James Shaw Jr. wrestled an AR-15 away from the Waffle House shooter.
“I’m not a hero,” he insisted in an interview, “I’m just a regular person and I think anybody could have did what I did if they’re just pushed to — pushed in that kind of cage. You have to either react of you have to — or you’re gonna — you know, fold.”
Shaw was in a Nashville Waffle House early Sunday morning when a gunman entered with an AR-15 and began shooting. He took cover in a restroom and listened for the attack to stop. When he heard a break in the shooting, he ambushed the suspect and wrestled his gun away, throwing it over a counter, at which point, the suspect fled. 4 people were shot and killed during the incident, but Shaw’s actions likely saved many more. He was grazed by a bullet during the struggle and burned his hand grabbing the rifle.
“I’ll say it again, I didn’t really fight that man to save everybody else. You know, that might not be a popular thing but I’m really honest. I’m gonna be honest to the core. I took the gun so I could get myself out,” he said.
Since the shooting, Shaw has created a GoFundMe for victims and their families and has already raised nearly $18,000.