UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY) – A man who was almost naked shot dead at least four people in a restaurant near Nashville, Tennessee, in the early hours of Sunday and fled after a customer snatched a gun from his hand to save lives.
Authorities said the offender was Travis Reining, 29, who was still on the run and ordered to be arrested for murder.
Renqing, from Morton, Illinois, was believed to be living near the restaurant, police said. A man wearing only underwear was seen and believed to be raking in a nearby forest.
The gunman, who was completely naked except for a green vest, fired at first and killed two people in the restaurant’s parking lot in southeastern Nashville shortly before 3:30 am (0830 GMT).
Police said the gunman then entered the restaurant and opened fire, killing one customer and wounding another, who later died.
One of the restaurant’s leaders, who was reported by local media as James Shujar, 29, who was hiding next to the toilets, rushed to the gunman and grabbed the gun from him.
“The shooting stopped, and then he decided to rush to the gunman and actually took the gun from him and threw it over the application table and at that point the gunman fled,” police spokesman Don Aron said.
Xu was seriously injured, including one in the elbow, while other customers were injured in the face by flying glass.
Xu’s quick actions are credited with saving people’s lives but in an interview with the newspaper Tenisian he rejected the idea that he was a hero. Xu said he had not pursued the fugitive, fearing he would have another weapon.
Police said the gunman took off his vest, which contained additional ammunition, as he fled.
Police have warned that the perpetrator is still considered a very dangerous gunman.
Two people were wounded during the shooting at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center. A spokeswoman for the center said one was in critical condition and the other was in critical but stable condition.