Waffle House Hero Went to Sunday Mass With Family Hours After Stopping Rampage
The hero who risked his life to stop a shooting at a Tennessee Waffle House described the deadly rampage from his perspective on "Fox & Friends" Tuesday.
James Shaw Jr. told Ainsley Earhardt that he and his friend had gone to the restaurant overnight Sunday because it was less crowded than another Waffle House location.
He said he initially thought he heard dishes falling in the kitchen, but the din turned out to be gunfire.
Shaw said that after seeing the first victim, he dove to the ground as others fled to hide in the bathrooms.
"I was kind of trying to keep my eye on [the shooter]," Shaw said, making his move when either the gun jammed or the shooter's clip emptied.
He says after grabbing the barrel of the AR-15 rifle, he didn't feel how hot it was at the time but received second-degree burns to his hands.
James Shaw Jr., 29, rushed the shooter, disarmed him and threw the assault rifle he was carrying over the counter. After later being treated at a hospital, he went home, changed clothes and went to church with his family. https://t.co/XfTFRWowhZ
— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) April 22, 2018
"I just needed to disarm him and get the gun away from him," Shaw said.
And just hours after sustaining the injuries and being treated at a hospital, Shaw still went to Sunday mass with his family and friends.
"It just felt good to be around a lot of love," he said, explaining he didn't want to be alone after the incident.
Earhardt told Shaw he is an inspiration to Americans because "he's one of us" and did not have any special training before doing something extraordinary to save lives.
Shaw received recognition for his actions from the White House on Monday, with Press Secretary Sarah Sanders saying, "I also want to commend the heroic actions of James Shaw Jr. early Sunday morning at a Waffle House in Tennessee. Mr. Shaw saved lives when he wrestled a gun from an active shooter who had opened fire."
Shaw has started a GoFundMe page to help the victims of the shooting.
The alleged shooter, Travis Reinking, was arrested in a wooded area near his apartment on Monday.
BREAKING: Travis Reinking apprehended moments ago in a wooded area near Old Hickory Blvd & Hobson Pk. pic.twitter.com/00ukga37s6
— Metro Nashville PD (@MNPDNashville) April 23, 2018