UPDATE: Nashville’s Democratic Mayor David Briley quickly called for stricter gun laws in the wake of a Waffle House shooting in his city that allegedly was committed by an Illinois man with previous run-ins with the law that included losing his guns and Firearm Owner’s Identification (FOID) card, according to Fox News.
Nashville murder suspect Travis Reinking, 29, is now in custody, Fox News has reported.
Four people were killed and others wounded before a patron took action and disarmed the madman.
Mayor Briley, according to CNN, declared that “enough is enough” and called for action.
“Clearly the victims of this shooting deserve our prayers and our thoughts, but they also deserve leaders who will step up and take action and do something to get these weapons off our streets,” Briley said.
But according to Fox News, authorities had taken action to get suspect Travis Reinking’s guns away from him. After Reinking was arrested by the U.S. Secret Service last July for reportedly entering a restricted area near the White House, the FBI asked Illinois State Police to pull his FOID card. They reportedly took four guns from the suspect, apparently including the AR-15 rifle used in the Nashville shooting.
That gun and others were reportedly turned over to Reinking’s father, who allegedly promised to lock them up. Fox News quoted Nashville Police spokesman Don Aaron saying that the father “has now acknowledged giving them back” to his son.
But Briley seems to be single-minded about this. According to CNN, the mayor told reporters, “We need comprehensive gun reform to address mass shootings, domestic shootings, accidental shootings and homicides. If we can all just come together for this and for the greater good, we can take these weapons of war off the streets of our country.”
Briley has posted a statement on his Facebook page.
No “call for action” could have been better met, however, than by James Shaw, Jr. The 29-year-old Nashville resident had arrived only moments before the shooting, and when the killer entered, Shaw told reporters, “He shot through that door; I’m pretty sure he grazed my arm. At that time I made up my mind … that he was going to have to work to kill me. When the gun jammed or whatever happened, I hit him with the swivel door.”
Shaw appeared at a press conference with a bandaged hand that was apparently burned when he grabbed the rifle and disarmed the suspect.