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Nearly-naked shooter kills 4 at packed Waffle House in Nashville

A customer tackled the shooter and took away the gun

Posted: Apr 22, 2018 2:24 PM
Updated: Apr 22, 2018 2:24 PM

Police in Nashville say three people are dead and four are injured after a shooting at a Waffle House restaurant early Sunday.

The Metropolitan Nashville Police Department says the gunman was a white man with short hair who was wearing only a coat. A customer at the restaurant took the gun from the shooter while he had stopped firing..

The customer was able to wrestle away the gun and throw it behind the counter.

The gunman then took off his coat and fled.

Police said via their Twitter account that authorities are searching for 29-year-old Travis Reinking. They said they named him as a suspect because the car that the gunman arrived in was registered to him.

We have learned from the ABC station in Peoria, Illinois that Reinking is from the nearby town of Morton.

Sunday, Reinking’s home was surrounded by FBI agents, some of whom went inside the house to talk to his family.

The Reinking family owns a crane rental business in the area.

Neighbors say he was raised in a "really good Christian home."

They have not seen him in several months.

Reinking currently lives in an apartment complex in the Antioch community of Nashville.

SWAT team members have surrounded the Discovery Mountain View Apartments. They are going door-to-door, talking to residents.

People living in the building have been asked to evacuate. Others in the complex have been told to stay inside.

Neighbors say they never saw him, but they heard him playing loud music.

A witness told ABC’s affiliate in Nashville that he drove up to the Waffle House at the same time as the shooter. He did not go in immediately because the restaurant was packed. About 30 people were inside. He was waiting in his car.

The witness, who's name is Chuck, says he watched the gunman calmly get out of his truck and open fire, killing two people outside.

Then he shot through the windows of the restaurant and walked inside.

Chuck saw the gunman shoot his friend, a cook he calls "T". He was taking a smoke break outside when the shooting started.

Chuck says the gunman stopped shooting briefly to reload. At that moment a restaurant customer jumped the gunman and wrestled the gun away from him. Chuck calls that man a hero.

Later, a U.S. congressman cited the shooting and used it as an opportunity to call for restricting access to some assault weapons.

Rep. Jim Cooper issued a statement Sunday, calling for restricting "widespread civilian access to military-grade assault weapons."

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