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. Ed Sr

    We have more and more "crazies" running loose is bad and it will get worse I'm sure. Could be terrorism.........could be the economy.......whatever it takes to make people crazy! Life is so valuable and it is being stolen dally allover this world.

    September 6, 2011 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Zak

    Why do they think the military personnel were targets!?
    Sounds to me like a guy just went postal, shooting at anyone inside this establishment. If the military personnel were his targets then why would he shoot other patrons and also shoot at an H&R building across the street?

    September 6, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Larry

    Sorry guys, I don't think this is about politics. I think the guy's wife is a waitress who he suspects is fooling around with a soldier and H&R Block screwed up his taxes. The guy on the mororcycle was a fat and old guy he was doing a favor.

    September 6, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Side effects include:

    Prescription meds were involved as always in these cases, count on it.

    September 6, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  5. MIP

    CNN please turn off the comments section! It breeds only hatred.

    September 6, 2011 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ann

      Amen. Either moderate these posts so the comment sections don't turn into swamps of hate speech, or discontinue the comment sections altogether.

      September 6, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Ross

    I was active duty for 7 years until recently when I chose to separate and I always used to ask / tell people that they (the military bases) should let all active duty carry weapons if they pass the tests. Seriously, only like 1% of people that work on base are armed. That makes no sense to me...It's just a matter of time before something happens again.

    September 6, 2011 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Cherries

    And you wonder why so many people carry concealed weapons. We should be able to go about our daily lives without worrying about wackos like this one, but we cannot.

    September 6, 2011 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  8. JohnQPublick

    This doesn't happen just in New York. It is a national epidemic.

    September 6, 2011 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  9. susan

    Mentally Ill...we need funding to take care of this type of problem! THIS IS NOT A GUN ISSUE!!

    September 6, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • JohnQPublick

      Right... it's a mentally ill person with a semi-automatic pea-shooter. Get real.

      September 6, 2011 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Tired

    Take the shooter, kill him, and move on.......spend no tax dollars keeping his sorry ass alive.

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

    This happens every week here in Orlando, FL. There is a robbery and shooting at a local Ihop all the time. Nothing new.

    September 6, 2011 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Richard

    Remember Luby's Cafeteria, October 16, 1991, Killeen, Texas.

    September 6, 2011 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  13. chang

    Same amount of crzies as one put it,...we just hear about all'of'em thanks to the net. This won't change we just have to be ready for the unexpected if at all possible. good luck....

    September 6, 2011 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Ronald Hussein Reagan

    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 as he stood on the gunman's neck..

    "He was still breathing," he added "but I don't think he will be doing so very much longer..

    September 6, 2011 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Kevin

    Don't spend any money keeping this lunatic alive, just smother him with a pillow now.

    September 6, 2011 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
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