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When the doors were reopened on Wednesday, four white-painted wooden crosses decorated with hearts and balloons stood in front of a waffle house in Nashville, a stark reminder that it had been seemingly arbitrary deadly bloodshed just three days earlier
each Victims who were killed in the shooting competition on Sunday had their photos and names on one of the crosses: Taurean C. Sanderlin, 29; Joe R. Perez, 20; DeEbony Groves, 21; and Akilah DaSilva, 23.
In addition to the four people killed, two more people were shot and seriously injured, according to Nashville police
Joyce Perkins, a therapist who lives only a mile down the road, was one of the first Lunch customers Wednesday and told Nashville Public Radio that she understands how difficult it can be to handle the loss of loved ones.
"I just wanted to be present and do something and just watch the community come together," she said.
Waffle House Inc. says the proceeds from the restaurant in the Antioch area are given to the families of the victims. "For 30 days, we're donating 100% of the revenue from this restaurant to the victims and their families," says a Waffle House spokesperson for NPR.
Tennessee legislators said the charge from the attack "would certainly have been much bigger" would not be for James Shaw Jr.
The 29-year-old had just sat down with a friend to eat and get moving put. He tore off the gunman's rifle, threw it over a counter and pushed it out the door.
The State The General Assembly wanted to clarify to Shaw, who denied that he is a hero, and to pass a resolution on Tuesday. It reads in part:
"If his heroism agrees with everything, it is Mr. Shaw's penchant for honesty, later claiming that his actions are purely egotistical, and he's just trying to stay alive, but everyone else, out Mayor David Briley, the police chief Steve Anderson, the Nashvillian of all walks of life, disagrees, and regardless of his motives, Mr. Shaw is indeed a hero, his actions on that fateful morning are unfathomable to most, indescribable even the chief of police and very poignant to the citizens of Nashville, who are deeply grateful for his courageous actions in the face of extreme adversity that has saved many lives. "Waffle House spokesman agreed and said," As for Mr. Shaw – although he says that he is not a hero, he is definite, his efforts have saved many lives this morning, he is really a hero and of course we will honor him We did not work out the details.
Shaw's elbow was struck by a bullet and his hand was burned when he fired the rifle but in the hours following the attack his thoughts were on the other victims and their families.
Am On Sunday, Shaw set up a GoFundMe page for the families of victims who raised more than $ 165,000 on Thursday afternoon. One day later, Yashar Ali, a journalist from New York City, founded a GoFundMe for Shaw and said, "James & # 39 Grace has inspired me to start this page to give him the support he deserves in my opinion.
So far, it has raised more than $ 175,000.
The alleged shooter, 29-year-old Travis Reinking, was arrested a day after shooting in a woodland area not far from the restaurant and sees four cases of murder and four attacks of an attempted murder, including one for Shaw.
Reinking's first appearance is scheduled for May 7.
The reopening of the Antioch Waffle House just three days after the shootout was in line with the restaurant's reputation for staying calm and continuing.
The "Waffle House Index" was allegedly created by former Federal Emergency Administrator Administrator W. Craig Fugate, who measures the severity a disaster against the status of the restaurant – which is proud to stay open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
As Fugate said NPR's were Waiting … Ton Tell Me! in 2016: "They're open most of the time, and that's the index, if a Waffle House is closed to disaster, it's bad, we call it red, if they're open, but they have a limited menu 'That's yellow' … If you're Gre, we're good, go on, you have not found the bad stuff yet. "