James Shaw Jr maintains the only reason he tackled Travis Reinking to the ground and stopped him from killing more people inside a Tennessee Waffle House was for selfish reasons. However, the 29-year-old is proving his altruism with a Go-Fund Me account he established in honor of the victims.
At the time of this post, Shaw’s fundraising efforts have yielded $191, 648 in the week since Reinking killed four people in and outside the fast-food chain. Belmont University senior DeEbony Groves, Akilah DaSilva, Waffle House employee Taurean Sanderlin and Joe Perez were among the victims killed with Reinking’s AR-15 assault riffle.
Due to Shaw’s quick thinking and ability to wrestle the gun out of Reinking’s possession, he fled the Waffle House and was found in a wooded area the next day. Shaw was treated for a minor wound hours after the April 22 encounter and then later went to church with his father.
A separate Go Fund Me account was launched for Shaw and his daughter, which is also nearing $200,000. Taking to Facebook, Shaw said these shooting will not stop and will use his new found stardom to be an advocate for common sense gun laws.
“I’m using this platform not only for the families that lost people and the other wounded victims but also for future incidents, education young men and women about…gun violence.”