FOUR people were killed and several others injured when a naked gunman burst into a Waffle House in the Nashville area and opened fire, according to reports.

Waffle House
Waffle House

The gunfire erupted early Sunday morning at the Waffle House, where a customer managed to wrestle away the gunman's rifle before he fled on foot, police said on Twitter.


Police said they were looking for 29-year-old Travis Reinking of Morton, Illinois, as a person of interest in the shooting.

They identified him based on the vehicle he drove to the eatery.

Police described the weapon as an AR-15 assault rifle, WSMV reported.

Four people were injured in the shooting in Antioch, Tenn., a suburban neighbourhood about 12 miles from downtown Nashville.

Vanderbilt Hospital spokesman Jennifer Wetzel said the hospital had accepted three of the injured patients, all of whom were in critical condition, ABC News reported.

One of those is listed in critical but stable condition.

The suspect, who is white, was wearing only a green jacket at the time of the shooting, but was otherwise naked.

Waffle House spokesman Pat Warner called it a "very troubling" situation.

"We are sending our corporate team from Atlanta and heading to Nashville now," Warner said, according to ABC. "Our thoughts are with those affected."

Law enforcement officials work the scene of the fatal shooting.  Picture:  AP
Law enforcement officials work the scene of the fatal shooting. Picture: AP

Police say Reinking is believed to have been seen at an apartment complex near the scene wearing black pants and no shirt.

Reinking is known to both state and federal law enforcement because of previous, unspecified incidents, WSMV reported. His hometown of Morton is a village some 450 miles north of Antioch, a suburban neighborhood about 12 miles from downtown Nashville.


Chuck Cordero, 50, a Waffle House employee who was not working at the time, said he saw the suspect open fire.

"He did not say anything," Cordero told the Tennessean. "He pulled up, got out of his car and was all business."

He praised the man he saw grab the gun away from the shooter.

"He really saved some people. I'm positive he did," Cordero said. "Had that guy had a chance to reload his weapon, there was plenty more people in that restaurant."

This aritcle was orginaly seen in theNew York Post and has been republished here with permission.