Tennessee man killed by police attacked family with hatchet: 911 call

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Gunman Dead After Nashville Theater Shooting

A Tennessee man who was shot dead by police at a Nashville area-movie theater first used a hatchet to assault a family before pulling out a weapon thought to be a gun, according to a 911 call released on Thursday.

The gunman was identified by Nashville police as Vincente Montano, 29, who had been committed for mental health issues four times in 2004 and 2007. In addition to the hatchet, he was carrying what turned out to be a pellet gun, as well as pepper spray that he used to douse the crowd at a showing of "Mad Max: Fury Road" on Wednesday night in Murfreesboro, police said.

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The body of the suspect is removed from the movie theater following a shooting Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015, in Antioch, Tenn. A man armed with a hatchet and gun unleashed a volley of pepper spray at audience members inside the movie theater, exchanging fire with a responding officer before being shot dead by a SWAT team as he tried to escape out a back door, police said. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)
This undated photo released by the Metro Nashville Police Department shows Vincente Montano, the attacker at a movie theater in Antioch, Tenn., Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015. The man armed with a hatchet and a pellet gun unleashed a volley of pepper spray at audience members inside the movie theater before being fired at by a police officer and shot dead as he tried to escape out a back door, police said. (Metro Nashville Police Department via AP)
A member of the Nashville Metro Police Bomb Squad unit suits up before checking a device on the side of a movie theater following a shooting Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015, in Antioch, Tenn. A man armed with a hatchet and gun unleashed a volley of pepper spray at audience members inside a movie theater, exchanging fire with a responding officer before being shot dead as he tried to escape out the back of the theater only to encounter a SWAT team, police said. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)
A member of the Nashville Metro Police Bomb Squad walks away from a backpack on the side of a movie theater before detonating it following a shooting Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015, in Antioch, Tenn. A man armed with a hatchet and pellet gun unleashed a volley of pepper spray at audience members inside a movie theater, exchanging fire with a responding officer before being shot dead by police as he tried to escape out the back of the theater only to encounter a SWAT team, police said. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)
Nashville Metro Police Bomb Squad and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives officials work at the scene of a shooting Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015, in Antioch, Tenn. A man armed with a hatchet and gun unleashed a volley of pepper spray at audience members inside a movie theater, exchanging fire with a responding officer before being shot dead by police as he tried to escape out the back of the theater only to encounter a SWAT team, police said. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)
Map locates shooting in Antioch. (Image via AP)
This photo released by the Metro Nashville Police Department shows a hatchet carried by an attacker at a movie theater in Antioch, Tenn., Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015. A man armed with a hatchet and a pellet gun unleashed a volley of pepper spray at audience members inside the movie theater before being fired at by a police officer and shot dead by a SWAT team as he tried to escape out a back door, police said. (Metro Nashville Police Department via AP)
This photo released by the Metro Nashville Police Department shows a pellet gun carried by an attacker at a movie theater in Antioch, Tenn., Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015. A man armed with a hatchet and a pellet gun unleashed a volley of pepper spray at audience members inside the movie theater before being fired at by a police officer and shot dead by a SWAT team as he tried to escape out a back door, police said. (Metro Nashville Police Department via AP)
Nashville Metro Police officers exit the movie theater following a shooting Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015, in Antioch, Tenn. A man armed with a hatchet and a pellet gun unleashed a volley of pepper spray at audience members inside a movie theater, exchanging fire with a responding officer before being shot dead as he tried to escape out the back of the theater only to encounter a SWAT team, police said. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)
The body of the suspect, right, is removed from the movie theater following a shooting Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015, in Antioch, Tenn. The man armed with a hatchet and a pellet gun unleashed a volley of pepper spray at audience members inside a movie theater before being fired at by a police officer and shot dead by a SWAT team as he tried to escape out a back door, police said. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)
Police officers talk by a display of movie posters, including one for "Mad Max," outside a movie theater following a shooting Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015, in Antioch, Tenn. A man armed with a hatchet and a pellet gun unleashed a volley of pepper spray at audience members inside the movie theater before being fired at by a police officer and shot dead by a SWAT team as he tried to escape out a back door, police said. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
Nashville Metro Police Bomb Squad robot picks up a backpack on the side of a movie theater following a shooting, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015, in Antioch, Tenn. A suspect wielding a hatchet and a gun inside the Nashville-area movie theater died after exchanging gunshots with a SWAT team that stormed the theater, police said. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)
An officer stands in front of the Carmike Hickory 8 movie theater following a shooting Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015, in Antioch, Tenn. A suspect wielding a hatchet and a gun inside the Nashville-area movie theater died after exchanging gunshots with a SWAT team that stormed the theater, police said. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)
Police work outside a movie theater complex where officials reported a man with at least one gun and a weapon described as a hatchet was killed by police on Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015, in Antioch, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
Dozens of law enforcement and emergency responders work in the parking lot after a suspect wielding a hatchet and gun inside a Nashville-area movie theater died after exchanging gunshots with SWAT team members that stormed the theater, police said, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015. The suspect, who was not identified, was armed with a gun and hatchet at the Carmike Hickory 8 theater in Antioch, said Don Aaron, a spoke, man for Metro Nashville police. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)
An officer stands in front of the Carmike Hickory 8 movie theater following a shooting Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015, in Antioch, Tenn. A suspect wielding a hatchet and a gun inside the Nashville-area movie theater died after exchanging gunshots with a SWAT team that stormed the theater, police said. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)
Officers walk in front of a movie theater following a shooting Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015, in Antioch, Tenn. A suspect wielding a hatchet and a gun inside the Nashville-area movie theater died after exchanging gunshots with a SWAT team that stormed the theater, police said. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)
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An unidentified caller to the 911 emergency line said the man was wearing "dingy-looking clothes."
"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," the caller said. "And then he pulled out a gun and we all ran out of the theater."

After the man spoke for about two minutes, sirens could be heard and police arrived on the scene.

Three people were treated for exposure to pepper spray, including a 58-year-old man who also suffered a superficial wound to his shoulder, likely from the hatchet, Brian Haas of the Nashville Fire Department told reporters. None of the victims were taken to hospital.

Montano was homeless and had been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, his mother said in a report filed two days before the shooting with the Murfreesboro police, the Tennessean newspaper reported. Police in the city about 30 miles southeast of Nashville were not immediately available to comment.

Montano was fatally shot by police as he tried to leave the theater by a rear exit.

The incident comes less than two weeks after a gunman opened fire in a movie theater in Lafayette, Louisiana, killing two people and wounding nine others before taking his own life.

(Reporting by Jon Herskovitz in Austin, Texas; Editing by Bill Trott)

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