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Accused Waffle House shooter's outburst drew police to Alcoa motel in February, police report says

Hayes Hickman, The Tennessean • Apr 26, 2018 at 11:11 AM

NASHVILLE — Two months to the day before Travis Reinking allegedly killed four people in a mass shooting at an Antioch Waffle House, his bizarre behavior left one woman shaken with fear at a Blount County motel, records show.

Reinking was questioned by police but not charged in the Feb. 22 incident at the Alcoa Inn, 2450 Airport Highway, when he barged into another guest's room that night and balled his fist as if he was going to punch her, according to an Alcoa Police Department incident report.

The woman, Samantha Veals, of Knoxville, told the responding officer she was trying to put her two sons to sleep when she suddenly heard a man yelling very loudly just outside her room.

"She opened her door and asked the male, 'Would you be quiet, my sons are trying to sleep?'" the incident report states. "The male then replied, 'I can be as loud as I want!' He then charged at Ms. Veals. More about the Alcoa report from our partners at The Tennessean.

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