* Investigators still seeking motive for shootings
* Gunman had history of mental illness
(Corrects the number of wounded to 7, from 8, in first
paragraph to conform with latest casualty toll)
By Steve Keegan
CARSON CITY, Nev, Sept 6 A man with an assault
rifle opened fire at a pancake house in Nevada's capital on
Tuesday, killing three National Guard soldiers and a civilian
and wounding seven others before killing himself, authorities
The gunman, in what investigators said appeared to be a
random burst of violence by a grocery worker with a history of
mental illness, opened fire at a group of uniformed Army
National Guard troops as they ate breakfast.
Besides the three Guard soldiers -- two men and a woman --
who were shot to death at the Carson City IHOP restaurant, two
of the wounded were also active-duty Guard members. A civilian
woman in the line of fire between the gunman and soldiers was
killed as well.
Carson City Sheriff Kenneth Furlong told reporters that the
fact that five of the 11 people shot were military was a "cause
But he and other officials said there was no sign that the
gunman, a Mexican-born U.S. citizen, knew anyone at the
restaurant or had singled out members of the military before he
entered the IHOP.
"At this time, the investigation has not shown any links to
terrorism or militant groups," FBI special agent Patrick Turner
said in a statement. "We do not believe the National Guard
soldiers were targeted specifically, however, that is still
At least one of the wounded was shot outside the
restaurant, but the sequence of events at the chaotic crime
scene was still being unraveled, Furlong said.
Several of the wounded were undergoing surgery at two local
hospitals, but details of their conditions were not immediately
available. Furlong said three of those wounded did not appear
to have sustained life-threatening injuries.
The suspect, identified as Eduardo Sencion, 32, initially
survived his self-inflicted gunshot wound but later died at an
area hospital, police said.
NO WRITINGS BY GUNMAN
FBI special agent Mike West said investigators had yet to
find any Internet postings or other writings left by the
gunman, who authorities said worked for his family-run grocery
business in South Lake Tahoe, California.
Sencion has no prior criminal record, but "his family has
indicated that he has a history of mental illness," Furlong
In addition to the weapon used in the shooting, described
as a variant of an AK-47 assault rifle, Furlong said a second
rifle and a pistol were found in the gunman's vehicle.
The state capitol, legislature and Supreme Court buildings
were locked down for about an hour shortly after the shooting
as a precaution.
Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval ordered flags flown at
half-staff until Friday at dusk in honor of the two National
Guardsmen who were killed.
Sheriff's Commander Jack Freer said officers responding to
reports of a man with a gun at about 9 a.m. local time found
victims with gunshot wounds in the parking lot of the
restaurant. More victims were discovered inside, he said.
"The suspect was found down with a self-inflicted gunshot
wound," Freer said.
Ralph Swagler, owner of the Locals Barbecue shop in the
same strip mall as the IHOP, told the Reno Gazette-Journal
newspaper that he saw a man wearing a red shirt and black
shorts pull up outside the IHOP in a blue minivan.
Swagler said the man, armed with a rifle, shot a person on
a motorcycle, then walked inside the IHOP and started
Swagler said the man spent several minutes there, then
walked back outside into the parking lot and began firing into
the Locals Barbecue and an H&R Block in the strip mall.
Fran Hunter, 64, who works at Sierra Le Bone, a pet shop
near the IHOP, was having breakfast across the street when the
shooting occurred, and was so shaken she returned to her own
business and locked the doors.
"You read about this happening in big cities, but not in
our little town," she told Reuters.
(Additional reporting by Steve Gorman, Dan Whitcomb and
Timothy Pratt, Cynthia Johnston and Alex Dobuzinskis; Writing
by Dan Whitcomb and Steve Gorman; Editing by Jerry Norton and