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. Galactic Cannibal

    "This happens in third-world countries, not here," witness Ralph Swagler told the Reno Gazette-Journal.

    And who says the USA is not a third world country. Every year in the USA 13,500 residents are murdered. That is 4 times the number of people killed in the 9/11 attack. And since 9/11 , a total of 135,000 Residents in the USA have been murdered. The vast majority killed in ones and twos in their homes , offices factories etc, But only when its a high murder number do our trashy media feed on it for the masses, who guzzle watery light beer and chew 3000 cal. hamburgers, and stare at the NFL TV matches. Oh yeh we are not a third world country my *ss.

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

      Keep in mind this happened in NEVADA. Take everything witnesses say with a pinch a salt.

      September 6, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  2. SamSkwirl

    I think the Ihop should get rid of the iraq, chineese, russian and cuban flags or this will happen again.

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

      What part of "International" is mysterious to you? You know, as in "International House of Pancakes." Are you proposing they change their name to "American-Only House of Pancakes.?

      September 6, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • JomoDaMusicMan

      What about the White KKK, Aryan Nation and the Pure Racist RedNecks. They have been going around America for over a Century Beating, Whipping, Lynching, Murdering BLacks. The American Government has gone all around the Globe placing various Organizations on the terrorist Lists but refuses to place these home grown terrorists on any list because they are White. The leaders of these groups are always on the Radio such as RUSH LEMBAUGH, GLENN BECK AND THE TEA PARTY

      September 6, 2011 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Polecat

    Description of shooter? Ethnicity? This is significant due to military victims and closeness to 9/11.

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

      No it's not!! You're just looking for a minority group to blame.

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

      Most likely a middle aged white male. anybody surprised?

      September 6, 2011 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  4. passing the time @ work

    so sad...prayers to all those effected.

    September 6, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jamison

    let me ask you gun control advocates something, How do you propose that a 90lb woman will defend herself from a 250 lb man intent on harming her. (Mace isnt 100% guarenteed)

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

      Plenty of guns in Nevada, gun control disarming the public is not an issue here.

      September 6, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jamison

      well if you listen to gun control advocates they want complete disarmerment

      September 6, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Mark

    GUNS don't kill people!! PSYCHOS holding the guns do.

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

      Not true....
      I've had a gun for over 25 years and it's never harmed another human being.

      September 6, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  7. matt b

    Yea, reading some this just makes me realizes how idiotic people are. Gun control is impossible. The guy that suggested a longer waitin period is retarded because most people that do this are just normal people that are pushed beyond their limits THAT ALREADY OWN A GUN. And if u want one that bad I could get one illegally in 2 hours so long story short people are gonna do this regardless just stfu nd show the victims of this tragedy som gd respect nd stop preaching on why u think u should own a gun

    September 6, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  8. SamSkwirl

    one continental breakfast can ruin your whole day..

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

      You really are a fvck!ng doosh bag.

      September 6, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  9. mary

    A prayer for the families of the deceased and wounded. All other posted comments are silly and totally without regard to human suffering. Shame on those ridiculous posts.

    September 6, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Greg

    "Penalty for being caught with a gun => mandatory (the judge doesn't have a choice) death sentence"

    Really ? They couldn't just cane the guy ?

    That sounds draconian.

    September 6, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jamison

      right so if you find one on the floor and pick it up and get caught they execute you. Yeah lets make the U.S. like that

      September 6, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Reggie

      You get caned for theft, molestation, etc.

      If you like to shoot, u can go to the shooting ranges, and submit the guns back when u leave

      Gun-free zones cannot be ensured by monetary penalties or minor physical pain

      September 6, 2011 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Reggie

      @Jamison: you don't "find one on the floor". If you do, just walk away.

      September 6, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jamison

      no thanks ill stick to my country where they allow private ownership.

      September 6, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  11. VillageIdiot

    One of the bystanders inside released this statement following the tragic aftermath.

    "iHop over the table man, and didn't get shot man, so f&^*ing crazy man..."

    September 6, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  12. usaIS BANKRUPT

    civil WAR: USA WILL TAX HEAVILY ITS POOR PEOPLE TO BAIL OUT RICH, THERE WILL BE CIVIL WAR IS 2015 IN USA, NOTE THIS, USA IS A FAILED DEMOCRACY, THERE IS INEQUALITY AND MISTRUST, US IS SICK AND BANKRUPT. THE WORLD LOST HOPE IN US AND ITS $

    September 6, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • JomoDaMusicMan

      SOUNDS LIKE A FAILING EMPIRE. NERO IS FIDDLING WHILE ROME IS BURNING

      September 6, 2011 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Nedly

    @Jamison:
    Don't be a 90lb women marrying a 250lb man, idiot.

    September 6, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jamison

      lmao. Ok thats one way.

      September 6, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  14. CdnKen

    I love how everyone says...if everyone had a gun then the shooter would have been stopped. You know what...everyone does have a gun...and I NEVER hear about anyone standing up to save the day. If you have guns to protect yourselves...then why do so many people die and why does the gunman always turn the gun on himself. Everyones response to anti gun laws is "its not the guns its the people" So this will just keep happening because no one wants to fix the laws. It's like you live in the wild west down there. You know...back in the day it was OK to carry guns. It was also OK to carry swords at one time. It was also OK to marry your sister. Sometimes people/laws NEED to change. We dont live in medieval times anymore.

    September 6, 2011 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jamison

      no we dont but we do live in an increasing hostile society, where drugs, poverty, etc. turn people desperate. And being defensless isnt my idea of being safe

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

      So the solution to an increasingly hostile environment is "more guns"?

      September 6, 2011 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jamison

      no its prosecute the criminals, not punish law abiding citizens, taking away a persons right to self defense is not a right way to do things

      September 6, 2011 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • CdnKen

      Most criminals just end up turning the gun on themselves nowadays. So prosecution isn't working. Gun laws the way they are dont work. How about a solution that WORKS? How about banning guns altogether and "trying" it out for a few years? There is already factual statistics that shows it can work. And if gun crime doesn't go down....then call me wrong and revert back to the regular laws. I'll still take that bet. But I also live in a country where I would never think about getting shot at an iHOP.

      September 6, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • cwize

      Plenty of stories of gun owners protecting themselves, their families, their neighbors, their property. They just don't make the mainstream news (unless there's an angle that the lawful gun owner "went too far" as in the Joe Horn case in Houston). An NRA publication (hardly a neutral party, admitted) called "America's First Freedom" chronicles successful defense cases in every issue.

      September 6, 2011 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • guest

      Yeah, ban guns. Go as Mexico how that's working out.

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

      @guest
      Why Mexico...why couldnt you pick a country where it WORKS?

      September 6, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Kristal

    people need 2 pull the trigger of a gun to get a firing reaction need more be said' the gun is just the instrument be it used 4 good or evil people kill people not gun's

    September 6, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jamison

      exactly a gun laying down is an inanimate object. It cannot do harm on its own.

      September 6, 2011 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
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