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Police are still looking for Travis Reinking, the man believed to be responsible for today’s tragic Waffle House shooting.

Four are confirmed dead, and two more were shot, but even more lives could have been lost if not for the brave actions of James Shaw.

Shaw reportedly wrestled Reinking to the ground, taking away his rifle. Witnesses say Reinking then fled the scene. Shaw told the Tennessean that he doesn’t feel like a hero.

“I don’t really know, when everyone said that (of being a hero), it feels selfish,” Shaw Jr. said. “I was just trying to get myself out. I saw the opportunity and pretty much took it.”

Shaw told the Tennessean that he and friends had left an overcrowded frat house party. The group got to the Waffle House at 2:30 a.m., five minutes before the shooter opened fire.

Shaw Jr. said he doesn’t remember how many shots were fired, but when he saw another man on the floor and felt a bullet graze him, he lunged toward the bathroom.

“I remember I was like ‘Dang, I’m basically in a barrel,’ ” Shaw Jr. said. “There is no place for me to go.”

When he saw that Reinking needed to reload, Shaw rushed him.

“When he came in, I distinctively remember thinking that he is going to have to work for this kill,” Shaw Jr. said.

Both men are 29 years old.

“I had a chance to stop him and thankfully I stopped him… I grabbed the gun and kept it down. He had one hand on it. I pulled it away and threw it over the bar.”

At the hospital when a girl thanked him for saving her life, Shaw said, “I didn’t do it to be a hero.”

Reinking fled the scene and is still on the loose.

A bomb squad and SWAT team were sent to Reinking’s apartment complex and police notified him via megaphone that they have a warrant for his arrest.




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8 thoughts on “Hero Saves Lives By Wrestling Gun From Waffle House Shooter Who Killed Four

  1. David on said:

    the comment has nothing to do the amount of Black heroes my brother, every black that survived slavery, Jim crow, civil rights movement of the 60’s (of witch I was a part) etc.,, is a hero in my eyes. I’m referring to individuals having one bite at the apple when an extraordinary opportunity presents itself, that you have earned, should be taken advantage of. nothing ridiculous about that, but you certainly are entitled to your own opinion bless you.

  2. I disagree, humility is a great character trait. Never think you are more than you are and there are many black heroes. We’ve most definitely had others and will have more to come, one bite at the apple is ridiculous.

  3. David on said:

    why can’t the Brother humbly accept the thanks of grateful people, instead of constantly insisting he is not a hero!! we get one bite at the apple, and this brother is on the way to wasting his… God bless him.

    • Perhaps he keeps insisting he’s not a hero because that’s how he feels. Perhaps he thinks that the “extraordinary opportunity” that presented itself was the opportunity to save his and the lives of others instead of the chance to bask in the accolades and adoration of the public being the extraordinary opportunity. In which case, his wishes and opinions should be respected. I’ve found that in this life, there are many, many chances to have a bite at the apple. You just have to choose which apple to bite.

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