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Three dead in US shooting attack

A gunman with a rifle has opened fire at a US restaurant killing three people, including two uniformed National Guard members and himself.

Six others were wounded in a hail of gunfire during the morning breakfast hour in Nevada's capital, Carson City, yesterday.

It was not immediately clear whether the gunman had any connection with the military or the National Guard, said Nevada National Guard Sergeant Mike Getten.

He said Guard members were meeting at the breakfast restaurant.

Police said the shooting appeared to be an isolated incident.

"We came into this with everything we had. All agencies were committed to it," Carson City Sheriff Kenny Furlong said. "There were concerns at the onset, so we took certain steps to ensure we had the capability to embrace an even larger circumstance. At this point in time it appears to be isolated to this parking lot."

Witnesses said a man pulled up in a blue minivan around 9am at the International House of Pancakes (IHOP) restaurant in a strip mall on Carson City's main street.

He shot a man on a motorcycle, then walked inside the restaurant and started shooting, said Ralph Swagler, owner of Locals Barbecue in the same mall as the IHOP.

One of the two Guard members killed was a man; the other was a woman, authorities said.

Local and state police and FBI agents descended on the scene, and yellow police tape surrounded the parking lot at the restaurant.

Renown Regional Medicare Centre spokesman Dan Davis said four victims of the shooting were being treated at the hospital in Reno.

Kurt Althof, public relations manager for Care Flight, said three victims had been taken to the hospital by helicopter and that two were in a critical state.

Furlong said the gunman was admitted to hospital with self-inflected wounds but did not survive.

Nevada Highway Patrol Trooper Chuck Allen said extra security measures were put in place at state and military buildings in northern Nevada as a safety precaution.

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