Alleged Nashville Waffle House shooter in custody
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- An intense manhunt has ended for the suspect in a Waffle House restaurant shooting that killed four people early Sunday. Police say the suspect, Travis Reinking, is in custody.
Metro Nashville police said on Twitter at 1:05 p.m. that the arrest happened "moments ago." Police had earlier said there had been no credible sightings. Details of the arrest weren't immediately available. CBS News correspondent Mark Strassmann reports Reinking was arrested in woods near his apartment complex, which is also close to the scene of the deadly Waffle House rampage.
It's unclear whether Reinking was armed when he was arrested.
Police had earlier warned residents of a Nashville neighborhood to beware of the alleged killer. More than 80 Nashville police officers searched for Reinking early Monday, authorities said.
Reinking was nearly naked, wearing only a green jacket and brandishing an assault-style rifle when he opened fire in the parking lot, then stormed the restaurant, police say. In addition to the four people killed, four were wounded. Police credit a quick-thinking customer, James Shaw Jr., who wrestled the gun away from the suspect, preventing even greater loss of life.
Metro Nashville Police spokesman Don Aaron confirmed Reinking stole a BMW from a local dealership last Tuesday. Brentwood police initially gave chase, but the chase was suspended due to the vehicle's GPS capability. The car was recovered the same day near Reinking's home.
Aaron said Reinking, who arrived in the area in the fall of 2017 from Illinois, was working in the crane or construction trade. He was fired or dismissed from his job about three weeks ago and got a similar job but hadn't shown up for work in recent days.
Aaron said there is a "suspicion" Reinking may have been preparing to change his clip or magazine during the shooting and could have caused further loss of life.
"We do fully believe he had so much firepower with him ... he could have continued real devastation to the persons that survived there in the Waffle House," Aaron said.
Before the arrest, police said a laptop case believed to have belonged to Reinking was found. Aaron said someone found the case – along with a handwritten ID card with Reinking's name on it – at I-24 and Old Hickory Boulevard, reports CBS affiliate WTVF.
Shooting suspect's past
Reinking has had run-ins with authorities before. In July 2017, he was arrested by U.S. Secret Service for being in a restricted area near the White House. Reinking told agents he wanted to meet with President Trump.
Reinking's firearms authorization was revoked in Illinois and four weapons were seized by authorities, including the AR-15 used in Sunday's shooting, police said. The guns were returned to Reinking's father, who told police he gave them back to his son.
Reinking was added to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation's (TBI) "Top Ten Most Wanted list" and authorities had offered a reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to his arrest.
© 2018 CBS Interactive Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.