Manhunt intensifies for Waffle House shooting suspect

Vastavam web: A nearly nude gunman killed four people at a Waffle House restaurant in Nashville, Tennessee, early on Sunday and then fled after a patron saved lives by wrestling the assault-style rifle from his hands.The suspected shooter, identified as Travis Reinking, 29, fled on foot and was still at large as murder warrants were being issued for him, the Metropolitan Nashville Police said.

Police speculate that Reinking ran home, grabbed a pair of pants and fled his apartment. A shirtless, shoeless man believed to be him was spotted in the woods nearby, police said.The gunman, who was naked but for a green jacket, first shot and killed two people in the parking lot of the restaurant in Antioch, a section of southeast Nashville, shortly before 3:30 a.m. (0830 GMT).He then entered the restaurant and opened fire, police said, killing one patron and wounding another, who later died. Two other people were in critical condition at a hospital.

As the shooter ran off, he discarded the jacket, which contained additional ammunition, according to police, who cautioned that he was to be considered armed and extremely dangerous.More than a day after a semi-naked gunman shot up a Waffle House and killed four people, the suspect is still on the loose.

Nashville public schools are following “lock-out” procedures while the killer is at large. Police say residents should keep their doors locked as authorities scour the woods and other places Travis Reinking, 29, may be hiding.”If you keep in mind that he’s still got this main currency — which is going to be a firearm — he can get pretty much whatever he wants.”

That’s the chilling reality facing many residents, including some who’ve spotted police and search dogs looking through their neighborhoods.A police helicopter and a police dog tried to track the suspect after the shooting, but the dogs lost the scent, police said.
Nashville police said more than 80 officers are now searching for Reinking with the help of the Tennessee Highway Patrol, the FBI, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

“He’s murdered four times with no apparent reason and no apparent motive. So we’re very concerned,” Metro Nashville Police Chief Steve Anderson said.
Police have warned residents to keep their doors locked and “eyes open.”