Few details about the incident were available Tuesday night. Neither the identity of the shooter nor the intended target was known.
Tuesday’s shooting at the Montage complex came less than two months after Stephen Paddock killed 58 people and injured nearly 500 others in Las Vegas, the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history. Paddock, 64, fired at thousands of unsuspecting concertgoers from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino before killing himself.
Paddock once owned a unit at the Montage, the Associated Press reported, adding that records showed he sold the property in December 2016.
After police arrived at the Reno apartment complex, the gunman continued to fire shots from inside the room. A woman was also inside the apartment, Sparks police said in its news release. The woman, whom police initially described as a hostage, was not injured in the shooting, the Reno Gazette-Journal reported.
Police officers and a SWAT team then “converged on the suspect’s room and an officer involved shooting occurred,” according to the Sparks Police news release. The shooter received medical aid on the scene and was transported to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead, police said.
Keeping with protocol for officer-involved shootings, the Sparks Police Department is leading the investigation. It appears that the gunman acted alone, police said.
Before the shooter was in custody, authorities shut down much of the downtown Reno area, advising residents of the Montage to shelter in place and urging casino goers to remain in safe locations. Police restricted access to pedestrians on both the north and south sides of the apartment complex, Broadway said. The FBI and a police SWAT team were both on the scene.
The Montage is a high-rise complex of luxury condominiums, located near some of the downtown area’s most popular casinos. It was originally a casino and resort before it was converted into an apartment complex, according to its website.
Trooper Chris Kelley with the Nevada Highway Patrol told the Gazette-Journal the gunfire lasted for about 20 minutes.
Reno Police Department Deputy Chief Tom Robinson said the shooter was a young adult, the Gazette-Journal reported. Robinson identified the man’s gun as a shoulder-fired rifle with 20 to 50 rounds of ammunition. The shooter fired bursts of five to eight shots at a time, the Gazette-Journal reported.
Dusty Wunderlich told The Washington Post he was two floors below the shooter in the Montage. Shortly after arriving home, Wunderlich heard about 20 shots fired within 10 minutes. The gunfire was “sporadic” for the next hour, he said. The weapon “sounded like a hunting rifle,” Wunderlich said.
“It was intense,” he added. “Once I realized what was happening I turned off all my lights, got on the police scanner, and hunkered down. I was armed, which gave me some peace of mind.”
Mike Pavicich, visiting Reno from Las Vegas, told the Gazette-Journal he was walking in front of the Eldorado Resort Casino when he heard the shots.
“When you heard it’s coming from above it reminds you of the guy shooting from Mandalay Bay. . . . It’s scary you know? This is the same kind of town,” Pavicich said.
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