The Latest: Nashville musicians raising funds for victims

The Latest on a shooting at Tennessee restaurant that left four dead (all times local):

3:20 p.m.

Nashville’s musical community is raising money to benefit the victims of the Waffle House shooting with a special T-shirt honoring the man who stopped the gunman.

James Shaw Jr., lauded as a hero during the shooting that left four dead, met with country rocker Brantley Gilbert and Chris Carrabba of Dashboard Confessional on Wednesday at a Nashville rehearsal hall.

They unveiled a T-shirt featuring the words “I Believe in Heroes,” along with an image of Shaw’s injured hand that was burned when he grabbed the gun during Sunday’s shooting. Both musicians will be selling the shirts at their upcoming Nashville concerts with funds going to help the victims as well as Shaw.

Gilbert said he wanted to use his platform as a musician to help others in the community.


12:55 p.m.

The Tennessee Waffle House where four people died in a shooting has re-opened and the company intends to donate its first month of sales to help victims of the deadly attack.

Pat Warner, director of external affairs for Waffle House, said everything that comes into the cash register at the Nashville location where the shooting occurred will be donated to the families of the four people killed and to two who remain hospitalized.

Warner said corporate staff met with the restaurant’s cooks and waitresses Wednesday morning. They said they wanted to start working again, so the restaurant opened around 9 a.m.

Police say 29-year-old Travis Reinking killed four people and wounded four others with an assault-style rifle Sunday at the restaurant. Reinking is charged with four counts of criminal homicide and other offenses.


12:01 a.m.

The co-owner of a Colorado crane company where the suspect in a deadly shooting at a Nashville restaurant once worked said she urged federal officials to keep him in custody after he was arrested at the White House last year.

Twenty-nine-year-old Travis Reinking is accused of opening fire Sunday outside a Waffle House with an AR-15 rifle and then storming the restaurant. Four people were killed and four others were wounded.

But Reinking had exhibited erratic behavior for years before the shooting. Darlene Sustrich co-owns a Colorado crane company where Reinking once worked and said they got a call from federal authorities after he entered a restricted area near the White House last July.

She says she urged federal officials to hold on to him if they could and help him.

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