James Shaw Jr., 29, shows his hand that was injured when he disarmed a shooter inside an Antioch Waffle House. Sunday April 22, 2018, in Nashville, Tenn
(Photo: Larry McCormack / The Tennessean)

A 29-year-old man credited with saving numerous lives Sunday morning after he disarmed a man who opened fire on an Antioch Waffle House said he was just trying to stay alive.

James Shaw Jr., 29, said after feeling cornered he saw an opportunity to tackle the man shooting into an Antioch Waffle House. He said he doesn’t feel like a hero.

Police spokesman Don Aaron told reporters Sunday morning that the Waffle House hero rushed the suspected shooter, disarmed him and threw the assault rifle he was carrying over the counter.

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

Shaw Jr. said he was at a fraternity house party before heading to the Bell Road Waffle House at about 2:30 a.m. with a friend. They left soon after because it was too packed, he said.

Travis Reinking

They decided on the Waffle House on Murfreesboro Road, which was just over 2 miles away.

Shaw Jr. pulled into the Waffle House at about 3:20 a.m. Not soon after, chaos broke out.

Police said the suspected shooter opened fire at about 3:25 a.m. at the Waffle House at 3571 Murfreesboro Pike, which is just south of Mt. View Road. The shooting left at least four dead and four injured.

Police said they are drafting warrants for murder charges against Travis Reinking, 29, of Morton Illinois, in connection to the shooting. Authorities continue to search for Reinking.

A man believed to be Reinking was last seen in a wood line near Discovery at Mountain View Apartments on Mountain Springs Drive, near the Waffle House. The man was wearing black pants and no shirt, police said.

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SOURCE: The Tennessean, Jason Gonzales

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