Skip to comments.(Nevada) IHOP Gunman had been unstable two months before the shooting (demons after him)
Posted on 11/02/2011 5:27:25 PM PDT by markomalley
In the days and months leading to his deadly rampage at the Carson City IHOP, Eduardo Sencion had been struggling with voices and the feared that people were demons out to get him, newly released information from the Carson City Sheriff's ' Department revealed Tuesday.
Two months before the Sept. 6 assault when Sencion, 32, shot 11 people, killing four before turning the gun on himself, he had his medication for paranoid schizophrenia change because of a side effects.
About a month before the shooting, he approached a priest on the street and asked for help.
They're telling me to do bad things, Sencion is quoted as saying.
On the morning of the shooting, he last spoke to his family at 7:15 a.m. at their East Carson City home, telling them, I should have gone to work today.
At 8:09 a.m., a witness reported, Sencion was in his blue minivan, sitting outside a beauty supply store at the Eagle Station Shopping Center, which is bookended on the south end by Kohl's and IHOP.
Surveillance footage from Kohl's captures Sencion's van as it enters the south end of the lot at 8:56 a.m.
A minute later, according to police, Sencion parks his vehicle in the IHOP parking lot, grabs a Norinco MAK-90 assault rifle and several fully loaded 30-round clips and fires two shots, followed by a fully automatic burst in an unknown direction.
The timeline goes on:
Sencion enters the IHOP and chambers a round into the rifle. Walks to the main dining area and shoots 30 rounds inside the restaurant.
First people shot were a husband and wife, Wally and Florence Donovan-Gunderson. Florence Donovan Gunderson dies instantly.
Sencion then begins shooting at a corner booth where five National Guard soldiers are sitting. Three die from their wounds and two are injured.
Sencion then shoots two more people who were sitting on the opposite side of the main dining area, adjacent to the soldiers' booth. One victim was shot in the lower back. The second was shot in the right leg and right side of his torso. The second victim later has to have his leg amputated.
Sencion then exits the restaurant and shoots his final victim in the head as she is trying to escape on her motorcycle. Her helmet saves her life.
A witness reports watching Sencion as he walks back to his minivan, sets the rifle on the ground at his feet and fatally shoots himself in the head with a handgun he obtained from the minivan.
The entire incident, according to the presentation, took 85 seconds 27 of which Sencion spent inside the IHOP. He fired a total of 79 rounds and had on him four weapons and 20 fully loaded 30-round magazines.
Carson City sheriff's Capt. Ken Sandage will present these findings to the Nevada Sheriffs and Chiefs Association's annual meeting tonight in Las Vegas.
Other items revealed in the presentation:
Sencion was diagnosed in 1999 with paranoid schizophrenia. His family became aware of his mental illness when he began to complain of being harassed by co-workers, but his employers said that wasn't the case.
With the help of his family, Sencion sought treatment and was diagnosed paranoid schizophrenic, the presentation states.
In interviewing nine of his family members, investigators learned that Sencion avoided intimate relationships, fearing he would father a child and pass along his illness.
And information from his family gave other clues to his failing mental state, the presentation states.
They said he'd had no sense of humor, had immersed himself in the Bible and spoke of hearing voices that were telling him to do bad things to people.
At some point, he also gave the keys to his gun safe to his mother and warned her that he was getting sick.
In the days and months leading to his deadly rampage at the Carson City IHOP
Waffle House gets the rednecks, and IHOP must get the crazies. I tend to like both places, so I’m not sure where I fit in....
There was a time when state institutions used to dot the landscape. No more.
And this is what we’re getting.
I remember a horrible case in CA when they first began “deinstitutionalization” (and I hate to say it, but Reagan was pretty much responsible for it there) where a paranoid schizophrenic pleaded not to be released because he said he knew he would do something horrible again. He said he felt “like a puppy on the freeway.”
Sure enough, only a few months later, he killed several people, among them his grandmother, who he cut up and barbecued and ate. There were several other cases, none that gruesome, but they all involved mentally ill individuals who had begged not to be released and then went on to kill people when they were.
Waffle House gets the rednecks, and IHOP must get the crazies. I tend to like both places, so Im not sure where I fit in....
The categories are not mutually exclusive.
(Do not do a Google image search on "crazed redneck".)
“...followed by a fully automatic burst in an unknown direction.”
Where’d the guy get a fully-auto Norinco MAK-90 ?
Eric Holder and Co.?
We had a case here locally where a recently released schizophrenic women killed her Grandma. She said voices told her it was her Grandmas time. The woman's family tried to keep her in a mental hospital but the hospital had to release her. She was initially charged with first degree murder but it has since been reduced. Everyone knows she is nuts but no one could do anything about it.
“...a recently released schizophrenic women...”
I’m too lazy to look it up in my style book, do you pluralize one body with multiple personalities? :)
“Eric Holder and Co.?”
Wouldn’t that be fascinating? I doubt we’ll ever know how many Holder Guns were used in crimes in the U.S.