Naked gunman kills four in Nashville Waffle House
A nude gunman
has killed four people at a
Waffle House in Nashville in the
US state of Tennessee, police
The man burst into the restaurant at 03:25 (08:25 GMT)
in the suburb of Antioch and opened fire with a semi-automatic rifle.
Two other people were wounded. One of them wrestled
the weapon from the man, who then fled the scene on foot.
Police are hunting for the suspect, whom they
identified as Travis Reinking, 29, from Illinois.
He was arrested last year after entering a restricted
area near the White House, Nashville police spokesman Don Aaron said.
James Shaw Jr, the customer credited with saving lives
by seizing the gun from the killer, has told US media he does not feel
like a hero because "it feels selfish".
How did the attack unfold?
Arriving in a pick-up truck, the killer shot two
people outside the restaurant, before firing more shots inside, Mr Aaron
The shooting occurred in the small hours of Sunday in a suburb of Nashville
Three victims died at the scene and the fourth in
Police say he was naked except for a green jacket,
which he shed as he left the scene.
The suspect was later spotted in woodland wearing
black trousers but no shirt, police say.
Police released a photo of the rifle taken from him in
the restaurant, which appears to be an AR-15, a weapon commonly used by
mass shooters in the US.
Similar rifles were used in the Las Vegas shooting
last October that killed 58 people, and the Florida school attack in
February that left 17 students and staff dead.
Debate over gun control intensified following the
Florida shooting, with in recent weeks.
How did Mr Shaw intervene?
Police examined the scene for clues
At a press conference on Sunday, Mr Shaw said he had
heard gunshots and glass smashing as people ran for cover.
He then hid in the restaurant's toilet area but the
gunman shot through the door, injuring his arm.
"It was at that time that I kind of made up my mind -
because there's no way to lock that door - that if it was going to come
down to it he was gonna have to work to kill me," he said.
When the firing stopped and the gunman was looking at
his weapon, Mr Shaw rushed him and a scuffle ensued.
"I hit him with the door and the gun was kind of
jammed up," he said. "I grabbed it from him and I threw it over the
He then forced the gunman out of the restaurant.
Waffle House CEO Walth Ehmer praised Mr Shaw's actions
and hugged him after the press conference.
"You don't get to meet too many heroes in life but you
are my hero," he said.
While being treated in hospital for his injury, Mr
Shaw was told by a girl that he had saved her life.
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