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    Tennessee Police on the Scene of Reported Shooter in Movie Theater

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    According to local authorities, there has been a shooting inside a movie theater in Antioch, Tennessee.

    UPDATE: Police now say that the shooter appeared to be armed with a pellet gun. The bomb squad's search of two backpacks left on the scene also revealed device intended to look like a bomb, but which was not actually explosive.

    The shooter has been identified as 29-year-old Vincente David Montano, who has been committed four times in the past, according to police.

    The local fire department has confirmed that shots were fired inside Carmike 8 Cinemas at 1:55 pm. The theater is located just outside of Nashville.

    According to local WSMV, the shooter is dead. The gunman's identity has not been released.

    The shooter reportedly entered during a screening of "Mad Max: Fury Road," wearing two backpacks and carrying a hatchet. The gunman opened fire on police before being taken down by a SWAT Team. Authorities are now working to secure the area to be sure that no harmful material was left behind in the suspect's backpacks.

    Conflicting reports suggest there could be as many as two injured. Authorities say that one person may have been wounded by the hatchet, and three have been treated for exposure to pepper spray.

    Three emergency services units have been sent to the scene, and one witness told local WSMV that one individual was seen covered in blood.

    Neighboring businesses, including the Ford Ice Center and the Global Mall, have been locked down.

    The incidents comes less than two weeks after a shooter opened fire inside a theater in Lafayette, Louisiana.


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