The father of Travis Reinking, the accused Waffle House shooter, may face criminal charges after he admitted to giving his son back four guns, including the AR-15-style assault rifle used during the attack. The weapons were seized by authorities in 2017 but returned to the father with the understanding that he would keep them away from his son.
Last July, Travis was arrested when he tried to breach a White House security barrier to meet President Trump. After the FBI and Secret Service coordinated with local police in Illinois, where Reinking was living at the time, the Tazewell County Police Department confiscated Reinking’s four guns and some ammo. The weapons were eventually returned to his father, Jeffrey.
Unfortunately, Jeffrey admitted to authorities yesterday that he did not keep his word to police and gave the guns to Travis when he moved to Nashville last fall. According to the New York Post, Jeffrey could now face criminal charges for his actions.
“If you transfer weapons knowingly to a person who is prohibited [from having them], that could potentially be a violation of federal law,” said ATF Special Agent Marcus Watson on Monday.
On Sunday morning, Travis entered a Waffle House in Nashville half-naked and opened fire on customers and employees with the same previously-confiscated AR-15. Travis killed four patrons before another customer, James Shaw Jr., wrestled the weapon away, and Travis fled the scene.
Authorities immediately began a 34-hour manhunt to locate and arrest the 29-year-old shooter, who, according to the Washington Post, was found “hiding in the woods behind a construction site about a mile from the restaurant where the shooting occurred.” His bail is currently set at $2 million and he is scheduled to make his first court appearance on Wednesday.