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Waffle House Shooting Hero Raises Over $160,000 for Victims’ Families

Waffle House Shooting Hero Raises Over $160,000 for Victims’ Families

On April 22, a gunman opened fire and killed four customers inside a Waffle House in Antioch, Tennessee. The 29-year-old hero was rushed to the hospital for a gunshot wound and burns from the gun’s barrel, but just hours later, he launched a fundraiser for the victims’ families.

Since its conception, the GoFundMe account has crowd-sourced $162,640, far surpassing its initial goal of $15,000. Metropolitan Nashville Police identified those slain in the attack: Waffle House employee Taurean C. Sanderlin and diners Joe R. Perez, Akilah DaSilva, and DeEbony Groves — all of whom were in their 20s.

According to CNN, Waffle House has committed to donate all of its proceeds from the Antioch location for the next month to the families of living and deceased victims of the attack.

An additional GoFundMe was later created by Yashir Ali to benefit Shaw directly. It has raised over $174,000 to benefit the Nashville native and his 4-year-old daughter, Brooklyn.

“I normally don’t get involved directly in these matters, but James’ grace has inspired me to start this page to give him the support I feel he deserves,” Ali wrote on the fundraiser page. But he isn’t the only one hoping Shaw gets recognition.

Tennessee lawmakers released a joint resolution to honor the “everyday hero” for his heroism and humanitarianism.

“If his heroism is equaled by anything, it is Mr. Shaw's penchant for honesty; he later asserted that his actions were purely selfish and that he was only trying to stay alive, but everyone else, from Mayor David Briley, to Police Chief Steve Anderson, to Nashvillians from all walks of life, disagrees,” the document reads. “No matter his motivations, Mr. Shaw is indeed a hero; his actions on that fateful morning are unfathomable to most, indescribable to even the chief of police, and very poignant to the citizens of Nashville, who are deeply grateful for his brave actions in the face of extreme adversity that saved many lives.”

Shaw’s heroism in the moment is laudable, and the fact that despite his own injuries his first thought was for the victims who didn’t survive makes him truly extraordinary. For more stories of people doing right by others in the food world, here are the most inspiring food stories from the last year.


Waffle House shooting hero raises $170K for victims

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ANTIOCH, Tenn. - The hero who grabbed an AR-15 rifle out of the hands of a gunman at a Waffle House in Tennessee is now helping to raise money for the victims of the shooting.

James Shaw Jr. engaged suspected gunman Travis Reinking as police said Reinking opened fire at the Waffle House on Sunday, killing four people and injuring several others.

"When I grabbed the barrel of the weapon it was hot, but I didn&apost care. It was life or death," recalled Shaw, a 29-year-old Nashville resident who went to the diner for a late-night meal with a friend. "I grabbed it from him and threw it over the countertop and I just took him with me out the entrance."

Shaw told reporters he didn&apost consider himself a hero and said called his reaction was a "selfish" act of self-preservation.

"I didn&apost really fight that man to save everyone else. That may not be a popular thing," Shaw said. "I took the gun so I could get myself out."

Shaw helped save many lives when he confronted Reinking and the hero isn&apost done helping those impacted by the shooting.

Shaw started a GoFundMe account to help the families of the victims in the shooting and it has already raised more than $170,000 as of Friday morning. The GoFundMe has received donations from nearly 5,000 people.

If you&aposd like to learn how to donate to Shaw&aposs GoFundMe for the victims, click here.


Waffle House shooting hero raises $170K for victims

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ANTIOCH, Tenn. - The hero who grabbed an AR-15 rifle out of the hands of a gunman at a Waffle House in Tennessee is now helping to raise money for the victims of the shooting.

James Shaw Jr. engaged suspected gunman Travis Reinking as police said Reinking opened fire at the Waffle House on Sunday, killing four people and injuring several others.

"When I grabbed the barrel of the weapon it was hot, but I didn&apost care. It was life or death," recalled Shaw, a 29-year-old Nashville resident who went to the diner for a late-night meal with a friend. "I grabbed it from him and threw it over the countertop and I just took him with me out the entrance."

Shaw told reporters he didn&apost consider himself a hero and said called his reaction was a "selfish" act of self-preservation.

"I didn&apost really fight that man to save everyone else. That may not be a popular thing," Shaw said. "I took the gun so I could get myself out."

Shaw helped save many lives when he confronted Reinking and the hero isn&apost done helping those impacted by the shooting.

Shaw started a GoFundMe account to help the families of the victims in the shooting and it has already raised more than $170,000 as of Friday morning. The GoFundMe has received donations from nearly 5,000 people.

If you&aposd like to learn how to donate to Shaw&aposs GoFundMe for the victims, click here.


Waffle House shooting hero raises $170K for victims

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ANTIOCH, Tenn. - The hero who grabbed an AR-15 rifle out of the hands of a gunman at a Waffle House in Tennessee is now helping to raise money for the victims of the shooting.

James Shaw Jr. engaged suspected gunman Travis Reinking as police said Reinking opened fire at the Waffle House on Sunday, killing four people and injuring several others.

"When I grabbed the barrel of the weapon it was hot, but I didn&apost care. It was life or death," recalled Shaw, a 29-year-old Nashville resident who went to the diner for a late-night meal with a friend. "I grabbed it from him and threw it over the countertop and I just took him with me out the entrance."

Shaw told reporters he didn&apost consider himself a hero and said called his reaction was a "selfish" act of self-preservation.

"I didn&apost really fight that man to save everyone else. That may not be a popular thing," Shaw said. "I took the gun so I could get myself out."

Shaw helped save many lives when he confronted Reinking and the hero isn&apost done helping those impacted by the shooting.

Shaw started a GoFundMe account to help the families of the victims in the shooting and it has already raised more than $170,000 as of Friday morning. The GoFundMe has received donations from nearly 5,000 people.

If you&aposd like to learn how to donate to Shaw&aposs GoFundMe for the victims, click here.


Waffle House shooting hero raises $170K for victims

article

ANTIOCH, Tenn. - The hero who grabbed an AR-15 rifle out of the hands of a gunman at a Waffle House in Tennessee is now helping to raise money for the victims of the shooting.

James Shaw Jr. engaged suspected gunman Travis Reinking as police said Reinking opened fire at the Waffle House on Sunday, killing four people and injuring several others.

"When I grabbed the barrel of the weapon it was hot, but I didn&apost care. It was life or death," recalled Shaw, a 29-year-old Nashville resident who went to the diner for a late-night meal with a friend. "I grabbed it from him and threw it over the countertop and I just took him with me out the entrance."

Shaw told reporters he didn&apost consider himself a hero and said called his reaction was a "selfish" act of self-preservation.

"I didn&apost really fight that man to save everyone else. That may not be a popular thing," Shaw said. "I took the gun so I could get myself out."

Shaw helped save many lives when he confronted Reinking and the hero isn&apost done helping those impacted by the shooting.

Shaw started a GoFundMe account to help the families of the victims in the shooting and it has already raised more than $170,000 as of Friday morning. The GoFundMe has received donations from nearly 5,000 people.

If you&aposd like to learn how to donate to Shaw&aposs GoFundMe for the victims, click here.


Waffle House shooting hero raises $170K for victims

article

ANTIOCH, Tenn. - The hero who grabbed an AR-15 rifle out of the hands of a gunman at a Waffle House in Tennessee is now helping to raise money for the victims of the shooting.

James Shaw Jr. engaged suspected gunman Travis Reinking as police said Reinking opened fire at the Waffle House on Sunday, killing four people and injuring several others.

"When I grabbed the barrel of the weapon it was hot, but I didn&apost care. It was life or death," recalled Shaw, a 29-year-old Nashville resident who went to the diner for a late-night meal with a friend. "I grabbed it from him and threw it over the countertop and I just took him with me out the entrance."

Shaw told reporters he didn&apost consider himself a hero and said called his reaction was a "selfish" act of self-preservation.

"I didn&apost really fight that man to save everyone else. That may not be a popular thing," Shaw said. "I took the gun so I could get myself out."

Shaw helped save many lives when he confronted Reinking and the hero isn&apost done helping those impacted by the shooting.

Shaw started a GoFundMe account to help the families of the victims in the shooting and it has already raised more than $170,000 as of Friday morning. The GoFundMe has received donations from nearly 5,000 people.

If you&aposd like to learn how to donate to Shaw&aposs GoFundMe for the victims, click here.


Waffle House shooting hero raises $170K for victims

article

ANTIOCH, Tenn. - The hero who grabbed an AR-15 rifle out of the hands of a gunman at a Waffle House in Tennessee is now helping to raise money for the victims of the shooting.

James Shaw Jr. engaged suspected gunman Travis Reinking as police said Reinking opened fire at the Waffle House on Sunday, killing four people and injuring several others.

"When I grabbed the barrel of the weapon it was hot, but I didn&apost care. It was life or death," recalled Shaw, a 29-year-old Nashville resident who went to the diner for a late-night meal with a friend. "I grabbed it from him and threw it over the countertop and I just took him with me out the entrance."

Shaw told reporters he didn&apost consider himself a hero and said called his reaction was a "selfish" act of self-preservation.

"I didn&apost really fight that man to save everyone else. That may not be a popular thing," Shaw said. "I took the gun so I could get myself out."

Shaw helped save many lives when he confronted Reinking and the hero isn&apost done helping those impacted by the shooting.

Shaw started a GoFundMe account to help the families of the victims in the shooting and it has already raised more than $170,000 as of Friday morning. The GoFundMe has received donations from nearly 5,000 people.

If you&aposd like to learn how to donate to Shaw&aposs GoFundMe for the victims, click here.


Waffle House shooting hero raises $170K for victims

article

ANTIOCH, Tenn. - The hero who grabbed an AR-15 rifle out of the hands of a gunman at a Waffle House in Tennessee is now helping to raise money for the victims of the shooting.

James Shaw Jr. engaged suspected gunman Travis Reinking as police said Reinking opened fire at the Waffle House on Sunday, killing four people and injuring several others.

"When I grabbed the barrel of the weapon it was hot, but I didn&apost care. It was life or death," recalled Shaw, a 29-year-old Nashville resident who went to the diner for a late-night meal with a friend. "I grabbed it from him and threw it over the countertop and I just took him with me out the entrance."

Shaw told reporters he didn&apost consider himself a hero and said called his reaction was a "selfish" act of self-preservation.

"I didn&apost really fight that man to save everyone else. That may not be a popular thing," Shaw said. "I took the gun so I could get myself out."

Shaw helped save many lives when he confronted Reinking and the hero isn&apost done helping those impacted by the shooting.

Shaw started a GoFundMe account to help the families of the victims in the shooting and it has already raised more than $170,000 as of Friday morning. The GoFundMe has received donations from nearly 5,000 people.

If you&aposd like to learn how to donate to Shaw&aposs GoFundMe for the victims, click here.


Waffle House shooting hero raises $170K for victims

article

ANTIOCH, Tenn. - The hero who grabbed an AR-15 rifle out of the hands of a gunman at a Waffle House in Tennessee is now helping to raise money for the victims of the shooting.

James Shaw Jr. engaged suspected gunman Travis Reinking as police said Reinking opened fire at the Waffle House on Sunday, killing four people and injuring several others.

"When I grabbed the barrel of the weapon it was hot, but I didn&apost care. It was life or death," recalled Shaw, a 29-year-old Nashville resident who went to the diner for a late-night meal with a friend. "I grabbed it from him and threw it over the countertop and I just took him with me out the entrance."

Shaw told reporters he didn&apost consider himself a hero and said called his reaction was a "selfish" act of self-preservation.

"I didn&apost really fight that man to save everyone else. That may not be a popular thing," Shaw said. "I took the gun so I could get myself out."

Shaw helped save many lives when he confronted Reinking and the hero isn&apost done helping those impacted by the shooting.

Shaw started a GoFundMe account to help the families of the victims in the shooting and it has already raised more than $170,000 as of Friday morning. The GoFundMe has received donations from nearly 5,000 people.

If you&aposd like to learn how to donate to Shaw&aposs GoFundMe for the victims, click here.


Waffle House shooting hero raises $170K for victims

article

ANTIOCH, Tenn. - The hero who grabbed an AR-15 rifle out of the hands of a gunman at a Waffle House in Tennessee is now helping to raise money for the victims of the shooting.

James Shaw Jr. engaged suspected gunman Travis Reinking as police said Reinking opened fire at the Waffle House on Sunday, killing four people and injuring several others.

"When I grabbed the barrel of the weapon it was hot, but I didn&apost care. It was life or death," recalled Shaw, a 29-year-old Nashville resident who went to the diner for a late-night meal with a friend. "I grabbed it from him and threw it over the countertop and I just took him with me out the entrance."

Shaw told reporters he didn&apost consider himself a hero and said called his reaction was a "selfish" act of self-preservation.

"I didn&apost really fight that man to save everyone else. That may not be a popular thing," Shaw said. "I took the gun so I could get myself out."

Shaw helped save many lives when he confronted Reinking and the hero isn&apost done helping those impacted by the shooting.

Shaw started a GoFundMe account to help the families of the victims in the shooting and it has already raised more than $170,000 as of Friday morning. The GoFundMe has received donations from nearly 5,000 people.

If you&aposd like to learn how to donate to Shaw&aposs GoFundMe for the victims, click here.


Waffle House shooting hero raises $170K for victims

article

ANTIOCH, Tenn. - The hero who grabbed an AR-15 rifle out of the hands of a gunman at a Waffle House in Tennessee is now helping to raise money for the victims of the shooting.

James Shaw Jr. engaged suspected gunman Travis Reinking as police said Reinking opened fire at the Waffle House on Sunday, killing four people and injuring several others.

"When I grabbed the barrel of the weapon it was hot, but I didn&apost care. It was life or death," recalled Shaw, a 29-year-old Nashville resident who went to the diner for a late-night meal with a friend. "I grabbed it from him and threw it over the countertop and I just took him with me out the entrance."

Shaw told reporters he didn&apost consider himself a hero and said called his reaction was a "selfish" act of self-preservation.

"I didn&apost really fight that man to save everyone else. That may not be a popular thing," Shaw said. "I took the gun so I could get myself out."

Shaw helped save many lives when he confronted Reinking and the hero isn&apost done helping those impacted by the shooting.

Shaw started a GoFundMe account to help the families of the victims in the shooting and it has already raised more than $170,000 as of Friday morning. The GoFundMe has received donations from nearly 5,000 people.

If you&aposd like to learn how to donate to Shaw&aposs GoFundMe for the victims, click here.