The Waffle House Hero Raised Nearly $250000 for Shooting Victims

Angelo Anderson
May 17, 2018

A somber gathering was held at Tennessee State University on Tuesday night.

James Shaw Jr., the Nashville man who stopped the Antioch Waffle House shooter last month, met the families impacted by a shooting spree there and handed over almost a half-a-million dollars he raised for them on Tuesday. "I think our judge has been very clear that we're not tolerating the shooting of guns at or even in the air sometimes when people are out playing with guns", said Mayor Percy Bland.

James Shaw Jr. was hailed by many as an American hero when he used his bare hands to grab an AR-15 from suspected Waffle House shooter Travis Reinking.

Shaw appeared on campus this week to meet with the seven families who were impacted by the shooting and to hand over almost a quarter-million dollars he raised for them.

"Had you not been there, everybody in that building would have been killed", said Renee Hampton, the aunt of 24-year-old Sharita Henderson, who was wounded in the shooting.

Shaw met with the families of the victims
Shaw met with the families of the victims

Police say Travis Reinking had displayed signs of mental illness before his IL gun card was revoked last summer.

The eight families, all representing the victims who were killed or injured, released balloons in honor of the four people who were killed.

A replica of the check was presented to the families during the luncheon. City officials say violence will not be tolerated as they look to make additional arrests in this case.

"The conversation was a little lackluster, to be honest with you", Shaw said.

Shaw said he was moved by the public recognition. "For that, I am greatly, greatly appreciative".

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