Days After Disarming Waffle House Shooter, James Shaw Jr. Raises $90K For Victims Of The Tragic Shooting
The man who refuses to acknowledge his heroism continues to save the day.
April 24, 2018 at 12:34 pm
Tennessee's James Shaw Jr. is being hailed a hero for disarming Waffle House shooter Travis Reinking early Sunday morning (April 22). The Waffle House hero has raised over $90,000 for the four victims' families.
Shaw created a GoFundMe campaign asking for $15,000 the same day of the shooting. By Tuesday, more than 2,500 people had donated, greatly surpassing the goal.
At 3:25 a.m., Reinking entered an Antioch, Tennessee, Waffle House armed with an AR-15 assault rifle. Shaw was there with his friends before the shooting began. The incident claimed the lives of four people and injured four others.
Donors said they were more than happy to give to the worthy cause.
“Heartbroken for those who lost their lives to more gun violence, but so proud of James Shaw Jr.,” Laurie George wrote on the page Monday. “A fine, brave young man.”
After the shooting, Shaw has shied away from being labeled a hero despite his heroic actions in preventing the 29-year-old shooter from claiming more lives.
“I’m not a hero,” Shaw said at a Sunday news conference. “I’m just a regular person. I think anybody could have did what I did if they’re pushed. You have to either react or fall. I chose to react because I didn’t see any other way to live.”
Shaw rushed Reinking, disarmed him by grabbing the barrel of the gun and threw the assault rifle over the counter, Blavity reported. Reinking escaped after Shaw pushed him out of the restaurant.
The shooter was reportedly partially nude during the shooting, wearing “only a green jacket, no pants, no shirt," Don Aaron, a spokesperson for the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department, said at a press conference Sunday morning.
With his newfound platform, Shaw aspires to be an agent of peace in the world. “I hope we can bring violence in all facets — not just gun violence, but all facets of violence — to an end,” he said.