Car theft solved too late to prevent Waffle House tragedy

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Police say Travis Reinking had stolen a BMW from a Nashville area car dealer last week. They discovered it outside the apartment where he lived and hauled it away. But they didn’t figure out who had stolen the car until after tragedy struck.

By then, police say, the 29-year-old with a troubled past had shot four people to death in a Waffle House not far from where he lived. If not for the efforts of a customer who wrestled the gun away, many more would have died.

His arrest ended a manhunt that involved more than 160 law enforcement officers. But it left troubling questions about his behavior before the shooting unanswered.

Those questions included what might have led him to the carnage he is said to have unleashed at the Waffle House.