Hatchet-Wielding Man Killed at Movie Theater was Carrying a Pellet Gun, Fake Bomb

Police shot dead a hatchet-wielding man who opened fire in a Tennessee movie theater on Wednesday afternoon.

A man shot dead by police in a Tennessee movie theater on Wednesday was carrying a hatchet, a pellet gun and a fake bomb, it has emerged.

Vincente David Montano, 29, of Nashville, entered the Carmike 8 Cinemas in Antioch while wearing two backpacks - including one on his chest - and a surgical mask on his face.

He unleashed large amounts of pepper spray inside a movie theater before officers arrived.

Don Aaron, a spokesman for Metro Nashville police, said that officers entered the theater and the suspect was shot dead as he tried to leave through the theater's rear door.

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"There was gunfire and the gunman is deceased just inside the movie theater," police spokesman Don Aaron told 11 Alive following the incident. "So we believe the imminent threat has been ended."

Montano attacked three people with pepper spray during a showing of Mad Max: Fury Road at the theater and all were treated for exposure to the spray.

One of them, a man, had a cut to his shoulder after he was apparently hit by the hatchet.

Aaron said Montano had been committed for psychiatric treatment at least four times, twice in 2004 and twice in 2007. He had "significant" psychological issues, Aaron said.

Police have not yet uncovered a motive.

It comes weeks after a gunman shot two women dead in a movie theater in Lafayette, Louisiana before taking his own life.

In 2012, another attacker opened fire during a screening of Dark Knight Rises in Aurora, Colorado, killing 12 and injuring 70 before he was arrested. He is now facing the death penalty.

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