Authorities are on the hunt for a man they say opened fire in a Tennessee Waffle House and killed four people early Sunday morning.
Police know who the gunman is: 29-year-old Travis Reinking. They say he went into a Waffle House in Antioch, Tennessee, and began shooting randomly at the people inside. Reinking was reportedly naked and would have kept shooting, but one of the patrons fought with him and took his gun away. He fled the scene and a manhunt is underway.
Authorities launched a dragnet for a shooter who gunned down at least four people and injured several others at a Tennessee Waffle House early Sunday before a “hero” patron wrestled the weapon away, police said.
The alleged gunman, Travis Reinking, 29, began shooting at patrons around 3:25 a.m. Sunday at the Waffle House in Antioch, located about 16 miles southeast of downtown Nashville, before fleeing the scene, Metro Nashville police said. Authorities had initially identified Reinking as a person of interest, but later said he was a suspect.
“If you see a nude guy walking around this morning call the police department,” Don Aaron of the Metro Nashville Police Department told WTVF.
Aaron said Reinking shot and killed two people outside the restaurant with an assault-type rifle before entering the building and gunning down patrons, killing at least one person. Another individual died at the hospital.
No further details about the victims were released.
At least two of the four injured suffered gunshot wounds. One person is said to be in critical condition and another is in critical but stable condition, FOX17 reported. Aaron said some people at the restaurant had “visible cuts” on their faces due to flying glass when shots were fired.
“The people inside the restaurant were very very shaken. They were in tears,” Aaron said. “Some of the folks who didn’t have to be transported [to the hospital] had glass wounds on their faces.”
Here is a picture of Reinking released by police.
BREAKING: Travis Reinking, 29, of Morton, IL, is person of interest in Waffle House shooting. Vehicle the gunman arrived in is registered to him. Gunman last seen walking south on Murfreesboro Pike. He shed is coat and is nude. See Reinking? Pls call 615-862-8600 immediately. pic.twitter.com/duoWCo5fC0
— Metro Nashville PD (@MNPDNashville) April 22, 2018
Here is video from the scene.
Police provide an update in this video clip.