Waffle House shooter reportedly refusing to talk, bond set at $2 million

Travis Reinkings bond was set at $500,000 for each homicide count.

(Photo by Metro Nashville Police Department via Getty Images) | (Photo by Metro Nashville Police Department via Getty Images)


The manhunt for Travis Reinking, the Waffle House shooter who killed four people, finally came to an end when authorities found him in the woods near the restaurant.

The Washington Post reports, the 29-year-old madman was apprehended by police after he laid down on the ground and surrendered when armed police approached him.

Reinking was charged with four counts of criminal homicide. He was taken to a hospital before being booked. Reinking has refused to answer any questions about the shooting that killed four people and injured many others – including James Shaw Jr. who tackled Reinking, wrestled the gun from him and ended the shooting spree.

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Don Aaron, a spokesman for the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department said in a statement that Reinking only asked for an attorney and mentioned nothing about a motive behind the bizarre shooting, eluding police and how he obtained the AR-15 he used in the shooting.

Reinking is expected to appear in court for the first time on Wednesday. His bond was set at $2 million — $500,000 for each homicide count.

Past Arrests

The suspect was reportedly well known to authorities and has a history with mental illness. In 2017, the Secret Service arrested him for being in a secure area near the White House. According to the Washington Post, he called himself a sovereign citizen” who wanted to speak with President Trump. Instead he was arrested for trying to cross into a secure area at The White House.

Reinking was charged with unlawful entry, a misdemeanor, officials said. His case was later dismissed after he completed community service at a church.

According to police records, Reinking at one time said that Taylor Swift was stalking and harassing him.

Reinking had his firearms license revoked and all of his guns were taken from him and given to his father. Authorities now believe Reinking’s father gave him back all the guns or at least did not restrict his access to them.

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Here are the names of the victims who lost their lives in the Waffle House shooting:

Taurean C. Sanderlin, 29, of Goodlettsville. Sanderlin was an employee of the Waffle House. He was fatally wounded standing outside the restaurant.

Joe R. Perez, 20, of Nashville. Perez, a patron, was fatally wounded standing outside the restaurant.

Akilah Dasilva, 23, of Antioch. Dasilva was wounded at the restaurant and died at Vanderbilt University Medial Center.

DeEbony Groves, 21 of Gallatin. Friends say Groves was a brilliant young woman, a hard worker and a tenacious basketball player.