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Travis Reinking: Waffle House Shooting Suspect Arrested In Tennessee
Authorities had been searching for Reinking since he opened fire Sunday with an AR-15 assault-style rifle.
The suspect for a deadly shooting at a Nashville Waffle House was arrested Monday after a day-long manhunt
The Metro Nashville Police Department announced the arrest of Travis Reinking, 29, and said he was apprehended in a wooded area in Antioch, Tennessee. The department tweeted a photo of Reinking in custody, wearing dirty jeans and a torn shirt with scratch marks on his arm.
Federal, state and local authorities had been searching for Reinking since he opened fire Sunday with an AR-15 assault-style rifle in a Waffle House, killing four people and wounding two before Nashville police identified the dead as 29-year-old employee Taurean C. Sanderlin of Goodlettsville, 20-year-old Joe R. Perez of Nashville, 23-year-old Akilah Dasilva of Nashville and 21-year-old DeEbony Groves of Gallatin. The wounded have been identified as Shanita Waggoner, 21, and Sharita Henderson, 24, both of Nashville. One is said to be in critical condition while the other is in stable condition.
One customer, 29-year-old James Shaw Jr., has been hailed as a hero for wrestling the gun away from Reinking during the massacre.
Reinking allegedly shed his coat and left the restaurant on foot. Police said he was last seen wearing black pants and no shirt. Police believe that he may have changed at an apartment complex near the Waffle House, which is close to his home.
His motive for the attack is not clear.
"We suspect some mental issues, but at this time, there are no notes, no verbal explanations, so we don't have a motive at this time," MNPD chief Steve Anderson said about Reinking at a press conference.
[Photo: Metro Nashville Police Department]