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Police identify suspect in Tennessee movie theater attack

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UPDATE: 

Nashville police have identified the man who was killed by police after attacking moviegoers at a theater in Tennessee as 29-year-old David Montano. (Earlier in the day, authorities had identified him as a 51-year-old man.) According to the Associated Press, Nashville Police spokesman Don Aaron told reporters that he had “significant psychiatric or psychological issues” and was arrested in 2004 for assault and resisting arrest. 

Police also discovered that the suspect was armed with an airsoft pistol. Aaron told reporters earlier on Wednesday that the suspect had opened fire with an officer before he was killed by a SWAT team. 

EARLIER:

Police in Nashville say a suspect is dead after exchanging shots with a SWAT team at a movie theater in Antioch, Tennessee, near Nashville.

The Nashville Fire Department responded to a call of an active shooter at the Carmike Hickory 8 theater on Wednesday afternoon, spokesman Brian Haas said, and the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department confirmed on Twitter that the suspect is dead. 

A representative for the Nashville Police Department did not immediately respond to EW’s request for comment.

Nashville Police spokesman Don Aaron told the Associated Press the suspect was armed with a gun, a hatchet and pepper spray. Aaron said the suspect was killed by a SWAT team after he shot at a police officer in a theater where Mad Max: Fury Road was showing and tried to escape through a rear door. Aaron added one person may have been wounded by the hatchet and three people were pepper-sprayed, but that nobody was taken to the hospital.

Aaron told CNN the gunman had two “backpack-type bags,” one on him and one that was left behind. The bag he was carrying contained a fake bomb, according to the AP, and investigators are still inspecting the second backpack.

The incident comes less than two weeks after a gunman shot two people in a Lafayette, Louisiana movie theater before turning the weapon on himself. Nine others were injured.

The Lafayette shooting, which occurred during a screening of Amy Schumer’s comedy Trainwreck, has fueled national conversation about gun violence. Earlier this week, Schumer joined with her cousin New York Sen. Chuck Schumer to call for tighter gun laws.

“These shootings have got to stop,” the actress said. “I don’t know how else to say it.”

The Tennessee incident also comes as jurors in the trial of convicted Aurora, Colorado theater shooter James Holmes, who murdered 12 people in 2012, weigh the death penalty.

This is a breaking news story, and has been updated throughout.

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