UPDATE: Police have clarified that the suspected firearm turned out to be an “airsoft” pistol resembling a pistol.
The hatchet-wielding man shot by police after an attack on a Nashville-area movie theater on Wednesday had a propane cannister and lighter fluid on him that he may have wanted to use to set off an explosion, police said on Thursday.
The gunman, Vincente Montano, 29, a transient with a history of mental illness, refused numerous requests from police to surrender. He was fatally shot after a standoff with police at the theater that has been holding an afternoon showing of “Mad Max: Fury Road” before a small crowd.
“His motive for all this is yet to be determined,” said police spokesman Don Aaron.
Three people were injured when Montano doused the theater with pepper spray, including one man who also suffered a superficial hatchet wound from the assailant.
A gunman has opened fire in a movie theater in Antioch, Tennessee outside of Nashville, engaging in a firefight with police before being shot and killed.
The gunman was reportedly also armed with a hatchet. No word yet on the number of injuries or fatalities.
A man armed with a gun and a hatchet opened fire Wednesday in a movie theater outside Nashville, Tennessee, police said. The attacker was killed after exchanging fire with SWAT officers, police said.
Don Aaron, a police spokesman, said one person may have been wounded by the hatchet. He said the Fire Department was still checking on injuries.
A police officer found the gunman inside a theater where “Mad Max: Fury Road” was playing at the Carmike Hickory 8 theater in the suburb of Antioch, Aaron said.
Police said the gunman had two backpacks with him. Law enforcement officers were checking those, police said.
UPDATE: MSNBC is reporting that no fatalities or major injuries have transpired. CBS News meanwhile reports that the gunman had two backpacks with him when he entered the theater, and a bomb squad has arrived on the scene.
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