James Shaw Jr., the 29-year-old man who disarmed a shooter inside of a Tennessee Waffle House early Sunday morning, says he’s “not a hero,” but there are many people who would gladly beg to differ.
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In a press conference, James said took action in that moment to save himself.
I did that completely out of a selfish act. I was completely doing it just to save myself. Now, me doing that, I did save other people.
But I don’t want people to think that I was the Terminator, or Superman or anybody like that.
It was just, I figured if I was going to die, he was going to have to work for it.
James Shaw Jr. ran into a bathroom when he realized the establishment was under attack.
Once inside, he quickly realized he was trapped. So, flight was no longer an option – he had to fight.
In the bathroom, it’s only one way in and one way out, and I was like, he’s going to have to work for this kill — for me, personally.
So, I just got a head full of steam, and I ran through the door. And it worked out like I wanted it to.
Watch video of James below as he recalls what happened.
In a post on his Instagram page, James reiterated that he is not a hero.
He may feel like he was acting selfishly, but his actions saved the lives of others.
For that, he is a hero.