Vincente David Montano, Theater Attacker, Looks More Like Mental Health Issue

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A police spokesman said Vincente David Montano, the homeless man who attacked people at a movie theater in Nashville, Tennessee had a canister of propane, lighter fluid and a lighter and may have intended on setting off an explosive device.

Don Aaron, Metro Nashville Police spokesman, said Thursday the attacker made a gash on the canister of propane, rending it useless.

Aaron said Vincente David Montano started his attack by pepper-spraying two women who were sitting in the theater. A man who was with them intervened and he was wounded by an ax that Montano was carrying. Montano also had a pellet gun. He was killed by police.

What initially appeared to be another mass shooting at a movie theater is beginning to look more like the last desperate act of a severely disturbed homeless man who may have had no intention of harming large numbers of people — but perhaps knew he himself could be killed.

Police say the 29-year-old man identified as Vincente David Montano bought a ticket for “Mad Max: Fury Road” in southern Nashville and entered with pepper spray, a pellet gun and an ax. He fired the pepper spray at several people in the audience before a police officer summoned by other theatergoers confronted him. Montano was shot dead by a SWAT team as he tried to escape out of a back door.

Metro Nashville Police spokesman Don Aaron says Montano had been treated at least four times for psychiatric issues.

Too often those suffering from mental health issues enter the criminal justice system and find themselves punished as opposed to getting help. For an experienced criminal defense attorney call Stroleny Law: Criminal Defense Attorney at (305) 615-1285.

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