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Waffle House suspect Travis Reinking remains at large in Tennessee with ‘no credible sightings’

Waffle House (CBS Evening News/YouTube)

There have been no signs of Waffle House gunman Travis Reinking since he took off into a wooded area after killing four people inside the Nashville-area eatery, cops said Monday.

“There have been no credible sightings,” the Metro Nashville Police Department said in a tweet. “The search will continue.”

Reinking, a 29-year-old Illinois native, was last seen wearing black pants as he ran away from his Antioch, Tenn., apartment complex early Sunday.

He previously stormed into the Waffle House wearing nothing but a green jacket, wielding an AR-15-style rifle, at about 3:25 a.m. local time.

Reinking killed four people during the melee, which was finally stopped when customer James Shaw Jr. charged at the gunman as he went to reload, officials said.

“I just saw my opportunity and attacked,” Shaw said Monday morning on NBC News’ “Today.”

“I did learn that he did actually have other magazines in his gun, and he could’ve reloaded,” he continued. “I’m glad I acted.”

Waffle House worker Taurean Sanderlin, 29, and Joe Perez, 20, were killed outside, while Akilah Dasilva, 23, and DeEbony Groves, 21, were fatally shot when Reinking sprayed inside the restaurant according to police.

Reinking fled the Waffle House, ditching the green jacket in the process, and was reported near his apartment complex later that morning.

Two women — 24-year-old Sharita Henderson and 21-year-old Shanita Waggoner — were wounded in the attack and are currently listed in stable condition at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, a CNN reporter tweeted.

A growing law enforcement presence, including a SWAT team, has blanketed the Antioch area, located just a few miles south of Nashville.

Metro Nashville police said all the area’s schools were cleared after being swept.

Several schools in Antioch and surrounding areas will be in lockout Monday, the Tennessean reported, meaning guests are not allowed into the building.

Reinking had run-ins with police back in Illinois, and one by the Secret Service in July 2017 when he tried to get through a White House barrier, officials said.

He previously believed Taylor Swift was stalking him in 2016 back in Illinois, according to an arrest report in his native Tazewell County.

Reinking told cops he was convinced the “Blank Space” singer was trying to breach his Netflix account and phone.


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