Waffle House hero honored at TN Capitol with resolution

James Shaw Jr. was honored at the TN Capitol on Tuesday. (WSMV)
James Shaw Jr. was injured during the attack. (Source: James Shaw Jr.)


The man being hailed as a hero for confronting the Waffle House gunman was honored at the Tennessee Capitol on Tuesday.

James Shaw Jr.’s humility has shone through since the tragic mass shooting happened.

Shaw is reluctant to call himself a hero, even though police have said he saved many lives.

The mayor of Nashville and the CEO of Waffle House both sung his praises the day he wrestled an AR-15 out of the gunman’s hands, burning his own hands on the gun barrel. He was also grazed by a bullet during the attack.

MUST-SEE VIDEO: News4’s full interview with James Shaw Jr.

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MUST-SEE VIDEO: James Shaw Jr. honored with resolution

Shaw was honored with a resolution on the House floor at 11 a.m. Tuesday. Click here to watch the full video.

“It means a lot to me. It’s a life-changing moment, and I’m going to try to use this moment as a platform to bring awareness to shootings and just violence,” Shaw said.

The resolution reads, “If a hero is ‘a person noted for courageous acts or nobility of character,’ then James Shaw Jr. is a hero twice over, for he has demonstrated both his courage and character in a manner few could ever attempt to emulate.”

Shaw is a Nashville native. He graduated from Hunters Lane High School and attended Tennessee State University.

Click here to read the full text of the resolution in Shaw’s honor.

Shaw has set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for the other victims of the shooting. Click here for more information.

A New York man who was moved by Shaw’s heroism has set up a GoFundMe account in Shaw’s honor. He wrote, “I normally don’t get involved directly in these matters, but James’ grace has inspired me to start this page to give him the support I feel he deserves. According to news reports, James has a 4-year-old daughter. Perhaps this money can be used for her college fund or some other education-related expense. But I’d be just as happy if James used some of this money to take his family on a nice vacation.” Click here for more information.

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