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Gunman killed after movie theater shooting in Antioch, Tennessee

He was carrying a backpack at the time of the shooting.


Dell Cameron


Posted on Aug 5, 2015   Updated on May 28, 2021, 5:30 am CDT

Police have killed a shooter at a movie theater in Antioch, Tennessee.

The suspect reportedly died after a shootout with several officers at the Carmike Hickory 8 theater in Antioch, according to the Metro Nashville Police Department. 

At least two people were injured during the attack, reports WKRN.

Three people are reportedly being treated for exposure to pepper spray.

The shooter, whose identity has not yet been released, was armed with a gun and a hatchet, according to Metro police spokesperson Don Aaron. One moviegoer may have been injured by the hatchet, he said, but that has not yet been confirmed. Two backpacks were left behind by the shooter; a bomb disposal team is currently investigating. 

Officials at the nearby Vanderbilt Hospital told local news station WSMV-TV at 2:28pm CT that they were not expecting any gunshot victims.

Mad Max: Fury Road was playing in the theater, police said. 

A police dispatcher confirmed that the shooting was reported at 1:13 pm CT.

At least three emergency crews have been reported in the area, including a police SWAT team. And police have cordoned off the nearby Ford Ice Center and Global Mall.

Update: 2:42pm CT, Aug. 5: At least two people were reportedly injured during the attack.

Update: 2:52pm CT, Aug. 5: 3 people treated for pepper spray exposure.

Update: 3:03pm CT, Aug. 5: The gunman’s name has not been released, but the police have shared a few details.

Update: 7:50pm CT, Aug. 5: The shooter has reportedly been identified.

The situation is currently developing. 

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*First Published: Aug 5, 2015, 4:29 pm CDT