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Police Manhunt Underway After Waffle House Mass Shooting Leaves 4 Dead, 2 Others Injured

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Police Manhunt Underway After Waffle House Mass Shooting Leaves 4 Dead, 2 Others Injured




Four people were killed and two others wounded in a mass shooting at a Waffle House in Nashville, Tennessee early Sunday.

The Metropolitan Nashville Police Department is asking for the public’s help in finding suspect 29-year-old Travis Reinking of Morton, Illinois.

After sitting in his truck for a few minutes, the gunman exited the vehicle around 3:25 a.m. wielding an “assault-type rifle” and opened fire on two people outside the Waffle House, police said.

“He then went inside the restaurant (and) continued firing,” Metro Nashville police spokesman Don Aaron said.

Two more victims inside the restaurant were fatally shot.

“My friend ‘T,’ the cook at Waffle House, died trying to get away,” witness Chuck Cordero told CNN.

A heroic 29-year-old patron was able to stop the gunman and wrestle the gun away from him.

Police said the customer monitored the gunman’s moves from a distance and jumped into action when he saw an opportunity.

“He saw the gunman looking at his rifle. At that point, the shots had stopped. So he decided to rush the gunman, actually wrestled that assault rifle away, tossed it over the counter. At that point, the gunman then fled,” Aaron said.

“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.”

Authorities say the gunman shed his jacket and fled on foot.



“A man believed to be Travis Reinking was last seen in a wood line near Discovery at Mountain View Apts. on Mountain Springs Drive near the Waffle House,” police tweeted. “The man was seen wearing black pants and no shirt.”




Nashville police are asking residents to lock their doors and stay alert.

“Keep your doors locked, keep your eyes open. If you see this individual — if you see a nude guy walking around this morning — call the police department immediately,” Metro Nashville police spokesman Don Aaron said.




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