waffle-house-victims-lawsuitThe family of a man killed in the Waffle House shooting, from Nashville, Tennessee has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the father of the suspected gunman. Jeffrey Reinking, the father of the gunman Travis Reinking, is named as the defendant in the lawsuit.

Just under a month ago, on April 22, 2018, a mass shooting occurred at a Waffle House restaurant in the Antioch neighborhood in Nashville, Tennessee. In the incident, four victims were killed and two suffered gunshot wounds. Reinking, armed with a semi-automatic rifle, was rushed by an unarmed customer, James Shaw Jr., who wrestled the weapon away, stopping the shooting spree. The suspect was eventually captured the next day, ending a 34-hour manhunt.

Joe Perez, 20, one of those four victims, was shot and killed while he was standing outside of the restaurant.

The lawsuit claims Jeffery Reinking’s negligent conduct lead to Perez’s death. Jeffrey Reinking is accused of returning his son’s weapons back to him after they were confiscated by the government. One of the weapons is the gun authorities say was used during the mass shooting.

Jeffrey Reinking’s irvine lawyers released a statement on his behalf.

“The Reinking family has learned that a lawsuit for money damages has been filed by the family of Joe Perez, Jr., who tragically lost his life in the Waffle House shooting in Tennessee. Numerous members of the press have requested comment on the newly filed suit. We respectfully decline to comment at this time.”

In August 2017, officials confiscated four weapons from Travis Reinking due to worries about his mental stability. He voluntarily surrendered the weapons to police, who then turned them over to his father, Jeffery Reinking, after he promised to keep them secured and away from his son.

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