Published: Tue, April 24, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

Nashville kindergarteners thank Waffle House shooting hero

Nashville kindergarteners thank Waffle House shooting hero

Waffle House shooting suspect Travis Reinking has a history of mental health red flags and years of freaky behaviour.

Reinking, 29, was arrested Monday in connection with Sunday's deadly shooting and was originally jailed on a $2 million bond. It was set to reach its $50,000 goal Tuesday morning.

Police are warning residents of a Nashville neighborhood to watch out for a suspect in a Waffle House restaurant shooting that killed four people.

Police captured Reinking on Monday after a daylong manhunt. Four people were killed in the attack.

Reinking escaped on foot from the restaurant after a quick-thinking customer wrestled the gun from his grasp, and he shed the only item of clothing he was wearing, a green jacket. By then police had searched his apartment, where they say they found the key fob to the stolen BMW. He was carrying a backpack that contained a firearm, ammunition and a flashlight.

"He did not try to run", Lara said at the same news conference.

Construction workers told officers Monday that a person matching the gunman's description walked into the woods near a construction site, Lt. Carlos Lara told reporters.

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Hopper said the man accused of murders isn't the grandson she's known. Perez's mother, Trisha Perez, told the Tennessean newspaper after travelling from Texas to collect his body that she pinged her son's cellphone and was horrified to see the locator saying it was at the Waffle House. "So I applaud him".

The sheriff said his department never took formal custody of Reinking's guns.

Nashville public schools had initiated "lock-out" procedures while Reinking was on the loose, which meant no guests or visitors could enter public buildings.

Metro Nashville Police spokesman Don Aaron told news reporters Monday that 29-year-old Travis Reinking stole the vehicle on the preceding Tuesday from a BMW dealership in nearby Brentwood. He stole the auto and led police on a brief chase, Brentwood Police said.

Authorities recovered the auto but didn't figure out who had stolen it until too late.

Reinking was arrested previous year for attempting to enter the White House grounds.

He was charged with unlawful entry, but the charges were dismissed after he completed community service.

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They seized his four weapons, including the AR-15 semi-automatic rifle used in the Tennessee shooting, and handed them to his father.

Reinking drove to the Waffle House parking lot early Sunday and sat there for about four minutes before opening fire, police say.

But Huston said deputies eventually returned the guns to Reinking's father on the promise he would "keep the weapons secure and out of the possession of Travis".

"It is possible", said Marcus Watson of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Reinking's grandmother, Marilyn Hopper, told CNN affiliate WSMV-TV that her grandson "was a sick boy" and she was devastated by news of the attack.

"I took the gun so I could get myself out".

What do we know about the injured?

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"I'm just so sorry for those people and their loss and my heart goes out to them", she said.

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