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Reinking Not Fit to Stand Trial in Waffle House Shooting

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NASHVILLE, Tenn.- A Tennessee judge has ordered the former Morton man suspected in a deadly Waffle House shooting be placed in a mental health facility.

Judge Mark Fishburn said 29-year-old Travis Reinking poses a substantial threat of harm to the public, if not himself. Fishburn says Reinking must treat his schizophrenia in hopes that he becomes fit to stand trial.

Dozens of victims, friends and family members filled the courtroom and glimpsed Reinking in person, including James Shaw Jr., who authorities say wrestled an assault-style rifle away from Reinking.

Authorities say Reinking used an AR-15-style rifle to fire upon the Nashville restaurant April 22, killing four people.

A forensic psychologist testified that Reinking is currently unfit for trial, adding Reinking isn't complying with his medication, which could potentially treat his illness.

Kristin McHugh is an experienced radio journalist and nonprofit manager. Most recently, she served as executive director of the Peoria Area World Affairs Council.
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