Guard members killed in Nev. served in Iraq, Afghanistan

Carson City, Nev., Undersheriff Steve Albertson (left) and Sheriff Ken Furlong talk with IHOP President Jean Birch following a shooting at the IHOP restaurant in Carson City on Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011. (AP Photo/Cathleen Allison)Carson City, Nev., Undersheriff Steve Albertson (left) and Sheriff Ken Furlong talk with IHOP President Jean Birch following a shooting at the IHOP restaurant in Carson City on Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011. (AP Photo/Cathleen Allison)
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CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Dozens of 911 calls made from in and around a Nevada IHOP detail a frantic scene as witnesses describe the shooter and dispatchers tried figure out if more than one person was involved in the rampage that killed four and wounded seven.

Callers describe victims gunned down inside the restaurant on tapes released Wednesday; the sheriff’s office said those killed included two National Guard members who served overseas.

“In the IHOP! In the IHOP!” one caller said. “Now he’s coming back out with a gun shooting people in the parking lot!”

The attack by lone gunman Eduardo Sencion, aka Eduardo Perez Gonzalez, left four dead and seven injured. Sencion also killed himself.

The dead included three Nevada National Guard members, identified Wednesday as Sgt. 1st Class Christian Riege, 38, of Carson City; Major Heath Kelly, 35, of Reno, Nev.; and Sgt. 1st Class Miranda McElhiney, 31, of Reno.

Brig. Gen. William R. Burks described the three as dedicated service members who were active in their fields.

Major Kelly was a decorated officer and avid student of military history who was known for his dry sense of humor, Gen. Burks said at a news conference.

Major Kelly was married with two children and served in Iraq from 2004 to 2005. He was deployed while on active duty with the Army, not as a member of the Nevada National Guard.

Sgt. Riege was a fitness buff and the father of three. He also had been in the Navy. His military occupation was armor crewman, and he served in Afghanistan from 2009 to 2010.

Sgt. McElhiney was an administrative sergeant who had been with the Guard for 13 years. She served soldiers in the medical, dental and human resources fields.

Sgt. McElhiney also had a side business making cakes and cupcakes and always would bring goodies when people got a promotion.

Gen. Burks said Guard members overseas are grieving the service members’ loss and were being told to maintain focus.

Also killed was Florence Donovan-Gunderson, 67, of South Lake Tahoe, Nev.

“This is unquestionably the most devastating attack in Carson City’s history,” Carson City Sheriff Kenny Furlong said at a news conference Wednesday. “Yesterday our town was shocked to the core.”

Just before 9 a.m. Tuesday, Sencion stepped onto the Carson City pancake house parking lot from his blue minivan with a yellow “Support Our Troops” sticker on it.

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