Tennessee Waffle House quadruple murder suspect captured with gun in backpack
Metro Nashville Police said Travis Reinking was arrested about 1 p.m. Monday.
During a news conference, police said a citizen spotted the suspect going into the woods behind an apartment complex near the 5000 block of Mountain Springs Drive. Police arrived on scene and found a pathway into the wooded area.
Metro Police Detective Kyle Williams noticed a person in front of him and when they turned around, Williams could identify the man as Reinking. The officer drew his weapon and ordered Reinking to the ground. The suspect complied and additional officers helped take the suspect into custody.
When found, Reinking was wearing a maroon shirt, dark jeans and had a backpack. Police say they found a .45 caliber semi-automatic weapon.
Police said Reinking was taken into custody within 10 minutes of the citizen's tip. Police say he refused to give any comment while being booked. He's currently being checked out at a local hospital.
Reinking is accused of killing four people and injuring several others at the restaurant along Murfreesboro Pike. A massive manhunt had been underway ever since, prompting lockouts and shelters at schools.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said an alert citizen saw something and alerted authorities.
Metro Police say suspected shooter Reinking arrived at the Waffle House in a pickup truck at about 3:19 a.m. He sat inside the truck for a few minutes before exiting the vehicle with an AR-15 rifle and immediately shot Taurean C. Sanderlin, 29, of Goodlettsville, and Joe R. Perez, 20, outside the restaurant. Both Sanderlin and Perez died from the shooting.
Reinking continued inside, where Metro Police say he continued shooting, fatally wounding De'Ebony Groves, 21, of Gallatin, and Akilah Dasilva, 23, of Antioch, who later died at the hospital.
Police say hero James Shaw Jr. then saw an opportunity to take down Reinking and was able to wrestle the AR-15 from him, saving many lives. Reinking, who was nude aside from a jacket, fled the Waffle House and shed the jacket nearby.
Reinking is also accused of shooting and injuring three others, two of whom are still at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in stable condition.
Statement from Nashville Mayor David Briley:
"I want to thank our Metro police officers, the FBI, the ATF, the Nashville Fire Department and our other partners for their efforts over the past day and a half to apprehend Travis Reinking without further loss of life. He’s no longer a threat to the people of our great city, which has responded with urgency and compassion. We continue to mourn each of the victims whose lives were cut short and grieve with their families and friends.
Tragedies like this are a fundamental threat to our way of life in America. Everyone should be able to go to a restaurant or church or school without fear. I’ll do everything I can to make that possible. If we all come together for the greater good, we can take weapons of war off the street.”
Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam commended the selfless efforts of all people involved in Reinking's capture.
This is a breaking news story and will be updated.