According to a sheriff's report on May 27, 2016, "he was excited and believed that the famous actor, Taylor Swift, harassed him by harassing and cutting his phone." He said he said he found Ms. Swift at a Dairy Queen in Morton and chased her before disappearing.
Mr. Reinking's relatives said he had had these delusions since August 2014. The report noted that "Travis is hostile to the police and does not recognize the police authority."
In another episode on June 16, 2017, in Tremont, Illinois, the police responded to a complaint that Mr. Reinking, wearing a pink woman's robe, jumped into a puddle and began to argue with lifeguards for that they will fight with him. No one in the pool wanted to press charges, according to the report.
Mr. Reinking's attempt to meet with the president came a month later.
Mr. Aaron said that it is believed that Mr. Reinking moved to Nashville in the fall and worked in the crane and construction industry. Mr. Reinking was fired from a job about three weeks ago and found a new job, Aaron said, but had not seen him at work since Monday.
Authorities said that Mr. Reinking could still be in possession of a pistol and a rifle, which Chief Anderson described as "more of a hunting-style rifle than an assault rifle".
Nashville police identified the four people who died as a Waffle House employee, Taurean C. Sanderlin, 29; and three clients: Joe R. Perez, 20, of Nashville; Deebony Groves, 21 years old, from Gallatin; and Akilah Dasilva, 23, from Antioch.
Jennifer Wetzel, spokesperson for Vanderbilt University Medical Center, said one injured victim was in critical condition and another was in a critical but stable condition. Two other victims were treated for minor injuries and were discharged at TriStar Southern Hills Medical Center in Nashville, said Katie Radel, a spokeswoman there.