Four Dead in Shooting at Waffle House Near Nashville

A gunman who killed four and wounded four others at a Waffle House outside Nashville Sunday morning was arrested last summer after he crossed a security barrier at the White House, police said.

The suspected gunman, Travis Reinking, is a 29-year old from Morton, Illinois, police said in a news conference Sunday afternoon. He opened fire at a Waffle House in Antioch, Tenn., around 3:25 a.m. local time on Sunday, killing three customers and one employee. He was armed with an AR-15 assault style rifle.

As of Sunday afternoon, police still had not found Mr. Reinking, who they believe had moved to the Nashville area last fall. SWAT teams with police dogs had searched his apartment close to the Waffle House in Antioch and the dogs briefly picked up his scent, said Don Aaron, a spokesman with the Nashville Metropolitan Police Department.

Mr. Reinking, who police describe as a white male with short hair, wore only a green jacket during the shooting and later shed the jacket, which carried additional AR-15 magazines. He returned to his nearby apartment and put on a black pair of pants, but is believed to be barefoot and shirtless. Police have drafted murder charges against him.

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