Naked gunman on the run after killing 4 people at a Waffle House near Nashville - MRCAESAR.COM

Sunday, 22 April 2018

Naked gunman on the run after killing 4 people at a Waffle House near Nashville



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Four people were killed and eight others were injured when a man naked from the waist down and wielding an assault-style rifle opened fire on a Waffle House in Tennessee early Sunday morning, police said.
The suspected gunman was identified at Travis Reinking, 29, who ran from the restaurant near Nashville when a patron wrestled the rifle away from him, police said. Police using dogs and a helicopter were searching a wooded area near the restaurant where the gunman was last seen.
Chuck Cordero, 50, a roadside-assistance worker, told ABC News that he had just pulled up to the Waffle House in the Antioch, a suburb of Nashville when gunfire broke out.
PHOTO: Metro Nashville Police Department experts investigate the scene of a shooting at a Waffle House in Nashville, Tenn., April 22, 2018. (Metro Nashville Police Department)

"He was only wearing a jacket and nothing else on," Cordero said of the gunman.
He said the first victim, a man, was shot in the head and killed at the front door of the restaurant. He said the second victim was his friend, a cook at the Waffle House, who was outside on a cigarette break when he, too, was fatally shot in the head while trying to run from the gunman.
"Once he started shooting inside I dropped to the ground and I started to crawl around my car because I didn't know if he was gonna come after me," Cordero told ABC News. "So I was able to see his feet from underneath the car. Once he went inside I tried to run across the parking lot and I fell because my legs just ... I was scared."
Cordero said the gunman did not say anything during the rampage. He said there were about 30 people inside the Waffle House when the shooting erupted.
"There's a hero. I don't know what his name is, but there's a gentleman who was in there, who when this guy stopped to reload or stopped to do something with his gun, he took that opportunity and wrestled the guy 'till the gun went flying and then the dude took off running," Cordero said.
"I talked to him afterward and told him, 'You are a hero, man,' because had that guy reloaded, there were plenty more people in that restaurant," he said.
PHOTO: Metro Nashville Police Department released this photo of rifle used by gunman at Waffle House shooting in Nashville, Tenn., April 22, 2018. (Metro Nashville Police Department)

Don Aaron, a spokesman for the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department, said the suspect arrived at the restaurant in a gold pickup truck and waited four minutes before getting out and unleashing a barrage of gunfire.
"He was wearing only a green jacket, no pants, no shirt," Aaron said at a news conference outside the restaurant about 9 a.m.
He confirmed that a 29-year-old patron in the restaurant intervened to stop the shooting.
"He is the hero here and no doubt he saved many lives by wrestling away the gun and tossing it over the counter," Aaron said.
He said the courageous patron suffered an injured elbow and abrasions while battling the gunman. He was taken to TriStar Southern Hills Medical Center in Nashville for treatment.
Aaron said the gunman shed his jacket while wrestling with the patron and ran from the restaurant, leaving his truck parked outside. The truck was registered to Reinking, he said.
Police found several ammunition cartridges in the gunman's jacket left at the scene, Aaron said.
Aaron said police believe Reinking ran to a nearby apartment complex where he lives, put on a pair of pants and ran into the nearby woods shirtless.
Nashville police released a photo of Travis Reinking, 29, of Morton, Illinois, as a person of interest in the shooting at a Waffle House near Nashville, Tennessee, on April 22, 2018. (Nashville Police Department)

He said three victims died at the scene, two outside and one inside. A fourth victim died at Vanderbilt Hospital.
Aaron said some of the injured victims were cut by flying glass when the gunman fired through the front window. Of the eight victims injured, six had gunshot wounds, he said.
He said Reinking's has an Illinois driver's license and is known to law enforcement in Illinois. Reinking is believed to be from Morton, Illinois, but had been living in the Nashville area, Aaron said.
A motive for the shooting remains under investigation.
Antioch is a suburban neighborhood about 12 miles southeast of downtown Nashville.
There were 35 officers from three precincts responding to the shooting, police said. The FBI and federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives agents were also assisting in the investigation.
BREAKING: 3 persons fatally shot & 4 others wounded at the Waffle House, 3571 Murfreesboro Pike. Gunman opened fire @ 3:25 a.m. A patron wrestled away the gunman's rifle. He was nude & fled on foot. He is a white man with short hair. pic.twitter.com/d1qxRxsGNx
— Metro Nashville PD (@MNPDNashville) April 22, 2018
Pat Warner, director of public relations and external affairs for Waffle House, called it a "very troubling" situation.
"We are sending our corporate team from Atlanta and heading to Nashville now," Warner said. "Our thoughts are with those affected."
Police surround a Waffle House near Nashville, Tennessee, where three people were shot and killed on Sunday morning, April 22, 2018. (WKRN)
"We are deeply saddened by this tragic incident," Waffle House said later in a statement. "Right now, our first thoughts are with the victims and their families, and we will be there for them in this most difficult time. We are still gathering the details, and so we do not have much information to share ... This is a very sad day for the Waffle House family."
Nashville Mayor David Briley released a statement on Twitter, saying, "It's a tragic day for our city anytime people lose their lives at the hands of a gunman. My heart goes out to the families & friends of every person who was killed or wounded in this morning's shooting. I know all of their lives will be forever changed by this devasting crime."

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