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Naked Gunman Kills 4 at Waffle House in Nashville, Police Say

23 April, 2018, 12:58 | Author: Carla Brady
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Police are looking for a man who they said opened fire at a Waffle House restaurant near Nashville early Sunday morning, killing four and injuring several others.

The mayor's office identified the customer who intervened as James Shaw Jr.

"He is the hero here, and no doubt he saved many lives by wrestling the gun away and then tossing it over the counter, and prompting the man to leave", Aaron said.

Authorities suspect that the 29-year-old Travis Reinking of Nashville, Tennessee, may have two weapons on him - a long gun and a hand gun.

Nashville police tweeted that the pick-up vehicle the gunman drove to the restaurant was registered to Reinking.

Police have issued arrest warrants charging the 29-year-old Reinking with multiple counts of criminal homicide in Sunday's shootings at a Nashville Waffle House that killed four people. Reinking is accused of shooting patrons and employees with an AR-15 rifle about 3:25 a.m. Sunday morning. In total 35 police officers responded to the incident.

Authorities said all four weapons - including a hunting rifle and handgun - were seized from Reinking last July after he was arrested by the Secret Service for being in a restricted area near the White House. Mr. Shaw wrestled the rifle away from Reinking and tossed it into another part of the restaurant to end the gunfire. He said he knew the sign was specifically for him to try to bait him into stealing the van, and was sick of people "messing with him". Family present at the time said that Reinking had delusions since 2014 involving singer Taylor Swift, whom he believed was stalking and harassing him. "I didn't really fight that man to save everyone else", he said.

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Court records in IL show a series of traffic violations dating to 2005 to which Reinking mostly pleaded guilty and paid a fine.

"My heart goes out to the families & friends of every person who was killed or wounded", Briley said in an statement. After Reinking fled the scene of the shooting completely naked, police believe he went to his apartment, put on a pair of trousers and escaped into the woods. When Shaw moved toward the bathroom, the shooter followed him, making him feel trapped. The weapons that Reinking had in his possession were turned over to his father, Jeffrey Reinking, who was advised that he needed to keep the weapons secure and away from his son.

DeEbony Groves of Gallatin was inside the restaurant and was fatally shot. He later told them she had hacked his Netflix account, told him to meet her at a Dairy Queen, then allegedly ran from him at that location.

Tazewell County, Illinois, authorities revoked Reinking's firearm authorization and seized four weapons after the interview.

Shanita Waggoner, 21, of Nashville, and Sharita Henderson, 24, of Antioch, were injured by gunfire and were being treated at Vanderbilt.

While Huston said it was unclear how Reinking reclaimed the guns, Nashville Police spokesman Don Aaron said that his father "has now acknowledged giving them back".

Travis Reinking, 29, is accused of opening fire at a Waffle House in Antioch, a neighborhood in Davidson County that is governed by the city of Nashville. "I saw the opportunity and pretty much took it", Shaw told local media outlet The Tennessean.




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