Gunman opens fire at Waffle House outside Nashville

Nashville police identifying a person of interest, 29-year-old Travis Reinking.
3:20 | 04/22/18

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Transcript for Gunman opens fire at Waffle House outside Nashville
We're gonna get straight to the breaking news this morning there has been a deadly shooting at a restaurant thirty minutes outside of Nashville Tennessee a gunman opening fire at a Waffle House in Antioch. Police telling us there was one shooter who fled on foot. At least four people were killed with several wounded and we are learning that a patron wrestled the gun a weight from the shooter. Area Russia of covering the story an area what is the latest. Good morning to you Paula and Tom good morning to everyone this is a developing situation here's what we know right now Nashville police are confirming that shooter was wielding. An assault type rifle when he opened fire around 3:30 this morning. Police identifying this man Travis ranking as a person of interest he's 29 years old and from Morton Illinois. They say he drove to the Waffle House in a vehicle registered to hand. The suspected gunman first opening fire outside that restaurant killing two people then going inside and continuing. Fiery several others were shot in all four people were killed police say a patron. Managed to wrestle that rifle away from the gunman. But that gunman took off running at one point they say he had on a green jacket which he later took off and is reportedly now nude. There's an active search underway authorities today. They have reports of a nude man being seen in a wooded area nearby. Vanderbilt hospital confirming to ABC news they are treating patients Waffle House telling us of course they're deeply saddened by what has happened. And we're continuing to monitor this breaking situation many updates coming in style. I imagine that shooter still on the run aerial thank you. Bring it ABC news contributor and former FBI agent Brad Garrett who is in DC right now. Brad good morning to you so as area just reported the gunmen. Was new when he entered the restaurant what does this say about his mental state. Obviously he has severe mental health issues when I'm gonna guess that his solutions perhaps. Took him to the Waffle House another or something happened there are so often in this that he believed happened there. So he shows up at 3:30 in the morning noon to. Sheets and number of people in Portland police on foot so you know the Waffle House may well know who he is Antioch is not that big a community. The idea that that the police have maybe already figured out who he is is very reasonable. You know Brad the shooting happened at 3:30 this morning in the dead of night we only have a very vague description even though you think possibly maybe patrons knew this guy is. How challenge does that make the manhunt right now. Well I mean you always want daylight is the issues so. It is the real key with this guy is he's on foot my guesses he's not far away he's gonna have a history in or around that and it in around that. Waffle House and clearly in Antioch. And so my guess is the police are probably already online I. Granola a hunt for him whether it's at a homeless shelter whether it's at a residence except for a. All right we hope so Brad Garrett for us this morning of course we'll see on top of this developing story. Throughout the broadcast.

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