The Metro Nashville Police Department said early Monday that 29-year-old Travis Reinking of Morton, Illinois, who is suspected of killing four people inside a Tennessee Waffle House Sunday, is still at large and they have had no “credible sightings” of him.
“MNPD officers, to include SWAT, have continued the search for Travis Reinking in the Antioch area overnight. There have been no credible sightings. The search will continue. All schools in the area have been cleared by officers. He was last seen Sun morn behind his apt complex,” the MNPD said in a tweet with an image of Reinking.
Wearing a green jacket and naked from the waist down, Reinking attacked the Waffle House restaurant in Antioch, just outside of Nashville, with an AR-15 rifle starting in the parking lot at about 3:25 a.m. Sunday, authorities said.
Among the fatalities is 29-year-old restaurant employee Taurean C. Sanderlin of Goodlettsville, Tennessee, who was shot while standing outside, according to The Washington Post. Three customers were also killed: Joe R. Perez, 20, of Nashville; Deebony Groves, 21, of Gallatin, Tennessee; and Akilah Dasilva, 23, of Antioch.
Shanita Waggoner, 21, of Nashville, and Sharita Henderson, 24, of Antioch remain at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in critical condition.
Reinking’s attack on the restaurant was stopped by another Waffle House customer, 29-year-old James Shaw Jr.
Shaw, according to ABC 7, had run to the restaurant’s restroom area as the shooting unfolded but when he saw Reinking looking at his rifle, he rushed him and managed to disarm him. Shaw, who is now being hailed as a hero, threw the weapon over the counter but Reinking managed to get away.
“So he shot actually through that door and one of the bullets grazed me and then I think that’s when I became alert about the situation and was like, there’s kind of no running from this. Kind of like a fish in a barrel type thing and I’m going to have to try to find some kind of flaw or a point in time where I can make this work for myself,” Shaw told ABC’s “Good Morning America” about the ordeal Monday.
After allegedly shooting his several victims, Reinking paused to reload his weapon to continue his rampage and it was at this point that Shaw decided to pounce.
“I think he was reaching in his pocket and he was about to reload the weapon and the barrel of the gun was down so that’s when I took my opportunity and I kind of was just wrestling it from him and I ran through the door at full speed, hit him with the door and took the gun and threw it over the bar and then I took him and myself outside the restaurant and then I was just trying to run away from him and just, you know, get to freedom,” Shaw said.
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Source: Christian Post