Tennessee police said a nude gunman shot dead three people and injured at least four more in the early hours of Sunday at a restaurant on the outskirts of Nashville.
In a Statement, the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department revealed that the shooting happened at a Waffle House restaurant in Antioch, a suburb southeast of Nashville, at 3:25 am (0825 GMT).
“A patron wrestled away the gunman’s rifle. He was nude & fled on foot. He is a white man with short hair,” the statement added.
A subsequent statement name 29-year-old Travis Reinking of Morton, Illinois as a person of interest. Police said the suspect arrived in a car registered to Reinking.
The statement added that the gunman was last seen walking on Murfreesboro Pike, where the 24-hour diner is located after taking off his coat. The statement added further that some of the victim was conveyed to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, located in Nashville itself.
Local media citing police on the scene reported the gunman was armed with an AR-15 assault rifle — a weapon commonly used by mass shooters in the US, where debate over gun control is fierce and shootings are all-too-frequent.
In the wake of the Florida massacre, student survivors launched a gun control campaign — drawing hundreds of thousands to demonstrations — and businesses including Walmart and Dick’s Sporting Goods took measures to restrict access to assault weapons and firearms in general.
However, Congress is sitting on its hands when it comes to the issue.