UPDATED: April 23, 2018, 2:15 p.m., EDT —
Authorities arrested the Waffle House shooting suspect Travis Reinking, the Metro Nashville Police Department tweeted. The man authorities said used a high-powered weapon of war to murder four people of color was apparently arrested without police resorting to shooting him, an outcome that rarely happens with a suspect who is Black.
The only evidence that there may have been a physical altercation was from photos released by Nashville police that showed Reinking looking dazed with a torn shirt that exposed a shoulder with scratched on it.
This is an ongoing story with more details to come.
Nashville police warned residents to lock their doors, as investigators try to track down a mass shooting suspect.
Murder warrants were issued for the suspect, identified as a 29-year-old White male named Travis Reinking. He’s accused of killing four people and wounding four others 3:25 a.m. Sunday at a Waffle House restaurant in Nashville. Reinking, who was naked, fled on foot, the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department tweeted.
The motive behind the shooting is unknown, authorities said, according to CNN. It appears to be a random mass shooting. Investigators, however, are typically slow to declare mass shootings by White males a domestic terror attack, even though White men constitute the largest group of domestic terrorists in the nation.
After sitting in a truck for a few minutes, Reinking allegedly came out of the vehicle with an assault-type rifle and killed two people outside the Waffle House, the police said. He entered the restaurant and continued firing, killing two more people inside. Some customer suffered cuts to their face, as glass flew from shattered windows.
“My friend ‘T,’ the cook at Waffle House, died trying to get away,” witness Chuck Cordero told the news outlet.
A customer is being hailed a hero for stopping the gunman before he harmed anyone else. The man hid near the bathrooms, watched Reinking and tackled the assailant when there was an opening.
“He saw the gunman looking at his rifle. At that point, the shots had stopped. So, he decided to rush the gunman, actually wrestled that assault rifle away, tossed it over the counter. At that point, the gunman then fled,” Metro Nashville police spokesman Don Aaron said.