Police said a man armed with a gun and a hatchet opened fire Wednesday in a movie theater outside Nashville, Tennessee. The attacker was killed after exchanging fire with SWAT officers, police said.
Police responded to a report of shots being fired at the movie theater just before 2:00 p.m.
Metro police spokesman Don Aaron said the suspect entered the theater armed with a gun and a hatchet. The shooting began in the projection room during a showing of Mad Max: Fury Road, WSMV reports.
When the gunman encountered a South Precinct officer, he opened fire and the officer returned fire.
A Metro SWAT Team later engaged and killed the gunman.
“We believe the imminent threat has ended,” Aaron said.
One person may have sustained injuries by a hatchet, but that is still being investigated by the Nashville Fire Department.
Aaron said the gunman had two backpacks on him at the time of the shooting. Crews are working to make sure there is no danger with those backpacks.
Officials at Vanderbilt University Medical Center said they are not expecting any gunshot victims, but they don’t always know ahead of time.
Witnesses at a nearby business reported one person covered with blood.
The Ford Ice Center has been placed on lock down, as well as the Global Mall, which is next to the theater.
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A nearby school was also placed on lock down.
Jeremy Cardoza, who works at Ford Ice Center nearby, said the business was on lockdown and no one was allowed in or to leave. Cardoza said there were about 25 people there at the time, mostly children, according to The Tennessean.
“We’re waiting on instructions from police, we have not been contacted yet,” he said. “We had a parent come in and they kind of just told us that there were a bunch of cops posted outside.”
Last month a shooter opened fire a movie theater in Lafayette, Louisiana, killing two and injuring eight before killing himself.
The 58-year-old gunman was a tea party supporter who hated liberals.
He bought his gun legally at a pawn shop.
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