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Official: Father could face charges over guns

Tennessee's Waffle House shooting suspect taken into custody
Posted at 3:20 PM, Apr 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-23 13:01:29-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Latest on shooting at Tennessee restaurant that left four dead (all times local):

2:45 p.m.

A federal official says the father of the man suspected of fatally shooting four at a Nashville Waffle House could face charges for returning guns that were taken from him after an incident last year at the White House.

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Special Agent Marcus Watson said at a news conference Monday that Jeffrey Reinking's act of returning the guns to his son is "potentially a violation of federal law."

Travis Reinking is accused of shooting four people to death early Sunday morning in Nashville. He was captured by authorities Monday afternoon.

Reinking's right to own guns was revoked by Illinois authorities after he was charged with "unlawful entry" at the White House last July. He was demanding a meeting with President Donald Trump.

Illinois authorities returned the guns to Reinking's father, who lives in Illinois. Authorities say the younger Reinking moved to Nashville last fall.

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2:10 p.m.

Authorities say they have arrested a man suspected of storming a Waffle House restaurant in Nashville and fatally shooting four people with an assault rifle.

Authorities announced that 29-year-old Travis Reinking, was taken into custody Monday.

Other details were not immediately available.

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12:55 p.m.

Police in Nashville, Tennessee, say the suspect in a quadruple homicide at a local Waffle House stole a BMW car several days earlier.

Metro Nashville Police spokesman Don Aaron told news reporters Monday that 29-year-old Travis Reinking stole the car on the preceding Tuesday from a BMW dealership in nearby Brentwood. Police chased it but opted to track the car via a GPS device. It was recovered the same day at Reinking’s apartment complex— however, authorities did not know Reinking’s identity at the time.

Aaron also said a report of shots fired Monday near a police staging area was not related to the search for Reinking, who remained at large. Police were searching a wide area, and expected soon to have Reinking’s photo posted on billboards.

Aaron said Reinking has “exhibited mental instability,” and may still have a handgun. He urged citizens to be vigilant.

Four people were fatally shot early Sunday at a Waffle House. A patron wrestled the gun away, and the gunman fled.


NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) - Authorities are searching for a 29-year-old man accused of opening fire on a Waffle House in Antioch, killing four people and injuring four others.

Police say Travis Reinking carried out the mass shooting at the restaurant on Murfreesboro Pike at 3:19 a.m. Sunday with an AR-15 rifle. He was wearing nothing but a green jacket at the time.

Reinking, who is from Illinois, moved to Nashville in the fall of last year and worked in the crane and construction business.

According to police, he was fired from a job three weeks ago. News 4 learned that he was then hired by Crane Works in La Vergne last Monday, but only worked there one day. The company says he did not have a sensitive position and did not display any signs of mental instability.

On Sunday afternoon, law enforcement in Tazewell County, Illinois, held a press conference explaining their history with Reinking and his family. 

They said there were concerns in the past about his mental health. In May 2016, he told Illinois police he thought Taylor Swift was stalking him and hacking into his phone. He also appeared to be suicidal at one time, according to a police report. 

His behavior also drew attention in 2017. Reinking reportedly wore a pink dress to work while carrying an AR-15 and started yelling at someone. He also told police last year that 30 to 40 people were trying to hack into his phone.

On Aug. 24, 2017, officials confiscated four weapons from Reinking due to worries about his mental stability. He voluntarily surrendered the weapons to police, who then turned them over to his father Jeffery Reinking, after he promised to keep them secured and away from his son. 

Local officials say Reinking’s father has admitted to returning the weapons to his son, one of which was the AR-15 reportedly used in Sunday's shooting.

It will be up to the Illinois state attorney to decide if charges will be filed against Jeffery Reinking for returning confiscated weapons, but none have been filed at this time. 

Reinking's run-in with the law also includes an incident from July 2017. He was arrested by the U.S. Secret Service for being in a restricted area near the White House but was later released. He was interviewed by authorities in Illinois and the FBI, which is when his Illinois firearms authorization was revoked.

Reinking is now on the TBI's Top 10 Most Wanted List for his alleged role in the Waffle House shooting. More than 80 MNPD officers along with the THP, FBI, and the ATF were searching for him Sunday night.

Reinking is 6 feet 4 inches tall, weighs 180 pounds, and is considered armed and dangerous. 

Anyone who sees him or knows of his whereabouts is urged to call 911, the Emergency Communications Center at 615-862-8600, Crime Stoppers at 615-742-7463, or their local law enforcement agency.

A reward of up to $2,500 is being offered for information leading to his arrest.