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story.lead_photo.caption This photo provided by Metro Nashville Police Department shows Travis Reinking, who police are searching for in connection with a fatal shooting at a Waffle House restaurant in the Antioch neighborhood of Nashville early Sunday, April 22, 2018. (Metro Nashville Police Department via AP)

3:30 p.m.

Police have released the names of the four people who died after being shot at a Nashville Waffle House.

In a news release, Metropolitan Nashville Police identified those killed Sunday as 29-year-old restaurant worker Taurean C. Sanderlin of Goodlettsville, 20-year-old restaurant patron Joe R. Perez of Nashville, and 23-year-old Akilah Dasilva of Nashville.

The statement says Sanderlin and Perez were killed outside the restaurant and Dasilva was critically wounded inside and later died at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Deebony Groves, a 21-year-old woman from Gallatin, Tennessee, was fatally wounded inside the restaurant.

Also being treated for gunshot wounds at Vanderbilt are 21-year-old Shanita Waggoner and 24-year-old Sharita Henderson, both of Nashville.

Police spokesman Don Aaron says efforts to locate 29-year-old suspect Travis Reinking are continuing.

3 p.m.

The man who wrested the gun away from the suspect in Nashville's Waffle House shooting says he had entered the restaurant just two minutes ahead of the gunman.

James Shaw Jr. says he had gone to eat early Sunday after visiting a nightclub. He then heard gunshots, but initially though they were stacks of plates that had fallen over. Shaw says it was then that he saw restaurant workers scatter and a body near the front door as the gunman burst through the entrance.

"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. When the gun jammed or whatever happened, I hit him with the swivel door," Shaw told a news conference Sunday.

The gun then jammed up, and Shaw managed to get one hand on the gun and grab it. He then threw it over the countertop and took the shooter with him out the entrance. Shaw says the shooter then trotted away.

Authorities are hailing Shaw as a hero for preventing further bloodshed at the restaurant.

2:30 p.m.

Authorities say the suspect in a deadly shooting at a restaurant in Nashville was arrested last year by the U.S. Secret Service for being in a restricted area near the White House.

Metro Nashville Police Department spokesman Don Aaron said 29-year-old Travis Reinking's firearms authorization was then revoked at the request of the FBI, and four weapons were seized, including the AR-15 that he allegedly used in the shooting at the Waffle House restaurant early Sunday. Four people were killed.

Aaron says the four guns were returned to the suspect's father, who acknowledged giving them back to his son.

Police have the AR-15 and another gun found during a search earlier Sunday. But two other guns are unaccounted for. Aaron says Reinking is still at large following the 3:25 a.m. shooting and could possibly be armed with the two guns.

11 a.m.

A U.S. congressman is calling for restricting access to some assault weapons in the wake of a shooting at a restaurant in Tennessee on Sunday that left four people dead.

Rep. Jim Cooper issued a statement Sunday, calling for restricting "widespread civilian access to military-grade assault weapons."

Cooper's statement came in the wake of a shooting at a Waffle House restaurant in Nashville. In addition to the four deaths, at least two people were injured.

The Metropolitan Nashville Police Department said via Twitter that authorities are searching for 29-year-old Travis Reinking in connection with the shooting. Authorities had characterized the weapon used in the shooting as an "assault-type" rifle.

7:30 a.m.

Police in Nashville say three people are dead and four are injured after a shooting at a Waffle House restaurant early Sunday.

The Metropolitan Nashville Police Department says the gunman was a white man with short hair who was wearing only black pants and a coat. A customer at the restaurant took the gun from the suspect, who then took off his coat and fled the area.

Police said via their Twitter account that authorities are searching for 29-year-old Travis Reinking. They said they named him as a suspect because the car that the gunman arrived in was registered to him.

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  • RBear
    April 22, 2018 at 3:07 p.m.

    Yet another mass shooting involving an assault style weapon. But of course, Reinking and his father had them for sporting purposes only. It wasn't the gun who killed the four people. It was Reinking WHO USED THE ASSAULT STYLE WEAPON that killed the four people. These guns are perfectly harmless WHEN they aren't in the hands of people.

  • awh
    April 22, 2018 at 4:10 p.m.

    Agents arrested this guy. Police revoked his right to have guns. Guns were returned to his father. FATHER GIVES GUNS BACK TO THIS DERANGED KID. This father should be prosecuted as complicit in this crime. He knew this kid should not morally or legally have a gun much less four. He is an accomplice. This is an opportunity to make the right kind of statement and make a difference, instead of the usual junk.

  • RBear
    April 22, 2018 at 4:45 p.m.

    awh the "usual junk" is that the "kid" (29 years old is not a kid) should not have had an assault style weapon. Had the AWB still been in effect he would not have had such a weapon. Then the father would not have had the option to give the weapon back because there would have been no assault style weapon. That's the right kind of statement.

  • ARMNAR
    April 22, 2018 at 6:23 p.m.

    Amen, RBear.

    Awaiting the unhinged responses by the resident ammosexuals.

  • DontDrinkDatKoolAid
    April 22, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.

    A Ryder truck would have done better.

  • ARMNAR
    April 22, 2018 at 7:06 p.m.

    Aaand...there's the first one.

    Ryder trucks are quite popular with Right-wing terrorists like McVeigh and DK.

  • Packman
    April 22, 2018 at 7:11 p.m.

    Hey RBear - Does the article say when the dad acquired the gun? Would it make you feel better if the crazed perp had used a shotgun or knife or handgun?
    .
    Numerous gun laws were broken. It's absurd to believe more laws would have stopped this act of pure evil. If not a gun the lunatic, determined to commit an evil act, would have pursued means that could have been much more lethal. Fortunately a hero was nearby to stop the insanity. Too bad the good guy didn't have a gun. If so the lunatic might now be dead instead of possibly committing more evil acts.

  • RBear
    April 22, 2018 at 7:35 p.m.

    Pack and you come back with your usually clueless response. With regards to "numerous gun laws," you claimed that on the Vegas shooter and it turns out you were wrong on many counts. You try to superimpose laws where they don't apply. In this case, I merely mentioned ONE law that would have prevented acquisition of the weapon and was a continuance of the AWB. Considering it expired in 2004 and considering the gunman was 29 and considering the confiscation was in 2017, had it been in effect he would not have had the weapon used in the shooting.
    ...
    The fact you and DDDK tried to create some terroristic scenario to justify ownership of the assault style weapon as if it was a better choice shows how insane gun nuts arguments can get. You really do need to seek help on this. Every time there's a shooting with an assault style weapon, you go BSC in your responses. You're not even rational any more.

  • Packman
    April 22, 2018 at 9:27 p.m.

    Hey RBear - Yes, we can pass laws forcing law abiding citizens to hand over sporting rifles to the government and decrease the odds of those specific types of guns being used to commit acts of evil. And yet, infringing on the rights of millions of law abiding citizens does nothing to deter evil acts.
    .
    Is it good public police to restrict individual rights with no reasonable expectation of meaningful societal benefit? Reasonable people will say no. Banning and government confiscation of sporting rifles does nothing to stop evil acts, including acts committed with bombs, airplanes, knives, big trucks, and shotguns. Good guys/gals of courage and with resources stop evil acts. Laws that punish good people do nothing to stop evil acts. But you be you, RBear. Meantime the rest of us will focus on things that address the root causes.

  • DontDrinkDatKoolAid
    April 22, 2018 at 11:36 p.m.

    In other news, A Ryder truck was also used in N.Y. to drive down pedestrians. The driver was Muslim.
    ~
    AWB was a joke.

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