Names of all three Renown shooting victims released

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Names of all three Renown shooting victims released


Reno Police hold a press conference Tuesday regarding the shootings this week at Renown Regional Medical Center.

The names of all three victims in Tuesday's shooting on the Renown medical campus have now been released.

One victim, who is deceased, is Dr. Charles Garo Gholdoian. He was 46 years old. Another victim who was wounded is Shawntae Spears. She's a 20-year-old patron of Urology Nevada, where the shooting took place. A third victim, Dr. Christine Lajeunesse is in critical condition, but she is conscious.

Reno Police say the incident was most likely not a random attack.

"The fact that the shooter went through the first and second floor, made his way to the third floor of the building, would indicate to me that this is not a random event."

That's Reno Police Deputy Chief Mac Venzon. He says the suspect's identity will not be released until next-of-kin have been notified.

Investigators say a motive is not clear and they don't yet know if the shooter was a patient of the practice. They believe there is no familial relationship with the shooter and his victims.

Venzon says they are still piecing together the exact timeline of events:

"Preliminary investigation also has revealed that the suspect went past the front desk into the area of patient examination rooms, armed with a 12-gauge shotgun. The suspect fired a total of five rounds, one of which appears to be the one that fatally wounded him. As he moved through the examination area, the suspect fired at least four rounds from the shotgun, striking three victims."

Police Chief Steve Pitts says he has no knowledge of any immediate threats exhibited by the suspect.

"But I think there are some indicators that if someone was paying attention maybe early intervention or communication of the need for early intervention would have made a difference."

So far, Reno Police have interviewed 29 witnesses and more interviews are pending. They have also offered victim services to 40 employees, patrons, and friends.

The investigation could take weeks to complete.