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TSA find firearm in carry-on bag at Quad City Airport

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Moline, ILLINOIS – TSA officers at the Quad City International Airport (MLI) discovered a firearm in a carry-on bag at the security checkpoint on Sunday evening.

The 9mm HK-Heckler & Koch USP firearm was discovered on Sunday, April 22nd.  TSA officers spotted the firearm in an Atlanta-bound passenger’s carry-on luggage as it was screened at the checkpoint. When discovered, TSA immediately notified local law enforcement who responded to the checkpoint to interview the individual and take possession of the firearm.

The 37-year-old male passenger was arrested by police on a local charge.

Individuals who bring firearms to security checkpoints are referred to law enforcement and may be subject to criminal penalties by local law enforcement. In additional to criminal referrals, TSA imposes civil penalties ranging up to $9,800 for a single violation of a firearm brought to a security checkpoint. TSA continues to intercept firearms and other dangerous weapons at security checkpoints nationwide.

The number of firearms detected at the checkpoint continues to rise nationwide. TSA discovered 3,957 firearms at checkpoints across the nation last year and nearly 3,400 firearms in 2016.

This is the first firearm detected at MLI this year.

Read more about firearms at the checkpoint here: https://www.tsa.gov/blog/2018/01/29/tsa-year-review-record-amount-firearms-discovered-2017.

Boys halt basketball game to kneel as funeral procession passes; photo goes viral

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FRANKLINGTON, La. – A photo of a group of teens playing basketball is going viral – not because of the game, but of what they did as a funeral procession passed by.

It stopped sisters Johannah Stroud and Lynn Bickham Bienvenu in their tracks. It was a procession for their cousin, Velma Kay Crowe, WAFB reports.

The group of kids put down their basketball and took a knee as the procession passed by. They hurried to take a photo.

“It was really impressive,” said Stroud. “It meant a lot.”

Bienvenu shared the photo on Facebook, and it’s now been shared hundreds of times.

In the post, she wrote:

While attending a family funeral the procession passed a group of young boys shooting hoops. Take a look closely. They took a knee not out of disrespect but honor. They was not an adult insight to tell them to stop playing. This meant a great deal to our family. May God bless each one as I feel they will achieve greatness.

The comments have been endless, with thousands embracing the positivity and pouring out a stream of kind words for the boys in the photo.

“People are hungry to see good things and encouraging things,” Stroud said.

As for the young men, they’ve since reached out to family to express condolences for their loss and let them know it was their basketball coach who taught them the importance of taking a knee as a sign of respect.

“We don’t have to do great acts to show kindness, something simple as that or opening a door or being kind to someone, or respectful but it means a lot,” said Stroud.

Read more here. 

Duchess of Cambridge gives birth to baby boy

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(CNN) — Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, the wife of Britain’s Prince William, has given birth to a son, the royal family announced Monday.

The Duke of Cambridge was present for the birth of the couple’s third child, at 11 a.m. local time at St. Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, west London.

The newest arrival to the royal family weighs 8lbs 7oz (3.8 kilograms), and both mother and baby are “doing well,” according to the Palace.

“The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Harry and members of both families have been informed and are delighted with the news,” Kensington Palace said in a statement on Twitter.

A golden easel bearing a framed notice announcing the birth was placed on display in front of Buckingham Palace on Monday afternoon. The bulletin will be on display for approximately 24 hours.

The practice of posting a bulletin on the occasion of a royal birth goes back to at least 1837, when Buckingham Palace became the Brtish monarch’s official residence.

The royal baby is fifth in line to the British throne, after grandDucfather Prince Charles, father Prince William and two siblings.

The newest addition to the royal family is a younger brother to Prince George, 4, and Princess Charlotte, 2, and the Queen Elizabeth II’s sixth great-grandchild.

Prince George was born at the Lindo Wing in 2013, and Princess Charlotte in 2015. Their father William was also born at the same facility.

The duchess’ pregnancy was announced in September. At the time, she was said to be suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum, which involves nausea and vomiting more severe than the typical morning sickness many women suffer during early pregnancy. The duchess was affected by the same condition during her two previous pregnancies.

As her symptoms eased she returned to public engagements, making appearances alongside William, Harry and his fiancee, Meghan Markle.

The birth comes just weeks before the wedding of Harry and Markle at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor on May 19.

William and Kate will mark their own seventh wedding anniversary on April 29.

The news of a royal birth is traditionally announced on a gilded easel placed outside Buckingham Palace. Large crowds gathered outside in July 2013 to see the announcement of the arrival of William and Kate’s first child.

The couple announced his name, George Alexander Louis, and that of their daughter, Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, a couple of days after each was born.

Among bookmakers’ favored names for the couple’s third child are Arthur, Albert and Frederick.

Startup wants to get China, largest consumer of pork, to eat meatless pork

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David Yeung wants to take a bite out of China’s massive meat market.

When the founder of Green Common, a vegetarian grocery store and casual dining chain in Hong Kong, started bringing plant-based burgers and other meatless products to Asia, he saw an opportunity.

“One of the most consumed meats in the world is actually overlooked — that is pork,” Yeung told CNNMoney.

Yeung on Monday launched a new product called omnipork which he hopes will change people’s diets in mainland China, the world’s largest consumer of pork. Omnipork is made from soy, pea, mushroom and rice proteins, but it tries to mimic the taste and feel of real pork.

Yeung’s company — Right Treat — is currently seeking approval from Chinese regulators and expects to start selling omnipork in mainland China before the end of the year.

In China, pork is a beloved meat: the Chinese character for family is a pig under a roof. Until recently, the country’s growing ranks of middle class consumers had fueled a massive rise in pork consumption.

People in China will eat about 56 million tons of pork this year, more than any other country, according to US Department of Agriculture estimates.

But demand may be peaking. Last year, overall pork consumption in China hit a three-year low of 54.8 million tons.

The dip came after the Chinese government issued dietary guidelines in 2016, outlining a plan to cut meat consumption in half. An official campaign included commercials featuring actor and former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzeneggar encouraging Chinese people to eat less meat to help the planet.

Yeung hopes to tap into China’s changing diets, but it’s still a lofty goal to convince people who grew up chowing down on pork dumplings and sweet-and-sour pork to choose meatless alternatives.

He compares his ambitions to what Starbucks has achieved in China.

“China has never been a coffee drinking country. For the last 5,000 years, Chinese people drink tea,” he said. “But what Starbucks has done is they create a lifestyle, and it is aspirational, it’s about much more than what is inside the cup, it is everything around it.”

Yeung is joining other startups that are looking to shake up the global meat industry. They include Beyond Meat, which is bankrolled by actor Leonardo di Caprio, Microsoft founder Bill Gates and agricultural giant Tyson Foods.

Yeung is also an investor in Beyond Meat and brought its meatless burger and other products to Hong Kong. He said his company saw sales of Beyond Meat grow fourfold in one year, and there are plans to take it to mainland China by the end of the year.

Impossible Foods, a startup behind a meatless burger that bleeds, launched in Hong Kong last week, its first international market.

But Yeung says those startups’ products generally appeal to Western palates. He made omnipork specifically for Asian dishes, enlisting a two-star Michelin chef — Li Yuet Faat at Ming Court — to tackle a few Chinese staples.

At first, Li said he wasn’t sure what to do with omnipork. Eventually, he decided to try using it for xiaolong bao, steamed soup dumplings typically stuffed with pork. It took the chef and his team several tries before they finally made a version with omnipork that they were ready to serve.

This CNNMoney reporter and three colleagues did a blind test of omnipork soup dumplings alongside regular ones — and everyone could taste the difference. But everyone also agreed that the omnipork soup dumplings were still tasty. Li will also roll out a sweet-and-sour pork dish using omnipork in June.

“You can use this ingredient many ways, steam it, cook it, fry it, pan fry it, stuff it in dumplings, meatballs,” Yeung said. “This is something that we want to be really all purpose.”

Dubuque officials endorse brewery redevelopment plans

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DUBUQUE, Iowa — The Dubuque City Council is supporting plans to turn a crumbling 120-year-old brewery complex into apartments and retail space.

City Council members voted unanimously this month to support developer Stephen Emerson’s application for state workforce housing tax credits for the project, the Telegraph Herald reported . The program gives tax benefits to developers looking to turn abandoned, empty or dilapidated properties into housing.

Emerson is president of the architecture and design firm Aspect Inc., which is looking to redevelop the brewery. He purchased the complex for $865,000 in 2017. Emerson’s application to the state Economic Development Authority outlined plans to redevelop the complex into 80 one- and two-bedroom units.

“When I heard there was a buyer for it, I was thrilled and so grateful someone else saw its potential,” said Council Member Kate Larson, who represents that area of the city. “It could be a crown jewel of the North End again and a shining example of what makes Dubuque special. Reviving it to a mixed-use property could fill a much-needed workforce housing gap, but it will definitely take some hefty public-private partnerships to get there.”

Emerson said he plans to invest $30 million into the project. He said he’s already acquired a federal redevelopment grant for the project and is pursuing state and federal historic preservation and new market tax credits.

“The intent is to keep lease rates down so it’s not high-end housing and is truly workforce housing,” Emerson said.

Plans are still being finalized, with the goal of beginning construction in late summer or early fall, pending the approval of tax credits for the project, Emerson said.

Bon-Ton stores across the country, QCA begin liquidation sales

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“Going Out Of Business” Sales are starting at Bon-Ton Stores across the country.

As WQAD News 8 first reported last week, Bon-Ton is closing all of its nearly 250 stores by the end of August, including the Younkers in both Davenport and Moline. Here are some of the other stores in our area that are closing.

In the meantime, we’re finding out that the company faced a big dilemma that other retailers are dealing with as well. Investment Advisor Mark Grywacheski appears live on Good Morning Quad Cities every Monday and says Bon-Ton’s situation is very similar to what happened to Toys “R” Us and it’s not particularly surprising:

“[Bon-Ton] carried a massive debt and it failed to capture the shift to online sales,” he explained. “The challenge with carrying a massive debt, as we saw with Toys “R” Us, is it takes a lot of cash to fund the principal and interest payments – cash that could have been used to advance its online platform and in-store sales strategies. And like Toys “R” Us, it needed a successful retail holiday shopping season to prove to potential buyers it could operate as a viable entity. Once this failed, its collapse was pretty much inevitable.”

However, Grywacheski said the retail industry remains strong. To find out why, click here to see our full conversation on GMQC.

Hero customer rushes Waffle House killer and rips away his assault-style rifle

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ANTIOCH, Tennessee — As soon as gunshots tore through a Waffle House, James Shaw Jr. bolted and hid in a restroom.

But he kept an eye and an ear out for the gunman. And the moment the shooter paused, Shaw decided to ambush him.

“I figured if I was going to die, he was going to have to work for it,” told reporters Sunday.

That heroic act by a customer saved countless lives at a Nashville-area Waffle House, where a seminude gunman killed four people early Sunday morning.

Shaw “saw the gunman looking at his rifle. At that point, the shots had stopped,” Metro Nashville police spokesman Don Aaron said.

“So he decided to rush the gunman, actually wrestled that assault rifle away, tossed it over the counter. At that point, the gunman then fled.”

Shaw was grazed by a bullet on his elbow while grappling with the gunman.

He also burned his right hand grabbing the barrel of the weapon, which police called an “assault-type rifle.”

Shaw “is the hero here, and no doubt he saved many lives by wrestling the gun away and then tossing it over the counter and prompting the (gun)man to leave,” the police spokesman said.

Witness Chuck Cordero saw everything unfold from outside the Waffle House’s famously wide windows.

As he ran away, “I looked back and there was a gentleman wrestling with the gunman,” Cordero told CNN affiliate WSMV.

“He was a hero … had that guy had a chance to reload his weapon, there was plenty more people in that restaurant.”

But Shaw, 29, insists he wasn’t heroic. He says he was actually being selfish.

“I did that completely out of a selfish act,” Shaw told reporters. “I was completely doing it just to save myself.”

“I don’t want people to think that I was the Terminator or Superman or anybody like that,” he added.

Shaw said he felt uneasy knowing that the gunman was still on the loose, and hoped law enforcement would track him down soon.

Still, that didn’t stop Shaw from going to church with his father Sunday morning, mere hours after he’d confronted the gunman.

“I don’t think it really has hit me,” Shaw told CNN’s Fredricka Whitfield.

“But I know it’s going to take time. I’m going to try to talk to some professional help, ’cause I know what I saw is probably not normal or average.”

In his interview with WSMV, Shaw broke down thinking about the people he couldn’t save and apologized to their families.

“There’s four families that are grieving right now. So much life was lost for no reason. I feel like it could be very selfish of me if I didn’t point it out. And I apologize,” he said.

Shaw said he wants to stay in touch with those families, as well as the survivors.

“I would love to talk to you and know that you’re OK,” he said.

His first step in giving back to the families was creating a GoFundMe page Sunday to assist the victims of the shooting, a GoFundMe spokeswoman told CNN. Within hours, the $15,000 goal had almost been met.

“I am creating this page to help the families of the victims,” he says on the fundraising site.

On a personal note, Shaw is grateful he survived to see his 4-year-old daughter again. He wants her to grow up in a world with less tragedy.

“I hope we can bring violence in all facets — not just gun violence, but all facets of violence — to an end,” he said.

Waffle House shooter trespassed at White House last year; dad returned weapons after FBI seized them

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The man suspected of killing four people at a Waffle House in Nashville on Sunday was previously arrested by the US Secret Service for trespassing and being in a restricted area near the White House, authorities said. The AR-15 he used in the shooting is believed to be the same one his father returned to him after the FBI seized his weapons.

In July 2017, Travis Reinking told a uniform Secret Service officer that he must get into the White House to speak with the President, according to an arrest report. Reinking told the officer that he had to speak with the President and that he was a “sovereign citizen” who had a right to inspect the grounds.

After the officer told Reinking to move twice, the report states that Reinking took his tie off, balled it into his fist, began approaching the officer and walked past the security barriers.

“Do what you need to do. Arrest me if you have to,” Reinking said, according to the report.

Reinking was detained but refused to leave the secured area, so he was arrested and charged with unlawful entry, the report states.

According to court records, Reinking entered into a deferred prosecution agreement with community service on July 26, 2017. On November 17, 2017, the court determined Reinking had successfully completed the program and the case was dismissed.

Shortly after his release, Reinking was interviewed by the FBI in Illinois, where he lived at the time.

Tazewell County, Illinois, authorities revoked Reinking’s firearm authorization and seized four weapons after the interview.

According to a report from the Tazewell County Sheriff’s Office, authorities seized a Kimber 9 mm handgun, a Bushmaster AR-15 style rifle, a CZ-USA .22-caliber rifle, a Remington 710 and random ammunition. The AR-15 style rifle listed was the same weapon used in Sunday’s Waffle House shooting, which killed four people, according to the Metropolitan Nashville Police.

Police later returned the seized weapons to Reinking’s father, Jeffrey Reinking, and told him to keep the weapons secure and away from his son. However, Nashville police learned Sunday that Jeffrey acknowledged giving the guns back to his son, police said.

Reinking moved to Nashville in 2017 and worked in construction, police said. He had been fired from one job in April and began another construction job on Monday, but didn’t show up for work Tuesday.

On Sunday, police said a gunman arrived at Waffle House in a vehicle registered to Reinking. After sitting in the truck for a few minutes, the gunman came out wielding an “assault-type rifle” and fatally shot two people outside the Waffle House, police said.

Nashville police spokesman Don Aaron said the gunman then went inside the restaurant and continued firing. Some witnesses suffered cuts on their faces from shattered windows. Two more victims inside the restaurant were fatally shot.

The shooting ended when a patron was able to wrestle the weapon away from the gunman, who then ran away.

Authorities said Sunday that they were drafting murder warrants against Reinking. Nashville police are asking residents to lock their doors and stay alert as they continue to search for the gunman.

The motive for the shooting remains unclear.

It’s what we’ve been waiting for all year, but where’s the rain?

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One week ago today, it snowed.

But that's history because our weather pattern has turned decidedly Spring-like. It's almost certain that we are done with snow, as the latest snow ever recorded in the Quad Cities occurred in early May and the trend shows at-or-above normal temperatures into early May.

There are only two cold fronts on deck this week, one on Tuesday, and another Thursday.

Rain chances look slim to none. There's a chance we could have a few sprinkles on Tuesday with some scattered showers in the morning on Friday. After that, a major warming trend into the weekend and early next week. There's a slight chance we could near 80 degrees if we can keep the rain away next week!

-Meteorologist Eric Sorensen

The Score Sunday – Ivy Envy, Tae Kwon Do, Glen Cook, FCA

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The Score Sunday features Corey Fineran from Ivy Envy.  We talk cubs baseball and about their podcast.  Martial Artist from Spellious Tae Kwon Do and Chung Kim's Black Academy demonstrate what they do and what you can gain from doing Tae Kwon Do.  Glen Cook has the entire Rockridge community behind him as he battle cancer.  FCA story of the week features Jesper Andreassen a Foreign Exchange Student from Norway.

She Blamed Genes for Mysterious Weight Gain – Until Doctors Found a Massive Tumor

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CHICAGO -- A woman who thought the extra weight around her stomach was due to bad genes, was stunned to learn what was actually behind it.

Kim Turner lives Bloomington, Illinois, and three years ago she noticed she was gaining weight--but she couldn’t seem to lose it. She also didn’t have much of an appetite.

Turner knew  something was wrong, so she sought medical consultation at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center. It was there oncologist Dr. Ajay Maker discovered she had a massive, 20-pound tumor.

Dr. Maker performed a 3.5 hour surgery to remove the tumor last August.

The hospital says the tumor was so large, a staff member had to leave the surgery to purchase an extra-large container from a hardware store to transport the tumor to the pathology department.

Turner returned to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center Friday to speak with media alongside Dr. Maker.

In a statement from the hospital, Tuner said, “I am feeling much, much better and so much lighter,” she says. “I had no idea the way that I felt wasn’t normal. The red flag was that my belly kept getting bigger, even though I didn’t have an appetite. I knew then that something was wrong. If there is anything I can share with others about my experience, it’s to always follow your gut instinct.”

Community mourns 20 year-old man who died in a skateboarding accident

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HENRY COUNTY-- A 20 year-old man from Hooppole died after a skate boarding accident on Friday evening.

In a press release, Illinois State Police said a small group of people on skate boards were using a truck to pull them up to the top of a hill at the Johnson Sauk Trail State Park in Henry County, Illinois.

Police say Brett Meier was one of the skate boarders and that he was holding onto the truck while being pulled up the hill.

They say he fell from his board and died on the scene. The crash is still under investigation.

Brett Meier had attended Annawan High School and was a football player for the Titans team.

The team tweeted out their condolences and a picture of him wearing his number 65 Jersey.

The tweet reads:

We've been blessed with some incredible moments at A-W. This day, and this pic... Is one of the best.
we love you Brett. RIP.

 

 

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In the middle of the Annawan High School football field an American Flag was put in place along with some flowers and footballs with his Jersey number 65 written on them as a tribute to Meier.

The tribute also had a Titan jersey and a couple of crosses, one of the crosses read: RIP Brett Meier, We Love You.

 

Four Presidents Come Together to Pay Tribute to Barbara Bush

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A touching photograph of several generations of presidents paying tribute to the late Barbara Bush is being warmly and widely circulated on social media.

The remarkable photo features four former presidents — Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and George H. W. Bush — along with first lady Melania Trump and former first ladies Michelle Obama, Laura Bush and Hillary Clinton.

The photo, taken Saturday by Paul Morse, a former White House photographer for George W. Bush, was initially tweeted by Jim McGrath, the spokesperson for George H. W. Bush in his post-White House years.

President Donald Trump is notably absent from the photo, as he did not attend the funeral in Houston on Saturday. The White House released a statement saying he decided not to attend the funeral in order “to avoid disruptions due to added security, and out of respect for the Bush family and friends attending the service.”

The decision was not uncommon for a sitting president. Neither Obama nor the younger Bush attended the funerals of first ladies during their respective terms. Clinton did attend a graveside service for Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis in 1994.

Many were quick to praise the photo, with some commenting on the character of the former leaders — and possibly making veiled digs at the present commander-in-chief.

David Preiss, who served in the Clinton and George W. Bush administrations as an intelligence officer, wrote, “Each president in this photo did things I disagreed with politically. Quite a lot, in fact, for most of them. And yet I never doubted that every single one of them acted based on core values, including love of country — not, primarily, love of self.”

Michael Hayden, retired four-star general, former director of the National Security Agency and former head of the CIA, retweeted Preiss and added, “Ain’t that the truth.”

Hours before the funeral, Trump had been tweeting insults about New York Times chief White House correspondent Maggie Haberman after she reported on his sometimes poor treatment of his personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, who the newspaper said might ultimately cooperate with federal officials investigating him.

After leaving his Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach, Florida, at just before noon, the President tweeted about Barbara Bush along with a photo of her White House portrait.

“Today, my thoughts and prayers are with the entire Bush family,” he wrote. “In memory of First Lady Barbara Bush, there is a remembrance display located at her portrait in the Center Hall of the @WhiteHouse.

Police hunt continues for Illinois gunman who fatally shot 4 people at Tennessee Waffle House

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NASHVILLE, Tennessee  —  Nashville police are asking residents to lock their doors and stay alert after a seminude gunman killed four people at an area Waffle House early Sunday.

Police are also asking for the public’s help in finding suspect 29-year-old Travis Reinking of Morton, Illinois. Authorities said the gunman arrived in a vehicle registered to Reinking, though he walked away from the restaurant, naked.

“Keep your doors locked, keep your eyes open. If you see this individual — if you see a nude guy walking around this morning — call the police department immediately,” Metro Nashville police spokesman Don Aaron said.

The melee started around 3:23 a.m. (4:23 a.m. ET) in Antioch, southeast of Nashville.

After sitting in the truck for a few minutes, the gunman came out wielding an “assault-type rifle” and fatally shot two people outside the Waffle House, police said.

Travis Reinking, 29, is a person of interest in a shooting at a Tennessee Waffle House on April 22, 2018.

“He then went inside the restaurant (and) continued firing,” Aaron said.

Some witnesses suffered cuts on their faces from shattered windows. Two more victims inside the restaurant were fatally shot.

Chuck Cordero, who was on break from his job as a 24/7 roadside serviceman, was about to walk in to the restaurant when the shooting took place.

“I was very lucky — where I usually sit, one woman was killed and another was shot,” he told CNN. “I was very fortunate to have not gone into the Waffle House and sat in my car.”

Cordero added: “My friend ‘T,’ the cook at Waffle House, died trying to get away.”

The carnage stopped only because of the heroics of a customer who heard the gunshots and hid near the restaurant’s bathrooms.

Police said the customer, identified by a relative as James Shaw Jr., monitored the gunman’s moves from afar and jumped into action when he saw an opportunity.

“He saw the gunman looking at his rifle. At that point, the shots had stopped. So he decided to rush the gunman, actually wrestled that assault rifle away, tossed it over the counter. At that point, the gunman then fled,” Aaron said.

“He is the hero here, and no doubt he saved many lives by wrestling the gun away and then tossing it over the counter, and prompting the man to leave,” he added.

Police said the assailant shed his jacket and fled on foot. Later Sunday morning, he apparently “clothed himself with a pair of pants,” Aaron said.

“A man believed to be Travis Reinking was last seen in a wood line near Discovery at Mountain View Apts. on Mountain Springs Drive near the Waffle House,” police tweeted. “The man was seen wearing black pants and no shirt.”

Authorities have started drafting murder warrants against Reinking. But so far, the motive for the shooting remains unclear.

Waffle House, which has more than 1,500 locations across the country, offered its condolences.

“This is a very sad day for the Waffle House family,” the restaurant chain tweeted. “We ask for everyone to keep the victims and their families in their thoughts and prayers.”

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