DEVELOPING – Nashville TN
A suburban Nashville movie theater erupted with gun fire Wednesday after a person opened fire before being killed during a shootout with police. The man was also armed with pepper spray and a hatchet.
Three people have been treated for pepper spray exposure and one other person had a non-life threatening wound that was possibly caused by the hatchet. All were treated on scene and no one was taken to the hospital.
A 51-year-old-man has been identified as the shooter. A police spokesman said that the shooter was wearing a surgical mask and wore a backpack on his chest as he unleashed pepper spray inside the theater.
Fox News reported that an officer entered the theater and was immediately met with gun fire. The officer returned fire and initially backed off, possibly believing the individual was deceased. After that, a Nashville SWAT team entered the theater and there was another exchange of gunfire, resulting in the suspects death.
A metro police dispatcher told The Tennessean newspaper the shooting was reported at 1:13 p.m. at the Carmike Hickory Hollow Cinema in Antioch, Tennessee.
Nashville Police confirmed in a tweet that an active shooting situation was reported, and the the suspect was dead.
The latest shooting comes about two weeks after a gunman opened fire inside a movie theater in Lafayette, Louisiana, during a screening of the film “Trainwreck.” Police said John Russell Houser killed two people and wounded nine others before fatally shooting himself