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Waffle House Shooting Suspect Travis Reinking Told Tech in Audio to ‘Jump off a Bridge or Something’

The man who allegedly killed four people at a Waffle House in Nashville, Tennessee, early Sunday morning told the owner of a laptop repair shop to “jump off a bridge” after he asked employees to delete everything on his hard drive a couple weeks before the shooting.

Travis Reinking, 29, took his laptop to Dang It Repair in March. Robert Hartline, the owner of the repair shop, said there was nothing weird about the transaction.

Reinking then made a phone call on April 11, two weeks before the shooting, and asked an employee if the shop could erase the hard drive after saying he had an issue with it.

"Sorry, are you wanting to make a backup disk? Or—” a technician asked, according to a recording of the phone call obtained by WSMV and published Tuesday.

950462342 (1) Travis Reinking, 29, is placed in the back of a police car after being arrested in Nashville, Tennessee, on April 23. Reinking made a phone call to an electronics repair shop two weeks before the shooting and asked an employee if they could erase his hard drive. Getty Images

Reinking cut him off and implied that the technician knew what he was talking about.

"No, uh, yeah, that's what I'm saying. If I made a backup disk and kept that for later and had somebody analyze it, they are not going to find anything on it that you guys put there, are they?" Reinking asked the technician. "Why are you guys doing this, man? I don't get it. Why...what are you getting out of this?”

When the technician said they didn’t understand the question and suggested Reinking bring in his laptop for them to take a look, he called the technician a liar. Before hanging up, Reinking said the tech should "jump off a bridge or something."

“Yeah, well, go kill yourself then. Jump off a bridge or something," Reinking said.

Hartline said Reinking sounded “paranoid” during the phone call. Hartline made the decision to send the audio to the police.

“It was my feeling the faster we put this info out there for everyone, the faster families can deal with their pain of loss,” Hartline told WSMV.

The shooting on Sunday launched a manhunt for the 29-year-old suspect. Reinking was found in the woods 35 hours later and taken into custody. He has been charged with four counts of criminal homicide in connection with the shooting.

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