'Travis Reinking, 29, the main suspect in the Waffle House mass shooting in Nashville, was previously arrested and interviewed by both the FBI and the Secret Service after he stormed the White House lawn in 2017.
Police investigating Sunday morning’s shooting believe that Reinking had suffered from mental health issues and have warned that they suspect he is still armed and thus extremely dangerous.
A naked man matching Reinking's description was spotted in the woods near the restaurant in the aftermath of the shooting, in which the death toll could have been far higher, were it not for an unnamed 29-year-old man who snatched the AR-15 style rifle out of the gunman's hands.
Speaking at a press conference on Sunday afternoon, Metropolitan Nashville Police spokesperson Don Aaron said that police believe the suspect may be armed with a hunting rifle and possibly a handgun.
“There could be other weapons in addition to them that we do not know about… One is a long-gun - a hunting type rifle, not an assault rifle - and one handgun," Aaron confirmed, adding that Nashville police had not had any encounters with Reinking until Sunday morning’s tragic mass shooting incident. "We were not aware of him. He had not created any incident that brought him to our attention. We suspect he has some mental issues but he left no notes, no verbal indication, so we don't have a motive at this time."'
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