A shattered window at the scene of a shooting at a Waffle House Restaurant in Nashville, Tennessee, on April 22, 2018. According to police, four people were shot dead and four others wounded when a nude gunman opened fire at the restaurant early Sunday morning. EFE/EPA/RICK MUSACCHIO
Washington, Apr 22 (efe-epa).- At least four people died and four others were injured in a Sunday morning shooting in a restaurant in a suburb of Nashville, Tennessee, after which the shooter fled, police said.
Four people were killed in the shooting, which could have been much worse – in terms of casualties – if one of the restaurant patrons had not wrestled the AR-15 assault rifle away from the shooter, Don Aaron, the spokesman for the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department, told local media.
The police department said, on its official Twitter account, that the shooter, who was partially naked, opened fire at 3:25 am in a Waffle House.
One of the customers at the restaurant in Antioch, just a few minutes from Nashville, managed to grab the rifle from the attacker, who then fled wearing only a green jacket with no pants or underwear.
Police identified the shooter as Travis Reinking, a white 29-year-old born in Morton, Illinois, and the owner of the vehicle in which he arrived at the crime scene.
Aaron said that local and federal authorities had been monitoring the movements of the alleged shooter after having «previous interactions» with him.
«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,» said Aaron.
The police spokesman also said that the FBI has been at the crime scene since early Sunday morning.
The MNPD provided no further details as to the condition of the injured, the identities of those killed or the motive for the attack.