Waffle House Shooter Was Previously Arrested By Secret Service, Had Guns Confiscated

Waffle House Shooter Was Previously Arrested By Secret Service, Had Guns Confiscated

Javier Howell
April 23, 2018

Four people were killed and two others were injured when a semi-nude gunman opened fire at a Waffle House restaurant near Nashville, Tennessee, early Sunday, police said.

Reinking allegedly shot six people, four fatally, when he opened fire in a Waffle House located at 3571 Murfreesboro Pike in Nashville.

Police in the state of IL, where Reinking was living at the time, subsequently took four guns away from him, including the AR-15 used in Sunday's attack.

"I don't want this to be the focal point of my life", he said.

Authorities so far have recovered two weapons, including one found Sunday at Reinking's one-bedroom apartment, police said.

Reinking was then arrested in July 2017 for entering a restricted area near the White House, a Secret Service official said Sunday.

A Secret Service agent said Reinking had hoped to talk to President Donald Trump. Police said the suspect arrived in a vehicle registered to Reinking.

They later handed the weapons over to Reinking's father under the promise he would keep them.

In regards to this incident, Tazewell County Sheriff Robert Huston said, "There is evidence there is some mental health issues involved".

Phone calls to a number listed for the father, Jeffrey Reinking, went unanswered. He had one hand on it.

When he realized what was happening, he took cover behind a door as shots shattered windows.

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"I figured if I was going to die he was going to have to work for it, so I rushed him", said James Shaw.

He hit the gunman in the head with a door, then wrestled for control of the gun.

The Metropolitan Nashville Police Department says the gunman was a white man with short hair who was wearing only black trousers and a coat. He was seen walking, naked, on a road, officials said, but later was seen in trousers after apparently returning to his apartment.

Moments before the first shot, James Shaw Jr. was watching a Waffle House employee wash dishes, stacking them higher and higher.

"He did not say anything", Cordero said of the gunman, who he described as "all business". "I'm just a regular person, and I think anybody could have did what I did if they are just pushed into that kind of cage", Shaw said as he became emotional.

The suspected gunman sat in his pickup truck for 3 1/2 to 4 minutes "just looking at people inside the restaurant", Aaron said. They were identified as 29-year-old Taurean C. Sanderlin, 20-year-old Joe R. Perez, 21-year-old DeEbony Groves and 23-year-old Akilah Dasilva.

Three of the victims died at the scene and a fourth at a hospital, while two others people were being treated for injuries, police said. But they are concerned he may have the two others. Reinking is originally from Morton, Illinois.

Waffle House, a 24/7 diner chain that is popular throughout the South, issued a statement after the shooting saying, "This is a very sad day for the Waffle House family".

Almost 12 hours after the shooting, Shaw spoke at a news conference where Nashville Mayor David Briley and others thanked him for saving the lives of others.

"Like you, I am shocked and devastated by how such senseless violence has taken the life of this young woman, an individual full of enormous potential", said Belmont President Dr. Robert Fisher. "That starts with restricting widespread civilian access to military-grade assault weapons". "When I finally got the gun he was cussing like I was in the wrong", he said. "I just knew it was me or him".

After the son's release from the hospital, the family went to church together. He was believed to be wearing only trousers and no shirt or shoes.