Wanted for murder. Manhunt is on for Travis Reinking of Morton, Ill., who police said is a person of interest, in the mass killing
A naked gunman unleashed mayhem overnight at a suburban Nashville Waffle House, where he killed four people and left another seven injured before a patron could wrestle the gun away, cops said.
Cops are searching for Travis Reinking, an Illinois resident listed as a person of interest, who police believe may have carried out the attack.
Reinking, 29, was initially named as a person of interest in the shooting and remains at large. Metro Nashville Police Department said he is now wanted for murder.
James Shaw Jr. reportedly, wrestled with and disarmed the gunman who killed four people and injured seven others in Antioch, Tenn. on Sunday morning before fleeing.
The attacker only wore a green jacket filled with extra ammunition stuffed inside when he opened fire at about 3:25 a.m. Sunday at the breakfast food joint in Antioch, Tenn.
At least six people were struck by gunfire in total, authorities said, while others have “very visible cuts on their faces” after being hit by broken glass.
James Shaw Jr has been identified as the man who wrestled with the gunman, who killed four people and seven others in Antioch on Sunday morning before fleeing.
Shaw Jr was grazed by a bullet and treated for a minor gunshot wound on his elbow. He has since been released from the hospital.
James Shaw Jr., said he ” saw the opportunity and pretty much took it.” when he tackled the shooter and took his assault rifle away
The Tennessean quotes Shaw Jr as saying he was just trying to stay alive when he tackled the shooter and grabbed his assault rifle, throwing it over the counter: “I was just trying to get myself out,” Shaw said.
“I saw the opportunity and pretty much took it.” |
The shooting began at the restaurant around 3.25am on Sunday, when a man who was only clothed in a green jacket and armed with an AR-15 opened fire, according to the Metro Nashville Police Department.
The gunman shot six people before Shaw Jr stopped him.
‘I don’t know if it has hit me yet as far as witnessing other people dying,’ Shaw Jr said.
Bullet holes are seen at the Antioch Waffle House on April 22, 2018
Reinking, 29, Reinking was on the radar of both the FBI and law enforcement out of state “due to previous interactions,” police said.
“Why he is in Nashville and what prompted this morning has not been determined,” Metro Nashville Police spokesman Don Aaron said at a news briefing.
Witnesses told media the gunman arrived in a pickup truck and started unloading an assault-style rifle without any provocation.
“He did not say anything,” witness Chuck Cordero, who had arrived there for a cup of coffee, told reporters at the scene.
“He pulled up, got out of his car and was all business.”
Thomas Shaw, a diner inside the Waffle House wrestled the rifle away from the naked gunman, who police identified as Travis Reinking from Morton, Ill.
Coroners remove bodies from the restaurant on Sunday afternoon. There were four fatalities, while seven more were injured
The suspect fatally shot two people outside before firing at the restaurant’s windows. He then headed inside and resumed shooting, police said.
The fourth victim later died at a Nashville hospital.
A 29-year-old patron who Aaron described as a “hero” waited for the shooter to stop firing before charging at him, wrestling the gun away and tossing it over the counter.
The shooter then took off and shed the green jacket he was wearing, and headed for an apartment complex where he was staying.
He then tossed on a black pair of pants and took off for a wooded area, Aaron said, which K-9 units are combing for clues.
Police said the suspect shot out the front window of the restaurant, leaving many people inside with visible cuts on their faces from glass. A total of eight people were taken to hospitals with injuries, including six who had gunshot wounds.
Two of the victims were killed outside of Waffle House and one person was fatally shot inside the restaurant, according to ABC.
A fourth person died at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where one victim remains in critical condition and another is in critical but stable condition.
Law enforcement officials work the scene of the fatal Waffle House shooting
“He really saved some people. I’m positive he did,” Cordero told the Tennessean of the unidentified diner.
“Had that guy had a chance to reload his weapon, there was plenty more people in that restaurant.”
Waffle House public relations director Pat Warner did not say whether any employees were among those hurt Sunday morning.
“This is a very sad day for the Waffle House family, and we ask for everyone to keep the victims and their families in their thoughts and prayers,” he said in an email to the Daily News.
Nashville Mayor David Briley called it a “tragic day for our city anytime people lose their lives at the hands of a gunman.