Police in Nashville are responding to a 1:15 P.M. call reporting an active shooter at Carmike 8 Movie Theater in Antioch. Nearby businesses have locked their doors and warnings have been sent out to avoid the area.
Witnesses at a nearby business reported one woman was covered with blood, having been attacked with a hatchet, and others have claimed that theatergoers ran out accompanied by others who are injured.
We shall continue to update the story as details become available.
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UPDATE – 3:10 E.S.T Witnesses have reported hearing police and the suspected shooter exchange gunshots. Tweets on the story are pouring in:
Nashville's Ford Ice Center and Global Mall both on lockdown amid reports of shots fired at Antioch, Tenn., movie theater – @WSMV
— Bev Llorente (@bevllorente) August 5, 2015
Police confirmed shots were being fired at a Nashville movie theater just before 2 p.m. today. http://t.co/lflrZewi3z
— WNEM TV5 (@WNEMTV5news) August 5, 2015
— Geofeedia (@geofeedia) August 5, 2015
Suspect reported dead after active shooter situation at theater in Antioch, Tennessee http://t.co/AYHpbNmKuo
— Rob Cohen (@Rob_Coh) August 5, 2015
Active shooter reported at Nashville area theater http://t.co/qJVVehWktG
— Joanna Clay (@joannaclay) August 5, 2015
— Cherie (@leahmesaid) August 5, 2015
— heykim (@heykim) August 5, 2015
Antioch gunman had 2 backpacks, possibly other weapons. Police investigating. Here's what we know so far:
— Brittany Nauta (@WVLTBrittany) August 5, 2015
UPDATE – 3:11 P.M. E.S.T The shooter has reportedly died, having been shot by police.
UPDATE – 3:17 P.M. E.S.T Nashville Police’s Don Aaron have told CNN that law enforcement engaged the gunmen inside a theater projection room showing Mad Max: Fury Road. Police have confirmed the suspect is dead and say the immediate danger is over, but the bomb squad is examining two backpacks reportedly left at the site.
UPDATE – 3:32 P.M. E.S.T The shooter has been described by witnesses as a white male, who was estimated to be middle-aged.
UPDATE – 3:46 P.M. E.S.T Brian Haas of the Nashville Fire Department said that 3 people, including the woman attacked with the hatchet, were also attacked with pepper spray. Haas described the wound as a superficial bruise, and said no one has been transported to the hospital yet.
UPDATE – 4:00 P.M. E.S.T Aaron held a press conference outside the theater. He said there were three confirmed victims so far: one man who was injured in the neck by the hatchet, and two women who were also hit with the chemical spray. He added that witnesses have said that the suspect was a 51 year old local man who interacted with local businessmen before he entered the theater with his packs.
UPDATE – 5:58 P.M. E.S.T In one of the shooter’s bags, police decided to do a controlled detonation on site, saying that they were alarmed by the contents they found inside. Reports indicate that the backpack carried a bomb, but it was actually fake.
UPDATE – 8:42 P.M. E.S.T New indications from Nashville police say that the suspect’s handgun was actually a pellet gun.
This is the gun the movie theater suspect had. Although it looks like a real firearm, it is an airsoft pistol. pic.twitter.com/mixi9LGc9Y
— Metro Nashville PD (@MNPDNashville) August 6, 2015
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