Antioch neighbors describe Waffle House shooter manhunt as 36 hours of terror

(Fox 17 News)

Neighbors described the terror during a 36-hour manhunt for the gunman in a deadly mass shooting at the Waffle House on Murfreesboro Pike.

The Antioch community is breathing a huge sigh of relief after Travis Reinking, the subject of a massive manhunt, was arrested on Monday afternoon.

Reinking is accused of killing four people and injuring several others at the Waffle House on Sunday. He was arrested just after 1 p.m. Monday after a citizen spotted him in the woods behind an apartment complex near the 5000 block of Mountain Springs Drive.

Neighbors near the scene said they had been living in fear ever since the shooting, prompting a massive search for the gunman. It's an experience neighbors describe as 36 hours of sheer terror.

“I was so afraid," Jackie London said. "I didn't know what to think."

A neighborhood of people were prisoners in their own homes as officers scoured the area around Murfreesboro Pike for armed and dangerous Travis Reinking.

“I knew he had to be somewhere in the vicinity so I kept my doors locked and alarm set,” Ruby Berry said.

The concern that the accused shooter got away and managed to elude police for so long lasted nearly a day and a half.

“Most mass murderers, they either kill themselves or get caught the first day, and this guy, he seemed like he had a plan,” Marcus Goodman said.

“I figured he might have been at least out of the area, long gone, knowing they were looking for him,” Alisa McClellan said.

Several tips to Metro Nashville Police came in, all coming up empty. finally, construction workers spotted the suspect, leading detectives to a wooded area behind 5000 block of Mountain Springs Road near Hobson Pike and Old Hickory Blvd.

Reinking was under law enforcement's nose the entire time.

“I kept asking my husband why it was taking so long to find him," Jackie London said. "I don't know if it's because it was raining and the dogs couldn't sniff him out, I saw them looking, they were back there looking."

As the confusion subsided, relief is settled in for the Antioch neighbors. All of them said they are looking forward to resting a lot easier on Monday night.

“After they said they caught him, my heart came back," London said. "I was really scared. It was too close for comfort."

A lot of questions were asked Monday as to how he was so close the entire time. Metro Police said while they searched the area he was found, he wasn't there at the time.

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