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Waffle House hero visits Huntsville

The man who stood up to an active shooter inside Waffle House gets a hero's welcome in Huntsville today.

Posted: Apr 28, 2018 9:17 PM
Updated: Apr 29, 2018 2:14 PM

James Shaw Jr., the hero who stood up to the shooter inside a Waffle House in Tennessee nearly a week ago, says that he is no longer taking life for granted.

"I wouldn't wish that feeling I had on anybody ever. That feeling I had is not a good feeling. You really have to live while you're here or else it's going to be gone."

Shaw says he believes he was supposed to save those people inside the Waffle House.

"I literally went to a waffle house and sat down in one about a mile and a half from where the shooting was. We were just sitting down in one for maybe 2-3 minutes."

Shaw left that Waffle House and decided to go to one that was less crowded - the one that would soon be the scene of a deadly shooting.

He and a friend had just sat down at the counter when the first gunshots went off.

As the shooter was re-loading the gun, Shaw took that opportunity to wrestle the gun away from the attacker and was grazed by a bullet.

"There's so much we deal with so far daily. I'll have random flashbacks but I'll be in the auditorium, but mentally I'm standing in the waffle house."

Many look at James Shaw Jr. as a hero, but he says he wants people to know that everyone has the power to make a difference.

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