CARSON CITY, Nevada — A man with an automatic rifle opened fire at an IHOP restaurant in Nevada’s capital on Tuesday, killing two National Guard members, another person and himself in a hail of gunfire during the morning breakfast hour, authorities and witnesses said.
Six people were wounded in the attack. The suspect, who hasn’t been identified, apparently acted alone and died at a hospital in Reno, officials said. Authorities weren’t saying whether the attack targeted the Guard members, who were meeting at the restaurant in a strip mall on Carson City’s main street.
One of the Guard members killed was a man; the other was a woman, authorities said.
Witnesses said the gunman pulled up in a blue minivan around 9 a.m. and shot a man on a motorcycle, then walked inside the restaurant and started shooting. He then walked outside and fired shots at a barbecue restaurant and an H&R Block in the strip mall, and a casino across the street.
“I don’t know what’s happening to my city,” Fran Hunter, who works at a Sierra Le Bone, a pet shop just north of the IHOP, told the Reno Gazette-Journal. “This happens in L.A. or Las Vegas but not here.”
Carson City Sheriff Kenny Furlong said officers received a call about the gunfire and responded within minutes. He said the suspect was wounded and lying in the parking lot when they arrived at the scene.
Furlong added the person who was shot on the motorcycle also was alive when officers arrived, and was transported to a hospital