ANTIOCH, Tenn. - Lawmakers, officials, and community members have been reacting to the tragic news of four deaths in a shooting at an Antioch Waffle House.
A gunman opened fire around 3:25 a.m. Sunday at the restaurant in the 3500 block of Murfreesboro Pike near Hobson Pike.
Police confirmed the search for the suspect remained active.
Nashville woke up to devastating news. We mourn the innocent victims and thank our brave first responders. Many will say now is not the time to discuss change. But now IS the time. We can and must do everything possible to prevent these tragedies and keep Americans safe.— Jim Cooper (@repjimcooper) April 22, 2018
Devastated to hear of the lives lost in Antioch this morning. We need to be thinking of the families and friends of the people who were inside that Waffle House but also what we have to do to keep our families safe.— Karl Dean (@KarlFDean) April 22, 2018
This is a very sad day for the Waffle House family. We ask for everyone to keep the victims and their families in their thoughts and prayers.— Waffle House News (@WaffleHouseNews) April 22, 2018
It’s a tragic day for our city anytime people lose their lives at the hands of a gunman. My heart goes out to the families & friends of every person who was killed or wounded in this morning’s shooting. I know all of their lives will be forever changed by this devastating crime.— Mayor David Briley (@MayorBriley) April 22, 2018
Let’s be honest about what happened. The citizens of Nashville were terrorized last night by a man with an AR15. Enough is enough.— Mayor David Briley (@MayorBriley) April 22, 2018
This is what a hero looks like. All of Nashville is grateful to James Shaw Jr. for intervening to prevent even more deaths and injuries at the Waffle House this morning. pic.twitter.com/wxBZhtVrNK— Mayor David Briley (@MayorBriley) April 22, 2018
.A statement from Commissioner— TN Dept. of Safety (@TNDeptofSafety) April 22, 2018
David W. Purkey:
“Our partners at @MNPDNashville are searching for the shooter of multiple victims at a local Waffle House. Please help law enforcement by reporting anything out of the ordinary in the area - ‘See Something, Say Something.’”
We are monitoring the developing situation in Antioch. There is a lot we don’t know at this point, but my prayers are with the families and the community of the victims of this senseless violence. Please stay safe. https://t.co/CUFAYnGJJI— Phil Bredesen (@PhilBredesen) April 22, 2018
Crissy and I are deeply saddened by the tragic incident in Antioch early this morning, and we mourn the lives taken in this senseless act of violence. I encourage everyone in the Antioch area to take safety precautions as Metro Police continue to search for the suspect.— Gov. Bill Haslam (@BillHaslam) April 22, 2018
Our hearts break for the victims of this morning’s shooting in #Antioch. We send our prayers to the family and friends affected by today’s tragedy.— Nashville SC (@NashvilleSC) April 22, 2018
Words can’t begin to express my sadness when hearing the news impacting Antioch today. My thoughts & prayers - as well as those from our @NashSheriff family - go to friends & family who lost loved ones. We also pray for those injured in this senseless tragedy.— Daron Hall (@DaronHall7) April 22, 2018
My deepest sympathies go out to the victims of Waffle House mass shooting and all the members of the Nashville community. https://t.co/qo6YgDNCcl— Gabrielle Giffords (@GabbyGiffords) April 22, 2018
Our neighbors just to our south, the #Antioch community and everyone affected by the shooting, are in our hearts. Godspeed to the many law enforcement officers, who are working to locate the suspect.— Mt. Juliet Police (@MtJulietPolice) April 22, 2018
The prayers of the @NashvilleFD are with everyone impacted by the horrific attack in Antioch.— Nashville Fire Dept (@NashvilleFD) April 22, 2018
So depressed to have started the day with such sad news in another act of senseless violence. My deepest condolences to the families that are going through the unthinkable. What an awful day.— PREDSident (@PREDSident) April 22, 2018
Praise for #Nashville @MayorBriley for call for comprehensive #gun reform after AR15 used to kill4and injure more at WaffleHouse.Praise for James Shaw,jr ,a good man without a gun who disarmed a bad man with the AR15.Thoughts for victims and their families and law enforcement .— Steve Cohen (@RepCohen) April 22, 2018