NASHVILLE, Tenn. (MEDIA GENERAL/WKRN) – The 58-year-old man pepper-sprayed by the shooter in an Antioch, Tennessee, theater on Wednesday spoke to the media shortly after the incident.
The victim, identified only by his first name, Steven, said he is eternally grateful to the Metro Nashville Police Department and the responders who helped him and his family.
“The only thing that I would like to say is that I’m eternally grateful to the Metro Police Department for their fast response today, and the fact that no one else got injured other than the person who did this,” Steven said. “I’d ask anyone to pray for his family because he obviously has some mental problems or something else.”
He continued: “I’d also like to thank all of the citizens who gathered around us, helped my daughter when we were pepper-sprayed. That kind of gives us a little more faith in humanity again.”
Steven, along with a 17-year-old girl and a 53-year-old woman, believed to be Steven’s wife and daughter, have been listed as the only victims in the incident.
The attacker, identified as Vincente Montano, 29, attacked the victims inside the theater during a screening of “Mad Max.” He assaulted the victims with pepper spray and struck Steven with a hatchet, causing a minor injury.
As police arrived, Montano engaged in a shootout with police using what later was identified as an airsoft gun that mimicked a small caliber pistol. He was fatally shot by local officers positioned outside the theater.