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Naked man with AR-15 kills diners at Waffle House in Tennessee

At least four people are dead and three more wounded.

by VICE News
22 April 2018, 7:22pm

Metro Nashville Police

A man witnesses described as wearing only a green jacket killed at least four people people and wounded three others after opening fire with a AR-15-style assault rifle at a Waffle House in Antioch, Tennessee Sunday morning, according to Nashville police.

Three people died at the scene and a fourth after being taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville police spokesman Don Aaron said.

The man fled the scene on foot after a Waffle House patron wrestled the gun away, and was later reported by police to be walking naked along Murfreesboro Pike. Police describe the man as white with short hair.

"If you see a nude guy walking around, call the police immediately," Aaron said, according to CNN. "We believe he may be the suspect in this.

Authorities are asking for help finding Travis Reinking, 29, who is the registered owner of the vehicle that the gunman arrived in.

Nashville police are pursuing Reinking, who was last seen in a wooded area reportedly wearing black pants and no shirt.

It could have been much worse. Waffle House customer James Shaw Jr., 29, waited in the bathroom until he heard a pause in the firing and ambushed the suspect, disarmed him, and tossed the gun over the counter, according to CNN.

"He is the hero here, and no doubt he saved many lives by wrestling the gun away and then tossing it over the counter and prompting the man to leave," Aaron said.

This story is developing ...

Cover image: Waffle House on Murfreesboro Pike in Antioch, Tennessee courtesy of Metro Nashville Police Department.

This article originally appeared on VICE US.

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