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Waffle House Shooting Suspect Sent Delusional Text Messages

(AP) — The man accused of killing four people in a Nashville Waffle House in April used to send his father text messages in which he punctuated everyday chitchat with delusional rants.

The texts filed as evidence in federal court this week include plenty of discussion about work and meals.

But Travis Reinking also writes that his phone is being hacked and people are trying to kill him. The 29-year-old from Illinois accuses his father of being involved, writing last year, “If your helping them, please stop no matter what it cost you.”

After November 2017, Reinking stops responding to his father’s messages. In one of his last texts to his son, Jeffrey Reinking writes, “Mom and I are wondering if everything is ok. We haven’t heard from you. And we are getting concerned.”

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TV News Roundup: Netflix Sets Return Date for ‘Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee’

In today’s roundup, Netflix announced the return of Jerry Seinfeld’s “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee,” while CMT released a teaser of the final season of “Nashville.”  FIRST LOOKS CMT revealed a first look at the final episodes of “Nashville” in a new trailer featuring upcoming storylines like a pregnant Juliette (Hayden Panettiere) currently being held […]

The Waffle House Shooting Hero Hasn’t Heard From President Trump

NASHVILLE (CNN) — President Trump has yet to contact or publicly praise Waffle House hero James Shaw Jr.

“I haven’t heard anything, but that’s not to say he didn’t try to contact me, or not,” the 29-year-old admitted when asked by CNN’s Van Jones on ‘The Van Jones Show’ if he had been contacted by President Trump, despite White House press secretary Sarah Sanders saying on Tuesday that the White House intended to invite him for a visit.

Shaw gained national recognition after he pried a rifle from a gunman who killed four people at a Waffle House in Tennessee. Hours later, Shaw launched a fundraiser to help the victims and their families, raising more than $225,000 as of Saturday afternoon.

Last week, Tennessee lawmakers officially recognized his heroism in a General Assembly joint resolution that praised his “brave actions.”

Asked by Jones how he felt about the President of the United States missing “an opportunity to hold up somebody who’s trying to do good stuff like you,” Shaw Jr. was magnanimous.

“I know he has a busy agenda, a busy schedule. Maybe he just hasn’t got around to me. Maybe my time is coming,” he said.

Shaw emphasized he isn’t looking for praise and it is not up to him “to judge” the President’s actions.

“I did what I did and I didn’t really do it for recognition,” he insisted.

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What We Know About The Tennessee Waffle House Shooting

NASHVILLE (CNN) — Authorities are searching for Travis Reinking, who is suspected of carrying out a mass shooting at a Waffle House restaurant in the Nashville area on Sunday, killing four people. He is believed to be armed and dangerous.

Here’s what we know about the incident:

What happened?

Reinking, 29, approached a Waffle House in Antioch around 3:23 a.m. (4:23 a.m. ET) and used an “assault-type rifle” to fatally shoot two people standing outside, according to Nashville police spokesman Don Aaron. Reinking, who was barely clothed at the time, then went inside the restaurant and continued firing. Two victims inside were also fatally shot. Others were wounded, suffering cuts to their faces and bodies from shattered windows.

The shooting ended when a patron, James Shaw Jr., was able to wrestle the weapon away from the gunman, who then fled on foot.

Who is the suspected gunman?

Reinking is from Morton, Illinois. He moved to Tennessee in 2017.

According to police, Reinking was once arrested by the Secret Service for trespassing near the White House. He was charged with unlawful entry, an arrest report states, but had his charges dismissed after completing community service.

The FBI interviewed Reinking shortly after he completed the program and seized his guns. Authorities in Tazewell County, Illinois, later returned the seized weapons to Reinking’s father, who gave them back to his son, police said. One of those guns was the same AR-15-style rifle used in Sunday’s attack.

In May 2016, Reinking experienced a delusional episode in his hometown of Morton, according to a police report. He told first responders that he believed pop star Taylor Swift was stalking him. Reinking’s family also told police he had made comments about killing himself and owned several guns.

Who are the victims?

Authorities identified the victims as:

Taurean C. Sanderlin, 29, of Goodlettsville, Tennessee. She was a Waffle House employee.

Joe R. Perez, 20, of Nashville.

Akilah Dasilva, 23, of Antioch.

DeEbony Groves, 21, of Gallatin.

What happened to the man who stopped the shooting?

The man who wrestled the gun away from Reinking and prevented him from killing more people doesn’t want to be called a hero.

James Shaw Jr. said he ambushed and wrestled Reinking to save himself.

“I’m a believer that everybody could do what I did,” Shaw told CNN affiliate WSMV-TV.

Shaw tackled Reinking as he was looking at his rifle and had stopped shooting.

“He decided to rush the gunman, actually wrestled that assault rifle away, tossed it over the counter. At that point, the gunman then fled,” said Aaron.

Shaw was grazed by a bullet on his elbow while grappling with the gunman. He also burned his right hand grabbing the barrel of the weapon.

The shooting didn’t stop Shaw from going to church with his father Sunday morning, hours after confronting the gunman. His hand could be seen wrapped in a bandage during a press conference Sunday afternoon.

What’s happening now?

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has added Reinking to its “Top 10 Most Wanted List” and launched a massive manhunt for the shooter, who they believe may still be armed and dangerous.

“Keep your doors locked, keep your eyes open. If you see this individual — if you see a nude guy walking around this morning — call the police department immediately,” Aaron said.

Nashville police said more than 80 officers are searching for Reinking with the help of the Tennessee Highway Patrol, the FBI, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

Reinking faces felony charges, including three counts of criminal homicide.

In Tazewell, Illinois, where Reinking’s guns were originally seized, Sheriff Robert Huston said in a Sunday press conference that he wasn’t sure if Reinking is headed back to the area, but that his department is ready for it.

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Watch Burt Reynolds and Ariel Winter in First Music Video for ‘Last Movie Star’ (EXCLUSIVE)

The Burt Reynolds movie “The Last Movie Star” premieres in theaters and on VOD today, and Variety has a first look at the debut music video for the film, “Yet to Come,” which riffs on the movie’s primary Nashville setting. Scenes of Reynolds and costar Ariel Winter cruising through Music City’s downtown streets are inserted […]

Nashville Mayor Resigns After Affair, Pleads Guilty to Theft

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Nashville Mayor Megan Barry resigned Tuesday and pleaded guilty to a felony theft charge, a month after the rising Democratic star admitted to an affair with her bodyguard.

“While my time today as your mayor concludes, my unwavering love and sincere affection for this wonderful city and its great people never ends,” she said at a news conference shortly after she appeared before a judge and pleaded guilty.

When Barry first admitted Jan. 31 to having an affair with Sgt. Robert Forrest, she said she planned to stay in office. But on Tuesday morning, she entered the guilty plea, and her lawyer said in court hearing that Barry would resign later in the day as part of the agreement.

She was sentenced to three years’ probation and agreed to pay $11,000 in restitution.

In court, District Attorney General Glenn Funk said that had the case gone to trial, witnesses would have testified that between March 2016 and February 2018 Megan Barry caused over $10,000 and less than $60,000 of Metro Nashville city funds to be spent unlawfully.

The agreement didn’t go into details about the money, however her bodyguard accompanied her on many city-paid trips during their affair.

During an investigation, authorities found probable cause that a nude photo and partially nude photo of a woman found on Forrest’s work cellphone were taken while he was working and the two were engaging in their relationship while he was on duty. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation did not identify the woman in the photos and Barry has said that if the photos are of her, they were taken without her knowledge or permission.

The nude and partially nude photos were shot last May and October, on days that Barry’s travel schedule shows she was on separate Washington trips.

The investigation found the photos on Forrest’s work email. There were 260 deleted chats between Forrest’s phone and Barry’s phone number as well as 35 deleted call logs, an affidavit said.

Metro Nashville Police records show Forrest’s overtime more than doubled in the budget year after Barry was elected in September 2015. Barry said the affair began in spring 2016, according to an affidavit.

Barry has not said when the affair ended, only that it’s over. Forrest, who had spent more than 31 years with Metro Nashville Police and supervised the mayor’s security detail over three administrations, has retired.

By JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press

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