Waffle House shooting verdict sends message, Nashville DA says


By Alex Denis | WRKN News 2 | February 7, 2022

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — District Attorney General Glenn Funk, and his team, have been preparing for the trial of Travis Reinking for years. Reinking was found guilty and sentenced to life without the possibility of parole for the Waffle House mass shooting in Antioch that killed four people in 2018.


“In 2017 [Reinking] had said he wanted to commit a mass shooting and that when he did the shooting he was planning to make people think he was insane at the time. Before he drove to the Waffle House, he had packed an escape bag that not only included a gun and more ammunition but also included some silver bars that he would be able to exchange for cash on the road so he wouldn’t have a trace of a credit card. After he got done, he went home. He took a shower. He changed clothes. He rearmed himself and he went and hid and tried to get out of the area,” Funk explained. “He clearly knew the wrongfulness of this mass murder.”


He continued, the guilty verdict is a message to all of Nashville.


“We want to make sure that anybody who thinks that they can have a weapon, shoot someone else, get away with it because either the prosecutor’s office isn’t going to be focused on violent crime or because they think it will be excused by some mental health condition that they may or may not have,” Funk assured. “This behavior will not be tolerated.”


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