The incident happened at about 3:30 a.m. The Metro Nashville Police Department said the gunman, who was armed with a rifle, fled after a customer wrestled the weapon from him. Police said the suspect shed his coat and was nude when he left the restaurant.
Police later said that a man believed to be Reinking was last seen in a wooded area near an apartment complex less than a mile away from the Waffle House. He was wearing black pants and with no shirt on.
There's clearly more to be said about these circumstances, but for now I ask Nashville to pray for and rally around these victims and join me in thanking @MNPDNashville as it works to find and apprehend the shooter.— Mayor David Briley (@MayorBriley) April 22, 2018
A spokeswoman at Vanderbilt University Medical Center said it admitted three patients from the shooting. Two were in critical condition and one died later.
"It's a tragic day for our city anytime people lose their lives at the hands of a gunman. My heart goes out to the families & friends of every person who was killed or wounded in this morning's shooting. I know all of their lives will be forever changed by this devastating crime," Nashville Mayor David Briley said Sunday on Twitter.
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