This Is Why The Waffle House Tragedy Should’ve Never Happened


After a massive 34-hour manhunt outside Nashville, Tennessee, 29-year old Travis Reinking is finally in custody. However, as new details continue to emerge about the suspect’s past, we can’t help but wonder if the efforts of local and federal law enforcement are too little, too late.

Waffle House shooting
Photo Credit | LA Times

Around 3:00 a.m. on Sunday, the suspect stopped at the Waffle House in Antioch. When he exited his vehicle, witnesses at the scene said he began shooting people in the parking lot. Before entering the restaurant, Reinking also shot out a front window.

Once inside the building, he killed four and wounded several others. Fortunately, James Shaw Jr. wrestled the gun away from the suspect when he stopped to reload. Shaw is being hailed as a hero for his quick thinking and bravery and rightfully so.

But someone could’ve stopped Reinking before he ever got to the Waffle House.

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