Two police officers and three civilians are dead after a bizarre shooting rampage in Las Vegas on Sunday. The two suspected shooters are among the deceased.
The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and the FBI are investigating the incident.
Shortly after 11 a.m. two police officers were eating lunch at a local Cici’s Pizza when two shooters — a man and a woman — entered the restaurant and shot both officers.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that one of the shooters yelled “This is the start of a revolution” before shooting the two officers.
One officer was shot in the back of the head while he refilled a drink. The other policeman exchanged fire with the shooters before being shot repeatedly.
The officers are identified as Alyn Beck, 41, and Igor Soldo, 31. Police are still investigating the shooting and have not said which officer was shot first.
“What precipitated this event? We do not know. My officers were simply having lunch when the shooting started,” said Sheriff Doug Gillespie, according to the Los Angeles Times. “I can tell you that they were both family men, and they’re leaving behind loved ones.”
Soldo leaves behind a wife and three children. Beck had a wife and baby.
Investigators said the shooters removed the officers’ badges and guns and then covered their bodies with something featuring the Gadsden flag, an iconic Revolutionary War-era flag that depicts a coiled snake on yellow background over the words “Don’t tread on me.”
From there the shooters went across the street and entered a Wal-Mart store.
One witness told police that at least one of the shooters shouted “Everyone get out!” upon entering the store. He then began shooting wildly, according to NBC News.
Police found one customer shot dead at the store’s entrance.
Details are sketchy about what happened next and police asked for patience and stressed that the investigation is still in its early stages.
Some reports indicate that the female shooter shot her male companion before turning her gun on herself in what one official described as “some sort of suicide pact.” Other reports indicate that the two exchanged fire with a citizen who must have been carrying a concealed weapon.
Police have confirmed that the two suspects died in the store. A bomb squad was called in to investigate two duffel bags that the suspects were carrying but no bombs were found.
The investigation is ongoing and the FBI is assisting local police. Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval issued a statement calling the shooting “senseless violence.”
“I am devastated … My thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and their families,” he said. “I am receiving regular updates with regard to this tragedy and local and state law enforcement are assisting at the scene.”