Waffle House Hero is Healing Through Faith: ‘It Just Made Sense for Me to Go to Church’

By Published on April 24, 2018

Waffle House hero James Shaw Jr. said he felt the overwhelming desire to attend church, after he stopped a gunman who had killed four people in cold blood Sunday.

“The way I see it is, it was either going to end with him shooting through the door and getting in there and killing me. Or him, if I got in the bathroom, he was either going to come through the bathroom door shooting me and killing me,” Shaw said on Fox & Friends Tuesday.

Shaw said he grabbed the hot gun barrel and began to wrestle with suspected gunman Travis Reinking in an effort to disarm him.

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“It was very hot,” Shaw Jr. said. “I actually don’t remember it being hot at all while I was wrestling with him. I have a second degree burn on my hand. And blisters on my fingertips. But I don’t remember it being hot at all. I just remember I just needed to disarm him and get the gun away from him.”


Shaw Jr. said he needed a sense of community and love to heal, which lead him to church where he received the loving support of his family and friends.

“I just went to church just so I could begin kind of like the healing process and kind of persevere through this situation,” he said. “And I just wanted to be around, you know, some love. My fraternal brothers came to support me. My family was there to support me. The church was there to support me.”

“It just felt good to be around a lot of love. I actually didn’t want to just be in the house alone or in the hospital. Or detained by the police just to give them statements or something like that,” Shaw Jr. concluded. “It just made sense for me to go to church.”


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