Waffle House shooting hero James Shaw Jr. raises $165000 for victims

James Shaw Jr. was honored at the Tennessee State House on Tuesday

Larry McCormack The Tennessean via Associated Press James Shaw Jr. was honored at the Tennessee State House on Tuesday

Waffle House's Director of Public Relations and External Affairs Pat Warner confirmed the announcement to Fox News Friday, sharing that the communities of Antioch and Nashville "really came out" for the April 25 reopening of the restaurant where suspect Travis Reinking's violent rampage unfolded.

Vice President Mike Pence says a man who wrestled an AR-15 rifle away from a gunman at a Nashville Waffle House is an American hero.

Four people were killed in the shooting, and another four were wounded.

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Perhaps the word "hero" isn't strong enough for James Shaw Jr.

The encounter left Shaw with a burn on his hand and a wound on his elbow where a bullet grazed it.

The "Waffle House hero", as he is known online, began a GoFundMe page that has raised more than $165,000 since Sunday's attack, according to CNN. Please take the time to donate as all of the proceeds will be given to the families.

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Almost 36 hours later, police arrested alleged shooter Travis Reinking.

Tennessee's General Assembly recognized Shaw's heroism, along with his "penchant for honesty", in a joint resolution earlier this week. "I saw the opportunity and pretty much took it". "It was just, I figured if I was going to die, he was going to have to work for it", he said, insisting that his was a selfish act.

"I know one thing he would tell me is to keep pushing and keep everything going that we had planned". It is something out a movie. "When the gun jammed or whatever happened, I hit him with the swivel door".

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