James Shaw Heroically Stops Waffle House Shooter Who Was Arrested Today After Massive Manhunt
Waffle House terrorist suspect, Travis Reinking, arrested after massive manhunt. The mentally unstable gunman suspected of opening fire at a Waffle House restaurant in the middle of the night was arrested not far from his apartment Monday after hiding from police for more than a day following the attack that killed four people, authorities said.
James Shaw Jr. grabbed the barrel of the assault rifle that was used to kill four at a Waffle House, located in Antioch, a neighborhood in southeastern Davidson County, Nashville, Tennessee. While Shaw’s bravery is being revered, sadly, it was too late for restaurant worker Taurean C. Sanderlin, 29, and customers Joe R. Perez, 20, Akilah Dasilva, 23, and Deebony Groves, 21, who were all killed.
According to the Tennessean, here are details about the victims.
One of Reinking’s guns, a pistol, remains unaccounted for, according to police. An Illinois-resident, Reinking, who believed he was being stalked by Taylor Swift, is still a fugitive at press time. One of the Top 10 Most Wanted, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is offering a reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to his arrest.
5 things to know about James Shaw, the man who stopped Waffle House terrorist
James Shaw Jr. saved lives after a terrorist attack at a Waffle House near Nashville, Tennessee. According to reports by the Tennessean, a nude Travis Reinking walked into a Waffle House in Nashville, Tennessee, shortly after 3 a.m. He was armed with an AR-15 and shot six people, four died.
Shaw Jr. attended church hours after the shooting
Shaw Jr. was rushed to the hospital following the shooting and was discharged a few hours after being treated for a gunshot wound to his arm. At 10 a.m., Shaw Jr. attended church with family and friends. Nashville Mayor David Briley also joined him at the service.
Shaw Jr. is a graduate of an HBCU, Tennessee State University
Shaw Jr. graduated from Tennessee State University and later studied to become a technician while at Brightwood College.
Shaw Jr. is reportedly employed by AT&T
According to his Facebook page, Shaw Jr. works as a technician at AT&T. He also owns a business called iMount TV where he installs flatscreen TVs and surveillance cameras.
Shaw Jr. has a daughter
Shaw Jr. kept his composure following the shooting. However, he began to cry after the paramedics asked if he had any children. His daughter, Brooklyn, is 4 years old.
Shaw Jr. does not consider himself a hero
Shaw Jr. realized that he was cornered by the gunman and took a chance by tackling him. During a press conference, Shaw Jr. admitted that he was only concerned about saving his own life at the moment and did not consider himself a hero. However, the survivors of the attack are thankful that he was able to prevent the terrorist from taking more lives.