Judge: Waffle House shooting suspect liable in death lawsuit

Travis Reinking appears at a hearing Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018, in Nashville, Tenn. Reinking is charged with killing four people during a shooting at a Waffle House restaurant in Nashville in April. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A judge says the man charged with killing four people at a Tennessee Waffle House is liable in a $100 million wrongful death lawsuit filed by a victim’s mother.

News outlets report a Davidson County Circuit Court judge last week found 29-year-old Travis Reinking liable for the death of 23-year-old Akilah DaSilva. Reinking is accused of fatally shooting DaSilva and three others at the Nashville restaurant April 22.

Shaundelle Brooks’ attorney, Daniel Horwitz, says in a statement Brooks appreciates Reinking was found liable in her son’s death.

Reinking’s father, Jeffrey Reinking, is also a defendant. The lawsuit says he gave guns to his son despite law enforcement’s instructions.

The judge hasn’t ruled on Jeffrey Reinking’s liability, but decided a jury trial should determine the damages his son owes DaSilva’s family.

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