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Attorney: Waffle House shooter believed God commanded him to kill restaurant's diners

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Travis Reinking as seen moments after his capture by Metro Police in 2018.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Attorneys for a man who killed four people in a shooting at a Nashville Waffle House say Travis Reinking believed the patrons and employees were government agents whom he had been commanded by God to kill.

Reinking was naked except for a green jacket when he opened fire inside the restaurant in April 2018. Reinking fled, triggering a two-day manhunt, after a restaurant patron wrestled his assault-style rifle away from him.

During opening statements Monday, attorney Luke Evans said Reinking suffered from severe schizophrenia. Prosecutors are seeking a sentence of life without the possibility of parole.