James Shaw Jr. saved lives after a terrorist attack at a Waffle House near Nashville, Tennessee. According to reports by the Tennessean, a nude Travis Reinking walked into a Waffle House in Nashville, Tennessee, shortly after 3 a.m. He was armed with an AR-15 and shot six people, four died.
During Reinking’s attack, Shaw tackled the gunmen, took the weapon and threw it behind the counter of the restaurant. Here are five things to know about James Shaw Jr.
Shaw Jr. attended church hours after the shooting
Shaw Jr. was rushed to the hospital following the shooting and was discharged a few hours after being treated for a gunshot wound to his arm. At 10 a.m., Shaw Jr. attended church with family and friends. Nashville Mayor David Briley also joined him at the service.
Shaw Jr. is a graduate of an HBCU, Tennessee State University
Shaw Jr. graduated from Tennessee State University and later studied to become a technician while at Brightwood College.
Shaw Jr. is reportedly employed by AT&T
According to his Facebook page, Shaw Jr. works as a technician at AT&T. He also owns a business called iMount TV where he installs flatscreen TVs and surveillance cameras.
Shaw Jr. has a daughter
Shaw Jr. kept his composure following the shooting. However, he began to cry after the paramedics asked if he had any children. His daughter, Brooklyn, is 4 years old.
Shaw Jr. does not consider himself a hero
Shaw Jr. realized that he was cornered by the gunman and took a chance by tackling him. During a press conference, Shaw Jr. admitted that he was only concerned about saving his own life at the moment and did not consider himself a hero. However, the survivors of the attack are thankful that he was able to prevent the terrorist from taking more lives.