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4 dead, 6 hurt after shooting at US restaurant

 Officers look through a bullet-damaged window of an IHOP restaurant in Carson City, Nev. on Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011. Seven people were wounded after a...
 Map locates Carson City where a gunman opens fire at an IHOP restaurant
 Carson City Sheriff Ken Furlong, center, and Undersheriff Steve Albertson, right, confer at the scene of a shooting at an IHOP restaurant in Carson C...
 With bullet holes seen in a window, officers look for evidence at the scene of a shooting at an IHOP restaurant in Carson City, Nev. on Tuesday, Sept...
 Emergency personnel talk to an unidentified woman as they respond to a shooting at an IHOP restaurant in Carson City, Nev. on Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011....
 Emergency personnel respond to a shooting at an IHOP restaurant in Carson City, Nev. on Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011. Seven people were wounded after a gun...

IHOP Shooting

Officers look through a bullet-damaged window of an IHOP restaurant in Carson City, Nev. on Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011. Seven people were wounded after a...

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Map locates Carson City where a gunman opens fire at an IHOP restaurant

IHOP Shooting

Carson City Sheriff Ken Furlong, center, and Undersheriff Steve Albertson, right, confer at the scene of a shooting at an IHOP restaurant in Carson C...

APTOPIX IHOP Shooting

With bullet holes seen in a window, officers look for evidence at the scene of a shooting at an IHOP restaurant in Carson City, Nev. on Tuesday, Sept...

IHOP Shooting

Emergency personnel talk to an unidentified woman as they respond to a shooting at an IHOP restaurant in Carson City, Nev. on Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011....

IHOP Shooting

Emergency personnel respond to a shooting at an IHOP restaurant in Carson City, Nev. on Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011. Seven people were wounded after a gun...

A gunman with a rifle opened fire at a breakfast restaurant in Nevada's capital on Tuesday, killing three people including two uniformed National Guard members and himself, and wounding six others in a hail of gunfire during the morning breakfast hour, authorities and witnesses said.
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.
Furlong noted the shooting appeared to be an isolated incident.
"We came into this with everything we had. All agencies were committed to it," Carson City Sheriff Kenny Furlong said. "There were concerns at the onset, so we took certain steps to ensure we had the capability to embrace an even larger circumstance. At this point in time it appears to be isolated to this parking lot."
Witnesses said a man pulled up in a blue minivan around 9 a.m. at the International House of Pancakes 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.
One of the two Guard members killed was a man; the other was a woman, authorities said.
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 accountant in the strip mall.
Fran Hunter, who works at a Sierra Le Bone, a pet shop just north of the IHOP, told the newspaper that the suspect fired at least two shots toward Casino Fandango across the street.
"I don't know what's happening to my city," Hunter said. "This happens in L.A. or Las Vegas but not here."
Swagler compared the shooting to events in a "third-world country."
Local and state police and FBI agents descended on the scene, and yellow police tape surrounded the parking lot at the restaurant, which is near a Kohl's department store.
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.
Furlong said the gunman was hospitalized with self-inflected wounds but was not expected to survive.
Nevada Highway Patrol Trooper Chuck Allen said extra security measures were put in place at state and military buildings in northern Nevada as a safety precaution.
"As you know when you have people in uniform who are randomly targeted for whatever reason this may have been, it is a safety precaution we take very seriously," Allen said.
Sen. Harry Reid released a statement expressing condolences to the victims' families.
"I'm deeply saddened by this senseless act and extend my sympathies to those afflicted this morning," Reid said. "I applaud the first responders for their professionalism, and my thoughts are with the victims and their families during this difficult time."
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Associated Press writers Ken Ritter and Michelle Rindels in Las Vegas and Scott Sonner in Reno contributed to this report.


Updated : 2021-03-05 00:47 GMT+08:00