A bystander is being hailed as a hero after he wrestled a gunman's weapon away from him during a fatal shooting of 4 at a Waffle House.
James Shaw Jr., 29, physically confronted the gunman and likely saved several lives during the shooting, Don Aaron with the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department said.
Shaw, as you see below speaking at a press conference with a visibly bandaged hand, said he was dining in the restaurant with a friend after they had left a nearby nightclub. At first they thought the gunshots were just plates falling in the kitchen.
Seeing that the gun was either jammed or had to be reloaded, Shaw approached the gunman and successfully grabbed the firearm and threw it across the counter. The suspect ran off, but has now been captured.
"I knew I had it in me, but I don't have any specific combat training. I fight my daughter every night to get her to bed," he joked. Shaw, who was grazed by a bullet near his elbow and suffered other minor injuries as a result of the scuffle, downplayed those praising him as a hero, saying that he acted to protect himself.
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