Gunman shot dead in US movie theatre attack

Gunman shot dead after opening fire at movie theatre in Nashville, US, injuring three

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Police shot and killed a gunman armed with an ax wearing a surgical mask on Wednesday after an attack at a movie theatre in Nashville, US, injuring three people.

The shooting took place when the 51-year-old gunman doused into the theatre with pepper spray and opened fire at the showing of the movie “Mad Max:Fury Road.”

"The only person who was shot was the suspect as he emerged out of the rear door of the single movie theater," police spokesman Don Aaron told reporters.

Police officers were nearby the crime scene and quickly responded to the reports of a gunman at the theatre, Aaron said.

Three people were treated after exposure to pepper spray but none of the victims were taken to the hospital.

"There was dust flying everywhere," said plumber Sean Oliver, who heard the shots fired by the gunman.

A similar incident took place less than two weeks ago, after a gunman opened fire at a theatre in the US state of Louisiana.

A 58-year-old gunman killed two people and wounded nine before shooting himself at the Grand Theatre in Lafayette, Louisiana.

BBC reported that up to 100 people were present during the incident. The wounded people have been hospitalized.

Currently, 27-year-old James Holmes is faced with the death penalty for first-degree murder over the shooting he conducted during the screening of “The Dark Night Rises” in Aurora,Colorado, a  US state, on July 20, 2012.

The mass shooting killed 12 people and wounded another 70, while dozens fled the theatre.


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