Waffle House Shooting

Megan Armenta (12th), Reporter

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On April 22, 2018, Nashville Tennessee was savaged by a deadly shooting. The suspect named Travis Reinking, 29 was arrested and accused of killing 4 people after he was discovered by authorities hiding in the woods only a mile away from the restaurant where the killings took place. Finally the 34 hour manhunt had ended. During a period of reload, a customer named James Shaw Jr. had jumped onto the gunman and managed to pry the weapon away from Travis and throw it over a counter. After taken into custody, Reinking immediately requested a lawyer and refused to make any comments or answer any questions. He has had a bond set against him for $500,000- $2 million for each homicide accounted for.

Police had indicated, that previously, Travis had shown many signs of red flags in relation to his mental health and injurious tendencies. Officers have addressed that due to his known danger to others, and constant run-ins with police, many firearms were taken into custody. Unfortunately, somehow unbeknownst to authorities, Travis was able to get one of the rifles back from the police, and began the massacre on Sunday. He also had been arrested when he was found lurking near the White House with firearms. Officials were able to apprehend him and take his weaponry then. Additionally, it was reported that two years before the shooting Travis had threatened suicide, told police that Taylor Swift had hacked his phone, drove into a public pool, and has interrogated and assaulted one of his father’s employees with an AR-15. Despite all of these red flags, somehow Travis was able to obtain a gun and use it to kill four people. The shooting overall has caused another surge for conversation regarding gun laws and restrictions. Many are being forced again to reconsider and examine the ways individuals with mental disabilities continue to obtain guns despite the laws against them.

The hero of the massacre, James Shaw Jr., set a campaign in order to raise money for the victims of the crime. Initially he had set the goal of the campaign at $15,000. However, the fund wound up raising $188,000. According to abc news, during a Tennessee State legislature ceremony in honor of Shaw’s actions, Shaw stated, “I never thought I would be in a room with all the eyes on me but, you know, I am very grateful to be here.” He continued to state his apologies to the families of the deceased and the gratitude he feels for his life.

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