When a gunman opened fire in a Waffle House, James Shaw Jr. didn’t just stand back and let things unfold. When the shooter paused during the incident, Shaw ambushed the attacker, wrestling away the gunman’s rifle and tossing it over the counter. But Shaw’s efforts to help the victims of the shooting didn’t end there.
The shooting took place at a Waffle House in Antioch, Tennessee in the early hours of Sunday morning.
Travis Reinking, 29, entered the restaurant nearly nude, wearing only a green jacket and carrying an AR-15. Reinking opened fire at approximately 3:25 am local time, according to a report by the Tennessean, killing four and injuring several others.
When Shaw heard the shots ring out, he initially took cover. But once the gunman paused, he took action, ambushing the shooter and disarming him.
Shaw was injured during the encounter. He was taken to an area hospital for treatment and was subsequently released.
On Monday, Shaw stepped up yet again. This time, to help the victims of the shooting, he launched a GoFundMe page.
The initial goal was to raise $15,000. Shaw stated that “all of the proceeds will be given to the families” of the victims of the Waffle House shooting.
Shaw’s GoFundMe campaign has since been shared over 13,000 times on Facebook through the site. As of Tuesday afternoon, more than $104,000 had been donated to assist the victims of the shooting.
Many donors also posted comments, praising Shaw’s actions and offering their condolences to the families of the victims.
Shaw’s GoFundMe page isn’t the only one that has surfaced since the shooting. A New York man also launched a GoFundMe campaign, but this one is designed to help Shaw.
Shaw has a 4-year-old daughter, and the campaign creator stated that “perhaps this money can be used for her college fund.”
“But, I’d be just as happy if James used some of this money to take his family on a nice vacation.”
The campaign’s goal is set at $75,000. So far, more than $72,843 has been donated. According to the page, “Funds will be transferred directly to James Shaw Jr. through GoFundMe.”