A semi-nude gunman killed four people at an area Waffle House in Nashville. The police even had to issue a warning to residents to urgently lock their doors and stay extra alert.
The trouble started around 3:23 a.m. in Antioch, southeast of Nashville. The gunman was said to have spent some time sitting in a truck, then came out wielding an “assault-type rifle” and shot two people that left them dead outside the Waffle House.
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Nashville police said the gunman then went inside the restaurant and continued firing. Two more victims inside the restaurant were fatally shot, too.
Some witnesses suffered cuts on their faces from shattered windows.
The carnage only stopped through the courageous heroics of a customer who heard the gunshots and hid near the establishment’s bathrooms. Authorities said the customer wisely monitored the gunman’s moves from his hiding place and jumped into action when he saw an opportunity to stop the suspect.
Metro Nashville police spokesman Don Aaron asked people to also keep their eyes open for the wanted nude guy who may be walking around and to inform the police immediately of any relevant sighting or details about the suspect.
The suspect has been identified as 29-year-old Travis Reinking of Morton, Illinois. Authorities said he arrived in a vehicle registered to Reinking, but that the gunman was last seen walking away from the scene of the incident naked.
The authorities said the gunman took off his jacket at the scene of the incident and fled on foot. The following morning, he is said to have put on a pair of pants.
The police officers are hailing the heroics of the customer. Aaron said: “He saw the gunman looking at his rifle. At this point, the shots had stopped. So he decided to rush the gunman, actually wrestled that rifle away, tossed it over the counter. At this point, the gunman then fled.”
The authorities all agree the customer saved so many lives with his heroics of “wrestling the gun away and tossing it over the counter and prompting the man to leave.”
The police said the motive for the shooting appears to be random.
The police also tweeted that a man they believed to be Travis Reinking was last seen in a wood line near Discovery at Mountain View Apts. on Mountain Springs near the Waffle House. The message also said that the suspect was seen wearing black pants and no shirt.