James Shaw Jr., who single-handedly wrestled an AR-15 from a sniper at a Tennessee Waffle House on Sunday, has now raised more than $ 158,000 for the victims' families. And there are still donations.
Shaw has repeatedly said that his actions were not heroic, but he was just trying to save his life when he faced the shooter who had just killed four people. But people across the country have been cheering, calling him a hero, and writing admiration on the GoFundMe page he started hours after filming.
"Thank you, Mr. James Shaw, Jr. You are a True Hero," wrote Janet Peters.
More than 4,000 people have donated to the fund.
Shaw was honored this week by state legislators for his courage. A resolution recognizing Shaw's valor was passed unanimously at Tennessee House, as lawmakers gave him a hero's welcome, according to the Tennessee.
Since Shaw saved the lives of other customers and staff at Waffle House on Sunday, Shaw has lost the media spot that tells his story and makes appearances. He also recovers from a gunshot wound from a bullet grazing his arm and burns as he clings to the barrel of the gun.
At the time of filming, Shaw had breakfast with a friend. The police say the alleged shooter Travis Reinking, 29, opened fire, killed four people and injured many others in a South Nashville Waffle House.
"I'm not a hero, I'm just a normal person, and I think anyone could have done what I would have done if you'd just put him in such a cage," Shaw said shortly after the shootout. "You either have to react or you follow and I decided to react because I did not see any other way of life, and that's all I wanted to do, I just wanted to live."
Reinking left after a 34-hour door -to-door wanted arrest. The police found him hiding in the woods behind a construction site, about a mile from the Waffle House.
As the dramatic events unfolded, Shaw raised money for the victims.
And then a man in New York decided to start a GoFundMe page to use Shaw himself. On the side, the money might flow into a college fund for Shaw's 4-year-old daughter, or even for a family vacation or other discretionary spending. This fund has already reached $ 1
"Normally I'm not directly involved in these matters, but James' Grace inspired me to start this page to give him the support he deserves," wrote freelance journalist Yashir Ali. 19659002) More than 5,000 people have donated Ali's fundraiser to Shaw.
Flenda Whitney wrote on the site: "James Shaw is the face of courage and humility, many blessings for this man and his family."
Filming began around 3:15 am, according to Reinking, according to Metro Nashville Police Department arrived in the parking lot of Waffle House. He sat in his pickup for a few minutes, got out and killed two people in front of the restaurant, the police said. Reinking then went to the Waffle House and continued shooting, according to police killed two more.
Shaw was inside. A ball grazed his arm. He was behind a hinged door when he saw the shooter pause, either to reload or because something was wrong with the gun.
Shaw knew this was his only moment to act.
He ran to the shooter and the two fought for the weapon. Shaw overpowered the gunman, grabbed the barrel of the AR-15 and threw the gun over the Waffle House counter and out of the shooter's reach.
"I chose it because there was no way to lock that door." If it came to that, he would have to work to kill me, "Shaw later told the Tennessean.
Shaw said that his motivation is self-preservation and that he should not be attracted (19659002) "I want people to know that I did that out of a selfish act," Shaw said, "I did it completely, just for myself
The Internet politely contradicts.
"My heart goes to James Shaw, the American hero, and to everyone affected by this terrible event. We hold you all in our hearts, "Sarah Klevan wrote about the GoFundMe for the victims.