The man who stopped a shooter from taking more lives inside a Tennessee Waffle House Sunday has raised over $118,000 for the families of victims.
James Shaw Jr., 29, sustained a gunshot wound and burns when he grabbed the assault-style rifle from a gunman who opened fire at the restaurant early Sunday, killing four people and wounding at least three others.
Though Shaw has been celebrated as a hero, he does not consider himself in such terms:
“I’m not a hero. I’m just a regular person, and I think anybody could have did what I did if they are just pushed into that kind of cage,” Shaw said at a news conference, according to The Washington Post.
“You have to either react or you’re going to fold, and I chose to react because I didn’t see any other way of living, and that’s all I wanted to do. I just wanted to live.”
The GoFundMe campaign Shaw set up for the families had received donations from more than 3,000 people totalling over $118,000 as of Tuesday evening.
“Thank you for your bravery, Mr. Shaw,” one donor wrote. “You are the future of our country. Please take care of yourself to heal from your traumatic experience, and God bless you.”