3 minuets away....

    September 6, 2011 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Sandy

    My condolences to their families, May the Lord give them strenght and comfort for their loss.

    September 6, 2011 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  3. nationalguardsupporter

    Hate when things like this happen. Do have a ask what the military personnel were do there at that time of day when they should have been at work though. The NV Guard is very lax about letting people go to breakfast or take very long lunchs during working hours. Maybe they should not be allowed out in the communiity in uniform, if they were targeted because of the uniform, it would be a smart thing to do.

    September 6, 2011 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • what

      Yes, they should stop eating altogether. I do also have a ask: how high are you right now?

      September 6, 2011 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  4. S. Torka

    Find out where the killer's gun brought at and fine that place for letting a crazy person using it on others and for not checking his background and behaviors at the time.
    -Find out this killer's past life. You'll find your answers there. Otherwise, just torture him to get the real motive. (If he is still alive?) I don't know. He did killed innocent lives, why not do things to him?

    September 6, 2011 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  5. SAMMIE51

    I don't care if he's a teabag, republican, democrat, member of the communist party, a socialist, or has NEVER voted. Whoever opens fire on innocent strangers in a public place is crazy and should NOT have access to guns at all. I am sure the military men had weapons on them and if not, why not? More people die in a day in this country than die in a week in our current wars. If the military had guns on them, they didn't use them. Yes, it is great to live in an open and free society where every nutbag in town is carrying a gun and the only requirement to play in this land of the free is a 45 automatic. That's real freedom.

    September 6, 2011 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Trevor

    Republicans. Stop targeting our congress and our military. First Gabby Giffords, now the military. When is the right wing going to stop. Gun control is necessary. t

    September 6, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Simpsonsdidit

      And when a crazy does this with a knife, or a chain saw, then what? What about a spear? Do we need spear control? Some lady drowned her children in a bathtub in Texas. We need bathtub control!

      September 6, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  7. WoI Admin

    Very sad. My condolences to the families who suffered losses in this senseless attack.

    September 6, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anna

      . My condolences to the families who suffered losses .This community is shocked ,this is a beautiful town.
      to all the Men & Women in the Guard & thier families who have lost a friend please know my prayers are with you also.

      September 6, 2011 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  8. ToreeW

    The people who do these things.... I wonder if they are surprised when they arrive in Hell?

    September 6, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  9. infonomics

    Embittered ex-employee.

    September 6, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  10. JOSE

    can someone tell us was this another muslim attacking our military people??? why no name??

    September 6, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Zartan X

      Don't be a turd Jose...

      September 6, 2011 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • SAMBO

      @JOSE I'd like to know the same thing and so would some of the other professional people I work with

      September 6, 2011 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jenny

      I live in carson city and no he was a white man!

      September 6, 2011 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
  11. NamCbtVet

    Another runamuck gunslinger on a rampage in the wild west. Since he reduced the possibility of further damage by shooting himself, will the NRA give him a posthumous Good Citizen Award?

    September 6, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  12. sf

    How's that 2nd amendment remedy working for ya'll out in Nevada?

    September 6, 2011 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wil Klusovsky

      48 People were shot in NYC over the weekend and they have some of the most restrictive gun control laws in the country. Leave your simpleton, misinformed comments out during a time of grief, loser.

      My condolences to the families. There will always be idiots in the world.

      September 6, 2011 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Anon

    National Guard: The Few, the Well-Fed, The Dead.

    September 6, 2011 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cinthia

      You are so ignorant. Its really sad that you think that way of our military man.

      September 6, 2011 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
  14. jorge palma

    all u ppl are gay

    September 6, 2011 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • what

      Gosh, thanks for chiming in, Jorge.

      September 6, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Shawn

    Somebody already said it guns don't kill people! People kill people. If there never were any guns they would still figure out how to kill each other! And no, you cannot legislate morality! Liberal idiots!

    September 6, 2011 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
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