Tennessee Waffle House hero raises more than $170,000 for victims

James Shaw Jr., a Waffle House patron who helped stop a gunman from claiming more victims during a mass shooting. (WZTV)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WZTV) - The hero who stopped a man who opened fire at a Tennessee Waffle House and saved lives continued his selflessness by launching a GoFundMe for victims.

James Shaw Jr. stopped further carnage by wrestling away the AR-15 Tyler Reinking used at an Antioch Waffle House to kill four people and injure three others, including Shaw.

Shaw suffered a burn to his hand and cut to his elbow during the fracas, getting the rifle from Reinking, then throwing it behind the counter of the restaurant. Reinking then fled the scene on foot.

Police found two more cartridges of ammunition for the rifle in Reinking's jacket, which he shed while fleeing back to his nearby apartment.

Shaw has been hailed as a hero, Metro Nashville Police saying he undoubtedly "saved lives."

On Sunday night, just hours after the shooting, Shaw launched a GoFundMe account to assist the families of those who did not make it out alive.

In the description of the "Victims Of Waffle House Shooting" page, Shaw says, "I am creating this page to help the families of the victims from the Shooting that took place at Waffle House in Antioch, TN. Please take the time to donate as all of the proceeds will be given to the families. Thank you again for your generosity and blessings!"

Shaw has set a goal of $15,000 to help the families of the victims. See the GoFundMe HERE. A regional GoFundMe communications manager alerted FOX 17 News to the fundraiser. Over $170,000 has been raised since the fundraiser began.

Reinking was captured on Monday and currently being held on a $2 million bond.

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