UPDATE 4:11p: Nashville Police spokesman Don Aaron said the suspect in the shooting at a Nashville movie theater was a 51-year-old local man.

Aaron said that an officer responded to a report of an active shooter at the theater and confronted the gunman as he entered the building.

The gunman opened fire on the officer, who returned fire before backing away from the theater.

At roughly that same time, another officer encountered three citizens leaving the theater, a man who had a superficial would on his shoulder from a hatchet and two women who had been blasted with pepper spray by the suspect.

The suspect, who was wearing a surgical mask, ultimately emerged from the theater and was shot dead by a SWAT team.


A suspect was killed by police Wednesday after he opened fire in a movie theater in suburban Nashville, Tennessee.

Fox News reported that a police department spokesman said the man was armed with a gun and a hatchet.

When police arrived at the Carmike Hickory Hollow Cinema in Antioch shortly after 1 p.m. CT, the gunman fired at an officer who then returned fire. A SWAT team on the scene fired at him, as well, killing him.

The man also reportedly left two backpacks that were being examined by hazardous device officers.

Brittany Dotson, who works at a Sprint store near the movie theater, told Shepard Smith that around 9 a.m. CT a man tried to open the back door of her store.

She said she believes that was the same man who opened fire in the theater several hours later.

Dotson said that the man, who had two backpacks, sat outside the back of the Sprint store for about an hour.

She described him as having an average build and light brown hair, appearing to be in his early 30s.

Dotson said she had not spoken to a police officer to confirm that this was the same man who fired shots in the movie theater, but she said it wasn't hard to put the pieces together.

Hear more from Dotson above and see more on this developing story from "Shepard Smith Reporting" below.