News 8 – CNN reports that a man wielding a gun, a hatchet and pepper spray was killed inside a Tennessee movie theater on Wednesday after police responded to reports of an active shooter. The shooter and the police exchanged gunfire, Nashville police report. Nashville police spokesman Don Aaron told reporters that one moviegoer was wounded by a hatchet before a SWAT team killed the suspect. The wounded person had a superficial injury, fire Department spokesman Brian Haas said.
No one has been transported to a hospital, Haas said, but three people suffered irritation from pepper spray apparently used by the suspect. The suspect, who died inside the theater, also had two backpacks with him, Aaron said. Police were called to the Carmike Hickory 8 movie theater complex in the Nashville suburb of Antioch at 8:15 PM CT.
One officer entered the theater and exchanged fire with the gunman before the SWAT team arrived and fatally shot the man in a gunbattle. Antioch Is a suburb of Nashville, about 15 miles southeast of the city.