Five people were hospitalized Friday after a car rammed through Sportsman’s Warehouse in the Carson Mall shopping center.
Initial reports to the Carson City Sheriff’s Office indicated a sedan traveled down the store’s central aisle and up against the west wall of the building, traveling inside the store about 100 feet.
Mike Rodgick, a Carson City resident and one of the witnesses in the store, told the Appeal he was with a friend near the west entrance preparing to pay for a few items at the time of the incident.
“We hear this crash, and it was like being in a china shop and vases falling over and glass breaking, so we walked over and we’d seen this car had plowed through and coming halfway through the store,” Rodgick said. “There was a guy on the ground moaning, and they were trying to get a passenger out of the car.”
The male driver was westbound on Wright Way in front of the Department of Motor Vehicles, traveled through the Stewart Street intersection, over the curb, across the parking lot and in between the carrier posts designed to protect the store, Carson City Sheriff Ken Furlong said.
Rodgick said he was with a friend who was riding an electric shopping cart due to recent ankle surgery. His friend’s shopping cart was sideswiped in the incident and ended up with a bruised knee.
Rodgick said there were about 20 customers in the store beyond the staff.
Furlong said two injured customers were transported to Renown Regional Medical Center by Care Flight and the other three were taken to Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center. He added there was suspicion the driver suffered a medical emergency but was unable to confirm that Friday and it was unknown whether alcohol or drugs were involved.
The identities of the victims and their condition were unavailable.
Five people were hospitalized Friday after a car crashed through the doors of Sportsman’s Warehouse at Carson Mall.
Carson City Sheriff Ken Furlong said the car, which he described as compact, ended up down the store’s central aisle and against the west wall of the building.
Furlong said it appears the male driver was westbound on Wright Way in front of DMV, went through the Stewart Street intersection, over the curb, across the parking lot then between the carrier posts designed to protect the store.
Furlong said although no one was killed, two injured customers were taken to Renown in Reno by Care Flight and the other three taken to Carson Tahoe in Carson City for treatment.
Furlong said there was a suspicion right after the 11 a.m. crash that the driver suffered a medical emergency but he said he didn’t have any confirmation of that and it wasn’t known if alcohol or drugs were involved.
None of the injured were employees of the store and Furlong said there was minimal damage to the store since the car went down the main aisle.
No names of the victims were available yet.
Furlong said he doesn’t know the make and model of the car but that it was small enough that the driver went between the barrier poles designed to prevent a vehicle from crashing into the store.
PREVIOUS: Six people are injured after a car traveled about 100 feet in side Sportsman's Warehouse at the Carson Mall about 11 a.m. today, said Carson City officials.
Two people were taken via CareFlight helicopter to Reno.
"Pretty serious devastation in there," said Carson City Fire Chief Sean Slamon.
The incident is being investigated as a driver of the vehicle had a medical emergency.
This story is developing.
Carson City first responders and Careflight are responding to reports of a car crashing into Sportsman's Warehouse.
Multiple people are injured according to police scanner reports.
Traffic is suggested to avoid the area of the DMV and Carson Street roundabout.
This story is developing.