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Waffle House Shooting Suspect Travis Reinking Deemed Mentally Unfit To Stand Trial

The mental evaluation for Travis Reinking took four months to complete.

By Ethan Harfenist

The Waffle House shooting suspect who allegedly killed four people and injured several others in April has been deemed incompetent to stand trial, according to reports.

The mental evaluation for the accused shooter, Travis Reinking, started four months ago, WTVF reports. A motion was filed that asked that Reinking be hospitalized at a mental care institution.

Several victims’ family members took to social media to air disappointment over the decision and demand justice for their lost loved ones, according to WTVF.

Reinking was apprehended a day after he shot up a Waffle House restaurant in Antioch, Tennessee, following a daylong manhunt. According to the New York Post, although a motive for Reinking’s alleged actions was never released, they were believed to be racially motivated, considering Reinking is white and all of his victims were either black or Hispanic.

All of the victims were in their 20s and lived in Tennessee.

Reinking allegedly used an AR-15 assault rifle that he had obtained from his father prior to the shootings. Abede Dasilva, brother of victim Akilah Dasilva, and at least one mother of another victim, have filed separate lawsuits against Reinking and his father, Jeffery Reinking, over the fact that the father should have never given his mentally unfit son access to such firearms in the first place.

This wasn’t Reinking’s first run-in with the law. At one point, he apparently told police that he thought pop star Taylor Swift was stalking him, the NY Post reports. Additionally, he also once jumped in a public pool in his underwear and began tussling with lifeguards.

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