Nashville native James Shaw Jr., 29, is being hailed as a hero after he wrested an AR-15 from an active shooter in a crowded Waffle House. The shooter killed four people before Shaw reached him and ran him out of the restaurant. Shaw likely saved dozens of lives, but he does not want to be considered a hero.
The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a hero like James Shaw Jr., who didn’t need a gun to do it!
— Khary Penebaker, Fx (@kharyp) April 22, 2018
“‘You have to do this now,'” Shaw thought when he saw an opportunity to stop the shooter. “If I let him load that weapon there wasn’t going to be another chance. It was like shooting fish in a barrel- there was a brick wall behind us and nowhere to go.”
Shaw’s arm was grazed by a bullet and his had was severely burnt from gripping the hot barrel of the rifle. After he knocked the rifle from the shooter’s hands he tossed it over the counter, leaving the shooter unarmed.
— KHOU 11 News Houston (@KHOU) April 22, 2018
As for Shaw, he doesn’t feel comfortable with being called a “hero.” Like most people who do selfless acts, risking their lives for others, he simply thought he was doing what anyone else would do in that situation. “I don’t think I want to be a hero,” he told CBS News. “I just want to be James.”
Shaw actually felt selfish for the act, claiming he was only thinking about saving himself so that he could be there for his 4-year-old daughter, Brooklyn. I don’t know about you, but I wish more people would have Shaw’s kind of selfishness, the sort that risks it all for the sake of others.