WAFFLE HOUSE HERO JAMES SHAW JR. TO PAY FOR FUNERAL COSTS OF VICTIMS
On April 22nd, 29-year-old Travis Reinking entered a Nashville, Tennessee Waffle House and began to fire rounds of his AR-15 at innocent victims enjoying their meals ultimately killing four people and injuring several more before being rushed by James Shaw Jr. and de-weaponized.
Reinking was able to escape from the location and led authorities on 34-hour door-to-door manhunt and somehow was captured without being fatally shot in possession of additional firearms. Reinking was charged with four counts of criminal homicide, four counts of attempted murder, and one count of unlawful gun possession in the commission of a violent felony and eventually had his $2 million bond revoked after public outcry from the Tennessee community had become widespread.
As for the Waffle House hero, James Shaw Jr., he immediately took action following the shooting starting a GoFundMe page with an initial ending goal of $15,000 but ended up receiving more than eleven times that amount after the story became national news and raised over $165K.
Now, Shaw is using the donations funds to pay for the funerals of all four victims; DeEbony Groves, Akilah DaSilva, Joe R. Perez, and Taurean C. Sanderlin. This is what Shaw had to say about his use of the GoFundMe monies,
“There are four families that are grieving right now. So much life was lost for no reason. I feel like it could be very selfish of me if I didn’t point it out. And I apologize.”
Shaw also spoke on his heroics stating the following,:
“I did that completely out of a selfish act. I was completely doing it just to save myself. I don’t want people to think that I was the Terminator or Superman or anybody like that.”