BREAKING NEWS: Waffle House Shooter Has Been Arrested

Police arrested Waffle House Shooter

The Metro Nashville Police Department (MNPD) announced the arrest of Travis Reinking, the suspect in the killing four people at a Waffle House restaurant.

The MNPD tweeted that officers apprehended Reinking at around 1:00 PM local time in a wooded area near Old Hickory Blvd & Hobson Park on Monday.

The police department also stated that prior to the arrest, a citizen found a handwritten ID card bearing the suspect’s name near 1-24 Old Hickory Blvd interchange.

Police officers conducted aerial, canine, and ground searches in the area since Sunday until today. Reinking refused to give a statement to detectives.

In a tweet, Acting Nashville Mayor David Briley expressed relief that Reinking is now in custody. He also thanked the law enforcement for their hardwork.

Waffle House customer’s action saved many lives 

On Sunday around 3:25 AM, Reinking opened fired with an AR-15 rifle at a Waffle House in Antioch, Tennessee.  He killed Taurean C. Sanderlin, Joe R. Perez, Deebony Groves, and Akilah Dasilva. Two persons named Shanita Waggoner and Sharita Henderson suffered gunshot injuries.

According to police, the number of fatalities should have been more if James Shaw Jr., a Waffle House customer did not confront Reinking, wrestle the rifle from his hand and toss it over the counter. After that, Reinking fled the restaurant and dropped his jacket containing two magazines for his rifle. Shaw’s action definitely saved many lives.

In July 2017, the United States Secret Service arrested Reinking for being in a restricted area near the White House. After the arrest, authorities in Tazewell County, Illinois and the FBI interviewed him. Authorities in Illinois revoked his firearms authorization and seized his four firearms including an AR-15 rifle. The police returned the firearms to Reinking’s father, who admitted giving them back to him.