Alleged Waffle House Shooter Travis Reinking Arrested

Update: 3:40 p.m EDT— The suspect in the Sunday-morning Waffle House shooting in Antioch, Tennessee, that left four dead was found Monday afternoon in a wooded area near his apartment, officials said at a press conference.

Officials were searching the area for suspect Travis Reinking after a tip from the public came in about a person matching the suspect's description. Lieutenant Carlos Lara told press that when confronted by officers, Reinking got on the ground when asked and was then handcuffed by officers. A backpack he was wearing at the time contained a silver Kimber semiautomatic weapon with 45-caliber ammunition along with a flashlight. Identification the suspect was carrying in his pocket at the time allowed officers to identify him as Reinking.

Reinking reportedly asked for legal counsel and refused to give a statement to authorities, officials said at the press conference. He was taken to the hospital and will be brought to jail and booked on four counts of criminal homicide, officials said.

Original story:

Travis Reinking, the man wanted for allegedly shooting six people, four of whom died, in a Sunday morning attack in a Waffle House in Antioch, Tennessee, was taken into custody Monday afternoon, the Metro Nashville Police Department tweeted. Following the announcement that Reinking was arrested, police tweeted a photo of him and said he was "apprehended moments ago in a wooded area near Old Hickory Blvd & Hobson Pk."

As of early Monday morning, there were "no credible sightings" of 29-year-old Reinking, of Illinois, Metro Nashville Police Department tweeted. The police added that after an all-night search, every school in the Antioch area was cleared. Authorities said at a press conference Monday at 12:45 p.m. EDT that there was still no sign of Reinking and that they would expand their search area. Reinking was found just under two hours later.

Prior to his arrest, Reinking was last seen Sunday morning behind his apartment complex, police said. The Discovery at Mountain View apartments are a short drive from the Waffle House. Also prior to Reinking's arrest, police said a gun belonging to the alleged shooter was unaccounted for.

Police publicly identified Reinking as a person of interest in the attack about four hours after the shooting occurred. At the time of the shooting, Reinking was nude, police said, and a man believed to be Reinking was later spotted wearing black pants.

The four victims were identified by police as Taurean C. Sanderlin, 29, of Goodlettsville; Joe R. Perez, 20, of Nashville; Deebony Groves, 21, of Gallatin; and Akilah Dasilva, 23, of Antioch. The two people who were injured and were being treated at Vanderbilt University Medical Center were identified by police as Shanita Waggoner, 21, of Nashville; and Sharita Henderson, 24, of Antioch.

Police think Reinking arrived at the Waffle House on Murfreesboro Pike at 3:19 a.m. Sunday and waited three to four minutes before he exited his vehicle with an AR-15 rifle. He reportedly shot Sanderlin and Perez outside the Waffle House before going inside.

Reinking was previously arrested by the United States Secret Service in July 2017 for being present in a restricted area of the White House. Following his arrest and release, he was interviewed by local authorities in Tazewell County, Illinois, and the FBI. After the incident, his firearms license was revoked, and the weapon he used for the Waffle House shooting as well as three others were all seized, according to police. Those weapons were later returned to Reinking by his father, police reported.

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

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