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Waffle House Mass Shooting Suspect Previously Arrested By Secret Service Outside Trump White House


Waffle House Mass Shooting Suspect Previously Arrested By Secret Service Outside Trump White House

The suspect in the Nashville Waffle House mass shooting that left four dead was arrested by the Secret Service in 2017 for entering a restricted area near the Trump White House, prompting the FBI to have his Illinois firearm authorization revoked.

The suspected shooter, identified by police as Travis Reinking, 29, refused to leave the restricted area after being asked to and was then taken into custody and charged with unlawful entry. The Secret Service said Reinking told agents he was at the White House to make an appointment with the president.

The case was ultimately dismissed in November 2017 after Reinking completed a first-time offender diversion program.

Reinking’s Illinois firearm authorization was revoked at the request of the FBI after his arrest in 2017, said Don Aaron, a spokesperson for the Nashville police on Sunday.

His weapons, including the AR-15 he used in the Waffle House shooting, were seized by authorities in 2017 after his arrest. However, the weapons were later given to Reinking’s father, who has said he returned them to his son.

Two of the four firearms were found after the shooting. Two weapons remain unaccounted for.

The gunman, who is still at large, began shooting patrons and employees with an AR-15 rifle about 3:25 a.m. in Murfreesboro Pike in Antioch, near Nashville, police said.

“Travis Reinking’s whereabouts are presently unknown. Searches are on by law enforcement throughout the area, including our federal partners,” Aaron said.

According to witnesses, a “hero” patron was able to grab the gun away from Reinking as he stopped to reload and prevented any further loss of life.

James Shaw Jr., 29, tackled the shooter and suffered a wound to his arm in the process.

“I don’t really know, when everyone said that (of being a hero), it feels selfish,” Shaw told The Tennessean. “I was just trying to get myself out. I saw the opportunity and pretty much took it.”

“I kinda made up my mind. … that if it was gonna come down to it, he was gonna have to work to kill me,” he added.


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