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911 tapes released in Carson City IHOP shooting

Marco Villarreal

911 tapes released in Carson City IHOP shooting

CREATED Sep. 7, 2011

 Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- A memorial is growing outside the scene of Tuesday's shooting rampage. Four people were killed when gunman Eduardo Sencion opened fire inside a restaurant. Three of those were National Guard members, two of which had served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

We're learning more about just what happened from the people who saw the shooting first hand. Dozens of 911 tapes have been released revealing the terrfying moments following the first round of gunfire. We're finding out more about the shooter who police say had a history of mental instability.

[Listen to the 911 tapes here]

"There's one guy with an automatic weapon. He's shooting everybody," says one caller.

The 911 calls flooded dispatch Tuesday morning just before 9 in Carson City.

"I'm at IHOP. There's a shooting going on," says another caller.

Holding an AK-47, police say Eduardo Sencion opened fire in the parking lot of the restaurant chain shooting one woman and then went inside where he shot five uniformed members of Nevada's Air National Guard. Major Heath Kelly, Sgt. First Class Christian Riege, and Sgt First Class Miranda McElhiney.

"One guy's gone in...and now he's coming back out with a gun. He's shooting people in the parking lot. He has an automatic weapon," says one frantic caller.

Once outside, 911 recordings show his reign of terror was not over.

"Brian move!! (shots heard) He's shooting at us now," says the same caller.

He finally turned the gun on himself and took his life. South Lake Tahoe police say they took Sencion into protective custody during a mental health commitment back in 2000. Although never charged some wonder how could a person with known mental issues have obtained weapons.

"We check backgrounds for felonies or to see if they are a legal resident of the United States. That's pretty easy," says Bob Irwin, the owner of the Gun Store.

Those who sell guns say it's easy to catch the criminals, but HIPAA privacy rules keep them from determining who may be mentally unstable, and who is not.

"It's really tough the way the law is written. We have one set of laws protecting patient's medical confidentiality, and another set of laws that say, boy, I don't want nut cases having guns," says Irwin.

Or misusing them, like in Tuesday tragic mass shooting. Recent mass shootings like the ones at Virginia Tech, and Tucson, AZ involving representative Gabrielle Giffords the shooters all had a history of dealing with mental problems.

 

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