Waffle House Shooting, Hero disarmed naked waffle house gunman whose dad returned the rifle he used to kill four people
Suspect Travis Reinking, 29, remains on the run after the deadly shooting at a waffle house in Tennessee and he had had his firearms licence removed after he trespassed onto the White House
A man has been hailed a hero after disarming the naked waffle house gunman who killed four people in the US today.
Customer James Shaw Jr, 29, bravely tackled the shooter and threw his assault rifle over the counter, potentially saving lives in the process.
Shaw Jr told US media he had been at a house party when he and some friends went to get food at around 3.20am, just before the suspect opened fire.
The gunman, who was naked but for a green jacket, initially shot and killed two people in the parking lot of the restaurant in Antioch, a section of southeast Nashville, shortly before 3.30am (8.30am GMT).
He entered the restaurant and opened fire, before Shaw Jr saw his chance to intervene.
“The shots had stopped so he decided to rush the gunman, actually wrestled that assault rifle away, tossed it over the counter and, at that point, the gunman fled,” a police spokesman.
But Speaking to US reporters, Shaw Jr was humble about his heroic efforts during the tragedy in Tennessee.
“I don’t really know, when everyone said that (of being a hero), it feels selfish, the Tennessean quoted him as saying.
“I was just trying to get myself out. I saw the opportunity and pretty much took it.”
Shaw suffered non-life-threatening wounds including an injured elbow, while other patrons suffered facial wounds from shattered glass.
As he ran away, the shooter discarded the jacket, which contained additional ammunition, according to police.
It comes as an explosion has been reported at a property believed to be the home of the suspected gunman Travis Reinking, who fled the scene after the killings.
Reinking was arrested by Secret Service for being in a restricted area near the White House last July.
His firearms licence was revoked by the authorities and his guns, including the AR-15 he used to killed four people last night, were taken off him.
However his father received the guns and then passed them back to his son.
According to local reports a loud bang went off at the apartment complex where Reinking supposedly lived as federal agents closed on the complex.
A SWAT team arrived at the scene but was then seen to leave the area but some police remained.
Police found paperwork which indicates Reinking has two more weapons which have not been recovered and are concerned he is armed.
The police chief said: “We know of four weapons he had in his possession at one time. Two are accounted for, two are not.
“There could be others in addition to that.
“One is a long gun, a rifle and one is a handgun. A hunting-type rifle.”
They said that Reinking had been “armed with a lot of firepower intending to devastate south Nashville area”.
Four people were killed and at least three others wounded in the gun attack.
Metro Nashville police said the naked gunman was armed with an AR-15 style assault rifle and opened fire at customers.
Detectives have released a photo of Reinking, 29, who they have described as a “person of interest” following the shooting.
Police said the gunman’s vehicle was registered to him and a shirtless man wearing pants believed to be Reinking was spotted in woods near the restaurant.
“Murder warrants are now being drafted against Travis Reinking,” police said on Twitter.
Nashville mayor David Briley described the shooting as “a tragic day” for the city.
“My heart goes out to the families & friends of every person who was killed or wounded,” Mr Briley said in an emailed statement.
“I know all of their lives will be forever changed by this devastating crime.”
Congressman Jim Cooper, whose district includes Nashville, said in an emailed statement that the shooting shows the need for tighter restrictions on “widespread civilian access to military-grade assault weapons”.
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