Waffle House Shooting, April 23, 2018

 

Attack: April 23, 2018, Waffle House shooting

Location: Antioch, Tennessee

Attacker: Travis Reinking, 29

Victims: 4 dead, 4 injured
Weapon(s): AR-15 semi-automatic rifle

Type of attacker: Mental health issues

 

Description:

On Sunday, April 22, 2018, 29-yr-old Travis Ranking approached the Antioch, Tennessee Waffle House restaurant wearing only a jacket and armed with a loaded AR-15 semi-automatic rifle. He shot and killed two victims outside, then entered and continued shooting. Inside he killed one other and wounded a fourth who later died in the hospital, as well as injuring four others. Four were killed, and four were injured. During reloading, a customer, 29-yr-0ld James Shaw Jr., used the opportunity to rush the attacker and successfully wrestle the weapon away from Ranking, no doubt saving many more lives. Ranking fled nude and was captured 34 hours later while hiding in a nearby woods.

 

Links:

Margaret Renkl, An American Tragedy in Nashville, The New York Times, April 23, 2018. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/23/opinion/waffle-house-shooting-nashville.html

Katie Zezima, Kristine Phillips, Mark Berman and William Wan, Waffle House shooting suspect Travis Reinking arrested, refusing to answer questions, police say, The Washington Post, April 23, 2018. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2018/04/23/waffle-house-shooting-travis-reinking-manhunt-continues-nashville-police-say/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.cbba66e07602

Tim Ghianni, Judge revokes bond for Nashville shooting suspect after public outcry, Reuters, April 24, 2018. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-tennessee-shooting/motive-behind-waffle-house-shooting-eludes-nashville-police-idUSKBN1HV1M7

 

Bill Hutchinson, Waffle House shooting hero honored by Tennessee lawmakers in emotional ceremony, ABC News, April 24, 2018. http://abcnews.go.com/US/waffle-house-shooting-hero-honored-tennessee-lawmakers-emotional/story?id=54690862

 

Susannah Cullinane, Waffle House shooting suspect's $2 million bond revoked, CNN, April 24, 2018. https://www.cnn.com/2018/04/24/us/tennessee-waffle-house-shooting/index.html

© 2018 by Gary M. Jackson

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