The police said they arrested Mr. Reinking on Monday afternoon in a wooded area near the apartment complex where he lived after receiving a tip from a member of the public, bringing an end to a manhunt that had stretched into its second day. He was booked into Metro jail Monday night on four counts of criminal homicide.
Reinking did not resist when a detective drew a gun on him, Lt. Carlos Lara said.
Five days before the slaughter at the popular late night diner, on Tuesday April 17 shortly before 6 p.m., police said Reinking stole a auto in nearby Brentwood and took cops from that town on a chase, a pursuit that was abandoned once he crossed into another community, as is the police department's practice. Detectives cut the backpack off him while he was cuffed.
Later that evening, Metro Nashville Police Department officers found the stolen BMW at an apartment complex located at 5000 Mountain Springs Dr.in Antioch.
It's unclear whether Reinking was armed when he was arrested.
Police said that when Reinking fled, he took off his jacket - the only item of clothing he was wearing. Four people - three of them black and one Hispanic - were killed and four others injured before a customer wrestled the weapon away and Reinking, who is white, ran out, police said. And it wouldn't be until after the mass shooting, when police searched his apartment, they'd find the key fob for the BMW in Reinking's apartment.
Authorities announced that 29-year-old Travis Reinking, was taken into custody Monday.
Police say Reinking was almost naked and brandishing an assault-style rifle when he opened fire in the parking lot and then stormed the restaurant.
Meanwhile, authorities in IL shared past reports suggesting multiple red flags about a disturbed young man with paranoid delusions.
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In May 2016, Reinking told deputies from Tazewell County, Illinois, that music superstar Taylor Swift was stalking him and hacking his phone, and his family was also involved. Law enforcement took Reinking to a local hospital for an evaluation.
Records indicate Travis Reinking had a valid firearm owners identification card as of August 2017, which would have expired in 2020.
Due to his arrest, the gunman's arsenal of guns, a Kimber 9 mm handgun, a Bushmaster AR-15 style rifle, a CZ-USA.22-caliber rifle, a Remington 710 and random ammunition were taken from him. No charges were filed.
Reinking was arrested at the White House in July 2017, when he entered a restricted area of the presidential grounds.
Reinking, described as a white man with short hair from the state of IL, was said to have suffered from mental problems for years. These include a February 14 mass shooting when a former student killed 17 people with an AR-15 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. During a Sunday news conference streamed online, Tazewell County Sheriff Robert M. Huston said Reinking volunteered to give up his four weapons. But Reinking's father, who has an IL firearm owner's card, was allowed to take them and agreed to "keep the weapons secure and out of the possession of Travis".
Reinking's father "has now acknowledged giving them back" to his son, Aaron said.
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Special Agent Marcus Watson said at a news conference Monday that Jeffrey Reinking's act of returning the guns to his son is "potentially a violation of federal law". But authorities say his father simply returned the three rifles and a handgun to his son when he made a decision to move out of state.
The case illustrates the difficulty of keeping guns away from mentally disturbed people and shows how easy it is for them to retrieve confiscated weapons. Reinking lived in IL before moving to Nashville. Police say he worked in construction for a while. Sanderlin was an employee at the restaurant. Police say Sharita Henderson, 24, of Antioch, was wounded and being treated as well.
James Shaw Jr., the young father now hailed a hero after wrestling the gun away from Travis Reinking also spoke at the vigil.