29-year-old James Shaw Jr. was minding his business at a Tennessee Waffle House when a nearly nude gunman entered and began shooting!
"I figured if I was going to die, he was going to have to work for it," told reporters Sunday.
That heroic act by a customer saved countless lives at a Nashville-area Waffle House, where a seminude gunman killed four people early Sunday morning.
Shaw "saw the gunman looking at his rifle. At that point, the shots had stopped," Metro Nashville police spokesman Don Aaron said. "So he decided to rush the gunman, actually wrestled that assault rifle away, tossed it over the counter. At that point, the gunman then fled." Shaw was grazed by a bullet on his elbow while grappling with the gunman."
He also burned his right hand grabbing the barrel of the weapon, which police called an "assault-type rifle."
Shaw "is the hero here, and no doubt he saved many lives by wrestling the gun away and then tossing it over the counter and prompting the (gun)man to leave," the police spokesman said.
Witness Chuck Cordero saw everything unfold from outside the Waffle House's famously wide windows.
As he ran away, "I looked back and there was a gentleman wrestling with the gunman," Cordero told CNN affiliate WSMV.
"He was a hero ... had that guy had a chance to reload his weapon, there was plenty more people in that restaurant."
Watch his press conference below.
Shaw says he doesn't view himself as a hero. In fact, he's still coming to terms with exactly what happened over the weekend. He also says that he grieves with the four families who lost loved ones that night.
According to WSMV:
The victims killed in the attack have been identified by police as the following:
Taurean Sanderlin, 29, of Goodlettsville - Employee of Waffle House who was shot outside the restaurant
Joe Perez, 20, of Nashville - Restaurant patron who was shot outside the restaurant
Deebony Groves, 21, of Gallatin - Belmont University student who was fatally wounded inside the restaurant
Akilah Dasilva, 23, of Antioch - Restaurant patron who was shot inside the restaurant and later died at Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Police said two victims remain hospitalized at Vanderbilt in stable condition. They have been identified as 21-year-old Shanita Waggoner and 24-year-old Sharita Henderson.
Two other victims were taken to TriStar Southern Hills Medical Center, including 29-year-old James Shaw Jr., who stopped the shooting. They have since been treated and released.
Let's all pray for everyone that has been affected by this tragedy, as well as our hero James Shaw Jr.