We can’t believe this happened.
Yesterday, police were called as reports came in that shots were fired at a movie theater in Antioch, Tennessee.
The gunman was killed by a police officer who responded to the scene and there were no other fatalities, though a few people were treated for wounds and pepper spray exposure.
Police have now identified the suspect in the attack as Vincente David Montano. He was only 29-years-old but he reportedly had a history of mental illness. Not only had he been committed four times already but he was arrested in 2004 for assault and resisting arrest.
Montano was also reported as a missing person just two days prior on August 3.
When nearby police responded they found that David was wearing a surgical mask and when the officers approached Montano, they quickly backed away when they “saw a gun come up” and “a trigger about to be pulled” as Nashville Metro Police Chief Steve Anderson recounts.
A SWAT team was ultimately called in and it wasn’t until Montano “came at them in a threatening manner, they opened fire.”
Since the suspect also had two backpacks, the bomb squad was brought in, but thankfully they discovered it was a fake bomb.
Aside from the pepper spraying, the one victim — only identified as Steven — with the injury from the hatchet, spoke out about the incident by saying:
“The only thing that I would like to say is that I’m eternally grateful to the Metro Police Department for their fast response today, and the fact that no one else got injured other than the person who did this. And I would also like to thank all the citizens who gathered around us, helped my daughter when we were pepper-sprayed. That kind of gives me a little bit more faith in humanity again.”
We’re so thankful that no one else was injured or hurt in the horrible act and we wish the best to all those affected by this terrible event.
[Image via AP Images.]