Good guy with no gun James Shaw Jr. disarmed Waffle House shooter

Tragedy struck the Antioch neighborhood of Nashville early Sunday morning when an armed man shot two individuals outside of a Waffle House before proceeding inside and killing two more. 

In the face of that horror, reports the Tennessean, one Waffle House customer, 29-year-old James Shaw Jr., managed to wrestle an AR-15 rifle free from the shooter and likely saved lives in the process. 

Now, although Shaw is quick to brush the claim aside, he is being hailed as a hero. 

“I don’t really know, when everyone said that (of being a hero), it feels selfish,” the Tennessean reports Shaw as saying. “I was just trying to get myself out. I saw the opportunity and pretty much took it.”

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24. Indiana

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T-23. North Carolina

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T-21. Virginia

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T-21. Ohio

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20. Nebraska

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19. Wisconsin

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18. Nevada

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But the local police very much agree with the term "hero." 

"[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," CNN reports Metro Nashville police spokesman Don Aaron saying.

Many on Twitter have praised Shaw, and noted that — contrary to the oft-repeated claims of the NRA — he was unarmed when he managed to stop the attacker. 

Meanwhile, Shaw remains humble. 

"I don't want people to think that I was the Terminator or Superman or anybody like that," CNN reports him as saying. "I figured if I was going to die, he was going to have to work for it."

The alleged shooter, 29-year-old Travis Reinking, has yet to be apprehended.  

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