Leonard Greene, New York Post, September 7, 2011
A lunatic with an AK-47 opened fire on five uniformed National Guard members eating at a Nevada IHOP yesterday–killing three of them and injuring the other two, before blowing himself away, authorities said.
Crazed killer Eduardo Sencion, 32, of Carson City, targeted the soldiers, but his wild gunfire also killed one civilian customer and injured five others.
One of the dead soldiers was a woman.
Sencion worked at a family business in South Lake Tahoe. He was not in the military, and had no known connection to anyone inside the restaurant.
Authorities said the shooter was born in Mexico and had a valid US passport.
The carnage unfolded at around 9 a.m., when the lone gunman pulled up in the parking lot in a blue minivan–with a yellow “Support Our Troops” sticker–and shot a man on a motorcycle before opening fire from the back of the restaurant.
Witnesses said Sencion jumped back into the van and drove around in circles while firing shots at other stores in the strip mall and at a casino across the street.
FBI Special Agent Michael West said there’s no indication terrorists were behind the bloodbath.
Sencion’s family raised concerns about his mental health, Carson City Sheriff Kenny Furlong said. He did not elaborate.
His former lawyer, Joe Laub, said he was surprised to learn Sencion was behind the carnage.
“He’s a gentle, kind man who was very helpful to friends and family,” Laub said.