Police still looking for shooting suspect as four killed at Nashville Waffle House

Police credited a bystander with saving ‘many lives’ by wrestling a weapon away from the gunman

This photo provided by Metro Nashville Police Department shows Travis Reinking, who police are searching for in connection with a fatal shooting at a Waffle House restaurant in the Antioch neighbourhood of Nashville early Sunday, April 22, 2018. 

NASHVILLE — Four people were killed in a shooting at a Waffle House restaurant in Tennessee early Sunday, according to police, who credited a bystander with saving “many lives” by wrestling a weapon away from the gunman.

The Metropolitan Nashville Police Department says the gunman was a white man with short hair who was wearing only black pants and a coat. A customer at the restaurant took the gun from the shooter, who then took off his coat and fled the area.

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

Police spokesman Don Aaron said three people died at the scene and one person died at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Bullet holes are seen at a Waffle House after a fatal shooting in the Antioch neighbourhood of Nashville, Sunday, April 22, 2018. GEORGE WALKER IV/THE TENNESSEAN VIA AP

Aaron said the suspect arrived at the restaurant in a pickup truck and sat in the parking lot for four minutes, shot two people with an assault rifle in the parking lot, then went inside and continued firing.

A 29-year-old male patron inside the restaurant wrestled the rifle away from the suspect and tossed it over a counter, Aaron said.

“No doubt he saved many lives by wrestling the gun away and tossing it over the counter and prompting the man to leave,” Aaron said.

At least four people were injured.

Law enforcement officials work the scene of a fatal shooting at a Waffle House in the Antioch neighbourhood of Nashville, Sunday, April 22, 2018. GEORGE WALKER IV/THE TENNESSEAN VIA AP

A Waffle House spokesman didn’t immediately return a telephone message seeking comment.

Aaron said the victims’ names weren’t immediately released.

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