ABOVE: Reno-area TV news coverage from the night of the shooting
On Tuesday night a lone gunman barricaded himself and a female hostage into an eighth-floor condominium in downtown Reno and proceeded to fire between 20 and 50 rounds from a rifle onto the street below over a roughly 30-minute period. He was eventually shot by SWAT team members who were able to breach the room and was later pronounced dead at an area hospital. Except for a woman who suffered a minor hand abrasion that did not require medical attention there were no reported injuries.
Yesterday, Reno law enforcement identified the shooter as 30-year-old Lucas Stone, a Humboldt County native and graduate of Arcata High School and College of the Redwoods. The Reno Gazette-Journal reports that Stone had recently moved to the area from Sacramento, had no prior criminal history and had recently divorced.
According to law enforcement, numerous calls reporting an active shooter firing from a The Montage condominium complex on North Sierra Street — in the heart of Reno’s downtown casino district — were received just before 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 28. Officers from several law enforcement agencies closed down the street, evacuated the area and were able to make contact with the unnamed hostage and Stone, who continued to fire his weapon.
“Members with the Reno Police and Washoe County Sheriff’s SWAT team converged on the suspect’s room and an officer-involved shooting occurred,” said a release providing details on the incident. “Medical personnel already on scene rendered aid to the suspect who was transported to an area hospital where he was declared deceased.”
Police continue to investigate but have yet to uncover Stone’s motive. They have suggested he may have been hallucinating during the incident.
“The preliminary findings appear that the suspect was shooting at subjects that did not exist from the interior of his residence.”
As a side note, numerous media outlets that have covered this shooting also mentioned that Stephen Paddock, the shooter who killed 58 people in Las Vegas earlier this year, owned a condo at The Montage until December 2016.
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Press release from the Sparks Police Department below:
November 28, 2017, at approximately 1838 hours the Reno Police Department received numerous calls reporting shots being fired from a building located in the 200 block of North Sierra Street. Reno Police Officers arrived on scene and heard gunshots from an elevated room inside 255 N. Sierra Street. The room was overlooking N. Sierra Street and much of the downtown area. Officers immediately began evacuating residents from the surrounding area.
As officers worked to contain the area of the incident, Reno Police Negotiators also responded and made phone contact with the suspect and a female who was also in the room. Officers determined the suspect was firing from inside a room at 255 N. Sierra Street above ground level. The suspect continued to actively fire his weapon with the female also inside. During the initial incident, two law enforcement officers fired their weapons at the suspect. As the incident continued, members with the Reno Police and Washoe County Sheriff’s SWAT team entered the suspect’s room and an officer fired their weapon at the suspect. Medical personnel already on scene rendered aid to the suspect who was transported to an area hospital where he was declared deceased.
There were two officers from the Reno Police Department and one deputy from the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office that were involved in the Officer Involved Shooting. The Reno Police Department and the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office enacted the Washoe County Officer Involved Shooting Protocol. The Sparks Police Department took the lead in the investigation per protocol.
On November 29th, 2017, the Washoe County Medical Examiner’s Office positively identified the suspect in this case as Lucas Stone, a 30-year-old Reno resident.
There was only one injury reported by a citizen who received a superficial injury to her hand that did not require medical attention. This citizen was in a neighboring residence. No Law Enforcement Officers were injured during the incident.
The investigation is ongoing; however, it is believed the suspect acted alone and the shooting was not a pre-planned event. The preliminary findings appear that the suspect was shooting at subjects that did not exist from the interior of his residence. Detectives have extensively canvassed the area and spoken with witnesses. There is no current evidence to support that the suspect was targeting citizens in the downtown corridor.
At the conclusion of the investigation, the case will be sent to the Washoe County District Attorney’s Office for review, per protocol.
Anyone with information can call Sparks Police 353-2231 or Secret Witness at 322-4900.