CARSON CITY, Nev. -- Dozens of 911 calls made from in and around an IHOP where a deadly shooting rampage took place detail a frantic scene, as witnesses described the gunman and dispatchers tried to learn whether more than one person was involved.
Callers described the shooting spree at the Carson City restaurant on tapes released yesterday.
"There's a shooting in the IHOP! Get there right now!" yelled Ralph Swagler, owner of Local's BBQ next door, as shots rang out. "Now he's coming back out. He's shooting people in the parking lot! He's shooting at us now!"
A female caller told the dispatcher to bring "several" ambulances and said: "There's a guy shooting everyone!"
Tuesday's attack by lone gunman Eduardo Sencion, aka Eduardo Perez Gonzalez, left four dead and seven injured. Sencion killed himself. The search for a motive continued.
The dead included three Nevada National Guard members, the same number of Nevada Guardsmen who have died in Iraq and Afghanistan. They were Sgt. 1st Class Christian Riege, 38, of Carson City; Major Heath Kelly, 35, of Reno; and Sgt. 1st Class Miranda McElhiney, 31, of Reno.
Also killed was Florence Donovan-Gunderson, 67, of South Lake Tahoe. She was married to a retired Marine.
The rampage started before 9 a.m., when Sencion stepped onto the pancake house parking lot from his blue minivan with a yellow "Support Our Troops" sticker on it.
With his AK-47, he shot a woman near a motorcycle before charging into the restaurant. He strode toward a table of Guard members in uniform and shot each one, fatally wounding three. Of the seven wounded, Carson City Sheriff Kenny Furlong said their injuries range from severe to extremely life-threatening.
Family members told investigators that Sencion, 32, was mentally troubled. He did not have a criminal history.