Meet The Man Who Single-Handedly Stopped The Waffle House Gunman This Morning
“I just knew it was me or him.”
Those are the words from James Shaw Jr., who was inside a Waffle House early this morning just minutes before a gunman came in and started shooting. That gunman, still being sought by police, killed 4 people and injured at least 7 others.
It could have been much worse, however, because the gunman wasn’t seemingly finished with his rampage.
That rampage came to an end at the hands of Shaw, who took the first opportunity to tackle the gunman and get the rifle away from him.
“I’m not a hero,” Shaw said. “I’m just a regular person. I think anybody could have did what I did if they’re pushed. You have to either react or fall. I chose to react because I didn’t see any other way to live. I just wanted to live.”
He says that he’s no hero, but we disagree. He stated during an interview (seen above) that everyone is calling himself a hero but he does not feel that way. He said that his actions were selfish in the fact that he was trying to save his own life when instincts kicked in. This honest and humble talk make Shaw even more of a hero.
And the fact remains; there is no doubt that he saved lives this morning.
The image below shows Shaw from the hospital with one of many wounds sustained during the attack.
The incident unfolded when a half-naked gunman walked up to a Waffle House around 3am this morning and shot two people outside before making his way inside the restaurant and firing at more people.
Four people were killed and at least seven others were injured.
We have a policy of not showing the photo of gunmen or displaying their names, however this suspect is still at large.
29-year-old Travis Reinking is the person of interest, and can be seen in the photo below:
Reinking has not yet been found. If you happen to see him or see something out of place, call police immediately. Early reports suggested that Reinking was not armed, but now police believe that he could have a handgun with him, as it has not been accounted for.