Hatchet Wielding Gunman Storms Tennessee Movie Theater

Police Respond to Hatchet Wielding Shooter at Nashville Movie Theater
Police Respond to Hatchet Wielding Shooter at Nashville Movie Theater

A man wielding a gun, a hatchet and pepper spray was killed inside a Tennessee movie theater on Wednesday after police responding to reports of an active shooter traded gunshots with the suspect, Nashville police said.

After arriving on the scene, police said they began to clear the theater. An officer encountered the gunman, who shot at the officer, and was killed by return fire.

While police insist the imminent threat is over, the suspect had two backpacks, both of which are being carefully examined to ensure they pose no further danger.

Officials said afterwards that three people treated for pepper spray exposure, and one person was treated for a superficial wound. All were treated at the scene and released.

Nashville Police spokesman Don Aaron told reporters that one moviegoer was wounded by a hatchet before a SWAT team killed the suspect. The wounded person had a superficial injury, fire department spokesman Brian Haas said.

No one has been transported to a hospital, Haas said, but three people suffered irritation from pepper spray apparently used by the suspect.

The suspect, who died inside the theater, also had two backpacks with him, Aaron said.

Police were called to the Carmike Hickory 8 movie theater complex in the Nashville suburb of Antioch at 1:15 p.m. CT.

One officer entered the theater and exchanged fire with the gunman before the SWAT arrived and fatally shot the man in a gunbattle.

Metro Nashville police are now investigating the backpacks the suspect had on him at the time of the incident.

“Mad Max: Fury Road” was playing in the theater the suspect entered, police said.

The suspect has been tentatively identified as a local 51-year-old white male, police said.