Hero prevented further bloodshed at Tennessee Waffle House

Monday, 23 Apr, 2018

"He is the hero here and no doubt he saved many lives".

Police are still searching for the suspect, Travis Reinking.

One patron rushed Reinking and was able to grab the weapon, who fled the Waffle House, Aaron said.

It's a sentiment echoed by witness Chuck Cordero, who was outside the restaurant but still saw everything.

Police later reported that the gunman who initially took off all his clothes, later dressed in just a pair of trousers. A shirtless man wearing trousers believed to be Reinking was spotted in nearby woods later on Sunday.

Vanderbilt Hospital spokesman Jennifer Wetzel said the hospital had accepted three of the injured patients, all of whom were in critical condition, ABC News reported. Police have released the names of the four people who died after being shot at a Nashville Waffle House. They said the gunman's vehicle was registered to him and a shirtless man wearing trousers believed to be Reinking was spotted in woods near the restaurant.

Authorities are only now beginning a search of Reinking's one-bedroom apartment, following an exhaustive search by SWAT teams and police robots, to ensure there were no explosives or booby traps primed inside the residence. "We were not aware of him".

Police have not detailed a motive for the shooting. It is unknown why he is in Nashville and how long he has been here.

Authorities in Tazewell County, Illinois, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation interviewed Reinking, Aaron said.

Police in Nashville are crediting a Waffle House customer with stopping a gunman who burst into the restaurant with nothing but a green jacket on and began shooting people.

Aaron said he does not have information yet on the identities of the victims, or whether they were customers or employees.

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Officers said he then went inside and shot and killed another victim.

Speaking at a press conference on Sunday afternoon, Metropolitan Nashville Police spokesperson Don Aaron said that police believe the suspect may be armed with a hunting rifle and possibly a handgun.

"I did that completely out of a selfish act", Shaw told reporters on Sunday.

Grazed by a bullet himself, the 29-year-old said later he had simply seen his chance and taken it, the Tennessean reports.

Waffle House, a 24/7 diner chain that is popular throughout the South, issued a statement after the shooting saying, "This is a very sad day for the Waffle House family".

"If I didn't rush him I probably wouldn't be here", said Shaw". That's when he tried to disarm the suspect. Aaron said Shaw suffered injuries, but they were not serious.

Shaw explains that he struck the shooter with a swivel door, then managed to get one hand on his gun.

Police later returned the seized weapons to Reinking's father, Jeffrey Reinking, and told him to keep the weapons secure and away from his son.

Four people were killed in the shooting and several others were wounded. "I know all of their lives will be forever changed by this devastating crime", Briley said in an emailed statement. We also have a corporate team on the way from Atlanta.