The father who confronted and disarmed a gunman, stopping a mass shooting, is now raising money for the families of the victims.
Antioch, TN – The man who has been hailed as a hero for disarming a mass shooter after he gunned down four people at a Waffle House, is now raising money for the families of the victims, and his campaign has received nearly $100,000 in donations in the first 24 hours.
When a man entered the restaurant around 3:30 a.m. on Sunday and opened fire with an AR-15, James Shaw Jr. was the one rushed towards him and grabbed the rifle out of his hands while the gunman attempted to reload it. He then threw the gun over the counter and pushed suspect Travis Reinking out the door.
Shaw's quick thinking arguably saved the lives of dozens of people, as it is unclear what Reinking planned to include in his rampage. When asked about what made him decide to confront the shooter, he told reporters, "I figured if I was going to die, he was going to have to work for it."
Shaw is a 29-year-old father who works as an electrician in Nashville. He was taken to the hospital after one of the bullets fired by the gunman grazed his arm. He told the New York Times that while at the hospital, he was able to check on one of the victims and his 4-year-old daughter was the first thing on his mind when he met the victim's father.