Good Guy Without A Gun Disarms Mass Shooter Who Opened Fire With Assault-Style Weapon

In the early hours of Saturday morning, a gunman walked inside a Waffle House in Antioch, Tennessee and opened fire after killing two people outside of the restaurant at 3:23 a.m. 29-year-old suspect Travis Reinking entered the Waffle House and continued to shoot. Two more people were killed inside the restaurant, and two victims were shot but survived, but the carnage could have been far worse if it weren’t for the actions of 29-year-old James Shaw Jr., who physically confronted him and wrestled away his semi-automatic weapon, then threw it over the counter. It’s probably best he tossed it over the counter. Imagine, upon the police arriving, if they saw a black guy with a rifle.

Shaw, a graduate of Tennessee State University, said that he was at a fraternity house party on Saturday night and decided to go to the Waffle House with some friends, The Tennessean reports. Shaw said that he felt cornered, then he saw an opportunity to tackle the gunman. Shaw, who appears to be very humble, says he’s not a hero.

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

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

The gunman came into the room but he needed to reload his weapon, Shaw Jr. said, and that’s when he took action.

“When he came in, I distinctively remember thinking that he is going to have to work for this kill,” Shaw Jr. said. “I had a chance to stop him and thankfully I stopped him.”

“I grabbed the gun and kept it down,” he added. “He had one hand on it. I pulled it away and threw it over the bar.”

Shaw Jr. said that’s when he pushed the gunman outside and the shooter quickly walked quickly away. Shaw Jr. flagged down motorists to call 911.

There’s currently a manhunt taking place for the partially clothed, white suspect who is from Illinois.

Shaw Jr. is being hailed as a hero on Twitter and Facebook.

His Facebook notifications must be blowing up right now. Comments have poured in to thank him for his bravery.

Not all heroes wear capes.


Image via James Shaw Jr.