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Accused Waffle House Shooter Travis Reinking Not Fit To Stand Trial — Transferred To Mental Health Facility

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Henry Rodgers Capitol Hill Reporter
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Travis Reinking, the man accused of killing four people at a Waffle House in Nashville, Tennessee, in April is not fit to stand trial and will be transferred to a mental facility, a judge ruled Wednesday.

The judge said Reinking suffered from a mental illness, which a psychologist identified as schizophrenia, and that he would be transferred to Middle Tennessee Health Institute. While the transfer doesn’t mean Reinking will not have to face trial, it will cause delays, WHAM ABC 13 reported.

The psychologist present in court, Rena Isen, testified that Reinking is mentally unstable and is a danger to himself and/or others. However, Isen did say she believes Reinking’s schizophrenia could be treated with the proper medication.

The shooting could have turned out much worse if it wasn’t for James Shaw Jr., who saw a chance to take down Reinking while he was shooting and did not hesitate. Reinking entered naked except for a green jacket, which he later took off and opened fire, killing four people and injuring at least three others before Shaw Jr. was able to get the gun away from the shooter. (RELATED: This 29-Year-Old ‘Hero’ Saved Several Lives During Tennessee Waffle House Shooting, Police Say)

Reinking will be transferred back to jail once the the hospital determines he is legally competent.

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