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. Jeff

    More concealed carry permits to law abiding citizens, not less!!

    September 6, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • dave

      Right,.,, good idea champ.. so we can have the good old shootouts at O.K. Corral and kill a few more innocents.

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

      2-nd Amendement and NRA works great for US. We have one of the the highest gun death rates in the world.

      September 6, 2011 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • guest

      dave, if you were sitting there are you saying that you'd rather sit down with the gunman and reason with him explaining about how "killing people" is not good and that he should not shoot you or your family? Sorry, I'd rather have the ability to defend myself and my family. Contrary to popular belief people who can legally purchase and carry a gun are usually better trained. It would be a tragedy if someone innocent was in the path if a person with a CCW who decided to shoot the killer, but then again, it's all a tragedy because the killer was killing people.

      September 6, 2011 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • guest

      Simon C, yeah and so do all of our laws that say it's illegal to KILL PEOPLE. Also, how about the awesome "don't drink and drive" law. DUI deaths per year are NO JOKE. Guns don't kill people, the person holding it and pulling the trigger makes that decision. Guns, cars, knives do not makes decisions.

      September 6, 2011 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Quid Malmborg in Plano, TX

      That's assuming a sober, gun-carrying individual is there when an incident occurs, can calmly react to the situation without injuring innocent bystanders, and effectively neutralize the suspect without getting themselves injured. Not always the case. That's asking responsible individuals to effectively deputize themselves, Just some thoughts. Not that I disagree.

      ~Quid Malmborg in Plano TX

      September 6, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Nedly

    I know, because you're not the Mmmmm I directed my comment at. Nice try, troll.

    September 6, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      Nedly is a knows nothin' fool...

      September 6, 2011 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jamison

    you disarm the population and a flash mob breaks out, How will you defend yourself? Are you content with getting assaulted. I'm not. What if the government went tyrannical? How will you defend your inalienable rights?

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

      Not the "tyranical government" argument again.

      Look, the government has tanks and gunships and artillery. A bunch of gun nuts will not last long. The idea that we have gun rights to prevent government tyranny is just wrong. Think about it for 1 minute and you'll realize how ridiculous it is.

      September 6, 2011 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jamison

      that was one of the reasons of the 2nd Amendment, and how did that theory work out in Vietnam, Afghanistan, Asymmetrical warfare will allow a smaller group to defeat a larger superior force. Guerrilla warfare is the most effective way to wage combat against a superior enemy.

      September 6, 2011 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Junebug

      Ha ha, never mind. I no read good.

      September 6, 2011 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Mike Collins

    i have many Muslim friends and the fact they did not mention the race or heritage of this shooter tells me he is another Christian, caught in one prob a love triangle, petty minds commit petty crimes, and yes this is petty

    September 6, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tante Waileka

      Interesting... but that is the opposite of what I think, having lived and worked in muslim countries (unfortunately). It wasn't a love triangle that caused this massacre, it was an insane guy. Also, whatever he is, he is NOT a 'christian', because being a member of God's people, he would not have been able to commit this act. The fact that he shot a number of national guards is very sad. Had I been in the restaurant... and he did not shoot me first, I would have killed him with my 44. ... and I'm in my 60s. I also don't pretend to be a christian. I am someone who knows how to keep myself safe... and owning a gun is part of that 'how to'.

      You can have all the muslim 'friends' you like, but you have no idea how much you cannot trust muslims. I also have muslim 'friends' but only because I know to keep my friends close and my ENEMIES closer.

      September 6, 2011 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Junebug

      I don't really understand your point. Are your Muslim friends telepathic and know the thoughts of all other Muslims? Or do they actually have connections that are involved in the violent side of Islam?

      September 6, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Junebug

      Oh wait, never mind. I took your comment the wrong way.

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

    HOW ABOUT???
    This is a tragedy of the worst sort where our men in uniform, who deserve nothing but our praise and admiration, have been targeted by a maniac. As have other innocent people.

    Don't make this a name-calling match when innocent people have been shot, injured and killed by a psychopath. Condolences to the loved ones.

    September 6, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jamison

      everyone shares their condolences for the loved ones and speedy recovery to the ones only wounded

      September 6, 2011 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Aimer

      Oh yeah, it's so much worse if you were shot and you were a military person. Wow.

      September 6, 2011 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  6. boogietime

    What, did they run out of syrup?

    September 6, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  7. r-hope

    Very Tragic. The armed forces should never be insecure at home...and out in Afghanistan.... Very tragic indeed.

    September 6, 2011 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Pointless1

    I've wanted to open fire sometimes too because without fail, they always mess my order up...

    September 6, 2011 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • John Thomas

      Yeah ... me too.

      I won't go near an IHOP any more.

      Now customers are going there to get even for whatever their cause is.

      I have to admit that if a conceal carry citizen was present, happened to be a former elite combat soldier and drew his/her pistol, the end may have been different, maybe not. If customers began to run toward a neutral exit away from the gunman and a trained and armed conceal carry citizen drew his/her weapon, he may be misread by fleeing customers to be a second gunman whom they might believe that he/she was going to begin shooting at them, their flight might end up placing more targets in front of the actual shooter and murderer. Best scenario: the CCH citizen kills the gunman and saves the day. Worst scenario: the CCH citizen takes ten shots at the killer, misses the him and hits five fleeing citizens inadertantly. The CCH citizen turns out to be an off duty FBI agent who took too many low percentage shots in his/her excitement.

      If no US Citizen carried a CC handgun, a mentally deranged shooter would have his/her way during a murderous attack. They may even convince the fleeing citizens to stop where they are, then kill everyone systemattically. If every US Citizen carried a CC handgun, not even a mentally deranged killer would carry out their attack in a crowd. If he/she did, they might get a shot or two off before they are riddled with bullet hits on their life and put down like a rabid dog.

      The end game is that we get back what we invest our self into. A safer America. A fearful America. You choose!

      Tic Toc, TIC TOC. Are you a sane adult American. Well then, get your CCH, train, train, train with your pistol and be ready to serve every where you go. GO USA, I love you.

      September 6, 2011 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  9. deanna

    can't wait for the idenity of the shooter to be released. This has lone wolf written all over it.

    September 6, 2011 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  10. johnnycakes

    I will have the pancakes hold the gunshot wounds please.....

    September 6, 2011 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Junebug

    This is why we need increased IHOP control. I know, I know, "when you outlaw IHOP only the outlaws will have IHOPs."

    September 6, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  12. willy

    It's amazing how one anti-gun comment can get you right wingers so fired up. You all sound very insecure to me.
    Also you seem to have too much time on your hands. You are probably just white trash on welfare.

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

      Our freedom IS worth fighting for. It's not about insecurity, it's about liberty. Laws cannot save people from the actions of others. DUI's do more damage than firearms and we have laws against driving drunk. Killing is illegal. People do stupid things and today no one seems to take any pride in being a human being, an American and someone who values life and our freedoms. Tools like guns, drugs, alcohol and cars are not, nor ever will be the problem. it will always be people. Do yourself a favor and go pick up something as simple as an extension cord at the store someday. There are so many labels on that thing saying Warning, Shock Hazard, Danger, Death, etc. but they cannot protect people from themselves. No amount of laws will curtail a criminal. They don't obey laws, it will only hurt the law abiding. And in the extension cord case, causes us all to have to clip off a zillion warnings just to use the damn thing.

      September 6, 2011 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  13. RJHood

    Man we send our young men and women off to battle in other countries and when they come home they get killed by some fruitcake? What is the nation coming to???

    September 6, 2011 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  14. BruceC828

    We need a lot more facts but for now we send condolances to the famlies are in our thoughts and prayers.

    September 6, 2011 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  15. you gotta be kidding me....

    I'm truly amazed at how when a black athlete shoots (allegedly) and kills a black woman in atlanta, all everyone is talking about is blacks are so violent, commit the most crimes and the woman must have been on welfare and had no business out at 10:00 because she had kids. When a white person goes on a rampage and kills multiple people, all you do is debate about gun control. These mass killings happen like every other week yet nobody says boo about them or the killer. My question is statistically, how does this go in the books? one crime or several? i believe they categorize it as one crime contributing to the skewed stats of inner city crimes. 15 people commit 15 individual crimes in the inner city but one person in suburbia kills 15 and its classified as one crime. what is the difference?

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