UPDATE: #Nashville police tweeted that they have taken into custody the man suspected of opening fire and killing four people Sunday at a #WaffleHouse early Sunday morning.
April 22, 2018 Nashville Metro Police say a gunman wearing nothing but a green jacket opened fire early Sunday morning at a Waffle House restaurant in the Antioch neighborhood of Nashville, Tennessee. A manhunt continues for the suspected shooter, who authorities say fled the restaurant naked.
The gunman, identified as 29-year-old Travis Reinking from Morton, Illinois shot two people in the parking lot before entering the restaurant, where he continued firing until a customer grabbed his assault rifle, Nashville Police spokesman Don Aaron said. The gunman fled the scene after shooting at least six people. Three victims were pronounced dead at the scene. A fourth victim died after being transported to Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville.
Police recovered a pickup truck registered to Reinking and say a shirtless man matching his description has been spotted in woods nearby.
Reinking was arrested in July, 2017 by United States Secret Service agents after he breached security near the White House in the nation’s capital. At the request of the FBI, Reinking's state firearm authorization was revoked and all weapons seized by authorities in Illinois. Four of the guns seized were given to Reinking's father who admitted he gave them back to his son. One of the firearms, the AR-15 was used in Sunday’s shooting.
In September, 2017, a gunman opened fired inside of Burnette Chapel Church of Christ in Antioch killing one person and injuring seven others.
Cynthia Hodges holds a M.A. in Political Science from NEIU in Chicago, Illinois and a Post-Grad Professional Certificate in Disaster and Terrorism Management from University of North Carolina -Chapel Hill. In addition to a successful writing career, Cynthia is in the process of writing a book on the role of private security guards as first responders in the post 9/11 America. "My career has been a balance of security and education, and my passion for Homeland Security while protecting individual's Constitutional rights has grown as a result of the two."