White Gunman On The Run Murdered 4 POC At A Waffle House Before Hero Stopped Him

NASHVILLE, TN - APRIL 22:  Law enforcement stand outside a Waffle House where four people were killed and two were wounded after a gunman opened fire with an assault weapon on April 22, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. Travis Reinking, 29, of Morton, IL, is person of interest in the shooting and is suspected to have left the scene naked. (Photo by Jason Davis/Getty Images)

White Gunman On The Run Murdered 4 POC At A Waffle House Before Hero Stopped Him

The suspected gunman is still on the loose as a nationwide manhunt is out to find him.

Published April 22, 2018

The four people who were killed at a Nashville-area Waffle House have been identified by authorities.

  1. 29-year-old restaurant worker Taurean C. Sanderlin, and customers 20-year-old Joe R. Perez, 23-year-old Akilah Dasilva, and 21-year-old Deebony Groves were all killed in the shooting.

  2. 29-year-old Travis Reinking drove up to the restaurant early Sunday morning and began opening fire in the parking lot, catching victims. He the stormed inside the establishment in Antioch, and in total, killing the aforementioned four and injuring seven more.

  3. Sanderlin and Perez were killed outside of the restaurant while Dasilva was critically wounded then later died at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

    James Shaw Jr., who was one of the injured, was able to wrestle the gun away from the shooter and is being labeled as a hero. Shaw says he entered the Waffle House just minutes before the suspected shooter.

  4. “He shot through that door; I'm pretty sure he grazed my arm. At that time I made up my mind... that he was going to have to work to kill me,” he said. “When the gun jammed or whatever happened, I hit him with the swivel door.”

    Police are still searching for the gunman, who they claim was spotted walking nude along a road after fleeing the crime scene. Witnesses say he ran to a nearby apartment complex where he lived and put on black pants before running away barefoot.

    This isn’t the first time Reinking has been in trouble with the law. Authorities seized Reinking’s weapons during July of last year when he was arrested by the Secret Service for crossing a security barrier. Those guns were later returned to the man’s father, who then gave them back to his son. The AR-15 used in the shooting was one of those firearms.

    During the White House incident, Reinking told Secret Service officials he was trying to set up a meeting with President Donald Trump.

Written by Paul Meara

Photo: Jason Davis/Getty Images

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