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A gunman wielding an AK-47 has opened fire on a table of uniformed National Guard members at a Nevada restaurant in an outburst of violence that killed four people, wounded eight others and put Nevada's capital city on high alert as the gunman emptied his assault rifle in a bustling business district.

The gunman's motive was unclear, but family members said he had mental health issues. He had never been in the military and had no known affiliation with anyone inside the restaurant.

Five Nevada National Guard troops sitting together at the back of the restaurant were shot - two of them fatally.

Another woman was also killed. The gunman - 32-year-old Eduardo Sencion of Carson City - shot himself in the head and died at a hospital.

Witnesses and authorities described a frantic scene, in which the gunman pulled into the large complex of retail stores and shops in a blue minivan with a yellow Support Our Troops sticker on the back.

He got out and immediately shot a woman by a motorcycle, a witness said.

Ralph Swagler said he grabbed his own weapon, but said it was too late to stop the man, who charged into an IHOP restaurant through the front doors.

"I wish I had shot at him when he was going in the IHOP," said Mr Swagler, who owns Locals BBQ & Grill.

"But when he came at me, when somebody is pointing an automatic weapon at you - you can't believe the firepower, the kind of rounds coming out of that weapon."

The gunman went all the way to the back of the International House of Pancakes restaurant and opened fire, Carson City Sheriff Kenny Furlong said.

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