Naked gunman kills four in Nashville Waffle House

Naked gunman kills four in Nashville Waffle House
Waffle House where shooting occurred Image copyright Nashville Police Department
Image caption The shooting occurred in the small hours of Sunday in a suburb of Nashville

A nude gunman has killed four people at a Waffle House in Nashville in the US state of Tennessee, police say.

The man burst into the restaurant at 03:25 (08:25 GMT) in the suburb of Antioch, and reportedly opened fire with a semi-automatic rifle.

Four other people were wounded. A customer wrestled the weapon from the man, who then fled the scene on foot.

Police are hunting for the suspect, and have identified a “person of interest” in the case.

Police say the gunman was naked except for a green jacket when he opened fire and shed it after the shooting.

He was armed with an AR-15 rifle, a weapon commonly used by mass shooters in the US, according to local media.

Similar rifles were used in the Las Vegas shooting last October that killed 58 people, and the Florida school attack in February that left 17 students and staff dead.

Debate over gun control intensified following the Florida shooting, with mass protests and school walkouts across the country demanding stricter legislation in recent weeks.

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