Published: Mon, April 23, 2018
Sports | By Sarah Myers

3 dead, several injured in shooting at Waffle House near Nashville

3 dead, several injured in shooting at Waffle House near Nashville

On Sunday night, authorities were still searching for a 29-year-old suspect accused of carrying out a fatal shooting Sunday morning at a Waffle House in Antioch, Tennessee.

Police speculate that Mr Reinking ran home, grabbed a pair of trousers and fled his apartment.

Court records in IL show a series of traffic violations dating to 2005 to which Reinking mostly pleaded guilty and paid a fine.

Authorities discovered two magazines of AR-15 ammunition in a green jacket Reinking left behind.

Who is the suspected gunman?

Officials with the Secret Service said at the time that Reinking approached an agent and said that he had to get into the White House in order to speak to the president.

Hudson says Reinking tried to cross bike racks near the White House grounds that were part of security barriers.

Reinking was detained but refused to leave the secured area, so he was arrested and charged with unlawful entry, the report states.

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

"He is a hero in my books", said Brennan McMurry, 28, a friend who was with him at the Waffle House when the gunman burst in before dawn, according to the Tennessean newspaper. A patron managed to wrestle away the rifle being used by the suspect, police said.

DaSilva's family said he was one of six siblings and "hopes that in the midst of this senseless act of terrorism and hate, his life will not be in vain". He then heard gunshots, but initially though they were stacks of plates that had fallen over.

Shaw said at a news conference Sunday he had spent an evening out at a nightclub and entered the restaurant minutes ahead of the gunman. "He shot through that door; I'm pretty sure he grazed my arm". He said the "number one thing I could think about was calling my wife and my son".

Waffle House suspect still being sought; residents on alert

"If I let him load that weapon it wasn't going to be another chance", Shaw said.

Shaw said he was not a religious man, but "for a tenth of a second, something was with me to run through that door and get the gun from him".

That customer, identified by the Tennessean as James Shaw Jr., doesn't see it that way.

Authorities are hailing Shaw as a hero for preventing further bloodshed at the restaurant.

Authorities said all four weapons - including a hunting rifle and handgun - were seized from Mr Reinking last July after he was arrested by the Secret Service for being in a restricted area near the White House.

But local authorities in IL later returned them to Reinking's father, "who has now acknowledged giving them back to his son", Aaron said.

Police later called Reinking, who told police he had the gun earlier, but it was back in his apartment and he had a valid FOID card. But they are concerned he may have the two other weapons that were not found in his home. An employee of the business told police he had a yellowing match with Reinking, who was wearing a pink woman's coat and had an AR-15 in his hand.

U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper, whose district includes Nashville, said in an emailed statement that the shooting shows the need for tighter restrictions on "widespread civilian access to military-grade assault weapons".

Travis Reinking, 29, is accused of opening fire at a Waffle House in Antioch, a neighborhood in Davidson County that is governed by the city of Nashville.

"Had that guy had a chance to reload his weapon, there was plenty more people in that restaurant, " Cordero told local media. The protests followed February's mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida, in which a former student killed 17 people with an assault rifle.

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