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An urgent manhunt is underway Sunday for a shooter who gunned down at least four people and injured several others at a Tennessee Waffle House before a "hero" patron wrestled the weapon away, police said.
Authorities surrounded an apartment complex where they believe alleged gunman Travis Reinking, 29, may be hiding after he shot at patrons at a Waffle House in Antioch, located about 16 miles southeast of downtown Nashville. They reportedly later cleared the area after it appeared Reinking was not there.
"A man believed to be Travis Reinking was last seen in a wood line near Discovery at Mountain View Apts. on Mountain Springs Dr. near the Waffle House. The man was seen wearing black pants and no shirt," Nashville police tweeted just after 8 a.m. Sunday, the last time he was spotted.
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A man believed to be Travis Reinking was last seen in a wood line near Discovery at Mountain View Apts. on Mountain Springs Dr. near the Waffle House. The man was seen wearing black pants and no shirt.
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Don Aaron, spokesman of the Metro Nashville Police Department, initially told WTVF: "If you see a nude guy walking around this morning call the police department."
Reinking, who was last spotted with black pants and no shirt on after fleeing the scene naked, pulled up to the restaurant in his pickup truck about 3:25 a.m. and fatally shot two people outside with an assault-type rifle, police said. The alleged shooter then gunned down patrons dining inside, killing at least one person. Another individual died at the hospital.
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BREAKING: Travis Reinking, 29, of Morton, IL, is person of interest in Waffle House shooting. Vehicle the gunman arrived in is registered to him. Gunman last seen walking south on Murfreesboro Pike. He shed is coat and is nude. See Reinking? Pls call 615-862-8600 immediately.
This killer's father gave him back his guns after his weapons were taken away by the FBI. The father should be charged with murder as well.
Suspect in Waffle House shooting arrested by Secret Service near White House in 2017
The suspect in the shooting at a Nashville-area Waffle House was arrested by the U.S. Secret Service last year for being in a restricted area outside the White House, law enforcement said Sunday.
Todd Hudson, special agent in charge with the Secret Service’s Nashville office, said the suspect — identified by police as 29-year-old Travis Reinking — was arrested outside the White House in July.
He was subsequently charged with unlawful entry after crossing a security barrier near the White House complex, Hudson said. He reportedly wanted a meeting with President Trump.
The Secret Service provided information regarding Reinking’s arrest with local law enforcement, as well as the FBI, according to Hudson.
Following his arrest, Reinking, of Morton, Ill., was interviewed by the FBI and local law enforcement in Tazewell County, Ill., in relation to his presence on the premise of the White House, Don Aaron, spokesman for the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department, told reporters.
Reinking’s firearms authorization was subsequently revoked at the FBI’s request, and law enforcement in Tazewell County seized four weapons, including an AR-15 rifle allegedly used in the shooting at the Waffle House on Sunday.
The guns, though, were given back to Reinking by his father, who acknowledged returning them to his son, Aaron said.
Two of the guns, including the AR-15, have been recovered by police following the shooting, but the other two are unaccounted for.
Police believe Reinking, wearing nothing but a green jacket, opened fire at the Nashville Waffle House around 3:23 a.m. Sunday. Four people were killed and at least seven were injured.
Police credit a customer at the Waffle House, identified as James Shaw Jr., for rushing the gunman when he looked down at his rifle.
“He is the hero here, and no doubt he saved many lives by wrestling the gun away and then tossing it over the counter, prompting the man to leave,” Aaron said.
Reinking remains at large, and Nashville police said they were drafting murder warrants against Reinking.
Aaron urged Nashville-area residents to keep their doors locked and remain on the lookout for the suspected gunman, who is believed to be semi-nude.
The father should definitely be charged as an accessory, it would seem...
He better be charged.
The media has gone awfully quiet regarding the Waffle House shooting since it was revealed that it was carried out by a radical leftist who had tried to storm the White House last year. Very disturbing.
A radical Leftist...what a shocker...
I know right? Most of them are radical leftists. I
Yeah....that, and the fact that patron of the restaurant took his gun and stopped the carnage!
Someone tell me WHY the FBI gave this shooters guns to his father?
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The mentally unstable gunman suspected of killing four people in a late-night shooting at a Waffle House restaurant was arrested near his apartment Monday after hiding from police for more than a day, authorities said.
Police and federal agents had mounted a massive manhunt for 29-year-old Travis Reinking after the Sunday morning attacks, in which a gunman clad only in a jacket used an assault rifle to attack a diverse crowd of patrons at the restaurant before being disarmed by a patron.
It's not clear why Reinking attacked shortly after 3 a.m. Sunday, though he may have "mental issues," Metropolitan Nashville Police Chief Steve Anderson said earlier.
Police said Reinking opened fire in the restaurant parking lot before storming the restaurant, which had about 20 people inside. Four people — three of them black and one Hispanic — were killed and four others injured before a customer wrestled the weapon away and Reinking, who is white, ran out, police said.
Police said Reinking stole a BMW days before the attack. The car was quickly recovered, but authorities did not immediately link the theft to Reinking.
Meanwhile, authorities in Illinois shared past reports suggesting multiple red flags about a disturbed young man with paranoid delusions.
In May 2016, Reinking told deputies from Tazewell County, Illinois, that music superstar Taylor Swift was stalking him and hacking his phone, and that his family was also involved.
Reinking agreed to go to a local hospital for an evaluation after repeatedly resisting the request, the sheriff's report said.
Another sheriff's report said Reinking barged into a community pool in Tremont, Illinois, last June, and jumped into the water wearing a pink woman's coat over his underwear. Investigators believed he had an AR-15 rifle in his car trunk, but it was never displayed. No charges were filed.
Last July, Reinking was arrested by the U.S. Secret Service after he entered a restricted area near the White House and refused to leave, saying he wanted to meet President Donald Trump. Reinking was not armed, but at the FBI's request, Illinois police revoked his state firearms card and seized four guns from him, authorities said.
The AR-15 used in the shootings was among those seized.
In August, Reinking told police he wanted to file a report about 20 to 30 people tapping into his computer and phone and people "barking like dogs" outside his residence, according to a report.
"There's certainly evidence that there's some sort of mental health issues involved," Tazewell County Sheriff Robert Huston said. But he said deputies returned the guns to Reinking's father on the promise he would "keep the weapons secure and out of the possession of Travis."
Reinking's father "has now acknowledged giving them back" to his son, Aaron said.
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives special Agent Marcus Watson said Monday that action is "potentially a violation of federal law."
Phone calls to a number listed for the father, Jeffrey Reinking, went unanswered.
It is not clear why Reinking moved recently from Morton, Illinois, and if it had anything to do with being near Swift, who has a home in Nashville. Police say he worked in construction for a while.
Police say Reinking drove into the Waffle House parking lot in his gold Chevy Silverado pickup early Sunday and sat there for about four minutes before opening fire.
The victims fatally shot in the parking lot have been identified as Taurean Sanderlin, 29, of Goodlettsville, and Joe Perez, 20, of Nashville. Sanderlin was an employee at the restaurant.
One of the fatally wounded inside was DeEbony Groves, a 21-year student at Nashville's Belmont University. She was remembered as an exceptional student who made the Dean's list, and a tenacious basketball player.
Akilah Dasilva was also killed inside the restaurant. The 23-year-old from Antioch was a rap artist and music video producer.
He was at the restaurant with his girlfriend, 21-year-old Tia Waggoner, the paper reported. Waggoner was wounded and underwent surgery to try to save her leg, Dasilva's family said. Police say Sharita Henderson, 24, of Antioch, was wounded and being treated as well.
Also wounded was James Shaw Jr., a 29-year-old restaurant patron who burned his hand grabbing the hot muzzle of the assault weapon as he wrestled the gun away. A Nashville native who works as a wireless technician for AT&T, Shaw said he was no hero — despite being hailed as one by Nashville Mayor David Briley.
Because they were too busy with Russian collusion? (sarc)
Good one Bruce.
Why were the guns given to the father? Was it not apparent that Reinking is mentally ill? Can't understand why the authorities would give Reinking's guns to anyone once Reinking had been arrested for entering a secured area at the White House. Reinking's father should be held accountable for returning the guns to his son.
I'd like to know the answer to that question too. Did they want him to finish the job at the White House? The father should be held accountable too.