Tennessee movie theater suspect killed by police had been committed 4 times, did not have firearm

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Police on Wednesday night identified the assailant in the Tennessee movie theater attack as a 29-year-old man who had been committed four times for psychiatric treatment.

Metro Nashville Police spokesman Don Aaron said at a news conference late Wednesday that Vincente David Montano of Nashville had “significant psychiatric or psychological issues,” and that he had been arrested in 2004 for assault and resisting arrest. He said a fingerprint taken at the theater matched that from his arrest.

He had been reported missing to police on Aug. 3.

They also said he was armed with an AirSoft pellet gun. Earlier Wednesday, authorities had said the  assailant was armed with a regular gun and had exchanged fire with a police officer before being shot dead by a SWAT team.Aaron told reporters that one moviegoer suffered a minor cut on a shoulder from a hatchet before police officers killed the suspect as he tried to go out the back door.

The injured man, who was identified as Steven, told reporters that police did a “phenomenal job” in responding to the calls for help. He was one of eight people in the theater, and one of three who was pepper sprayed by the assailant. He said his daughter was also sprayed.

“I am very, very grateful that no one else got injured here today — other than the person who perpetrated this,” Steven said.

Steven, his daughter and another woman suffered irritation from pepper spray apparently used by the suspect, who was wearing a surgical mask.

The suspect also had two backpacks with him, Aaron said. The bomb squad destroyed one backpack that contained a “hoax device,” Aaron said.

Police were called to the Carmike Hickory 8 movie theater complex in the Nashville suburb of Antioch at 1:15 p.m. CT. Two officers were already at the mall working a car accident when people came running toward them. The officers were inside the complex withing two minutes, Aaron said.

One officer entered the theater and fired at the suspect before backing away. The SWAT team arrived and had to don gas masks due to the heavy chemical spray in the theater, Aaron said. The man tried to flee out the back door.

Brad Ransom, who told CNN he works across the street from the theater, said he saw four or five officers along the side of the building around the time of the shooting.

Antioch is a community of southeast Nashville.