James Shaw Travis Reinking

The FBI announced the arrest of Travis Reinking, 29, the suspected gunman who went on a shooting rampage inside a Waffle House restaurant wearing only a coat and nothing on underneath. He was captured on Monday while walking through the woods.

After a massive manhunt involving 160 FBI, federal marshals and law enforcement officers, Reinking was taken into custody alive after some resistance. Police say a "citizen's tip" led to his arrest.

On Sunday, Reinking walked into the Waffle House restaurant with an AR-15 assault rifle and opened fire, killing four and wounding 4. Waffle House hero James Shaw, Jr. (pictured top center) charged Reinking and disarmed him before any more patrons were killed.

Shaw Jr. attended a press conference in Nashville on Sunday with FBI Special Agent In Charge, Matthew Espenshade (L) and Metro Nashville Mayor David Briley (right). Shaw, Jr., 29, took action disarming the gunman and ultimately forcing him out of the Waffle House restaurant.

Killed were Akilah Dasilva, 23; DeEbony Groves, 21; Joe R. Perez, 20; and Taurean C. Sanderlin, 29.

Reinking, of Morton, IL, fled the scene naked. He was known to the FBI following an incident in August 2017, when he was forced to surrender 3 rifles and a handgun to officials.

Officials gave the weapons to Reinking's father, Jeffrey Reinking, who returned the weapons to his son.

Sheriff Robert M. Huston of Tazewell County said in the news conference on Sunday that while Travis Reinking “voluntarily surrendered” the weapons on Aug. 24, his father had a firearm owner’s identification card and a legal right to take the weapons.

“He was allowed to do that after he assured deputies that he would keep them secure and away from Travis,” Sheriff Huston said.

James Shaw Travis Reinking

Shaw, Jr. broke down and cried during the emotional press conference on Sunday. He embraced Waffle House President and CEO, Walt Ehmer who called him a hero. “I’m not a hero. I’m just a regular person,” Shaw said.

On Sunday, Shaw visited with the wounded people in a hospital.

“Have you met James? James saved a lot of lives," one of Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s surgeons told the father of one of the victims.

The two men embraced, crying. “Thank you,” the older man whispered to Mr. Shaw.

Photos by Jason Davis/Getty Images, Metro Nashville Police Department via Getty Images

  • RaginB

    Shoutout to you James!!

  • Lainy Damone

    I heard this story and someone should arrest his dad. He was aware that the son had issues and took the gun away and gave it back to him at a later date

  • iWasteTime

    James Shaw the 2nd, You are a hero sir.
    I love how you kept it 100, but in trying to get out of their alive you also got others out a live. I can't imagine what you're going through nor how you'll be, when this all calms down but your are a blessing!

  • CrunchyBlack1

    starting to think these terrorist are given ar-15's to push that ban on semi-auto rifles.

  • free

    you know how they charge black men with murder when they are simply rolling with somebody who pulls the trigger? i feel the same way about this father, who gave a weapon of destruction BACK to his mentally ill son.

  • Trace da Ace

    now that you have caught him....kindly walk his ass to the closet electric chair, strap him in...then flip the switch.

  • WutizstillHERE!


  • RaginB

    Yeah the dad should be charged too just off the strength that they told him NOT to give his crazy ass son firearms.

  • Applebootay

    1) was known to the FBI following an incident in August 2017
    2) Officials gave the weapons to Reinking’s father, Jeffrey Reinking, who returned the weapons to his son.
    3) He was captured on Monday while walking through the woods.
    4) Reinking was taken into custody alive after some resistance

    and..."Black woman hater" Stephon Clark was breaking into cars, and was shot multiple times (mostly in the back), he didn't have any guns, he didn't kill anyone, he wasn't on the FBI watch list, he wasn't resisting arrest...didn't have a daddy, but he was shot and murdered....

  • Sushi

    Say it.........

  • iWasteTime

    I think the secret service should be culpable too. Last
    Like how you confiscate that many guns from a mentally handicap person and then just give them to their dad .... Trump America

  • WutizstillHERE!

    He will be evaluated as psycho and get medical treatment and life.. They will not juice this man watch..

  • L.T.L. Since 2007

    Didn't this piece of shyt's prior run in with FBI and Secret Service involve him trying to get into the white house with said guns? To only have them returned to him? Lock the daddy up and anyone responsible for him getting the guns back.

    AND didn't the cops beat the shyt out of a black woman on the same day at a different Waffle House for saying fukk? As much as I love me some scattered. smothered and covered hash browns, Waffle House got too much shyt going on.

  • T865!

    Captured alive & with an AR-15? I guess white men, whether they have a gun or not, are just not threatening ?

  • SoulfulLove

    Only 1 out of 100 insanity pleas are successful. The forensic psych evaluation interviewers have been getting really good with finding out who is faking and who isn't . So hopefully, he doesn't pass with flying colors. If he is found to be incompetent to stand trial, they'll just put him in the hospital with meds until he is competent (which is usually under a year) and then they will resume the trial. This is so horrible.. I'm praying for the victims and their families

  • IamAllnatural

    Different training depending on the race of the subject.

  • FukkFolks2018

    His dumb ass daddy who gave him back his guns needs to be actually held just as responsible for all of this as his white ass.

  • SoulfulLove

    Has the father made a statement yet?

  • FukkFolks2018

    I havent seen one. He admitted to it though in an interview I saw this morning from an ABC affiliate. Written interview I should add

  • FukkFolks2018

    Written interview I should add

  • Rayne

    lock that daddy up too!

  • Enoughsaid2020

    Kudos to this young man. The dad needs to be charged as well. Rest in peace to the victims.

  • Fire & Ice

    And he lives to actually have a trial. No black man would be alive, after something like this.

  • Coy little wink
  • ZRoJoTheLezBeyond

    Killed 4 people, injured others, and he was only covered in a damn jacket. Nope, not threatening at all. But let it of been one of us the story would have a different ending.

  • Karen Brady

    Nope and they get Burger King too!

  • ZRoJoTheLezBeyond

    Let's see... TN, he's white, a Trump supporter.. I think you may be right on the money!

  • ShWa

    RIP to the victim, prayers out to their families and friends, I hope that the father is charged, he had no business giving those guns back to that him, That young man is a hero for sure for taking that gun from that guy!

  • MsPam

    Yeah, he ( the suspect) reported to the police that Taylor Swift was harassing him!

  • Alicia.Ashe

    I hope they charge the dad.

  • ZRoJoTheLezBeyond

    They better!

  • Ni Ni

    What a nice looking, brave young man.

  • WutizstillHERE!


  • https://twitter.com/Chicagowise Chicagowise

    The fact that he was naked underneath his coat, suggests there was a sexual component to this crime. It also appears his victims were minorities, which means there may also be a racial element to this shooting.

  • morenYAHdelsur

    My thoughts and prayers are with the victims’ families. Regular folks trynna make a living, end up getting murdered on the job. Words can’t even express how wild that is.

  • Ni Ni

    The world's gone mad ?.


    Rip to the victims. Hopefully the victims family can get some sort of justice.

  • Blue

    They always get arrested. No injuries. Not shot or nothing. smh

  • WutizstillHERE!

    Im disgusted..

  • ZRoJoTheLezBeyond

    Hell on Earth.

  • ZRoJoTheLezBeyond

    Now you know they not gonna kill one of their own. Even if he was to go charging at them with a weapon, they would shoot him with bean bags or taser him.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    I noticed that too. White man shoots up a Waffle House and kills a bunch of blacks and latinos, but the media is downplaying the racial component to this crime.

  • Kemi

    Thank you Mr. Shaw for your courage and a good call. Condolences to the victims’ families and those that knew and loved them. It’s tragic all around. The dad should be prosecuted as well as an accessory.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    Has Trump tweeted about this yet, congratulating this heroic black man for saving lives? Of course not.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    Hopefully there's a law on the books that will allow the Feds to arrest the father. If such a law doesn't exist, lawmakers need to create one ASAP.

  • thrift.store.jungle

    another white terrorist. when will these white parents begin to raise their children to be productive well-adjusted members of society? too focused on stifling the rights of minorities and being oblivious to anything (other than their “opioid crisis”) that doesn’t directly impact their homes to see little brad/dax/keefer hoarding weapons of destruction. worse still this thug’s father gave him the damn guns BACK after they had been confiscated? wtf.

    kudos to the hero, Mr. Shaw, that stopped this monster from inflicting more harm. the ingrate who will no doubt be described as a “lone wolf mentally disturbed kid”. who won’t have unflattering photos of himself plastered via the media. who had the privilege of being taken alive. yet another great day to be white in amerikkka i guess.

  • Kemi

    And the patrons.. isn’t it a shame a person can’t go out and enjoy w/o ending up getting killed.

  • kekeb

    Another Caucasian mass murderer arrested without beinf shot or killed

  • Tammie Reed

    .....and NOT one scratch on him when they apprehended him smh! FOH!

  • Tammie Reed


  • Ozad

    he was fitting that suit pretty nicely

  • dontgetblocked

    *Fled the scene naked?? These white boys are stone-cold crazy. Just mofo-in crazy.

    Kudos to James Shaw, Jr. He's a hero. Praying for the families who lost loved ones.

  • sherri2016

    Another domestic terrorist who's able to sit behind bars while unarmed blacks are laying in the ground another thing I'm waiting on white media to bring up whether this Hero black man has a criminal past like they love to do

  • dontgetblocked

    Black woman hater, Stephon Clark ran from the police. He should have known the rules for black folks: drop to the ground with hands outstretched. Maybe...just maybe a black man will live. You run...you die just like in slavery.

  • xenaD

    On the news here in nyc they said something about “mental illness” ???
    Glad that guy was there... he may not feel like a hero, but HE IS! ??

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    But a brotha with a cellphone in his hands is liable to get shot 20 times. smh

  • We Can Do This


  • nick c

    A lot of parents are sh1tbags, too many know their kid is crazy and do nothing about it.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011


    The guy was mentally ill so that's why he was naked except for his jacket.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Is that you Alex Jones?
    Wow.Just wow!!

  • https://twitter.com/Chicagowise Chicagowise

    He could have worn a plethora of outfits to that shooting, but he decided to show up with his genitals exposed. He did that for a reason. His nudity had a purpose, which is somehow related to this crime. If they dig deep enough, there will be evidence of sexual deviancy in his past.

  • Allihave2say

    It's no that a lot of the parents do nothing about it, but more so that there's very little they can do. With the closing of mental institutions that housed people with psychotic illness and the entrance of patient's right to refuse medication, their hands are tied.

    Even when a parent takes the efforts to place their loved one in the hospital, they aren't in control when the person is released. The hospital gets them on meds, they're deemed no longer a danger to themselves or others, released back into seociety, stop taking their meds and the cycle continues.

    In the hospital they tell them they have to take their meds in order to be discharged. They also educate them that they can't be forced to take their meds when they're released. The mentally ill return home armed with that new information and the ferris wheel continues. ?

  • Allihave2say

    160 armed officers searched for this man, not one was trigger happy, not one accidentally shot him, not one felt threatened even tho he was armed and dangerous with an arsenal of weapons in his apartment, not one shot him dead, not one.

  • Allihave2say

    He's just being humble and modest. He knows damn well he's a HERO. My loved one works overnight at a WH and I worry about her every night. I just pray, pray, pray. They are easy targets.

    MR. James Shaw Jr. This one's just for you!


  • Allihave2say

    You see how the white folks are coming for Jeremy Meeks and his WHOLE family in the media? My best guess is the rich girl is tired of him or the rumors are true that she's pregnant, planning to marry him and her dad is getting ready to have him taken out.

  • Allihave2say

    The majority of his dead victims are black.

  • Allihave2say

    Dad should be charged as an accomplice.

  • Allihave2say

    Of course not, not.

  • Allihave2say

    Damn Sandra Rose Commenters. Great minds! I just wrote the same. ?

  • Allihave2say

    They have to up play the mental illness component so that the Master Race isn't seen with the mark of sin they so happily bestow on blacks.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    He's mentally ill. I wouldn't read too much into it since his killing four humans is much more important.

  • CookieMobster

    James Shaw Jr = BADASS!!! You go boy!!

  • Ghost

    So proud of Mr. Shaw! Thank God he had the courage to act! May good karma come his way....

  • Stationarity

    You are right but in this case his father retrieved his guns from the police after they were taken away and said he would keep them safe and locked up. Soooo... the dad could have prevented this, if he would have let the police confiscate the guns from m his mentally ill child.

  • Jethro

    Waffle House has been in the news for everything but their iconic scattered, smothered and covereds. Let WH be great again, people!


    black folks don't even like him.. why would he do that? ?

  • Allihave2say

    Yeah, my comment on that is that dad should be charged as an accomplice before and after the fact. I don't want people to believe that the majority of families of people with mental illnesses are irresponsible.

  • http://citygirlzen.blogspot.com/ missarewa

    This is a hate crime

  • TheyDontHearMeTho

    Whenever you see the number “4” just know it is a ritual sacrifice. 44 is a powerful number as well....and why tf every time Beyonce does a “performance” a lesser known celebrity dies or a ritual sacrifice takes place? Don’t argue with me dammit this is for real ???

  • The Chosen One

    he wasn't black. that's why.

  • Kemi

    Great minds indeed ?????

  • http://www.swedishsoul.com Christina Duphorn Zehnder

    Real Tea.

  • Jethro
  • Jethro

    It would've been more than 4 had he not been disarmed.

  • TheyDontHearMeTho

    Trust me this was orchestrated. The number 4 is a dead giveaway. The gunman is another mk patsy and the black man will be made into a hero to counter all the unjust shootings of black men so they’re going to need a “distraction”. I knownit sounds looney but these patterns have been happening too often. Just wait a day or 2 i’m sure “TheBlackChild” will make a video about it. He’s always on point..youtube already tried to delete his first account.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011


    You need to send in your tin foil hat to be repaired.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    It has been a rough 36 hours for WH.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Because if the shooter had been a Muslim Trump would have exploited it in a tweet.

  • TheyDontHearMeTho

    Since u like to read..what does it say on my profile?? If you dnt agree keep scrolling and STFU. Simple instructions....

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    How does this fall under federal jurisdiction?

    The killer lived in an apartment in the area. My guess is that he had not changed his registration yet.

  • TheyDontHearMeTho

    And you need to send in a swab sample. U might be your brother n sisters offspring

  • free

    SR, can you catch up with james shaw and get us some morning wood?

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    So you only want people to respond if they agree with you?

    ho-kay. :-|

  • Drea982

    I don't know how ppl don't see the this stuff is orchestrated. But most don't want to see the truth that's why I don't bother. It's obvious "something" in the milk ain't clean, whatever it is.

  • Doink_Ahanahue

    "Officials gave the weapons to Reinking’s father, Jeffrey Reinking, who returned the weapons to his son"

    He needs to be charged as heavily as his son or even more so because of his involvement!

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011


  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Ok Mr. Psychoanalyst.

    or he was just nuts like the black guy who was killed with his underwear around his ankles while standing in the middle of traffic.

  • Ni Ni

    Yes ma'am. I like to see young men dressed like that.

  • Evillene

    He was a deranged, armed killer. But police officers didn't feel threatened enough to shoot him. That's all you need to know about Trump's Amerikkka.

  • BlahBlahBlah

    Crazy and white = captured
    Black and unarmed = shot and killed

    Somethings entirely the F*ck wrong here!

  • Berry Melon

    Travis Reinking was already known to the authorities. Before all this he claimed to hear voices, and thought he was being stalked, also claimed Taylor Swift was stalking him and that people were hacking him and his Netflix account. He was arrested more than once - never sectioned. One time he drove into a swimming pool in a pink dress exposing himself to the lifeguards. He also had a rifle in the car, but never used it that time. He was always trying to get his hands on guns but his father locked them away. The signs were all there, the man is a lunatic, hope he rots in jail.

  • TheyDontHearMeTho

    Keep going with your gut instinct and intuition. There are ppl like us that actually see the bigger picture

  • TheyDontHearMeTho

    Keep going with your gut instinct and intuition. There are ppl like us that actually see the bigger picture..stay woke ?

  • TheyDontHearMeTho

    If u dnt have any facts to counter my claims then anything said is irrelevant. Thats for ppl who like to be annoying ass trolls with nothing of substance to bring to the discussion other than slick talk and insults. Nobody got time for that shit ?????

  • TheyDontHearMeTho

    And no...thats NOT what i was saying. MKAY.

  • garrisonville

    FACTS! and a damn shame

  • https://twitter.com/Chicagowise Chicagowise

    How does that story disprove my theory? Some criminals experience sexual gratification while committing murder. Again, he decided to be nude for a reason.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    You want me to prove a negative?

    The oldest trick in the book.

    Enjoy the rest of your evening.

  • Allihave2say

    Well today his grandmother said, "he is a sick boy ." He's 29 years old far from a boy. Same thing they said about the white guy who lied on those folks during the Olympics.

  • Drea982

    Yes, I'm "Insomnia" woke. LOL