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He opened fire, then continued into the restaurant and marched toward a table of uniformed National Guard members before shooting each one, fatally wounding three of them, authorities said.

On the 911 tapes, callers describe seeing a man wearing a red shirt and black pants. Many are crying as dispatchers frantically try to gather information on where the shooter went.

“Our hearts ache for all the victims of this senseless act of violence,” IHOP Restaurants President Jean Birch wrote on Facebook after coming to town in the aftermath of the breakfast-time massacre. “The people of Carson City have also shown incredible support for the victims and IHOP’s team members.”

Seven people were wounded in the attack. Their names have not been released, but Sheriff Furlong said Wednesday their injuries ranged from severe to extremely life-threatening.

Lawmakers, business owners and law enforcement officials in this close-knit, government-driven city of 50,000 struggled to understand what drove Sencion to turn an AK-47 assault rifle on his hometown.

“It’s unprecedented in Carson City history,” said Guy Rocha, retired Nevada state archivist. “People who live in Carson City have come from other places to get away from the large urban madness. … It finally came to Carson City.

Authorities are investigating whether the military members were targeted. Sheriff Furlong said Wednesday it’s still unclear whether Sencion was targeting people in the military.

Family members told investigators that Sencion, 32, was mentally troubled, but he did not have a criminal history. He was pronounced dead at a local hospital hours after the mass shooting.

“The sheriff may never know the motive,” Nevada Highway Patrol spokesman Chuck Allen said.

The shooting happened roughly two miles from the state Capitol in Carson City.

Sencion stepped out of the minivan and immediately shot a woman near a motorcycle before charging into the chain restaurant. Witnesses said he had unloaded a magazine when he was still less than 12 feet from his car.

Officials were analyzing the assault rifle to determine whether it is automatic or semi-automatic. Sencion left two more guns in the van — another rifle and a pistol, authorities said. Sheriff Furlong said law enforcement agencies are investigating how Sencion got the guns.

The violent outburst rattled Nevada’s capital city after the long Labor Day weekend when many officials, including Gov. Brian Sandoval, had left town. Carson City is also a jumping-off point 30 miles south of Reno for travelers headed to Lake Tahoe or back to California across the Sierra.

Nevada officials initially feared the worst as news of the shooting spread. The Capitol and Supreme Court buildings were closed briefly, and extra security officers were sent to guard state and military buildings in northern Nevada to prevent further violence. The IHOP is several miles from the Guard’s state headquarters complex.

Sencion was born in Mexico and had a valid U.S. passport. He worked at a family business in South Lake Tahoe and had no known affiliations with anyone inside the restaurant, Sheriff Furlong said. He was not in the military.

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