Waffle House Hero to Get Big Reward

Crowdfunding campaign raises $166K for James Shaw Jr.
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 26, 2018 9:20 AM CDT
James Shaw Jr. waves inside the Tennessee House chambers, where he was honored Tuesday.   (Larry McCormack/The Tennessean via AP)

(Newser) – Survivors of Sunday's shooting at a Tennessee Waffle House have another reason to thank the man who disarmed suspected shooter Travis Reinking. A GoFundMe page launched by James Shaw Jr. has raised more than $155,000 for families of victims, including the four people killed before Shaw was able to toss the shooter's gun over a counter, reports CNN. A separate GoFundMe page launched by journalist Yashar Ali has raised even more—almost $169,000 as of this writing—for Shaw, despite him brushing off the hero label. The Waffle House in Antioch is helping out, too. It says all proceeds from sales over the next 30 days will go to victims' families, per CBS News. (Read more Tennessee stories.)

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