In the blink of an eye, your life can change forever. A missed opportunity, a chance encounter can change your life. Life is full of surprises and you never find out just what you are made of until life presents you the opportunity, much as it did James Shaw, Jr.
Shaw went to an Antioch Waffle House, a suburb of Nashville, in Tennessee, to have a meal like many others but ended up getting much more than he bargained for. Travis Reinking went on a s******g rampage k*****g four people and injuring three others and Shaw chose to take action. Metro Nashville Police say Shaw saw his opportunity, wrestling the weapon away from Reinking, who then fled the scene.
Shaw is a Nashville native. A graduate of Hunter’s Lane High School he went to college at Tennessee State University. Now the 29-year-old father works at AT&T as an electrician while caring for his 4-year-old daughter. He does not describe himself as a hero. Shaw simply made the split second, life-changing decision and is being hailed as a hero for his actions when a g****n opened fire on the Antioch Waffle House early Sunday morning.
When accused s*****r Travis Reinking was trying to reload or unjam his g*n. Surrounded by glass, and d***h and panic, Shaw did not think twice. He simply acted without thought for himself or his own safety.
This is James Shaw He is a 29 years old this guy Right here he saved many lives for today he is a hero that he should be happy for now Thank You James and Tristar Medical Center Nurse For take time to fight his injuries Get Well Soon. A real Hero. pic.twitter.com/mAt3e3tUTi
— Kaialis J. Bennings (@KaialisBennings) April 22, 2018
He states – “I know that in a tenth of second something was with me to run through the door and get that g*n from him. I can do that ten times and only come out one time with the outcome I came out with.”
Already grazed by a bullet, Shaw grabbed the still hot barrel of the A***5 and hurled the g*n over the counter. The barrel left a massive blister on his right hand that will forever remind him of this day.
Shaw states of Reinking and their brief interaction – “His face is like a blur. When I hit him, his head hit the door.”
All because of Shaw’s split-second refusal to be a victim. His refusal to just stand there and let the events around him just unfold. Lives were saved. Shaw could just smile and accept the praise but that is not his way. He teared up and told the truth.
Shaw humbly stated – “I want people to know I did that completely out of a selfish act. I was doing that to save myself. I did not do it to save other people. I am not some kind of Terminator or Superman. It was just I was going to d*e, and he was going to have to work for it.”
Rather than being swept up in his own personal glory after being made a local celebrity through local media stories, Shaw promptly started a GoFundMe page for the victims where more than $95,000 has been raised to date.
Shaw’s GoFundMe reads – “My name is James Shaw Jr. I am creating this page to help the families of the victims from the S******g 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!”
CLICK HERE to donate to the victims,
Even as Shaw was talking about what he did, he was thinking of other people. Shaw states – “I’m not a hero, I’m just a regular person.”
However, the people of Nashville feel differently, as does the CEO of Waffle House. “You don’t get a chance to meet a hero, I am looking at one now and let me tell you I talked to a lot of the survivors and they will be talking about you for the rest of their lives,” Walt Ehmer said.
Shaw got a standing ovation at a candlelight vigil held for the survivors and their families and friends at the Mt. Zion Baptist church on Monday night. He said he just wanted to attend to pay his respects, however, it was simply impossible to overlook the man of the moment.
Representative Brenda Gilmore, in conjunction with the Davidson County lawmakers and House Speaker Beth Harwell, will honor Shaw on the Tennessee House floor on Tuesday.
“If a hero is ‘a person noted for courageous acts or nobility of character,’ then James Shaw, Jr., is a hero twice over, for he has demonstrated both his courage and character in a manner few could ever attempt to emulate,” the resolution reads.
Meanwhile, Reinking has since been captured and charged with four counts of m****r for the deaths of De’Ebony Groves, Taurean C. Sanderlin, Joe R. Perez and Akilah Dasilva. He was originally being held on a bond of $2 million dollars awaiting trial. Nashville Judge Michael Mondelli on Tuesday issued an order revoking the $2 million bond for Reinking due to the severity of the crimes committed.