Police in Nashville have arrested a man suspected of killing four people at a Waffle House in Tennessee. Authorities confirmed that Travis Reinking was captured in a wooded area. He had been on the run since Sunday, when he allegedly opened fire in the restaurant.
Reports revealed that Mr. Reinking threw out his jacket and left naked after the shooting. Metro Nashville PD said on its Twitter account that Travis Reinking had been apprehended moments ago in a wooded area close to Old Hickory Blvd & Hobson Pk. The picture in the tweet shows Mr. Reinking sitting in the back of a police car with a ripped shirt.
During the shooting, a customer decided to take action and stop him. He wrestled the rifle out of his hands and threw it away from him. That customer is James Shaw Jr., who was shot in the arm.
After the shooting, Mr. Reinking became one of the most wanted suspects in the state. More than 150 police officers began searching for him after the shooting. The search lasted just a day as authorities arrested him in a wooded area. Police have said that the area was near his apartment.
On Sunday, he arrived to the restaurant on a pickup truck. He then shot two people who were outside of the restaurant before entering and shooting two more. Four people lost their lives in the shooting while four others were injured. A police spokesman said Mr. Reinking sat on the pickup truck for 3 to 4 minutes looking at people inside the restaurant.
Mr. Shaw Jr. decided to take action but he was also injured during the shooting. He said during a press conference on Sunday that he heard shots, glass breaking and people running for cover. He decided to hide in the bathroom but the gunman shot through the door. One of the shots hit him in the arm.
He added that there was no way to lock the door and that he hit him with the door when the gun was kind of jammed up. He grabbed the gun from him and threw it over the countertop.
Mr. Reinking was no stranger to police as he had already been arrested once in 2017. At the time, he gave his firearms to police but they were handed to his father. Mr. Reinking would later get those firearms back.