Metro police SWAT teams converged outside an Antioch apartment complex late Sunday morning as a manhunt continued for the suspect in a shooting at a Waffle House that left four dead and at least seven others injured.
SWAT officers used a loudspeaker asking for someone to come out of a building with their hands up in the Discovery at Mountain View Apartments complex. A loud bang was heard in the area around the same time.
The dramatic scene comes hours after a gunman wearing only a jacket opened fire at a Waffle House on Murfreesboro Pike. Police identified Travis Reinking, 29, as the suspect and said he lived in the Antioch apartment complex.
Reinking opened fire, using what police described as an “assault-type rifle,” at about 3:25 a.m. at the Waffle House at 3571 Murfreesboro Pike, which is just south of Mt. View Road.
The suspect first fired from the parking lot, shooting two men and shattering the glass window at the front of the restaurant before going inside and continuing to pelt the restaurant with bullets, police said.
Three people died at the scene and another died at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Police said seven others were taken to area hospitals.
Two patients remained in critical condition at Vanderbilt Sunday afternoon. Two others were treated and released from Southern Hills Medical Center.
Police said that tally could have been much higher if 29-year-old hero James Shaw Jr. had not intervened and wrested the gun away from the suspect.
“You had a citizen step up to intervene with an active shooter,” police spokesman Don Aaron said. “He is the hero here and no doubt he saved many lives.”
Police said the gunman was only wearing a green coat during the attack. After he left the restaurant, police said, he dropped his coat and fled on foot, nude. They later found ammunition in the coat pockets.
Reinking was later spotted in the area wearing black pants and no shirt, police said. Police do not believe the suspect is still armed but said residents in the area should lock their doors.
Federal, state and local law enforcement were already aware of Reinking, 29, “due to previous interactions,” Aaron said. FBI investigators were on the scene Sunday morning.
He had not come into contact with Nashville police before the shooting. Late Sunday morning, the department announced murder charges had been filed against Reinking.