Police Surround Tennessee Apartment Complex, SWAT Goes After Waffle House Shooter

Virginia Kruta Associate Editor
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SWAT teams are on hand as police have surrounded an apartment complex near Nashville, Tenn., as the hunt for suspected Waffle House shooter Travis Reinking continues.

Local reports indicate that a loud bang was heard as federal agents closed in on the complex, believed to be where Reinking is staying.

Reinking was identified when authorities discovered that the suspect had arrived at the scene in a vehicle registered in his name.

Reinking, 29, reportedly fired through the window before entering the Antioch Waffle House around 3:30 a.m. local time wearing only a green coat — which he dropped during the shooting — and firing, killing four and wounding several others.

A good samaritan was able to wrestle the rifle from Reinking’s hands, at which point the suspect left the rifle behind and fled the scene.

James Shaw, Jr., 29, told reporters that he didn’t feel like a hero. “I don’t really know, when everyone said that (of being a hero), it feels selfish. I was just trying to get myself out. I saw the opportunity and pretty much took it.” (RELATED: 29-Year-Old Man Saved Numerous Lives During Tennessee Waffle House Shooting, Police Say)

SWAT teams have gone door-to-door at the apartment complex, advising residents to stay inside. They have directed those who live in Reinking’s building to evacuate.

This is a developing story. Check back for details.