Here we go again.The gun grabbers will come out of the woodwork in force.
NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) – Metro Police confirmed the shooter at the Carmike Hickory 8 Cinema in Antioch is dead.
The shots fired call came in to police at 1:13 p.m. Wednesday, and police responded within two minutes.
The Nashville Fire Department confirmed that shots were being fired at the movie theater on Bell Road just before 2 p.m.
Metro police spokesman Don Aaron said the suspect entered the theater armed with a gun and a hatchet. Nashville Fire Department spokesman Brian Haas later said the gunman also had pepper spray.
Two South Precinct officers working a nearby crash responded to the shots fired call. One of the officers entered the theater showing Mad Max: Fury Road and encountered the gunman.
Police said the gunman raised his weapon and pulled the trigger. The officer returned fire and backed away.
Aaron said the gunman had sprayed pepper spray throughout the theater. Gas masks were brought to officers because the theater was thick with pepper spray.
Police said the gunman was wearing a surgical mask, possibly to stop the effects of the pepper spray.
A Metro SWAT Team had set up at the back door of the theater. When the gunman came out of that door, officers engaged and fatally wounded him.
“We believe the imminent threat has ended,” Aaron said.
The gunman has been tentatively identified as a 51-year-old local white male. His identity has not been confirmed.
Police said the gunman was the only person shot.
Aaron said the gunman had two backpacks on him at the time of the shooting. Police said they are “not comfortable” with those backpacks and they will be detonated.
Haas said two women were injured from exposure to pepper spray. A man suffered superficial injuries to his shoulder, possibly from the hatchet.
Aaron said the actions of the first two responding officers likely saved many lives.
Officials at Vanderbilt University Medical Center confirmed no victims would be transported to the hospital.
Witnesses at a nearby business reported one person covered with blood.
Sean Oliver, a witness, saw the SWAT Team at the back of the theater.
“You see officers going to the back. That’s when you see them all hiding in trees,” Oliver said. “When they started shooting, you see the dust flying up.”
The Ford Ice Center and The Global Mall, which are located near the theater, were placed on lock down during the active shooter investigation. Ford Ice Center will remain closed for the rest of the day.
Ezell-Harding, a school located on Bell Road, was also on lock down.
Last month a shooter opened fire a movie theater in Lafayette, LA. The shooter killed two and injured eight before killing himself on July 23. Police said the 58-year-old gunman was armed with a handgun and acted alone.
In 2012, another man opened fire on a movie theater in Aurora, CO, killing 12 and injuring 70 more, in one of the largest mass shootings in U.S. history. The gunman, James Holmes, has been found guilty in the attack and is going through a sentencing trial to determine if he’ll receive the death penalty.
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