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. sundown

    To ArI: They don't always happen at places with "weak" gun laws. See the report on New York city shootings over the Labor Day weekend. NYC has the most restrictive gun laws in the US, along with DC. And the highest gun crime rates, along with DC.

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

      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 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • caw

      But the states around NY have pretty lax laws. So it is fairly easy to get a gun in a different state and bring it to NYC.

      September 6, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Perry Redd

    bet he was a "responsible" gun owner...I can't wait to hear the NRA explain this away–AGAIN!

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

      Why would the NRA have to explain this away? They did not do it? This was a crazy person who could just have well burned the place or made a homemade bomb and killed even more people. Should we all disarm because of the looney tunes?

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

      What exactly are they supposed to explain away? A criminal obtained a weapon and used it. It happens everyday. Learn to think

      September 6, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mosin Nagant

      This guy was oviously a criminal.Therefor even if there were total gun bans he would have likely still got a gun and did this (because criminals don't care what the law is. Gun restrictions only restrict law abiding citizens from protecting themselves from nuts like this.

      September 6, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • NRA out in force

      it is too bad you don't see what happens with everyone who wants a gun having a gun

      I have lived in a country where that was the case, deaths go up

      is the gun sliinger western the type of life you see for the U.S., it appears so

      and the beacon on the hill slides further into the muck

      September 6, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Milton

    If everyone was armed, how many would have been shot??? I am sure these well trained citizens in the heat of the moment while eating blueberry pancakes would be able to identify the gunman in question and not some other well trained citizen. If this lunatic did not have a gun, how many would have been shot?? If this lunatic did not have a "semi-automatic" weapon, how many would have been shot.

    I am all for gun ownership for hunting or home protection. But lets be real...Do you need a semi automatic weapon for home defense??? If so, I bet you hiding somethin illegal in your home

    September 6, 2011 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • logikflux

      Semi-Auto is usefull for home and personal defense. If someone is breaking into my house, that last thing I want to do is stop and reload after missing the first time, b/c I am crapping my pants b/c someone is breaking into my house.

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

      We are armed to protect ourselves against our government, our forefathers meant for us to be able to rebel in the face of tyranny. I REFUSE to give up my rights to criminals, deal with the people not the tool....

      September 6, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Zomberry

      I don't think a lot of you know what "semi-automatic" even means.

      And news flash for those of you screaming that we need to take all the guns away: Bad guys ignore laws. The only people you would disarm are those of us that follow the law. If making something illegal completely removes the damage caused then why do we still have such a huge drug problem?? It doesn't work.

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

      Are you confusing full auto with semi-automatic? In a home defense situation I do not want to worry about having to chamber another round if the first shot does not stop the bad guy. Semi-automatic is completely legitimate. As it is for duck hunting as well. You don't get much time to get three shots off for a lot of birds.

      September 6, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • news flash for the NRA

      not everyone is as rational or as well trained as you

      the reality will not be more law abiding citizens protecting themselves, the reality will be more death

      September 6, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
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    September 6, 2011 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  5. TODAY

    that's what happens when waffles do not come out good

    September 6, 2011 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Perry Redd

      When my pancakes are muffed up, I'm bringing out the AK!

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

      guess he should have gone to the Waffle House instead....

      September 6, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Nedly

    Jamison, I'm sure he WASN'T a criminal until he walked into the IHOP and started shooting!

    September 6, 2011 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Perry Redd

      Of course not...he was a "responsible" gun owner. We have to watch the "criminals."

      September 6, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jamison

      oh so now we are gonna punish people because of something they might do in the future.

      September 6, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Perry Redd

      We do that all the time...say, with current federal drug laws (called "conspiracy")

      September 6, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Mmmmm

    If every customer threw those five glass bottles of IHOP pancake syrup on their table at the gunner he would have been greeted with at least 150 would have been a sticky situ for him instead of those poor victims...

    September 6, 2011 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  8. natas

    There's millions of gun owners in canada and they don't shoot 14000 ppl a year. GUNS DONT KILL PEOPLE DO!!!!! What if he ran em down with his car, make cars illegal?

    September 6, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  9. American Thunder

    Ari ..........maybe it was the illegal mexicans............ that have over run the state.
    Or better still maybe it was OBAMA's Fast and Furious program that gave him the gun.

    September 6, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jamison

    if guns are the problem how come Switzerland doesnt have this problem that nation has some of the highest gun ownership in the world. And they have fully auto weapons.

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

      Norway didn't have that problem either 'til Anders Breivik got a gun (LOTS of guns)

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

    "If you consider that there has been an average of 160,000 troops in the Iraq Theater of operations during the past 22 months, and a total of 2112 deaths, that gives a firearm death rate of 60 per 100,000 soldiers.

    The firearm death rate in Washington, DC is 80.6 per 100,000 for the same period. That means you are about 25 per cent more likely to be shot and killed in the US capital which has some of the strictest gun control laws in the U.S., than you are in Iraq.

    Conclusion: The U.S. should pull out of Washington.

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

      Dean that is because the entire DC population consists of untrained MONKEYS not people. When you give a monkey a gun, well...... We do not have that problem where I live and we have very laid back firearm laws and plenty of firearms. Inner city populations act like monkeys, its a fact!

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

      DC just needs better psychologists and physiatrists to start dosing all those crazy people with drugs to euthanize them. Or maybe just tranquilize them because people get all upset about putting down crazy worthless humans that don't have a place in society.

      September 6, 2011 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Perry Redd

      Hahahaha...that's great! Or maybe guns should pull out of the U.S.?

      September 6, 2011 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Randy, tough to type with that burning cross behind you

      how do you see the keyboard through the small eye holes of the pillow case?

      September 6, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • PaulMc1981

      @Randy Wilson,
      Nice comment. With words like that, you're not doing much to combat the stereotype of gun-owners as right-wing fanatics with racist tendencies.

      September 6, 2011 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Terrance Wood

    May God bless those injured. May He bless those that lost their lives. :/

    September 6, 2011 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Mmmmm

    ...I don't like ihop anyways...everything is soooo sickly sweet. It's crackhouse for those who enjoy diabetic comas...

    September 6, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  14. chris

    making guns illegal to own means ONLY criminals and cops would have them. you cannot un-invent the gun. They exist. criminals will have them regardless of their legality.

    September 6, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hillwilliam

      In Nevada you're allowed to carry, so I'm not sure what your point is here.

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

      Great point...hard to unspill milk, but you gotta start somewhere...unfortunately, the problem is manufacturing guns. In a capitalist society, folks ain't gonna STOP making money, so guns are here to stay.

      September 6, 2011 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Logic

      That's funny Perry. This guy was armed with a Kalashnikov series rifle. Produced by the Soviets and all their communist/socialist allies around the world. In fact, one of the reasons the Soviets went broke is that they gave all Latin America, Africa, and Asia with enough AKs to arm the world twice over and killed their own market.

      September 7, 2011 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
  15. Johan Fruh

    Unfortunately, bad things such as these are going to happen.
    They happen in all countries.

    But it doesn't mean we should facilitate it.

    Having a gun gives most people a sense of power. And everybody gets very very angry now and then.
    What happens when you got a very very angry person, who feels he's in power thanks to his gun?

    We get them same thing in little neutral Switzerland. Almost all gun related tragedies are related to the guns every man can have at home, the army being a militia.

    And to all those who say we should arm more people to DEFEND from the other armed people.....
    Just compare the number of "heroic" moments, where a man managed to save his family thanks to his gun,
    and the horrible tragedies due to every idiot having a gun at home....
    The comparison is probably like 1 : 1000....

    But I guess that doesn't matter. What matters is that YOU... yes you, common powerless person, who gets walked on by his boss, laughed at by collegues, ignored by women.... YOU should have the possiblity of feeling what power is!
    Even if it's just a little while, in your room, feeling that gun resting in your hands.... for that little moment, you have the impression that your destiny is truly in your hands.

    Try playing World of Warcraft instead.... please.... for the good of society.

    September 6, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Perry Redd

      Agreed wholeheartedly JF...

      September 6, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • San

      Yes, I am with you. Thank you for your well worded post.

      September 6, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • PaulMc1981

      Well said.

      September 6, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
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