A gunman shot at least seven people outside an IHOP restaurant in Carson City, Nev., on Tuesday morning, the FBI and local police are reporting.
The seven victims were taken to nearby hospitals by ambulance or helicopter, but their names and conditions hadn't been released as of Tuesday afternoon. The gunman, who apparently shot himself as well, was also hospitalized and was unlikely to survive, Carson City Sheriff Kenny Furlong told The Associated Press.
Fox News reported that the gunman had died, citing an unnamed source.
According to the AP, the FBI reported seven shooting victims but didn't specify whether that number included the gunman.
The shooting happened in a strip mall on U.S. 395, which is the main highway through Carson City, the capital of Nevada. A witness, Locals Barbecue owner Ralph Swagler, told the Reno Journal-Gazette that the gunman shot a motorcyclist with a rifle before entering the IHOP restaurant and continuing to shoot. Then he went back outside and fired into two other businesses in the strip mall: Locals Barbecue and an H&R Block branch.
Nevada has the fifth most gun deaths per capita in the U.S. The Legal Community Against Violence, a public interest law center that advocates for gun control, ranks it No. 18 out of the 50 states in enacting laws to prevent gun violence. However, Nevada doesn't require a background check to transfer a gun from one private party to another, limit the number of guns that can be bought at a time, have a waiting period for gun purchases, license gun owners, require owners to register their guns or prohibit assault weapons or large-capacity magazines.