SALIDA, Colo. — The man accused of killing four people and wounding several others at a Tennessee Waffle House on Sunday previously lived in Colorado for several months, from August 2016 to March or April 2017, according to the Salida Police Department.
According to the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department, Travis Reinking had a Colorado driver’s license.
Police records said Reinking, 29, called police on a harassment report on March 18, 2017.
Police confirmed that Reinking said pop singer Taylor Swift was harassing and stalking him.
The Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office responded to the call but said it did not result in an arrest and authorities said that was the only contact they had with Reinking.
Reinking worked for Rocky Mountain Crane Service from Aug. 15, 2016 to March 25, 2017, police said after having confirmed that information with the co-owner of the company.
In an interview with police, the owner of the crane service described Reinking as a good worker and “excellent” crane operator.
He was also characterized by his former boss as a very intelligent, polite and nice person, though he also noted disturbing behavior.
Reinking’s one-time employer said the suspect in the shooting exhibited signs of being paranoid and “delusional at times.”
He was reportedly “infatuated” with Swift and even told people he was going to marry her.
He told co-workers he had purchased a $14,000 ring for Swift and said he had driven to California in an attempt to meet her.
He later said he was gay, which was confusing to fellow employees.
Reinking changed his tune on his “relationship” with Swift and began telling people he was being harassed and stalked by her and that she was hacking his bank accounts.
After Reinking quit his job at Rocky Mountain Crane, his boss told police that he had called the suspect’s father to let him know he had concerns about his former employee’s mental issues.
The owner of the crane company told police he was contacted by the Secret Service in July after Reinking jumped a fence at the White House.
Police also conducted an interview with a co-worker at the company described as Reinking’s closest friend. The man said Reinking was intelligent and quiet and also characterized him as a loner.
He told police his former co-worker was not known to drink alcohol, take drugs or frequent bars, but did say Reinking didn’t have many hobbies aside from playing violent video games.
Reinking also spoke to The Mountain Mail, a newspaper in Salida, in January 2017 where he talked about what made him happy.
“True love. Just because it’s the best thing that can happen in life,” Reinking told the paper.
He also told the paper he was from Salida.
Reinking is accused of fatally shooting four people early Sunday at a Waffle House in Nashville, Tennessee. A patron wrestled the gun away, and the gunman fled.
After a massive manhunt, Reinking was taken into custody not far from his apartment on Monday afternoon.AlertMe