Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Nevada man kills four, wounds seven others at local IHOP

Just before 9 a.m. Tuesday morning, 32-year-old Eduardo Sencion of Carson City, Nevada pulled into the parking lot of a local IHOP restaurant and opened fire with an AK-47. He shot a woman near a motorcycle. He then walked into the IHOP restaurant, went all the way to the back and started shooting at a table of Nevada National Guard troops sitting together. Five of the Guard members were shot and others at the restaurant were also wounded. Three people died at the scene, another woman died later in the hospital. Seven others were wounded. Sencion then went back outside, fired shots toward another restaurant, an H & R Block and a casino. The then turned the gun on himself and shot himself in the head. He died at the hospital.
Records show that Eduardo Sencion had no criminal record, not even a traffic ticket. Family members say Sencion was mentally troubled, but no other details were given. Police are examining the gun to determine if it was automatic or semi-automatic. Sencion used 30 round clips and reloaded at least once. Police found a handgun and another assault rifle in Sencion's van. Ralph Swagler, the owner of the other restaurant in the shopping center, said when he heard Sencion start shooting he went to grab his own weapon but decided against engaging Sencion in a gun battle. "I had my pistol; I wasn't going up against an automatic rifle," he said. "I'm sorry. I wish I would have shot him in the back now as he was going toward IHOP, but I wasn't clear on the situation. When he came at me, when somebody is pointing an automatic weapon at you - you can't believe the firepower, the kind of rounds coming out of that weapon."
Six of the seven people wounded remain hospitalized with severe injuries. Police still don't have a motive for the shooting.

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