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8 Jun, 2014 20:15

Three killed, suspects commit suicide after Las Vegas shooting spree

Three killed, suspects commit suicide after Las Vegas shooting spree

Two Las Vegas police officers and a civilian have been reportedly killed in a shooting spree that started at a pizza restaurant and spilled over to a neighboring Walmart store. Two suspects – a man and a woman – are reportedly down.

The two shooters have committed suicide, according to police. Suspects told shoppers they were part of a "revolution" and wanted a shootout with Metro police force – and had a "suicide pact." Their bodies were found in the back of the store.

Details are yet to emerge, but police sources told Las Vegas Review-Journalthat the two officers were killed by a man and a woman who approached them at the CiCi’s Pizza just before 11:38 am local time.

As the couple was leaving the restaurant, one yelled “This is the start of a revolution!” witnesses report. The shooters stripped the officers of their weapons and ammunition and went into the Walmart at 201 North Nellis.

Inside the Walmart, according to another unconfirmed account, the couple exchanged fire with a citizen who was carrying a concealed gun.

At a news conference at 13:00 deputy Sheriff Kevin McMahill told reporters that the male shooter, described as a tall white man, yelled “everyone get out” before shooting in Wallmart. The man and woman then proceed to the back of the store and “there was some kind of suicide pact,” McMahill said.

It was reported the shooters were carrying bags so a bomb squad was called to the scene. It’s unclear at this time if something was found in the bags.

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department officer walks outside a Wal-Mart on June 8, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada.(AFP Photo / Ethan Miller)

The emergency dispatcher received a call at 11:50 am claiming an armed men with a rifle and a bullet-proof vest was shooting inside the Walmart. An earlier distress call said that police two officers were down in a pizzeria at Nellis Boulevard and Stewart Avenue, where two unidentified assailants reportedly walked up to two policemen and shot them point blank.

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department officers stand near Wal-Mart employees near their store on June 8, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada.(AFP Photo / Ethan Miller)

The two Metro officers were eating when one person shot one officer in the head while the second person shot the second officer, Channel 8 news reports, citing police sources. Witnesses claim that the suspects took the police officers' gear, saying before they left the restaurant – “tell the police the revolution has begun.”

Police have surrounded the area and ambulances are being summoned to the site. A photographer for News 3 saw three body bags carried out of the store around noon local time on the intersection of North Nellis and Stewart

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department officers hug near a Wal-Mart on June 8, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (AFP Photo / Ethan Miller)

Police confirm that two Las Vegas police officers have been shot in northeast pizza restaurant http://t.co/xpxKrdfL4Gpic.twitter.com/DjzK2zu4lY

— Las Vegas ReviewJrnl (@reviewjournal) June 8, 2014

Very tense situation here. A lot of uncertainty. Witnesses thanking God, "We are alive!" #mynews3pic.twitter.com/6w6mxaMwrM

— Antonio Castelan (@CastelanTV) June 8, 2014

Walmart employees being told to stay away from media. #mynews3pic.twitter.com/wZgSn9bi75

— Antonio Castelan (@CastelanTV) June 8, 2014

Emotions are high outside Walmart at Nellis and Eastern in shooting that left five dead including 2 police officers. pic.twitter.com/o0VSusH8Qe

— Kevin M. Cannon (@kmcannonphoto) June 8, 2014