James Shaw Jr. is the hero who wrestled a gun from the crazed Waffle House shooter on Sunday, April 22, 2018. After his act of bravery went viral, people from all over responded with a shocking surprise for Shaw and his young daughter.
Travis Reinking (left), James Shaw Jr. and his daughter Brooklyn (right) (Photo Credits: Handout/Getty Images News/Getty Images, YouTube/News Channel 5)
Unfavorable circumstances can happen to anyone at any time and in the unlikeliest of places. It’s people like James Shaw who step up to the challenge in those moments of horror. He represents the very best of us. Early Sunday morning, Shaw found himself taking cover in a Waffle House restroom as crazed gunman Travis Reinking brutally injured and murdered innocent people.
The moment Reinking shot through the restroom door and the bullet grazed Shaw’s arm, he knew that he had to act. Many believe that more people would have died that day in Antioch, Tennessee if Shaw had not rushed the shooter and wrestled his Ar-15 rifle away from him, and they are probably right.
Shaw later told The New York Times about the moment he decided to fight back. “I acted in a blink of a second,” Shaw said. “When he reloaded his clip, that felt like 30 minutes. I looked at him, and he wasn’t looking at me. He just had the barrel down. It was like, ‘Do it now. Go now.’ I just took off.”
Shaw wrestled with the shooter and managed to take the rifle from him before hurling it over a countertop. Shaw recalled the shooter’s response, “He was mad at me,” he said. “I was just trying to live. I wasn’t trying to get no money from him, I wasn’t trying to do anything from his standpoint. I just wanted to live, and he was, like, astonished, that I wanted to live.”
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