The Latest: Theater assailant had psychological issues

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Posted: Aug 05, 2015 10:32 PM
The Latest: Theater assailant had psychological issues

ANTIOCH, Tenn. (AP) — The latest on reports of shots fired at a Nashville-area movie theater (all times local):

9:06 p.m.

Police have identified the assailant in the Tennessee movie theater attack as a 29-year-old man who had been committed four times for psychiatric treatment.

Metro Nashville Police spokesman Don Aaron said at a news conference late Wednesday that Vincente David Montano of Nashville had "significant psychiatric or psychological issues," and that he had been arrested in 2004 for assault and resisting arrest. He said a fingerprint taken at the theater matched that from his arrest.

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8:30 p.m.

Authorities are now saying that the man who waged an attack inside a movie theater was armed with a pellet gun. Police spokesman Don Aaron gave the information to The Associated Press moments before police were scheduled to hold a briefing with the latest developments on the attack.

Earlier Wednesday, authorities had said the unidentified assailant was armed with a regular gun and had exchanged fire with a police officer before being shot dead by a SWAT team.

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6:10 p.m.

Police now say the man who attacked moviegoers at a Nashville-area theater was a 29-year-old local man.

Earlier Wednesday, police had said the man was 51. He died in a shootout with police. Investigators say he was wielding a hatchet and gun and was carrying two backpacks, one of which had a fake device made to look like a bomb.

Metro Nashville Police Chief Steve Anderson said investigators need to fingerprint the attacker and do other analyses before releasing his identity.

Anderson says investigators also have not yet found the gun that the attacker used to shoot at police.

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5:20 p.m.

Police say a man who attacked moviegoers at a Nashville-area theater had a fake bomb inside of a backpack he was carrying.

That backpack was detonated by a bomb squad on Wednesday afternoon after the man used pepper spray inside the theater. Three people were treated for exposure, and one of them had a superficial cut from a hatchet the attacker was wielding.

The attacker also had a gun and died in a shootout with police.

Nashville police spokesman Don Aaron says investigators are going through a second backpack that the suspect left at the theater.

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4:35 p.m.

A man says he has no idea why he and six others were attacked inside a movie theater by a man wielding a hatchet and a gun.

The man spoke to reporters outside the Nashville-area theater and was identified by a police spokesman only as Steven because his family "does not want any kind of 15 minutes of fame."

Nashville police spokesman Don Aaron says there were eight people in the theater for the screening of "Mad Max," including the suspect.

Steven and his daughter were among three people pepper-sprayed, and he was cut by the suspect's hatchet.

The victim says he has "no idea why this gentleman decided to attack us."

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4:15 p.m.

A bomb squad has detonated a backpack that a man had been wearing on his chest while wielding a hatchet and gun inside a Nashville-area movie theater.

The backpack was detonated Wednesday afternoon after police said the suspect was killed by officers in a gunfight.

Metro Nashville police spokesman Don Aaron says the suspect has tentatively been identified as a 51-year-old local man. His name was not released.

Aaron says an officer encountered the suspect, who attacked three people during a showing of "Mad Max." All three had been doused by pepper spray; one of them, a man, had a cut to his shoulder after he was apparently hit by a hatchet.

The suspect was shot and killed when he tried to leave through the theater's rear door.

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3:05 p.m.

Authorities say a man wielding a gun and hatchet while wearing a backpack on his chest and a surgical mask unleashed large amounts of pepper spray inside a movie theater before he was shot and killed by police.

Metro Nashville police spokesman Don Aaron says the suspect has tentatively been identified as a 51-year-old local man. His name was not released.

Aaron says an officer encountered the suspect, who attacked three people during a showing of "Mad Max." All three had been doused by pepper spray; one of them, a man, had a cut to his shoulder after he was apparently hit by a hatchet.

The air inside the theater was thick with the chemical irritant, according to Aaron. The suspect was shot and killed when he tried to leave through the theater's rear door.

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2:45 p.m.

A fire department spokesman says three people have been treated for exposure to pepper spray at a Nashville movie theater where a suspect was wielding a gun and a hatchet.

Brian Haas, a spokesman for the Nashville fire department, says one of those three also had a superficial wound that may have been caused by a hatchet.

Don Aaron, a spokesman for Metro Nashville police, says an officer came into the theater and was fired upon by the suspect. The officer shot back, then backed off. After that, a SWAT team came in, and there was another exchange of gunfire. The suspect was then found dead.

The suspect had two backpacks, which are being checked by authorities.

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2:20 p.m.

Police say the suspect in a shooting at a Nashville-area movie theater was armed with a hatchet and a gun before being shot by an officer.

Don Aaron, a spokesman for Metro Nashville police, said Wednesday that one person may have suffered a hatchet wound. He did not have further details.

Aaron says an officer came into the theater and was fired upon by the suspect. The officer shot back, then backed off. After that, a SWAT team came in, and there was another exchange of gunfire. The suspect was then found dead.

The suspect had two backpacks, which are being checked by authorities.

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2:15 p.m.

Police say a suspect is dead after officers responded to reports of shots fired at a movie theater southeast of Nashville, Tennessee.

Metro Nashville police said in a tweet Wednesday afternoon that there was an active shooter situation at the Carmike Hickory 8 theater, but that the suspect was dead.

Nashville Fire Department spokesman Brian Haas said previously that police were responding to the theater in Antioch, a suburb southeast of Nashville.

No other details were immediately available.

The latest shooting comes about two weeks after a gunman opened fire inside a movie theater in Lafayette, Louisiana, during a screening of the film "Trainwreck." Police said John Russell Houser killed two people and wounded nine others before fatally shooting himself.

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2:05 p.m.

Authorities say police are responding to reports of shots fired at a movie theater southeast of Nashville, Tennessee.

Nashville Fire Department spokesman Brian Haas said Wednesday that police were responding to a theater in Antioch, a suburb southeast of Nashville.

Haas said further details would need to be released by police.

No other details were immediately available.

The report of shots fired comes about two weeks after a gunman opened fire inside a movie theater in Lafayette, Louisiana, during a screening of the film "Trainwreck." Police said John Russell Houser killed two people and wounded nine others before fatally shooting himself.