Waffle House Hero Rewarded for His Bravery

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An alleged gunman, Travis Reinking, opened fire at a wafer house just outside Nashville, Tennessee, early Sunday morning killing 4 people and injuring several others. He had stopped to reload his AR-15 semi-automatic rifle when James Shaw Jr. rushed to him and wrestled the weapon out of his hands and threw it behind the counter. Reinking then fled the scene, but was later apprehended by the Nashville police. The 29-year-old Shaw sustained burns on his hand and a wound where a bullet had grazed his arm.

“I acted in a blink of a second,” Shaw Jr. said in an interview with The New York Times on Monday. “When he reloaded his clip, that felt like 30 minutes. I looked at him, and he wasn’t looking at me. He just had the barrel down. It was like, ‘Do it now. Go now.’ I just took off.”

In the aftermath, Shaw has been credited with disarming the gunman and saving lives. Shaw insists he is not a hero and that he just wanted to live. He set up a GoFundMe page for the victims and their families. The campaign garnered more than $112000 in roughly 24 hours. As he healed from his injuries at the hospital, he was able to meet with some of the other survivors and their families and tell them about the outpouring of financial support.

Meanwhile, freelance journalist Yashar Ali was touched by Shaw’s bravery and generosity and decided to reward him in kind. Ali created a GoFundMe for Shaw. The campaign has received $88000  so far.

 “I normally don’t get involved directly in these matters, but James’ grace has inspired me to start this page to give him the support I feel he deserves,” Ali wrote on the page. “Perhaps this money can be used for her college fund or some other education-related expense. But I’d be just as happy if James used some of this money to take his family on a nice vacation,” he added.

As we contemplate such a selfless act of bravery, we are reminded that it is good for humanity. We learn that there is hope and a good dose of good in everyone. Enough good to make someone, for a split second, think of someone else other than themselves. #Rewordit

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