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. Ari

    why is it always states with the most lax gun laws where these mass shootings take place? flies in the face of gun lobby claims.

    September 6, 2011 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • sheila

      B.S.

      September 6, 2011 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • vtguy

      You are an idiot.... nice to see that your recent labotomy has not stopped you from getting the facts straight

      September 6, 2011 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jamison

      Most mass shootings occur in Gun Free Zones sorry to break it to you.

      September 6, 2011 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dean Kracko

      why is is that liberal spineless judges keep turning these idiots loose. if everyone carried a gun, he would have been stopped cold after his first shot. I sure hope the police killed him or he offed himself. if not, guess who will let him loose down the road.

      September 6, 2011 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jason Croft

      You mean like the 48 plus shootings that occurred in NY city this weekend... Oh wait, they have some to the strictest laws. Oh well, there goes that theory.

      September 6, 2011 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • jmac

      This is not correct. Most mass shootings take place in locations where absolutely no guns are permitted – schools – colleges – shopping malls etc. In almost all cases, one legally armed citizen would have saved many lives. If you don't wish to believe me, check the facts for yourself. When you discover that i have spoken truthfully, if your opinion does not change, ask yourself this question; Why am I really against gun ownership? Seriously. I would love to hear the answer.

      September 6, 2011 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • theStugatz

      why is it that you can't legally own a gun in Mexico yet they're are gun murder occuring daily with fully automatic shootouts almost daily?

      you're a mo ron

      September 6, 2011 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • George

      Its ... not the states with the most lax gun laws...............Although you can take an anti-gun stance but at least tell a tail of truth. I grow tired of the numbers of people harmed by gun being exaggerated. People want to ban guns but do nothing about unsafe cross walks etc that kill many many more people! We spend billions on "security" that will not make people more secure but I can not get companies to put in safety devices that will save lives .... much more of an effect than any anti-gun law ever would have. I also can not get the government to adopt responsible taxation policies in a country were the poor are taxed into starvation .... which kills many many more people than any gun ever will.

      September 6, 2011 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Samuel

      You are in error. Long Island Railroad massacre in New York; or the MacDonalds massacre in California. Get your facts straight before you spout out.

      September 6, 2011 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thor

      ...but of course, in the states where gun laws are the most restrictive, we have planes, bombs, etc killing thousands instead. Gun possession was never meant to promote peace, harmony, and hunters rights through non-violence. If that's where you want to be, then become Amish. I prefer to dispatch someone/thing prior to them dispatching me. I like to live. I wonder..... hmmm how many concealed weapons carriers were in the IHOP at the time? Things may have been different don't ya think?

      September 6, 2011 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • McLoaded for Bear

      Ari, you may have missed the headline directly below this article about the 48 shootings in one weekend....wait for it...in NYC. No gun laws up thar, huh? With all them sophisticated un-gun totin liberals?

      September 6, 2011 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Aimer

      Dean Kracko, do they pay you to be so stupid? Or does it just come naturally?

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

      how do you explain NYC over the weekend? Strict gun laws and still 48 shootings. lets all blame the gun since it called out to this freakin loony toon to pick it up and begin firing at people... get real and try to start using that grey matter between your ears.

      September 6, 2011 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Teaser38

      Both in this shooting and the Gifford's shooting there were people carrying fire arms. It didn't make a difference

      September 6, 2011 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Dave

    I said I wanted Strawmberry Pancakes & extra syrup, dammit....blam blam blam

    September 6, 2011 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  3. guest

    So does that mean that drugs are not a problem either? I guess it's the people who take them. So why not make all drugs legal then. I'm tired on people being so hard headed when it comes to gun control. The problem is not with people having guns, it's with the wrong people having the wrong guns. If you want to protect your family, or go hunting, that's fine. But the guns that are being protected have no use in our society other than to kill other people.

    September 6, 2011 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jamison

      im confused what guns are you refering to? Fully auto weapons are illegal to own to all but a few civilians mostly instructors and collectors.

      September 6, 2011 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • jmac

      Well, actually, no. Drugs are not the problem, and as you say, it is the fault of the people who chose to take them. Do you honestly not understand that? But really, there is absolutely no similarity between guns and drugs in this type of discussion. If you have only studied one side of this argument you do not have all the information with which to make an informed decision. But that's not the fault of the facts – it's your fault for choosing to ignore them....

      September 6, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • guest

      Are you serious? Of course it's the people who use drugs. There would be no drug problem if people STOPPED using them. There would be no gun problem if people STOPPED using them to commit crimes. It's that simple. Please have all the facts before you post. It's about personal responsibility and values.

      September 6, 2011 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  4. mojcrt

    We can all keep saying, it's the people not the guns over and over again. Just don't tell that to someone who has lost a very important person in their life to a random shooting.

    September 6, 2011 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jamison

      your right im sure they blame the gun over the person responsible

      September 6, 2011 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lynn

      In my sarcasm I've said give babies a gun instead of a rattle, then we'd all be armed and it would be a beautiful world. How did the NRA get so powerful? I believe it started in the wild-west and Texas to be precise. The gun's make them more manly, otherwise Texas would be full of girlie men.

      September 6, 2011 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  5. true freedom

    just look at all the western countries (throw asian in there too, why not) that practice strict gun control and sure you see this stuff happening every decade or so, maybe even twice a decade, but Im reading about this every second week in the USA it seems. Yep, land of the free, cant even go for pancakes without worrying about some nut killing my family.

    September 6, 2011 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jamison

      If you dont like the 2nd Amendment then move to these countries with strict gun control, we have the 2nd Amendment that guarantees a persons right to own firearms and these rights SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED

      September 6, 2011 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • true freedom

      yes and as a result I can read about a mindless slaughter of innocents every other week on Cnn.com. God Bless that 2nd amendment.

      Unbelievable. You that is. Your ignorance is hard to fathom.

      September 6, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • George

      Yup lets look at them ... high taxes ..... government tells you when you can urinate .... if you disagree you will either be prevented from obtaining employment or banned from some other service .... Sorry but the government needs to be afraid of the people and the people need to have effective power to over-though that government when required.

      September 6, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • jmac

      Jamison's argument is simplistic but a fact. These are our laws. And many believe that if they were applied as intended, mass shootings would be much rarer. In Australia, for example, banning firearms led to absolutely no reduction in violent crime, including gun crime. Of course there's much more to it than that fact alone. But you are actually concluding the opposite extreme – that less guns in society equals less crime – with absolutely no evidence to indicate that that is true. If we could prove what we say – that the best defense against crime is a legally armed citizen, would that change your mind?

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

    Please dont troll on this blog. It isnt about pro and anti gun laws. It is just sad. Please send the families your positive thoughts.

    September 6, 2011 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • San

      Thank you, good sir. Families are grieving right now while we call each other names. Not right.

      September 6, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  7. JC

    Yeah Sue that would be the reason all those people were shot.
    True Feedom...Well said

    September 6, 2011 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  8. BC

    Let's get fact's straight here.NO JOB'S also NO HELP makes simple minded people do crazy thing's!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 6, 2011 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Aimer

      Of course! Obama's fault!!! I KNEW IT!

      By the way – "Let's get the facts straight" – You have no idea what the facts are with regard to why the shooting took place.

      September 6, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Greg

    See? If only more people there would've had guns... then more people could've been dead.

    September 6, 2011 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  10. mickeymo

    Medium well means medium well...damn-it.

    September 6, 2011 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  11. logikflux

    My mom got shot in the leg,... she now works at IHOP,...

    September 6, 2011 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  12. true freedom

    Normal people can go crazy for a few days too. Thats the problem. When the normal human gets too angryand has a gun in their drawer. Most normal people that need a few weeks to get a gun, would calm down and change their mind.

    You rarely hear of 'criminals' shooting hordes of innocents in the USA, its always the guy next door, the quiet student, the fired exec, the bullied teens, the disgruntled husband, etc.

    non existent headline: 'angry drug dealing gangster goes on rampage in IHOP'

    normally 'he was so normal and nice, we didnt expect this!'

    September 6, 2011 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • jmac

      Sorry, but again, this is not accurate. Drug dealers killing each other accounts for many more fatalities than 'regular guy goes crazy'. And in fact – many legal guns kill many criminals each and every day in America. Why does it not make the news? Only news agencies can answer that one my friend. Try hitting some police blotters or alternate reporting. CNN and Fox alone don't cut it.

      September 6, 2011 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  13. LDOP

    Another Tea Bagger who drank tooooo much of the Palin tea

    September 6, 2011 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jamison

      i think it was a Hoffa supporter answering his declaration of war on the Tea Party

      September 6, 2011 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  14. The5thSeal

    In my opinion :

    This is what happens when you have people like Jimmy Hoffa Jr. spewing violence from a pedistool !

    September 6, 2011 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • spiffy53

      could have been worse, hoffa could have put a bunch of targets on the internet in the form of crosshairs of a gun. oh, wait....... i guess that's what happens when you have people spewing violence from their make-up chair. in my opinion....

      September 6, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Frank Pierce

    If we could all carry firearms or other weapons with similar reach and speed this might be less of a problem.

    September 6, 2011 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Perry Redd

      Or...so is the answer to get rid of guns? Trust only the police with them, that way you KNOW who the bad guys are?

      September 6, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • thinkmuch?

      Dont ever say the answer is get rid of guns. Not only is it super easy to manufacture a gun, its very easy to make a homemade gun.

      Guns are here to stay, the answer is letting everyone have them.

      Even if this was the time when guns were invented and it was prohibited, they would have still been created and people would still do these things now.

      September 6, 2011 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hillwilliam

      Yeah.. just like in Nevada where such laws are in place.

      September 6, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Billy

      I think we would only see less killed/shot at one time but would see an increase in shootings. C'mon, this is the United States of America. We're a nation of reality tv starved people who can really care less about our neighbors. We're selfish... it's all about "Me, Me, Me, Me" and of course what others can do for you. "Pick yourself up by the bootstraps"

      We'd have no problem turning our .40 on someone because by golly, they have on a socialist t-shirt in MY TOWN....

      September 6, 2011 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Josh

      That's assuming that EVERYONE is a perfect marksman, and NEVER misses their target. Anything else, and you will have a free-for-all, with bullets flying in every direction because no one knows, in those split seconds, who are the bad guys and who are the good guys.

      In this case, you would have 20 or 30 people shot, instead of just 7. And you claim that's a better outcome.

      September 6, 2011 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • don't ever say get rid of guns? I'll say it

      your logic is deeply flawed, because it is easy to manufacture guns or to make a gun then they should be legal? bombs are easily manufactured. some of the biological warfare could be easy if we followed your logic.

      deeply flawed your thinking. Not here to stay, guns are an on going problem. Mexico is seeped deep in violence and U.S. has Mexico's blood on its hands

      September 6, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
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