A morning shooting in Las Vegas left five people—including two police officers and both shooters—dead, officials say.
NBC News reports that Las Vegas Metro Police Department officers Igor Soldo, 32, and Alyn Beck, 42, were having lunch at Cici's Pizza around 11:20 a.m. when a man and a woman entered and began shooting. NBC News adds that a witness said one of the gunmen yelled "This is the start of a revolution" prior to opening fire. Sheriff Doug Gillespie said that one of the officers was able to return fire before dying.
After taking the officers' weapons and ammunition, the suspects traveled across the street to a Walmart, where police say they fatally shot a third victim. The male shooter reportedly yelled for everyone to leave the store prior to firing a series of warning shots.
According to NBC News, police engaged in a brief shootout with the two suspects before they retreated to the back of the store and reportedly took their own lives.
Neither of the shooters have been identified, and though no motive has been established yet, the investigation continues.
UPDATE: According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the shooters have been identified as 31-year-old Jerad Miller and his wife, Amanda.
Wonkette identified the two through Facebook posts, including this one which was made the day before the incident.
The Review-Journal reports that the Millers, who had relocated to the area from Indiana, were gun-enthusiasts who were also had grown increasingly critical of the government. This is an excerpt from one of Jerad Miller's Facebook posts:
There is no greater cause to die for than liberty. To die for that cause is easy, to live for it is another matter. I will willingly die for liberty. Death, in a sense is freedom from tyranny. Death, is the easy way out. Most notably is the “suicide by cop” routine. Yes, standing before despots is dangerous and most likely does not end well for you. I know this, my wife knows this. Soon they will come for us, because they don’t like what we think, and what we say. They don’t like the fact that we, simply will not submit to fascist rule. We don’t have much, but we are willing to sacrifice everything…….for you, for your freedoms. Even if you wouldn’t let us have ours. We know who we are and what we stand for, do you?
The Associated Press adds that the Millers left messages at the scene of the first shooting showing their extreme beliefs:
BREAKING: Assistant sheriff: 2 suspects left swastika, `Don't tread on me' flag on dead Vegas officers.— The Associated Press (@AP) June 9, 2014
BREAKING: Police: 2 Vegas suspects had `ideology along the lines of militia and white supremacists'— The Associated Press (@AP) June 9, 2014
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