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3 Guard members killed in Nevada rampage

 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...
 Carson City Sheriff's officials investigate the scene of a shooting in an IHOP restaurant in Carson City, Nev., on Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011.   A gunman...
 Carson City Sheriff's deputies investigate the scene of the shooting at IHOP restaurant in Carson City, Nev., Tuesday Sept. 6, 2011.  A gunman with a...
 Carson City Sheriff's officials investigate the scene of a shooting and the blue minivan witnesses said the shooter drove at an IHOP restaurant in Ca...
 The body of a victim lies outside of an IHOP restaurant in Carson City, Nev., Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011. A man with a rifle opened fire at the IHOP rest...
 Officials investigate the scene of a shooting in an IHOP restaurant in Carson City, Nev., on Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011.  A gunman with a rifle opened fi...
 Officials investigate the scene of a shooting in an IHOP restaurant in Carson City, Nev., on Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011.   A gunman with a rifle opened f...
 A Nevada National Guard member walks around the command center at the scene of a shooting at an IHOP restaurant in Carson City, Nev., on Tuesday, Sep...
 A male victim is wheeled into Renown Medical Center in Reno, Nev.  Tuesday,  Sept. 6, 2011.  A gunman with a rifle opened fire at a International Hou...
 Carson City Undersheriff Steve Albertson, left, and Sheriff Ken Furlong talk with IHOP President Jean Birch following a shooting at the IHOP restaura...
 Eduardo Sencion, 32, seen in a photo provided by the Carson City Sheriff's Office, is the suspect in a shooting rampage at an IHOP restaurant in Cars...

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

Carson City Sheriff's officials investigate the scene of a shooting in an IHOP restaurant in Carson City, Nev., on Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011. A gunman...

IHOP-Shooting

Carson City Sheriff's deputies investigate the scene of the shooting at IHOP restaurant in Carson City, Nev., Tuesday Sept. 6, 2011. A gunman with a...

IHOP Shooting

Carson City Sheriff's officials investigate the scene of a shooting and the blue minivan witnesses said the shooter drove at an IHOP restaurant in Ca...

IHOP Shooting

The body of a victim lies outside of an IHOP restaurant in Carson City, Nev., Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011. A man with a rifle opened fire at the IHOP rest...

IHOP Shooting

Officials investigate the scene of a shooting in an IHOP restaurant in Carson City, Nev., on Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011. A gunman with a rifle opened fi...

IHOP Shooting

Officials investigate the scene of a shooting in an IHOP restaurant in Carson City, Nev., on Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011. A gunman with a rifle opened f...

IHOP Shooting

A Nevada National Guard member walks around the command center at the scene of a shooting at an IHOP restaurant in Carson City, Nev., on Tuesday, Sep...

IHOP Shooting

A male victim is wheeled into Renown Medical Center in Reno, Nev. Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011. A gunman with a rifle opened fire at a International Hou...

IHOP Shooting

Carson City Undersheriff Steve Albertson, left, and Sheriff Ken Furlong talk with IHOP President Jean Birch following a shooting at the IHOP restaura...

IHOP Shooting

Eduardo Sencion, 32, seen in a photo provided by the Carson City Sheriff's Office, is the suspect in a shooting rampage at an IHOP restaurant in Cars...

The burst of bullets came suddenly in Nevada's capital.
Just before 9 a.m., the gunman stepped onto a restaurant parking lot from his blue minivan with a yellow "Support Our Troops" sticker on it. He opened fire, then continued into the restaurant and marched resolutely toward a table of uniformed National Guard members before shooting each one of them, and fatally wounding three of them, authorities said.
Eduardo Sencion would kill three people and wound eight others in all before shooting himself in the head in front of a bustling business complex in an unexplained display of violence Tuesday. One of the wounded, a woman and National Guard member, would later die at an area hospital.
The breakfast-time massacre sent tremors of fear through Carson City at a time when lawmakers were not in session. In the immediate confusion after the shooting, officials prepared for a citywide assault.
A motive remained unknown late Tuesday, as lawmakers, business owners and law enforcement officials in this close-knit, government-driven city of 50,000 struggled to understand what drove Sencion to turn an AK-47 assault rifle on his hometown.
Authorities are investigating whether the military members were targeted. Carson City Sheriff Kenny Furlong told The Associated Press on Tuesday night that authorities, at that point, did not think the shooter set out to target people in military.
"But of course, it's clearly a heavy, heavy concern from here," he added.
Sencion shot each of the five Nevada National Guard troops sitting together at the back of the restaurant. Another woman was shot and killed.
Family members told investigators that Sencion, 32, was mentally troubled, but he did not have a criminal history. He was pronounced dead at a local hospital hours after the mass shooting.
"The sheriff may never know the motive," Nevada Highway Patrol spokesman Chuck Allen said.
The shooting started just before 9 a.m. roughly two miles (three kilometers) from the state Capitol in Carson City.
Sencion stepped out of the minivan and immediately shot a woman near a motorcycle before charging into the chain restaurant. Witnesses said he had unloaded a magazine when he was still less than 12 feet (four meters) from his car.
The gunfire prompted Ralph Swagler, the owner of a nearby barbecue restaurant, to grab his weapon. But when Sencion started toward him, Swagler backed away.
Sencion struck each of the Guard members in the restaurant in what witnesses described as a seemingly intentional attack. He then exited the restaurant and fired shots toward the barbecue restaurant, shattering the windows. He also fired toward an H&R Block and a casino across the street.
Sencion had shot himself and was lying injured in the parking lot by the time officers arrived. A crowd of reporters and onlookers could see a body on the ground, covered with a white sheet except for the feet, clad in tan boots.
Officials were analyzing the assault rifle to determine whether it is automatic or semi-automatic. Sencion left two more guns in the van _ another rifle and a pistol, authorities said. Furlong said law enforcement agencies would continue investigating as they conducted searches through the night, although he did not give further detail or say where.
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Associated Press writers Michelle Rindels, Oskar Garcia, Ken Ritter and Cristina Silva in Las Vegas and Martin Griffith and Scott Sonner in Carson City contributed to this report.


Updated : 2020-12-05 17:33 GMT+08:00