ANTIOCH, Tenn. – Police say a man is dead after an attack at a movie theater in Tennessee.
Witnesses at a nearby business told WSMV that one person was covered in blood.
Police say the man who was originally reported as a gunman – for being armed with what looked like a gun and a hatchet – was inside a theater that was showing “Mad Max.”
Authorities say the man pepper sprayed people and then pulled what looked like a hand gun. That’s when an officer opened fire.
The 29-year-old gunman, later identified as Vincente David Montano, was shot dead by SWAT officers as he exited the theater’s rear door, police said.
The bomb squad checked the two backpacks the gunman had in his possession.
Police later found that the suspect’s gun was actually an airsoft pistol.
One man was cut by the hatchet, but his injuries are non-life threatening.
A 53-year-old woman and a 17-year-old woman were also treated for pepper spray exposure, officials said.
Several businesses in the area were placed on lockdown as the investigation into the shooting continues.
Montano appears to have had a history of mental illness, Nashville police spokesman Don Aaron said.
This is a developing story.
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