Waffle House hero James Shaw Jr. was honored at the Nashville Predators game Sunday. Shaw was the hero who wrestled an AR-15 out of the hands of a killer at a local Waffle House, saving the lives of many.
The NHL team invited Shaw, as well as his family, to the playoff game. The Predators were hosting the Winnipeg Jets for Sunday’s game, reported TMZ.
Shaw’s heroics during the April 22 attack at a Nashville-area Waffle House are truly remarkable. While sustaining injuries to his hands and arm, he grabbed the gun from the assaulter and wrestled it away from him.
During that attack on April 22, 29-year-old Travis Reinking carried a loaded AR-15 rifle into a Waffle House and killed four people. While he was reloading, Shaw jumped him and wrestled the gun away from him.
Reinking fled on foot, apparently naked. He was apprehended and arrested the next day.
Shaw has never claimed that he is a hero for doing what he did. Rather, he says he did what anyone would do when faced with life or death.
“I’m not a hero,” he said at a news conference afterwards, according to The Washington Post. “I’m just a regular person, and I think anybody could have did what I did if they are just pushed into that kind of cage.”
“You have to either react or you’re going to fold, and I chose to react because I didn’t see any other way of living, and that’s all I wanted to do. I just wanted to live,” he added.
At the NHL playoff game – which the Predators managed to win 5-4 in double overtime – Shaw’s face appeared on the big screen. The crowd erupted in jubilation.
The Predators coach presented him with his own personalized jersey. During the game, Shaw wore a shirt that said, “Spread Love.”
What do you think of this? Please pray for the survivors of the April 22 shooting, and for the families of the victims. Be sure to read about a member of the Royal Family who just got plastic surgery.