Naked Gunman Kills 4 In Waffle House Shooting, Remains At Large

WKRNPolice have put up police tape to keep people away from the restaurant while they carry out a probe

They said he was naked except for a green jacket when he got out of his auto at about 3:23 a.m. (4:23 a.m. ET) Sunday and shot two people outside the restaurant with an AR-15 rifle, killing them both. MNPD spokesman Don Aaron told reporters Sunday morning that the Waffle House hero rushed the suspected shooter, disarmed him and threw the assault rifle he was carrying over the Waffle House counter.

Mr Cordero said 29-year-old James Shaw, Jr, who wrestled the gun from the suspect, saved lives.

The authorities have identified him as 29-year-old Travis Reinking, who was arrested last year when he entered a restricted area near the White House. The vehicle Reinking arrived in to the restaurant is registered to him, and his driver's license had a Morton, Illinois, address.

"Had that guy had a chance to reload his weapon, there was plenty more people in that restaurant", he said.

Nashville Mayor David Briley said in a tweet Sunday that it was a tragic day for the city "anytime people lose their lives at the hands of a gunman".

Police in the state of IL, where Reinking was living at the time, subsequently took four guns away from him, including the AR-15 used in Sunday's attack. At the FBI's request, IL authorities stripped him of his Firearm Owner Identification (FOID) card and confiscated four firearms, including the AR-15 he used on Sunday morning.

In that incident Reinking told Tazewell County police that Swift was following him and wanted to meet him at a nearby Dairy Queen. So he chose to rush the gunman, actually wrestled that assault rifle away, tossed it over the counter.

"I take no pride in him charging a loaded gun", James Shaw Sr. said.




Tazewell County Sheriff Robert Huston said the firearms were originally seized in August from a construction business that authorities believe is family owned. "Me, my husband and sons are broken right now with this loss", Trisha Perez said in the post.

Police records in IL showed Reinking had a history of disturbing behavior. A gunman killed a churchgoer and injured seven others in a church shooting last September, mere miles from the Waffle House. Police said Reinking now lives near the Waffle House in Antioch.

"I figured that if I was going to die, he was going to have to work for it", added Shaw, who has a four-year-old daughter.

Following their own investigation into the matter, IL authorities returned the firearms to Reinking's father.

Officers with the Nashville public faculty system say colleges will go into "lock-out" mode if Reinking is not present in time for sophistication Monday.

At that time, his IL firearms authorization was revoked and his weapons - including the AR-15 - were seized. "I fight my daughter every night to get her to bed", he joked at a press conference.

Shanita Waggoner, 21, of Nashville, and Sharita Henderson, 24, of Antioch, were injured and are being treated at Vanderbilt. The gunman then opened fire on customers inside the Waffle House, killing one and wounding another, who later died.

Nashville Police are warning residents to keep their doors locked and their eyes open for a partially nude man following a shooting early Sunday morning that left four people dead.

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