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Sheriff: 3 Dead Following Shooting at Nev. Restaurant; Gunman Not Expected to Survive

Tuesday, 06 Sep 2011 02:11 PM

 

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CARSON CITY, Nev. — A man with a rifle opened fire at a Nevada IHOP restaurant on Tuesday morning, killing three and wounding seven people and himself, authorities and witnesses said.

The shooting happened at about 9 a.m. at the Carson City restaurant, located in a strip mall on the state capital's main street.

Carson City Sheriff Kenny Furlong said the gunman has been transported to a hospital "and is probably going to die." No names were released.

Witnesses said a man pulled up outside the IHOP in a blue minivan. He had a rifle and 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.

"This happens in third-world countries, not here," Swagler said.

Local and state police and FBI agents descended on the scene on South Carson Street, also called U.S. 395. Yellow tape surrounded the parking lot at the restaurant, which is near a Kohl's department store and across the street from a casino and hotel.

Renown Regional Medicare Center spokesman Dan Davis told The Associated Press four victims of the shooting were being treated at the hospital in Reno, but he said he could not discuss their condition or provide any other information.

Kurt Althof, public relations manager for Care Flight, told the Gazette-Journal three victims had been taken to the hospital by helicopter and that two were in critical condition.

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