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Deceased victims named in Carson City shooting tragedy



CARSON CITY — Carson City Sheriff Ken Furlong announced today during a 9:00 a.m. press conference the four victims killed in yesterday’s tragic shooting at the IHOP restaurant located in south Carson City, Nevada.

In order to adhere to family requests and compliance with the hospitals’ regulation of HIPAA requirements, the names of the injured victims were not released during today’s press conference.

Instead the briefing focused on the victims who lost their lives.

National Guard Deceased Victims

Rank/Name: Major Heath Kelly – Male deceased

Hometown: Reno, Nevada

Unit: Joint Force Headquarters, Nevada

Age: 35

Military Occupational Specialty:  Field Artillery Officer

Awards/Decorations:  Army Commendation (5th award), Army Achievement Medal, Global War on Terrorism, National Defense Service Medal, Kuwait Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Iraq Campaign Medal

Military Schools:  Maintenance Officer, Field Artillery Officer Basic Course and Advanced Course, Combined Arms and Services Staff School, Combat Lifesaver

Deployments: Iraq 2004-2005 with HHC, 3rd Corps (deployed while active duty Army, not while a member of Nevada National Guard)


Rank/Name: Sgt. 1st Class Christian Riege (REE-ghee) – Male deceased

Hometown: Carson City, Nevada

Unit: Joint Force Headquarters, Nevada

Age: 38

Military Occupational Specialty:  Armor Crewman

Awards/Decorations:  Meritorious Service Medal, Army Achievement Medal (2nd award), Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal, Joint Unit Meritorious Award, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Meritorious Unit Citation, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Southwest
Asia Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Combat Spur

Military Schools:  Armor Crewman, Vehicle Maintenance, Hazardous Materials Course, Unit Supply

Deployments: Afghanistan 2009-2010 with 1/221st Cavalry, Nevada National Guard


Rank/Name: Sgt. 1st Class Miranda McElhiney (Mc-ELL-ih-knee)– Female deceased

Hometown: Reno, Nevada

Unit: Joint Force Headquarters, Nevada

Age: 31

Duty Status: Title 32

Military Occupational Specialty:  Health Care Specialist, Dental Specialist, Human Resource Specialist

Awards/Decorations:  Army Commendation Medal (4th award), Army Achievement Medal (4th award), Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal (2nd award), Global War on Terrorism, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, National Defense Service Ribbon

Military Schools:  Medical Specialist, Dental Specialist, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development, Administrative Specialist

Deployments: None


Civilian Deceased Victims

Florence Donovan – Gunderson – Female deceased

Spouse of Retired United States Marine Corp

Resident:  South Lake Tahoe

DOB: July 16, 1944


“I would like to emphasize that this is an isolated incident, and the suspect has died from a self inflicted wound.  The community is safe, and we will continue to release information as it becomes available,” Furlong said.

Event Summary – A lone gunman entered the IHOP restaurant just before 9 a.m. yesterday and began shooting.  His shooting spree continued into the restaurant’s parking lot, culminating in him turning the gun on himself.  A total of eleven victims were shot; 5 were from the Nevada National Guard and 6 were civilians.  At this time, four victims are confirmed dead (three of them Nevada National Guardsmen); the shooter has also died.

The shooter has been identified as Eduardo Sencion, a.k.a Eduardo Perez-Gonzalez, age 32.  Sencion was born on July 22, 1979 in Mexico and is a U.S. citizen.  He has no prior criminal history.  His family has indicated that he has a history of mental illness.

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