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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 wounded another four before a patron could wrestle the gun away, cops said.

The unidentified attacker only wore a jacket filled with extra ammunition stuffed inside when he opened fire at about 3:25 a.m. Sunday at the breakfast food joint in Antioch, Tenn.

Witnesses told local media the stark nude gunman arrived in a pickup truck, got out and started unloading an assault-style rifle.

“He shot a couple people outside, one of whom was my friend,” one witness told local ABC affiliate WKRN.

“He turned towards the store shot a couple of shots through the window and then he went into the restaurant and started shooting.”

One of the patrons brought the assailant down and got the gun away, Nashville police said in a tweet.

The gunman then took off from the scene, and local reports indicate at least one Metro Nashville Police helicopter was scouring the area for him.

The suspect was staying at a nearby apartment complex, officials said at a briefing.

Travis Reinking, a 29-year-old Illinois man, was the registered owner of the pickup truck and has been named a person of interest in the case. He was last seen running into a wooded area wearing black pants but had no shirt on.

Travis Reinking, a 29-year-old Illinois man, was the registered owner of the pickup truck and has been named a person of interest in the case. He was last seen running into a wooded area wearing black pants but had no shirt on.

Reinking is known to federal law enforcement “due to previous interactions,” a police spokesman told the Tennessean.

“This is a very sad day for the Waffle House family, and we ask for everyone to keep the victims and their families in their thoughts and prayers,” Waffle House public relations director Pat Warner said in an email to the Daily News.

Warner did not have information about whether any employees were among those hurt Sunday morning.

Nashville Mayor David Briley called it a “tragic day for our city anytime people lose their lives at the hands of a gunman.”

“My heart goes out to the families and friends of every person who was killed or wounded in this morning’s shooting,” he continued in a statement. “I know all of their lives will be forever changed by this devastating crime.”

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