Just two weeks after a gunman opened fire during a Lafayette, La., screening of “Trainwreck,” another man showed up at a movie theater last night with the intention of harming multiple people. Instead, he ended up losing his life.
This time, the perp was a 29-year-old man in Nashville’s Carmike Hickory 8 theater. He showed up at a screening of “Mad Max: Fury Road” armed with a pellet gun (which looked like a real firearm), a hatchet, and pepper spray. USA Today notes that Vincente David Montano had a history of mental illness and had been arrested before for criminal assault. He was shot and killed by police less than an hour after he began attacking movie-goers with the hatchet and pepper spray.
A witness on the scene told a 911 dispatcher, “This guy, this shady looking guy, stood up with like two bags and walked to the back of the theater and he pulled out a hatchet and started attacking this family. And then he pulled out a gun and we all ran out of the theater.”
Luckily, nobody was seriously hurt, though a few movie-goers were treated for pepper-spray injuries, and a man got a superficial shoulder injury from the suspect’s hatchet. Montano was reportedly carrying two backpacks with him at the scene; police found that one of them contained a fake bomb.
When police arrived, Montano opened fire on an officer, who returned the fire. A SWAT team was also on hand, and they shot and killed the suspect as he was reportedly trying to escape out a back door.
According to USA Today, a witness inside the theater at the time posted about it on Facebook afterward: “Kids having to see the evil that exists in this world up close like this is tragic…heard a child crying saying.”Is the boogie man still here.?”
Montano’s mother reportedly told police her son had been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, but that she hadn’t talked to him since 2013. He had been committed four times for psychiatric issues.
Read more: USA Today
Photo: Metro Nashville PD