NEW details are emerging in the Nashville Waffle House shooting rampage that killed four people after Travis Reinking pleaded guilty today.
Reinking pleaded guilty to four counts of first-degree murder for shooting four people between the ages of 20 and 29: Taurean Sanderlin, Joey Perez, Akilah Dasilva, and DeEbony Groves.
The man opened fire inside the popular chain restaurant at around 3:20 a.m. on April 22, 2018.
In addition to the four victims, several others were wounded during the shooting.
Reinking, who had initially pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity, was naked except for a green jacket during the shooting.
He was stopped by James Shaw Jr, who wrestled the man’s gun away.
The shooter then vanished, sparking a manhunt within the city before he was found two days later.
‘I don’t know if I’m delusional or not’
During Reinking’s trial, evidence was presented showing he had been battling schizophrenia for years.
Letters presented during the trial show Reinking had believed he was in a relationship with Taylor Swift.
But when he started to believe the fictitious relationship was in trouble, Reinking wrote a letter to Oprah Winfrey, calling her the only “honest person in show business.”
“I’m writing you because I’m in love with Taylor Swift, and I don’t know if I’m delusional or not,” he wrote in the letter.
“I don’t know the truth about her.
“I don’t know what to believe.
“I want the internet hacking to stop if it is in fact happening.
“I want to know for sure if I’m delusional or not.”
‘Command from God’
In July 2017, Reinking was detained by the Secret Service after entering a restricted area on White House grounds, demanding a meeting with then-President Trump.
Police were alarmed by Reinking’s behavior in Illinois, where he had been living at the time, and revoked his state firearms owner identification, according to The Mercury News.
Reinking also suffered from delusions and believed he was being tormented by unknown people.
The man told psychologists that the shooting was a command from God, who had told him to go to the Waffle House.
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