Reno Shooting: Gunman Killed after Opening Fire from Apartment

An unidentified gunman started firing bullets onto the streets below from an apartment building in Reno, Nevada, on November 28, 2017, setting off waves of panic. Police and a SWAT team eventually stormed the apartment and fatally shot the gunman. A female hostage and civilians escaped with the help of law enforcement.   

A quiet evening near The Montage building on North Sierra Street in Reno, Nevada was disturbed by the sounds of gunfire on the night of November 28, 2017. Police responded to the Reno shooting as soon as they were notified that sporadic shots were being fired on the streets below from an “elevated position” around 7:00 p.m.

Police surrounded the building and “contained” the gunman while negotiating with him for the release of a woman being held hostage. She was one of the people who called the police, but it is uncertain if she knew the gunman.

The gunman was shooting for around 30 minutes from The Montage but did not hit anyone outside. He was using a shoulder-fired rifle with 20 to 50 rounds of ammunition. He fired five to 10 bullets at regular intervals, police said.

Civilians Evacuated in Reno Shooting

It’s not clear whether the gunman was aiming at people below or just firing in the air. But police reported seeing “sparks and spatter” as bullets hit the ground and they hid behind their cars.

Residents of The Montage were told to stay in their apartments via the intercom until a SWAT team managed to neutralize the gunman. Residents on the eighth and seventh floors were later evacuated by police as they closed in on the gunman.

Seventh-floor resident Karl Fiebiger said police told him to leave because the bullets could penetrate windows and floors. He told the Reno Gazette-Journal, “Honestly, I knew the shooter was close. I could feel the windows vibrate. I could hear things falling from walls. I was pretty glad to evacuate because I knew I wasn’t in the safest situation if bullets started flying.”

Gunman Dead, Hostage Unharmed

Reno Police negotiators arrived on the scene and made contact with the gunman and the hostage who was with him. The gunman continued to fire.

Eventually,  members of the Reno Police and a SWAT team converged on the gunman’s apartment unit and an officer-involved shooting occurred. The gunman was taken into custody, but he died of his wounds.

The SWAT team managed to get the hostage out of the room completely unharmed. There were reports of a superficial injury to a civilian, but nobody else was injured.

Police did not give the name of the gunman behind the Reno shooting, but they described him as a young adult.

Memories of Las Vegas Killings

The Reno shooting brought back horrific memories of the Las Vegas shooting. On October 1, 2017, Stephen Paddock killed 58 people by opening fire from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel on an outdoor concert below.

An eerie connection to this shooting is that Paddock once owned a unit in The Montage. He sold the property in December 2016.

A police press release said the investigation is ongoing, but it appears that the gunman acted alone. Any civilian information regarding the Reno shooting is welcome.