James Shaw Jr. is being hailed as a hero for what he did during an attack at a Tennessee Waffle House, but he’s following it up with even more good deeds – to benefit the families of the victims.
In the aftermath of the terrible attack that took the lives of four innocents, Shaw began a GoFundMe charity donation campaign for the families of the victims.
He set a goal of $15,000, but as of late Monday evening, the campaign had already raised $55,000.
“My name is James Shaw Jr. I am creating this page to help the families of the victims from the Shooting that took place at Waffle House in Antioch, TN,” the campaign read.
“Please take the time to donate as all of the proceeds will be given to the families,” he added. “Thank you again for your generosity and blessings!”
The link to the donation page can be found here.
Here’s what Shaw did at the Waffle House
Shaw was at the Waffle House when the attack occurred, and hid in the bathroom until the killer stopped to reload his weapon. Realizing that was his moment to act, Shaw jumped into action and wrestled the rifle away from the killer.
“When he came in, I distinctively remember thinking that he is going to have to work for this kill. I had a chance to stop him and thankfully I stopped him,” Shaw said later. “I grabbed the gun and kept it down. He had one hand on it. I pulled it away and threw it over the bar.”
Shaw’s action drove the killer to flee the scene, and he was captured later. The hero suffered an injury to his elbow and various cuts and abrasions during the struggle.
This is the Waffle House hero, James Shaw Jr. He tackled the shooter and saved so many lives in the process. Thank you James. And thank you TriStar Southern Hills Medical Center for your wonderful doctors and nurses who quickly took care of his injuries. pic.twitter.com/kKORfI24G1
— Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) April 22, 2018
Police believe Shaw saved many lives, including his own, from the attack.
Here’s a video of Shaw during a press conference talking about his heroics:
“Yeah I knew I had it in me but I haven’t had any specific combat training,” he explained during the press conference.
“Its just you know, I fight my daughter every night so I can put her to bed,” he joked. “But I just knew it was me or him, or that type of scenario, so I chose to go with what I wanted to go with, and it worked.”