4 killed in Tennessee Waffle House shooting
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WZTV) - Four people were killed and two others shot in a shooting inside a Waffle House at 3571 Murfreesboro Pike in Antioch near Pin Hook Road.
Metro Nashville Police told Fox 17 News the shooting took place at approximately 3:30 a.m. Sunday.
According to police at the scene, a white man with short hair walked into the the restaurant and opened fire. A patron at the restaurant says the suspect exited his truck, opened fire into the restaurant, then entered.
Police are describing the gun the suspect used as a rifle, which a patron managed to wrestle away and throw behind the counter. The suspect then fled the scene, shedding a trench coat. He is believed to be naked or wearing just black pants at this time.
Metro Nashville Police identified 29-year-old Travis Reinking, of Morton, Illinois, as a person of interest in the shooting. Police say the gunman arrived in a vehicle registered to Reinking.
Police ask anyone who sees Reinking to call 615-862-8600.
A man believed to be Reinking was later seen near Mountain Springs Drive near the Waffle House, wearing black pants and no shirt, police said.
Mayor David Briley has asked residents to rally around the victims:
“It’s a tragic day for our city anytime people lose their lives at the hands of a gunman. My heart goes out to the families and friends of every person who was killed or wounded in this morning’s shooting. I know all of their lives will be forever changed by this devastating crime.
"There's clearly more to be said about these circumstances, but for now I ask Nashville to pray for and rally around these victims and join me in thanking the Metro Nashville Police Department as it works to find and apprehend the shooter.”
Of the three people transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, one is deceased, one is in critical condition, and one is in critical but stable condition. Of the four people killed, three died at the scene. In total, six people were shot.
Waffle House issued a statement via Twitter on Sunday morning, calling it a "very sad day."
"This is a very sad day for the Waffle House family. We ask for everyone to keep the victims and their families in their thoughts and prayers."
Anyone seeing Travis Reinking or knowing his whereabouts is urged to immediately contact the Emergency Communications Center at 615-862-8600, Crime Stoppers at 615-742-7463, or their local law enforcement agency.