Multiple 911 calls paint chaotic scene at Carson City IHOP
CARSON CITY, NEV – A series of emergency calls that came into Carson City 911 displayed the fear that surrounded the Tuesday morning mass shooting at the IHOP.
“It’s IHOP, there’s a shooting going on. Multiple shooting. Automatic weapons. IHOP, get there right now,” the first caller Ralph Swagler, owner of Locals BBQ said firmly after watching a man open fire in the parking lot then enter the restaurant. But when shooter Eduardo Sencion reemerged moments later and turned his attention to Local’s, Swagler became more frantic.
“Now he’s coming back out with the gun! He’s shooting people in the parking lot,” Swagler yelled. He can be heard shouting for his son Ryan to get away from the door and a volley of five gunshots ringing out.
“He’s shooting at us now,” Swagler yelled. “He’s shooting everybody.”
Some two dozen phone calls flooded the Carson City Sheriff’s Dispatch center in the first two minutes of the 8:58 a.m. shooting in South Carson City.
The second call came in from Casino Fandango security. When dispatchers asked if the unidentified caller could see the shooter, the man radioed another security officer and asked what could be seen.
“He’s down by the van. There’s a blue van between the Locals BBQ and IHOP and they said that he shot himself in the head,” the caller relayed.
A woman from H&R Block across from the IHOP reported they’d locked themselves in the tax preparation office’s restroom when gunshot rang out.
“He was outside my front door,” she said, identifying the shooter as Hispanic.
A restaurant patron called in and incorrectly identified Sencion as a former employee of the restaurant.
“He came in with an automatic. I think it was a Russian automatic,” the man said.
“How many people (are injured),” the dispatcher asked.
“I’m looking in the window now,” the man said before exclaiming, “Oh my God! We’ve got (expletive) people down!”