Man hailed as hero after charging, disarming Waffle House gunman

Frederick Owens
April 23, 2018

All of Nashville is grateful to James Shaw Jr. for intervening to prevent even more deaths and injuries at the Waffle House this morning.

The police have identified the suspect as 29-year-old Travis Reinking of Morton, Ill. The gunman's vehicle was registered to him and a shirtless man wearing trousers believed to be Reinking was spotted in woods nearby, police said.

Police later returned the seized weapons to Reinking's father, who gave them back to his son, police said.

Reinking once trespassed at the White House wanting to meet US President Donald Trump.

'When they went to go get the card, that's when the police showed up.

Aaron also said Reinking may still be in possession of two weapons, including a hunting rifle and a handgun.

Reinking, originally from IL, was known to both IL and federal law enforcement, Mr Aaron said.

Police have issued arrest warrants charging Reinking with multiple counts of criminal homicide.

Shaw was grazed by a bullet on his elbow while grappling with the gunman.

At least four people are dead after a gunman wearing nothing but a green jacket opened fire in a USA restaurant before being disarmed by a patron.

So far, the motive for the shooting appears to be random, police said. A shirtless man wearing trousers believed to be Reinking was spotted in nearby woods later on Sunday.

Witnesses said he was nude and got away on foot.

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Authorities discovered two magazines of AR-15 ammunition in a green jacket Reinking left behind. "That may not be a popular thing", said Shaw, who was raised in the area, went to Tennessee State University and now works as a wireless technician for AT&T.

He told reporters that he had heard gunshots but at first thought the noise was due to a stack of plates falling over.

At some point after the gunman entered, Shaw grabbed his rifle and tossed it over a counter, Aaron said.

"But I know it's going to take time. I'm positive he did", Cordero said.

James Shaw Jr. says he had gone to eat early Sunday after visiting a nightclub.

"I don't think it really has hit me", Shaw told CNN's Fredricka Whitfield. He then threw it over the countertop and took the shooter with him out the entrance.

Shaw then pushed the shooter out the front door.

Authorities had characterized the weapon used in the shooting as an "assault-type" rifle.

Mr Aaron said Reinking lived near the restaurant in the working- and middle-class Antioch neighbourhood of southeast Nashville, and police used yellow crime scene tape to block public access to an apartment complex about a half-mile from the Waffle House.

Witness Chuck Cordero saw everything unfold from outside the Waffle House's famously wide windows.

James Shaw Jr, the customer credited with saving lives by taking the gun off the killer, has told U.S. media he does not feel like a hero because "it feels selfish". "Had that guy had a chance to reload his weapon, there was plenty more people in that restaurant", he said.

"It's a tragic day for our city anytime people lose their lives at the hands of a gunman".

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