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IHOP shooting: 4 people dead, including gunman, in Nevada

September 6, 2011 | 12:52 pm


Four people have been reported dead, including a gunman, in a shooting in a strip mall parking lot and then in an International House of Pancakes in Carson City, Nev. It was initially unclear how many people were shot in the Tuesday morning incident; news reports put the number between 9 and 13.

After the rampage, police say, the shooter shot himself in the head; the Associated Press reported later that he had died.

Police have not disclosed a motive for the shooting.

Ralph Swagler, who owns a Locals Barbecue in the strip mall, told the Reno Gazette-Journal that he saw a man pull up outside the IHOP in a blue minivan. Swagler said the man, who was carrying a rifle, shot a man on a motorcycle. The gunman then walked into the IHOP and started shooting. The gunman also fired at the Locals Barbecue, hitting the restaurant's windows.

The Reno Gazette-Journal was reporting that two of the people killed were National Guard members in uniform. was reporting that security has been amped up at nearby military bases, but Carson City Sheriff Kenny Furlong said authorities think that the violence has been contained.

“There does not appear to be any safety concerns outside of this area,” Furlong said in that report. “It appears to be isolated to this parking lot.”

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Photo: Emergency personnel respond to a shooting Tuesday at an IHOP restaurant in Carson City, Nev. Credit: Cathleen Allison / Associated Press