They said he was naked except for a green jacket when he got out of his vehicle at about 3:23 a.m. (4:23 a.m. ET) Sunday and shot two people outside the restaurant with an AR-15 rifle, killing them both.
Police are calling James Shaw Jr. a hero for saving lives in the busy restaurant, but the 29-year-old Nashville resident said he made only a split-second decision to challenge the shooter and called it a "selfish" act to avoid being killed.
Authorities suspect that 29-year-old Travis Reinking, who recently moved to the Nashville, Tennessee, area, may have two weapons on him - a rifle and a hand gun. Police said a shirtless man wearing trousers believed to be Reinking was spotted in nearby woods.
Travis Reinking was identified as the suspect in a Waffle House shooting Sunday, in which four people were killed.
"Had that guy had a chance to reload his weapon, there was plenty more people in that restaurant, " Cordero told local media.
"I know that we all want to live in a safe environment that allows everyone to go to work or school and feel and be safe", Democratic MayorDavid Briley said during a news conference on Sunday. Reinking claimed Swift had been occupying him, also that "everyone including his family members and the police" have been included, a police report obtained by Foxnews stated.
"He is a white man with short hair", the department said. "I'm OK though, but I hate that it happened".
The report claims that nobody at the pool wanted to press charges against Reinking, so the officer wrote the informational report to "show the state of mind" of Reinking. A gunman killed a churchgoer and injured seven others in a church shooting last September, mere miles from the Waffle House.
Reinking, originally from Morton, Illinois, lives near the restaurant, Nashville police spokesman Don Aaron told an afternoon news conference. Reinking's sister then went to talk to her brother and try to convince him to let her keep the guns for safe-keeping.
The fourth victim died in hospital and two others were wounded.
It was after the DC incident that the Federal Bureau of Investigation coordinated with Illinois State Police and Tazewell County to revoke Reinking's gun license, according to WKRN. He was subsequently released, Aaron said. Tazewell County Sheriff Robert Huston said his department is prepared in case Reinking returns to IL. Interestingly, this wasn't Shaw's original choice for his late-night meal; he and his friends had initially gone to a different Waffle House, but left when they found it was too crowded.
"At this point, the young man could be anywhere, and whether he may try to return home is a distinct possibility", Huston said.
He had been at the restaurant with his older brother and girlfriend, Shanita Waggoner, 21, according to CNN affiliate WTVF-TV.
Then he saw the gunman enter with a blank look on his face.
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