Manhunt underway for nude gunman who killed 4, injured 2 at Nashville Waffle House

Metro Nashville Police DepartmentA scene from the Waffle House in Nashville, Tennessee, where a nude gunman opened fire early Sunday morning.
  • Nashville police said a nude man opened fire at a Waffle House at 3:25 a.m. on Sunday.
  • He reportedly killed four people and injured two before a patron “wrestled away the gunman’s rifle.”
  • The gunman then fled the scene. Police are still searching for suspect Travis Reinking.

A nude gunman opened fire at a Waffle House in Nashville early Sunday morning, police said, killing four and wounding two.

A patron then tackled the shooter and “wrestled away the gunman’s rifle”, causing him to flee on foot, the Metro Nashville Police Department tweeted. That hero who leapt into action has been identified as 29-year-old James Shaw, Jr.

Police are seeking information on suspect Travis Reinking, a 29-year-old white man from Illinois. He may have been spotted walking near the Waffle House wearing no shirt and black pants.

“Keep your doors locked, keep your eyes open,” Metro Nashville police spokesman Don Aaron told CNN. “If you see this individual – if you see a nude guy walking around this morning – call the police department immediately.”

Nashville Police Chief Steve Anderson said in a press conference Sunday afternoon that Secret Service arrested Reinking last year for being in a restricted area near the White House.

He also warned residents that Reinking could be armed with two guns. Two other guns were recovered at the scene. He was still on the loose at 3:45 p.m. ET on Sunday.

Police were searching people’s backyards for the gunman, according to this tweet WSOC TV found:

Police told CNN the motive so far seems to be random.

A witness told local ABC affiliate WKRN that the shooter arrived in a pickup truck, naked except for a jacket, and started shooting:

“This is a very sad day for the Waffle House family,” the company said in a tweet. “We ask for everyone to keep the victims and their families in their thoughts and prayers.”

Waffle House CEO Walt Ehmer appeared with police at the press conference Sunday afternoon, thanking Shaw for his bravery and giving him a hug.

“You don’t get to meet to many heroes in life,” Ehmer said to Shaw. “But you are a hero. You are my hero.”

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