Waffle House shooter – Travis Reinking shot and killed four people, before being tackled and disarmed by 29-year-old James Shaw at a Waffle House in Nashville on Sunday.
Investigation on going at the Waffle House. Scene being processed by MNPD experts. This is the rifle used by the gunman. pic.twitter.com/lihhRImHQN
— Metro Nashville PD (@MNPDNashville) 22 April 2018
Who is the Waffle House shooter? Here’s everything we know.
According to police, the Tennessee Waffle House shooter was delusional and believed country star Taylor Swift hacked his Netflix account. He told officers in May 2016 he chased her up a building after she invited him to a Dairy Queen.
ABC 7 reports Reinking, who was the Waffle House shooter, 29, was arrested by Secret Service in July 2017 for entering a restricted area near the White House, He was told to leave, but refused, telling Secret Service members he wanted to set up a meeting with President Trump.
He was then arrested for unlawful entry.
Court records show on July 26, 2017, Reinking was entered into a deferred prosecution agreement with a community service, and the court determined on November 17, 2017, he has completed the program successfully and the case was ultimately dismissed.
Not long after his release, the FBI interviewed Reinking in Illinois, where he was living at the time and revoked his firearm authorization, seizing four weapons at the time.
Police report the weapons were later given to back to Reinking’s father by authorities, who then for some reason, gave them back to his son, One of those weapons was an AR-15 used in Sunday’s Waffle House shooting
In 2017, Travis Reinking moved to Nashville, Tennessee, and started working in construction, police report the 29-year-old was fired in April and was supposed to start another construction job on Monday, but didn’t show.
Waffle House Shooting
According to Police reports 29-year-old Travis Reinking sat for about four minutes in his parked truck in the Waffle House parking lot before getting out of the vehicle and shooting two people outside the restaurant killing them, around 3:25 a.m. He then went inside the Waffle House, continued firing and shot and killed a third person.
Police report a fourth person also died after being taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville,
A total of Six total people were shot, and others sustained injuries from flying glass and debris.
ABC 7 Chicago reports, 29-year-old James Shaw attacked and wrestled the rifle away from Reinking, and sustained minor injuries. Shaw ran to the restaurant’s restroom area. When he saw Reinking checking at his rifle, he made a move and rushed him. He managed to get the gun away from Reinking and threw it over the counter. Police called the patron “a hero.”
— KHOU 11 News Houston (@KHOU) April 22, 2018
Reinking took off all his clothes after the shooting and was seen running naked toward a nearby apartment complex, Police say they believe this is where he lives, a witness told authorities they saw him leaving wearing black pants shirtless and barefoot.
The Waffle House shooter Travis Reinking’s jacket was recovered at the scene along with two magazines of ammunition, Authorities said he was ready to do excessive damage.
The Waffle House company issued a statement to ABC News:
“We are deeply saddened by this tragic incident. Right now, our first thoughts are with the victims and their families, and we will be there for them in this most difficult time. We are still gathering the details, and so we do not have much information to share. While this is an active investigation, we defer all questions about the incident o the Metro Police in Nashville. Our Senior Vice President, Area Vice President, Division Manager and other members of management are on site now to assist in any way they can. We also have a corporate team on the way from Atlanta. This is a very sad day for the Waffle House family, and we ask everyone to keep the victims and their families in their thoughts and prayers.”
The Waffle House shooter Travis Reinking was apprehended in a wooded area in Nashville
— ABC News (@ABC) April 23, 2018