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A Humble Hero saved many lives in Nashville Waffle House shooting “If I was going to die he was going to have to work for it”

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A humble hero saved the lives of many people in this weekends Nashville Waffle House shooting. James Shaw Jr a 29-year-old Nashville Resident said it was a “selfish act” of self-preservation. Shaw said the killer “was going to have to work hard to kill him.”

Shaw doesn’t consider himself a hero. He waited for an opportunity and the gunman had a problem with the gun and looked down and Shaw attacked.  “When I grabbed the barrel of the weapon it was hot, but I didn’t care. It was life or death.”

Shaw joined law enforcement officials and Nashville’s mayor at a news conference Sunday, some 12 hours after the shooting, his right hand bandaged. There he was singled out by Waffle House CEO Walter Ehmer, who was present and thanked Shaw for his bravery.

“You don’t get to meet too many heroes in life,” Ehmer said before addressing Shaw, who dabbed at tears in his eyes. “We are forever in your debt.”

Shaw said that after going to a nightclub he had decided to stop with a friend early Sunday at a Waffle House. But the first one he visited was too crowded with overnight patrons, so he ended up going to another in Nashville.

Shaw said he entered the Waffle House a couple of minutes before the gunman and took a seat at the counter. He heard some popping sounds but thought it was dishes being dropped in the kitchen. When he saw restaurant staff taking cover he knew something was wrong.

“I looked back and I saw a person lying on the ground right at the entrance of the door, then I jumped and slid … I went behind a push door — a swivel door,” Shaw said. “He shot through that door; I’m pretty sure he grazed my arm. At that time I made up my mind … that he was going to have to work to kill me. When the gun jammed or whatever happened, I hit him with the swivel door.”

David Shaw is a humble hero. His father gave him some advise “Don’t do that again.”

“I take no pride in him charging a loaded gun,” James Shaw Sr. said. “I do take pride in him helping save the lives of other people.”

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