29-year old James Shaw said that he’s not a hero. Shaw said that he decided that if he was going to die, he was going to make the murderer have to work for it. That’s when he took action. Shaw did more than take action. He single-handedly took down a gunmen armed with an AR-15 assault rifle who had just shot six people, killing four of them, and may have been reloading in an attempt to kill even more innocent people. James Shaw said that he doesn’t consider himself a hero, but respectfully, I must disagree with Mr. Shaw. His courageous actions in that moment are the very definition of the word “hero”
NBC News (@NBCNews) reports, James Shaw says that after going out to a nightclub he decided to go to a Waffle House with a friend in the early hours of Sunday morning. The first one they decided to go to was too crowded, so they decided to hit up another Waffle House. This one in Nashville. Fatefully, Shaw arrived at the restaurant minutes before a crazy man walked in and began shooting up the place, armed with an AR-15 assault rifle.
“When I first heard the gun shots, immediately it’s like a ‘what’s going on?’ type of feeling, and I saw a gentleman near the door of the Waffle House and I jumped from the high countertop seats and jumped toward the bathrooms. The bathrooms seemed like a bad idea. Kind of like shooting fish in a barrel.” Shaw told the “Today” show on Monday morning.
Shaw said he felt like the shooter was going to get him either way, so he waited for an opportunity to act.
“I was waiting for a chance, so when I saw the barrel down I saw an opportunity, and I attacked and took it and it worked out for myself and others who were in the Waffle House at the same time.”
Shaw said it was then that he and the gunman began wrestling, ignoring his own pain as he grabbed the hot barrel of the weapon. During his interview, Shaw’s right hand was still bandaged from the encounter and grabbing the scorching hot weapon.
“He was kind of cussing while we were wrestling around. When I finally got the gun he was cussing like I was in the wrong.” It wasn’t any kind of talking between us. I just knew I had to get that gun away from him. Later on I learned he had other magazines in his gun and could have reloaded, so I’m glad I acted.” Shaw said
The gunman fled after being confronted and losing his weapon. That gunman has been identified as 29-year old, Travis Reinking of Morton, Illinois. A few moments ago it was reported that Reinking had been captured. But enough about the murderer, this story is about one man and his brave heroic actions that surely saved many lives. Contrary to what you may think James Shaw, YOU ARE A HERO, and deserve to be recognized as such. Since our President seems to be too busy tweeting about NY Times reporters and calling them drunken liars at the current moment, I will speak on behalf of the American people. THANK YOU FOR YOUR BRAVERY MR. SHAW. You are a true Patriot and American hero!