Two National Guardsmen Killed in Nevada IHOP Shooting


A male victim, said be shot in the knee, is wheeled into Renown Medical Center in Reno Tuesday morning Sept. 6, 2011. He is one of the victims of a shooting at the I-HOP restaurant in Carson City. (Marilyn Newton/RGJ)

Three people were killed including two guardsmen at a Carson City IHOP today. The gunman pulled up into the lot and began shooting.
WRAL reported:

A gunman with a rifle opened fire at an IHOP restaurant in Nevada’s capital on Tuesday, wounding six people and himself and killing two uniformed National Guardsmen in a hail of gunfire during the morning breakfast hour, authorities and witnesses said.

A third person was killed in addition to the servicemembers, and the gunman was not expected to survive, said Carson City Sheriff Kenny Furlong.

It wasn’t immediately clear whether the gunman had any connection with the military or the guard, said Nevada National Guard Sgt. Mike Getten. He said guard members were meeting at the restaurant.

Witnesses said a man pulled up in a blue minivan around 9 a.m. at the IHOP restaurant in a strip mall on Carson City’s main street. He shot a man on a motorcycle, then walked inside the restaurant and started shooting, said Ralph Swagler, owner of Locals Barbecue in the same strip mall as the IHOP.

Swagler told the Reno Gazette-Journal that after several minutes, the man walked outside and began firing into the Locals Barbecue and an H&R Block in the strip mall.

Local FOX Reno reported that the gunman had no previous record.

The victim is ‘not’ dead, he is in the hospital not expected to survive but is still alive. He was believed to be driving in a blue mini van, registered locally but not sure to who. Authorities know who the vehicle is registered to. They’ve stated that the person doesn’t have a criminal record.

Previous reports of a second shooter are false.

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