Secret Service Seized Waffle House Shooter's Guns After White House Arrest

Travis Reinking has his guns seized after a White House arrest before the Waffle House shooting.

Antioch, TN - Authorities announced Sunday afternoon that the suspect in a mass shooting at an Antioch Waffle House had previously been arrested by the U.S. Secret Service at the White House, and had his guns confiscated.

Travis Reinking, 29, is wanted after entering a Waffle House Sunday morning and fatally shooting four people and wounding two more.

James Shaw Jr., 29, was in the Waffle House and was able to disarm Reinking, who then fled.

In July 2017, the U.S. Secret Service had arrested Reinking for being in a restricted area at the White House.

A Secret Service representative said that he was trying to set up a meeting with the president, according to The Tennessean.

After he was arrested, authorities had his Illinois firearms authorization revoked, and they seized four firearms.

Nashville Metro PD announced Sunday that the AR-15 that Reinking used in the Waffle House shooting was one of the guns that had been previously seized by authorities.

After the guns were seized from the White House incident, authorities returned the guns to Reinking's father, and they believe that he then gave all of the guns back to his son.

It's believed that Reinking moved to Nashville in the fall of 2017. Authorities have searched his residence and found more of his guns missing.

Authorities now advise that Reinking may have access to those missing guns and he should be considered armed and dangerous.

According to Nashville Metro PD, Reinking started shooting people at the Waffle House at around 3:25 a.m. at 3571 Murfreesboro Pike on Sunday.

During the shooting, Shaw was able to wrestle the rifle out of the shooter's hands.

Shaw says that he doesn't feel like a hero.

“I don’t really know, when everyone said that (of being a hero), it feels selfish,” Shaw told The Tennessean. “I was just trying to get myself out. I saw the opportunity and pretty much took it.”

Shaw said that he was at the Waffle House after a fraternity party when shots rang out, with one grazing him.

"I remember I was like ‘Dang, I’m basically in a barrel,’ ” Shaw Jr. told The Tennessean. “There is no place for me to go.”

After opening fire, the suspect came through the door and needed to reload. That's when Shaw rushed him.

“When he came in, I distinctively remember thinking that he is going to have to work for this kill,” Shaw tole the Tennessean. “I had a chance to stop him and thankfully I stopped him. I grabbed the gun and kept it down. He had one hand on it. I pulled it away and threw it over the bar.”

The suspect then fled the scene naked and on foot.

Shaw said that he didn't pursue the suspect for fear he might still be armed.

No motive has been established for the shooting, but authorities say that they believe mental issues are a factor.

Reinking is a white male with short brown hair and was last seen wearing nothing.

Anybody who sees Reinking is asked to call 615-862-8600 immediately.

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Comments (25)
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LEO0301
LEO0301

Nope, no sign that mental illness is a problem in this country. Hopefully the authorities can find a way to also arrest the father for returning this maniacs guns.

AnnykaV
AnnykaV

Sarcasm.

Psywarnco
Psywarnco

Irrelevant. The issue is NOT the tool, but the psychotic POS that used the the tool for evil purposes. Would you prefer he ran around stabbing people with a butcher knife or perhaps bomb the place? When nutjobs and criminals choose to act then laws don’t matter.

Marxest
Marxest

The father NEEDS to be arrested. He should be charged as an accessory to the murders and aiding and abetting this meth head killer.

Jimi
Jimi

He's 29. what's his father got to do with this at all?

jaxholley
jaxholley

Another failure of government. Seems like a suit of the father might be in order for the families

blueriverrose
blueriverrose

This guys guns were confiscated in the past and turned over to his father who then gave them back to his son... if you bothered to read the article you would know this

Teijeiro2
Teijeiro2

SO you're ok with IMMEDIATE EXECUTION of anyone DIAGNOSED with a "mental illness"? Because, letting them RUN the fucking streets sure as hell isn't working, neither does MEDICATION and the Kennedy's passed laws that say we can't KEEP them locked up. SO, YOU'RE OK WITH FUCKING WIPING THEIR ASSES OFF OF THE FACE OF THE EARTH?

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@Teijeiro2 Kennedys? it was Ronald Reagan who gutted mental health in this country. Where do you get Kennedys from?

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@LumberFlip yep. that's widely known to anyone willing to accept facts. Good find.

b1rd
b1rd

And Obama did nothing to fix it? Neither did Clinton? Both had eight years to do something. Nice finger pointing from liberal sources. You guys are funny.

b1rd
b1rd
Jsmoe
Jsmoe

If he’s naked... how could you fear he is still armed... it is quite obvious if a naked person has a weapon still or not.

CATHE
CATHE

He could have guns in a vehicle.

JBo
JBo

Did a little checking...this guy is an avowed "sovereign citizen".

SeniorCitizen
SeniorCitizen

"After the guns were seized from the White House incident, authorities returned the guns to Reinking's father, and they believe that he then gave all of the guns back to his son." WTF - How in the world do you return weapons to the family when you know there is a mentally ill person involved? The Illinois Police and the father clearly have the blood of the 4 dead people on their hands. Is this another example of how our wonderful Law Enforcement agencies protect us? I ask you - Dear Readers of Blue Lives Matter - how are you protecting us against people who shouldn't have guns? The same thing happened in Parkland, Florida. The local police knew that this man had serious issues and were called multiple times, and yet they allowed him to own all the weapons he desired.

Heezels
Heezels

Sounds about right.

61mouse
61mouse

He gave the guns back to son after they were taking away from, and told authorities he WIOULD NOT GIVE GUNS BACK TO HIM

61mouse
61mouse

The morning he shot people he had a green jacket on, to hold the magazines. And after he ran away he was last seen with clothes on when he left the apartment and took off in woods .

JMK2244
JMK2244

It troubles me that there seems to be no way to keep confiscated guns from being returned to the suspect AND/OR a family member (which is the case most of the time). I can say this from experience. I had my son-in-law's weapons confiscated. The guns were returned to his mother who kept them in her basement. My son-in-law broke into the basement and committed suicide with one of the guns. Tragic consequences for releasing weapons.

jaake
jaake

what's even more troubling is that after rubbing two sticks together this is the only input you have to give.

Sickandtired
Sickandtired

I am no expert on the law, but isn't it illegal to give guns to a person that is not supposed to have them? Isn't the Father guilty of a crime for doing so?