NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The man who snatched an AR-15 rifle away from a gunman at a Tennessee restaurant says his was a “selfish” act of self-preservation and he doesn’t consider himself a hero. But he says he’s glad he could save other lives.
James Shaw Jr. says he made a split-second decision to challenge the suspect early Sunday at a Nashville Waffle House. He got the gun away threw it over a counter, adding, “It was hot, but I didn’t care. It was life or death.”
Authorities say they are still searching for the 29-year-old suspect, Travis Reinking, adding he fatally shot two people in the restaurant parking lot and two more inside the eatery.
Waffle House CEO Walter Ehmer told Shaw at a news conference Sunday: “You don’t get to meet too many heroes in life. We are forever in your debt.”