Twenty-nine-year-old James Shaw Jr., who is being hailed as the Waffle House 'hero' for tackling a semi-clothed gunman after he opened fire at the establishment, has set up a GoFundMe page for victims of the incident.
The description in the "Victims Of Waffle House Shooting" page said: "I am creating this page to help the families of the victims from the Shooting that took place at Waffle House in Antioch, TN. Please take the time to donate as all of the proceeds will be given to the families. Thank you again for your generosity and blessings!"
The goal is US$15,000 to help the families of the victims.
Shaw Jr. wrestled an AR-15 from Tyler Reinking at Antioch Waffle House in Tennessee. Reinking's assault resulted in the deaths of four people and injury of three others.
Shaw Jr. sustained a burn to his hand and cut to his elbow during the struggle with the gunman. Metro Nashville Police said Shaw Jr. undoubtedly "saved lives" through his heroics. Shaw Jr. launched at Reinking, disarmed him and tossed the weapon over the counter, police spokesman Don Aaron told reporters.
However, the reluctant 'hero' explained that he was just trying to stay alive during the ordeal.
“I don’t really know when everyone said that (of being a hero), it feels selfish,” James Shaw Jr. told the Tennessean. “I was just trying to get myself out. I saw the opportunity and pretty much took it.”
“I distinctively remember thinking that he is going to have to work for this kill,” Shaw Jr. said. “I had a chance to stop him and thankfully I stopped him.”
Shaw Jr. said the suspect, who remains at large, was wearing only a green bomber jacket.
The four people who died are 29-year-old Taurean C. Sanderlin, 20-year-old Joe R. Perez, 23-year-old Akilah Dasilva and 21-year-old DeEbony Groves.
Shaw Jr., 21-year-old Shanita Waggoner, 21 and 24-year-old Sharita Henderson were injured.