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Naked gunman kills four at Waffle House, still on the loose
A naked gunman unleashed mayhem overnight at a suburban Nashville Waffle House, where he killed four people and left another seven injured before a patron could wrestle the gun away, cops said.
Gunman Travis Reinking fled the scene after the diner got hold of the gun, cops said, leading authorities on a manhunt in the greater Nashville area. The 29-year-old Illinois native may possibly have two more weapons on him, a police spokesman warned.Advertisement
Police issued murder warrants Sunday for Reinking, who they believe shot at least six people with an assault-style rifle at the breakfast food joint early Sunday.
A SWAT team surrounded the apartment where he was staying at about 11:30 a.m. local time, but it wasn't immediatly clear if he was inside.Advertisement
A pickup truck registered in his name pulled up to the eatery, and a nude gunman wearing nothing but a green jacket stuffed with ammunition got out.
He fatally shot two people standing outside without any provocation, witnesses told local media.
"He did not say anything," Chuck Cordero, an off-the-clock Waffle House employee who'd stopped in for a coffee, told reporters at the scene. "He pulled up, got out of his car and was all business."
The stark naked shooter then used his assualt-style rifle to pump bullet holes into the Waffle House window.Advertisement
He then went inside where he started shooting at freightened patrons, officials said, one of whom died at the scene and another at a local hospital.
Diner James Shaw Jr. charged at the gunman during a break from shooting, wrested the rifle away and tossed it over a counter.
Shaw Jr. and a few friends had just arrived at the restaurant from a frat house party when the gunman came in.
"When he came in, I distinctively remember thinking that he is going to have to work for this kill," Shaw Jr., 29, told the Tennessean. "I had a chance to stop him and thankfully I stopped him."
He was also treated for an elbow injury and some abbrasions, officials said.
"He really saved some people. I'm positive he did," Cordero told the newspaper. "Had that guy had a chance to reload his weapon, there was plenty more people in that restaurant."
Shaw told the Tennessean he didn't think he should have the "hero" monikor police bestowed on him.
"While I was in hospital, a girl that was there said you saved my life," he told the newspaper. "I didn't do it to be hero."Advertisement
The gunman fled the scene â" tossing the jacket in the process â" k icking off a lengthy search of the area.
Neighbors said they later saw a man who matched Reinking's description running from his nearby apartment wearing a pair of black pants, headed for a wooded area.
Reinking, who was initially described as a person of interest, was known to federal law enforcement, Aaron said at a news breifing.
"Why he is in Nashville and what prompted this this morning has not been determined," the police spokesman added.
Waffle House public relations director Pat Warner did not say whether any employees were among those hurt Sunday morning.
"This is a very sad day for the Waffle House family, and we ask for ever yone to keep the victims and their families in their thoughts and prayers," he said in an email to the Daily News.
Nashville Mayor David Briley called it a "tragic day for our city anytime people lose their lives at the hands of a gunman."Source: Google News
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As Macron arrives to meet Trump, fate of Iran nuclear deal is front and center
French President Emmanuel Macron and President Trump shake hands on Sept. 18 during a U.N. General Assembly meeting in New York. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images) April 22 at 11:02 AM Email the author
The last time they met face to face, at the United Nations in September, French President Emmanuel Macron was puzzled when President Trump and his delegation seemed to have no agenda, carried no papers and took no notes.
âIt was like a good discussion with a buddy in a bar,â recalled a French official. âAt the end, you donât know exactly what it means.â Now that Trump has been in office longer, the official mused, âmaybe the process is different.â
At the very leas t, the agenda will be clear to both sides when Macron arrives here Monday for the first official state visit Trump has hosted for any leader. Following their joint attack, with Britain, on Syrian President Bashar al-Assadâs chemical weapons facilities early this month, there is a Syria strategy to figure out. Trade, climate change, Russia, North Korea and counterterrorism are all on the to-do list.
But no issue looms larger than Iran, and the nuclear agreement that the United States and five other countries signed with Tehran in 2015. Trump has called it a bad deal and said the United States will withdraw unless it is âfixed.â Signatories France, Britain and Germany vehemently disagree, say there can be no changes to the agreement, and have pledged they will not follow Trumpâs lead.
The U.S. decision deadline is May 12. Failure to work out a compromise between the United States and its closest European allies that will keep the nuclear accord alive could lead t o the most significant trans-Atlantic breach in decades.
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Enter Macron. By consensus among his counterparts in Europe, if there is accommodation to be reached with Trump on Iran, he is the man to close the deal.
Senior French, British and German officials have been negotiating for months with a State Department team led by Brian Hook, director of policy planning, to come up with a way to meet Trumpâs demands without altering the deal itself or driving the other signatories â" Russia, China and, of course, Iran â" to cry foul.
According to U.S. and European officials involved in those talks, significant progress has been made on addressing concerns about the dealâs sunset clauses, its verification rules, and the absence of restrictions on Iranian ballistic missile testing and development, as well as new measures to counter Iranâs âmalignâ activities in Syria and beyond in the Middle East. Four documents have been drafted that they believe are responsive to Trumpâs criticisms.
An overall declaration and three sub-texts are to outline their joint understanding that other international conventions will prohibit Iran from developing nuclear weapons beyond restrictions that expire in the next decade, push the International Atomic Energy Agency to expand its monitoring and promise strict sanctions if Iran moves forward with intercontinental ballistic missile development.
Mike Pompeo, Trumpâs nominee for secretary of state, was a harsh critic of the deal when it was signed and spoke openly about bombing Iranâs nuclear installations. But at his confirmation hearing last week, Pompeo assured lawmakers that âthere is no doubt that this administrationâs policy, and my view, is that the solution to preventing Iran from getting nuclear weapons, to finding ourselves in the same place we are in North Korea in Iran, is through diplomacy.â He also agreed with the European s and the IAEA that Iran has so far complied with its terms.
âI am confident that the issue will be discussed at great lengthâ during Trumpâs upcoming meetings with European leaders, including a one-day visit here by German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday, following Macronâs departure late Wednesday, Pompeo said. âItâs important to them and I know theyâll raise their hopes and concerns.â
In an interview broadcast on âFox News Sunday,â Macron acknowledged that the nuclear deal was not perfect.
âBut what do you have for a better option?â he asked. âI donât see it.â
Neither Macron nor the White House expect a final decision by Trump during the French presidentâs visit, officials from both countries said. For their part, the Europeans worry that the mercurial U.S. president, who railed against the deal during his presidential campaign and ever since, will ultimately decide to trash it even if his State Department recommend s otherwise.
But Macron has been working toward this moment for months. âWhat I told him was not to tear up the deal,â he told journalists in October.
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âItâs a very long shot, but itâs the only one we have,â FranÃ§ois Heisbourg, a former French presidential adviser on defense and national security, said of the Macron offensive. âYou might as well try.â
The special bond that seems to have developed between the 71-year-old American president and Macron, a 40-year-old political novice elected just a year ago, is no accident. While Merkel is clearly turned off by Trump, and British Prime Minister Theresa Mayâs Parliament and population have indicated they donât even want him to visit, Macron has gone far out of his way to cultivate him.
Their first handshake, a virtual arm-wrestle at an international meeting in Germany in June, produced a globally viral video. âHe is a specialist,â Macron sa id on Fox, referring to Trumpâs apparent attempt at establishing physical dominance by forcibly yanking Macronâs hand toward his own body. âSeeing [Japanese] Prime Minister Abe and some of the different victims, I resisted.â It was, he said, laughing, a âfriendly moment. Donât worry.â
In July, Macron invited Trump to Bastille Day in Paris, treated him as a senior statesman and impressed him with a front-row seat at a massive military parade that Trump now plans to emulate in Washington this fall. In addition to the September U.N. meeting, the two have near-weekly telephone conversations.
âItâs Macronâs nature,â said William Drozdiak, author of âFractured Continent: Europeâs Crises and the Fate of the Westâ and an upcoming biography of the French president. âHe walks into a room, sees a chair and tries to seduce it.â
âHe looks at Trump and says, âOkay, weâve got our interests, and the best way of securing them is for me to fl atter this guy, pat him on the back and get along with him so that I can manipulate him,ââ Drozdiak said. Macron is âthe ultimate pragmatist .â.â. thatâs why heâs the only Western leader now with an open dialogue to [Russian President Vladimir] Putin,â as well as Trump.
The French turn down their noses at media descriptions of a âbromanceâ between the French and U.S. presidents. âMacron is not the friend of Trump,â said the French official, speaking on condition of anonymity to candidly discuss the relationship. âWe donât believe all this stuff about bromance, that theyâre buddies.â
âMacron is doing this because he knows that he has to be close to our closest ally, the president of the most powerful country in the world. Itâs in our interest to have a good relationship. He doesnât go as a friend,â the official said.
The length and depth of the U.S.-French relationship will be spotlighted during the visit, an extravaganza o f activities clearly designed to match Trumpâs reception in Paris last summer. After his midday Monday arrival, Macron and his wife will travel by helicopter with the Trumps to Mount Vernon, George Washingtonâs home about 15 miles south of Washington, for dinner, weather permitting, on the broad terrace overlooking the Potomac River.
âPresident Trump is eager to hostâ the Macrons at Mount Vernon, âas he remembers fondly the dinner [Macron] hosted at the Eiffel Tower on the eve of Bastille Dayâ for Trump and the first lady, said a senior administration official who briefed reporters Friday on the visit, on White House-imposed condition of anonymity.
On Tuesday morning, Trump and Macron will hold a one-on-one meeting, followed by expanded talks with their delegations. U.S. officials will include Vice President Pence, the secretaries of State, Treasury, Defense and Commerce, White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly, Trump national security adviser John Bolton and economic adviser Larry Kudlow.
Macron will attend a State Department lunch hosted by Pence and a state dinner at the White House on Tuesday.
He will address a joint session of Congress on Wednesday morning, the anniversary of a 1960 address there by former French president Charles de Gaulle. In the afternoon, after a visit to Arlington National Cemetery, he will hold a town hall meeting with students at George Washington University, followed by a solo news conference before his departure.
On Syria, the two leaders will try to develop a joint response to kick in if Assad persists in using chemical weapons. Trump is expected to press Macron â" as he has other allies and partners â" to increase the French contribution to Syrian stabilization, while the French leader is seeking clarity on Trumpâs plans for U.S. troop withdrawal and an overall U.S. strategy, including toward Iran. Europeâs focus is on preventing another wave of Middle East migrants, a phen omenon that has already pushed the European political center toward the right.
The visit is also an âopportunity to start forging a more unified frontâ toward Chinese economic expansion, the administration official said, as well as an agreed approach to Putin, whom Macron will visit next month in St. Petersburg.
On Thursday, Macron and Merkel met in Berlin to discuss their shared concerns about Trumpâs trade policies, and particularly the May 1 U.S. deadline for imposing tariffs on steel and aluminum imports. The European Union is preparing a proposal, for presentation to Trump before the deadline, to head off the levies.
âIâm an easy guy. Iâm very simple. Iâm straightforward,â Macron said on Fox. âItâs too complicated if you make war on everybody. You make trade war on China, trade war against Europe. War in Syria. War against Iran. Come on, it doesnât work. You need allies. We are the ally.â
On each issue of the agenda, Macronâ s overall goal is to pull the United States closer to Europe, something his partners on the continent believe he is uniquely situated to do.
After Merkel first met Trump here early last year, the chancellor returned to Germany aghast at what she saw as the new U.S. presidentâs disregard for the oldest U.S. allies and his apparent retreat from global leadership. In public speeches and private meetings, she told the French, British and others that perhaps it was time for Europe to take âour fate into our own hands.â
But âas they started analyzingâ what that would mean in security and other terms, âit just didnât compute,â Drozdiak said. âTheir conclusion was, youâve got to keep the U.S. engaged.â
James McAuley in Paris and Anne Gearan contributed to this report.Source: Google News
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Manhunt underway after shooter wielding rifle kills four at Tenn. Waffle House, police say
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Police are looking for a man who they said opened fire at a Waffle House restaurant near Nashville early Sunday morning, killing four and injuring several.
The man arrived at the restaurant just before 3:30 a.m. and shot two people outside with a rifle, killing them, Metro Nashville Police Department spokesman Don Aaron told reporters. The man then went inside and fired several more shots, killing a third person, Aaron said.
Police later identified the suspect as 29-year-old Travis Reinking, who fled after the shooting. Nashville police said late Sunday morning that authorities are preparing arrest warrants for murder for Reinking.
At one point during the shooting, Aaron said, a customer saw the gunman struggling with the rifle and wrestled the weapon away from him and tossed it across the counter. The shooter ran away, taking off a green jacket a short distance from the restaurant and apparently walking nude in the area.
Police said a man believed to be Reinking was last seen in a wooded area near an apartment complex less than a mile from the Waffle House. He was seen wearing black pants and had no shirt on.
A total of six people were shot, Aaron said. One of them â" the fourth fatality â" later died at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Two others remain in critical condition at the medical center, hospital spokeswoman Jennifer Wetzel said.
TriStar Southern Hills Medical Center treated two other people associated with the shooting for minor injuries, and they have been released. Hospital spokeswoman Katie Radel said she canât say how the two were injured.
Police initially described Reinking, of Morton, Ill., as a person of interest, but Aaron told reporters that witness descriptions of the gunman matched Reinkingâs picture.
â I think itâs safe to say that person of interest and suspect in this matter is synonymous,â he said.
âIndividuals in this area need to know that this Travis Reinking is at large,â Aaron added. âWeâre doing everything we can to find him.â
Police have not detailed a motive for the shooting. Investigators also do not know why the suspect was in the Nashville area, more than 400 miles from his home town, or whether he has local ties. Aaron told reporters that investigators have reached out to Illinois law enforcement and have since learned that Reinking had been âknown to associate with firearms.â
A relative of Reinkingâs said the family has no comment.
Police donât believe Reinking is still armed, though they are not ruling out that possibility.
Aaron said he does not have information yet on the identities of the victims, or whether they were customers or employees.
Police shared a photo of the weapon, an AR-15-style sem iautomatic rifle, which shows the gun with its safety off.
Witness Chuck Cordero told the Tennessean that the gunman arrived and immediately began shooting.
âHe did not say anything,â Cordero said. âHe pulled up, got out of his car and was all business.â
The 50-year-old said the man who wrestled the rifle from the shooter saved lives.
âHad that guy had a chance to reload his weapon, there was plenty more people in that restaurant.â
Nashville Mayor David Briley (D) said in a tweet Sunday that it was a tragic day for the city âanytime people lose their lives at the hands of a gunman.â
âMy heart goes out to the families & friends of every person who was killed or wounded in this morningâs shooting. I know all of their lives will be forever changed by this devastating crime,â he said.
A spokeswoman for Waffle House said a team from its corporate office in Atlanta is headed to Tennessee to assist investigator s.
âWe are deeply saddened by this tragic incident. Right now, our first thoughts are with the victims and their families, and we will be there for them in this most difficult time â¦ This is a very sad day for the Waffle House family, and we ask everyone to keep the victims and their families in their thoughts and prayers,â the company said in a statement.
The shooting occurred about two miles from a church where a masked gunman killed one person and injured several others in September. The shooting at Burnette Chapel Church of Christ in Antioch, Tenn., left a 39-year-old woman dead.
Herman Wong and Alex Horton contributed to this article, which has been updated.
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