A man said his desire to avoid the crowd inside Waffle House likely saved his life.
Chuck Cordero has been a regular at the Murfreesboro Pike location where the deadly mass shooting occurred early Sunday morning.
He said he arrived just before 3:30 a.m. Sunday, but it was busy so he decided to wait in his truck for a short time.
And then he saw something he will likely never forget.
“This lunatic in a pickup pulled up. He got out with an assault rifle wearing only a jacket, nothing from the waist down,” Cordero said. “As soon as he started shooting inside, I dropped to the ground and started to crawl around my car because I didn't know if he was going to come after me.”
Cordero said the reason he stopped by the Waffle House on his break was to say hello to a cook he knew. That cook was one of the victims who was killed, 29-year-old Taurean Sanderlin.