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Posted on Sep 7, 2011
AP / Cathleen Allison

Police and emergency personnel respond to the shooting at an IHOP restaurant in Carson City, Nev., on Tuesday.

A man with an AK-47 assault rifle killed four people and wounded six before killing himself with a shot to the head at an IHOP restaurant in Carson City, Nev.

The gunman, 32-year-old Eduardo Sencion, drove up to the pancake house in a blue minivan sporting a yellow “Support Our Troops” sticker around 9 a.m. As he got out of the van, witnesses said, he immediately began shooting and hit a woman standing nearby. Some reports said he reloaded at least once before heading for the restaurant. Once inside, witnesses said he headed straight for a group of five uniformed National Guard members eating breakfast, killing three of them and a 67-year-old woman who had been dining nearby with her husband.

The shooting came as a shock to residents of Carson City, especially because until Tuesday the state capital hadn’t seen a homicide in three years. Family members told police that Sencion had mental issues. —BF

CNN / WFMZ-TV:

A total of 11 people were shot Tuesday, Carson City, Nevada, Sheriff Ken Furlong said. They included five uniformed Army National Guard members and six civilians, including suspect Eduardo Sencion, 32.

Since the number of military members and civilians was nearly equal, “we cannot conclude at this time that our military forces were being specifically targeted,” Furlong told reporters.

Sencion was carrying an assault rifle and a pistol when he went into the IHOP Tuesday morning, Furlong said. A second assault rifle was located in his vehicle. Only the assault rifle was fired, the sheriff said. An empty 30-round gun magazine and two other magazines were also recovered, Furlong said Tuesday night.

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By Howard, September 8, 2011 at 8:47 am Link to this comment

The NRA is responsible for continued shootings.  They
refuse to let us have some decent control over giving
guns willingly to mentally disturbed civilians.
  “give everyone ak’s is their motto”

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By wendyssmith, September 7, 2011 at 6:27 pm Link to this comment

Mental illness is a terrible scourge. Rather than wasting time looking for Mr.
Sencion’s non-existent “motive,” let’s talk about taking a comprehensive approach
to screening and treating mental illness just like every other medical condition.

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By thethirdman, September 7, 2011 at 12:29 pm Link to this comment

IdahoMan thinks he’s cute because he picked up on the single facet of the story
that he knows anything about.  The only difference between the two in this case,
IdahoMan, is the selective fire option that I’m assuming this guy didn’t have thanks
to the FAWB.  If he had his AK set on automatic he would have probably missed
more people.
You don’t help promote gun rights by being a jerk when something bad happens. 
You just seem like an insensitive prick.

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By IdahoMan, September 7, 2011 at 11:41 am Link to this comment
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“A man with an AK-47 assault rifle…”

Was it an Assault-Rifle or a semi-automatic?

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