At a Glance | April 30

Suspect in Nashville Restaurant Shooting That Resulted in 4 Deaths Charged With Criminal Homicide

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A 29-year-old man accused of opening fire at a restaurant in Nashville is charged with four counts of criminal homicide. Travis Reinking (right) was arrested on April 23 after a search that lasted more than 30 hours. Authorities acted on a tip to locate Reinking in a wooded area near his home, also finding a backpack containing a loaded handgun and ammunition. According to police, Reinking killed four people and injured four others at a Waffle House the previous morning before a customer wrestled an AR-15 rifle away from him. Reinking is also charged with four counts of attempted murder and one count of unlawful possession in the commission of a violent felony. He is being held in a Nashville jail without bond. Reinking lived in Illinois before moving to Nashville in the fall. He was arrested in July for trespassing in a restricted area near the White House. He told the Secret Service he was a sovereign citizen, and that he wanted to meet the president. Authorities revoked Reinking’s state firearms card following that incident, and four weapons were transferred to his father, Jeffrey, who admitted to Nashville police that he returned the guns to his son after pledging he would not.


10 Killed When Driver of Rented Van Hits Pedestrians on Crowded Sidewalk in Toronto

A man who resides in a suburb of Toronto was charged with 10 counts of first-degree murder and 13 counts of attempted murder after police said he drove a rented van into a crowd of pedestrians in Toronto on April 23. Alek Minassian, 25, is accused of speeding down a more than 1-mile stretch of a crowded sidewalk that afternoon, killing 10 people and injuring 15 others. Police confronted Minassian a few blocks from the incident. He was arrested after an exchange in which he told an officer to shoot him while holding up an unknown object. Investigators are still trying to determine a motive. Toronto police said Minassian is not associated with any terrorist groups, but the vehicle-ramming attack looked deliberate. Minassian reportedly made social media posts about the “incel” subculture where men blame women for their involuntary celibacy. He also referenced Elliot Rodger, who declared his frustration with being rejected by women before killing six people and himself in Isla Vista, California, in 2014. Police said the victims in Minassian’s attack were predominately women.


Phillipsburg White Supremacist Group Founder Admits Conspiring to Distribute Drugs

The leader of a white supremacist group admitted planning to traffic drugs in an effort to raise money to fund the organization’s mission. Joshua Steever, 38, of Phillipsburg (Warren County) pleaded guilty at a federal court in Pennsylvania on April 24 to conspiring to distribute more than 500 grams of methamphetamine. The founder of Aryan Strikeforce was among five of the group’s members arrested in April 2017 after a yearlong investigation by the FBI. Undercover agents posing as gun and drug dealers paid members of the Aryan Strikeforce to transport drugs and firearms from Pennsylvania to Maryland four times in 2016 and 2017. The group members then expressed an interest in purchasing weapons with the money made in these operations to use violence in pursuit of their political goals. Along with Steever, Connor Drew Dykes, 21, of Silver Spring, Maryland, pleaded guilty on April 24 to conspiring to distribute methamphetamine. According to their plea agreements, both men face up to life in prison with a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years.


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