Nude gunman kills 4 at Nashville Waffle House *UPDATE* Suspect previously arrested near WH

Nude gunman kills 4 at Nashville Waffle House *UPDATE* Suspect previously arrested near WH
Travis Reinking (Image via Twitter)

Police are searching for a suspect who shot up a Waffle House in Nashville, Tenn., killing four people and wounding several others.

The gunman, who entered the establishment nude except for a green jacket (which he later shed), opened fire on Waffle House patrons at around 3:25 a.m., authorities said. A customer was able to wrestle the weapon away from the shooter, causing the man to flee the scene.

The suspect is a white male with short hair, according to police.

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Police are currently searching for 29-year-old Travis Reinking, a native of Morton, Ill. The shooter arrived in a vehicle registered to Reinking, but he fled the scene on foot after losing his weapon in the scuffle and was last seen walking south on the Murfreesboro Pike.

Authorities have not identified Reinking as the shooter rather as a person of interest.

Police have advanced no theory on the motive behind the shootings or for the shooter’s state of undress.

*UPDATE* According to Fox News, the suspect, who is still at large, may be carrying two guns and was arrested by Secret Service last summer for being in a restricted area near the White House in 2017.

The Secret Service told Fox News:

Reinking was charged with unlawful entry after crossing an exterior security barrier near the White House Complex. Information regarding the arrest was provided to our law enforcement partners, including the FBI, at the time of arrest to ensure all appropriate authorities were aware of the circumstances surrounding Reinking’s arrest.

Reinking’s firearms authorization was revoked following the arrest. Metro Nashville Police Department spokesman Don Aaron adds that four weapons were seized, including the AR15 that Reinking allegedly used in Sunday’s shooting. The guns were returned to the suspect’s father, who acknowledged giving them back to his son.

This report, by Ryan Pickrell, was cross posted by arrangement with the Daily Caller News Foundation.

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