The crime scene tape was removed from the restaurant Wednesday morning. (WSMV)
The store reopened around 9 a.m. Wednesday. (WSMV)
ANTIOCH, TN (WSMV) –
The Waffle House in Antioch where a gunman killed four people and injured several others has officially reopened just three days after the attack.
For the next month, 100 percent of sales from the location on Murfreesboro Pike will go to the victims’ families.
The restaurant reopened at 9 a.m. Wednesday, along with the help from employees who came up from Atlanta. Counselors and pastors were also there to help the employees.
Customers started showing up within a half hour after hearing about the restaurant’s plans to help the victims’ families.
"I just want to come here this morning to give everybody my condolences and let them know that I am very, very sorry," said customer Nacheta Smith.
Waffle House is giving their employees as much time as they need to grieve. They can come back to work if and when they are ready.
When asked about the decision to reopen so soon after the mass shooting, officials said the employees wanted to come back to work and resume a sense of normalcy as soon as possible.
"Our associates are doing well. You can imagine they are struggling. We are struggling. We all just shed a few tears inside as we talked about reopening and prayed together and just took care of each other," said Jeff Camp, Waffle House district VP.
During a news conference Wednesday morning, Waffle House officials said they will be setting up a permanent memorial for the victims in the near future. For now, there’s a makeshift memorial outside with flowers, teddy bears and a balloon.
The company is still trying to figure out the best way for people outside of the community to help.
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