Lone Gunman Attacks, Kills Nevada Guardmen

Authorities say the man who opened fire on Nevada Army Guard members at a Carson City restaurant had two guns in addition to the AK-47 he used in the rampage, but he left them in his vehicle. The shooting at the IHOP left five people dead and seven wounded.

The gunman, Eduardo Sencion of Carson City, also shot himself in the head and died at Renown in Reno. Carson City Sheriff Kenny Furlong says Sencion was born in Mexico and was in the U.S. under a valid U.S. passport.

Furlong also says after the gunman exited the IHOP, he got into a vehicle and drove around in circles, shooting at nearby businesses.  The vehicle, investigators say, is registered to one of Sencion’s brothers.

Sencion is also listed as the registered agent for Mi Pueblo Markets with Gilberto Sencion Gonzalez and Israel Sencion Gonzalez as managing partners. The business has locations in both South Lake Tahoe and Stead.

Initially, Gilberto denied being related to Eduardo, but later admitted to being his brother and having knowledge of the shootings.

“I feel very sorry about what happened,” he told the Reno Gazette-Journal. “I feel very sorry about those people. I’m trying to find out what happened.”

He also said he expected more calls from the press.

“You are going to make a lot of money from this,” he said to reporters, adding, “Pay me a lot of money and I’ll talk to you.”

Meanwhile the motive in the shooting spree remains unclear, but other family members say Sencion had mental issues. Police say Sencion had never been in the military and had no known affiliation with anyone at the restaurant.

Over 300 employees and uniformed military occupy the 80,000-square-foot National Guard complex known as Joint Force HQ. The $8.5 million complex, dedicated to the late state Senator Lawrence Jacobsen of Minden, opened in 2002 at Fairview and South Edmonds drives, about two miles from the IHOP restaurant on South Carson Street.

The state Capitol and Supreme Court buildings were locked down for about 40 minutes, and extra security measures were put in place at state and military buildings in northern Nevada, but the shooting appeared to be an isolated incident. Security measures at area base’s including the Nevada Guard Headquarters in Carson City, NAS Fallon, Stead Training Center and Hawthorne Army Depot were also raised

Governor Brian Sandoval returned to Carson City, having cancelled an appearance in Henderson and was briefed by the Carson City Sheriff’s Department, the Department of Public Safety, his Homeland Security ad visor and the National Guard on the shootings. At the briefing, he was joined by Carson City Mayor Bob Crowell.

Two Nevada Army Guard members remain in serious to critical condition after being shot while having breakfast at IHOP in Carson City.  Authorities say one of the guard members was wounded in the arm so severely doctors thought he was going to lose the limb, however they managed to save it.  The second guardsmen was shot in the foot.

Finally, a candlelight vigil was held for the victims of the shooting.  Hundreds of people gathered around the Fallen Soldiers Memorial in the Capital building complex to honor the four Nevada Army Guardsmen and the civilian gundown as they ate breakfast at the restaurant.  Seven others were injured in the attack.

This is the largest one day loss of Nevada guardsmen since September 2005 when a Chinook helicopter stationed in Stead was shot down killing five guardsmen during combat operations in Afghanistan. So far none of the victims names have been officially released pending notification of next of kin and flags have been ordered to fly at half-staff.

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