WAFFLE HOUSE SHOOTING Suspected shooter was troubled for years


Associated Press

NASHVILLE, TENN.

The suspect in the deadly shooting at a Waffle House in Nashville faces five more charges. In a tweet, the Metro Nashville Police Department says Travis Rein-king has been charged with four counts of attempted murder and one count of unlawful possession in the commission of a violent felony.

He had been charged with four counts of criminal homicide in the Sunday shooting that killed four people and wounded four others. His court date is scheduled for May 7.

Reinking’s erratic behavior began years before, police say.

The onetime construction crane operator bounced between states and suffered from delusions, sometimes talking about plans to marry singer Taylor Swift, friends and relatives told police. He was arrested outside the White House last year after asking to speak to President Donald Trump, and his bizarre actions seemed to intensify recently with a car theft.

He’s been jailed without bond.

“He’s a good kid that went off the handle for some reason,” said Dave Warren, who once worked with Rein-king in Colorado.

Former co-workers at Rocky Mountain Crane in Salida, Colo., told police after the shooting that Reinking was complex.

He didn’t drink or do drugs, according to a police report describing the interviews, and he was known as intelligent, polite and an excellent equipment operator. He didn’t like the government or the National Rifle Association, and he talked about being a “sovereign citizen.”

What seemed to drive Reinking more than anything was an obsession with Swift, the report said.

Reinking told police – once in Tazewell County, Ill., in 2016, and again in Colorado last year – Swift was stalking him. He was infatuated with her and supposedly purchased a $14,000 ring and drove to California to try to meet her, authorities said.

But co-workers also knew Reinking as openly gay, according to interview notes.

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