IHOP Massacre: Victim, Shooter Profiles Emerge

National Guard members praised for their service
By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 8, 2011 4:38 AM CDT

(Newser) – Eduardo Sencion, the 32-year-old suspected gunman who killed four people in a senseless shooting at a Carson City IHOP , had a history of mental illness but no criminal record, according to a profile by AP. Sencion fought with police in 2000 when he was taken into protective custody for a mental health evaluation, but no charges were were ever filed. "He was a happy guy. He was always smiling," said a customer of the family-owned market where Sension worked. "He would help people out."

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The three National Guard members killed were all in their 30s. One was an Afghanistan war veteran, father of four, and a fitness buff. Another was a veteran of the Iraq war and decorated officer, with an interest in military history. The third was an administrative sergeant, a "fireball" with a love of baking. The fourth person killed in the shooting was older, 67, and married to a retired Marine, who was also shot in the massacre. (Read more mass shootings stories.)

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