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Don Aaron, spokesman for the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department, told a press conference on Sunday that Mr. Reinking dropped his jacket after leaving the restaurant. Inside were two magazines of AR-15 ammunition.
The police gave a customer the opportunity to prevent further bloodshed. The customer, James Shaw Jr., 29, took advantage of the moment when he seemed to be trying to reload Mr. Reinking's rifle. Mr. Shaw burst out from behind a swinging door where he had hidden himself, tore off the gun and threw it over a countertop.
"I chose it because there was no way to lock that door when it came to it, he would have to work to kill me," Mr. Shaw said at the press conference.
Mr. Reinking had fled on foot and apparently returned to his apartment nearby to put on pants. He was last seen shirtless and without shoes, said police chief Steve Anderson. The investigators had not yet set a motive for the killings.
The officials could not explain how Mr. Reinking retook his weapons after being transported near the White House last year after his episode
Illinois District officials to investigate Mr. Reinking. The Tazewell County Sheriff's Office in Illinois gave his father the weapons he owned – including the AR-15, which he brought to Waffle House on Sunday –
Sheriff Robert M. Huston of Tazewell County said at a press conference on Sunday that while Mr. Reinking "voluntarily" delivered the weapons on August 24, his father had a passport and a legal right to take up arms
] "He was allowed to do that after assuring MEPs that he would keep them safe and away from Travis," Sheriff Huston said. "We have no information on how Travis returned to possession of these firearms."
Police in Nashville pointed out that Mr. Reinking's father returned the weapons to his son. The father, Jeffrey Reinking, could not be reached on Sunday for an opinion.
Even before he went to Washington, Mr. Reinking had a history of law enforcement encounters in Illinois.
According to a sheriff's report dated May 27, "2016, he was delusional, believing that the famous entertainer Taylor Swift molested him with stalking and hacking on the phone." He added that he found Ms. Swift with a Dairy Queen in Morton and hunted her before she disappeared.
Mr. The family members of Reinking said he had these delusions since August 2014. The report stated that "Travis is hostile to the police and does not recognize police violence."
Another episode on June 16, 2017 in Tremont, Ill. The police responded to a complaint that Mr. Reinking, wearing a woman's pink dressing gown, jumped into a pool and argued with lifeguards to join them bring to fight with him. Nobody at the pool wanted to bring charges, it said in the report. Reining's attempt to meet with the president came a month later. Aaron said Mr. Reinking probably moved to Nashville in the fall and worked in the crane and construction industries. Mr. Reinking was fired from a job three weeks ago and found a new job, Aaron said, but has not been seen at work since Monday.
The authorities said Mr. Reinking could still be in possession of a handgun and a rifle described by Chief Anderson as "more a hunting rifle than an assault rifle."
Nashville police identified the four people who were killed as employees of the Waffle House, Taurean C. Sanderlin, 29; and three customers: Joe R. Perez, 20, from Nashville; Deebony Groves, 21, of Gallatin; and Akilah Dasilva, 23, from Antioch.
Jennifer Wetzel, spokeswoman for the Medical Center at Vanderbilt University, said one injured victim is in critical condition and another is in critical but stable condition. Two other victims were treated for minor injuries and fired from the TriStar Southern Hills Medical Center in Nashville, said Katie Radel, a spokeswoman there.
Waffle House restaurants are open 24/7 and dotted all over the South, especially along the interstates. The Sunday shootout was the last outbreak of violence at an outpost of the chain. In January, a dispute in a Waffle House in Missouri became fatal when a security official opened the fire. And a deadly Florida site shoot in the same month recently led to a lawsuit.
Nevertheless, Sunday's attack was particularly staggering in its method and scope.
Walt Ehmer, the company's CEO, said it was a "very sad day" and thanked Mr. Shaw. "You are a hero," he said. "You are my hero."
But Mr. Shaw called for this. "I'm not a hero," he said, adding that he was self-preserving.
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