Family of shooting victim files wrongful death lawsuit - WSMV News 4

Family of Waffle House shooting victim files wrongful death lawsuit against father of accused gunman

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Travis Reinking is being held in jail without bond. (Source: Metro Nashville PD) Travis Reinking is being held in jail without bond. (Source: Metro Nashville PD)
NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

The family of a man killed in the Waffle House shooting has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the father of the suspected gunman.

Jeffrey Reinking, the father of Travis Reinking, is named as the defendant in the lawsuit.

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


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The lawsuit claims Jeffery Reinking's negligent conduct caused Perez's death.

Jeffrey Reinking's attorney 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."

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.

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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