4 killed at Tennessee Waffle House as police search for seminude suspect

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(CNN) — Nashville police are asking residents to lock their doors and stay alert after a seminude gunman killed four people at an area Waffle House.

“Keep your doors locked, keep your eyes open. If you see this individual — if you see a nude guy walking around this morning — call the police department immediately,” Metro Nashville police spokesman Don Aaron said.

Police are asking for the public’s help in finding 29-year-old Travis Reinking of Morton, Illinois. Authorities said the gunman arrived in a vehicle registered to Reinking.

“That person is more than likely the suspect in this,” Aaron said.

Police say the gunman was naked except for a green jacket when he opened fire at about 3:25 a.m. in Antioch, part of the Nashville area. Metro Nashville Police Department tweeted Sunday morning that Reinking is a person of interest in the shooting. The tweet says he was last seen walking south on Murfreesboro Pike.

Police have also announced that murder warrants are being drafted for Reinking’s arrest.

Police said Reinking drove his pickup truck into the Waffle House parking lot around 3:18 a.m. He sat in the truck for a few minutes before getting out and immediately shooting and killing two people outside of the restaurant with an AR-15.

Officers said he then went inside and shot and killed another victim.

When the gunshots rang out, a patron ran to the restrooms. He was watching the gunman and rushed at him when he saw the gunman look down and fidget with the gun.

A male patron wrestled the AR-15 away from the gunman and Police said six of the eight people injured were shot. “The man who wrestled the gun away is a hero,” Aaron said.

Police said the assailant shed his jacket and fled on foot. By later Sunday morning, the description changed.

“A man believed to be Travis Reinking was last seen in a wood line near Discovery at Mountain View Apts. on Mountain Springs Drive near the Waffle House,” police tweeted. “The man was seen wearing black pants and no shirt.”

So far, the motive for the shooting appears to be random, police said.

Anyone who sees him is asked to call officials at 615-862-8600.

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