A man carrying a hatchet, pepper spray, and a gun attacked patrons of the Carmike Hickory 8 movie theater, located in Antioch, Tennessee, on Wednesday afternoon.
Three people, two women and one man, were injured from pepper spray. The male vicitim was also struck by the hatchet and suffered minor injuries.
As police entered the theater, the suspect opened fire. Officers then engaged, at which point the suspect was killed.
Update – Thursday, 10:30 a.m.: According to police, the suspect was identified as 29-year-old Vincente David Montano of Nashville. Montano was armed with anairsoft pistol that looked like a semi-automatic handgun, which he pulled on police officers. He was wearing a surgical mask during the attack, as well as a backpack that contained a “hoax device” that was later detonated by a bomb squad. Police say Montano had a history of mental illness.
The incident reportedly took place during a screening of Mad Max: Fury Road.
The Antioch shooting comes less than two weeks after a shooting inside a Lafayette, Louisiana theater killed three and injured nine. Just yesterday, Amy Schumer, whose film Trainwreck was screening at the time of the Lafayette shooting, launched a gun control campaign with her cousin, New York Senator Chuck Schumer.
Both incidents are also tragically reminiscent of the July 2012 incident at an Aurora, Colorado movie theater. That shooting, which occurred during a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises, took the lives of 12 people and injured 70 others. The shooter, James Eagan Holmes, was recently convicted of 24 counts of first-degree murder, 140 counts of attempted first-degree murder, and one count of possessing explosives.