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Suspected Waffle House gunman arrested in woods in Nashville

Suspected Waffle House gunman arrested in woods in Nashville
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Image caption Shooting suspect Travis Reinking was caught in a “wooded area”, police said

A man suspected of killing four people at a Waffle House in Tennessee has been arrested by police in Nashville.

Police said Travis Reinking, 29, was caught in a wooded area. He allegedly opened fire at the restaurant on Sunday with an AR-15 rifle, before discarding his coat and fleeing naked.

A customer, James Shaw Jr, prevented further bloodshed by wresting the rifle out of Mr Reinking’s hands

Police photos showed the suspect with a ripped shirt and scratches on his body.

Mr Reinking was already known to the authorities, having been arrested last year after entering a restricted area near the White House.

He surrendered his firearms to the police at the time, but they were passed to his father for safekeeping, and made their way back into his hands.

About 160 law enforcement officials were involved in the search for the suspect, who was added to the list of top ten most wanted fugitives in the state.

Arriving in a pick-up truck, the killer shot two people outside the Waffle House and two more inside.

The dead were Akilah Dasilva, 23; DeEbony Groves, 21; Joe Perez, 20; and Taurean Sanderlin, 29. Four more people were wounded before Mr Shaw Jr intervened.

Police released a photo of the rifle taken from the restaurant attacker, which appears to be an AR-15, a weapon commonly used by mass shooters in the US.

At a press conference on Sunday, Mr Shaw Jr said he had heard gunshots and glass smashing as people ran for cover. He then hid in the restaurant’s toilet area but the gunman shot through the door, injuring his arm.

“It was at that time that I kind of made up my mind – because there’s no way to lock that door – that if it was going to come down to it he was gonna have to work to kill me,” he said.

When the firing stopped and the gunman was looking at his weapon, Mr Shaw rushed towards him and a scuffle ensued.

“I hit him with the door and the gun was kind of jammed up,” he said. “I grabbed it from him and I threw it over the countertop.”

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