Hero in Waffle House shooting starts fundraiser for victims' families

The man who stopped a gunman who opened fire inside of a Tennessee Waffle House early on Sunday morning has started a fundraiser to benefit the victims' families.

James Shaw Jr. was hailed a hero after he tackled suspected gunman Travis Reinking, 29, when he briefly paused his attack to reload his assault rifle, having already killed four people.

Waffle House shooting suspect Travis Reinking: 

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Waffle House shooting suspect Travis Reinking was taken into custody by Metro Nashville Police on Monday, April 23, 2018.

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Travis Reinking, 29, of Morton, Illinois, is shown in this undated photo obtained April 22, 2018. Reinking is wanted as a person of interest by police after a fatal shooting at a Waffle House restaurant near Nashville, Tennessee, U.S., April 22, 2018. Metro Nashville Police Department/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY
UNSPECIFIED DATE AND LOCATION: (EDITORS NOTE: Best quality available) In this handout provided by the Metro Nashville Police Department, the AR-15 assault rifle used in a shooting at a Nashville-area Waffle House that left four dead and four wounded is pictured. The suspected gunman, Travis Reinking, 29, of Illinois, is still at large. (Photo by Metro Nashville Police Department via Getty Images)
Metro Davidson County police search the apartment complex where Waffle House shooting suspect, Travis Reinking, reportedly lives near Nashville, Tennessee, U.S. April 22, 2018. REUTERS/Harrison McClary
Travis Reinking appears in a booking photo provided by the Metro Nashville Police Department in Nashville, Tennessee, U.S., April 23, 2018. Metro Nashville Police Department/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. THIS PICTURE WAS PROCESSED BY REUTERS TO ENHANCE QUALITY. AN UNPROCESSED VERSION HAS BEEN PROVIDED SEPARATELY
The truck of Travis Reinking, the suspected shooter, is loaded on a trailer ready to be towed from the scene of a fatal shooting at a Waffle House restaurant near Nashville, Tennessee, U.S. April 22, 2018. REUTERS/Harrison McClary
Metro Davidson County police search the apartment complex where Waffle House shooting suspect, Travis Reinking, reportedly lives near Nashville, Tennessee, U.S. April 22, 2018. REUTERS/Harrison McClary
Waffle House shooting suspect Travis Reinking was taken into custody by Metro Nashville Police on Monday, April 23, 2018.

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NASHVILLE, TN - APRIL 22: Law enforcement investigate at the Discovery at Mountain View Apartments complex where a man believed to be suspected gunman Travis Reinking was spotted on April 22, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. A gunman entered a nearby Waffle House and opened fire and killed 4 killed and injured two during the shooting. (Photo by Jason Davis/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - APRIL 22: A sign for the Discovery at Mountain View Apartments complex where a man believed to be suspected gunman Travis Reinking was spotted on April 22, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. A gunman entered a nearby Waffle House and opened fire and killed 4 killed and injured two during the shooting. (Photo by Jason Davis/Getty Images)
Travis Reinking appears in a booking photo provided by the Metro Nashville Police Department in Nashville, Tennessee, U.S., April 23, 2018. Metro Nashville Police Department/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY.
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Although police and civilians alike have lauded Shaw for his courage and quick thinking during the incident, he has already rejected the notion that his actions earned him the title of "hero."

"I was doing it just to save myself," he said during a press conference. "My doing that, I did save other people, but I don't want people to think I was the Terminator or Superman or anybody like that."

"It feels selfish. I was just trying to get myself out. I saw the opportunity and pretty much took it."

Though he may deny it, Shaw's heroism continued on Monday when he started a GoFundMe page to benefit the families of the victims who perished in the violent incident. 

"My name is James Shaw Jr. I am creating this page to help the families of the victims from the Shooting that took place at Waffle House in Antioch, TN," he wrote on the fundraising site. "Please take the time to donate as all of the proceeds will be given to the families. Thank you again for your generosity and blessings!"

As of Monday afternoon, Shaw's fundraiser had already received over $36,000 in donations, smashing through its $15,000 goal.

These are the victims of the Waffle House shooting: 

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DeEbony Groves, 21

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Joe R. Perez, 20

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Akilah DaSilva, 23

Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Dasilva Family 

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As fate would have it, Shaw was not even supposed to be in the Antioch, Tenn, restaurant when Reinking unleashed his attack.

Shaw said that his best friend wound up at the location after another franchise was too crowded to serve them.

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