Suspected Gunman in Deadly Waffle House Shooting in Custody

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Travis Reinking, the man suspected of killing four people at a Nashville-area Waffle House on Sunday, is now in custody, Metro Nashville police said.

Reinking arrived at the Waffle House in Antioch, part of the metro Nashville area, just before 3:20 a.m. Sunday.

He sat in his pickup truck for 3 1/2 to 4 minutes “just looking at people inside the restaurant,” Metro Nashville Police spokesman Don Aaron said.

Then, wearing only a green jacket, the killer got out with an “assault-type rifle” and fatally shot two people outside the Waffle House, police said.

He continued his rampage inside the restaurant, killing another two people. His motive remains unclear.

The carnage stopped only because of the heroics of a customer, James Shaw Jr., who monitored the gunman’s moves from afar and jumped into action when he saw an opportunity.

Shaw “saw the gunman looking at his rifle. At that point, the shots had stopped. So he decided to rush the gunman, actually wrestled that assault rifle away, tossed it over the counter. At that point, the gunman then fled,” Aaron said.

Shaw denied that he was a hero, saying his actions were “a selfish act” to save himself.

Shaw has started a GoFundMe account to assist victims of the shooting, a GoFundMe spokeswoman told CNN. Within hours, the $15,000 goal had almost been met.

Reinking fled the scene of the shooting completely naked, police said. They suspect he went to his apartment, put on a pair of pants and may have escaped into the woods.

“A man believed to be Travis Reinking was last seen in a wood line near Discovery at Mountain View Apts. on Mountain Springs Drive near the Waffle House,” police tweeted. “The man was seen wearing black pants and no shirt.”

A police helicopter and police dogs tried to track the suspect, but they’ve been hampered by rain.



  • Rusty Knyffe

    James Shaw, Jr. should be awarded a Congressional medal for his heroism.

    The nameless shooter’s father should be strung up by his cajones from the nearest oak tree for his deliberate and willful stupidity for returning the confiscated guns to his obviously dangerous son before the son shot up the Waffle House. I cannot, in my wildest imaginations, determine why anyone (parent/otherwise) would give firearms BACK to someone whom Law Enforcement had determined to be a violent threat to the community. I just can’t. The father must have passed on his violent genetic flaw to his offspring, I guess. Godalmighty.

    • jimbrony

      Wow. Posts comments on every WNEP article all day long, has knowledge of intimate details of this case and family, AND has a law degree. You’re quite a guy. How long did you serve on the bench?

      • Rusty Knyffe

        JIMBRONY, the “suspect” in this catastrophe had been deemed a danger to the community in ILLINOIS and had every one of his firearms confiscated by the Sherrif’s department, at which time the father asked that the weapons be released to HIM, which they did. So, the guns were taken away from the nutbag kid, given to the father, and use your little noodle for this one: what do you suppose the father did, JIMBRONY? Did he sell them back to a gun shop? Did he have them destroyed? Did he keep them for his own use? NOPE. He gave them back to his idiot son who was a clear and present danger to the community – the young man is mentally ill, violent, and had a RECORD of violence as long as your arm.

        Doesn’t take a rocket physicist to connect those dots, JIMBRONY. What the laws in Tennessee might be, the father will absolutely be held culpable and responsible for CRIMINAL NEGLIGENCE, and DEPRAVED INDIFFERENCE, most likely. Why not learn a little bit before you go around posting comments without knowing the facts. Even a layman can afford to learn a little bit about the Law.

      • jimbrony

        “Why not learn a little bit before you go around posting comments” Why should I, you obviously don’t with the majority of yours. ‘Ooh, look at me – I’m shitty biscuits – read my hilarious witty posts’. Seriously, seek help. You’ve got problems.

      • jimbrony

        Or is it rusted bike, or sofa Todd, or one of your other names? They make medicine for your condition.

      • Rusty Knyffe

        JIMBRONY, apparently you’re familiar with psychopharmaceuticals and you’re late with your recommended dosage.

        You’re trying too hard to see things that are not present, and you don’t have the humility or courage to stand down, shut up, and learn. The suspect’s father armed the suspect. Period. What is your argument AGAINST that fact, JIMBRONY? You down-vote everything that disturbs your digestion, yet you don’t have the ability to firmly articulate why you disagree, or evidence to contradict the known facts of any given situation.

        A true millennial using “derp” and every other telltale indicator. Run along. Your grandma wants her credit card back.

      • jimbrony

        You truly have no idea what you’re talking about. My grandparents are dead, have been for many decades. Love your comebacks though, proves my point that you’re a narcissistic tool that has to have the last word and thinks they know everything. Carry on, tool.

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