Waffle House in Tennessee Scene of Fatal Shooting *Updated*
Reportedly 4 people are dead, with several other people wounded after an early morning shooting at a Waffle House in Tennessee. Initial reports are the shooter was armed with a rifle, a jacket, and not much else…
BREAKING: 3 persons fatally shot & 4 others wounded at the Waffle House, 3571 Murfreesboro Pike. Gunman opened fire @ 3:25 a.m. A patron wrestled away the gunman’s rifle. He was nude & fled on foot. He is a white man with short hair. pic.twitter.com/d1qxRxsGNx
— Metro Nashville PD (@MNPDNashville) April 22, 2018
The Metropolitan Nashville Police Department identified a “person of interest” in the shooting as Travis Reinking, 29, of Morton, Illinois.
“Vehicle the gunman arrived in is registered to him,” police tweeted. “Gunman last seen walking south on Murfreesboro Pike. He shed is coat and is nude. See Reinking? Pls call 615-862-8600 immediately.”
Clearly a developing story, but the ongoing focus on mass shootings, gun control/rights, and one would assume some aspect of mental health, are clearly going to remain topics of discussion.
Reinking is from Morton, Illinois. He moved to the Tennessee in 2017.
According to police, Reinking was once arrested by the Secret Service for trespassing near the White House. He was charged with unlawful entry, an arrest report states, but had his charges dismissed after completing community service.
The FBI interviewed Reinking shortly after he completed the program and seized his guns. Authorities in Tazewell County, Illinois, later returned the seized weapons to Reinking’s father, who gave them back to his son, police said. One of those guns was the same AR-15-style rifle used in Sunday’s attack.
And the hero who stopped him? James Shaw:
The man who wrestled the gun away from Reinking and prevented him from killing more people doesn’t want to be called a hero.
James Shaw Jr. said he ambushed and wrestled Reinking to save himself.
“I’m a believer that everybody could do what I did,” Shaw told CNN affiliate WSMV-TV.