“Sept. 6th Really Brought Us To Our Knees”
(Las Vegas, NV) — Just over a year ago in Carson City was an event that changed the lives of an entire community.
“September 6th really brought us to our knees”, Carson City Sheriff Kenny Furlong told KXNT.
The morning of Sept. 6th, a man with mental health issues stormed the IHOP in Carson City. Furlong told KXNT about the exact time he heard about the shootings.
“I recall the moment when a dispatcher said that several were down in the parking lot. I then realized that this (the shootings) was not an exercise. This is something real.”
When Furlong arrived at the IHOP Carson City Resident Eduardo Sencion had just come out of the restaurant.
“So many people (were) pointing towards where the shooter was. They were scattered throughout the entire area and screaming and pointing, he’s up there! He’s up there!”
The shooter charged the restaurant with an AK-47 assault rifle and opened fire before killing himself. In the end four people died, including three National Guard members. Furlong added that there are still lingering effects to the deadly shooting.
“There are victims that continue to this day. Those fears and intimidations from September 6th, many of those continue to this point right now.”
The dead were identified as Sgt. 1st Class Christian Riege, 38, of Carson City, who served in Afghanistan from 2009 to 2010; Maj. Heath Kelly, 35, of Reno, who served in Iraq from 2004 to 2005; and Sgt. 1st Class Miranda McElhiney, 31.
Also killed was Florence Donovan-Gunderson, 67, of South Lake Tahoe. In all, 11 people were shot.
“The community has been resilient here in Carson. They want closure so the healing process can really push forward.”, said Furlong.
A ceremony at 6 p.m. Friday, August 31st in the Pony Express Pavilion of Mills Park will take place. A tree will be planted in honor of those killed and injured, along with a monument erected in their honor. The ceremony will conclude with a butterfly release.
Below is an account of the event as told to KXNT by Sheriff Furlong. Our appreciation to Mr. Furlong cannot be measured.