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BREAKING: Waffle House Shooter Was Wanted By Police Days Before Rampage

UPDATE: Nashville Police have arrested the suspect after locating him in a “wooded area.”

On Monday, law enforcement officials in Tennessee revealed that the suspected Waffle House shooter was wanted by police after he allegedly stole a BMW from a car dealership and led police on a high-speed chase before they lost him.

The Nashville Metro Police Department said that the suspected 29-year-old shooter stole the car from a dealership in Brentwood on Tuesday but managed to evade police during heavy traffic, Fox News reports:

Metro Nashville Police spokesman Don Aaron told reporters cops chased the vehicle, but then opted to track the car via a GPS device.

The vehicle was recovered the same day at [the suspected shooter’s] apartment complex in neighboring Antioch. Aaron said that authorities did not know [the suspected shooter’s] identity at the time since he did not provide identification at the dealership before taking the vehicle.

“We are significantly focused on finding this man that we all deem to be a danger to this community,” Aaron said as he warned that the suspect showed signs of “significant instability.”

Hours after the shooting unfolded, officials revealed that the suspect was prohibited from possessing firearms and had his guns confiscated last year after he was arrested by Secret Service at the White House and was interviewed by the FBI.

Police say that the suspected shooter’s father received the firearms back from local law enforcement officials after they were confiscated and then returned them to his son.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Because this shooter is still at-large and police have requested help from the public in apprehending him, a previous article on The Daily Wire shows the shooter’s picture and lists his name. As soon as the shooter is apprehended, the previous article will be amended. Recent studies suggest that “media coverage of mass shootings can have a significant impact on the psyches of potential mass shooters — that such potential mass shooters have a cognitive craving for attention, which they know they will receive for committing atrocities.” For this reason, The Daily Wire no longer publishes names and images of mass shooters as it has become increasingly clear in recent years that “the value of public knowledge regarding specific names and photographs of mass shooters is significantly outweighed by the possibility of encouraging more mass shootings.”