Man dead after allegedly attacking movie-goers at Tennessee theater

By Danielle Haynes

ANTIOCH, Tenn., Aug. 5 (UPI) -- Police responding to reports of shots fired at an Antioch, Tenn., movie theater shot and killed a man armed with what turned out to be a pellet gun and hatchet, law enforcement officials said.

Police said the suspect, a 29-year-old man, had what appeared to be a handgun when he entered the Carmike Hickory 8 Theater around 1 p.m. Investigators later determined the device was an airsoft gun.


He also allegedly brought in a backpack found to contain a "hoax device," officials said.

Don Aaron, a spokesman for Metro Nashville police, told reporters one person in the theater was injured by the hatchet, a man who identified himself only as Steven to NBC News.

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Steven and two women were also sprayed by a substance that appeared to be pepper spray. Steven said he had no idea why the suspect attacked him and his family, but he called for prayers for the man's family.

"I'm very, very grateful that no one else got injured here today other than the person who perpetrated this," he said.

Aaron said one officer entered the theater, which was screening Mad Max: Fury Road, and was fired upon by the suspect. A SWAT team then came into the theater, where there was an exchange of fire.

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Around 2 p.m. police said the suspect was dead.

Police found a second backpack near the back of the theater and were investigating its contents.

The incident comes two weeks after a man opened fire at a movie theater in Lafayette, La., killing two people and himself.

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