James Shaw Jr., the 29-year-old being hailed as a hero after wrestling an assault-style rifle away from a gunman who opened fire inside a Nashville Waffle House Sunday, has launched a GoFundMe page to raise money for the shooting victims and their families.
Shaw, who sustained a gunshot wound and burns when he grabbed the weapon from the shooter, has already raised over $41,000 as of Monday afternoon — far surpassing his original goal of $15,000.
“Please take the time to donate as all of the proceeds will be given to the families,” the page reads. “Thank you again for your generosity and blessings!”
Dozens of donors who contributed to his fundraiser praised Shaw’s courage, which law enforcement officials say likely saved numerous lives.
“Heartbroken for those who lost their lives to more gun violence, but so proud of James Shaw Jr.,” Laurie George, a donor, wrote on the page Monday. “A fine, brave young man.”
“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.”
Shaw has repeatedly declined to call himself a hero.
“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.
“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.”