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Suspect in Tennessee movie theater shooting is dead; was also armed with hatchet

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Posted at 3:13 PM, Aug 05, 2015
and last updated 2015-08-05 15:42:51-04

ANTIOCH, Tenn. — Police responded Wednesday to reports of an active shooter at the Carmike Hickory 8 movie theater complex in Antioch, Tennessee, a Nashville police supervisor said Wednesday. The Metro Nashville Police Department reported shortly after 2 p.m. (3 p.m. ET) that the “suspect (is) dead.”

It was not immediately clear if anyone else was killed or injured in the incident.

The suspect also had a hatchet that he may have used to wound one person, Nashville Police spokesman Don Aaron told reporters.

The suspect was killed during a gunbattle with a SWAT team after earlier exchanging gunfire with one police officer. The suspect also had two backpacks with him, Aaron said.

Antioch is a suburb of Nashville, about 15 miles southeast of the city.