Waffle House shooting leaves 4 dead, several injured; gunman sought

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Authorities launched a manhunt for a gunman after at least four people were killed and several others were injured early Sunday in a shooting at a Tennessee Waffle House, police said.

The alleged gunman, Travis Reinking, 29, began shooting at patrons around 3:25 a.m. Sunday at the Waffle House, located about 16 miles southeast of downtown Nashville, before fleeing the scene, Metro Nashville police said. Authorities had initially identified Reinking as a person of interest, but later said the 29-year-old was a suspect.   

“If you see a nude guy walking around this morning call the police department,” Don Aaron of the Metro Police Department told WTVF.

Aaron said Reinking shot and killed two people outside the restaurant before entering the building and gunning down patrons, killing at least one person. At least two of the four injured suffered gunshot wounds. No other information about the victims were provided.

A patron attempting to flee the gunfire saw the shooter struggling with the rifle at one point. The person charged at the shooter, wrestled the weapon away and tossed it across the restaurant’s counter, Aaron said.

Police initially described the gunman as a man with short hair who was last seen walking on Murfreesboro Pike after the shooting. They added that Reinking allegedly shed his green coat after firing his gun and is nude. Several residents in the area reported seeing a naked man in the area.

“A man believed to be Travis Reinking was last seen in a wood line near Discovery at Mountain View Apts. on Mountain Springs Dr. near the Waffle House. The man was seen wearing black pants and no shirt,” Nashville police tweeted just after 8 a.m. Sunday.

Authorities identified Reinking as the suspect after finding the vehicle allegedly used by the gunman was registered in that name. Aaron said authorities are still gathering information on Reinking, but found that the alleged gunman’s license “goes back to Illinois.” Nashville police checked with authorities in Illinois who said Reinking has a history with firearms in that state.

Pat Warner, Waffle House’s director of PR and external affairs, said in a statement to Fox News that members of management are at the Nashville location assisting with the incident. He deferred all other questions to the Metro Nashville Police Department.

“We are deeply saddened by this tragic incident. Right now, our first thoughts are with the victims and their families, and we will be there for them in this most difficult time. We are still gathering the details, and so we do not have much information to share,” the statement read.

“This is a very sad day for the Waffle House family, and we ask for everyone to keep the victims and their families in their thoughts and prayers,” Warner added.


13 thoughts on “Waffle House shooting leaves 4 dead, several injured; gunman sought

  1. It probably happened because they don’t make pancakes. I ate in a Tennessee Waffle House and they don’t make pancakes like every other diner in the country. How can you make waffles and not pancakes? IT’S THE SAME BATTER!!!! (almost)

    “….They added that Reinking allegedly shed his green coat after firing his gun and is nude….”

    Here’s the twist that makes this crazier than usual. Shoot up a waffle house and start running around nude? The kid’s out of his mind, and we’re probably going to find out that he was on anti-depressants.

    And that green coat is all he was wearing? Was he a flasher or something?

    1. Meth was my assumption

      Waffle House is a gun free zone

      Someone took this punks rifle away
      Should have turned it on him

      Carry everywhere, practice often, Fck the no gun zones , it’s your life in the balance
      Rather be judged by 12 than carried by 6

      1. Carry everywhere
        practice often
        Fck the no gun zones
        it’s your life in the balance
        Rather be judged by 12
        than carried by 6

        Brilliant, and will go down as one of the great poems of this century.


      2. “Meth was my assumption”

        LOL… not likely to be a junkie at 3:25 a.m.

        Whack job… just like the pigs looking for him.

        Hope he can manage to whack one or two of them when they find him.

        1. I have to be honest , I don’t know much about those types of drugs or what they do
          Whatever he’s on it should have been stopped in it tracks right than and there

          1. High probability it was meth, EotS, but not necessarily a slam-dunk.

            Big Pharma puts out some seriously nasty sh#t too.

  2. From the BBC:

    “He was armed with an AR-15 rifle, a weapon commonly used by mass shooters in the US, media reports say.”

    Obvious agenda is obvious.

  3. Sorry the word “amendment” is used instead of “article” in the quote below. That’s a tough programming to undo; still we work at changing that. It would be nice to have a brief printed statement or pamphlet to circulate entitled: “ARTICLE, NOT AMENDMENT.” I’d do it if I had enough clarity on it. Perhaps another will come forth. Hmmm…. That said, here is an opinion from William Cooper, early 90’s:

    “The government encouraged the manufacture and importation of military firearms for the criminals to use. This is intended to foster a feeling of insecurity, which would lead the American people to voluntarily disarm themselves by passing laws against firearms. Using drugs and hypnosis on mental patients in a process called Orion, the CIA inculcated the desire in these people to open fire on school-yards and thus inflame the anti-gun lobby. This plan is well under way, and so far is working perfectly. The middle class is begging the government to do away with the 2nd amendment.”


    1. “Police believe the suspect in a shooting that killed four people at a Waffle House early Sunday could be armed, despite the fact that authorities seized his guns following a 2017 arrest.
      Metro police released the details Sunday afternoon, as a manhunt continued for the suspect, Travis Reinking, 29, of Antioch.
      Police say he moved to the Nashville in the fall and was previously from Morton, Ill.
      Four of Reinking’s guns, including the AR-15 rifle police said he used Sunday, were seized after he was arrested by the U.S. Secret Service in July 2017 on charges that he was in a restricted area outside the White House.
      Following the arrest, his Illinois firearms authorization was revoked. Reinking’s four guns were given to his father, who has said he gave them back to his son, according to the authorities.
      Police seized the AR-15 used in the shooting and found another rifle and long gun in Reinking’s apartment, but they have not been able to locate the fourth, which police described as a pistol…”

  4. Why waffles?
    What have waffles done to deserve to be the go to in shoot-em-up-joints?
    How about a Cinnabon store? Radio Shack? Bed, Bath and Beyond!!

    1. he had to do it in a place where he knew it would be … wait for it…………………unwaffle

      ( unlawful)

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