NASHVILLE, Tennessee (AP) — A suspect wielding a hatchet and a gun inside a Nashville-area movie theater died after exchanging gunshots with a police team that stormed the theater, police said Wednesday.
The suspect was not identified.
One person may have suffered a hatchet wound, said Don Aaron, a spokesman for Metro Nashville police.
Fire department spokesman Brian Haas said three people were treated for exposure to pepper spray, and one of those people had a superficial wound that could have been caused by a hatchet. No one was taken to a hospital.
Aaron said an officer came into the theater and was fired upon by the suspect. The officer shot back, then backed off. After that, a specially trained police team came in, and there was another exchange of gunfire. The suspect was then found dead.
The suspect had two backpacks, which are being checked by authorities.
Video from the scene showed a at least one ambulance outside the theater.
The shooting comes about two weeks after a gunman opened fire inside a movie theater in Louisiana. Police there said John Russell Houser killed two people and wounded nine others before fatally shooting himself.
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