Waffle House shooting victims: DeEbony Groves, 21, was 'full of huge potential'

Waffle House shooting

MNPDNashvilleA naked gunman has opened fire in a restaurant in Nashville

It is not clear from the police report if Reinking was referring in general to being a sovereign citizen or if it is a specific reference to the Sovereign Citizen Movement, an anti-government extremist group labeled domestic terrorists by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

There is reason to believe, police say, that the suspect at large is carrying at least one weapon that was not found during a search of the gunman's home. Police in Nashville, Tennessee warned people nearby to be wary, while authorities shared reports about previous efforts to contain the gun-loving man with paranoid delusions.

"A patron wrestled away the gunman's rifle. He is a white man with short hair", the department said.

He was last seen in a wooded area near the apartment complex wearing only black trousers, Aaron said.

Reinking, who was barely clothed at the time, then went inside the restaurant and continued firing, police said.

Police said those killed were Waffle House cook Taurean C. Sanderlin, 29, and three patrons: Joe R. Perez, 20; DeEbony Groves, 21; and Akilah Dasilva, 23. He told first responders that he believed pop star Taylor Swift was stalking him.

Before moving to Nashville, authorities in IL documented at least five encounters with the alleged gunman from May 2016. Police credited his action with saving lives. They said he had had those "delusions" since 2014. In one, Reinking was confronted by police in a auto park in 2016. He told Secret Service officers that he had a right to "inspect the grounds" and that he wanted to meet President Donald Trump.

CBS affiliate WTVF identified the customer as 29-year-old James Shaw Jr., whose hands were severely burned from grabbing the AR-15.

"I distinctively remember thinking that he is going to have to work for this kill", Shaw Jr. said.

Waffle House hero James Shaw, left, gets a standing ovation after speaking during a press conference in Nashville, Tenn. "When the gun jammed or whatever happened, I hit him with the swivel door". "It wasn't any kind of talking between us; I just knew I just had to get that away from him".

Jones, a regular at the nearby Waffle House, said he is anxious for the employees whom he befriended on late-night trips there. There he was singled out by Waffle House CEO Walter Ehmer, who was present and thanked Mr Shaw for his bravery.

The guns, however, were later returned to Reinking's father, who has acknowledged he gave them back to his son, officials said.

The AR-15 used in the shootings was among the firearms seized. A nationwide debate on gun control has intensified since February, when a former student killed 17 people with an AR-15 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. He said he took the assault rifle from the suspect and threw it over a counter.

Meanwhile, an ABC News/Washington Post poll published Friday suggested that support for a ban on assault weapons has risen sharply in the past few months. "Presently two of the four guns are unaccounted for (one of them was recovered during the apartment search)".

"Assault weapons" were banned in the United States from 1994 to 2004, when the prohibition lapsed.

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