Naked gunman kills four in Waffle House shooting in Nashville, Tennessee

Aaron Brown
April 23, 2018

One of them - the fourth fatality - later died at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. "I do take pride in him helping save the lives of other people".

Another witness, BJ McMurry, was inside the restaurant during the shooting. He said he then saw bullets shatter a window and a victim collapse in a doorway. "It wasn't any kind of talking between us; I just knew I just had to get that away from him". He called the patron a "hero".

Federal and other law enforcement agencies were aware of Reinking "due to previous interactions", Aaron said, but he did not elaborate. Reinking is originally from Morton, Illinois. The Metro Nashville Police Department warned that Reinking could still be armed and risky.

Police said they discovered two guns, but two others were still unaccounted for. The two missing guns include a hunting rifle and handgun. The vehicle the assailant arrived in is registered to Reinking, though the suspect fled the scene on foot, shedding his jacket in the process, and later putting on trousers. Aaron added that Reinking appeared to have gone into the apartment complex where he lived and put on black trousers before running off.

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Police shared a photo of the weapon, an AR-15 style semiautomatic rifle, which shows the gun with its safety off. Police said he came ready to do excessive damage. Local media reported a second shooting nearby might be connected to the Waffle House incident. "We ask for everyone to keep the victims and their families in their thoughts and prayers". We will continue to update this story as more information becomes available.

The Tazewell County Sheriff's Office and other IL officials are not part of the investigation into what happened in Nashville, but they will provide any assistance they can to Nashville police and federal officials working the case.

In a separate statement, the company said it had senior managers at the scene and a corporate team coming from its Atlanta offices. Police are continuing their massive manhunt for Reinking. Resident Dion Jones said Reinking lives in one of the buildings but said he doesn't know him. He told first responders that he believed pop star Taylor Swift was stalking him. Family members said Reinking had been having delusions since August 2014. Shaw Jr. said he jumped toward the bathroom and the suspect shot in that direction.

Police said Travis Reinking used an assault-type rifle during his Sunday morning rampage. He was charged with unlawful entry, an arrest report states, but had his charges dismissed after completing community service. His guns were then taken away and given to his father, who ended up giving the guns back to Reinking. Reinking's family also told police he had made comments about killing himself and owned several guns. Reinking moved to Tennessee in the fall and worked in construction.

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