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Nevada gunman kills four, including three National Guardsmen

by Jorge Hernandez on September 7, 2011

A gunman walked into a Carson City, Nevada, IHOP Tuesday morning and killed four people, including three National Guardsmen, before shooting himself. The shocking incident left investigators wondering what provoked the seemingly random attack in what was the deadliest shooting in Carson City history.

The shooter, 32-year-old Eduardo Sencion, was armed with an AK-47 and reloaded at least once during the shooting spree, the Reno Gazette-Journal reports. Though some at the scene have said he was targeting the Guardsmen, investigators have yet to confirm whether or not that was the case. Six of the seven people who were injured in the rampage remained in the hospital on Wednesday.

The incident began around 9 a.m. when Sencion drove up to the restaurant's parking lot in a blue minivan. According to the news source, he got out and shot a woman standing next to a motorcycle outside before turning his attention toward the business.

"I heard something exploding," patron Howard MacDonald told the news source. "I stood up and turned, and the guy with the AK-47 was standing there but looking in the other direction."

As details emerged about Sencion, more questions arose. MSNBC.com reports that the minivan he parked outside the restaurant had a "Support Our Troops" ribbon on the side, and the man had no prior criminal history. A lawyer for his family described him as a "gentle, kind man." Still, officials say they found more weapons in his van and the targeting of soldiers left some dumbfounded.

"You go a whole tour in Afghanistan and no one is shot," Sgt. 1st class Cameron Anderson told the website. "And you go to IHOP and several are shot. It's a shock."

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