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3 Guard members killed in Nevada IHOP rampage

September 7, 2011 • National News


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 Carson City, Nev., on Tuesday morning, Sept. 6, 2011. (AP Photo/Carson City Sheriff’s Office)

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — The burst of bullets came suddenly in Nevada’s capital.

Just before 9 a.m., the gunman stepped onto an IHOP 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 four people and wound seven 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.

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