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Address:Carson City, NV 89701, USA

Owner:Allison Shaw

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On September 6, 2011, a gunman opened fire in a branch of the IHOP in Carson City, Nevada, killing four people, including three members of the National Guard, and wounding seven others.

At 8:58 a.m., Sencion arrived at a local strip mall in a blue minivan that was registered in his brother's name. He got out, shot, and wounded a woman on a motorcycle with a Norinco Mak 90 semi-automatic rifle. At around 9:00 a.m. he walked inside the center's IHOP and made his way to the back where he started shooting. He first targeted a group of uniformed National Guardsmen, all of whom were eating at the same table; five of them were shot, three of them fatally. He then targeted other patrons, killing a 67-year-old woman.

The gunman then left the restaurant and began shooting into three nearby businesses, injuring no one. During the massacre, Ralph Swagler, who owned a neighboring restaurant, grabbed his own gun with the intention of shooting the gunman but was unable to due to the rapid gunfire. Police arrived at 9:06 a.m., in response to which the gunman shot and wounded himself in the head, later dying at the hospital. Police would later find a Romarm Cugir rifle and a Glock 26 semi-automatic pistol in his van outside the restaurant. Due to the severity of the massacre and fears that it would become more widespread, Nevada officials declared a lock-down on the state capitol and Supreme Court buildings for around 40 minutes, while extra security was set up at state and military buildings in northern Nevada.