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Waffle House hero raises more than $130,000 for victims’ families

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James Shaw Jr. disarmed the suspect shooter at an Antioch, Tennessee Waffle House. He took a selfie of himself showing his injury as well as a bandaged hand. (WSMV) James Shaw Jr. disarmed the suspect shooter at an Antioch, Tennessee Waffle House. He took a selfie of himself showing his injury as well as a bandaged hand. (WSMV)
James Shaw Jr. speaks during a vigil at Mt. Zion Baptist church in Antioch for the victims of the Waffle House shooting. (WSMV) James Shaw Jr. speaks during a vigil at Mt. Zion Baptist church in Antioch for the victims of the Waffle House shooting. (WSMV)
James Shaw Jr. disarmed the suspect shooter at an Antioch, Tennessee Waffle House. He took a selfie of himself showing his injury as well as a bandaged hand. (James Shaw Jr.) James Shaw Jr. disarmed the suspect shooter at an Antioch, Tennessee Waffle House. He took a selfie of himself showing his injury as well as a bandaged hand. (James Shaw Jr.)

(Meredith/CNN) – The 29-year-old man who tackled and disarmed a gunman during a deadly shooting at a Tennessee Waffle House has raised thousands to help the victims and their families.

James Shaw, Jr. is reluctant to call himself a hero, though he’s been credited with saving many lives.

Just hours after he confronted the suspected shooter, Shaw created a GoFundMe campaign for the victims. He originally set a goal of $15,000, and quickly surpassed it.

The campaign has since raised more than $130,000, and that amount continues to grow. 

Click here to visit the GoFundMe campaign's website

Shaw was sitting with a friend at the restaurant early Sunday morning when police said a gunman wearing nothing but a green jacket opened fire outside.

He bolted from his seat and slid along the ground to the restroom, but he kept an eye and an ear out for the gunman. When the shooter paused, Shaw decided to ambush him.

"I figured if I was going to die, he was going to have to work for it," Shaw told reporters Sunday.

He charged at the man with the rifle and they tussled for what felt like a minute, maybe two, Shaw said. His adrenaline was pumping as the gunman cursed and fought him, he said.

The barrel of the rifle was still hot when Shaw managed to wrestle it from the gunman, he said. He tossed it behind the counter and the gunman fled. Police later arrested the suspect, Travis Reinking, after a massive manhunt.

On Monday, Shaw visited two of the survivors in the hospital.

He said he is grateful he survived to see his 4-year-old daughter again. He wants her to grow up in a world with less tragedy.

"I hope we can bring violence in all facets -- not just gun violence, but all facets of violence -- to an end," he said.

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