Published: Wed, April 25, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Rick Owen

Accused Waffle House shooter used to be a sucker for 'love'

Accused Waffle House shooter used to be a sucker for 'love'

Reinking was not armed at the time, but at the FBI's request, state police in IL revoked his state firearms card and seized four guns from him, authorities said.

Additionally, Reinking appears to have lived in Salida, Colo. for some time in early 2017 and possibly in 2016.

Travis Reinking, 29, was taken into custody just after 1 p.m. ET, the Nashville Metro Police Department told reporters at a news conference Monday. Don Aaron, a Nashville Police spokesman, said Reinking's father "has now acknowledged giving them back" to his son.

The man who cops believe gunned down four people at a Waffle House restaurant in Tennessee was arrested Monday, just over an hour after cops admitted he led police on a chase in a stolen BMW days before the rampage.

"It seems like they were proactive and effective at suspending this risky person's access to guns in the first place, particularly since that's not something they could've done in most states", said Ari Freilich, a staff attorney at the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. He was under the scanner of the Secret Service and Federal Bureau of Investigation and local authorities in IL where he lived then, since that incident. A detective spotted Reinking, who lay down on the ground to be handcuffed when confronted, Lara said.

But the officer grabbed him and escorted him outside, where he was arrested for unlawful entry.

Beyond the potential legal consequences facing a former Morton man charged in the weekend shooting at a Tennessee restaurant is the question of whether his father may be liable for returning to his son the AR-15 allegedly used to kill four people. When his AR-15 rifle either jammed or the clip was empty, the customer disarmed him in a scuffle.

29-year-old Travis Reinking is accused of opening fire at Waffle House in Tennessee
29-year-old Travis Reinking is accused of opening fire at Waffle House in Tennessee

According to Gun Violence Archive, the USA has experienced 67 mass shootings so far in 2018, defined by organization as incidents in which four or more people are killed and injured.

"There's certainly evidence that there's some sort of mental health issues involved", Tazewell County Sheriff Robert Huston said.

The dead were identified as 29-year-old restaurant worker Taurean C. Sanderlin, and restaurant patrons Joe R. Perez, 20, Akilah Dasilva, 23, and DeEbony Groves, 21.

Reinking, whose relatives claimed he had been having delusions since August 2014, said Swift hacked his Netflix account and told him to meet her at a Dairy Queen, according to the report.

Police reports describe Reinking as unstable but not violent. He then drove to a public pool and jumped in naked.

Investigators believed he had an AR-15 rifle in his auto trunk, but it was never displayed and no charges were filed. Reinking was not armed, but at the FBI's request, IL police revoked his state firearms card and seized four guns from him, authorities said.

The card is presumably the same Colorado ID card that Reinking, 29, was carrying last July when he was arrested for breaching a White House security barrier. After the Parkland shooting, Florida and Vermont - both traditionally gun-friendly states - enacted laws to allow firearms to be confiscated before someone commits an act of violence.

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